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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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4,848 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,848
Reviews: 1,835
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 156
Gots: 406 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

ssgunbond, Oct 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

ConradKenney, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

dspinler, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Mortarforker, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of blakesell
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Beer is from the first time Oaked Bastard was made into 6 packs. Severely limited at the time and bottle is probably about 2 years old. Poured from 120z bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

Appearance- Pours an amber brown with a 1.5 finger head of splotchy foam. Red hues shine through the light. Lacing is virtually not there.

Smell- Cascade and Centennial hops. Big oak and thick 60 lovibond toasted malts coming to a toffee-like center with more over the top hoppiness in the finish.

Taste- Malt and oak sweetness with a big hoppy smash coming in later as if hit with a rubber mallet. Oak lingers giving vanilla and cashew tones with more lingering walnuts and bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Big carbonation and thick mouthfeel. Overly cloying with hops. Somewhat warming and sticky.

Drinkability- Not greatly drinkable. There was once a time when I could go to a bar and drink nothing but the bastard, but I think time has run it's course on me and no longer will the bastard set me free. I love other beers from stone, but arrogant has eluded me in my old age. Even on oak and with age, I can't say that this is the best beer in town anymore.

blakesell, Mar 05, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cwd, Aug 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

bmoney, Dec 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

tyleeis, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

freemanj, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

A- Clear brown amber with creamy yellowish beige head which stays until the end leaving plenty of gooey lacing.

S- Smells great. Very sweet pink grapefruit and pineapple. Light pine. Anise undertones. All beautifully mixed in with alcohol. I'm also surprised to find a bit of banana in here. Strong butterscotch malt manages to fight all the tropical hoppiness and reveals itself to your nose, incredibly appetizing. Can't wait to taste.

T- Very different from the smell. Fruit changed to honeydew melon and white grapefruit. Lots of grapefruit rind taste and bitterness with a pine and Popsicle stick after-taste.

M- Medium to full mouthfeel. Not dry. Medium and very pleasant in mouth carbonation.

D- Très good. Rough bitterness might get a bit annoying but this is a quality beer. Quite refreshing.

Very good but don't really see what the oak brings other than a tongue depressor finish. I'm not even sure I'd know this was oaked if it wasn't stamped on the bottle. I'd have to try both versions side by side.

Yoonisaykul, Aug 22, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

JasonTaverner, Aug 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

cherche, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Carl_R, Jul 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

meehandennis, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

JT99125, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of malty
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%

Poured from a fresh 12 oz. long neck into the new Sam Adams curvy scientifically thoughtful glass.

The color is a ruddy glowing amber-rosewood with a fine 1/2" head.
Sheets on almost undisturbed lace all the way down the glass.

Smells just like a freshly bit into caramel apple; Vanilla dominates while the hops bring to the rear a somewhat spicy tropical fruit element. A few brisk swirls of my fancy glass evokes concord grape jelly scents smattered with brown sugar & molasses.

Wow, all the deeply sweet & malty scents took a shotgun seat position as the dry & rindy hops grabbed the wheel as soon as this glorious liquid hit my tongue. The oak chip maturation really shines on the standard Arrogant Bastard I've grown so fond of. The hops and the oak chips create a perfect dryness & bitterness for the sweet (and slightly toasty) malts to rest upon. All of the scents I described translate perfectly into the flavors, all with a bombastic bitter hop attack straight out of the gate. There's even a tiny hint of sourness at the finish, (although it could just be the unique bitter/dryness from the oak chips) which I'm really digging.

Mouthfeel is medium-to-full bodied with a perfect amount of ultra fine carbonation to keep all the flavors frolicking. A deeply flavorful and dry finish.

Drinkability is through the roof. This really works well for me. The sweet & thick malts linger underneath the potent hop ensemble all entwined with the vanilla dry oakey spotlight - blows my socks off. I'd skip dinner and just drink a few more of these!

Overall a stunningly bold and perfectly balanced ale. It's like The Avengers, The Invaders, The Fantastic Four and the Super Friends all got together and created this beer. If I were to compare this beer to a band, it'd definitely be Led Zeppelin. Full force, multi-dimensional, grimy and graceful! A perfect beer for me!

malty, Nov 18, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev -4%

Pours a beautiful head that falls, but doesn't dissapate. It has a great lacing that follows the length of the glass. Brown color is dark and not too cloudy, looks great. It smells like a maltier beer with a slight hint of woodiness. The flavor is pretty bitter with hops and very malty and the woodiness really comes out in the finish. The mouthfeel was very good, no bite, nothing but pretty smooth stuff. The drinkability was very nice, I will enjoy my next few.

Erdinger2003, Jan 21, 2007
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3.65/5  rDev -13.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Koningshoeven sniffer. Pours a dark ruby-red, cloudy, with little to no head[edit: at second pour, a lot more head...creamy and frothy, with a TON of sticky lacing]. Aroma is pretty strong, fruits, for some reason...belgian yeast is coming to mind. Sweet smell.
Taste is close to an DIPA, which didn't quite match the aroma. Picking up carbonation, bitters, booze, and a dry finish. Good beer...would put it under a Rogue Dead Guy though.

ShadesOfGray, Dec 10, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jonathaniler, Apr 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ACB, Jun 14, 2013
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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