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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,202 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,202
Reviews: 2,761
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 229
Gots: 715 | 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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another classic that must be reviewed!

A- Simply beautiful. Deep ruby red with a big tan head and fabulous lacing. If nothing else, this beer is gorgeous!

S- Quite fruity. I can pick up apples, pears, and oranges along with other citrusy, hoppy aromas. Caramel malts are also present, along with a bit of a roasty smell. The smells are blended so well together that it's tough to pick out the hops and the malts, although it's obvious that both are present in vast quantities.

T- Wow, quite unique. Once again, it's tough to separate the malts and the hops, they're so well blended. The flavors meld quite well together. A fruitiness similar to the smell is apparent with pomacious fruits, a sort of apple-like flavor that is fairly unique to any beer that I've had; it's somewhat similar to a hard cider. There's also a vinous quality to it, kind of like an off-dry white like a Suavignon Blanc. Whatever, it's quite complex and quite nice. Quite bitter in the finish, which for me just adds to the appeal.

M- Full, thick and rich. Very enjoyable.

D- Based on the flavor and overall appeal of this beer I'd have to rate the drinkability rather high, but it is pretty alcoholic and complex. This is really a beer that should be drunk slowly and savored rather than quaffed. I'd have another, but probably not more than two.

What a fantastic beer! I'd had this a couple times before and thought it was good, but not this good. I guess my palate has developed enough that I can truly appreciate it. This beer is quite common in my area, so I tend to overlook it in favor of more exotic options. That's a mistake on my part. Truly a great beer that often gets overlooked due to its abundance and hype. Marketing tactics aside, this beer kicks ass! Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 04:24:21 | More by vtfan77
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a clear ruby with a thick cream-colored head. Besides general beeriness, pungent aromas of pineapple, red fruit and a touch of pine are evident. Initial tasting gives as impression of a big malty ale with a touch of booziness and toastiness and apple. Definitely on the richer side, but dry enough to avoid being cloying, and with the hop flavour to stave off too heavy a maltiness.

I think this achieves a nice balance between maltiness and hops, and is no doubt quite a bit bitterer (objectively) than the impression it gives. Quite drinkable for such a big beer. I think the two strong points of this one are balance and nose.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 17:45:04 | More by allergictomacros
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - the appearance was better than i thought. Very thick and creamy head. Cloudy dark brown color.

S - Hints of roasted caramel, smoky, sweety, and a kick of a very nice spices.

T - Smoky, toasted coffee, and hints of roasted caramel and vanilla. The flavors are perfectly balanced. The taste is better than the smell.

M - Not watery, not heavy. good balance. Almost smooth.

0 - An excellent ale with alot of body and character, perfectly combined ingredients that makes this beer an outstanding A.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 17:59:58 | More by enzocc
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South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, rich amber with a thick, fluffy tan head that stickes around a good while.
Smells of citrusy hops - grapefruit - and sugary malts - carrot cake, comes to mind for some reason. Taste is pine resin with grapefruit peel, apples, caramel. Surprisingly balanced, given the reputation as a hop bomb. But my mouth is puckering involuntarily. Very nice. Medium body, and very drinkable for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 01:23:44 | More by kingjames1
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This huge beer pours an awesome deep brownish ruby red. It forms a nice full cream colored head that holds well. The aroma is filled with an agressive hop aroma, some sweet maltiness, and a great aroma of figs or other fruits. The beer has a great fullness to it and the first sip is nice and thick almost chewy. A very upfront somewhat abrasive bitterness is complemented with the sweetness of the fruit flavors and malt. An awesome brew very well done, in fact it is a go to. This beer complements food better than most beers, the Bastard is amazing. My complements to the brewers at Stone!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 13:06:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second time to drink this...the first time I didn't know what to expect, it caught me a little off guard.This bottle sat in the fridge for almost 2 months for no reason except that I guess just wanted to sit and enjoy it on my own sweet time. Here goes...I humble myself..

Dark hazy, redish amber...Frothy head looks almost like foam on a cappicino, excellent retention and lacing. Smell of molasses, vanilla, chamomile, citrus, fresh cut hay and pine...complex...yes. Taste the hops, this is what they're about and what they're good at....pine, citrus combined with a toasted malty fruitiness, reminiscent of molasses, dried cherries, pineapple, raisins, that takes this brew in a most interesting flavor direction along with a creamy but carbonated bite that makes for a inticing mouthfeel and drinkability.

I am not worthy...

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 00:00:52 | More by scottblaze
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a dark reddish mahogony with a fluffy medium tan head. A beer that looks hardy with the feel of winter and a roaring fire. The smell has a real hop citrus aroma thats not quite as strong as their IPA, but nice. The taste has a great mix of hop bitterness, sweet malt and spices, cinnamon, pepper, and carmel. The m/f is medium and very well balanced. Some Strong Ales are are way too "syrupy", but this is smooth and it hides the alcohol well. An outstanding beer and I'm glad I finally found a place that sold it.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 02:07:26 | More by jmz62565
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the first BIG beers I ever had (about 8 years ago) and I wasn't a fan. Since then, my tastes have evoloved and I figured it was time to give it another try.

Pours from the bomber to a pint glass with dark red amber color and good clarity. The head is thick with good retention and the lace sticks to the sides.

Aroma is full of earthy citrus hops. There is also a certain pilsner quality to it. Maybe they used pilsner malt.

Flavor is excellent and there's lots going on. The malts seem like that of an uber red ale with just enough roasty toasted malt. The hops impart a spicy bitterness. It all works together beautifully and the balance is great.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and not far from creamy. The low level of carbonation certainly helps here. It doesn't even need to be served very cold. Drinkability is also quite good for the style.

This is one beer that deserved a second chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 02:27:03 | More by GilGarp
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pick this one in a trip that i made to laredo tx, buy it in a HEB of lamar av., i think

A- beautifull deep cooper color, with a nice cream head

S- mal, a lot of malt, and aromatic hops

T- Bitter and caramel malts

M- good carbonation, bitterness is very strong

D- it will be dificult to mi to drink more than 2 of this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 08:08:43 | More by nano
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired December '06.

I love this beer as a strong ale. A rich translucent brown in color, with a tan head, the smell that initially hits your nose is fresh floral hops and citrus aromatics. The taste is a caramel maltiness up front with a long lasting intense bitterness at the end. Fresh wet hops are present throughout. As it warms, caramel is much more apparent in the aroma, and the lingering bitterness is much less than I remember the very first time I had it. This might be a beer that some people have to get use to for a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 07:48:22 | More by MiScusi
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Burnt orange, mostly brown body with a thick tan head.

S- Some dark chocolate and caramel. Maybe some orange and plum in there as well. Fully aromatic.

T- I was expecting a much stronger taste - but this is actually even better. All kinds of spice and fruit. The alcohol is a little noticeable, but manageable. Some roasted malts too.

M - Milky, but not to the point of heavy cream. Just right.

D - It sits a little heavy; especially being a bomber. But it's a carefully crafted brew.

Notes - This is the first strong ale I've had - and I have to say this makes a great first impression. I also appreciate the humor and smart-ass remarks that Stone puts on the bottle - claiming "You're Not Worthy." Little aspects like this makes for a more enjoyable drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 22:41:42 | More by animalchin
Photo of lukester


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What more needs to be said, 2675+ reviews and holding steady at A-. This is a big bold beer, the name and story on the bottle should be enough. If you can't handle it don't drink it and don't review it. If you're a Pilsner drinker this beer is not going to impress. If you're a big beer drinker who enjoys lingering hops and all the flavors that big beers should have then step right up. This beer is Stone's stellar offering and one that I will also choose unless I need to drive somewhere!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 05:35:10 | More by lukester
Photo of Cheesemoose


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with the Father in Law into two pint glasses.

Brown-red, near garnet like. 2 fingers of head of eggshell white head. lacing is very nice, leaving both lines and a nice trail after each sip. Excellent.

Nose is a filling of piney, peppery hops. Malt backing is there, more bready and grainy than anything. This is one you tread lightly on.

Malt base comes to play early, giving a bit of saltine like breadiness and good caramel cream nature. Mild sweetness, but it is quickly overtaken by the hops. A piney mixture with a good pepper like spiciness that resonates well past the first sip.

So dang quaffable. Moderate creaminess, silky smooth, very nice and enjoyable mouthfeel. If it was more drink. This is one is dangerous, because the abv is in that realm of too much and not enough. It is well hidden and can quickly become a problem. Watch out, this one comes to play, and has a nasty bite.

Buy two, because after the first, you will be wanting another. What a dirty devil

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 00:09:30 | More by Cheesemoose
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Others have commented on the marvelous images and smart-ass comments on the bottle; what's inside is even better.

Beer is a dark orange-red in color, with a full, deep, thick tan head that doesn't want to quit. Very resilient; the most tenacious lacing I've ever seen.

Aroma is sharp grapefruit with a background of general citrus tones; and the taste brings out a nearly automatic, "Wow." A burst of fruit, a slightly gritty yet very creamy mouthfeel. Great hops in the middle of your mouth, then sweet, malty, with a hint of chocolate and roast coffee, and ending with citrus.

Every sip seems different, and the 750 ml size allows you to experience the different tastes as the beer warms up.

I have been told that this is similar to Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, and I love SN Celebration; but, to me, there is no contest. If SN Celebration is a cottage, this is a mansion. More complicated than SN Celebration. More demanding. A glorious beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 18:51:37 | More by Darkale
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red amber with a thick, long lasting off white head with nice lacing. Dark malts, dark fruit, pine and citrus hops finishing with a nice lingering pine hop finish. Medium bodied and tasty. A very nice ale. I am not worthy.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 18:21:32 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update: I had one of these at the bar the other night and had to ask if I had been served a Newcastle or something... I must get another bottle and settle this.

Bottle to Glass
A: Deep, Dark Red, two fingers of off-white head (aggressive pour)

S: Predominantly fruity nose, grapefruit, hops, and malts.

T: very much of the same as the scent, but oh so beautiful.

O: The description on the back of the bottle is beautiful, It doesn't describe the beer one bit, it's just hilarious... this is perhaps... my second favorite beer to date. I still prefer Bell's Hop Slam, it's due for a review once i get my hands on more.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 06:41:22 | More by AllenJasper
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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