Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by GMB:
4.93/5 rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale fills the room with aromas of pine, citrus, and flowers as it pours forth a deep reddish brown body. The head is thin and disappears quickly. The small, delicate bubbles slowly moving towards the top tell me that this beer is going to be gentle on the tongue.
The nose is unlike any I have experienced. The kind of bright and bold floral and citral aromas that we expect from Stone mingle the earthy richness of warm, dry oakwood. Notes of dried fruits and toasted grains linger in the background, but that is not to say that they do not contribute. Indeed, the aroma is rounded out by the malt, which adduces aromas of browned (not burnt) butter. The interplay of oakwood and rich browned butter is new to me, and I am having trouble coming up with analogies. Perhaps one can liken it to roasting whole spices, such as cinnamon, in browned butter as the base for aromatic dishes.
The taste is even more complex and intriguing than the nose. The bittering hops play with Stone's bold citral hops to create the illusion of grapefruit. Sweet browned butterscotch, an undertone of bitterness, spicy and citral aroma hops, and woody oak call to mind flavors of meats slow-roasted in savory barbecue sauce. So do the beer's rich sweetness and soft feel on the palate.
Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale is similar to Double-IPAs. Its flavors are intense, complex and demanding. Its flavors continue to develop for what seems like an eternity on the palate. I took my last sip ten minutes ago, but I am still picking up new flavors as I breathe and move my tongue about my mouth. Outstanding.
Serving type: bottle
10-15-2012 00:06:27 | More by GMB
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 4,650 ratings.