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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,195 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,195
Reviews: 2,761
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 229
Gots: 713 | 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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rsant

Connecticut

1/5  rDev -76%

02-02-2012 17:53:21 | More by rsant
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe I never reviewed this beer! 22-ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep red hue with a thick eggshell head that slowly settles. Head retention is quite good, and sticky lacing coats the glass. Very attractive looking brew.

S: Lots of caramel and fruit up front, with pungent, citrus and pine-like hop aromas.

T: This beer has a ton going on inside! Dark fruits and caramel like the nose, but combined with hints of spice and brown sugar up front. Hops are pungent, oily, and express notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and cedar. Finish is quite bittersweet.

Notes: Full-bodied and extremely flavorful. Even at 7.2%, it is quite easy to drink. Overall a very solid brew. One that I have bought time and time again, and makes for a good sipper any time of the year.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 06:38:12 | More by WYVYRN527
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ClearGrit

Maine

5/5  rDev +19.9%

02-02-2012 03:34:21 | More by ClearGrit
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OoReFLuXoO

California

5/5  rDev +19.9%

02-02-2012 02:25:50 | More by OoReFLuXoO
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craftbrew502

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-02-2012 00:42:10 | More by craftbrew502
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wowbagger

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice reddish brown. Smells wonderful, sweet nuts, hop and something floral that I can't nail down.

Tastes much like it smells, but with a stronger hop presence and a slight burnt taste. The flavors spread around the tongue nicely. It's got a little harshness and some dryness, but that doesn't negatively affect it.

It's a strong ale, good and bold. Maybe too bold to be my everyday beer, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 00:28:16 | More by wowbagger
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-01-2012 16:30:27 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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madman45

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-01-2012 07:29:55 | More by madman45
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EddieG28

California

5/5  rDev +19.9%

02-01-2012 07:27:05 | More by EddieG28
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LordBleull

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.9%

02-01-2012 06:30:01 | More by LordBleull
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-01-2012 06:02:19 | More by DelicateDelirium
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BFro

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-01-2012 04:44:59 | More by BFro
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Imsothirsty

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -76%

02-01-2012 03:14:46 | More by Imsothirsty
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-01-2012 01:08:50 | More by BigTrubble
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rudy0908

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-31-2012 22:04:37 | More by rudy0908
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-31-2012 16:43:49 | More by tdmccarthy
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NFMSKRS

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-31-2012 06:08:07 | More by NFMSKRS
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jumbopanda

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-31-2012 04:44:23 | More by jumbopanda
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jtilipman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-31-2012 04:38:57 | More by jtilipman
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Clowerweb

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively from a 22oz. brown bomber into a pint glass. Couldn't find a date on the bottle, but there was a code: "NJ0 03" lightly etched in the back of the bottle near the base of the neck, presumably a batch number.

I've already had the Double Bastard, but never tried this one, so I'm going backwards I guess.

A: First, the typical Stone hilarious shenanigans on the back of the bottle, making fun of macro breweries, defining arrogance, and talking about how you're tasteless and not worthy of drinking this beer, because you're probably an average macro beer lover and have not been prepared for this beer, thus you won't like it.

Crimson in color, indisputably very dark almost blood red with red/orange highlights. No cloudiness or sediment, although it's dark enough to be about 90% opaque. Four fingers of thick creamy khaki-colored head with bubbles so small and tight as to be nearly invisible. It looks like light brown whipped cream. Insane retention, and very thick and creamy lacing. A solid finger of head still left 5 minutes after the pour.

S: Fruity aroma, not quite as aromatic as I'd hoped, but it's close to perfect in aromatic strength. Nose is dark fruits and semi sweet floral hops. Not a huge amount of depth to the nose, but leaves me curious. Has a strange bit of a wet dog kind of smell in there which is a little off putting.

T: The flavor doesn't match up with the nose very much. After taking in the aroma, I was expecting it to taste a bit different, I expected more fruitiness and sweetness. The flavor isn't bad though, but not really what you might expect after smelling it.

Starts off with some in-your-face bitterness and dry hops, mid palate has notes of sweet molasses with hints of dark fruit and oaty malts, finishes bittersweet and semi-dry leaving a fruity yet bitter aftertaste. It certainly isn't unpleasant and it has a unique character, but a little too bitter and dry on the finish, and has some astringency. The flavor is not as complex as its big brother Double Bastard.

M: Nice and full, high gravity, lighter carbonation that does leave a tingly feeling all over the mouth for quite some time, sticky and chewy, but it does leave some astringency behind and a bit of grittiness and dryness. I'd say this is a bit fuller than the Double Bastard, but feels a bit harsher and drier.

O: Overall, very drinkable though a bit on the bitter and astringent side. The dryness and bitterness might be good for some, but it's a bit overdone for my palate. Yet, it is somehow still enjoyable for me, and it also comes with a significantly reduced price tag as compared to its big brother.

Worth trying, and there are some good aspects to this beer, although there are some negative aspects as well. Will I buy it again? Probably not, but not because it's a bad beer (it's an overall pretty good beer), but because there are cheaper beers that I enjoy a little more. I'd certainly drink it again if if given the opportunity to not pay $6 for a bomber.

If you're looking for an excellent Stone experience, pass this one up and pay another $1 - $2 for the Double.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 03:35:57 | More by Clowerweb
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ratty918

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-31-2012 03:07:49 | More by ratty918
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jewellrunner

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-31-2012 01:26:59 | More by jewellrunner
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WillRadar

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-31-2012 00:32:11 | More by WillRadar
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lozz123

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-30-2012 23:38:12 | More by lozz123
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ystazi

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-30-2012 22:55:22 | More by ystazi
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,195 ratings.