Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing in Escondido, CA
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!