Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bnes09:
4.45/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Mahogany, cherry colored ale with lively bubbles. Brilliant head with exceptional retention and unyielding, frothy lacing.
Fresh, pine needle hop aroma and oak wood. Spicy and inviting with alcohol intricacies. Cherry sweetness.
Flavor is super complex just like unoaked arrogant bastard. Spicy piney and herbal hop bitterness. Solid biscuit malt backbone with cherry and grape sweetness. Smoked woods come through in middle to end. Alcohol hits in the finish with a bourbon character and signature warmth.
Medium bodied with a dry finish from the hops. Well carbonated.
Just an awesome brew. Every bit as good as the unoaked version with an added kick. I like the concept of taking a great beer and seeing what some oak chips and a little aging does to it. Genius!
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2012 03:33:07 | More by bnes09
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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.
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