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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,734 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,734
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 144
Gots: 354 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great experience, a 3 litre bottle shared with many fans. Beautiful dark colour, pour. Excellently hopped,moderated by choice malts, oak bits give flavour. Bitter and wine-like finish and aftertaste. Pine and some grapefruit in nose. Carmel and grapefruit in mid-sip. Medium-full mouthfeel. A bit too oaky from the oak chips, that was less so on-tap two years later when tried at Solena Beach Pizza Port.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 15:59:03 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-25-2013 01:30:57 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Stone Brewing Co.

Pours a very dark crimson-brown with a small foamy 1/4 inch head that settles to a small cap. Small streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of hops, sweet malt, and some oak wood aromas. There is also an earthy, herby aroma I am getting as well. Taste is of some toasted malt, herbal hops, and a woody earth-like flavor that tones down the overall hop flavors. A mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth but slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer where the oak gives Arrogant Bastard's hop overload a bit of a toning down.

Serving type: growler

09-28-2011 04:22:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-14-2011 18:55:31 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, nutty brown with a creamy off-white head. Nice lacing. The oak comes through in a fairly big way atop what is easily recognized as none other than Arrogant Bastard. Lots of hops and a strong malty finish before the lingering bitterness kicks in. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, with the oak creating a nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:08:02 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard is a stupendous shade of sunset coral when viewed with bright sunshine behind the glass. Fat slices of tangerine orange can be seen at the edges and are a perfect color complement to the rest of the beer. The thickly creamy head (that is somewhere between pale caramel, pastel orange and golden beige) manages to slather the glass with butter-like streamers of lace. This is a gorgeous ale.

The nose is equally as good and reminds me of a caramel malty IPA, or even a DIPA, that contains boatloads of pungent, citric zesty, spruce-like hops... which is pretty much what Arrogant Bastard is. I don't remember this much fruitiness in the standard AB, but it has been a while since I treated myself to a bomber. Strangely enough, I can't really appreciate the oakiness in the nose.

My palate must have undergone a few changes (development, I hope) since my last Stone AB because the beer isn't the crazed bitter bomb that my memory tells me it was. Actually, it's more delicous than I remember. Whether that has anything to do with the oak chips is hard to say. I was almost ready to say that I can't appreciate oak on the palate either when... hot damn... there is it, making a big splash on the finish.

The beginning and middle portions of each mouthful are dominated by huge flavors of caramel, white grapefruit pith, bitter orange and pine sap. There's nothing better than Chinook unleashed. Rarely have I tasted a more aggressive ale that is so well-behaved in the mouth. Immediately after the swallow is where the caramelized sugar and oak make their move and turn a great beer into a phenomenal one.

I didn't think it was possible, but warming brings about an even greater intensity. Anyone who thinks this beer or its un-oaked brother is overrated is completely off his or her rocker. This is big beer that was brewed with bourbon-loving hopheads in mind. Since that describes me perfectly, it's no surprise that I'm in awe of what Stone has done.

How could the body/mouthfeel be anything less than fantastic? It's as firm as polished granite and is equally as smooth. It also possesses a luscious creaminess that promotes gulping rather than sipping. I find that I'm drinking waaay too fast, as much for how the beer feels as for how it tastes. Well, maybe not.

I'd have to drink Arrogant Bastard Ale and Oaked AB side by side to determine how much they actually differ. My guess is that the oak chips definitely add something of value. I did a little jig when I found out that Stone decided to release this beer in user-friendly 12 oz. bottles. I'm doing an even more enthusiastic jig now that I've had it. Smashing stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 15:36:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color. It poured with a two finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. The dissipating head also left lacy patterns running along the edges of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of oak.
T: Flavors of roasted malts and accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness; there are notes of oak in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 14:45:58 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a modest head that drops to a film and dots the chalice with lace

Smell: Rich caramel aroma mixed with grapefruit hops; a touch of pith and pine and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Right off the bat, the grapefruit hops assualt the tastebuds but are immediately joined by caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and oak; by mid-palate and after the swallow, the hoppy flavors become even more pronounced and blast into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit thinner than I would have expected

Drinkability: It is far easier to drink than one would expect for all of its arrogance

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 00:44:21 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

11-25-2011 02:59:15 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich brown amber color with a huge cream colored head that stayed for a while. Smell was very sweet of caramel with an almost a bourbon or whiskey smell to it. The taste was very intresting. Very crisp with a slight touch of alcohol. Sweet caramel malts and a bit of a wooden hop back. This is a very complex beer, I don't think I could begin to explain the taste and do it justice. Very very good, only wish I could get more of it around here!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 02:35:31 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a dark brown color ale with a nice medium brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops with some nice caramel malt. Taste is sweeter then expected with lots of caramel malt and a medium bitter finish with some citrusy hops. Body is definitely above average with some medium carbonation. I thought the oak presence was quite subtle and overall this is more reminiscent to a barleywine then an American Strong Ale but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 16:05:17 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never thought I would see this one in 12oz. bottles. Has the same Arogant Bastard characteristics that makes me so glad that I got into craft beers. As expected, the oak barrels impart a complex woody, nutty, musty, and raw character. It also rounds out the harsh hop and fusal characters of 'regular' Arogant Bastard. The beer comes across much smoother, more delicate, and more compex. Almost a creamy flavor and texture (cotton candy). From the bottle, it seems that the oak flavors, aromas, and nuances are more previlant than the times having it from the growler. I'll sure have more of these in the upcomming months.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 19:42:27 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-18-2012 00:48:20 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red in color with a thin layer of white foam and amazing lacing.

S: Tons of caramel, oak/vanilla, slight citrus.

T: Very distinct oak flavor, malty sweetness, smoke, and of course the signature Arrogant Bastard bitterness on the finish.

M: Great body, very little carbonation.

D: Much more drinkable than "regular" Bastard and much more complex and interesting (in my opinion).

Serving type: growler

08-11-2009 02:23:01 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-12-2012 06:41:21 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

12-02-2011 22:15:31 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$2.50 12oz. single from Green's (Buford locale) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark amber body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: A joining of sweet-smelling maltiness, primarily caramel with a smattering of dark brown sugar and rich hoppiness coming across as notes of plump grapefruits, perfume, and wood. Oh, and don't forget about the vanilla.

Taste: Toasty malts with a dark caramel sweetness and taste of brown sugar. Slight cherry fruitiness in the distant background. A drop or two of vanilla extract. Hoppy citrus and wood flavor, and that very same bit of fresh, hand-picked mint I get from the original. Moderate hop bitterness combines with a lightly astringent oaken component and both last through and beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just as delightful as the non-oaked Arrogant Bastard, though I never felt the oak treatment gave it all too much of a unique distinction, except, unfortunately, in its price tag.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 06:04:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-14-2011 10:50:08 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-23-2013 04:17:05 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head on a cloudy garnet with golden hues with nice lacing. Aroma is subtle but good with mostly caramel, malts, pine hips and bubblegum. Flavor is an improvement on the regular arrogant bastard. The oak and breads are excellent with citrus as pine hops. The mouthfeel is a little creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall definitely an improvement to the standard arrogant bastard and a nice offering from stone.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 00:06:19 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-10-2013 02:13:01 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge Huge thanks to fellow Buffalo area BA Orfeu for leaving some of this and a few other gems on my porch tonight!Poured into a brandy snifter a deep amber infused with some tawny brown a big fluffy almond colored head atop leaving multiple sheets of lace as it settled into a soapy-like top.The only let down of this beer in my mind was the nose seemed a bit unasumming some faint vanilla and caramel and hints of orange peel.Oh man the flavors are definently Not unassuming where to begin here caramel sweetness and woody tones at first sip the vanilla from the oak becomes prevelant a big drying spicey hoppiness really hits and hits hard just making it oh so drinkable and balanced.As the beer warms the alcohol heat comes thru more but not outta hand,oh so beautiful a beer I just loved it.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 02:05:14 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber/red with a nice thick tan head. A bit of oak comes through in the nose which is primarily of wax fruit and hops. Flavors are pleasant-full rich malt with nice balance of bitter hops. Flavors finish hop heavy and then is long lasting. Not a lot of oak in the mouth, if any, a bit of a disappointment that. A second bottle provided a bit more malt in the nose and a hint more wood in the flavor but it may just have been expectation with the second bottle. Bitter hop finish. Quality and well made; not as "significant" as one may want.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 07:40:57 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured much like their normal Arrogant Bastard ale with a caramel like brownish orange color and thick white head on top. The lacing does it's job pretty well and sticks to the glass nicely. The smell of the beer is still pretty hoppy, it still smells like Bastard. The addition of oak had a minimal amount of strength in my opinion. The oak shows up slightly on the nose and in the taste but doesn't really curve my thoughts of the beer in either direction. The mouthfeel is nice, it's slick and smooth feeling. Overall I found it to be pretty good and would probably drink it again if I could.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 05:36:38 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

You are not oaked worthy! Still, it pours a semi-murky garnet topped by a finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises the standard fare of pine and grapefruit, along with a decent blast of flowers, a solid contingent of caramel, and a small amount of, you guessed it, oak in the background. The taste followed very similarly, with the oak playing a nice supporting role to the other aforementioned elements. Nothing overbearing, which is refreshing in these days of o'erblown wood-aging nonsense. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a very nice brew, though I'm not sure I would necessarily take it over the normal Bastard on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 04:12:37 | More by TMoney2591
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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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