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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Photo of IntriqKen


4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh, wow....draft version of this beer is entirely different.
Same sweet malts...same hop bite....same everlasting aftertaste, but oh so much more mellow...so much more balanced than the bottled version.
Incredible experience.
This becomes a very, VERY drinkable brew, to the point of being dangerous.
Hats off, Stone.
Woo Hoo

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2006 06:00:14 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of bjohnson


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with an off white creamy frothy one finger head that has wonderful retention. Good looking lace left on the glass.
S: Aromas of floral and grapefruity hops fill the nose. A little spicyness tingles the nostrils.
T & M: Tastes of hops fill the mouth first with a malt flavors of chocolate and caramel. Bitterness fills the mouth and stings the tongue. Dry finish that hangs around in the mouth. Wonderfully balanced and very complex requires you to take a number of sips in order to fully appreciate and get a grasp on the flavors. Excellent tasting ale with a good body.
D: Drinkable? Hell yes! Stone doesn't dissapoint with this arrogant bastard. What a great tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 19:49:57 | More by bjohnson
Photo of shererjt


3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, clear mahogany with a large, rich, tan head. I don't normally get excited about appearances, but this one was a beauty. Aroma was primarily cascade hops, and lots of them. Some sweet malt was there to provide balance. Almost wanted to say I smelled chocolate malt (!) but more likely it was Special-B. Body was medium-to-full with lots of bitterness and hop flavor. Some malt, in fact probably quite a bit, but the balance was still way to the hop side. Mouthfeel was pretty standard, though if you didn't know the alcohol content you'd probably underestimate it. Drinkability was about average; if you like hops, and I mean really like hops, you'd score it higher.

Interesting beer. One of those "extreme beers" that many go for. I tend to prefer mine a bit more balanced. If you threw in some more malt and maybe used a less attenuative yeast, you'd have yourself a pretty nice barleywine. As it is, it's a hop-lover's delight.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 03:29:33 | More by shererjt
Photo of SwillBilly


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

22 oz bomber

Appearance: Pours a super rich, deep, dark, amber, almost dark ruby. A thick, foamy head tops the pour, then slowly dissipates to a wispy covering. Sticky lacing lines the glass.

Smell: Big, grapefruity hops waft out of the glass, followed by a dark, fruity sweetness. Hints of dark brown sugar are also present along with a pine cone like aroma.

Taste: A big, piney hoppiness dominates the beginning, a very satisfying bitterness that all hop heads will enjoy, the middle shows a feighnt molasses like sweetness that is quickly pushed out of the way by the big hoppy finish. Big, piney hops rear there head again leaving the mouth dry and begging for another sip. The hoppy bitterness lingers long on the tongue. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium, very smooth and somewhat creamy. Carbonation is right on the money.

Drinkability: Arrogant Bastard definitely lives up to its hype. I've had this numerous times and everytime I have one, I forget how good it is. Those big, piney, citrusy like hops do it for me, a fantastic bitterness that only makes you want to drink more. Alcohol is very well hidden, and the brown sugar sweet malt gives AB a very nice balance. Highly drinkable for a 7.2% abv. one that I will always come back to. A true classic that must not be missed.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 00:16:56 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

People call this beer complex, and i somewhat agree. A lot of different things going on but didn't hit all areas of my tongue like some other beers do. Don't buy a bunch of these for a night drinking with your friends. You'll get full too fast and have a hard time getting it down. Just read the back of the bottle.

Appearance was a nice brown color, nice smell not as strong as I would have though.
Taste has too much going on in the same area of taste buds, but it's very nice. Very fruity and estery. A lot of hops in this beer.
Nice mouthfeel, nice carbonation
it tastes great, but it can be hard to get one down before it warms up and excessive esteriness and hops come out.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 04:27:08 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of deuschbag


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

after about a year of tasting this fine ale, i've now decided to finally review it.

22 oz. bomber pored into its own arrogant bastard specialty glass. beautiful clear ruby red color with a light tan head that lasts forever. great lacing. this is by far one of the most beautiful looking beers i've ever had.

smell has a very nice floral hop scent to it. also has a big oaked wooden character to it along with a nice cherry scent.

the taste is very complexed. very hopy and very malty, yet it is a great balance between the two. i actually detect some chocolate malts? it also has an oaked character to it.

medium to full bodied mouthfeel. slighty thick and very chewy. great mouthfeel.

for being pretty strong on the alcohol content, this is a fairly easy brew to consume. just not too many. drink this one carfully, or else it'll trick you.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 07:18:11 | More by deuschbag
Photo of gus


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thing that hits you is the strong hop aroma, along with a very toasty carmel malt flavor. A very dark red color. Medium off white/tannish color head with medium carbonation. Flavor is very bitter, but tends to leave you with a good aftertaste. Strong but goes down somewhat smooth. This is one of the best beers I have tasted to date. Not one for drinking in large quanities, one to be enjoyed slowely at the end of a very long day.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 04:52:47 | More by gus
Photo of guitarmage


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with red highlights when held up against the light. Cloudy and thick looking, inviting and sophisticated. Creamy tan head with some bubbly character and a nice thick ring.

Smell: Complex, sweet and fruity but definitely an herbal hop presence. Peaches and apples, pare, plum, ripeness.

Taste: Sweet and roasty malt upfront, then all the ripe fruity notes, all kinds of flavors, hints of spiciness, and a warming alcohol followed by a strong kick of hops, crisp.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium to full bodied, light carbonation, awesome! Nice and soft, not sticky.

Drinkability: This beer is so good. I like to drink it on it's own. If I were to pair it with food, the food would have to be very flavorful not to be overpowered. It looks amazing and tastes great, I'll take this any day, I fear it will become trendy because of it's great bottle, but I'll always know why I like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 07:07:03 | More by guitarmage
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orrshow shared his bomber with me, yet another hauled home from Las Vegas by his father. This review is from the notes.

Arrogant Bastard pours a clear mahogany colour, and had a one finger thick tan head. The head was creamy and lasted a long time.

The smell is dominated by the hops. Citrus, lemon-lime like bitter hops, with a raisin like malt base. My wife says she finds cherry in it, and digging in I could see where she is coming from. Lots of smell, in ways it reminds me of a barley wine.

The taste is quite impressive, nothing in it is watery in the least. The is a dark malty flavour that does its best to balance out a long lingering citrus hop bite. Alcohol is apparent in the finish, and provides a somewhat earthy heat.

The beer is somewhat oily in its body, and has a medium amount of carbonation. Altogether the beer is comfortable on the tongue and pleasant to swallow.

This one is too damn drinkable, I found myself longing for another. Even with the extra alcohol, Arrogant Bastard is dangerously easy to down. This will be on my list of beers to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 18:22:58 | More by elricorico
Photo of BillyB

New Jersey

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

If I pay my $3.99 for a 22 oz. bomber then I'm worthy.

Deep red color. Nice thick white creamy head.
Aromas of bitter hops as well as citrusy, cherry like fruit.
Like an IPA with a little kriek influence.
Taste is bready, toasty grain, sweet caramel, toffee, and sweet fruity cherries.
Mouthfeel is sharp medium and carbonated.
Very drinkable for a big beer.
I've looked all around and a 22oz bomber is usually $3.99 to $5.29. This is just a great beer for a VERY good price. Even at the high $5.29.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 18:54:22 | More by BillyB
Photo of ultralarry2006


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Tan one finger head with good retention and nice lacing. Body is a deep reddish brown.

Smell - kilned bready malts and some piney hops. Some toasty malt and caramel, slight citrus, some woodsyness, grassy, and herbal tones, too.

Taste - much like the smell, but also more going on as well. Bready, toasty, even roasty, malts - pine, lemon hops. Amongst all that are hints of vanilla and bourbon. Slight alcohol astringency at the end, with a bready malt, and slight bourbon aftertaste, also a little bit of lemony tea.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation. Thick hop oil slickness.
Slight dryness.

Drinkabilty - very good beer, goes down easy. Would have several of these anytime.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 22:19:26 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of Orrshow

Alberta (Canada)

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

Appearance – This beer pours a very deep red reminding me of nicely stained and varnished wood. There is a centimeter of off white head and it retains nicely. As the beer goes down it leaves bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell – Up front there is huge aromas of bitter citrus hops. I can smell caramel malts, roasted toffee, and alcohol. There are tiny bits of cherry in there too. A very nice effect.

Taste – This beer tastes wonderful. There is a complex mix of toasted grains, sweet caramel, and toffee. On top of that a slight taste of peat arises and is complimented by a pleasurable toned down alcohol burn. The finish is of crisp citrus hops which bring about a very bitter flavor. In some ways it reminds me of a Barley Wine…especially when it warms.

Mouthfeel – A little prickly from the carbonation but nothing too bad. The body is nice and heavy the way I like it. Finishes somewhat dry.

Drinkability – Very good...as long as you can handle a full bodied and hard hitting beer. For me that’s no problem.

As the bottle states in so many words…this beer is not for the weak. I love huge beers such as this and am very glad I had the opportunity to taste this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 21:20:20 | More by Orrshow
Photo of xymyl


4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to preface this “review” with the fact that I have had this beer so many times that to me it tastes “Arrogant Bastard” flavor. I've been drinking and pushing this beer since early 1999 at the latest. With that said, here’s the half bas’d review.

Appearance: Dark Reddish/Brown

Nose: Caramel, Strong hops with light spice, vanilla pudding

Body: Medium full to full

Flavor: Sweet and bitter, a symphonic battle of hops and malt. Bitter but balanced

Some who are not impressed by this beer forget (or never knew) how important this beer was in convincing other brewers that there was a market for bigger beers. Sure, there are big beers from all over now. But this will always have a place in my heart and my fridge. And its bigger younger (Double) brother will always have a space in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 17:52:01 | More by xymyl
Photo of rick0776


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

22 oz bottle.

a - thick, tan head. nice lacing throughout. dark, reddish brown color.

s - citrus, hoppy smell. stonger after getting closer to the bottom. grapefruit, pine.

t - first impression - hoppy. some sweetness, molasses. dry, hoppy aftertaste.

m - chewy, think feel.

d - like it. aftertaste left me wanting more. probably drank it too fast, cause the abv is hidden fairly well.

great marketing though. def makes you want to believe that you like it, otherwise you must not like beer. nonetheless, this is a great beer. would def have it again. now i need to check out the double and oaked bastard.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 01:58:18 | More by rick0776
Photo of jerrymiller


3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark reddish brown with a nice fluffy tan head that leaves monster amounts of lace behind as it slowly recedes.

Smell has hints of citrus, malt and pine. It is a complex beer.

Taste has some cherry, malt, floral hops. The alcohol doesn't overwhelm, so I guess you chalk it up to being well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth bodied with healthy carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability is good, although complex.

I don't know that ABA could possibly live up to the marketing espoused on the bottle, ie: "you're not worthy."
I enjoy the beers Stone brewseven if their advertising smacks of elitism. ABA is a very nice beer and it is made even better as it is widely available here in Las Vegas.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 21:18:52 | More by jerrymiller
Photo of radshoesbro


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

i'm realizing that i haven't yet reviewed this.

a - a dark red/brown with a big head that vanishes in almost the blink of an eye and leaves behind massive amounts of lace.

s - a floral hop smell with hints of citrus.

t - this is very complex. grapefruit, caramel, maybe a very small amount of chocolate. good hop bitterness.

m - medium bodied with a good all around feel to it.

d - due to the high ABV i wouldn't recommend this as a session beer, but it definately is great if you want to take the edge off.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 17:20:17 | More by radshoesbro
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jupiter in Berkeley.

Pours a dark crimson into one of Jupiter’s hoity-toity pint glasses. Medium thickness whitish head that quickly dissipates. Heavily loaded caramel base with powerful grapefruit and juniper aromas. Blistering hoppiness that manages to not overwhelm the strong caramel body. Some nice toast and roasted character. Wonderfully balanced. Quite impressive really. This beer has a reason to be arrogant. Body is firm. Finish is mouth coating maintaining its outstanding balance. Surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2006 02:19:36 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of OStrungT


4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer many time, and am a little surprised that I have never reviewed it. Oops.

This beer pours a ruby red color with some brown tints to it. It has a thick fluffy light brown head that fades ever so slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a pleasent grassy hop aroma. It has a subtle piney hop aroma also. I detect some citrus aroma also, grapefruit maybe. It also has a slight malty sweet caramel aroma. This beer smells very well balanced.

This beer has a grassy hop flavor. It tastes of grapefruit also. Cascades? They wont tell. It tastes sweet. The balance between malt and hops is very good. The hop flavor might be just a little overbearing though.

This beer is full bodied. It leaves a piney aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

I dont know how good os a session beer this one is. The hoppy flavor, although good, is a little overbearing, making it hard to enjoy too many. Also, the alcohol content is just a little high. This beer is good, but only every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 22:31:55 | More by OStrungT
Photo of brewcrew76


3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky copper with amber hues and an off-white head.

S - Citrus and piney hops, toffee and caramel.

T - A mix of very sweet and very bitter. Pungent piney and grapefruit hops, raisins, caramel. Resiny bitter aftertaste. Complex but it just seems that the bitter and sweet are constantly fighting each other and are never at a nice balance. Slight hint of alcohol.

M - Medium to full body with a good deal of carbonation.

D - Definitely an over the top beer that is enjoyable but it just seems like there is a little too much going on.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 00:47:28 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of kdmorse


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

Arrives glowing orange against the sun setting off in the distance. Topped with 1" of sticky whitish head. Head lingers for quite some time before fading. Leaves amazing lacing all the way down the glass. Smells of hearty hops backed up with with loads of sweet malt. A hop moster, but a balanced hop monster. Chewy in the mouth and light on carbonation. Love to drink it, but it is a workout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2006 23:04:19 | More by kdmorse
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - deep ruby red color, small white head that stuck around, decent lacing, fairly transparent

s - fruity and very hoppy, you can tell from the smell that this is going to have some intense hoppy bitterness, not much alcohol detectable

t - as the smell suggested, very hoppy with a bitterness that lingers nicely, some fruits and perhaps piney notes in there as well, the alcohol was not very evident

m - medium body, medium carbonation, dry on the finish

d - very drinkable, this is a beer that I could drink all night, the taste is pretty interesting with the fruity sweetness and hoppy bitterness complementing each other nicely, the alcohol, while there, is not overpowering at all

I wasn't sure the Bastard would live up to all its hype, but it didn't disappoint me. I may have even thought a bit more of it had I not first sampled it after my first experience with FFF Dreadnaught (what a divine beer!). If Stone brews were available in my home area, I would definitely make this one a regular.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 14:26:05 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poors a dark amber-ish color and a nice head...a good word for the color would be carmelized. Scent reminded me of a hazlenut-caramel-malt. Tasted hoppier as the bottle went down..I'm going to leave this one to an occasional after-work choice.
I underestimated this brew...it really kicked my arse.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 00:05:16 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of pibbxtrasucks


4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a rich amber color with a thick head that lingers. Very hoppy aroma. Bold taste with hints of fruit and extreme hoppyness. This beer makes me so hoppy. Good carbonation makes this beer feel good in your mouth. Leaves a bitter aftertaste which is nice. Overall this is one of my favorite beers. If you can get your hands on it, buy it. You will be impressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 03:08:03 | More by pibbxtrasucks
Photo of barknee

New York

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Arrogant Bastard pours a deep burnt caramel color with an impressive chunky-foamy tan colored head. Aromas of fruitcake, pine, juniper, lime zest and candied fruits soar from thy glass. The taste is rich and flavorful, having a warm roasted malt and bitter hop lip-smacking interaction that is truly outstanding. Dangerously easy to quaff, the embedded natural carbonation creates the perfect atmosphere for this turbo-enhanced brew, as this active and dense carbonation carries itself onboard in a perfect way. I have tried a few of Stones’ products and I’ve always felt that they lacked an element of profound complexity. This ale stands out as my favorite to date, having many more layers of complexity, much better in proportion, balance and just a better synthesis of its total parts creating one. This is a fantastic presentation of the style, perhaps the icon.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 00:50:30 | More by barknee
Photo of normZurawski

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This undoubtedly fits into the category of an American Strong Ale, emphasis on the strong part. To be sure, this keeps in line with Stone's tendancy to brew a beer that is more in your face than it is necessarily drinkable. Some people like that, and that's fine. But when it comes to pouring a nice glass of beer on a cool spring evening on a Friday night, this beer kicks you in the flavor nuts with steel tipped boots. This ale takes out a razor blade, scrapes off the top layer of your tongue, and drags its flavor across your taste buds.

I find it an interesting beer. But really, for the hype it's just not all its cracked up to be. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy it. But not enough to do backflips as a lot of people do for this beer. So what is this beer like, anyway?

It's a good looking beer, nice and dark, rich and deep red color in the glass. Aroma is also good, portending a solid beer. Taste is good but over the top, strong in the hops, moderate in the malt, and way too bitter. Mouthfeel is clouded by the bitterness. Due to its extreme nature, this is an average drinkability at best.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 00:25:03 | More by normZurawski
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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