Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.7/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Served from a 12 oz. brown bottle into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass I got for Christmas. 7.2% alcohol.
Color: Red, i've never seen color like this before. It's amazing. Cream colored pillowy lacy head, with good retention.
Aroma: mild hop aroma, mild malt aroma, perfectly balanced all at once, but on top of those mild aromas, there's definitely an oak quality and a touch of smokiness, almost like burnt wood.
Flavor: Sweet caramelly malt, burnt sugars with a heavy mouth feel followed by a complex string of hop flavors which is spicy but not floral nor fruity. Bitterness meets you halfway in the middle, and sort of stays with you at one strong level until it finally fades into a dry finish.
Overall: Wow. This is incredibly complex and quite aggressively hopped. The bottle says I'm not worthy, and it may be right. I'm very surprised that when i poured this beer and smelled it for the first time that I wasn't knocked off my chair onto my own bastard ass with the smell of hops and malt. What I expected was an over-the-top ale that was going to blow my mind with intense maltiness and off-the-chart hops flavor, and I also expected it to be almost chewy like oatmeal. What I got was an incredible surprise because it is a very aggressive beer, but it is so well balanced that you hardly notice the aggressiveness. The balance between the hops and the bitterness is incredible with the added burnt oak flavor. The hop bitterness and flavor does a great job at hiding the high alcohol content. So in the end, it won't be the flavor or aroma that knock my own arrogant ass off the chair, but the sneaky 7.2% alcohol instead.
Rating: I'm giving this one five out of five coals, BUT...it's not because i think it's the best tasting beer i've ever had, but because it's so well crafted. I almost expect a gargoyle to fly out of the bottle and punch me in the face. It's almost a magical beer with it's incredible balance. The bastard who came up with this brew deserves to be arrogant.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2009 06:06:48 | More by AtlasBrew
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