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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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7,465 Ratings

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Ratings: 7465
Reviews: 2739
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.44%

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 bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this in bottle before, but was glad to see it on tap at Rattle N Hum.

I think as a beer lover there are some brews that you simply have to try - lets call it an essential list of beers. They may not be the best, but they help to serve as reference points that we can all understand, and they expand our knowledge of the noble drink. I'd put Arrogant Bastard firmly in this category. For many people its a staple and, I feel, sometimes overlooked because of the craze for something 'bigger'. Lets not forget, though, that the bastard weighs in at a hefty 7.2% with some lip-smacking IBUs to boot.

A deep copper body supports an effusive, foamy tan head, that not only lasts for the whole drink, but also leaves attractive streaks of lace on the glass. Its a beautiful beer to look at. A leafy, floral hop aroma with a caramel and fruit base seems to pull my lips closer to the glass. There's a slight alcohol note in the back end, but its not overly apparent - rather functioning as a reminder that this is a beer of strength and character.

Great hoppy flavours as the liquid hits the tongue. Fresh, leafy hops deposit a coating of bitter oil before a toasty caramel maltiness takes the reins, adding depth and complexity that most beers can only dream about. The balance is excellent, especially considering how hoppy the beer starts out as. The body is surprisingly heavy, and just short of chewy. It actually matches the weight of the flavours quite well, especially with a moderate carbonation to keep things lively.

I liked this a lot. While I wouldn't say it necessarily stands heads and shoulders above the crowd, it is definitely in an upper tier of beers, and I'm very pleased to try this again. This bastard is bitchin'.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 14:27:53 | More by bobsy
Photo of hardy008


4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Nova of Hudson.

Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a foamy tan 3 finger head. Pine hops and caramel malt are the most dominant flavors, same as with the bottle. The tap version is sweeter than the bottle. The aroma is the same, but not quite as strong on tap, most likely due to the cold serving temp. As the beer warms, the flavor and aroma come through nicely. Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 23:56:58 | More by hardy008
Photo of tyanow


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber, clear, small tan head.

S - sweet alcohol, a little leathery - but in a good way

T - very malty, some hop bitterness, a touch of burnt caramel, and a very slight hint of fruitiness.

M - fills the palate and stimulates all parts of the mouth. Goes down smooth and warm (7.2%)

D - For a 7+% beer this is about as drinkable as it gets. This beer, despite its name, is quite approachable.

I love this stuff, but I still like the oaked version a tiny bit better.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2009 22:28:07 | More by tyanow
Photo of Brenden


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Daddy-Oh's in Toledo...

This brew is a rich, deep mahogany-copper. The head pours about one finger and leaves wisps of lacing on the glass.
Hops and roasted malts with a muted caramelized sugars and some toasted grains are on the nose.
The flavor follows the nose well enough, though the hops character seems to mellow as I sip and it seems a little muted from the tap. The sweetness that was underlying in the aroma comes out a bit more strongly on the tongue.
This brew is smooth with a medium body.
Drink this. I can't wait to grab a bottle, as I think a bottle pour will make for a stronger bouquet and open this one up a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2009 14:39:29 | More by Brenden
Photo of angelmonster


4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Falling Rock

Pours a 2 finger white head, body is dark brown with amber highlights. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is of sweet fruit, caramel malt, and faint earthy hops

Taste is of roasted caramel malts. There is also some dry fruit too, maybe prune. Hops are in the mix but are secondary. The after taste is slightly metallic with some alcohol but not much. The more I drink it the more it tastes like a blend of a light barleywine and a Doppelbock.

Mouth feel is good. Nice balance of carbonation. Medium body with some creaminess in the head

Drink ability is also good. Alcohol isnt very present so it is semi session able but very flavorful. Over all this is a great beer and always a reliable choice

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2009 20:55:37 | More by angelmonster
Photo of Jayli


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bella Luna/Milky Way on 6/3
This beer pours a gorgeous deep dark clear amber/red. Served without much of a head to it, but what was there retained quite well. Nice sticky lacing is left on the glass. Nose is surprisingly more on the hoppy side - citrus hops, some pine, but nicely blended with caramel malts. Taste is outstanding. Starts of with a big citrusy hop bite then leading in to darker malts, caramel malts and finishes with a slightly piney hop bite. This is an extremely well balanced beer that has big hop and malt presence but blends so well while moving in to the next flavor. Mouthfeel is medium body, low carbonation which works very well for this beer, very smooth almost creamy. This is a highly drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2009 13:35:02 | More by Jayli
Photo of thain709


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy yet golden orange body...an off white head about one finger...settled into a cap and laced the entire glass

S - WOW...lots of hops in the nose...citrus...piney...with a strong malt backbone

T - As the nose suggests...the hops are there to kick you in the face...once again with the fruits (grapefruit) and pine...big and bold on the bitterness...the bitterness could be bigger but there are nice sweet malts present that just take the edge off

M - Medium bodied...smooth and creamy

D - I could drink this at any time...but you have to watch out...too many and you might become the arrogant bastard...good stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 13:45:01 | More by thain709
Photo of ILikeGoodCider


4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 05.26.09 at The Counter in Westlake Village, CA. Served from the tap in a 14oz pint glass.

A: Poured a nice rusty ruby reddish color with a ivory colored head with a generous amount of lacing and retention. That head stuck around a long time.

S: Quite a formidable scent that stings the nostrils (gotta love Anchorman!). Lots of hops and fruits with the delicious smell of alcohol.

T: Big on the malts and big on the hops. Love the balance between the sweet caramel and toffee goodness coupled with pine and hops makes this quite tasty. Great finish, medium bodied.

M: Once you get past its strong hop presence, this beer has a lot to offer. Good carbonation as well.

D: Very nice for a 7%er.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2009 05:09:35 | More by ILikeGoodCider
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came with a respectable tan head that retained well leaving perfect rings of lacing around the glass with each sip. Dark amber-brown body.
Smelled and tasted the same: like hops. Very fruity and citrusy hops. A caramel malt sweetness bobbed its head up and down every so often like a man tossed overboard into a sea of hops. Finish had more hop bitterness.
Not a bad one if you're in the mood for a hop bomb, but way out of balance. I can tell that the malts would be flavorful if not completely overpowered by the hops.
Still I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2009 22:02:07 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of cottonkoozie

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Great dark brown color with a nice head, good retention, and great lacing.

S - Nice hops up front, and a great malt balancing smell. Very good.

T - Hops really hit you at first, but the malts come back to really balance this beer.

M - Great feel, could have a litttle more body though, but still very good.

D - Very drinkable if you like hops, if not, then probably not so much.

Had this on on tap after already trying the oaked arrogant bastard. This is not as good as the oaked, but still a very good beer, just not as much complexity in this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 17:59:38 | More by cottonkoozie
Photo of delmarnate


2.4/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I waited a long time to try this beer, and it was not worth the wait. The appearance is amazing, with a deep amber burgundy color. The taste is overwhelming hop from the outset. The aftertaste is almost like sucking a grapefruit. There is no complexity. It is all hops. Not worth it, even for a hop lover.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 00:50:52 | More by delmarnate
Photo of WickedSluggy


4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown developing a full rich head of tan colored foam that continues to stick in tight rings - not lace

S - Rich and roasted aroma.

T - Also rich and roasted. Slightly sweet and nicely bittered. Well balanced flavor with lingering bitterness. Full satisfying flavor.

M - Full-bodied and sticky

D - Delightful. Very easy to appreciate despite the ironic warning on the bottle, "you probably won't like it." No - you probably will love it

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 05:17:18 | More by WickedSluggy
Photo of Yetiman420


4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One finger big foamy head with large bubbles.

Sweet, mouth-watering aroma. I'm not a huge fan of maltiness and sweetness but this smells very, very good.

First couple of sips right in line with aroma. Upfront malt sweetness with a roasty flavor finish. I don't recall enjoying a sweet, malty beer as much as this one.

Delicious creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 16:39:52 | More by Yetiman420
Photo of cktison


4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red, nice off-white head, little lacing throughout entire session.
S: Dry hoppy, citrus, grapefruit and rosemary.
T: Very balanced, hoppy ale. Dried fruits and malts come through, but the hops keep it sharp and citrusy. Very nice, very complex.
M: Really fantastic for this style. Nice and creamy, great carbonation, really fantastic.

I have enjoyed this beer both in bottle and on tap and find it a great beer. Nice sharpness and hoppiness, but still a great, creamy ale with tremendous drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2009 16:04:28 | More by cktison
Photo of Nascartailgatefa

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap from rattle and Hum NY. pours very dark...small off white head. strong smell of hopps and a hint of cherry. very heavy tste of malt which almost magically turns into a malty but almost coffee/chocolate taste. this would probably be the first time I ever described something as a "desert beer" Nice for what it is but one is enough as far as drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 23:46:02 | More by Nascartailgatefa
Photo of tigg924


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: big head, mahoganny colored

Smell: big dose of hops, some raisin and cherry

Taste: hops, grapefruit, figs, and dried fruit..very hoppy

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry, a lot sweeter than expected, but with a huge bitter finish

Drinkability: I like this beer and could have a couple. That being said, I will reach for the oaked arrogant bastard first

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2009 04:30:34 | More by tigg924
Photo of freeeekyyy


3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown. Little carbonation.

S - Mostly malt. Not much of a hop smell.

T - Some vanilla, a little banana, alot of malt, and not as much hop flavor as I remember it having from when I last had arrogant bastard. That was bottled though. I think there might be a difference.

M - Not as heavy as a stout, but moreso than almost anything else.

D - Pretty drinkable. I think I could have had another if I weren't concerned about getting drunk.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 02:34:09 | More by freeeekyyy
Photo of tmoneyba


4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber brown color with medium frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

Complex hoppy aroma that last the whole brew.

Flavor is excellent with blend of hop and small malt character and good alcohol bite at finish.

Drink one or have first.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 00:48:40 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of madtowndmb1


4.43/5  rDev +6%
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
Photo of jettjon


4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

FINALLY available in the Florida Panhandle, on tap at Hopjacks. Into a pint glass. Hazy bronze pour beneath a one-finger head that fades slowly leaving a solid cap and heavy, clinging lace all the way down. Great looking brew. Nose dominated by grapefruit-citrus hops with some malt sweetness. Balances out a bit as it warms. No real alcohol scent. In the mouth, this one is all about the citrus hops, with pink grapefruit barely balanced against a malt backbone. Oddly tasty sugary-bitter finish, finally with hints of the 7.2% ABV. Mouth is semi-viscous with low yet present carbonation keeping things smooth yet crisp. Drinkability is very good; it's great tasting but obviously packs a punch. I could probably only manage a couple of these.

Overall: I was quite pleased with my first experience with Arrogant Bastard Ale. Is it a bit over hyped? Probably, but it's a solid brew nonetheless and definitely a new favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2009 00:44:09 | More by jettjon
Photo of fingerlaker

New York

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Quite good.

First off, if you don't like bitter beers, stop reading now. Do not try it. It's quite bitter; not IPA or barleywine levels but it's there.

The pint my barkeep handed me had a big head with large bubbles. It's a deep crimson red with little sediment floating through it unlike a porter.

The smell is world-class. The hops are so floral, it was like walking through a field. I didn't notice fruit like some others did.

From the first tiny sip the Bastard will command your tastebuds. It takes control and you're just along for the ride. There are SO many flavors from this four-ingredient beer, where do I start? Big roasted notes. Raisins. Tons of bittering hops. A wee beef(!) note.

The beer turns your tongue into a mosh pit, waking up every tastebud with a M-80.

Drinkability... It can get a bit grating after a while. Arrogant Bastard is like big fat friend you have that is fun to be around because he's low brow and unpolished simpleton. He's funny at first, but after a few hours you're left with a farting, belching, swearing heap that checks out your girlfriend's breasts a little bit too much. It was similar with the Bastard, the demanding flavor got too extreme after a while, making me wish for something lighter.

In all, I enjoyed my experience with the Bastard.

P.S. I tried it in bottles and draft. It's better draft.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 00:58:50 | More by fingerlaker
Photo of Foxtrot


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally had this on tap at the local bar scene.

Poured a nice rusty ruby reddish color with a ivory colored head with a generous amount of lacing and retention. That head stuck around a long time.

Quite a formidable scent that stings the nostrils (gotta love Anchorman!). Lots of hops and fruits with the delicious smell of alcohol.

This beer is big on the malts and big on the hops. Love the balance between the sweet caramel and toffee goodness coupled with pine and hops makes this quite tasty. Great finish, medium bodied.

Once you get past its strong hop presence, this beer has alot to offer. Good carbonation as well

This is not for lightweights. Arrogant Bastard has a modest drinkability factor due to the strong hops and elevated ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 08:23:56 | More by Foxtrot
Photo of Bagman007


2.6/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Dark brown/black coloring with not a whole lot of head.

S- Strong hoppy scent. Can also smell the alcohol in this as well.

T- Tastes like pure hops and alcohol. Overpowering hop flavor. Very bitter beer.

M- Extremely bitter. Nothing smooth about this beer.

D- The extreme hoppiness makes this beer a little hard to drink.

Overall I like hoppy beers, but this one just seems a little too hoppy for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2009 20:45:00 | More by Bagman007
Photo of scootny

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear deep garnet red/brown. One finger head little evident carbonation. Good lacing.

Piney hops and light caramel malt as well. A big floral and complex bouquet.

Hops hit first with force. Malt tries to balance it out initially but it is a losing battle. As it warms the balance evens out. A nice malty core checks the effusive hop blend. Strong hops are like Sierra Nevada Celebration on steroids. Finish is complex and hoppy with roasty malt.

Mouthfeel is and the slightly lighter side of medium. Good carbonation level as it scrubs the tongue in a long drying finish.

Excellent drinkability. Alcohol is nowhere to be found until you finish the glass.

On tap at the House Of Brews NYC from tasting notes 4/12/08

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2009 20:43:51 | More by scootny
Photo of gciccarelli


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in pint glass at Craft Ale House in Limerick.

A - Amber/copper pour with big 2 finger head. Great head retention and heavy lacing.

S - Big aroma of citrus and hops. Slight hint of malt as well.

T - Sweet citrus notes, predominately grapefruit. Sweeter than one may expect. Very hoppy as well. Finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste, but for a hoppy beer it's nicely balanced.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Surprisingly well-balanced and highly drinkable for such a hoppy beer.

A fantastic beer - even better on tap than when I've had it in the bottle. Definitely worth it's arrogance!

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 23:16:15 | More by gciccarelli
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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