Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Arrogant Bastard AleArrogant Bastard Ale

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9,293 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,293
Reviews: 2,837
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 300
Gots: 1,325 | FT: 7
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ChrisPratz
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite all time beers. First enjoyed this brew about 6-7 years ago on tap in an old rustic bar that used to be the town courthouse. Beer totally fit the atmosphere. This time, i'm enjoying it from a bomber bottle in a pint glass.

A: Deep red/brown color, not unfiltered but seems to have a hue that makes it not totally transparent. Fill finger of foam head on the top, keeps the lace very very well almost the entire way thru.

S: Lots of hoppiness wafting off the suds, also toasted grains and some sweetness. May have a hint of alcohol as well, which makes sense given the 7%+ ABV. Probably attributed to the carbonation and excellent lacing but the aromas stick around even with just a little bit left at the bottom of the glass.

T: Wow, its been awhile but this beer always impresses. Smooth and tasty all the time, shows some maltyness. Hints of chocolate and some roasted flavors as well as some sweet caramel lead to the hoppyness. Bitter but not overdone. Everything seems to blend well all across the palette and the alcohol taste isn't overpowering despite the higher ABV. Leaves a slight dryness in the mouth but not one that is unenjoyable.

M: Carbonation is perfect. Any more and it would be a bit spikey in the mouth, any less and it may be flat. Again, leaves a slight dry feeling from the alcohol content but it doesn't ruin it in any way/shape/form.

O: Again one of my absolute fav's. It may be a tad expensive but a nice treat to have from time to time. Stone really knew what it was doing with this one, glad to fork over the change and indulge with an air of arrogance :)

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Dreizhen
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Beautiful. One of the prettiest beers I've ever seen. Deep, redish brown, one finger of head, slowly dissipating. Steady bubbles, slightly hazy, but still translucent.

S: Light, hoppy, small citrus. Not much going on here.

T: Completely different story, here. Hops and malt both blast you in the face, more bitter than the citrus hinted at by the nose. Good if you're a fan of bitterness.

M: Smooth, slight bite, decent carbonation.

O: A very solid beer. I enjoy it, but I wouldn't drink a lot of it. Like Campari or some other bitter amaro, an occasional glass to sip is a fantastic break from the normal. However, it wouldn't be my go to on a regular basis. Definitely worth trying, though.

Photo of masterbruewer
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a reddish brown with steady carbonation. Thick off-white head, good lacing.

The smell is sweet malt with a hint of grape Kool-Aid. A little creamy smell as well.

The taste starts with a hop wallop and malt slap. Then other flavors waft in and out. A carmel cream flavor, grape Kool-Aid, and chocolate liquer, are floating about in there.

The mouthfeel is a little harsh. A strong alcohol taste and a good hop bite. This one's not for everybody.

Drinkability is low, by design I think, there's a lot to this beer, and most of it is in your face.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Second review almost a year later and a lot more beer experience.

Appearence not what I remember (or wrote). It is very dark, but only a light tan head. Aside from that it is still awesome looking.

First scent hit me with sweet malts almost caremel malts. Very nice. Then I was hit with the floral hops, very hoppy, but lingering malts were present as well. Very interesting.

Initial taste include nice hoppy malts. Very mellow. Then, bam, smacked in the face with bitterness. That was quickly follow by more bitterness. Yikes, this thing doesn't let up. After a while you forget the bitterness and it seems to tone down, but my tonge did become numb.

This is mealy; but in a good way. Very thick and lushous.

High alchole makes this not the most drinkable, but it is much more enjoyable than I remember.

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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomb rec'd in a trade from akorsak, poured into pint glass.

A: Deep, dark ruby/brown color, with a tannish one finger head. Some retention, but great lacing.

S: Strong hops smell, with a nicely balanced sweet malt scent.

T: Powerful, same as smell. Pretty well balanced. Finishes with a certain sweetness, like perhaps a green tea? Alcohol appears after it warms up a bit.

M: Smooth, good medium body, perfect carbonation.

D: Very good and dangerously easy to drink.

This Bastard really does seems to live up to its reputation. Much better than the Levitation. I am excited to try the Double and Oaked Bastards in my fridge.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, I get to try this legend. Their IPA is delicious, and I've been anxious to try their flagship brew.

22 oz. bomber purchased from an excellent beer vendor about 20 minutes from my house.

A - Pours a rich brown/dark amber, with a thick pillow of golden-hued, tan head. A nice cap with numerous patches and strands of lace.

S - Solid, though not massive, tones of rich caramel malt and floral hops.

T - Moderate caramel sweetness, complex malty backbone, nice hop balance (not overpowering). Hops and roasted malt linger after the swallow.

M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Pleasant and quaffable.

D - A very interesting, complex, and sophisticated brew indeed. One I'd definitely enjoy again on occasion.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Dark red copper. Nice color. Huge head that lasts.

Smell is very earthy, some hops, some malt.

Taste is great if you are in the mood. Good red. Earthy, malt, hops- variety is there. Medium body.

Very drinkable if in the mood. good red, medium beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 9,293 ratings.