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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel

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97
92
style
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Arrogant Bastard aged in bourbon barrels


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
demannu (87) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2015
I canít really write much in this one. My over all impression was awkward. The different notes didnít quite come together in harmony to create a unified flavor experience. I think they tried to do to much with this one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMMillsy (1628) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2015
A bit light to be aged in bourbon barrels for my liking, and the hops mingle in a weird way with the barrel. Not terrible but not the biggest fan.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
coachd (240) - Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Good aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, spice and booze heat. As it warms, I am even getting some dark fruit in the scent. Brown color with scarcely any head. If you try really hard, you can see through it. Flavor is classic Bastard, but subdued by the vanilla undertones from the barrel. The hops do not knock you over like other Bastard variations. More like a brown ale than a strong ale. Aftertaste is a little hot. Palate left me wanting more. Overall ok, I probably would not buy again. This bottle was aged 5 months; perhaps it would have been better fresh.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (2558) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2015
On tap at the Pinglehead brewpub. Iím not a fan of the regular version but this is certainly better. Still has a lingering bitterness that seems to strong. BBL effects complement rather than overpos=wering the underlying ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear red pour with a thick beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel and slight oak. Malty flavor with accents of booze and caramel before a watery and bitter finish. Not bad, but this beer did not take to the barrel as well as I had hoped.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Criz (154) - - MAR 12, 2015
Bomber poured into beer tulip. Creamy, frothy off white head that lingers as you drink and deep amber in color. Aroma is strong pine,. Mouth is pine, slight vanilla, oak, and caramel. I was expecting way more of a bite, almost to smooth. Creamy mouthfeel. Nothing standout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2065) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 12, 2015
A fantastic version of a a great original. Pours a dark amber. Aromas are sweet bourbon and caramel, dank hops and a bit of wet dog. Nice sweet bourbon flavours up front with a nicely balanced hop finish. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Brewvival 2015 Trip #80. Keg at Brevival. Pours a hazy copper with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of strong bourbon, caramel malt, piney hops. The taste is piney, resin hops and bourbon in the finish. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9102) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
[ Keg ][ 4oz ][ Stone Oceanside ][ $1.40 ][ Angled Snifter ][ 3.8.15 ]
>> Clear deep red pour, good beige foam and lace. Nose is a tad skunky, red licorice, pine sap. Taste is red IPA, big woody hops, no obvious bourbon barrel, light vanilla. Really dusty, tannic finish, over-oaked bitter, astringent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Burgundy core with a merlot core and cabernet edges. Small eggshell crown. Get the bourbon and subtle oak in this but it doesnít add significantly to the complexity or enhance the base beer in any way. Instead, you get the flavors and even aroma, but the alcoholic addition in both instances is noticeable and distracting. Maybe a small improvement on Arrogant Bastard but not by much.


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