Snobby beer slob review: Arbalest

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I’m no food connoisseur or sophisticate. I don’t drop money on clothes, cars or, truth be told, much of anything. But I will pony up a few extra bucks for a good beer. Doesn’t mean I won’t knock back whatever watery brew that’s yanked from the cooler. But when I can, I sip something tasty. And how to know what qualifies? Only one way to find out.

The suds that launched 1,000 snarky tweets. The suds that launched 1,000 snarky tweets. The beer: Stone Brewing Co.’s Arbalest

The flavor: Rich, smoky, sort of butterscotch-y. My buddy tells me it’s a Belgian ale aged 3-6 months in bourbon barrels. What does that do to the stuff? No idea, but it’s pretty righteous. There’s definitely some bourbon going on in there, and although it’s hoppier than I usually prefer, it’s plenty doable — almost welcome. Not sure where all or in what forms it’s available — I enjoyed a…

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