Arrogant Bastard Ale
The Arrogant Bastard Ale, brewed by Stone Brewery is without a doubt the rudest beer I have ever tasted. The beer proclaims boldly “You’re Not Worthy”. That kind of trash talk from a beer had me excited to prove myself worthy of the gnarly looking Gargoyle on the bottle.
I have tried the Arrogant Bastard at the Alamo Drafthouse before. It was always a unique experience. I liked watching a movie while drinking it, because I knew that this beer does not get drunk quickly, so you can sip it and enjoy the film without having to make restroom trips or order other drinks.
This is the first time I have ever bought it and taken it home for a test drive. I picked up a single bottle at Specs for 3.99$. The bottle is a mighty 1 pint and 6 ounces. The beer is a stout 7.2% ABV, but for some reason when I drink it, it feels like more.
I picked up the beer during Halloween weekend. The gargoyle had that extra special demonic look that made me want to dance thriller.
Now, on to the beer. It pours with a thick head and reddish gold color. When you first take a wiff of the beer you just might contemplate your worthiness. The beer has a bitter, bitter taste at first. If you can get past the bitterness, which I would say the majority of regular people can’t, you can experience the flavors in this unique brew. There is a chocolaty coffee taste that comes after your taste buds get acquainted to the hoppy flavor. The biscuit malt flavor is also there. There is surprisingly little aftertaste to this aggressive beer.
Overall, I really like this beer. If I had more than one of these bottles I would need a nap though. This is nothing to play around with. I assume that the Gargoyle can sum things up better than me.
“Arrogant Bastard Ale: This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality or depth. We would suggest that you stick to something safer and more familiar territory – maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that the their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing these words as you read this.”
In conclusion, I give the Arrogant Bastard 4 out of 5 mugs on the Austin Brew Scale.