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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,195 Ratings

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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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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-24-2014 22:52:22 | More by Latarnik
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown, almost ruby red, eggnog coloured head that sticks everywhere. Smells like sweet malt, but tempered with a floral hoppiness. Taste is sweet up front with a floral and citrusy hoppy middle, and a nice bitter finish. Very balanced beer, very full and a caramel maltiness thats very pleasant. Thanks DrJay.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 16:53:43 | More by Viggo
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/5/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a very dark amber, almost ruby color with an off-white one finger bubbly head. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Some juicy citrus and a little bit of tropical fruit. Also get a good bit of malt, lots of caramel.

T: Nice citrus fruit flavor and some pine. A little bit of spiciness and a lot of sweetness from the malt. There is some brown sugar and some biscuit/caramel as well.

M/D: Medium bodied very creamy. Has a bitter dry finish. Overall, quite good. A little heavier on the malt than expected, but something I would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 03:17:51 | More by mdaschaf
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beautiful mohagony colored beer throws out a creamy and somewhat bubbly brown head that laces nicely. Really nice malty aroma. A unique aspect about the aroma is the scent of pineapple I pick up and it doesn't seem like the citrusy hoppy type of aroma. The first impression I get on tasting is alcohol. But not overbearingly. Then come the piney hop accents. Hops impart a nice bitterness. Pretty well balanced (but tipped in the favor of hops) and very tasty. Ranks right up there with some of my favorite "Winter" strong ales. There's a pretty complex fruitiness in this one. Great brew.

Stone is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Top 5 maybe Top 3 in my book right now.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2002 19:31:13 | More by Bighuge
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like yesterday this beer was blowing my mind. Pours deep brown, seems way heavier than just the regular stuff out at the time. Smell is robust, hops, here come the Chinook. Taste = damn. Are you ready? Takes you on a wild massive malt, massive hop ride. You could call this a weaker barleywine almost. Not quite. But its up there, but so damn drinkable. An American classic, you don't have to just be a straight pale/ipa west coast style, you can incorporate those into the strong ale, amber or whatever you want to call this category. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 01:32:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-23-2013 23:49:37 | More by LXIXME
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear chestnut red/brown colour topped by a dense tan head. Thick lace was left on the sides of the glass and the head retention was excellent. Very nice to look at. Great combination of malts and hops in the aroma. Hops consist of a raw grassy smell and a light floral aroma. Caramel and toffee come through fairly strong, and there's some very nice ripe fruit in there as well as very light alcohol.

There's a big malt flavour that starts it off closely followed by a pine resin bitterness that lasts all the way into the long, bitter finish. As it warms, the malt becomes more pronounced, with a hint of chocolate showing up. This really helps the flavours mellow and balance very well. Remarkably well balanced, actually. Very full body with moderate carbonation. Bubbles were on the small side and added some smoothness to the slightly creamy texture. Slightly drying at the finish with a bit of alcohol warming.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. The strong flavours and aromas make it quite distinctive, while the craftsmanship keeps it very balanced and sinfully easy to drink. Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber with no best before date.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 14:00:52 | More by DrJay
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Village Draft House in Raleigh

Arrived a deep amber with a very thin lacing of head. Smells malty with hops coming through. Taste is initially malty and slightly sweet, but quickly changes to a piney, floral hop characteristic. Very well hopped and very well balanced. As the beer warms the alcohol begins to come through in the nose and in the finish, but in a very complimentary way; adds further balance in the nose, meshing well with the malts and hops, and adds warmth to the finish adding to the overall balance. This beer is nicely carbonated and medium bodied; I actually thought it was quite light on the palate given the style and alcohol content.

Just another great beer from Stone. I have this beer several times a year, and I've never had a bad pour.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 08:48:22 | More by tdm168
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New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice ruby red red hue as it pours into my glass. Two fingers of head grow. Fades at a decent rate slight lacing.

Medium hops smell, along with pine and light caramel finish.

A quick hop bite right off the bat. Followed by the maltiness of the beer and finishing with a piney after taste.

Medium body to the beer smooth across the tongue. Good but not great feel to it.

I couldn't drink more than one, maybe two. Not really my cup of beer as they say. Good once in a great while.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 00:33:40 | More by Kelp
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz from the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda, mine from my New Belgium goblet.

Huge 2" tan head that came out of the glass and left behind beautiful lacing. The brew looks walnut brown until held to a light revealing deep cherry red... pretty for sure.

Aroma is a good balance between American hops and caramel and toasted malts... some fruitiness.. more refined than previous years notes reveal.

Full flavored obviously.. citrus and pine hops shine but are shadowed perfectly buy the big malt flavors... bitterness is less that remembered but still very nice. Leans toward the sweet side with caramel and toasty malts... a touch of milk chocolate is highlted by the sorta creamy mouthfeel. Big and brash across the board..

AB leaves nothing to guess... it is Big. It is a beer I unfortunately always overlook/take for granted... I really should buy it more often... but the rational side of me always says "the AB will always be here.. try something different." I will make an honest effort to enjoy it more often.... too often, other beers leave you wondering what if the upped the malts/hops/alcohol ... ETC. AB leaves nothing to guess.... that being said, personally I prefer its bigger brother.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 07:58:37 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

01-27-2013 14:16:51 | More by sendbeer
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3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a dark copper color with a foamy one-finger off-white head. The head eventually subsides into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of caramel malt and slight pine aromas. I remember the bottle version having much more of a hop presence.

Tastes the same way it smells, lots of malt with subtle piney hop flavors and a mild bitter ending. As with the smell, I remember the bottle version having bigger hop flavors and a more bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. Good thickness, with the carbonation being a little on the light side.

Drinkability is good. I prefer a bit more hop presence, but it's still a solid beer.

Overall I'm a bigger fan of this from the bottle. I like the more robust hop flavors and bitterness. I'd like to try this on-tap again to see how much it varies.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2008 05:11:42 | More by glid02
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-22-2014 21:28:52 | More by afsdan
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-16-2011 01:25:03 | More by PEIhop
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this draft at Collin's, near Pioneer Square in Seattle.

Lots of depth to the flavour of this big brew.

Excellent bitter/sweet balance, spicey undertones, moderate-to-heavy mouthfeel.

Very drinkable... it takes time for your taste buds to decipher the complex flavours.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2005 17:11:43 | More by Derek
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-03-2012 09:48:53 | More by dmorgan310
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2.6/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a beer I used to drink regularly, then one day I found myself bored with it and haven't had one in at least two years. This style doesn't have a lot of clear definitions, and versions vary greatly. Let's see what's up.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured an attractive mahogany color with about a half inch of light tan head that quickly dissipated and left minimal lacing.

A mostly bitter hop aroma wafts through the olfactory area, with just a touch of malt in the background. The flavors are the mix of sweet and bitter, with that harsh metallic taste I remember still dominant.

The body is decent, solid and not heavy. Drinkability is not good, this beer is just not very enjoyable. This beer is very popular so my opinion is going to be the minority, but I won't be seeking this beer out again for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 12:14:10 | More by beertunes
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I had this bad boy, and it is a beer that 99.9% of the beer drinkers will not like? But I believe if you "Can't Run With The Big Dogs, Stay On The Porch". Pours a deep dark ruby brown, portly beige head and lots of lace. Nose is malt, some what toasted, hop floral tones.The start is malt, the middle full, robust, the finish is devastatingly hopped, potently acidic, and the aftertaste malt dry. Very hearty, a "Beer Lovers" beer, not meant for the Palate Challenged Lite Beer Drinkers".

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2002 17:30:31 | More by Gusler
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Alesmith pint glass. Poured a deep red in color with a very active off-white head. Very good head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of citrus and pine hoppiness to it with grapefruit playing one of the bigger roles. A malty sweetness seems to come through a bit providing a nice base for the hops.

The taste also shows a bold citrus and pine hoppiness to it with even more pine coming through in the finish. The malty, caramel, sweetness helps it from becoming overly bitter in the finish. It's big and bold and has a great mix of flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is very good, it's an excellent beer with a lot of bold flavors. All the flavors really mesh well together though and make for a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 00:31:31 | More by billab914
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South Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I remember having this beer many years, before I started taking notes and entering reviews. I didn't like it then but was still surprised to find I don't like it now either. In general, I'm a big fan of Stone Brewing and my tastes have expanded to include many 'extreme' and big ales. This revisit started well enough, with an attractive red-amber ale topped by a small but durable tan head. The aroma was a slightly boozy mix of medium malt and herbal/earthy hops. The main impression made by the flavor is, unfortunately, the overly bitter aftertaste.

M: medium body and carbonation.

O: too challenging.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:09:36 | More by chinchill
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3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, amber/brown color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retentiona and good lcaing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hops, slight roasted malt, and dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, dark citrus, slight roasted malt, and alcohol. Overall, a good body, blend, and great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 06:42:32 | More by Tone
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3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


On tap at Stone.

A: Dark reddish brown with a creamy off white head. Good retention.

S: Caramel accompanies big pine resin notes. Grapefruit and earth are evident. Pretty aromatic.

T: Upper moderate bitterness with lots of resin and grapefruit. Caramel malt makes an effort to balance, but that tilts toward the aggressive hops. Alcohol is noticeable in the flavor.

M: Upper medium body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and dry with some astringency.

Overall: An aggressive American Strong Ale. Nothing particularly special about it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 01:25:05 | More by HopHead84
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-29-2012 23:48:23 | More by Zaphog
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4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the beers in a trade with Nathan15.

Beer pours a nice reddish hue with ample head. Aroma is very strong and malty, even hoppy.You can easily tell that this one is gonna be a slobberknocker. The taste starts out all innocent and malty but once it hits the back of the throat, the alcohol comes into play, leaving a nice but dry aftertaste. However, I detected a hint of raisin in the beer, if not much.

Strong, malty and definitely not like anything I've had from around this area. I can easily see why beers from the Stone Brewing Company are held in such high regard. I especially like the aftertaste it leaves. Very good!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 02:31:07 | More by Brad007
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 2/5/2011

A: red/orange to copper with a 1 finger off-white head, lingers for awhile and fades to a paper thin layer around the top of the glass, nice lacing.

S: balance of malts and hops, some sort of sweetness, maybe a hint of cinnamon, pine and citrus notes, and a fruity scent

T: dry, bitter, and smokey, pine hints and a noted floral taste at the backend

M: mild carbonation, smooth, medium body

D: nice balance of bitterness and malts makes for an easy to drink brew.


Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:12:32 | More by THECPJ
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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