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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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1,844 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,844
Hads: 5,090
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 205
Gots: 525 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Photo of Secondfiddle7
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A wickedly bitter Oaked IPA. You have to be ready for it. Sometimes it's perfect, sometimes it's just overwhelmingly bitter, but that's not its fault. It is what it is, you just have to be ready. It compares favorably with DFH Burton Baton, both hoppy Oaked Ales. I find the Burton to be a little sweeter and maltier with even better mouth feel. But the Burton is 10% ABV and boozier. Both are great, and both are currently in my fridge. I've taken a few aside and aged them both. The Burton definitely ages better, in fact, I would say the Arrogant Bastard did not age well. Get it fresh and enjoy it for what it is, a no apology Oaked hop bomb. I very much prefer Oaked Arrogant Bastard to its non-Oaked version.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:1/2” light tan head, reddish amber, brilliant, leaves sheets of lace on the glass Flavor: strong hop flavors that are pleasant and lingering that cause a drying astringency in the finish. The finish is drying and there is some vanilla from the oak that brings out some of the malt flavors. The hop bitterness lingers and it is aggressively hopped but has a rich malt base and some light fruit flavors that emerge at the beginning of the finish and then dissipate. Like a bitter tonic. Mouthfeel: Medium to medium full body. Medium carbonation Overall: A big beer with big flavor that can handle itself.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark reddish brown under a 1-inch thick cream colored head which leaves spotty lace. Malty aroma and flavors of brown sugar, malts, some sweetness with an alcohol finish.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wanted it for a while..

Look - Dark amber/coper with a large lace-full head.

Smell - The hop profile is quick and to the point, followed up by the whole oak deal.

Taste - No explaination needed, follows the nose completely.

Overall - Solid unitl with an easy oakiness.

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Photo of BeerWatcher
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper body, with a full, pillowy white head. One of the most beautiful looking beers I’ve ever laid eyes on. Aromas are pine cones, and wood. The flavours also feature the pine and oak, but caramel malts are shining through as well. There is also some earthy dankness in the mix. A dry bitter finish rounds out the pleasure of drinking this one.

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Photo of hombrepalo
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Expected more from this beer being oaked age. Poured light body, smells of malts and oak. Taste is thin with hints of vanilla with a burn from the alcohol at the end.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours to a very dark and murky ruby mahogany, generates a finger of soapy light brown head that dissipates down to a film.
S - Light vanilla bourbon, woody oak, hops, light malts and grapefruit.
T - Lightly sweet vanilla bourbon and malts upfront, ends with extremely bitter oak, hops and grapefruit. This beer is a real punch in the taste buds regardless of how desensitized you've become to bitter tastes.
O - A damned good, extremely bitter beer, more of an experience than a drink.
V - Medium.

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Photo of spidermite
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I stopped drinking this after the price increase gosh maybe 8 years ago now...Found it on tap the other day and its all I have been drinking, the oak flavors elavate the Arrogant Bastard to outstanding heights

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Photo of mr-jj
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Collective

Color is a beautiful deep copper color with a thick white head. Lots of lacing. A really nice looking beer! Aroma is really nice. Dark fruits, citrus and pine notes and an earthy dankness. Just a touch of oak on the nose. The flavor brings a lot more of the oak - it starts with with a blast of bitter hops on the palate followed that is followed by fig, caramel and oak. The finish is more of the citrus along with oak notes. I'm a fan. Body feel is moderately full with good carbonation.

Overall, I like this better than the original. The oak adds a lot of complexity without being overpowering. A really fine beer.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is surprisingly weak, but some light, caramel-like malt is present, along with light pine and citrus with a touch of woodiness. The light tan head is very long-lasting; the body is a dark reddish amber. The flavor is very malty with roasted malt and bread crust, which becomes a little sweeter towards the finish; there are some flavorful, spruce-like, resiny hops. The carbonation and bite are agreeably moderate; a woody, husky tingle hangs around; and there is considerable dryness from the alcohol.

Overall, quite bitter and dry but stimulating and flavorful. I found the aroma a little disappointing but was otherwise pleased.

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Photo of fedt
4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First, this is one of the best ales available.

A: Head pours copper-red color. The head disappears but leaves sticky residue. There's a nice lacing.

S: Smells definitely of oak, other woods, and lots of pine/citrus hops.

T: Outstanding taste. Dry oak, strong hops, bitter pine, arrogance, and hints of caramel.

M: Medium-heavy body, very filling. Dry finish..

O: A little mellower than regular AB, but a better taste. This is truly a favorite. Not as sweet as original.

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Photo of BillCheck
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the only beer I've given straight 5's for every category so I want to back it up with a review. The first time I had tried this I was completely blown away. The appearance is a great dark amber with about an inch of tan foamy head. Very inviting to say the least. This beer has the aroma of caramel/vanilla, malt, some citrus overtones and a hint of oak. At the first sip, the taste starts with a nice balance of sweet caramel malt with piney bitterness with a big oak finish that adds a certain sweetness. The oak taste is the best part in my opinion. The feel is smooth and not aggressive for the ABV with lower to moderate carbonation making this an easy drinker. Overall, probably my favorite beer out there.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Cloudy dark amber pour, two finger light beige head that recedes to a nice sticky lace and a bubbly cap floating on top.
Boozy raisin, fig, date, faint black cherry, rich caramel and toffee, faint wood and vanilla, subtle citrus and pine. Smells nice.
Taste surprises in the start with very bitter citrus (lots of grapefruit and unripe orange peel), throwing the hops straight to you face, but things turn around in a few seconds. Fruitiness develops for a bit, sweet with faint peach, tangerine, subtle dark grape, even some tropical notes (mango mostly), but is quickly cut short by caramel and burnt toffee (light maltiness tho), leading to a mostly bitter finish. Huge grassy hops, dried flower petals (perfumey and bitter), pine resin, with those oak chips bringing a dusty earthiness, a tree-bark kinda feel, quite rough and bitter also.
Warm bitter finish doesn't leave much else to the aftertaste except a big concentrated leafy hoppiness. Medium body and carbonation, kinda chewy.
It's nice that the oak chips enhance the hops, ergo the bitterness. A very rough beer that many people are probably not ready for, before being worthy. Aggressive, but rewarding.

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Nose is extreme malt almost as much bitter.color looks like diarrhea.no bull shit,no pun.nice aggressive kick of dry hops at the end.much rather drink the regular "bomber" bastard.

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Photo of communionofthesaints
4/5  rDev -4.5%

This is an aggressive ale Just as the description indicates. I'm afraid that the oaked aspect puts this ale out of my palate. I have had the original "Arrogant Bastard" several times and I thought often that I much preferred the original to the "oaked." While the oaked did have another layer of complexity, it was a somewhat distasteful mix in my mouth. This was still a very good beer but not as overwhelmingly tasty as the original.
Save your money and stick with the original.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

* 12 oz. bottle* Look: Dark murky brown almost red body, 1/2 finger off white head. Smell: Mild citrus fused with intense toasted grains, caramel sweetness, subtle earth notes. Taste: Spicy, mild citrus rind, wood, toasted grains, and a hint of pineapple?, sweet oak finishes with a smoky camp fire flavor. Bitter as an old man with no beer money. Feel: Medium-light body, active, almost harsh carbonation.

Overall: I hate to say this but this ale is aggressive. This is not for everyone like the brewer said. Both hops and malts come full force and with the aggressive bitterness and also detectable alcohol bite. This beer will take your palate to a bar so it can purposely beat it with a stool. I don’t have a problem slapping two bottles of this at anytime. But after two it might get a bit, tiresome. It is a liquid journey, just not down the alley I would prefer. This brew is worthy.

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Photo of BigBry
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12 oz bottle, brought back from the States.
Pours dark and rich looking mahogany, thin head but good retention.
Smell and taste both have lots of hops - pine and citrus, but balanced with caramel malty sweetness. Oak chips add alot of flavor and another layer of intensity.
Bitter, but in a good way, finish and aftertaste. Medium, pushing full body and mouthfeel.
I enjoy almost all of Stone's beers, and this is right at the top.

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Photo of Gear54
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pilsner glass

A: beer is a hazy brick red color with limited light penetration. Thin layer of wispy foam and thin wispy lace on the glass.

S: big whiff of oily hops and malts. Woody notes and maybe some vanilla

T: malt is a bit lighter than I would have thought. Lots of bitter hops and possibly some carmel notes.

M: heavy on bitterness with a taste that sticks around for several minutes.

O: a typical brew from stone. Very hop forward and bitter. Exactly what I was hoping for.

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Photo of Scott231
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The oak barreling mellows out the malt flavor aftertaste yet leaves a slight hoppy flavor. Has a reddish caramel color and lovely smell. Not too hoppy and not too malty but will shock the uninitiated to strong ales from Stone. Arrogancy at its best!

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Photo of heygeebee
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - dark reddy brown, dense one finger off white head. great spotty lace. Swirl revives head wonderfully.

S - vanilla malts, caramel.

T - a hit of treacle from the get go, with burnt (very) toffee notes. Different from smell. Very very dry aftertaste. Hint of vanilla as it warms.

M - lightly carbonated, medium weight despite ABV.

O - OK - i just read my review of the non-oaked version. I wrote 'well made beer, just don't like the dry treacle taste'. Ditto!!! The oak does not add enough to this palate. Ah well, proves you need to read your own reviews, not go by scores :-)

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Photo of mthomp081
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - burgundy red, black cherry, nice lacing, 2 inch foamy head, can flecks of particles

S - oak, wood, big herbal oil hops

T - Big herbal hops hit the palette, the oak/wood smell is more in the aroma in the taste, but definitely has some carry through, there's a certain balance between bitter and tart that resembles grapefruit

M - full bodied, creamy, low carbonation

O - awesome beer, really fantastic aroma of hops, oak, and wood which follows all the way through to the taste.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 fluid ounce bottle.
“Enjoy By” 7/17/2014

Dark brown body with an amber glow. A great tan head collapsed and left a very impressive amount of lacing.

Sweet hops. Really great whiff of sugary malts… burnt caramel.

Hops: Started off pretty mild but finished with a kick. Herbal and floral… almost sour.
Malts: Subtle sweet notes of caramel and molasses. Good notes up front but the hops take over in the finish.
Notes: The oak is subtle but it really brought the hops and malts together. The malts are nearly absent in the standard version of this brew but it is smoother and more balanced in this version. The oak also hides the alcohol very well.
Moderate-low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: The oak barrels did wonders for this brew. I would definitely reach for this version over the standard version.

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Photo of abakanowiczc
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very nice dark amber color with slight haze (maybe chill haze). Nice foamy almost creamy white colored bubbles with solid lacing. Head decapitates slowly then stick with a slight foam above the beer.

S: Amazing hoppy smell with a backbone of oak with hints of vanilla, from the american oak wood chips. Definitely getting lots of hops in the forefront of the nose, followed by that backbone of vanilla, oak, slight bourbon characteristic, amazing smelling stuff.

T: Wow this is where the beer shines for me. It's no where near as bitter as Arrogant Bastard, probably because the beer has had time to mellow-out a little bit. The amber malts are not as present as they are in the original Arrogant Bastard but still there. Very nice hoppyness similar to a very well crafted IPA with a strong malt backbone. The oak chips impart a bourbon-like flavor adding bits of sweet with lots of vanilla.

M: Medium to full mouth-feel , unlike the base beer. Aging the beer in oak chips really did help to bring these amazing flavors out.

O: Highly recommended. If you do not like the original Arrogant Bastard due to the lingering bitterness, then try this one! No lingering bitterness with full flavor and hints of bourbon and vanilla!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, copper-red-brown beer with a lot of yeast parts in the beer.
White-beige, three finger high, fluffy, head thats leaves a LOT of lacing on the glass. Almoust chunk of head left!

Nose: Butter, smoke, oak, wood, vanilla and hops.
Taste: Bread, caramel malt, dried fruit, molasses, grapefruit and oak.
Body: Medium to full body. Great bitterness.

A beatiful beer with an ABV of 7.2% that is very well hidden. Great taste and mothfeel! I recommend it!

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Photo of ZorroPlateado
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight from the Stone brewery into a growler poured into a mug. Lacing for days with a nice creamy head. The oaky nose remains the center stage with the scent from the hops shining through. Exceptionally smooth while still remaining a flavorful ale in a way that only Stone could do. The hops in the finish keeps the bastard ale arrogant for a good reason.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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