#653 Stone’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale

For the last few weeks I have been whittling away at the beer stockpile (see #618 for more info) my mother and Vince at Habersham Beverage (Savannah, Georgia, USA) helped stock while I was out of the country. Finally after last night (1/9/2016) I can say that the stockpile has been depleted and my mom finally has a beer-free fridge again. Guess it’s time to go to the store! So the beer that finished up the stockpile was Stone’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale, an 8.1% alcohol by volume (ABV) beer from the Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, California, USA).


Stone’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale came in a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle with the signature Stone gargoyle holding up a mug of beer and the phrase “quite refined, unlike you” on the front. This beer was actually part of the 2014 Arrogant Bastard Box which also came with Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale, and Lukcy Basartd. The bottle just lists this beer as an Ale Aged In Bourbon Barrels but BeerAdvocate, ratebeer, and UNTAPPD all say American Strong Ale. The IBUs (International Bitterness Units) and hop variety used to make Stone’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale are listed as classified at ArrogantBastard.com. 


Below is the long commercial description of Stone’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale found at ArrogantBastard.com:

“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!” – ArrogantBastard.com

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