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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,835 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,835
Reviews: 2,795
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,038 | FT: 5
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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Photo of McStagger
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, murky reddish orange with two fingers of mocha colored head. Carbonation is minimal to moderate. Head retention, on the other hand....that is great. Rocky and awesome.

S: Pine, hops, malt syrup, floral notes, spice notes...maybe a little ginger.

T: Toasted sap, spruce, pine nuts, dark fig. The malt subtleties are much more noticeable in this beer than the other "standard" Stone beers. The hop punch is less prevalent. The bitterness is less cloying...less burning. This is balanced with a beer that is large on a roasted malt and dark fruit flavor. The combination of the roastiness and nutiness of the malt, in combination with the fruit characteristics and the bitterness of the hops makes for a damn balanced taste.

M: Deliciously balanced, if not a bit on the dry and carbonated side.

O: Another brew that is simultaneously opulent and balanced. Stone shows that they are one of the best.

McStagger, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Jstark5150
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Jstark5150, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of mooseo
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, poured into pint glass.

A - Dark brown and hazy. Average head with heavy lacing.

S - Strong, sweet malt aroma with a hint of pine and caramel.

T - Toasted malts up front with some caramel and coffee flavors. Spicy, piney hops in the back. Every sip is delicious and complex. The finish is slightly bitter with a hint of alcohol.

M - Smooth, medium to heavy bodied. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

D - A really complex, interesting brew. To me this is strictly a sipping beer, so the drinkability is not high. The taste is impressive. This is the first time I've had it on tap, and it does not disappoint.

mooseo, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of bckayaalp
4/5  rDev -3.8%

bckayaalp, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of barflybastard
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

barflybastard, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of RichardMNixon
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

RichardMNixon, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of sachie23
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

sachie23, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Buckeye982
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Buckeye982, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of C_S
4/5  rDev -3.8%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of xgrigorix
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty two ounce brown silk screened bottle - no dates.

Pours thick, dark auburn in colour with a slight haze. Capped with a dense off white head, perfect two fingers in height. Amazing head retention.

Yes, as a matter a fact I do smell some hops!

Down the hatch. Notes of caramel, toffee, and a touch a plum. Astringent hop loaded finish, with pine flavors wraping it up tight. Enough malt sweetness is left to keep the hops from running completely wild. But it clear that the hops are definitely in control.

Medium - full bodied. Unique, and enjoyable. More of a sipping beer for yours truly, but one I will certainly seek out again.

xgrigorix, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of Rootdog316
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dark amber ale poured quite nicely leaving a frothy head. This ale has a fruity scent to it. The hops dominates the malt in nose even though it doesn't when you actually consume the worthy beverage. The ale is sweet and fruity initially and then turns almost sour. The sour soon turns to the hops with a burnt and bitter taste. I found nothing unappealing with this variation of tastes. You mouth feels slightly bitter and dry when all said and done. The more you drink the better this tastebud rollercoaster becomes. I found that the initial tennis match back and forth the sweet and bitter ended well balanced by the bottom of the glass.

Rootdog316, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of depechemode1983
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard size pint glass (Smuttynose pint glass)

Appearance - Beautiful mahogany color. Tan head with good consistency. Sticks around for good amount of time. Nice lacing going on. No Visible carbonation.

Smell - Citrus hops up front. Smells like grapefuits and a little bit of pine in the background. Smells sweet and citrusy. Well balanced.

Taste - This beer is bitter sweet. Citrus hops smash your palate at first but then the malts come in nicely to balance it out. Alcohol is minimally present in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, smooth, slightly bubbly. Love it.

Drinkability - Although very delicious I couldnt see drink too many of these. The taste could become a little bit overwhelming and the ABV is substantial.

Notes - Excellent offering from Stone brewing company. Also widely available. At 3.49 a bomber its a bargain. Thats only a dollar more than a 24oz BMC product at most convenience stores.

depechemode1983, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep crimson amber with a light caramel-colored, thick, sticky head that retains very well and settles to a solid disc of froth, leaving some decent sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Very interesting and peculiar. Dark fruits (plums, raisins, dark cherries), caramel malts, and a citrus and herbal hop character. Some smoked wood-like characteristics emerge, as well. Robust, complex, and unique.

T&M: Like the smell, taste is highly complex and unique. Roasted caramel malts, barley, and citrus and herbal hops. Alcoholic spiciness adds a tinge of flavor that helps tie the bitter hops and sweeter malts together nicely. Body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a long, lightly bitter finish.

D: Arrogant Bastard is an extreme, complex, and quality beer. The ABV, flavor complexity, and bitter finish limit drinkability somewhat, but it's still a high-quality beer that everyone ought to try at least once.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ATXRyan
4/5  rDev -3.8%

ATXRyan, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

YobroitsJoe, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Leftofthedial
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Leftofthedial, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of JALIEN
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JALIEN, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of kwkdmk
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

kwkdmk, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Brian700
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks mtnlover for sending me this to try for my first time. I've been waiting a long time to get my hands on a bottle. This beer poured a deep amber color with a mocha colored head that stuck around and was very creamy. It almost looked like it had the consistencey of whipped cream. Yum. The nose has is slightly hoppy with a phenolic twist (slightly band-aid). It's a good aroma, I like it. The taste is malty sweet with a generous hop bite. The hop addition is just right. Good mouthfeel. Full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This is a good drinkable beer. I can't wait to get my hands on some more of this. I highly recommend. As if its reputation doesn't speak for itself.

Brian700, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of chugamugofsud
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

chugamugofsud, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt honey color with a very thin, barely a rimming of off-white head.
Smells got a bold citrus/sweet aroma with some malt character.
Taste has a bitter malt notes with sweet hops and a twinge of cherries on the very back.
Finish is crisp with a bitter/citrusy/sweet after-taste.
Drinks incredibly smoothly and is very refreshing, zero bite here.

ThaBobfather, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Snow81
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish amber clear haze

Head: Dark tan frosty head

Smell: Sweet maltyness with a bit of a citric hop

Taste: Big malts with a nice biter hop

Weight: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation

Finish: A bitter hops with a little maltyness

Snow81, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of hotsudge
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

hotsudge, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of king75
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great looking beer, solid head finger of head.

smells better than it looks with a complex smell of different hops and citrus nodes that drive the senses wild.

Not bad tasting, but very hoppy with a bitter aftertaste that leaves the mouth feeling puckered.

Will drink again, but not too often because the taste is almost too strong for my liking.

king75, Aug 13, 2010
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,835 ratings.