Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +4.8%
Looks great of course with its big 3-finger baige head that laces all the way down. Dark reddish-brown with hues of cherry. Big barley smell, and mostly malt on the nose with a slight hop end.
Oh malty goodness. With some very nice hop flavors to accentuate the barley malt. The hops, in fact are perfectly bitter and lingering, but you don't leave the first taste thinking of the hops. You think of the bread-like taste first, then the hops actually take over in the finish. Alcohol taste is definitely present, but in no way does it take away from the beer. It finishes dryly, but not exactly crisply, and almost refreshing but definitely not the best beer for a hot day. This is full-bodied without being overbearingly thick in the mouth. I honestly expected this to be more like regular Arrogant Bastard, but with the oaked variety it seems like the oak chips took an edge of that maltiness and a spiciness to it that was either lost in the muddled feel of the non-oaked variety or simply wasn't there. Either way, I prefer this one and the fact that it's way more drinkable than its brother. The mouthfeel was not as thick and hard to drink. The oak chips make all the difference in the world to the overall drinkability of this one, and for that this beer is fantastic.
05-31-2011 00:01:05 | More by chodinheaven
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
This oaked ASA pours a really atractive woody, ruby cedar with a tight kakai head. The foam holds well and leaves some good sagging lace.
A really impressive looking beer. The appearance might even create the illusion of, or cause me to perceive more of that oak character. Beats me, but I did seem pick up a lot more of it than than others I sampled it with. Mainly I think, because many people are searching for that sometimes harsher bourbon barrel aged flavor. But that is nowhere to be found in this brew (and that is certainly not a bad thing).
The aroma is largely of caramel malt and some very nice spicy hops. There is a bit of an oak related vanilla note as well. Burnt sugar and molasses provide a great deal of sweetness. The oak character is more earthy and rustic than bourbon barrel. Attractive and pungent nonetheless.
Initially there is earthy burnt caramel malt and lots of those deep, piny, hops. Some citrus is detectable too. Boisterous but not harsh. A hint of faint smoke that could probably be mistaken for some really heavily caramelized/burnt sugar. Piny with a raw sweetness. Very complex and not at all harsh. The flavors blend seamlessly.
Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish. The carbonation is middle-of-the-road as well and brightens the whole deal up a bit. The flavor and texture really seem to linger on the tongue. Really well crafted and a very interesting adaptation of the style.
12-16-2007 21:41:42 | More by letsgopens
4.4/5 rDev +4.8%
A- Chestnut brown with creamy head and good carbonation.
S- Oak and lots of it. Slight amounts of hops work their way through. Caramel too.
T- A mix of hop bitterness, caramel, hints of citrus, pine notes, all balanced considerably well.
M- Considerably creamy. Carbonation is just right. The body is a tad too thin though.
D- Easy to down, but it's one that you want to savor. I found that the first I had was the best, as the oak flavor was so new and vibrant. Maybe it fades with time, or maybe it was just something that you can only be blown away by once. Still very enjoyable, and very well crafted. Lives up to the arrogance on the bottle.
10-20-2010 21:57:47 | More by BBP
4.03/5 rDev -4%
12 oz. bottle - Dark molasses color with a tint of red head is tan , medium , small bubbles nose of dark berries ( cherries ) , cinnamon , coffee grounds and orangey taste of malts , gummy tar , spruce , hopps ( both bitter , and pine ) caramel , and some wood ( mostly cedar )- medium tart body aftertaste is long earthy , malt and caramel
11-04-2006 22:12:41 | More by stephendr
3.85/5 rDev -8.3%
APPEARANCE: The Arrogant Bastard pours the same color as a nice Barleywine. It has a nice, thick head at first - about an inch - but it quickly dissipates and leaves very little lacing.
SMELL: Surprisingly it is a little weak on aroma. A little oak and some light hoppy aromas come through. It smells good, just very toned down.
TASTE: A strong dose of caramel greets the tongue up front. It isn't too sweet, by any means though. The wood quickly takes over though and dominates the majority of the sip. Oddly, the wood seems to supply a little more sweetness than the caramel flavors. The finish kicks with a decent dry citrus and mild pine flavor.
MOUTHFEEL: Rich and full-bodied with a very dry and palate cleansing finish.
OVERALL: This is a big beer. It is also a unique beer. I've had plenty of beers that have seen some oak, but this one has such an intense oak flavor that when I first tasted it I was unsure whether or not I really liked it. After getting over the initial shock, though, I was able to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the Oaked Arrogant Bastard.
07-27-2012 04:31:57 | More by StoneTSR
4.25/5 rDev +1.2%
Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle for 2.99. This is my 3rd "bastard" beer as I have had arrogant bastard and double bastard.
A- This one poured a dark ruby color with some mahogony hues. 2 finger creamy head. This beer sure was sticky and stuck to my glass even after I had cleaned it pretty good.
S- Smell was woody and oaky almost like a fine wine. There was some vanilla and port scents.
T- Taste was malty and sweet. The hops are not as pronouced and present as they are in other arrogant bastard beers. When I think of a SAB, I think "hops." This one is more on the maltier side, but it fits the oak finish. Surely some caramel and vanilla on the tongue.
M- Mouthfeel was sleek and oily. Do not expect a ton of carbonation, this one dosen't have a ton.
D- I enjoyed this a lot. Stone has made a really classy and drinkable beer here.
03-22-2008 01:30:51 | More by DavidSeanNJ
3.8/5 rDev -9.5%
Poured a deep red-amber color like a cherry wood stain. Nice amber-tan head rested atop it.
Nice woody, carmel sweetness, and dry floral hop scent.
The taste is similar, some pine-oak and bitter hops up front a little sweet carmel in the middle; finishing with a lasting bitter aftertaste.
Though drinkable the high alcohol content makes this difficult to sit back and take down like many other brews.
06-29-2009 05:30:46 | More by donteatpoop
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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