Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Manoftyr:
4.68/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Appearance-Pours a dark amber-red into the glass with some nice red highlights, about two fingers of off-white head forms and leaves a nice coating of sticky lacing along the glass and a ring around the edges of the beer.
Aroma-Sweet oak and caramel malts. Some hops on the nose but they're on the back end as far as I can tell, this one is all about that oak character.
Taste-Practically identical to the nose with the malt-soaked oak coming first and foremost in the taste department followed by a slight bittering hop profile rounding things out in the middle and ending with that same oaken flavor on the aftertaste. Nicely layered.
Mouthfeel-Big, thick and rich without being syrupy like an RIS and with just enough carbonation to give it a crisp sting.
Drinkability-Scarily drinkable, the oak smooths everything out so well that I can see why Stone sells these in sixes; I can go through a sixer in a day no problem.
Serving type: bottle
08-08-2010 08:38:55 | More by Manoftyr
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 4,648 ratings.