Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale
The Stone Brewing Company
Okay, this beer kicks ass! Literally, the first thing I thought of when I first tasted the beer. Everything about this beer is amazing. To start, the bottle displays a buffed out gargoyle looking character holding a mug of beer, giving you a look almost challenging you to try this beer. The bottle cap displays the gargoyle once again staring up. Pouring the beer, it gave a strong reddish brownish ale color. The head of the beer was minimal but not non-existent.
My initial sip was so refreshing. The after taste is really where you taste the different spices. It reminded me of a stronger Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. What I really liked about the beer was that it wasn’t very dry. It has a smooth taste and is really refreshing. Most summertime drinkers probably wouldn’t lean towards this ale because it is darker, but it happens to be really refreshing. Anyone that has the opportunity to try this definitely should.
I want to include the description I found from The Stone Brewing websitebecause first, it makes an attack on the average american beer drinker and the multi-million dollar beer companies competing with it as well as challenges you to drink this beer by stating that you probably wouldn’t even like this beer to begin. Go find this beer!
“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.”