Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale (USA: Strong Ale: 7.2% ABV)

Visual: Brilliant dark cherry red. Bubbly. A thick sturdy off white head proudly poses upon its majesty.

Nose; Spicy, cinnamon and apricot. Light and fluffy yet amazingly appetising. Sherry and whipped cream. Smooth.

Body: Warming. Sweet jelly tones. Bitterness surrounds a vibrant core. Soaked sponge and sherried fruit. Peeled grapes and port. Occasionally a nice frothy texture.

Finish: Bitter and woody. Lasting dry hoppiness. Pineapple and white wine.

Conclusion: The elements of sherry trifle, port and white wine all influence this powerful overwhelming ale.

Dry and hoppy back, sweet front and bitter core – this is the full package. Harsh but complex, this is not an everyday beer but instead a beer for rewarding yourself or for sinking your epic sorrows.

Its power should not be wasted on an less significant moments.

An arrogant beer, but one with a fine core behind the bluster.