Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

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Brewed by Stone Brewing Company

Escondido, CA, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

7.2% Alcohol by Volume

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This is an aggressive ale. 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 beverage will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make things taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this. At Stone Brewing, we believe that pandering to the lowest common denominator represents the height of tyranny - a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot and stupid. Brought forth upon an unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale openly challenged the tyrannical overlords who were brazenly attempting to keep Americans chained in the shackles of poor taste. As the progenitor of its style, Arrogant Bastard Ale has reveled in its unprecedented and uncompromising celebration of intensity. There have been many nods to Arrogant Bastard Ale…even outright attempts to copy it… but only one can ever embody the true nature of liquid Arrogance! First Release Date: November 1997 Hop Variety: CLASSIFIED Stats: ALC/VOL 7.2%

ID: 9615 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank257
Overall Percentile99.5
Style Rank13 of 722
Style Percentile98.2
Lowest Score1.4
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.928
Weighted Score3.910
Standard Deviation0.562

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  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.7 5 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours dark copper with big frothy off white head that laces well. Caramel malt, pine and fruit aroma. Strong pine and grass flavour with caramel, nuts, bitter and soapy aftertaste. Medium well carbonated mouthfeel. Very strong dirty tasting beer.

  • PALEALERIDER 2233 reviews
    rated 4.2 6 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    On tap at Bier Markt, Ottawa. Pours a big frothy bubbly head and has a fairly dark amber appearance. Thick dirty lacing. Aromas are quite malty with a bit of a hoppy bitter smell. Flavours are quite hoppy. Starts off with a bit of a raisin taste at first and then a smooth earthy and resin hop finish. This one goes down too nicely. Great retention and lively carbonation. Very good overall.

  • CYRENAICA 2132 reviews
    rated 4.7 6 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    400ml draught
    7.2% ABV
    The Beerbistro (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) February 17, 2015
    The beer poured a tranlucent dark copper colour with a foamy light tan coloured head. The aroma is citrusy hops, grains, and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium full bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is grapefruit hops, burnt caramel, and weak yeast notes. Best new beer of 2015 so far.

  • FISHINGFAST 622 reviews
    rated 3.6 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours think and black like a porter. And really smells good but taste more like a IPA. It is bitter but after the second drink it smoothed out. I would suggest it to those who enjoy IPAs.

  • SLIM_JIM 80 reviews
    rated 4.2 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    This is another great stone offering. Dark amber color, full hop nose and lively flavor. The malt backing supports the hops and results in a well balanced brew.

  • SCOREN75 14 reviews
    rated 4.0 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    The first few swigs kicked my arse flavor wise. Hangs in the back of your throat and eventually kills the taste buds (much like any hoppy bitter beer will). After you get past the first few sips it gets much easier and you should start to enjoy it. It definitely has an aquired taste. I think the label on the bottle sums it up nicely. Read it and take it into consideration before you buy it. Don't let it scare you though :) Definitely worth a try!

  • HANTRAN 491 reviews
    rated 4.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Classic hop nose of pine and lemon (yes I get thirsty whenever I use Pledge or Pinesol), is balanced with some malty notes ( I get maple syrup, your milage may vary. Dark copper body with hints of red topped by an offwhite foamy head with excellent lace. Mouth is nicely slick, full bodied, and carbonation level is excellent. This hoppy strong ale avoids being simply a mouth full of grapefruit, its much more piney/herbal with very big bittering that is nicely balanced with a midtaste of caramel malts, big malt profile hidden away here. The finish is ever so slightly sour and the alcohol is present. Some prunes and figs in this one. Lovely.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 4.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Dark ruby color with light brown foam lacing to the glass. Smells like wood, initial taste is wood, then changin to some sweet fruit and caramel, then changing to bitter. Bitter taste lasts long. Although I am not worthy according to the text on the bottle I will for sure have this one again. (Houston 201205)

  • RICHSBEER 1730 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a deep chestnut brown with a red hue and a small off white head that slowly dissipated with moderate glass lacing. The aroma is of lemon citrus and a floral bouquet. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and low carbonation. The taste is of lemon and grass hops with a bit of caramel up front.

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Brought from cali by a friend, big ups to Mikey. Well had the oak aged before this. I prefer this. Really malty, like a 7.2% barley wine almost. tons of grapefruit hops, bitter, but not too bitter, Alcohol presence is right where I prefer it, present but not dominant. Smooth and a bit of syrup. Some dried fruits show up here and there, never all the time, and not all at the same time, sometimes dried peaches, sometimes dates, sometimes dried apple (does that exist?). Good beer, but I have still not had a stone that lives up to the self promotion or the hype....

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