Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by templar316:
4.45/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into Duval tulip/\Really suprised at how much the mouthfeel has softened on this one! Not much of a fan of the Stone palate wrecker hop blast style although I can recognize it as good beer... This is really nice. 2008 bottle that's been chillin' in my cellar makes me wish I'd saved a couple more. Deep Amber, great head after 4 years in the bottle. Piney citrus hops are still readily apparent on the nose but the flavor really shines! A smooth operator flavor; quick piney blast, smooth creamy bitterness and soft tea. With an oak finish and smooth, smooth hoperator finish I could drink this all night!
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2012 03:27:41 | More by templar316
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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 4,349 ratings.