Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jdoncbus:
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle poured into Sam Adams' "ultimate beer glass." The color is stained cherry wood with ruby hues, active carbonation to boot. The head is three fingers and tan, recedes nicely with considerable lacing.
Nose is oak and earth with biscuity malt. Notes of toasted grain, raw sugar, pears, & pineapple. Very pleasing and mixed with the appearance is begging me to drink.
Velvety smooth on the palate, it just drapes and hangs across the tongue. Just enough carbonation leaps out with the oak and hops and smacks the taste buds with a load of flavor. My mouth is left with a thin film of cream but slowly dissipates and everything is dry. Booze warmth slides down my throat leaving a nice numbing effect on my back molars.
What a fun beer to drink, so much going on but pieced together well. The creamy-oak flavor is appealing and adds complexity to the brew. It's my third or fourth time drinking this; I cannot understand why I have never picked up a six.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2009 21:09:53 | More by jdoncbus
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 4,646 ratings.