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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,548 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,548
Reviews: 2,895
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 334
Gots: 1,646 | FT: 11
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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: 9,548 | Reviews: 2,895
Photo of leedorham
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a darker copper color with a big fluffy head. Nice head retention. A layer stays throughout the glass. Good lacing.

S - Smells sticky & piney with a bit of acidity in the background. The aroma is a bit weaker than I expected but this was poured to the top in a pint glass so that may have contributed quite a bit.

T - The bitterness is definitely there. It grinds the tongue and the roof of my mouth a bit like a lemonhead or hot sauce. Full malt backbone and a nice herbal hop taste. Some acidity.

M - Slightly viscous with a medium-high level of carbonation. Full bodied. Very nice.

D - I could drink it all night. Great on tap. I'd like to have it in a better glass.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a deep mahagoney with a thick head and excellent lacing
hops and booze on the nose and a caramel malt.
toasted caramel sweet malt sets in, and finishes with a hop bite, and alcohol warmth. flavor combos change with every sip, sometimes hop front with malt-booze finish. sometimes the first description.
the booze makes itself known, but isnt overpowering. everything i would want out af a strong ale

Photo of patreely12
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark ruby. pretty red highlights when lifted into the light. tall fluffy head, tan in color.

S - a punch in the nose from the hops. strong bitterness. a hint of something floral (pine?) also smells like there are some spices, maybe citrus too. can't really smell any of the malt.

T/M - bitterness of the hops throughout. the presence of the pine from the nose is there which adds to the bitterness. hints of citrus, but they are bitter too, as if it were brewed with orange peels. toasted malts. you can taste some of the alcohol. medium bodied. decent amount of carbonation. strong bitter aftertaste.

D - I would say this could be rather drinkable for me on the right day. if bitter beers are you're thing you'll definitely love this. it's not for everyone. "you're not worthy".

Photo of CheckmateBrew
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer that has the right to be arrogant!

Nice 2 finger head on top of a pint glass, dark amber, great lacing.

Not an overwelming smell, but not bad either, light hops and malty goodness.

Taste was very good. Slightly bitter, malts and slight hops, and overall good beer.

This was a very drinkable beer, wish that I was not driving and could have had another.

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

Reviewed from notes 2/5/2011

A: red/orange to copper with a 1 finger off-white head, lingers for awhile and fades to a paper thin layer around the top of the glass, nice lacing.

S: balance of malts and hops, some sort of sweetness, maybe a hint of cinnamon, pine and citrus notes, and a fruity scent

T: dry, bitter, and smokey, pine hints and a noted floral taste at the backend

M: mild carbonation, smooth, medium body

D: nice balance of bitterness and malts makes for an easy to drink brew.


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

There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said before and I rarely, if ever, post a review.

Last night however we flooded in our street after storms that haven't been seen in this area within living memory. Our house escaped thankfully but I spent the day clearing out the one room that flooded and the garden which was shot to shit and, of course, helping the neighbours with whatever needed doing.

I've been abstaining from beer for Feb Fast which, given that we're only on the 5th, means I haven't gone too long although today also marks my 1 week without beer anniversary.

Anyway, after a truly awful 24 hours I decided a beer was in order and where did I turn? Arrogant Bastard. It's been over a year since i tried this beer and tonight there could have been no better beer I could have selected. It was all in one package. The malt, the hops the mouthfeel. Everything hit the spot and funnily what I'd actually been craving over the past few days was a real citrus driven IPA. This wasn't it but it was the better for it. I made the right choice putting those other beers back. The gargoyle spoke to me.

The rain has been off today so I'm going to have another beer.

Oíche mhaith

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the piney hops and the caramel malt. The flavor is very hoppy and high in alcohol. I get a lot of pine and orange, as well as some caramel malt. Still, this beer is all about the hops and the bitterness is about medium. Fairly boozy overall. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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

Poured from a bomber in to a pint glass. Pours a dark cloudy amber color with an off white thick head. The head seems to stick around as I drink, remaining about a pinky fingertip's width high down the glass.

I pick up some citrus and sweetness and pine in the smell.

There's some bitterness to the taste, and I can taste the high-ish ABV. A bit of a smokeyness in there. Maybe even a bit of bit chocolate at the end?

Feels bubbly in my mouth. Rather creamy.

Very drinkable. Goes down easily. Happy to sip on this one and will be happy to buy it again.

Photo of BaronRogue
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into my chalice, produced a finger or two of tan head that bubbled away slowly, leaving average lace.

Smells of fruit and pine, gets better each time i take a whiff.

Tastes strong, as the style dictates. For me the bitterness hits first, and then recedes, revealing an almost coffee taste of the toasted malts. (the bitterness probably aids in the coffee imagining)

Mouthfeel is good, not great, almost feels dual-layered in carbonation and syrup.

Very drinkable, for me it got better with every sip (and not thats not because of the high alcohol :P ) Worth sitting back and enjoying on its own, not really one you want to pound or have too many of. A bomber of this is enough for an enjoyable evening with a good beer.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Strange Brew in Manchester, NH 2/2/11:

A: Pours a light amber, on the verge of yellow. Hazy and slightly opaque, good 1 1/2 inch white foamy heat. TONS of lacing.

S: Pine and floral hops with a hint of citrus (mainly lemon), pale malts slightly toasted, a little caramel.

T: Pine and floral hops hit the pallet first with a good helping of bitterness. There's a bit of citrus in there too. This is balanced with a fairly strong pale malt character that has a good bit of caramel sweetness. Fairly bitter and dry finish.

M: Carbonation is fairly high and crisp, body is solid but not very viscous. Fairly stick and just a little chewy.

D: They served this in a 20oz pint so I took a decent amount of time with it, but it's a very easy drinker at this point for me.

Photo of gabedivision
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a Duvel snifter glass.

A- Dark reddish brown with a fluffy white head that sticks to the side of the glass.

S- Nice mild hop scent with faint sweet almost fruity touch.

T- The taste makes up for the smell. Smokey sweet hops, very bold and full. Finishes bitter sweet on the tongue. The alcohol becomes present as it warms, and adds to the delicious taste.

M- Bold and hearty, well bodied.

D- Fantastic drinkability, every time i put this beer down, i pick it right back up again. I would go well out of my way for this beer if it weren't available to me.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cherry red and thick in density. Really good layer of white carbonation that remains layered in the glass. Not great lacing, but the thickness is enough to give this really high points.

Smell: Mostly pine hops. Pretty effective but not as complex as I expected.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Exceptionally active carbonation that makes this quite an enjoyable beer. Mostly pine hops in the flavor and alcohol comes through as it warms. Definitely some dark fruit and even apple as well. Smokey wood as well. Something bitter in the end as well. All in all very good but it doesn't all add up.

Drinkability: Something doesn't quite add up.

Overall: See taste and drinkability. Very good, but not quite what I hoped.

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with a two finger very light tan that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, sweet hops, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, sweet hops, and slight citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was brew was great. Had a very excellent flavor and good aroma going on here. Both the flavor and aroma were very well balanced and quite complex at the same time. Not too much missing here. A must try if you have not already.

Photo of Miles2go
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A: Copper in color with a cloudy appearance. Roughly 1 finger of uneven head which held on.

S: Soft on smell and slightly sweet.

T: Sweet and citrus with a bitter hop kick. A slow build to a numbing effect on the tongue.

M: Mild to moderate carbonation and medium in body.

D: Ready for another halfway through the first pour. Complex taste yet smooth for the ABV. A winner for sure.

Photo of MattyV
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel snifter.

A: A rather dark amber, with a luxurious dense creamy beige head with good retention and a sticky web of lacing.

S: A bit spicy at first, and then some juicy citrus and tropical fruits come out. I didn't find it overwhelming and in your face, the aroma was more subdued. A bit of alcoholic burn comes out as it warms.

T: Solid biscuit/caramel malt presence to go with lots of pine and mouth coating resinous bitterness. A decent bite to it, mostly from the hoppy bitterness but it seems at least slightly due to the ABV. There's a very light herbal, almost floral undertone throughout that adds nice complexity.

M: Medium-body, slick and creamy, with a nice dry finish with lingering bitterness.

D: Lots of bitterness but not unbalanced, there's lots of malt to back it up. Nice complexity and the hint of alcohol reminds you to slow down with this one that could otherwise go down much too fast.

Photo of engagechad
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This 22oz bottle was purchased at World Market in Short pump/Richmond, VA - poured into a DFH snifter

This beer poured well as if it knew it was going to look good.. ha.. Beautiful dark ruby red with a great head, perfect carb. Stone really knows how to make a beer smell good.. jeez.. must be dry hopping. This beer was very hoppy but it also had a mellow minty herbal note in there as well to calm it down. Tasted amazing and was quite quaffable, I poured twice (22oz) into the snifter and it seemed as though the first one went down the hatch in no time at all.. It was just that dern good.

Photo of climax
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paired with cracked pepper Triscuits and sharp pepper jack cheese after the initial review... excellent. Poured into a SV balloon glass.

It pours a brilliant mahogany with ruby highlights. The tan head is large and fades, fades, er.... very slow. The lacing is excellent, ornate circles and notches form as I proceed.

The nose blends everything good. Right away, lots of herbal hop flavors of mint, green pepper, and floral tones prove the IBU count is not lacking. The sweeter malt brings to balance immediately after that, sporting caramel, toffee, ripe banana, and a bit of brandy. The alcohol is evident and adds just the slightest edge on an excellent nose.

The flavor boasts the same fantastic balancing act. Herbal hoppy tones begin the journey and stay long through the lengthy finish. The malt bull adds just enough sweetness and toasty backbone to keep excellent harmony. Once again the alcohol provides just enough feedback to keep me wary of this beer's ass kicking ability.

The mouthfeel may just be the best part. Its utterly creamy right from the point it hits the lips. The crisp carbonation makes it's presence known soon thereafter, but settles down in no time. The feel is slightly slick until the finish, where the hoppy dryness puts a gun to my head and forces me to have another sip.

That being said, it excels in every category. I would expect nothing less from Stone, and it doesn't need another review to further cement it's reputation, but this really is a quality brew.

Photo of RMDuff
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Excellent, better than the Double Bastard IMO.
Hoppy but not out of control, clean, strong pleasant taste, great color, stands up to food well.Mouth feel is nothing surprising, but this should be tried early on by those "getting into" beer for the first time.

Photo of evanlarkin
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very red amberish color. An inch or so of head with good retention and an eventual sticky lacing. Bubbly.

Smell: Hops. It smells just like fresh hops. Somewhat citrusy, but mostly you just get a wave of pure hop aroma.

Taste: Hop forward, for sure. As the hop flavor recedes, you get a good mouthful of toasted malt before the hops hit you again for a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with some alcohol joining the carbonation as it hits your tongue.

Drinkability: Good for a strong ale. It might be good to switch to a lower ABV beer after a while to let yourself cool off, but the taste is something you can keep running with.

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

P - 22 oz bomber, red/white silk screen print, no freshness date.

A - deep orangish red amber, 2 fingers of tan head, sticky lacing, good retention, visible carbonation.

S - strong citrus aroma.

T - follows the nose with toasted malts up front followed by bitter pink grapefriut flavored alcohol.

M - medium bodied, good carbonation.

D - high abv might creep up on you after a few,but a good brew to start the night off with.

N- reasonably priced vs. the other imperial Stones.

Photo of lxCheshireCatxl
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice dark ale. It looks kind of like Shiner in a glass but quite stronger. I can only buy it on tap or in 22oz, but its worth it. Just be ready for the kick. It is much stronger than other ales and will knock you back if you aren't ready. It isn't for the faint of heart or weak tasting beer lovers.

Photo of weizenbob
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber (Enjoy by 12/16/10) partially poured into an oversized wine glass. An aggressive pour yields about one and a half fingers of tan head. Retention is excellent. Thick lacing beautifully lines the glass. The brew is amber hued and somewhat hazy. Close examination reveals a small amount of active carbonation in the glass.

I'm sampling this beer over a month past the enjoy by date, but the aroma is still giving off a pleasant bouquet of floral hops. Sweet apricot aromas compliment the floral arrangement. Mild licorice fragrances are also noted.

Beyond the freshness date, the flavor profile is still loaded with bitter hops. I don't know where the IBUs clock in for this beer, but the perceived bitterness is off the chart. Grapefruit rind immediately comes to mind. The malt base is earthy, not only providing no balance to the bitterness, but actually complimenting it. The label proudly (arrogantly?) boasts that "This is an aggressive beer" and they weren't kidding. There is a mild sweetness in the background but I can't tell if it's from the malt or the alcohol. All of the 7.2% ABV is noted on the tongue but it doesn't come off as boozy. It finishes with more bitterness as hop oils aggressively coat the mouth, tongue and throat.

Despite all of the flavor barbs, this Bastard is incredibly smooth. It is medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. The alcohol aids in the somewhat velvety texture. It is amazingly drinkable, in spite of the alcohol content, and in spite of the extreme bitterness at hand. They call it Arrogant Bastard, but it's not really arrogance if you can back up your claims. This beer delivers the goods.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz about Arrogant Bastard. This beer is an outstanding value.

Photo of bbb099
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass on tap at Burgers & Brew.

A - Clear, pretty dark amber color with a light brown head.

S - Great aroma of grassy hops and considerable amount of malt.

T - Flavor was very rich and complex. Fresh hop taste rushes in followed by the sweet caramel malt, nutty taste. Delectable dry finish that is a perfect combination of the bitter hops and sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied and high carbonation. Not too oily or creamy, goes down very smooth.

D - Tasty finish that makes you want more and no detectable alcohol presence. It tasted absolutely delicious with the burger I had.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into my perfect pint glass

this beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick white frothy head.

the smell is absolutely intoxicating wonderful pine hop aromas with hints of citrus and malt as well

the taste is rich and hoppy with a nice malt flavor to balance it out. the beer is not to bitter, so its easy drinking

mouthfeel is medium and the beer is very drinkable.

Photo of Ty1erC
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.*

a: it's a dark, cloudy copper color with lots of head and thick lacing.

s: a great aroma of citrus and pine.

t: the slight taste of sweet malt hits the palate first, then it's a hops explosion. very intense hop flavor.

m: medium-bodied, medium carbonation.

d: very drinkable. one of my favorite beers.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,548 ratings.