Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3/5 rDev -28.6%
After enjoying the "regular" Bastard and completely disliking the Double Bastard, I wasn't sure what to expect from this Oaked version.
It poured a dark ruby/brown color with a slightly off white small head. The head dropped off to a thin film which stayed throughout and left an average amount of lacing.
Smelled of malts and hops, with some pine and a small alcohol presence.
Tasted of hops, with nary a sign of the pine that I detected in the scent. I was a bit surprised how one dimensional this beer tasted. No complexity at all, at least to my taste buds.
Mouthfeel was slightly thick and flat. Really was quite disappointed in this department.
Overall this was to me, an average beer at best. My review for the Double Bastard was well below the "average", and I'm sure this one will be as well. I just didn't get much enjoyment out of this beer. Adding to that, it's about twice as expensive as their "regular" Bastard, so I'd have to say I found it to be one of the worst "bang for the buck' beers I've had in a long time. To each his own I suppose.
04-18-2008 03:33:15 | More by JBogan
3/5 rDev -28.6%
A - Beautiful reddish-bronze with a lasting off-white head.
S - Nice pine, pineapple, and citrus hops, woody oak, caramel malt.
T - Way too woody in the taste, making this overly bitter and astringent, way off from the normal AB. Pineapple and pine hops are there, as is a surprising fusel alcohol presence. There is nice caramel malt presence that saves the whole thing from being turpentine.
M - Astringent and very dry, with plenty of alcohol burn.
D - I'll get through this one 12, but only because it ain't cheap.
Man, what a letdown. I am a big fan of Arrogant Bastard, but this doesn't do it justice. It tastes over-oaked, almost fake. The appearance and aroma were really promising but it really went downhill from there.
05-19-2010 23:21:31 | More by jpittman80
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,795 ratings.