Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Arrogant Consortia

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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel-AgedArrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arrogant Consortia
California, United States
arrogantconsortia.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
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#13,021
Reviews:
319
Ratings:
1,471
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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Photo of LT630
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cozmo
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of antonyliu
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

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Look
Pours a dark plum/prune red with a foamy beige-cream color head, quickly dissipating to a non-moving lace on glass; Active effervescent bubbles coming up the side like a Belgian; Semi-clear with only 20-25% light getting through.

Smell
Smells of bourbon right away, with sweet toffee, spices, soaked fruit, and toasted coconut

Taste
Taste is bourbon-soaked dark fruit; oak, prunes, molasses sweet, cherry; finishes bitter, boozy, and wood-spice; Taste sits on tongue long after.

Mouthfeel
high carbonation, light/thin body

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Overall
Though something of the taste and finish felt off-balanced to me, this is a fun beer to try/drink when in the mood for complexity, character, depth, and the style. Purchased 12oz bottle for $3.99 in Southern California.

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

Photo of SayBoom
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaytee4290
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edthehead
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bgillespie
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Deep brownish red, almost purple, with a thin head

Smell: Smells like bourbon, which kind of overpowers everything. Some sweetness

Taste: Again, taste like bourban, but get more sweetness of caramel and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Dense and sticky, low carbonation

Overall: An interestting beer as most of the liqour aged beers are. Something different

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Photo of Jrosso
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. Gifted to me a while back as part of a secret santa beermail. The bourbon barrel-aged version of Arrogant Bastard....

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy reddish-marmalade hue with plentiful floating sediment and good carbonation. Yields a massive head of fluffy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of rich bourbon character with hints of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, mild bourbon, wood, ale yeast, subtle resinous hops, faint spice and a touch of vanilla. Excellent.

T: Tastes of bourbon-infused ale with notes of caramel malt, brown sugar, bourbon, wood, ale yeast, modest pine resin, dank weed, spice and faint vanilla. The booze is well hidden. Somewhat sweet, followed by a substantial hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with lively carbonation and great body. Somewhat astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bourbon barrel, caramel malt, brown sugar, pine resin, ale yeast and spice.

O: Very nice, though the bourbon character overrides the original ale to a substantial degree. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are rich with bourbon notes, caramel malt, brown sugar, ale yeast and resinous hops. Great body. A big beer with a big character - ideal to round out a session. If you like barrel-aged brews then this is worth sampling.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eppie82
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StevenTowne
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six pack of this beer after trying a growler of regular Arrogant Bastard. Came home with the 6 pack and chilled a single bottle in the freezer as I intended to drink it soon. It is an excellent beer. Slightly calmer then regular arrogant. More full bodied, full of rich flavor, and a hint of bourbon and oak but not too much. The next part of this story is interesting. I grabbed a second bottle. It was not nearly as cold as the first. Slightly less than room temp. Say 50 deg F. It was exploding with a richer smell, texture, and flavor that was just awesome. This beer truly shines slightly warmer. I would recommend not over chilling. Take out of the fridge some time before drinking. Or just chill in a cool cellar. Great job on this beer?

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Photo of MKrauss
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dazka
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mfigueroa713
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drmeto
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a clear ruby-brown with a small,frothy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-very small particle floaties visible
S:
-raisins,coconut,plums,caramel,molasses,vanilla,slight oak
T:
-bitter tanins,grapefruit,grassy,nutty,spicy
-high bitterniss for the style
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
It has a definitive bourbon BA note to it, but the barrel doesn't completely take the Beer over.
Not better or worse than the normal Arrogant Bastard, just different.
A really good Beer.

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Photo of RonM5xho
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dreyski
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AxlSkull
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rich flavors and incredibly well balanced taste, loved the burned tones and the bitterness. An excellent surprise, highly recommended!

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Snowcrash000
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark amber coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of caramel malt, vanilla and a hint of pine and Bourbon. Taste follows the nose, with a caramel, biscuity malt backbone and some toffee, chocolate and red berries, complemented by hoppy notes of citrus and pine. There's also a big vanilla presence and just a tiny hint of Bourbon. This beer really improves as it warms, the Bourbon coming out more, especially in the nose, but also on the tongue a little, although there still isn't a lot of it. Compared to non-BBA AB, this has considerably less pine and bitterness, although this may also be due to the bottle being 18 months old. All in all, this is a more mellow Bastard, both due to the heavy vanilla presence and less hop bite.

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

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Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,471 ratings