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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,107
Reviews: 2,817
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 283
Gots: 1,186 | 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 aquaderek
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a tasting glass. Poured a nice reddish amber color with a nice head that diminished to a nice lace. This is a beatiful beer. The nose is nice, taste great this is a great beer. Stone has another winner. I am drinking this beer with a meal of rack of lamb and it taste great.

aquaderek, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of veech
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong ale is definitely accurate to describe this beer. I hadn't had one in several years and thought I would revisit it. The presentation is quite nice with a deep auburn color from the bomber to the pint glass. A thick head with tons of lacing that lasts forever. A very powerful and complex aroma with all kinds of components: various malts chocolate, spice, florals, with an alcohol kick and very aggressive hop finish without being overly bitter. Better than I remember. Mouthfeel is perfectly suited to the taste medium body with no more and no less than it needs. Drinkability for 1 or 2 is great but beyond that the alcohol and body limit the sessioning prospects. Excellent brew to wash away a bad day or celebrate a good one.

veech, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is very special. I've had AB many, many times, but this will be my first AB since I quit smoking--I'm curious about the effect on my perception. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into an AB pint glass.

A: Deep ruby red when held up to the light. Great head, about 1 1/2", like puffy clouds, leaving slight lacing.

S: Deep, sweet malt with light scents of citrus and pine. Swirling brings out bread/biscuit, pistachio, and mandarin orange. A great array of scents, with a faint souciant of alcohol.

T: A crisp citric bite, but then roasty, really, really malty and smoky. Then the citrus (grapefruit) returns, mingled with aromatic floral notes that dance on your palate. The aftertaste is drying, sweet-tasting, and slightly floral.

M: Medium-bodied, goes down really easily. The hops and roastiness may assault your palate a bit, but the dry quality ensures refreshment.

D: Still one of my favorite beers, in terms of this category. The flavors are so well-mingled, it's very crisp and refreshing. It's excessive, sure, but that doesn't mean it doesn't drink well.

Personal note: The increased level of my smell and taste since I quit smoking is incredible. I highly recommend quitting to anyone who really enjoys beer--going through the "quitter's flu" is more than offset by the pleasure I get at enjoying beer on new levels.

BlackJeremiah, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of Fugazme
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby in color... 1/2" thick, foamy head with tons of staying power. Quite nice.

Aroma: Floral, grapefruit, spicy cinnamon... awesome

Taste: A wonderful bitter punch upfront across the top of the palate, quite juicy. A lot of hops! Middle is full of orange and bitterness... a touch of malt on the tongue, but it lasts for only a brief moment. Dry finish... very dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry all over... yet the swallow can be quite smooth and slightly creamy.

A tremendous beer...

Fugazme, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of eballard
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber color with a light foamy head that settles to a heavy lacing. It has a heavy sweet spicy smell and a distinct hops character. There is an initial hops spicy bite to the taste but that settles into a sweet hops malt blend that finishes well. It has a creamy feel with a clean finish. This beer has a strong flavor and a heavy bite. It is not made for the faint of heart but if you like a hard hitting beer with a great flavor you can give it a try.

On second thought you probably shouldn’t. “You’re Not Worthy”

eballard, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent amber with tan head. Sticks around a long time, and leaves sticky trails once it does finally recede. Solid blanket on top of the beer surface.

S: Malty-sweet and a copious amount of hops. Hint of celery, bit of caramel. Mostly hop resins and pineyness.

T/M: Has plentiful roasty flavors up front with some sweet, almost smoky, maltiness. Maltiness gives way to some dry grain. A hint of a citrus kick, and some caramel flavors, too. Finish is strong, bitter, and has a long, bitter tail. Lot going on here.

D: Wow. The copy on the bottle has made the rounds around here, and that was my introduction to this beer ("you probably won't like this beer"). But this is strong stuff, really bold and assertive, and is a great way to get a hop fix, even if you're not a huge hophead (like me). It has enough supporting flavors that I don't feel like I'm drinking hop juice. Not a beer I can pound a lot of, but a really drinkable brew.

rarevos, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of beachbum1975
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a pint of this at the Fox & The Hound in Mason, Ohio. It poured a gorgeous clear reddish-brown color with an off-white 1/2 inch head.

3 words sum up the smell and flavor: Slight caramel malts, hops and more hops! I have never experienced a beer with so much hops...

Not necessarily my favorite beer to drink, but one that will definitely remain in my memory as being a "Kick Your Ass" with strong flavor and body beer, if you are not expecting it. Excellent example of an American Strong Ale.

Cheers to Stone Brewing!

beachbum1975, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into the Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine specialty glass.

Appearance - A two finger brownish tan head that is soapy at first and slowly settles to a smooth one finger cap that remains. The lacing is full-coverage all the way down. The color of the beer is a very deep reddish amber with very slight haze.

Smell - Smells very similar to an old ale in style. The hop aroma is crisp and citrusy with notes of bitterness and a slight fruitiness (grapefruit, orange, plum, etc.). A very rich slightly toasted and biscuity malt smell ties it all together. There is moderate alcohol burn on the nose.

Taste - It opens (deceivingly) with a smooth and balanced taste of some citrusy bitter hops, a nice grapefruit flavor as well, and a rich bready malt background. Then you swallow, exhale, come into the finish and this sucker explodes with flavor and character. A super bitter hops flavor (and again grapefruit, like biting right into a fresh one) commands your taste buds, and very soon it slightly mellow giving way to some earthy and bready maltiness. The aftertaste is hops bitterness and a moderate earthiness. A slight alcohol sensation is present throughout the entire taste, but your attention is drawn away from this from the outstanding flavors.

Mouthfeel - Smooth greeting from the carbonation with a slight bite just a bit into the taste. The liquid is medium-bodied and fairly smooth (although it is difficult to fully contemplate the mouthfeel with such a powerful flavor).

Drinkability - One 22 oz bottle of this stuff is the limit that my taste buds can handle from this powerful ale.

An instant classic, that has become somewhat of a novelty beer. Regardless, it has superb flavors and a good mouthfeel. A must have!

dblinkhorn, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from teh 650ml brown bottle with oh so amusing definition of Arrogant Bastard on the back--probably the most humorous beer bottle ever. The color is a dark amber with a plum hue. The off-white head is frothy and creamy with good retention. Substantial, sticky lacing clings to the glass.

The nose is not all that strong--can pick up traces of hops, caramel malt, yeast, and plum. The flavor is of roasted malts, yeast, and barley, plum and berry, a touch of candy, phenols, and very astringent hops. The mouth is full-bodied and dense. I find this beer very drinkable when warmed to a proper temp, but I really lika the hops.

Overall, a robust and very enjoyable beer.

Osiris9588, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Dark clear brown color with a medium dark brown head. Tons of thin sticky lacing all the way down the glass. A thin head sitting on top of the beer the whole time beer is in the glass. Sweet toasted malt smell with some alcohol and nutty character. Hearty roasted taste that's slightly nutty with some fruitiness to it. Alcohol taste with hints of caramel. Not a lot of hop taste. A twangy sharp finish that leaves my mouth extremely dry. A great brew. Definitely worth all of the hype it receives. Thanks to BeerBeing for this tasty and excitingly complex brew. I'd be glad to have this be a regular tap in my town... Sigh. Maybe one day Stone will make it here.

timtheenchanta, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of blsfreak
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first, I did not like this one. It is bitter....but it grew on me and is now one of my favorites. The name really fits the beer. The high abv discourages me from drinking more than a pint at a time, especially if I am driving. The sight of the empty keg by the back door broke my heart, till I was told there was another keg in the cooler. This is the beer I wait to drink all day at work, it makes everything all better. Good thing I work in a bar with great beer on tap. I actually have tried to get my friends to try this and you know the response I get. When I found some at the local liquor store, the guy asked me if I was sure I wanted to pay for that crap. People need educated. This is an amazing beer, just not for the weak and unworthy....and yes, I am worthy.

blsfreak, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of GPHarris
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter. it has a dark brown color with hints of red and purple. great looking beer.
s - smells of ripe fruit, hints of raisins, figs and apple. subtle maltiness which i like.
t - tastes again of fruit but becomes more like bread near the finish.
m - nice crispness, not too much and just enough.
d - this is a great brew but one to drink in moderation. you can really feel the warming sensation of the alcohol at the end and it's really pleasant.

GPHarris, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer, from the name to the label, and best of all, the beer itself. Pours to a hazy, orange-red color, and a tan head that lingers throughout the entire beer, leaving excellent lacing up and down the glass. Strong aroma of citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit, stays stready throughout. Hoppy bitterness at first is nicely balanced by a hint of malty sweetness at mid-glass. Finish is an excellent, smooth bittersweet. I was looking forward to this beer, and once again was not disappointed by Stone.

kimcgolf, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of klewis
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

klewis, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of dickroop
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

dickroop, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Dizzy, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

RedChrome, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of kkosmoski
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

kkosmoski, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

flexabull, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of peabody
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

peabody, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of BeerNutta
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerNutta, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of rgrace99
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

rgrace99, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

RonfromJersey, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Estarrio, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of TheLiterati
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

TheLiterati, Aug 15, 2006
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,107 ratings.