tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
I love most of the ales out there, but have to say I was not expecting this. They are right, I don’t have the taste or sophistication for this one. Everything was great until I took my first gulp and couldn’t drink any more (but I did, of course). In time, the taste stayed the same.....extremely hoppy. Is that bad? I don’t think so if you like the hoppy ales. User37895 (3042) - - JUN 3, 2006
There’s something about lots-o-hops that is starting to grow on me, at least in beer styles that should have them there. (In other words, Rogue, quit loading up just about every dang beer with them.) This beer poured a nice ruby red color with a respectable head that provided great lacing. The aroma was rich, hoppy (surprise), and citrusey. The flavor was initially fruity and sweet (rich malt base) with some caramel. It then turned sharply hoppy bitter but somehow quite pleasant. Mouthfeel was carbonated with a fairly heavy body. Call it a strong ale or whatever you want, but this was another nice IPA/double IPA for me. Nice. jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2006
bomber: pours a dark dark almost black ruby into a trappist glass with half inch of thick white head. aroma was kind of faint but lots of maltiness and some yeast. Flavor was full of malt and dried fruit initially- raisins and plums- but then very hop filled on the back. some pine and citrus notes. body was pretty full and slightly oily. a very nice beer. schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Bomber. Poured a beautiful garnett with a large frothy, off-white (almost yellowish) head with excellent lacing, fully lasting. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, freshly cut papaya, honeydew, bread, some yeast. Moderately sweet and bitter in the fore with a rich toffee sweetness, moderate to heavily bitter in the end with an extra long bitter finish, somewat metallic, lightly astringent. Slightly oily, medium dryness in the finish, medium bodied, moderate to strong carbonation. This beer looked great in the glass and smelled good too, but for all the hooplah I was expecting something better. BuckeyeBoy (7663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 2, 2006
22 oz bottle pours out a nice dark amber topped off with a tan head. There are a nice mix of Hops and a little citrus. A Very nice beer.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2006
(04.21.06) One pint, 6 oz brown bottle purchased from Liquorama. 7.2% ABV. Poured clear dark amber with small white head. Soft carbonation. Citrusy hop in the nose. Medium bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and pronounced citrusy (grapefruit) hop flavor. Finished with light hop flavor fade and lingering bitterness. Well-balanced ale with firm malt background to support the assertive hop profile. A superb delicious beer. jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2006
22 oz bottle-pours a big creamy tan head that laces with red color. Aroma is crisp sweet grapefruit hops, then peach and malt come through. Taste follows. Solid, but not too overpowering. Well balanced. Half way through the caramel starts showing. Good carbonation. TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Pours deep red-brown with nice offwhite head. Aroma is of sweet malt, citrus, and ripe fruit. Taste is deep, rich malts and piney hops. A lot of the ripe fruit aroma translates to taste. Nice well rounded flavor. Excellently coats the tounge and flavor lingers long after the swallow. Finishes with big hops and sweet malt. A pleasure to drink. MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 An amazing strong ale brewed by none other then Stone.
This is one complex mutha! it pours a very deep amber hue with a really nice frothy head which you can expect to sit on top your beer for the entire drink. Under the right conditions gigantic pillows of lacing will form on the sides of your glass letting you know that this is one bad-ass of a beer.
Some people say that this beer is overrated, I beg to differ, I proudly drink my Arrogant Bastard because to me the dark complexities that are hidden in all corners of this brew really drive this beer in the right direction. This is a complex beer with nice dark fruit flavors such as raisins and prunes. The complexities only grow as your palate adjusts to this beer and it gets a bit warmer. I like mine at room temperature - maybe a hair colder. This beer is quite hoppy, but not in an aggressive IPA way, it just has a buttload of hops to help even out all of the maltiness. Very good beer, highly recommended for seasoned beer drinkers or people that want to know what an aggressive beer really is. ghawener (1607) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle: Highly complex, all colors of the rainbow to be found, full bodied, huge depth. They put it right "It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth." A beer for people who know, for the arrogant bastards.