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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,554 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,554
Reviews: 2,895
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 334
Gots: 1,651 | FT: 12
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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Ratings: 9,554 | Reviews: 2,895
Photo of CHickman
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red brownish color where the red and lighter shades are only visible near the top and bottom when held up to the light; had a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left great lacing clinging to the glass, and the lacing basically didn’t move and just stuck to the sides. A good looking and menacing beer that tries to back up the warning: “You’re Not Worthy.”

Smells of all kinds of hops, including floral hops, piney hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, flowers, caramel, grapefruit, orange peel, fruit like apple or pear, toasted grains, wheat bread, light wheat, grass, syrup, brown sugar and light alcohol; the initial hop whiff gives way to grains for a very nice and balanced smelling beer that does not hide the fact that the alcohol is present and has a kick. There is a sweetness throughout the nose that ties it all together well.

Tastes like floral hops, grass, hay, flowers, piney hops/pine cones, toasted grains, roasted malt, citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel, orange peel, coffee grinds, oats, spices like pepper and coriander, faint alcohol that brings minor heat and some earthy flavors like tea leaf, peat moss or very dry hops that almost taste burnt. The malts show up to tame the hops, while the grains seem to dominate towards the finish which is on the dry side. The alcohol peeks through but is not a offensive and works well with the complexities and spices.

Mouthfeel is slick yet chewy and fizzy at the same time, with a medium to heavy body and light carbonation that always seems to slide down easy; this is very smooth considering how high the ABV is and how complex, strong and flavorful it is.

The drinkability is high for strong ale, and to me this beer has been always been very enjoyable for the past few years. This is a consistent staple at my family gatherings since we are “worthy”, and while other Stone beers might actually taste better, to me this is still always tasty and I feel loyal to this flagship Stone product which has brought a lot of enjoyment over the years. I am a huge fan of this and could drink this beer all year round and suggest that everyone try it.

Photo of tbeckett
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Potsdam IGA. From notes.

A - Poured a dark ruby red. Bright. Good carbonation and a two finger tan head. It looked great in the wine glass I used. The thick and creamy head left great lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Fruity hops, Pacific Northwest hops, caramel, juicy and piney hops with some bread and caramel. A great blend. An Americanized take on a beefy ESB? Really quite complex and inviting.

T - Deep rich caramel and a giant pure hop punch. Tons of pine and resin. Huge, aggressive hops blending with caramel and bread. Very nice.

M - Medium carbonation , full body, fairly bitter.

O/D - Great. Sessionable while being extremely aggressive. Nice with alot of well blended flavours. It works well. Good job.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a tumbler.

A: The darkest of the line-up, a rich dark caramel amber color. Still translucent, this beer has the visual heft an arrogant one needs. A white head laces in thick strata around the glass.

S: Very malty. Very hoppy. Plenty of both make this beer fire. The caramel is syrupy, a sweetly dry introduction that coaxes out the citrusy pine bitterness of the ale. Big and bold.

T: The caramel jumps out as the malts stake an early lead. That richness tends to linger throughout the ale. The hops, piney and citrusy, quickly come in to balance things out. They bring an intensity that is both hoppy and flavorful. A boozy warmth runs throughout the ale.

M: A delicious fullness that doesn't feel nearly as strong as it actually is. Plenty of hops but more than enough balance.

Photo of Luigi
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out deep hazy almost dark red amber color. A massive creamy head, three finger in size. Lacing around the glass is consistent and the retention of the head last until the last drop.

The aroma is rich with hops! Sour citrus and pine notes, yet the sweet malt and alcohol pulls through.

Rich flavor of intense hops. Sour citrus and bitter pine hops dominate. But at the same time the malt in this ale still makes is presence. Finishes dry and hoppy, mostly the pine notes but the citrus lingers on the palate.

Full bodied and dangerous to drink haha! Slightly slick on the tongue.

Over all this Ale is Arrogant and perfect for arrogant bastards like me!! Major thumbs up!!!

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a glass pours a hazy dark amber/orange with a thick head. Leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smells like citrus hops and malty sweetness. I can tell this is an "aggressive" beer right off the bat.

Taste is similar to smell with grapefruit, floral hops, and a strong toasted malt backbone. Aftertaste is slightly burnt tasting and bitter.

Every sip leaves behind a sticky hop resin feeling..a touch of booze.

I find myself enjoying this one a lot. Cheers.

Photo of eonbluekarma
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feels like a kick in the mouth. At over 100 ibu's this is definitely a STRONG ale. A nice toasted malt flavor sneaks in just as the hop takes over your palate. The head cream color and amber beer color are immaculate. The 7.2% alcohol will leave you slow drinking this arrogant bastard.

Photo of fdkayti
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy brown beer with a khaki head that is putting down roots in my tulip glass. Lacing is already apparent and excellent.

S- Citrusy hops, sweet malts, nice 'n' toasty. My sniffer is in a frenzy.

T- The blast of hops is superbly combatted by the sweet malty finish. Spicy, nom nom. Everything really starts to come through as it warms. The only way it shows it's 7 percent is in my belly warmth.

MF- Creamy and chewy like homemade caramels. Well-suited carbonation, lingers on the tongue.

O/D- I've had this beer a number of times and am finally getting around to reviewing it. Complex but nicely balanced and highly enjoyable. I love this beer because it's readily available and pretty well priced.

Photo of ely2000k
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Great head, that sticks around for awhile, and some great lacing. The color is dark, dark amber, almost mahogany. I think this is one of my favorites appearance wise.

S- Hoppy, earthy smelling, with some hints of spruce, and something vaguely nutty.

T- Aggressive hops, but finishes almost on a more light note. This beer definitely has some bite, and in some ways I do think the alcohol is a bit too present in it. Faint taste of toffee.

M- Little bit oily, but smooth, light carbonation. Good.

O- I do like this, but not quite as much as their IPA offering... feel like that might be more my style.

Photo of blackcompg
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my 12oz beer glass...

Appearance - Pours 2 fingers of tan head, color is a hazy rich copper/amber color, very much like a liquid carmel color. Really looks fantastic.

Smell - Toffee, carmel, molasses, ripe plum and raisin, some citrus, orangepeel.

Taste - My goodness, starts creamy carmel and toffee, quickly goes to dark ripe fruits, then ruby grapefruit and orangepeel. Then moments after the sip citrussy hops begin to blossom all over the tongue, first grapefruit, then dried grapefruit peel, then some sticky pine way long in the finish. So many great powerful flavors, each taking front stage, the progression is smooth and...and arrogant!

Mouthfeel - A nice creamy mouthfeel, with a wonderful dryness and some pucker at the end. Carb is low/medium, and is a perfect accent crispness during the flavor progressions.

Overall - I tried this initially before joining BA, and have been wanting to review this since joining. It is even better than I remembered, and is truly a fantastic, flavorful and powerful ale. I will be picking this one up far more often. It is imperative that you see "if you are worthy", definitely give this one a try, two thumbs way up for me. Don't try other styles after this in the same evening though - the hops are powerful and will linger on the palate long after the session ;)

Photo of DaveBlack
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich, reddish brown with a pretty nice off-white head to it that seems to have infinite retention. I drank an entire pitcher of this over the course of dinner and the head was still there at the end. Lots of lacing.

S: Big aroma on this beer with lots of toasty malts, notes of caramel a slightly astringent smell from the esters and a lot of hops.

T: Lots of sweet malts are up front bringing in caramel and toffee and a nice roasted flavor before the hops make their presence felt in a big way. The hops bring a spicy, piney flavor and leave the mouth with a nice bitter aftertaste. Big flavor on this beer, with a lot of balance between the sweet and bitter.

M: Medium bodied, with a tingly spiciness, but still comes off as creamy...

O: Big flavor, lots of balance and a heavy hit of alcohol. This beer is definitely a classic for a reason. I wouldn't try to drink anything afterwards because it leaves your mouth feeling totally ravished, but it's worth it.

Photo of mikechance
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't want an over the top IPA? Don't want a malt heavy beer? How about a perfect combination of both? From the color to the smell to the taste this is an awesome beer. Nice mixture of hops with a sweet malty taste ending. This is a near perfect fall beer.

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't often value a pour as much as others, but this was a great looking brew. The mahogany-dark cherry hue was . . . mmm, with a beast of head that reduced to a finger's-worth of rocky island floating in the center and receding as it approached the edges.

Just a wonderful nose. Pineapple, maraschino cherries, sweet malt. Stone consistently has some of the most robust and complex smells I've gotten my smeller in.

Malty sweet, caramel, with hints of a juicy-juice fruit punch party, yeah, that's right, I said juicy-juice, wanna fight about it? Hops come in bitter, and sour a tad, but just balance out beautifully with the sweets. Despite some vocal hops, the mouth is pretty darn smooth and the whole thing is nicely drinkable.

Hot damn, I love this old craft standby.

Photo of tgorgz
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: On tap at Hemingway's in Pittsburgh, PA

A: Very dark amber colour, it appears- the light wasn't the best so I couldn't get a truly accurate reading. Two finger head with great lacing. Very much looking forward to the smell.

S: Aroma is definitely citrus (lemon, specifically) with some following of a bit of hoppi-ness (perhaps Golding?) and then malty sweetness.

T: Lovin' it. I think it's excellently balanced. A rich, full-bodied beer with good hop blast and then the sweet malty finish. Great finish as well, with the bitter/sweet combo lingering.

M: See taste.

O: Excellent job, guys. First Stone Brewing in a while, and I should totally get on that again.

Photo of socon67
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber pour, serious tan foam head and lacing retention is solid.

S - Floral aroma of hops and a bit of lemon citrus. Has a very fresh smell.

T - Has a slight tart flavor that ends with a blast of hops. Would like for the style to but a bit less hop-foward, but it is a pleasant flavor anyway.

M - Great drinker, but the hoppy potency does do some damage on your taste buds. Medium body, and ends with a raspy feel.

O - This is a solid beer that benefits from its availability. Other Stone beers are better in my opinion, but this is a staple that should be tried.

Photo of beerdown77
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark, hazy brown and has a good amount of off-white head and sticky lacing. The smell is dark fruit and a little spice. The flavor is heavy bitterness and dark-fruits…I guess. I feel like the flavor should be sweeter or something, I just taste a lot of extreme bitterness...black walnut comes to mind. I’m not complaining, however, I don’t even love highly sweet beers. This beer is definitely tasty, but I would like to revisit it in a food pairing situation. Additionally, I think this beer would be best served in the fall or winter. At a $3.59 price point, I see myself coming back to this in those situations when you want something a little meatier than an IPA.

Photo of zander4dawin
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A dark mahogany colored beer with a pillowy head that stays with the beer.
Smell - Unique, sweet and roasted malts at first but a floral hop presences is also there.
Taste - The taste does not reflect the appearance at all. The beer looks like a weeheavy or another malt forward beer, but this is an aggressive assertive hoppy beer with a medium body and a little chewiness. Has a little nuttiness (walnut) that lingers, as well as a sharp hop bitterness, and caramel roasted malt tastes to give it an interesting balance.
Mouthfeel - Plenty of bite that follows suit with the rest of the beer's aggressive nature.

Photo of kennylopez
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber 1pint 6oz bottle into a globe glass.

Appearance: a dark brown, finger and a half worth of tan white thin bubbly head.

Smells: like a malty extremely well hopped brew with a toffee sweet sort of hint.

Tastes: a bitter punch in the front that blends great as it warms in my mouth. the heavy carbonation reminds me of a lighter old style ale taste which is full of layers.

Mouthfeel: a nice tingle of alcohol bite. carbonated and dry with the finish which quenches the thirst and make you want more. a staple in my cellar and never disappointed when I break into a bottle.

Photo of match1112
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: deep dark amber in color with a big fluffy cream colored head that leaves lacing.

s: sweet caramel malts and tons of spicy hops.

t: loads of bitter hops that are softened by a good caramel presence.

m: full body with a smooth bitterness (weird huh) that leaves your bouth slightly dry.

o: an excellent beer that is worthy of the name.

Photo of setexascustoms
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint glass.

A- A beautiful beer. Deep brown with slight red highlights. A rocky ivory head with very good retention very nice lacing.

S- Deep caramel and roasted malts with a nice hop spiciness. Rich heavy aromas tease you to drink.

T- Heavy roasted malts balanced nicely by spicy hops with an assertive bitterness. Full of flavor and very well balanced. Slightly dry lingering bitter finish, very nice.

M- Full bodied and coats the mouth well. The carbonation is just right.

O- A delicious brew. Not something I'd drink every day, but I'm really enjoying it right now. I'm sure by the time this bomber is don't my Arrogant cravings will be satisfied.

Photo of BeerNutz324
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am writing this review wearing my Stone Brewing T-shirt and listening to the Rolling Stones. Coincidence? I think not!

Ap- deep rich brown amber. Pours a beautiful 2 finger head that is creamy in color. Great retention on the head. Excellent lacing on the glass.

Ar- roasted caramel malts, sweetness. Hops seem to have a slight advantage over the malts in the smell department.

T- Roasted, toasty malts at first and hops at the end. After a while the hop aftertaste really takes over.

M- Great feel with medium body. Perfect carbonation.

O- One of the best beers I have had yet. Doesn't really get any better. I love this stuff. I wish it was available in 12 packs for $7.99 like Natural Ice is.

Photo of elNopalero
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m not worthy.

On draught, poured a dark, heavy, intimidating amber. What did you think with a name like that?

This beer has a bold, spicy hop aroma matched by a sharp assault on the palate. Slap, slap, slap. You know you like it like that so just enjoy it. Make sure you pause long enough to catch the sweet side of things, too. Big, caramelly, malty. The hops scrape across the tongue but the malts soften the edge. Give ‘til it hurts!

I remember when this was one of the only craft beers I could easily find. Glad those days are over but this is still one solid brew. There’s a saying that asks which is better, the devil you know or the devil you don’t know. Get to know this devil.

Photo of wordemupg
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into over-sized wine glass 28/8/11 at Burger Bar at Mandelay Bay in Vegas

A hazy reddish brown with a thick 2 finger head that quickly falls to a thick tan film leaving lots of lace with no particular pattern

S lots of citrus and toffee with some faint nuttiness

T much stronger then the smell but I'm sure this ice cold serving dose little to help its cause, faint molasses and strong toffee with a pile of hops

M enters silky and syrupy, pretty thick stuff that leaves a fair bit behind in your mouth to taste later and my lips are stuck together

O interesting stuff and not what I expected but then again I didn't know what to expect. I like hops and this beer has a fair bit of them and just enough malt to keep things in check

I'd drink this again for sure but perhaps not ice cold like this was served too me. I hope Stone comes to Alberta and seeing how it's in BC already I don't think its much of a stretch

Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep toffee color with an inch of tan head. There are tons of sticky lacing.

The smell is heavy with caramel malt, pine, and earthy hops.

The taste is a perfect balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. The hops are extremely fresh and resinous and the malt is sweet caramel and toffee.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation.

This is a classic and I was surprised to have not reviewed before. This is a fantastic brew.

Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a beautiful three finger off white khaki head that sticks around. The lacing is fantastic all the way down. Brew itself is a dark mahogony with red highlights. Visible stream of carbonation.

S- Caramel dominates. Notes of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Lightly citric hoppiness brings it all together wonderfully.

T- Starts sweet and chewy, finishes nice and dry with some hoppy bitterness. Caramel still dominates the flavor on my palate with dark fruits and dark bread in the back. Light grapefruit twang in the finish.

M- Creamy and lush. Full bodied, good carbonation. No evidence of the 7%+ abv at all.

O- Very balanced and drinkable. Excellent beer for the price, I still prefer the oaked version though.

Photo of LAMAGS
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep bronze color and massive head, fabulous retention and lacing, looks and behaves like a beer from an old cartoon. The nose is comprised of citrus, pine and oak with a floral hops, it is a little boozey but it adds to the character. The flavor is hops, and malt with a toffee sweetness, bitter bite at the finish. Medium body and carbonation, well crafted. One of the better ales I’ve had, really interesting and flavorful

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,554 ratings.