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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 9,399
Reviews: 2,861
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
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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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Photo of PinataRobot
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First review, so I think I would make it of the best beer i've tried recently...

Tried this on a recent trip to San Diego, not used to the massive selection since I come from an area that is mostly BMC dominated and it's hard to find craft stuff. I remember reading a few excellent reviews of this, and the name really stands out on a page, so I ordered one from the bartender, who seemed pleased with the selection.

Came to me in a Pint Glass, held it up to the light, almost completely opaque and creamy looking. The head was about 2 fingers tall, a little fizzy and off-white, head started disappearing quickly, but left nice lacing all around.

A - This was totally great looking, love the darkness, head fizzed out and made way for just the beer rather quickly.

S- Powerful, black pepper, cedar/woodsy, coffee. It's very strong, and very bitter smelling, the hops is very dense. I like this a lot, it's a very heavy smell.

T- Amazing. The bitterness is powerful, the hops washes over my tongue and I can see why this is so highly rated. It's a nice strong flavor that is full of spiciness, bitterness, and sweetness all at the same time.

M - Feels really nice, leaves a great feeling, and an aftertaste that lingers with the liquid that remains.

D - This is a great beer, everything about it was spot on. Not something you can just slam back, heavy, but definitely one of my favorite beer experiences so far.

Photo of r0nyn
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a bomber.

After hearing so much about this beer, I had to give it a shot, so here we go. Appearance is deep mahogany color, reddish amber as you hold it up to the light. Half inch tan head that slides down ever so slowly, leaving some serious lacing. Smell is full of piney hops, with some undertones of sweet caramel malts as well as some citrus notes. Quite nice.

Can definitely taste that pine in the initial sip, with just a bit of malt before the hoppy bitterness steps in and overrides pretty much everything. Strong, strong hop bitterness. I'm able to pick out some more subdued malty notes as well as some citrus nuances. Finish is bitter, bitter, bitter with just a hint of alcohol that becomes more noticeable as the brew warms. Absolutely coats the tongue. It lingers long into the aftertaste. Definitely deserves the 'strong' classification. Mouthfeel is firm and solid, with a good amount of carbonation. No qualms with that.

Drinkability is certainly better than a BMC offering, but the bitterness definitely takes some getting used to. It absolutely lives up to its moniker, as this beer is definitely arrogant, definitely strong, almost brutal. Too intense to merit any more than I've already had.

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On atap at Maggies on the River, Watertown, NY.

A: Dark mahogany color with a small thick head that fades to lacing.

S: Malt & grain aroma with a trace of citrus mixed in.

T: Starts with a nice crispness & moves to a nice malt with come citrus taste. Has a nice bitter finish with a slight nutty aftertaste.

F: Medium body, quite smooth and the 7.2 ABV peeking through not overpowering.

D: Good Brew, nice for the style. Nicely balanced, a really good sipper when kicking back.

Photo of RRoeb1123
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first time I had this beer, I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I decided to get a case of it to enjoy throughout the year. I'm still pretty new to the reviewing game, so here goes!

Bottle Appearance: Very cool bottle, and the humor on the labels makes it quite a good laugh to read. My favorite quote being on the case "Keep Refrigerated, Numbskull!"

Appearance: Very nice looking beer out of the bottle, leaves a very nice head, that hangs around quite a while, and leaves very nice lacing. Almost a copper red color to it, and the head was a nice tan.

Smell: Very strong scent of pine (because of the hops, I believe) However, there are other scents intermingling. I smelled also a bit of malt to it, almost like a caramel scent, and also a hint of a lemon zest to it, there is also a slightly roasted malt quality to it too, which gives a very nice depth to the scent.

Taste: Very hoppy. There is a taste of citrus that appears also with the hops.The malt does a great job balancing it out, and only gets bitter at the finish. I get almost a piney taste at first, and then the flavor simply explodes, lemon zest and hints of caramel in the beer, it's absolutely a joy to the senses, The finish of the beer is very dry. However, all the flavors are quite strong, which may scare some people away.

Mouthfeel: There was a bit of carbonation to it, which gave the beer a very interesting mouthfeel, the beer would almost coat the palate.

Drinkability: I find it to be pretty drinkable, however the strong flavor profile definitely doesn't make this a session beer (at least to me). This is a beer that I could have when I want a darn good beer, and want to know how real beer should taste.

Overall: A Bastard Everyone can love!

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

On Cask at Thirsty Monk with "American Oak Chips" added. Tasted 1 hour after it was tapped and set on the top of the bar. I found the cask to be a lot more mellow (in aroma, taste, hop-bite, and carbonation) than the original Bastard. This special cask version had a buttery taste and texture, with just the merest hint of wood. Whereas one Arrogant Bastard will leave my tongue dry, I was able to down two glasses with tongue and mouth intact. Once warmed up, the pine aroma wafted tantalizingly from the glass.

Photo of zoso1967
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby tone of amber with a frothy light tan head. The head has great staying power and leaves clingy trails of lace on the glass.

The aroma is a mix of earthy and slightly zesty citrus hops and complex malts. The malt bill is very caramel heavy with some nice dark fruity notes in there as well as a bit of roastyness.

The flavor is very nice with plenty going on and all flavors complimenting each other. Earthy, slightly grassy hops mingle with lemon zest. Caramel and mildly roasted malt combine to form a very interesting and savor worthy malt flavor. This beer seems to be quite bitter, but the malt is up to the task of holding up all that bitterness, only allowing it to come through in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with a super dry finish that might be the biggest weakness of this beer. After swallowing sticky dryness takes over my tongue and overly dank hops linger on my palate.

Drinkability is an interesting category for this beer. You would think with the ABV that it would go down fairly easily (for me at least) but I find myself savoring it because of all that is going on. I think this is a good thing in the end, and AB remains a craft beer staple.

Photo of adam42381
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Enjoy by 11 07 10 printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany brown with hints of ruby and a fluffy tan 3 finger head. Great head retention. Very nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Floral and piney hops with hints of pineapple and toasted malt.

Taste: Grapefruit and sweet citrus up front followed by toasted malt in the middle then bitter citrus and alcohol at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter lemon rind. The alcohol really comes out as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. You could knock a few back over the course of an evening.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I would highly recommend this one.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am kind of confused why I don't already have a review up for this. I have consumed it on many occasions and I guess it just goes to the way side with paying more attention or picking the double bastard or the oaked version when it is available. Oh well, here goes.

Poured from a bomber into a fitting stone pint glass. For the life of me I can't make out the best by date on the bottle but I believe it to say by the end of this month. AB appears a clear amber color with 2 fingers of creamy head that is tanned but has a bit of yellow about it as well. The cap of foam retains well but as it receeds, sticks around the glass with quite a bit of patchy lace.

The aroma of this brew is a pleasant mixture of hops meets malt. There is a sweetness about the nose that suggests carmelized sugars and it blends very well with the hops. The hops come forward with a scent of oranges and pine with a little bit of floral aspect about it as well. Just smelling this brew is very deceiving, it smells like this brew is going to be sweet.

The flavor of this brew includes toasty malt that is a bit like carmelized sugars leaning toward a bit of smokiness. The hops are resinous with a flavor of pine and orange rind. There is a false sense of vanilla-like sweetness before the bitterness of the hops comes back in to pierce the tongue. The hops cling in the mouth and stick long into the finish. Quite a bold presense of alcohol is included and meshes very well with the flavors of the toasty malt and hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with moderate level of carbonation. Well rounded and overall just a good example of how enjoyable hops can be when done right with a modest amount of malt and moderate abv to back it. About the only thing holding this brew back from being super drinkable is the bold character of the alcohol, there are beers with twice as much abv that are not this forward with the alcohol presence. Regardless, the name of this brew is quite fitting. A must try.

Photo of newk340
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer 1 of Bastard Bash.

A: gorgeous belgian pour, a deep mahogany with a thick foamy head that leaves spotty lacing.

S: fine smelling malts and wheats permeate the nostrils.

T: way more hops than expected, nearly drinking like a pale ale, excellent malt and barley flavors.

MF/D: sizzling tingle of hops tickle the tongue but dissipate for a smooth swallow, a sessionable belgian that i will continue to buy. hits harder than 7.2%.

Photo of KAP1356
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt. 6 fl oz. bottle into a Hoppin' Frog pint glass. I have to say, I always thought this was another one of those mass marketed, staple in any bar type of beers. That was before I was a BA. Here's a review with my new found knowledge and thinking...

A - Pours a deep copper color with a slightly fluffy, one finger head that quickly recedes.

S - Caramel malt and a nice stong piney hop presence. Some brown sugar notes as well. Not really a lot going on here, but what is mixes together quite well.

T - Very strong hop bitterness to this and completely up front. The bitterness carries all through the taste to the back of the palate. Nice citrus and pine hop mix with a very strong caramel/brown sugary malt backbone.

M - Pretty heavy assault on the tastebuds. Almost a stinging sensation as it hits the tongue and works around the palate.

D - Fairly drinkable, but not for the faint of heart (i.e., not new beer drinkers). This one is for the hop lovers who really go for the hop assault on the palate.

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

A - Copper with a super fluffy white head that never seems to fade. Leaves pretty amazing lacing.

S - Caramel malts followed quickly by citrusy hops.

T - Lots of grapefruit and pine. A bit of spice from the hops, but overall tasty. I think this tastes like hop-flavored malt juice.

M - Prickly, as in leaves a tingle all over the mouth. Moderate to high carbonation and medium in body.

D - Pretty easy to kill a bomber of this. It's probably too strong in flavor to really give to any kind of newbie.

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

Awesome brew. Pours a deep slightly reddish amber with a 2 and a half finger light tan head that has nice retention. Leaves a bit of lacing behind. Smells of pine and citrus, nice hop profile. Taste has the pine and citrus as well, with a touch of grapefruit, but it has a nice caramel malt body that really balances this beer. This is a classic. My girlfriend doesn't ordinarily like really hoppy brews but this one actually didn't bother her. A classic go-to in my book.

Photo of jsprain1
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a redish amber. Head is something darker than eggshell, with good retention and a ton of lacing.
S- Smell is of citrus, particularly grapefruit, and brown sugar. Splendid.
T- Very much like the aroma but brutally aggressive. It literally feels like a kick to the tongue. Citrusy, grapefruity, slightly boozy.
M- Medium bodied, slightly high carbonation, but I actually found this refreshing in this beer's case.
D- Absolutely a great beer. It was arrogant and it was a bastard. A definite sipping brew. But one wonders, can a beer be too intense? The label says I'm not worthy. I felt worthy. But I don't feel worthy or capable of drinking another. My taste buds would certainly tap out.

Photo of satchmo91
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found at a local store in the 22oz bomber, and poured into a tall beer glass.

A- Very Dark amber with a carmel-coloured, thick head. Very lightly carbonated.

S- Full-bodied abbey ale aroma. Very malty and sweet with a heavy juniper-berry note.

T- Full-bodied with a strong hop bitterness. Alchohol and juniper notes come out. Malty. This beer has a nice floral quality about it. They advertise it as being impossible to drink, but for a beer drinker who likes bold flavour, this beer is just right.

M- Medium-heavy body with dry mouthfeel. You taste the tang of carbonation more than you see in the glass. Lingering bitter with juniper notes stick around.

D- Again, if a strong, hoppy beer is your thing, you will enjoy this beer; if you prefer lighter beers, most likely not.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a rich red, really dark copper color. Fantastic off white head that leaves lacing from start to finish. This beer sticks to you like a fat kid to a buffet.

Smells of hops and spice. Very rich aroma that hits the nostrils strong.

The taste is unique, thats what I love about this beer. It stands out. Hits your tongue with hops and and bitters and demolishes all the way down. Leaves you feeling like you drank something worth your time.

Its a bit harsh on the palette, especially the first time around. If you're a red fan or a belgian strong ale fan, this beer is a must.

This isn't an all night sipper and its not something you want to down a great deal of. This brew is sure to kick you where it counts but leaves you satisfied and feeling like you know what a true craft beer tastes like.

Photo of vandemonian
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lovely appearance. It is amber read in colour and it pours with a nice head that lasts for a minute or two. It has a hoppy, fruity smell. Basically, by this stage, you'll really want to taste it.

Arrogant Bastard Ale lives up to it's name, with an aggressively hoppy taste that is similar to the smell but ramped up to 11. The taste stays consistent until you get to the aftertaste, which is appropriately bitter (how every encounter with an arrogant bastard ends).

The beer is mildly carbonated and goes down nicely with an accompaniment.

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

Pours with a big o'l light tan head that takes a while to settle, leaving some nice bubbly lace. The color looks ruby as Dorothy's shoes, just lovely.

Smells like the outdoors: a bit piney, little bit of sweetness.

Tastes like a suped up dopplebock. Pretty strong roasty malt flavor with a bit of a lingering smoky after-taste. Tastes quite boozy which knocks down the drinkability for me but I still want to keep gettin' sips in as it's pretty damn delicious.

The bottle is pretty cool the stone demon and stuff that's on it. The back description is a bit pretentious but probably makes some beer geeks feel high and mighty for enjoying it. Want to try the oaked version now.

Photo of Stigs
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an old classic...one of my first craft beers. been awhile so i ordered a 16oz pour at fatheads, english-style pint glass.

A - bit over a finger of frothy, very light tan colored foam which just wouldnt go away. already covering the glass with a thin film which eventually sticks to it like glue. the beer is dark, dark amber in color and relatively clear. impressive.

S - hops, very heavy on the pine with a slightly citrusy sweet vibe at the end. sharp sweet caramel malt struggles for attention.

T - sharp and dark roasted malts coat the tongue before a massively bitter piney hop attack. hints of grapefruit and a lightly floral touch as well. a little one sided and everything seems to be fighting for attention at once instead of playing nicely.

M - a bit astringent...i know its meant to be bitter but with the aid of strong prickly carbonation it distracts from the flavors a bit. very dry finish with lingering piney bitterness.

D - arrogant indeed. right up a lot of craft drinker's alley, and i like them as hoppy and robust as they come but this is just lacking some grace, control. too many bold flavors at once do not leave much room for anything else. hits the spot on certain days, this must not be one of them.

Photo of ambluhm
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is gorgeous. It pours a rich reddish/amber color. The head was thick with a coffee colored deliciousness... mmm.

The nose of this beer definitely shows a strong presence of hops. There is some citrus and floral notes as well as a faint, faint hint of sweet caramel smelling malts.

The mouthfeel is definitely bitter. The first sip will put a wallop on your tongue, but there is enough malt character to balance the bite. A real nice texture.

Overall, this is most certainly a beer I would drink again. It won't be something you could have a bunch of, but is certainly a well-crafted and delicious brew.

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

Drank from a pint glass poured from on tap at Prarie Moon.

A: Deep red, brownish. Hazy but very bubbly. Really an incredible head, and significant, almost artistic lacing.

S: Very hoppy smelling, yet balanced with some amount of maltiness. Light booze is clearly evident on the nose. This one should be a doozy.

T: Dominant flavours are roasted malt and toastiness. Contrary to the smell, hoppiness is more subdued, though still plays a prominant role. Has quite the nutty aftertaste.

M: Its a tad boozy, not suprisingly since it is 7.2 abv. Quite bubbly. Decent aftertaste

D: Too high abv to session. Don't finish your night with this beer. It'll knock you on your ass. Very interesting though, and I wish I could session it.

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

It poured an amber color, more on the red side with a 3finger head of foam that settled to less than an inch and never went away. (Poured this into a Sam Adams pint)

S: Floral hops dominated the aroma, but it was not too pungent. There was also a smell that reminded me of pine cones.

T: Bitter, but not obnoxiously bitter. Behind the bitterness there was a floral pine taste. There was also a bitter citric flavor - not necessarily grapefruit, but close. At colder temps the bitterness and the hops were very pronounced. As it warmed, however, the malts began to cut through. There was a nutty brown sugar malt flavor that lingered about aiding the hops.

M/F: bitter aftertaste that lingers for a while. Very pale. As it gets warmer the a malty profile develops giving it a little sweeter texture.

D: good drinkability when I'm looking for a hoppy bitter beer. I typically drink this at bars, and usually it's only two or three pints. I don't really buy the bomber anymore.

Overall, a good revisiting of an old beer I use to drink a lot of. It has never let me down. I like suggesting this to people I'm with at a bar: they order it and go, "ugh what is this!" They take 3-4drinks then they pass the beer to me and I finish it for them free of charge. Then they order their usual swill macro and give me a mouth-smacking look like, "ugh the bitterness wont go away, how can you drink that stuff." Ho Ho! No point in saying it's worth a try because it appears everyone already knows that.

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, hazy amber brown, very cola-ish, with a small thick beige head that recedes to a hefty cap and leaves some clings streaks of lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy with bright citrus, including lemons and tangerines, and some floral pine. There is a light malty sweetness in the background but the hops are dominant in the nose.

The hops lead the charge in the taste as well with bitter/tart lemon zest up front. The backbone is malty with lots of caramel and toasted malts. But the sweetness is swept away again in the finish, which leaves a dry hoppy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is bitter, dry and prickly with the bright citrus leaving a nice coating on the tongue. Moderate carbonation and medium body overall.

This is a very tasty beer, especially given it's relatively low ABV, and the hops are the main attraction here. I'd probably prefer it a little more balanced but that's not exactly Stone's style.

Photo of Luk13
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber. Floral aroma with a hint of honey. Dark red amber color. Heavy on the bitterness, my friends guess the IBU for this one at 90 I'd love to know it's score. Creamy texture that works beautifully against the bitterness. It's pretty much as bitter as I can drink without being bothered. Very well made hop oriented beer.

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

After being teased by Stone's Oakquinox festival which I cannot attend, and happens to be on my birthday, I have been in a Stone mood. So lets take a look at one of the most outrageous beer labels to exist, and also one of Americas best selling pale ales, the Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Stone certainly does not beat around the bush with this one. This is what is printed quite clearly on the back of the bottle:

"This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to a safer and more familiar territory - maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it's made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns will make a beer taste better. Perhaps you're mouthing you words as you read this."

They have produced an American Strong Ale bearing very close to a Double IPA, and yes, they are aware than some people may not be able to handle it, but no, they don't care. I do think that the marketing behind this beer, whether intentional or not (and I bet not), is practical genius. There is something about its arrogance that draws to me it and makes me want it. And really, anyone who sees it pretty much wants to try it! Its kind of like that cocky jerk in the corner of the bar with his collar popped surrounded by a pack of girls. You know he's just an arrogant bastard, but somehow that lours them in.

This Arrogant Bastard was able to reel me in and seduce me with its rich powerful malt and hop flavors. It is certainly extremely pungent and not for the faint of heart. But its nothing insane, at 7.2% abv it is right in the mid range among Strong American Pale Ales. It is available widely throughout the United States in 650 ml bottles, but somehow I doubt that the LCBO will ever allow a bottle like this on their shelves... Just a guess.

The Bastard is a fiery amber red beer with golden browns shining through it. It lift a nice deep and pollowy one and a half inch head richly on top of the surface. Head retention was quite powerful; a short half inch head relaxed with me the entire time I enjoyed it.

The nose is vastly rich and complex, but most apparent are west coast hops. Fresh grapefruit, apricots, pine and woody hops erupt in your nose with a huge floral impact. Warm pale and caramel malts are playing in behind with a soft toasted nut character, spices and earth. The nose is very full and very complex with layers of soft and rich aromas. Overall it prepares you for a full flavored beer, but does not scare your palate.

You shouldn't sip this beer, don't let it intimidate you - get right in there and get a nice full mouthful. Loads of crisp bitter hops pour over your tongue and invade your cheeks brining with it huge pine and citrus grapefruit, solid caramel and light oak malts. Nothing hides or waits for you here, all the flavors come right away and make themselves known, as the bottle does predict. When cold, mostly the bitter-rich hops are what pour out at you, but as the beer gets closer to cellar temperature warm malts show layers of toffee, warm bread, herbs, pepper, clove and a hint of cinnamon.

The mouthfeel is really soft and smooth without letting carbonation attach your palate. Its a nice contrast to the aggressive flavors here and actually suits it quite well. It has a mild oil like characteristic and glides over your palate soothing and caressing your taste buds. The finish is crisp, warm, and still full. But it is very quenching and would be amazing with a huge range of foods; go for red grilled meats, fried anything, heavy cheese, breads, pizza, meaty pasta, or chocolate.

Although it seems menacing, the alcohol is balanced and hidden within the beer, the aggressive flavors are mirrored by floral herbs and spices, and the drinkability of the beer is superb. I would never hesitate to buy a bottle, and soon will post a discussion of the Double Bastard!

Photo of zhanson88
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber color with copper highlights, with a couple fingers of off white head that really sticks around and clings to the edges of the glass. Great looking beer.

Smell: Toasted malts and strong hoppy aromas are by far the most prevalent in this one. A bit of caramel as well. Not the most complex, but there are certainly some big aromas that waft up.

Taste: Right off the bat there is a lot of toasted malt flavor, followed by loads of hops. Also some cherry-like fruits and caramel. The flavor profile is huge and fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with pretty smooth carbonation. Very nice feel in the mouth, overall.

Drinkability: If you like bland beers this isn't for you. In my opinion it's quite drinkable, and something I would have often.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,399 ratings.