I’m writing about 2 beers in this one because I didn’t spend enough time thinking about either one when I drank them. So here goes nothing.
First up is Stone’s Oaked Arrogant Bastard. It’s a strong ale aged with oak chips to give it a nice oak flavor. Unfortunately, I only noticed the oak flavor when I first started. That flavor went away and it started to taste like the regular Bastard (though I wasn’t drinking them side by side, so I can’t be sure). It’s a dark reddish amber color with a nice head. The beer smells of caramel and roasted malts and piney hops. The flavors are very similar to the smell. It’s a powerful beer, but it’s a good one. This is definitely a sipping beer. As it warms, more of the caramel flavor comes out and the hops die down a bit, though they’re still very present. You can’t taste the alcohol, though it’s not terribly high at about 7.2% ABV. After the launch party, I still like the Double Bastard better (though it’s not available in RI yet). It had a better taste and was a bit smoother.
The second beer is Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. This beer is dark and leave a nice dark tan head. The smells are of (surprise surprise) chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. The flavor is very similar. There are tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and even some sweeter chocolate flavors. The beer is very smooth and very flavorful. There is very little carbonation, though that’s normal for a beer this thick and opaque. I don’t really have much else to say about this beer. It’s a very good stout. If you like chocolate and you like coffee (mocha perhaps?), you will definitely like this beer. This would also make a great dessert beer.