Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.93/5 rDev -6.4%
A-Pours a dark murky amber with an off white head that stays for a long time. It left some very impressive lacing the length of the glass.
S-Caramel was what stood out to me, but I could tell there was a nice balance between hops and malt.
T-Much like the nose caramel, toffee, with a perfect balance between hops and malts. A hint of oak and vanilla crept in when it warmed and I could also notice some alcohol.
M-Very thick and somewhat on the syrupy side.
D-This beer is much bolder than I remembered. It was all I could do to finish the pint over the course of the meal. It is definitely a sipper.
Overall, this is a very good beer that is a must try for all Beer Advocates. I was really excited to see this on tap at Out West Steakhouse in Kernersville, NC.
04-12-2010 21:50:11 | More by thegodfather2701
4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
The body is a deep, burnt murky amber hue that gives off honey amber highlights when held up to the light. A finger and a half of frothy and thick egg shell white head makes this beer look great in my tulip glass.
A rich, almost onion-like hoppiness is the first thing that jumps out at me. I also get musty pine notes that lie on top of grapefruit and lemon peel. A sweet and toasy malt character takes some digging to find but provides a welcomed sweetness. I have yet to have the original Arrogant Bastard so I can't pick out the differences, but I can say that, besides a slight woody note, I get next to no oak or vanilla.
The hop character that hits the palate first is hard to describe. It's something like an earthy herbal bitterness that leans towards being astringent. As it goes on, the bitterness becomes more pine-like with the addition of grapefruit rhine. A delicate sweet toasty malt character hangs out in the back as the hops do their thing. The oak aging is much more apparent in the taste, giving off notes of smokey wood and charcoal.
Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth. The level of carbonation helps to accentuate the hop bitterness which seems to largely be what this beer is centered on. The oak aging is apparent in the feel as well, giving the beer a delicate and creamy texture.
All in all, this is a solid, interesting and complex ASA. I'm happy to say that I've never really had a beer like this before and I enjoyed the experience. One day in the future I'll have this with the regular version to help me appreciate what the oak aging has done for this beer. This marks my first offering I've had from Stone and it's sure not to be the last.
04-19-2011 03:17:20 | More by ludachris
4.44/5 rDev +5.7%
From the bottle to glass
A-was brown in color with a light brown foam
S-it had a little hop smell, but did not smell the roast smell you smell with most brown color beers
T- had a strong hop taste with a hop aftertatse with a warming finish
M- had a taste that must have came from the wood chips, was differant
O- as you are finishing the beer you the taste of the hops fades with the roast tatse taking over. Love it
09-22-2013 23:03:45 | More by a0lbudman
3.88/5 rDev -7.6%
appearance - mahogany color with thick white head
smell - oak, , pine, nuts
taste - oak, pine, molasses, nuts, hops
mouthfeel - bitter, medium to full bodied, high carbonation, bitter again in the aftertaste
drinkability - the mouthfeel of this leads it to be a one and done proposition
11-09-2010 22:58:06 | More by keithmurray
4.23/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a brownish amber with a small beige head. Aroma is of caramel malt, floral piney hops with some citrus notes. Taste is sweet caramel malt, floral piney hops, some light toasted oak notes and light citrus fruity flavors. Palate is full body and flavor with a slightly sticky mouth feel and good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, floral piney hops ending is sweet bitter hops with some lingering nutty oaked flavor. Overall a good, robust and flavorful brew. Nicely done.
05-11-2012 19:50:07 | More by Samp01
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
Purchased in Vermont from a very pleasant moustached woman. 12 Oz. bottle poured into a Bobcat Cafe pint glass.
A: Beautiful red/brown/amber (ripe nectarine) colour with a two-finger creamy beige foam head. Good retention and OK lacing.
S: Pine hops, molasses, caramel, cinnamon, and faint dark fruits. Detecting that earthy, musky, oak aroma. Sounds weird but can detect a bit of paprika spice. Very different and pleasing aromas.
T: Very smooth. Pine taste balanced nicely with a slightly buttered bread-like malt backbone. Finishes with a little alcohol bite and a lingering musky/woody taste that makes this a little funky (and good!).
M: Slightly oily with an appropriate viscosity level. About right amount of carbonation.
D: Should've bought the whole 6-pack! The oak chips really add a different dimension to this. A delicious offering from Stone
08-18-2011 22:59:41 | More by Digimaika2
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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