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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,259
Reviews: 2,831
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 296
Gots: 1,280 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a deep clear ruby brown with a thick rich creamy tan head. The staying power of the head is remarkable. Moderate lacing was noted.

Sweet malts, soft caramel and citrusy hops stand out to the nose.

The taste really mirrors the smell. Sweet caramel and malt along with the hoppy bitterness and bite. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium body with a mellow carbonation.

This ale was everything I expected. Definitely not a sessionable beer but one to enjoy at every opportunity.

Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a shaker pint, Arrogant Bastard is clear ruddy brown, with a huge light khaki head that subsides to thick skim leaving moderate lace.

The nose is caramel malt and citrus hops, but not the same brightness as an IPA, they form an interesting combination that is more then the sum of the parts. Frankly, I'd prefer the hops unadulterated.

The taste is initially malty and grainy, but is quickly obliterated by the hops, finishes dry and bitter. I wonder how fresh the hops are, here they come across more grassy/leafy then much citrus or pine that I would expect. While the taste is pretty strong, it's not the richest strong ale, which is good because the finish quickly beckons another sip.

Light bodied for the style, moderate carbonation.

This is pretty drinkable for the style, but it's ultimately not the most memorable or inspiring ale.

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

A: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into the Stone Arrogant Bastard glass -- a tall, somewhat narrow glass that widens slightly as you go up. Sort of like a pilsner glass, but it doesn't taper all the way to a point at the bottom. Anyhow, a 2-finger khaki/tan bubbly head with staying power settles over a dark amber body with mahogany hues when held to the light. Rings and webs of foamy lacing are left behind all the way down the glass.

S: There's a lot going on in the nose: wet, grapefruity hops recall the 10th Anniversary IPA in many ways, but there's also a sugary-sweet malt scent clearly present underneath as well, hinting at brown sugar, berries and dried fruit.

T: Like the nose in a lot of ways -- candied grapefruit on top of big, sweet caramel malt hit the mouth early in the taste. Dry, bitter and even piney or leafy hops linger at the finish, with a hydration-sucking dry tang that makes the mouth water and really encourages the next sip. Great balance between the sweetness of the malt and the big hops, with a long bitter aftertaste lingering.

M: Medium to heavy in heft, and maybe just a tad bit too sharp and prickly in feel.

D: For a strong beer, this is pretty drinkable. It left a pretty solid buzz about 2/3 of the way down the bomber.

Notes: This bottle says it was best by April 30, 2007; I consumed it about 7 weeks beyond that, but I don't think that detracted from it at all. I recently drank a bottle from my cellar that had a best by date of September, 2005 that hadn't aged well; it had lost the hop bite just about completely. Younger, as this one was, it was a better balanced beer, smelled better and was more drinkable. I still liked it better on tap, but this is solid in a bottle too. Just don't let it get too old. . . .

Photo of shark262
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy ruby/amber color with a thick, creamy head. Nice lacing on the sides of my pint glass.

Floral, citrus, semi-sweet caramel and grainy notes come through in the aroma.

The taste comes in pleasing waves: a gentle sweetness hits the front of the palette first, followed by an earthy and gradually strengthening malt/hop combo. Perfumy hops fill the nose while roasted, almost vegetal flavors give way quickly to an aftertaste with a slight alcohol bite and lingering hop bitterness.

Medium-bodied ale with medium carbonation.

Complexity and drinkability in the same package. Great offering from the craft beer world.

Photo of zeff80
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark amber/burgandy color with a foamy, tan, two finger head. Left huge rings of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and powerful hops.

T - It tasted of grassy hop bitterness. The malt flavor is toasty and burnt. Also, a warm alcohol flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - Great in so many ways. The description on the bottle was hysterical. The taste is outstanding. I am very pleased with my first beer from Stone.

Photo of scott
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Dark copper and almost ruby, with an aggressive head that sticks around for a while. Subdued florals, hop and sugar, with a mild bready undertone.
Crisp, dry bitterness with a malty backbone. Somewhat bitter finish. Nothing extraordinary, but far from regular. Not as complex as I would have hoped for, coming from Stone.
Medium bodied, and pretty well structured, but the alcohol is inserting itself, and I'm now experiencing the "gummy snot" in the back of the throat that is working its way up front which is unpleasant.
Mostly easy drinking. Recommended.

Photo of sstackho
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, no freshness date noted. Pours a clear medium brown with little carbonation but lots of head. Strong malty aroma with a good dose of hops on the nose as well. The flavour is less interesting than I was hoping for. Heavy on the malts and not as much hops as I thought there might be, although the hop taste does seem to grow as the beer goes on. I'm afraid I can't rate the Arrogant Bastard nearly as high as most people here - perhaps just not my type.

Photo of Daehpoh
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from the tap. Appeared a wonderful dark amber color with a solid one finger head that remained throughout. Aroma of floral hops covered in caramel. The taste is where this flagship of the Stone lineup shines. Great fresh floral and citrus hop flavors combined with caramel, vanilla and slight dark chocolate. Can taste the beginnings of some flavor components that really come out in the oaked version. Very nice velvety feel with medium-heavy body. Good drinkability although it can get quite filling as this is a hefty brew. This is definitely one of my all-time favorites thanks to its bold flavor from both the hop and malt elements.

Photo of shadow1961
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrogant Bastard Ale pours a dense tan head over a clear
ruby brew. the nose is herbal hop, malt, and ale yeast. There
is no detectable carbonation in this sample, though the head
seems to have impressive staying power. The flavor is malt
and herbal hop, with an intense grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel
is full and round, yet also a bit astringent due to the big hop
profile. All that flavor makes the 7.2% alcohol by volume a sneaky
surprise. I'm not a big fan of grassy hops, but it you are that kind of
a drinker, this one's for you. Impressive.

Photo of cichief
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber.

A- Pours a very deep amber with a thick tan head.

S- Very powerful nose, spicy, flowery, fruity, with strong malt scent coming through.

T- Powerful, very spicy with a strong alcohol kick, more hoppy than malty, with a dry finish.

M- Reasonably smooth, nice dry finish.

D- A decent strong beer, too many though and you will pay for it.

Photo of mdm46410
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a darker brown with a thick, creamy light brown head that slowly faded. Heavy, heavy lacing. The beer smells like grapefruit and some roasted malts. The beer has a very aggressive bitterness that hits your tounge before you can discern any of the flavors. I tasted grapefruit, toast, pine, and some dark fruit notes. The mouthfeel is slighty resiny, medium-bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. Another high quality brew from Stone.

Photo of adowney523
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bomber. Color is deep amber with a tan head.

Smells of freshly cut grass with hints of caramel and smoky scents.

Malt base is smoky with hints of brown sugar and dark bread, but the taste is dominated by the earthy hop finish with a touch of orange peel.

Hops are in your face but with just enough malt character to make this a great beer.

Photo of horshack7
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight out of a 22oz bottle complete with a devil on the label pours a very dark ruby red with one fingers worth of a foamy head.

Aromas: Minor chocolate notes fairly strong floral hop notes. along with light malt and caramel notes.

Taste: A little on the sweet side but nicely hoppy. Roasted malts slightly chocolaty. It feels a little crisp on the palate medium to full boddied.

Notes: This one certainly a very nice brew two thumbs up to Stone brewing company for brewing this one. An interesting style quite the year round brew. Cheers

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

Pours a beautiful ruby red, with a nice foamy head that stays for awhile. Lacing is great aswell.

Nose isn't too strong, and almost makes this beer seem tame at first. Though, I did get some nice fruity overtones.

Taste is very strong/aggressive while also offering complex flavors, then it kicks you in the ass when it finishes, but in a good way. I do taste slight roast grain and strong hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a kick in the ass. First it seems mellow than right after it warms up the mouth a second later it slaps you in the face with an aggressive aftertaste that isn't for everybody. This is not a session beer by any means. This is a beer you will want to drink when you want something that is no holds bar tough, or an arrogant bastard.

I give them high kudos for the name they gave this beer. It fits it in everyway. Damn, arrogant bastard!!!

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

Finally, I manage to snag a bottle of this. And I am happy.

Dark ruby-mahogany with a sizable, mildly off-white head. Pleasant caramel malt smell with a slightly vinous character. Sweet-sour hints, with hops hiding in the background.

Old-ale, vinous malt taste with just enough hops to make it not too sweet. Rich, caramel flavours with coffee and vanilla hints.

Good carbonation, not to fizzy. Easy to drink, but a bit of a challenge with the ABV when coming out of a bomber.

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

Sampled this beer on tap. Poured into a half pint glass. Not the best of glassware, but it's all I had.

A- The beer pours a mahogany color. If you hold it up to the light, it also looks amber. The ale leaves moderate head that retains well.

S- The beer has a very malty nose. The hops are also very apparent. I think the beer strikes a nice balance between the two aromas.

T- The beer is very malty and delicious. This beer is very balanced. A lot of beers boast of being complex, but Arrogant Bastard comes across complex without being undefined. I think you can pick apart the various tastes more so than you can with other 'complex' beers.

M- This is a very smooth beer, moderate in body. I think it is much more enjoyable when served on the colder end, as the alcohol taste really comes out when served warmer.

D- I think this is one of the most drinkable beers you can find. At least for those of us in the western half of America, the beer is very easy to find, affordable, and of the finest quality. I'd recommend this to anyone who is interested in American ales.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottle marked "best before 6/21/07".

A: Pours a medium-dark amber with a slight red hue to it. An excellent light tan head forms on the brew, a nice layer staying throughout.

S: Hops are definitely in the aroma followed by the dark and slightly sweet malts.

T: The malts start out the experience. Dark, roasted coffee, and some slightly burnt flavors. Then the hops hit you: bitter, big, bold, and in your face. This beer is appropriately named, it's arrogant as hell. The finish is bold and bitter. This is a seriously big and complex brew. The flavors bounce all over the place. It's well balanced and surprisingly smooth for a beer as rough and raw as this one.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, with low amounts of carbonation.

D: God damn, I love this beer. It's overpowering, raw, in your face, all while being tasty and delicious. A completely unique American craft brew.

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

This is one of my favorite beers. Has a high drinkability factor, mostly because it tastes so good. Deep color and full of complexity. It goes perfectly with a nice filet mignon. We started with this as our dinner beer, and it moved itself to our after dinner beer as well. Killer.

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

The bomber poured an impressive ruby red liquid, capped with a dense, thick off white head. Great looking brew. Fine splotchy lacing. Smell is sweet malt, caramel, and pine. Toasty malt start and piny hop finish. Spicy alcohol is there as well. Crisp and oily in the mouth. Nice after taste. Chewy. Wish I had got another bomber.

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

Really one of the most beautiful beers I've seen. Pours a deep golden red, with a thick, sticky, tan head. The head disappears after a minute or two, though some always sticks around the sides of the glass, giving it a nice lace.

Smells of caramel and something I can't quite place...lighter and hoppier. A bit of malt.

Taste is rich and caramelly. Strong hops make it both sweet and bitter, with a very strong, bitter finish. It feels sticky, though not overwhelmingly so.


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

Picked up a tall bottle of ABA at a little gas station outside of Abiquiu, New Mexico (near ghost ranch). Best part: only $3.50.

Pours a cola-colored ale with a frothy, light tan head that retains well and leaves sticky, layered lacing. An intricate aroma ensues, comprised of sage hops blended with spice, lemon, vanilla, and a touch of malt. Truly exquisite.

Taste is of bitter, ascerbic hops with some coffee, roasted nut, and an alcoholic note to boot. Mouthfeel is definately not shy about its bitterness, as it attacks the back of the palate sans remorse. Some might consider it a bit overwheming in relation to the taste, but it's still enjoyable. Finishing remarks: Big aroma. Big taste. Big beer. Definately not to be taken lightly, but nonetheless an enjoyable drink.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on 5/24, from notes
"Drink by" date of 5/09/07, hence some poor marks (perhaps?)
Pours a beautiful dark caramel color, some nice ruby highlights. Fairly clear but with a slight cloudiness; tons of big bubble dirty white head.
In the nose it was rich and toasty, sweet caramel malts. Surprisingly, hops were not dominant and even hard to notice but a little spruce and pine were noted, overall the alcohol was quite noticeable, giving it a barleywine feel.
In the mouth it starts off big, but unfocused. Some dark ripe fruits are there like plum and raisin, but its vague, stale, old flavors are very dissapointing. Despite it being passed its prime (date), I imaginged a high alcohol would have preserved its flavor better (maybe the store's storage was poor). There is an okay hop bitter finish, but nothing to write home about. Mouthfeel couldn't make up for its flavor being syrupy ; it had a "big" body but it also finished thin and watery. Drinkability suffers for it just being so unfocused and boring, but I still wonder if it's just its age coming through?

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

Out of a painted-label bomber into a few glasses to split with my brothers, we have a hazy, orangy brown brew with a nice thick head. Looks appealing. The aroma wasn't too huge, mostly sweet and syrupy. Lots of punch upon tasting it, though - caramel, a little ripened berry, alcohol (but not much), and a very hoppy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Really nice in the mouth, all creamy and smooth, well carbonated. A serious beer, but quite consumable.

Photo of Atron67
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great hop ale

poured from a 750 ml

Pours a nice amber with red tones with a whitish head that stays for a little bit.

has a nice strong hop smell, cascade i would guess, but idk, slight malt but mostly delicious hop,

has a great hop taste that mainly sticks around, it comes on a little slower than stone IPA or ruination but it is a great stron hop taste.

a nice lightly carbonated mouthfeel medium type body with a nice smoothness

This is a great ale i would drink over and over

Photo of ttu94
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Comes out of the bottle a dark hazy brown. Has a very good malt colored head with average retention. Smell is hoppy and malty at the same time. The first thing I taste is lots of malt followed by lots of hop. A very hop bitter beer. I think it needs something else. I like Stone IPA much better. (Why does only California know that cadmium can cause birth defects).

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,259 ratings.