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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,872
Reviews: 1,837
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 158
Gots: 415 | 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%

meehandennis, Apr 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

RyanGoodman, Nov 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

jesus808, Jun 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Viperman1316, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of blitz134
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to sample this...12oz bottle from jayjaye as an extra in a recent trade...thanks...

Garnet red body, nice and clear. The typical Stone head retention and size. Initially a solid three fingers of dense khaki that reduced to a thin creamy foam layer. Beautiful lace grips the glass all over.

Aroma is lighter than I remember with the original. Some caramel sweetness. A little floral, citrus and a touch of pine hops. Seems similar to the original.

Taste comes through with a lot more of the oak, it has a more robust wood flavor than some of the other oak beers I've had. Lacks that harsh woodiness, which is a good thing. Caramel body again with some dinner roll malt flavors. Pine resin and light citrus hops round it out. Good stuff once again.

Nice full mouthfeel. Low carbonation doesn't overrun the flavors. Overall the drinkability is superb. I could drink this all the time. Its less upfront than the original and a bit smoother overall without the harsh hops. Good stuff.

blitz134, May 01, 2007
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

LSUPT, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Carl_R, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

nyrblue2, Jun 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

yoitsarch, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Jmamay22
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber with an inch deep pecan shell colored frothy head that settles to a thin cap. Smells of spicy American made hops with a sweetened edge of dark sugar.

Though this beer is certainly hop forward the oak has helped dull the sharper edges to create a more well rounded, yet classically American ale. The mouthfeel is full, rich and fitting of the brew. All in all a dangerously drinkable and enjoyable beer. Another winner from Stone.

Jmamay22, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of kshankar
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep and rich reddish amber with a off white creamy head with good retention. Nice lacing. Looks good, esp. the foam.

Aroma: Wood is subtle but I can notice it. There is also vanilla and a good hop smell. Some maltiness too.

Taste: Malts, and then the oak/wood which seems to really make this interesting. Hops do a good job in this one, every flavor blends in extremely well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and goes down VERY smoothly. Medium bodied

Drinkability: Regardless of the relatively high ABV, this is easy to drink. Tastes good, nice body, and creaminess. Probably wouldn't go through more than a couple, but its certainly easy to drink. Recommended

kshankar, Nov 02, 2008
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5/5  rDev +19%

sneth019, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

tyleeis, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

ConradKenney, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of blakesell
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

bmoney, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%

jonathaniler, Apr 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

IPAFrankieH, Jul 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

PaulyB83, Jun 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

DemoniChris, Apr 05, 2014
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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