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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,389 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,389
Reviews: 2,765
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 243
Gots: 809 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

02-16-2014 20:23:58 | More by BrewClint
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

There is much more cinnamon in this beer than I remember from the first time. This beer pours with one of the most unique cascading effects that I have seen since Boddington's. Generous head that lingers for a long time. The smell, as stated, as much cinnamon with a hint of plums and candied fruits. A great amount of carbonation that lets the taste sit and develop on your tongue before going down. Overall a tremendous brew.

08-12-2006 01:58:07 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of musicforairports

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1%

22oz bomber best by July 6. Reviewed May 18.

Ruby-colored, almost brown but not quite. One-finger head leaves lacing.

Big pine aroma with some sweet fruity malt beneath.

Citrus/pine hops take hold midway largely dominate the flavor, but there's also a sweet, lightly roasted malt flavor beneath. But not caramel--I can pick out some dark fruit aspects, like figs and raisins and what not. An interesting mix. More like a doppelbock IPA than a black IPA, if you had to classify it as an IPA.

Mouthfeel is right down the middle medium.

I remember when this was one of the "strongest" tasting beers I've had. It's not anymore, but it's really a good beer I don't drink often enough. A widely available go-to when you're looking for something sturdy and flavorful.

05-19-2011 01:57:39 | More by musicforairports
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Served from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.
Best by date: 4/21/09

A: Blood red to maroon. Beautiful reddish hues come off the glass. Could this be the blood of the gargoyle on the label? A crisp white head crowns the top. As it falls, a lovely lace kisses the edge of the glass. Carbonation is just right and not over lively.

S: Grapefruit hops backed up by a bevy of sweet malty aromas. Definite esters as the fruity aromas permeate. There is a hint of caramel as well. Not overly aromatic however.

T: Malty onslaught at first. Fruitiness is prevalent in the flavors. The fruits I get are plums and a slight hint of cherry. This reminds me of an old ale in its fruity/malty complexity. The malts are further asserted with strong caramel and a hint of toffee. I didn't really get a roasted flavor like others did initially, however as I drink up it definitely comes out. This is all quickly followed up with a solid hoppy bite. There is excellent balancing bitterness. It lingers for a while after the drink, punishing your tastebuds for even thinking about a lesser beer. The flavors blend well and the complexity is nice.

M: Medium bodied. A little on the syrupy side. The bitterness definitely drys out the palate.

D: This is a damned good beer. Now I know why it is so celebrated by beer geeks like myself. It was definitely a beer I'd try again, but I don't think I'd have more than one in a sitting. It is a great beer to have as a nightcap, but not for a hot day at the lake. On the other hand, I thought I would have problems drinking the bomber by myself. This isn't posing a problem at this point.

03-10-2009 02:16:40 | More by brewdoc75
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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

ST: 22oz bomber that tells me I am not worthy. More importantly, it also tells me the alcohol percentage, but it does not have a brewed on date or drink by date.

A: Dark iced-tea brown, cloudy, with a huge brown tinged head almost a finger long. The head sits on top and has great retention, and wonderful thick lacing is left as the beer is consumed.

S: Aggressive lemon and grapefruit hops, sweet malt, biscuit, slight smoke, slight sweet syrup.

T: Sweet malt, grapefruit, bread, caramel, and lots of bitter notes that cling to the tongue and throat.

M: Medium body and drier with smooth moments.

O: A solid strong ale that is, as it states, not for everyone. It has wonderful bitter flavor, but also has some sweet sugar notes that balance the beer. The head is wonderful, and the finish has great bite. However, it is not a beer to sit back and drink a six pack. It is a beer that you enjoy a bit at a time.

09-03-2011 23:08:18 | More by ianjsullivan
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

11-23-2013 01:35:37 | More by Baab200
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

A- Poured into tulip glass, thick inch of solid head. Strong lacing with a dark red hue.

S- Malt, biscuit, and strong bitter hops but no citrus aroma.

T- There is a lot going on in this beer, and it knows it. Strong malt, roasted, caramel flavors and a good balance with spice and hops.

M- Wet and clean carbonation with a small lingering aftertaste. Light to medium body for all the flavors in this beer.

D- Cap says it all: "Hated by many, loved by few." Almost too easy to drink.

12-08-2009 23:19:53 | More by neorunner
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4.72/5  rDev +13.2%

Received in a trade from BeerTruth!

A - Deep ruby amber or brown color. Head is slightly rocky, light brown and fades to a quarter inch. Strong lacing, thick sheets and tracks.

S - Smells great! Piny and citrusy hops excellently balanced with, rich sweet, creamy and spicy cereal malts. Malts are slightly ahead here.

T/M - Starts out very creamy and malty with a slight hop kick, then into some spicier malty flavors, coffee interestingly enough, and some sweeter hoppy bitterness. Finish leaves some spicy, hoppy and some darker chocolate flavors. Overall very minimal carbonation, I would have liked to have seen more.
I'd probably classify this one as an Imperial Amber Ale, as it is very malty and yet still very hoppy.

D - This is great! Very easy to drink, and still very complex. I will definitely keep this one on my wants list.

07-31-2007 03:42:48 | More by umustdrink
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours ruby amber with a brown head that has average retention that fades to some solid side glass lace.
Aroma: Has some decent balance, as roasted malts as well as aromatic hops both hit the nose.

Taste: Malty, but smooth and creamy. I pick up some caramel and it is on the sweet side up front but ends hoppy dry.

This is an outstanding brew but at $17.99 a six pack and $65.00 a case, who is being arrogant here.

08-30-2011 22:52:31 | More by jadpsu
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3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a nice fizzy yellow...err...wait. A nice dark amber brown, with some sticky off tan head. Some minimal traces of carbonation trickling up. From what I can get from the bottle, I think this one may be from 1/09, so the aroma may be lacking. Still get some strong hops, but it seems the malts are almost winning the battle. Definitely not as hoppy as a Stone should be. Hops are right up in front on the palate but fade quickly to a nice thick malty backbone. Should have reviewed a fresher one I suppose, but the taste is not lacking whatsoever. For being almost a year old, the hops are still kicking but have lost their fruity and bitter punch. Nice and thick in the mouth, not overly carbonated. This ones too drinkable, beware the 7.2% though. It will sneak up on you like a bastard.

12-01-2009 01:38:48 | More by kiddynamite920
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a very deep amber in color, beautiful head almost billowed out of my glass! This thing has excellent head retention, and lacing is left sticky and soapy on my glass.

Smell: Floral west coast style hops dominate here, I love the touch of sweet malt in the backdrop, it really smooths the nose out here. A bit of floral earth like tones are present as well, almost buttery in the nose as well.

Taste: What a perfect balance of full blown hoppiness to such a deep, bold malt backbone. Up front your palate is completley demolished by big, citrus hoppiness. I get tones of grapefruit and light passionfruit undertones. Towards the middle and the finish, a very sweet, yet decadent maltiness kicks in and puts this beer into overdrive. The malt has almost a nutty finish to it, very earth like and subtle. In the strong ale category, I've never had a beer that has really set the tone with balance rather then booziness. A touch of alcohol in the finish is just was this bastard ordered!

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean! Medium bodied, almost perfectly carbonated and bitterness is here and alive! The malt adds almost a creaminess to it that is right on the point with the rest of this beer.

Drinkability: What an interesting beer to say the least, this beer solidifies the notion that I am very excited Stone has landed in Connecticut. This beer is balanced almost far too well, never have I seen a strong ale pull off not only the nice, bitter west coast hoppiness, but also the malt balance that really makes this beer a sure fire winner. An awesome concoction from a brewer who I can't wait to experience more of their over the top potions!

10-14-2009 02:55:54 | More by thespaceman
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-25-2012 20:10:16 | More by DMc8ride
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-10-2013 15:14:26 | More by tarheels4life23
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4.6/5  rDev +10.3%

This poured a deep reddish-copper hue, with a clean, clear body. It had a small head which left very nice lacing about the glass. It's aroma about knocked me over; plenty of hops and sweet fruits, piney, caramel, roasted malts. The taste was much of the same, but balanced excellently, with a barrage of sweet caramel and roasted malts up front, fading into a spicy, bitter hop finish. I can not emphasize enough the complexity and balance of this beer. Since I had it in the larger bottle, and the ABV is decently high, AND the tastes are in your face, I wouldn't try to polish off more then one or two of these in one sitting. Plus, if you do, you're not savoring and enjoying this beer, which is exactly what you shuold do. Truly worthy of it's stellar rating.

01-04-2006 21:31:48 | More by sinistrsam
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3.83/5  rDev -8.2%

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a rich, clear mahogany topped by a foamy, creamy light tan head. Decent lacing.

Nose is big and hoppy, with juicy fruit and candied citrus leading the way. A solid caramel malt character holds everything up. There's an earthiness that, combined with the malt profile, reminds me of a German bock.

Rich and malty on the palate, supporting my initial thoughts of bock. Turns quickly into an almost acetic, acrid note, leading into a bruising and lingering bitterness. I'm taken aback at the overall similarity to a classic German bock, sip after sip, minus the hops. One would be hard pressed to mistake this for a bock, of course, but I can't overlook the similarities. There's a subtle note of citric juiciness, but otherwise the hops seem to lend themselves only to bitterness.

Quite thick and viscous, between soft and firm. Lingering bitterness diminishes drinkability, especially in a 22 oz. bottle. A good beer, but overrated in my opinion.

08-28-2011 21:11:26 | More by wnh
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2.03/5  rDev -51.3%

Pours a clear reddish brown with half inch tan head and some lacing. The aroma is fruity with sweet malt and some spice. The flavor is sweet malt and vanilla in the background of an overpowering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium full. Stone Arrogant Bastard is just way too bitter, theirs potential in the background. Barely recommended.

01-21-2012 21:51:49 | More by B967ierhunter177
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4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

Appearance: Reddish amber clear haze

Head: Dark tan frosty head

Smell: Sweet maltyness with a bit of a citric hop

Taste: Big malts with a nice biter hop

Weight: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation

Finish: A bitter hops with a little maltyness

04-06-2011 04:14:04 | More by Snow81
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-26-2011 18:48:00 | More by AApparel
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-17-2012 04:32:21 | More by ChrisKuhns
Photo of akinsja


5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-27-2011 21:50:24 | More by akinsja
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-28-2012 03:15:56 | More by zapahoppa
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

06-13-2013 12:47:26 | More by kwkdmk
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Raises a one inch puls head, light tan-orange hued head, slow to fall, with dense lacing. The body is ruby-copper, and barely transparent. The nose is of light grapefruit and pine (light for an IPA, anyway), with lots of caramel sweetness. The taste starts with strong bitterness and hop flavor, which fades quickly to a sweet caramel finish. Nice citrus notes. This beer is really balanced! Has a medium-low mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. Reminds me of a jacked-up ESB somehow. What a surprise, I hated this the first time I had it, at a place I continue to suspect for its tap lines.

09-26-2006 23:15:51 | More by mjc410
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

A - Pours up light brown with reddish highlights and a thick creamy head.

S - Smells of sweet malt, with a hint of hops

T - Starts of slightly sweet, then roast flavor develops and finishes with hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - Full mouthfeel

D - The hop finish could quickly overwhelm my palate, but the malt flavors balance it well.

11-22-2007 01:34:52 | More by hiikeeba
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-09-2012 12:49:41 | More by jhhollier
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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