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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

8,127 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,127
Reviews: 2,758
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 223
Gots: 683 | 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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mfl620ks

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.9%

03-02-2014 23:12:56 | More by mfl620ks
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really excited about trying this beer. Even the pubescent boyish 'Tenacious "D"' label couldn't put me off. A clear clean reddish chestnut brown colour which is topped by a dense multi layered head. And as I drank this, probably faster than I should have, the beer left some of the thickest clinging lacing I can remember.

Resiny on the nose and tongue the beer evokes a burnt almost rubbery edge which is mighty delicious and addictive.

This is what big bold American beer should be-intense, assertive and complex. Feckin "A".

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 20:58:47 | More by Zimbo
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ObiWanKushnobi

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

09-28-2012 23:50:35 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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jmw4437

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-03-2013 02:28:17 | More by jmw4437
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RangnaR

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-19-2013 14:29:46 | More by RangnaR
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Shawner

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-10-2013 15:58:17 | More by Shawner
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mobyfann

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $4.99 for the 22oz. bomber at Jungle Jim's....

The beer pours a cloudy copper-amber colored base, with a large white head, 1/4" head retention and amazing lacing effects on the glass, a stunner. The aroma was rather faint at first, but when the beer warms up, the aroma makes its presence known. I am smelling dates/raisins, a nice whiff of floral hops and sweet malt; neat hybrid.

The taste is "one-of-a-kind"; when it first enters you think, "heavy stuff", and this may turns some off like a motor-oil-thick imperial stout. Thereafter, the hops sting your palette with freshness and the date-raisin-sweet malt flavors reacts to your palette, finished off with a creamy head making it smooth as is the mouthfeel; yet after 8 oz. of this, I was realizing how difficult it would be to finish it off; its a great sign of craft, but still limits the drinkability.

Final Thought: The label doesn't lie, this is a monster of a beer that receives valedictorian status! One of the best I've ever had...

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 00:58:11 | More by mobyfann
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xav33

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
22 oz bomber
Recent brewing, argued over 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured dark ruddy brown with a medium sized mostly lasting fizzy off white head.

Smelt of strong citrusy lemon lime hops, some light piney perfumey hops as well, with light sweet caramel tones. Pineapple candy overall.

Taste was upfront strong grapefruit and moderate pine, with light nutty maltiness, followed by a dark breaded maltiness, somewhat bittersweet, followed by a second front of hops, this time harshly grapefruit in nature, followed by an herbal, tea-like bitter hops, licorice, and the same sweet gelatineous lingering finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, slightly creamy, fizzy and moderately astringent.

Overall, the nose is spellbinding, the appearance good. The balance of hops to malt seems such to enliven the hops, but to not let it get overly out of character. Perfect in that sense. The finish is rich with flavors, but I would have liked to see a bit more complexity on the foretaste though. Excellent overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 05:26:49 | More by xav33
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Mavajo

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer definitely lives up to its billing: its quite the assault on the tastebuds. There's a lot of complexity here that my novice palate couldn't distinguish. I found it to be quite hoppy and intense, but still very drinkable. The taste improve as it warmed. It's recommended for drinking in the 50-60 range, but I really started to enjoy it as it warmed to an almost lukewarm temperature.

I tend to favor beers with a more "session beer" drinkability, but this still stuck my fancy. Deep copper color with decent lacing. Definitely a must-have for any hopheads out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 22:27:14 | More by Mavajo
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-14-2011 16:54:09 | More by seanwhite
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reading that bottle 4 years ago was an experience, I had to try it. Since then I pick up an Arogant Bastard every now and then. Saw a bomber for 3.99 earlier so figured I would pick it up and drink half before and half during dinner.

Appearance-Dark dark red color. Light brown colored, creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing. No matter how the smell or taste is, this beer is one of the best looking beers I've seen.

Smell-I can smell a sweet, burnt caramel with some hops lingering in the backround. I don't get too much citrus which i thought It had but get some darkfruits, I actually can get some barleywine characteristics. I little spicier though, some clove sneaking through.

Taste-Malty, bready/yeasty. You get some sweetness at the forefront and the hops come through at the end. I get some raisons as well. It's not bad, but just not as complex as i remembered it last.

Mouthfeel-Medium-Full bodied which goes down very smooth. Back of the throat gets the hops and a dryness which makes you going back.

Overall-Four years ago I would have said this is the craziest, most intense beer ever, but now it's kind of average to me. The look is amazing, but the smell/taste are getting weaker to my palate. Stone does a great job at promoting their craft beers by their intense marketing campaign, but it's almost getting a little bit old to me. I would prefer some other offerings such as the Sublimely Self-Rightous ale and Ruination.

I'm still confused, b/c I know this beer has more to offer then a B-, will review one day next week.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 02:01:35 | More by SWMeyer4141
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Casterbridge

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-11-2012 01:14:33 | More by Casterbridge
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BryanK

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-13-2012 02:17:12 | More by BryanK
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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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ItsYourBoyBlue

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-23-2014 10:43:53 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

P: Served on-tap @ Romans' Pub on 7-18-08 and presented in an Arrogant Bastard Ale pint glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a one-finger, tan-colored head that hangs impressively.

S: Citrus hops aroma with layers of malty sweetness.

T: Citrus hops with big notes of sweet, caramel malts and hints of oak. As it warms, grapefruit and pine come into play. Bitterness buzzes the palate throughout the session and lingers at the finish.

M: Full-bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Active carbonation attacks at mid-tongue.

D: An American Strong Ale, indeed. Two and you're worthy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 16:47:54 | More by CaptainIPA
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kdown

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-25-2014 04:09:27 | More by kdown
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep mahogany with a creamy light brown head - quite a sight sitting in the pint glass begging to be explored more.

In the nose it smelled of a mountain pine forest. The pine comes through strong, but it is clear, clean. On second smell, I could detect a hint of floral sweetness, which did not come through in the taste.

The bitter piney notes hit in the back of the mouth, while a cool almost cucumber taste balances it out for a smoothe delivery up front. It finishes with a lingering bitterness that would be nicely accompanied with something sweet - I'm thinking whoopie pies.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 11:18:49 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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ejw127

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-03-2011 22:19:06 | More by ejw127
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Rwalford74

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-20-2013 10:50:35 | More by Rwalford74
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-24-2014 10:42:47 | More by jmsedgwick
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Wortman1998

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

10-23-2013 16:25:11 | More by Wortman1998
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fishmich

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-18-2013 20:52:18 | More by fishmich
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cd_beer_disapear

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-02-2013 19:54:38 | More by cd_beer_disapear
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truesolution

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-01-2012 03:18:46 | More by truesolution
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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