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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
outstanding

5,033 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,033
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 483 | 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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Photo of mwar
1.75/5  rDev -58.3%

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.85/5  rDev -56%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer pours a cloudy, dark copper color with no head. The aroma is toast, molasses, raisins, and alcohol. It's flavor has notes of toast, vanilla, licorice, and brandy. The brandy taste takes over and at the same time there is a strong bitterness that gets stronger the more you drink it. It also has a nasty, bitter aftertaste. Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale is way too strong to be good and is not recommended!

Photo of waltonc
1.92/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I haven't had Arrogant Bastard in years, but figured I'd try this oaked version on tap at Monk's Kettle in case my tastes have changed. Let's see...nope. Still tastes like the absurdly over-hopped Arrogant Bastard I remember. No balance at all. Just pure hops. Maybe I'll try it again a few years from now.

Photo of r00tarded
1.96/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I can't find the attraction to this beer. I know there are lots of people that love it, but if I wanted to suck on a grapefruit, I'd suck on a grapefruit.

I had the non-oaked version and found it barely palatable. I tried the oaked version and, while its more drinkable, it's hardly a beer that I'd say "yes please, I'd love another one!".

One of my least favorites from Stone Brewing and my least favorite strong ale.

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of beck2008
2.1/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This ale was quite a disappointment. My friend said this was his favorite beer so I had to try it. I had the double bastard ale and was blown away by the alcohol, I had this one and was just blown away by the nasty overall taste. The finish was a serious woody chemical taste akin to Varathane on hard rock maple.

the details

A- Pours dark amber with 1/2 finger head. semi cloudy

S- Very very malty, smooth yet very strong chemical smell

T- Strong hop on the front end

M- medium carbonation

D- Too strong on the back end, way too much oaky taste. Not sure this flavor belongs in beer.

I have a lot of respect for what Arrogant Bastard is trying to accomplish with their aggressive brand of beers but this is a bit over the top. But then again, maybe that's the whole point.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of TheOtherMike
2.19/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

I'm on good terms with the Double Bastard, so I didn't expect this to be so different. I do not like molasses. I do not like the smell of molasses. This reminds me terribly of molasses. Fortunately, the alcohol content overpowers one's taste buds and the molasses taste fades. I got through it ok and recommended it to a friend that likes this type and he gave it a thumbs up.

Photo of Mattias
2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.42/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with mahogany and ruby tones when held to the light. Has a limpid off-white head that quickly recedes to a light film and the collar of death around the drink. A few drabs of lacing but nothing spectacular.

S: Piney, resiny hops, toasted malt, caramel, and toffee, with oak and some vanilla overtones.

T: Toasted and caramel malt, with a lesser pine hop character on the initial taste. It becomes bitter very quickly as the hops take over, and the oak contributes an additional bittering character that I'm not too fond of. By the finish it lessens slightly due to a combination of vanilla and toffee, but the aftertaste is again very dry and bitter. Just not my bag.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is slightly high and pricks the tongue a bit.

D: Not a huge fan of this one (and, to be honest, the original form). I recognize the appeal in this one but it's not for me, and I won't get it in the future.

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,033 ratings.