Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 4,820 | Reviews: 1,829 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A: translucent amber/brown hue, nice 1/2" head that reduces to lacing rings
S: complex aroma, citrus hops and slight oak harshness
T: a deeply complex beer with a nice malt backbone, bitting citrusy hops followed by the dryness from the american oak. Tasty
M&d: good mouthfeel, the oak abd hops are drying. Very drinkable, but I probbably could not do more than 2 at a session
05-31-2009 23:43:31 | More by UDbeernut
4.6/5 rDev +9.5%
Bottle courtesy of HogTown Harry via trade- much thanks Harry! I poured the twelve ounce bottle into a tumber- looks similar to normal AB- a little cloudy, deep caramel with an off white. Also smells typical AB, sweet, but the wood is noticable. Taste is just fantastic- in your face hoppy, but with a great malt backbone and the oakey flavour. The oak is defintely there- but not overpowering. It reminded me of the oak in Old Yeti. I think it really matches well with the style of AB. Mouthfeel is of a great body, medium carbonation and bitter/woody finish. I could drink many of these- but alas this is my only bottle. A great treat, that even the wife thought was delicious (who would have thunk it?). A great beer from Stone
02-12-2007 00:59:31 | More by oakbluff
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours dark caramel color with a small wisp of light tan foam on top which holds very well as I consume this beer slowly and let it warm.
The nose is a strong malt and barleysugar upfront with some hints of vanilla sweetness also noticed. Slight woody aroma also present. Very nice.
The taste is very bold and assertive malt with I would guess a decent amount of hops as it does taste fairly balanced. I couldnt guess what kind of hops are used here as the oak is also quite apparent and kind of takes over after initially tasting.
Mouthfeel is a pleasant coating feel with some nice quenching aspects to it. Very drinkable especially considering the abv of 7.2%. A very nice beer. I have tried this at fests on draught before and I have to say that the bottled version holds up quite well to the draft.
12-26-2006 00:25:09 | More by rousee
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
This beer was tasted in a snifter from the 12oz bottle.
This beer pours dark cherry amber with a creamy cappuchino colored head that leaves a nice film over the beer and leaves a bit of lace. The aroma smells of caramel, toasted and honey malts along with musty woodiness and faint floral hops. The taste is up front with the malt characteristics of caramel, toast, and honey but the beer then gives way to the oak characteristics before finally finishing with a piney hop characteristic. The beer also displays a medium-full mouthfeel with a subtle carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable beer. I would like to see a more potent hop characteristic like the regular Arrogant Bastard, but the oaked version pleases nonetheless.
10-16-2008 02:24:16 | More by MSchae1017
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
4/5 rDev -4.8%
12oz bottle, goblet, best by date of 8/8/10.
Impenetrably hazy brown, orange amber with a lovely tight knit brown sugar butter cream head. The head is like the crema on a well made Americano.
Unsurprisingly, due to the age, the aroma does not showcase aggressive hops any longer; floral, faint pineapple and pine, yes. Also vanilla, brown sugar, diacetyl, orange oil, alcohol.
Characteristic Arrogant Bastard brown sugar, diacetyl (English yeast), and bitter alcohol. The finish is heavy lingering bitterness with hints of pine and grapefruit pith. What the oak (and age) seem to have done is smooth and integrate, add a tinge of oak and vanilla. This does score a solid 4 for taste, but extra fuss, money, etc do not seem justified for this beer over the classic Bastard.
Smooth, heavy mouthfeel with a glorious carbonation level.
The bitterness will be appreciated by IPA/IBU lovers. It's good but you might be better served by a good 'ol bomber of the genitor beer.
10-01-2010 03:28:24 | More by brewerburgundy
3.98/5 rDev -5.2%
Bottled sample shared with trevorwideman. Murky amber in colour with strong aromas of dark caramel, pine, white grapefruit, vanilla, almond, and a hint of raisin. Very woody in the mouth (both fresh cut wood and bark), red grape skins, a bit of port (probably the combination of the caramel and grape elements), with a cookie like malt character coming through near the finish. Theres a citrus fruit + woody astringency that balances out the malt in a very interesting way. I think I like this beer a bit better than it's non-oaked counterpart. Thanks trev!
04-21-2007 23:34:43 | More by fisherman34
3.8/5 rDev -9.5%
This oaked bastard pours murky brown in color with a thick light tan head.
The smell is very similar to the regular arrogant bastard, but with a slight sense of oak. Its mostly fruity and citrus hop aromas.
The flavor begins with some caramel malt, then moves to citrus and piney hops with a slight alcohol presence. The oak is mostly present in the aftertaste.
Mouth fell is medium in body, creamy and moderately carbonated.
Another winner from stone.
11-27-2006 01:24:14 | More by Naes
4.75/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Nice 3+ finger head. Fluffy and tan. The beer is a deep reddish brown (more red than brown) with not much visible carbonation. As it settles the aroma fills the air. Sweet citrus, very mellow, round, and smooth. Buttery hops. and now a taste... Wow. I've had arrogant bastard before but the oaked is SO much better. It's silky smooth and flavorful without having that abrasive tang that regular AB has. It has a thick and smooth mouthfeel that warms your tongue. Better than I expected, I was thinking it was one of those overrated beers that people only thought they liked because it was expensive. Not the case at all. This beer kicks some serious ass.
12-21-2006 21:48:18 | More by Rudgers73
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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