Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Bfarr:
4.47/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Dark mahogany with tan frothy head with good retention and uneven lacing. Citrus and caramel aromas with a touch of floral but no oak I could detect. Citrus and caramel with a bit of dark chocolate and hint of roasted barley sweetness with a subtle oak from start to finish. A dry, bitter finish. The oak starts to really come out as it warms up but it's usually not overwhelming. A very good combination mouthfeel of a little fuzzy mouthcoating and slightly sticky with a moderate high carbonation.
Hmmm, I really can't decide if I like this better than a regular AB. The oak certainly adds a new dimension to the taste but at times comes up a little too much. It definitely dries out the finish a bit more and it's nice to get the wood flavor subtly throughout rather than just in the aftertaste. I guess it just depends on if I'm in the mood for a little wood...
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2010 16:48:16 | More by Bfarr
More User Reviews:
4.36/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a very nice dark amber color with slight haze (maybe chill haze). Nice foamy almost creamy white colored bubbles with solid lacing. Head decapitates slowly then stick with a slight foam above the beer.
S: Amazing hoppy smell with a backbone of oak with hints of vanilla, from the american oak wood chips. Definitely getting lots of hops in the forefront of the nose, followed by that backbone of vanilla, oak, slight bourbon characteristic, amazing smelling stuff.
T: Wow this is where the beer shines for me. It's no where near as bitter as Arrogant Bastard, probably because the beer has had time to mellow-out a little bit. The amber malts are not as present as they are in the original Arrogant Bastard but still there. Very nice hoppyness similar to a very well crafted IPA with a strong malt backbone. The oak chips impart a bourbon-like flavor adding bits of sweet with lots of vanilla.
M: Medium to full mouth-feel , unlike the base beer. Aging the beer in oak chips really did help to bring these amazing flavors out.
O: Highly recommended. If you do not like the original Arrogant Bastard due to the lingering bitterness, then try this one! No lingering bitterness with full flavor and hints of bourbon and vanilla!
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 18:18:47 | More by abakanowiczc
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,646 ratings.