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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 9,554
Reviews: 2,895
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 334
Gots: 1,650 | FT: 12
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Ratings: 9,554 | Reviews: 2,895
Photo of DWilliams76
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this is the bottle the other day. I've had it before, but I'm reviewing now so I thought I would mention it. It's everything everyone is making it out to be a big, aggressive beer that you have to be a craft beer drinker to enjoy. Don't think this is the kind of beer that a bud or miller drinker would enjoy. But, if you love craft beer, it belongs in a category of it's own.

Photo of secondtooth
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red-brown, with a thick head and equally thick lace.

Aroma is nice - I get some fruit, berries, and bread. Friendly so far.

First sip dispels that notion of "friendly". It's bitter, with some sting. Definitely some roasted malts in there, and a boat-load of hops as well.

This one is, as the name states, a bruiser of a beer. Strong and potent. Enjoyable, but watch out as this one sneaks up on you!

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

This pours something like congealed blood with a one finger head that dies down gradually leaving a little lace. On the nose there is a giant, fresh pine aroma. Backing that up is just a bit of fresh citrus riding atop a big malt backbone of caramel, which was much bigger than I expected. In the mouth there is no doubt that the pine is center stage, but there is some slightly sweet caramel that makes this brew something more than just a hop bomb. The body is pretty viscous with the long finish being a mixture of sweetness up front, and bitterness that lingers a little longer. There is a little bit of an alcohol presence here, no knock in my book.

Overall, this is a really nice brew. In the past I've wondered why they don't just call it a big amber, but this time I really noticed the caramel malts backing up the bitterness, providing a little more depth than normal for an amber.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Below is my bottle review:

Been drinking this one for years but just started posting reviews. The quintessential strong beer from which the others are judged. This is really the only strong dark beer with as much hops as it has. Like a low alcohol hoppy barleywine, this one has become so popular that I almost never get it anymore. Since it's so available, I'm always looking for more obscure things to drink. However this is a great one to go back to and a good gateway beer for someone looking for some real adventure.

This is also my goto draft beer and I enjoy it all the time. The only problem is that it tends to ruin my palate for anything else, but it's not a terrible thing if I have to commit to Arrogant Bastard for the night.

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

Looks pretty, beautiful fluffy 3-finger white head on top of a dark burnt orange ale. Some serious lacing on the glass. Smells of some deep resiny hops and some burnt toasted malts in there as well.

Well hops obviously, especially in the finish. Up front there's are some burnt malts. This is a very intense brew with bold flavors of strongly bitter, resinous hops and roasty malts. That said, its very well balanced between the two. More booziness comes out as it warms up and the flavors all become magnified but somehow less intense. The mouthfeel is creamy and very full-bodied.

All in all this beer is very quality, but maybe not for everyday drinking. It's not the most refreshing beer I've had but I think this would be perfect for a fall night after a hard day. Good stuff, great beer for a hophead.

Photo of bravejoejoe
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Deep amber color, nice 1 finger head. As the head retreats there is a nice lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell - I smell oak maybe, lots of malt that is balanced by hops.
Taste - Very strong, Malt upfront followed by hops on the backend. Overall a very strong great flavor, it seems really well balanced.
Mouthfeel - Seems full.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Miller's Ale House served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A - Big beep brown pour with some red highlights. Clear looker with an off white ehead.

S - Hops, malts, pine and citrus.

T - Big malt flavor which seems to be cut by a bit of sweetness possible from some caramels and chocolate. Nice balancing there. Some dark fruit as well. Finishes bitter at the end.

M - Medium bodied. Good solid carbonation. Bit of the alcohol burn at the end.

O - Good solid Stone offering. Nicce drinker.

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

Pours deep mahogany with a one/two finger off-white head that slowly falls.

Piny hops upfront and by far the most dominate aroma in front of a nice caramel malt backbone.

Right away the pine hops bite (chinook?). Sharp bitterness that's balanced perfectly against a caramel sweetness. Taste like a well rounded IPA (better, in fact, than many other beers labeled IPA). The bitterness lingers but isn't overpowering and finishes dry. There's a simplicity that really works here.

Medium bodied with a mild about of carbonation. Everything here really compliments the flavor of the beer.

This is an amazing beer. I mentioned above the simplicity with this beer and it really is fairly straight forward. A lot of pine bite against a strong caramel sweetness and wrapped in what has to be one of the best looking beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

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

consumed from a bomber into a pint glass.

This beer is pretty great. Over the top and abrasive hops with just enough malt to back it up. its Not for everyone, especially not for those who cant deal with bitterness in general. There is a lot of activity happening in terms of taste, moreso than on the nose.

I definitely prefer this one to the oaked AB, which was way too aggressive and rough for my poor virgin mouth.

Dig it.

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

Awww man! Crackin one of these takes me back to my College days over 10 years now. Amazing!

Well bombs away!

A: Appearance is a deep lush amber color with awesome clarity and some rich mahogany undertones that really redden in the light. Nice tight fitting cap of a dirty tan head and loads of lace.

S: Smells of light roasty malts and yeasty breads that give way to a nice piney and floral hop aroma.

T: Warm roasty malts, caramel, slightly nutty, rich bread flavors are balanced very nicely by a sharp hop bitterness that brings a nice peppery spice and earthiness to the beer. It really lends itself to oak well and I think the oaked version is in fact even better. Bitterness dries out the finish and it definitely warms up a bit for sure.
A brew like nothing else out there really. I mean maybe Rogue DeadGuy comes close but this is way hoppier.

M: Incredibly smooth and creamy with a slight richness to it that clings to the palate.

D: Decent really. I am tempted to sip on this one but the body is so smooth it is proving to be difficult. If you are in to big beers with big flavors I would highly recommend.

To me the AB is a definite pioneer in the craft brew industry and Stonebrew would not be who they are with out it. Flagship really. I mean what do you even label it...An American Strong? An Imperial Amber? An AltAle lol. I can totally see this brew as being offensive to the loyal BMC drinker. I have even tested this theory with friends in fact. Big fan. I love homebrewing the clone and have had amazing success. Even further surprised by the simplicity of the recipe but it all really comes together nicely. Cheers!

Photo of harrymel
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bb: 06.28.11

A: Pours a dark brown, when held to the light, a toasted orange. Excellent clarity. Less than single finger of toasted peanut head which falls quickly leaving a sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Piney, resiny hop profile. I take a couple deep breaths and the sweet malty backbone comes through. Brown sugar, candi sugar.

T: Bitter, arrogantly bitter. Nicely balanced. I know they label this as an American strong ale, but it reminds me of a balls-deep amber with the capacity to satisfy and challange the palate. I rarely skip over the actual adjectives and tote the skill in formation. Pine, bitter, amber, sweet, tea-like hops.

M: medium to heavy body with low to medium carbonation. Slicks the palate ever so lightly.

O: Outstanding beer. 'Nuff said.

Photo of Mozz74
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have passed this beer for a year now but today I decided I wanted sometrhing different. I love Stone and usually drink the IPA.
I was ver surprised when I took my first sip! Instant 5 out of 5 stars!!!
Taste does not always reflect color! Very Fresh Taste, crisper than I thought. ABV... enough said, and smell is clean and not overwhelming.

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

Amber-brown in color, slightly cloudy, very nice slightly tan two finger head with staying power, eventually dropping into a sheen, leaving great lacing.

Smell is a nice combination of hops, malts, fruits and citrus aromas.

Taste is bold and strong, with a strong citrus and hop character, and an equally strong malt character, combined with a nice fruitiness, making for a nice balance of flavors. Quite bitter, yet incredibly smooth.

There's a slightly IPA like quality to this beer, with the big body and heavy bitterness, and the fruity hops qualities, which linger on for a while.

It's typically stone in that it's great stuff, as expected. Arrogant Bastard doesn't disappoint at all. A real value at the price too.

Photo of TheStig
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Hard Times Cafe. Brought to my table in a large glass, so I couldn't see *how* it poured, but it was a magnificent deep amber, almost opaque. The head was almost gone by the time it reached me, but as I drank, it left persistent, thick and strong lacing on the glass. Being that this was a bar and the aroma of chili, cigarette smoke and Bro sweat was heavy around me, I couldn't really pick out any notable scents from the beer. Taste, however, is as advertised: hoppy like you wouldn't believe. Don't think of this as an idiotic, amateurish experiment in making "hop tea", however-- there's a stunning amount of complexity to this beer, and that becomes apparent from the first sweet bananna-bread notes to hit your palate. The taste develops an understated citrus taste that lingers until the hops hit. The bitterness is actually rather pleasant, and leaves the palate with the same sensation one feels after having exceptionally strong coffee. Mouthfeel is very smooth with just enough carbonation to allow different flavors to play in different parts of the mouth.

Delightful, and goes well with a bowl of chili.

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

A muddled mahogany deep brown with very little clarity. The color eats into the head, a tan foamy 1 finger that sticks around, and to the sides of the glass. A sweet fruity caramel malty nose, same in flavor. Maybe a little raisin, or date. Smoky tobacco, slight bitterness. A taste of alcohol reminds you that its a strong ale. The faint taste of diacetyl, but I'm hypersensitive to it. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. A good beer, love the oaked bottle I had recently, so I'm questioning the freshness of this particular pour. I'll seek it out as soon as I can to compare.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into Duvel tulip.

A-Pours out a dark,deep mahogany body with small
flashes of scarlet at it's edges.The initial dirty white cap stood 2 fingers tall and shrunk down gradually to a thin ring of loose bubbles and left a thick band of gummy lacing.

S-The nose consisted of dried cherry,orange zest,toffee,roasted nuts and black tea.

T-Raisin,whole grain toast,orange marmalade,caramelized grain and pipe tobacco.

M-Medium/full bodied with an innate sweetness but also a prickly hop bite.Nicely carbonated.

O-A really good flagship beer from a real quality brewery.

Photo of dcook11
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours athick three finger brownish head. Forms a sort of iceberg in the pint glass. Sticky sea foam lacing across the side of the glass. The beer itself looks similiar to iced tea, but with visible carbonation. The smell is of hops, carmel, and just a touch of malt at the end. Also another smell i cant determine...maybe cotton candy? The taste is strong, but smooth. Heavy, yet balanced. Hops and bitterness take the lead followed closely by a touch of alcohol and a slight candied sweetness. A classic and always a go to beer.

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

I've had a lot of Arrogant Bastard in the past. At first, before I really had a taste for hops, it struck me as an overbearing beer. Now that I'm more experienced, it has become one of my favorite go-to's. And now that I finally found it on-tap (at Chumley's in Lafayette, IN), I am in heaven.

Poured into a badass chalice.

A: A bit of a sloppy pour, but hey, still looks nice. Deep, dark red body with most of the head poured off. What's left is thick and off-white with creamy, sticky lacing.

S: Hops are strong, strong, strong! Lots of sweetness abounds in the nose - grapefruit and apples come to mind. Behind all the boldness, you can tell there's complexity in the body.

T: There's that beautiful, burning hop bitterness I know and love! This is a hophead's dream. The grains are present - wheaty and sweet. However, they come off as faded/lackluster after a while. The fruits nearly disappear behind the hops, but lemon zest and grapefruit stick out the most. It's upfront; and it's great.

M: The bubbly carbonation serves to expand the palate. It adds a lightness that counteracts the heavy flavors of the body; typical for Stone. A very drinkable brew.

O: This is a perfect example of how simple ingredients can become great, complex beer. I'm just glad Stone has the guts to make such aggressive brews; it makes the beer world a more interesting place!

Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Union Square. 22oz into a tulip, best before June 6, 2011.

Pours a dark mahogany, huge dense cream coloured head. Super thick and creamy. Leaves a helluva lot of lace. Medium retention. Nose is hopped to high heaven, lots of tropical notes with a sturdy malt base to support it. Taste kicks off with a blast of hops and massive malt backbone. Citrus and tropical notes contend with and intense bitterness imparted by the alpha acids. Huge caramel toffee base giving this loads of body. An interesting cinnamon spiciness comes out here as it warms, along with some dark tea flavours. Great bitterness here and a full, hefty feel. A suggestion of the alcohol is made, but that only adds to how good this was. An off center imperial red, methinks...

Photo of hwwty4
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Missouri finally got Stoned.

Picked up at my local up the street. They even opened up a slot in the cooler to stash it. Glad they are sticking to the Stone guidelines. Poured a 22oz double deuce into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a deep amber with a great 3 inch head that leaves seriously sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is hoppy up front. Nice notes of citrus and pine mixed with toffee and caramel with just a bit of biscuit and toast. As it warms the pine really starts drowning out everything else. Almost like blowing your nose with a pine branch. The flavor actually has a lot more malt then the nose would have led you to believe. Nice caramel and toffee notes with just a bit of burnt toast. Piny hopes help balance out the malt. Just a bit of booze and a hint of a medicinal hop bitterness at the tail of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp, leaving a nice dryness on the palate. Overall, this is a good beer that deserves the reputation that it has garnered over the years.

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

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House for the last week and now getting time to review this awesome Strong Ale I've sampled over 4 times since Tuesday when Stone Brewing hit Missouri. Poured into a Pint Glass and has date on Keg saying "Kegged On: 3-25-11".

Appearance- Pours a Semi-Clear Amber color with Off White 1.5 Fingers of head. Has Great retention and also a Thick lace that leaves rings all the way down the glass! Great!

Smell- Has a sweet pale ale smell, also lots of maltiness with a roasted stout characteristic in the background. There are also hints of wood and raisin.

Taste- Once again, has this toasty smell in the drink but also has a plum/raisin finish. Very hoppy and has a fruit taste throughout the whole experience. Can really appreciate this beer!

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied, Good carbonation (Medium), and a Warming feel afterwards.

Overall- This is an extremely hoppy Strong Ale when it comes down to it but have had stronger ales than this one. Can only enjoy 2 in one night but a great "go-to" ale when the night is young or at times when you need an extra kick to your glass. Have been selling the shit out of this beer this week and plan on continuing to support Greg Koch and all of his great ales! Cheers!

Photo of longbongsilver
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just wanted to see what all the fuss was about, finally saw this locally.

Reddish-brown on pouring, hollow off-white head of about 2 inches that sticks around quite awhile. Smell is pine & honey w/ a whiff of...cinnamon?

Drinks more mellow than I expected, with what comes from the scent joined by some nutty toasted notes. Kinda comes off to me like a cross between an IPA and a strong red ale. Starts off thin at first, but seems to thicken up as it warms a bit.

For something that practically screams on the bottle "this probably isn't for you!!", it sure comes off ridiculously sessionable. But maybe it's reverse psychology that makes it truly arrogant: make something virtually anybody would enjoy, and then taunt them not to drink it. I'd gladly have a couple of this on-tap if offered.

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

A&S: Pours a dark brown with a red hue and a healthy amount of frothy white head that dissapates slowly and clings to the glass. Smell is pretty hoppy, almost like an IPA.

T&M: Taste is very well balanced between hops and malts. Hops hit you up front but the malts balance it and keep too much bitterness from coming through until the aftertaste. Leaves a dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with limited carbonation.

O: Packs a delicious bite. A pretty fantastic beer.

Photo of Lemke10
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a 12oz glass of this on tap at Hollywood Casino in Joliet, IL for $4 in Spring 2011.

Poured a medium dark brown. Scent is very strong in hops as usual with most Stone Beer. Has a very heavy malt and hops taste to it. It was blended together very well to make a great complex sipping beer. Another very tasty beer to try on tap!

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

A- Mahogany red and clear color. 2 finger head of foam. Champagne like bubbles rising from the base of the glass. Nice lacing.

S- Sweet hops with caramel and dark fruits.

T- Sweet caramel flavor with hops and bitter on the finish. Dark fruits on the tongue.

M- Great med body and smooth. Light and crisp.

O- Oh yeah, Good Beer!!!!

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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