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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,620 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,620
Reviews: 2,784
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 259
Gots: 931 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Photo of scottg
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Served in a pint glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT.

Pours a clear reddish/brown color with a 1/2 finger creamy head. Extreme aromas of grapefuit, caramel, vanilla, and malt. Complex blend of grapefuit, lemon rind, and carmelized malt with a tea finish. High carbonation, medium body, cleanses the mouth while leaving a chalky mouthfeel. Easy drinkability despite the 7.2%.

scottg, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of steelerguy
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

A - The beer poured a very nice and clear, dark bown with some copper hues. I could tell just by the way it looked that there was going to be some tasty toasted and caramel malt flavors in there.

S - A nice malty smell with some hop character. I was actually expecting to smell a little more hop but the malt took over. Certainly not a weakness, but I thought the smell was only good.

T - Wow! Now this is what a strong ale should taste like. Nice, strong malt flavors, that fade to be replaced by some tasty esters, and then the hops kick in. I was actually expecting the hops to be over the top, but not at all. The bold and sweet malt flavor completely balance out the strong hop character making it feel perfectly balanced.

M - I really liked the mouthfeel. The carbonation was perfect and the beer was very silky to me as it hit the tongue. Then you would get a slight "tingle" as the carbonation and alcohol would play.

D - An extremely drinkable beer. Although no session beer, it is so well balanced that it could almost be one. Although this would not allow you to appreciate it's complexity and could leave you feeling like you got your ass kicked.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I actually was thinking it was going to be over the top with all the arrogant marketing and from what I had heard. This was far from what I experienced, it was a very complex and well balanced beer. One that I will certainly be enjoying again.

steelerguy, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of jordoo
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

22oz bottled poored into oversized beer mug.

Big airy off white head, dark amber in color with red outlines. Smell is bold with toasted malts and citrus fruit/piney hop is heavy with some alcohol tingle to the sent. Bitter heaven up front with huge malt backbone throughout, overripe citrus fruit flavors finishes with more dry bitter brillaince. Good mouth feel and surprisingly drinkable for this huge brew.

jordoo, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from bomber into pint glass

A: Poured rich golden amber, finger of head with lacing. Very nice looking brew.

S: For a hoppy ale I did not pick on the hops on the nose. Quite mild in fact.

T & M: Great taste, Stone is an amazing brewery. Floral textures but the bitterness is what is the main aspect of the brew. Mouthfeel excellent as well, this is a brew that lingers after a drink. I am very impressed.

D: Definitely drinkable, although with high alcohol content and the bitterness I don't know how sessionable this brew would be. I have yet to have a beer from Stone that in any manner disappointed me. They continue to surpass my expectations at every turn.

elniko, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of AmishT
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%

A - Nice amber color with a nice cream colored head with good retention. Lucid. A fair amount of lacing left behind.

S - Bold dark fruit aromas that are accented by some herbal hops. Love the smell - very strong, pleasant aromas. Some caramel malts also detectable in the background.

T - Very complex flavor. Starts off with dark fruits with a malt backbone. An awesome, complex balanced aftertaste: a butterscotch malt flavor blends brilliantly with the herbal hops. It's a flavor that is really growing on me.

M - A surprisingly clean and refreshing finish. A medium to full body that is chocked full of flavor that's not goin anywhere. Low carbonation that allows the complex flavors to stand out. Great mouthfeel, in my opinion.

D - The style is an American Strong Ale, so it's no surprise the abv is on the high side. The flavors mask the abv exceedingly well...I can definitely feel it though. Like I said, the flavor has really grown on me. The refreshing finish also bolsters the drink. Medium to full body, so it is capable of filling you up, however.

AmishT, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%

A: A deep crimson amber with a light caramel-colored, thick, sticky head that retains very well and settles to a solid disc of froth, leaving some decent sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Very interesting and peculiar. Dark fruits (plums, raisins, dark cherries), caramel malts, and a citrus and herbal hop character. Some smoked wood-like characteristics emerge, as well. Robust, complex, and unique.

T&M: Like the smell, taste is highly complex and unique. Roasted caramel malts, barley, and citrus and herbal hops. Alcoholic spiciness adds a tinge of flavor that helps tie the bitter hops and sweeter malts together nicely. Body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a long, lightly bitter finish.

D: Arrogant Bastard is an extreme, complex, and quality beer. The ABV, flavor complexity, and bitter finish limit drinkability somewhat, but it's still a high-quality beer that everyone ought to try at least once.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured a translucent mahogany; excellent clarity. Rocky, off-white head. Good retention that eventually coalesced into a dollop of white in the center. Head was reconstituted with a light swirl and completely refreshed with each pour. Scent of hops, hops and more hops, as well as a hint of pine and citrus that lent a medicinal quality to the nose. Also thought I detected some dark-skinned fruit in there. Taste was consistent with nose and flavors seemed a bit muddled. Lingering bitterness between quaffs left a bad taste in my mouth. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and lightly effervescent with a mild burn up front. Bottle was right; I didn't like this one. Not at all what I expected. Probably won't bother trying the oaked version.

Jwale73, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Biggness
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

I finally found a place that had this beer on tap last night and I was not disappointed. I was surprised with how dark the beer was and the smell was very pleasant. The first sip I was not impressed but on a second attempt I was greatly impressed, I will chalk the fist sip up to ... whatever. I have had this in bottle before and there did not seem to be much of a difference. Definately a yummy beer and I look forward to more.

Biggness, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with a medium, lasting, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling maltiness with a sprinkle of gooey brown sugar. There's a slight oxidized quality present, leading me to assume this bottles a bit on the older side. Dark fruits smelling of golden raisins. Pine-scented, woody hops.

Taste: Toasty, bready malts with a medium sweetness and taste of brown sugar. Slight dark fruitiness. Hoppy pine wood flavor, a bit of fresh mint. Medium hop bitterness, though it holds on through to the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A really delightful beer fresh or even with a bit of age on it.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of EagleTalon
4.13/5  rDev -1%

Tasting notes from 4/10/2008:

Look: thin white head, good lacing, red-mahogany color

Smell: aggressive hop aroma, vinous white wine notes

Taste: Strong hop and alcohol presence. Enough makt to balance out. Finishes dry and pleasantly bitter

Feel: good

Drink: drinks like Pyramid Snow Cap. Sip at first and drink more toward end.

General Impression: very good, but a special occasion ale for sure

EagleTalon, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a reddish brown color with a nice sized, creamy, light tan colored head. Nice lacing left on the glass, great head retention. Aroma is sweet caramel, toasted grains, fruit, and citrusy hops.

Taste is sharp of citrusy hops predominantly, with a bit of herbal tones in there. Sweet caramel undertones are present, with some toasted malt also in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and full. Very easy to drink. A very good beer.

hckyfn9999, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Large capped bottle, poured into a pint. Thanks to stoutsNipas.

It has a very nice, dark golden body with reddish highlights, and a luscious tan head that lasts a very long time, leaving good lacing on its way down.
Aroma is a very pleasant and well balanced combination of malty sweetness, caramel mostly, and a fresh hoppiness that is mostly made of citrusy and piney aromas.
Firm body, richly malted with a load of caramel which is very well balanced by a nice hoppy bitterness; it is still weighted towards the bittering hops, but the caramel keeps coming back for more. Fruity and earthy notes make cameo appearances from time to time.
Easy to drink, another amazing Stone that it took way too long for me to try it for the first time; but certainly not the last. It is just one short step behind alpha king on my list of great IPAs (although classified differently).

brdc, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

This is probably one of my most favorite session beers. When I see it on tap, I know what I'm usually drinking the rest of the night. This beer pours a nice chestnut brown with a tan two finger head. The smell consists of hops and spices. Hops, malts, spices, and caramel are all present in the taste. It has a crisp hoppy mouthfeel and if you love hops, you'll love this beer.

ROMER79, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of Bobdope
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Wow what a beer. There is no surprise this comes from Stone Brewing Company. This beer has a great head, appearance, and taste. It has a nice hopped bit to it, and a delicious citrus tang. I feel this beer has a strong body with a great mouthfeel, coats well and leaves a delightful linger. One of my personal favotite American Strong style beers.

Bobdope, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of bradley194
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance- Deep reddish/brownish color with a two and a half finger tannish head.

Smell- Unbelievable. This is one of those beers that smells just as good as it tastes. Citrusy smell. Very fruity and malty. I seriously spent a while just smelling it before I tasted it.

Taste- First thing that hits you it a bit of hoppy citrusy bitterness but then it is balanced out with a really nice carmely malt taste. After you swallow it it leaves a bit of a bitter taste in your mouth, but not bitter in a bad way. Kind of like after you eat something very citrusy.

Really excellent beer overall. I will buy it again and again and again.

Love it!

bradley194, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a dark brown that shines ruby in the light. A thin tan head sits on top with decent retention and some bubbley lacing.

A great aroma with a nice hop profile presents itself. Some citrus and a malty backbone with big caramel notes.

Taste is very nice, but I think I actually prefer the oaked. A bitter hoppiness that is sort of missing a distinct profile. Perhaps it's just elluding me. A strong malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation bite.

Drinkability is moderate as alcohol is moderate and flavors are good. It's a good beer, but I was hoping for a little something more.

Goliath, May 28, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

First ran into this bad boy at a Shell gas station (!) in Sandpoint, Idaho. Not knowing what it was, sitting in a standard cooler next to the gargantuan BMC offerings, the anti-marketing on the bottle had me at "Bastard". That first bottle was unfortunately consumed out of hotel room tumbler, with predictable results - under-appreciation and a fuzzy subsequent stroll by the lake front...

Now, poured into an American pint glass, this beer exhibited a dark-hued and somewhat cloudy cola colour, with a reddish tinge. Two fingers of soapy-looking beige head, that disappears momentarily, leaving practically no lacing. This beer looks mean. It smells primarily of sweet malt, molasses, and raisins, but with a pine hop essence lurking just under the surface. The taste is big and malty, to be sure, but the oily hop bitterness asserts itself a whole lot more, to balance things out, leaving a nice mellow hop kick in the finish. There is moderate carbonation, and the malt presence is far from cloying. The elevated alcohol is a no-show, until you've finished the bottle, and then you know. This wonderful strong ale will put hair where there wasn't hair before, as evidenced by my girlfriend giving me her share of the bottle, in exchange for some nice tame Belgian ale, after a few sips. And due to its in-your-face nature - one bomber at a time would be plenty.

(trying not to mouth the words as I re-read this...)

biboergosum, May 25, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.88/5  rDev -7%

22oz bomber purchased at Midtown in Nashville. Poured into a nonic.

A: A beautiful mahogany with a nice two fingers of of off-white head (almost brown). The head is incredibly sticky and has great retention. This beer looks amazing.

S: Big, bold, spicy hops with a touch of floral. Caramel and malt are there too. Smells pretty good.

T: The spiciness of the hops hit you first. This beer has bite, but it is a good bite. Caramel and lightly roasted malt balance the bitterness and spiciness. There is an almost resin aftertaste with a touch of spicy fruits. Still a bit crazy on the palate but that is what they are going for.

M: Very well balanced creaminess with a medium carbonation. This beer is in no way thin. Coats the mouth and keeps the flavors lingering. A little heat on the back of the throat.

D: This is a fine beer that can easily be enjoyed. I don't know if I personally would drink more than a bomber at a time but I would definitely keep this one in the house. Great brew!

everetends, May 25, 2008
Photo of adams82
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a fairly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a decent off white head. Lots of lacing is left behind as the head dies down a bit.

Smells fairly malty with large doses of caramel and toasted malts upfront balanced with a nice bold wave of hoppy aroma.

Tastes fairly sweet and robust with huge notes of caramel, toasted and roasted malts and it finishes with a huge dose of spicy and citric pine like hops. Loads of hops flavour in this offering, very spicy hops lend a perfect balance to the huge malty start. Not quite an IPA dose of hops, but they're defiantly in there and they provide a great amount of bittering to round out a pretty damn good beer.

Full bodied, very creamy/chewy mouth feel. A huge beer... Delicious on so many different levels.

adams82, May 23, 2008
Photo of Ben4881
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Brewing Company

The Arrogant Bastard is a deep amber color with red and orange highlights. The beer has minor translucence, making it almost clear. Exploding to the surface is a thick, billowing, cream-colored head with excellent retention and heavy lacing.

There is a balancing act between a spicy hop aroma and a sweet caramel malt aroma. The hops tip the balance slightly it their favor.

A very smooth, sweet, and subtle flavor up front characterizes this beer. Then, out of seemingly nowhere, is a swift tongue numbing kick to the face of bitter hop goodness. The aftertaste is dry with miniscule traces of pine flavor which comfortably fade.

Contrary to the massive head, there is minimal carbonation. Despite this fact, the body is on the lighter side.

The lighter body makes this an easy drinker. However, the strong bitterness makes it a worthwhile sipper. The malt flavor presence is enough to make it very drinkable. 7.2% ABV is not too high, not too low, it fits right in there.

Ben4881, May 23, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a clean mahogany, with a glorious white head and serious lacing. The smell is of floral hops, malts with some serious sweetness. The taste is predominantly of hops, though they are nicely complemented by toasted malts. There is a definite sweetness to this beer. Also, the yeast peeks through, making this brew far more interesting than your average hop monster. The mouthfeel is not quite up to par with the rest of the beer, a bit syrupy and not quite crisp - this seems to be a characteristic with which hoppy beers seem to struggle in general.

trpng0bily, May 22, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured a deep brown, nice clarity, with some slightly reddish highlights.

Smells strong, very earthy hop smell, with a malt sweetness that's hard to pinpoint with the impressive hop aroma.

Taste. Very, Very hoppy. Piney- very present Grapefruit taste (Centennial hops?). Backed by a interesting malty foundation... reminded me of toasted, almost burnt nuts... walnuts, cashews... just very rich complex roasted tastes... but not sweet or overwhelming.

Mouthfeel feels substantial... but not syrupy, just alot of flavor. Benefits from warming a tad bit to unearth some of those other flavors.

Great Beer, even pretty drinkable... in fact, you'll only want to drink this once you've had it, which is good, because all other beers will most likely taste slightly "light" after this one.

PBBC, May 21, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev -8.2%

I was worthy enough to have A.B. tonight at dinner. I poured it from a bomber into a pint glass. It's a deep mahogany color and has good clarity for a high gravity beer. It has an off-white head that sticks around for awhile, not frothy. Earthy hops dominate the aroma, smells nice.
It is very hoppy, a little more than I like, but it didn't overpower the malt, which still came through. Fruity esters come through pretty strong, but are not off-putting at all.
It's a good beer to sit back and appreciate. One bomber was all of the beer I needed for the evening.

BrewmasterNPB, May 19, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

Thanks to largadeer for this extra!

Pours an amber color color with a great sized head, lots of retention and lacing.

Smell has a strong piney hop aroma, pretty much all piney hop aroma.

Taste starts with a kick of hops and bitterness, some slight caramel malt presence, and reverts back to the bitter aftertaste, very earthy.

deltatauhobbit, May 18, 2008
Photo of Jaguar
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Hops. and more hops.I put down porter as my favorite style when I joined beer advocate, but it seems for the last couple of years I've been trying mostly I.P.A's and hop monsters,or malty wee heavy scotch ales. Or trying to find the elusive cheap drinkable macro lager so I don't go broke.
I've come to love big beers. big malty beers, or big hoppy beers, something out of the mainstream. this is a definite favorite.

Someone at Stone decided to cram as much malt and hops, and more hops, as possible into this one, with excellent results. If you're in the mood to try a big ale, a 22oz. bomber of arrogant bastard isn't a bad place to start.

Careful, grasshopper, this could be like a gateway drug to Barleywine.
Once THEY bite you on the ass, you're hooked for life.

Jaguar, May 17, 2008
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,620 ratings.