Sunday, January 27, 2013

Stone OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale

Evening everyone!  I hope you all got to have a relaxing weekend.  There were lots of beer festivals in and around NJ over the weekend.  If you attended any, let me know how they were, either in my comments below or any of the different social media outlets.  For myself, I didn't attend any.  I never seem to catch wind of them with enough time to plan the day out.  I need to work on that!  Kerry and I did attend a small beer tasting near Princeton at McCaffrey's Wine and Spirits, where we got to try several different stouts (including Brooklyn Black Ops), which were all poured by Jym, the @brew_thusiast.  Check him out on Twitter!
Stone Brewing OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Brewing OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale
Tonight I am popping open Stone Brewing Company's OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale.  It is loosely defined as an American Strong Ale, and has been aged a bit on wood chips.  One thing to note on this one, it is date-stamped by Stone to be best by 11/01/12, so it is not at it's peak as considered by Stone.  I will have to find a more fresh bottle and see how it has changed!

OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale
American Strong Ale
7.2% ABV

OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale pours a deep red/bronze color with a finger and half width off white head, which leaves an attractive lacing on the glass.  The aromas feel subdued a bit, and I am only really smelling a hint of sweet malt and an even smaller hint of pine.  OAKED ABA is very malt forward in flavor, but just as the beer gets to the back of your mouth, a hop/oak bitterness kicks in.  A great beer, which only gets better as it warms.  The body on this one is average, not too heavy, and not too light.  The carbonation is aggressive, but not detracting in any way.  There is only a light hint of alcohol at the end.
Stone Brewing OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale
Stone Brewing OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale
 Overall:  OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale is a real nice beer to drink.  Strong flavors, but not quite as aggressive as I was expecting.  Maybe that was due to this beer being aged a bit.  Like I said above, I will have to get a more fresh bottle and report back!

Have you had OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale?  Did you have a different experience than me?  Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Cool review - love Stone and am interested to see how this differs in taste etc from the standard Arrogant Bastard.