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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stone Brewing Co. - Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

Bio
Oaked Arrogant Bastard is a strong brown ale aged with oak chips. I've found it in six-packs and singles at Total Wine and have seen it on tap (although I think it was the regular AB, not the oaked) at Tyler's Tap Room in Durham.


As if the name of this beer wasn't cocky enough, the bottle it's packaged in steps up the arrogance. On the front, the image of a scowling, muscular gargoyle hoisting a mug full of what I assume is this ale, but could very well be devil piss.

But, the absolute clincher is the message on the back. It includes, among other things, the following disclaimer:
"This is an aggressive ale. 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 the 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 these words as you read this."
You can read the full diatribe at www.arrogantbastard.com/oaked/design.html. San Diego-area Stone Brewing Company is the outfit responsible for this bottled pomposity.

7.2% ABV

Appearance
AB pours a deep, rich amber-brown color. It has a translucent appearnce,with significant carbonation and a thick, pilowy tan head that leaves ample lacing.


Aroma
An aggressively hoppy aroma, rich with a hearty fruit and wood essence that give it an almost whiskey-like character.


Taste & Feel
Bam! The medium body is loooooaded with a strong hops flavor. It starts off with a caramel maltiness. Then, a sweet, fruity flavor briefly tries to sneak through before being completely overrun by the relentless hops. The fruit and hops flavors combine to give it a grapefruit taste. It finsihses with a dry, woody bite and leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste both in your moth and on your lips.

Verdict
Arrogant is an understatement. This beer punches you in the mouth and then sits there laughing while trying to get you to cry about it. It thinks you're weak, and knows that there are only two types of people who will even step up to try it - beer snobs and arrogant bastards.

I love being both... and that's why I thoroughly enjoy this beer.

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