Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 9,293
Reviews: 2,837
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 300
Gots: 1,325 | FT: 7
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Photo of craftaholic
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a bomber into a sampler glass. Pours a hazy amber/brown hue with a nice 2 finger head that leaves behind some serious lacing.

Smell: Chock full of hops and toasted grains, there is a hint of fruit and esters.

Taste: Such a rich and complex brew that goes down smooth. Starts off with a caramel malty slickness which intertwines with a buttery cornhusk dryness which is then kicked into high gear with a massive wallop of herbaceous hops to round it out. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, caramel, roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and carbonated, in a nice balanced way. Leaves behind a "bastard was here" bitter stamp but then fades away into a coffee/sweetness.

Drinkability: Goes down so easily for a 7.2 abv, i accept the challenge to continue drinking.

Overall: A staple from the stone brewery with good reason, this brew has it all from malt to hop. You're not worthy

Photo of merryjoulton
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep majestic copper with a nice tan head that laced thickly down the sides of the glass. Smell is strong, piny, sticky, hoppy, resiny, malty, yeasty, clean, refined, wonderful. Taste is very bitter and very balanced. The bready malts are right there on the tails of the hops. Mouthfeel is thick and substantial, and drinkability is good.

Photo of deapokid
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decided to sit down with a classic and give it the full once over.

Pours a thick and commanding off-white head. Deep amber color seems a bit too candied and pretty for what this complex beer has in store, but it certainly looks fruity and enticing.

Scent boasts a rich, malty character with hops immediately stepping forward. Notes of tart citrus fruit and a confrontational dryness are also present.

Taste is citrusy, dry and hoppy. The conclusion packs a nice maltiness and, as it warms, the hop character takes a back seat to a buttery richness. A nice grapefruit bitterness peaks out towards the end of the glass and I totally love the fact that this brew doesn't totally rely on hops for its flavor profile. Complex and innovative.

Upon first taste, the liquid sizzles on the front of the tongue and gradually dries out as it moves along. The aftertaste is decidedly citrusy and floral, while never being wimpy or over spiced.

For a beer with 7.2% alcohol and a wide range of bold flavors, I'm quite impressed with its chugablity (which would be more commonly associated with a pale ale).

This is a profound beer that lives up to all the hoopla and the essay on the bottle is an arrogant call to arms for all craft brew fans.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into Nonic Pint Glass
A - Poured a dark ruby reddish color with a huge off-white head

S - caramel malt aroma strongest followed up with grapefruit, hops

T - caramel malt, brown sugar, citrus hop background

M - medium thick mouthfeel

D - Yes damn drinkable, it was delicious. it was pretty strong, but i thoroughly enjoyed it.
I'm glad I got to try this one from Stone, can't wait till they come to Louisiana and I can enjoy this more often.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap while in San Diego on a quick Labor Day vacation (sadly was not able to go to Stone itself).

Appearance - When given to me, it was a deep copper color with about an inch of head and nice lacing.

Smell - Smells of pine, citrus, fruits. I get made fun of by my fiancée for smelling the beer in the restaurant we are in.

Taste - Complex and relatively consistent with the smell. I am expecting the "oaked" arrogant bastard taste seeing as that is the only arrogant bastard I have ever had before and I love dearly. The non-oaked is pretty flavorful on its own surprisingly. A bit more bitter from the hops than I remember from the oaked, but nonetheless pretty good.

Mouthfeel - The feel is nice, medium bodied. You can taste the hop oils and alcohol on the tongue and the carbonation lends quite nice to the appropriate thickness.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable indeed. I had a pint of this and was going to get another but have been wanting to try SA Octoberfest on tap so I held out. Overall quite nice and better than I was expecting seeing as I hold the Stone Oaked AB so highly!

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

Poured from a bomber into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/caramel color with a large, thick tan head. The head disperses slowly, with all kinds of lace. Actually the head disperses VERY slowly, it starts quickly but then seems to stop. Lots of foam and lots of lace.

Smell: Hops all around. Does have a slightly toasty-sweet malt aroma, but mostly I can smell nutty and floral hops with hints of grapefruit.

Taste: Begins with an apple-like sweetness, finishing very bitter and nutty. Hints of buttered toast and, as the smell suggested, grapefruit. Notes of alcohol as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than what I expected, but still has a medium body. Very smooth and the alcohol warms you right up.

Drinkability: Definitely a beer I would have again and it is no wonder that I have heard so much about this beer from both BA users and friends of mine who enjoy good brews. If you haven't tried this yet, do it immediately- I feel stupid for not buying this one sooner.

Photo of CBlack85
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: this beer pours a ruby color with about two fingers worth of foamy head. A fair ammount of lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Smell: This beer has a definate hoppy citrus smell. Very complex, I can barely smell the alcohol aroma until the beer warms up abit.

Taste: Hoppy initial taste with a grapefruit hint on the back of your tongue. A slightly malty undertone.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation, fairly smooth

Drinkability: Once you have started with this beer it is very difficult to switch gears and drink anything else. A very big beer, although I think I still prefer Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

"You are not worthy"...Indeed

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

I've had an oaked bastard on tap before, but never the OG bastard. Can't beat the price @ under $5 for a bomber .

A- Poured from 22oz bottle into wide snifter. A rich caramel color is shimmering and looks amazing. A frothy tan head settles nicely.

S- This is a hoppy beer, for sure. Classic Cali hops bombard the nose. A malty richness is there, but is hard to separate from the huge hop boat.

T- Wow. This beer is no joke. A huge hop wallop is counterpunched by an amazing, rich, deep malt. This is almost like 'beer extract', by far one of the most flavorful beers I've ever had. Compared to my notes from the Oaked version, this one is a lot more 'in the raw' as far as flavors go. Fantastic.

M- Fantastic, awesome, great, amazing... I could go on. This is a world-class beer.

D- moderate though enjoyable. This beer grabs you by the throat and demands to be enjoyed. At 7% it's not the strongest one you'll have, but the flavors are so intense you have no choice but to bow down and drink it at a slow pace. A world-class brew.

Photo of coldwarkid
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 22oz bomber into a tulip. Pours a brick red, slightly brown hue with ruby tones when held to the light. Three fingers of tan, creamy head, leaving lacing on the glass as it settles a bit.

Smell: amazingly sweet and complex. This beer has a shit ton of different aromas. Mango, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, tangerine, some malt sweetness. As the beer warms, a slightly peppery alcoholic aroma comes forth.

Taste: Not as complex as the smell would indicate, although still exceptional. The sweetness of the malt gives a very nice caramel/brown sugar backbone that provides a backdrop for the HUGE citrus/pine bitter flavours from the hops. Alcohol taste is present, but becomes more prominent as the beer warms.

Notes: though i am thoroughly impressed with the caramel/brown sugar malt flavours in the presence of this wonderful hop onslaught, the alcohol is a bit too pronounced, affecting the drinkability and taste as the beer warms. so drink it fairly cold!

Photo of Cylinsier
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint 6 oz bottle.

The appearance is light reddish brown with a cherry red glow when held up to the light. Basically clear. Small film of a head.

Smells of bitter hops and maple syrup and something like green wood.

Initial taste is mildly malty sweet and mostly just a fresh barley taste. The dry hops are very pronounced immediately after the first part of the taste subsides and they stay through the aftertaste. There's also a slight brown sugar sweetness accompanying the hops.

Mouthfeel is thick but mildly coarse from a subtle carbonation that is present but doesn't bubble in your mouth. Goes down very smooth.

Delicious but a bit too hoppy for me personally. A must try for all but will appeal to hop heads more than others. Not to say this beer is especially hoppy; there are much hoppier beers, but it does make the hop presence known.

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

From draft at Pete's Apizza (DC).

Appearance = Nice reddish brown color. A few dispersed carbonation bubbles. Solid two finger's worth of light tan head that goes down to beer algae. Nice lacing.

Smell= Very piney smell. Some hops in there. Caramel and hints of sweet malt. A little citrusy smell.

Taste = Like the smell but a bit less malty and a bit more hoppy. Grapefruit and hops dominate, but there's a nice malty backbone.

Mouthfeel = Low to medium amount of carbonation. Gets smoother as it warms. Medium to heavy body.

Drinkability = I first reviewed this beer on 4-19-2008. At that point, I hated hoppy and/or bitter beers. That has really changed, and now I love them. So, while back then I said this beer was too bitter for my taste, now I think it's just right.

Photo of PerroGrande
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a mildly hazy amber with a tan head that laces quickly.

Smell: Complex and interesting! I pick up some grapefruit overtones, hops, and some malt.

Taste: Also very interesting and complex. Nicely bitter, but malt hangs around the edges and provides some balance. I detect some hints of coffee and grapefruit in the taste. The finish is long-lasting

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with light carbonation.

Drinkability: I could definitely have a few more of these! At 7.2 ABV, this isn't going to go quietly, though! I think this beer would be and outstanding complement to strongly flavored foods. Its strong and interesting character could stand up to any spicy or rich food.

Photo of dbossman
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark amber color with nice head; thin lacing

S: A nice, woody scent with subtle grapefruit; there is also a bit of a biscuit smell

T: Quite malty/caramel; even a little coffee smell. Much more malty than I expected

F: Creamy with a nice mouthfeel; the alcohol is a bit much on the way down--even burning a bit

D: Okay but a bit too strong to drink much of in a night.

Photo of guinness310
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: a very dark reddish amber and body, supports an off-white dense head with mild head retention.

S: hoppy and clove-like phenolic scents entice my nose.

T: WoW! so much hop! in such a good way. great lacing. its got a wonderful creamy feel to it. the bitter at the end slightly stands out more than the boldness at the beginning and the middle of the drink. definitely stimulates the mouth as it claws its way down your palate with a hoppy kick at the end... definitely a great session beer for Hop-Heads!

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

Poured into a pint glass.

I need more of this beer.

Pours a deep ruby color...It looks like the walls of rich sophisticated mans library. An offwhite 1 finger fluffy head is great too. Lacing is sticky and stays clinging to the glass all the way through.

Smell is really citrusy with an apparent malt presence. The hoppy smells are there such as light light floral notes but theyre hard to detect.

Taste is freakin arrogant bastard indeed. Vicious flavors of hoppy bitterness along with that light citrusy finish. definite one of the more aggresive tastes ive had.

Mouthfeel is great. Very nicely carbonated not too thin and not too thick. Perfect constistancy for this the style.

Drink this beer everyday and youll be satisdied for the rest of your days.

Photo of riotom
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep and complex without being overwhelmingly heavy. Great oak and spice mix, but subtle enough not to be overwhleming. This has become my favorite beer - as it works on wintery cold nights and I've even stretched it to be drinkable during water volleyball in 103 degree temperature without feeling too heavy or out of place. The marketing is brilliant and is always a conversation starter.

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

22oz silkscreened bomber into duvel because well I love the glass.

Appearance: Nice rocky off-white brownish head. Which takes a while to dissipate into a nice thick soapy lacing that clings to the glass. Ruby/Dark reddish brown that is only slightly translucent when held up to light.

Smell: Dark caramel and toasted malt, dark fruits and a high level of hopping.

Taste: Toasted malts give off a carmaley taste, followed by floral and slightly fruity esters revealing cherries and other dark fruits. The fruity esters create a sweetness in this beer that is quickly cut by coarse hops. It really makes a great juxtaposition between sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel: For being such a dark color and so full of flavor the mouthfeel is actually really light. But this light and pleasant mouthfeel is cut by the distinct bitterness of hops.

Drinkability: This beer dares you to drink it. It tells you won't like it. Part of its arrogance is that it is a fantastic beer. It has some complexity but its not too much to take it. Arrogant bastard has a huge character. It may tell you that you're not worthy and you may not be. But drink it anyway, you'll love it.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured in an Imperial pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque, has some ruby tones to it. Has a a nice small fluffy head that's staying. Very sweet malty aroma with a bit of earthy/hoppy notes to it.

The taste is slightly boozy for it's 7.2abv, but also really malty. An awesome strong ale, it's got a lot of complexity to it that comes out more and more with each sip. Looking forward to comparing this to the oaked version.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this beer I was definitely unworthy and incapable of appreciating its full worth. I decided to wait to review it until after I had had it a few more times. Had the other two members of the Bastards, double and oak-aged, and finally came back to this one. Times, and my taste buds, have definitely changed.
A: Dark, reddish, brown pour into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Long lasting light tan head which leaves copious lacing on the glass.
S: Some hops and some dark fruit on the nose.
T: This is one hell of a beer on the tongue. Hops and malt form an inseparable synthesis on the front end, a bit of bready/biscuity malt in the middle, and a two stage bitter, hoppy finish. The finish subsides to the point that you think it's over with and then you get an extra shot of grapefruit hop bitterness. Bitter chocolate becomes more and more prominent and some roasted porter-like accents emerge as the temperature warms up.
M: Lush silky mouthfeel which is rounded off by some understated carbonation.
D: I shared this bomber with someone special and I'm very glad I did because I brought another convert over to the Bastard, but I could easily have finished this on my own(and have done so in the past). For a beer of its strength it is way too easy to drink.
The original dark, hoppy ale from Stone, the first of several. Every time I drink this beer I taste different things, and no, my lips are NOT moving as I write this, but my mouth is watering at the thought of second bottle I still have.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a rich 3-finger tan head that has good retention and leaves lots of nice lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus with a spicy presence in the back.

Hops hit hard at the first sip, spicy, piney, citrusy all there. Some hints of brown sugar come in at the finish. Not exactly balanced nor is it really intended to be, but more malt presence than they would have you believe.

Meidum bodied, fairly smooth. Drinkability is a little hard to rate for this one, its gotta be a matter of how accustomed you are to this kind of stuff. I've given tastes to the so-called "fizzy yellow" beer drinkers described on the label and they weren't too thrilled...but personally I love this stuff. So if you've ever had anything even slightly on the extreme side, this shouldn't be too overwhelming. Definitely a keeper in my book.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into tulip

A -- Mahogany with a ridiculously impressive off-white/tan 2 finger head that just laced perfectly

S -- I took a whiff of the bottle after opening and I got a sweet malt nose but when poured into the glass the piney hops jumped out nicely

T -- Wow. Definitely a complex brew. Malt upfront with a brown sugar and spice flavor followed almost immediately by the hops screaming for attention. The bitterness numbs my tongue for a moment but the malt makes one more appearance before the taste dissipates and I'm more than ready for my next swig.

M -- Fairly heavy on the palette with moderate carbonation. I typically enjoy a bit more carbonation with a beer that has a pronounced bitterness as this, but in this case the carbonation is perfectly suited to the tastes.

D -- Delicious and will become a staple. I'm not sure how I would follow this one up on a night of heavy beer tasting as it definitely does a number on the taste buds, but I suppose having to stick with this through a night isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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

How exciting i havent had this since i dont know when

a- very dark red color like blood or port with an off-white cream head that goes big and takes its sweet fluffy time receding. it sticks in a thick spider-web fashion all over the sides. The dense fluff in the head does not give up and it leaves a shelf to mark every sip.

s- amazing so far and sublime, early on piney citrus that gives way to bitter malty and arrogant outstanding pear and grapefruit. edit- i found some biscuit later on.

t- It makes me want to cry so delicshhh. that same pine and grapefruit, they finish dry before bread toasted to the medium setting ending very bitter, i wish someone would tell me the IBU's.

palate- crisp and lightly carbonated and leaves the lightly oiled and bitter but with desire for more

d- it is heavy and very bitter sumwhat filling, no hint of the alc, it gets away from me because the taste is excellent. BOW down to the gargoyle that protects this beer.

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

A: Rich, dark amber body with an off white creamy head. Great lacing.

S: Hops - pine forest and citrus, particularly grapefruit. Spices.

T: Hop bitterness is actually quite mild upfront but really kicks in towards the end. Pick up some spiciness and malts in there - but hard to determine once the bitterness takes over.

M: Medium body.

D: Not quite as Arrogant as i expected. Yes, it's hoppy and decidedly unbalanced, but it's a lot more drinkable than the name or the description on the back of the bottle suggests.

Photo of sbw138
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fantastic dark copper color with a solid 2 finger head of a nice tan color.

Amazing, complex smell. Really gets you excited for the beer.

Phenomenal taste. Right away you can tell there was some time put into this beer. As the bottle indicates, this beer isn't for the faint of heart. Some real intense tastes.

I consider this beer to be the staple of an American Strong Ale. It reminds be of a fantastic American IPA that was taken to the next level. Try this, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of movingtrain
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This may be one of the most hyped beers I've sampled as of late.

Pours a nice brown-amber color with a good head and decent lacing. It's interesting that this is one of Stone's flagship beers, as this is one of the less hoppy beers I've come across from them.

Smells of pine, brown sugar, plum, our apple, chocolate malts, dried fruit, cinnamon, fine spices...

Tastes very tart, malty, dark sugars, vanilla, cherry...almost along a German beer style...very malty...hops come through in the flavor, but do not overpower the fragile malt flavors residing in this beer. Some taste of banana, clove, cinnamon, light chocolate flavors.

Overall, this is a great beer. Well balanced and delicious. There is a lot of flavor here, and I like that this beer is not completely overpowered by big hoppy overload. The flavor holds up and the beer is quite drinkable.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,293 ratings.