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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,028 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,028
Reviews: 2,757
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 220
Gots: 637 | 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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retry4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-29-2013 13:00:09 | More by retry4z
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griffinn

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Deceptively ordinary dark ale. Some bottles possess the odd visible cluster of bitter yeast colonies floating about. Drink these, they're part of the experience.

S: A strange mystery alluding to the taste that is yet to come. It's hard to describe the number of smells clawing their way out of this beer, but it's safe to say that in spite of the intrigue they create, they are nothing compared to what you're about to experience. Indeed, that is the exact impression they give you.

T: A bizarre assault of bitterness and shockingly multi-layered flavor upon flavor, too many to be listed, several indescribable in modern English.

O: The Arrogant Bastard is a wonderful masterpiece of a booze that can only be enjoyed when the moon turns blue. True to the lengthy essay of a description slathered all over the back of every 22oz bottle (which wisely opens with the warning, "you probably won't like this beer,"), it is definitively an offensive, virtually undrinkable beer. It does not go well with any known food, nor does it really suit the palette of any known human on Earth.

That being said, it is truly a work of art, a dark sorcerer in the mouth that is truly great yet terrible, something instantly beloved yet despised for its harsh hoppy character and riveting but confusing enigma of flavors. This is a strong ale to be tasted and maybe even enjoyed, but cautiously respected. Quite simply, tasting it is like having your mouth ripped to pieces. It's the sort of thing everyone should definitely try at least once, just for the experience, so they can gain the tiniest understanding of what good beer should taste like, but it strikes me as being too far ahead of its time.

tldr; This is a great and powerful booze, but BE WARNED. You might not be ready.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 11:41:04 | More by griffinn
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Mervjahn

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-29-2013 02:01:00 | More by Mervjahn
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-29-2013 01:59:10 | More by DrunkinYogi
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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-28-2013 15:49:22 | More by sclitch
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DoomVM

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-28-2013 11:32:28 | More by DoomVM
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Shagator

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-28-2013 04:49:15 | More by Shagator
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stevepat

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-27-2013 17:59:01 | More by stevepat
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DiscLizard

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-27-2013 04:09:41 | More by DiscLizard
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-27-2013 01:45:18 | More by MNBeer1017
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JulianB

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-27-2013 00:40:00 | More by JulianB
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barczar

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant deep copper-red with a frothy, dense quarter inch khaki head that won't dissipate.

Floral, fruity hops, resin, pine, fresh cut grass leap from the glass. There's a subtle caramel malt sweetness in the background that hints of dark fruit.

Dank hops dominate the initial flavor, with sweet caramel malt coming in and fading mid palate, bowing to resinous bitterness that lingers through the finish. Grapefruit, catty hops, and pine emerge in subsequent sips, but the balance is decidedly resiny and bitter. The malt sweetness provides nice respite in later sips, along with dark fruit.

Body is on the full side, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth, with a big resiny bite.

Decidedly bitter, but balanced in extremes, to an extent. A glutton for punishment, the promise of sweet malt draws me back in for the bitter hop beating.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 00:08:19 | More by barczar
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aranton

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-26-2013 20:16:56 | More by aranton
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GWhite

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-26-2013 15:00:58 | More by GWhite
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DavidHume

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-26-2013 01:35:46 | More by DavidHume
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imyourhero21

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-26-2013 00:42:23 | More by imyourhero21
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jmann40

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

03-25-2013 14:59:12 | More by jmann40
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cmp26

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a stong beer it might be a little expensive but worth it. has a strong smell and taste might be kinda bitter at first but once you pallet adjusts you won't be able to drink anthing else for the rest of the night. I highly recomend this beer with some good pizza or fryed chicken..enjoy

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 05:47:20 | More by cmp26
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AlecBurtness

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-25-2013 05:34:50 | More by AlecBurtness
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YobroitsJoe

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

03-25-2013 01:13:42 | More by YobroitsJoe
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Sco

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-25-2013 00:33:33 | More by Sco
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smg

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

03-25-2013 00:21:19 | More by smg
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-25-2013 00:21:08 | More by shigg85
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TS057

North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

03-24-2013 23:18:54 | More by TS057
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Knuckles_Nuclear

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-24-2013 21:06:12 | More by Knuckles_Nuclear
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,028 ratings.