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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,972 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,972
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 169
Gots: 449 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

kiki3drt292, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of RandyKemka
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

RandyKemka, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of ThrashMaster
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ThrashMaster, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4/5  rDev -4.8%

TheSleepyMonkey, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of EStreet20
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's see what some oak chips do to my AB.
12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass

A - Nice deep red mahogany/chestnut wood colored brew with about a finger of tan head. Leaves nice lacing rings.

S - Smell does have some vanilla character, obviously imparted from the wood over that harsh AB smell. Smells nice, giving it a fruitier aroma than the original AB. The smell overall is more subdued. is that a plus or minus? Neither, but a different, aofter smell.

T - The oak has imparted a woody, roasted flavor to the brew. In addition, the flavor has mellowed somewhat, making the AB a little less aggressive. Definitely a pleasant/different experience.

M - Nice full, creamy body.

D - Interesting to say the least. A nice sipper to relax with.

Notes: Pretty damn good. Not better than AB, not worse than AB, simply a brew with some subtle changes. Shows what adding some wood can do for a beer.

EStreet20, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev -4.8%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Soonami
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This oaked Arrogant Bastard bottle is one that I have aged for 2 years and decided now was the time to have it. This beer is in fine condition, but I don't think aging did it any favors. The smell is definitely melanoidin dominated with woody, earthy contribution from oak. The taste was pronounced caramel and toasted grain with a bracing bitter finish complementing the sweetness. The oak comes through in the aftertaste providing some tannins and herbal bite. I need to try this beer fresh, to better sample the hop quality.

Soonami, Aug 13, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

bird22, Jun 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

21Maestro8, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of PhageLab
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap house in Hampton. I'd been waiting for this one a while, and I wasn't let down. But let's not get ahead of ourselves now, only a fool would do that.

A - In a pint glass it showed up with a nice fingertip's worth of head that stuck around for a bit. Excellent lacing was shown as this swirling chestnut mixture went down. Fades to a darker brown.

S - Toasted malts and woodchips. Not an overpowering smell as I was expecting, but not unpleasant.

T - Incredible complexity, big roasty profile with spices and malt-like tastes. What amazed me about this brew was that unlike it's standard counterpart, it was nearly impossible to taste the alcohol! Of course due to it's warming effects you could still detect it. As it warmed, it became a bit sweeter and the hop bite was more apparent.

M - Naturally full bodied, perfect carbonation levels, and a nice clean finish. No residue or other nonsense.

D - Excellent, I had a few, and am looking forward to having a few more. This is probably my favorite offering from Stone. Bravo!

PhageLab, Nov 09, 2007
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
Photo of cvfish
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I already reviewed the Arrogant Bastard, I would go into all the same stuff again, only to say that this was almost exactly like the original, with only a handful of vanilla scents and tastes. Overall still a good beer, but not as exceptional as I was expecting.

cvfish, Jan 26, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

PaulsBrew, Jun 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

DerekQXQX, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

dspinler, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of arguemaniac
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an hazy orangish copper with a fairly well-retained light tan head that eventually leaves behind a generous lace. Fruity malt sweetness with a firm orangey hop character in the aroma. In the palate a somewhat astringent citrus hop spice overshadows the otherwise firm, slightly fruity malt backbone (with a definite honey character). The distinct oaky character contributes to the complexity.

Did a side-by-side comparison of this one with the regular AB: Arrogant Bastard is slightly richer, with a better balance, while the Oaked AB is a bit smoother, more refined and slightly more complex. Both were equally enjoyable and very drinkable, especially considering how rich they are.

Anyway, recommendedÂ…

arguemaniac, May 05, 2007
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

DaveRinn, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Chris77McGrath, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

mlefebvre7, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of funkengruven
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured very nicely, a very dark amber with a nice tan head. Smell is extremely hoppy, with a slight aroma of something different (I'm thinking it's the oak). The flavor is almost pure hops, but the finish contains this almost smoky aroma, definitely unique. It's aggressively bitter which isn't totally a bad thing but can be a bit much, put simply you have to be in the mood for something like this. But if you are, there's very little else out there that rivals this.

funkengruven, Sep 29, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Kaydogg, Jun 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jeffwright, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of rpstevens
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my smuttynose tulip.

The beer pours a ruby red-mahogany hued hazy color with a foamy white head that leaves a sticky, persistent residue.

The smell is toffee, chocolate and sweet oaky characteristics first, but there's an earthy hop in there as well.

The taste is the complete opposite of the smell. The grassy, piney hops come to the front of the taste and the chocolate and toffee tones move to the back of the line. Both flavors are present and incredibly well balanced. I don't taste much oak though.

The beer is pretty heavy and thick, and I do feel the booze in the stomach as I drink, but not as much as I would expect. This is a very drinkable beer that is deceiving. The high abv always rears it's head eventually...

rpstevens, Jun 12, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

switzer, Feb 24, 2012
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,972 ratings.