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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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BA SCORE
94
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5,046 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 5,046
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 191
Gots: 489 | FT: 7
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep red color with a massive off-white head that takes some time before settling. A good amount of soapy lace is left on the side of the glass.

S - Citrus hops seem to be the main aroma. There is also a decent amount of malt with some sweetness.

T - Sweet malt is the first thing that comes through and has a candy like taste. This fades quickly and a strong rush of citrus and pine hops flow through.

M - Carbonation is medium and this is a little lighter than most american strong ales I have had.

D - I find this beer quite enjoyable but I am not sure if more than one would be in order.

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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard Pint Glass applied...

Hazy dark burnt orange with one finger creamy head, nice lacing all the way down. I think this is an amazing looking beer! Smell has that oak, bourbon scent. Taste is interesting, the bourbon barrel start with grapefruity, dry finish. Very luscious mouthfeel. Drinkability is fair, I like grapefruit but since I can't eat more than three I probably wouldn't care to drink more than three of these. Good stuff, though.

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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, goblet, best by date of 8/8/10.

Impenetrably hazy brown, orange amber with a lovely tight knit brown sugar butter cream head. The head is like the crema on a well made Americano.

Unsurprisingly, due to the age, the aroma does not showcase aggressive hops any longer; floral, faint pineapple and pine, yes. Also vanilla, brown sugar, diacetyl, orange oil, alcohol.

Characteristic Arrogant Bastard brown sugar, diacetyl (English yeast), and bitter alcohol. The finish is heavy lingering bitterness with hints of pine and grapefruit pith. What the oak (and age) seem to have done is smooth and integrate, add a tinge of oak and vanilla. This does score a solid 4 for taste, but extra fuss, money, etc do not seem justified for this beer over the classic Bastard.

Smooth, heavy mouthfeel with a glorious carbonation level.

The bitterness will be appreciated by IPA/IBU lovers. It's good but you might be better served by a good 'ol bomber of the genitor beer.

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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been waiting a long time for this one to come to Indiana and I finally got ahold of a six-pack of 12oz. bottles.

A vigorous pour shows amazing carbonation for an oak aged beer. The result is a huge three finger rich tan head with big fat bubbles. It sits atop a warm dark brown body. Leaves lots of lace.

Nose is sweetly hoppy but a bit mor subdued from the oak agging. Woodsy oak notes are very fresh.

As it hits your mouth this is definitly different, Bitter isnt as floral, but sharp. Leads to a very raw wood meets shoe polish kind of mouth feel. It is odd how the oak brought out the oil in the hops. Very elementaly woodsy overall. I think this one drinks better on the colder side. I'll stick with the original.

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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Starts with a finger of brown head that slowly receders to a ring around the glass. Beautiful lacing surrounds the glass as you drink it. The beer itself is a cloudy ruby red.

Smell: The initial smell is of strong hops and malts. A oaked smell comes through the strong aroma. Could be a bit stronger in smell though.

Taste: There is a very strong complex taste to this beer that only gets better as you drink it. Besides the obvious strong malts and hops, the oak taste is present but not overwhelming. Overall, great but powerful taste.

Mouthfeel: This is hands down the best mouthfeel I'd gotten from a beer so far. It's got great carbonation and just a silky smooth finish that makes you want to drink more.

Drinkability: When I first started drinking this, I didn't think I would be able to drink more then one but the more I drink of this, the more I think I could drink a couple.

This is overall just a great beer. I can't wait to buy some more and keep it in my fridge.

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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have never been a particularly huge fan of the original Arrogant Bastard Ale, as I find its strike on the palate a bit overwhelming. I decided to try the Oaked AB with hopes that it would mellow some of the more overtly strong and up front characteristics of the brew and bring to the foreground some of the more subtle ones.

The beer pours a deep reddish-brown color. A rather substantial head diminishes to a remaining delicately thin white layer of bubbles. Smells similar to the original AB, with less of the hoppy notes associated with the original. I was pleasantly surprised upon tasting it. This beer is delicious! The oak takes out much of the overpowering strong ale flavor, and leaves a delicious smoky background. The beer is very smooth and drinkable, and the mouthfeel is just right for the style. Definite notes of BBQ, tobacco, cherries. Very drinkable for an American Strong Ale!

Recommended for: Walt Whitman, Bobby Flay, Ricky Bobby.

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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a dark ruby amber, clear. Three finger khaki-colored head with very good retention. Some visible carbonation. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Mild nose of amber ale maltiness. Hint of pine and grapefruit.

Taste: Moderate hops and moderate malts. Hops are are grapefruit/citrus with a dry bite at the end; somewhat "juicy". Smoky malts to balance out the flavor

Mouthfeel: Smooth, mildly carbonation, and a moderate hop bite. Very dry finish, with the hops lingering for a while.

Drinkability: Very nice drinking beer. Very smooth, but with excellent flavor and complexity. The flavor lasts a long time.

Buy Again? Yes.

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Slightly red in the glass when held up to the light. Beer pours a dark amber brown with a medium dark tan head that quickly falls.

Aroma is VERY nice: toasty caramel, very sweet, slightly nutty. First sip is very strong. Alcohol. Blunt and bitter. Carbonation is up front but as the taste lingers it becomes a little bit more complex, earthy. The aftertaste is, as expected, the added oak for this variety.

It's got a not-quite-IPA bitterness, along with a huge malt profile. I'm not sure they're really going for balance here, but they're not too far off. But it's not a great beer, it's just strong.

A pricey 6-pack. When will Stone make an arrogant bastard English style mild ale? Huh? I didn't realize English Mild was too American-Mass-Market for them. Or maybe their palette is not sophisticated enough.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,046 ratings.