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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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7,461 Ratings

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Ratings: 7461
Reviews: 2739
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.44%

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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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first stone beer I ever had, and one of the first craft brews I ever had. This is an all original classic that stands out on its own.

Pours a reddish brown with a small offwhite head that falls to bubbles and lacing.

Smell is piney hops with a burnt brown sugarness, dark fruits, and some cirtus in there somewhere. To me its the weakest aspect.

Taste is mostly bitter, with a decent maltiness thats adds to its complexity. Hints of dark fruit and caramel are there, along with brown sugar, but the taste is mostly one dimensional, but it works.

Feel is light to medium carbed and medium bodied.

Overall this is something I don't usually buy anymore cause I've had it alot and I like to try new things. But when it stands alone at a store I'm at I will buy it, and I always enjoy it. It's quite bitter but my palate has changed over time and It's rather subdued to me. At any rate it's a good beer, but I can't quite rate it as high as others.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 22:50:02 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of dougbassett


3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #43 of the ones I've reviewed here.

This is a very odd beer. Some things it does remarkably well, other things come out quite poorly.

Aesthetically it looks right -- Stone Brewing beers always seem to look fantastic in the glass and this is no exception, a really beautiful mahogany brown topped up with a light brown head that, if you pour it right, will linger forever. They also nailed the mouthfeel -- this has the "sticky", substantial feel that you would want in a beer advertising itself as an "Arrogant Bastard".

The nose is usually described as dark fruits and pine and that's true, but a little deceptive. It's a fairly weak hit of that, even when I let the beer warm up in the glass it never got much beyond "pretty light". I'm reminded of Stone's Smoked Porter, which would have been a better beer with more of a smoky nose. What is really surprising, though, is how out-of-balance this beer is. The light fruit on the nose is even lighter to taste, the flavors are mostly centered around a gigantic hop blast. It's not a bad hop blast but it's pretty one-dimensional, just a slap of piney hop bitterness that slowly fades away.

I confess I don't get this beer -- the hops are too one-dimensional for it to be a hop monster, and there's not enough fruit in here to make this a really good strong ale. What you end up with, actually, is something like an overhopped American Pale Ale -- not exactly bad or undrinkable, but certainly nothing all that amazing, either.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 17:13:14 | More by dougbassett
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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Stone Arrogant Bastard

I'm just not worthy !

Poured into pint glass

A: I'm just not worthy

S: Again, not worthy

T: Eh' . . . Still not worthy

M: I can't handle the worthiness

O: I sound like a Wayne's World episode I know. Maybe I'll come back to this one again someday. After all . . . There was a time that I could not stand ipa's either (parish the thought I know). But for now . . . Well, you guessed it, I'm not worthy and I'm ok with that.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:53:33 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of SteveB24

New York

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful color, thick white head

Citrusy and spicy, lots of alchohal

Very bitter, lemon peel, grapefruit and spice

Full body, medium carbonation, slightly crisp and a little oily at the same time.

This beer leaves an impression with its boldness, but the bitterness is very strong and the balance is lacking, the flavors don't blend as well as I like. Happy I bought but won't but again for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 06:09:09 | More by SteveB24
Photo of Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into tulip. Im happy that with all the hype surrounding this beer, it did not fail to live up. Darker than most beers I drink, I was put off at first, but soon grew to like it. The most interesting aspect to me was the head of the beer, being a tan/khaki, almost light brown color, really cool. I also love the attitude displayed by Stone. They brew beer for people like me, who think that opinions are fact, cuz when youre right, youre just right.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 04:12:51 | More by Johnny_Muir
Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel


4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with a small, short lived head and not much noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Strong hops aroma apparent immediately, with faint hint of malty sweetness.

Taste: Very strong bitter hops taste, but not overpowering. Giving way to malt and yeast flavors, with bitter hop flavor lingering on palate. Interestingly, the bitter hops are both the first and last thing you taste, with other flavor profiles (mostly malt, with a touch of yeast) cropping up in between. Makes for a deep, complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with just a small touch of carbonation.

Overall: A great beer, especially for lovers of hoppy ales. The hops flavors are very strong, but don't overpower the rest of the flavors. Not a good introduction for those not accustomed to this kind of brew, and not the beer to start the night out with if you're planning on drinking more than one.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:29:37 | More by BrewMakeMeFeel
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dirty muddy river brown but crystal clear! Very small and short lived creamy white head.
The nose was more malt than anything. I did pick up on some hops, the citrus and pine nut aroma. There was also a scent of spice, something along the lines of pale vanilla.

The taste was big round and very full. Most of the malt exploded into my mouth, filling every part of my mouth and tongue, so I got to experience all its characteristics

There was a shade of dry bitterness at the end, something as if I was finishing up a smooth brown whiskey, but no whiskey overtones here

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 16:51:26 | More by rdilauro
Photo of Tsar_Riga


4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A full, dark orange-brown brew with a pillowy light tan head that produces extensive lacing.

S - Pine and pith, with a suggestion of malts.

T - More pine, with a blast of grapefruit and hoppiness. Bitter comes in quick, along with the sugars and malts that keep things from getting to harsh. A close that keeps the citrus notes coming, along with an abiding bitterness.

M - For as powerful a hop brew this is, the drying is only moderate and does not absolutely wreck your palette.

O - This is a beer that asks for, and deserves, attention. Delicious, uncompromising, and tough, it is a compelling drink that deserves periodic revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 23:56:37 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of 2Cents


4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip.

A: Nice head that sticks around a while. Its a dark amber, quite clear.

S:Malt, yeast esters, pine needles, caramel and alcohol.

T: Caramel, coffee, pine needles and grapefruit-rind at the end.

M: Almost creamy with some carbonation and alcohol bite.

O: This is a really good American beer. It's not to west-coast hop dominant; and that's coming from a California brewery, a good one at that.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 06:38:05 | More by 2Cents
Photo of CDAtkinson


4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: lively carbonation forms a finger and a half head. Brown coppery color.
S: pine needles and citrus
T: malty with a strong hoppy backbone and warms you up and then leaves a lingering bitter finish. On second taste got a bready taste from the yeasts I think.
M: racy acidity, light bodied.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 23:55:45 | More by CDAtkinson
Photo of whynot44


4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful red/amber color with a decent thick foam head that settles down to about a quarter of an inch that persists and leaves some very nice lace.

The aroma is pine resin and hops with a rich malt background.

The taste is similar but even richer with pine up front, fading into a grapefruit flavor toward the finish, rich caramel malt, slightly sweet to balance the hops, hints of coffee, smoke, and biscuits. Finishes dry with a lingering grapefruit/pine aftertaste that somehow makes you want another.

Medium/full bodied, very smooth, almost too drinkable with only the slightest hint of the alcohol. Very nice.

Overall this was an excellent brew, kind of like a grown-up IPA. Well named.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 09:27:18 | More by whynot44
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3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite strong ale ever, but it definitely lives up to the promise on the label of being an "aggressive beer."

Appearance: Beautiful glossy burgundy color, with a nice cream colored head. Carbonation is immediately apparent. Good lacing.

Smell: Up front hops presence, a little bit of a vegetable smell, and, this being on the strong side of ales, a definite kick of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Pretty good. Very complex, for sure. Huge hops presence, and in the aftertaste theres a pretty strong note of vegetables (can't place it exactly, I wanna say celery or kale, something in that realm) that give this a really savory flavor. Probably not for everyone, but I was intrigued.

Mouthfeel: Alright. Not amazing. Carbonation seemed a little low once I actually tasted it, which was surprising since it was so prevalent in the appearance. You can feel the alcohol in your throat in the aftertaste.

Pretty good strong ale, not gonna be in my top 5 or anything, but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 02:42:59 | More by WyethBednar
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

After trying Stone's IPA and loving it, I decided to pick up a pint, 6oz bottle of Stone Arrogant Bastard ale at a grocery store in VA. I was not disappointed.

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel color with a thin head. This was maybe the least appealing aspect of this beer.

Smell: Hoppier than anticipated. Rich, complex and enticing scent.

Taste: Lives up to the scent and then some. Smooth at first, with a grapefruit-like kick towards the finish. there's a pleasant mixture of hops, malt and alcohol that lingers in the mouth after you swallow.

Mouthfeel: Slightly flat, as anticipated due to the thin head that this beer poured.

Overall: fantastic beer out of California. Would recommend and will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 01:53:56 | More by terradactle
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ


3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown/ copper with plenty of lacing
Smells of hops and malt, they are prominent and dominating
Theres a big hop profile to this beer, much more then I was expected. It’s a pretty heavy beer to drink and very malty, the alcohol presents itself fairly strongly at the finish
I think this is good but its rated 93/100 on BeerAdvocate and I don’t understand why…l Its good, but there are much better ones out there in my opinion. I have had almost every single Stone beer that I can get my hands on in this area and I think it;s overpriced and often times lets me down. Get one and try for yourself, if I were you I would skip to their Double Bastartd which is probably trhe best out of their line.


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 18:06:37 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting name and imaginative backstory for the beer. I've tried it on different occasions, and have found it fairly consistent in what to expect from this brew.

Appearance - Pours a clear deep amber, more to the brown tint. In using a pint glass it had a nice head, about a finger an a half, and a small amount of lacing.

Aroma - You can smell the hops upon opening, very high hop nose with a bit of spiciness. If you love hops, the aroma won't disappoint you.

Taste - The taste truly follows the aroma. It tastes as it smells which helps you appreciate the distinct series of flavors. It begin with hops, a bit of spicy malt followed by what I'd describe as a bitter citrus grapefruit effect.

Mouthfeel - It is a medium body feel, a little on the flat side (on multiple occasions from different shops), and seems very light in the carbonation, a bit more might help those middle malt flavors pop a bit more.

Overall - This is a very nice beer for those loving a strong hop experience with bitter citrus after tones. Definitely an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 19:21:42 | More by DrCDPriest
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2.63/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I'm a bit surprised about the positive reviews on this beer. I hope they didn't fall for the legend on the back of the bottle.

A- Nice caramel color, seemed to need a bit more carbonation
S - lots of hops, pine, hoppy, hoppy
T- All I could taste was hops, it was so strong that at the beginning I had half a pint alone and then had it with steak, just like I thought, the taste of the steak was completely masked by the bitter hoppy flavor of this beer. It definitely didn't pair up with any food and at time had an unflavored cough syrup after taste, so bitter like gin. Completely out of balance.
M - good consistency, but extremely strong bitter hoppy flavor, long lasting.

I didn't know if I had a bad batch, however when I was choosing at the supermarket, I was aiming for the one with the least hoppy flavor since I had tasted other beers from this brewery and always thought the hops were out of balance, and surprise!, I got something really out of balance on hops.

The Stout and the one they brew on oak barrels are the best out of this brewery, but a total let down, if the hop is so strong you can't pair it up then that's telling you something.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 04:18:27 | More by avillax
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4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first Beer review so i will give it my best shot

I bought this beer for mainly the name sake and i was not disappointed this beer was a feast for every sense imaginable.

sight: pouring this beer and watching the glass fill with a beautiful crimson amber beer that quickly darkens into a rich dark red and a thick white head making this the beer you want to show to your friends.

smell: you are immediately hit with a strong hops sent but there are a lot of dynamic elements in play here. while the hops jumps out first there is also a fruity sent that if i had to guess i would say grapefruit, roasted coffee, sugar, chocolate a truly rich blend of smells that give you a strong hint at the beer to come.

taste: rich decadence is the best way to describe this beer. a slightly syrupy mouth feel that delivers a rich tapestry of flavors that if i would have had seen a list of them i would not think they would work. a bright grapefruit flavor with caramelized sugar notes. the bite of the hops is there but subdued by the weaving of flavors. after the initial sweet the tides shift to the rich smoky coffee and light chocolate flavor that is a great tail ride for this beer as it is hard to find a beer that can activate taste buds for every flavor. Also for a beer with a 7.2 alcohol content the alcohol taste was virtually non existent. the beer has a beckoning aftertaste that begs for you to grab another drink.

as you can tell by my rating and my review i loved this beer i think that it is a must have for anyone wishing to cut their teeth in the beer world and if i was more experienced in reviewing i would have spent more time on the taste of this beer cause there is a very complex amalgamation of flavors. my only complaint is that the only size you can get is that big bottle while a regular six pack wouldn't do it justice the big bottle is a little bit intimidating to some drinkers.

have a great day

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 13:23:30 | More by innnervison
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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Bomber into a snifter. Deep red amber hue, almost a liquid velvet red. Nice white/yellow head with beautiful alcohol lacing, sticky throughout my drinking.

Malt and hops up front on the nose, light spiciness with a hint of lemon, maybe pear, brandy?

Just as with the smell, hops and malt overtake the tongue. Nice carbonation, a dry shot of sweet brandy, a hint of honey, followed by a bitter, burnt toast on the finish. I'm shocked at how smooth it is considering the bitterness of the hoppy finish.

This is considered a strong ale, I think for the in your face hop smack down. Yes the alcohol is there but it's hidden pretty well, doesn't feel like a 7+ ale...that could be dangerous. I think a bomber is a perfect size for consumption. Much more and either the buzz or the hops would take over.

This is my first Stone brew, looking forward to trying more, looking forward to adding this Bastard into regular rotation in my beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:42:48 | More by Boca-X
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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is like an old friend coming to visit. You dont remember how much you missed or enjoyed time with them until they are there.
A- Pretty deep amber color, nice persistent head, good lacing.
S- Mmmmm mm!You can smell the hop spiciness and awesome malt profile.
T- Yup, thats a strong ale. Alcohol is present, but it ties in good with the other flavors. It is welcome. Spicy and floral hops. Malt makes itself known and it is awesome. Perfect synergy- its like a malt and a hop bomb all in one. The hops sort of linger and takeover, being a lil more prominent, but just under what Id consider an IPA.
M- Chewy, full bodied creamy goodness. Smooth, thats why I like the presence of the alcohol, so you dont drink too many of these.
Overall, this is probably in my top 10 beers. Im suprised I dont drink it more often. Stone kills it every time.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 01:38:11 | More by Jay_Ulreich
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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured in a pint glass

A - Rusty-caramel with a 2 finger beige-tan head. Lacing was very long lasting, coating the entire length of the glass

S - Citrus, pine, toasty malt with hints of caramel.

T - First few sips had an incredibly strong bitter hops taste. Made you wonder if you were drinking a DIPA instead. There were touches of malt but I got slammed with intense bitterness. Everything seemed out of balance as I began to wonder if maybe I was not worthy as the label said. After about 10 minutes the beer warmed up to an amazing mix of citrus, caramel, hop bitterness and sweet malt, everything fell into place and was in perfect balance.

M - Medium body but once it rounded out the beer had a full flavor mouth feel with just a tinge of alcohol. A nice smooth finish.

O - Once this beer warmed up for a few minutes it turned into an incredible brew. I will be enjoying this again and again....letting it rest a few minutes first before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 22:28:08 | More by jj139
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer ROCKS and I also love the name! It is my currently my favorite beer. I like it even more than Founders Breakfast Stout or Santa Fe Imperial Java Stout which I love dearly. Great flavors, aftertaste, you name it. I'd love to purchase a six pack but have yet to find it in anything other than a bomber. If something in the Universe didn't line up quite right and I could have only one beer to drink, forever more, Arrogant Bastard Ale would be my pick.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 17:19:48 | More by Greenchileman
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4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An outstanding beer! Poured from a bottle into a glass. This beer had a lovely caramel appearance and a nice head. The beer had a nice fruity aroma and what I would describe as a strong grapefriuty flavor. Very enjoyable stuff and justifiably arrogant!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 00:58:56 | More by BrewRat
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4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Throw modesty out the window. Stone Brewery is justifiably allowed to call this beer arrogant. You know why? Because this beer exudes confidence. This beer goes to the rock show and steals your girlfriend because you aren't as interesting nor nearly as satisfying as this beer. This beer could walk into Anheuser-Busch, steal a clydesdale, and ride out bareback screaming, "where's your crown king nothing." Yeah I'm not joking. The origin story of this beer is very entertainingly documented on the back of the bottle. I encourage you to read it.

This beer has a rich taste that is comparable to none. It has a dark amber appearance, and a deliciousness that demands your attention. Regardless of your beer drinking preference, you will enjoy this beer. Unless of course, Budweiser and Yuengling are your chart toppers, in which case, you wouldn't even be on this website to begin with, because your palate would be anything but educated. This is no time to be humble. There is no pride before the fall at Stone Brewery. Only the pride in knowing that if you try this beer, they have again broadened someone else's horizons. You don't have to sell your soul to the devil, but you should give your beer money to the Stone Brewery Gargoyle.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:57:32 | More by Big-Frog
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4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours of a caramel color and strong notes of hops, grapefruit and what I would consider zest. From start to finish this says Stone Brewery. About an inch and 1/2 head that sticks around for most of the entire time you are drinking it. I tried it chilled rather then really cold and noticed the some of the flavors were getting lost drinking this beer to cold. Overall this is my go to beer when I go out and pairs perfectly with a good meaty cheeseburger.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 18:48:32 | More by LouieG
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4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber
A: Side poured into a pint beer mug. Large, 3 finger head, tannish off-white in color. Very slowly receding leaving a sticky glue-like lacing on side of mug and creating a pillowy cloud-like head as it recedes. Lacing is staying put all the way through finishing the mug.Reflective light reveals a dark brown chocolate color. Shining a light through the beer reveals a slightly hazy, dark red amber color. Carbonation is excellent. Bubbles are from foam sized tiny up to a cluster of large bubbles in center of glass up to 1/4 inch. An absolutely beautiful beer.
S: Resiny citrus hops, grapefruity, malt, a slight sweetness. Very nice, very balanced smelling. Nothing stands out a lot. Perhaps the hops stand out more pronounced than anything else which is a bit of a surprise considering it is not an IPA. Nonetheless it is very nice.
T: Same notes as smell but pretty much in reverse order. Slightly sweet malt flavor followed by hops and a crisp slightly dry finish followed by a lingering bittersweet aftertaste of toffee, caramel and coffee. Awesome. Very balanced. Only a hint of alcohol in the taste.
M: Smooth and creamy up front with a crisp bite in the background followed by a tingly feel on the tongue and a slight warmth from the ABV. Very much inviting me to take another quaff.
O: An excellent American Strong Ale. Because the characteristics for this style are so wide of a range, it absolutely fits the style even though the ABV is on the low end of the scale. A excellent ale. Near perfect. I love it. This beer has the right to call itself Arrogant Bastard in my humble opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 05:07:55 | More by Hops4Pops
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,461 ratings.