Crime | Arrogant Brewing

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2.95 w/ 515 Ratings

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Arrogant Brewing
California, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A habitual offender returns
This beer is the result of what many beer enthusiasts would consider a most egregious crime―sequestering Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale and OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale in Kentucky bourbon barrels, then blending them together with chile peppers. This new version of Crime is still very hoppy in spite of the barrel aging, with lots of oak and malt. The long finish reveals layers of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and malt that combine to produce complex caramel flavors, with peppers adding pleasant tamarind, subtle tropical fruit flavors and a milder heat than in previous concoctions.

Added by womencantsail on 02-06-2011

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Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
3.74/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy reddish amber color with a beige foamy 1-2 finger head that faded quickly and left minimal spotty lacing. As expected, not the most impressive head but expected for a chili beer.

Smells of caramel, toasted grains, sweet malt, brown sugar, black cracked pepper and hot peppers like fresh cut jalapeno's. The base beer comes through with mild oaky notes and rich malty tones, while the hot peppers add some zest but don't completely overpower the nose.

Tastes like it smells but with more heat (obviously), a mix of toffee and maple syrup hitting first before the same lineup as the nose kicks in with caramel, toasted grains, bourbon booze burn, sweet malt, brown sugar, black cracked pepper, tea leaf, cinnamon and hot peppers like a fresh cut jalapeno's or habenero's. This heat is strong but not obnoxious, adding to the oak aging and malty base of the Arrogant Bastard. Some metallic yeast in the finish that trails off spicy.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery compared to the regular Bastard, but the oak/barrel aging and peppers add some thickness and of corse bring the heat as it trails off very spicy and earthy. Aftertaste is not bad and this was much tamer than I expected, much easy to drink than Punishment. Overall a very good chili beer which I'm glad I was smart enough to split with 3 other people; a little bit goes a long way and all 4 of us enjoyed this beer for what it is.

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Photo of madelf66
3.77/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
1.06/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Brown120
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of briancathy
4.38/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shauun176
4.63/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
3.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of neurobot01
4.22/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml c&c bottle into a tulip at fridge temp, allowed to warm. 2015 iteration.

Look: clear burnt ochre with a lingering light tan head.

Smell: mostly Arrogant Bastard with a little bourbon; I'm not picking up anything from the peppers.

Taste: initial assault is of fairly vegetal pepper, but gives way quickly to caramel, toffee, lingering pepper spice (nothing worse than Tabasco, heatwise). The peppers themselves have quite a lot of complexity. It's hard to describe, but it isn't just one-dimensional "pepper" flavor. It's reminiscent of papaya seeds. There's also a lot of fruitiness (strawberry, grapefruit, papaya, kiwi) in the taste overall.

Feel: medium-plus in the body—creamy and delicious.

Overall: I took a flyer buying this beer, but suspected I'd be in the minority who'd enjoy it (the supposedly milder 2015 version, anyway). And enjoy it I did. The peppers complement the brash base beer nicely, while the barrel rounds everything out. Will probably grab another bottle, high price notwithstanding.

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Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The self-deprecating side of Stone Brewing says that they ruined a perfectly good batch of Lukcy Basartd. But what they did was to take it from an aggressively hopped, barreled and boozed elixir that's caught between drinkalble and savory and into something that's aggressively peppered but smoothened for a much more food-friendly approach.

Rust, honey, apricot and camel explain the bulk of the hazy hues that bounce from the glass. A partial-creamy froth. And as the obvious smoked pepper twinge of heat billow into the nose, so does a rounded caramel, toast, cashew and oak fragrance. Its taste is remarkably sweet with caramel, toffee, biscuit, honey and fruit jam... at least to start.

And the ale simply blossoms across the palate. As its malty-sweet, poundcake texture softens, the beer's sharp citrusy character of grapefruit and orange peel, pith and rind rises for a piquant flavor that accessorizes the taste of apricot and mango marmalade. Oak, peppercorn, vanilla, coffee and soft buttery nuttiness keep coming until the warm and fruity taste of toasted peppers offer their pulp, flesh and spicy, seedy simmering heat.

Malty-sweet, bitter-sweet and remarkably balanced, the beer finishes with cream and oak tannin while the green taste of garden peppers seem green-bean-like. Torn pinecone and a dash of spicy hot sauce round out the aftertaste while the ale stays surprisingly even-keel in the deepest of tastes.

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Photo of teamwiggum
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.7/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.77/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wiltonj
4.26/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In the glass the beer has substance. As you lift it to your mouth you get the pepper heat in the aroma but no direct burn in the mouth. It is mainly a smokey, peppery aftertaste that lingers and contributes to the depth of the beer. I love chili beers and this one is subtle.

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Photo of Devil_Doc
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.13/5  rDev +40%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co. - Crime. 9.6% ABV. 500ml bottle split between two snifters.

Look: Pours an orange/copper color, with a white bubbly head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Up front is some tropical fruits, chilies, and hops, along with some oak notes from being barrel aged.

Feel: A little thin, but smooth, carbonated, and easy. Some creaminess contributed by the head.

Taste: Starts off a little fruity and oaky, with some tones of the chilies present. On the back end the chilies begin to burn, but is not necessarily overpowering. On the aftertaste, the chilies overpower the oaky flavor, and continue to give a spicy burn, but fades surprisingly quick.

Overall: My first Chili style beer. After hearing about it, I figured it would be like drinking hot sauce, but was pleasantly surprised. I have not had the base beers that this is made from yet, the Arrogant Bastard, or Double Bastard, but did really enjoy this beer. The chili spiciness and flavor paired extremely well over a bowl of homemade chili.

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Photo of do_ob
3.78/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle split betwwen two New Belgium snifters. Pours a rustic, dark red/brown and settles as a hazy, dark amber in the glass. Transluscent in appearance with little carbonation. A thin skirting of bubbly, light tan foam on top. Modest aroma of dark fruit, leather, caramel, oak, booze, and swet malt. Hints of chiles in there as well, but not as pronounced as the former. Strong notes of caramel, oak, sweet malts, and..chiles! Actually fairly smooth, especially considering the abv. Relatively sweet up until middleways, those peppers start to creep in. They only intensify from here on out, being the most pronounced on the finish and aftertaste.

Reading reviews on this beer, I thought it was going to be damn near undrinkable. But quite the opposite. It's decently balanced and has a nice bourbony feel to it. I'm pairing it with a bowl of home-made chile, and it's quite enjoyable.

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Photo of trdtercel92
4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of von_kaiser
3.68/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Got burnt once but that was only gonnorhea".....until I had this! Holy cow this is spicy. I enjoy spice...somewhat enjoy this. Glad I got to try. Would do again at a bottle share. Worth trying. Cheers!

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.89/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, Vintage 2015

A: Pours a murky reddish brown color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a decent cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Very malty up front with some smooth oaky, vanilla, and bourbon notes as well as some restrained peppery heat. Definitely mostly Lukcy Bastard with a little heat

T: The peppery heat comes alive to start things off, but again, it's not nearly as overwhelming as some of the reviews claim. Some nice maltiness cuts the initial heat, followed by some sweetness from the bourbon barrels. Vanilla and oak are nice and subtle, but compliment the heat and base in a unique and interesting way. Any alcohol is completely covered by the malt and capsaicin heat. Finishes with lingering heat and some earthy hop presence

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Despite the mostly shitty reviews due to people handling heat in a very poor way, this one was a very solid brew with the BBA Lukcy Bastard being complimented by the peppers in a unique way that you simply won't find in very many places, if at all aside from G. Koch & Co. a la Stone. Obviously, if you don't like heat, you won't like this beer. At all. If you like spicy things, this one might be for you as long as the $17 price tag doesn't defer you

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Photo of Fcolle2
2.71/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

I was told this was a little hot when it first came out so I cellered it for 2 years. Pours dark Amber in color with a nice light kahiki head. Smell has tons of hot pepper aromas forward. Some nice vanilla oak and toffe aromas in the background give this a unique aroma. Woah the peppers in this are overwhelmingly hot and overpower everything else.

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Photo of retry4z
4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cooled from bottle in to a Double Bastard whiskey glass.

Golden brown, burnt caramel color. Moderately murky with noticeable sediment evident even in the first pour. A thin ephemeral layer of foam forms with no lacing.

Strong floral aroma, with nutmeg, licorice, cooked beans, roasted chili peppers.

Prominent fruity character is overtaken by the assertive chili fieriness, but is complemented by puckering hoppiness, caramel malt backbone of the Lucky Bastard ale, and oak notes from the admittedly short (2 months) barrel aging. The spicy level is a notch higher than Habanero Sculpin, similar to but not quite as strong as eating a raw green jalapeno.

On the high end of the medium body spectrum, with very low carbonation (maybe due to barrel aging). Like after a bite of a jalapeno, a moderate spiciness lingers for a while but is not strong enough to be unbearable for the seasoned chilihead.

While it’s hard to drink more than a sip at a time, it is a pleasurable experience for the chiliheads among the hopheads.

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Crime from Arrogant Brewing
Beer rating: 24.9% out of 100 with 515 ratings
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