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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,159 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,159
Reviews: 2,760
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 225
Gots: 693 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Photo of paxchristi


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

On tap at "The Smoking Lounge" at the Denver Airport.

Appearance: Badass looking beer! Very dark brown with one finger of nice, khaki head. Head leaves remnant all the way down glass.

Smell: Roasted malts and some pine. Hops meet grain for an intense scent. Alcohol burns the nostrils a bit.

Taste: Piny hops hit you initially. Bready and sweet malts and yeasts bring up the back end. A caramel sweetness lies right in between. Creates a very pungent flavor not to soon be forgotten. Finishes dry.

Mouth: Totally medium body. Spot on. Good even carbonation gives the strong flavor a prickliness that advances its already strong flavor.

Overall: This is a total classic in craft beer. A total "go-to" beer for those who like strong ales. Will get this again, aboslutely! Stone continues to blow my mind.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 19:11:17 | More by paxchristi
Photo of tavernjef


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

Solid deep brown chestnut in color, magnificent head of yellow cream thats tight, spongy froth about a half inch high and fades some to leave a solid ring and very sticky, super finely stitched lacing. Smell is deep roasted malts, some dark fruit of raisin and fig and a solid backing of earthy hops lending citrus and pine. Taste is rich, earthy, full of sweet dark roasted maltyness and solid earthy hops. One incredibly balanced "bastard" of on ale. Feel is full bodied creamyness, a bit buttery in front with a solid hop grab texture and excellent lingering piney bittered dryness into the finish. Everything about this beer states attitude and quality, hence its arrogance. I just love the bottle, the gargoyle is super cool, and the powerful, gutsy statement on the back is a true mark of a rebellious warrior in the war of brewing.

Thanks to Gusler for getting me the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 06:28:11 | More by tavernjef
Photo of weazal


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

SMELL: Rich smelling, but light and quick. Sweet caramel malts up front blending so well with bright hops that you can't dissect the two apart. Some dark fruit like prunes and brown sugar.

TASTE: Just like the aroma - an intense blending of bright hops and rich, sweet caramel. They dance back and forth together in a complex, bitter, and entertaining way. Finishes appropriately quickly in a luscious way that demands another sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 04:59:30 | More by weazal
Photo of DaveBlack


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

A: Rich, reddish brown with a pretty nice off-white head to it that seems to have infinite retention. I drank an entire pitcher of this over the course of dinner and the head was still there at the end. Lots of lacing.

S: Big aroma on this beer with lots of toasty malts, notes of caramel a slightly astringent smell from the esters and a lot of hops.

T: Lots of sweet malts are up front bringing in caramel and toffee and a nice roasted flavor before the hops make their presence felt in a big way. The hops bring a spicy, piney flavor and leave the mouth with a nice bitter aftertaste. Big flavor on this beer, with a lot of balance between the sweet and bitter.

M: Medium bodied, with a tingly spiciness, but still comes off as creamy...

O: Big flavor, lots of balance and a heavy hit of alcohol. This beer is definitely a classic for a reason. I wouldn't try to drink anything afterwards because it leaves your mouth feeling totally ravished, but it's worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 20:45:50 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of RedChrome


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

This pour produced a medium brown color with very nice vibrant red hues. A half inch eggshell colored head stayed a few minutes before shrink to slick the top. Very little carbonation bubbling. Nice wispy clumps of lacing.

A very strong aroma of roasted barley. There is a light wooded scent that reminds me of sawdust. A subtle but pleasing scent of hops was able to be deteted in a second whiff. As it warms a light citrus blend can also be noticed.

Has an initial taste of burnt bread. A finish of the first taste brought a nice hops kick. A very nice second taste had a blend of citurs and woody flavors. Flavor changes as it warms, and runs from what was mention and also includes a light butterscotch and caramel blend. A light alcohol note can be detected as this one finishes on the back of the tongue.

A very nice thick feel in the mouth. A decent kick of carbonation on the tongue helps you appreciate the multitude of flavors. Nice amount of taste hangs on the surfaces.

A fantastic offering. A friend brought me this back from a trip to California, and now, I am begging her to go back. Would go very well to start of with the appetizers at an italian eatery. A nice table cheese, with some bread and red pepper infused olive oil would be heavenly. A must try for anyone with even a moderate appreciation for hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 17:57:29 | More by RedChrome
Photo of JoEBoBpr


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

Poured into my Sam Adams pint.

A - Very gorgeous look. Nice dark amber with some nice light brownish hints. There is a nice 1 inch head that is dense and light tan colored. To me this is a perfect look. While it recedes slowly it goes down to a nice mat.

S - Initial grassy and resin pine aroma with some nice good caramel malt. The malt hints are delicious and meld very well with the slight piney hops. The aroma is well balanced and complex.

T & M - Starts of with some nice malt sweetness and a bit of caramel but then quickly turns into a strong hop and grassy citric character. Very nicely toasted grains are also felt around the crisp and dry hop profile. It is smooth and finishes dry with nice carbonation and good roasted flavors.

D - Crisp and smooth yet complex flavors might hinder the drinkability as well as the higher ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:54:16 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of intensify


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

Poured a sexy looking brown body with a thick and lace hungry head.
S- hops, caramel, orange peel, honey.

T- Hoppy from start to finish. Caramel, plums, orange, grapefruit.

M- Excellent amount of carbonation. Walks the line of being a perfect feel of carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall this is a flavourful and suprisingly complex beer. The body looks just as delicious after sitting in my Tulip for 10 minutes as it did on the pour. 1 pint should be no problem to finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:53:02 | More by intensify
Photo of maximum12


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to TexasStout for a bomber of this strong ale a couple of months ago.

Pours with a nice thick head that slowly dissolves into the beer, which is a rusty, murky reddish color. Smells surprisingly of fruit; I wasn't expecting that. Any swirl brings it back to the top. Excellent nose on this Bastard.

Now I see where the Oaked AB (a fantastic beer!) gets its backbone. This is very good. Hopped enough to warrant an IIPA label in my book, with the strong fruits pushed into the background.

Drinkability is high, high, high. I was going to drink this with a nice dinner, but the dinner is still ten minutes in the future & I don't know if this 1/2 of a bomber is going to survive that long.

Very excited to have this one (& Oaked AB I'm hoping!) across the border in Hudson soon. This one's a winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 00:17:22 | More by maximum12
Photo of Knapp85


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

Fell in love with Stone after having this beer. I loved everything
about it, The bottle was awesome looking the name was great. The story on the back was also very cool. This beer was just a really good starting point for me when venturing out into the beer world. Had my first bottle on 4-17-2008. The beer poured out as a deep amber color. The head is pretty thick looking and white. head that laces the glass really well. The smell was stronger than what I was used to at the time, It was big and hoppy, a subtle sweetness on the nose as well. The taste has a strong pine flavor to it. The hop character of this beer is very good. The other tastes were of some caramel malts that gave is a slight sweetness and a light wooden flavor too. The mouthfeel is medium and had a good drinkablity to it. Overall, I think this beer is a classic in it's own way. As long as Stone makes this beer I don't see them going out of business anytime soon. It's a beerthat's got the balls to stand up against all the others out there and say "I'm better than you".

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 22:25:21 | More by Knapp85
Photo of BradtheGreat7


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

22 oz brown bomber with a brilliant Stone label. This version of the gargoyle has an 'arrogant' look to him and the bottle theme is a great touch. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - deep reddish brown In color with a thick and frothy off white to light tan head. Sticky lace plastered the side of my glass. Beautiful!

S - nice hop aroma with a ton of pine notes. Toasted grain like malts with yet a hint of dark fruit.

T - big malt character and caramel sweetness with a slight touch of chocolate. A good mixture of pine from the well placed hops. Somewhat bitter but damn good. Dark fruits dazzle deep in this flavor. Roastiness adds a nice touch to this well balanced brew. Grainy and dry finish.

M - medium to full bodied. Thick and smooth while still maintaining a solid crispness. Very chewy in the mouth.

O - this was my first and won't be my last arrogant bastard. Huge complexity and flavor. One of the best beers I've ever had. It deserves the title arrogant title with the look, taste, and feel. It screams world class. Delicious. I now understand why Stone are so highly talked about. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 02:01:06 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of Boto


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

22oz. Bomber. This one pours a bit "Thick". There was a bit of an off white head. The beer is a bit clear, and a reddish amber color. Extremely malty with a nice hop afterbite. Unique taste. There is a bit of fruitiness in there. It is very potent. This is one my wife will definitely NOT like. I am Worthy!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 20:43:37 | More by Boto
Photo of Wonka


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

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz.
7.2% Alc. Vol.

Appearance – mahogany body; rocky head and a wall of lace; carbonation rises in the body for a long while

Smell – sharp hops and mellow malts; spice

Taste – skyscraper of taste; nice hop malt battle; dark chocolate; caramel; spice; orange rind; some alcohol; hop smacks at the end with a reasonable dose of coffee

Mouthfeel – medium/almost full; some bite on the tongue from bitterness

Drinkability – a bit warming; not crushing on bitterness but the bitterness is well-understood between sips

The boulder-sized Stone is rolling down the hill in your direction and there's really nowhere to go. Arrogant Bastard will hit you straight in the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 23:57:50 | More by Wonka
Photo of Scooter77


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

This is one helluva great brew. Pours a deep orangish/reddish/brown color with a moderately frothy off-white head, which leaves a thin, sticky lace. The aroma is definitely not for the faint of heart. A healthy punch of hops attacks the olfactory senses, leaving them begging for mercy. Slight aromas of fruit and alcohol are also detected. The bold taste of hops will beat down your taste buds and have them screaming “Uncle.” This is one vastly complex brew, I didn’t think that anyone could put that much hops into one beer. Am I worthy? Why, yes I am.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 05:28:55 | More by Scooter77
Photo of NuclearDolphin


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

Poured into a 24oz Beer Stein

Appearance - Dark Crimson with a very cloudy appearance. Pours a fomay 4 finger head that is fairly brown in color with excellent retention. Lacing is also very sticky and abundant as well.

Smell - Sweet Caramel & Toffee, along with some fairly potent piney hops. There's also some pretty hefty malts in here as well, giving it more of a sweeter sort of scent. No matter how you look at it, it smell absolutely delicious. I kind of don't even want to drink this because it smells so good!

Taste - Piney Hops & Very Sweet Toffee hit the palette hard with a sort of resin-like aftertaste with licorice kick. The malts aren't quite what I would call roasted, but more of a slightly roasted sort of malt. It all comes together to make for a delicious tasting ale that masks the alcohol very well.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty heavy in body and the carbonation packs a little bite. This is an example of an ale that you really need to sit down and enjoy, as this is not what you would call an easy drinker for some

Overall - This isn't a beer for everyone, but that's okay. . With it's rich flavor, it's easy to recommend This is a beer for craft beer enthusiasts who are up to try anything new or for fans of Strong Ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 03:49:59 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of madtowndmb1


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

I just had this on tap at Old Chicago. I've had it before but I was very happy to find this on tap tonight so I thought I'd review it!

A: It poured a very deep red or mohagany.

S: Lots of malty sweetness, and a bit of hops with something sweet

T: I quickly figured out the sweetness I couldn't pinpoint. It seemed to me to be some vanilla. I read some others and nobody else seemed to get this. But I did, also, there was a touch of hops, and of course malty goodness. Not nealry the hops I had expected.

M: Smooth as silk!

D: I could drink a bunch of these but the price held me back which is fine with me. Very good!

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2009 02:37:33 | More by madtowndmb1
Photo of ark57


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

This is a symbol for what is so good in brewing today. It is large and in your face and does not care which companies pay lots of money to promote their product. It is brown in color with ruby highlights. The aroma is full of hops and some malt. The bitterness is up front and the body is a sweet and smooth maltiness. It has a big hop finish that is herbal and minty. This beer is extreme and just wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 13:41:23 | More by ark57
Photo of Crosling


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

Another one of Stone's beautiful silk-screened bottles.

Pours burgundy in color. Looks like a beautiful sunset when help up to the light. Long lasting white head with a sticky lace that clings to the glass. Exceptional looking beer.

The nose was full of prunes, vanilla, alcohol, floral hops, citrus fruits and a malt undertone.

Sharp hops at first followed by flavors of prunes, apricots, caramel and light toffee. Hops are dominant but the malt presense is very high too and balances well. Hops still take over this beer and make it very bitter. Excellent mouthfeel as well.

All around an exceptional beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 16:51:24 | More by Crosling
Photo of thecoldesquire

West Virginia

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

Presentation: 22 oz bottle poured into a 20 oz glass.

Appearance: Mahogany colored beer with nice amount of head. Excellent clarity.

Smell: Grapefruity hop aroma with some malt creeping through.

Taste: Wow! This is hoppy. If you love big citrusy American hops (and I do) then this is for you. Hop flavor dominates, but there is some sweet maltiness as well. This beer has an aggressively hoppy taste.

Overall impression: If you love high alcohol, heavily hopped beers, this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 02:24:30 | More by thecoldesquire
Photo of pwsoldier


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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date 9/28/08.

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy off-white head that dissipates slowly. Lots of lacing.

S - A lot of complexity here. Floral hop aromas, dark fruit, oak, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Dark fruits and hop bitterness come through the strongest, but there's also a solid malt backbone here to balance this monster of a beer. Some subtle phenolic tones from the alcohol give way to sweet fruit flavors as it warms.

M - Full-bodied, wet finish. My God, it's like drinking a meal! The carbonation keeps it from being too rich to stomach though. A touch of bitterness lingers on the palate.

D - This is an unbelievable beer. Deceptively smooth, very enjoyable, and a definite must-try for all beer fans. Be sure to drink it with respect, however. It's a monster!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 07:18:47 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of mmmbeer


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

22 oz. with no freshness date - served slightly chilled in an oversized wine glass. Pours a nice ruby brown that kinda looks like red wine when light shines through. It's topped with a thin tan head that leaves minimal lacing, but I was swirling it constantly, thus removing any possible lacing. Smells very fruity - pineapple juice, tropical hops, and some sweetness and bitterness. Tastes like pineapple and mango with piney and citric hops (predominantly grapefruit) that are very bitter but complement the flavors nicely. It has low to medium carbonation with a smooth body that is oh so thick and feels wonderful. This is a great beer for the price and a great beer in general.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 16:48:28 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Daehpoh


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from the tap. Appeared a wonderful dark amber color with a solid one finger head that remained throughout. Aroma of floral hops covered in caramel. The taste is where this flagship of the Stone lineup shines. Great fresh floral and citrus hop flavors combined with caramel, vanilla and slight dark chocolate. Can taste the beginnings of some flavor components that really come out in the oaked version. Very nice velvety feel with medium-heavy body. Good drinkability although it can get quite filling as this is a hefty brew. This is definitely one of my all-time favorites thanks to its bold flavor from both the hop and malt elements.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2007 18:48:07 | More by Daehpoh
Photo of akahn


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

Deep ruby color with a burnt brown head that sinks to a skim. Great color.

Deep caramel sweetness in the aroma, with some nutty notes, plum fruit notes and piney hops.

Great flavor -- fairly easygoing considering what the bottle was preparing me for. Extremely balanced yet flavorful. Sweet, caramel maltiness, fruity, and then those green hops, bitter but balanced. Yum.

Full body, but not heavy. Exceptionally smooth. Carbonation is hardly noticable. There is a beautiful contrast between the velvety mouthfeel and the pine hop flavors. I guess I'm worthy. I really enjoyed this beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 01:49:12 | More by akahn
Photo of thickgirth


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.

Serving type: growler

09-26-2013 00:38:24 | More by thickgirth
Photo of KickInTheChalice


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

Being from Chicago, when I was in San Diego I knew that it was imperative to try out some good local brews, especially from Stone Brewery. I saw this one at a liquor store the first night I was in town, and I read the label:

"This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste of sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth..."

Wow, I would have gotten it based on the name, the gargoyle, or the first line, but this beer is actually daring me to drink it. Ok, I said, let's get a 22 oz bottle and see if I can handle it.

Well, needless to say I was quite impressed. This beer kicks your ass and wonders why you are being such a wuss while taking your beating.

Appearance: Deep, dark amber with a thick off-white head that goes absolutely nowhere. As you sip it down the lace reminds you of every level the beer had been at previously. Wow, it's hard to make a beer look any better.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Smell: Strong hops, a bit of alcohol, strong roasted malt. I definitely smell and advanced bouquet of spices and fruit, with just a floral hint as well. A very complex aroma.

Taste: Bam! Arrogant bastard hits you with an assault of roasted malt, bringing a strong flash of caramel at first. The roasted malt also brings forth some chocolate flavors, with just a hint of vanilla as well. Just before the alcohol kicks in, I can taste a bite of cloves, which is a nice touch. From the middle on out, the hops clearly dominate. There is a fruit taste I can't quite distinguish exactly, but the bitterness is clearly there. Right at the end there is a slight, mild sweetness, with the hops still carrying the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Although medium bodied, this packs such a punch. The roasted malt adds a chewy aspect to the feel.

Drinkability: I only had to take off a half point because I wish you could session this one. It might take you 20 or so of these to figure out all of the smells and flavors.

As mentioned above, the brewers are not lying when they say this is not for the faint of heart. Don't give this to your friend who you are trying to ween off Miller Lite.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 23:58:38 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of BillyBoysPie


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

From a 750 into an imperial pint glass. There were a few ounces left in the bottle that I'll finish off after the first glass.

A very dark reddish-amber with an inch of dense, off-white head that stuck around the glass and for a while. It's a great color - I think they should sell it at paint stores as "Arrogant Bastard Amber."

Tangy grapefruit, lime and lemon with floral notes. Very open and clear flavors with some malt behind - nothing more than barley and toffee.

Like the nose suggests, grapefruit starts this beer off. It moves quickly from the citrus into pine & other saps into bitters. Clean malts balance the beer.

Easy to drink, medium-light mouthfeel. The slightly high alcohol is well hidden. Great beer, and would pair well with many foods.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 02:02:51 | More by BillyBoysPie
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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