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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,453 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,453
Reviews: 2,769
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 247
Gots: 842 | 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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SWMeyer4141

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -18.5%

Reading that bottle 4 years ago was an experience, I had to try it. Since then I pick up an Arogant Bastard every now and then. Saw a bomber for 3.99 earlier so figured I would pick it up and drink half before and half during dinner.

Appearance-Dark dark red color. Light brown colored, creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing. No matter how the smell or taste is, this beer is one of the best looking beers I've seen.

Smell-I can smell a sweet, burnt caramel with some hops lingering in the backround. I don't get too much citrus which i thought It had but get some darkfruits, I actually can get some barleywine characteristics. I little spicier though, some clove sneaking through.

Taste-Malty, bready/yeasty. You get some sweetness at the forefront and the hops come through at the end. I get some raisons as well. It's not bad, but just not as complex as i remembered it last.

Mouthfeel-Medium-Full bodied which goes down very smooth. Back of the throat gets the hops and a dryness which makes you going back.

Overall-Four years ago I would have said this is the craziest, most intense beer ever, but now it's kind of average to me. The look is amazing, but the smell/taste are getting weaker to my palate. Stone does a great job at promoting their craft beers by their intense marketing campaign, but it's almost getting a little bit old to me. I would prefer some other offerings such as the Sublimely Self-Rightous ale and Ruination.

I'm still confused, b/c I know this beer has more to offer then a B-, will review one day next week.

03-24-2011 02:01:35 | More by SWMeyer4141
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ehammond1


4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A very dark ruby and near brown, dark orange edges, with a very thin light brown head that doesn't last long. Sheets and rings of lacing line the glass. A gorgeous beer with a disappointing head.

The first thing I notice in the nose is the sweet caramel malt amidst an enveloping aroma of citrus hops. The sweetness is the star of the show and the caramel really comes through predominantly. There's also a bready quality which actually reminds me of Stone's Pale Ale.

The thing I always come back to with Arrogant Bastard is the way it tastes. It might not be the most impressive looking beer or the most aromatic, but boy does it taste good! This beer is amped up to 11 in both malt and hops. I know it was "extreme" for its day, back when it was first brewed, but it's still a classic American strong ale. Plenty of citrus hops, loads of bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, the faintest hint of alcohol; a classic.

Moderate to heavy in the mouth which is pretty appropriate for the style and the taste. A bit higher carbonation would probably make it perfect though.

This beer is a classic, a pioneer, and ultimately, simply delicious.

03-24-2011 01:41:11 | More by ehammond1
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StLThrash

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

22 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Very beautiful, deep dark amber / red and clear as a bell. 1 finger head that maintains itself awhile. Some lacing on the way down.

S - Lots of toasted caramel malts, chocolate, small amount of sweet hops.

T & M - Very robust, full-bodied goodness. Lots of toasted malts and caramels. Alcohol is well hidden with some minor hop bitterness, and finishes with some sweetness.

O - A nice, solid beer. I tend to prefer a little more hopness in my beers, but that's not what this one's all about. You arrogant bastard!

03-22-2011 19:16:54 | More by StLThrash
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oldsailor

Nevada

4.38/5  rDev +5%

They got this right when they came up with the name. This is one strong ale. I'm with most people when saying this is a beer that you start with and go nowhere else or end the night with it. It will linger with you and mess with whatever other flavors you attempt to put with it. Smooth feel, caramel flavors and moderate carbonation make this an exceptional beer.

03-22-2011 01:10:20 | More by oldsailor
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Floyd12

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug.

A- Deep copper color beer with a large sticky and frothy off white head with great retention that left lacing all down the side.

S- STRONG hop aroma with fruity and floral undertones which attempt and almost succeed in masking the high alcohol content.

T- Very ful and rich taste witha medium body. A toasted and caramel undertone with a malty sweetness that balances the alcohol bite. Al matched with the fruity hoppy taste.

M- Very smooth with mild carbonation.

D- Very drinkable if you are sophisticated enough to enjoy it. Large bottle and high alcohol conent means you can't knock back 6 or 7, but you will greatly enjoy what you do drink

03-21-2011 01:28:56 | More by Floyd12
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jsh420

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

pours dark reddish brown with a 2+ finger off white head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smell - not very strong - toasted caramel malts and a little pine hops

taste is slightly better then the nose or at least stronger - hops hit me first citrus/pine then the dark fruit malts and a finish of bitter ashy hops

mouthfeel - medium body with good low carboantion that gives it a very smooth and creamy feel

overall/drinkability - this beer seem like a chore to drink - just not my cup of tea

03-21-2011 01:24:15 | More by jsh420
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birderbeerer

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Mahogany beer with off-white, two-finger head. Creamy with good lacing.

Big hop aroma--tropical fruits and flowers. And a huge, dry malt surge behind it. Thick rye toast and dehydrated caramel.

Huge, fruity hops lead the taste with definite herbal and floral tastes as well. Right behind the hops is a surge of malts. Sweet and dry. Great and complex range of flavors. Caramel, dense toast, toffee, oats, tea, and some milk chocolate.

This beer drinks bigger than it actually is. It's a great presentation of a unique beer. Not a black ipa, not a double ipa, more than a big brown ale or double amber. It's a lot of ingredients that are blended together well to create a stand alone flavor.

03-20-2011 15:21:10 | More by birderbeerer
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FoamyMustache

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

A - Very similar in color to the bottle it came out of...hits of bright red in the light. 2 finger off white head dissipated leaving plenty of lacing.

S - Beautiful smell! Everything I want in a beer. Initially you get a nice aroma of roasted malt and dark fruit that transitions to citrus and piney hops.

T - Very complex..takes quite a few sips to really get a feeling for the beer. Initially get cedar notes followed by the same dark fruits I was getting through the nose. The beer finishes very balanced with a background of hops coming through.

M - Very smooth, medium-bodied, nice residual flavors left in the mouth.

D - For a "big beer" and 7.2% it goes down pretty smooth. Overall, enjoyable and delicious.

03-16-2011 00:59:49 | More by FoamyMustache
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pharmer

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a deep amber color with a nice 1 finger off-white head.

Smells of fruity esters, alcohol, and for me only a faint hoppy presence

Nice medium mouthfeel with a perfect carbonation. Starts with a nice sweet malty flavor and then finishes strongly bitter with the taste of grapefruit being predominant. This beer leaves an impressive amount of lacing as consumed.

The drinkability of this ale for me is very high. I've has this now several times, and every gulp leaves me wanting more. Highly recommended

03-15-2011 00:33:02 | More by pharmer
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briankrespan

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

This is my first site review, and first review of anything by Stone Brewing Co. Arrogant Bastard Ale is an excellent beer going down. Has a great start, mouthfeel, and finish. I'm enjoying mine as I'm writing this. Looks wonderful in a glass, has a beautiful amber glow to it, with lots of froth. Poured wonderfully from bottle to glass.

03-14-2011 22:36:21 | More by briankrespan
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thatlongname

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: Red/Brown color and clear. Tons of froth. Pretty beautiful. Sticks to glass.

Smell: Hoppy and fruity. There's something zesty about it. Maybe some citrus. Not sure of what this scent is but I keep smelling it.

Taste: Strong hops with some intense other flavors. Everything is strong. There is no "hint of" anything. I think the other strong flavors are the fruits and malts mostly.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body. The frothiness plays a big role in the mouthfeel too. The kind of beer that gives you a moustache afterwards.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Don't know if you could drin ka lot of this stuff though. IT's a little high on the alcohol content.

03-14-2011 02:18:16 | More by thatlongname
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claytong

Vermont

3/5  rDev -28.1%

An A? I remember having it on tap and liking it more. The second time around it seemed there wasn't much to it. I can't say I remember it all too well but that says something since it was less than a month ago that I had it last. I remember a slight hint of fruit that wasn't strong enough to really do much for the beers otherwise bland taste.

03-12-2011 22:11:05 | More by claytong
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Wattsox

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%

750ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011.

A - Dark mahogany colour with some ruby highlights. Decent head with good lacing.

S - Balanced aromas with malts coming through with citrusy hops.

T - Sweet malts open but quickly give way to the hops which bring in the bitterness in the middle and a bittersweet finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, doesn't get too dry.

D - Very drinkable, goes down well though the ABV is getting up there for a session drink.

03-12-2011 04:07:29 | More by Wattsox
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

A - Pours a nice dark caramel colour with a ruby red hue, finger of tan head with solid retention, nice sticky lacing and solid body carbonation. Delicious looking ale indeed!

S - Sweet lemon iced tea hops off the top, delicious caramel presence with a touch of pine and cedar on the finish.

T - Sweet citrus hops off the top which convert to earthy cedar notes with a bitter finish. The bitterness is not offensive, rather, it complements the hops nicely. Malts definitely take a back seat but do come through on the palette with a sweet honey and buttered caramel flavour.

M - Finishes surprisingly wet given the bitterness, and is a nice medium bodied ale that goes down smooth.

D - Easily poundable ale, offering some nice bold hop flavours with malt undertones. The ABV goes completely unnoticed and the hops are easily appreciated by any hop head. There's a reason this one is top rated... It ain't no joke.

03-12-2011 01:13:34 | More by andrenaline
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

I honestly forgot how good this beer is.16oz draft in a tall pint at the Hyatt SFO. Dark reddish brown with a creamy off white head. Smell is sweet goodness. More malt than hops coming through for me.

Taste is so balanced. Huge malt upfront followed by tongue sucking bitterness. Grapefruit and citrus, followed up with earthy maltiness. I honestly pick up no heat at all.

This is such a distinctive beer. I really can't compare it to anything else and I like that. To me, this is a world class beer.

03-11-2011 01:33:21 | More by CharlesRiver
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wstuart

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

the name says it all. even the label is arrogant. this brew is a very crisp ale with slight bitterness and can also be purchased as double ale. the ABV makes this brew a little bit of a kick, and the price is a little high, but the taste and smell dont let you down. it comes in a four pack as well along with three other Stone brews. excellent, thank you.

03-11-2011 00:41:18 | More by wstuart
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Shrews629

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Appearance - Very beautiful amber/copper color with some burnt orange highlights at the bottom. An off white head that was very pronounced. Fluffy and creamy. Very nice retention and some great, great lacing. The body is mostly hazy also.

Smell - Wonderful aromas of sweet caramel. Dark fruit swirling around on the nose also. Hop notes and malt character. Resinous aromas. Even a bit of peach in there.

Taste - The taste was a wonderful piny, resinous flavor. Some grapefrut"y" type flavors with a very small alcohol bite. Enough bitterness to satisfy most anyone. Caramel sweetness follows to round out this very well balanced taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full mouthfeel. Smooth and chewy. A slight bit of "slickness" makes it glide down easy. Some alcohol warmth right at the back of the throat in the finish. Really covers the palate well. Nicely dry in the mouthfeel also.

Drinkability - Man!!! This beer is really, really good. Unbelievably easy to drink considering the bold characteristics and the high ABV. I don't know how or why I haven't tried this yet considering how popular it is. I definitely won't pass this up ever again. A very, very nice and well made beer.

03-09-2011 21:11:15 | More by Shrews629
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Avantyawn

New York

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

22 ounce bomber into pint glass. My first try of this beer and boy am I impressed...

A: Deep translucent brown with reddish hue, thick head with large bubbles, tons of lacing down the glass as I drink more and more.

S: Sweet caramel and some sweet floral fruitiness, strawberry jam, sweet tarts, gentle malt presence and a touch of alcohol at the end.

T: What a nice surprise this beer is. I am getting more and more into Stone with each beer I sample. Tastes like a rustic deep strong IPA. Slightly sweet and salty, sour, bitter, fruity. Very dry bitter ending but there is enough of a nice oily taste here that the bitterness is not overwhelming. It just borders on that aesthetic.

M: Delicious fresh hop oils. Strong but not overpowering carbonation. Medium thick but with a light smooth finish. Excellent!

D: I am pounding this bomber, it just hits the spot amazingly well after walking around the city for a few hours. I had a slightly rough throat, I would say this is an excellent beer for allergies or a slight sore throat form a cold. When I have a cold I like bitter soothing hoppy beers , this would fit the bill. Exceptional drinkabilty. Amazing beer.

03-09-2011 00:48:05 | More by Avantyawn
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paulginva

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

APPEARANCE: Poured from the tap into a pint glass, by the time it reached my table, this brew had a 1/2" light tan rocky head with excellent head lacing that dissipated slowly. Body color was a nice chocolate brown that was cloudy with particulates and had a moderate amount of carbonation.

AROMA: Aroma was a very nice moderate barley with a light floral and pine hops smell.

TASTE: The taste surprised me. The barley taste was quite light and the floral, grass and pine hops flavors were heavily prominent -- much more so than I would have suspected. Nonetheless, the brew was quite tasty.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer was medium bodied with a slick texture and moderate carbonation, a combination that was pleasing to the tongue. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and finished heavily bitter with a long finish. Body lacing was fair and dissipated slowly.

DRINKABILITY: This strong ale lived up to its name. It was certainly memorable, grabbing hold of the taste buds and not letting go. This isn't the kind of beer you select for a night of continuous drinking. It's a sipping beer, not an easy-drinking one. For a proper purpose, I'd definitely buy it again.

03-08-2011 00:02:49 | More by paulginva
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Auracom

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%

22 oz. bottle on February 25th, 2011 in a C&B tulip. From notes.

A - Very dark ruby that almost looks brown at first. Off-white medium head, good lacing just for kicks.

S - Hoppy nose with some acidity/citrus, malts *might* be in there.

T - Caramel or some initial sweetness immediately followed by a shitload of hops at mid palate. The balance isn't really achieved imo because the hops are just overbearing.

M - Medium body, fine carbonation, ABV is fairly hidden.

D - Just not that drinkable for me because of the hops. Gotta respect Stone though for delivering a brew that is exactly what they claim.

03-07-2011 02:24:00 | More by Auracom
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mpcrump

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a nice deep brown with a light tan head that lasts.

S: Hops, malt, and the oak chips seem to come through.

T: A start of bittersweet that melts into a sweeter taste. The wood comes in at the end.

M: Decent carbonation and a nice smooth feel.

D: Slightly higher ABV but a nice medium bodied beer.

03-06-2011 14:34:17 | More by mpcrump
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colforbin73

California

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

pours a clear, dark, ruby red with a decent head and carbonation. foams up nicely and leaves a little lacing as you drink it down.

this is a Bitter beer... extremely bitter. i can't find the supposed IBUs anywhere, but it has to be in the 70+ range. this deep chinook (?) hop bitterness is smoothed out by a nice rich texture, malty presence, and nice warming alcohol.

i think you might want to start with another beer before you have one of these.... otherwise it takes a few sips before your palate can adjust and start to pick up on the nuances of this heavy ale. one of the only beers of it's kind in the general marketplace -- a dark bitter american red.

03-06-2011 03:47:56 | More by colforbin73
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Dark red and mahogany, just in between cloudy and clear. Weak off-white head, fades into moderate lacing.

S: Dry bitter hops, caramel sweetness, bready and dry-hopped malts, rye and pumpernickel, earthy pine, and some hints of dark fruits and citrus zest.

T: Extremely fresh hop bite, right in the beginning. Caramel, smooth and dry malts, and dark fruits are the main components of the flavor. Towards the end of the drink the rye and pine notes show themselves. Described commonly as an aggressive flavor, i can agree with it, though it's just more complex than necessarily 'aggressive'. A well balanced strong ale with a bit more emphasis on the hops.

M: Smooth, dry and somewhat sticky. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Tame aftertaste consisting of caramel and dry-hopped malts.

D: Spectacular. The name is fitting, i believe.

03-06-2011 03:26:40 | More by YouSkeete
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Tundruth

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a reddish brown color topped with a fluffy, light tan head. Looks impeccable
The nose is varied and delicious, smells of citrus, pine, malts and a faint hops.
Taste is strong and hard to describe, the hops bitterness is most evident although a pine/fruitiness shows through too.
This beer is vibrant and complex, the mouth feel is dry and just like the smell and flavor, aggressive.
This brew is definitely something worth seeking out and trying, it is strong and complex making it exciting to drink, a beer that no two drinkers will describe as exactly the same.

03-06-2011 00:59:22 | More by Tundruth
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a deep copper colour, one finger of sticky white head, some lacing on the glass...this one looks mean. Smells of citrus, pine, grapefruit, malty, toffee notes and a faint sweetness are present. Taste is nice and hoppy, citrus and pine notes come out in the flavour, great balance with the malt, dry hop finish with grapefruit rounding it out. Nice full mouthfeel, hop oil slickness and a medium amount of carbonation. Drinks very well, could session this if ABV wasn't so high, near perfect really, solid brew as usual from Stone.

03-05-2011 22:39:28 | More by peensteen
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,453 ratings.