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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,392 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,392
Reviews: 2,858
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 317
Gots: 1,446 | 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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Photo of IPAcraig
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked a few of these up in Nashville, now I am regretting not getting more. An excellent beer that I poured into my De Garre Snifter from a bomber.

Massive light brown head with good lacing, compliments an opaque dark ruby brown body.

Smells of sweet malt, figs, with a touch of hops. Very nice.

Taste of heavenly chocolate and caramel. It has a very nice dark fruit character as well. The hops are fairly big in this beer, but not overpowering or harsh. It has a nice slighlty warming alcohol presence near the end. The bitterness really lingers with this one. Like a slightly hoppy piece of dark chocolate. Perfect. Period.

This brew has a big body but has a nice medium carbonation. Creamy but not overly heavy.

This is one of the best beers out there in my opinion.

Photo of bark
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep amber; the liquid clear. The finger thick firm head is pale brown.

The smell is bitter with lots of fruity matured bitter hops. Some odd notes of metal and meat, too.

The taste is very bitter. There is some lightly roasted malt in the background. Some sour notes. The bitterness is not so extreme that I have expected. Some mild alcohol. It develops into a sour-bitter flavour with notes of citric fruits and citric acid. The aftertaste is long, fruity and bitter.

The carbonation is medium strong. The liquid is a little creamy.

I had, in fact, expected a lot more from this one.

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

Tasted in my hotel room in Austin, TX.

A: Dark amber in color. Clear with lots of bubbles. Huge frothy head on top. So chunky it looks like you could cut it with knife. Excellent lacing.

S: Excellent smell of hops. Malty undertones with maybe the slightest soapy hint. Citrusy and piney hops dominate the aroma, with oranges and some grapefruit being most noticable. Really nice aroma.

T: Hints of alcohol, with a bitter finish. Malty up front. A little unbalanced but still very good. Some surprising fruitiness and zestiness, with the slightest hint of banana.

M/D: Slick with little carbonation in the mouth. Full bodied with some surprising drinkabilty with will almost certainly lead to drunkeness.

It really sucks that I had to go out of my way in Austin to pick up a bomber of this excellent brew. I had some the night before at the Gingerman downtown and just knew I had to get some more and take down notes. Maybe one day in a perfect beer world, more brews like this one will be available in North Carolina.

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

Pours a very dark, rich amber with a massive 4-finger dark tan head that takes a long time to dissipate into a half-finger cap. Lots of lacing, moderate active carbonation, generally pleasant to look at.

Smells primarily of hops with a strong note of grapefruit and tangerine, some cardamom, cloves, and even some toasted almond and wheat.

The initial taste is fronted by hops but followed quickly with a deliciously toasted malt. Nutty with grapefruit, cloves, and a mix of other spices. Clean finish with a small amount of hops and grapefruit lingering.

The carbonation is just right to make it smooth and not too heavy. Grapefruit is underneath everything, the hops are perfectly balanced to be present but not too strong, and there is a smokiness permeating the whole experience. Rich, medium-body with an excellent balance of supporting spices.

Very drinkable, especially with the right meal, and just absolutely delicious.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange brown with a thin creamy head that retains well. Already I can smell the hops. Great lacing all the way down the walls of the glass.

A closer inspection reveals that classic Stone hop nose. Floral and piney, but balanced with a malt spine.

Tastes like it smells. Lots of citrus hops, but beneath the up front hops is are many subtleties. Caramel malts meld well with the citrus floral mélange. Clearly tipping the hops scale, but there's much more going on here. It is not a pure hop bomb, but a great complex brew.

Deceivingly drinkable with the 7.20% abv that is MIA. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. A classic and must try. One of the first beers to pique my interest in better beer and a great eye opening beer for the uninformed.

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

Great, classic craft beer from one of the premier California craft breweries. Pours a dark caramel amber with a nice cream colored head with good lacing. The smell is bready, yeasty, caramelly, pineappley, and very hop tastic. The taste is roughly the same, with less fruitiness and more raw bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and quite drinkable.

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

Pint from Naja's Place

Bartender just gave me this one night, very nice of her

Pour was a deep brown with a small white head that backed down into the glass rather quickly

Smell was real strong and malty at the same time

There is a whole lot of hops in them, but the sweetness balances them out nicely

Could drink several of these ABs

Photo of beeragent
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. The beer poured a dark brown, forming a creamy 1 1/2 inch head. Lots of thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is a strong balanced mix of hops and malts. Nothing really different, but still good. The taste is a good balanced mix of hops and sweet malt, with a hint of caramel in the middle, and a slight alcoholic finish. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, not a bad beer. I could definitely see drinking this again. Makes a good session ale IMO.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrogant Bastard pours with a lightly tanned head that holds up very well and leaves behind a large amount of lacing. Has a dark coppery color. If this beer did not taste so good I could just look at it all day.

The nose is full of sweet malt, caramel and the hops come into play with an earthy citric like quality.

I cant begin to explain how happy my mouth is right now. My palate is overflowing with citrus, caramel, some fruits. Has a nice dry bitter finish but it does not linger as long as would be expected. This beer is definitely worthy.

Photo of baggio
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally got to try this hyped beer. Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm.

A: Ruby red with a thin lace.

S: Caramel malt and plenty of hops.

T: Wow! Liqorice, bread, chocolate, spring flowers and hops.

M: Smooth with medium carbonation and tiny bubbles.

It's easy to understand why this beer have so high ratings on this site. It is a very complex ale with dipa-characteristics. It is not an easy drink tho, one glass was more than enough :) A sipper for sure! Recommended!

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

Enjoyed out of a large stemless red wine glass (serves as a brandy snifter, without the embarassment of "snifting" beer while my friends are drinking it).

A - Pours a dark, deep redish brown, with a two finger, tightly pached, long lasting head. Lacing left all over the glass, lasting until I was finished. Appearance is very appealing.

S - Strong malty notes with a definite piny resinous hop presence.

T - Very malty, with an excellent balance of hoppy bitterness and hoppy flavor (citrus/grapefruit). Caramel notes with hints of alcoholic warmth. Aftertaste lingers as a malty thick moutcoating, but it isn't a bad thing.

M - Thick and oily. Mouthcoating and delicious. Very enjoyable on a cool night.

Photo of KodyBrannon
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was recomended to me by a friend and I have to say, he was dead on with his tip. This beer is a great beer. It pours a dark brown color, with a 2 finger head. The bottle it comes in was bigger than the glass, so I had to drink some before emptying the bottle into the glass. I couldn't really pick up on a distinct smell, It just smelled to me like an english dark ale. The taste was a little bitter to start, but as I got about half way through it, it was a very clean and crisp taste. I would definatly drink this beer agian and recomend this to anyone who wants somthing new to try. I would just say, be careful when drinking this, it is a little higher by volume than most beers and can give you a nice festive feeling when you drink it.

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

Ahh, the old classic bastard. I have had this beer many times and it was one of the first "big" beers I ever had.It is a dark ruby red color with a generous fluffy tan head. This is a good looking beer that borders between a n Amber and a Brown ale in color. The smell is hoppy and malty at the same time. The taste is like a battle between citrus hops and caramel tasting malt flavors. This is very good stuff fresh but if you get a bottle out of date you will not get the full experience on this one; the hops really fade. Too bad Stone can't produce this in six packs at a reasonable price.

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

A: Pours a dark brown-red with a nice tan head on it. Great lacing left on the glass.

S: Starts off with a strong malty smell that is then overtaken with some nice piney hops.

T: Delicious. Starts out with a slight hop bite, then moves onto a malt that features some caramel, some fruit, some figs,and finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness. Alcohol warms throughout.

M: Great carbonation and a nice smooth feel. Finishes crisply.

D: I love this stuff. Stone hits another home run with AB. Tasty, drinkable. The alcohol is a little strong for a session beer, but you can definitely throw a couple of these back.

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

Poured a dark brownish-red with an amazing tan 2 finger head that lasted an impressive while. The scent of malt and citrusy hops are present. Initial taste reveals an explosion of different flavors: malt,sweet brown sugar, fruits,and piney finish. Amazing brew! Mouthfeel is smooth and inviting with a nice balance of carbonation. Drinkability is definately good also. 7.2 ABV is hidden well in this one, I'd definately drink a couple of these in a sitting, and many more in the future. Once again, Stone kicks ass with their brews and bottling!

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

Dark mahogany in color with ruby highlights, a half centimeter cream colored head. The malt jumped out at me first from the aroma, dark fruits like plums and figs, maybe a tad of black licorice, and some brown sugar and molasses. But not far behind the malt there are substantial hops, pungent floral notes with a citrusy edge.

The taste like the aroma has a lot going on with both the malt and hops. Fruity notes right up front plums, figs, dates, dark grapes, follow quickly caramelly malt, plenty of brown sugar and molasses, but also with a distinct biscuity flavor I wasn't quite expecting but was very welcome, and helped set it apart from similar beers for me. Some citrusy notes again from the hops, but primarily noticed the perfumy floral flavors from them. Rich mouthfeel, and full bodied, but not excessively sticky and heavy.

Overall: I have been burned by marketing before, but this bottle is hilarious AND the beer is awesome. A great blend and balance of flavors. One of the reasons I wish Stone was available here in Minnesota. A delight to drink.

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

Pours a ruby dark red with a nice off white head that sticks around and has lacing with a python grip. Mild smell of dried fruit, hops and some sweet malt. Hops show up much more than the smell would indicate. Fig and malt stick around nicely and are washed out by tasty hops. Feels full bodied with perfect carbonation in the mouth. Minimal alcohol feel and a bitter finish. Could make quite an evening out of this brew. A classic in my book.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.Ive had this beer plenty of times but I cant believe that I havnt reviewed it yet.

Dark red,very clear body with a nice thick tan head that falls to a nice ring.Leaves thick lacing on the glass.
Plums,Dark fruits and piney hops and some brown sugar.
Dark fruit and some chocolate.The hops have a nice piney taste.The dark fruit really sticks to the center of your tongue.The hops make you pucker. and I taste brown sugar.
The mouthful is very creamy and some velvetiness.It is also in the middle of think and thick, so I guess that would be a medium mouthful?
I got through about 10 oz. of the bottle and I started to feel a buzz.So the drink. comes down a bit for that.Other then that this beer is very awesome and I recommened anyong "WORTHY" to try it.Ive had the beer on tap and it is even better.

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

On- Tap...Pint Glass....

A- Dark amber-brown- darker than usual but still brown. Huge head-tons of lacing, lasted throughout the glass.

S- Tons of hops- dried fruits- raisins

T- Holy mother of hops- intense flavor- never lost any speed- some citrus- some oak.

M- Smooth and silky on my tongue- some burning on my throat.

D- 7.2% not bad- after one glass I was feeling it already- not for the faint at heart.

So complex, so hoppy, and so good. This is a true classic.

One of the best.

Photo of Rootdog316
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dark amber ale poured quite nicely leaving a frothy head. This ale has a fruity scent to it. The hops dominates the malt in nose even though it doesn't when you actually consume the worthy beverage. The ale is sweet and fruity initially and then turns almost sour. The sour soon turns to the hops with a burnt and bitter taste. I found nothing unappealing with this variation of tastes. You mouth feels slightly bitter and dry when all said and done. The more you drink the better this tastebud rollercoaster becomes. I found that the initial tennis match back and forth the sweet and bitter ended well balanced by the bottom of the glass.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from the double-deuce bottle with a menacing demon gargoyle scowling at me.

A- almost blood red with 2in of sticky clumpy beige head that settles slowly to 1/4 in and stays with it the whole time. the lace was like icing on tiers of cake that formed a layer with each gulp i took. there were 8 rings of dripping foam around my pint glass when i finished this ridiculously complex ale.

S- no room for explanation, i'm just gonna rattle em off: red wine cask (merlot shiraz cabernet) , raisins, prunes, sour citrus, dandilion wine, resinous hops, cereal, oats, rye, wheat, red wood, cherry wood, cedar, blackberry, pomegranate, dead flowers

T- at first, roasted malt, coffee, burnt caramel & toffee, unripe berries, orange peel, lemon peel, grapefruit rind, burnt toast, then toasted grains, floral citrus hops, tar, alcohol, and a hint of dark chocolate, with a lingering bitter hop aftertaste that makes me pucker.

MF- silky smooth AND sticky all at once with exceptional carbonation levels. goes down wayyy too easy, which is a good thing.

D- the label was right, this beer is exceedingly complex. after 22 oz, my world has officially been rocked. could be the best ale i've ever had, but like an IPA, its intense and complex taste would not allow me to drink this all night long. i guess i just can't handle it.

Photo of umustdrink
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade from BeerTruth!

A - Deep ruby amber or brown color. Head is slightly rocky, light brown and fades to a quarter inch. Strong lacing, thick sheets and tracks.

S - Smells great! Piny and citrusy hops excellently balanced with, rich sweet, creamy and spicy cereal malts. Malts are slightly ahead here.

T/M - Starts out very creamy and malty with a slight hop kick, then into some spicier malty flavors, coffee interestingly enough, and some sweeter hoppy bitterness. Finish leaves some spicy, hoppy and some darker chocolate flavors. Overall very minimal carbonation, I would have liked to have seen more.
I'd probably classify this one as an Imperial Amber Ale, as it is very malty and yet still very hoppy.

D - This is great! Very easy to drink, and still very complex. I will definitely keep this one on my wants list.

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

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into my pint glass to produce a 1.5" creamy light tan head over the top of a copper colored, slightly hazy, liquid. The head dissipated gradually leaving pronounced lacing.

The aroma was subdued. However, a piney hop character dominated.

The taste: GREAT beer with many complexities. Enjoy this one.... savor it it by letting it embrace your mouth and tongue. Piney hops is the first taste that hits you. But some roasted malty sweetness balances it very well. Tastes of grapefruit rind, pine, and, in the background, caramel and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Nice and rich. appropriate carbonation. A nice thick and chewy feeling for this beer.

Drinkability: So far, my reference beer for "American Strong Ale". I will try many to see if any one can knock the Arrogant Bastard off his pedestal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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

i realize that i am not worthy. this beer is excellent. i like it more than the double. pours a beautiful dark color. the smell and taste is going to smack you up side da head! very good malt and hop balance. about halfway through i really started tasting and feeling the alcohol. this beer kicks ass!

i very highly recomend this bad boy!

suckem up and movem out!


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

To start off, my friends that drink Pabst wouldn't understand, but a beer snob like myself this is all-around good brew. I would give this beer to someone who wanted an intro into craft beer, as others have said, a great "gateway beer."

I got another 22 Ounce bomber, yes I have had this before. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish amber, the head was gone quick leaving a slight creamy head. I swear there "things" floating in this beer.

S: I instantly thought HOPS, with fruity undertones, didn't noticed the malt others have said. I thought "I wonder what kind of hops this is, cause its good." haha I used this beer to show my sister what hops smelled like.

T: Great hop presence, not too overbearing like an IPA. The aftertaste is fruity and maybe a tad bread-like. After tasting a few more sips, I did get the malt tones, but overall I tasted hops.

M: Stays with you, a little dry, but over-all good!

D: If it wasn't so expensive I would drink this all day.

Price = bad Taste = good
Thats usually the case with Stone, but a great brewery. great beers! This one will not let you down.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,392 ratings.