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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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94
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5,027 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,027
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 184
Gots: 469 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Photo of prdstmnky
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 9/28/11

Poured into a tulip, 3 fingers of creamy tan head sits on top of an amber body. Nice head retention as well as some lacing, great looking beer.

The oak is the first thing that hits my nose, woody with hints of vanilla followed by some sweeter malts and both floral and fruity hops. The smell isn't overpowering, but somewhat complex. The taste falls right in line, although a bit drier than I expected. The hops are there, with a bit of bitterness...and the oak is upfront as well. Id say the malt profile doesn't come thru quite as much on the tongue as the nose, but still alot going on. Slightly above average carbonation, and as I said before, a bit drier than expected.

Another nice offering from Stone, I prefer this to the regular AB. Im not usually a fan of anything hoppy on oak (or in a barrel) but this is actually quite tasty. All the components work really well together.

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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BrewMaster
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from the always attractive 3L bottle. Luckily we had a new garbage can anda bunch of ice around to chill this bad boy. I have to give the apperance/presentation a 5 because this bottle is so damn cool with the lock and all. The beer itself poured beautifully and looked exacctly like the "un-Oaked" Arrogant Bastard we poured side-by-side. A creamy, frothy head that cascades down the sides of the Arrogant Bastard flute-like glass. The head on the oaked AB lasted the entire glass and then some. Fluffy, soft bubbles formed a nice stiff heaed atop this beer. The aroma is hoppy and sweet but not nearly as stong with the hops as the regular AB. A bit of citrus in the nose as well. The flavor is smoky sweet with a burnt wood flavor. This beer is very very smooth. A lot of the hoppiness has mellowed out to make this a more malty tasting brew. Notes of currant, caramel, and mango fill in the flavor well. It is a slight bit thinner in the mouth but is still very velvety and smooth on the palate. Aging with oak is a definate improvement upon an already exceptional beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.99/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Twelve ounce bottle, moderate pour into a tulip glass, yields a solid two finger off-white head over a deep amber-mahogany body. Extensive lacing. Pretty beer.

Smell is nice, though not very strong. Cracker malt, pine hops, floral hops, a bit of hay and grass. The oak is definitely there.

Taste is like the smell, although in reverse order. The hops hit first, then the malt, and then the oak vanillins come on good and strong. The oak is what saves this from being an altogether mediocre tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is enriched by the oak-chip smoothness. Nice and round. Good soft carbonation.

Drinkability -- what can I say? It's west coast beer, which means the hop-load is way out of line with the style. I couldn't have more than one of these, because the complexity of the malt and oak-chip flavors are simply smashed by the over hopping. Stone has done it again: taken what might have been a really good beer and made it average by overhopping it. Somebody tell me why Stone's beers all taste like a variation on an IPA! Somebody else tell me what the attraction to Stone beers might be.

Better than the regular Arrogant Bastard, which is just one dimensionally hop-dominated. At least this has the vanilla flavors of the oak to save it from totally mediocrity. This would be a really good beer if Stone could just have held back about half the hops they put in.

Photo of burnstar
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep murky brown with a medium sized head. Nice lacing on the sides and surface of the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops. Some light oak notes. Taste is toasted and caramel malt balanced by abundant grapefruit/citrus. A dull background sweetness. Oak notes throughout. Some dark fruit as well. Complex. Fairly balanced although the hops are somewhat dominant, but that's not a bad thing. Light lingering bitterness. Really great stuff. Nice full bodied creamy mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable considering its heaviness. Overall a great beer

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,027 ratings.