Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by unklesyd:
4.25/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
It has been a few months since I had this last, and the time has really changed the flavor profile. Not neccessarily improved nor deteriorated, just... different.
Pours out a pretty bland, murky, muddy tawny color, but with good lacing and a nicely layered dirty head.
Thoughout, there is a balance of sweet layered malts, highlighted at this point by a nice chewy choco-caramel, replacing the apricots of a few months ago. Good bitterness, never abrasive or even up-front. Just a perfect balance and compliment to the malt.
I have no idea how someone could say that this is "no different" than the regular AB, especially when this beer bears only a superficial reseblance to its own incarnation of a few months ago. Vastly more balanced and layered. Again, not better, just... different.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2007 23:09:52 | More by unklesyd
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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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