Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DrDoitchbig:
4.65/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Appearance: Poured a fairly opaque rusty color somewhere in limbo between a mahogany brown and orange. When held to the light there is an apparent haziness and the color changes to burgundy. The tan tinged head scurries away rather quickly and leaves some dimples of lacing.
Smell: Can't say I'm surprised here. I'm picking up mostly on the oak. There's a sweet alcohol smell wafting around. Perhaps a whisper of hops, but it's held at bay by the oak.
Taste: I'm a bit surprised at how laid back and smooth this is, not that that's a bad thing. Very earthen oak tones from the smell, followed with a vanilla like sweetness. Picking up a lot of caramel in the middle and finally a floral hop bite shines through on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Very complex. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. I don't quite know how they've pulled this off but it has an exceptional creaminess to it, which flips into a resiny coating bitterness at the end of each sip.
Drinkability: Ridiculously easy drinking for something over 7%. The only area where the alcohol reared it's head was the aroma. The only thing that would keep me from having quite a few is the price-tag, but I can't really knock it here for that.
I'm definitely a fan of the original Arrogant Bastard, but I feel confident in saying this trumps it in my mind. The oak adds some great depth to an already tasty beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2009 07:35:54 | More by DrDoitchbig
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4.19/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
As a fan of Arrogant Bastard I couldn't wait to try its oak aged uncle. It definitely did not dissappoint. This ale pours one of the sexiest deep rich mahogany colors that I have ever seen in a beer. There is a very slight off white head that gives way to a substantial film and a lot of thick Cream lacing. The aroma is rich and buttery with lots of malty sweet notes reminiscent of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. In addition there is the wonderful aroma of smoky oak and a little piney hops. This ale sips quite thick and syrupy, definitely on the high end of the medium bodied beers. It is not an ale meant to just slug back. For only a 7.2 abver it seems quite thick and full bodied. The flavor surpasses the nose in its rich deliciousness. It is sweet and malty and smoky and at the same time slightly bitter and surprisingly fresh tasting(at least for an aged ale. There are plenty of caramel and vanilla notes, highlighted by the deep richness of the oak and the slighly bitter notes of piney hops. It is sweet but not cloying and simultaneously bitter but not tongue numbing like many Stone offerings. This is truly a great beer. I don't know how Stone does it but they continue to impress me time and time again. Maybe time to make a pilgrimage to visit them and really take all that they have to offer in.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 01:14:12 | More by lochef81
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,352 ratings.