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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,396 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,396
Reviews: 2,765
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 244
Gots: 809 | 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 klewis


4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

On-tap 9/8/06 at 69 Taps - Akron, OH

A: Pours a dark copper color. No head on it when the bartender gave it to me, but that's typical of how the beer is served here. Tons of lacing left on the glass.

S: Big smell of resiny hops.

T: Full-flavored with agressive hop flavors and an intense, crisp bitterness that is oddly refreshing. Interesting and complex taste.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticks like glue to the mouth.

D: A favorite. I'll drink this all night if given the chance.

09-09-2006 13:44:21 | More by klewis
Photo of dickroop


4.38/5  rDev +5%

This is a highly regarded brew of note, and I can see that it's had no shortage of reviewers (!) Still, I found the stuff *on tap* at RFD in Wash., DC, and (IMHO), surely that makes a review worth more, doesn't it?

Served in a pint tumbler, its color reminded me of whiskey, minimal head. But the NOSE was oh so promising, a wonderful hop bouquet, malty with citrus notes.

As for taste, it's concentrated hop goodness, a smooth, grayish, high-octane, mega-IBU, high, loud note of beerness. Well balanced, the malts, and (super) hops all blend well, the alcohol is well concealed. It finishes persistently bitter with lingering grain flavors. Quite satisfying.

Mouthfeel is malt-sticky, massively astringent, a kind of creaminess if beer can be creamy. Full bodied, lots going on here. Drinkability: It sips great, goes down easy, but beware, it kicks.

This is a brew I will be back to again, whenever I can find it.

09-08-2006 01:57:56 | More by dickroop
Photo of Dizzy


3.6/5  rDev -13.7%

Pours reddish brown with creamy off white head that lingers for a while. Aroma is all hops, I know the malt must be there, but I can't detect it. Flavor is complex hop bitterness and flavor, then carmel like malt flavor. The hop bitterness does seem to overwhelm everything else though. Mouthfeel is medium to full with noticeable alcohol burn in my throat after a few drinks. The bitterness seems a bit out of balance for my taste, but its still an ok beer. I think it is a little overrated.

09-05-2006 00:38:52 | More by Dizzy
Photo of RedChrome


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

This pour produced a medium brown color with very nice vibrant red hues. A half inch eggshell colored head stayed a few minutes before shrink to slick the top. Very little carbonation bubbling. Nice wispy clumps of lacing.

A very strong aroma of roasted barley. There is a light wooded scent that reminds me of sawdust. A subtle but pleasing scent of hops was able to be deteted in a second whiff. As it warms a light citrus blend can also be noticed.

Has an initial taste of burnt bread. A finish of the first taste brought a nice hops kick. A very nice second taste had a blend of citurs and woody flavors. Flavor changes as it warms, and runs from what was mention and also includes a light butterscotch and caramel blend. A light alcohol note can be detected as this one finishes on the back of the tongue.

A very nice thick feel in the mouth. A decent kick of carbonation on the tongue helps you appreciate the multitude of flavors. Nice amount of taste hangs on the surfaces.

A fantastic offering. A friend brought me this back from a trip to California, and now, I am begging her to go back. Would go very well to start of with the appetizers at an italian eatery. A nice table cheese, with some bread and red pepper infused olive oil would be heavenly. A must try for anyone with even a moderate appreciation for hops.

09-03-2006 17:57:29 | More by RedChrome
Photo of kkosmoski

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Served from a 22oz. bomber

Appearance - medium brown, bright red if held up to the light, in color with a nice thick, cream-colored head. The head settles down, but remains almost the whole way through. Great stick to the sides of the glass.

Smell - very strong aroma to this beer with many complex smells going on, but I would say that the malt is dominating over the hops in smell

Taste - bitter to start out, I think both from the large amount of hops and fraction of roasted malt in the brew. Malt definately holds up to the challenging bitterness throughout and starts to break though midway and into the finish. The respectable alcohol content also shows its face toward the end. Many different malts in the grain bill.

Mouthfeel - good level of carbonation - not over the top - very full-bodied

Drinkability - Definately do not drink this beer if you are planning on trying anything else in the same session. It is the most strongly-flavored brew I think that I have ever had. Lots of in-your-face flavors going on. A very intimidating beer for drinkers who are used to lighter-bodied and less flavorful brew. I won't be having much in one sitting, although it is a great flavorful beer to end on.

08-29-2006 03:05:20 | More by kkosmoski
Photo of flexabull


4.13/5  rDev -1%

The ever popular Arrogant Bastard.

Deep and dark amber color, with a 1/2 inch thick white head.

Has a smell to me that is similar to a lot of barleywines. Deep dark fig and baked bread smells with a hint of hops. The smell is just toned down a bit from a barleywine.

This beer has an excellent mouthfeel. You taste the flavors all over your mouth, and the finish is long and lingering.

Flavors of piney hops, and slight amount of alcohol, along with a matly fruity somewhat crisp finish.

Certainly a beer you can't go wrong with, but it's best to probably only have one or two.

08-28-2006 02:47:49 | More by flexabull
Photo of peabody


3.58/5  rDev -14.1%

Pours out like ice tea with 1/2 finger of off-white foam which dissapates quickly. No lacing to speak of.
Has an orange/apple peel smell with yeast and malt evident.
First taste is dark and bitter. Very little alcohol is present and the hops are in rare form. Reminds me of a bitter coffee aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is rather bland for a Stone offering. Only the hops remain in the mouth. Other than the hops it remains a very clean aftertaste.
I couldn't see myself drinking too many of these at one sitting but I can see where you might get addicted to this bitterness.

08-26-2006 00:18:14 | More by peabody
Photo of BeerNutta


4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Arrogant Bastard

A = Poured a dark orange/brown colour with a light brown head. Kinda looks as if you mixed fanta with coke.

S = Strong aroma of hops.

T = Initial sweet sugary taste which then gives way to a strong hop taste. Then its hops all the way with a slight caramel backing.

M = Moderately carbonated to give a crisp refreshing feel. Hop bite does give you a kick in the teeth feeling. Leaves a fuzzy coating on your teeth.

D = Very drinkable. But I don't think I could drink too many of these in one session.

08-23-2006 04:04:11 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of rgrace99


4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Big, thick head with lots of lacing. Color was a deep red almost brown and translucent. Aroma was like walking through a pine forest. Taste was a wonderful, sweet malt taste with a strong hop presence in the back of the throat, finishing with a strong hop bitterness. Very easy to put down but dangerous to put back more than one with the high ABV. Awesome, awesome beer!

08-22-2006 15:31:43 | More by rgrace99
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%

Review # 500.

Nice painted bomber. Great, sarcastic "liner notes" (what do you call the "extra" writings on a beer label ?).

Ah, to finally use my Arrogant Bastard glass. Bold red body, excellent clarity. Multiple slow streams of fine carbonation. Four full fingers of oatmeal colored bubbly foam.

Aoma is a thick pine forest, and at the end of the woods, a citrus grove, and down the road in the farmhouse, fresh bread in the oven. Just not as big as I had anticipated.

A stunningly deep, malty, caramelly, semi-sweet chocolate beginning lays down a bedrock foundation. Then, as it seems that last drop of sweet liquid has dropped down the throat, a mushroom cloud of hoppy bitterness seemingly rises out of the gullet, scraping away any sweetness with a gentle abrasive. The bitterness lingers long and proud, like a slowly receding tide on a late summer day.

Solid medium mouthfeel, seems like it wants to get to full but can't quite reach it.

Drinkability is flat out wonderful. Invites long pulls. Be gone in a second if i wasn't deliberately pausing to savor the hoppy afterglows.

Lived up to the hype. Big and balanced, wonderfully constructed. I'll be arrogant and call myself worthy. The beer is worthy too.

08-18-2006 03:59:09 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Estarrio


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Second review. This was the bottled version, while my previous review was on tap.

Appearance is similar to the draft but I found the head to be smaller, with less retention. Same dark, ruby red color.

Aroma seems to have a little less pine. Still a big Christmas tree smell with some sweet malt characteristics to balance.

This is sweeter than the last few bottles I’ve had. I was surprised to find it being just as sweet as the draft version. Have they tweaked the recipe? Tastes of sweet caramel, grapefruit and piney hops. More citrus and less pine than the draft version. A little tamer in my opinion. Very well balanced.

Excellent mouth feel and highly drinkable. I prefer the draft version but this is still a very fine brew.

08-17-2006 01:22:00 | More by Estarrio
Photo of TheLiterati


4.83/5  rDev +15.8%

I’ve enjoyed this ale on several occasions and thought it was high time that I actually review this brew.

Pours an absolutely lovely mahogany with golden highlights, with a rich, tan, two finger high head that dissipates slowly and hangs around in a slightly diminished state for the entire time this brew sits in the glass.

Smells overwhelmingly of grapefruit, with some amazingly scorched, woodsy undertones. Taken individually, none of these aromas would be particularly pleasant, but they work quite well in concert in my glass!

Tastes of big, bad hops with all the characteristics of the aroma translated to the flavor. This is a beer that tells you what it’s made of right up front, and dares to deliver. If you’re a hophead, you will not be disappointed.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and velvety, with just the right amount of effervescence to tickle the palate and leave you absolutely begging for more.

Arrogant indeed!

08-15-2006 04:36:22 | More by TheLiterati
Photo of jimdkc


4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured (from one of the best bottles ever!) a beautiful dark reddish brown with a foamy tan head which formed from an upwards cascade of bubbles. Head was persistent and left thick rings of lace. Easily wins a 5 for appearance.

Aroma was surprisingly subdued hops.

Taste was strongly bitter, yet sweet. Mildly fruity, with some carmel maltiness. Bold piney, citrusy hop flavors. Alcohol becomes apparent as it warms, but is otherwise well hidden. Bitterness and a ghost of the flavor lingers a long while.

Good mouthfeel and body without being syrupy. Just right carbonation.

Easily put away a 22 oz. bomber. Glad to finally learn that I am worthy! Good stuff!

08-15-2006 02:10:22 | More by jimdkc
Photo of nicefix


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Nice 2 finger tan head with various sized bubbles. Good lacing and retension. Dark reddish brown, very attractive.
Lovely smell of deep cherry fruit and hops and some malt.
Taste of fruity hops, cherry malty and a strong bitter finish.

Wow, this stuff is awesome. Very complex and strong in flavor. Don't make the same mistake I did, and make it your first beer in a tasting. It put my palate in a head lock for a while, the taste was just lingering.

Definitely recommended. But be careful, this stuff is pretty hard core.

08-14-2006 19:09:40 | More by nicefix
Photo of jmz62565


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

This pours a dark reddish mahogony with a fluffy medium tan head. A beer that looks hardy with the feel of winter and a roaring fire. The smell has a real hop citrus aroma thats not quite as strong as their IPA, but nice. The taste has a great mix of hop bitterness, sweet malt and spices, cinnamon, pepper, and carmel. The m/f is medium and very well balanced. Some Strong Ales are are way too "syrupy", but this is smooth and it hides the alcohol well. An outstanding beer and I'm glad I finally found a place that sold it.

08-13-2006 02:07:26 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

There is much more cinnamon in this beer than I remember from the first time. This beer pours with one of the most unique cascading effects that I have seen since Boddington's. Generous head that lingers for a long time. The smell, as stated, as much cinnamon with a hint of plums and candied fruits. A great amount of carbonation that lets the taste sit and develop on your tongue before going down. Overall a tremendous brew.

08-12-2006 01:58:07 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of stephendr


4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Dark brown hue with a tint of red –nice tan head, small bubbles – nose hops, French vanilla coffee grounds –hops, dark roast coffee taste – raw palate- aftertaste hops and coffeeDark brown hue with a tint of red –nice tan head, small bubbles – nose hops, French vanilla coffee grounds –hops, dark roast coffee taste – raw palate- aftertaste hops and coffee

08-12-2006 01:23:29 | More by stephendr
Photo of Iguana


3.65/5  rDev -12.5%

Appearence - Poured an amber/reddish color with a 1 inch very frothy head.

Smell - Smell is citrusy, piney hops, very strong hop aroma.

Taste - Seems kinda average, a bit sweet, a bit bitter, citrusy hops. Seemed quite similar to an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Clean, crisp, refreshing. A bit syrupy sweet.

Drinkability - Could down a few of these in a night, but I dunno, I found this to be nothing special so I prolly wouldnt do that.

08-11-2006 06:41:17 | More by Iguana
Photo of AndoBrew


3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

*I like it would buy again*

it has a wonderful color a blood ruby with brownish hues .. glows when held to light, cream colored 2 finger head ..lacing

smell some booze and carmelly chewy malts, they just smell yummy.also has a nice lil hop garden in the nose, good balance and inviting.

suprised by the flavor, this is my first arrogant bastard, having only had double bastard before, the strong brown ale flavors of darker malts that are ALL OVER the finish is suprising, but very nice, just a really great complex malt taste, that has nuttines, chewyniess, and some roasty stuff, but is in no way on the over sweet side of big malt profiles.. it closes with a hop acidic hit , more on the citrus side of hops, dont really taste big fresh hops, kudos to stone for not making thier strong ale some kind of DIPA,

it seems to be pretty drinkable, it seems to be balanced, and yummy, mouthfeel not good or bad, I feel that the mouth feel on this beer does not add to the experiance..maybe not thick enough.

really good beer, I think I am more a fan of the DB but that is not apples to apples, this is great for what it is, could drink these every day, great session beer. the 22oz is gone very quick, the hops do build some acidity as you close out the 22, but not so much that you cant have a couple more of these treats.

the marketing is way off though, this beer is a mild weak puppy, especially compared to what the bottle claims : )

08-08-2006 08:04:34 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of BeerSox


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

1.6 Pint bottle, with a clear label holding a white gargoyle (lookin' arrogant).

Deep red color, on the edge of brown. The head is average, a tan creamy color. Leaves a nice cap along with a solid foamy cap. Fantastic lacing is present, it's layered like a cake.

The aromas in the beer are very sublime and enticing. The esters forge a fruity peach scent. This is one of the best smelling beers I have had.

The same peachy tones are on-the-spot in the flavor. The fruity sweetness is complimented by strong hop bitterness, as well as a 7.2% ABV.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. The feel is acidic, yet finishes clean. It's easy to finish the 1.6pt bomber.

Drink one, or drink five, it doesn't matter. On a warm day, or on a cold day, this one is guaranteed to hit the spot. This beer unequivocally deserves to be arrogant.

08-07-2006 03:38:33 | More by BeerSox
Photo of FlyFisher2782


4.58/5  rDev +9.8%

Wow, this one lives up to its hype. Served from a bomber.

Pours a beautiful brown copper color with average 2 finger head.

Never have I had a more well rounded ale. From the moment it hits your mouth there are several flavors that come across, malted caramel, cherries? and very slight citrus of some sort.

Where this ale really earns its stripes is the finish, with so many complex flavors, they have hopped it perfectly to allow them all to be rounded out without an overpowering hop finish.

There is NO WAY this is a 7.2% beer, drinks like an absolute dream, smoothest ale I have had to date.

I bought a case after my 1st one.

Anyone have any double bastard they want to trade?

08-05-2006 01:41:26 | More by FlyFisher2782
Photo of dhchatfield


4.8/5  rDev +15.1%

Bomber received in trade from SkinnyElvis. Chilled for 10 minutes out of the cellar. Much anticipated...I've been waiting for this one. An early out from work on a Friday with no Wife or Kids in the house seemed like the time.

A- Pours a beautiful copper/dark brown, very little head, moderate lacing.

S- Like a mild Barleywine. I admittedly have no experience with this style, but I know it smells damn good!

T- Wow! I now want to have much more experience with this style. Hops for sure, malt, caramel and much more. My palate is not yet educated enough to identify the complex forces at work here. A good clean bitter finish.

M- Very broad, but not thick, oddly enough, thinner as it warms in my Duvel tulip.

D- More more more!!! Can I say more????

In a word...FABULOUS. This will become a regular. Thanks to the european BA's that included this one in their best of the world tasting a few weeks ago for steering me towards this fine beer. And thanks to BA for opening the world of beer to me.

I am so excited to find a new style that I love!

Ain't beer grand?

08-04-2006 23:12:11 | More by dhchatfield
Photo of Rezzin


4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Pours a deep ruby red / brown with slow rising tiny bubbles coming from the bottom. 2" head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass as I drink.

S - The aroma is more sweet than anything - there is hop aroma there but the sweet malt is the dominant smell. Caramel, fruits, hops... it's all there.

T - It's sweet, fruity, and hoppy in a complex but very appealing way. The funny thing is I had this beer about a year ago and didn't really care for it - I've since become more of a hophead and now this tastes incredible. Funny how a palette can change like that. Sweet in the front, maybe a little roastedness in the back and as I breath out - I get cherry like fruit flavor/aroma's in my mouth. The hops are definitely there and the bitterness rounds out the sweet malts nicely.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat of a creamy texture to it. Carbonation is moderate.

D - This is a great tasting beer. You'll zip through 22oz before you know it. I'm glad I gave this another shot - it's definitely one of my favorites now.

08-03-2006 04:21:07 | More by Rezzin
Photo of Phocion


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

I found this in my "cellar" along with a couple '05 RIS's, so I have no idea how old it is. Pours a very dark crimson head with a thick beige head that slowly fades away into light lacing around the glass.

Smells of rich caramel malts followed by the bitter citrusy hops that this beer is known for.

Yes, the hops in this are almost overwhelming, but this is truly a well-balanced brew, with the sweet roasted/caramel hops just as strong. The fact that both flavors can both be so rich, yet coexist peacefully (and deliciously) with one another is what makes this brew such a legend.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, but the drinkability suffers due to the strength of the hops. Although not nearly as bitter as the Ruination IPA, this is definitely one for the hopheads. Would recommend this one to anyone who thinks they are "worthy."

08-02-2006 04:06:59 | More by Phocion
Photo of MusicmanSD


4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

Simply put one of the best, most complex beers I have ever tasted. The appearance is amazing. Dark, ruby red/brown tint with a caramel colored head that leaves uber Belgian-like amounts of lacing and never dissipates throughout being drunk. Probably has the best head retention I've ever seen out of a pint glass. The smell is actually pretty sweet, not bitter like the bottle and company suggests. Very cocoa and caramel like. The taste is the amazing part. The 7.2% is very well hidden leaving you to actually be able to scarf some arrogance down fairly fast, but why would you do that anyways?...Many, many different flavors bombarding your mouth at once. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, but not sticky, which is perfect for me. Creamy once you get to the head. In fact, about the last 1% of the pour is pure cream. Awesome. Drinkability is damn good for how strong this beer is. There are just so many good aspects it’s amazing. Everyone must try this. Gotta love the bottle too!

07-31-2006 18:43:38 | More by MusicmanSD
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,396 ratings.