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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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4,425 Ratings

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Ratings: 4425
Reviews: 1814
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%

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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4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: It’s moderately dark brown and slightly hazy with a reddish tint. There is a light tan head of maybe one finger with dissipates quickly, leaving a layer of foam on the top.

S: Smells delightfully of sweet malt. It is deep and earthy. There are notes of vanilla, and piney hops. There are fruity notes, with plum and citrus both being discernable.

T: The taste starts out maltier than I would have expected, but this quickly gives way to a dry hop flavor. There is a little bit of grapefruit flavor. The oak flavor is not too pronounced, but it adds a spiciness to the beer and a subtle earth tone. Finish is long and dry but not terribly bitter.

M: Fairly light with moderate carbonation. Very dry.

O: Delicious. Oak flavor gives it even more depth than the original bastard.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 06:15:20 | More by WankelEngine
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4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone always seems to please and this gem is no exception. I never take offense to the arrogance of the label. I just put my lips together and move on. Appearance is a rich amber with nice head and wonderful beige lacing. Smell is toasted bread, piney floral hops. Tastes: the malt is abundant and toasted but complemented nicely by the plethora of hopalisciousness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall a wonderful American strong ale with complexity that even I am incapable of capturing using mere human language. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 16:12:46 | More by jhtipton
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark, reddish brown mahogany color. Hint of smokey oak and grapefruit. Some of the oak comes through on the palate, but it's subtle and adds to the roasted flavor of the malt. Hop bitterness is present as well. Very nice balance of smoky peat and tangy grapefruit, some apricot. Full bodied with a nice long finish that is neither dry nor wet. Leaves a warm feeling in the mouth, body, and soul!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 04:20:39 | More by Gwalchgwynn67
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Quebec (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a snifter.
A - Pours a dark amber/mohogany color, hazy. 1-finger, light brown, super creamy head. Nice legs, almost no lacing. Thin bubbles create a nice head at every swirl.
S - Big complex aroma . Malt, hop and oak have their place. Malted sweetness, candy sugar, dark fruits, piney hops, citrus, wood, vanilla.
T - Starts fresh and malty with loads of herbal notes, slightly floral. Then a citrusy bitterness kicks your tongue, blending nicely with some wooden character and phenolic spiciness to linger forever.
M - Very smooth. Carbonation is spot on. Medium body with little alcohol.
O - Arrogant Bastard is huge, the oak version is even bigger!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 19:47:14 | More by duracell
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a great dark ruby color with a medium head that lasted well. It's leaving a hefty dose of lace behind as well.

The flavors coming out of this thing are very strong yet wonderfully balanced. Malts start the party, layers of fruit come through next, and hops finish it off just right. Oak comes through somewhat in the middle of the taste and really makes itself known in the finish. The oak aging seems to have made this much smoother in the taste and mouthfeel. Anything negative I could have possibly said about the regular Arrogant Bastard, no matter how minor, has been reduced or eliminated in this version.

In short, this is an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 04:36:17 | More by watermelonman
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge 3litre bottle, love this bottle.

First served cold and then allowed to warm up in my cellar fridge.

Appearance - Deep dark amber in color, looks maybe just a hair darker than the regular Arrogant Bastard. Same off white head leaving awesome lacing. Maybe its just me but the Oaked seems to have better head retention.

Smell - All the great aroma of Arrogant Bastard, especially the hops but with a sweeter, maltier aroma. I would say thats some of the oak coming through?

Taste - Again still very close to the regular Arrogant Bastard, this one is sweeter and the woodiness of the oak comes through as it warms. Also a great caramel taste comes through as well, this to me is the sweeter aspect of it. When I say its taste is close to regular Arrogant, I don't want to mislead, this is still a very different beer and to me is much more suited for other occasions, this one is much nicer after a meal.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with a larger medium body than the orginal.

Drinkability - While a very drinkable beer, I was careful and could have gone the distance with my dad who went in on this bottle with me but he gave up early, guess he had homebrewed himself out earlier.

Overall this has been my favorite new beer experience in a long, long time. While it is a bit pricey, in my mind it was well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 13:27:19 | More by tattooedtolley
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I finally got my hands on this stuff. I ordered the last 5 12oz bottles from liquidsolutions.biz. Anyway...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass (the best glass for any style [except wheat beers] for precise reviewing, in my opinion).

Appearance - Pours with a three finger eggshell-colored and creamy head. It settles at a thin layer of patchy/creamy head that leaves excellent, full lacing as you drink it. The color of the beer is a deep ruby/amber and it is slightly hazy.

Smell - Slightly sweet up front, with the expected hop arrogance similar to what you'd find in the original: fresh, bittering, and slightly herbal. There are also aromas of tropical fruits, such as sweet plum, apricot, peach, and mango. A moderate vanilla scent in the middle, and just behind this is a wonderfully rich malt presence. Moderate alcohol burn all around the nose.

Taste - Sweet tropical fruits and crisp bittering hops right away. The vanilla really comes out after this with hints of the oak wood chips that the beer was brewed with. The middle is sweeter/more floral and generally more mellow (except for the nice hop character) than in the original Bastard. The finish brings out the buscuity, rich malt character nicely, with some hot alcohol showing itself. The aftertaste has lots of wood flavor and just as much of the original hop bitterness. Mild earthiness also accompanies the aftertaste. Moderate alcohol throughout but focused toward the finish, right before you swallow.

Mouthfeel - Fantastic carbonation for this beer. Very mellow with a very slight bitiness to it, which is not at all unpleasant. The holds until the swallow. The beer is also very smooth, which I did not expect. Very slick and wet throughout, but dries up a bit about halfway through the aftertaste.

Drinkability - I'd say this is overall more mellow on "attack" than the original Bastard, but it definitely has some nicer and finer nuances in the flavor and aroma. The flavors, however, are still strong generally.

A wonderful version of the Bastard here. The oak wood chips added a lot of complexity and nuances to the beer's flavor. Also, this beer seems much smoother and softer in body and mouthfeel than its predecessor. A must have brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 23:04:05 | More by dblinkhorn
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy brown with a bit of red-orange. it's got a somwehat thin, but tightly bubbled head.
piney grapefruit bomb of an aroma. upon closer inspection you find some veiled oak and fruity barleywine like caramel.
goddamn, what a fine tasting beer. it's got those sweet caramel berry-like barleywine qualities washed over by a flood of piney grapefruity hops, and wood-y oakyness and some vanilla. a load of bitterness and spicyness cleans everything up at the finish. absoluely delicious. i would love to marinate a steak in this.
medium bodied for the most part, with a slightly more than moderate carbonation.
very drinkable, a real masterpiece of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 01:44:49 | More by kmo1030
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the tap at the stone brewery into a tulip/flute hybrid. It was a hazy golden brown with nice off-white fluffy head. Left good lacing.

I cannot say anything bad about this beer. I like the Arrogant Bastard, but the oaked version is just as flavorful, but smoother, and the flavors are more rounded out. Instead of having a large separation between the hops and the malt in the Arrogant, the oaked has a very nice melding of these two characteristics, while the hops are just as pungent, aromatic and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2006 05:08:16 | More by MiScusi
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 12 oz bottle

A- cloudy brick red w/ a two finger thick and fluffy beige head, great hold on the head

S- pine and citrus can be smelled around the room at first pour, toffee, toasted malts, molasses

T- strong bitterness throughout, metallic at first, burnt wood, grassy, citrus, pine, wood flavor creeps during the middle and then comes forward at finish, toasted malts, malt sweetness up front then hop bitterness slices right in

M- smooth but hops beat down on the palette, alcoholic heat in after, dry finish

D- i honestly thought this brew would be over hyped, but it seriously knocked my socks off, one of my new favorite brews, recommended

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 08:06:26 | More by tonistruth
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer as a great brown almost red color to it. the head is an offwhite to light brown color and lasts well with some nice lacing i wish the head was more frothy, but i can get over it.

S: the aroma is almost chocolate in nature, more mellow than its un-oaked brother with an almost bourbon aroma( probably from the oak).

T: wow...i like AB but this..i love this. i have become smitten with one glass. its an incredibly flavorful brew with out being so complex it loses its way. there is a mellow almost vanilla undercurrent with a little bitter after taste. there is also some sweetness. there is an amazing balance

what a great beer, this is why you never stop trying new things...if you have the opportunity this beer is worth every penny

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 22:56:01 | More by Redwood21
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by my friend who is in the navy. I have always wanted to try this beer and i am glad i get to now. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- a hazy, cloudy red amber color. A 2 finger lacy head ends after pouring and has some good hanging around power. the lacy head is tinted tan.

S- it has an oak smell to it. Obviously right! It smells yeasty and somewhat malty as well. A great smell and very inviting. i cant wait for the taste.

T- So good when it hits the lips. I can taste the oak from which it was aged in. I also can taste a hint of smoked/burnt caramel/wood flavor. Not too hoppy and and just the right amount of malts and yeast cleanse my palate. Just the way i like it.

As i move it around in my mouth it feels like a party of malted hops and barley is exploding my mouth. A great creamy feeling flows down my throat. I can still taste the beer in my mouth 30 seconds to one minute later. A great beer. I would love a case of this to store.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 00:47:46 | More by Dodo2step
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish brown. Off-white head

S- Hoppy and slight malty sweetness.

T- Hoppy, but not to intense. Sweet malty taste. Slight roasted malt aftertaste. The oaked arrogant bastard seems less harsh than a non-oaked.

M- Incredibly smooth, with a medium to full body. I can only taste this beer and nothing before or after. Light carbonation which seems fitting with the complex tastes.

D- At 7.2% I'm not sure I could have too many of these, but it definitely worth it. Complimented my meal quite well.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 01:41:03 | More by gpogo
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a very interesting appearance. it is mostly a cloudy dark reddish-brown, but the very top 1/8 inch of the beer fades into a cloudy faint orange. not much head, a nice thin cream colored layer.

S: i get hit with the scent of grapefruit and peaches up front while the caramel lingers a little longer in the background. it is also apparent this beer has been in a barrel... a slight smokiness to it.

T: The hops are immediate - a burst of grapefruit and slight peaches that lasts through the end. a nice aftertaste of caramel and hops w/ a bit of smoke. as it warms, i can also smell and taste the pineapple as another reviewer noted.

M: is a little thicker and leaves a tasty coat of caramel and hops in your mouth.

D: I wish i could drink 3 - 4 of these at a time, but these are scarce around here, so i must savor the lone 6er I was given as a gift. this beer is a treat and if it is regularly available for purchase in your area, you must take advantage of it. it hardly gets better than this beer. I first had this beer on tap last year while in downtown San Diego*. as much as i love the bottled version, on tap was near mind-blowing.

*this past November I was in the area and had the opportunity to visit / tour the Stone brewery. while having lunch at their bistro, i was lucky enough to have a glass of a 2006 Oaked Double Bastard. talk about heaven in a glass...

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 01:19:03 | More by cmoney311
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone managed to improve upon an already amazing beer in Arrogant Bastard by aging it in oak barrels. This gave the beer yet another level of complexity. The earthy tones in the aging complement the existing brilliance in Arrogant Bastard Ale without overriding any of the flavor in the non-oaked version. I cannot say enough about how balanced and rich this beer is.

If you have not tried this beer, you must as it is truly a work of art!

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 15:06:39 | More by DeathbySexyBT
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United Kingdom (England)

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Crystal clear, ruby red colored with nice lacing.

Smell: Malt aroma with some vanilla. not alot here.

Taste: Ahh. Wonderful balnce of malts, smoke, hop flavor, and the oakiness which in my opinion lend amost a cinnamony flavor to the beer. This is the best oaked beer I've had. The oak is just a perfect flavor adjunct to the malt/hops balance of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: If they weren't so expensive, I'd be drinking these all the time. Wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:10:53 | More by Squelch
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South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a Stone pint glass.

Pours a beautiful dark, cloudy amber color with two fingers of cream-colored, foamy head that takes a while to diminish. When the head leaves, there is some nice sticky lacing on the outside of the glass.

A nice sweet, caramel maltiness greets me with the first sniff. Soon after, some piney, sappy hops make their way into the aroma, with some dark fruitiness following. Not too much in the way of oakiness in the nose, but it smells awesome.

When the beer first hits my tongue, I immediately notice the maltiness that was presented in the nose. The bready and caramel malt tones wash over the palate, then are chased away by some evergreen and citrus hop flavor. Just as I was about to ask, "What makes this oaked?", the oakiness shows up at the end of the sip and smooths everything out. A very complex yet delicious flavor. Easily a 5.0.

Awesome mouthfeel as well. Medium bodied with a simple amount of carbonation and an alcohol presence that isn't brutal, it warms my tongue a bit just to let me know it's there. A lot smoother than the original Arrogant Bastard, as I remember.

Mmmm... for a beer that's marketed as being aggressive, this is a lot smoother than it's non-treed brother. I really liked the original AB, this one is exceptional. The drinkability on this is insane, I could drink several in one sitting. An aggressive beer that is complex and absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 03:04:16 | More by feelmefoam
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been on of my favorite beers for a while. It's excellent both on tap and in the bottle. Time to review the Oaked one.
Pours a hazy red/brown into my stone pint glass with a thin white head that leaves some lacing.
Smell is malty, hops, sweetness & some oak.
Taste is oakey with some sweet malts and some hop bitterness that is smoothed out nicely by the oak. If you don't like oak, this one is not for you.
Very drinkable, a classic beer. I enjoy it even more than its wood less brother.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 02:54:28 | More by FLBeerGuy
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New York

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish with a red tint. smell is bold of hops, malts and a nice woodiness.(smells like this beer was brewed in a smoker). Tastes like a smoother arrogant bastard with a nice woodiness.Mouthfeel is great medium bodied and crisp,love my ABA. Drinkability is through the roof this is an exceptional beer,my only wish is i had had this on tap!!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 05:31:28 | More by drinkiusmaximus
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a rich deep mahogany with one finger white head that sticks around for a little while. The nose is full of grapefruit with a deep earthy character with strong oak and slight muskiness. The flavor is full of bitter grapefruit and sweet caramel malt. There is also plenty of orange and pine to keep things interesting. There is a deep oak musk that rounds out the flavor. The body is full with decent carbonation.

This is heads above standard arrogant bastard, and each year when this one comes out I make sure to pick up a few bottles. The flavors are so rich and blend together so well that it disappears way too quick.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 16:38:14 | More by jlandis
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery into an imperial pint

A- just like regular AB. A gorgeous opaque ruby with a thin head that laces for days. A perfect example of a great looking beer.

S- a nice sweet bourbon roasted malt scent with some sweet brown sugar undertones. A nice piney hop bitterness lingers in the background.

T- hard to describe perfection. A big robust hoppy awesomeness with a strong dry malt back end. Great earthy pine hop bitterness just makes you want to keep gulping this bad boy down.

M- very crisp and menacing. So bitter, but yet so smooth. Has a slight linger on the tip of your tongue, but not anything unpleasant

D- for those "worthy", this is a very drinkable beer. So smooth, yet big and bold.

This beer is not for everyone. If you want a friendly amber or smooth golden ale, do not try it. If you want a big strong ale, grab a sixer, and enjoy!

Serving type: growler

12-07-2010 05:55:23 | More by imagese
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pouted into a wheat glass because i heard the head was ridiculous... didn't let me down at all, head is about two in a half fingers, to over flowing. A dark amberish appearance with a bubbles that seem to never end. same with the head and lacing.

S- is very malty, but very pleasant... i almost wanna make a candle that smells like this.

T- i taste a lot of caramel malts. nice bitter after taste. very smooth oak taste as well.

M- Very nice bubbly carbonation. bitterness hits the back of your mouth but quickly dissipates

D- This is a highly drinkable beer, the finish is not too bitter at all. This is a well blend of malty with not an over powering hop finish. I almost want to stand up and clap after drinking this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 06:06:17 | More by IIKaRuII
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South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Tilted Kilt in Charlotte, served in a pint glass.

The beer pours a ruby red color with orange-ish highlights. The smallish off white/tan head recedes fairly quickly leaving behind a fair amount of sticky lacing

The nose is full of citrus hops, caramel malts, brown sugar, and a bit of oaky vanilla. The alcohol is much more present here than in the regular AB. The alcohol seems to gain in intensity as the beer warms.

The taste is grapefruit hops, caramel malts, brown sugar sweetness, just a slight bit of vanilla, and just a mild alcohol burn. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Really quite a smooth beer for all of the complexities it has to offer. As the beer warms the oaky vanilla tones seem to open up a little more and become much more noticable. Very nice

Really a terrific beer, I think I prefer this to the regular AB, as it seems to be a bit more complex and less focused on just the hops

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2011 16:54:22 | More by CBlack85
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very active, removed the cork and it came out in a lava flow. I was quick to slurp up the spillage...can't let good beer go to waste. Pour give a big head on tan foam, leaving heavy lace as it settles. Looks like a 18 on the SRM beer color chart. As is swirl and stick my nose in the glass, I am bombarded by wonderful, heavy, sort of syrupy fragrance of sweet and sour. Lots of grapefruit, spices, and pine, but then on the other end of the scale there is vanilla, cherries, figs, caramel, toffee, and sweet malt. Taste is better than the smell, smooth rush of tartness from the hops in the guise of grapefruit, lime, and pine. Then there is the sweetness of toffee, vanilla, caramel, wild cherry, and sweet malt. Mouthfeel has tons of body and depth. Creamy, with a touch of drying, plenty of zing from the carbonation. One will do me for a spell, but if I see another, I will make it mine.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 18:23:28 | More by beerprovedwright
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone did an excellent job adding a little extra on top of their already magnificent line of beers. The experience you get from drinking this brew is what makes it so good. Full of flavor, smell, and leaves you feeling good. Not quite as much of a hop gives it a smoothness you don't always find in Stone brews.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 22:07:18 | More by TheJackel
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,425 ratings.