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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,834 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,834
Reviews: 2,795
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 265
Gots: 1,038 | FT: 5
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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4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sticky off-white head about 1/4 inch think. Dark, deep red in color. This was one of the most delicious smelling beers I've ever come across. Very fragrant hop aroma and plenty of other scents to keep the nose busy. Among them were toasted grains and fruit, mango I believe. The bitterness was huge at first, but after the first sip it seems appropriate due to the thick, dark malt flavor. The toastiness of the malt was certainly complimented by the lime-peel hop flavor. I noticed faint smoke somewhere in this complex brew. Somewhere towards the end of the extremely long finish, some retro-nasal coconut and diacetyl were noticed.

This was my first experience with the beer and the brewery. I’m glad to say that it all lived up to the hype. Thanks to TXHops for the beer.

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4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark reddish brown color. The aroma is hoppy, roasty, fruity - very complex.

Starts out with an assertive citrusy hop bitterness that's almost immediately joined by roasty toasty chewy malt - again, very complex. There are a lot of different flavors going on, all of them slapping your tastebuds around for kicks, and finding them all is a LOT of fun. The brew maintains its flavor balance throughout the sip, leaving the alcohol content well in the background. The roasty, bitter, and citrusy flavor contribute to a kind of "rough" mouthfeel that suits the beer well. It finishes as it started, with lingering roastiness, bitterness, hoppiness, and toasty maltiness and you heading back to the keg for another.

Aside - Thanks to the guy who decided we WERE worthy to try this beer and hauled a keg up from Pennsylvania to his place for a bunch of us to enjoy.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bottle. This one poured dark amber with nice fat tan head that left great lacing. Strong hops and malts greet your nose and the richness takes over your mouth in a hurry. Flavor is sublime. Hops are agressive, yet still under control This is everything a craft beer should be. Yum, yum, yum. Love this one.

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I absolutely loved this beer. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. Aroma of caramel, tonnes of hops, dark fruit and toastedness. Delicious beer - sweet, toasty, caramel, dark fruit, tremendous hop flavours. Full bodied, rich, and extremely complex. Hidden alcohol, and very drinkable. Full of flavour and definitely one of the best beers I've had.

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Paid $3.99 for a bomber from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a snifter.

Nice inch and a half somewhat frothy creme colored head that retains quite well. Very deep and dark ruby in color. Thick lasting lace.

Smells like silky smoked malts and hints of alcohol with a slight balance of hops in the background. Mmmm....

Silky smooth, rivaling some of the better Belgians I've had. Very easy to drink. Tasty. Smoky and sweet malts balanced out by some bitter hops in the finish. Alcohol well hidden. Lightly carbonated.

Big fan of this brew. Highly recommended.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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