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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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9,263 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,263
Reviews: 2,831
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 296
Gots: 1,288 | 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 abankovich
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a very deep amber with about a 2 finger head that started to dissipate after a few sips. Some of the head clung to the side of the glass and a light layer stayed on top.

Smell - Caught a little sweetness among the aromas, a little caramel, but mostly smelled the hops, slightly sour.

Taste - Initial taste on my tongue was the strong taste of the hops, bitter, but they faded to a sweet, slightly chocolate, smoky finish on the back end that lingers long after it has gone down.

Mouthfeel - I wouldn't call it incredibly heavy but it's definitely on the mid to heavy end of the spectrum. Pretty smooth going down considering how aggressive (as it says on the bottle) this beer is.

Drinkability - Definitely not a beer for people unaccustomed to the style. It is strong and full of flavor but an excellent beer. Not the easiest to have multiple bottles of because it only comes in 22oz servings.

This is a great beer, as most Stone beers that I've had have proven to be. The 7.2% ABV doesn't really show through much at all. Definitely something that I try and always have on hand in my fridge.

Photo of maddogruss
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown body with a one inch, tan head. Excellent retention until the finish of the beer with solid lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Smells like sweet grapefruit with some bitter, floral undertones.

T: A strong, hop taste with a sweet, dry grapefruit aftertaste. Slightly bitter, but balanced out by the sweet, grapefruit taste.

M: Fairly full-bodied and smooth. A little thin, but overall, still nice and smooth.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer. An excellent balance of hops and malts. The hops are more evident in the beginning, but become much more balanced out towards the finish.

Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour is reddish brown with a light head. Smell is malty sweetness, with some hops showing through. Taste is sweet but not overly at all, followed by a mild drying hop finish. Thich, and rich for the style, while flavors are somewhat mild actually. Nice bitterness at first, but it turned medicinal and aspirin tablet-like a bit. Not bad, but wasn't too crazy about it either.

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the bomber bottle into a pint glass and was presented with a 2-finger head that was very foamy and died slowly, leaving little lacings on top of a seethru ruby brown body. The smell was very hoppy and some malt characters were noticeable, and I picked up some earth tones. The smells are mostly strong and pointed also, not weak hints.
To me, as hoppy as Stone Brewing likes to make their beers this was very malty. You will notice the hops and some of the alcohol (it is 7.2% ABV) in the backbite, but it still remains a heavy body that goes down smooth. However, the driving force behind this brew is the mixture of coffee, roasted, chocolate and toffee malts that blend well together. I might be missing one or adding one, but this is somewhat strong stout tasting, malt wise, balanced with hops for a strong, dry finish that keeps you wanting more.
One of the few ales with a "higher-than-session" ABV that had me continually tilting my glass and I could've kept pounding these bad boys. The fact that they're $4 or $5 at grocery stores only adds to this beer.
The label's right - not for beer wimps.

Photo of techdiver
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's been a while since I had any of this. Seems I forgot what a pleasure it is. Pours a beautiful deep mahogany with a creamy off white head that dissipates slowly leaving a nice foamy cap and modest lacing.

Fairly balanced nose of caramel malt and hops.

Taste is impressive with a smooth malt profile intermingled with the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full and very smooth, a lush and easy drinking brew.

Photo of BeerTaster
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best beer I have had of this style but not bad either. Appearence dark amber almost reddish brown in color. Smell sweet malt floral and cirtus hop notes. Taste sweet caramel malt hint of molassess nice bitter finish citrius and grapefruitie. Mouthfeel thick with mediem carbonation. Drinkability ok this is a once in a while beer.

Photo of Overlord
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not my favorite from Stone, but a damn fine beer.

Pours a reddish amber. Smells like caramel malt, citrus/grapefruit, and pine hops. The taste is mostly caramel malt with a real pine hop background. The citrus is much more biting than I'm used to from ales of this type.

Nice thick mouthfeel. For some reason, I've just never appreciated this beer as much as I should. I always find myself grabbing the oaked version, double bastard, or ruination instead. Solid, pleasing product.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A: Super dark reddish brown color. Really different than most beers. Some lacing.

S: Lots of sweet malt. Molasses. Aroma hops and some floral hops as well.

T:Almost old ale like.Tea. Some raisins in the finish.

M:Thick medium body. Coats your mouth. Lightly carbonated.

D: Very light feeling and drinking for the ABV. Great beer that you can enjoy year round.

Photo of JustinOSU99
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice dark amber color that looks delicious. A solid inch of head that is sticking around quite nicely.

S: Very hoppy up front which is getting me very excited to try this. Slight spiciness is creeping up into my nose as well.

T: Yum. As hoppy tasting as it is smelling. Very delicious and strong up front, and mellows quickly with a bit of bitterness. A nice strong beer that would be great with a solid steak.

M: Not as heavy of a beer for it's taste. Sits with nice carbonation on the tongue.

D: You can't drink these all night, but I would definitely drink this on a regular basis.

Photo of EagleAg
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had heard alot about this beer from some of my buddies and said I had to try it if I liked flavorful beers. It certainly did not disappoint.

The beer poured a deep amber, reddish color with nice head the faded slowly and left a nice lacing down the glass.

The smell of hops was evident along with a slight sweetness. There is a fruitiness that comes through as well.

The taste is bold to say the least. The first thing that hit me was the almost overwhelming sense of hops but it transforms into a slightly sweet caramel flavor. As you drink it the hops tone seems to dissapate a little to let you get some of the more delicate undertones that are missed on the first drink.

This is a lightly carbonated and feels rich in your mouth. Very smooth and gets smoother as you drink it.

Definitely lives up to its warning that this is not for the carbonated macro brew drinkers. This will definitely be something I get again and again.

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

The label is funny, issuing a tongue-in-cheek challenge to drinkers to dare to declare themselves worthy of such a product. Upon trying it, I have to say that this beer holds up its end of the bargain. Much to discuss.

Two fingers of tan froth top a copper body with crimson tinges that's very easy on the eye. The smell brings loads of caramel to the nose, but is sufficiently complex to allow for fruit to present itself. Combined with the malt, this continues to please.

As does the taste, Arrogant Bastard sends the message that it means business. The caramel is very pleasant, but not too sweet, and combines with the fruit very nicely. I was surprised at the rather dry aftertaste, which doesn't go well with the rest in my humble opinion. Yet this is a very good and worthy brew, more than worth trying but worth its weight in gravitas. This beer has nerve and lives up to its braggadoccio. Well done.

Photo of dmamiano
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A fantastic dark crimson in color with a generour head and sticky lacing. This head isnt budging,,its here to stay.
Smells deep, malty, nots of caramel, bread and munich. Slight metalic note as well.
Taste is very full and slick. Great mouthfeel.
Malty notes balanced with an almost harsh bitterness.
Very good beer.

Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A while back, I had sampled Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, and really enjoyed the extreme flavor... the brewery's original ale is just as good, if not better, in my opinion... absolutely amazing dark-copper, prune-colored appearance with a gigantic frothy and foamy head that almost obliterated my drinking glass... smell was replete with caramel and bitter hops along with a tinge of vanilla... strange how the taste strongly complemented the aroma with honey flavors, caramel, strong hops, bitter florals, and slight vanilla... the flavor is truly extreme, aggressive and dominating... the strong ale flavored is extremely loaded with hops and a strong taste that completely dominates the pallate and doesn't let go... this has to be one of the most dominating and extreme American brews... definitely not for the faint-of-heart... really thick and rich stuff... if you like stronger, full-flavored beers, this one is definitely recommended...

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My Aunt and Uncle were nice enough to send this to me, just got it in the mail. Couldn't wait any longer. Into the snifter..

A - Not much in the way of head, but dark rich amber body is nice.

S - Just a ton of west coast hops. Vanilla, pine, slight citrus, it's all here. Complex? no, Enjoyable? Yes...

T - A text book American Strong Ale. Sweet caramel upon entry. Lightly sweet flavor hops that fall into good bittering hops follow. Again, not the most complex beer I've ever had, some interesting fruit notes towards the swallow, but very enjoyable.

M - Full, enjoyable, no complaints again.

D - This goes down so well. Very drinkable. This is not the greatest American Strong I've ever had, but it is a gold standard for the style. Solid.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

yes! this is the reason i came back to the states for a visit!

dark, DARK amber, pretty gem-like clear despite the bottle conditioning. awesome head and lacing.

great citrusy, fruity, piney hop aroma, almost perfume-like. hint of toasted malts.

hearty, malty flavor, with a nice strong kick of hops. really well balanced and amazingly smooth. i just can't get enough of this!

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at Goodnight Irene's in Wildwood, NJ.

A- Deep, Cloudy copper. 1 Finger of light tan head. Some of the best lacing I've seen.

S- Sweet malt, hints of caramel. Some citrusy hops mixed in as well.

T- Sweet malty beginning. Caramel and bready. Finishes is full of hops. Citrus and pine. Also had some alcohol in the finish as the beer warmed.

M- Medium to full bodied. Alcohol warmth as teh beer warmed a bit.

D- I really liked this beer and would definitely drink it again. It was full of flavor which I drank a savored slowly. I can see the alcohol sneaking up on you after a few.

Photo of erosier
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome beer. It pours a nice amber color from the bottle with a nice lacy thick tan colored head. The aroma is of roasted malts and great flowery hoppy aroma. The taste is excellent! The malts come through as the base and the hoppy bitterness follows through to the end. The mouthfeel is excellent and it is velvety especially for a beer of this gravity. The drinkability is excellent. I could drink alot of these if I could. This beer is awesome, pick it up if you can.

Photo of MisterClean
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, at The Graduate in Chico.

A - Dark copper-red, but with several different shades in the pour ranging from brown to light red. Medium off-white head with slight lacing.

S - Earthy, floral, and pine hops with slight maltiness.

T - Floral hops just burst out and tease the palate with a nice finish of malts.

M - Excellent. Refreshing. The second wave from the malts just soothes and balances the slight bitterness from the hops.

D - Could drink several, but wished it was more of a session style. Just very refreshing for a stronger ale.

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

L: The beer itself is a dark ruby red brown color. A very thick two finger off white head.
S:A very light caramel smell. I am also picking up just a slight molasses. How can I tell between caramel and molasses, I don't know but it seems pretty obvious in this beers smell.
T:A brown sugar taste right off the bat. Just a light cherry covered in vanilla follows.
M:Big fat full and round fills my mouth
D: Very cool beer, definitely one worth trying.

Photo of BryanEast
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spur of the moment went to Spec's and picked it up...friend liked it so had to try it. Dark brown in color with a smell that resembles flowers. Taste is almost similar to an IPA and also goes down real smooth. Overall i would definately recommend this beer to other people.

Photo of dnichols
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a capped bottle into a large chilled mug.

A: It poured a ruddy brown with ruby hues and a sticky two finger tank head consisting of varied sized bubbles. The thick head lingered and left a dense curtain.

S: There were rich aromas of floral hops and sweet lightly roasted malts that gave of ripe fruit odors and hints of brown sugar.

T: There was the signature Stone balance profile of hops and malts. The malts present a nice sweet front that gives way to a moderately bitter back. despite a healthy ABV the finish is bitter with hints of malty sweetness.

M: It was smooth and creamy with a moderate body and bitter aftertaste that does not inhibit the next sip.

D: It was a bit over hopped and bitter for my taste but great craftsmanship is hard to hide...this is a well put together brew that merits great respect. I doubt it will be a longterm resident of my stash but I will never turn it away from my lips.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time for an official review of Stone's flagship beer.
A- Pours a clear dark ruby/brown hue, head is an off-white layer of suds-like foam that mostly sustains, swaths of lace one the glass
S- Nose is caramel malts with grass/pine hops and alcohol
T- Initial taste is dominated by bitter dry hops which persist throughout, sweet caramel in the middle is followed up by a warming alcohol finish
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, mild carbonation
D- Ah, I remember the day when AB was too strong for my delicate palate, now I find it smooth, balanced, and honestly, easy-to-drink; i usually have access to various forms of AB and other Stone special releases, so I am rarely going out of my way for the regular old AB, but it is still delicious!

Photo of snpub540
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite beers ever. Pours a beautiful reddish brown hue with a 1/2" tan head. Quickly fades to a small ring of bubbles. Slight amount of lacing on the glass..

Aromas are grassy hops with sweet malts in the background. Also a woody scent. Hint of the alcohol.

The taste is great. Very bitter and hoppy with enough malt to backbone to hold it all together. Hops are piney and also citrus. A slight chalky aftertaste, and very dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is good. This is my stand by and one of the first beers that got me into craft brewing.

Photo of Lupe
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with a smallish cream colored head with decent retention. Awesome lacing, practically a sheet down the entire glass, even with the smaller head.

Lighter than expected aroma with caramel, toasted malts, and citrus hops.

Starts nice and malty with caramel, toasted bread, and biscuit flavors. Hops overtake the malt with a big dose of pine, cirtus, and lots of grapefruit. Hops are not harsh, and this beer has great complexity and depth of flavor. I really enjoy how it starts malty and fades to hoppy. Finishes dry with lingering alcohol spice.

Medium in body, rich, smooth, and chewy. Very drinkable - aggressive, but complex and smooth enough to have a couple in a sitting. Great beer.

Photo of Natural510
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,263 ratings.