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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 204
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 28.46%
Wants: 20
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: morebeergood on 04-24-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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 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 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 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 morebeergood
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sunset in Allston as part of the Stone celebration for the Craft Brewers Conference. Served in a 13 oz tulip glass. Dark brown color. Not much head, little carbonation. Huge smell of bourbon, right up front. No need to lift the glass, I could smell it from the glass sitting on the bar. All I got from this beer was bourbon, and I liked it. At first it was a bit too strong, but I warmed up to its strength. You could tell this beer was high in abv, but that was to be expected. An extreme beer for sure, and not recommended for those not looking for a high octane brew.

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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 womencantsail
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone

A: The pour is a dark amber color with very minimal head. Maybe a thin and short-lived layer of khaki foam.

S: Smells like -bals. Lots of vanilla and maple syrup with very little of the Arrogant Bastard character left. Sweet and caramel forward with a bit of booze. Definitely some oak and perhaps a little bit of chocolate.

T: Toffee and vanilla dominate the flavor on the front end. The bourbon starts to creep in and there's a pleasant oakiness. More chocolate than I got on the nose and even more vanilla.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is too, although you wouldn't guess it from looking at the beer.

D: This was good. I wish Stone would put out more of their SPIRIT barrel aged beers.

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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 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 ThreeWiseMen
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4oz. pour from tap during Stone's Winter Storm. The following review is based on notes taken Thursday, February 10, 2011.

Served in a fluted tulip.

Appearance: Murky auburn body with a fine, sticky, khaki-colored crown. Good head retention and lots of lacing - surprising for a barrel-aged ale.

Smell: Bourbon. Lots of caramel-like aromas, booze, and fruity esters, accented by hints of pine, and a whisper of Arrogant Bastard (ale yeast). One-dimensional and a bit harsh, though still decent.

Taste: Flavor profile rocks back and forth between bourbon barrel ale and Arrogant Bastard. The hops are essentially absent, and the bourbon component is mellow and mingles nicely with the base beer. Malt-forward and pleasantly sweet. Caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon all combine in a very enjoyable finish. Mellow and easy-going - I like it.

Mouthfeel: Malty, medium-bodied, and slightly drier than the original version. Good mouth-coating. A bit prickly, but not harsh at all.

Drinkability: Very mellow for a bourbon barrel-aged beer, and an excellent spin-off of the original Arrogant Bastard. I could easily order more of this.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Stone Winter Storm 2011

A: Reddish orange with a small fizzy white head.

S: Bourbon goes very well with Arrogant Bastard. Touch of vanilla, evident oak. Caramel and a nice toffee profile with subtle oxidation. Toffee and bourbon combination is great. A little pine.

T: Bourbon toffee with light vanilla and a good deal of oak. Dried dark fruits. Moderately bitter with a touch of grapefruit and pine.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfuls is dry and sticky.

Overall: A nice twist on Arrogant Bastard. Enjoyable. The aroma was great.

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Photo of Nickls
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes - tasted at RnH)

A - Fairly vibrant dark brown/orange color, with a thin bubbly off-white head. No lacing or retention

S - Bourbon is right up front; woody; touch of sweetish malt

T - Mellower bourbon flavor than suggested in the nose; touch of alcohol; sweeter maltiness; hops don't really show up at all. More bourbon than AB in the taste

M - Medium; dryish; muted carbonation

D - Little heavy on the booziness in the flavor made this a little less drinkable for me. Definitely a sipper, but this became less easy through the sample

Overall, the bourbon was a little overwhelming at points; but still a solid brew. Worth a look

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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 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 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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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 Hojaminbag
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown body with a very small off-white head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

Bourbon. This smells like straight bourbon.

There is just a ton of bourbon flavor in here; after my first sip I had to check to make sure that I was drinking beer and not straight bourbon. Not a lot of other characteristics of the beer come through here, the bourbon is overpowering. If you like bourbon, this is a good one.

Medium mouthfeel, burning.

Pretty good drinkability, really strong though.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a nice creme head on it. Nose is uneventful. Flavor is kind of a quick hit of bourbon and then that muted cotton thing that I get a lot of out of some of these styles of beer. Wonder what that is and why precisely. Feel is smooth enough on liquid and the carbonation is a bit nipping actually. Overall this is okay at best. Perhaps the age has sent it over the hill or it has sat on tap too long? Either way, decent enough to try, but not worth running out for.

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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 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 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 JohnQVegas
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught at Rattle 'N' Hum Stone event, 8-9 oz. pour.

Pours a deep, hazy copper, thin, soapy off-white head.

Nose is quite a bit of vanilla and bourbon comes out strong and in front, bit fruity, some brown sugar underneath.

Taste is dry up front, the base beer doesn't come forth readily at all, bit prickly, with vanilla and bourbon coming on loud and clear as the taste progresses, some spicy brown sugar as well. Overly dry, the bitterness from the base beer seems to remain much more than any actual flavor, with a moderate lingering bitterness on the finish, and an exhale of toasty caramel and bourbon. .

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, medium-full body that gets just a bit watery at times.

Plenty drinkable if you love bourbon. This was by far my least favorite of the barrel-aged Stone beers. Brandy Double '06 is a masterpiece, Wine Old Guardian '08 is a great beer even without a lot of oak character, but this one almost loses the base beer entirely.

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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.