Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by RoyalT:
4.85/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Appearance This one came out a pristine orange-brown in color and was brilliant. It brought up a huge, stubborn, monstrous head in every pour from the 3L bottle. The head clung to the inside of the glass leaving gorgeous lacing and went down in clumps of shaving cream-like foam.
Smell The classic AB nose is here for sure. The malts are dark and come out a bit better though since the giant hop aroma is somewhat muted. Along with this is the oak. Its typical American-style oak meaning no big vanilla notes. These wonderful smells fade into a nice, deep, malty caramel at the end. It gives the impression of light whisky.
Taste The Stone hop combination comes out much more at the taste. Even with the huge, dark, roasty malts coming at you full force they are still an even match. The malts darken up more on the tongue. Finally, the roasty malts and resiny pine give way to a light caramel and toffee finish.
Mouthfeel This seems a little lighter in the mouth than the regular AB, although Id still consider it between medium and full-bodied. The sharp bitterness and sticky sweetness are softened by the oak flavors to give this one an incredibly smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability I hate to use the phrase, smooth as silk, but man oh man was this ever so. This was one of the true pleasures in life. What a treat.
Comments This is probably the biggest session beer that Ive had to date. Skyhand and I had no trouble killing off this 3L bottle. Well worth the $60 that Stone is charging.
Update Popped the 06 right after it came out. This is edgy right off the shelf. The oak is raw. I keep checking my cheeks for splinters. This has a lot of spank that needs to be cellared out unless of course you like a little smack to go along with your bastard, which of course we all do. I suggest drinking fresh and aging as well.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2004 14:31:19 | More by RoyalT
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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
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,354 ratings.