This beer is in the 99th percentile at RateBeer.com.
The silk-screened label on the bottle is taunting me with "You probably won't like it. It is doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this fine quality and depth."
What if I get it wrong? The beer nerds will see through this thin facade and banish me to a life of "fizzy yellow beer".
Every review on-line talks about the label. The marketing is genius. They taunt you and shame you into liking this beer.
The pour - thick head. It not only sticks to the glass, it sticks around for a while. I go to the bathroom and come back. The creamy head still looks the same. I play a game of checkers and come back. The head still looks the same. Will this thing go away? I'm getting thirsty.
The color - ruby brown. It's a little hazy and I'm worried that the beer might be too cold. I need a thermometer. Only nerds drink with thermometers. I play another game of checkers and come back. I think it's warm enough now.
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The beer is a mouthful. The liquid coats your tongue and stays around for a summer vacation. Bitterness lingers throughout the drinking experience.
The combination of 7.2% alcohol and the strong fatiguing flavor of this beer means that it is definitely not a session beer.
The taste leans toward the hoppy side but is reasonably balanced by the malt. The word that kept recurring in my mind - piney.
According to the label, this beer is only made with barley, hops, yeast and water. If this is true, I see this as a positive for the beer. I appreciate the puritanical efforts they take to make great beer.
It's listed as an American strong ale on RateBeer.com. This comes off as a strong pale ale or less-hoppy IPA.
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Although it's not a bad beer. It has failed to inspire me to find a second 22oz. bomber - after all, it ain't cheap! I can't even put it in the top 2 beers of the week. This week on the BBA we reviewed Goose Island's Honker's Ale and BBC Nut Brown Ale. I thought both of those were delicious (and less expensive) and I would choose those over this offering from Stone.
Arrogant Bastard gets point for purity, marketing and a decent all-around beer, but for me it comes up short in the inspiration and uniqueness category. Sorry beer nerds.
BBA Rating: 6