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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,389 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,389
Reviews: 2,857
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 317
Gots: 1,441 | FT: 11
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Photo of PintOHops
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a beautiful dark amber/brown color with a perfect frothy head, carbonation can hardly be seen through it's wonderfully dark cherry glow. Head retention is decent and it leaves some patchy, spotty lacing. Smells pungent, floral & spicy! Lots of dry, floral hops flood the aroma, fruity grape, cherry, apricot, dates, plum, and grapefruit. Undertones of grainy malty notes, some caramel & a tad of chocolate in there, and of course alcohol, which becomes sharper as it warms.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes intensely of fruits, over ripened plum, cherry's, black cherry's, black berry's, peach, grapefruit, the fruits are all over the place! Lots of burnt biscuit like hop bitterness that lingers, subtle molasses, some semi sweet grainy, malty flavors in between everything, finishes very dry with alcoholic flavors of course. As it warms the alcohol becomes stronger & burns the mouth a bit. Mouthfeel is creamy, chewy, silky, full bodied, and some sediment can be felt as it goes down.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I couldn't wait to put down a review on this one, this beer is intense, pungent, in your face, and leaves you thinking about what you thought was a good beer. I absolutely loved everything about this beer, especially the flavor & the outstanding body, I got to say that I'm not big on the alcohol burn of these stronger brews, but I'm willing to over look that because this is just to good. I could have a couple pints of this stuff when the day is done, and I'm ready to just unwind and let the fruity, pungent hops flood my brain. Highly recommended. Cheers!

Photo of Geuzedad
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Jlabs
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Boca-X
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of hurshybear
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours deep red/amber, almost purple, with a dark creamy head.

S - Hits you right away, hops and fruit. Some grapefruit, other citrus scents. A bit of 'earthy' smell as well, somewhat a mixture of flower and pine.

T - Very first sensation I get is pine needles. Starts a bit sweet with those fruity notes from the smell, before resolving into piney bitterness. Great amount of hops in this beer, almost peppery.

M - It neither coats nor dries the mouth. The pep of the hops settles near the back of the mouth. Mouth is left a little moistened for the next drink. Just nice and smooth the entire way

D - Remarkably drinkable. It hits you in the face, but it goes down really well. Can barely taste the alcohol in this beer.

Overall - Just a delicious, delicious beer. I love the balance in this beer, the bountiful amount of flavors and how the beer moves from sweet to bitter so seemlessly. Just outstanding

Photo of goalie33
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A: Large, creamy, off white head on top of a red/amber colored beer. Leaves nice lacing in the glass. Little to no carbonation.
S: Citrusy hops
T: Citrusy hops balanced very well with a malty finish. Nice lingering bitterness.
M: Medium body with a very soft mouthfeel.

This beer wastes no time in making its presence known. The hop flavors hit you as soon as the beer enters you mouth and is balanced nicely with a malty finish.

Photo of Jules11788
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of HoustonTX
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, ruby brown color. Nice, thick head, about 1 1/2 inches thick.
Lacing is amazing, and a sight to behold.

S - Pleasant, and aromatic.

T - Wonderful hoppy flavor, grapefruit/cherry is apparent to help with balance, aftertaste is bitter and dry, yet still well balanced.

M - Dry and creamy.

D - Excellent, as the alchohol is well disguised.

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers. A must try.

Photo of JohnnyK
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of TheTrevor
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark copper with a two-finger tan head. The smell is a bunch of different types of hops including citrus and piney with a thin overlay of malt. The taste starts off With some sweet malt that is cut pretty quickly by some citrusy hops followed by some piney and floral hops with a good balance. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a good beer to be sure, but I think I may prefer to subtleties of the oaked version better.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of DannyDan
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with a white head that has decent carbonation, very good retention and nice sticky lacing. The nose consists of dark fruits, roasted and sweet malts along with some hops. The taste starts out with some dark fruits, bitter roasted chocolate, caramel, a hint of floral and pine in the hops that bites the tongue. The taste gets more intense after each drink and the alcohol and roasted flavors come through more. The mouthfeel is very smooth and easy to drink for a medium to full body beer. This is one of the most flavorful and tasty strong ales that I have had and I would recommend it.

Photo of joegard
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,389 ratings.