Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JohnL9013:
4/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Nice appearance. Very dark with a medium brown head and nice lacing.
S: Very nice nose. I can smell the "oak" effect, but the Arrogant Bastard is still here with a malty, hoppy nose. Quantity is a bit lacking but this isn't an especially strong brew so I'll give it a pass.
T: The taste is great. You have to try the Arrogant Bastard first, but the low-down is in-your-face medium to dark malts with pungent hops and a woody aftertaste from the oaking. The oaking has the effect of smoothing things out significantly (the Arrogant Bastard is really in-your-face) but at the same time, in my opinion, subdues some of the "arrogance" of the brew and detracts from what the beer originally was. I would say most normal people would prefer this over the regular Arrogant Bastard because it's clearly more refined and homogeneous...in fact, in most ways, this is a "better" beer, however, it's my review, and I'm saying I like the regular better.
M: Perfect carbonation but the oaking makes the mouthfeel a little awkward.
D: This stuff is extremely strong. I'm glad I only got a small bottle!
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2010 06:17:47 | More by JohnL9013
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3.78/5 rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - dark reddy brown, dense one finger off white head. great spotty lace. Swirl revives head wonderfully.
S - vanilla malts, caramel.
T - a hit of treacle from the get go, with burnt (very) toffee notes. Different from smell. Very very dry aftertaste. Hint of vanilla as it warms.
M - lightly carbonated, medium weight despite ABV.
O - OK - i just read my review of the non-oaked version. I wrote 'well made beer, just don't like the dry treacle taste'. Ditto!!! The oak does not add enough to this palate. Ah well, proves you need to read your own reviews, not go by scores :-)
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 08:27:55 | More by heygeebee
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,727 ratings.