Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
4.47/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served on-tap at The Cask Republic in New Haven, Conn.
A: Mahogany, deep reddish brown with a thin, creamy head of off white foam which persists nicely and leaves a nice amount of sticky lace.
S: Complex fruity and caramel malt nose with hints of dried cherries, vanilla, oak, whiskey barrels and spent rum casks. A musty, pine needle hop aroma imparts and earthy musk.
T: Smooth, rich, fruity malt profile with hints of berry, plum, raisin and bitter, flavored tea. Citrusy, herbal and earthy hops make their way across the palate with notes of pine and a refined, mineral-filtered bourbon essence. The finish lingers with bittersweet, sticky malts and hop resins with a hint of smoked wood.
M: Rich, full-bodied, but so very smooth and fulfilling. The oak keeps the hops from becoming to sticky and malts from cloying sweetness. Just right and very satisfying.
O: Oak Aged AB takes a bit of the hop wallop out of the sails, but the essence of these West-Coast varietals are still very much at play. On the plus side, the 7.2% ABV and hop chaos is smoothed out so nicely and malts are really brought forward by the calming, refining qualities of wood-aging the beer. An excellent sipper just dying to be paired with a good cigar.
Serving type: on-tap
05-06-2011 04:57:04 | More by Gambrinus1184
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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
3.7/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Good take on arrogant bastard. Oak is very present - slight vanilla, very oaky, woody, some dry tobacco, dry oak - the hops are much faded, get some of the malt coming through. Some char, more tobacco, neutralizing oak dryness.
This is a much more calm version of arrogant bastard - a nice take, but I wish the hops were more present.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 16:54:31 | More by timc100
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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