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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,546 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,546
Reviews: 2,894
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
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Gots: 1,645 | FT: 11
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000

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Ratings: 9,546 | Reviews: 2,894
Photo of Pedro07
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had this one for a long time, so I picked up a cheap bottle at the local.

A- Pours a nice deep, rusty amber hue, producing a 1+ finger light tan/white head. Falls, but gives nice lacing.

S- I get some modest hops here. I can tell this one will be flavorfull. While the smell is lighter, I get the full range, oily-hops oders, a lot of earthiness and pine-notes, even a little citrus.

T- Oooh yes, I get hops. A nice surprise I did not remember is how balanced this guy is. I can get some sweet malt on the initial taste. It's very balanced. With the taste, I don't get any citrus in the hop. Rather, there is grassiness, earthiness, and some pine. A nice change from a floral, citrus bombs I've had lately.

M- This guy is good. It has a little weightiness on the palate which is nice. Plenty of carbonation to boot.

D- This is where this guy shines. Full flavor, great mini-session beer. Feel free to pull a couple back and enjoy.

This beer is a great value. I just thought I'd re-state the obvious. A bomber costs me $4.99, for that price that's almost two pints at home, compared to one (or less) at a bar.

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

A - Poured a dark reddish brown that produced a sulte tan head that retained well and left good lace around the glass

S - Hops and malts are bold, with some light fruits and brown sugar

T - Hoppy upfront, some malty backbone, sweet brown sugar and gingerbread

M - Smooth, medium bodied, mildly carbonated

D - Very good beer, my introduction to Stone, and this is something I can't wait to enjoy during Saints games, happy or sad

Photo of APNumber3
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Glassware: .5 liter mug

Appearance: Pours amber/bronze. 1 finger head is off white in color, creamy in consistency. Decent lacing left on glass.

Aroma: Hints of vanilla and citrus.

Taste: Hop bitterness starting out, hints of grapefruit. Bitterness is balanced out by some sweet maltiness. I taste vanilla and gingerbread flavors in the malts. Then, more hops, bitter like black licorice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, yet kinda dry.

Drinkability: Very hoppy, but balanced. A very good beer.

Overall: This stuff is really good. Not something I would drink every night. But for a cool winter's evening (if there can be such a thing in S. Florida) you could do alot worse that putting away a bomber of Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just had this on tap at Old Chicago. I've had it before but I was very happy to find this on tap tonight so I thought I'd review it!

A: It poured a very deep red or mohagany.

S: Lots of malty sweetness, and a bit of hops with something sweet

T: I quickly figured out the sweetness I couldn't pinpoint. It seemed to me to be some vanilla. I read some others and nobody else seemed to get this. But I did, also, there was a touch of hops, and of course malty goodness. Not nealry the hops I had expected.

M: Smooth as silk!

D: I could drink a bunch of these but the price held me back which is fine with me. Very good!

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

An excellent beer at a great price, can usually pick up a bomber for under $5 even at grocery stores.
Pours a dark copper all over my state issued laptop. seriously. my Dell is now going to smell like ale, and I will have explaining to do, fortunately none got on the keyboard, mostly the power cord...Back to topic, dark copper with large head, partly due to the fact that it is warmer than it should be. Smells hoppy, yummy, and a bit nutty, and taste is as named, bitter, but not as bitter as advertised. A bit creamy and full bodied, heavy carbonation. A must.

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

FINALLY available in the Florida Panhandle, on tap at Hopjacks. Into a pint glass. Hazy bronze pour beneath a one-finger head that fades slowly leaving a solid cap and heavy, clinging lace all the way down. Great looking brew. Nose dominated by grapefruit-citrus hops with some malt sweetness. Balances out a bit as it warms. No real alcohol scent. In the mouth, this one is all about the citrus hops, with pink grapefruit barely balanced against a malt backbone. Oddly tasty sugary-bitter finish, finally with hints of the 7.2% ABV. Mouth is semi-viscous with low yet present carbonation keeping things smooth yet crisp. Drinkability is very good; it's great tasting but obviously packs a punch. I could probably only manage a couple of these.

Overall: I was quite pleased with my first experience with Arrogant Bastard Ale. Is it a bit over hyped? Probably, but it's a solid brew nonetheless and definitely a new favorite.

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

A-This Arrogant Bastard poured a dark red color with a 1" light brown thick and sticky head.

S-The smells of heavy oily hops with a hint of booze,hit my nose about a foot away from my face.

T-Taste was a nice hoppy front with some roasted malts in the background but then the hops overtake all in a good way.

M-It had a almost creamy feel at first with a dry hoppy finish that leaves you craving more.

D-This was my first offering from Stone and I'm not let down at all.This is not for the weak,if you don't enjoy a hoppy/bitter beer leave it for me!

Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red with a great fluffy head. Insane amount of lacing is just coating the entire rim of the glass. Smells of sweet apricot malt, caramel, fruity/floral hops. Tastes of caramel malt sweetness, some tropical fruits followed by a huge earthy bitterness. Finishes pretty sweet, a nice carbonation throughout.

Wow, a very strong beer that hits you across the face. Unbelievable hops with a nice caramel malt profile for balance. Just a great beer.

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

I finally picked up a bomber of this so I could find out just what I'd been missing.

A: Deep mahogany with nice clarity and fairly active carbonation from small bubbles. Big and tight cream head has excellent retention and leaves a heavy lace.

S: Heavy on the citrus with grapefruit and lemon. As the nose lingers, the aromas of molasses and dark fruits sneak through.

T: Citrus hops dominate out of the gate. Grapefruit and lemon aromas carry through to the flavor. Malt comes on with a thick layer of molasses and burnt oak. Finishes tart and dry. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth going down.

M: The silky smooth medium body is plagued by a bit too much carbonation.

D: I really liked this. It grew on me as I drank it. Not a beer to hurry through. Doing that would cut short the complexities that emerge over the whole experience.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got the chance to try it and I want not dissappointed. One of the best extreme in the world.

appearance: deep dark brown, loaded head and creamy froth. Was beautiful

smell: large hint of hops, and nutty smell

taste: rich and slight nutty roasted flavors, good balance of flavors but not overwhelming as I expected.

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: quality and the name is prefect.

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

Glowing reddish color, strong cloudiness, pours a huge inch plus head that takes its sweet time dissolving, very lacey, residue sticks to the glass insides. Bitter hoppy and grainy nose, develops a semi-sweet character without a true source, golden raisins, pine tar, texturally feels like it slowly coils and uncoils in your nostrils. Dry and packs a wallop entering the mouth, bitters, orange peel, roasted grains, verges on grassy at moments. Raisins, cherry pits, peach fuzz, the fruit is there but sneaky. It's undeniably complex and feels like it would taste different bottle to bottle. Not a beer you can drink while out gossiping with the girls.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark, translucent brownish-red color with a fairly large, frothy and creamy light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S: Sharp citric and floral hops, with considerable toasted grain sweetness. Loads of fruity esters and definitely some alcohol to boot.

T: Toasty caramel malt sweetness is accompanied by big floral and orange/grapefruit hop flavors. Starts off slightly sweet and more citric, but a long, riding floral bitterness takes hold. Some faint herbal notes and again, fleeting fruitiness here and there. A rough, lingering, alcoholic bitterness rides into the aftertaste. I get a bit of coffee and grain lurking around as well.

M: Medium-full in body, with light carbonation. A creamy, smooth mouthfeel with a big drying bitter finish. An oily, resiny character is well.

D: Well, as expected, this is one aggressive beer. Obviously the hops run away with this one, but there's actually a very sturdy malt backbone, which is something that many beers like this seem to miss. This one isn't real easy to drink, but it is very enjoyable. Worthy of the hype, in my opinion.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/no freshness date

P: Deep copper from the bottle, sits plum/ deep burgundy-tinted amber in the glass. Hard pour produced barely a 1-fingered head that is light tan in color, thick & creamy, and settled to a thin film on top. It did disappear quickly, though, but left strings of lace behind. Quite the ominous-looking ale!

A: Freshly-baked, toasted wheat bread type of malt, creamy caramel, citrusy hops, some wood, smoke, and alochol. Damn, this is definitely intriguing.

T: Flavor definitely stands up to the nose. I was afraid that the flavor wouldn't be as interesting as the aroma is, but I'm glad to see otherwise. Thick, toasted, bready malt covered in creamy caramel & a kiss of chocolate, wrapped in slightly woody smoke, backed by a citrusy hop attack full of grapefruity flavors that pretty much stay under the malts while still making their presence well-known. That beautiful flowers' flavor profile is considerably more pronounced in the dry finish along with alcohol. Nice warming effect in the chest!

M: Full-bodied, creamy & rich, viscious yet smooth. Perfectly carbonated for a subtle "bite" on the tongue.

D: Are you sure that this is only 7.2% ABV? Wow, this is kicking my ass! Don't know about anymore than 2 of these in one night.

Notes: Yet another winner from the geniuses at Stone Brewing. The signature beer in a series of brews that all possess that same bold, in-your-face type of full flavor that one has come to expect. The sheer brashness of their attitude towards brewing better beer than anyone else really shines through with this one!

Photo of fingerlaker
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Quite good.

First off, if you don't like bitter beers, stop reading now. Do not try it. It's quite bitter; not IPA or barleywine levels but it's there.

The pint my barkeep handed me had a big head with large bubbles. It's a deep crimson red with little sediment floating through it unlike a porter.

The smell is world-class. The hops are so floral, it was like walking through a field. I didn't notice fruit like some others did.

From the first tiny sip the Bastard will command your tastebuds. It takes control and you're just along for the ride. There are SO many flavors from this four-ingredient beer, where do I start? Big roasted notes. Raisins. Tons of bittering hops. A wee beef(!) note.

The beer turns your tongue into a mosh pit, waking up every tastebud with a M-80.

Drinkability... It can get a bit grating after a while. Arrogant Bastard is like big fat friend you have that is fun to be around because he's low brow and unpolished simpleton. He's funny at first, but after a few hours you're left with a farting, belching, swearing heap that checks out your girlfriend's breasts a little bit too much. It was similar with the Bastard, the demanding flavor got too extreme after a while, making me wish for something lighter.

In all, I enjoyed my experience with the Bastard.

P.S. I tried it in bottles and draft. It's better draft.

Photo of Bootscraper
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have heard so much about this infamous beer, and even had the privilege of sampling some a while back. Reminded me of a stout and IPA hybrid... I thought it was tasty enough for me to go pick one up for myself to review.
Served a hair over 50 degrees F in Pint Glass, listening to Genghis Tron's "Dead Mountain Mouth". Let's just say that my mouth is not dead after this hell of a beer.
The pour produced a full 1cm light tan creamy head. It shrank to just a very very thin (almost non-existent) layer after just a few lengthy minutes, but it stayed until the bottom of my glass. The lacing was patchy but there was a good amount of it, and a bit of it stuck around for a very long time.
The smell is mellow, but pure hops that are slightly sharp (almost pine-y). It's also pretty "warm" too, in other words, either roasted or Dark fruit scents were accompanying all those hops. There may also be some flowery characteristics of a typical ale that were trying to be known in my nose.
The taste, also, is translated simply as "hops". Now it is at the tongue , yes, they definitely are roasted. Not too much though, like, say, a stout. There may also be some semi-sweet caramel nuances in here, but if so, it just blends with the roasted/smoked flavors. It is a little alcoholic, but that is typical of a strong ale (duh), and the flavor is very consistent from sip to finish. What wins me over though, is the epic aftertaste. It doesn't matter if I already put my glass down and started writing some more notes, I am still drinking this thing. One sip, and you are tasting those hops for a good 10 minutes.
In the mouth, that flavor is made amazing by the fact that this a full-bodied beer. And hey, it's also very smooth, and a just little bit sticky. Great carbonation levels as well. Love it!
I like how personal the huge ass bottle is as far as drinkability goes, but I can see how it could be intimidating to some. Thankfully, they sell this in smaller 6 packs now.
Not much else I can say about this beer... just a very straight-forward design executed with great brilliance and attention to detail.
I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a very hoppy ale to knock them on their ass.

Photo of MashMouth
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was pleasently suprised by the crispness of this beer. The ballance of this beer is exelent, one would deem this as a stong ale by first tast alone. There is not a stong alchohl flavor. The hops give this beer a crisp flavor. This is a very good beer and I see myself driking it time and time again.

Photo of latercol
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a oversized wine glass. Deep, dark amber color. Outstanding Sticky lacing for the duration.(Over 1 Hour) That being said, I did not drink this brew very quickly as it was indeed quite strong. The smell was good... hops mostly. It is a fairly complex beer in taste but the hops clearly dominate here. I will have to try again to pick up on those complexities. Mouth feel was good although a bit syrupy and sticky which hurt the drinkability. One bottle was enough for the night. Overall a very good beer which I will enjoy again.

Photo of pandashaver
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oct 12, 2008
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Dark amber brownish body with light brown / off white frothy head with excellent lacing. Interesting aroma - Citrus, earthy, caramel, toast....overall gentle on the nose...but what a surprise thereafter! Taste is predominant bitter and woody, some spice. Bitter is not in a pale ale or IPA sort of way, and much more aggressive than smooth. Palate is moderatley thick and syrupy residue that lingers a good while. Depth and complexity that leaves you guessing and wanting more...and I will definitely need more in order to put my finger on it.

Photo of beeristhefuture
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt caramels are the overpowering flavor in this beer. It's filling and potent. One almost feels like one is drinking a stout, and should be prepared to be very full after this drink. Otherwise, the gasses and nitrogeny feel make this beer creep across the tongue wonderfully, and the hazelnut aftertaste will make this beer something to be glad to have on a cold winter night.

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

Finally had this on tap at the local bar scene.

Poured a nice rusty ruby reddish color with a ivory colored head with a generous amount of lacing and retention. That head stuck around a long time.

Quite a formidable scent that stings the nostrils (gotta love Anchorman!). Lots of hops and fruits with the delicious smell of alcohol.

This beer is big on the malts and big on the hops. Love the balance between the sweet caramel and toffee goodness coupled with pine and hops makes this quite tasty. Great finish, medium bodied.

Once you get past its strong hop presence, this beer has alot to offer. Good carbonation as well

This is not for lightweights. Arrogant Bastard has a modest drinkability factor due to the strong hops and elevated ABV.

Photo of Bagman007
2.65/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Dark brown/black coloring with not a whole lot of head.

S- Strong hoppy scent. Can also smell the alcohol in this as well.

T- Tastes like pure hops and alcohol. Overpowering hop flavor. Very bitter beer.

M- Extremely bitter. Nothing smooth about this beer.

D- The extreme hoppiness makes this beer a little hard to drink.

Overall I like hoppy beers, but this one just seems a little too hoppy for me.

Photo of RAdragna
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on numerous occasions, and let me say that this beer truly lives up to its name. It's an in-your-face type of beer all-around, from start to finish.

Appearance is reddish oak with an ivory head.

Smell is very aggressive and enticing; it's pretty much taunting at you to try it and not be a wuss.

The taste reminds one of a pure IPA; it gives the tastebuds a good kick in the ass with its strong citrusy and hoppy notes.

Mouthfeel is the same way, although it goes down smoothly.

Strong characteristics make this beer enjoyable, but not something you would want to drink over and over again.

Other than that, I'd highly recommend this beer being a fixture in anyone's fridge.

Photo of robbyc1
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky red amber with a really nice look, good tan head with great lace.

Subdued nose with interesting hops, not arrogant, just right, with a hint of big malt.

Taste has the deep malt, finishes dry, very balanced taste, mouthfeel is heavy with all the carbonation gone into the head, very unusual. Because of the relatively low abv for this type, it's an easy drinker, one I will keep in the fridge as I can find it. Bomber goes down easy. Very heavy but a nice sipper.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just to start off this is maybe one of my favorite beers of all time. I just love everything about this beer. The first time I had this brew was about two years ago and it kicked me in the face and I instantly got hard. I love the brew and I love Stone Brewery for making this brew.

The bottle has the arrogant bastard gargoyle with a pint of brew. Basically this beer tells you how it is, if you don't like beer or drink yellow fizzy crap then don't even bother buying Arrogant Bastard. I will have to agree, if you don't like Arrogant Bastard you should probably start drinking chocolate milk again because your a little boy.

The appearance is a dark red. An almost bloody brew that pours with a two finger head that quickly disappears. No real lacing that is noticeable, but just a faint spot here and there.

The smell is that of oak, alcohol, hops, and goodness. Which goes along very well with the flavor. It just yells hops and alcohol. I get this real warm flavor that is probably the hops with the alcohol. I just love the way it tastes and the overall mouthfeel. It tastes really good and goes down smooth.

I could drink a few pints of these. I will start buying them more often. BUY AND DRINK THIS BREW!

Photo of gabe23
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber color with a nice creamy head. Lacing looks great and occurs all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S - Hoppy aroma with some fruity sweetness deep in the background. Some alcohol, but it blends nicely.

T - Starts sweet but citrusy hops hit you quickly. The hops flavor seems to cling to the inside of your mouth until the next drink. It's fairly dry with a nice, green aftertaste.

M - Full and substantial, but still goes down smooth.

D - I could easily put away a few pints of this fine beer. I'm not really a hophead, but this one has just the right balance that ensures the hop profile doesn't completely dominate. Arrogant Bastard is a regular fixture in my fridge.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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