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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,216 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,216
Reviews: 2,761
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 231
Gots: 723 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Photo of ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle today dated fresh by 10/28/2011.

A: very dark red color with thick tan head that stays, leaving lacing all over.

S: bitter grapefruit and sweet dark toasted malts both very intense.

T: incredibly flavorful beer, tons of sweet roasty malt flavor that manages to keep hold during the barrage of dry citrus and pine hops. Overwhelming and delicious.

O: as if you didn't know yet, stone arrogant bastard is top notch stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:10:30 | More by ReelBigwigFish
Photo of carln26


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How do you start with this beer. Deep mahogany with ruby highlights. Thin light brown head. Nose is dates and figs from the malt along with grapefruit orange with a mild doughy character. Great depth of flavor with layers of sweetness from the malt. It starts as candy, changes to the date/fig component and becomes spicy like a carrot cake after a while. Smooth mouth feel medium drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2005 20:53:15 | More by carln26
Photo of eric5bellies


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass.

A - Pours a dark amber colour with a thick ivory coloured head that reduces slowly

S - Plenty of pine ad malts present.

T - Plenty of pine and hops up front, caramel roasted malts follow that are slightly sweet. Finishes in quite a bitter on the finish and lingers nicely.

M - Very smooth and full bodied and medium carbonation.

D - This is a damn fine ale, that you will find hard to match

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 14:44:18 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of ProfessorCJ


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tall pint glass. Two fingers of white foam above a golden amber clear ale. Smells like malt and a hint of hops. Tastes of roasted barley, chocolate (?), coffee. The mouthfeel is good but not overwhelming with a good long finish. Very Drinkable despite the "You aren't worthy" slogan.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 02:21:35 | More by ProfessorCJ
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 650ml bottle with no bottling or freshness date. Pours clear red with a thick off-white head that gets to about two fingers, then starts to die down. Not much lacing to see.

Smell: Apples (cider), yeast, malts, citrus, hops and slight alcohol notes towards the end. A truly amazing smell.

Taste: Hops, sweet malts, caramel, and chocolate. Extremely well balanced, the hops come through at just the right time and leave a subtle hop aftertaste that leaves the you wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy mouthfeel, that leaves the mouth feeling slightly dry.

Drinkability: Remarkable! A truly great beer and one of my favorites. Perfectly balanced and an amazing taste. I will definitely buy this beer again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 00:58:46 | More by grs8313
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Experienced both on-tap and bottled. The difference between the two is staggering beyond what is normally expected.

Bottled: I would be tempted to rate the beer almost half a point lower in almost ever category, especially taste. The hazy bite of this potent beer seems to be somewhat lessened, but the bottled version retains the same strong malty smell and spiciness.

On-Tap: Wow. A solid and awesome beer that lives up to its name! The flavor is much stronger on the front end when consumed on-tap, the spices and malt practically kicking in the face of any bastard lucky enough to drink a sip. The hops wash away the spice toward the end, leaving just a trace of malt and hops on the tongue. Extremely drinkable!

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 02:05:34 | More by Enigmaticgesture
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this twice on both bottle and tap now.

My first bottle experience bordered on undrinkable, but since then things have changed a bit.

Apperance: Pours a deep, muddy brown with an ample head.

Smell: Lots going on here. Bitter hops, with perhaps some chocolate, cloves and coffee on those. Not easy to figure out all the flavors floating over this.

Taste: The first sip pulls in a good solid wall of hop bitterness. It's a wall you have to chew your way through before finding the some slight fruity hop flavors and caramel malt background on the midsip. The hops aren't gone though, and come back to leave a dark, musky bitteness on the palate, taunting you to take the next sip.

When I first tried this, I would have said you were crazy if you thought it was drinkable. Well, I don't think that anymore, but this is sure a beer you'll want to build up to. Like many of Stone's brews, this one can wreak havoc on your palate if you're not prepared.


Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2004 19:02:32 | More by wyllder
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with red highlights when held up against the light. Cloudy and thick looking, inviting and sophisticated. Creamy tan head with some bubbly character and a nice thick ring.

Smell: Complex, sweet and fruity but definitely an herbal hop presence. Peaches and apples, pare, plum, ripeness.

Taste: Sweet and roasty malt upfront, then all the ripe fruity notes, all kinds of flavors, hints of spiciness, and a warming alcohol followed by a strong kick of hops, crisp.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium to full bodied, light carbonation, awesome! Nice and soft, not sticky.

Drinkability: This beer is so good. I like to drink it on it's own. If I were to pair it with food, the food would have to be very flavorful not to be overpowered. It looks amazing and tastes great, I'll take this any day, I fear it will become trendy because of it's great bottle, but I'll always know why I like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 07:07:03 | More by guitarmage
Photo of Groomsy


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22. oz bottle, "enjoy by" date of Feb. 22 2011, so I'm cutting it close on this one. Poured into a snifter and shared with a friend. Pretty pumped about this beer.

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark mahogany/burnt amber with a thick, rocky tan head of a finger or two, slowly dissipating to a film on top and never really fades away but leaves a collar of bubbles. Lets you know what it's about right off the bat. Sheets of lacing drag the glass during consumption. Almost barleywine-like in its appearance.

Smell: Huge, but balanced. Simultaneously occurring notes of pine, floral hops, caramel, and roasted malts bombard the nose all at once, but it's not confusing or overbearing. Slight hint of alcohol. A kick in the nose, gives me things to anticipate.

Taste: Where has this been all my life?! Unforgiving notes of pine and pungent floral hops start out, followed by a rich, sugary sweetness and caramel/roasted malts. More bitterness and slightly herbal, woody, and citric tastes from the hops in the finish, but balanced by a robust sweetness. Hints of alcohol prickle the tongue throughout the drinking session. This is not for the faint of heart, not at all. Big flavor, and it is bold on all fronts.

Mouthfeel: Slight warming alcohol, but the overall mouthfeel is remarkably rich, thick, and creamy. Hop notes and caramel flavors linger on the finish. Well-placed carbonation which helps to enhance all the flavors involved in the beer. Fairly dry in the finish, but enhanced flavors as the beer warms makes me want another sip.

Drinkability: Take it slow with this one. Not because of the alcohol content, but because the flavors will grow more as the beer warms, and you'll grow to appreciate the flavors more. Nice for sitting back and sipping.

Hands down one of the best beers I've had. I almost was not worthy of its arrogance, but I loved it too much to not finish it. This is a beast of a beer. Approach with caution, and you will be rewarded.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 06:10:01 | More by Groomsy
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from tap (although I've had this one too many times to count from bottle too).

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged size head. Smells of molasses, piney, and some citrus. Sweet and bitter tasting (nicely balanced). Hoppy. Dark fruity. Chewy.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2008 14:47:56 | More by hopdog
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really started my love of good beer. I first tried this because of it's catchy name when at a bar in college. I have always been and will always be infatuated with the color of this beer. The head takes on a slight amber shade and the beer itself is such a unique bright amber color, that really is eye catching. The taste is amazing. Plenty of hops and a remarkable complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2006 21:43:24 | More by mhaugan
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second review. This was the bottled version, while my previous review was on tap.

Appearance is similar to the draft but I found the head to be smaller, with less retention. Same dark, ruby red color.

Aroma seems to have a little less pine. Still a big Christmas tree smell with some sweet malt characteristics to balance.

This is sweeter than the last few bottles I’ve had. I was surprised to find it being just as sweet as the draft version. Have they tweaked the recipe? Tastes of sweet caramel, grapefruit and piney hops. More citrus and less pine than the draft version. A little tamer in my opinion. Very well balanced.

Excellent mouth feel and highly drinkable. I prefer the draft version but this is still a very fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 01:22:00 | More by Estarrio
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The ale arrived sporting a lovely dark amber color with a perfect off-white head. The aroma was good, with some hoppiness being the strong effect on the nose.This has a fantastic malt and hop balance that has your tastebuds wanting more. The sweetness and bitterness lasted together on the tongue well after the swallow. A nice lace formed on the glass as the ale was being emptied from the glass. Very drinkable and overall a great product.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2003 21:20:21 | More by Gavage
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown-red with a nice tan head on it. Great lacing left on the glass.

S: Starts off with a strong malty smell that is then overtaken with some nice piney hops.

T: Delicious. Starts out with a slight hop bite, then moves onto a malt that features some caramel, some fruit, some figs,and finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness. Alcohol warms throughout.

M: Great carbonation and a nice smooth feel. Finishes crisply.

D: I love this stuff. Stone hits another home run with AB. Tasty, drinkable. The alcohol is a little strong for a session beer, but you can definitely throw a couple of these back.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 23:45:02 | More by YonderWanderer
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had numerous bottles of this but never got around to a review.

Unfortunately I moved into a state that for some reason didn't seem to offer Stone, and as a result have not been into their offerings. I love their beer, so a little over three years ago I decided to buy some to cellar.

Bought in Livonia, MI moved to Minnesota and brought into Jersey. I expect it to be decent. But you never know.

Smells good opened with that nice sound. Looks like it's still beer, a nice silky smooth foam and some soap like bubbles in the bottle. Glass looks very hazy. Smells fruity, malt with over ripe banana.

Foams in the mouth with an unholy bitterness. Carbonized goodness, that has no equal in recent memory.
Warming, and dry with some heavy hints of spice.

No telling how much older these can get.

The only problem is that I can't say I'd drink alot of these.
I would love to have a case of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:33:29 | More by Dotcubed
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At first you might think the bottle is half of the appeal, but then you find a joint that serves Arrogant Bastard on tap and you relaize that this is one of the world's best beers. From the smell to the taste to crazy things you do after four or five pints, this beer is first class. Really, all of Stone's beers are great, but there is just a little something extra about this one. But then, I am always a sucker for a big, hoppy faux-IPA type of ale. Aren't you?

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2001 17:39:13 | More by jonnylieberman
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had one of these in NYC at The Gingerman this past weekend.

It was a perfect looking beer IMO. Ruby, mahognay in color with a perfect 1/2 finger head. I actually took a pic with my digital, I know...

smell - smelled nice, fruity/citrusy with a sharpness to it is my best description.

taste - first sip hits with some refreshing sweetness, citrus and sugar. It was almost cherry like to me, but I am new at this. Went down very smooth with a slightly bitter aftertaste to it(didn't like that part too much) but it was overpowered by the beginning and middle of the taste.

Mouthfeel - pleasant, smooth

Drinkability - I could have had another very easily, but I was too interested in the 75 or so other beers I had to choose from.

Overall a great beer, and I was not disappointed by the hype, it doesn't make the top of my list but I would definitely drink it again, whether on tap or not. Its not distributed in MD so its hard for me to get my hands on some.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2004 19:49:40 | More by kegerator
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a ruby-brown color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, citrus, and pine. This is the strongest grapefruit smell I've encountered in a beer. The taste is almost a grapefruit like as the aroma, but not quite. There is a nice bitterness in the finish too. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a really nice beer. I held off trying it for a long time, because I really did not like Oaked Arrogant Bastard. This beer seems to me to have a lot more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 23:20:06 | More by KarlHungus
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has a dark copper color with a fair amount of ruby red tint to it. The aroma is sweet, spicy and nutty. The taste is so very complex with dark plums, caramel, spicy, and nutty flavors. It also has some hot alcohol flavors mixed in with its great bitterness. It has a fairly thick body and is very complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 18:07:43 | More by BeenJammin
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant copper to reddish brown color with a fine and lingering head that still coats the glass upon dissipation.

Aromas of meats and iron with hints of grassy brightness give way to rich malty flavors accented by assertive but not overwhelming hops. Top notes of muskmelon on the palate. A really balanced brew that seems to do what it's supposed to do.

The texture is outstanding and I could drink a bunch of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 21:51:34 | More by detlefchef
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber thanks to malthead.
Great looking dark amber with a white head that hangs on until the end.
Aroma is an absolutly wonderful mix of grapefruit (citrus) from the hops and a nice balance of malts on the nose.
Grapefruit dominates from the hops at first taste but the balance of carmel and grainy malt comes through by the time it hits your throat.
This is an extremely drinkable beer although one bomber would be enough at 7.2%, the hops are dominate but it is very well balanced.

Believe the hype, this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 14:51:54 | More by mnstorm99
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish-brown color and a fairly clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Very strong aroma of hops, malt and something sugary.

T: Lots and lots of hops in this one. Also had malt, a mild yeast, and a sugary quality. Very tasty.

M: A high carbonation rate and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: If you like beers with big hoppy flavors, give this one a shot. It's complex, vibrant and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 12:53:41 | More by avalon07
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 2/28/2012. Pours slightly hazy brick red color with a nice 2 finger dense dark cream colored head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, pine, toasted grain, biscuit, grapefruit, light chocolate, herbal, and a touch of dark fruit. Fantastic aromas here with great balance. Taste of big caramel, biscuit, pine, grapefruit, light chocolate, toasted malt, herbal hops, and some dark fruit. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toasted malt, pine, chocolate, and citrus on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance with the bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very smooth and easy to drink, but is still a bit of a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden; with hardly any warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a fantastic brew from Stone. I have not had this in a while, but it impressed me much more this time around. Excellent balance; with nice flavor complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 04:39:48 | More by superspak
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep bronze color and massive head, fabulous retention and lacing, looks and behaves like a beer from an old cartoon. The nose is comprised of citrus, pine and oak with a floral hops, it is a little boozey but it adds to the character. The flavor is hops, and malt with a toffee sweetness, bitter bite at the finish. Medium body and carbonation, well crafted. One of the better ales I’ve had, really interesting and flavorful

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 21:27:10 | More by LAMAGS
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 22oz bomber into a snifter. The bottle itself is hilarious, hurling insults at any and all "sniveling yellow-fizzy-beer-drinking wimps." The beer is a dark murky brown color, but when held to light it's pure red. Head was about 2 and a half fingers thick, tan, and creamy.

Smell: Hops are front and center, fruity and piney with a balancing bready malt character along with caramel.

Taste: The beer introduces itself with a surprising smoothness and huge maltiness that includes caramel, chocolate, and a thick biscuity/bready character. Hops then come into the picture, drying things up a bit with a piney and zesty taste. Finish is smooth, thick, and drying. Not for the faint of heart.

Notes: This is one huge ass-kicker of a beer... in a good way. Thick, over the top, and ridiculously delicious. Thank you Stone.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 04:36:07 | More by BucBasil
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