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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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8,198 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,198
Reviews: 2,761
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 229
Gots: 715 | 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.

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Photo of dfuller


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a soft, cream-colored head. Beautiful. The nose contains only a faint whiff of the 7.2% ABV of this brew. Hops are readily apparent right up front, but I could be saying that because I'm midway through the bottle and the hop aftertaste reminds me of an IPA.

As far as taste goes: woah. A firm, sweet, roasted malt texture hits first, followed immediately by a brutal blast of bitter hops. It takes most of the bottle to detect all the flavors here, especially across the temperature range.

This is one to hand your wine nerd friends to prove the legitimacy of us BeerAdvocates. Most wine nerds I've shared it with haven't liked it (hey, the gargoyle has no patience for wineos), but have at least been forced to admit that beer is a craft at least equal to winemaking in scope and depth.

What an excellent creation Stone hath wrought!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 05:48:58 | More by dfuller
Photo of flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Mondial de la bière 2010 in Montreal without any notes, so this is from pure memory so the review can be somewhat inaccurate.

A: Orange fully transluscent color with pure white head. Good retention with ok lacing.

S: AFAIR, it was quite nicely hoppy with a good level of piny and citrus (read: grapefruit) hops. Good caramel malts. Was pretty straightforward.

T: Kicks with a nice level of caramel malts but this is more about the piny and grapefruit hops.

M: Mid mouthfeel with mid carbonation. What you'd expect.

D: Very easy to drink regardless of the good level of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:49:01 | More by flipper2gv
Photo of Joey7F


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrogant Bastard Ale is one of those beers that you hear about and if you are lucky enough to not live in Tampa Florida, you can buy it at your local liquor store.

Fortunately my friend from Colorado brought 6 for me. I paid a premium for it, it was worth it because having 6 large containers of liquid surrounding a video card with a few usb cables hanging off scares the NSTB people...he practically had to drink the beer to prove that it was not dangerous.)

The head on this beer lasts forever, and pours a dark orange (thing of beauty) It has a strong smell, but you can only really smell it when you are on top of it. It tastes like an ESB and it is good chilled, it is fantastic at room temperature. The mouthfeel is like that of a good stout and the drinkability is good, but at 7.2% abv you probably won't want too many.


Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 12:32:32 | More by Joey7F
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 02:32:53 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of horshack7


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 01:18:49 | More by horshack7
Photo of beersheppard


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: rich clear mahogany color with a lingering tan head and nice lacing.

Smell: piney flowery hops and sweet malt.

Taste: hop forward as advertised with a delicously balanced malt backbone a little alcohol in the aftertaste, 7.2 %, that adds richness and depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel: not watery, substantial on the palate, with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: an execellently crafted brew, especially for a hop head, well balanced with malt. A quality product from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 06:27:53 | More by beersheppard
Photo of TVolt1


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful amber color with a hint of red. Great clarity. When poured it has a nice finger width of head that's almost a blush color.

S: I thought it would have a much stronger hop smell than it did. Sounds to be such a bold beer but the smell isn't showing that. Moderate hops smell with a nice aroma of grapefuit/citrus.

T:The taste justifies the name of this beer. A perfect amount of hops added with that great grapefruit taste. It leaves a laster bittering hoppy trademark on your tongue leaving you wanting more! If you like a bitter beer, this one is for you!

M: light mouthfeel, highly carbonated. Doesn't coat your mouth - the lasting finish is enough.

O: By drinking this beer my husband and I were able to get past a long "having our differences" day and enjoy each other, the company, and a great tasting, hop-filled, in-your-face finish beer that I would be sure to buy again!!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 01:54:59 | More by TVolt1
Photo of Matty1918


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz growler and poured into a pint glass.

Poured a cloudy, dark amber with a minimal amber head but good lacing.

A very good aroma...slight citrus..grapefruit, sweet malt, this smellsgood

Yup that first sip is HOPPY..citrus, dry bitterness very good. I can feel the warmth of this one..7.2%. Nice finish. the malt and hops blend together nicely. A very good ale....I've never been disapointed with STONE.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 00:51:31 | More by Matty1918
Photo of tmcelvain


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rusty and translucent. I know this owes so much to the style, but this just nails the middle of the road for the perfect beer pour. Not so dark that it turns away the uninitiated, but not so pale that you wonder if it will have any flavor. Good head and retention. Had to elaborate here, as it is about the first 5 in any category I have ascribed.

Smells of hops. Need I say more?

Tastes quite dry up front, and end with a sweet note. Toes the line for bitterness. Well balanced, but a nonbeergeek could be turned off. That is a good thing.

Bitter and lightly bubble mouthfeel.


Go get some.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 03:02:11 | More by tmcelvain
Photo of paxchristi


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at "The Smoking Lounge" at the Denver Airport.

Appearance: Badass looking beer! Very dark brown with one finger of nice, khaki head. Head leaves remnant all the way down glass.

Smell: Roasted malts and some pine. Hops meet grain for an intense scent. Alcohol burns the nostrils a bit.

Taste: Piny hops hit you initially. Bready and sweet malts and yeasts bring up the back end. A caramel sweetness lies right in between. Creates a very pungent flavor not to soon be forgotten. Finishes dry.

Mouth: Totally medium body. Spot on. Good even carbonation gives the strong flavor a prickliness that advances its already strong flavor.

Overall: This is a total classic in craft beer. A total "go-to" beer for those who like strong ales. Will get this again, aboslutely! Stone continues to blow my mind.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 19:11:17 | More by paxchristi
Photo of tavernjef


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid deep brown chestnut in color, magnificent head of yellow cream thats tight, spongy froth about a half inch high and fades some to leave a solid ring and very sticky, super finely stitched lacing. Smell is deep roasted malts, some dark fruit of raisin and fig and a solid backing of earthy hops lending citrus and pine. Taste is rich, earthy, full of sweet dark roasted maltyness and solid earthy hops. One incredibly balanced "bastard" of on ale. Feel is full bodied creamyness, a bit buttery in front with a solid hop grab texture and excellent lingering piney bittered dryness into the finish. Everything about this beer states attitude and quality, hence its arrogance. I just love the bottle, the gargoyle is super cool, and the powerful, gutsy statement on the back is a true mark of a rebellious warrior in the war of brewing.

Thanks to Gusler for getting me the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 06:28:11 | More by tavernjef
Photo of weazal


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

SMELL: Rich smelling, but light and quick. Sweet caramel malts up front blending so well with bright hops that you can't dissect the two apart. Some dark fruit like prunes and brown sugar.

TASTE: Just like the aroma - an intense blending of bright hops and rich, sweet caramel. They dance back and forth together in a complex, bitter, and entertaining way. Finishes appropriately quickly in a luscious way that demands another sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 04:59:30 | More by weazal
Photo of DaveBlack


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich, reddish brown with a pretty nice off-white head to it that seems to have infinite retention. I drank an entire pitcher of this over the course of dinner and the head was still there at the end. Lots of lacing.

S: Big aroma on this beer with lots of toasty malts, notes of caramel a slightly astringent smell from the esters and a lot of hops.

T: Lots of sweet malts are up front bringing in caramel and toffee and a nice roasted flavor before the hops make their presence felt in a big way. The hops bring a spicy, piney flavor and leave the mouth with a nice bitter aftertaste. Big flavor on this beer, with a lot of balance between the sweet and bitter.

M: Medium bodied, with a tingly spiciness, but still comes off as creamy...

O: Big flavor, lots of balance and a heavy hit of alcohol. This beer is definitely a classic for a reason. I wouldn't try to drink anything afterwards because it leaves your mouth feeling totally ravished, but it's worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 20:45:50 | More by DaveBlack
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 17:57:29 | More by RedChrome
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams pint.

A - Very gorgeous look. Nice dark amber with some nice light brownish hints. There is a nice 1 inch head that is dense and light tan colored. To me this is a perfect look. While it recedes slowly it goes down to a nice mat.

S - Initial grassy and resin pine aroma with some nice good caramel malt. The malt hints are delicious and meld very well with the slight piney hops. The aroma is well balanced and complex.

T & M - Starts of with some nice malt sweetness and a bit of caramel but then quickly turns into a strong hop and grassy citric character. Very nicely toasted grains are also felt around the crisp and dry hop profile. It is smooth and finishes dry with nice carbonation and good roasted flavors.

D - Crisp and smooth yet complex flavors might hinder the drinkability as well as the higher ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:54:16 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of intensify


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a sexy looking brown body with a thick and lace hungry head.
S- hops, caramel, orange peel, honey.

T- Hoppy from start to finish. Caramel, plums, orange, grapefruit.

M- Excellent amount of carbonation. Walks the line of being a perfect feel of carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall this is a flavourful and suprisingly complex beer. The body looks just as delicious after sitting in my Tulip for 10 minutes as it did on the pour. 1 pint should be no problem to finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 04:53:02 | More by intensify
Photo of maximum12


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to TexasStout for a bomber of this strong ale a couple of months ago.

Pours with a nice thick head that slowly dissolves into the beer, which is a rusty, murky reddish color. Smells surprisingly of fruit; I wasn't expecting that. Any swirl brings it back to the top. Excellent nose on this Bastard.

Now I see where the Oaked AB (a fantastic beer!) gets its backbone. This is very good. Hopped enough to warrant an IIPA label in my book, with the strong fruits pushed into the background.

Drinkability is high, high, high. I was going to drink this with a nice dinner, but the dinner is still ten minutes in the future & I don't know if this 1/2 of a bomber is going to survive that long.

Very excited to have this one (& Oaked AB I'm hoping!) across the border in Hudson soon. This one's a winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 00:17:22 | More by maximum12
Photo of Knapp85


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fell in love with Stone after having this beer. I loved everything
about it, The bottle was awesome looking the name was great. The story on the back was also very cool. This beer was just a really good starting point for me when venturing out into the beer world. Had my first bottle on 4-17-2008. The beer poured out as a deep amber color. The head is pretty thick looking and white. head that laces the glass really well. The smell was stronger than what I was used to at the time, It was big and hoppy, a subtle sweetness on the nose as well. The taste has a strong pine flavor to it. The hop character of this beer is very good. The other tastes were of some caramel malts that gave is a slight sweetness and a light wooden flavor too. The mouthfeel is medium and had a good drinkablity to it. Overall, I think this beer is a classic in it's own way. As long as Stone makes this beer I don't see them going out of business anytime soon. It's a beerthat's got the balls to stand up against all the others out there and say "I'm better than you".

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 22:25:21 | More by Knapp85
Photo of BradtheGreat7


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber with a brilliant Stone label. This version of the gargoyle has an 'arrogant' look to him and the bottle theme is a great touch. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - deep reddish brown In color with a thick and frothy off white to light tan head. Sticky lace plastered the side of my glass. Beautiful!

S - nice hop aroma with a ton of pine notes. Toasted grain like malts with yet a hint of dark fruit.

T - big malt character and caramel sweetness with a slight touch of chocolate. A good mixture of pine from the well placed hops. Somewhat bitter but damn good. Dark fruits dazzle deep in this flavor. Roastiness adds a nice touch to this well balanced brew. Grainy and dry finish.

M - medium to full bodied. Thick and smooth while still maintaining a solid crispness. Very chewy in the mouth.

O - this was my first and won't be my last arrogant bastard. Huge complexity and flavor. One of the best beers I've ever had. It deserves the title arrogant title with the look, taste, and feel. It screams world class. Delicious. I now understand why Stone are so highly talked about. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 02:01:06 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of Boto


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber. This one pours a bit "Thick". There was a bit of an off white head. The beer is a bit clear, and a reddish amber color. Extremely malty with a nice hop afterbite. Unique taste. There is a bit of fruitiness in there. It is very potent. This is one my wife will definitely NOT like. I am Worthy!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 20:43:37 | More by Boto
Photo of Wonka


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz.
7.2% Alc. Vol.

Appearance – mahogany body; rocky head and a wall of lace; carbonation rises in the body for a long while

Smell – sharp hops and mellow malts; spice

Taste – skyscraper of taste; nice hop malt battle; dark chocolate; caramel; spice; orange rind; some alcohol; hop smacks at the end with a reasonable dose of coffee

Mouthfeel – medium/almost full; some bite on the tongue from bitterness

Drinkability – a bit warming; not crushing on bitterness but the bitterness is well-understood between sips

The boulder-sized Stone is rolling down the hill in your direction and there's really nowhere to go. Arrogant Bastard will hit you straight in the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 23:57:50 | More by Wonka
Photo of Scooter77


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one helluva great brew. Pours a deep orangish/reddish/brown color with a moderately frothy off-white head, which leaves a thin, sticky lace. The aroma is definitely not for the faint of heart. A healthy punch of hops attacks the olfactory senses, leaving them begging for mercy. Slight aromas of fruit and alcohol are also detected. The bold taste of hops will beat down your taste buds and have them screaming “Uncle.” This is one vastly complex brew, I didn’t think that anyone could put that much hops into one beer. Am I worthy? Why, yes I am.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2003 05:28:55 | More by Scooter77
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 24oz Beer Stein

Appearance - Dark Crimson with a very cloudy appearance. Pours a fomay 4 finger head that is fairly brown in color with excellent retention. Lacing is also very sticky and abundant as well.

Smell - Sweet Caramel & Toffee, along with some fairly potent piney hops. There's also some pretty hefty malts in here as well, giving it more of a sweeter sort of scent. No matter how you look at it, it smell absolutely delicious. I kind of don't even want to drink this because it smells so good!

Taste - Piney Hops & Very Sweet Toffee hit the palette hard with a sort of resin-like aftertaste with licorice kick. The malts aren't quite what I would call roasted, but more of a slightly roasted sort of malt. It all comes together to make for a delicious tasting ale that masks the alcohol very well.

Mouthfeel - It's pretty heavy in body and the carbonation packs a little bite. This is an example of an ale that you really need to sit down and enjoy, as this is not what you would call an easy drinker for some

Overall - This isn't a beer for everyone, but that's okay. . With it's rich flavor, it's easy to recommend This is a beer for craft beer enthusiasts who are up to try anything new or for fans of Strong Ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 03:49:59 | More by NuclearDolphin
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just had this on tap at Old Chicago. I've had it before but I was very happy to find this on tap tonight so I thought I'd review it!

A: It poured a very deep red or mohagany.

S: Lots of malty sweetness, and a bit of hops with something sweet

T: I quickly figured out the sweetness I couldn't pinpoint. It seemed to me to be some vanilla. I read some others and nobody else seemed to get this. But I did, also, there was a touch of hops, and of course malty goodness. Not nealry the hops I had expected.

M: Smooth as silk!

D: I could drink a bunch of these but the price held me back which is fine with me. Very good!

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2009 02:37:33 | More by madtowndmb1
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a symbol for what is so good in brewing today. It is large and in your face and does not care which companies pay lots of money to promote their product. It is brown in color with ruby highlights. The aroma is full of hops and some malt. The bitterness is up front and the body is a sweet and smooth maltiness. It has a big hop finish that is herbal and minty. This beer is extreme and just wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 13:41:23 | More by ark57
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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