Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.55/5 rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.
A - Deep reddish brown, about a finger of head. Recedes quickly, but lots of lacing. Looks pretty good.
S - Smells very strongly of caramel malts and hops, with a decent dose of vanilla and a hint of wood. Very, very nice aroma. Rich and complex, worth smelling over and over again.
T - Doesn't live up to the nose. The hops do not meld very well with the woodiness, and there is an odd bitterness that lingers and also overpowers the maltiness. Rather one-dimensional and lacking in flavor for a strong ale, even one with relatively low ABV. Smells MUCH better than it tastes. Very disappointing
M - Right on for the style. Light in ABV for a strong ale, and the mouthfeel matches. No syrupy or sweet aftertaste. Carbonation feels right.
O - I'm honestly not sure what this beer is trying to be. The color and dark caramel character never melded very well with the strong hoppiness of the normal Bastard, and the oaky vanilla character doesn't either. It's not bad, but it's also not very good. Certainly not worth having again, since it's far too small to age.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2012 05:36:15 | More by kdb150
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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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