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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

9,111 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 9,111
Reviews: 2,817
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 283
Gots: 1,188 | FT: 7
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 beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a beer I used to drink regularly, then one day I found myself bored with it and haven't had one in at least two years. This style doesn't have a lot of clear definitions, and versions vary greatly. Let's see what's up.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured an attractive mahogany color with about a half inch of light tan head that quickly dissipated and left minimal lacing.

A mostly bitter hop aroma wafts through the olfactory area, with just a touch of malt in the background. The flavors are the mix of sweet and bitter, with that harsh metallic taste I remember still dominant.

The body is decent, solid and not heavy. Drinkability is not good, this beer is just not very enjoyable. This beer is very popular so my opinion is going to be the minority, but I won't be seeking this beer out again for a while.

beertunes, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of guyforget
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep mahogany amber with a nice creamy head that dissipates to a foam that laces the glass with nearly every sip.

nose is nice but not huge, nicely hoppy but not intimidating. hints of malt and caramel.

taste is great, citrus hops up front that finishes with toasty, caramel maltiness. almost a hint of bread or yeast in the very back.

feels clean in the mouth, average carbonation for the style, bitterness lingers but not intrusive.

very drinkable. i wouldnt want to have more than 2 bombers in a night, but its always a possibility for purchase.

guyforget, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of jhtipton
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What's not to like about this beer?! I purchased the 22 oz bomber at the Navy Club in Seoul and poured it into a wine glass. Nice dark copper coloring and wonderful lacing. Gave me a rich head of about 1/2 inch that took it sweet time disapating. Not quite as bitter as the Ruination so much more likely to be a session beer, however, when you have 22 oz servings at 7.2 ABV I guess one will do you just fine. About half way through I paired this with a Opus Opus X cigar and felt like I had died and gone to heaven. Cheers.

jhtipton, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of digitalketchup
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time over xmas vacation. What a brew!

Bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

I'm fairly new to craft beer, so this was quite an experience on xmas day. The Bastard definitely has a bitter kick and it reminded me of what my tongue went through the first time I had a bitter SA Boston Ale. My taste buds really went wild searching for the different ingredients.I really noticed the caramel notes and the alcohol was covered quite well. It was a beer I grew to love as I sipped.

Other reviews can provide more depth on this ale, but I decided I should start writing reviews at some point. What better place than with this beer!

digitalketchup, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of smtp4me
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

My only negative comment on this beer is regarding the hops. I enjoy beer with a strong hop taste and finish, however this one is overpowering, to the point that most of the other flavors are lost.

The color, head, carbonation are all good, however drinkability is low because of the extreme bitterness.

smtp4me, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of manahansf
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear with a gorgeous ruby red color and topped with a thick creamy, off white head. The aroma is big and bold scents of citrus hops with hints of malty sweetness. The flavor mirrors the aroma with big generous helpings of citrus hop bitterness balanced well with sweet malt background. The body is light, crisp, and carbonated with moderate levels of fizz. The finish is a gentle fading of the citrus flavors and leaves with just a hint of warming alcohol.

manahansf, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Awesome, witty painted brown pop top bomber, no best-by date to be seen; this is one of the coolest packaging schemes I've ever seen, however

Appearance: Really attractive dark walnut beer with good clarity; a big, creamy light tan head crowns this beer, and shows good retention.

Smell: Definitely a hop-forward aroma, but the aromas are different than those I'm readily-familiar with. This is very fruity, a bit sharp and herbaceous as well, with a hint of alcohol and just a touch of dry toffee.

Taste: Nice blend of malt and hops...the hops are herbal, just a bit sharp, and show medium-high bitterness. This is juicy and a bit fruity as well. There is some surprisingly sweet, juicy caramel here as well as a ghost of toastiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: This is my first ever Stone beer; thanks so much to Tolann for hooking me up! This is not the earth-moving, life-changing experience I expected, but it was pretty tasty and interesting nonetheless. It was actually a fairly balanced ale between the malt and the hops; the hop flavors/aromas were unfamiliar to me (I was expecting citrus or pine aromas, or something earthy or woodsy, this didn't really show a lot of any of those aromas/flavors), however, and I would have liked a bit more in the way of malt presence from an ASA.

BedetheVenerable, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of samie85
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I only came into possession of this bottle a week ago and didn't notice the "Enjoy by 12/28/09" until just now.

A- Pours a nice deep mahogany red with a tan two finger head.

S- Mostly pine and some floral/mildy citrus hop aromas. Also some caramel malt is discernible.

T-Pine and hints of ctrus hoop bitterness are at the forefront with a barely there caramel malt backbone along with just a bit of alcohol.

M-It's at the low end of medium boied with low carbonation.

D-It's pretty easy drinking, although I finished the bomber pretty quickly and felt myself becoming a little tipsy. The alcohol is well hidden though. I've had this before and wasn't sure of the freshness then, but I haven't been impressed by this one on either occassion(it feels as though something's missing). I would love to have the chance to have a super fresh AB some time to see if it's much different.

samie85, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of jiggahertz
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt amber beer with a frothy two finger cappuccino colored head and excellent lacing.

S: Nutty malts come through and more hops than expected.

T: Roasted nuts and chocolate, strong hops in the end. Presence of alcohol is definitely there. The amount of hops was definitely more than I was expecting.

M: Full bodied and low carbonation. Finish is incredibly long and dry.

D: A good beer, but not very drinkable for my tastes. The finish just hangs around too long to have more than a couple.

jiggahertz, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of wknight167
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a hazy deep reddish brown with a one finger white head that leaves some impressive lacing.

Nose- Spicy/earthy citrus and pine hops with caramel malt and brown sugar.

Palate- Much like the smell, but the malt makes more of a statement and seems darker than the smell, even hinting at burnt sugar. Don't be be fooled though, the hops are the stars. Dark fruits are definitely present, most notably are dates and raisins. Slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full body with carbonation coming in just over medium. Both bring a lot to this beer making it very smooth.

Drinkability- Easily sessionable.

wknight167, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of ebraun
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into tulip pint glass. Funny text on the bottle.

A: dark amber color, clear. Thick, pillowy, slightly sticky head. Lots of lacing.

S: Clean, clear hops,hint of malt sweetness.

T: Sweet malt rolls across the tongue followed by dry hoppy finish.

M: Fizzy, crisp, dry.

D: Very drinkable. The dry finish keeps you ready for the next sip.

ebraun, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 7.2% ABV, Enjoy by 12/16/09 (oops).

Thanks to Sweemzander for hooking me up with this legendary bitc...er Bastard.

A - A moderate pour unleashes an astounding dense two-finger cream/tan head. Brilliant retention and thick collars of lace connected by wispy webs. The color is a beautiful clear red amber. Perfect looking!

S - The malty nose has a lightly toasted caramel sweetness to the background with a prominent spruce needle hop aroma up front. Good earthy floral notes too. No alcohol is present in the nose.

T - Despite it's old age, this bastard still packs a punch. The hops are forward and deliver a floral and pine punch to the tongue. Low malt that's toasty and caramel-like in nature follows. A dry, bitter finish is left.

M - Medium-bodied and mildly carbonated, the beer is left smooth with an unrelenting dry, bitter finish.

D - The alcohol is well hidden behind the malty, hoppy joy of this beer. And it's still good despite the enjoy by date. I'd love to have a fresh bottle!

BeerFMAndy, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of fastsrt
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured form a 22 to a tulip it looks dark copper with a 2 finger head that diminished to a bit of foam and lace. the aroma was big of malt and hops. this brew had wonderful body almost chewy it was balanced between the malts and hops but there were subtle flavors that were unable to come through because the this beer is over powered by the hops which need to be dialed down just a bit to achieve more balance. this bad boy was tasty and drank the whole bottle in about 15 min. would buy again and again...

fastsrt, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like yesterday this beer was blowing my mind. Pours deep brown, seems way heavier than just the regular stuff out at the time. Smell is robust, hops, here come the Chinook. Taste = damn. Are you ready? Takes you on a wild massive malt, massive hop ride. You could call this a weaker barleywine almost. Not quite. But its up there, but so damn drinkable. An American classic, you don't have to just be a straight pale/ipa west coast style, you can incorporate those into the strong ale, amber or whatever you want to call this category. Good stuff.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of goldbot
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a local bar.

A: A deep golden brown, there was low light in the bar so I could not really see the true color or the carbonation. It had a heavy, foamy, tan head with tons of lacing. The glass was covered with foam as I drank. The had remained with at least 1/4 to 1/2 inch throughout the drink.

S: Lots of floral hops aroma, a bit of citrus or grapefruit, and some pine tree aromas.

T: Very hoppy bitterness to this beer, a tiny bit of malty sweetness, more pine tree and citrus flavors.

F: Very silky mouthfeel, the hops provide a great body.

D: The alcohol is almost undetectable, this is a fairly drinakble beer, although I had it with food, which filled me up pretty quickly. I was able to drink two of these but I wouldn't have wanted more.

goldbot, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of tjd112
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation - On tap in pint glass at Bar On A in East Village

Appearance - Very dark brown with half-finger tan head, good lacing,

Smell - Grapefruit and hops

Taste - Burnt sugar and a lot of pine, plus the aforementioned grapefruit

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy body, bitter finish

Drinkability - I just can't seem to have more than one pint at a time

Overall - Its an OK brew, nothing that gets me excited

tjd112, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of ewlarson
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick head that dissipates over time. Has a great clear brown color with hints of ruby red.

S- Smell is a bit subdued. Definite hops smell, a bit difficult to detect more subtle smells.

T- Great creamy and rich taste. Very VERY smooth. Leaves a very bitter and strong hoppy aftertaste.

M- Outstanding. You can definitely keep tasting and tasting this beer.

D- Highly drinkable. Absolutely an outstanding beer. This is the first time I've had it and I will GLADLY purchase it again. Once again, Stone continues to amaze me.

ewlarson, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - 22 oz bomber into pint glass

Appearance - Pours a deep brown/ruby hue, with an off-white head, and leaves good lacing.

Smell - Piney/citrusy hops, with a nice, complex malt background of molasses, vanilla, and caramel. Kind of like an American IPA, but with much more malt mixed in.

Taste - Much like the smell, it's sort of like a much more balanced version of an IPA. The aggressive hops are there, but a complex malt backbone like described in the smell is there, to create a delicious, truly balanced strong ale. The bottle says I might not like this beer, but I love it!

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, and somewhat creamy as it foams up, enhancing the overall flavor experience. Ace!

Drinkability - The alcohol content and body prevent it from being a session beer, but the flavor scores it more points here.

Overall - I love the approach of this beer ("You probably won't like this beer"). It makes you want to drink it, and with good reason! It's fantastic stuff. The oaked version is even better. Wish I could find 22 oz bottles of it!

Flightoficarus, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, amber/brown color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retentiona and good lcaing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hops, slight roasted malt, and dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, dark citrus, slight roasted malt, and alcohol. Overall, a good body, blend, and great flavor.

Tone, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A brooding red body capped by over a finger of off-white head that leaves good lacing on the trip down.

Aroma: Citrusy and piney hops over a big, sweet caramel malt body. Imagine a nice IPA with the volume turned up a notch on the malt side and you should have a pretty good idea.

Flavor: Up front, the hops grow a little leafier, but retain lots of the citrus and pine. Underneath, the big caramel malt body is sweet, roasty, and up to the gauntlet thrown down by the hops. Overall, it's bitter yet balanced nicely. The alcohol contributes some great spiciness throughout, but stays generally restrained. Leafy bitterness and sweet grains in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little sticky with good carbonation and a dry finish. There's a few hints of alcohol in the check and throat as it warms.

Drinkability: It treads a path somewhere between "session favorite" and "punch-you-in-the-face imperial."

Verdict: Hardly a gimmicky label-engineered beer, Arrogant Bastard is a true classic that has the chops to back its supercilious attitude. If you're reading this, you should try this beer--just don't give it to your dude-bro friends.

BeanBone, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of haddon
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark mocha brown in color with a thin head. lots of lacing

S- hops, pine with a little floral notes blended in

T- all citrus hops on the opening with a slight sweet malt flavor in the middle. the aftertaste is all bitterness. very complex

M- medium body very smooth on the palate. light carbonation

D- nice American Ale. lots of hops that brings the bitterness. really enjoyed it and would drink on a regular basis.

haddon, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Burgers and Brew, Davis CA.

A: Very beautiful ruby brown liquid with a tan head that didn't stick around. Very good sticky lacing.
S: Sweet toasted malt with some piney, resiny hops.
T: Malty and spicy with a bitter hop finish at the end. Some grapefruit and citrus come through with the hops. Malty sweet upfront with a bitter resin hop punch at the end.
M: The bitterness lingers a bit in the mouth but it's not a bad aftertaste. Very clean.
D: Very easy to drink despite being so bitter. Has a damn good flavor too with a good hop punch. I would drink this again.

scottfrie, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a 1 finger head that recedes quickly. Sweet nose, with notes of hops. Some dark malts, spice (pinch of nutmeg?), hint of citrus and a dash of hops compose a rather banal flavor profile. Nice and light, yet almost creamy mouthfeel. This is a good craft beer, but not a great one - and not worth the $6 a bomber. Maybe a 6-er is a better format for this very sessionable beer.

NYCWheatFanSC, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of neorunner
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into tulip glass, thick inch of solid head. Strong lacing with a dark red hue.

S- Malt, biscuit, and strong bitter hops but no citrus aroma.

T- There is a lot going on in this beer, and it knows it. Strong malt, roasted, caramel flavors and a good balance with spice and hops.

M- Wet and clean carbonation with a small lingering aftertaste. Light to medium body for all the flavors in this beer.

D- Cap says it all: "Hated by many, loved by few." Almost too easy to drink.

neorunner, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with the intimidating gargoyle informing me of my lack of worthiness. Perhaps I'm not. As I attempt this oft-spoken-of beer for the first time, I lack the confidence to conquer the 22 ounces.

Pours deep drimson red with 1-2 fingers thick creamy foam. Perhaps brewed with the blood of its victims?

Nice malty fresh pine smell. Its all blended together, nothing particularly jumps out and hits you, but its pleasing. Some breadiness.

String grassy, piney, taste, loads of malt. Very complex. Caramel about 3/4s of the way through. Complicated, but not overbearing. I begin to sense victory.

Low to medium carbonation in the mouthfeel. A strange bitterness lingers and is the takeaway - a different taste than I have experienced before.

More drinkable than I was expecting to say. Though perhaps I am not worthy, I enjoyed this beer, and would come back to it...in due time.

Till we meet again

KTCamm, Dec 06, 2009
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,111 ratings.