Arrogant Bastard Bourbon Barrel Aged Ale [7.9%] 3.24/5 (22)


Stone Brewing (United States/CA) – Arrogant Bastard Bourbon Ale [7.9%] 

‘I awake from a slumber that’s been anything but peaceful. I don’t take kindly to idling and I am anything but neutral. Life has nothing to do with killing time, and the knowledge that months have passed since the onset of my sequestering in this pitch-black oaken tomb (albeit a barrel flush with brilliant aromas of vanilla and char) does not sit well. But then comes a tingle followed by rejuvenating warmth, signs that something is different…something has changed…and for the better.

I feel stronger yet somehow more nimble and refined. I feel even more self-assured, and my vision for what is good and right, honest and true, is as laser-sharp as the brawny, bawdy, liquid Arrogance that shall further advance my battle against all things mediocre and geared toward the lowest common denominator. 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!’ 

– Hops: Chinook and Cascade (US).

– Malts: 2 Row Pale, Aromatic, CaraMunich and Special B.

[ ABV: 7.9% IBU: Unknown* OG: Classified* ]

 – Available: Special Release, Tap, 12oz/355ml, 6 Pack.

 Taste: Toffee, Caramel, French Oak and hints of Vanilla bean. Slight hints of Spice, Raisin and Bourbon on the Palate, with a moderate Bitterness following hints of Oak, Pine and Molasses.

Aroma: Bourbon, Pine Sap, Rum & Raisin, Oak, Toffee, Cacao, Treacle and Spice.

 Look: Deep Hazy Brown.

 Overall: Bold, Bitter and all unforgiving. Intense Malt notes, with a Creamy Mouth-Feel that settles gently into the Palate. Oak, Pine, Vanilla Bean with hints of Spice, Honey, Vanilla and Toffee create an exceptional Balance between Malt, Hops and Bourbon. Balanced, Refined and Humble, yet Aggressive and Intense, with Richer, Smoother and Sharper qualities than the original Arrogant Bastard.

– Overall: [ 92.5/100 ] – Style: [ 94/100 ] 


The Legend

Since being unleashed upon the unsuspecting public in 1997, Arrogant Bastard Ale has challenged fizzy yellow beer drinkers in great numbers with its celebration of intensity. Its quality and depth of flavor was all a fragile world could handle at that time.

– Arrogant Bastard Brewing Company – North County, California – 

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Stone Brewing Company –  Escondido, California, United States – 

Stone Brewing Co. has come a long way since opening in 1996. We have grown from a small microbrewery into one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, employing more than 1,000 amazing men and women. From the beginning, our goal has been to brew outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, and the art of brewing. 

That tremendous growth is strictly the result of word-of-mouth demand for our beers, as we have never paid to advertise our beer in print or broadcast media. That’s correct. Never. We have also never discounted our beer. This is quite unusual in the U.S., as advertising and discounting are two of the primary techniques brewers often use to drive the growth of their brands. But not Stone.

We are also proud that over the years we have grown without compromising our commitment to business ethics. In an industry known for its vigorous—and at times unseemly—competition, we have embraced collaboration, integrity and quality as the hallmarks of our business. 

We pride ourselves on being an asset to our region; as such, our community and philanthropic efforts far exceed what can be presented here. We believe that building a strong business means being a vital component of the economic, social, and environmental life of the community.’

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