Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.48/5 rDev +6.7%
Poured from 12oz bottle into sniffer glass. Did a side-by-side comparison with this oak aged version and the regular Arrogant Bastard, so this will be a review and comparative analysis.
A- Pours a hazy ruby with a thick, cream color head. Absolutely beautiful beer. Fantastic lacing. Color seems to be slightly lighter than the AB, but tough to see a difference there. Slightly less pronounced head as well, but to be expected after being put through the aging process. Just about a finger.
S- Wow. Here is where we start to see the separation from the regular AB. Aroma has some similarities to the reg AB with some floral hop and pine notes, but the oak aged version takes it to another level with the oak presence. Sweeter, maltier smell with earthy hints of wood and vanilla. More pungent that reg AB. Absolutely delicious smelling!
T- Glorious. Citrus hops up front, but less pronounced than reg AB. Biscuit flavors. Sweet malty base. Swirl of flavors taking place. Takes you on an extra twist from reg AB as the oak backbone of this beer takes over. Notes of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla. Did Stone actually find a way to make this beer smoother? I think so. Oak creates a smooth finish of a terrific scotch. Very little bitterness. Touch of alcohol, but well hidden. Not overpowering.
M- mid body. Velvety smooth as it coats your mouth. Good carbonation remains. Very similar to reg AB
O- to my delight, it actually found a way to top the regular bastard. The oak backbone really takes over and takes this beer on a nice ride to another level. Hops are less of a highlight with this one, but the balance is just amazing. One of my favorite beers i have had to date.
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02-23-2013 22:03:35 | More by Bosoxfan20
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,791 ratings.