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Stone Arrogant Bastard Bourbon Barrel Aged 
Posted: 12 November 2015  Beer Republic 7.0 
Stone Arrogant Bastard Bourbon Barrel Aged from USA Arrogant Bastard is a line of strong beers from Stone with a colorful bastardly devil drinking a beer on the bottle's front. There a number of Arrogant Bastard brews, with strength and 'insulting' copy on the bottles being the one thing in common across them all.  The faint taste of bourbon gives the beer more of a hybrid alcohol taste.       
Avg price/liter: USD 6.50   ABV %: 8.1  Type: Ale   
       


Stone Brewing's beers just showed up in Thailand, but they've been brewing them quite successfully since 1996 in southern California.  Stone must have experienced much of their massive success after 2005 when I left California because I'd never heard of these guys in the 7 1/2 years I lived there.       

Now Stone has evolved into America's 9th largest craft brewery and the fourteenth largest overall based on sales volume.  There are plans to build a $20m brewery in Germany and another in the works to produce beer on America's east coast, in Virginia, starting in 2016.  Plenty of Stone fans became pissed off when Stone went on to Kickstarter to seek $1m to help fund the German brewery build out.        

Stone deserves some credit.  They were brewing extra strong bitter beers long before most of today's craft breweries were a glint in anyone's eye. Co-founder Greg Koch got a $500k investment from his dad and the brewery continued to lose money to tune of about $30k per month.  Things turned around two years into the project.           

Arrogant Bastard is a line of strong beers from Stone with a colorful bastardly devil drinking a beer on the bottle's front. There a number of Arrogant Bastard brews, with strength and 'insulting' copy on the bottles being the one thing in common across them all.  

This beer is classified as an American strong ale.  That's basically what it is.  An ale above 8%, strong enough that my wife wouldn't go near it, aged in bourbon barrels. The faint taste of bourbon gives the beer more of a hybrid alochol taste.  

Personally, I am not very fond of beers of this strength, and the trend nowadays seems to be to add alcohol on the one end while limiting it for a session range on the other.  You can definitely taste the alcohol in this one.   

But it's not offputting and after a few sips, you actually start to appreciate this brew in the same vein as a Belgian beer aping a port wine.   I wouldn't rush to re-order it but I wouldn't turn it away if offered again.    

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