RATINGS: 4185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This is an aggressive beer. You probably wont like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Deep mahogony red body with a thick, yet quickly dissapating off-white head. Citrus notes are the most present in the aroma, yet whiffs of prunes and other dark fruits are also present. Strong initial grapefruit taste is combined with very noticable carbonation, making for an extremely nice combination. Another winning combination from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Thick frothy off-white head. Dark amber color. Hoppy citrus aroma. Fairly bitter taste. A comfortable beer to drink if you enjoy the aggressive styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (269) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 3, 2005
For my first Stone brew Arrogant Bastard seemed like a natural choice especially as a base for the double and aged variants. The standard Stone bottles have a great personality and attention to detail, it was a joy to crack open and pour. The hue reminds me of a dark chestnut color that shines red-orange in the light. A frothy pale yellow head sits uncomfortably above the liquid and leaves sparse bubbly lacing on the glass. The aroma first strikes as powerful and very hoppy, with grapefruit dominating the first whiff. With closer inspection a blend of cherry, red apples and banana strike the nose while coffee, cream and a slight woody note provide a soft balance. Sweet fruity malts hit the tongue initially but soon the hops override the main flavor with a touch of smoky spices. Im not a big hop nut myself but I enjoyed the change from my usual Belgian preference. The aftertaste leaves a long Sahara-dry hop flavor that sticks to the back of your tongue forever and encourages another sip. As far as hoppy beers go, I do appreciate the complexity but it is always hard for me to enjoy the overpowering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
digitorus (6) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005 does not count
A big bottle of strong, smooth, well-crafted, in-your-face hopped up ale. I was barely worthy. Fun to drink once in a while on special weekends with a big steak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdubilla (12) - Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
just bought the bottled arrogant bastard, seems different than it was on tap..not a bad thing. It pours smoothly with a nice caramel head. Has a sweet aroma which draws you in. Slightly bitter at first but finishes with smooth malty and very slightly hoppy. Good Buy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loseratheart (110) - USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2006 bottle.Second time rating this one. Wow what a mistake I made the first time. Aggressive, but not overbearing. Full of hops, but wouldnt expect anything less from Stone. Thick bodied with smokey flavor. Great ale with those awesome hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1177) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2005
As great as I was hoping for, and I preferred it greatly over the oak version. Just so much more going on than the typical big-hop west-coast ale. There are a ton of great, descriptive reviews on this beer, Ill just say yes, go out of your way, or yes, order this from the list of 200 beers in front of you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Stone isnt available in NC, and Ive been looking forward to this for a long time. Im not disappointed. Hazy deep copper with a beautiful tan head that clings wonderfully to the glass. Bready caramel aroma with the faintest spicy hops peeking around the corner. Full malty body that coats the tongue with caramel, toffee, and flavors of roasted malt. Faint hop flavors of grapefruit and peppery spice give way to an astringent bitterness that balances the massive malt perfectly. The bitterness lingers long after youve set the glass down. What a beautifully crafted beer!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1537) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 Imagine how surprised I was to one day find my own nickname on a beer bottle. The picture on the label is a poor likeness of myself, but I can forgive the artist for his creative liberty in adding horns and a chiseled, devilish chin to my normal features. Still, stunned and somewhat flattered by Stone Brewerys clear admiration for my distasteful personality I purchased the bottle and walked out of the store with my newfound chin high in the air, and a kingly swagger in my step. At home, when I poured the ale I learned why it they had chosen the great and wonderful me as their cover art. Arrogant Bastard Ales color is absolutely passionate. Imagine a blood drenched Saigon sunset, like a fire burning in the jungle night, like a tiger burning bright. It is absolutely resplendent. The foam leaves something to be desired, but under that is the glow of fire & brimstone, glimmering in the deepest cavernous bowels of the Earth. I was almost too busy mesmerized by the color to even take the time and pick apart the aroma. There, I scrounged up a bouquet of flavors bound by a hazy smoke. Nose pleasers like licorice, banana and apple wafted up from the glowering brew and enticed me to finally stop staring at the chalice like a buffoon and actually taste the beer. The taste is something akin to a pleasurable whiplash; a rickety theme park ride with a spontaneous, unexpected beginning and a long, drawn out end. It starts with a loose collection of sweet fruits, some slight hoppy grapefruit and a tender, creamy mouthfeel all overshadowed by a dark smoky flavor. It finishes with a long, persistent screech of hops. The sheer hoppiness of the aftertaste compels you take another sip to reintroduce theinitial burst of sweetness in a vain attempt to dispel the wracking hops harshness. The process repeats again and again, ad infinitum a terrible purgatory. But then, before you know it the beer is gone, and suddenly my grandiloquent, magniloquent, pompous, vainglorious, Arrogant Bastardliness is shattered leaving a semi-inebriated, cowering fool. This is, indeed, a demonic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3660) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours a dark amber color with a soapy head. Sweet aroma with some hops mixed in. Tastes of toffee, caramel malts, and some wood. A great American strong ale!

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