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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,500 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,500
Reviews: 2,773
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 251
Gots: 863 | FT: 6
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 Ty1erC


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

*22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.*

a: it's a dark, cloudy copper color with lots of head and thick lacing.

s: a great aroma of citrus and pine.

t: the slight taste of sweet malt hits the palate first, then it's a hops explosion. very intense hop flavor.

m: medium-bodied, medium carbonation.

d: very drinkable. one of my favorite beers.

01-26-2011 01:01:03 | More by Ty1erC
Photo of blackheartbilly


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

07-26-2007 03:13:44 | More by blackheartbilly
Photo of bgraney


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Definitely looks like something you'd want to drink. Reddish glow with bubbly head.
Very fruit aroma but though I could pick out different scents (Ihave a hard timeidentifying particular fruits) it all seemd to come together so that totality is something special.
Once again, I could taste different flavor but it all came together and didn't clash in any way. The whole was definitely greater thant he sum of it's parts.
Nice, long lingering taste that you never want to leave.
Full of flavor but not so overwhelming that you're ready to move on to something else after one.

04-25-2006 15:58:36 | More by bgraney
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Pours a deep red/brown into my pint glass with about one finger of nice head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing.

S - Very intoxicating. Toasted grains, hops, some citrus, and just a hint of alcohol.

T - Big bold flavors. Nice caramel sweetness that balances perfectly with hops, citrus, and mild alcohol sensation.

M - Medium body and relatively dry, well balanced.

D - Drink on and enjoy, this is the beer that made me become a true beer fanatic!

08-04-2010 02:45:48 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of GimpyCane


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

I really enjoyed this brew the first time I had it and I'm still enjoying it after drinking it many times. Aggressively poured a three inch frothy light brown head w/ a cloudy dark amber/ caramel hue. The head last throughout the drink and left good amount of lacing. The aroma was outstanding. Heavy malt/ caramel and a moderate piney or perfume hop. Although this brew is an American Strong Ale, the amount of hops would make you think its a IPA. (YUM). Finally, when I taste. It began w/ a moderate sweet caramel and had a long lasting heavy citrus hop ending. The bastard has a nice medium body, watery and lively feel to it. IMO this brew rocks, but it could turn many drinkers off. If your a hophead, I recommend this brew. Enjoy

10-12-2006 02:34:44 | More by GimpyCane
Photo of giblet


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

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!


07-27-2007 14:52:28 | More by giblet
Photo of dfried


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

08-13-2007 20:05:32 | More by dfried
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

This is one of my favorite offerings from Stone, and I love all 3 versions of the Bastard!

A: Pours a dark red color with a decent head

S: Hoppy, but not overly so

T: Same as the smell

M: Pretty dry, but well carbonated

D: The category says it all: strong ale

12-11-2010 06:18:32 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of tubacharlie


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Flowery hop aroma. Poured aggressively it produces a big, beige colored, four-finger head with staying power. Large bubbles migrate to the side of the glass while the middle develops a silky smoothness in a boulder-like formation.

The brew is a strong reddish-brown amber color with a touch of haziness that increases when the last of the bottle is added after swirling around to catch the yeast in the bottom.

Big fresh hop flavor up front, in the middle and the back palate with a strong malt component to balance. Notes of caramel, brown sugar and roasted barley. Lingering hop and yeast flavor with bitterness across the palate.

Excellent brew that would pair well with roast beef and horseradish (wish I had some right now to be sure!).

Curious note: enjoy by 3-2-10 is printed very lightly near the bottom of the bottle - I almost missed it and had to look very hard. But of course, a beer of this gravity will age well for years, so I wonder why they are dating them so young? (A good topic for the Beer Forum). I certainly enjoyed it, even though it was three weeks past the "Enjoy by" date.

03-26-2010 01:54:57 | More by tubacharlie
Photo of electrified


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Clear red-brown in color. Not much of a head, but what's there sticks around. Pleasant fruity-sweet aroma. Lots of flavor -- mollases, chocolate and toasted maltiness and hops too. Rather light bodied for the intense flavor. Clean, dry finish. This one packs a punch while being very smooth. Nice. And dangerous.

05-11-2006 01:46:26 | More by electrified
Photo of Fish113d


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

** Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass at 50 degrees (refrigerated).

Pours a dark brown-copper color with two-fingers thick of pinkish/tan head that seems to not want to go away. Very nice feature.

Aroma is slightly earth hoppy with a caramel aroma along for the ride. A lot of yeast hits my nose actually after smelling multiple times. Very nice nose.

Sipping reveals a rather malty flavor. Some caramel flavors come through along with a fruit flavor maybe of plum from what i can gather. A slight biscuit flavor comes through as well on the swallow with a slightly boozy aftertaste. Very very nice. Afterflavors is rather hoppy honestly...interesting!

Well-balanced carbonated body with a slightly chewy body. Drying finish with solid flavors throughout the experience (up front through the swallow and aftertaste).

Too yummy for words! Very drinkable in flavor and feel, but scarily boozy to end an evening early. Be very very careful with this one! Cheers.

04-27-2009 01:32:01 | More by Fish113d
Photo of elNopalero


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

I’m not worthy.

On draught, poured a dark, heavy, intimidating amber. What did you think with a name like that?

This beer has a bold, spicy hop aroma matched by a sharp assault on the palate. Slap, slap, slap. You know you like it like that so just enjoy it. Make sure you pause long enough to catch the sweet side of things, too. Big, caramelly, malty. The hops scrape across the tongue but the malts soften the edge. Give ‘til it hurts!

I remember when this was one of the only craft beers I could easily find. Glad those days are over but this is still one solid brew. There’s a saying that asks which is better, the devil you know or the devil you don’t know. Get to know this devil.

09-17-2011 22:51:13 | More by elNopalero
Photo of argock


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from 22oz etched brown bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A: Dark, Tootsie roll burned caramel brown with slim off-white head but lace streams down the glass in delicate formations.

S: Delcious floral and fruity hops (pineapple and grapefruit) meet the nose first followed by toffee and dark fruit aromas.

T: An unparalleled combination of caramel and dark fruit flavors with a bit of spicy zing completed by a grapefruit-pineapple hops finish.

M: Body is full with fairly active carbonation for a strong ale. Aftertaste is mildly drying and malty.

D: One of the ultimate American ales: explosive flavor matched with surprising drinkability. The bottle version gives more control of serving temperature and thus better exposure of the depth of flavor and aroma of this beer.

10-28-2008 02:48:33 | More by argock
Photo of Oxymoron


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

The story on the side of the bottle is ever so clever.

Poured out a cloudy amber color with mahogany highlights when held to the light. A ample head with very small bubbles and good lacing throughout the tasting.

The smell is big with strong complex malts and ample hops. The malt is hard to pick up, but notes of toffee and caramel are noticeable. Some burnt but not quite astringent smells are noticed. The hops have a citrus extreme twinge that boarders piney or grapefruit notes.

The taste is well balance and hoppy for a Strong Ale. If the stronger notes from the malt were less or at least lighter, this could be a DIPA. To start the hops are aggressive but not to the point of oily. A more specific grapefruit taste where citrus meets tart. The bitterness has a good kick that stays ever after you finish your taste. Over time you adjust to it and more of the finishing hops come out with a earthy piney taste to them. The malt is big with a full body and flavor. A good mix of caramel and molasses. The ABV is not as noticeable but as it warms becomes more apparent.

Overall a good beer. Very smooth with good taste. Despite what the bottle says, you are worthy.

02-28-2006 21:26:10 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of steinlifter


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Wow! Pours a beautiful dark clear amber! nice head, with some retention
Smells of malt hops and fruit,quite complex and lovely.
taste, is fairly well balanced, but a big wallop, of both hops and malt, if you want a big taste, this is it! and it has the best of both worlds(hops&malt) dueling it out!
Mouthfeel is very pleasant, well carbonated, crisp with a bit of creamyness also.
drinkability, I'm not sure?,... It IS a class act, but I don't think, I could put down too many of these, but just to sip a couple, is an experience you should not miss!!! excellent!

08-07-2004 22:32:07 | More by steinlifter
Photo of Admiraldinty


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

22 oz. bomber. Pours a dark brownish-red with a big, frothy off-white head. Aroma is of lemon-grass and lots of citrus. Hop bitterness and toasted malt. Taste is pretty much the same. Starts out with the citrusy bitterness, and ends with the malts. Very crisp to start, but ends somewhat smooth. Has a great warming effect. This is an oh so complex brew, and should be respected. Definitely a once in a while brew.

04-30-2003 15:48:00 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of maundythirsty


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Very reddish-brown beer, clear in the first glass but lots of yeast particulate in the second. Big, off-white head. Some sticky lacing. Sweet, boozy and loaded up with citrus hops.

Toffee, toasty malt taste. Great aggressive bitter hops that leave a mild little tea-like aftertaste. Substantial mouthfeel, bordering on thick. You certainly know it's there. Sparky carbonation and pleasantly apparent alcohol.

Not too shabby. So well made. I sat down on a winter night after working a swing shift and enjoyed the heck out of it. Got a little loopy, too. If only I didn't have to get it mail order.

02-02-2007 05:35:31 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of billshmeinke


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Bomber into a large mug. This is the beer that started it for me, so I'm surprised I haven't taken the time to review it until now.

Fairly aggressive pour yields a monstrous 3 finger light tan head, one finger of which is actually above the rim of the glass. Amber/brown in color (reminiscent of the color of the brown glass of the bomber it was just poured from) with brighter amber hues towards the edge of the glass. The head retention is quite nice as a significant layer of foam hangs around all the way through, and coats the sides of the glass with lacing.

Smell is dominated by a citrus/pine hop aroma. There is a pleasant bready yeast in there too as well as a faint caramel malt.

The flavor packs a punch. Intensely bitter and hoppy. The hop flavor manifests as bitter pine, resin, dank, and a hint of citrus (lemon/orange rind/grapefruit). Also in there is a biscuit like yeast flavor and light sweet malt that comes through as caramel/toffee. There's also a light fruit flavor in there as well that I can only describe as strawberries. The bitterness of the hops linger in a very satisfying way. Truly a complex and aggressive beer.

The body of this is on the fuller side of medium. Tiny bubbles, medium carbonation. Glides over the tongue. Quite smooth.

A beer I can easily drink all night. This is one of those beers that I keep coming back to. No matter how much I explore new and strange craft beers, I can always crack open an Arrogant Bastard and know that I will be satisfied.

03-20-2010 23:19:53 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of Natural510


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from the trademark 22oz bottle, this gives a nice head which lingers and a deep amber color with brownish overtones.
Smells hoppy & malty sweet. The taste is hoppy & bitter, as I expect from a California ale, but not overly so...as in a Sierra Nevada product (which for me is almost undrinkable).
There is an underlying sweetness to the finish, which resembles apples & pears...and somewhat acidic as such. It's also spicy like the food region from which it originates. Some caramel & cinnamon going on here too.
I can see why this ale is so popular, there are alot of different flavors going on...the bitter, sweet & spicy all complement each other.
I'll definitely buy this label again.

01-15-2008 01:45:57 | More by Natural510
Photo of digitalketchup


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Had this for the first time over xmas vacation. What a brew!

Bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

I'm fairly new to craft beer, so this was quite an experience on xmas day. The Bastard definitely has a bitter kick and it reminded me of what my tongue went through the first time I had a bitter SA Boston Ale. My taste buds really went wild searching for the different ingredients.I really noticed the caramel notes and the alcohol was covered quite well. It was a beer I grew to love as I sipped.

Other reviews can provide more depth on this ale, but I decided I should start writing reviews at some point. What better place than with this beer!

12-31-2009 18:46:41 | More by digitalketchup
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

22oz. bomber served at a few degrees over fridge temperature in a pint glass. Best before 05 09 07.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear fiery orange with chestnut and deep amber tones... really quite a beautiful color. On a good pour, the head rises quickly to a full three fingers... and it stays there for minutes. Eventually the big, soapy head begins its digression... leaving craters while retaining much of its mass. The lacing is fantastic, leaving gobs of sticky sheets behind. Big.

Smell- A simply incredible balance of huge, juicy hops together with a rugged, yet bready malt backbone. The more I dive my nose into the glass, the smoother and more balanced the aroma. I do sense an alcohol presence, although in no way does it interfere. I can't wait to taste this.

Taste- A full bodied tribute to the bigness of hops and malts, with a bonus kick to the head in ABV. Wonderfully intense, it challenges the timid beer drinker for sure... these are really big flavors. Wildly wicked bitterness in the back of the mouth, carrying the malt profile somehow right along with it. There is a unique interplay of sweet vs. bitter that is executed better here than in any other beer of this type. Definitely well deserving of the big ratings.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A "wimpy" texture is all we get here after all this haughtiness? Surprisingly, most of the carbonation of this beer is released and spent in the enormous, magnificent head. Thin on its way in the mouth, it never develops an interesting enough body to showcase the massive character... but since the flavor holds its own, it's not a dealbreaker. With a smile, I gulp and belch the rest of this ale down, realizing that one of these is enough... but damn I'm enjoying this tasting.

03-06-2007 04:01:48 | More by yelterdow
Photo of alkemy


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured a deep amber out of the bomber. When held up to light, beautiful chestnut is revealed. Head is off white (slightly yellow) and left its mark all down the glass. Grapefruity hops is the first scent followed by caramel malts. The hops definitely dominates. I'm a hophead, but I really appreciate the balance of this beer. The odd thing is that right in the beginning, you get a hint of malty sweetness. This sweetness is very quickly overpowered by a nice hit of hops, and then reappears on the back-end. The carbonation is right on tingling the tongue along with the hoppy bite.

10-02-2009 23:20:35 | More by alkemy
Photo of ggroller


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

22 oz. silk screened bottle. Great verbage on the back.

Pours amber with a thin tannish head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing on the glass.

Smells like ALCHOHOL, cinnamon, brown sugar.

The gargoyle on the bottle is very fitting. This beer really punches you in the face and demands your attention. Very balanced, though. I taste the hops along with sweet caramel, brown sugar.

For me, this is very drinkable and could take me through a session although I don't think I'd be able to stand up or see straight after only a few.

This is a beer lover's beer and like the bottle says, not for the faint of heart.

04-04-2005 13:40:17 | More by ggroller
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Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

You have ever right to be arrogant...you bastard. I like it a lot!

a- pours a dark reddish brown with a decent frothy head into a pint glass

s- Very spicey flavor also some hops

t- Malty, hoppy and a bit citrusy, but not at all bitter

This beer drinks very smooth and was very unique for me. I thought from some of Stone's other beers that it was going to be overly hoppy, but this is an awesome blend.

Can't wait to try the oaked and the double bastard

05-04-2009 19:24:50 | More by greg202stewart
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%

(On tap at Eulogy Belgium Tavern)-- Pours a deep red brown in color. Lace is off-white color, frothy, and sticky; retains very well. On the nose the aromas of toasted grains, fruity esters, and the alcohol is evident as well. Mouthfeel is smooth. On the palate the flavors erupted; complex malty sweetness, toasted bread, hints of caramel, pine, grain, and fruity/figs. Medium to full bodied brew. Alcohol really kicks in at the end. This stuff rocks....

01-27-2003 15:05:11 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,500 ratings.