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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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1,848 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,848
Hads: 5,114
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 207
Gots: 541 | 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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Reviews: 1,848 | Hads: 5,114
Photo of cmoney311
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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...

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Photo of threeviews
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Best By Date: 8.20.12) into a Corsendonk branded (and block-stemmed) tulip glass

A- A fairly pedestrian pour yields an absolutely beautiful beer that is (crystal clear) ruby red in color with a titanic, 3-finger, kahki head.

S- Although less aggressive than the standard AB, that familiar pugent spicy/resiny aroma is smoothed out by the oak-chip dry hopping, giving off notes wood and a hint of vanilla. You wouldn't think so, but the oak melds amazingly well with AB hop variatal. Once the brew warms (and the head has subsided), a bit of caramel malt peeks through.

T- A short dose of sweet malt up at the front of the palate is quickly mellowed by a mild oakiness and vanilla twinge. The brew then wallops your palate with that classic Bastard resinous/citrus rind hop bitterness to remind you this is no "fizzy yellow beer."

M- Medium bodied, creamy and flavor aplenty, this beer absolutely lives up to its name...

O- Although the standard AB is hard to beat, I just might give the Oaked version preference because of a better balance of aroma and flavor. Fans of AB should absolutely try this incarnation of an already world-class beer, as you might just find yourself reaching for Oaked AB more often...and be sure to get it fresh!

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Photo of jlandis
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of LBrito
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark cooper color wkth a good sized head and a good amount lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus hops and smokey oak tones dominate the smell

T: A complex dark malt taste with heavy hopping and flavors reminiscent of grapefruit. The oak tones are subtle and superbly incorporated, giving this beer a nice touch.

M: Nice an thick with adequate carbonation, a medium body that's just right for the style.

O: A skillfully crafted brew; the enhancement of the Arrogant Bastard series with Oak tones takes an excellent beer and succeeds in making a captivating variation. If you don't enjoy it, "You're not worthy."

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Photo of tonistruth
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a reddish-brown, with orange highlights when held to light. The tan head is full and thick, with tons of lacing left behind. Hop aromas come through strongly in the scent. The taste is all kinds of delicious, and incredibly complex. There's so much going on in the taste, it's hard to describe. Caramel, molasses, roasted, spicy, herbal, dark fruit, pine, and citrus. These flavors all come together in perfect balance. Extremely smooth and highly drinkable. World class, indeed.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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!!

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Photo of iBeer16
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed in Kilkenny pint glass

A: pours with a dark redish/ brown color, it is a little translucent. Pours with a 2"+ creamish head. Leaves a lot of lacing.

S: has a very hoppy scent. It is piney and has a strong oaky scent.

T: wow, very different than the regular arrogant bastard. Hops are a lot more toned down and a lot more flavorful. Citrus taste is not as strong. Can really taste the oak which brings a whole new element to this already fantastic taste.

M: full bodied beer with many layers of flavor. The oak is a great compliment to the already hoppy flavor. The aging tones down the hops but brings out a great flavor.

Overall, comparing this to the regular arrogant bastard, an already incredible beer, this beer is delicious. The compliment of the oak to this hoppy beer is great. In addition, the aging has toned down the hops but brought out incredible flavor. I have a bottle of this in the cellar and am looking forward to enjoying it and seeing how the flavors mature over the next few years.

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Photo of BJA
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into perfect pint glass

A: Deep, clear amber/copper color. Two finger of creamy, slightly tan head that stuck around for a while. The head left a lot of lacing on the glass as I drank the beer down.

S: I got a roasty malt smell that was firmly present but not overpowering. I could also smell a little biscuit scent.

T: The beer has a big malt taste with a biscuit and malt flavor that makes a notable appearance. There is also a subtle woodiness (oak I suppose) that is more apparent as the beer warms slightly.

M: The beer has a medium to heavy mouth feel and finishes medium long. The carbonation is medium.

O: I really, really enjoy this beer. I have had a ton of arrogant bastard over the years. In comparison, I find this version to have more of a biscuit like flavor and a subtle oak flavor. All around I think the flavors are fuller in the oaked arrogant bastard but still balanced well. I suppose the oak aging, or whatever they have done, has made the flavors more pronounced. One thing that surprised me was the obvious biscuit flavor. I don’t recall getting that flavor in the regular arrogant bastard. Once the beer warmed ever so slightly, I noticed the flavors came out wonderfully. This beer is awesome. You should drink it.

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Photo of tigg924
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: murky, mahogany, with a medium head that dissipates

Smell: pine and oak dominate with small hops and green apple

Taste: pine and hops dominate. There is a bitter green apple/vanilla combo for a finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, bitter middle, with a dry sweeter--but not sweet finish

Drinkability: This to me is the new standard bearer. I am not a hop head, but wow was I blown away. I will limit how much I drink due to high abv but when I think about this style--here I come.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale pours into a pint glass a beautifully clear garnet/copper color with a thick off-white head. Retention is good and the beer exhibits lots of lacing.

The scent of this beer is big on the hops. Spicy, floral, citrus notes and thick resinous pine are all here. There is a slightly sweet background.

The taste is very nice: The hop bitterness beautifully complements a spicy and slightly peppery old oak taste. The malty sweet backbone shines through along with the actual hop flavours of thick citrus fruits. Medium-bodied and appropriately carbonated, OABA is wonderfully drinkable.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep orange, almost red color.

Smells of piney hops and has a scent of a oak barrel.

It also tastes like oak, piney hops,and some malts. They certainly age this in oak for long enough, because the oak flavor is pretty strong, and quite excellent.

This was the first oaked beer I have ever had, and aging it in oak really adds a lot to this beer. Basically, Stone Brewing Co. took what is already a favorite beer of many, and found a way to make it better.

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Photo of duracell
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with a medium tanned head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: A load of citric hops, along with the usual Arrogant Bastard tea-like and toasty aromas, but has a bit of a mustier note all-round.

Taste: Begins well-rounded: the usual AB flavors of citrus, tea-sweetness, and citrus are there. The finish is similarly flowery yet sweet compared to regular old Arrogant Bastard. However, this brew seams a bit mustier, with more subdued hops and with a woody taste replacing the lost hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Heavier in body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is basically the same as Arrogant Bastard, however, the taste of the beer yields more of a balanced flavor profile than it's inspiration. Just as drinkable as AB, but a bit more savory.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've aged this beer for about 3 months or so.

A- A sexy brown/reddish beer with a nice one finger width head. The head itself has large and small bubbles and is quite thick.

S- Wonderful hop aroma comes through quite a bit. But as a hop smell goes the oak smell also comes though and mellows out the hops in a great way.

T- Wow this is a superb beer! There is a wonderful hop taste that blends into the oak taste. It is almost buttery! Man this beer is so smooth. You take an already great beer like the Arrogant Bastard and age it in oak, wow, just an amazing combination.

M- Feels great in the mouth.

D- Yes please!

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of spokeydonkey
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this side-by-side with the non-oaked Arrogant Bastard (AB) ale for comparison. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewery Ommegang chalice.

A: Dark amber. Creamy off-white head. Almost identical to regular AB.

S: Smells of spicy/citrusy hops, with a definite sense of the malt. Less pronounced hops than regular AB.

T: Amazing. The oaking has definitely smoothed out many of the rougher edges of the beer. Smoothly transitions from malt sweetness to spicy and citrusy hops in each sip.

M: Exceptionally smooth in the mouth. Feels less agressive than regular AB towards the end of each sip, possibly from a lower carbonation, or mellowing of the hops? There's also an almost creamy-smooth dimension to this beer.

D: Amazingly drinkable.

Overall, a more complex and smoother version of Arrogant Bastard Ale (which was amazing in its own right). This is a must try if you're a fan of hoppy, strong ales.

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Photo of Lupe
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany color with a tight creamy tan head. What starts as a finger and half of foam slowly settles to a thin sheet. Full rings of lace are left all along the sides of the glass. Such a visually appealing beer.

Aroma is a blend of floral, herbal, and citrus hops, some caramelized malts, and mild woodiness.

Well balanced and complex flavors. A quick dash of wood leads the way with caramel & citrus coming next. Strong hops step in and run the gamut of flavor - citrus, floral, herbal, mint, and pine. Not as strong of a bite as the original but more complex and developed. Juicy citrus shines with loads of grapefruit and orange. Malt sweetness comes in before a mild oaky finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Just enough crispness and a perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. Just a delicious beer that goes down quite easily. My palate may get exhausted, but I could throw a few of these back. Much smoother than the original.

I really like this beer. Nice to have a wood aged beer that is not a stout or aged in a liquor barrel. The oak is perfect with this beer, does not overpower and adds some mellowness and complexity. Great beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice mix of floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of caramel & citrus sweetness and a strong hops presence, which seems slightly toned down compared to the regular Arrogant Bastard. There's a nice hearty malt backbone. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smoother than the original Arrogant Bastard, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, I always have high expectations for Stone beers and they have yet to disappoint me, with this beer I was very interested to see what difference the oak aging would make on an already great beer. It seems to me that it took a little bit of the harshness out and made an excellent beer even better.

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Photo of Alkey
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled on Nov. 10, 06. Poured in my glass dark amber color with a large off white head that sticks to the glass leaving lots of lacing. Smells of fresh floral hops and musk wood scents leave my mouth watering. Taste is amazingly smooth with lots of fresh grassy hops and nice blend of semi sweet malts. Mouth feel is just right not to thin or carbonated. This beer has some strong flavors but is still mellow at the same time. This is by far the best in the Arrogant Bastard line up.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to either tayner, jasonjlewis or IntriqKen for this sample, don't know whose bottle I am drinking.

A: Pours an opaque deep red under a slightly off white head.

S: A twang grass and slightly citrus hops with some herbal/medicinal qualities, some vanilla, some nice sweet malt. Incredible complexity and equal balance on this aroma.

T: Sweet up front, slight medicinal quality and apparent wood, vanilla and anise, and some smoke in the finish along with some very tame hop bitterness. No hint of alcohol. Again, very complex and very balanced.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium to full bodied, creamy on the palate with no prickly carbonation. Incredible well done. Nice drinkablity as well.

Overall, an excellent,excellent beer that could be enjoyed in quanity or sipped. A more tame version of Arrogant Bastard, but one that adds its own stamp on the name.

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Photo of TheJackel
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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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 RolandoHH
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful dark, reddish brown color, with an inch-thick beige head with decent retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Toasted malts and spicy hops mix in an appropriately oaky character. Alcohol present in the aroma.

T - Toasted grains with citrus and spice notes that leaves a woody aftertaste. The oak brings things together nicely. Dry, thanks to the mix of oak and hops, with an alcohol kick.

M - Fairly smooth, all things considered.

O - Not all that different from the original Arrogant Bastard Ale, but still a welcome development with something to offer.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,848 ratings.