poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had an enjoy by date of
4/23/13 (it’s extremely difficult to get fresh Stone beers around here).
It cost $4.90 ($0.41 per ounce)
Appearance: Murky, slightly translucent shade of maroon/brown. Forms a
large, off white, frothy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: A mild scent of Chinook hops and vanilla beans, some resin notes as well.
Taste: If you’ve ever had regular Arrogant Bastard Ale you know the hops
are pretty aggressive, so giving them some extra time to mellow out
might not be such a bad thing. In the case of this particular bottle,
it’s surprisingly wonderful. This is a remarkably sweet, complex, and
highly drinkable beer due to both the oak chips and the unintentional
From what I understand, the secret to Arrogant Bastard is that it’s
brewed entirely with Chinook hops - a hop known for high bitterness,
dryness, some resin character, and a take-no-prisoners attitude. That
character is familiar here right away, but with the intensity turned way
down. Bitter yes, but the hops have faded enough to enable the malts
and the oak chips to shine. There’s a sweet butterscotch, toffee and
caramel flavor here. It’s akin to crème Brûlée, actually. More
bitterness on the finish, but not before a delicious frappacino-like
flavor through the middle. They say you shouldn’t age hoppy beers, but
in this case it seems to be the key to not only taking the edge off, but
making it so much more enjoyable.
Drinkability: Despite the name, Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard isn’t as
intense in the mouth as its predecessor. There’s a softer edge here with
almost creamy texture. It has a smooth finish and leaves a slightly dry
aftertaste of both sweetness and bitterness. At 7.2% ABV this beer has
quite a lot of flavor and is actually rather "light" compared to
imperial IPAs and other comparable strong ales. It’s also an all-purpose
palette as it can be compliment a hearty meal, paired with dessert, or
enjoyed on its own.