Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured a deep amber chill hazed hue with a finger and a half pillowy off-white creamy head. There was very good retention and excellent sticky lacing.
The smell featured a strong oily citrus hop with a mildly sweet caramel malt aroma.
The taste was very well balanced. A solid sweet grain was perfectly balanced by the resiny citrus and peppery hop. Mild warming alcohol as well.
The mouthfeel was full and slightly chewy.
Overall an excellent ale. Worthy of all the hype. Potent and drinkable.
11-15-2006 02:30:48 | More by plaid75
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Poured a deep crimson red, clear, with a thin frothy khaki colored head. Retention was better then average yielding a sparse covering with a thin stratified layering for a lacing. Visible carbonation appeared moderate.
S: The nose yielded fresh pink grapefruit with fresh green pin needles. Some sugary notes sweetens things up a bit.
T: The initial flavor was fresh pink grapefruit, pine resin, with a nice dry maltiness similar in nature to rye. Some dry booziness of whiskey cask notes with a moderately strong and pungent grapefruit hoppinesss that was flowery. Some sticky pine resin and dry boozy alcohol finishes things up here.
M: A rich, boozy nature and dry palate leaves the tongue perched from the massive helping of Chinook hopping contributing its big pungent grapefruit hoping and fade on the tongue. A nice full viscosity, oily, with a very light carbonation factor. Malty, smooth with a big boozy finish.
D: At first tasting it lives up to its name but seems to continuously get smoother with every sip there after. You may be taken aback at first by its arrogant nature, but deep down you will find this a boozy, dry hopped treat that gets progressively smoother with every sip and will grow on you.
11-12-2008 00:38:27 | More by beerthulhu
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a brown, almost ruby red, eggnog coloured head that sticks everywhere. Smells like sweet malt, but tempered with a floral hoppiness. Taste is sweet up front with a floral and citrusy hoppy middle, and a nice bitter finish. Very balanced beer, very full and a caramel maltiness thats very pleasant. Thanks DrJay.
06-25-2005 16:53:43 | More by Viggo
4.47/5 rDev +7.2%
On tap at the Village Draft House in Raleigh
Arrived a deep amber with a very thin lacing of head. Smells malty with hops coming through. Taste is initially malty and slightly sweet, but quickly changes to a piney, floral hop characteristic. Very well hopped and very well balanced. As the beer warms the alcohol begins to come through in the nose and in the finish, but in a very complimentary way; adds further balance in the nose, meshing well with the malts and hops, and adds warmth to the finish adding to the overall balance. This beer is nicely carbonated and medium bodied; I actually thought it was quite light on the palate given the style and alcohol content.
Just another great beer from Stone. I have this beer several times a year, and I've never had a bad pour.
07-28-2011 08:48:22 | More by tdm168
4.22/5 rDev +1.2%
Review from notes 2/5/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.
A: Pours a very dark amber, almost ruby color with an off-white one finger bubbly head. Nice sticky lacing.
S: Some juicy citrus and a little bit of tropical fruit. Also get a good bit of malt, lots of caramel.
T: Nice citrus fruit flavor and some pine. A little bit of spiciness and a lot of sweetness from the malt. There is some brown sugar and some biscuit/caramel as well.
M/D: Medium bodied very creamy. Has a bitter dry finish. Overall, quite good. A little heavier on the malt than expected, but something I would definitely drink again.
02-27-2011 03:17:51 | More by mdaschaf
3.68/5 rDev -11.8%
A nice ruby red red hue as it pours into my glass. Two fingers of head grow. Fades at a decent rate slight lacing.
Medium hops smell, along with pine and light caramel finish.
A quick hop bite right off the bat. Followed by the maltiness of the beer and finishing with a piney after taste.
Medium body to the beer smooth across the tongue. Good but not great feel to it.
I couldn't drink more than one, maybe two. Not really my cup of beer as they say. Good once in a great while.
01-28-2010 00:33:40 | More by Kelp
4.5/5 rDev +7.9%
This beautiful mohagony colored beer throws out a creamy and somewhat bubbly brown head that laces nicely. Really nice malty aroma. A unique aspect about the aroma is the scent of pineapple I pick up and it doesn't seem like the citrusy hoppy type of aroma. The first impression I get on tasting is alcohol. But not overbearingly. Then come the piney hop accents. Hops impart a nice bitterness. Pretty well balanced (but tipped in the favor of hops) and very tasty. Ranks right up there with some of my favorite "Winter" strong ales. There's a pretty complex fruitiness in this one. Great brew.
Stone is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Top 5 maybe Top 3 in my book right now.
05-08-2002 19:31:13 | More by Bighuge
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
Seems like yesterday this beer was blowing my mind. Pours deep brown, seems way heavier than just the regular stuff out at the time. Smell is robust, hops, here come the Chinook. Taste = damn. Are you ready? Takes you on a wild massive malt, massive hop ride. You could call this a weaker barleywine almost. Not quite. But its up there, but so damn drinkable. An American classic, you don't have to just be a straight pale/ipa west coast style, you can incorporate those into the strong ale, amber or whatever you want to call this category. Good stuff.
12-24-2009 01:32:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Alesmith pint glass. Poured a deep red in color with a very active off-white head. Very good head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.
The aroma shows a lot of citrus and pine hoppiness to it with grapefruit playing one of the bigger roles. A malty sweetness seems to come through a bit providing a nice base for the hops.
The taste also shows a bold citrus and pine hoppiness to it with even more pine coming through in the finish. The malty, caramel, sweetness helps it from becoming overly bitter in the finish. It's big and bold and has a great mix of flavors.
The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is very good, it's an excellent beer with a lot of bold flavors. All the flavors really mesh well together though and make for a great beer.
08-20-2010 00:31:31 | More by billab914
4.45/5 rDev +6.7%
Clear chestnut red/brown colour topped by a dense tan head. Thick lace was left on the sides of the glass and the head retention was excellent. Very nice to look at. Great combination of malts and hops in the aroma. Hops consist of a raw grassy smell and a light floral aroma. Caramel and toffee come through fairly strong, and there's some very nice ripe fruit in there as well as very light alcohol.
There's a big malt flavour that starts it off closely followed by a pine resin bitterness that lasts all the way into the long, bitter finish. As it warms, the malt becomes more pronounced, with a hint of chocolate showing up. This really helps the flavours mellow and balance very well. Remarkably well balanced, actually. Very full body with moderate carbonation. Bubbles were on the small side and added some smoothness to the slightly creamy texture. Slightly drying at the finish with a bit of alcohol warming.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer. The strong flavours and aromas make it quite distinctive, while the craftsmanship keeps it very balanced and sinfully easy to drink. Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber with no best before date.
03-19-2005 14:00:52 | More by DrJay
2.68/5 rDev -35.7%
I remember having this beer many years, before I started taking notes and entering reviews. I didn't like it then but was still surprised to find I don't like it now either. In general, I'm a big fan of Stone Brewing and my tastes have expanded to include many 'extreme' and big ales. This revisit started well enough, with an attractive red-amber ale topped by a small but durable tan head. The aroma was a slightly boozy mix of medium malt and herbal/earthy hops. The main impression made by the flavor is, unfortunately, the overly bitter aftertaste.
M: medium body and carbonation.
O: too challenging.
04-29-2013 00:09:36 | More by chinchill
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
22oz from the Coop for about $4.50.. shared with Brenda, mine from my New Belgium goblet.
Huge 2" tan head that came out of the glass and left behind beautiful lacing. The brew looks walnut brown until held to a light revealing deep cherry red... pretty for sure.
Aroma is a good balance between American hops and caramel and toasted malts... some fruitiness.. more refined than previous years notes reveal.
Full flavored obviously.. citrus and pine hops shine but are shadowed perfectly buy the big malt flavors... bitterness is less that remembered but still very nice. Leans toward the sweet side with caramel and toasty malts... a touch of milk chocolate is highlted by the sorta creamy mouthfeel. Big and brash across the board..
AB leaves nothing to guess... it is Big. It is a beer I unfortunately always overlook/take for granted... I really should buy it more often... but the rational side of me always says "the AB will always be here.. try something different." I will make an honest effort to enjoy it more often.... too often, other beers leave you wondering what if the upped the malts/hops/alcohol ... ETC. AB leaves nothing to guess.... that being said, personally I prefer its bigger brother.
01-11-2008 07:58:37 | More by JohnGalt1
3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a cloudy, amber/brown color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retentiona and good lcaing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hops, slight roasted malt, and dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, dark citrus, slight roasted malt, and alcohol. Overall, a good body, blend, and great flavor.
12-13-2009 06:42:32 | More by Tone
3.95/5 rDev -5.3%
Had this on-tap at the Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.
Pours a dark copper color with a foamy one-finger off-white head. The head eventually subsides into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.
Smells of caramel malt and slight pine aromas. I remember the bottle version having much more of a hop presence.
Tastes the same way it smells, lots of malt with subtle piney hop flavors and a mild bitter ending. As with the smell, I remember the bottle version having bigger hop flavors and a more bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. Good thickness, with the carbonation being a little on the light side.
Drinkability is good. I prefer a bit more hop presence, but it's still a solid beer.
Overall I'm a bigger fan of this from the bottle. I like the more robust hop flavors and bitterness. I'd like to try this on-tap again to see how much it varies.
11-17-2008 05:11:42 | More by glid02
2.6/5 rDev -37.6%
This is a beer I used to drink regularly, then one day I found myself bored with it and haven't had one in at least two years. This style doesn't have a lot of clear definitions, and versions vary greatly. Let's see what's up.
Served in straight pint glass. Poured an attractive mahogany color with about a half inch of light tan head that quickly dissipated and left minimal lacing.
A mostly bitter hop aroma wafts through the olfactory area, with just a touch of malt in the background. The flavors are the mix of sweet and bitter, with that harsh metallic taste I remember still dominant.
The body is decent, solid and not heavy. Drinkability is not good, this beer is just not very enjoyable. This beer is very popular so my opinion is going to be the minority, but I won't be seeking this beer out again for a while.
01-03-2010 12:14:10 | More by beertunes
3.8/5 rDev -8.9%
On tap at Stone.
A: Dark reddish brown with a creamy off white head. Good retention.
S: Caramel accompanies big pine resin notes. Grapefruit and earth are evident. Pretty aromatic.
T: Upper moderate bitterness with lots of resin and grapefruit. Caramel malt makes an effort to balance, but that tilts toward the aggressive hops. Alcohol is noticeable in the flavor.
M: Upper medium body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and dry with some astringency.
Overall: An aggressive American Strong Ale. Nothing particularly special about it.
02-28-2011 01:25:05 | More by HopHead84
British Columbia (Canada)
4.65/5 rDev +11.5%
I had this draft at Collin's, near Pioneer Square in Seattle.
Lots of depth to the flavour of this big brew.
Excellent bitter/sweet balance, spicey undertones, moderate-to-heavy mouthfeel.
Very drinkable... it takes time for your taste buds to decipher the complex flavours.
08-08-2005 17:11:43 | More by Derek
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
Bottle from Whole Foods Union Square. 22oz into a tulip, best before June 6, 2011.
Pours a dark mahogany, huge dense cream coloured head. Super thick and creamy. Leaves a helluva lot of lace. Medium retention. Nose is hopped to high heaven, lots of tropical notes with a sturdy malt base to support it. Taste kicks off with a blast of hops and massive malt backbone. Citrus and tropical notes contend with and intense bitterness imparted by the alpha acids. Huge caramel toffee base giving this loads of body. An interesting cinnamon spiciness comes out here as it warms, along with some dark tea flavours. Great bitterness here and a full, hefty feel. A suggestion of the alcohol is made, but that only adds to how good this was. An off center imperial red, methinks...
04-26-2011 19:10:50 | More by liamt07
4.1/5 rDev -1.7%
Been a while since I had this bad boy, and it is a beer that 99.9% of the beer drinkers will not like? But I believe if you "Can't Run With The Big Dogs, Stay On The Porch". Pours a deep dark ruby brown, portly beige head and lots of lace. Nose is malt, some what toasted, hop floral tones.The start is malt, the middle full, robust, the finish is devastatingly hopped, potently acidic, and the aftertaste malt dry. Very hearty, a "Beer Lovers" beer, not meant for the Palate Challenged Lite Beer Drinkers".
10-26-2002 17:30:31 | More by Gusler
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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