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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,908 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,908
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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Photo of tapman
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
Photo of Stunner97
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
Photo of csurowiec
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

csurowiec, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

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

Chuffbomb, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Mortarforker
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
2006

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
Photo of MMAJYK
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
Photo of baos
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
Photo of divineaudio
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

a - pours ruby red with an inch or so of sudsy, cream colored head. after calming i get a thick ring of foam and thick rings of lacing in the glass.

s - bready with some grapefruit, tart sourness, faint grassiness.

t - toffee malt with a sourdough breadiness to it. strong pine resin bitterness. i'm not getting any oak flavors at all.

m - medium in body, slightly oily, adequate carbonation, finer co2 profile.

o - decent, but i don't see what this offers over regular arrogant bastard. certainly not worth the higher price tag. pass.

divineaudio, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky rusty copper color. Nice one and a half finger creamy tan head. Gummy, chewy lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S- Vanilla, licorice, caramel, sweet citrus like mango, and pineapple. A touch of piney bitterness, pink grapefruit and wood.

T- Butter rum, toasted vanilla, caramel, licorice and sweet and pungent hops. Bursts of mango, tangerine, and pineapple

M- Nice and creamy mouthfeel. Nice resiny hops bark, but the sweetness makes everything a touch sticky.

O- This is really nice. Not sure if it's worth $18.99/6-pack tho. Maybe I should have another and ponder that! :-)

Thickfreakness, Jan 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

RyanGoodman, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Chris77McGrath, May 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

McNazz, May 19, 2014
Photo of BSuter
4/5  rDev -4.8%

BSuter, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of gpogo
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish brown. Off-white head

S- Hoppy and slight malty sweetness.

T- Hoppy, but not to intense. Sweet malty taste. Slight roasted malt aftertaste. The oaked arrogant bastard seems less harsh than a non-oaked.

M- Incredibly smooth, with a medium to full body. I can only taste this beer and nothing before or after. Light carbonation which seems fitting with the complex tastes.

D- At 7.2% I'm not sure I could have too many of these, but it definitely worth it. Complimented my meal quite well.

gpogo, Apr 18, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

tyleeis, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of nortmand
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly brown, with a hint of red. Nice two finger brown head.

Spicy vanilla oak dominates the nose with a supporting cast of American hop citrus and caramel maltiness.

Vanilla oak flavors meld with a fruit maltiness up front. Kind of like vanilla and peaches. This quickly turns into the intense citrus and lingering bitterness that I expect from regular Bastard.

Full oak induced mouthfeel, very smooth and fulfilling. This beer is great, it has alot of oak character and is surprisingly drinkable despite the cacophany of flavors pounded into the palate.

nortmand, Dec 07, 2006
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5/5  rDev +19%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of hoplover82
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amazingly clear red rose color with a very creamy off white head that has very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is a very balanced blend of oak and pine hops and slightly burned caramel.

The flavor is much of the same except of coarse the hefty hefty bitterness that comes like a train. Some sweet bicuit dough as well comes into play. But the pine-y hops I think shine through it all. Along with a woody oak finish to top if off for good measure.

The mouthfeel could not be any creamier, HUGE, yet has a refreshing hoppy bitter finish that lingers forever.

Because of the amount of bitterness in this beer, it is very drinkable. Quite refreshing I might add. Palate cleansing. Very drinkable!

hoplover82, Sep 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jonathaniler, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

bbrown12, Jan 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

jesus808, Jun 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

yoitsarch, Nov 16, 2012
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,908 ratings.