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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,487 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,487
Reviews: 2,882
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 332
Gots: 1,561 | FT: 11
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Photo of claspada
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of caramel malts and fruity hops. Light pine and tropical fruit.

The tastes is bitter up front with lots of West Coast hops; all kinds of pine and grapefruit. Mixed in are some light caramel and bready malts, but not much. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good strong ale. A little much on the bitterness for my liking but definitely a great brew none-the-less.

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

i loved drinking this beer.
the label is so funny.
this beer is a legend in my life. all of my friends always talked it up so one day i finally decided to try it. and... I LOVED IT.

this is a beer that goes down smooth and taste great.
kinda expensive but its worth it in my opinion.

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

Split a 22oz bomber. Poured into a pint.

A: Pours a wood resin brown with an off white head.

S: Spicy hops and big bruising malts.

T: Taste follows the smell, its big and earthy with muted hops and malts and a hint of alcohol.

D: Drinkable, but strong flavoured. Its got a chewy, rich mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice beer. Its warming and well-balanced. A nice rich treat that goes especially well with a full-flavoured spicy meal and nice cold evening.

Photo of WTBash
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a really great beer. It pours a thick red-brown color with and eggshell head. the smell is complex, almost distractingly so. It has rich aromas of citrus, pine, and malt. Taste-wise, its bitter but in a way that detracts from the beer; the hints of fruit and barley come through brilliantly. It's thick as to be expected, and its very drinkable for a strong ale. Stone thought it would be a good idea to add double of EVERYTHING and it works amazingly well. Perhaps the only reservation I have with the beer is a blatantly (if not provocatively) condescending ad campaign, which fits.

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

Have to give props to the bottle and artwork. Poured from bomber into glass a nice dark amber color with a nice one finger head. Head dissipates rather quickly with minor lacing.

Light aroma of pine and hops, not overpowering.

Delicious taste, great hop flavor with a slight malt backbone. Smooth mouthfeel makes it easy to drink for hop lovers. Highly recommend.

Photo of drseamus
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The intimidation starts even before the bottle has even been opened. Quoting the essay on the back of the bottle, it warns, "This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it." It then proceeds to berate both the reader and "fizzy yellow beer" throughout the paragraph. Sarcasm aside, for more than half the drinking age adults in the country, the bottle is probably right. This is an aggressive beer from a company known for aggressive beers.

Arrogant Bastard was an extreme beer before the term existed. The style "American Strong Ale" is just a catch-all for high-alcohol beers that refuse to fit into another style, but this beer is essentially a strong barleywine. An English barleywine is typically malt driven, being more sweet than bitter. An American barleywine, like many things American, is more bitter than sweet. This is certainly closer to the latter. It has a healthy dose of malt and body but a more than generous amount of hop bitterness that easily takes center stage. Even after the beer has left your mouth, the residual bitterness lasts as a reminder of the pleasurable pummeling your palate endured.

For anyone that manages to make it through the entire bottle alive, there is always Double Bastard left to conquer. The first lines of the tome on that bottle read, "This is one lacerative muther [sic] of a beer. It is unequivocally certain that your feeble palate is grossly inadequate and thus undeserving of this liquid glory..."

Photo of aranheaney
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a DFH snifter:

Small confession, I've been holding off on any Stone product for a while, but thought it was time to jump in, and oh am I glad I did!

A-Pours lovely dark chestnut, nice two fingers of hear that really hold up

S-Bright Floral, citrus, just incredible

T-Warm and toasty upfront, clean throughout and a wonderful finish

M-see above

D-very high, the ABV doesn't detract...

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

22oz bottle to 12oz sam adams glass. pours Med Dark red-orange clear amber with 2 finger lite brown foamy head. sparse lacing.

Smell is mild floral and fruity hops, some malt smoothness.

Taste Big bitter biting Hops up front, malts, citrus and fruit notes take a back seat! alcohol and fruity esters more present as it warms!

medium bodied, medium carbonation, good Hop bite, dryness and bitterness, medium alcohol warmth.

If you like Hop bombs jump on this one. Not complex, the malts and sweet notes are there and more present as this warms.

Photo of therobot
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into pint glass.

A: Nut brown with a hint of Amber, slightly hazy

S: Subdued hops, a good amount of roasted malt.

T: Nice malt and hop balance great roasted flavor, finished with a good amount of sweetness, from caramel and dark fruit.

M: Fairly carbonated, thick mouthfeel, lingering fruit and malt

D: Highly drinkable, and the malty finish keeps you coming back for more.

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

This is my first try of this one - I have to say I'm impressed. Poured with a large head that left loads of lacing. Smells of a mix of hop and sweet malt. This is a tasty beer. The hops are the first thing to envelop the tongue with a bit of sweet malt and then finishes with dry bitter hops again. It's a heavier beer but I had no problem taking down a bomber myself. It has a very nice mouthfeel that isn't too heavy and definately not too light. I'd definately have this one again. Now I can't wait to try the "Oaked" version I have waiting in my fridge.

Photo of boss302
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Arrogant Bastard draft

A dark red to brown on color, not clear, head is fine bubbled and thick. 4 

S Hops are at the front, though not floral or citrusy.  A caramel sweet aroma is also present. 4 

T Roasted malt, caramel, faint anise seed, loads of malt. Hops are pretty strong and there is some astringency, can't tell if it's from roast malt or hops, but tastes more like hops. 3.5 

M Big thick beer, very heavy on the tongue.  Heavy body, appropriate carbonation. Really nice. 5

D Pretty good beer, probably not for beginners, interesting and complex.  The higher alcohol is well disquised. 4

Photo of ChugginOil
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish brown with an inch of cream colored head

S- Deep hop/floral scent with roasted malt all followed by some booziness

T-Hoppy with quite a bit of bitterness involved. The taste is very bold and robust. The roasted malt is presented richly and follows the hoppy taste. The carbonation isn't too aggressive and balance is well achieved.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, pretty smooth considering the hop overload that defines this bastard.

D- Overall, I could take down a couple bombers on an empty stomach but it does sit pretty heavy.

Photo of JizackFH
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very nice dark red almost brownish color that has a small head with good retention. Thee was some good lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smells hoppy and earthy with some malty sweetness. There are also notes of lemon, lime, and orange zest. The taste of this beer is just great. Its hoppy and earthy just like the smell. There is a bitterness about this beer that I like a lot. I also think the sweetness of the malt cuts it nicely. I also taste some fruity notes in there and some citrus hops. The mouthfeel is also very nice on this. It coats the mouth well so you can really taste it. It has a nice medium body that is leaning a little more towards the heavy end of the spectrum. nice carbonation as well. I find this beer to be very drinkable. This is one of my 'go to' beers, and I could drink these night after night without getting bored. I think stone did a great job on this beer. I cant wait to crack my 3-liter bottle of double bastard and kick it up a notch, but right now I'm having this one and its great. Good job stone. Cheers.

Photo of ryantaussig
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful deep polished mahogany color with a full creamy head. Absolutely beautiful to behold. Head stands for ages and leaves a wonderful trail of lacing.

S: Hops of all over the nose on this one. Toasted malts are also a major player, but the hops are definitely at the fore.

T: What can I say? Just like the Oaked version this is an exceptional brew. Lots of complex malts and sweetness come forward, set off by a strong, but not overpowering, hop flavor. There's caramel, coffee, and even a hint of bittersweet chocolate in there.

M: Smooth is the only word to describe it. The carbonation is just right. Medium in body and gives way to a semi-dry finish.

Photo of HuppMJH
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - A dark amber that is on the red side of the spectrum. Nice head; sticks around for the entire time you're enjoying the beer.

Smell - Hops and Carmel...enough said.

Taste - You're instantly hit with a rush of hops and carmel; a bitter taste that will stick with you long after you've completed the beer. One of the more bitter beers that I've enjoyed. I would almost call it arrogant.

Feel - Smooth, good mouthfeel.

It's a good beer, but has quite a bit of carmel and hops in the taste. I enjoy a beer with a good amount of hops, but I would have liked a little less carmel taste.

Photo of callmescraps
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The world needs another AB review like a sharp stick in the eye. And yet, here we are.

Appearance- A deep amber color. A half inch of white head, nice lacing. Very sticky.

Smell- Hop burst. Lots of citrus and grapefruit. Some pine and dank. A hint of roast. Nice.

Taste- Hops. Pine. Very bitter. Caramel malt follows. Lots of pine on the finish. A hint of burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel- Creamy. It's a little syruppy and I'd like some more bubbles.

Drinkability- Bitter and syrupy. It's nice and aggressive.

It's iconic for a reason. Definitely an interesting beer.

Photo of jellis00
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I only got this beer because of the name. I definitely recommend trying it just for the experience

A: It was good, lots of color, nice head.

S: Full of interesting smells. The smells almost outweigh the presence of the beer and give a false impression, but still good.

T: Very hoppy, much more than expected. AB has a very distinctive after taste.

M: I am not a fan of the in your face feel. I would say that it gave me the impression of drinking an IPA or NB.

D: I can only drink maybe 20oz then I am done. It is a good beer to have a bottle of, but a 6-pack is too much for me.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes made on 10/29/10.

A: Pours an exquisite dark mahogany, bordering on brown, with a one finger beige head that results from a medium pour into a snifter. The head slowly goes away and leaves little onion-looking guys and some big old bubbles in the film that retains on top of the beer. Thick, chunky lacing coats the side of my glass.

S: A grassy, citrus hop smell leaps out of the glass and into my nose. Lemon, lime, and orange meld with freshly cut grass to create a great, fresh smell. A caramel malt backbone adds a thick sweetness to the smell and the house yeast contributes a dry biscuit presence.

T: The citrus, grass, and bitter hops assert their bold flavor immediately, then the caramel malt mellows out the flavor until the bittering hops kick in and leave my mouth with a very dry, tobacco-like aftertaste.

M: The feel of this beer is varied and intriguing. The hops ride their bitterness bike all over my mouth for the duration of the sip, while the sweeter malt element provide a nice coating, medium bodied experience for my palate.

D: Arrogant Bastard has a really enjoyable flavor and a solid mouthfeel that lead to a solid beer that I will enjoy many more times in the future. It's strange, though... maybe I've just gotten so used to drinking big, bold beer, but AB is not nearly the beast that I remember it being when I first tried it. Now I just think of it as a well crafted, solid beer.

Photo of jwhancher
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got a pint at the North Star Bar in Philly. Pours a deep dark amberish brown with nice little tan head. Smells of caramel, vanilla and a nice dose of floral hops. A little bit of toasted and burnt malts are present. Slightly citrus like but not a lot to ruin the complex aromas going on. A thick tasting brew to begin with. Tastes like molasses and finishes with brown sugar. Starts dry & ends slightly bitter. I dig the toasty quality of the malts. Caramel quite evident but has a good dose of roast. As noted previously, this is quite a nice complex beer to sip & savor. Alcohol warmth a little noticeable which makes me think the drinkability isn't all that high.

Update: had this again on Thanksgiving night 11/28/13. Bought a 22 at Pinnocchio's in Media for $6. Enjoy by date = 1/4/14. Beer is very hop forward with piney hops (Chinook?) and some accompanying citrus. Bitterness is really in your face like a full -on hop assault. Malt complexity give this beer a great backbone. Excellent beer to wind down with football after eating a ton on the holiday. Great nightcap beer.

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

Light is in a struggle of its life to emerge through, like a newborn child from the womb, but it is miscarried before emerging from the other side.

Notes of smokey caramel saunter up my perceptive nostrils. The aroma totally fills the glass. I can just barely take my nose out of it. In addition, some smokey oakey red fruit is perceptible.

Fruity, hoppy tones on the taste buds- very delicious. Malty sweetness shines through in all its glory throughout the aftertaste. A strong beer but a very well balanced 7.20%ABV. This would go perfectly with a big steak..and some lasagna.

I like this beer.

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

Reviewed from notes

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bottle

A- Dark amber in color, big white head, lots of lacing.

S- Hops and pine, seems to to be a lot of malt in the background.

T- Citrus and pine dominate a carmel background.

M- Medium body, good carbonation.

D- Good thirst quencher, will look for again.

Photo of Gilly1980
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer in a bomber-sized bottle. Pours a dark amber with a caramel colored head. Smell is deep and rich with lots of malt. Mouth feel is thick and chewy. Taste is potent (hence the name) but refined. Smooth enough for me to drink more of these than would be good for me. Very full-bodied beer well worth the price and availability where I live.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada tulip.

a - Pours a mohogany-brown amber color with one and a half fingers of off white fluffy head that has decent retention. High carbonation evident and a little bit of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of caramel malts, fruity malts, and fruity hops. Light pine and tropical fruit.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, fruity malts, bready malts, and citrus hops. Some slight bitterness in the taste as well thanks to the hops. Tiny bit of alcoholo comes through as well.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good strong ale. Definitely a lot of malts coming through in the smell and taste, but the citrus hops come out nicely in the taste to create a little bitterness. Have had many times and will have again.

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

1 Pt bottle, enjoy by: 11 29 10

Pours a deep clear brownish amber with a thick foamy head. Sticky lacing all around the sides of the mug, good looking brew.
The nose is sweet malts, a toasted biscuity auroma and citrus hops. Smells well rounded and blended with a purpose.
First sip yeilds the strong ale kick upfront, bitter on the palatte following a long dry finish. Tastes of the malt and barley stick around. Thick mouthfeel and good carbonation.
Overall drinkability on the Arrogant Bastard Ale at 7.2% is moderate, the pint size is great for this session and warrants a subsequent purchase next beer run. Solid Stone beer and I'm looking forward to trying more from these arrogant bastards (bottle label reads quite funny).

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Tanish/golden brown, with some red, huge 3 inch creamy head

Smell - Hops, malts, yeast, alcohol some spices and malts

Taste - After years of having this, i decided to try it again. Nice hop punch mixed with yeast and some spices to create a well-known beer in the craft world. Its more mild then i remember. Go's down very smooth, but has enough kick to let you know this aint your regular half-a$$ american beer.

Mouthfeel - Its hoppy, and a little dry, so after a drink, mouth is a little bitter but nothing to worry about, you can drink this one farily easy. Coats pallete with hops and spices, leaves mouth happy

Drinkabilty - This 22 oz is perfect for a sitting. This has just enough alcohol in it. I could handle 3 12 oz's, but thats all. After having this, i now know that great lakes Nosferatu was created to compete with this beer, though nos is slighty more hoppy and stronger. Great beer, will drink again

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,487 ratings.