Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
Very pretty beer- quite dark, with deep ruby and garnet colors when held to the light. It has a tan foamy head that stays for a few minutes, then retreats to a thin layer of foamy film that leaves lacing around the rim. Smells... green. Green and woodsy. Piney. Definitely green, foresty things, backed up with a booze punch and a little bit of sweetness.
Taste is also green, with more alcohol coming through. The sweetness makes itself better known, with vanilla and malty flavors, though it still keeps a backseat to the woodsyness, and hop bitterness. The hops have an earthy feel to them, melding well with the oaked woodsyness. There's a nice finishing biscuityness towards the end of the sip that finishes very nicely.
Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, full. This is a very very tasty brew, alcohol is deceivingly tasty and/or sneaky. This is definitely less harsh than the regular Bastard, which I also enjoy. I'm not sure whether or not I prefer one to the other... have to have a side by side comparison. However, this one really is more well-rounded and easier to drink. Less sweet than I recall, but then it has been a while. An excellent brew.
12-09-2006 05:21:08 | More by scooter231
4.6/5 rDev +9.5%
Glass - Tulip
A - Relatively clear amber/red color with a 2-finger head, retention is decent. It left little soapy/spotty lacing, nothing impressive.
S - Deep deep sap & bark like aroma. A nice rind in there, like grapefruit, wow it's just so earthy! Mild sweetness, a bit of toasted malt hidden underneath the huge earthy/tree bark aroma. Unique & exciting aroma.
T - A bit sugary but not sweet really, it's got a bit of candied like quality upfront. Then all hell breaks loose with an assault of earthy tree bark, sap and grapefruit rind! I get a bit of the alcohol as well, there's a bit of semi bright citrus towards the finish that peeks in but comes nowhere near the earthiness. This beer finishes with mild plum & cherry, mild toasty/cracker, and strong lingering earthy flavors & charred wood like bitterness. As it warmed I got a bit of vanilla but very subtle & almost not noticeable.
M - Soft crispness with a smooth slick feel. Around medium in body.
D - First off, wow what a beer! This was an out of bounds treat for me, I wouldn't be able to drink more that two of these I think, the earthy flavors & bitterness are very strong. I would love to sip on this beer in the cold winter season with an open fire, and I'll definitely buy this one again. Highly recommended for anyone that enjoys just about every style of beer. Cheers!
07-16-2010 23:40:02 | More by PintOHops
4.55/5 rDev +8.3%
Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard pours out beautifully, dark amber body with stunning ruby highlights. Thick frothy head, with lots of sticky glass coating lacing. Looks great.
Aroma is definitely a lot more woody than it's regular form. Lots of oak, pine, maple, and cherry wood. Huge hop oil notes, herbaceous, resinous, and sweet florals. Along with a hefty backing of dark sticky malts. Very delicious smell overall, highly appealing and definitely gets the mouth watering.
Taste on this one is astounding. Much more complex then regular Bastard. The hops really stand out here. Loads of sappy pine bitterness, sweet tantalizing florals, and immense amounts of citrus. The oak does a wonderful job of integrating with all of the flavor notes, especially the rich malty notes. The balance is phenomenal. Finishes dry, with lingering wood notes.
Well, what else can I say? This one takes one of our all time favorite beers, and takes it up several levels. Great complexity, and perfectly balanced. What else can you ask for?
02-25-2009 02:24:09 | More by HoustonTX
4.4/5 rDev +4.8%
Appearance: A murky red-brown body capped by a finger and a half of off-white head that fades slowly and leaves good lacing.
Aroma: I'm getting all the aromas of the standard beer with even more complexity. A mix of vanilla, woodiness, piney and citrusy hops, and lots of caramel malt.
Flavor: Up front, lots of leafy and citrusy hops alongside notes of vanilla and oak from the barrel. Underneath, there's a substantial caramel malt backbone that is able to keep everything balanced nicely. Just a little spiciness coming from the alcohol. Everything is balanced nicely, with no single element taking charge. Leafy hops, oak, and biscuity malt in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little coaty with a dry finish. A little warmth from the alcohol throughout.
Drinkability: Somewhere in the middle of the drinkability scale, this is a beer you could easily drink two pints of.
Verdict: Unsurprisingly, Oaked Arrogant Bastard ends up being the same old Arrogant Bastard we know and love with oaky and vanilla-like notes mixed in. Given a choice between the two, I'd always opt for this version.
07-12-2010 22:59:35 | More by BeanBone
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
This beer poured an opaque dark copper with some red tints around the edges and a single-finger tan head. The smell is a cavalcade of different hops as well as some oak and malt. I can pick out floral, piney, and citrusy hops. The taste starts off with a combination of malt and grapefruity hops that balance well and give way to some more hops that are slightly piney and floral as well as some oak flavor that helps balance out some of the bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a certain amount of slickness from the hops and fairly low carbonation. This is a fantastic beer, one of those ones that everyone should try at least once if they're serious about beer.
04-21-2009 20:04:20 | More by TheTrevor
4.49/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.
A- Pours a deep amber, clear body with a thick, gushing off white head that reduces very slowly and leaves chunky, sticky foam 1/2" thick on the sides of the glass. Very appealing.
S- Very floral with citrus zest, a big malty caramel backbone, oak barrel, and pine sap.
T- The oak chips really punch you in the face the second this beer hits thee tongue - lots of vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch upfront. This progresses into an aggressive hop bite with lots of pine, resin, citrus, and floral notes. The finish is borderline astringent. All of this is sitting on a medium-heavy roasted malt backbone that gives it subtle notes of toffee, chocolate and caramel.
M- Medium-heavy body, medium carbonation.
Overall a hugely complex beer. The oak chips really take this beer to a whole new level and add a lot of nice flavors. I could probably only drink one of these in a sitting but it's good nonetheless.
04-12-2013 23:56:47 | More by gcamparone
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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