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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,131 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,131
Reviews: 2,759
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 223
Gots: 686 | 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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paresis

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-07-2013 17:38:19 | More by paresis
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CSO

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-19-2014 04:58:58 | More by CSO
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Durb777

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-29-2011 22:00:48 | More by Durb777
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nharres

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

12-10-2013 21:08:22 | More by nharres
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Lelampp

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-08-2013 02:23:51 | More by Lelampp
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Loco_Joe

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-09-2014 21:05:34 | More by Loco_Joe
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CBFanWish

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have wanted to try this for a long time. The bottle tried to hurt my feelings, but it failed, for it was wrong. I do like this beer. A lot. A copper colored beer with a sweet yet bitter taste. Very hoppy and nicley malted at the same time for a near perfectly balanced brew. The alcohol was just the right level. The warm feeling it left made me decide to drink a lot of this this winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 15:51:09 | More by CBFanWish
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jar2574

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking beer. Ruby red color when held up to light, dark red/brown color otherwise. Good head, and retains its head throughout the session. Great lacing the whole way down.

Smells extremely sweet and hoppy. The hops are of the pine-smelling variety.

Tastes excellent. Complex. Honey sweetness up front, then loads of piney hops, then a crisp dry finish. Great blend of sweetness and hops.

Great mouthfeel. Perfect density, and blend of creaminess and hoppiness is very nice.

Where else can you find a ruby colored, sweet, hoppy, high ABV beer? I'm sure one exists but I haven't seen it. This beer earns the right to be arrogant.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 23:23:42 | More by jar2574
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ralree

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep red but still barely transparent when held to the light. Head is a beautiful 2-finger showing with excellent lacing and retention. A very good looking beer.

S: Pine hops, malt, and a bit of fruit. Strong showing here too.

T: Strong pine hop flavor with caramel malt in the first wave. After swallowing, bitterness begins and secondary flavors of coffee, some fruitiness, and perhaps a bit of chocolate. Bitterness isn't overpowering, but is a little too much for my palate. Alcohol is very well covered up - almost undetectable.

M: Pretty astringent, and sticks to the tongue long after swallowing. Doesn't leave the mouth feeling clean. Carbonation is perfect. Medium-bodied.

D: This is very drinkable except for the bitterness in the aftertaste. I will probably end up drinking this again, but it is not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 06:59:47 | More by ralree
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md655321

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-04-2014 00:19:28 | More by md655321
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Arrogant Bastard Ale | 650 ml. | 7.2% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Stone Brewing Co. (North County, San Diego)
Style: American Strong Ale
Glass: Snifter

Presentation:
Brown bomber featuring a cocky gargoyle silk screen printed on the front, and some choice words on the back:
"This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory -- maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it's made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you're mouthing your words as you read this."

Appearance:
A mahogany brown with deep red highlights. The head is small, but as it diminishes it leaves an attractive swirling film on the top.

Aroma:
Coarse hops, toasted grains, fruity esters and a deep, alcoholic backbone.

Taste:
Big malty sweetness with prominent caramel notes. caramel, Toasted/roasted flavors hang in the background swathed in a layer of prickly alcohol. The hop profile has a raw, coarse quality to it that's all the more visceral. Finishes with a lingering sweetness, caramel, and grainy, roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied and very smooth.

Harmony:
Wow, I'm very impressed with this brew. It's extraordinarily complex whilst keeping the alcohol in check to maximize drinkability.

Price = $5.89 at DAG's

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 00:22:18 | More by BeerNemesis
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BryantForestry

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-11-2013 21:59:23 | More by BryantForestry
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BrooklynPanch

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-21-2014 04:59:23 | More by BrooklynPanch
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MJR

Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty reddish color with perfect clarity. A tan head starts out big, shrinks to a respectable cap, and leaves lots of lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: Incredible aroma of fresh hops...it's raw, spicy, and pungent with lots of grapefruit and pine. A touch of sweet malt hides deep underneath the hop blitzkrieg.

Taste: This brew has a solid backbone of malt that comes across as caramelly, fruity, and slightly roasted. But that foundation gets beat down by a huge bitchslap of bitter hops. Flavors of pine, citrus, and grapefruit commit 3rd degree assault on my tastebuds, and I love every precious drop! There's a nice dose of alcohol in here as well. The hop flavor turns into a faint, burnt character on the tail end. Amazing...

Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied with a slighty, syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes with a dry edge from the alcohol.

Drinkability: To be honest, I'd love to drink this all night, but I'd really pay the price in the morning. It's so aggressive in flavor, yet so easy to down...that's a scary combination!!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 20:43:29 | More by MJR
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been a while since I had this ale, and I forgot how much I like this. I find the bottle narrative a little off-putting...slightly arrogant, but I purchased a 22oz anyway.

Color is a great copper look, and although the head was only 1 finger, it retained itself throughout. Usually I get little out of the smell, but this ale has a nice floral hoppy smell. What I find great though is that the taste isn't crazy hoppy, and has a nice balanced sweetness.

Really great ale without having an ABV that knocks me out - says a lot these days when 7.2% is mild. Great reliable beer from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 00:39:55 | More by BradMacMullin
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mnrider

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber with a lot to read on back of label about Arrogance. Front of label has a gargoyle with a beer. He's saying "You're Not Worthy"

A: Pours a dark blood red, with a nice tan fluffy one finger head. Leaves really nice sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Very aromatic. Hops with a faint alcohol aroma.

T/M: Smooth and medium bodied. Very complex and tasty. Alcohol can be tasted, but is not overpowering. Hops are huge and malts are also. This makes for a very nice balance. Barley is also used. The finish is a little dry.

D: This Brew is Excellent! I could drink this one all night. As the bottle cap say's "Fizzy Yellow Beer Is For Wussies."

Cheers!!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 02:01:07 | More by mnrider
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Jeeb

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-09-2013 01:20:49 | More by Jeeb
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core42

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-15-2014 15:09:17 | More by core42
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irish01980

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-07-2013 12:48:58 | More by irish01980
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ThisMoonlife

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-02-2013 02:01:30 | More by ThisMoonlife
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Andonato

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-26-2013 07:59:27 | More by Andonato
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monkeybeerbelly

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-06-2014 03:28:07 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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Invictus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-01-2013 02:22:57 | More by Invictus
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snansel

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.1%

04-12-2014 17:47:08 | More by snansel
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz. bomber into a 12 oz. toulip glass. Formed a dark brown color with a think and frothy 2 finger head and slight translucence. Color fades a bit to a ruby red when the light gets at it. Decent lacing lined the glass for the entire length of the sample.

Smell is slightly floral and malty. A faint smell of alcohol is present but not enough to let on to its 7.2% ABV.

Taste is quite good. A sharp maltiness to it that finishes nice and crisply. Rather bitter but well balanced so as not to overpower the taste. Rather complex with a lot of flavors mixed but also balanced well. The alcohol kicks in when swallowed and packs a punch. Not over-poweringly alcoholic but a definite punch to let you know its there. A very slight imperial stout character taste to it.

Moderate mouth feel. With slight carbonation coming thru when left for a moment on the palate.

Very drinkable though not something I would have with the main course. Great to have before as an aperitif of sorts. 12oz sampling would be perfect size before a meal. More than that in one continous sitting and the ABV and "arrogant" taste of this beer will takes its toll.

All in all: very well done. I will be having it again soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 02:37:45 | More by Sycodrummer
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 8,131 ratings.