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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,007 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,007
Reviews: 1,841
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 172
Gots: 460 | 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:
American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003)
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Photo of jl28r1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JamesMN
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz bottle for $4 at a local liquor store. Let's see if it's worth the cash. Poured vigorously into a tulip glass, producing a small one finger head that has shrunk a little but seems to be sticking around.

Appearance: Light brown/nutty color. Cloudy, can see some sediment in it when held up to the light. Looks nice. (Left amazing lacing on the glass).

Aroma: Earthy. Can smell some almost candy sweetness, probably the hops. Very slight hint of the oak aging.

Taste: Maltier than the regular Bastard. The hops are also not as present. Some caramel and dried fruit notes. A little reminiscent of an imperial brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Almost something you'd want to slowly sip over an hour or so, but the drinkability is high enough that bigger gulps are rewarded with a smooth mouthfeel.

Final Thoughts: In the future, I'll probably opt for the regular Arrogant Bastard over this more mature version. However, it is a very nice and complex beer with a flavor that stays with you even minutes after you've swallowed.

Photo of RichD
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of yoitsarch
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Jameswoody
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of dherling
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice chocolaty brown with an orange hue, crowned by a bubbly, chunky light tan head, incredible lacing. The nose offers immediate hops, big, green, and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit, some subtle orange, all rounded out by woody oakness. The taste is like fresh squeezed orange juice for a second, then goes grapefruit on you. The hops and bitterness are pretty big, there must be some malt pulling it all back, but I don't really get it above all the citrus pith and the oak that hovers over the palate. There's even a flutter of strawberry bubble gum for a second. The finish is long, fruity, and bitter. The mouthfeel is dead on, good carbonation and smooth, slightly slick and oily on the finish. The downfall might be the drinkability, so much hops, so much oak. One is a lovely visit. More would be uncomfortable.

Photo of giblet
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

where do i start...poured a beautiful brownish red. nice three quarter inch head. steady carbonation. smells nice with hops and rich malts. the flava, oh the flava, wonderful mix of hop and malts with a hint of roasted - um wood? nice and smooth. the label says hated by many, well not hated by me. this beer kicks ass and takes names.

suckem up and movem out. cant wait to try on tap.

giblet

Photo of IAmHollywood13
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of shirfan
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick, sticky pillow of foam sits atop a dark copper brew, absolutely refusing to disperse.

Malty aroma, whole-grain toastbread, hints of orange and tangerine.

Taste is excellent. A strong, juicy citric hops presense is perfectly tempered by moderately sweet malt. Fresh-baked bread notes give way to some bittering, leaves just enough pucker without being excessive. Oak is present in the background, as is a slightly mineral flavor, imparting further character into an already excellent brew.

As good as this is, I'm glad I opted for a single 12 oz bottle rather than an $18 sixer. The oak is interesting, but it doesn't make an already awesome brew that much more exceptional.

Photo of bboven
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby body with a slight haze, thin head with just a smattering of lacing

The oak and hops mingle nicely; both are very strong but neither overpower one another.

The oak comes through much more in the flavor. There is a slight vanilla taste and a bit of tannic action. The hops balance the oak and leave a nice bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is very full, slightly drying, very very nice.

My only qualm is that the oak could be a little less to let the base flavors shine through, but other than that, a near perfect oaked beer.

Photo of Natural510
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle a bright crimson with decent head which laces the glass upon dissipation.
Smells very strongly of hops, some orange/grapefruit notes and, yes, wood.
Flavors of citric grapefruit, pine-nut, and a dry oak. The yeast makes itself known, as does a distinctive hop bite. The malts kick in by the end as to not allow the hops to steal the show. There is alot going on in this brew.
It stays very lively in the mouth, allowing the distinctive flavors to power themselves around. Leaves a puckering tangyness which throbs the lower mouth & gums after swallowing.
Drinkability, as with the traditional ABA, depends on one's tolerance for hops malt & yeast which knock you over the head with their presence. For myself, and many others, it's a much-welcome presence in the beer world.

Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Magpie14
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: creamed orange head rested contently on the deep ruby and crimson caramel body, great look. Lacing provided films and rings of sticky foam with a few fluffy bubbles

S: smells are unique with light smoked oak and hickory whiffs paired with pungent pines, grasses, and mint leaves. The big smells give way to caramel and roasted malts

T: flavors are a large basket of green crusted hops drizzled with buttery caramel. The hops consist of pine needles, grapefruit peels, grassy herbal notes, and a pop of spices with mint. Otherwise, the other dominant flavors are the sugary caramel crusted malts that provide ample backbone, more than enough I might add. Then, this amalgamation of flavors is infused with that drifting smoked oak character. The smokiness is kept in balance and some what subtle making a nice compliment overall (reminiscent of oaked bourbon flavors). Tasty!

M: creamy and turns into a dream as it warms. I was doing more than sipping this brew, I had to pace myself. Body is full and lush with vanilla flavors poking through

D: a scrumptious beer! This is another buy, great flipping stuff

Photo of kayrex
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TrojanWheels
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of oldedog
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Higravity
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yawn. What oh right. This beer is pretty much like the regular bastard which is ok in its own right. Nice amber hue small weak head, low carbonation. The smell is strong alcohol mixed with some malty profile that could be anything, there is a nutty woody presence with of course plenty of hops in case. The hops seem more toned down but the oak flavor is a little to bite-y with the alcohol. It is a decent blend but I think it might need more time to mellow. I could drink a 6 pack in a week, but not something I would get regularly.

Photo of PaulsBrew
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of RummyRedbeard
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tjd25
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I poured the first glass, I had the impression that there would be no head, but it ended up forming a nice light and velevty head on an intense opaque amber brown color body. The smell is extraordinarily fresh and shows a great bouquet of red fruits with a very enjoyable sweetness. Also lighter hints of citrus, with a grapefruit character appearing slowly and getting deeper in the taste. Yeasty notes of vanilla appear after a while. The taste is way more aggressive than the smell. The very dry hoppiness invades and conquers the mouth with together with some oily notes. As for red fruits and citrus, their influence switched from the one they had in the smell: the once dominant red fruits notes are more subtles in the taste, as the grapefruity character took over. The aftertaste gets quite dry and grassy. The oaked aspect appears together with notes of cherry that create a slightly floury feeling on the tongue. Mouthfeel is enjoyably lighter than expected. Its complexity stimulates all the parts of the mouth and of the tongue. This surprizingly soft mouthfeel contributes to the great drinkability of theis character brew.

Photo of bbeane
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!!

Photo of gr8zehaman
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DruRho
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of straightlambic
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of freemanj
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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