Saturday, January 12, 2013

Stone Brewing Company Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Stone Brewing Company Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale. 

From the Stone Brewing Company website: “This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory --- maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this.

Too many strive towards complacency as a goal. We grow up thinking that the ability to become complacent is the equivalence of success in life. True Arrogant Bastards know that this could not be further from the truth. The real beauty, richness and depth in life can only be found if the journey through life itself is looked upon as a constant chance to learn, live and find life’s passion. Passion threatens the complacent, and fills them with fear. Fear of the new, the deep and the different. We, on the other hand, seek it out. Endlessly, joyously...and aggressively. To this end we bring you the “OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale.” Another reward for those seeking new sources of passion, and another point of dissension for those who are not.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with a light beige head and good lacing.
Aroma: Pine and citrus hops, sweet caramel malts and beer soaked oak.
Taste: Pine, citrus, sweet caramel malts, vanilla and very well oaked. Delicious!
Overall: I really enjoy Stone beers and Stone Brewing Company Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale is yet another reason to bow down to their greatness.  I had a chance to have this on tap last summer.  This is another great Bastard to contend with the rest.  The addition of the oak really brings additional character to an already exceptional beer.  At 7.2% ABV enjoy a couple.  You deserve it!


Mark Harvey

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