Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

Stone Brewing Co

USA

7.2% and hoppy but with enough of a malty backbone to support it. Strong aroma, strong flavor. This beer kicks ass. The bottle tells you that you're not worthy, and there is an excellent chance they're right.

Reviewed: April 03, 2004

Rating: 9/10

If you buy this by accident and complain about the taste, don't say you weren't warned. The bottle clearly says "You're Not Worthy" (right next to the "7.2% Alc Vol"). It then goes on to insult the drinker, saying you don't have the taste or sophistication to enjoy this beer, and that you move your lips when you read. Definitely an entertaining label, and very creative. As for the ale itself, few of you will have a beer that is this hoppy. I'd say they went overboard, but that would imply I did not like it. On the contrary, I liked it a lot. Not all of you will. Aggressively-hopped ales are an acquired taste, so work your way up to this one. If you try it right out of the gate, you'll never come back, and Stone deserves better.

Reviewed: April 03, 2004

Rating: 8/10

Screw it then, I'm not worthy.

Reviewed: April 03, 2004

Rating: 3/10

Wowsers. Good googalymoogaly. I'm not worthy, either. This is one helluva beer. Pours a very handsome burnished walnut color, and the aroma is hops, hops, and more hops. The first taste grabs your taste buds and pummels them to within a quarter-inch of their lives. This beer rocks! Sweet, smoky, and spicy piney hops. At 7.2% ABV, it packs a punch, too. I was reading the label out loud to my wife as we split the bomber, so yes, my lips WERE moving. Smartasses. You pretty much owe it to yourself to try this beer at least once; just make sure you do so at home. I doubt you can finish this and be legal behind the wheel.

Reviewed: March 11, 2006

Rating: 8/10

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