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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,715 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,715
Reviews: 1,824
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 142
Gots: 347 | 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:
American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003)
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle to glass
A-was brown in color with a light brown foam
S-it had a little hop smell, but did not smell the roast smell you smell with most brown color beers
T- had a strong hop taste with a hop aftertatse with a warming finish
M- had a taste that must have came from the wood chips, was differant
O- as you are finishing the beer you the taste of the hops fades with the roast tatse taking over. Love it

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 23:03:45 | More by a0lbudman
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kevindp9

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-22-2013 03:13:36 | More by kevindp9
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freemanj

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-03-2013 04:35:34 | More by freemanj
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-07-2013 17:52:49 | More by Chris77McGrath
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ssgunbond

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

10-26-2013 01:31:17 | More by ssgunbond
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scooter231

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty beer- quite dark, with deep ruby and garnet colors when held to the light. It has a tan foamy head that stays for a few minutes, then retreats to a thin layer of foamy film that leaves lacing around the rim. Smells... green. Green and woodsy. Piney. Definitely green, foresty things, backed up with a booze punch and a little bit of sweetness.

Taste is also green, with more alcohol coming through. The sweetness makes itself better known, with vanilla and malty flavors, though it still keeps a backseat to the woodsyness, and hop bitterness. The hops have an earthy feel to them, melding well with the oaked woodsyness. There's a nice finishing biscuityness towards the end of the sip that finishes very nicely.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, full. This is a very very tasty brew, alcohol is deceivingly tasty and/or sneaky. This is definitely less harsh than the regular Bastard, which I also enjoy. I'm not sure whether or not I prefer one to the other... have to have a side by side comparison. However, this one really is more well-rounded and easier to drink. Less sweet than I recall, but then it has been a while. An excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 05:21:08 | More by scooter231
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PintOHops

California

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - Relatively clear amber/red color with a 2-finger head, retention is decent. It left little soapy/spotty lacing, nothing impressive.

S - Deep deep sap & bark like aroma. A nice rind in there, like grapefruit, wow it's just so earthy! Mild sweetness, a bit of toasted malt hidden underneath the huge earthy/tree bark aroma. Unique & exciting aroma.

T - A bit sugary but not sweet really, it's got a bit of candied like quality upfront. Then all hell breaks loose with an assault of earthy tree bark, sap and grapefruit rind! I get a bit of the alcohol as well, there's a bit of semi bright citrus towards the finish that peeks in but comes nowhere near the earthiness. This beer finishes with mild plum & cherry, mild toasty/cracker, and strong lingering earthy flavors & charred wood like bitterness. As it warmed I got a bit of vanilla but very subtle & almost not noticeable.

M - Soft crispness with a smooth slick feel. Around medium in body.

D - First off, wow what a beer! This was an out of bounds treat for me, I wouldn't be able to drink more that two of these I think, the earthy flavors & bitterness are very strong. I would love to sip on this beer in the cold winter season with an open fire, and I'll definitely buy this one again. Highly recommended for anyone that enjoys just about every style of beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 23:40:02 | More by PintOHops
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

02-27-2013 03:25:38 | More by lilnicky068
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jpaulsen

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-16-2013 17:55:42 | More by jpaulsen
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Supergenious

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-21-2011 23:24:56 | More by Supergenious
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MightiestBeard

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

07-12-2013 23:17:01 | More by MightiestBeard
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OB1

Ohio

5/5  rDev +19%

05-28-2013 01:30:08 | More by OB1
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jeffwright

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-15-2014 02:47:29 | More by jeffwright
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cantfindme

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-23-2012 04:32:13 | More by cantfindme
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HoustonTX

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard pours out beautifully, dark amber body with stunning ruby highlights. Thick frothy head, with lots of sticky glass coating lacing. Looks great.

Aroma is definitely a lot more woody than it's regular form. Lots of oak, pine, maple, and cherry wood. Huge hop oil notes, herbaceous, resinous, and sweet florals. Along with a hefty backing of dark sticky malts. Very delicious smell overall, highly appealing and definitely gets the mouth watering.

Taste on this one is astounding. Much more complex then regular Bastard. The hops really stand out here. Loads of sappy pine bitterness, sweet tantalizing florals, and immense amounts of citrus. The oak does a wonderful job of integrating with all of the flavor notes, especially the rich malty notes. The balance is phenomenal. Finishes dry, with lingering wood notes.

Well, what else can I say? This one takes one of our all time favorite beers, and takes it up several levels. Great complexity, and perfectly balanced. What else can you ask for?

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 02:24:09 | More by HoustonTX
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BeanBone

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A murky red-brown body capped by a finger and a half of off-white head that fades slowly and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: I'm getting all the aromas of the standard beer with even more complexity. A mix of vanilla, woodiness, piney and citrusy hops, and lots of caramel malt.

Flavor: Up front, lots of leafy and citrusy hops alongside notes of vanilla and oak from the barrel. Underneath, there's a substantial caramel malt backbone that is able to keep everything balanced nicely. Just a little spiciness coming from the alcohol. Everything is balanced nicely, with no single element taking charge. Leafy hops, oak, and biscuity malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little coaty with a dry finish. A little warmth from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: Somewhere in the middle of the drinkability scale, this is a beer you could easily drink two pints of.

Verdict: Unsurprisingly, Oaked Arrogant Bastard ends up being the same old Arrogant Bastard we know and love with oaky and vanilla-like notes mixed in. Given a choice between the two, I'd always opt for this version.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 22:59:35 | More by BeanBone
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miadw3

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-10-2013 07:21:38 | More by miadw3
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta love the Bastard. Kind of the middleweight champion of micro-brews. It does everything well. Dark, almost brown hue. Creamy lasting head. Great creamy and full body. The balance of malts and hops is near perfect. The oak is even a bit nicer than the original. A very unique beer, can't think of another one quite like it (It's almost like a smaller barley wine). Can't wait until the Double Bastard gets to Florida!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 04:51:37 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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erha2

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-23-2012 20:49:10 | More by erha2
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This beer is good. I live a few hours away from Stone Brewing Co. and get a lot of their beers, but don't get this one. I hate that we don't get it.

The appearance is scary. You have a really cloudy brown brew here pouring a furious three finger head. The sediment in my glass collected at the bottom, really nuts considering the Arrogant Bastard is transparent.

Really great smell. I let it warm just a bit to get full effect. The smell is sweet. Something fruity, I am leaning towards apricots. You can also smell a the hops, but it smells like the hops were dipped in caramel before they brewed this fine gem.

The taste is outstanding. Really something. You get the dry hop bitterness that Arrogant Bastard has, but an incredibly subtle dryness that comes toward the end. The brew really hops all of your palate, but I will say that it is almost smoother that its un-oaked brethren. I have to say also that Arrogant Bastard is by far my favorite year-around brew of all time, so the expectations were fairly high. This brew met my expectations. I wish I could buy this in the store, but can't. Highly recommended brew.

J

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 03:50:18 | More by Jmoore50
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Satan70

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

06-13-2013 02:47:39 | More by Satan70
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mattboyer182

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-23-2013 02:39:30 | More by mattboyer182
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badboy7113

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-31-2013 02:30:56 | More by badboy7113
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cjac

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-27-2013 02:16:09 | More by cjac
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capnamerica

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-15-2013 14:39:03 | More by capnamerica
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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