Jägermeister & Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Brewing - Berlin

Jägermeister & Arrogant Bastard AleJägermeister & Arrogant Bastard Ale
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Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 18.48%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
11
From:
Stone Brewing - Berlin
 
Germany
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Jägermeister & Arrogant Bastard AleJägermeister & Arrogant Bastard Ale
Notes: Arrogant Bastard Ale. Jägermeister.

Two names that elicit adoration by a worthy few, with a storied history of unapologetically flummoxing less refined palates. Jägermeister hails from Wolfenbüttel, Germany while Arrogant Consorita’s European headquarters are in nearby Berlin. In other words, this collaboration was as inevitable as it is incorrigible.

Brewed in and imported from Berlin, Jägermeister Arrogant Bastard Ale is fit for sipping on fall evenings, paired with a fine meal or simply given as a gift to any true appreciator of liquid arrogance and independence.
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Photo of Radome
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap at Pkwy Tavern, Summerlin, in Las Vegas.

This was exactly as described by Stone. I have not had Jagermeister in a number of years, but this was full of that aroma and flavor. So much so that it was jarring. It was like a boilermaker of a Jager shot in a glass of Arrogant Bastard. Great execution of the brewer's concept, but the concept just wasn't enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just when you thought arrogance had hit its apex, Stone Brewing company teams up with Jagermeister for a taste that redefines the Bastard with a notorious, liquor soaked makeover.

As the flavor of the deeply polarizing spirit penetrates the malty and hoppy balance of Arrogant Bastard Ale, this stronger, Jager Bastard pours with the same handsome deep crimson, lightly hazy hues before crowning with a dense foamy blaket of froth. The earthen spice of Jagermeiseter floods the nose with the spice of sarsaparilla, rootbeer, cough syrup and fennel piled onto the toasty, caramelized, piney, citrusy scent of the base Bastard beer. An early maltiness comes with a nougat-rich sweetness of spice cake, toffee and nuttiness.

As the intensely spiced beer washes the middle palate with its arrogance, the sweetness begins to fall away and the licorice flavored liquor batters the tastebuds with anise, rye, Robitussin and lacquer. Trending swiftly bitter, the nuances of citrus early roll through curacao liquor, white grapefruit, pine and tar before closing with an intense chemical bitterness with a fusel spice that pummels the late palate into full submission.

Medium full and sticky with sappy hop resins, the prickling spice of ether numbs the palate and stings with the brevity of menthol and alcohol heat. A long and spicy linger extends well beyond the hop bitterness with the beer's own woodsy spice and sharply unsettled bite.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$ 17.00 (Including tax)/750 mL cork & cage bottle ($0.669/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 11/03/19.
Undated bottle other than “2019” on banner. Stored on the shelf at the store, stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Light amber, clear.
Body – Medium amber, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.9 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, medium density with rocks, short duration, diminishing to a seven to eighteen mm “choppy seas” crown fed by weak effervescence, with a thin partial cap.
Lacing – poor. A few large irregular islands of tiny to small bubbles remain hanging on the walls of the snifter.
Aroma – 3 - Weak. Medicinal herbs, some orange zest, very faint star anise.
Flavor – 3 - Begins very herbal and medicinal. Ends slightly bitter and dry, with a weedy aftertaste. No alcohol (8.5 % ABV) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide. Weak esophageal warming occurs, eventually leading to a gastric glow. Subsequent belches produce a bit of licorice.
Palate – 3.5 – Full, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3. The Jagermeister has totally destroyed the flavor and nose of Arrogant Bastard, turning it from a strong ale into a sissified health tonic, priced like a prescription drug. This would be better named “Errant Bastard”.

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Photo of teromous
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the front label, across the banner: "2019"
Other than that there does not seem to be a date. It does say "DRINK FRESH NUMBSKULL" on the left side of the bottle.

Appearance: It has a dark copper color with hints of auburn. It appears mostly clear with a strong opalescence. The head is thick and creamy textured with a tobacco stained yellow-tan color. It has decent head retention and when it fades out there is a small sheet of foam with some larger bubbles on the surface. It has a nice sheet of lacing.

Aroma: It has a very interesting aroma. It smells a lot like grapefruit at first, then there is a strong black licorice scent that follows, and a lime aroma comes in at the end while the nose lingers over the glass. The dance between the black licorice smell and the bright citrus makes the beer very interesting. After drinking the beer for a while it gives this retronasal black pepper quality which only adds to the depth of the beer.

Taste: Up front there is a bit of pine and then black licorice hits the palate. This is washed over by a slightly woody character that brings on a note of cinnamon. It finishes a bit herbal and fruity, like a strong mint tea with a squeeze of lemon. The flavors in this beer are extremely strong.

Mouthfeel: The beer is definitely a sipper given both the strength of its flavors and its strong bitterness. The bottle touts "8.5% ALC/VOL" and it is very well hidden. The body feels on the lower side of medium texture-wise with an off-dry finish. Carbonation is on point for this beer.

Overall: This beer has a ton of flavor. It is not something to be taken lightly and it's not something I would recommend to everyone. The bottle says that this is an "ALE BREWED WITH HERBS, FRUITS AND SPICES" yet it doesn't list which ones, however it absolutely delivers on these flavors. It both smells and tastes fruity, spicy, and herbal. This beer truly is a multi-faceted beer in that it seems to push something new or interesting into the limelight each time it is smelled or sipped. In short, it never gets old. The beer is highly memorable. I would highly recommend seeking it out. If you are a person who is on-the-fence about black licorice, star anise, licorice root, or Jägermeister in general, this beer has a lot more to offer and it's worth it to at least try. I was very impressed by both the quality of the beer and care that was obviously put into putting this together. I would drink it again. If you are adventurous you will be rewarded at some point, and today it was this.

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Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & ruddy brown with a thumb of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing, floaties abound at the bottom

S: Piney, herbal, medicinal

T: Follows the nose, so much pineyness, that leads to dryness up front. Some grapefruit surfaces as this warms, plenty of pine & a little jager flavor ( ainise & wodruff ). Finishes dry,piney with grapefruit & a little mint & Jager

MF: Medium body, fairly restrained carbonation

Interesting beer, wanted a little more jager in this, plus sweetness; still well worth trying

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Photo of Lucular
1.74/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

5 oz pour on tap at Lures Bar & Grille. This is one of the worst beers I've ever had. Totally unbalanced. Smells like anise and not much else. It's like drinking liquid licorice jelly beans with hop bitterness extract (if there were such a thing). The base beer seems to have a caramel malt backbone with perhaps some citrus, but the anise and bitterness completely take over. Awful. This beer is impossible to sip and enjoy. Either drain pour it (preferred) or chug it - whatever it takes to end the drinking experience as quickly as possible. Scary to think that this actually comes in a 750 ml bottle. Yikes.

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Photo of peepicheep
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ganly's in Reading Pennsylvania.
So here's one of the ways I decide what type of beer to drink. If I've already watched "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", then IPA season is over. I want to be able to pick from an abundance of pumpkin, spiced and chocolate beers. So after eliminating all the light beers and IPA'S I asked - well what's popular from your tap list? Thus this review.
Let's do this one by the book.
Look: Not a winner here. I'll call it slightly used motor oil.
Smell: Medicinal. No surprise on this.
Taste: Pick your favorite Italian bitter. Mine is Averna. Then spice it up. This is not a beer for chugging so I've had a bit of time to mull over the flavor. All in all a positive experience but it hits hard.
Feel: Can't really say at this point because the spiciness is numbing my mouth. Let's leave it at - not thin.
Overall: A thumbs up with the usual YMMV warnings. I would need all of fall and winter to finish up a six ( or perhaps four) pack of this brew.

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into stone tulip glass, 2019 vintage. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge licorice, anise, poppy seed, ginger, saffron, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, juniper berry, ginseng, orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, caramel, brown sugar/bread, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of spices, citrus/earthy hops, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge licorice, anise, poppy seed, ginger, saffron, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, juniper berry, ginseng, orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, caramel, brown sugar/bread, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, minty, peppery bitterness; and Jägermeister spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of licorice, anise, poppy seed, ginger, saffron, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, juniper berry, ginseng, orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, caramel, brown sugar/bread, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of spices, citrus/earthy hops, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance; and no astringent hop/spice flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 8.5% and spice heat after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic spiced American strong ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of spices, citrus/earthy hops, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the ABV with the modestly bitter/spicy/resinous/drying finish. Not overly aggressively bitter/spicy. Perfectly balanced between Jägermeister spices and Arrogant Bastard Chinook hop complexity; with a nice sized bready malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding experimental style example. They nailed this one, not overwhelming on any aspect.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2019 750mL corked bottle poured into an AB shaker pint at fridge temp 8.5% ABV. The beer pours ever so slightly hazy in a rusty amber with orange highlights and khaki head. The head recedes to thin persistent film and leaves minimal lacing. The moderately strong aroma is "Jagery" at first with a hint of citrus and pine buried underneath. The taste is more of the same with big spice up front (anise, cinnamon, evergreen) tapering off to a moderately bitter, black licorice finish. The malt body is definitely in the background, but there's a little caramel and some substance to it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, very good. I had some concerns, but they pulled this together pretty well. I still drink Jager straight so your mileage may vary.

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear caramel colored pour with thick fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Licorice, citrus, and spice. The Jager really comes through.

T.F: Strong Jager again... licorice, herbs, and spice. Lighter caramel and dark sugars from the Bastard underneath. Hop bitterness and earth. Feels boozier than the ABV... a bit of oak and mint. Medium bodied. Sticky on the tongue. A surprisingly refreshing aftertaste.

O: A pretty phenomenal collaboration, and I've never seen a beer done with Jagermeister before. Another arrogant, unique, and tasty concoction from Stone.

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Jägermeister & Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing - Berlin
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 11 ratings