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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,536 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,536
Reviews: 2,892
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 335
Gots: 1,633 | 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: 9,536 | Reviews: 2,892
Photo of AylwinForbes
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To a Chicagoan, Stone is something of a legend, so I was more than taken aback when confronted with the opportunity of trying a product on tap in out-of-the-way Joseph, OR. It was the more amusing that the manager had no idea where Arrogant Bastard came from.

Anyway, the beer comes with a deep mahogany colour, slight haze, with a generous head of fairly creamy consistency. Fairly pungent aroma of caramel malt and hop aromatics. Flavour is dark and complex with malt, caramel sweetness on top with layered bitter organic components underneath. Full and intense, the flavour lingers.

Superb product unless you like a nice lite beer.

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

Served in a pint glass at The British Beer Company in Hyannis, MA this beauty poured a dark mahogany color with a modest but steady light tan head and excellent lacing. The aroma is light herbal hops with a touch of citrus and earthy malt. The body is very smooth and full, the flavor is a very mild citrus and nutty malt. It has a subtle but full carbonation and it is very easy to guzzle this stuff. The hops sneak up on you after a while with more bite, ending up all over your tongue. This draught version is very pleasant but it oddly falls short of what I recall of this in a bomber. Seems a little less prominent in overall flavor for some reason. Still, very decent choice and went well with my shepherds pie.

Photo of happygnome
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a deep amber brown color with red hues around the outside edges
s: sweet caramely malts paired with citrus and herbal malts
t: at the beggining its nice citrus and piny hops then as time progresses the malt backbone is present
m: medium to full bodied beer with good carbonatoin

overall, wow im very glad stone is in wisconsin finally

Photo of BeachBumC
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You probably can't handle this beer. In fact, you probably can't handle this review either.

The Arrogant Bastard was pretty much what I expected... a bad ass ale with enough hops, malt and alcohol to separate the men from the boys.

A: Nice reddish-brown color with a 1" head that dissipated quickly, leaving a medium lacing.

SM: Hops, barley, light roast smell. Nice!

M: Medium body, creamy and malty; crisp finish.

T: Good hops flavor that is balanced with the malt. A little roasty with a dry, hoppy aftertaste but not overly bitter. The flavor stays with you and makes you want another sip.

D: I liked the Bastard! This ale went really well with a grilled tuna steak with spicy habanero sauce and grilled asparagus but I could enjoy this one on its own.

One bomber wasn't enough so I won't make the mistake of not buying more next time.

Photo of JoeMayo
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an amber-brown color with a decently thick head. I was a little suprised at the amount of lacing left behind when I was done.

S- This beer smells unique and wonderful. It has a dark, malty smell with a clear hop presence. The scent of alcohol comes through slightly, especially as the beer warms.

T- The strong malt smell does not come through as strongly in the taste. As a matter of fact, it's way in the background. Agressively bitter hop flavors come through with notes of grapefruit.

M- Medium carbonation and medium body with a crisp finish

D- Like most Stone beers, this one should definately be done in moderation. As much as I like this beer, its bitterness is quite agressive and after one bomber, I feel something maltier or sweeter is more than welcome

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a tan head. In the aroma, a big malt presence, and a gritty hop. In the taste, hoppy, small grapefruit notes, and an abrasive maltiness. A bitter medium to big mouthfeel, and a dryer hop aftertaste. Big hops, abrasive, and a palate destroyer. Good, but an ending beer.

Photo of Beefeater57
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby-brown, thick creme-head. It looks incredible. That simple.

S: A lot going on with the smell. I get some sweet smell, like cherries. But, I also get a ashy-smoky smell too. A hint of earthiness from the hops.

T: Quite an intriguing beer. As I was swallowing the first sip, I was thinking "I'm not noticing the hops much" and then it just grows in the aftertaste. A bunch of flavors just weaving in and out from sip to swallow to aftertaste. A very sweet malty start, in which I get that slight cherry taste I detected in the smell. The big flavor sits on your tongue after you swallow. I got hints of dark chocolate and the hops grow in the aftertaste. Bitter, but pleasant. Like all Stone beers, the hop flavor is just great. Love the taste it leaves in your mouth.

M: No complaints at all. Perfect body, smooth.

D: I really wish they had six-packs of this stuff. However, a bomber of this is all you need. It is quite the experience, haven't had a beer like this before. Complex, flavorful and always keeps you guessing on what you detect from it. Very malty, very hoppy - a perfect American strong ale.

Photo of drxandy
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An awesome extra to find in trade from Ben4881, Thanks man! :D

Served slightly above room temperature, Bomber to standard pint glass, a heavy pour yields a foamy tan head, good retention - pours a hot amber golden shade

smells of deep good malts, caramel/toffee sweetness, hops add a herbal zest

taste is hot but very smooth, bitter, aggressive citric hop finish, sweet malts, creamy, lots of character and depth, very nice

mouthfeel is thick and delicious, the hop resins cling around forever and the alcohol presence is muted but still present. Drinks very nicely, but I wouldn't want to drink many in a sitting unless it was in the interest of getting drunk.

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

The back of the bottles describes this as an "aggressive" beer, I was curious as to the meaning of this. After one taste I immediately understood and was instantly hooked. This is one of the best ales ever to pass my lips. The flavor is so complex it was like the fourth of July in my mouth. I can't wait to try their other brews. //12-7-07: I've enjoyed a number of bombers since my initial review including one tonight. This brew is one of the first beers that really lead me to the craft beer craze and for that I am very thankful. Some additional comments in regards to this great beer to complete this review. Pours a dark, burnt copper color with a very large tan head and sticky lacing. A very aromatic hop scent is emitted into the air. Bitter citrus with caramel and sweet breads. I can't believe how well the aroma permeates the air surrounding the top of the glass. Creamy on the palate with a nice bite and puckering finish. Medium bodied and filling. Grand flavor of resinous hops and roasted, sweet malts. A touch nutty, grapefruit and spruce. The flavor sticks to your ribs and assaults the senses. Overall a nicely aggressive and flavorful ale, still one of my favorites that I look forward to returning to every once in a while. A sentimental beer that deserves it's rating.

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

It poured a beautiful deep amber color with a tan head that left quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is a hoppy and floral with some lingering spices. Taste is malty up front with sweet spices, some tangerine maybe also. Then there is an abundance of hops that explode in your mouth, and it finishes clean. There is slight carbonation up front, with nice creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is fairly good. I'm on the bandwagon, very nice brew.

Photo of swigger
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass (topped off twice before finished). Served at 60 degrees.

Appearance - Really good looking copper color with a tan, 2-finger foamy head that dissipates and leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

Smell - Slight floral hop smell and sweet malt. Don't smell too much in this beer.

Taste - Knocks you on your ass from the first sip. Huge hop bitterness, but fairly balanced with malt sweetness. Starts off very sweet and the bitterness comes in alongside the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Fair amount of carbonation. Feels very, very heavy in the mouth. Hop bitterness stays in your mouth until the next time you brush your teeth. The alcohol can be felt as well, there's no hiding the 7.4 ABV in this brew.

Drinkability - Took me nearly 90 minutes to drink the 22oz bomber and there will be no more imbibing for me tonight. Definitely something you'll want to set aside some time to drink.

Overall, something I will definitely buy again. It's a bit pricey but worth it for those occasions where you want a very strong brew.

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

Pours a deep ruby red colour with a thin but sticky head. A little bit of lacing which looks sticky and great. Very mild carbonation. Looks robust and impressive.

The brew has a sweet, brown-sugar kind of character on the nose, but brimming with potential. It's a strong and complex nose with essence of sultanas peeping through as well.

Wow, doesn't that taste knock your balls off. It's a bit of everything; sour and gritty in parts and a little bit sweet on the finish. The taste just hangs around with a powerful depth like really dark coffee. There's so much to it and it's good, really good. The flavours I can pick are hints of burnt toffee, espresso and a slight plummy character. Very gritty finish, but gritty as in a strong coffee. Mouthfeel is astonishingly smooth and creamy for such a rich, complex ale.

Overall, very impressive and venerable. Not drinkable all the time but I definitely dig this.

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

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Dark brown in color. Smell is hoppy, which is odd for a dark beer, but I like it. Taste is heavy on the citrus hops, backed up by a sweet roasty malt character that gives this brew an interesting complexity. Like nothing I've had before. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and well carbonated, but goes down fairly easy. We'll put this one in the medium-bodied category. The bomber is going down fast, mostly because the flavor is so big and so delicious. But the ABV, which isn't incredibly high, can be felt and tasted keeping this to a once in sitting delight.

Photo of Baileyuk
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - True definition of exceptional. Great head that retains some of its head throughout the pint. Lacing was also exceptional. A very attractive beer.

S - little bland but still good. A sweet malt smell where a good level of hops was also present.

T - Good ale, it was pleasant drink but the whole time I was trying to figure out the style. A definate hybrid

M - heavier than I thought. As you swallow the tastes develop greatly.

D - Surprisingly drinkable for the abv but by no means a session beer and one that I would not mind revisiting but I like others more.

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

22oz. bomber poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Vibrant, mahogony red color with one finger of tan colored head that retained well and left a good amount of sticky lacing.

A: Much more hoppy than what I was expecting. Citrus and pine hops with a very nice sweet malt that balances the nose very well.

T: Man, this is a fine tasing ale. The citrus and pine hops are balanced so well with the malts. Sweet, citrusy, and finishes extremelly smooth.

M&D: The moderate amount of carbonation makes for an increadiblly smooth mouthfeel for this medium bodied ale. Drinkability is through the roof, at 7.2% ABV I could session this. Probably my favorite American Strong Ale I have had to date. Excellent! Skal.

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

Thanks very much to my GF for bringing this back from the States for me.

Pours with a ruby-flecked dark amber body. Shiny and clear, capped with a yellow-white head of filmy bubbles. Fantastic lacing, but minimal carbonation. Love the colour, looks like a great, strong, ale.

Amazing nose, huge hits of American hops, tropical fruits, aniseed, pineapple, passionfruit, capsicum, resin, berries. Delicious, luscious, rich. Hint of something deeper and darker as well, perhaps bourbon or strong vanilla. One hell of a rich smelling beer.

Initial vegetative hint of crushed lime leaves on the palate; that fresh, natural character, followed by quite a strong resiny hop bitterness. Peppery, astringent and robust. Quite delicious and fragrant. Pine, lime zest and lots more of the pointy end of the taste spectrum. Alcohol hidden behind the hop character. Quite delicious. Mouthfeel is quite syrupy, thick and smooth.

This is, truly, an aggressive beer. But it's a well brewed one, and it has a measure of balance to its madness. Full-flavoured, rich, robust and unforgettable.

I'm very glad I got to try it.

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

P: Served on-tap @ Romans' Pub on 7-18-08 and presented in an Arrogant Bastard Ale pint glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a one-finger, tan-colored head that hangs impressively.

S: Citrus hops aroma with layers of malty sweetness.

T: Citrus hops with big notes of sweet, caramel malts and hints of oak. As it warms, grapefruit and pine come into play. Bitterness buzzes the palate throughout the session and lingers at the finish.

M: Full-bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Active carbonation attacks at mid-tongue.

D: An American Strong Ale, indeed. Two and you're worthy.

Photo of JRed
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The dark amber in body topped by gargantuan off-white head. Smell is of cloves, grass, plastic action figure (no joke), some pepper, hop resin. The taste is smooth and has flavors of grass, plastics, hop resin, mild breadiness, toast and roast, booze, smooth bitterness, dry grainy finish but some resiny aftertaste persists. A little smokey and medium bodied in mouthfeel. This beer can hang out in the palate for a while, light carbonation doesn't attack the tongue and it smoothly flows down. The drinkability allows for you to keep hanging out with the Arrogant Bastard, hell, he could even stay the night. But he may want a brew too.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep Red/Amber in color with a thick creamy head. This beer is crystal clear and there is very little visible carbonation. A mild amount of lacing remained in the glass.

I was most shocked by the rather intense hop aroma. I loved it, but was not really expecting aromas that were this much out of the hop family. Pine aroma, citrus fruit..

The taste was excellent. Very well balanced with a very smooth taste throughout. A nice spiciness and more pine/ grapefruit flavors. There was a nice malt presence that really worked well with the assertive hops.

Medium in body but extremely drinkable for a 7% plus brew. The Alcohol was very well hidden. Again, this was a remarkably smooth beer.

This is one that you must try and one that I will be enjoying again.


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

Paid $3.99 for a bomber from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a snifter.

Nice inch and a half somewhat frothy creme colored head that retains quite well. Very deep and dark ruby in color. Thick lasting lace.

Smells like silky smoked malts and hints of alcohol with a slight balance of hops in the background. Mmmm....

Silky smooth, rivaling some of the better Belgians I've had. Very easy to drink. Tasty. Smoky and sweet malts balanced out by some bitter hops in the finish. Alcohol well hidden. Lightly carbonated.

Big fan of this brew. Highly recommended.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-deep chestnut ruby body with large and airy off-white head. Very nice clarity and tons of lacing all over the glass. Steady stream of carbonation. Really cannot find any flaws in this.

S-Resinous, piney, hop shot. Well balanced with a caramel malt sweetness.

T-This reminds of a big Rye IPA with some great balance. The hops a re big and aggressive yet not overpowering of the malts. This seems like a big beer with nice complexity, yet it finishes very soft and delicate with brown sugar sweetness.

M-So crisp and refreshing. Huge flavor yet semi-thin body makes it so much easier to enjoy. Wonderful hop presence in the mouth, yet not abrasiveness.

D-Really a great beer all around. Not a whole lot to complain about and this one is worth the hype - good price to boot. Drinks like a much bigger beer but there is enough room to drink more than 1 or 2.

Photo of Dalem
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper and clear in color with decent size head from a medium pour but quite a bit of lacing though out the entire sipping from the glass. It smells of smoky dark fruits (black cherry and raisin is what I'm thinking), caramel and roasty malt but for the high hop profile it has not much of 'em really show up in the aroma. The flavor is quite complex and much different from what one would think strictly based off the scent. A spicy tart hop kiss touches the taste buds first but a warming molasses & malt thing surrounds it calming down. Somewhere in the middle there's a touch of black tea too. The hops and tea thing do tend to somewhat stick to the roof of the mouth but the finish, especially in the throat, is crisp and clean with a just a slight hop burn coming up as it's down the hatch.

Photo of Spidey13
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, I love the way Arrogant Bastard looks. It pours a deep, rich, clear, burnt maroon with a nice tan head that leaves tons of lacing. The nose has lots of juicy, citrussy, candied hops with a bit of grassiness and caramel maltiness underneath.

The taste starts with a bit of sweetness but the hops take over very quickly with spicy notes and a lot of lingering bitterness. Some bready notes also show up on the finish. You can also start to taste the alcohol as the beer nears room temperature. The mouthfeel is nice and full. The bitterness is a bit much if not broken up with some food, which hurts the drinkability a tad.

This is a really good beer, and deserving of its status as one of the classics of the American craft beer scene.

Photo of bound4er
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Stone - this is a good beer (leans towards great at times) but I was expecting more given all the hype. It pours beautifully with a thick, rich head. The nose is pretty muted - mostly a maltiness which surprised me. Nice mouth feel and some classic ale flavors but it is just a touch too bitter for my taste - and I am not afraid of a well hopped beer. Next up on my list is Ruination.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Massive two finger head, deep ruby in color.

S- Strong pungent hops atop a solid caramel backbone.

T- Great balance for a strong ale. The hop bitterness is the driving force throughout offset only an almost equally assertive malt backbone which does its best to keep the hops from running a muck. The finish is suprisingly soft and smooth.

M- Slightly fizzy ip front with very smooth finish.

D- Considering the overall strength of this beer it is very drinkable.

Honestly I was hoping to dispell the hype. I have to admit this is a really great beer.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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