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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,657 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,657
Reviews: 2,786
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 259
Gots: 954 | FT: 5
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 Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brownish/ruby colored body. Off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Bready yeast in the aroma, with some hop presence.

Very hoppy, very yeasty. Citrus hops hit you first, with some grassiness. But malt is equally as strong, tasting bready and sweet. Fruit notes abound. Strong flavors, good taste. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable, a good beer.

Hojaminbag, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to finnman for this one!

Poured from a brown bomber into an oversized merlot glass.
transparent ruby red in color with a big fluffy cream colored 3 finger head. Big laceing and great retention.

Smell is very good. Like fresh bread out of the oven, with a grain presence. Good creamy buttery sweat malty aroma's, hops are mildly detected in the smell, hop oil? Its mildly grassy.

Up front its sweet buttery cream with a grainy bread like flavor. through the middle the malt comes through with a woosh of grassy hops. So well balanced with malt grain and hops, very rich in flavor.
At the swallow the hops come back with the creamy buttery thick mouthfeel. At the swallow its dry in flavor with pine and grassy citrus hops and a good thick body.
Afte rthe swallow the hops linger and linger and linger. Oohhh, this one is good. And no, I'm not worthy.

Been trying to get my hands on this for a while. I have been missing much, this is one damn fine beer.

The bottle is quite hilarious! I will trade for this again and again, its that damn good.

Buebie, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark red, with an impressive 2 finger light tan head. head drops a bit upon resting, leaving some nice lacing.

S: Citrus, and floral hop, with a bit of bready malt.

T: A strong hop presence, with citrus/ pine hops up front, which is what I expected, but also bready malt flavors hit you quickly as well. almost a maple syrup sweetness way down in there. Every drink I take seems to highlight a different aspect. Although I expected it to be rather unbalanced, but I really feel it is one of the more balanced beers I've had in awhile. It's certainly well hopped, but good solid malt backbone here, that can really take it. Very tasty indeed.

M: Good level of carbonation. Somewhat thick mouthfeel, but I think it fits with the plan just fine.

D: I will definitely drink this many more times. It is quite assuredly one of the finer beers I have tried in long time. I don't know if this is considered "extreme" or not, but for my tastes, it's almost simple, and I sincerely mean that as an absolute compliment. And for $3.99 for a bomber, I think I'll have at least 2 in my refrigerator at all times.

dancinwillie, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 22oz bomber into a snifter. The bottle itself is hilarious, hurling insults at any and all "sniveling yellow-fizzy-beer-drinking wimps." The beer is a dark murky brown color, but when held to light it's pure red. Head was about 2 and a half fingers thick, tan, and creamy.

Smell: Hops are front and center, fruity and piney with a balancing bready malt character along with caramel.

Taste: The beer introduces itself with a surprising smoothness and huge maltiness that includes caramel, chocolate, and a thick biscuity/bready character. Hops then come into the picture, drying things up a bit with a piney and zesty taste. Finish is smooth, thick, and drying. Not for the faint of heart.

Notes: This is one huge ass-kicker of a beer... in a good way. Thick, over the top, and ridiculously delicious. Thank you Stone.

BucBasil, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from Lupe as part of the 80s BIF. thanks jason!

22oz bomber. sampled june 27/08.

pours hazy red-brown with a small dense dark yellow head. the head drops fairly fast, but leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. pine. grapefruit. orange peel. alcohol. caramel. biscuit and bready malt. bit of earthy character. the hops sometimes come across slightly catty.

taste is great. just over medium bitterness level. grapefruit and pine. light caramel. bready malt. bit of alcohol. light orange. biscuit. bit of cracker.

mouthfeel is good. medium well integrated carbonation, super smooth. medium body. fairly clingy bitterness, but not enough to be unpleasant.

drinkability is good. slightly unbalanced towards hops, somewhere between an american iipa and an american barleywine. i've had this one many times and finally sat down and reviewed it. hard to go wrong with the arrogant bastard.

grub, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful deep copper color with a white head, it looks like a Belgian almost. Smells of hops, vanilla, caramel, wonder aromas dominate the nose. taste is wonderful, full of hops, chocolately maltiness, just really damn good, pardon my french. mouthfeel is full and thick, robust. drinkability is low, 1 being that i can't buy it in illinois and had to smuggle in from indianapolis. 2ndly the price lol regardless i can't wait for my next trip to indy

1fastz28, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of timbro81
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really nice ruby red/brown color that is topped by a very creamy soft beige head. Settles to a hefty little layer. Smell is a tad tame but seems to lean toward a rich maltiness with faint traces of dark fruit, soft amounts of roasted malts too. Silky mouth feel with decent amounts of carbonation. Wow! Thats different? Hops control the palate. Spicey, earthy, and consistant, not a hop bomb but really well represented. Some of the dark fruit struggles to peak out but is soon overcome by the hops. Had heard a lot about this beer, wasn't let down. Well done.

timbro81, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A-Pours a very deep redish brown with a nice foamy head.

S-Like i've found with most stone brews there is alot to take in here Rosted malt, with a sweetness of carmel, also a nuttyness with slight hop notes.

T&M-Spicy bitterness comes to the forefront with a nice smooth malty finish, medium body with a very clean finish from what i expected

D-For the experienced palate go for it if your just starting out read the bottle and heed the warning "Your not Worthy"....yet

SpecialK088, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All I can say is the bottle is right.
"You are not Worthy"
if you ever get a hold of one, be sure to give the bottle a good read. you might just laugh, or be offended depending on your sense of humor.
C: Redish brown, tan small head, with surprisingly steady lacing.
S: Malty with undertones of yeast, smells like a strong belgian ale.
T: Very bitter malt character. hops are present but aren't overwhelming. I am tasting a slight black cherry undertone. Medium bodied with a bold flavor that takes no criticism. I really wish I could buy this in Springfield. for it would be a certain regular in my fridge.

naterock, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored ale with a three inch head that has good staying power.Aroma is pine.Taste is hops,sugar and pine.Another beer that is way overhyped on this site.This ale is not terrible but it is not something that I would purchase again.Give me a Budweiser over this any day!!

matty, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of jamiejohnson
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I live an hour or so from Stone so their beers are thankfully abundant here. If you get a chance go to their on-premises festival (August if I remember correctly) for a fun party. What can you say about the Bastard. It's extremely balanced for such a bold brew. When I first tried this beer I thought it might be an advertising gimmick with that Creature staring at me from the bottle. Not so, it's a real taster, hops and malts and yeast coming together. Kudos to whoever came up with the marketing plan for this fine beer.

All the tastes,
He's so mastered.
Bold and balanced
Is the Bastard

jamiejohnson, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Hornet2003
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful dark amber. Slightly cloudy with a nice slight head. Head laces on the glass.

Smell: Dark candy sugar, and LOTS of hops.

Taste: Very bitter hop profile with a nice sweet malty finish. The sugary malt tastes dark and rich. It's almost like a Stone IPA mixed with a mild brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Slick and a little oily from the hops. Bubbly on the tongue and bitter at the back. Almost a little creamy.

Drinkability: Based on flavour, this would be a great beer to relax with on an afternoon. I find I drink this slower since it is very aggressive and the alcohol is high. For what it is, the drinkability is quite high.

Overall: I can't believe I haven't rated this yet as I've had it numerous times over the past 2 years. It's pretty much now a classic American beer with iconic status. Well deserved and well done, Stone.

Hornet2003, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of scottg
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 14, 2008
Photo of Biggness
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 07, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,657 ratings.