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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard | Arrogant Brewing

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3.9/5
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1,445 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arrogant Brewing
California, United States
arrogantbastard.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
I awake from a slumber that’s been anything but peaceful. I feel stronger yet somehow more nimble and refined. I have been born anew and, in the process, anointed with vibrant, inspiring, previously unexperienced character, all while maintaining everything I am and have always been—bold, bullish, unadulterated, and yes, Arrogant. Are you Worthy of quaffing a beverage of this intensity, irreverence and quality craftsmanship? Not likely, but for those who “get it,” I know my time in this bourbon barrel has not been wasted. Cheers to you, enlightened imbiber. On second thought, cheers to me!

Added by morebeergood on 04-24-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,103
Reviews:
313
Ratings:
1,445
pDev:
10.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of daliandragon
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So my brother brought a sixer to college football Saturday. Big fuffy head and medium brown body. Nose is smoky and hoppy with a little dark fruit and booze.

There is a lot to like here. Big, boozy blast with great smoothness and balance. They are still making very good beer in Escondido.

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3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, undated, poured into a Stone Brewing RIS snifter glass.

The beer pours a dark amber color, reddish hues, faint clarity with a thick, bone colored head, about two fingers tall with good retention and lots of lace. The aroma is pretty nice, a lot like non aged arrogant bastard, nice assertive hop character, earthy and piney with lots of amber and caramel malts, light barrel character and soft bourbon heat. The flavors are decent, strong piney hop, lots of bourbon, bitter wood, amber grain, a bit of smokiness, not well balanced. The mouthfeel is awful, very thin, very carbonated, struggles to coat the tongue and mouth, does nothing to help the beer at all and finishes crisply and dryly.

Verdict: An okay beer at best from Stone/Arrogant Brewing. Very mediocre in terms of balance and expression, the barrel aging really hurts what is a nice base beer and ruins some of the better aspects while not imparting anything of value. Drinkable, yes, desirable, no.

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3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 15.00 (Including tax)/six pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.208/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Bottled on 07/30/17. Stored on the shelf at store, then at 42 degrees in my reefer. Served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Incredibly weak. By really horning it, I think I am picking up a hint of bourbon, but that could just be my imagination. It does, however, pick up as the beer further warms.
Head – Small (Maximum one cm, aggressive pour), tan, dense, average retention, diminishing to an irregular three to five mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin partial layer with a rocky hillock.
Lacing – Good. Nearly complete rings of tiny bubbles connected by thin columns.
Body – Dark amber, cloudy and opaque, effervescent.
Flavor – Begins with a little bourbon but quickly becomes a bit bitter. Actually, the bitterness has a long hang time, something totally unexpected from either BBA or the regular bastard. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – Bordering on thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression: A little diacetyl would have helped this version of Arrogant Bastard. While I’m not a big fan of AB, I am of bourbon barrel aging. This seems to combine the worst aspects of both. The only positive thing I can say is at least it’s relatively cheap. Now, on whom can I pawn off the rest of the six-pack?
Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3.

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3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an unmarked pint glass.

A: Mildly hazy caramel brown with a thick creamy tan head. Copious small bubble carbonation bubbles.

S: Surprisingly subdued here. Caramel, toffee and some bourbon – but not a big nose.

T: Caramel malts, bourbon with charred oak, big toffee flavor, and some ethanol sweetness. Despite being a fresh bottle, there seems to be a touch of oxidation, perhaps from time spent in the barrel? Some citrus rind hops show up near the swallow.

M: Medium to a bit light-bodied for style. Good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol presence seems quite restrained for a BBA strong ale.

O: Enjoyable, and really a nice offering for a 6-pack of 12 oz. bottles. I do think it offers an improvement over the base beer, which has never been a personal favorite.

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2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep mahogany topped with a finger and a half of dense off white head that fades slowly and leaves minimal lacing
S: Smells of faded hops and some light caramel malt with a little vanilla
T: Taste is bitter faded hops with some caramel and more hop bitterness. Hint of oak with a little vanilla. Very light on bourbon influence. The swallow is more bitter oily hops with some more oak with a little caramel and vanilla.
M: The mouthfeel on this beer is on the heavier side of medium with a slightly oily feel on the palate. the level of carbonation is a little high for the style and is slightly prickly. the beer does have a dry finish which helps things out.
O: Overall surprisingly bitter with a lack of barrel influence. This one could probably have used a little more time in the barrels. Not a bad beer but the oaked bastard has better wood flavor.

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3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cristoph
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Blackop555
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours Amber. Foamy, medium, tan had that last shortly.

Smells earthy, caramel, Pine. Bourbon and oaky vanilla hints.

Tastes citrus peel, Pine, earthy and light bready malt. Followed by Oaky and vanilla hints. Finishes dry with a quite bitter earthy linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,445 ratings
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