Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Arrogant Brewing

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Arrogant Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by morebeergood on 04-24-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 223
Photo of Sabtos
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark red-orange with a huge fluffy beige head and the lacing of microbial mats in a Yellowstone hot spring.

Raisin and mellow bourbon on the nose.

A sort of barleywine candy flavor, with a creamy mouthfeel that is absolutely shocking for this beer. A little spiciness, with some smoothing vanilla notes. Am I really saying this?! It seems the more extreme a version of Arrogant Bastard I drink, the more I like it.

This is one of the rare occassions where bourbon barrel aging tones down a beer instead of amps it up, which is a very welcome attribute for Arrogant Bastard--its base beer, for me, being the harshest of all of its iterations, something that utterly confounds me.

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/25/15, hopefully hasn't lost anything.

Pours a foamy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice messy lacing and decent legs, very dark murky auburn chestnut maroon color.

Nose lots of barrel, toasty vanilla oak, some fresh bourbon barrel juice, light oak ester, some sweet caramel malts, reddish sweet malts, light toffee, some spicy chewy hops with a little candied orange peel, touch of fruitiness.

Taste brings tons more barrel, lots of vanilla oak, toasted oak, some smooth rich bourbon, into sweet malts, caramel and toffee with sweet but not syrupy reddish malts. Then hops, fairly bitter but seems a lot less so than normal Arrogant Bastard, spicy chewy hops a little earthy, and light candied fruits like apple skin and faint citrus. Finish is drier but a little sweet, fair spicy bitter hops, pretty bitter overall, some caramel toffee malts still, maybe just a touch of booze, a little vanilla barrel.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, smooth with decent carb, just a touch of warming booze.

Overall not bad, lots of barrel, nice malts, but hops seem to be lost a bit, could be age or could be the barrel, however still and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of rbenitez25
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very sweet scotch ale. Reminds me of publix chocolate milk, possible BC I just had some but I digress. Great beer, semi bitter on the back end and sugary smoke on the front.

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Photo of Boto
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Infinity Music Hall: This one poured in a goblet. It was a dark caramel brown color. There was a thin off-white head The nose is good. There was a whiff of bourbon. Dark fruits, chocolate, lots of malts, but no real sweetness. The taste if very good. Huge amount of malts, a touch of bitterness, some bourbon, chocolate and dark fruits. Nice.

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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pinglehead (FL) brewpub (from 2015 notes).
I’m not a fan of the regular version but this is certainly better. Still has a lingering bitterness that seems to strong. BBL effects complement rather than overpowering the underlying ale.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Bert’s Deep tawny brown with a smallish off white head. Brown sugary fruity light vanilla and oak with a hint of wet dog. Sweet fruity flavor with a subtle barrel character. Nice beer, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Clinton Hall in NYC, pours blood red color with a small creamy tan head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, roasted grains, grapefruit, orange peel, bourbon, oak or barrels, toffee and herbs or piney hops. It's just what I expected, the base beer with a touch of bourbon.

Tastes likes it smells but with the bourbon and oak up front, followed by floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, roasted grains, grapefruit, orange peel, bourbon, oak or barrels, toffee, herbs, piney hops and some citrus hop bitterness at the end. The base beer holds down the fort and allows the Heaven Hill barrels to adds nice touch of bourbon and still maintain the strong ale foundation which makes this a slightly upgraded Arrogant Bastard.

Mouthfeel is smooth and watery, with very mild carbonation, a medium body and just enough smoky and bourbon notes to shine while allowing the hops and malt to come through and balance this brew out. Really tasty and very well done, it hit the perfect level of change while staying true to the good old Bastard.

Note: The Stone crew was at the bar tonight and told me this was aged in Heaven Hill barrels.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber/copper color, tan head that dissipates slowly to leave a frothy layer.

S: Aroma is that of strong pine and spice. It's also quite boozy, working well with the bourbon concept. Nice.

T: This one is pretty bold. The boozy alcohol is definitely present, but it's well masked by a smokey malt and complex bourbon notes. It even seems to leave the sweet vanilla aftertaste that quality bourbon often does. It do enjoy this a lot.

F: It has a good body, not heavy but not too light to get lost. It's creamy as opposed to more carbonated, and goes down smooth. Drinking the whole bomber in one sitting is no problem at all, it's smooth.

O: It really like this beer. It works on many levels, and despite the intimidating presentation, it actually carries itself well and balanced. If you only have one, don't bother aging it. Crack it and enjoy it, Stone nailed this one.

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Photo of scotorum
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Evidently a revived Arrogant Bastard variant, from the special Bastard bomber fourpack.

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear copper with an inch thick light tan head which receded to rocky surface foam and patterned lacing.

s; Bourbon!

t: Mild bourbon flavor and some caramel malt up front becomes stronger after a hop bite kicks in. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. Boozy aftertaste.

m: Light to moderate, good body, some carbonation tingle.

o: The bourbon flavor masks the Arrogant Bastard signature flavor, but this is definitely a hoppy, above average BBA brew. More bitter and less smooth than Founders' Backwoods Bastard, not quite as bourbony or light as Alltech's Kentucky, but still an enjoyable ale.

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Photo of zac16125
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip
Vintage 2014

A: Pours a clear, dark copper color, nearly brown with ruby hues when held to light. One fingers width of tan head rising then dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a few patches of lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is very malty, some booze, bourbony vanilla and oak, caramel/toffee, candied sugar, some piney and citrus rind hop characters. Aroma is quite sweet, but the booze and hop notes balance it nicely. Great complexity. Fantastic nose. 4.5

T: More bourbony than I expected. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon booze. Sweet malts follow and linger in the aftertaste. Burnt candied sugar and toffee/caramel. Hops are there to balance, with a biting piney bitterness. 4.5

M/D: Medium bodied, arbonation on the lower end which is appropriate, its has a lot of boozy components in terms of aroma/flavor (presumably from the barrel aging), but its not at all hot. I do think that due to the depth of flavors it could benefit from a heavy body. Drinkability is very good though. 4.25

O: This is a fantastic beer. I like regular Arrogant Bastard (love Double Bastard), but this takes the Bastard to a whole new level. Exceptional. 4.5

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Photo of travolta
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Appearance: Minimal head retention. Great lacing. Tan head with red topaz in color.

Nose: Vanilla, bourbon, tiny citrus, malt, and alcohol. Great bourbon finish.

Taste: Well rounded corners of toasted oak and hot alcohol. Mixed with soda and Arrogant Bastard. A clean cola finish.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours copper red with a brownish white one finger head. Smells delicious. Vanilla, grapefruit, toffee, pepper. The flavor is delicious. It tastes like a sweeter arrogant bastard. Like arrogant bastard with some caramel all up in there. I think this is a fantastic beer

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Photo of santomark
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Honestly, if you had the southern charred, you prob won't like this. This is nothing like it. Two completely different beers. For one, this is very much like a bastard with a hint of bourbon, tad bit of smoke, very soft on the palate. All in all, i'd skip over this again. It wasn't bad, it as actually very well done. I just can't go to this now that I've had southern charred. It's missing the sweetness that I love. This is just an incomplete charred.

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Photo of braican
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

On tap at Champions in Copley Square in Boston.

Was an "experiment" for Stone to see how far they can stretch the bourbon barrels; this one was done as a third barreling. Not a significant taste of bourbon, but I was left with a much more bitter, burnt wood quality. Overall not terrible, but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Appearance: Dark amber with a pale head that dissipated leaving a little lacing.

Smell: Piney and floral hops.

Taste: Moderate hop bitterness up front, followed by a sturdy malt backbone with just a little bitterness on the back end. Ended with a subtle bourbon, wood taste, and alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness with not too much carbonation.

Overall: Really good, well balanced beer. This is much more mellow than normal Arrogant Bastard, and does not go overboard with the bourbon.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a bourbon barrel presence that seems fairly subdued compared to the hop profile in the base beer.

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Photo of RyanCave
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: mahogany, deep red, well carbonated: when swirled/agitated, even after 10 or 15 minutes quarter of an inch of thick head forms.
Nose: Apple, Spices, woody, small amounts of pine
Taste: bitter, bright, piny,
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied
Overall: A great brew, served it straight out of the fridge, which was a bad idea, but once it warmed up we started getting more flavor from it. I'm not a huge hophead, so idk if I'd seek this out again, but if it's offered I'll definitely partake.

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Photo of readbaron
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Acre's stone takeover.

Purs a deep ruby with a light cap of sticky white foam.

Unusual beer. I'm happy I got to try this one.

Smell's a bit boozy - lots of citrus and piney hops, a touch of oak and bourbon, some sweet malt and a hints of a somewhat unpleasant earthy aroma.

Taste is initially very piney - almost like a spruce tree. Must be the bourbon interacting with the hops. It's not terribly pleasant. Underneath that there are sweet caramel malts and bourbon - almost like a BA Wee Heavy coated with spruce.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect - medium bodied, creamy, smooth, and a bit sticky.

Overall - there's an odd amalgam of flavors. I don't think the bourbon aging helped this one.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Stone Tap Takeover at Acre. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: My snifter is full of a recognizable cherry mahogany beer with a nice beige cap. Webs of lace stick to the lace and the head retains well, like the normal Bastard.

Smell: The aroma is full of caramel malt, with grapefruit and other assorted citrus smelling hops, pine needles, and just a touch of oak and bourbon.

Taste: The taste starts out sweet. Caramelized grapefruit impart a sweet and hoppy flavor right away. A bit of brown sugar, prickly pine, some oak, and bourbon toward the end lead into a bitter finish. The pine hops and bourbon combine to give off a fusel bitter flavor that is not very good and lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is slightly above medium, with mostly creamy smooth carbonation. A little bit sticky up front and after each sip, with an alcohol inspired dryness in the middle.

Overall: This is the second Stone beer I like a little bit less after aging it in bourbon barrels. The residual pine hop presence doesn't work well with the bourbon for me.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap for the stone tap take over at acre.

a-amber body just like regular AB with almost no head

s-Bourbon and a suprising amount of hops

t-follows the nose. Really hoppy for what I was expecting. bourbon not as prevalent as it is on the nose

m-medium body and so smooth

o-Good beer, bourbon kicks it up a notch

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour was an amber and ruby with a thick creamy head.

mostly bourbon on the nose. very light hops however they were dominated by a heavy bourbon presence. lots of vanilla.

again, heavy on the bourbon. this was very dominating with a nice thick vanilla flavor that blended well with the sweet malt and citrus hops.

very full, a bit resin like. nice moderate carbonation. slight dryness.

this was good, although i can see this becoming cumbersome after a bit with the strong bourbon.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep hue of burgundy with a thin tan head.

Some earthy hops with oak and some bourbon.

Bourbony and lightly sour with earthy dry hops and some booze. The malt keeps things in check a bit. Really unique taste. Can't say I've had a bourbon barrel aged beer anything like this before.

Smooth and dry. Carbonation is just fine.

A very unique brew that I enjoyed trying. Like I said before, there just isn't anything to compare to this. If you see it, try it out.

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Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brewvival 2011.

Pours a ruddy dark brown with a thin creamy tan head. Nice crisp aromas of caramel malt, bitter, earthy hops, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and ash. Flavor is very similar, not as hoppy as expected, I assume the barrel mellows them quite a bit. Bourbon presence is very nice, not too overpowering like some hoppy beers. Pretty crisp, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. A really nice take on Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had while at Brewvival! Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured dark brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bitter hop, caramel, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, bitter hop, caramel, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. A very nice spin on the regular Arrogant Bastard for sure. It also seemed to mellow out the original as well making this quite enjoyable. Really glad I got the chance to try this one as it wasn't at the Stone Tap Takeover event in Charlotte and I wished it would have been.

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Photo of d4114
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at stone winter storm:

Was good but nothing that special compared not regular. I picked up some vanilla notes in the smell and taste and it was a little smoother. Better than normal but thought it would be better. My friend got me excited about this one so I think it let me down a little.

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