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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Stone Brewing Co.

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188 Ratings

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 18
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: morebeergood on 04-24-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber/copper color, tan head that dissipates slowly to leave a frothy layer.

S: Aroma is that of strong pine and spice. It's also quite boozy, working well with the bourbon concept. Nice.

T: This one is pretty bold. The boozy alcohol is definitely present, but it's well masked by a smokey malt and complex bourbon notes. It even seems to leave the sweet vanilla aftertaste that quality bourbon often does. It do enjoy this a lot.

F: It has a good body, not heavy but not too light to get lost. It's creamy as opposed to more carbonated, and goes down smooth. Drinking the whole bomber in one sitting is no problem at all, it's smooth.

O: It really like this beer. It works on many levels, and despite the intimidating presentation, it actually carries itself well and balanced. If you only have one, don't bother aging it. Crack it and enjoy it, Stone nailed this one.

Photo of Syracuse12
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SC_Beer_Drinker
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of LukeK
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of gelasin
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of MickeyHops
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of scotorum
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Evidently a revived Arrogant Bastard variant, from the special Bastard bomber fourpack.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear copper with an inch thick light tan head which receded to rocky surface foam and patterned lacing.

s; Bourbon!

t: Mild bourbon flavor and some caramel malt up front becomes stronger after a hop bite kicks in. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. Boozy aftertaste.

m: Light to moderate, good body, some carbonation tingle.

o: The bourbon flavor masks the Arrogant Bastard signature flavor, but this is definitely a hoppy, above average BBA brew. More bitter and less smooth than Founders' Backwoods Bastard, not quite as bourbony or light as Alltech's Kentucky, but still an enjoyable ale.

Photo of GregDuB65
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BeerSnobery
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Trooper92292
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Professor_Yeesh
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zac16125
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip
Vintage 2014

A: Pours a clear, dark copper color, nearly brown with ruby hues when held to light. One fingers width of tan head rising then dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a few patches of lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is very malty, some booze, bourbony vanilla and oak, caramel/toffee, candied sugar, some piney and citrus rind hop characters. Aroma is quite sweet, but the booze and hop notes balance it nicely. Great complexity. Fantastic nose. 4.5

T: More bourbony than I expected. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon booze. Sweet malts follow and linger in the aftertaste. Burnt candied sugar and toffee/caramel. Hops are there to balance, with a biting piney bitterness. 4.5

M/D: Medium bodied, arbonation on the lower end which is appropriate, its has a lot of boozy components in terms of aroma/flavor (presumably from the barrel aging), but its not at all hot. I do think that due to the depth of flavors it could benefit from a heavy body. Drinkability is very good though. 4.25

O: This is a fantastic beer. I like regular Arrogant Bastard (love Double Bastard), but this takes the Bastard to a whole new level. Exceptional. 4.5

Photo of Ken_P
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JDizzle
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
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