So I haven't actually tried arrogant bastard ale before and I thought I would give it a shot tonight. Long(ish) story short I go to the bottle shop and the only stuff they have had a best by date of 7/10/13. I get a bottle for $2 because they were out of date (and really, can you turn down like 70% off?).
The hops is still there, but is muted and limited mostly to the finish (still balances the malt in the middle though). It's almost like an aggressively hopped dark strong now. I'm a fan, but am wondering how different this is from how the beer is supposed to taste?