Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: ~10oz. from draught in a tulip glass at the Stone 12 event. Served a bit cold. Cost: $5.
Appearance: Very nice pour, French butter-colored head with a dense, moussey consistency. Reduced to a thin, but lasting, opaque film. The body was a mahogany-reddish color and appropriately cloudy (surprisingly, the Double Bastard, Arrogant Bastard, and Old Guardian were very similar in color, varying by a shade or two). I was able to hold this to the daylight through the window.
Smell: The first notes are a prelude of hops, pine-tar, and some citrus fruit notes; quickly moderated by some sweetness and woody notes.
Taste: Surprisingly, this doesn’t assault the palate as expected. Rather, the junipery-pine notes are well-balanced by the malty sweetness, the deep, woody flavors, and some complex fruits. Tasted next to the “regular” Arrogant Bastard, one can tell that the flavor profile is smoothed by the wood, which adds vanilla notes and tames the hops to a certain degree. Flavors linger languorously, finishing well, with all of its elements standing until the end.
Mouthfeel: Full, silky, and luxurious. The carbonation is perfect; distributing the flavors but remaining unobtrusive.
Drinkability: Obviously very drinkable, but truly a complex beer worth savoring. I wish that this were something that was periodically available (limited enough to remain special) so that I could enjoy it in a quieter environment, on a quiet rainy weekend, along with a cigar and the Sunday paper.
This beer only got better as it warmed in my hand. Of the list of 12 beers available at this event, this ranked behind only the cask IPA in piquing my interest and desire to try; and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I mail-ordered a few bottles of Arrogant Bastard, but decided not to try them until after this event, so I had no preconceptions. Side-by-side with the “regular” AB on tap, this won hands down: smoother, more complex, better balanced. It had it all.
Bottom Line: A truly special experience for which I’m glad I was present. Thanks Greg!
Serving type: on-tap
03-19-2003 10:10:24 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
4.45/5 rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 fluid ounce bottle.
“Enjoy By” 7/17/2014
Dark brown body with an amber glow. A great tan head collapsed and left a very impressive amount of lacing.
Sweet hops. Really great whiff of sugary malts… burnt caramel.
Hops: Started off pretty mild but finished with a kick. Herbal and floral… almost sour.
Malts: Subtle sweet notes of caramel and molasses. Good notes up front but the hops take over in the finish.
Notes: The oak is subtle but it really brought the hops and malts together. The malts are nearly absent in the standard version of this brew but it is smoother and more balanced in this version. The oak also hides the alcohol very well.
Moderate-low carbonation. Dry finish.
Overall: The oak barrels did wonders for this brew. I would definitely reach for this version over the standard version.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 23:03:49 | More by Chiefy770
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.
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