bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Draught at Newport Pizza And Ale in OB. I’ve never had a really strong opinion of AB or 2x AB in the past. Sure, I’ve liked both enough, but didn’t feel strongly enough about either to want to rate them. I’ve been revisiting some of the Stone brews lately and have found I’m enjoying them more than before. Maybe my tastes have changed. This version of AB is my favorite. The oak is not at all overwhelming, but serves to mellow both the sweetness and bitterness somehow, generally adding a well balanced product. Nose is pretty weak and lacks any wood tones, but the flavor is lacking the syrupy malt quality of the other ABs, which is good. Still roasty, but not sugary/caramel. Cheek-clucking bitterness remains, but in a more subdued manner. The oak chips seem to add a lot to the end product, but one thing they do not contribute is a whole lot of woody/bark flavor. That’s good for me. jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Nice beer not quite as good as the original in my opinion. I believe they went mellow on the hops and malt in order to better showcase the oak. All in all a good beer but I would prefer to drink the Original. DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
Poured a 12oz/355ml bottle into a small snifter. Reddish-brown hazy body with a nice light golden creamy head. Not much carbonation visible. The aroma is marvellous, with so much going on (citrus hops, caramel maltiness, some cherry and raisin notes, some vanilla oakiness)! The taste is very intense and complex. You get a strong hop bite (with a very juicy grapefruit profile), followed by some nice sweet caramel and vanilla maltiness. There is also some pepercorn-like spiciness. The finish is a bit dry, bitter and oaky at the same time. markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2007
from a BA trade with b0ldfacelies, 12oz. bottle poured into an Imperial Pint
A: Pours a bold, striking, vibrant reddish color featuring a huge, rocky off-white head. Like everything else about this beer, it makes a statement with its appearance.
S: Smells more like the best DIPAs on the planet, loads of fresh-baked cookie goodness, and a gorgeous roasted nutty quality makes this aroma a serious winner.
T/M: Again, bold is the word here. A blast of massively bitter grapefruit splashes your taste buds before giving way to the dark, roasted malt center. The grapefruit bitterness is joined by a long, aggressive piney finish. This beer doesn’t so much get drank as it does ASSAULT your taste buds. Perfectly balanced carbonation makes it easy to wrestle with large gulps of this monster at a time.
D: If this beer wasn’t so dang expensive, I’d buy it more often. It’s ridiculously fun to drink, if not outright drinkable.
Highly recommended! Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 Dark brown with a decent sized, off-white head with great lacing. The aroma is of hops and dark fruits with notes of oak and berries. The flavor is fruity and hoppy with notes of oak and berries. Overall i’d say its a great, aggressive beer: not for beginners.
wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Thin head, with a nice malt-brown color to it...
Smells great...a hint of florals with a nice roast to it too...
tastes great....this is pricy as hell (I paid $18 for a 6 pack) but overall is well worth it MHOSKINS (83) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2013
As good as it gets for American Ales! Stone has the Gold Standard here with Arrogant Bastard. If I could only have one beer ever again, this would be it. Bastards!
MKH---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Storm_Warning (83) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2013
Currently drinking whilst typing. Aroma is of sweet caramel, toffee malts, spicy piney hops and oaky wood. Appears as a ruby copper vessel with a cream coloured head with nice lacing. Tastes of sweet wooded alcohol, pine and spicy hops and nutty toffee malts. Nice bitterness which lasts through the finish. Palate is full and smooth textured with a tingly carbonation. A nice beer overall but personally I find it too oaky, but definitely worth drinking.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone 721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Finally had this, loved the regular arrogant for ever, this one is great big hoppy and malty in both nose and flavor, evident oak throu out! Oak added and did not take away from experience! Perfect guys! matmatmat (82) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish amber with off white head. Roasty campfire aroma with a citrusy/floral hop character. Flavor is very complex, but very balanced. Semi sweet and quite bitter. With a very resiny quality and lots of tannins. Full bodied and slick on the mouth finishing with a long astringent nature that leaves you hungry for more. This one has a right to be arrogant!