Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TangTKE402:
4.53/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Robust, foggy, and beautifully brown in color, this has a nice ecru head, about 1-finger high, and a festive effervescence. Some lacing.
S: Big and smooth at the same time on the nose, with heavy hints of vanilla, booze, raisins, some nutmeg, and a hint of burnt wood.
T: Lots to grasp here. Malty and smooth up-front with a chewy smoked back-end. Flavors of vanilla extract, malted barley, pine hops, earth, moss, leather, and smoked meat are all in there. There is a slightly hot, boozey flavor, but it is less pronounced than one would typically experience given the abv and style. Delicious and drinkable, with enough going on to keep you interested for the duration.
M: For a beer this complex in flavor, it's mouthfeel is fairly understated. Not syrupy (like other oak aged beers I've had) and not crunchy, this strikes a muted chord of smooth balance. It's robust without crowding your mouth, and smooth enough to drink pretty fast.
O: This is a great example of why people should keep exploring the art of beer. Stone took a great beer and made it even better. All it took was a little time in some oak to earn it's arrogant title.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2012 21:33:16 | More by TangTKE402
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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.