Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Kuaff:
4.69/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Woah. I was already amazed just by the description on the bottle, which has to be one of the most eloquent, poignant, and meaningful things I've ever read, and a very true summary of what this beer ia all about. And it also left me feeling like a beer bottle just basically summed up the core of my ideal life philosophy. Haha, leave it to Stone. After reading the bottle's miniature essay, I poured it, at cellar temperature, into my snifter.
It's got a DENSE, billowy, light tan two-finger head that's quite slow to subside. And it has the same deep dark red hue as the standard Bastard, but cloudier.
The smell is just like the original, but with an additional vanilla aroma that blends in ridiculously pleasantly with everything else. Some obscure, cryptic dark fruit scent is also standing out more. VERY nice.
Now to detail the marvelous journey that a single sip takes me on. At first there is a tart vanilla sweetness, but then it turns a smoky, leathery taste which I assume comes from those oak chips. Then THAT turns to a resiny bitterness that makes me feel like I've been chewing on a mouthful of leaves and spruce needles. This is where the hop flavor comes out. As if all this wasn't enough, long into the finish, a little caramel makes a surprising cameo. These are the flavors I initially picked up on, but once I got close to finishing the bottle, I could swear there was a taste of prunes somewhere in the middle of the experience too. Astounding complexity!
The viscosity and carbonation are pretty much the same as the original's, and the original's were excellent.
It's almost like a toned-down barley wine in some ways. It kind of makes me think of Arctic Devil, but with hoppy bitterness epmphasized more than sweetness. However, the truth is that this oaked version of Arrogant Bastard is unlike anything else I've ever tasted, and the standard cersion was ALREADY incredibly unique and awesome. A terrific twist which has created a beer that bends the dimensions to its will with its unreal complexities.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2013 00:13:31 | More by Kuaff
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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