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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,812 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,812
Reviews: 2,794
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 264
Gots: 1,027 | FT: 5
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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Photo of ffejherb
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle into goblet on 4/27/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured an attractive clear ruby red body with one-finger beige head that settled into a patchy film and yielded some elaborate lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet and sugary nose with an earthy hop character and a hint of floral notes. I also detect a dark fruit presence that suggests raisins and apricots.

T - Dark fruit notes up front with the aforementioned raisins and apricots paired with a subtle resiny hop character and earthy notes, albeit a bit restrained. Definitely not as aggressively hopped as I was anticipating. Hop presence is a bit muted overall.

M - Medium body with a warm, bristly mouthfeel and slight syrupy texture. Mild bitterness on the palate.

D - I found this to be good but not mild-blowing. Perhaps the bottle was slightly past its prime. I would like to sample this on tap soon, because I know there is potential here. With a name like Arrogant Bastard, it HAS to be good, right?

ffejherb, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Fish113d
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

** Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass at 50 degrees (refrigerated).

Pours a dark brown-copper color with two-fingers thick of pinkish/tan head that seems to not want to go away. Very nice feature.

Aroma is slightly earth hoppy with a caramel aroma along for the ride. A lot of yeast hits my nose actually after smelling multiple times. Very nice nose.

Sipping reveals a rather malty flavor. Some caramel flavors come through along with a fruit flavor maybe of plum from what i can gather. A slight biscuit flavor comes through as well on the swallow with a slightly boozy aftertaste. Very very nice. Afterflavors is rather hoppy honestly...interesting!

Well-balanced carbonated body with a slightly chewy body. Drying finish with solid flavors throughout the experience (up front through the swallow and aftertaste).

Too yummy for words! Very drinkable in flavor and feel, but scarily boozy to end an evening early. Be very very careful with this one! Cheers.

Fish113d, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of BeenJammin
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has a dark copper color with a fair amount of ruby red tint to it. The aroma is sweet, spicy and nutty. The taste is so very complex with dark plums, caramel, spicy, and nutty flavors. It also has some hot alcohol flavors mixed in with its great bitterness. It has a fairly thick body and is very complex.

BeenJammin, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark copper with a two-finger tan head. The smell is a bunch of different types of hops including citrus and piney with a thin overlay of malt. The taste starts off With some sweet malt that is cut pretty quickly by some citrusy hops followed by some piney and floral hops with a good balance. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a good beer to be sure, but I think I may prefer to subtleties of the oaked version better.

TheTrevor, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of wchesak
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash chalice

A - poured a ruby brown with a good fingers worth of light tan head, some lacing already forming

S - lots of hops, like opening a bag of hop pellets from the west coast, lots of grapefruit...only a slight caramel malt taste

T - nice sweet malt start that quickly recedes and is overtaken by astringent hops that leaves a dry/bitter taste in the mouth, start to pick up on the alcohol half way through the glass

M - medium bodied, a bit sticky, good carbonation

D - not too much of session beer, but something that I like to enjoy on a regular basis

wchesak, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of GoodBeerTire
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured copper-brown, with a 2 finger tan head. Slightly cloudy. Head stayed well, and decent lacing.

S - Malty, some citrus from the hops. Not overpowering. Not very memorable.

T - Starts malty, not a lot of sweetness. Hops bring some bitterness, but not a lot. Tasted the alcohol on the 3rd or 4th mouthful. Pretty strong and staying aftertaste of alcohol and hops.

M - Nice and creamy. The carbonation was just right.

D - Bomber was about the right size. Will drink again, but not a session beer in my opinion.

GoodBeerTire, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby with a big, fluffy tan head.

The nose is dominated by sweet malts. Caramel and brown sugar. Some hops provide a piney and floral character, but the malts take center stage.

This remains sweet throughout, the hops adding flavor and bitterness, but never working their way to the top. The pine character provides a drying astringency in the finish. I'd almost rather it weren't so sweet.

It won't be hard to finish the bomber, but I doubt I'd want more right away. That seems like enough for a sitting.

IMincedTheKing, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a dark brown, hard to see through, and slightly cloudy. Two finger khaki colored head, with good retention. Very good lacing.

Smell: Smells of stronger hops and fruit. Darker fruit combined with citrus (grapefruit), pine, and raisins. Not much in the way of malts, in the nose.

Taste: Interesting balance of hops and malts. A nice hop bite to start, but darker and smoky malts move in quickly and overwhelm the hops. Not quite an "aggressive" beer as Stone suggests, but quite a bit stronger in flavor than a traditional ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied beer, a little harsh in the mouth, but not too bad. The flavor coats the mouth and lingers. Chewy.

Drinkability: A decent IPA, one to try just for reading the bottle. It is decidedly more "aggressive" than the normal ale, but a little too dark and raw for me. Not enough hops, and too much malts.

jonziefle, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of OnThenIn
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A inch and a half thick off white head. It has great head retention. It is a nice dark dark amber color.

Smell: A little bit of bit of fruity citrus smell and mostly malt, but not a lot of smell in this.

Taste: Some malt taste at the beginning with a great deal of pine hop taste and a strong bitter kick at the end.

Mouthfeel: This is a nicely medium carbonated bigger beer. It is somewhat creamy.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable and is very enjoyable also. Definitely something I will buy again soon.

OnThenIn, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of TommyW
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark, reddish brown with a tan head that has great retention and leaves a sticky lace.

S- Sweet malts, dark fruits (prune) and notes of floral hops.

T- Sweet and toasted malts with notes of caramel. Alcohol notes dance around the tongue. The sweetness is balanced well with an assertive hop fill. Finish is dry with some dark fruity flavors that linger.

M- Medium to full body with a perfect carbonation level.

D- One of my favorite beers to date. Would gladly drink it all the time.

TommyW, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Lerxst
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a Stone Imperial Pint Glass

A-Pours a dark, dark amber with a nice two finger head and nice lacing.

S-For a Stone brew there isn't much nose to this. But I seem to note a faint citrusy/hoppy aroma mixed with some nice maltiness.

T-A nice hoppy bite with a complex palate of flavors including citrus, nuts and malt. Outstanding in my book.

M-Surprisingly smooth with a nice balance of carbonation. But this is a full bodied ale that really coats the tongue. Nice!

D-For a brew of this magnitude, it is surprisingly drinkable. Friends have said one is enough, but I disagree. I could session this brew!

Another great brew from Stone. Those guys are amazing.

Lerxst, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of seand
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear dark reddish amber with about half a finger of off white head. Great lacing. Looks great!

S: Has a fairly weak smell, mainly hoppy pine scents.

T: Big hop presence, which stays around on the aftertaste. Malty caramel flavors are there in the background, but add a lot to the complexity. The alcohol seemed fairly well hidden.

M: Smooth and nicely carbonated, full bodied but not sticky.

D: Drinks easy, could probably drink a lot of this. Quite hoppy, so the drinkability would be lower if that doesn't sound like a good thing to you.

seand, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of brow1901
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- This beer looks amazing, it pours a ruby red color with a light tan, bordering on white head. The head is massive, rocky and sticky. Stays around until the very end, really amazing retention. Good lacing too.

S- The smell is the weakest part imo. That dosen't mean its bad though. There must not have been much dry hopping, in this beer. I expected a little more complexity in the nose. But the malts smell good and sweet, some biscuit and sourdough malt smells too.

T- The Taste is just so smooth, every single sip is complimented by the beautifully foamy and fluffy head. Light hop character is balanced wonderfully by malt flavors. This all blends well with alcohol flavors and warming sensations.

M- The carbonation is super smooth, and leaves the mouth dry.

D- The brew is incredibly drinkable and a bomber is the perfect ammount.

brow1901, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Clear reddish amber. Pours with 2+ fingers of creamy tan head, which fades very slowly to a solid cap; incredible retention. Ample lacing.

S- Spicy pine hoppiness. Lightly fruity yeast and sweet maltiness. Slightly weak on the nose, and several notches bellow the level of intensity I was anticipating.

T- Sweet caramel malt on the front, and then followed by the assault of pine/herbal hops bitterness. Herbal bitterness lingers on and on.

M- Moderate carbonation with a pretty full feel. Actually fairly creamy, and goes down smooth....oiliness builds and coats as consumed. Alcohol warming is occasionally noted, but not persistent.

D- Good. Standout appearance, ok nose, flavor to spare. Slightly high ABV and intense bitterness would probably limit me to one 22oz'er...but then again, that's more than enough.

Future outlook: Another beer that I can't believe I've waited this long to try.... I'd be happy to have this again.

DoctorDog, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of cavedave
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A brick/dark amber clear shining liquid, a crown of almost white thick foam, gargoyle arms of thick lace as the head backs down. Beautiful.

Nose is a complicated perfume of all that is good in two row malt, ale yeast, and amazing quantities of finest hops prepared by artists. I would buy a cologne with this fragrance were it available.

The flavor is complex and insane. Sweet carries biscuit, bitter, floral, citrus hints, pine teases, apricot teases, earth teases, whiffs of yeast, and hints of alcohol into a balance beam of pleasure that ends in dry herbs and dark caramel. It is a wave of flavor that rolls across the delicious pleasure centers of my mind and soul. It's warmed a bit now, must be high 50's, it's even tastier. Absolutely insane flavor ecstasy.

Mouthfeel is stupendous. Like strong ale? You'll f*g love this.

Drinkability is the top feature that absolutely sets this beer apart in this style. It is way way way too drinkable

cavedave, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of Buschyfor3
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tall mug.

A: Pours deep, rich amber that glistens in the light. A small, thick, creamy orange-white head peaks on top, two fingers thick, and slowly dissipates. White lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: First thing that hit my nose was the smell of hops - spicy herbal, citrusy, pine notes. Smells like an IPA. I can also pick out a faint sweet note (maybe molasses, caramel or dark dried fruits like dates). I don't really detect much of the roasted barley which is mentioned as an ingredient on the label.

T: Sweetness up front reminiscent of molasses and burnt brown sugar. Then the hoppy bitterness strikes through the sweetness, with citrusy grapefruit, and rind-like flavors; also picking up the flavor of pine nuts. Malty, yeasty bread notes, buttered toast, and a roasted, nutty flavor dominate in the finish. Really complex and I know I'm not hitting all the flavors on the first go-around. I don't really detect much alcohol in the finish, but as I work my way through the bottle, I start to get a warming feeling, so I know it's there!

M: Carbonation creates a slightly crisp/tingling mouthfeel, similar to what you would expect from an IPA. As I swirl the beer across my tongue, I begin to notice a slick, syrupy texture - not thick, but this beer is definitely not light bodied either. In my mind, this is the definition of a well-rounded, medium bodied ale.

D: 7.2% ABV, but the alcohol is hidden all but for the slightest bit. One bomber would definitely be enough for me, but you almost need a second just to re-experience the complex flavors within the body.

Wow, what a great ale. I think the warning on the label is correct: you won't be able to fully appreciate the complexity of flavors in this beer. I'm afraid that my tastebuds are not yet sophisticated enough to pick out every flavor which overwhelmed my palate; but that doesn't mean I won't try again. I'll look forward to having another bomber of Arrogant Bastard.

Buschyfor3, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brownish red with a white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Nice balance between citrusy hops and sweet malts.

T: Begins with a huge blast of hoppy bitterness. It eventually settles down to establish a perfect balance between malt and hops, like a caramel-coated hop flower.

M: Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation, so it ends up quite filling.

D: The definitive example of the American Strong Ale style. Maltier and more complex than an IPA, but not quite big enough to be a barleywine. Needless to say, it's a classic amoung American craft brews. It's not for beginners, though. It takes a pretty weathered palate to withstand the flavor assault and appreciate everything that it offers.

BarrelO, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= Pours a dark brown almost black color with a perfect two finger head that's an off white almost tan color and leaves nice lacing with great retention
S= Pineappley sort of hops coming through with a nice malty sweet backbone coming through deeper in my nose.
T= Starts out really malty sweet and the finish comes more hoppy. The start is thick caramel malt almost toward chocolate malt with the sweet pineapple hops coming in toward the end. A little rugged in the taste with a long hoppy finish on it.
M= Not quite dry but not really coating either. Like I mentioned before the taste lingers and is quite rugged.
D= Great beer but I don't know how many I could possibly have before it would be too much. The finish lasts a long time and the beer is high in booze. Great beer though I'll be searching it out again.

jjanega08, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Overall, Arrogant Bastard Ale is near-perfect. It nails every beer characteristic; does everything extremely well.

It is dark bronze, almost black, with a magnificent head and terrific lace. Somehow the smell and taste manage to be gritty, bitter, and smooth; extreme and drinkable; citrusy and woody. Experiencing Arrogant Bastard Ale kept me grounded--kept me in the moment, only more so. A wonderful beer.

While very good at everything, it is not distinguished at any one thing. There is no characteristic that grabs you by the collar and shakes you. Arrogant Bastard Ale is a jack of all trades, and a solid "A," but the master of none.

MetalHopHead6, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of jwhawkins81
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured in to my .5 liter Aventinus glass

Aroma - Citrus and pine notes was all I got out of the pour, which wasn't what I was expecting.

Appearance - Dark orangish brown. A light tan head that isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Taste - Initially it was a hops. Then you got the sense there was a significant malt backbone trying to break through. After the initial hoppy bitterness fades you're left with a excellently balance beer. Probably the best balance of hops and malt I've ever had. Can't help but wonder what a few months would do to this beer.

Mouthfeel - Thin plenty of carbonation and a nice hop oil coating.

Drinkability - At 7.2% this beer misses the session boat my a few miles. Part of me wishes this beer was a little lower in ABV so I could have another one.

jwhawkins81, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of aristeros
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-amber into my pint glass. Leaves half a finger of head that vanishes quickly, big lacing down the glass. Huge citrus smells, grapefruit rind, stong hops like a pine resin.

There's a lot going on here. Taste the grapefruit and maybe lemon zest, moderate hops have a decent bite on the back end. Alcohol washes over you in a pleasant way. Full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Good mouthfeel, but you should slow down with this one.

Fairly drinkable, seems stronger than the ABV rating says it should be. Wouldn't pair it with any foods that have similar citrus or bittersweet flavors because of the big citrus aroma and flavors, but it would go great with barbecue or spicy food.

Great brew.

aristeros, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Something told me I would like this beer just from the name, and damn, I was right.

Poured into my pint glass, I got a two finger, rocky head atop a clear, deep amber body. There was a lot of lacing as I consumed this nectar.

Aroma was grapefruit hops up front, with a hint of orange atop a lovely caramel malt base. Well balanced.

Taste started out with nice bitter hop resins with a touch of citrus, on top of a sturdy malt backbone with notes of caramel.

Mouthfeel was firm, thick and chewy without being too overbearing. Enough malt to let you know it was there, not too much to overwhelm.

Drinkability is good. The sheer strength of the flavors, though, make this a beer you can't have too much of, or it will wear you out. One was enough for me, and it was a wonderful drinking experience.

connecticutpoet, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours exceptional deep amber red color with a big foamy tan head that leaves tons of lace.

S- Big hoppy nose with some very detectable malt and spice. A touch of citrus fruity esters and some sugar. Alcohol is present but not dominating.

T- Rich spicy hop flavor initially with a nice roasted caramel malt back bone that balances oh so well. Slight alcohol taste in the finish that serves as a reminder that this is one mean brew.

M- Medium/full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Feels a bit raw at times but finishes surprisingly smooth.

D- Nice and complex with a fair amount of arrogance.

projectflam86, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of gramatton
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Woohoo for my first review.

Poured into a pint glass

Very dark beer with a 1 finger toffee colored head that stuck around for abit with some lacing. The bottle was a very good read.

Smell was great, smelled like dark fruit with maybe a hint of apricot.

Taste was like an assault on my tongue. Left a bitter taste on my tongue that was not unpleasant that lasted for awhile.

Felt great in the mouth, slightly carbonated.

Overall an amazing beer, slightly bitter but still awesome. And a privilege for it to be my first review.

gramatton, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of PSUBeerman
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, pint glass

Pours a reddish mahogany color with a very nice creamy tan head that was about 2 fingers and retained well, good lacing.

Very aromatic with hops and spice, as well as caramel, malts. Has a noticeable nose of alcohol.

Great flavor. The hop bitterness is nicely accompanied by the malty taste. Hints of fruit and nuts. The alcohol is present. This is a strong brew, but very drinkable.

Nice carbonation, yet somewhat creamy.

Great overall. There are all kinds of things going on here, not sure even how to describe some of it.

PSUBeerman, Apr 17, 2009
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,812 ratings.