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. mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2006
This is simply one superb ale. Pours a beautiful burgundy-amber color under a durable, wispy off-white head. Aroma is initially dominated by the sweet malt profile. Lots of roasted malts, caramel and wheat toast notes are up front supported by a background of citrus-pine needle hop aromas. Mouthfeel is just perfect; smooth, chewy and round. Flavors in turn are definitely all about the hops here, but the sweetness of the malts balance things out very nicely. Starts out with somewhat semi-sweet dark wheat bread, smokey, fig flavor, but quickly transcends into a big, crisp and bitter hoppy long finish. It reminded me a lot of Bigfoot without the big alcohol kick and with a touch more malt. Man, I hope Stone comes to FL someday soon!!
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
The ideal beer. Get it, drink it, and become enlightened. A beer for beer geeks.
One of my favorite beer experiences was walking into a bar in Seattle and finding AB on tap. 1000 miles from home and i can get my favorite stuff. Cool. jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Pours a dark (transparent in light) burgundy red with excellent head formation. Head is tan and between creamy and frothy. Aroma is sweet candy, slightly roasted malts; earthy, piney hops; a heavy rubbing alcohol aroma really comes out when it warms up; with hints of prunes and licorice. Flavor starts with sweet bready and slightly pruney malt, transitioning into moderate/heavy bitter, earthy, piney, floral hops, and finishes with bitterness and an alcohol warmth. Palate is heavily carbonated, but still manages to be quite smooth and creamy, with a tongue grabbing mouth feel. I can’t believe I haven’t rated the bastard yet. This is the beer that made me the beer geek I am today. elduchey (12) - Venice, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
I’ve had this beer on tap and from a bomber. So far my favorite all around ale (untill I get my hands on a Double Bastard that is).
I’m not going to give you a flavor break down for the simple fact that it’s already been done over 1124 times. Just do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle. PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 Pours a dark amber, almost brown, with light brown and consistant head with tons of lacing. Deep malty aroma, along with loads of grapefruity hops. Extreme hop-dryness. Thick, with a great sweet malt undertone to fill out the body. Long after-taste, with a slight zingy zest. A consistently solid American Strong Ale by Stone. lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Pours a mahogany color with thick tan head. Delicious aroma of flowery hops and sweet malts with a hint of alcohol. Wow, this has incredible flavor. Floral hoppiness gives way to bitter citrus, balanced extremely well with rich, sweet malts and a touch of smokiness present in most stone brews. Impeccably balanced and beautifully complex. Straight money.