Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Been wanting to try this one for ages. Spotted a four pack at my local Total Wine and could not pass it up.
Appearance 4.0: Pours out a deep, dark amber color. Very little head, but after the pour, unusual spotty foam started popping up. Very attractive.
Smell 3.75: Nice bouquet. Lots of barley malt biscuit malt and a distinctive, pleasant and subdued pine aroma. All up-front and a very nice accompaniment to each and every sip. I do not, however, detect any wood notes.
Taste 4.50: Front is somewhat dry, but the alkaline taste of the hops is very noticeable. Middle is somewhat sweet and malty with more hops detectable. Finish is wonderful with heavy malt and hops intermingling once again with an emphasis on hop flavors. Chinook hops. Unmistakable. Also, this is where I first noticed a resiny, oak taste. Finish is of medium length with more of the hops and a very slight vanilla taste, probably the result of the oak.
Mouthfeel: 3.75: CO2 carbonation was good, but there is a noticeable burning in the mouth while drinking this beer which may turn off some tasters (not me!).
Overall 4.50: Excellent brew. The addition of the oak has transformed an already wonderful brew into something on another level. I know my score does not reflect a true average of the different component scores, but the taste of this beer has to be experienced in order to be fully appreciated. Recommended. Pick a four pack up if you find it.
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2013 04:16:20 | More by BeerDocT
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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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