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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Templeton Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Arrogant Bastard aged in Templeton Rye Barrels


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
tectactoe (2299) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Tap: Dark, hazy copper body with a foamy, semi-chunky khaki foam on top. Aroma of faint red apple, light wood, some slightly metallic caramel notes, prune, & a whole shitload of spicy bourbon. Almost pungent. Flavor is the same, very boozy. Hot, spicy, & charred oak burnt the throat with a strong bourbon undertaking. Light caramel, toffee, & toasted malts around the edges with hints of earthiness & a mild pine presence. But the booze is quite overpowering here, making this not very fun to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8917) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
This is the 10% version bottle. Forgot where I bought it but itís fairly recent. Hops kick in the finish. Wood, coconut, rye whiskey all bold and fresh taking. Incredible drinkability. Lots of foamy lace, and reddish tinged body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle from FOBAB. Poured dark brown amber with thick beige head. Aroma boozy bourbon dank maltyness sweet fruits. Light carb med bod. Dark fruity charred wood. Reminds me of backwoods bastard.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rxeight (1511) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Pour from a 500ml at fobab. Sorry, but I didnít like this one. Stale hops and booze. It was harsh and basically undrinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1785) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2014
500 ml bottle poured into a snifter. 10% ABV Bastard in the Rye bottle from the Quingenti Millilitre 2014 series, batch #5. Dark reddish brown with 2.5 fingers of beige head. Aromas of whiskey, rye, spices. Tastes of whiskey, big rye, spices, citrus, floral and bitter notes, oak. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (7086) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
The 50cl caged and corked Bastard in the Rye bottle (2014 vintage with 2013 Templeton Rye Barrels) pours with a murky amber brown body that supports a light tan head. The aroma offers up lots of whiskey as well as some oak, vanilla and then echoes of Arrogant Bastard Ale (ABA) malts and pine hoppiness. The taste is soft and sweet and delivers sweet whiskey, mild spicy oak, sugary sweetness, sweet vanilla and then thin ribbons of pine hops and ABA malts and roasted maltiness. This ends with lingering whiskey and mild pine hops mixed with faint maltiness. Iíd love to try this with a lot less barrel character and find out how ABA evenly balanced with the barrel notes turns out.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Draft pour. Deep copper pour with a cream head. Aroma of hops, caramel, wood, booze. Taste is lightly bitter, wood, hints of rye, sugar, grass, caramel. All well-balanced. All around pretty great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle listed as 10%. Hazy dark reddish brown, moderate head, good lace/retention. Aroma is barrel dominated with notes of vanilla, rye, darker sugar and fruit, caramel, alcohol. Medium to full body, sugary barrel flavor with moderate alcohol in the finish. Kind of tasty but thereís a lot of barrel character here.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (882) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours a murky reddish-brown with a small off-white head that fades. Big aroma, quite boozy, of whiskey, brown sugar, malt, rye, wood. Lots of whiskey in the taste too, sharp and boozy, with wood, malt, and just a hint of sweetness. Lingering whiskey notes. Bottle says itís 10% and with this much whiskey flavor, itís not hiding it at all. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (932) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Type: 500ml (16.9 oz.) Glass: Stone Ruination pint glass From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif. Price: $13.99 Purchased: July 10, 2014 Consumed: July 18, 2014 Misc.: 2014 series (but 2013 Arrogant Bastard); Batch No. 5; Brewed Dec. 10, 2013; Bottled May 2014; Cork top Poured a brownish color with two fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top all the way down. Smelled oaky wood right away, immediately followed by whiskey, rye and vanilla. Initial smell seems stronger than 10 percent ABV. Also got rum, sour cherry, coconut, caramel, slight cola and buttery toffee. The taste might have been just as good as I did an audible ďMmmmĒ after the first taste. Not as balanced as the nose with the oaky wood dominating and the rye whiskey less pronounced. Also toffee, caramel, rum, bourbon, faint coconut and bitter crayon. Didnít feel like 10 percent ABV to start, but got a little boozy as it went down. Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Somewhat boozy, bitter finish. Really liked this one, but it was pretty much what I expected. Went down well and I was sad to see it gone.


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