DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2006
So, you arrogant SOB...think I lack the taste and sophistication? Well, screw you! This pours a rich red with a determinedly prominent pillowy head. A malty nose that picks up hints of yeast and sweetness. There’s very little hop presence noted. The flavour is soft and malty at first then the presence of the hops comes through. It’s like a boxer leading an opponent....malt feint, malt feint, the pow! Hops! The alcohol is nicely hidden and there is a stellar lingering taste that grabs the tongue and whips it into a knot. Arrogant, indeed. snowden719 (130) - Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Pours deep reddish brown with a medium to large off white head. Tons of hop character in the nose, grapefruit, some pine, other citrus, a bit of caramel. Flavor starts off with a bit of roast taste, moves to some caramel, and finishes with the citrus hops. nice and bitter finish, medium length in the finish, leaves great lacing on the glass. lukin013 (230) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Pours a lovely dark ruby color with a beige head that laces beautifully. Sweet and fruity aroma... pears, apricot, grapefruit, and caramel apples. Great fruity, hoppy flavor balanced nicely with sweet caramel malts. Very good, very delicious. jblendy (521) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Pours dark brown/amber with a nice creamy tan head. Caramel, citric/earthy hops, a hint of light coffee grounds, and subtle dark fruit aromas. Flavor follows follows the aroma almost perfectly. Palate is medium/full, a little fruity, and has some nice easy bitterness. Complex, flavorful, and well balanced. 99beerman (29) - Gardners, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Amber brown body with a beige, full head. No bubbling coming off the bottom of glass after about 30 seconds. Smell is of hops, but not overpoweringly so; really a subdued surprise here. Taste is a combination of both floral and fruity hops. Most pronounced are the apricot and pineapple flavors that are also found in the regular stone IPA. The major differences of this beer are a darker color and a bigger bitter, more varied taste. There are indeed “aggressive” hops added to the mix that give a really nice bite. The aftertaste is more bitter hops and fruity sweetness; both well disguise any alcohol that may have been lurking. So that’s the Arrogant Bastard, not as daunting as I had imagined it would be, though certainly a worthwhile beverage with a confounding compilation of hops.
radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle. My friend got a headache off of this beer, so I was a little worried. Dark roasty, hoppy, and coffee flavors. Warming sensations abound when drunk. STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Dark brown hue with a tint of red –nice tan head, small bubbles – nose hops, French vanilla coffee grounds –hops, dark roast coffee taste – raw palate- aftertaste hops and coffee hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2006
fruity aroma with some agressive hops. Excellent blood like color. Malty, and nice warmth going down the gullet... tastes better the fifth sip, so let the beer sit for a little while before tasting. ganache (6088) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 Re-rate: Bottle. Sweet fruity aroma with a light touch of yeast. Deep, gorgeous hazy red pour supporting a creamy tan head. Taste is a strong, elegant bitter, lasts through the finish and takes on grassy bready qualities. Caramel and lots of hops, but not overdone. Full-bodied and very dry. Very light pine and nice hoppiness. Score remains; great brew, a worthy candidate for the style standard. jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bomber. Aroma is piney with some alcohol notes, but balanced with strong malt; some slight fruit zest. Clear reddish amber color with a thick, lasting head. Flavor starts with a nice malty sweetness, but it’s quickly overpowered by the bitterness, which dominates and last into the finish. Seems to balance a bit more after a few drinks. Overall, a decent enough beer, similar to something like an imperial american brown. Lots of hype, but it doesn’t really impress me.