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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,211
Reviews: 2,761
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 229
Gots: 721 | 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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4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. ... am I worthy?

A - Color is a deep amber with a rich, thick tan head. Tons of tiny bubbles linger in the head and retention is awesome. Lacing is also top notch. A suburb visual specimen.

S - The nose is very interesting. Lots of caramel notes up front, with a little roasted/nutty character and some hops in the background.

T - The caramel and nuts from the nose are there, with a nice hop bitterness on the back end. There's a nice bit of sweetness right in the middle of everything on my palate with just a bit of dark fruit. This is a really, really great tasting beer.

M - Mouthfeel is good, but I'd like just a bit more carbonation to make this a 5/5. There is a slight syrupy quality to this beer that I really enjoy.

O - This is an awesome beer for anyone who thinks they're worthy.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 02:15:30 | More by BigDRS
Photo of drowninginhops

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Says on the bottle that I will not like it, adn they were not right.

A: Dark red in color, and a head that wont quit with good lacing.

S: Smells like a couple of the English ales I have had. Dark fruits are the most prominent with alcohol.

T: Extremely bitter and spicy.

M: Mouth feel is very think.

D: Not the kind i would want to session but a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 22:51:29 | More by drowninginhops
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4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty opaque reddish brown color in my snifter. Has a perfect tan creamy head that sticks around with great lacing when swirled. This beer has a perfect nose. Sweet and malty with floral hops. Brings good sweetness to the tongue. Not at all cloying. The sweet on the front balances well with the back of the tongue bitterness. Mouthfeel is perfect for my taste, great effervescence, slightly sticky. Bitterness on the finish sticks around a bit too long for my taste and is the one and ONLY drawback, but overall, an almost perfect drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 23:40:31 | More by jgurley
Photo of danieelol


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

A: pours a pretty red colour with good persistent head and lacing.

S: smell is very English to me. Reminds me of rich dark fruit flavours you get in English ales and their Australian interpretations. Definitely has old/scotch ale and/or barleywine characteristics. Nice malt profile. Biscuity and chocolatey. You get some ethanol breaking through which contributes to the smell.

T: is more American. Very substantial bitterness. I suspect this is very high IBU. The noticeable alcohol integrates really well to create spiciness on the palate.

M: Quite thick with a lot of carbonation which emphasises the bitterness.

O: I can tell this is a high quality beer. It also surprises me with its Englishness. Really not what I expected from such a high profile US beer. I have to take into account it may have lost substantial amounts of hops from its journey to Australia, but this bottle still holds up in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 14:34:52 | More by danieelol
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle with freshness date (about two months away), poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Somewhat hazy chestnut brown pour with a thinnish light mocha head; good retention with a semi-loose lace.

S - Caramel malt in the nose with a good hop dose, some toasted aroma and a light fruitiness.

T&M - Caramel flavors stand up to an aggressive and spicy hop assault. Light fruits from the nose follow through in the flavor and carry a bit of an ester edge...alcohol very present, especially the longer one let's this sit. Medium heavy body, and all considered, surprisingly easy to drink...good balance.

O - Somewhat surprised it took me so long to get around to this one...an excellent ale with a heaping helping of malts and hops, and yet it never looses balance. Heavier alcohol present in the flavor, but I dig it...not off putting at all to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:59:14 | More by ZeroSignal
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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Bold and frothy, tan eggshell sea foam head that has copious retention with robust lacing; wicked dark coloration with limited light penetration and mickle carbonation bubbles that are raging upwards in my glass near the outer edge

Smell - Faint hints of bread with an all most sweet floral aroma

Taste - As the beer warms it has a sweeter flavor and a less dry finish that is loaded with appealing complexity; magnificent combination of hops, barely, and yeast to formulate an exquisite beer that is extremely drinkable and zippy

Mouthfeel - Impeccable density with a uniform and smooth start and finish

Overall - "You're Not Worthy" Perhaps not, but it's 1 Pt. 6Fl. Oz. of 7.2% ABV ale that is both invoking and satisfying

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 23:40:07 | More by 6thomas3
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at one of the better beer bars in Singapore :) brauhaus. This label looks menacing - almost like a Belgian Satan beer.

Pours a nice rusty red, plenty of head that goes down to protect my beer well. I'm expecting a lot already!

Looks like a Belgian Double. Dark fruits are evident in this beer - raisins, figs. A roasty nose, caramel and some honey.

First mouthful tasted heavenly. Creamy and sweet, reminds me so much of a double! Then, the hops start coming in. Wow. Dry hoppy finish.

Aftertaste of breadiness, yeast and a little touch of sour start coming back to find it's way around my tongue. What a complex brew, and this beer can definitely afford to be arrogant. Damn bastard leaves me craving for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 13:06:47 | More by bearish
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Puerto Rico

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drink this beer while in Las Vegas trip really enjoy it a lot,

brought 4 home.

Very aggressive message on the label, definitely arrogant style.

Love it, its one of the best beers ever had.

Hope to see it soon in Puerto Rico so I can drink a lot more and

share with local homebrewers

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 04:20:39 | More by Villa
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide mouth pint glass.

A: Dark amber color, really lovely, reminiscent of dark woods or thick thick honey. Nice caramel head, loads of lacing, love it. Nice retention on the head, great cloudy texture.

S: Dark fruits, breads & nuts, but nice hops. Smells like a darker beer, but balanced by the hops. Really intriguing.

T: Breads are there right off the bat. Raisins come through, a bit malty, but has a nice bitter flavor. Really complex flavors going on, has the bitterness and hopiness of a paler ale, but the darker fruitier flavors of a porter or stout.

M: Bitterness is there in high quantities, but its still pretty damn smooth. Love drinking this.

O: Top quality beer. They really hit the nail on the head with this one, complex darker ale, really powerful. They put the arrogant description on the label, and it sure lives up to it. If you've never had this, you gotta have it ASAP.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:50:40 | More by kevanb
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the blue door.

Visual: Deep amber, infinitely thin head, thick lacing on top of glass but diminishes as the beer warms.

Nose: Cherries, floral, raisins.

Taste: Chocolate, wood, cherries, minerals, prunes, smoked nuts, all backed with a slight floral and citrus hop character. Well balanced beer that ends with an appealing bitterness.

Mouth: Bready chewiness, lower carbonation level.

Drunkability: Balanced, full of flavor, and a high abv... I like it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 22:34:22 | More by cocogan
Photo of Vixie


3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Really nice looking beer, a deep red color with a nice tan head that takes it's time letting up.

Smells seems to be a lot of roasted malt and yeast, a touch of caramel as well.

The taste is quite hoppy, but I am detecting a bit more. There's some fruit there, as well as a peppery spice. I'm also picking up just a hint of what almost tastes like Belgian candy sugar.

Feel is not a problem for this beer, it's not shy, and lets you know it.

Definitely an interesting beer. A bit too hoppy for my tastes, but has more depth and flavor than most IPA's I've had. If you are looking for something a bit different, this one is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 00:21:39 | More by Vixie
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes from a Recent Beer Tasting Party.

Th Arrogant Bastard is another fine creation from Stone. The color is deep amber with thin head, there is a slight hop and citrus nose, taste is a struggle between malt and hop which can linger on the pallete angrily, mouthfeel is a bit tough and bitter, but I like it!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 21:12:33 | More by WoodBrew
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a Founders snifter, pours a ruby color with red highlights. Some spotty lacing on the glass. One and half fingers of beige head.

Smells like tons of hops- primarily pine along some fresh cut grass, grapefruit and booze. I am getting a grassy smell as well.

Tastes like tons of hops. Definitely aggressive and in your face. Tastes similar to chewing on pine needles with lots of hop resin. There is also some grapefruit rind and booze. There does seem to be a malt backbone in this beer as well. I am tasting something similar to toasted bread which must be toasted malt but the flavor is predominantly aggressive hops.

This is a medium bodied beer with a nice amount of carbonation. This beer is creamy and sticky from all the hop resin. The finish leaves a lingering bitterness.

This is a nice hoppy American Strong Ale. The flavors are very aggressive and in your face. I could see why some people might not like it, but I do.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 03:43:31 | More by Dubber55
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4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking beer. Ruby red color when held up to light, dark red/brown color otherwise. Good head, and retains its head throughout the session. Great lacing the whole way down.

Smells extremely sweet and hoppy. The hops are of the pine-smelling variety.

Tastes excellent. Complex. Honey sweetness up front, then loads of piney hops, then a crisp dry finish. Great blend of sweetness and hops.

Great mouthfeel. Perfect density, and blend of creaminess and hoppiness is very nice.

Where else can you find a ruby colored, sweet, hoppy, high ABV beer? I'm sure one exists but I haven't seen it. This beer earns the right to be arrogant.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 23:23:42 | More by jar2574
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3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- looks like a dark amber, with a bit of red when held up to the light. A creamy head with about a finger and a half height.

S- good smell but not as powerful as I expected. Thought there would be more.

T- definately more bitter hop flavor than aroma leaving a lasting impression on your tongue. Caramel notes in the flavor but smacks you with bitterness.

M- lots of carbonation on your tongue. Goes well with the hops.

O- its a good beer and definately worth trying. Don't think its one I would want all the time but its a good change of pace from other beers and it gets a +1 for the story on the bottle. Had better beers but still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 01:58:49 | More by vobr0002
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful amber color with a hint of red. Great clarity. When poured it has a nice finger width of head that's almost a blush color.

S: I thought it would have a much stronger hop smell than it did. Sounds to be such a bold beer but the smell isn't showing that. Moderate hops smell with a nice aroma of grapefuit/citrus.

T:The taste justifies the name of this beer. A perfect amount of hops added with that great grapefruit taste. It leaves a laster bittering hoppy trademark on your tongue leaving you wanting more! If you like a bitter beer, this one is for you!

M: light mouthfeel, highly carbonated. Doesn't coat your mouth - the lasting finish is enough.

O: By drinking this beer my husband and I were able to get past a long "having our differences" day and enjoy each other, the company, and a great tasting, hop-filled, in-your-face finish beer that I would be sure to buy again!!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 01:54:59 | More by TVolt1
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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A > Nice amber color, with a good head on it, beige in color

S > Again nice IPA smell can wiff the hops a bit but not to harsh

T > Very smooth taste hoppy yet malty to balance it out, i need a more alcoholly pop too

M > Little weak, I prefer a little more carbonation and bitterness than this had

Overall a good beer, would definitely have it again and again. Not the greatest but really really good beer. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 00:44:59 | More by derekmorris7
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep hazy reddish brown in colour, forms a nice one-finger head initially which hangs about for a short time before going back to a off-white ring around the glass.

Sweet caramel malts along with plenty of piney hop and citrus aromas. Smells rich but extremely inviting with the citrus hop aromas.

A Very rich and complex taste. There are plenty of tastes which coming through at different stages.
Initially a rich caramel malt taste and dark fruit which stays through to the middle where a bitterness begins to appear and build up to a massive finish with a lot of bitter citrus hops and a tang of alcohol but the richness of the initial malt is still in there. The bitterness stays at the back of the mouth for a long, long time. Very well balanced.

A medium carbonation and a medium-heavy silky body which really clings to your mouth.

A deliciously strong, rich and complex beer which really delivers a lot of taste and aroma. Even better, it comes in a huge bottle! Not really a session beer but a fine example of a beer to sit back and savour.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 18:23:08 | More by NATOuk
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3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Miller's Ale House in PBG. Finally, they serve something drinkable.

Appearance - Dark amber body. I didn't really check for clarity because this beer just isn't much to look at. It's gotta be said that it isn't pretty. It looks the way it's supposed to, I guess. Imposing.

Smell - Strangely, I never seem to get a lot of aroma from AB. I get the hops first. Mostly grapefruit. Maybe a bit floral. Behind that I get roasted malts with some caramel. It's not a strong or complex aroma.

Taste - This is where the goodness is. I get just a bit of grapefruit hop at the start, followed by some malt. Caramel malt, but not sweet. The bitter finish is when I love and what steers the feeble drinkers away. The bitterness lasts and lasts until you take another sip to get just enough malt for a brief reprieve.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Enough body to help the malt flavor linger until the finish. Not syrupy, though.

Overall - It defies comparison and it's a beer that grows on you. I'm thrilled that I can finally go to the Ale House and get something decent. It's not a beer I go out and buy, but it's a beer I'll always get when I'm out at a restaurant.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 13:57:04 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft – poured into a pint (from some old notes)

Appearance- pours a dark amber color, with a creamy light tan head. Some nice lace left behind.

Smell- Aromas of caramel malt intermingling with citrus sided hops. Almost could describe the aroma as simple, not a lot going on, but it is pleasant.

Taste- Toasted and caramelized malts lead things off. Notes of molasses and dark fruits as well. Slightly floral with a strong citrus hop finish, particularly grapefruit. Very nice balance in this brew.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and smooth, with medium full body and carbonation. Ever so slight alcohol warming.

Overall- Fairly simple, yet complex at the same time, great balance throughout all aspects on this one. A nice “go to” beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 22:32:39 | More by JLeege
Photo of obywan59


4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear glorious amber (or ruby away from the light). A thick light tan head rests atop, leaving awesome lacing as it recedes.

Some light aromatic sweetness from the malt, but the nose is almost entirely hops. Huge over-ripe citrus with caramel, but at the same time, a fresh grassy scent.

Sweet malt with a light twang of grapefruit and the bitterness of it's peel. Caramelly, with a hint of coffee. Much more roasted malt in the taste than was evident in the nose.

Medium-bodied with a light prickle. Syrupy enough to hold all that superb flavor on the tongue.

I actually prefer this to the oaked version. The oak, while good, had a bit of harshness to it. This is way smoother, and in my estimation, much more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:57:32 | More by obywan59
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Ontario (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazzy, burnt ruby red. Dark candied apple when held to light. Light tan, two finger head. Lacing just clings to glass and won't let go.

S- Sweet malts, grapefruit, mandarin oranges. Pine and floral hops. Candied sugar, cherries and slight alcohol.

T- Floral hops, resinous pine oils, grapefruit. Candied sugar, roasted malts.

M- Medium bodied, lively carbonation, warming alcohol, bitter aftertaste.

O- Always been a favorite, never reviewed. I can remember my first AB when I didn't like it, now I can't get enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 02:27:47 | More by korguy123
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know it's considered a hallmark of beer dummies, but I'm not a "hoppy" beer guy. I have, in the past, associated IPA's and their fanboys with the pretentious. But, this beer comes highly recommended, so I'm giving it the shot it deserves, and trying hard (despite what I just said) not to be a judgmental prick.

Pour: One of the most beautiful, deep but clear ruby colored pours I've seen. Nice 2 finger, off-white head with nice lacing.

Nose: Sweet and floral, just as I've come to expect from hoppy beers. Hint of grapefruit. Not getting a whole lot else from it.

Taste: Holy grapefruit, Batman! This beer is long on citrus for sure. And if it weren't for a silky smooth, rich finish I wouldn't be able to drink much of it.

Drinkability: Eh. It's strong, which I like. But I think it's going to be an occasional beer for me. Just when I'm feeling saucy, I guess.

Notes: Arrogant Bastard is definitely not a beginner beer. But I've had enough quality strong ales to know a decent beer. From the smoothness of the middle to the finish, it's not hard to tell that this is a very nicely crafted brew. That said, I do think it's completely over the top. And maybe that's the idea, but I do find the sensationalism of it all - the Arrogance of it - to be a distraction from what is otherwise an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 02:31:31 | More by beersteak
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dark ruby. Head was about a finger and a half and mostly white with a yellowish tint.

S: It has a sweet smell, not unlike molasses. I didn't notice the pine that everyone else mentions, but after breathing it in again, I sense it mixed in with that initial sweet smell.

T: The first time I had it was on tap at The Pub in Las Vegas and I didn't care for it since I felt it was too overpowering. However, this time I'm really digging it. Maybe because since then I've been on a Double IPA kick so my palate can handle it better. Just like the smell, it does have a sweet flavor but not one that is cloying. There is also a pine hoppy flavor which is a bit less subtle than its brother, Stone IPA.

M: Smooth with a slight tingle on the tongue.

O: I'm glad I picked up a bottle after my initial experience on tap. This is a fantastic beer, and I definitely plan to buy more next time I am in the States.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 01:07:03 | More by CrumpledFish
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4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: dark with the slight amber tint. had of half an inch that took its time to go down.

s: very fine and rich roasted malt that was quickly passed by piney hopps.

t: swwet rich roasted malt follwed by mellow pine hop my guess cadcades.

m: lots of carb. smoth malt then twang of bitter hops.

o: this beer makes u proud to be alive. its a wonderful blend of biterness and roasted malt.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 23:48:37 | More by TwoHeartedMale
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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