Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Stone Brewing Co. - Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

Stone Brewing Co. - Escondido, San Diego County, CA
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale
Aged Ale with American Oak Wood Chips
7.2% ABV, 12oz

I decided to do an early week tasting, and hence I give you my review of Stone Brewing Co's Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale- Cheers!

The beer pours a very dark amber hue, with a mild, creamy, brownish head that lingers long enough to admire. The liquid gold has a malty, sweet, caramel, and subtle woody scent - it definitely still smells Arrogant!

The Oaked flavor is subtle and the beer is moderately bitter, yet not overpowering. It also has a full mouth feel, but slightly milder than the traditional Arrogant Bastard Ale (which I love, though haven't posted a review yet - soon!). It's definitely a malty beer, which is perfect for this style. It's heavy, malty, and has the same bite of the non-Oaked brethren.

This is definitely a drinkable beer, and although it is very pricy (around $18 a six-pack), you could easily sit around the living room or a party and drink 2-3 without thinking twice...though, at 7.4% ABV you'd have to be careful! As you would expect, this would be awesome with a smoked pork sandwich, grilled salmon, or a bbq bacon burger!

Well, what else can I say? This beer was great. Have you had an original Arrogant Bastard? If you have and enjoyed it, this beer will be a nice twist to your appreciation of all things Arrogant! You can certainly expect a review of the original bastard, as well as some other tasty Stone Brewing Co. brews in the near future!

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