Let's Talk Arrogant Bastard Ale - Video Beer Review #367

From Arrogant Brewing which is a subsidiary of Stone Brewing,
we have the Arrogant Bastard and the subject of my latest beer review. This
American Strong Ale comes in with a beer alcohol content or ABV of 7.2% and at an
IBU level of 100. This one is definitely more of a sipper to be enjoyed over
time.

As far as appearance, it opens up nice with a deep and dark
copper color that is topped with a nice cream or beige colored head. As the
head breaks down, it tends to form a nice rockiness and leave behind some nice
lacing on the glass.

The aroma does come out of the glass rather easily and
nicely, and carries some traits that I would associate with a Barleywine. In a
way, I like to consider this a Barleywine light, so to speak. But on the aroma,
there is a nice syrupy sweetness despite the high IBU and you get a nice sense
of the balance between the malts and hops.

The taste will share some initial bitterness, but it does
sooth out on the back end and creates a nice break. Its body is full and I
tended to get a little bit of a smokiness, which made me think that it would be
a good one to pair with a cigar.

It is definitely one that I say to check out, although the
taste needed may be an acquired one.

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