Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this on tap at Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge, VA. I usually try this one at least once a year, but this is the first time Iíve reviewed it:
Ap: Dark caramel color, a bit cloudy, moderately carbonated, and about an inch worth of head.
Ar: Bouquet of flowers, however, there is a bit of earthiness to it also. On second thought, is that earthiness or staleness?
T: Not the most refreshing thing Iíve tasted. There is a kind of unsettling, sour taste to this brew. I notice the same thing in the Sublimely Self-Righteous. The finish is nice and smooth though and this, in my opinion, is where the Oaked AB differs from the regular flagship version.
P: The hoppy sourness clings to the taste buds like crazy and just lingers! I noticed quite a bit of frothy lacing.
O: I always want to route for this beer (as I do many of Stones IPA and "Strong Ales"), but every time drink this brew, I notice the same unpleasantness time and time again. Iím sure others with disagree and thatís fine, but this beer just doesnít do it for me.
beeebon (142) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a cracking beer! It pours a rich dark red amber colour with a light tan head. Taking a smell I knew that there was a lot going on here, picking up herbal, vanilla, wood and toffee on the nose. Taking a sip I was instantly reminded of Innis & Gunn (itís the only thing I could compare it to!) but of a much higher quality. There is a sweetness there but there is a bitterness from the resiny hops along with a slightly herbal vanilla taste. The finish is impressive, at first pleasingly bitter and yet there is a further burst oak and everything that went before. Well balanced and very impressive indeed! Very yummy beer!
fitwitchik (179) - USA - APR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle of a mixed 12 pack of Stone brews into a pint glass a dark amber with a beige head.
Aroma is resin with some sweetness.
Flavor is first and foremost hops then the maltiness of a strong ale hits you. Some oakiness is there but not as strong as I would have thought.
Balance of flavor is there love AB but oaked...not so much.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old brew. Enjoy by 12/24/13, poured 2/11/14.
Appearance: Pours a red/brown sort of color with a two finger tan head that falls to one and stays. Really good lacing.
Smell: Itís definitely fallen off, I feel. Thereís a caramel sweetness that, with oak, gives a maple syrup feel, I suppose. Spicy with a fair amount of hops, but the aromaís certainly not as impressive as it would be fresh.
Taste/feel: Solid sweetness at first, but then an equally solid and drying bitterness at the end. A nice caramel malt flavor on the front, a resinous bitter pine sort of finish with a bit of that oak -- just enough to add a bit of character. The mouthfeel is medium all-around and it makes the bitterness on the finish a bit harsh, so come prepared! Itís not overbearing, but the bitterness seems a bit high for the amount of hops Iím tasting here, but again, itís past its prime.
Overall, I need to try this fresh, as I know this isnít what this brew is supposed to be. $3.29 for a single of this, and it should have been discounted.
vikingguy (762) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2014 Dark brown-red with big foamy tan head. Fresh hops on the nose. Taste - resinous hops with a rich malt. Iím usually not big on Oaked beers but I think this complements AB well. The oak isnít subtle but not overpowering either. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DrewFace (485) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a mostly clear reddish brown, with tan head. Woody, oaky aroma, caramel malt, earthy hops. Very oak forward flavor followed by hop flavor and moderate bitterness.
vinhol (196) - AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 mil bottle strong malty aroma deep amber in colour off white head taste is rich malty vanilla outstanding
ddemmingjr (668) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An old standby that we used to not see often enough. Bottle- pours clear mahogany, milky, khaki head that persists with nice lacing. Nose of spices, oak chips, honey, herbal hops and some bread. Rich, milky mouthfeel. On the tongue, peat, oak, spices, caramel malt sweetness, vanilla and then the standby Stone long bitter finish. American strong ale with a kick. Love this stuff
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kambei70 (505) - - APR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a clear, bright amber/crimson color with a big, frothy off-white head and good sticky lacing. Aroma is pleasant gingerbread-like spiciness with sweet malt and a nice earthiness. Taste is roasted malt with the gingerbread spice, sweet plum, caramel, vanilla, oak. Has a fairly intense grassy, floral bitterness at the end accompanied by some alcohol taste. Had a nice rounded medium mouthfeel that is dry and somewhat astringent at the end.
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stevoj (1707) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bitterness and smokiness, nice and easy to drink. Dark amber/ brown, aroma of wood chips, peat, Taste is mildly sweet up front, with bitterness on the backside.. High ABV masked by the smoky bitterness.
CpyNPrnT (226) - Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
oaky, citrus, almost sour aroma. Taste is slight oak, strong citrus, bitterness. Very good!