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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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4,738 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 4,738
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 144
Gots: 355 | 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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bbeane

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with an off white head maybe a finger thick that disappears somewhat quickly leaving some lines of lacing. Beer is a murky copper color, with light activity

S- Notes of vanilla mixed with the smell of earthy wood... caramel, resiny hops

T- Citrus hop forward with notes from the oak, eventually joined my some caramel malty sweetness for the finish

M- Medium bodied with light/medium carbonation. Has a nice lingering hop flavor that gets trapped in your mouth

O- A well crafted beer in my opinion, though not my favorite oak aged ipa out there

CHEERS!!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 02:10:55 | More by bbeane
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid one finger of creamy head, decent retention, slowly fading to a thin bubbly remnant. Awesome sticky lacing. Beer is a dark brown, translucent, and shot through with purple or red.

Vanilla notes immediately hit, with a massive dose of caramel malts and molasses, and finally some spicy dry hops.

Dry, earthy, spicy hops hit first, imparting bitterness but little flavor. This is followed by some flat caramel malts, with vanilla, oak, and brown sugar rounding out the back-end. Fairly complex profile; each sip is a little different.

Lively sting and bite give this an excellent balance to what is otherwise a relatively thin mouthfeel. Slight foaming.

This is a tasty beer, reminding me of a drier, spicier version of Brown Shugga or Burton Baton. Those beers are very hoppy, but with more hop flavor, whereas the hops here seem to be mostly about the bitterness. The flavor is a bit of a letdown after a really intriguing aroma. Letting it warm helps bring out the molasses and vanilla better.

Has an "Enjoy By" date a week from now. I would think an oaked strong ale would hold up to age well, other than the hops, so I find that curious.

Update: had it on tap, and it was even better. Very smooth, with nice vanilla and oak notes to complement the earthy hops. Malt profile was far less dominant. Very bitter brew, and very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 19:29:11 | More by Roguer
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Mostly clear burnt red with small head but some lacing. Maybe a little clearer than the regular Bastard, but less head.

Smell: Semi-sweet malt backbone with some pine. Maybe a touch of oak. Less hop smell than the regular Bastard.

Taste: Pretty malt driven with some pine and citrus hop counterbalance. Somewhat bitter at the end with a light oak touch.

Feel: Very smooth and slightly warming. Pretty low carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe a little easier to drink than the regular Bastard, but mostly because it seems toned down and smoothed out.

I prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 04:57:59 | More by bsp77
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 0z. bottle> fat-ass snifter

Pours out looking solid and vibrant with crimson red hues on a brown-amber body, bold carbonation creates a massive 2" smooth and clumpy mocha-cream colored head with plenty of bubbles on top but dissipates moderately slow and leaves plenty of sticky lacing in it's wake. a constant thin, bubbly covering last for the duration.

There's a big, sweet and very herbal hop scent rolling out of the glass including some classic cascade scent's, like pineapple, and assorted acidic fruits, then becoming very green and herbal but certainly floral. Underneath the hops you have a sugar-house like smokiness and a smooth buttery malt.

"Agressive hops" is what stands out most, very complex with a very acidic fruit edge with pineapple standing out most and quickly becoming very herbal, not spicey but earthy. The malt balance is subtle and smooth that includes a semi-bitter oak smokiness and toffee-like sweetness, the malt never really becomes bold and them balance is dominated by hops. The alcohol heat adds further balance and is not too high or in-your-face. Very delightful.

This one feels full, slick and smooth but with a nice lively carbonated bite. Very nice feel.

high-grade american Strong ale. I would only ask for a slightly bigger, if not smoother malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 22:41:38 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 9/28/11

Poured into a tulip, 3 fingers of creamy tan head sits on top of an amber body. Nice head retention as well as some lacing, great looking beer.

The oak is the first thing that hits my nose, woody with hints of vanilla followed by some sweeter malts and both floral and fruity hops. The smell isn't overpowering, but somewhat complex. The taste falls right in line, although a bit drier than I expected. The hops are there, with a bit of bitterness...and the oak is upfront as well. Id say the malt profile doesn't come thru quite as much on the tongue as the nose, but still alot going on. Slightly above average carbonation, and as I said before, a bit drier than expected.

Another nice offering from Stone, I prefer this to the regular AB. Im not usually a fan of anything hoppy on oak (or in a barrel) but this is actually quite tasty. All the components work really well together.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 01:12:40 | More by prdstmnky
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip

A - poured a finger of massively dense and creamy foam. just sitting there in the glass mocking me. the beer is an incredibly clear, burnt amber color.

S - hops, both bitter and floral..also a bit sweet. more whiffs of grapefruit, bread, vanilla sweetness,

T - huge bitterness followed by the oaky sweetness. hops are earthy and grassy. sharp malts drive through all of the other flavors. alcohol bit is also slightly noticeable.

M - nicely carbonated to push the smell and flavor profiles forward. sounds weird, but this beer is kind of crunchy...and not shy at all.

D - yummy, but wearing after a bit. one easy to put down, but also enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 06:21:53 | More by Stigs
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blaje

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poors as a rich reddish beer reminding me of "Falnder's red" type of beer. Nice head, off-white in color, that stands out for a good five minutes.

Very complex nose. Caramel, malt (tons of it). The hops is not standing out, still citrussy though.

Mouthfeel is great, I'd say even better then the original ricipe.
Still an "aggressive" beer, but the oak tends to melloew the rough edges of the original arrogant bastard ale. It is surprisingly "smooth" even a bit creamy to me, and definetly feels more balanced then her sister.

It is worth trying for sure, but if you'd like a real thing, you should still go for the original ABA.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 00:54:40 | More by blaje
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich brown/amber color with a fluffy tan head with great retention. Good amount of lacing.

Nose is primarily of pine with a bit of floral. Taste presented even more: there's a strong maltiness to this brew, sweetness, with the hoppy bitterness and pine coming through. The malts make for a tremendously silky-smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is mild.

It's really a quite interesting brew. Definitely stands out as something special. It's drinkable, but not really an everyday beer, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 15:44:04 | More by Mavajo
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AZYescas

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well after being harassed by my buddies about why I haven't drank this beer I decided to give a try. Although I bought the Oaked ABA. It pours out in a nice dark brown reddish color. I think the smell is a lot stronger than the actual taste. once I smelled it with that dark smoky smell I figured it would be a little hard to drink since smell is half the taste. I have to admit I enjoyed it. I will be having this beer again soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:58:02 | More by AZYescas
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost pure ruby with amber. Almost looks like a brown ale. Nice sized head that dies rather quickly and laces nicely. Smells are less potent then I would like. Faint caramel and vanilla, some malt, orange rind. Tastes as it smells along with big spicy and dry hops with a little bite. The characteristics from the oak are apparent. Feels medium in the mouth with perfect carbonation. Drinkability is off the charts. I can see why those 3litre bottles are out there!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 05:37:16 | More by franksnbeans
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear deep ruby, one finger off white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Wood, malt, caramel, toffee and grass.

T-Oak, dirt, caramel, grass, very malty, balance isn't quite there mild bitterness and some pine.

M-Lighter, slightly carbonated and maybe a tad watery.

O-A nice beer, the oak imparts nice flavors, if the balance was a tad better the beer would be phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 16:01:18 | More by rlee1390
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep shade of red/amber with a thin white head

S: Caramel malt, butter, burnt brown sugar, and a little oak. While not a primary feature, the hops are also easily discerned.

T: Initial flavor is sweet caramel and vanilla, followed by a very herbal hop flavor. Finish is long with a healthy amount of hop bitterness and burnt toffee.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly syrupy with medium carbonation that is well-contained. Pretty close to how I would draw it up.

Oaked Bastard is my favorite of the three. It has a little more complexity than the regular AB, but is not quite as rough around the edges as the Double Bastard. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 02:32:55 | More by GeezLynn
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried Stone’s IPA and liked it… had high hopes for this one with all the buzz surrounding the arrogant bastard, and to tell the truth, wasn’t disappointed… Copped a single 12oz from Gary’s in Madison for almost $3.00… The oak flavor really comes through… slightly bitter but very unique and different…. Appearance was exceptional… ruby-red to light brown with a frothy head… smell was somewhat bland – more so than I had expected for a beer of this quality and reputation, and the drinkability was limited by its hefty alcohol percentage… otherwise, an all-around outstanding brew that certainly warrants recognition… enjoyed this one… Recommended…

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 15:22:10 | More by dsa7783
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llllDrGONZOllll

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

I do enjoy a good bastard and this is a wee one..12ozbottle? The first impression is that is resembles AB exactly or does it? Well, the first aromas to hit my nose are familiar. A closer inspection reveals some earthier notes a woody potting soil? I can detect booze and funky hop aromas. Minty, citric, floral, dry and woody. The oak still cant tame the Bastard but I do think its the culprit for the dryer taste. I am gonna have to go against the grain here and say I would rather have the original over the oaked... Im not worthy.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 01:24:22 | More by llllDrGONZOllll
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- mostly clear deep blood red looks very nice in a delirium tremens tulip. foam is a yellow tinted beigeish dirty ivory and the lace is thick and crusty yet delicate and wispy in some places. excellent head retention, excellent texture to said head.

S- smells like the standard arrogant ass but oaky. very, very oaky. dried oak chips first and foremost, the feel of wood is in the vapor, and second to that are piney grapefruit resinous stinky reefer burnt orange hops. some toasty and caramel sweet malty aromas are back there along with floral alcohol and pineapple and passionfruit. a little too much oak for me but still pretty good.

T- crazy hops. it's been a while since i had an arrogant bastard, probably about 2 years, and i must have forgot how intense it is. dirty smoky resinous hop oil and tar with a deep woodsy oak character that is freskin unmistakable. caramel sweetness, wood tannins, bitter orange peel, grapefruit pith, burnt pine needles, burnt caramel, burnt sticky toasted everything and a total onslaught of palate overloading hops. there's a little sweetness there to balance things out but it's still crazy. not much alcohol flavor present behind all the craziness. this tastes like a barleywine without all the booze. glad it's not more than the 7.2% sticker. finishes hoppy of course with some toasty caramel sweetness. oak is still a little much i would prefer some wood, just less. yeah.

MF- sticky resinous and drying. full and soft while on the palate with perfect vigorous carbonation. puckering.

D- interesting, and i'm glad i picked this one up. i was blown away with the originL arrogant when i was a novice because i've never had such a beer. now, a little more evolved, i can find flaws, however small, namely so much oak. still an amazing brew, but i'm one and done. i know it takes alot of oak to stand out againt the hop gargoyle, but for me it's just too much.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 21:04:43 | More by hustlesworth
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally a bottle that is convenient in size! Thanks to Orfeu.

Appearance: Very dark maroon in color, fluffy tan head on the pour fills up the snifter.

Smell: Hoppy and very earthy. The oak is more subtle than I would've expected, but is still evident.

Taste: Much more mellow than I was expecting. It seems that the oak aging took the edge off the hops more than anything, making a much smoother offering than the original AB. The woodiness does add character, and it is still very flavorful, but not over the top. Also has a tart flavor on the backside that I am not a big fan of.

Drinkability: Tasty and unique, I am glad I finally obtained a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 22:36:02 | More by TastyTaste
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Andreji

Colombia

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa. oaked indeed.

i was thrilled to finally get to this beer, something i've only heard of distantly through this website. pouring it with a bit of strength certainly pulled a decent beer with a deep brown tone only slightly translucid, but not fully opaque either. it's interesting, maybe even mystical somehow. definetly a aspect, with a thick head that resolved fairly quickly but kept a marked lacing all over the place.

smell is roastey, but very subtle and dominated by the hops for the most part.

taste and mouthfeel are quite nice. what is these, buttery? cheesey somehow, it is very marked as a mouthfeel and has a woody (oakey of course) bitter feel to it throughout, because it is not very sweet anyway.

this is a very nice beer, not usually my style but just adds much to this discovery of so many new flavours from america. i'll tick off the OAB, but if i come across it again i will buy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 04:13:20 | More by Andreji
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John_M

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Frisco's the other day. Have had this beer on a number of occasions previously, but really enjoyed it last night.

The beer pours a dark, rootbeer amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly complex and attractive, consisting of some nice citrus from hops, intermingled with vanilla, honey and butter from the oak aging. The oak aging really seems to tame some of the hoppiness I normally get from regular arrogant bastard. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and the oak aging gives this beer a very long, smooth mouthfeel. The beer finishes well, with the Oak cutting down on the bitterness a bit. Abv. is pretty well disguised, though I can't imagine downing more then one or two of these at a sitting.

A nice beer from Stone...

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2008 13:31:06 | More by John_M
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inhoc00

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrogant bastard in Chicago! Oaked at that. Thanks for the trade eric.

A- Pours a dark amber with a nice thick head and great retention.

S- really different kind of smell. Like fresh mulch? Sweet grapfruit? Raw steak? Yeah mulchy grapefruty steak.

T- OH THIS IS STONE. had stone once at a bar and it was ruination. all i remember is the hops. Tons here. nicely balanced though. bitter up front with a nice mellow sweetness.

M- Fresh and crisp with good carbonation.

D- Certainly good. Alc is reasonable and well balanced. Great beer. Bring Stone to Chicago!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 01:04:10 | More by inhoc00
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rawthar

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- Real dark caramel red body topped with a nice bubbly off-white head with some serious staying power. Nice.

S- Caramel comes back in the malts with a little bit of licorice and oaky vanilla. Finishes with some subtle citrus hoppy smoothness. Complex and compelling.

T- Really smooth, even more than a Stroh's Light, if you can believe that. Very dry from the oak aging, but what it loses in malt sweetness, it gains in oaky vanilla and smoke. After taste is a little pilsy. Nice, but doesn't punch you right in the tongue the way I expected.

M- Thick as they come, coats like crazy, this is serious stuff.

D- I could drink a ton of these if I had to.

Never had the non-oaked variety of Arrogant Bastard, but I want to try it. Good stuff, my friends.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 01:17:30 | More by rawthar
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times in the bottle and on-tap, finally found a bottle that wasn't very near/past the 'best by' date for a review.

Pours a dirty dark red with a super creamy beige head. Retains as a full cap the whole time and leaves good lacing.

Smell and taste are caramel, pine, grapefruit, toasty malts. Some minty and floral notes with a sweet finish. Oak doesn't really stand out as a flavor at all but seems to have really smoothed out the beer, very good balance overall.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, very smooth and creamy, still has it's original aggressive qualities just with an easier, seemingly maltier drinking experience. Alcohol well-hidden.

Though I wish the oak came out in the flavors themselves, it was definitely nothing but a compliment to an already great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 00:34:20 | More by Chico1985
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Domingo

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my last bottle of some I bought in November. I've had 5 over the course of a few months and I haven't noticed a change. You know, after all of the talk of this beer, I didn't really think it was much different or better than the normal Arrogant Bastard. With that said, it's still a really good beer. I guess the issue is that it's about twice the price and is (or was) somewhat rare.
The oak aging gives it a cloudy look and it feels like a thicker texture, but compared to oak aged stouts and porters, I didn't really pick up a lot of new flavor nuances. There might be some vanilla in there, but the hops don't seem to blend with it, but more cover it up.
I think some of the hops and alcohol have mellowed out a little bit to make it more drinkable, but beyond that it's not that different. The hops are still the star of the show. I think I might pick up some different flavors in the taste, but they're subtle to the point that I can't identify them.
Maybe a taste test between this and normal AB would serve me well, but right now it's just a mellowed out version of a beer I already like.
If you can't find this beer, I'd suggest going after the normal Arrogant Bastard. It's a little more harsh, but the color's nicer.

(EDIT) After trying this on tap, I have to say that it's WORLDS better. A nearly masterpiece actually.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 23:57:53 | More by Domingo
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's finally time for Chicago BA's to get Stoned.. here is my first of many Stone reviews.

A: pours a deep mahogany with stunning clarity and a nice fluffy 2 finger head, leaves splotches of bubbles on the glass

S: smell is of deep bready and toasty malts, notes of caramel malts along with earthy hops along with huge notes of oak which meld nicely with the malt profile

T: the hops comes through much bigger on the palate- lots of bittering hops make themselves known among the firm malt backbone. There is a nice balance between hops, malts, and the oak notes which makes for a nice complex brew.

MF: this has a nice thick body with minimal carbonation which lends to a creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

D: a solid offering by Stone, the oak is nice and the mouthfeel is great for the style. A little pricey @ 16.99 a sixer, but good nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 22:07:47 | More by homebrew311
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look:
Murky copper with a faint orange/tan head.

Smell:
Caramel stands out, along with bitter hops, pine, and alcohol.

Taste:
Mixed hops, both floral and citrus. Smooth caramel and brown sugar compliment the bitterness. Oak is present and interesting. Alcohol is present though bitter grapefruit aftertaste coats the mouth leaving nothing behind.

Feel:
Excellent carbonation, not too heavy, not too thin. Crisp and refreshing without washing out the flavors.

A worthy variation on a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 02:50:35 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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genog

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish color with plenty of sparkling bubbles throughout the body. Head is a rich color of off white with plenty of frothy, creamy foam sitting on top of this sparkling beauty. Aroma is ripe with rich fruit notes, and plenty of woodsy flavors. Smell is hop strong, but has a relaxed feeling with all the oak textures that come through. Taste is very delicious with plenty of malt sweetness mixed with a vanilla hoppy experience. Mouth feel is incredibly silky smooth for such an IPA treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 15:08:43 | More by genog
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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