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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,542 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,542
Reviews: 2,893
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 335
Gots: 1,642 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Ratings: 9,542 | Reviews: 2,893
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I finally had the pleasure of drinking a Stone beer. Pours a very dark amber with a tan head, suprisingly the head didn't last longer. Lacing with slither down your glass with each sip though. Smell is fruity with caramel hops. Taste is very strong but with great roasted and fruit tones. This beer explodes in the mouth, very full and lively. A very drinkable beer, if you want to impress someone with a great beer, this is the one to get.

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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby color with a slightly bronzy tint with a billowing loose 2" khaki head that displayed staying power. Visible sparse slow-rising carbonation. Thick sheets of layered lovely lace.

Ultra fresh scents of sweet French burnt candied peanuts which showcase a hearty malt presence and of course, a blossoming bouquet of hops galore. The balance of these two fresh components is staggering, can't wait to taste it...

Ahhh! The slightly prickly and grapefruit rind flavored hops greet you with a friendly handshake. The sweet malt I received in the nose is a little tamer than I expected, but sturdy none-the-less. Again, the balanced components of malt & hop are expertly displayed. The gentle sweetness of the malts permit the dry and succulently bitter hops to really shine.

Mouthfeel is very nice. The slow rising visible carbonation is very indicative in the mouthfeel; restrained and fine carbonation really showcase the graceful full flavored long finish.

Drinkability is insane. I can't for the life of me think of a scenario where this beer wouldn't perfectly fit-in. I'm sad I only bought one bomber.

Overall a very graceful and gentle ale that doesn't reflect its name at all. Don't get me wrong, this ale can throw haymakers with the best of them, but I'm very impressed with its remarkable balance and pleasant demeanor. I'm very glad to greet Stone's entry into the Michigan market with open arms (and mouth). The masterfully showcased hop profile in this beer would make me believe it was an IPA. I'll gladly submit to this strong ale any day.

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3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head is thick and frothy, very nice...it stayed even until the last drink. The color is dark brown with an amber hue to it. The smell is slightly roasty, slightly sweet and a little musky. The taste is very hoppy/musky and powerful. It tastes a bit old. The mouthfeel is a little lacking, it's a bit harsh. Overall I will try this one again, but it's not my session beer.

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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

yes, okay, this is one arrogant bastard of a beer. but i'm liking it.
a dark reddish brown ale, capped with a thick, frothy, sticky tan head that laces like some kind of goo. aroma contains maltiness, caramel, some toffee, and a faint smell of something that i can only describe as five-pound nutty christmas fruitcake. the taste is big, juicy and meaty wth bitter grapefruit rind hops asserting themselves after the creamy and caramelly malt blast with a slight tingle of warming alcohol at the end. got some bitterness in the aftertaste there, too. and it lingers, even after a bite of edam...the mouthfeel is rich, creamy and certainly big. this is one tough-ass brew, and it's almost overwhelming at times. i was in the mood for this today, but i'm not sure i'd go for it on a regular basis. nonetheless, top-notch stuff and absolutely worthy of such self-proclaimed arrogance.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red body with a nice solid finger of white head.

Scent is tart malt with distinct hop presence.

Flavor is intense with more of the tart maltiness and some fruitiness, with a sour hop finish. Like the label says "This is an aggressive beer". It is, it has good, solid strong flavoring that is remarkably well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is very high. AB is far too easy to drink, always a joy to have. Another classic from Stone.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my bro Steve-thanx and big ups!

Poured into a pint glass this brew is an amber color with a thick light brown head that leaves the stickiest lacing all down the glass. The aroma is very complex. There are subtle hints of caramel malts, some slight nuttiness, a mild hint of yeast, and some toffee. The taste is bold. The front is sweet with the light roasted malts and the full body has a wonderful hop balance. This brew has a nutty finish and doesnt in the least over power even with the high ABV. Wonderful example of a beer brewed by true beer lovers!

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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bomber poured into a mug, finger and a half frothy cream colored head, head lasts forever, very dark brown coloring, still can't see the lacing because the head is still a half inch, leaves head rings on the glass, now i can see the lacing, it's terrific, covers the whole top, really beautiful brew, not to mention a really great, clever bottle design.

s- grapefruit, slight pine, hoppiness, caramel malt.

t- i get fruitiness (grapefruit), floral hops, little pine, but as hoppy as it is, it's equally malty and caramelly, it's topped off with a gush of alcohol at the back end, super complex, very interesting, i'm sipping at it.

m- a little slick on the tongue, medium bodied.

d- it is drinkable, i definately wouldn't session this bad boy, i think i'd be on my ass, the cool bottle doesn't lie it's not for the faint of heart, but really great none the less.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first craft beer ever back in college, and as the label says, I didn't like it, at all, because I lacked the taste and sophistication to enjoy good beer. How things have changed--now I can see that this is a superb beer, a wonderful brewing creation, far superior to anything I enjoyed in my unlightened days.

Onto the review--I served this from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter, it poured a dark deep amber, garnet on the edges, a finger of dense beige head that sticks around for a few minutes before subsiding to a scattered cap. Some decent bits of lacing left behind on the glass. Nose has a nice dose of citric hops as expected, but there is also a strong malt with hints of caramel, dark fruits and brown sugar. Taste meets expectations, starting with a nice full caramel malt, some toasted and nutty flavors detectable, and then giving way to a nice long bitter citrusy lemony hop finish Very nice, certainly hop heavy, but this beer has the malt backbone to keep up. Full bodied with a very nice smooth mouthfeel. This is an incredible beer, a huge American beer that is nonetheless tasty and drinkable if you've acclimated yourself to hops, I wish I didn't have to travel across state lines to get Stone beers.

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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: bottle from Village Bottle Shoppe in W. Lafayette, IN poured into a goblet

A: beautiful dark bronze beer with lighter ruby highlights around the edges, and a thick off white head on top that persists for a long time, leaving a very solid lace from the top down.

S: an aggresive, sinus clearing hop and massive malt backbone to support it. Strong biscuity and sweet malt hop without any roast or toast in it---just malt. Bitter hop on top, resinous pine on pine action, some fruity but not floral underneath, but you have to dig for it.

T: bit caramel and sweet malt stands out with the massive hop fighting for your attention. Semi-dry finish that bitter but the sweetness if trying to fight through but dying in the effort. Lingering dry puckering in the mouth from big hop, piney and aromatic. As it warms, dark fruit, raisins, plums come out, and it has a very earthy, woodsy, almost oak flavor underneath.

M: chewy. Won't go away. Aggressive.

D: for me, no worries. It could be a very overwhelming beer for some, and unique compared to a double red or a DIPA. Some of the integration of taste that is come along for DIPAs is completely absent here, and just big on big fighting it out, and you need to be ok with that to have it linger in your mouth. If not, lower this score.

Overall: I'm a bit nostalgic about this beer, as a draft of this in California was really my introduction to extreme beer. Granted it's not that extreme today, but still a fantastic beer that is a joy to drink .

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3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lovely dark red color with minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaves a trace of tan lace. Smell is very floral, maybe roses and something sharp that hints at the bitterness to come. Taste is good, ALL hops. No malt within a mile of this one. The first taste is floral, maybe pine, then it rounds into a lovely, soft licorice-like roast that is not burnt at all. It sort of lulls you into complacency and then the bitterness comes on like a freight train, painting the back of the tongue with a burnt coffee sharpness. Not even something I can describe as aftertaste so much as a oral hangover. This is not my style (I suppose I live up to their "you're not worthy" motto) so I may be a bit jaded. Mouthfeel is very good, hits a good balance of roundness without being heavy. Drinkability - low. Low low low. I can't imagine making it through more than one in a session, just too much hops. All in all, probably a good example of a style that appeals to...someone other than me.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Brewing Company
Style: American Strong Ale
ABV: 7.20 %

Reviewed @ home 1/4/09, 22 oz bottle > pub pint glass
A big thanks to Carolyn @ Broudy's for "gifting" this to me during our Holiday home brew tasting!
A 4.0 Deep amber color, respectable 2 finger head & head retention, big foamy/frothy mound of a head, very nice collar leftover
S 4.0 Pronounced hops upfront, on a malt base aroma, complex in the aroma area/spicy-ness
T 4.5 Complex in flavor, spicy hoppy-ness, malt is present but hops are the dominant for in this palate wrestle match
MF 4.5 Medium++ on body, semi chewy for sure, mid-low on carbo, works for this brew for sure
D 4.5 I would rink this brew for sure, I am unsure of the cost, but I like the taste and such, it was most appreciated and a shout out of thanks to Carolyn!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,542 ratings.