Monday, March 26, 2018

Arrogant Bastard Ale (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 1/5/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 22B American Strong Ale

AROMA: High resiny/piney hop aroma; also with a slight citrus juice concentrate component. Malt base is also quite strong with a sweet caramel/toffee flavor. Slight bready character, but nothing toasty/roasted. No alcohol presence. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful shade of burgundy/mahogany (13-27 SRM) with some chill haze. Large, tan, frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Intensely hoppy and malty, though balanced toward the hops. Bitterness is strong, but not arid. High hop flavor of pine and resin throughout. A subtle orange citrus note emerges on the back end. Malt base is fairly rich and dextrinous with a caramel/toffee sweetness from Maillard reactions. No roasted or toasty flavors per se, though it is a bit bready akin to a doppelbock. Alcohol is clean and imparts just a touch of vanilla. Aftertaste is bittersweet as both hops and malts linger. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium carbonation. Texture is noticeably soft and smooth, but not to the point of being syrupy. Definitely makes full use of its 7.2% ABV potency. Drinkability is quite high for those who have the acquired palate. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer separates the acolytes from the connoisseurs. Still a ballsy brew among today's market. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 47/50

NOTE:
See my 2009 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2009/05/stone-arrogant-bastard-ale-chadz-beer.html

See my 2010 horizontal tasting review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/05/stone-arrogant-oaked-double-bastard-ale.html

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