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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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4,661 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,661
Reviews: 1,823
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 135
Gots: 328 | 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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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Figure I better get this one in the books since Stone is leaving the state. Poured from a bottle into my imperial pint glass.

A: Clear amber brown orange. Redish edges. Huge three fingers of cream hued head.Full coating of lace. The cap that remains looks lke a scoop of ice cream on top of the beer.

S:Piney and citrus hops are the major players in the nose. Light hints of cinnamon, caramel, and wet pine wood. Reminds me of pumpkin pie with cedar chips.

T: Loads of caramel malt and spices greet me at first. Then the hops rear their head and blast my tongue with a huge citrus bitterness. This settles into a smooth finish.

M: Medium smooth body. Very subtle carbonation.

D: Overall a very nice beer. Lots going on here. I'm curious what this one tastes like when fresh. The bitterness would hinder me from enjoying more than 12oz.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:14:47 | More by beerwolf77
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Although seemingly expensive for a six pack, this one is actually less per ounce than the AB bombers. Poured a hazy dark brown color with a big, frothy tan head. Aromas of toasted oak, juicy hops and sweet malt. On the palate, medium bodied, citrus-y hops, light oak, caramel. The oak really works well with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:28:24 | More by emmasdad
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HeavyCsOptician for this one. Pours a rich dark amber with a nice two finger thick off-white head and plenty of lacing. Poured into a Stone Imperial Stout snifter. Smell is pleasantly hoppy with hints of lemon and a little oak-y. Taste has tons of citrus. Has been a long time since I tried the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale but I can't taste too much of the oaked character of this to know the difference between the two. Nice bitterness. Good carbonation. Medium body. Overall this is good. A sipper for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 05:26:40 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a reddish brown with an off white head about an inch thick, good retention, it just hangs there.

Smells of smoked wood, piney hops, and brown sugar malts.

Tastes potently hoppy, so much so that everything else is at first masked. What comes through later is a little bit of smokey oak and maple syrup sweetness.

Feels moderate with mild coarse carbonation throughout, good tingle on the tongue.

Incredibly hoppy but if you're into that, you'd be able to do a couple of these. A bit on the strong side, but not too strong. A must-try for hopheads, and probably worth a try for others too.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:01:27 | More by Cylinsier
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Free 12 oz bottle from Warehouse Liquors, Wabash Ave., Chicago. They like when you bring them homebrew.

Pours syruply into a 16 oz pint glass and is an opaque amber-brown w/ chill and barely transparent when warmer. The head is tan with dense, tightly-packed bubbles.

Tart earthy smell of with some vanilla and some raisin. Also a barleywine malt aroma smell like a high-alcohol beer, though is neither fusel nor astringent. Dark berries or prune and some oakiness is evident and subtle.

Not as thick as I would have thought, but fills the mouth fully.

Oak is mostly in the nose though some vanillin is preent in the flavor. To me just as good as regular arogant bastard, which I could interchange frequently without regret.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 03:43:34 | More by tapman
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful mahogany with a nicotine tooth head that dissipated fairly quickly, but leaves good lacing as the liquid mysteriously vanishes from the glass.

The smell is primarily oaky with a caramel backbone. There's something else in there, but I cannot for the life of me pinpoint.

Well balanced. There's a hoppy bitterness up front, with that smokey oaky flavour permeating through the whole thing. finishes almost kind of sweet. The oak really mellows the roasty malts well.

This beer is an example of something that is more than the sum of its parts. Individually, it has great components, but all together, it really is fantastic. I quite enjoy it. There's a bit to it that I can't quite place, but it comes together to work very well. I haven't had the original Arrogant Bastard in a long while, so I can't attest to how much the oaking actually adds, but irregardless (I love that "word"), it is a good brew. Not sure if it's worth the expense, but independent of cost, it is a good brew well worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 22:04:20 | More by kemoarps
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bottle with "Arrogant Bastard" written in black on a gold cap. Stone has about a half dozen different caps that I have seen. Check plus awarded for originality, check minus for not having brew-specific caps.

Appearance is a rich brown, with a thin, sandy-colored head. Vanishes quickly leaving a cap that stays throughout the duration, but leaves little lacing.

Aroma reminds me of camping with pine scent especially strong, fruitiness (berries specifically), and some spiciness.

Mouthfeel is thick, with good carbonation. A little slick and oily which brings the hop character to mind. Great mouthfeel on this one.

Taste is hoppy with a hint of citrus, specifically orange. Spices, some nuttiness. The oak is barely discernable to my untrained palate. Finishes with some good hop flavor. I don't know much about hops but I know that this beer uses them very well, balancing the hop bitterness with sweetness.

Overall this is a good beer. I was disappointed by the lack of (or my perceived lack of) oak taste and aroma. Drinkability is average, but then again I am not a huge hop lover so for those who are or who don't mind them it may be higher. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 18:38:47 | More by ljbrisson
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


16 month old 12oz bottle aged at basement temperature.
(BTW the brewery recommends consumption within 3 months. I beg to differ and present opposing evidence.)

I've got a palate that's arguably over-sensitive to oak wood chips. After the fresh tasting was too 'lumber-iffic" for me I took the rest of the bottles to the basement cellar and forgot about them for over a year. And now, I'm really glad I did. It smells more like a barleywine now than a strong ale. I can smell caramel / toffee, citrus peel, vanilla (from oak wood) and a medium-strength leathery-tannic roasted malt / woody blast that is tempered by a gentle sherry aroma that wasn't there when the bottle was fresh. All of these factors are also present in the flavor along with a strong surge of grapefruit-pine resin bittering in the finish of each sip that satisfies my hop addiction quite thoroughly. It's even still got medium levels of soft bubbly carbonation!

However, it has lost a fair portion of the herbal and all of the minty hopping aspects it had fresh... I'd consider that a fair price to pay for the gain of these medium leather and light sherry qualities, especially considering it also reduced the oak wood tannic levels down into the range of my personal palate preferences. Aging this one worked out well for me because of my low tolerance for oak chips, all the extras that happened to come along with it were just extra icing on the cake for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 19:09:52 | More by WastingFreetime
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 11/4/12

A clear dark amber leaning towards ruby, a two finger tan head holds on for a few minuets leaving leaving lots of random lace

S some woody vanilla, caramel's strong, with a little booze and some pine and citrus, a little bit of everything with this one and everything's great

T more earthy notes and the barrel's more noticeable then the nose and I think I prefer the nose, not as much from the hops and even more caramels

M has a bite to it and a full body, a little sticky on the lips, leaves a little behind in your mouth, there's a little heat leading me to believe this one probably ended up higher then the 7.2% I see on the bottle

O interesting stuff with a good mix of smells and flavors, the concept of barrel aging hops bombs confuses me but this one works

I sure wish I could find Stone in Alberta, for now I'm going to thank the ridiculously generous Rutager for sending me this one

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 01:55:39 | More by wordemupg
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice two two and a half finger, creamed coffee-colored head when poured into a tulip glass. The body light brown with ruby around the edges in the light. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Malts, dark fruits, dried fruits, golden raisins, grain and piney hops. A little bourbon.

T: Caramel malt and oak barrel up front (a little bit of a bourbon or tennessee whisky) frollowed by fermented grapes and raisin notes. Very hoppy finish with bitterness lingering.

M: Dry and a bit sticky...very little carbonation in mine.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 20:35:33 | More by circus_cat
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby brown color with one finger light off white head.

Scent of sharp piny hops, sweet malts, some sugars and young oak.

Taste is similar, caramel, young oak, a hint of vanilla, strong malts and some sweet fruits lingering behind it all.

Mouthfeel is clean and sharp, but lighter than I had hoped.

I enjoyed this beer, but there is something about it that isn't quite there.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 03:25:23 | More by paco1029384756
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with a ruby tinge. A thin light tan head sits on top. Decent head retention.

Aroma is great. A nice hoppiness with citrus notes accompanied by some vanilla and a subtle maltiness.

Taste is nice. A strong maltiness and good hop profile. A bitter citrus quality is also present.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is moderate, but flavor is fairly strong. It definitely drinks easy, but mass consumption is definitely limited.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 02:56:17 | More by Goliath
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of several 12 oz. bottles I bought from the 2006 release; poured to a standard pint glass. Silkscreened bottle label includes a defintion of "Arrogance" and an "Enjoy by" date of 01.19.07.

A: Chestnut brown w/ruby highlights. Clear with a small light tan head and decent lace.

S: Spicy sweet smell with bountiful hops and a notable oak smell. Savory.

T: Gigantic hops - drippy, resinous and potent. Smoky oak barrel aging is subtle, with a pungent and tannic flavor of sappy wood chips. Bitterness is balanced but notable.

M: Hoppy backbone, spicy and piney. Sweet finish with a full mouthfeel. Hops overpower the malts.

D: A fine beer but not one I'd drink everyday. I'd imagined this would be 'amazing' and instead it's just 'very good' with hints of oak-aging. Still I would drink this again, many times over. Try this (if you can find some) and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 00:18:55 | More by msubulldog25
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer had a better than average foamy tan head for a bottled beer, and it maintained it very well. Once it subsided, there was very good lacing throughout the beer. Not much of an aroma at all, which was disappointing. I had anticipated some oak tones based on the style, but all I really picked up was a musty hop smell.

A very interesting taste, and difficult to define. The presence of oak and wood notes is present along with a sharp, bitter hop flavor. There's also a smokey sweetness to it, not unlike a subtle chocolate or roasted citric flavor, but this is short lived as the beer finishes dry and astringent.

I am very impressed with this beer. It is strong and complex; definitely worth another sample. Next time, I'll have to get a traditional Arrogant Bastard and compare the two.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 01:27:14 | More by Abita45
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Great looking beer in my Stone imperial pint. Orange-red body, big persistent crown, impressive lacing.

S - Plenty of citric hop aroma, but softened somewhat by a tapioca-pudding sweetness that has to be the oak chips.

T - This is the same massively-hopped Arrogant Bastard. Edging into DIPA territory, your palate will be assaulted by huge citric/piney bitterness that lingers. The only difference I can determine is that there seems to be a little more perceived sweetness backing up the hops, along with a pleasant dry cedar character. Not an oak-chip bomb, I think this one does not go overboard with the wood. A little alcohol steps up and makes itself known from time to time.

F - Very smooth, almost what I would consider to be creamy.

Verdict - it is an ebullient American-hop bomb, though a little more smooth and refined than its original namesake. Like several Stone beers, it will be a palate-wrecker...not one to start up with. I like it better than regular Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 01:49:35 | More by Patrick999
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of the Arrogant and haven't had tons of oak aged varieties, so I was excited to try this.

Poured the 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass.

A) Gorgeous. Dark brown but when held to the light a bright deep ruby red. 1 finger of sudsy tan head lasted forever and left a thick layer of lace and ring around the glass.

S) Strong nose. Vanilla and alcohol were the first stand out scents, followed by dark fruits and spice.

T) Similar to the original as far as the base taste. But more complex. Some spice, flavors of dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, as well as some alcohol presence in the taste and feel.

MF) Soft and chewey.

D) Good! Rich, flavorful, something to savor. But enjoyable and easy to drink. If the alcohol was a little less present, I'd enjoy it more but this is a treat. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 02:21:02 | More by sophisticated
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a huge two full fingers of puffy off-white head. The foam doesn't take too long to settle, but when it does there are big rocky bubbles along the edges of the glass. Tons of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is malty, spicy, and boozy. I get a touch of caramel, leather, and tobacco in this beer as well.

T: It starts out sweet with malt and caramel. As it moves to the middle I get vanilla, spice, caramel, and leather in there. It's also a touch earth (dirt and leaves). That may not seem appealing, but it is nice. The back end brings on the booze along with more caramel and vanilla.

M: Full bodied beer. Sweet and spice envelop the palate right away. It's hefty but it's overly sticky or chewy. Nothing too lingering after the beer is gone.

O: Very good beer. The vanilla in the beer shines through thanks to the oak aging. It's pretty darn delicious. I may revisit this beer if I'm in the mood for a smooth well balanced woody beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 21:13:25 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked the original, so I'm stoked about this variation.

A: The beer is a beautiful, red mahogany color. Not entirely clear. A nice, off white-brownish head initially, but it dies off quickly. A reasonable amount of lace present.

S: Really quite complex with aromas of vanilla, berry, citrus, toffee and a faint aroma of alcohol.

T: Fantastic malts present with a lovely toffee/caramel flavor followed up by some fruity-berry tones and a hint of vanilla. The oak does come out nicely. A strong hop bite balances this out nicely with a hint of citrus and pine in the end. Complex and tasty.

M: Light to medium bodied. Although it is complex, it finishes clean with faint stickiness. The carbonation is spot on.

D: A unique take on the original A.B. I have to say this beer marries with oak quite well. If you like A.B. you have to try this. I do slightly favor the original however. I will have to pick up a few of each the next time I get access to these and do a side by side comparison. Either way, I come out a winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 01:51:18 | More by brewdoc75
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/9/2011

A: hoppy and sweet at the same time, perhaps a small hint of vanilla and oak

Ap: a reddish-brown hue with a 1½ finger tan colored head. left decent lacing on the glass.

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, medium body, rather dry

Af: sweet up front, but very bitter on the backend. hoppiness very present. the bitterness lingers on the tongue

O: a decent brew, well balanced, not necessarily a beer you need more than one of at a time.


Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 18:31:26 | More by THECPJ
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a medium murky brown with a very large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that lasted throughout and had superb lacing.

The aroma was very pronounced with a tawny wine alcohol scent that gets you right away and also had dark bread malts, a nice resin hop and a sweet doughy yeast with hints of citrus (grapefruit), pineapple, caramel and a nice smoky oak.

It tasted sweetly acidic and very malty with a note of caramel from the onset then progressed into a bitter hoppy woody flavor with a strong grapefruit presence and had a mild alcohol warming finish.

Mouthfeel was just a few shades above medium in body with the texture being nice and dry yet creamy and having a mild carbonation.

Overall fantastic Strong Ale with tons of flavor, and a complexity that allows you to taste all flavors. Yet doesn’t let any one of them overpower the other.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 17:32:41 | More by KajII
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky brown with light brown head.

Nose has fresh citrus with walnuts & hazelnuts. Very nutty.

On the palate the malt & hops are surprisingly tamed by the oak influence. It's not regular bastard + oak here, it's more like oaky flavors with some suggestion of bastard, but otherwise you wouldn't necessarily know this is an AB.

Very drinkable due to the oak - rounds it out, some soft sweetness, chalk & vanilla come through (in a good way), and finish is balanced as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 01:41:56 | More by yemenmocha
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: smoky amber, creamy half finger head that dissipates rather quickly; good lacing

Smell: The hops are screaming for release as they swim around oak chips

Taste: Yowza! Hops up front, throughout and the finish mixed with some kickass barley

Mouthfeel: medium; oakey carbonation.

Overall: OAB is revved up more than regular AB. A real step up over most beers. Really good with cheddar. This one slaps you in the face with proof positive that it earns its arrogant title.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 14:32:12 | More by brewskifan55
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into Boulevard Smokestack goblet.

A - Deep amber color. Small head that dissapates. Thin vertical lines of lacing.

S - At first a sour almost skunky then I pulled in oak, caramel, and the malt to come. Not a lot of hop smell.

Mouthfeel first - Suprisingly light to the mouth with medium to low carbonation.

T - A malty brew where the after taste sticks out as the most prominent taste of pure Oak. The oak almost disguises any alcohol going down. Not a lot of hop taste yet still pretty balanced.

D - Drinkability and mouthfeel were very surprising to me since it went down so smooth and fast. I wish I had the 750 ml bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 18:46:29 | More by KCHopHead
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap into a pint glass.

clear copper amber with half an inch of white head.

caramel, vanilla, and floral hops in the aroma. much more balanced than the regular AB.

flavor is similarly balanced. grassy hops with caramel malts, vanilla and a bourbon soaked finish. medium-high carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. better than the regular AB, which is overwhelmingly hoppy in the flavor; the aging has mellowed out the hops and allowed the malts to shine through.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2006 19:11:42 | More by Prufrock
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: An amberish ruby red that is fairly translucent. Pours a very creamy four-finger head into my Schneider Weisse glass. The head sticks around and laces the glass nicely. Beautiful looking beer overall. A perfect 5.

S: Malt, a hint of hops, a little hint of spice, vanilla, ginger, molasses, and a nice dose of oak. Not as aromatic as I would like, but smells damn good to me.

T: Hops dominate with in-your-face oak not far behind. There is a surprising amount of malt in the flavor. The finish is clean with a lingering bitterness. Any alcohol is well hidden. I feel that the oak and age do distract from the fruity hoppiness of regular AB, and that the oak isn't strong enough to add a ton of complexity on its own, it is almost fighting with the other elements in this beer. The slightest warming suggestion from spice, or is that alcohol? A hint of cherry on the finish. Pretty good, but the flavor isn't very powerful overall.

M: Pretty thick and creamy for the style.

D: I could put this one away and possibly have another, but I might get a little bored of it after awhile.

O: This one is a little more boring than I thought it would be, the age has muted the hops a little too much while the oak chips don't impart the refined oak flavor that I look for in a good oak-aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 05:21:04 | More by icetraxx
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,661 ratings.