Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Arrogant Consortia

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3.9/5
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1,479 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#13,543
Reviews:
325
Ratings:
1,479
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
391
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,479 |  Reviews: 325
Photo of KMcGrath
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zenboy99
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of depechemode1983
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brown with a beige head. Retention is moderate and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Lots of bourbon in the nose. Wood, sweet vanilla and caramel dominate. Its extremely aromatic. The alcohol is tame as well.

Bourbon, wood, caramel malts and a bitter piney hoppiness backbone that was not in the nose.

The mouthfeel is smooth, and with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

needed something to really kick me while i'm down. sixer of these seemed like they'd do just that. so far it's working. deep, dark red beer with a big off white head that's left some lace stickier than my hands. nose is a lot of caramel and brown sugar sweetness, with a boozy bite and some earthy bitterness. taste has a lot of earthy hops, almost burnt sugars and bourbon, all mixing together and sometimes fighting to sit atop. the caramel malt sweetness keeps things in line. drinks really well, not as much alcohol as expected and leaves an aftertaste that just doesn't quit, so i keep drinking more.

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Photo of Zach_is_dead
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Taste is powerful and rich. Smells amazing. The bottle is hamdsome. Its just a but pricey where I'm at.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6pack bought at Liquor Shed, $17.12. I see a stamped date of August 11th 2018.

It pours dark red with an inch of off white foam, lots of sticky lacing.

I get notes of Bourbon, brown sugar, aggressive hop bitterness, caramel malt in the smell.

The hoppiness and Bourbon are battling for palate dominance in the taste. Brown sugar and caramel add some sweetness. Brown sugar tastes burnt at various times during the session. The alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel is good.

I like it but I prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of Radome
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle.
I am a fan of the base beer and also a huge fan of spirit-barrel aged beers. This one is enjoyable and worth drinking, but a bit harsh in flavor to me, due to the super-high hops bitterness combining with the bourbon. I'm sure that is what the brewer's intended, in the spirit of the original beer, but I prefer the flavors of malt-forward beers that have been barrel-aged.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a chestnut brown with a beige creamy/foamy head. Noticeable lacing in glass. Smells like mild bourbon, earthy,hops, fresh biscuit,mild vanilla,mild smoke. Taste is delicious. The bourbon and hops co mingle in the first sip, followed by superb caramel malts. Feels about perfect for an American ale. I am not sure why this is not rated higher. What more could one want from a beer?

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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

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