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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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4,907 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,907
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 160
Gots: 429 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of BarrelO
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Deep garnet color. Two finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing.

S: Oak, caramel, vanilla, and citrus.

T: All about the oak, which is kind of a mixed bag overall. On the one hand, it does a good job of smoothing out the hoppy bitterness. On the other hand, it kind of drowns out the malt. Finish is bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Full-bodied with carbonation that explodes in the mouth.

D: I remember this being a lot better when I had it in the past. Before, I would have said that this is definitely better than regular AB. Now, I'm not so sure. Maybe I got an old bottle. Regardless, this is quite outstanding. If it were a bit bigger, it would be an ideal digestif.

BarrelO, Apr 18, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cwd, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy brown body that gives a one finger white head and dies within twenty seconds, no carbonation to be seen rising. Some ringy lacing appears.

S: wonderful amounts of oak but not overbearing and has some hops appear.

T: well balanced between the oak and the hops and malts done extremely well.

M: light to medium, no carbonation was felt, sessionable

O: ok, well, I thought the "arrogant bastard" was just an ok beer, but this is way better. Everything is perfectly balanced. Personally, I think the "oaked" version of this makes the regular "arrogant bastard" look like a kindergartener.

BeerKangaroo, Jul 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

mtrog313, Jan 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

jmathis, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

PaulyB83, Jun 27, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to finally try the Arrogant Bastard. This time, oaked. The beer pours a deep brown with ruby highlights. A thin white head rests atop it. The aroma is exquisite. Dark fruits, big hops, and oak scent, all blend together for a wonderful nose.

The taste is just as goodas the smell. Complex hops hit the palate first; certainly dark fruits, pine, and floral. Then the malt backbone comes through to balance out the flavor, followed by a slightly bitter finish. Thoughout the beer there is an oak/woody taste that just compliments it perfectly. What a wonderfully complex and interesting beer.

Mouthfeel is full, but the finish is a little dry. Highly drinkable. Highly reccomended. I shouldn't have had this one before the original, because there's no where for this beer to go but down. An absolutely outstanding brew.

BBM, Nov 25, 2006
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

nyrblue2, Jun 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

tviz33, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of cyclonece09
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass. Pours slightly cloudy red with little head. Smells of floral and cirtis notes with a nice deep fruity bouquet. Tastes of berries overwhelmingly with slight citrus but still has some lingering bite. Beer is medium bodied nicely carbonated good bite. Overall a superb beer.

cyclonece09, Nov 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ACB, Jun 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

kobeer, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of badbeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red color, off-white head that retains somewhat, but leaves no lacing. Lightly toasted smell, oak and pine make up the majority of the smell. Not overpowering, but still nice. Smooth malty flavors at the forefront, moving into oak flavors that are greeted with a bit of a piney/oak finish. Less than medium carbonation, medium bodied. This is very smooth, I think this is my favorite of the "Bastard" series. Definitely would buy again.

badbeer, Jan 15, 2007
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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.

tapman, May 09, 2010
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4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- dark brown very dark in color, clear with little to no carbonation, moderate white tan head slowly fades away to what become a white bubble lacing,

Smell- very strong hop smell, but this is the most definite part where it differs from the regular arrogant bastard, oak and vanilla malt kicks into play from this,

Taste- great balance of bold hops and malts to create pleasant and great flavor

Mouthfeel- heavy smooth and complex

Drinkability- I love the balance and complexity on this beer, one thats a pleasure to drink and you would want to drink all night cuz its hard to switch else where after

Stunner97, Apr 14, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

csurowiec, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

agreenman19, Oct 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

StubFaceJoe, Jul 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Chuffbomb, Jun 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Mortarforker, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of beerphan
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pilsner

Pours a hazed dark chestnut brown with an off white pillowy head that leaves sheets of lace. Carbonation appears robust. A fine looking brew.

Nose: Sweet citrus fruits of oranges and grapefruit, with hints of vanilla, and caramel malts.

Hops are prelavant with the citrus hops only slighted subdued with a thin malt backing. Citrus, oily and bitter on the finish with a slight smokey oak tinge.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Very good carbonation and a smooth ride.

Dangerously drinkable as alcohol is all but forgotten, but considerabley out of my price range for sessions, instead a tastey treat for special occasions.

beerphan, Jan 01, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to my boy, hurleymanvw, for giving me this brew after our tasting. Since we are going to have Stone here in GA soon, I figure it's time to drink this bad boy.

A- Deep, dark brown with mahogony and almond colors thrown in as highlights. No head to speak of; very oily looking, not much carbonation or 'sparkle' to this one yet.

S- Sweet from the malt to the tune of molasses and brown sugar but also hoppy and fruity. The alcohol warms you in the chest and the vanilla and oak round out the nose. Very complex and not overpowering; balanced but deep.

T- Wow, sweet up front but instantly after that, the hops hit you with a earthy and rich taste. The oak is thrown in mostly 3/4 of the way through and enhances the bitterness a little more and also adds a vanilla-like presence. It definitely puts a spin on things. The alcohol is subtle, but detectable in the final taste. Again, very complex but nothing over the top. All flavors meld together nice and evenly.

M- Oily and medium. Medium carbonation.

D- For the drink and the experience, it is very nice. A session beer it is not. I like it and will make it a staple in my fridge if we get this offering in my area.

MMAJYK, Sep 03, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into Atlas Mason jar.

A: Nice 3 finger brown head. Over a nice dark body.

S: Those arrogant hops and arrogant malts.

T: Orange-clover-beeswax, orange zest, lemon grass, bitterness of an oak sapling branch, caramel apples, and that hop bitterness that would make someone whose never tasted hops cringe, but is oh so good when you develop a taste for it. All this ends in a crisp dry bitterness.

M: Good

D: This is a strong beer but I would say a sixer of a game of cards makes you a man. but only if you motorcycle home with a cigar in your mouth trailing a shower of sparks. A good cigar masks even this beers odeur.

baos, Dec 17, 2008
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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