Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
05-28-2011 23:23:42 | More by jar2574
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
11-17-2007 06:59:47 | More by ralree
4.75/5 rDev +13.9%
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."
11-18-2009 02:01:07 | More by mnrider
4.68/5 rDev +12.2%
Arrogant Bastard Ale | 650 ml. | 7.2% ABV | 2010
Brewer: Stone Brewing Co. (North County, San Diego)
Style: American Strong Ale
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."
A mahogany brown with deep red highlights. The head is small, but as it diminishes it leaves an attractive swirling film on the top.
Coarse hops, toasted grains, fruity esters and a deep, alcoholic backbone.
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.
Medium bodied and very smooth.
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
07-09-2010 00:22:18 | More by BeerNemesis
4.63/5 rDev +11%
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!!
03-09-2003 20:43:29 | More by MJR
4.38/5 rDev +5%
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.
02-05-2005 02:37:45 | More by Sycodrummer
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.03/5 rDev -3.4%
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".
09-24-2010 20:58:47 | More by Zimbo
4.33/5 rDev +3.8%
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...
05-10-2008 00:58:11 | More by mobyfann
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
10-31-2006 05:26:49 | More by xav33
3.83/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
09-20-2009 22:27:14 | More by Mavajo
3.4/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
03-24-2011 02:01:35 | More by SWMeyer4141
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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