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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,709 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,709
Reviews: 1,824
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 141
Gots: 347 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003)
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WastingFreetime

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AGED REVIEW

16 month old 12oz bottle aged at basement temperature.
(BTW the brewery recommends consumption within 3 months. I beg to differ and present opposing evidence.)

I've got a palate that's arguably over-sensitive to oak wood chips. After the fresh tasting was too 'lumber-iffic" for me I took the rest of the bottles to the basement cellar and forgot about them for over a year. And now, I'm really glad I did. It smells more like a barleywine now than a strong ale. I can smell caramel / toffee, citrus peel, vanilla (from oak wood) and a medium-strength leathery-tannic roasted malt / woody blast that is tempered by a gentle sherry aroma that wasn't there when the bottle was fresh. All of these factors are also present in the flavor along with a strong surge of grapefruit-pine resin bittering in the finish of each sip that satisfies my hop addiction quite thoroughly. It's even still got medium levels of soft bubbly carbonation!

However, it has lost a fair portion of the herbal and all of the minty hopping aspects it had fresh... I'd consider that a fair price to pay for the gain of these medium leather and light sherry qualities, especially considering it also reduced the oak wood tannic levels down into the range of my personal palate preferences. Aging this one worked out well for me because of my low tolerance for oak chips, all the extras that happened to come along with it were just extra icing on the cake for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 19:09:52 | More by WastingFreetime
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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,709 ratings.