Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.93/5 rDev +18.2%
Wow! After all of my friends hyping this beer up I took the plunge and and I ever glad I did! This has got to be the best smelling beer I have ever had. After I poured it, I let it sit for awhile and warm a bit and took in the aroma that had hints of pine and carmel. The beer bursted with flavor once it hit my mouth and just opened up, dominated by hops but I could taste the malt sneek in there before the great hoppy finnish. I'm glad this is a year 'round brew because it will be a regular in my fridge from now on.
01-11-2003 01:52:52 | More by Dmann
4.08/5 rDev -2.2%
A 22oz bomber with a pretty hidden Enjoy By date printed directly below the label, only visible with condensation on the bottle.
A - Deep, deep dark reddish amber. An aggressive pour left a 2 finger creamy light-tan head lasting with some good lace all around.
S - Bright hops, fresh. Full sweetness of pineapple, pear, and some yeast. A pretty tame and soft nose for the experience to come.
T - Intensely bitter from start to finish, masking the apparent complexity of the beer. By about the 8th sip my mouth is acclimated to the bitterness, becoming somewhat numb to the intensity, revealing a very appealing and tasty ale. Some hints of pine are met with fruity grapefruit and raspberry tartness, along with a surprising amount of roasted malt, somewhat dry and dark. the intense hops keep it bright with a lot of depth, accomplished with very little sweetness. It's now 2 minutes after my last sip and I'm still discovering flavors I hadn't noticed before.
M - Complex - slightly dry with a hoppy oil feel. Fairly medium bodied, difficult to discern from the bitterness.
D - Okay. So complex it becomes intriguing. This is one elusive beer, hiding itself beneath folds of hop and bitterness. It leaves much to discover, but will certainly turn off those who are weak of palate and cannot handle the intensity.
01-01-2008 19:18:33 | More by lightindarkness
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Arrogant Bastard, pours a deep ruby brown with a huge rocky tan head with loads and loads of sticky lacing all across the glass as it falls.
The aroma has a big strong caramel malt presence backed up by an equally huge floral and citrusy hop scent.
The flavor has the same huge malt backbone from the scent, big biscuity flavors with somewhat buttery caramel and toffee tones and a touch of salt and cocoa. Big hop flavors of pine resin only somewhat citrusy as well. Alcohol is extremely well hidden but noted mostly as a bit of burn on the tongue in the finish which is long and bitter but buffered by the sweetness from the malts.
Mouthfeel is full and ceamy, and very smooth. Carbonation is fairly robust.
Arrogant Bastard. was I worthy? I can't say, my wife doesn't doesn't like you and my son thinks you are pure evil in bottled form, but I could certainly warm up to you. I will say I still have half a bomber to enjoy all to myself!
02-13-2010 01:40:08 | More by BlackBearForge
4.28/5 rDev +2.6%
A - Poured into a pilsner glass, rich, deep amber color with a finger head that maintains for a long time. This beer looks flavorful, with a deep color that gets much more clear and closer to an orange when held up to the light. Somehow it can be dark and light at the same time, which to me says powerful stuff.
S - Smells very balanced, the nose hits hard with a hop presence and a malt sweetness all at once. Very faint hints of caramel and something almost sour smelling that hide below a heavy hop profile.
T - Strong ale indeed! This is one hell of a beer, touching on all sorts of flavors. As is the case with many Stone brews, the hops seem to dominate, but there are hints of a biscuit taste, a minor touch of dark chocolate, a note of caramel, all seemingly wrapped in a hoppy bitterness that attacks the tongue. This is not a beer for a standard beer drinker. Extemely flavorful.
M - I feel this beer would be a better fit with a thicker body, but the carbonation is nice, and it does go down smooth. Not too thin, just lacking a really ALE-worthy construction. Luckily the mouthfeel is not my primary attraction.
O - A great beer for seasoned craft drinkers. Heavily recommended to hop heads who want more than another IPA. All around flavorful and satisfying beer. I personally feel that Stone has better beers out there, but this one has plenty of merit, and stands above most beers as a truly strong ale.
11-06-2012 15:37:05 | More by BigBarley
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
I decided to re-review this beer because either the beer is different or my palate has changed. Either way I will give this beer another review. Same ol' AB raised lettering, no freshness date found. Pours a dark brownish red, almost like blood with some ruby red highlights. Nice light tan head, thick and chewy. Nice spider webbed lacing in the glass. Low carbonation. Aroma of generous amounts of caramel malts along with a large American hop profile hints of damp wood. Smooth, full bodied texture. Pleasant caramel malt sweetness upfront. A refreshing juicy middle, tiny hints of chocolate. The hop is bold with a spicy/citrus hop bite towards the end. The finish has an earthy/ pine bitterness that leaves the palate pretty dry. This beer is strong yet very balanced. This sample was delicious. Perhaps my palate has matured. Perhaps the fact that I moved 3,000 miles away from getting a growler fill directly from the brewery on a weekly basis to not being able to purchase this beer in the state of CT has changed my opinion. Oh well, too much thinkin' not enough drinkin'! I really enjoyed this beer.
12-08-2006 02:27:13 | More by SteveO1231
4.08/5 rDev -2.2%
Best by 10/8/13 (so by Stone's freshness plan, this was bottled on 7/8/13)
Poured into a standard tulip glass.
Pours an absolutely gorgeous, transparent dark amber that has some lovely ruby red highlights. A tight bubbled, light beige, 3 fingers tall head quickly forms and has awesome retention.As the head slowly recedes, it leaves some thick, sticky lacing in it's wake.
Spicy Chinook hops leap out of the glass as you raise the glass to your nose; resinous pine, grapefruit and some lemon zest. There is a slightly roasty, chocolate malt presence lingering in the back ground with a slight nuttiness to it. Faintly sweet biscuit malt is behind the chocolate. Subtle alcohol presence.
Very similar to the nose; Spicy Chinook hops right upfront with their strong herbal spiciness, pine resin and bright grapefruit. Beneath the spicy hops there is a slightly chewy malt backbone; Lightly sweet chocolate with a distinct, subtle nuttiness about it. Finishes off dry, with some residual sweetness on the corners of mouth that really helps take some of the "sting" out of the assertive and very bitter Chinook hops. Lingering notes of pine, grapefruit pith and an airy-like biscuit presence. A light alcohol presence makes itself known as the beer warms.
Robust, full bodied with some moderate carbonation to help lift the heavy crystal malts off of your tongue.
The notorious beer that invented the "American Strong Ale" category and also introduced a whole lot of people to the true art of craft beer. While this certainly isn't the best American Strong Ale I've had, (Stone's Lucky Bastard takes that honer, which is actually a blend of all 3 Arrogant Bastard variants) this is a landmark beer that can be enjoy both by the craft beer neophyte and the most seasoned craft beer enthusiast. Highly recommend.
01-28-2013 12:15:39 | More by flayedandskinned
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,405 ratings.