Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Arrogant Consortia

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From:
Arrogant Consortia
 
California, United States
Style:
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #103
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,944
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.54%
Ratings:
1,512
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 01, 2021
Added:
Apr 24, 2009
Wants:
  81
Gots:
  388
SCORE
87
Very Good
Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel-AgedArrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: 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!
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4.06 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Jul 01, 2021
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3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting. Reddish brown colour. Malty aroma, slightly oxidised, with some caramel, notes of oak and bourbon, but not as distinct as expected. More distinct oak and bourbon / vanilla in the flavour, also distinct bittering hops.

May 08, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by qrazvan from Romania

Clear dark red colour, nice & persistent foamy head.
Really nice smell of borbon, oak wood, caramel and ripe fruits.
The taste is medium sweet, wit a bitter hint at the beginning. Light body. Burnt sugar, dried fruits, fermented grapes, plums, some woddy notes. Very bitter aftertaste, with the wood tanins coming in front.
A nice experiment, but the bitterness is too strong, covering the delicate bourbon and oak notes, more obvious on the nose

Dec 06, 2020
 
3.9 by Long813 from Canada (ON) on Nov 24, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Pegasus from Texas

Appearance: Stunning, massive, moderately coarse cloud-top head utterly dominates the mahogany brown body. The head retention is excellent. Belgian-style lacing adorn the glass wall.

Aroma: Sweet molasses, toffee and caramel notes, and earthy and pine hops dominate the aroma. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla are also evident. There is abundant sweet, vinous alcohol, as well.

Taste: Opens with a massive wave of dark malt, caramel, molasses, and toffee. As the taste progresses, sweet alcohol, oak, vanilla, and grapefruit hops move to the forefront of the taste. Late in the taste, the bourbon and oak really shine, and there is a late and pleasing warming sensation. Finishes with a lingering herbal and medicinal hop note, serving to offset the sweetness quite graciously.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very full, just excellent, with modest soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Simply put, one of the finest examples readily available, and at a modest price point. A well-cellared case would prove a prudent investment in future enjoyment. As well, this would be an elegant presentation for a holiday dinner.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber, with an an enameled label, and a pry-off crown, served in a Duvel tulip.

Nov 21, 2020
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75
by Steve555 from Wales

Nice mahogany colour, disappointing small head and lacing to be expected I suppose from such a strong beer. Smell of dried fruit and spirits. I found this to be so bitter and boozy that it was almost undrinkable. Alcohol present in spades and I picked up a raging temperature in no time. Not for me!

Jun 19, 2020
 
3.75 by FakeDoctor96 from New Jersey on Jun 10, 2020
 
4.21 by ealvara from Texas on Jun 10, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by timon from California

Look is dark red with some lacing. Smell is like hard apple cider sitting in a bourbon barrel. Taste is very good, but a bit weird. There is a clash between some unidentified flavor and the bourbon flavor. Still a very nice taste, though. Mouthfeel is very nice and medium, not too much carbonation.

Edit: it's starting to taste better now that it's warming up....mmmmnnnn....

Apr 12, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Arrives clear and auburn with a one finger head that persists nicely and leaves some sheets of lacing

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit, citrusy hops and a hint of Bourbon

Taste: As expected, the caramel and citrusy hops are pronounced from the outset; dark fruit tones add a growing depth of flavor; through the middle, the Bourbon arrives and enhances without dominating; the finish melds the elements together

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I was expecting a much bigger beer and was unsure about whether I would like that; surprisingly, what I got was a nicely balanced approach that brought all the elements together; I guess the arrogance has faded after all these years but the result was very drinkable

Feb 14, 2020
 
3.81 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Feb 06, 2020
 
3.7 by denver10 from New Mexico on Dec 26, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Tony210 from New Jersey

Pours a murky dark amber, minimal head. Fantastic malty, molasses aroma. Great malty flavor, lots of molasses, pervasive bitterness. Fairly syrupy. Overall a great beer, this one was aged 3 years.

10/24/19
12 oz bottle dated 7/28/16
4.5 rating

Oct 26, 2019
 
3.78 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Oct 17, 2019
 
4.04 by Franklin-Yeo from Wisconsin on Sep 25, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a murky brown that looks like muddy river water with a hint of red. Head is a finger in height, khaki in color, and retains well. Aroma reaches out and grabs the nose with notes of resiny, dank, piney, citrusy hops, follow by dark, char bourbon characters. It smells like a hop forward, biting IPA until it gets washed over by whiskey. Flavor profile follows the nose, but with less harshness. Notes of piney, citrusy, resiny hops are the initial hit. Bourbon with a kiss of char compliments the hops, and adds a little balance to the mix. Resiny hop notes cling to the tongue after the hop-bourbon clash. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a little velvety smoothness that develops to a light creaminess at the very end. Overall, it's an odd ale, but it does so well. It feels well maintained and balanced despite the dichotomy between the hops and bourbon.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle. 02/14/16 bottle consumed on 9/24/19. Having not tasted a fresh one, I would still say this has aged well, mellowing in character.

Sep 25, 2019
 
3.52 by dshansen1184 from Washington on Sep 16, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FLima from Brazil

Amber brown color with a thin head.
Aroma with predominant notes of Bourbon, some of their yeast, apple puree and tea leaves.
Bold flavor with notes of Bourbon, oak, toasted malts, spices, floral and herbal hops, the expected Bastard yeast, tea bags and a bit of cherries. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation.
Bourbon dominated the Arrogant Bastard, but you can still feel it in the background.

Jul 15, 2019
 
4.1 by SeanDoc1970 from Pennsylvania on Jun 29, 2019
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3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by eugene17pluto from New Jersey

bottled on Feb 2019 and drinking June 2019 (4-5 months old)

It's an alright beer with less flavor than Founder's and Allagash barrel aged beers

It's also higher in bitterness than these other beers so if you like bitter IPA's and you think a lot of beers are too sweet, you might like this.

I don't think I'll be buying again and sticking with Founders and Allagash for barrel aged series

Jun 24, 2019
 
3.61 by antihero404 from California on Jun 03, 2019
 
1.78 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 11, 2019
 
4 by yuno from New York on May 06, 2019
 
3.87 by moltch from Massachusetts on Apr 18, 2019
 
4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 12, 2019
 
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Apr 05, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz bottle, with the stamped bottling date of '04/24/16'.
Color of the beer in the narrower bottom section of the glass is medium amber, with the beer in the wider main section of the glass being dark amber. Initial pour did not product much of a head, but there is an off white cap that sticks around. Each sip leaves behind a scattered pattern of lacing spots.
Aroma is woody and full of caramel and vanilla, with a discernible smell of whiskey barrel.
Taste still has lots of bourbon barrel character, with a definite woody note, and added caramel and vanilla. Some bitter hops at the end.
Medium plus mouth feel. Smooth, syrupy texture. Good carbonation.
Good chewy strong ale, with a remarkable appearance and forward flavors despite its age.

Mar 09, 2019
 
4 by hcproff36 from Texas on Mar 03, 2019
 
4.19 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Feb 10, 2019
 
3.58 by mholdefer from Alabama on Jan 31, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by puck1225 from Texas

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Dark golden brown with a good foamy head and lacing. Fruity and woodsy smell and taste. A hint of booze, but fairly light. Overall pretty good.

Jan 02, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into nonic glass; bottled August 11th 2018.
A: Pours deep red, basically almost brown in appearance, with a two finger, foamy, off-white head, solid retentions, and rings of fluffy lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel to molasses, brown sugar, and Irish whiskey.
T: Semisweet to sweet. The palate basically follows the nose, although much more caramel than molasses. The bitterness offsets some of the sweetness, but not the booziness.
M: Medium to full bodied with solid, persistent carbonation. A bit slick/oily on the palate.
O: I enjoyed it, but do not envision a circumstance where I would order it again.

Dec 16, 2018
 
4.21 by samEBC from Belgium on Dec 11, 2018
 
3.69 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2018
 
3.65 by Zenboy99 from Wisconsin on Nov 25, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by depechemode1983 from Texas

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.

Nov 24, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Livyatan1996 from Missouri

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.

Nov 18, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Zach_is_dead from New York

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

Oct 28, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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.

Oct 19, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Radome from Florida

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.

Oct 19, 2018
Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Arrogant Consortia
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