Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard | Arrogant Brewing

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant BastardBourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard
BA SCORE
75.6%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 1,427 ratings
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant BastardBourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard
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:
#6,649
Reviews:
307
Ratings:
1,427
Liked:
1,079
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
10.26%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
374
Trade:
16
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Photo of BoodahMoogle
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Photo of Beersplosion
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jsalz21
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Peterock27
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SevenBeersDaily
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this far more than the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale. It is better balanced in my opinion - not as rough around the edges. The bourbon barrel is just strong enough to be noticed, but doesn't dominate or overwhelm in any way. Some people have a bias against this company, and that's why you see a couple of terrible reviews of this outstanding product. Don't listen to them. This is definitely worth trying - often!

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Photo of Imperialjake
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mdaniel723
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty balanced, good caramel malt and chocolate flavor

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Photo of solisbrewmaster
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter. It has a reddish brown color. The smell is hoppy, bourbon and woody.
The taste is of hops, little earthy and woody, followed by slightly caramel flavor and taste of resiny hops.
Also a little bourbon flavor in the end. It is bitter and has a medium body, Very good.

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

This is just amazing. An instant classic!!!
Love Stone, love Arrogant Brewing, love Escondido! The legendary Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard have been my favorites, setting the standard higher than anything else for strong Americal Ales par excellence, and with what an attitude! And now this Kentucky Bourbon Barrel-Aged Bastard... this is just the non plus ultra, really. The icing in the cake (or the beer).
Bourbon barrel aging gives the beer a little sweetness in character, making it very rich and sweet, tending towards the direction of a malt whiskey. This Bastard is just such an outstanding masterpiece that you should drink and enjoy with awe, perhaps on special occassions, or on occassions you would want to be made special.
I am very impressed and astonished by this beer, actually feels like a bitter barley wine-esque strong ale and actually a bit different from the classic Bastard. Not that arrogant perhaps. But rather elevated and refined.
I don't feel my description to be appropriate enough though... so I had rather let it speak for itself and I should stop "proclaiming my unworthiness to whoever will listen" - as the bottle says.

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Photo of anthony-s
2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of kkmiller76
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark dark ruby red with little head. Smells of light bourbon, dark fruits, hops, and vanilla. Tastes of bourbon, hops, vanilla, and citrus. Medium body with light carbonation. Overall a really good beer, I just prefer the original AB.

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Photo of WilliamBrasky
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bdubz94
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz cellar temp dated 2/10/17-- about 3 months-- poured into a snifter.

Leaves a mighty foamy 2-finger tan head. Pours a deep ruby color, completely transparent-- no haze at all. Very carbonated judging by the bubbles streaming up. Head sticks around for quite a while leaving thick lacing.

You can definitely smell the bourbon--vanilla, caramel, leather, and booze. Dark fruit--raisins, dates, and grapes. Some malts as well. All in all, a well rounded aroma with nothing standing out too much. Smells a bit like dark red.. A bit faint is my only complaint.

Taste has vanilla and bourbon, quite a bitter finish but without a hoppy pine taste--could be because this bottle is 3 months old.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and dry. Not too heavy.

Overall, I think the bourbon is added nicely here. It doesn't dominate but certainly stands at the front. Having never had a beer of this style before, I would compare it to a barrel aged barley wine with some Belgian Quad character (dark fruit). Definitely unique, definitely good, but definitely not my favorite. A bit more sweetness to balance out the bitter finish would have been appreciated.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kuges
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SSGCujo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mortarforker
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard from Arrogant Brewing
Beer rating: 75.6% out of 100 with 1,427 ratings
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