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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

7,489 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 7489
Reviews: 2740
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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with a medium, lasting, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling maltiness with a sprinkle of gooey brown sugar. There's a slight oxidized quality present, leading me to assume this bottles a bit on the older side. Dark fruits smelling of golden raisins. Pine-scented, woody hops.

Taste: Toasty, bready malts with a medium sweetness and taste of brown sugar. Slight dark fruitiness. Hoppy pine wood flavor, a bit of fresh mint. Medium hop bitterness, though it holds on through to the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A really delightful beer fresh or even with a bit of age on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 02:02:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with medium sticky head,aroma is somewhat hoppy and maybe a little orange-like.Taste is pretty hoppy and zesty to begin with,with some nutty tones as well as caramel tones on the palate.Wow this is a complex brew,have heard alot of stuff about this one,now I know why.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 15:16:04 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

How has it taken me so long to review this bastard? It pours a translucent dark tawny brown, capped by a finger or so of ecru foam. The nose comprises a good amount of citrus, grapefruity, and piney hops backed by a strong backbone of solid caramel. The taste holds similar characteristics, though all elements are taken to a higher level: hops are large, the maltiness is large...maybe I'm not worthy after all, as I'm not sure how else to describe this flavor combination. The body is a hefty medium, with a moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a beast, yes, but not as beastly as it would have me (or you) believe.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 07:45:34 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. A really unique beer utilizing a heavy charge of dark crystal malts and hop flavor. Highly hopped and luxuriously malty. The balance is clearly toward the bitter & hoppy side, but the malt balances perfectly! It's this razor sharp balance that allows the beer to finish clean and dry - not too flabby from alot of malt, and not too grating from back-of-the-mouth hop bitterness. Precision!

The body is a hazy orangish-copper with crimson highlights, and its full and foamy tan head holds quite well. It drops to a thin 1/4" that remains throughout the first half of the glass, and it leaves dense, clinging rings of lace.The beautiful colr and head make up for any distraction that the haziness might cause the inexperienced taster. The bouquet wafts from the glass loaded with fresh hops (somewhat earthy and leafy, but also clearly citrusy... Goldings and Cascade?) over rich caramel malt. The firm body is accentuated by an exceptionally fine carbonation and it's smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor is rich and fairly complex with a sweet caramel and lightly fruity malt note up-front that combines with earthy and citrusy hop flavors as it crosses the palate. It finishes with a firm, drying bitterness and residual earthy and leafy hop flavors. If there's anything that hinders it's drinkability (apart from the fact that it's a full-charged malt & hop attack!) it's the 7.2% alcohol by volume. I may not be able to drink more than two, but I want to drink more than two! Well worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2002 06:04:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First ran into this bad boy at a Shell gas station (!) in Sandpoint, Idaho. Not knowing what it was, sitting in a standard cooler next to the gargantuan BMC offerings, the anti-marketing on the bottle had me at "Bastard". That first bottle was unfortunately consumed out of hotel room tumbler, with predictable results - under-appreciation and a fuzzy subsequent stroll by the lake front...

Now, poured into an American pint glass, this beer exhibited a dark-hued and somewhat cloudy cola colour, with a reddish tinge. Two fingers of soapy-looking beige head, that disappears momentarily, leaving practically no lacing. This beer looks mean. It smells primarily of sweet malt, molasses, and raisins, but with a pine hop essence lurking just under the surface. The taste is big and malty, to be sure, but the oily hop bitterness asserts itself a whole lot more, to balance things out, leaving a nice mellow hop kick in the finish. There is moderate carbonation, and the malt presence is far from cloying. The elevated alcohol is a no-show, until you've finished the bottle, and then you know. This wonderful strong ale will put hair where there wasn't hair before, as evidenced by my girlfriend giving me her share of the bottle, in exchange for some nice tame Belgian ale, after a few sips. And due to its in-your-face nature - one bomber at a time would be plenty.

(trying not to mouth the words as I re-read this...)

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 07:04:54 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark crimson coloration, thick'n'rich'n'cloudy, under a perfunctory whitish head.
Aroma: a big hit of juicy fruit, deep, dark ones, grapes and berries and cherries and more, a rich elixir..definitely got the barleywine thing going on, zesty, spicy, loaded with flavor...'bout time I taste, eh?
Big, chewy, grabbiness on the palate, full and thick, powerful, and omnipresent, digs in and in, climbs and clambers about the senses, not trying to dominate, but doing it anyway, through virtue of the fullness of flavor...zing, zing, zing, again, I sing, this is deliciousness pressed into service and doing double-time, brothers,...Lordy, it's loveliness, indeed, thick and full on the palate, wow, rich and tasty, sets the senses a'spin, leaves the soul reeling...mine is, I luxuriate in the pleasures of this brew, and they are aplenty!
I'm drooling of the day I can visit San Diego and try it fresh on-tap, maybe other versions, the Oak-Aged, as well?
As it is, this is a supreme brew, a just king, who wisely judges the imbibers from his throne...if thou art not worthy, tarry not 'round these vessels, seek a softer, sadder brew for you..let only those who can claim worthiness hoist a chalice of this finest ale!
Got to be one of America's best barleywines, bar none!!!
I could rant on some more, for the bottle is not yet finished, but let it be known, that this ale has powers over me, bewitches and bewilders, and all in the best sense, for I leave the normal earthly realm to visit sublimer planes, all courtesy of this bottle!
Good Lordy-Lou!
I am sent, in the most sensational way, lifted, aloft, delivered, dropped beyond the heavens into a metaphysical stratosphere beyond human reckoning...
Yes, I proclaim it "good"....and will merely melt and luxuriate at the rest of the consumption of this rare delicacy...I envy you Cali types who can snort this back with the ease of an ordinary day....

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 14:33:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Lakeview Binny's for $3.99(!). Enjoy by March 15th, 2010, so this is about a month old. Served in my Stone Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A - Pours a lovely transparent dark caramel-orange color. There's a huge three fingers of tan foam that dissipates to a thick cap and leaves intricate patterns of lacework.

S - Aggressive piny and floral hops, notes of orange, with perhaps a touch of soapiness. There's a hefty malt backbone full of toffee, spicy fresh-baked bread, and brown sugar.

T - Taste is chock full of piny bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Mid-palate there is an eruption of orange milk chocolate, and brown sugar. A bit of spicy alcohol pops up as well at the back end, which is surprising for a 7.2% brew.

M - Smooth medium-full body that implies a much bigger beer. Lower end of the carbonation spectrum, with just enough zing to keep things from getting syrupy. Lots of bitterness in the finish and a lightly sticky residual feel.

D - I can down a bomber of this one, but the bitterness gets punishing and palate-destroying. This certainly is a bastard in that respect. An American classic - marrying the strong a German-influenced malt tradition with American bruising hoppiness. This should be one of the beers representing the US on the global market instead of BMC.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 19:06:54 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle tells me that I'm not worthy.
Let's find out.

A: Nice deep brownish-crimson color with thick, even tan head and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Strong hoppy smell that lets you know your drinking a beer that doesn't mess around. There's also some malt and a bit of sweet fruitiness in the smell as well. Nice combination.

T: A heavy, bitter hop flavor hits you right off-the-bat, but it's not the "Eew, this beer tastes awful" kind of taste that you get with some beers. It's more of a "Yeah. This beer is hardcore!" I'd call it a "kick" but it stays throughout each and every sip and in the after-taste as well. So, by definition, it's not really a "kick" it's more like a "strangle-hold." The strong hop flavor is complimented very nicely by the same malt sweetness that you get in the smell.

M: Crisp, smooth, medium-bodied. The carbonation is just right.

D: This beer is most certainly drinkable, but only for one who appreciates good beer. I could go with this stuff all night long, but that wouldn't do the beer justice. After a couple of 22oz bottles, I would switch to some other "buzz maintainer" that I won't need to taste.

If you're used to drinking the common beers of the big 3 (Miller/Bud/Coors) don't try to broaden your experience with this stuff, because it will probably turn you off, but if you're reading this review, you'll be fine. Just below the "Arrogant Bastard Ale" on the bottle you see the quote "You're Not Worthy" and they were RIGHT. I was NOT worthy before I became a beer advocate.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 03:08:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous ruby red with tons of clarity. Huge wipped up tan going to brown head, big time lacing.

Smell: Sweet up front maltiness, raisins& other fruits, smokiness, caramel and alcohol

Taste: Huge caramel maltiness up front, dryness and hops smack all over your throat & mouth! Warming alcohol & cinamon, smokiness, and a slight pepper taste?

MF: Chewy, silky with great balance and carbonation.

Beautiful ale, but any more than two & it's time for a nap!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 05:07:18 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a thick off-white head that slowly fades. The aroma is great! It has a rich malt scent which is enhanced with the presence of beautiful citrous hops. The taste is good. It has a complex malt core which gives it a dark, yet very bitter flavor along with some intense flavoring hops. This brew is truely fantastic. It goes down easy and has a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great sessions brew. It has great flavor; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2004 02:27:54 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Not sure why I don't have a review for this posted on this website, I thought for sure that I had, oh well, maybe it got misplaced.

Poured from a bottle without a date into a becher. Beer is brown and hazy forms a thin off white head of medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is strong, lots of malts, nice hop character and a slight tinge of alcohol. Smells good.

Medium body with nice carbonation in the mouth allowing the late bitterness a decent entry onto the palate. Its not as sweet as you'd think but the mouthfeel is consistent and good. Of course, what can I say about Arrogant bastard that hasn't already been said, its a great beer from a great brewery and of course I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 01:43:46 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the piney hops and the caramel malt. The flavor is very hoppy and high in alcohol. I get a lot of pine and orange, as well as some caramel malt. Still, this beer is all about the hops and the bitterness is about medium. Fairly boozy overall. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 03:15:26 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark amber/burgandy color with a foamy, tan, two finger head. Left huge rings of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and powerful hops.

T - It tasted of grassy hop bitterness. The malt flavor is toasty and burnt. Also, a warm alcohol flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - Great in so many ways. The description on the bottle was hysterical. The taste is outstanding. I am very pleased with my first beer from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 02:00:56 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery has a unique marketing approach, definitely read the bottle as you drink this one. This beer for all of the hype is quite balanced between the hops and the malt. Definitely hop flavor, aroma and bitterness crawling all over the place in this one, but a nice strong maltiness & sweetness that carries the hop brigade quite well. This is a great beer that is a nice amber color.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 16:29:54 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6%
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
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep caramel with a thin white, bubbly head that left some lacing.
The smell was of floral hops, caramel and a touch of alcohol. Quite inviting.
The taste was well-balanced. Citrusy, crisp hops, caramel malt with a slight alcohol finish. Medium to full bodied. Flavors lingered a bit.
It was incredibly smooth. The alcohol taste was retained, but didn't interfere with the lingering flavors.
A very good brew - easily drinkable - a bit thinner than it could have been, but still aggressive - esp. in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 00:02:40 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My third and final beer at Pour 24 (New York, New York), Las Vegas.

I did say I'd never have this again after my bottle review, but seeing it on-tap I thought I'd do the decent thing and give it another go.

Looked like the bottle version, ruby red and with an off-white head, thin covering and very little lacing.

The smell was sweetish caramel, malts and a splattering of hops.

Still not a huge fan, the flavours don't blend too well in my opinion, the hops don't like the malts and vice versa.

Glad I've had it from a tap and it is still the only Strong American Ale I've reviewed so far.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2010 19:48:46 | More by BlackHaddock
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cherry brown with a lingering massive head that leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Nose at first seemed like blueberries, but calmed down after a minute. Taste is massively complex and thorough. Sweet edge follows a burst of hop flavor with a deep almost oaky presence, which turns into what I want to say is a slight alcohol presence on the end. Not for the faint of heart, or palate. This beer is complex and lacks mercy for those who are immature in beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 05:27:59 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Gavage

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +6%
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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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cascading full head that poured three fingers thick; this is something I expect only from the nitro-can stouts. Unfiltered cloudiness with an orange hue from a bright backlight. Maroon-brown in normal light. Very impressive sticky lace on the glass sides.

Grassy dark malt aroma up front; strong molasses-like smells. Sweet like caramel candy or maple syrup.

The flavor is rich and complicated. Strong carmelized sugar flavors in the beginning of the sip. The hops crecendo slowly and powerfully. I am fascinated with the experience after the swallow: the molasses sweetness returns followed by an intense IPA-like hop bitterness. This beer has a body like light cream. The higher-than-typical carbonation provides the perfect foil to nearly overwhelming flavors.

This beer offers one of the best carnival taste rides: malty to hoppy to candy sweetness to dry hop bitterness. I'd love to know how they made this beer. It's like drinking a symphony.

PS I notice that my reviews are longer when the beers are interesting and complicated. It seems that my ratings are proportionate to the length of the review.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 22:06:23 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

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

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark ruby red, almost brown with a thick yellowish tan head which lasts for the whole glass, unbelievable lacing, thick and rich.

S: Dark toasty bready malts and piney hops.

T: Much of the same as in the smell, toasty bready malts start out the flavor, backed by incredibly strong piney hop bitterness.

M: Smooth, resiny, a bit oily, a good American Strong Ale.

D: As warned on the label, this ale is definitely not for a novice beer drinker. Strong flavors abound, good drinkability though, a great beer from Stone, definitely shows what they're about.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 06:28:07 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

2.73/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hops wrestle with the sweet malt for a long, long time. Eventually the malt gives up. Oddly light bodied. Oily pine on the lips followed by grapefruit pith. Carbonation lasts well if your tongue can take the workout. Pleasing head on the amber brew with nice lacing.

From the cask at The Linkery in San Diego. I thought it might be interesting to try the cask version, but I wish I hadn't. The unfortunate part is the warm cellar temp accentuates the astounding excess of bitter hops and makes the whole concoction harsh and and brutal.

Serving type: cask

12-06-2011 04:59:43 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice buy for less than 5 bucks a bomber. pours opaque red/orange in color, thick looking, with a nice 2 inch tan head. smells like citrusy hops right away, bitter and bold. also a full bodied red malt characteristic. flavor is very dynamic, with an exciting hop and malt interplay going on. the hops are indeed fruity but bitter, while the malts are dark and sweeter, with notes of toffee and bread pudding. feel is properly arrogant in this beer, with lots of silky smooth body, a detectable alcohol sting, and mellow luxurious carbonation. overall this is a pretty good beer, definitely something different, but i dont think its as incredible as some people make it out to be. a complex glass of ale, but its not made by the hand of god.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 19:45:48 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep red/copper color to it. It has a big hop aroma, too, very citrusy and piney. These people must love using cascade, chinook or perle hops. It has a slightly heavy body, but is definitely drinkable. With your first taste you get the wonderful citrus piney hop flavor on your palate and then it mellows out and the bitterness flows through leaving a nice crisp finish. This is a very nice beer to drink and because of the big hop flavor you don't even realize it weighs in at 7.2%.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 18:55:12 | More by barleywinefiend
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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