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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,399
Reviews: 2,861
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 317
Gots: 1,456 | 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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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber brown with red-orange highlights, creamy bubbly head with some lacing

S: floral hops and rich malts

T: hoppy and savory, lots of strong malts; some spice and caramel/toffee

M: full and chewy, creamy with a bitter tang

O: this completes my "Bastard" circuit - all three of the Stone Bastard ales are great beers - and this one is the core of the line: a harmony of malts and hops, tons of flavor and character

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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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  rDev -27.9%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's in Champaign, IL
Date: None listed
Glass: New Belgium Globe

Stone's Arrogant Bastard is a hearty, malt-forward brew (at least on this tasting; I remember it being more hop-forward before?) that focuses on robust, caramel-like malt with a hint of roast alongside grapefruit-like bitter hops. Generally enjoyable, but I'm hoping this was an old bottle, meaning I need to retry this, as the first bottle I had was interesting with its hops and definitely superb to what I'm rating now.

Pours a 2cm, light tan head of small (bottom) and large (top) bubbles with fairly poor retention. While retention is mediocre, the head leaves good amounts of lacing along sides of glass, eventually reducing to a thin lacing atop the entire body. Body is transparent dark amber brown, with light making the tones lighter and bringing out a reddish tint. Carbonation is readily visible along sides and middle of glass.

Aroma is robust, of fairly heavy brown and caramel malts, soil, wood barrels, slightly bitter and pine-like hops, and a bit of ethanol.

Opens with significant amounts of caramel-like malt sweetness, transitioning to a fairly substantial grapefruit-like hop bitterness with thick malt undertones by mid-palate. Back of the palate brings out some mild roasted malt flavors along with continued hop bitterness and mild ethanol. Aftertaste is of lingering hop bitterness alongside caramel-like malt sweetness. I recall this having a substantial amount more hop flavor, particularly interesting tropical fruit flavors. I wonder if this is an older bottle, well past its prime.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied, with mid-level carbonation that is able to create a somewhat foamy, smooth mouthfeel. Closes out expectedly dry.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a ruby prune color. The cream colored head recedes to a mas of bubbles in the middles, with a wisp everywhere else. Good random sticky lacing. The beer smells woody, and of alcohol. But it's a nice warm oak aroma, maybe some caramel malts in their too. Taste is a combination of caramel sweet malts and burnt hop oak wood. The finish leaves sweetness and hop bitterness. There's balance here. The mouthfeel is dry and slightly heavy, a wee bit of an alcohol presence.

Overall, a nice sipper, for sure. I'm not really familiar with the style, so this didn't strike any emotion in me. If I were drinking this on my deck in 65 degree Autumn weather, I might rejoice. But it's 106 outside, and I'm in my basement.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red amber with a thick, long lasting off white head with nice lacing. Dark malts, dark fruit, pine and citrus hops finishing with a nice lingering pine hop finish. Medium bodied and tasty. A very nice ale. I am not worthy.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,399 ratings.