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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,596 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,596
Reviews: 2,780
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 258
Gots: 923 | 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 pjwilson
4/5  rDev -4.1%

appearance: massive head and lacing. a marzen like dark red, yet very transparent though.

smell: a nice cascade smell, mixed with some sweet malts. nice hop oil action.

taste: very good taste, with a nice bitterness backing. very much a hoppy red ale. more hop flavor and a nice malt backing, similar to their pale ale, although less pronounced. never noticed, but the pale ale is basically a lighter verison of this beer. this beer is very bitter, mabey a little much. or am i not worthy..?

mouthfeel: nice and light drinking, the bitterness leaves a puckeringness in the mouth.

drinkablity: a very nice beer, good mix of hops and bitter. the mouthfeel makes it easy to drink. one of my first american craft beers, always worth a drink, a local dive has this on tap for 3 bucks, what more is there to know.

pjwilson, May 04, 2006
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Thanks go to Zorro for this bomber.

My nonic is filled with a nice ruby brown liquid with about one and a half inches of thick, dense light tan head. I find the aroma has more of a sweet malt character with citrus and floral hops coming in at the end. The taste is excellent! Spicy, fruity, a bit sweet in the beginning with a touch of smokiness to it. Bitterness from the hops come in upon swallowing with a smooth, slick, slightly thick mouthfeel. It just fills your mouth full of goodness. Thanks Stone...the pleasure was all mine.

Imstillthegman, May 04, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Dark orange color with hops aroma. The taste is mostly hops, with a really vigorous carbonation. I've never had a bad one yet.

Always a good choice for me. I just wish Stone would sell them in 12oz bottles. Great Lakes Nosferatu comes in 12oz and is really similar to Arrogant Bastard if anyone is looking for a comparison.

TurdFurgison, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

22 oz bottle with a highly amusing, arrogant rant against lesser beers.

Pours a pretty dark amber color with a good, thick head and nice retention.

The aroma is hoppy, as could be expected, and citrusy with a bit of malt.

The flavor is sweet with a citrusy, hoppy, almost tangy quality. The finish is clean and nicley bitter from all those hops. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied with not too much carbonation.

Fairly strong in the large bottle, so I guess not the most drinkable beer in the world, but certainly something I was glad to have 22 oz of.

AaronHomoya, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of treehugger02010
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Overall this was a great beer. I doubt that I would ever order it again, but it was great to order once. It was pretty freakin' intense, but at the same time mild. The bottle was oversized for this beer. I would have wished for a smaller bottle, the bigger bottle forced me to feel as if I needed to drink it. I am looking for someone to beer mail me directing me to a book or placethat can teach me more about appreciating beer.

treehugger02010, Apr 27, 2006
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.

bgraney, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of trep
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%

Mother of God, thanks to Stone for making this delicious beer.

Pours from the 22 dark red, like beet juice. Nice blonde colored head foams up and as it settles leaves a nice bit of lacing around the top of the goblet. Dark brown and clear, with the tan head sitting atop it, it looks like some yum.

Smells of grapefruit, flowers, piney and citrus hops dominate the aroma. Alcohol in the nose, doesn't take away from the beer in the least bit. Cereal malts in the background, but very faint. Smells wonderful I really can't say enough about the grapefruit smelling hop character. Juicy is really the only word that does it justice.

Refreshing hop bite initially that lasts forever and a day. A schpeil of flavors present themselves through out the bitterness. Pine, sweet fruits, and citrusy hops are very prevalent. Sweet malts give the hops a nice backbone to hold it up. To me, the feel of this Bastard on my pallate is perfect. Not syrupy, but not thin either. A bit chewy, but you won't need your spoon to drink this. About as close as you can get to perfection.

This beer would have been all 5's if it would have been a bit easier to drink. The hop bitterness really lasts throughout and destroys your pallate. But it is worth it. Without question one of my top 5 of all time.

trep, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of RDAdams
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance: The most difficult part of this review was trying to define the color of the ale. Without my 64 color crayola set, it's difficult. It's a light opaque amber brown and clear when you hold it up to the light. The head is full, beautiful, and well-retained.

Smell: The aroma jumps out at you with all its complexities. You inhale the full spectrum of the malts and the hops. My wife is my arbiter of beer. She does not care for beer that much. She took eook a whiff of the aroma of this beer and said "Now that's a beer."

Taste: It isn't enough that it tastes great. It coats your entire mouth and into your throat with enough that the taste lingers on for minutes. And the taste is so exceptional that you wind up sipping the beer so that you don't waste a drop of the taste.

Mouthfeel: Women claim that I chew my beer, I say I move it around in my mouth and savor it until the chill is gone before swallowing. If we eliminate the taste from mouthfeel, the beer is somewhat thin for a beer with such a powerful taste.

Drinkability: This beer is clearly not for everyone. It is not a beer you would give to a man or a woman dying of thirst or an aficionado of American swill. To me it is awesome; to others I don't know.

RDAdams, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of Budlum
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours with a slightly cloudy, ruby color from a well described bottle. The bottle alone is a keeper for sure. The scents are certainly lacking. It smells like beer, I think. The first sip makes you forget trying to gain knowledge by scent. Immediately malty without becoming over-bearing. Slight hop finish with some wonderful dried fig notes. Certainly a slow drink to be enjoyed on a relaxing evening. Apparently the alcohol content is moderately high but, its presence cannot be detected in the taste.

Served from a 22 oz. bomber, the second pour in to a goblet reveals a thick, deeply-colored, lasting head similar to Brasserie des Rocs Grand Cru. The hoppy finish and slight alcohol taste was also more apparent on the second serving. If only the supply lines in PA were better established!

Budlum, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a nearly opaque ruby color, with a thick tan head that's foamy and fizzy and retains extremely well, flattening only very very slowly. Plenty of bubbles working their way to the top. I look at the body and think "barleywine"...I look at the head and think "porter"...I look at the bubbles and think "tripel"...I wonder what this is going to taste like...

Sweet candy-like smell reminds of cherry twizzlers and caramel milkshakes. Later I get a blueberry maple syrup thing. Wow, what an aroma.

All kinds of sweet flavors come to mind once this hits the lips, but the sweetness is not at all hard to take or overbearing. Just well-balanced. I think of all the aromas listed above when sipping this fine ale. The boastful text on the bottle would make this seem like a spikey, extreme and/or high-alcohol beer, but it's none of the above. Just a complex ale with a malty profile that offers a wide variety of candy/fruit type combinations, with hop bitterness and a wheaty heft giving it more depth. I don't taste or smell the insane hops that a lot of other people sense in this beer, but that's the beauty of the Arrogant Bastard: terribly hard to pin down.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy, considering the bubbles I saw in the beginning. I wouldn't drink this every day, it's so unique that it strikes me as a special-occasion type thing. But wow, it's delicious. Somewhere between a malt liquor, a double IPA, an old ale and a barleywine...this is another fantastic beer from the creative freaks at Stone. Long may they brew.

Metalmonk, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of BRoss242
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

A- Pours a crystal clear ruby red color with a tight 3 finger head that lasts forever. Leave a thick lacy film from start to finish.

S- Nice malt aroma with a good amount of hops gives it a fruity floral sent.

T- Nice balance of malt and hops with a hint of caramel, plums and some pepper rolling across my tongue. As this warms it gives me the impression that they have some smoked malts in here.

M-Very heavy full bodied, warming beer almost like an Elglish Old Ale but with alot of hops added, creamy and bitter feel mixed together when its going across my tongue.

D- I wish I get this more often, but Stone hasn't arrived in Florida yet. If I can get a regular supplier of this I will buy more than 2 bottles nest time. Overall a very good beer.

BRoss242, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of cproioi
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

This is the first time ever having this beer and I'm reviewing it as I'm drinking it. I have high expectations of this beer I hope it doesn't let me down.

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a nonic pint glass

A:pours a lovely dark red with a two finger tan head that is staying up for a good amount of time andleaves very good lacing.

S: first thing that hits me is the hops however it's not a strong hops smell like an IPA but it's certainly noticable. A pine cone and spice aroma accompany this beer as it warms. Also more of an alcohol smell comes to my nose.

T: 1st sip a well balanced hop and malt blend. With a lightly hoppy after taste. few minutes later I taste more malt in this taste then I did in the first, very interesting. Leaves a maltier after taste.
Now it's a balance betweem hops and malt very good. A little later I'm getting a peppery after taste. More time passed and the peppery hops flavor is coming more and more to the front of the taste.

M: Thick feel almost syrupy. leaves the mouth with a nice warming feeling. The feeling falls down the throat. Very nice.

D: I would like to have another one. I can't really tell that the abv is 7.2% so drinking one after another would be easily done. However, I predict that would have a bad result. Cannot drink as quick as I'd like seeing that I have to go to work in a bit. I can't bring myself to pour this down my throat every sip makes me want to hold it in my mouth and dissect every taste.

Final verdict: I liked this beer it was very good. I will soon be getting another bottle of this and suggesting it to my friends.

Side note: This ale's name and bottle humor me the same way Kanye West humors me. They are both just so full of themselves and I find both to be very funny.

cproioi, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

22 oz bomber bottle---->my trusty pint glass

Poured a lovely brown / ruby red color with a thick creamy head, a tannish color. Very vicous and sticky as hell, lacing forms all over the walls of the glass

Some buttery notes on the nose mingle with some nutty toffee scents and the faintest bit of alchohol in the background. Also detect some carmel, chocolate scents and malty sweetness

A BOLD brew that truly lives up to it's name...So many complexities exist in the smell, test and mouth feel of this brew. Carbonation lights up the tip of the tounge, the settles down leaving this medium bodied all to move smoothly over the rest of your tounge.

Very creamy... yet On the front of the tounge a bit sweet with some carmel / milk chocolate profiles, these are proceeded by the complex hop profile that are bold as all hell. The finish is relatively smooth with some sweet notes popping up once again and a somewhat dry finish. After the finish there is even a sort of Rasberry tart/sweet taste going on.

This is the type of beer that is so deep it is hard to actually pin point the individual tastes (in a good way) you almost taste something new with each and every sip.

DaggerEyes, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of cubedbee
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

This was my first craft beer ever back in college, and as the label says, I didn't like it, at all, because I lacked the taste and sophistication to enjoy good beer. How things have changed--now I can see that this is a superb beer, a wonderful brewing creation, far superior to anything I enjoyed in my unlightened days.

Onto the review--I served this from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter, it poured a dark deep amber, garnet on the edges, a finger of dense beige head that sticks around for a few minutes before subsiding to a scattered cap. Some decent bits of lacing left behind on the glass. Nose has a nice dose of citric hops as expected, but there is also a strong malt with hints of caramel, dark fruits and brown sugar. Taste meets expectations, starting with a nice full caramel malt, some toasted and nutty flavors detectable, and then giving way to a nice long bitter citrusy lemony hop finish Very nice, certainly hop heavy, but this beer has the malt backbone to keep up. Full bodied with a very nice smooth mouthfeel. This is an incredible beer, a huge American beer that is nonetheless tasty and drinkable if you've acclimated yourself to hops, I wish I didn't have to travel across state lines to get Stone beers.

cubedbee, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

Another incredible beer by Stone. This brewery is amazing, the hype is justified IMO.

Pours a captivating firey amber. The eggshell colored head is densely packed and never dissappears. It leaves big chunks of foam on the glass, not just lace. The aroma is citrusy and bitter with a doughy, caramel malt balast.

The taste is packed with malt and hop flavors. Pungent pine and grapefruit immediately assault my palate. Almost simultaneously grainy, mollases and raisin bread dough notes appear. The middle is like being caught in the crossfire of a Hops and Malts gun battle. There are all kinds of flavors flying every which way. In the finish, the Hops gain the upper had. Theres a resinous bitterness that comandeers the finish and makes the aftertaste long and delicious. The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

I love this beer. It is the most flawlessly balanced beer Ive tried. Some might say its a little hop forward, maybe thats what makes it balanced to a hophead like me.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%

Nice big frothy head with good lacing. The head does completely dissappear. The aroms has lots of maly and hops. AI bit different than other strong ales. Eventhought eh alcohol is only 7.2, it's very apparent. I plan on cellaring some of these for a year or so.

doubleipa, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of joeskirkie
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

It sits in my snifter a dark brown. I hold it to the light to show a slight mahagony red. Big bubbly biege head.

Malty on the nose, like raisons, some grassy hops, caramel, pretty dran good.

Bitters and malts are mixed around all over the place. Smooth and sorta thick, bitter but not too much. This is all around so good.

This beer is just all around cool, like if the Fonz made homebrew, he'd make this. I enjoy this every time.

joeskirkie, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of boulevard2
4.63/5  rDev +11%

22oz bomber with no freshness date

Pours thick carmel colored almost looks like iced tea. Smells sweet and delicious so many characteristics I don't know where to start, grapes, malt , hops and caramel. The taste is smooth and creamy with hops , malts, caramel and honey . This is a stellar beer and I would put this beer up against any other and be on top .I now understand and deem myself worthy ...thank you Stone Brewing!

boulevard2, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of JasonCoop
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%

pours a rusty pretty hazy brown. big rocky off-white/beige almost head.

smells quite hoppy and alcoholic. nice and fruity also. smells strong.

taste - is very rich and malty. a sort of dark roasty caramel malt taste blends into more nutty malts. hops provide a nice kick on the finish to dry it out. very hoppy for the style but still has that great dark malty taste.

mouthfeel is full and rich. pleasant. drinkability is excellent especially for this style. a great, hearty strong ale.

does it make me an arrogant bastard to consider myself worthy???

JasonCoop, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of chargerfanjess
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%

22 ounce bottle. Loads of caramel with tons of hoppy nose. Upon first sip very caramel flavors and very high spicy bitterness. This beer is exceptionally clear with a amber to red color. Very nice tight white head. excellent mouthfeel and top notch finish

chargerfanjess, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

(4-2-07)
I've finally come around to this, and, as such, I'm updating the review.

Pours out an off-red leathery brown color with few bubbles to be found in the body. Head is kind of small, beige, and leaves rings of lace on the glass. Malt aromas have a little bit of chocolate and toasted grain while the hops lean towards resin. Alcohol is a little to prominent in the nose for me. Flavor is of the toasty malts, lots of fruity esters (reminding me of the their porter), and a big finish of hops: grassy, floral, and earthy, with a pronounced aspirin bitterness that lingers on for a while. Mouthfeel is smooth on carbonation, it is almost to the point of being thick, but doesn't carry too much weight in the mouth. Solid overall drinkability.

goochpunch, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%

this came highly reccommended, thanks Jwaks

A - a true burnt umber color with ruby highlights, with half a finger of tan head with substantial staying power

S - very faint aromas, hoppy of course, not much else, no complex aormas like i was expecting

T - the bitterness of ale with a heavy metallic twang

M - pretty normal if you ask me

D- again rather average, a good tasty ale, but no complexities

sinstaineddemon, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of kevin62
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%

This large bottle poured out a reddish brown color ,with a thin head that quickly dissappears.The aroma is of hops and more hops ,as well as pine and citrus.The taste is also hoppy and citrusy,and I guess if this is your favorite style,you will like this beer.As for myself,I think it is a little too hoppy and while I thought it was good.I guess I was expecting more.I suppose I am not worthy.

kevin62, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of mithrascruor
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

I reviewed this beer four years ago, and at the time gave it a 'C'. Really, it was my first introduction to 'extreme' beers. Shortly thereafter, I came to really enjoy Arrogant Bastard (and other Stone offerings), but never bothered to change my review here...

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark reddish-color with a tint of copper at the edges. Some bubbles visible rising to the surface. Great off-white/tan head; dense and leaves great lacing.

Smell: Big somewhat spicy aroma of citrus and malts.

Taste: This is quite a spicy beer with grapefruit, citrus, and hop spicyness, all over caramel-like malts that try to balance out the flavor. Has a good kick in the bitterness department at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium- to heavy-bodied. Has some very soft yet tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Good ABV for this type of beer. Strong taste, but if you like it, is is really enjoyable.

A really great and special beer.

mithrascruor, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.83/5  rDev -32.1%

On tap at Old Chicago, downtown Denver, CO.

Served too cold in a chilled mug. Poured with no head: just an off-white ring that left good lacing. Cloudy plain brown. Smell is malty front, with hop side notes. Taste is the opposite: very hoppy foreground (pine, metallic, bitter) with just a hint of malt background. The bartender sold me this by saying it was balanced and complex. Those who know me also know I'm a malt-lover, and so take it with a grain of salt when I say that I didn't find it either balanced or complex. Overtly hoppy and bitter (too much so for my taste!), with hardly any malt presence. Even after I let it sit and warm up, it was still too one-dimensionally hop-dominated.
Decent mouthfeel (its best feature), and fairly drinkable. I've had one, now. Probably not again, and certainly not for $4.75 (plus tip) for a pint.

ColoradoBobs, Mar 25, 2006
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,596 ratings.