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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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8,153 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,153
Reviews: 2,760
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 226
Gots: 692 | 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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5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-29-2012 22:51:59 | More by cwreay90
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

10-02-2013 19:52:40 | More by EJJ1848
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-11-2014 23:38:27 | More by CorgiDad
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-18-2014 13:35:46 | More by DrMindbender
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #31
Served On: 8/13/2011
Glassware: Weisen Glass

Look: This beer poured a rich smooth red with a brownish hue when tilting the glass. Poured from a 22oz bomber I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD. Gladly paid around $6.00 as I have heard nothing but good things about this offering. The head was a gorgeous 3 fingers of sticky froth that lasted the entire time. Lacing was excellent as well.

Smell: I first noticed some clean hops with even stronger malts that seemed to create a well blended aroma. A roasted quality was lingering while I pulled my nose away. The complexity of this beer is already coming through.

Taste: The subtle hops hit first with roasted malts dominating most of the middle. The aftertaste lended itself to some toffee and a clean English maltiness. The hops were definitely not the predominant component in the palate. This brew is extremely complex, yet drinks real smooth. It probably took me over a dozen sips just to single out these basic notes.

This is a phenomenal beer. I plan to add a bottle to my beer cellar. I may even seek out the Oak Aged version.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 14:52:36 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-03-2012 14:05:32 | More by Chrixsus
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-28-2012 03:15:56 | More by zapahoppa
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-02-2013 17:49:56 | More by prock180


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

05-17-2013 20:37:20 | More by SMITHAND
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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, my last Stone brew after a quick jump to Chattanooga. Hopefully this will be in Georgia after July.

Medium-dark brown, nice light tan head.

Nice hop aroma, but sweet maltiness is present too. Light caramels in there and just a light hint of alcohol.

Full body, fairly smooth. Tons of flavors here, am I unworthy? Very pleasant hoppiness, very balancing malts as well. Light caramel. Light fruit flavors show up in the middle. An assertive but not overpowering alcohol finishes it up. Nice lacing the whole way down.

Awesome brew, I'm sure there's things I'm missing, but this is really top notch.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 03:03:07 | More by Southernbrew
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-20-2011 02:59:07 | More by bigdaddypolite
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pt bottle, enjoy by: 11 29 10

Pours a deep clear brownish amber with a thick foamy head. Sticky lacing all around the sides of the mug, good looking brew.
The nose is sweet malts, a toasted biscuity auroma and citrus hops. Smells well rounded and blended with a purpose.
First sip yeilds the strong ale kick upfront, bitter on the palatte following a long dry finish. Tastes of the malt and barley stick around. Thick mouthfeel and good carbonation.
Overall drinkability on the Arrogant Bastard Ale at 7.2% is moderate, the pint size is great for this session and warrants a subsequent purchase next beer run. Solid Stone beer and I'm looking forward to trying more from these arrogant bastards (bottle label reads quite funny).

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 19:42:37 | More by heebes
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a big tan head, the beer is ruby brown in color. Smells sweet, citric, alcoholy. Almost no carbonation. From the first sip the alcohol makes its presence known. Bitter throughout with a nutty-bitter slightly astringent aftertaste, which really lingers. A faint mustiness can be tasted, which seems odd and out of place. A real hoppy kick in the crotch. I wanted to like this beer more, and I consider myself a hophead, but it was a little too bitter/astringent without enough balancing maltiness for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 03:18:38 | More by ExtraStout
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District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on 5/24, from notes
"Drink by" date of 5/09/07, hence some poor marks (perhaps?)
Pours a beautiful dark caramel color, some nice ruby highlights. Fairly clear but with a slight cloudiness; tons of big bubble dirty white head.
In the nose it was rich and toasty, sweet caramel malts. Surprisingly, hops were not dominant and even hard to notice but a little spruce and pine were noted, overall the alcohol was quite noticeable, giving it a barleywine feel.
In the mouth it starts off big, but unfocused. Some dark ripe fruits are there like plum and raisin, but its vague, stale, old flavors are very dissapointing. Despite it being passed its prime (date), I imaginged a high alcohol would have preserved its flavor better (maybe the store's storage was poor). There is an okay hop bitter finish, but nothing to write home about. Mouthfeel couldn't make up for its flavor being syrupy ; it had a "big" body but it also finished thin and watery. Drinkability suffers for it just being so unfocused and boring, but I still wonder if it's just its age coming through?

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 13:10:24 | More by dreadnatty08
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

08-22-2013 02:53:15 | More by beerhast
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2.03/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 21:51:49 | More by B967ierhunter177
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-03-2014 00:55:32 | More by daron7
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-28-2013 03:48:58 | More by billbeers
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

04-28-2014 06:00:41 | More by BreweryRun
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby in color... 1/2" thick, foamy head with tons of staying power. Quite nice.

Aroma: Floral, grapefruit, spicy cinnamon... awesome

Taste: A wonderful bitter punch upfront across the top of the palate, quite juicy. A lot of hops! Middle is full of orange and bitterness... a touch of malt on the tongue, but it lasts for only a brief moment. Dry finish... very dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry all over... yet the swallow can be quite smooth and slightly creamy.

A tremendous beer...

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 23:29:25 | More by Fugazme
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New Jersey

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

Poured from the standard Bomber.

A-Simply beautiful: Pours a deep ruby maroon which appears exceptionally clear when held to light. Light tan head which holds up well, with delicate weblike lacings on the glass as it is consumed.

S-pinecones and pink grapefruit/citrus aroma

T-the pine flavor dominates initially, then mixes with the citrus creamy malt taste, then hops kick in roll across the tongue, a mild alcohol vapor, and a finish with a nice hop pop and tingle. Nothing quite hits the spot like a Bastard.

M-full and creamy

D-Very drinkable...thank you sir, may I have another?

Notes: This one is a treat, and inspired me to get off my duff as a longtime lurker and finally write my first review. This review is written while drinking the second one in as many days. Every sip brings a nuance. absolutely is one of the best ales that I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 23:46:15 | More by caddybuyer
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

06-10-2013 17:21:15 | More by ElijahRivera
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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 23:08:18 | More by ianjsullivan
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Burgundy colored body under a tan head. Head holds really nicely for a a high ABV beer. Laces the glass with every sip. No yeast on bottom of bottle (no aging required). Smells like piney hops and caramel malt. A clean yeast aroma comes through as well. Tastes bitter - sweet, both really intense flavors and work pretty well together. sip ends with a solid blast of alcohol. Tastes like Chinook hops and Northern Brewer hops to me. Almost resinous from hops, and yet a malt dominant flavor. Pretty unique and awesome beer. Used to be a staple of mine in college days.
"We're not worthy. We're scum! We're scum!"

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:04:53 | More by mlazzaro
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Iron Horse mug

A Pours a deep amber almost copper color with a 2 finger off white head that has great retention.

S I get notes of hoppy pine and citrus right up front with a hint of malty caramel on the back.

T Strong citrus hop notes balanced out with caramel and alcohol notes. Nothing subtle here.

M Kind of thick with good carbonation.

Overall there is a reason this one is a standard. It is a powerful tasting beer that is pretty much a hop bomb. There is a reason this one is one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 04:34:23 | More by beerandcycling88
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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