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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,159 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,159
Reviews: 2,760
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 225
Gots: 693 | FT: 6
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Photo of nicefix


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 2 finger tan head with various sized bubbles. Good lacing and retension. Dark reddish brown, very attractive.
Lovely smell of deep cherry fruit and hops and some malt.
Taste of fruity hops, cherry malty and a strong bitter finish.

Wow, this stuff is awesome. Very complex and strong in flavor. Don't make the same mistake I did, and make it your first beer in a tasting. It put my palate in a head lock for a while, the taste was just lingering.

Definitely recommended. But be careful, this stuff is pretty hard core.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2006 19:09:40 | More by nicefix
Photo of jmz62565


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a dark reddish mahogony with a fluffy medium tan head. A beer that looks hardy with the feel of winter and a roaring fire. The smell has a real hop citrus aroma thats not quite as strong as their IPA, but nice. The taste has a great mix of hop bitterness, sweet malt and spices, cinnamon, pepper, and carmel. The m/f is medium and very well balanced. Some Strong Ales are are way too "syrupy", but this is smooth and it hides the alcohol well. An outstanding beer and I'm glad I finally found a place that sold it.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 02:07:26 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is much more cinnamon in this beer than I remember from the first time. This beer pours with one of the most unique cascading effects that I have seen since Boddington's. Generous head that lingers for a long time. The smell, as stated, as much cinnamon with a hint of plums and candied fruits. A great amount of carbonation that lets the taste sit and develop on your tongue before going down. Overall a tremendous brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 01:58:07 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of stephendr


4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown hue with a tint of red –nice tan head, small bubbles – nose hops, French vanilla coffee grounds –hops, dark roast coffee taste – raw palate- aftertaste hops and coffeeDark brown hue with a tint of red –nice tan head, small bubbles – nose hops, French vanilla coffee grounds –hops, dark roast coffee taste – raw palate- aftertaste hops and coffee

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 01:23:29 | More by stephendr
Photo of Iguana


3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence - Poured an amber/reddish color with a 1 inch very frothy head.

Smell - Smell is citrusy, piney hops, very strong hop aroma.

Taste - Seems kinda average, a bit sweet, a bit bitter, citrusy hops. Seemed quite similar to an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Clean, crisp, refreshing. A bit syrupy sweet.

Drinkability - Could down a few of these in a night, but I dunno, I found this to be nothing special so I prolly wouldnt do that.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2006 06:41:17 | More by Iguana
Photo of AndoBrew


3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*I like it would buy again*

it has a wonderful color a blood ruby with brownish hues .. glows when held to light, cream colored 2 finger head ..lacing

smell some booze and carmelly chewy malts, they just smell yummy.also has a nice lil hop garden in the nose, good balance and inviting.

suprised by the flavor, this is my first arrogant bastard, having only had double bastard before, the strong brown ale flavors of darker malts that are ALL OVER the finish is suprising, but very nice, just a really great complex malt taste, that has nuttines, chewyniess, and some roasty stuff, but is in no way on the over sweet side of big malt profiles.. it closes with a hop acidic hit , more on the citrus side of hops, dont really taste big fresh hops, kudos to stone for not making thier strong ale some kind of DIPA,

it seems to be pretty drinkable, it seems to be balanced, and yummy, mouthfeel not good or bad, I feel that the mouth feel on this beer does not add to the experiance..maybe not thick enough.

really good beer, I think I am more a fan of the DB but that is not apples to apples, this is great for what it is, could drink these every day, great session beer. the 22oz is gone very quick, the hops do build some acidity as you close out the 22, but not so much that you cant have a couple more of these treats.

the marketing is way off though, this beer is a mild weak puppy, especially compared to what the bottle claims : )

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 08:04:34 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of BeerSox


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.6 Pint bottle, with a clear label holding a white gargoyle (lookin' arrogant).

Deep red color, on the edge of brown. The head is average, a tan creamy color. Leaves a nice cap along with a solid foamy cap. Fantastic lacing is present, it's layered like a cake.

The aromas in the beer are very sublime and enticing. The esters forge a fruity peach scent. This is one of the best smelling beers I have had.

The same peachy tones are on-the-spot in the flavor. The fruity sweetness is complimented by strong hop bitterness, as well as a 7.2% ABV.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. The feel is acidic, yet finishes clean. It's easy to finish the 1.6pt bomber.

Drink one, or drink five, it doesn't matter. On a warm day, or on a cold day, this one is guaranteed to hit the spot. This beer unequivocally deserves to be arrogant.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 03:38:33 | More by BeerSox
Photo of FlyFisher2782


4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this one lives up to its hype. Served from a bomber.

Pours a beautiful brown copper color with average 2 finger head.

Never have I had a more well rounded ale. From the moment it hits your mouth there are several flavors that come across, malted caramel, cherries? and very slight citrus of some sort.

Where this ale really earns its stripes is the finish, with so many complex flavors, they have hopped it perfectly to allow them all to be rounded out without an overpowering hop finish.

There is NO WAY this is a 7.2% beer, drinks like an absolute dream, smoothest ale I have had to date.

I bought a case after my 1st one.

Anyone have any double bastard they want to trade?

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 01:41:26 | More by FlyFisher2782
Photo of dhchatfield


4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber received in trade from SkinnyElvis. Chilled for 10 minutes out of the cellar. Much anticipated...I've been waiting for this one. An early out from work on a Friday with no Wife or Kids in the house seemed like the time.

A- Pours a beautiful copper/dark brown, very little head, moderate lacing.

S- Like a mild Barleywine. I admittedly have no experience with this style, but I know it smells damn good!

T- Wow! I now want to have much more experience with this style. Hops for sure, malt, caramel and much more. My palate is not yet educated enough to identify the complex forces at work here. A good clean bitter finish.

M- Very broad, but not thick, oddly enough, thinner as it warms in my Duvel tulip.

D- More more more!!! Can I say more????

In a word...FABULOUS. This will become a regular. Thanks to the european BA's that included this one in their best of the world tasting a few weeks ago for steering me towards this fine beer. And thanks to BA for opening the world of beer to me.

I am so excited to find a new style that I love!

Ain't beer grand?

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 23:12:11 | More by dhchatfield
Photo of Rezzin


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep ruby red / brown with slow rising tiny bubbles coming from the bottom. 2" head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass as I drink.

S - The aroma is more sweet than anything - there is hop aroma there but the sweet malt is the dominant smell. Caramel, fruits, hops... it's all there.

T - It's sweet, fruity, and hoppy in a complex but very appealing way. The funny thing is I had this beer about a year ago and didn't really care for it - I've since become more of a hophead and now this tastes incredible. Funny how a palette can change like that. Sweet in the front, maybe a little roastedness in the back and as I breath out - I get cherry like fruit flavor/aroma's in my mouth. The hops are definitely there and the bitterness rounds out the sweet malts nicely.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat of a creamy texture to it. Carbonation is moderate.

D - This is a great tasting beer. You'll zip through 22oz before you know it. I'm glad I gave this another shot - it's definitely one of my favorites now.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 04:21:07 | More by Rezzin
Photo of Phocion


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this in my "cellar" along with a couple '05 RIS's, so I have no idea how old it is. Pours a very dark crimson head with a thick beige head that slowly fades away into light lacing around the glass.

Smells of rich caramel malts followed by the bitter citrusy hops that this beer is known for.

Yes, the hops in this are almost overwhelming, but this is truly a well-balanced brew, with the sweet roasted/caramel hops just as strong. The fact that both flavors can both be so rich, yet coexist peacefully (and deliciously) with one another is what makes this brew such a legend.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, but the drinkability suffers due to the strength of the hops. Although not nearly as bitter as the Ruination IPA, this is definitely one for the hopheads. Would recommend this one to anyone who thinks they are "worthy."

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 04:06:59 | More by Phocion
Photo of MusicmanSD


4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply put one of the best, most complex beers I have ever tasted. The appearance is amazing. Dark, ruby red/brown tint with a caramel colored head that leaves uber Belgian-like amounts of lacing and never dissipates throughout being drunk. Probably has the best head retention I've ever seen out of a pint glass. The smell is actually pretty sweet, not bitter like the bottle and company suggests. Very cocoa and caramel like. The taste is the amazing part. The 7.2% is very well hidden leaving you to actually be able to scarf some arrogance down fairly fast, but why would you do that anyways?...Many, many different flavors bombarding your mouth at once. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, but not sticky, which is perfect for me. Creamy once you get to the head. In fact, about the last 1% of the pour is pure cream. Awesome. Drinkability is damn good for how strong this beer is. There are just so many good aspects it’s amazing. Everyone must try this. Gotta love the bottle too!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 18:43:38 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of FuzzyGuy84


4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, slightly cloudy, deep Amber/Brown color. One of the best looking beers I've seen. Very minimal smell. Very smooth with a perfect amount of bitterness. What I liked about this was that the flavor was strong, but at the same time extremely drinkable. One of the best American beers I've had. Another fine offering from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2006 17:22:37 | More by FuzzyGuy84
Photo of dwarvenspirits


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful looking beer with a deep red/copper color to it. It has a big hop aroma, too, very citrusy and piney. These people must love using cascade, chinook or perle hops. It has a slightly heavy body, but is definitely drinkable. With your first taste you get the wonderful citrus piney hop flavor on your palate and then it mellows out and the bitterness flows through leaving a nice crisp finish. This is a very nice beer to drink and because of the big hop flavor you don't even realize it weighs in at 7.2%. Hmmmm . . .

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2006 16:38:54 | More by dwarvenspirits
Photo of thebarracuda


3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a nice dark reddish golden brown with a woody almost earthy scent. the hops certainly can pack a punch, this time around, the ABA tastes much better than the first time this beer toutched my unworthy palate. After some taste bud assults like Ruination, the hops in this beer pale in comparison, but still stand out and strongly proclaim "I AM HERE!" a hops lover will like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 07:01:11 | More by thebarracuda
Photo of wingman14


4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with an off white head. Smell is mostly hops with citrus and some yeast. Taste is bold with a medium body, mostly hops followed by some citrus characters and fruit maybe prunes. For such an intimidating label the taste reminds me of flowers. It has a bitter aftertaste that lingers from the hoppy presence. The mouthfeel is ok, lots of carbonation, decent balance. This beer is strong and if you are afraid of hops then stay away. It does represent a potent beer, but the label got me amped up for something much more. A good stone offering and worth checking out. This one has me wondering now about the double bastard, I will probably try that one soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 23:35:38 | More by wingman14
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

tasted this tasty a few times, but this time i'm gonna prove it...the gargoyle on the bottle dares me. i'm not worthy?

very red...wine red, with a rockey off-white head and sticks to my glass right away. the nose is representative of stone's brews: that distinctive caramel/toffee/estery malt aroma. the hops are not particularly prominent, however

mostly malty flavors, as well. even the bitterness is subdued

it's a tasty brew, but i'll take nosferatu or hibernation ale over it any day

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 02:04:43 | More by bruachan
Photo of tboom29


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my pint, this beer was a dark auburn color. Great lacing around the glass, long lasting frothy head. The first smell is all about the hops. Nice hoppy/piney nose, with a bit of maltiness and slight alcohol as well. Just like the smell, the first sip shouts "HOPS". Very hoppy up front, but mellows nicely. Let it warm, it gets even smoother. The roasted maltiness and carmel also nicely round out the profile. Even thought this is a smooth beer, as big beers like this go, you can definitely taste the alchohol, which is a good thing. Overall, you must try this beer, if the label doesn't scare you away.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 21:43:16 | More by tboom29
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a clear dark brown/copper color which formed a light tan head of decent size. Aroma was more subdued than I would have expected. Primarily hops, with a mild grapefuit/grass aroma. Malt is fairly represented, but hops is primary aroma. Flavor was a lightly roasted malt, well balanced by the hops, again with a grapefruit type flavor. Some alcohol was present, but not excessive. Light to medium in body, with fairly high carbonation. The alcohol came out a little bit more as a warming sensation, and the effect of the beer was drying. Overall, a great beer which was highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 15:50:06 | More by
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep caramel with a thin white, bubbly head that left some lacing.
The smell was of floral hops, caramel and a touch of alcohol. Quite inviting.
The taste was well-balanced. Citrusy, crisp hops, caramel malt with a slight alcohol finish. Medium to full bodied. Flavors lingered a bit.
It was incredibly smooth. The alcohol taste was retained, but didn't interfere with the lingering flavors.
A very good brew - easily drinkable - a bit thinner than it could have been, but still aggressive - esp. in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 00:02:40 | More by jwc215
Photo of Lancer211


4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an tumbler. I took this beer out of the fridge and waited a bit beforehand for it to warm up a hair. Would have preferred a stein, but I only have one stein large enough to fit and it was dirty at the time, so went with the tumbler.

A - Medium pour produced a golden to orange then finally to moderately brown hue. Two to two and a half finger tan head was produced, which proved to be relatively persistent through my entire experience with this beer. An abundance of quality lacing as well.

S - There's just something about its earthy smell that I LOVE... hard to put my finger on it. A hint of sour and citrus hops and a bit of caramel and malt as well.

T - It's like a battle going down in my mouth.... hoppy like whoa, and citrus and pine, and strong caramel malts as well. A little less dry than I expected for the somewhat high abv. Finish is hardly dry, more bitter.

M - Very heavy but smooth in the mouth, with a bit of hops oil that remains.

D - Well.... what can I say? I want to drink about a million of these.... however, I could only have, say, a few 22oz bottles of this strong brew before I stopped making any sense... it's filling, be warned.... but for a guy with a high metabolism like me, not much of a problem.

All in all, a curious brew that falls between classification... thus, an "American Strong Ale". I would recommend at least giving it a whorl to everyone.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 06:56:23 | More by Lancer211
Photo of guzzle211


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 6oz poured very cold into Imperial pint glass, left to warm
A- crystal clear appearance, but captures a lot of light because not much gets through. darkest orange hue right before brown. medium-effort pour produces a thick two-plus finger head that dissapates very slowly to a thick top coating that lasted the entire time even though there is little to no bubble activity in the glass after the initial pour. lacing is very
S- mellow hops underscored by caramel, slight malt balance.
T+M- absolute perfect balance of hopsand malt countered with a subtle hint of caramel. the tasted gets bigger and bigger as it warms, I heavily recomend avoiding its charms as long as you can to let it warm up slightly past where you would enjoy a typical beer of this sort.
D- abv is so well hidden, hops is so present without being in your face, malt and sweetness are such perfectly subtle balances that this brew is an easy 'big session.' it may be over-indulgent in hindsight, but i could definitely see this luring an unsuspecting participant into an evening affair.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 04:00:02 | More by guzzle211
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the bottle ... "This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it." Haha. This is a great gift beer if you really want to "rub it in" to your yellow dishwater drinking friends. Over the top in a lot of ways. My bottle pours a slightly murky brown color with some glowing red highlights. Thick, bubbly tannish head and great retention and lacing in the glassware. Beautiful streaming carbonation. Nose is aggressive indeed. Strong hop notes, piney and some sour citrus. This is balanced by a thick, warm malt character. Smells terrific and in no way simple. Palate is likewise -- both thick, mouth-coating caramel malts with biting, resinous hops darting around. Complex palate that is so very complex. What is this beer? Falls into the elusive "strong ale" category. In other words, we don't know what it is, but it's something to be reckoned with ... Mouthfeel is thick and both smooth and biting. Aggressive carbonation and a lingering hop-bitter finish. What a complex creation. No wonder the bottle warns that this beer wasn't created for the "sniveling yellow beer drinking wimps." This is the liquid equivalent of the middle finger to that ilk. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 15:06:03 | More by beerphilosopher
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark and hazy amber to brown color.with a tannish creamy head. Aroma is HUGE toasty malt backbone with some piney hops. Taste is more of the same, goes down really smooth for a "strong ale" A very full body with a thick aftertaste with a bitter and dense malty feel. You can chew on this one for a while.

This beer is like a DIPA with a lot less bittering hops and thus a more obvious malt profile. Lots of aroma hops give the taste of a highly hopped ale but in reality it is very malty. I love it and frankly I don't find it "strong" at all. This is an awesome beer. Super malty with a very nice hop ambiance that does not interfere with all that great maltyness but just lets it do it's thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 03:18:23 | More by kgotcher
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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, I'm giving this one an extra half-point in appearance for the bottle. I love it. I love the verbage on the back. I normally keep interesting bottles for my homebrew, but I have a few of these I just keep to display. :-)

Color of this beer is deep copper, almost brown, with a bright white, thin head.

The smell has a musky, earth note that is very pleasing in small quantities. DOminating the aroma, though, is the hefty hop punch, very citrusey.

The taste is hard to describe. There's a definite malt character, but it's secondary to the HUGE hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is solid, with a malt backbone.

Drinkability is good, but I can only drink about two of the 22oz bottles of this before my tongue starts to feel funny from the hops. :-)

A serving note, if you want to really experience the flavor and aroma of this beer, serve room temp. That's true of most beers, but especially this one. If you serve it ice-cold, you'll miss the show.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 12:54:24 | More by BlackAngus
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,159 ratings.