Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
On tap at Acre's stone takeover.
Purs a deep ruby with a light cap of sticky white foam.
Unusual beer. I'm happy I got to try this one.
Smell's a bit boozy - lots of citrus and piney hops, a touch of oak and bourbon, some sweet malt and a hints of a somewhat unpleasant earthy aroma.
Taste is initially very piney - almost like a spruce tree. Must be the bourbon interacting with the hops. It's not terribly pleasant. Underneath that there are sweet caramel malts and bourbon - almost like a BA Wee Heavy coated with spruce.
Mouthfeel is what you'd expect - medium bodied, creamy, smooth, and a bit sticky.
Overall - there's an odd amalgam of flavors. I don't think the bourbon aging helped this one.
08-31-2011 18:57:43 | More by readbaron
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
On tap at the Stone Tap Takeover at Acre. Served in a snifter.
Appearance: My snifter is full of a recognizable cherry mahogany beer with a nice beige cap. Webs of lace stick to the lace and the head retains well, like the normal Bastard.
Smell: The aroma is full of caramel malt, with grapefruit and other assorted citrus smelling hops, pine needles, and just a touch of oak and bourbon.
Taste: The taste starts out sweet. Caramelized grapefruit impart a sweet and hoppy flavor right away. A bit of brown sugar, prickly pine, some oak, and bourbon toward the end lead into a bitter finish. The pine hops and bourbon combine to give off a fusel bitter flavor that is not very good and lingers through the finish.
Mouthfeel: The body is slightly above medium, with mostly creamy smooth carbonation. A little bit sticky up front and after each sip, with an alcohol inspired dryness in the middle.
Overall: This is the second Stone beer I like a little bit less after aging it in bourbon barrels. The residual pine hop presence doesn't work well with the bourbon for me.
08-22-2011 21:01:41 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.08/5 rDev 0%
On tap for the stone tap take over at acre.
a-amber body just like regular AB with almost no head
s-Bourbon and a suprising amount of hops
t-follows the nose. Really hoppy for what I was expecting. bourbon not as prevalent as it is on the nose
m-medium body and so smooth
o-Good beer, bourbon kicks it up a notch
08-17-2011 23:14:01 | More by brew3crew
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
pour was an amber and ruby with a thick creamy head.
mostly bourbon on the nose. very light hops however they were dominated by a heavy bourbon presence. lots of vanilla.
again, heavy on the bourbon. this was very dominating with a nice thick vanilla flavor that blended well with the sweet malt and citrus hops.
very full, a bit resin like. nice moderate carbonation. slight dryness.
this was good, although i can see this becoming cumbersome after a bit with the strong bourbon.
04-22-2011 17:09:50 | More by hooliganlife
4/5 rDev -2%
A deep hue of burgundy with a thin tan head.
Some earthy hops with oak and some bourbon.
Bourbony and lightly sour with earthy dry hops and some booze. The malt keeps things in check a bit. Really unique taste. Can't say I've had a bourbon barrel aged beer anything like this before.
Smooth and dry. Carbonation is just fine.
A very unique brew that I enjoyed trying. Like I said before, there just isn't anything to compare to this. If you see it, try it out.
04-01-2011 01:28:01 | More by jera1350
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
On-tap at Brewvival 2011.
Pours a ruddy dark brown with a thin creamy tan head. Nice crisp aromas of caramel malt, bitter, earthy hops, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and ash. Flavor is very similar, not as hoppy as expected, I assume the barrel mellows them quite a bit. Bourbon presence is very nice, not too overpowering like some hoppy beers. Pretty crisp, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. A really nice take on Arrogant Bastard.
03-30-2011 21:04:39 | More by jsanford
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Had while at Brewvival! Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured dark brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bitter hop, caramel, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, bitter hop, caramel, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. A very nice spin on the regular Arrogant Bastard for sure. It also seemed to mellow out the original as well making this quite enjoyable. Really glad I got the chance to try this one as it wasn't at the Stone Tap Takeover event in Charlotte and I wished it would have been.
03-01-2011 14:28:13 | More by thagr81us
4/5 rDev -2%
On tap at stone winter storm:
Was good but nothing that special compared not regular. I picked up some vanilla notes in the smell and taste and it was a little smoother. Better than normal but thought it would be better. My friend got me excited about this one so I think it let me down a little.
02-19-2011 22:57:19 | More by d4114
4.08/5 rDev 0%
4oz. pour from tap during Stone's Winter Storm. The following review is based on notes taken Thursday, February 10, 2011.
Served in a fluted tulip.
Appearance: Murky auburn body with a fine, sticky, khaki-colored crown. Good head retention and lots of lacing - surprising for a barrel-aged ale.
Smell: Bourbon. Lots of caramel-like aromas, booze, and fruity esters, accented by hints of pine, and a whisper of Arrogant Bastard (ale yeast). One-dimensional and a bit harsh, though still decent.
Taste: Flavor profile rocks back and forth between bourbon barrel ale and Arrogant Bastard. The hops are essentially absent, and the bourbon component is mellow and mingles nicely with the base beer. Malt-forward and pleasantly sweet. Caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon all combine in a very enjoyable finish. Mellow and easy-going - I like it.
Mouthfeel: Malty, medium-bodied, and slightly drier than the original version. Good mouth-coating. A bit prickly, but not harsh at all.
Drinkability: Very mellow for a bourbon barrel-aged beer, and an excellent spin-off of the original Arrogant Bastard. I could easily order more of this.
02-13-2011 18:47:52 | More by ThreeWiseMen
4.08/5 rDev 0%
On-tap at Stone
A: The pour is a dark amber color with very minimal head. Maybe a thin and short-lived layer of khaki foam.
S: Smells like -bals. Lots of vanilla and maple syrup with very little of the Arrogant Bastard character left. Sweet and caramel forward with a bit of booze. Definitely some oak and perhaps a little bit of chocolate.
T: Toffee and vanilla dominate the flavor on the front end. The bourbon starts to creep in and there's a pleasant oakiness. More chocolate than I got on the nose and even more vanilla.
M: The body is medium and the carbonation is too, although you wouldn't guess it from looking at the beer.
D: This was good. I wish Stone would put out more of their SPIRIT barrel aged beers.
02-08-2011 01:35:26 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev -2%
On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011
A: Reddish orange with a small fizzy white head.
S: Bourbon goes very well with Arrogant Bastard. Touch of vanilla, evident oak. Caramel and a nice toffee profile with subtle oxidation. Toffee and bourbon combination is great. A little pine.
T: Bourbon toffee with light vanilla and a good deal of oak. Dried dark fruits. Moderately bitter with a touch of grapefruit and pine.
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfuls is dry and sticky.
Overall: A nice twist on Arrogant Bastard. Enjoyable. The aroma was great.
02-07-2011 17:13:57 | More by HopHead84
3.03/5 rDev -25.7%
A: Poured a deep rust color, appeared more orange in the growler though. Good carbonation and a dirty white head.
S: Like a regular Arrogant B. Very little if ant barrel influence
T: What happened here? This tasted like a regular Arrogant B. Minimal bourbon, no wood, no traditional barrel notes. Still has booze and hop bite
M: Bittering hops, booze, sticky and creamy on very end
D: Average for BA strong ale
05-16-2010 23:14:37 | More by barleywinefiend
3.53/5 rDev -13.5%
Poured in an oversized wine glass.
A - Pours a dark brown with some hints of dark dark honey. Had a very thin head that left no lacing on the glass.
S - Alcohol is the first thing I smell, followed by some prune character which I can identify as the bourbon aspect of it. Also some hops there at the end but not too much.
T - Quickly the bourbon is felt and a prune taste that comes with it. Some sweeter malts felt throughout the middle as well and then at the end some roasted feel to it as well a mild hop induced bitterness and feel.
M - Medium bodied a bit oily on the tongue with med-low carbonation. Still well balanced. A little sweet for my liking.
D - I could only really have one. Mostly because of the sweetness.
06-01-2009 13:07:56 | More by JoEBoBpr
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
Pours a dark brown with a nice creme head on it. Nose is uneventful. Flavor is kind of a quick hit of bourbon and then that muted cotton thing that I get a lot of out of some of these styles of beer. Wonder what that is and why precisely. Feel is smooth enough on liquid and the carbonation is a bit nipping actually. Overall this is okay at best. Perhaps the age has sent it over the hill or it has sat on tap too long? Either way, decent enough to try, but not worth running out for.
06-01-2009 04:11:23 | More by RblWthACoz
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -2%
(From notes - tasted at RnH)
A - Fairly vibrant dark brown/orange color, with a thin bubbly off-white head. No lacing or retention
S - Bourbon is right up front; woody; touch of sweetish malt
T - Mellower bourbon flavor than suggested in the nose; touch of alcohol; sweeter maltiness; hops don't really show up at all. More bourbon than AB in the taste
M - Medium; dryish; muted carbonation
D - Little heavy on the booziness in the flavor made this a little less drinkable for me. Definitely a sipper, but this became less easy through the sample
Overall, the bourbon was a little overwhelming at points; but still a solid brew. Worth a look
05-31-2009 18:05:38 | More by Nickls
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
Draught at Rattle 'N' Hum Stone event, 8-9 oz. pour.
Pours a deep, hazy copper, thin, soapy off-white head.
Nose is quite a bit of vanilla and bourbon comes out strong and in front, bit fruity, some brown sugar underneath.
Taste is dry up front, the base beer doesn't come forth readily at all, bit prickly, with vanilla and bourbon coming on loud and clear as the taste progresses, some spicy brown sugar as well. Overly dry, the bitterness from the base beer seems to remain much more than any actual flavor, with a moderate lingering bitterness on the finish, and an exhale of toasty caramel and bourbon. .
Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, medium-full body that gets just a bit watery at times.
Plenty drinkable if you love bourbon. This was by far my least favorite of the barrel-aged Stone beers. Brandy Double '06 is a masterpiece, Wine Old Guardian '08 is a great beer even without a lot of oak character, but this one almost loses the base beer entirely.
05-20-2009 12:45:43 | More by JohnQVegas
Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
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