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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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5,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,048
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 190
Gots: 490 | FT: 6
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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Ratings: 5,048 | Reviews: 1,848
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3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful ruby color, with a substantial rocky head, that diapates slowy with tons of lacing.... Looks great in the glass, plus anything coming out of a 3 liter bottle wins points just for being cool.

Smell is malty, caramel, and hops. little else to speak of.

Flavor is surprisingly subdued... Malt up front, with hint of vanilla and oak, finishing solidly bitter from the hops. Oddly, I find this to be more bitter than the regular bastard, yet not have the same hop flavor or amora. Mouthfeel is rather thin, but still substantial. Drinkability is moderate.

Oddly, I prefer the standard Arrogant Bastard over the oaked version. I had such hig hopes for this, but it just didn't quite deliver. A solidly good beer all around, but not nearly as good as I had hoped... IMO, save your money and stick with the standard A.B.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Erik for this treat!

A- Pours a dark brown with a huge dark tan head, about 3 inches of foamy head sticking to the sides of my glass for dear life

S- Intense battle of malts vs hops. Lots of smooth malts in the nose but the piney hops dont let them take over. Not much going on in terms of oak here but it smells amazing regardless

T- Move hops vs malts. The hops take their turn going first and the malts do what they can to keep everything in check but the hops are definitely winning this battle in the taste

M- Very smooth, this is the part of the beer where the oak aging becomes evident

O- Taste is good but a bit of a letdown after how good it smells. Maybe if this was a little older the hops would die off more and it would be awesome but as it stands its a little too hoppy to be perfect. Still delicious and I still would never turn one down

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark copper with a two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted several minutes and left a beautiful, thick film. Fantastic lacing.

S: Oak and malt. Dark and complex, but subtle.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Coffee, chocolate, malt and oak. Outstanding taste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

O: I really like this. Looks amazing. Nose is subtle but the oak is detectable. Taste great, and has a mouthfeel out of this world.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Slightly red in the glass when held up to the light. Beer pours a dark amber brown with a medium dark tan head that quickly falls.

Aroma is VERY nice: toasty caramel, very sweet, slightly nutty. First sip is very strong. Alcohol. Blunt and bitter. Carbonation is up front but as the taste lingers it becomes a little bit more complex, earthy. The aftertaste is, as expected, the added oak for this variety.

It's got a not-quite-IPA bitterness, along with a huge malt profile. I'm not sure they're really going for balance here, but they're not too far off. But it's not a great beer, it's just strong.

A pricey 6-pack. When will Stone make an arrogant bastard English style mild ale? Huh? I didn't realize English Mild was too American-Mass-Market for them. Or maybe their palette is not sophisticated enough.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice chocolaty brown with an orange hue, crowned by a bubbly, chunky light tan head, incredible lacing. The nose offers immediate hops, big, green, and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit, some subtle orange, all rounded out by woody oakness. The taste is like fresh squeezed orange juice for a second, then goes grapefruit on you. The hops and bitterness are pretty big, there must be some malt pulling it all back, but I don't really get it above all the citrus pith and the oak that hovers over the palate. There's even a flutter of strawberry bubble gum for a second. The finish is long, fruity, and bitter. The mouthfeel is dead on, good carbonation and smooth, slightly slick and oily on the finish. The downfall might be the drinkability, so much hops, so much oak. One is a lovely visit. More would be uncomfortable.

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4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

where do i start...poured a beautiful brownish red. nice three quarter inch head. steady carbonation. smells nice with hops and rich malts. the flava, oh the flava, wonderful mix of hop and malts with a hint of roasted - um wood? nice and smooth. the label says hated by many, well not hated by me. this beer kicks ass and takes names.

suckem up and movem out. cant wait to try on tap.


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