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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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4,740 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,740
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 144
Gots: 357 | 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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xav33

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, argued over 02/07

Poured a hazy ruddy brown with a large mostly lacing beige yellowish frothy head with good lacing.

Smelt of strong fresh pineapple, mango, and other tropical fruit, some light oak and caramel.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet grapefruit and light fruit punch sweetness followed by a strong roasted grain and oak bitter taste with some light fruity sweetness on a long bitter hops finish. Palate was medium bodied, watery yet a bit oily, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, the aroma is divine. The flavor delivers, and, although surprisingly light on the palate, it balances out the strong flavors. By far my favorite of the arrogant bastard variations.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 05:32:32 | More by xav33
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ccampo

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 20oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown / amber with a pretty thick head that turns into an awesome lace. Looks about as badass as its bottle.

S - Woody and fruity. I smell passion fruit or grapefruit, along with some pine maybe? The aroma is intense, and one of the best parts of this brew.

T - Awesome. A hint of booze makes its way through, which adds to the beer significantly. I taste fruit and wood mostly. Strong malts for that bread aftertaste, and super strong hops. This baby is BITTER, which is just the way I like it!

M - Silky smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation. Dry finish. Like I said, this brew is bitter, and it sticks around. Have you ever eaten 80% cocoa dark chocolate? Think about how that made your mouth feel, and apply it to this beer.

D - Pretty easy to drink, but I wouldn't want more than one over the course of a night. Did I mention it tastes delicious?

This is one of my favorite beers ever. It is fantastic. The non-oaked version is also fantastic. DEFINITELY recommended, but you have to like a strong beer which is damn bitter. Otherwise, this isn't the beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 23:43:20 | More by ccampo
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

a - poured a tan two fingers thick head into a tumbler. body is reddish-brown with a slight haziness. head retention is great leaving nice lace and sheeting.
s - oak with a slight pine hoppiness.
t - very hoppy in the front, vanilla maltiness in the middle and the oak comes through at the finish.
m - really dances on the tongue. good carbonation.
d - nice brew, the first time i had this i loved it and this seems to not have the same punch. the first time i had it it had been aged a while and i am planning on doing the same with the others that came with this six pack. i also need to do a side by side with the regular AB to get a good comparison.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 15:34:39 | More by GPHarris
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Danny1217

Florida

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a glass that was not ideal (hotel rooms should provide good beer glasses!)

Appears a beautiful brown color with some red hues to it. Nice thick off-white head

Strong hop aroma with a strong oak scent coming out. Oak melds well with the pine from the hops. Very nce.

Caramel malts, piney hop flavor, and oak meld together for a pretty delicious flavor.

Overall, this is an improvement on a classic. The oak chips add a wonderful touch to an already good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 23:18:03 | More by Danny1217
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ivanovichi

Tennessee

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a wide mouth snifter

A - Pours a nice dark brown/ amber color with a half inch of really light tan head which it retained the whole time. Light carbonation, nice lacing all the was down

S - hoppy, malty, and oak and the end, very satisfying smell

T - Malt, then hops, and leaves the mouth full of that great oak flavor which hangs around for a while.

M - Sat on the tounge for plenty of time, i felt real light carbonation, nice overall feel

O - A great brew to really get everything you can out of an American strong ale, like others I would be interested in trying one right off the line fresh

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 21:07:45 | More by ivanovichi
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sgoodship

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. This brew comes to me thanks to the amazing kindness of Hophead101. Many thanks Greg!

A: Delivered a lovely creamy yellowy cream finger and a half head. Color is a hazy mysterious dark copper color with lighter golden color showing through towards the edges. Good head retention and nice fine lacing.

S: Great malty smell with a slight whiff of booze. Upon further investigation, the caramel is a sweeter than usual almost butter-scotch smell.

T: Man! Quite a surprise. It's a lovely malty butter scotch with a hint of booze. It really didn't seem like the taste could match the smell but it does. Grassy and fruity hop bitterness at the end to finish it in a nice dryness. Malt is definitely the winner in this battle. The further the drink progressed, the more I tasted the burned, oaky type barrel flavors. Feels much bigger than 7.2 ABV. Really bold and complex.

M: Smooth and creamy. On the full side of medium body. Low carbonation that is gentle on the palate but just enough to liven it up.

D: I loved this beer. I found myself sipping it even though it was creamy and easy to drink. I just wanted to savor it. Stone once again earns my respect. Please come to IL!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 02:32:08 | More by sgoodship
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newk340

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer 2 of Bastard Bash

A: a translucent mauve color with very little head and no lacing that lingers.

S: a warm aroma of malts and barley with underlying hints of oak.

T: subtle hops compliment malts and barley to start while a dry oak/woody flavor rounds out each sip.

MF/D: a simple buzz of carbonation teases the mouth with various cacophony of flavors leaving the tastebuds aching for more. a clear step up from the arrogant bastard.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 00:56:57 | More by newk340
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Billolick

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to get the chance to try this one on tap at Redbones in Somerville, didn't know it was available on tap, as I had only seen the super sized bottles. Anyway, poured the expected dark dark murky amber, with a tan, thick head, and leaving tons of sheeting and sticky lacing. Nose of heavy malts and some coca-cola. Strong, heady brew, lots of malty/hoppy goodness, more cola, vanilla, dark honey and Stone ballysness, oak/wood present but certaintly not overpowering, would love to have the chance to do a side by side tasting of the oaked and non oaked versions. Fine brew from the Stone crew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2006 20:13:33 | More by Billolick
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not enough Stone to go around, I'm definitely glad they downed the portion size on this one from last year's 3L and draft releases of it. 12oz much more accessible to most of us East coasters, anyways it appearsa cloudy ruby amber brown with a large foaming beige toffee toned head looks good, real good leaves even lacing in a uniform fashion around my chalice. Aroma contains moderate oak with a piney hop edge and citrus grassy notes in there as well, touch of anise or other spice effect going on for me with mild vanilla softness overall hops shine and really unite with the alcohol great smelling brewski. Flvors is great mild sharp sweet malt caramel qualities with abrassive arrogant hop doses including herbal, pine, and mild citrus peel bursts definitely some woody character somewhat minty expression as well a somewhat tamed but oh so flavorful version of Arrogant Bastard. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller in body with strudy carbonation to carry all that the gravity, definitely coats the palate and gives you that I need to brush my teeth to get the enamel back to normal feel, due to the substantial oily hop resins flowing down the palate. Drinkability is actually amazing one of those rounded out Bastards is something I could go for anytime, I definitely need to pick up a few more.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 23:55:25 | More by WVbeergeek
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-flecked copper colored with a clingy beige head. Aroma of hops and vanilla.

This is a nice sipper. Smooth and refined from the oak barrel, it's not the all-out (and indeed, wonderful) slugfest that a "normal" AB is. The oaky-vanilla rounds out the beer, balances the potency of the hops, and makes this absolutely delicious.

Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 00:19:01 | More by RockyTopHeel
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greenmtn1111

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 8/20/2013. Poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter.

The beer is a deep mahogany color and sports a healthy tan colored head on top. Opaque. wonderful head retention. There's woodsy oak in the aroma and a strong maltiness. A little bit of booze.

Taste-wise there's dry oakyness at the front with slight cherries and baked apple. It finishes bitter with even more oak. The oak works nicely to subdue the malt and booze. A bit of piny and floral hops are noticable as well. It has a very creamy mouthfeel that tempers the boldness of the flavors. I really love what the oak does to Arrogant Bastard - great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 20:35:14 | More by greenmtn1111
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single from Bocktown Beer and Grill

Appears dark red with a short white head and lacing. The aroma has a smooth mixture of the citrus hops and oak. It comes off like one note, making it unlike other hoppy beers. There's a dry, woody flavor, not like your normal oak, it seems like there's more spice to it. The hops are big with spicy citrus juice and a dry grapefruit finish that lasts long into the aftertaste. Yummy.

Now this is an American strong ale. Big, bold, and completely out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 01:29:17 | More by tempest
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form bottle into pint glass. Great dark amber color with a toasted cream head. Large head goes down to a nice, well-maintained head with great lacing.

Smell is great, lots of bright hops and a little hint of malt. No oak, which was a little disappointing, but the smell is wonderful regardless.

There is a good amount of hop up front and a nice sweet malty finish. There is a little oak in the finish, but not as much as I would have hoped.

The carbonation is lively and the beer has a enough body to stay interesting. The dryness of the hops and the lingering sweetness of the malt make you anticipate the next sip. Great feeling.

This is a very drinkable beer. I could see myself ordering a few at the bar and following them with a nice sweet stout. Cost is a little prohibitive, but it is a wonderful treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 03:31:02 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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Espenoza

Brazil

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a gorgeous dark reddish brown. It maintained a nice off white head

S - Nice hint of vanilla from oak chips, followed by almost a hoppy citrus and pine, malts. Very nice

T - Time and oak did this wonders. Loving the vanilla/oak from the barrell chips. I was surprised by the smokiness of it.

M - Very smooth, there's a nice crispness from the alcohol, which is very well balanced.

D - I found this to be very drinkable. The smokiness of it started off as a problem but as it warmed, really blended well with everything else.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 04:44:36 | More by Espenoza
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Thur123

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

into a snifter

This brew pours a murky hazy bog brown color with one finger of off white head that fades slowly. The smell is sweet and spicy malts with a hop palate that's modest but confident and a much lighter sweeter smell which may come from the oaking.

Glug glug glug

This is tasty...big caramel and molasses flavors in the malt with the oaky wood flavor and the mellow sweetness coming at the end. The last part of the aftertaste to me is really like the smell of fresh lumber in a way. Perhaps a bit of orange and herbal hop flavor too. The mouth feel is thick and creamy. Overall this is a good good brew, very drinkable and tasty, but I could only afford one on my budget. 18.00 for a sixer is a little too steep.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 01:28:05 | More by Thur123
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FACEMEAT

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark burgundy red with a medium tan head that leaves good lacing.

S: Burnt wood, smoke, caramel, pine.

T: I made the mistake of keeping this beer in the refrigerator instead of my wine cooler. When drunk cold, the complex character of this brew is masked.. Upon warming, the benefits of the oak aging come through. Initial hoppiness is followed by smoky burnt sugar and oak.

M: Medium-heavy. I save this one for the end of the night with a bowlful of pipe tobacco.

D: Difficult not to overdrink.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 01:01:16 | More by FACEMEAT
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - When you pour the beer, it pours a ruby red/mahogany hued color that looked great. It has a nice foamy white head that dissipates slowly.

Smell - The first smell that hits my nose is that of sweet oak. There is also a chocolate and toffee smell interlaced but not overpowering.

Taste - You can definitely taste the hops (grassy/pine) and the oak. I really enjoy the taste of this Stone product. I feel the hop and oak offset each other nicely and neither overpowers the other.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as I would have thought, though it does have a nice feel.

Drinkability - Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for it being a higher abv than normal beers. As stated, this is quickly becoming my favorite Stone that I have tried (though I am yet to try double bastard ale...).

Serving type: bottle

I picked up a six pack of these after hearing so much about this beer. I have never seen these before where I normally shop (they have other Stone products) and it was the only six pack left so I had to grab it.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 16:34:55 | More by SpdKilz
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark semi-opaque browned amber with red highlights. Good chunk of creamy tanned head. With sticky lacing.

Sweet toasty caramel with an earthy oak and woody aroma. The hops are earthy pine, herbal, and a touch of grapefruit. The alcohol is also apparent.

Roasty earthy woody oaky. Toasty toffee. Pine, spicy resins, hint of grapefruit. Bitterness is smooth and mellow with earthy pine and oak. Warming alcohol bite that goes so well with this oaky brew.

Smooth, mellowed beast, dry, nice full body.

Great character in this beer. Quite a monster that has been aged and mellowed.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 00:45:23 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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peabody

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out like really dark ice tea with a small amount of the white stuff.
Smell is fruity and hoppy. Orange and plum and piney hops mixed with a slight sugary aroma.
Taste is very bitter with a caramely sweetness that lingers for a while ending in just the bitterness of the dark bitter hop. Almost like an apple drink with a bitter aftertaste. Really nice.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the hops/oak seem to make the tounge .go through all kinds of changes during the sip.
Drinkability is high here if you like the hop/oak. It is really nice.
I could drink a bunch of these if they didn't cost so much.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 03:33:50 | More by peabody
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a tanned head that drops to a faint coating but leaves behind some nice lacing as it does. Has a deep ruby color.

Smells of caramel malt, piney grapefruity hops (lots of them) and the oak is there but hidden.

Tastes great. Lots of spicy grapefruity hops, chewy caramel malt and a shy woody oak taste. It might just be me but I found the oak to be laid back, not in a bad way. It adds just the right touch.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 05:54:35 | More by irishkyle21
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twoheadedboy

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep mahogany with great lacing into a snifter.

Smell is spicy citrus and fruit, with earthy and peppery hops. Sweet booze and resin are noticable.

Taste is spicy/sweet, with peppery notes and delightfully toasty caramel malts. Brown sugar, dark fruits (apples/pears/raisins) and a lingering candy sweetness are present. There's a minimal bready bitterness.

What an increible brew; quite filling towards the end but extremely drinkable and smooth. Stone really nailed it, a significant improvement over the original AB.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 02:57:18 | More by twoheadedboy
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bignick

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ TPH in Brookline for $5 on 4/13/06. Served in a pint glass.

This beer is really all over the map. It is very good, no doubt. It is very attractive in the glass, with a supple head. The mouthfeel is very full and creamy, which I appreciate. Many beers sacrifice a full-body for the sake of drinkablility, but this is not one. The taste is a wonderfully complex mess. The bourbony oak flavor is pretty distinct, but far from overwhelming. The hops are very mellow, and I keep having to pinch myself to remind myself that I'm drinking Arrogant Bastard. The kick just isn't there; rather, there is a wonderfully complex taste that is nutty, fruity, and just overall delicious. While I'm not sure I could drink it all night, I consider this beer a treat. I have been very critical of the one-sidedness of regular Arrogant Bastard, but I find the Oak-Aged to be very good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2006 05:48:21 | More by bignick
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MonkeymooTJ

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

Dark caramel brown in color with slight red undertones. Thick, well retained head

Smell:

Perfumy and spicy hops almost sting the nostrils. A lot of the sweet malts emanate as well

Taste:

Good amount of bitterness is the dominance. A mix of citrus and spice hits the roof of the mouth, tongue, and finally the throat. A well balanced bitter aftertaste sticks around for a bit

Mouthfeel:

Coats the mouth in a thick, almost chewy, fashion. Hits with authority upon each sip until the very end.

Overall:

A brilliant ale, in my opinion. Full bodied and full flavored. It has a spicy hop kick that is unmatched... at least in the ale's that ive tasted

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 22:52:59 | More by MonkeymooTJ
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rrski198

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge caramel billowy head. Almost like caramel colored whip cream. Sticks around for quite some time. Sticky lacing all over. Very nice deep brown with red hues around the sides.

S: Burnt earthy caramel with leafy piney hops. Hints of spice from the booze and hops

T: dark roasted sweet malt with a big time bitter bite. Earthy, woody, dirty flavors in the finish. This is a complex and balanced beer. I am left with the bitterness surrounding my mouth as the sweetness fades. Very, very nice.

M: Sweet up front, big time hop bite that really encompasses the whole mouth and leaves a real lingering bitterness and dryness. The carbonation and rye add to the hops spice and "punch."

O: Stone is as good as it gets and for them to throw some oak into arrogant bastard and enhance its already stellar flavor, is just another example of pure genious. I love the West Coast brewers and their use of hops in beer and this is one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 20:39:14 | More by rrski198
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joshuadlight

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer certainly has its strong suits, but overall is a very, very solid brew. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is murky dark red with only a quickly fleeting head. The lack of head adds to the lack of power in the nose. Only with deep strong sniffs can you pick up the nice aromas available. The oak is stronger in the nose then in the taste. There is plenty of wood, along with hints of alcohol and the primary warnings of the coming bitterness. The taste is outstanding in the fact that you can really pick out many different flavors. Sweet malts only last a second but they're there. Then alcoholic piney hops upon hops bombard your throat after you swallow. Get ready for some dryness. Big oak backs all the flavors but never takes over. It really compliments it all the way around. Smooth smooth smooth in moutfeel department. Too much dryness for it to be super drinkable, but you could have a couple.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 02:49:37 | More by joshuadlight
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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