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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,026
Reviews: 2,757
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 220
Gots: 635 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Photo of spencerw


4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A great beer! Dark bronze body with a thick 1-2 inch head that lingered for a few minutes leaving spotty lacing along the glass. First thought was " good looking "!!

S: Nothing really dominant or overbearing. Light malty, caramel nut aroma with a very subtle citrus, piney, spicy hop.

T: Just like it smells but x 3. Great, refreshing beer that is very crisp. Moderate carbonation, piney, spicy hop mid-way through with a very well balanced caramel malt sweetness. Taste a little thicker than how she smelled. Slightly stick and fairly strong.

M: Medium-bodied with a good carbonation.

D: Excellent beer. This beer isn't "too" filling and would make a great session beer.

I love most of the Stone beers I've had...this one is another grade-A brew that has been added to the rotation. If you havent tried it...it's a must.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 02:16:02 | More by spencerw
Photo of rfabian


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler it forms a nice 20 mm head that leaves lots of lacing. The appearance is fairly clear amber. The aroma is a harbinger of the hop taste to follow, piney some would say. I think it's more on the grassy side with some grapefruit, especially in the finish. The taste is strongly hoppy and moderately bitter with good malt highlights. This is a full bodied brew, a pint of which leaves me satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 04:06:36 | More by rfabian
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber of this at my local grocery while getting some ingredients for dinner. Best by 10/21/09 stamped on the side. Poured into my pint glass.

Pours a dirty copper with a HUGE tan head on top. Minimal bubbles rising through. Excellent retention - this looks like a milk shake. Leaves tons of sticky lace and webbing all over the glass. The scent is a little underwhelming. I'm trying to get something out of this, but it's being quite abstinent. Some mild toffee and strawberry Twizzlers is about all I can grasp.

The body is a little slick and oily. Carbonation level is moderate. On to the flavor. Mmmm. Hops! Nice bittering hops right away, but not overly so; this is balanced like crazy. Lots of sweet toffee and caramel even the contest. There's a bit of a charred bread on the finish. Leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste. This is a great strong ale. Why did it take me so long to try this one?!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 00:22:19 | More by Onenote81
Photo of woosterbill


4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear ruby body with just a whiff of off-white head; little lace - under-carbonated? Great color, though.

S: Not too much going on (at least from what I can tell out of this wide-mouthed glass) - resinous, piney hops are up front, with some dried fruit and alcohol in the background. Understated but pleasant.

T: Piney hops, caramel sweetness, rich fruitiness, a bit of spice, and a warm boozy finish. Assertive and lovely.

M: Medium-bodied with a surprising number of prickly bubbles keeping things lively.

D: Pretty good. The hefty dose of hops keeps things clean enough to stave off the highly present alcohol heat.

Notes: Solid all-around beer, but not the be-all and end-all some make it out to be. I preferred (slightly, but definitely) the Hop Rod Rye I had last night.


Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2009 03:00:54 | More by woosterbill
Photo of adamette


4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Winking Lizard in Independence, Ohio earlier tonight into a 10 oz. snifter as a part of "The Most Arrogant Bar" contest there. Greg Koch apparently appeared in the bar 10 23 09. Very cool. Cost was just $5.

A Creamy, thick head with medium brown body. Orange brown in front of direct light in a nice, classic glow. The body was very opaque, letting very little light through. Head cascaded down the side of the glass as well. Very cool look. 4.5

S Malt, hops that are more muted than the classic AB. 4.0

T Malt goodness, significant hops but they are a more natural hops than what I recall from regular AB. AB was always a great tasting beer but the dry hopped version really adds something interesting to this beer. 4.5

M Huge feel, grapefruit bitterness and nice, sweet malt with a thick feel. 4.5

D Very good actually as the bodacious tastes kept me coming back for more until the snifter was empty. 4.0

Notes: A treat to have this on tap earlier tonight at the Winking Lizard.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 02:32:08 | More by adamette
Photo of cbarrett4


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

This is an excellent beer but I much prefer it in bottle. The mouthfeel on tap is a little thin and flat compared to from bottle. Perhaps the pub I tried it in needs to clean their lines...


Appearance is typical reddish brown with a thin (less than 1 inch) head (was poured correctly).

Smells great, wonderful hoppy nose. Very rich and pronounced aromatics.

Tastes great. Very rich and full flavored with great hoppy bitterness and a nice acidity to balance out the high alcohol.

Mouthfeel is rich and has good tannins and acidity.

Drinkability is a little disappointing for this brew. Much more drinkable from bottle. Like I mentioned, a little less carbonation than bottle versions.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 02:29:47 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of BevMoAndrew


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

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours a deep mahogany with a finger-thick off-white froth...nice lacing. On the nose are characteristics of chocolate, citrus, pine, hop flowerm roasted malts, subtle coffee, & dark berries. On the palate, the beer has a nice mouthfeel, definite hope bitterness, long finish with a slight hop astringency. Overall a good beer...I remember when I first had this beer, I didn't like it...i was not worthy.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 02:21:11 | More by BevMoAndrew
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

That's really an aggressive beer as it's written in its own label, right? So, if you are going to drink it, you'll need to be prepared to the experience. As a big fan of the Belgian beers, I have to admit that Americans have created a new horizon whenever they've started to overload their beer casks with hops. This is so far, the bitterer beer I've ever tasted and I've loved it. I really wish I could find something like this in Switzerland and I really regret that I didn't bring another bottle . with me... :( Despite of the advertisement in its cork, in the end, I think myself as a "worthy one" to drink it... That's very good stuff! I strongly recommend it to the strong ones. ;)

A: Pours a deep amber a little bit hazy color. Head is beige and creamy. Medium retention and many lacings left

S: Smells like an authentic American IPA. I mean, caramel malts and piny hops

T: Great caramel malts and piny, citrus hoppy bitterness. Huge bitterness

M: Medium molasses body. Good carbonation

O: Absolutely refreshing, tasty, delicious beer

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 18:45:28 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of BatsforBeer


4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful 3 finger head, caramel, frothy and persistent, reddish mahogany nice stream of bubbles, good lacing ; if this didn't look so inviting I would put it on a shelf and leave it there forever!

Citrusy hops sweetness

Mildly sweet, a hint of caramel, overwhelmed by piney, herbal, hops, hint of grapefruit

Quite neutral at first, a bit frothy, nicely carbonated; Finishes extremely bitter, bit of mouth pucker

This is defiantly a "hey guys try this" beer, if you know what I mean. This one is best left for the hop heads, but it I really do appreciate it, and will enjoy this bomber to the last drop.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 04:10:13 | More by BatsforBeer
Photo of BretSikkink


4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours really dark with little head from the growler. Aroma's more vinous than bottled or on tap: less carbonated and sweet. Lots of raisins, but quite bitter, almost like an amber ale that got tipped into a vat of hops. Without the bubbling buffers in the mouth it's not quite as drinkable as in its other forms, but it's still a damn fine ale.

Serving type: growler

11-06-2009 02:46:12 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Genuine


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the Bomber, into a pint glass.

Poured a nice darker amber, in color with a slightly off white head.

Smell - This one smells absolutely delicious, lots of pine and citrus notes could be picked up immediately.

Taste - This is where it all comes together. Lots of hops, pine and some citrus notes. Very well balanced and very well done. This is how an ale should taste like.

Mouthfeel - medium body with carbonation that goes very well with the flavor.

Drinkability - I could definitely have a couple of bombers in one afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 05:51:39 | More by Genuine
Photo of blackenmn


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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a dark crimson red with a bronze hue, and left a small cream colored head with nice retention which really hung around on the glass. Smelled of burned cherry and citrus like fruit along with a bit of toffee with some deep pine scent and biscuit hanging out in the back. Really liked the deep smell of this.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of toasty fruit, particularly grape with a bit of cherry along with plenty of resinous pine. Some subtle caramel malt presence balances out the heavy pine nicely. It was thick and sticky with some evident warmth. Sweetness came through a bit more as it warmed, really solid tasting brew with nice feel to it.

Drinkability:First thing I came accross from stone while on a roadtrip over the last weekend. REALLY enjoyed this, and would buy it for the cheap price i found this bottle at anytime.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:07:09 | More by blackenmn
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Stone IRS glass. It is beautiful amber color with a dense off white head. It smells hoppy, like grapefruit, and a touch of malt. It tastes remarkably balanced. It starts hoppy and then the malt comes through in the end. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. This is extremely drinkable due to its balance. I drank the oaked version a while back and wasn't impressed, I think because its marketed as an extreme beer. I don't think this beer is over the top in anyway, but an excellently balanced beer with a nice alcohol content. I highly recomend this beer and Stone in general.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 23:48:53 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of Stinkypuss


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

Arrogance is Bliss. Arrogant bastard pours a amber/brown with a nice pillowy off white cloud of a head. Chunks of lacing.

Smells of bready malts and some hops lying underneath.

Intense piney hops with vague caramel in the background. Resinous hop tones with a caramel finish. Grapefruit flavors fall flat, leaving a bit more pine and a distant roastedness.

Medium to full bodied, a bit prickly on the palate. Semi Dry finish.

A classic hoppy, strong beer here. Warms the soul in the winter months and quite tasty any time really.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 23:25:45 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber last night to kick off a great Halloween party.

Malty and sharply bitter. I would venture to call this a DIPA if I hadn't known better. All in all, a well-structured ale, though a bit unrefined in its sourness.

Pours a deep burnt amber with a thick, yellow head and moderate lacing. A strong, floral hop structure in the smell with some roasted caramel malts and an oak-laden sweetness. A bit of alcohol in the nose, which rolls into the taste. Most of the alcohol and hops are present up front, which turns a bit sour on the back end, almost like a rhubarb bitterness that hide the sugars in the beer. Smooth, long draw in the mouth that is surprisingly well-balanced. Sourness from the rhubarb and grains hold through to the end, but aren't particularly accompanied by any other dominant flavors to finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 22:11:28 | More by TLove
Photo of jrallen34


2.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium clear amber with a light tan head. There are about 2 fingers of head that have great retention and lacing. The head is chunky and pillowy clouds.

The aroma is very strong with hops and mixture of spice dominating.

The flavor is just hoppy to me, nothing complex to wrap your palate around. The beer itself is very strong and bitter and almost burns your lips as you drink it.

The mouthfeel is heavy but the beer is not very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 14:09:10 | More by jrallen34
Photo of sictyrannis


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

On tap, served in a pint glass:

Very dark, luscious auburn. Clarifies to having more of a reddish tint the longer it's in a glass, and looks very good. Pours with a one-finger head that dissipates and leaves a lacing of bubbles.

Smell is not as strong as would be expected, but is very inviting and pretty complex. Slight pine aroma, with overtones of plums, and amazing blend of hops.

Very strong on the hops with a malty aftertaste and undertones of chocolate and coffee. Simply put, this beer tastes amazing--and its aftertaste is very fresh. It was difficult for me to notice the alcohol. The different layers of flavor make this very enjoyable. It hits hard at first, and eventually eases up.

Medium to full body, leaves a taste of plums on the mouth. It finishes clean and really feels like a great beer--just the proper thickness. Very smooth.

I could knock these back pretty quickly, and am tempted to--but the flavor complexity forces me to savor it. It goes down very easy, and is one of my favorite beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 08:17:30 | More by sictyrannis
Photo of JohnL9013

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark amber with a nice big head and tons of lacing. Much darker than I expected, and a warning of what's ahead.

S: Huge malt nose, caramel, hops. Not a huge aroma but a great one.

T: Wow, this bad boy is like a full-bodied cigar. I was definitely not prepared for the bock-like assault of malt I received from this brew. Very sweet, but very, very complex. It almost morphs in your mouth, becoming caramel or molasses at times. An excellent brew!

M: A bit of a harsh mouthfeel due to the sheer sweetness of the brew, which is substantial.

D: One of these 22 ouncers and I was happy for quite a while. It's a deceiving 7% ABV... this isn't Coor's Light.

Honestly, I don't even know what to call this beer. It's completely unique... hence why, I'm guessing, BA has shoved it into the catchall "American Strong Ale". It's a bit of bock, a bit of cream or coffee stout, heck, I don't know what it is. Must be tried to be believed. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 05:16:20 | More by JohnL9013
Photo of jera1350


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

A slightly cloudy deep shade of brown with a nice full and tight tan colored head that leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

Crisp and juicy hops followed by sweet caramel malts. Some pineapple also.

Starts out with a prolific hop profile and then the rich toasty malts kick in to balance it out. Bitter and toasted aftertaste. Grapefruit really starts out weak and then peaks towards the end and lasts well after.

Medium bodied, with a smooth feel and nice delicate carbonation. Finishes slightly dry.

Nice drinkability. The bitterness in the aftertaste drops it a bit. A solid beer that I could have again, but probably won't rush out and get some.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 00:25:47 | More by jera1350
Photo of EgadBananas


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

Stone is finally available in Louisiana! I'm thrilled to be reviewing the first of many more Stone brews to come!

A - Dark, reddish brown...slightly more amber in the light. Full bodied tan head with hints of pastel yellow. Sporatic lacing adorns the sides.

S - The smell is nothing short of alluring! Theres pronounced roasted malts, slight sweetness of caramel and/or some fruits. There is a very faint alcohol to the nose as well.

T - Wow! Theres the malts, the well balanced sweetness, the alcohol kicks a little bit, but I feel it actually adds to the flavours rather than draw away from them. Finishes with a nice, hoppy twang.

M - This coats wonderfully, with the flavours that linger after the sip. Very rich and smooth like satin.

D - I feel as though Stone may be a hair modest in the ABV...a bit more than half way through the bomber I had a nice little warming sensation! One may not be enough, and I'd feel great having this as the staple of any night!

Notes: The bottle may say that I am "not worthy", and that I "probably won't like this beer"... I may in fact not be worthy, but I damn sure liked this beer! Welcome to Louisiana Stone!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:33:28 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of BeerSingh


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a reddish brown with a brown suede head that leaves a patterned lacing on the glass. Turns reddish when held against the light

S : The smell will pull you in. The notes are a potent mix of coffee, zest, piney hops and a little hint of alcohol.

T : The taste of this beer is the biggest draw in this beer. There are some dark fruits, some roasted malts and coffee. The bitterness balances out with the sweet flavors of the beer pretty well. As I said earlier, this is one hell of a flavourful beer.

M : Thick, smooth and velvety. You can keep swirling around the trace even after you have sipped it in.

D : You will probably end up pissed drunk by the time you realize that you've had enough

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 02:19:23 | More by BeerSingh
Photo of theboozecruise


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

New on tap at the Chimes in BR, LA... poured in an imperial pint glass.

Very nice complex aroma of caramel, malt, hops, a little spice.

Exceptionally well balanced taste as well. The hops slightly dominate the palate, but all in all the relatively high abv is hardly noticeable.

Because the abv is so well covered by the complex flavors I could drink this one all night long. Very nice beer and a terrific addition to the South LA beer scene.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2009 00:13:55 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of scubazook


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone IRS tulip

Appearance: Beautiful frothy dark brownish-ruby red with good one-finger off-white lace.

Smell: A big hop aroma with toasty malt characters. Very fragrant.

Taste: Complex rich toasty, caramel malt flavors with very aggressive hop bitterness with a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Smooth, medium carbonation.

Notes: What a unique beer. Definitely light beer loves can't take this aggressive complex malty hop-bomb. A very fragrant powerful flavored yet sophisticated beer. This is one of the pioneers of the creative West Coast craft beers. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 06:04:45 | More by scubazook
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC


4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in a pint glass:

A - Dark in color with reddish hues, decent head that dissipates into fine lacing on the glass.

S - Malt and various fruity scents.

T - This is an awesome strong ale. Hoppy taste up front with complex fruity tastes and well balanced with the malty backbone.

M - Medium bodied with fair carbonation. Alcohol is prevelant but not overwhelming.

D - Great drinkability, goes down easy. My favorite of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2009 14:32:58 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
Photo of vacax


3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red-amber and clear. One-inch red-cream colored head. Retention and lacing are both highly worthy.

Aromatic with a lightly peppery hoppiness that is just a bit piney. Malt balance evident in the nose, smells of cookie dough and slightly fruited. The flavor is quickly cookielike, but unique in the sense that it is quite dry, not sweet. Sticky, piney hops then appear and the finish is mildly peppery and sweet. Nice contrasts of flavors in each stage of the flavor profile, making a complex, drinkable brew. Actually probably reminds me more of Stone 13th Anniversary than the Double Bastard in terms of the hop profile. Medium to full body with medium-high carbonation. Maybe a touch bubbly for me. Sticky.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 05:11:00 | More by vacax
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