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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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4,723 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,723
Reviews: 1,824
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 143
Gots: 348 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a semi light hazy brown colour. A very bold malt taste up front with a little sweetness of citrus and hops on the finish, and the oak was very subtle. The the little sweetness touch on the end of each taste was very refreshing. It took me a few sips to appriciate this beer fully, and I was sad when the pint glass was empty. Damn tasty beer, very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 23:55:19 | More by WeedKing4
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Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a deep amber, clear body with a thick, gushing off white head that reduces very slowly and leaves chunky, sticky foam 1/2" thick on the sides of the glass. Very appealing.

S- Very floral with citrus zest, a big malty caramel backbone, oak barrel, and pine sap.

T- The oak chips really punch you in the face the second this beer hits thee tongue - lots of vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch upfront. This progresses into an aggressive hop bite with lots of pine, resin, citrus, and floral notes. The finish is borderline astringent. All of this is sitting on a medium-heavy roasted malt backbone that gives it subtle notes of toffee, chocolate and caramel.

M- Medium-heavy body, medium carbonation.

Overall a hugely complex beer. The oak chips really take this beer to a whole new level and add a lot of nice flavors. I could probably only drink one of these in a sitting but it's good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 23:56:47 | More by gcamparone
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany color with a tight creamy tan head. What starts as a finger and half of foam slowly settles to a thin sheet. Full rings of lace are left all along the sides of the glass. Such a visually appealing beer.

Aroma is a blend of floral, herbal, and citrus hops, some caramelized malts, and mild woodiness.

Well balanced and complex flavors. A quick dash of wood leads the way with caramel & citrus coming next. Strong hops step in and run the gamut of flavor - citrus, floral, herbal, mint, and pine. Not as strong of a bite as the original but more complex and developed. Juicy citrus shines with loads of grapefruit and orange. Malt sweetness comes in before a mild oaky finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Just enough crispness and a perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. Just a delicious beer that goes down quite easily. My palate may get exhausted, but I could throw a few of these back. Much smoother than the original.

I really like this beer. Nice to have a wood aged beer that is not a stout or aged in a liquor barrel. The oak is perfect with this beer, does not overpower and adds some mellowness and complexity. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 01:35:58 | More by Lupe
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Hazy amber orange with a thin head.

Grapefruit aromas dominate. Light caramel and vanilla appear as it warms.

Flavor is mostly grapefruity hops, with some light caramel. Oak is not very prevalent, except for a dry woodiness on the finish.

Not noticeably different than regular AB, maybe aging will bring out the oak more.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 05:41:33 | More by Padron4KM
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

A: Deep, dark reddish brown with a big, fluffy off-white head that is very chunky and laces very nicely.

S: Herbal, citrusy hops, smoked wood and some malt sweetness.

T: Herbal and citrus hops up front and a refreshingly (and surprisingly different, completely unexpected) big minty middle, with a smoked malty finish that gives way to a nice alcoholic finish.

M: Thick and creamy, very nice...

D: Oh my, this is almost too good. If you have not tried this brew yet, do yourself a favor and go grab one. Better yet, if you can get a case, do that...

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 00:50:57 | More by ujsplace
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form bottle into pint glass. Great dark amber color with a toasted cream head. Large head goes down to a nice, well-maintained head with great lacing.

Smell is great, lots of bright hops and a little hint of malt. No oak, which was a little disappointing, but the smell is wonderful regardless.

There is a good amount of hop up front and a nice sweet malty finish. There is a little oak in the finish, but not as much as I would have hoped.

The carbonation is lively and the beer has a enough body to stay interesting. The dryness of the hops and the lingering sweetness of the malt make you anticipate the next sip. Great feeling.

This is a very drinkable beer. I could see myself ordering a few at the bar and following them with a nice sweet stout. Cost is a little prohibitive, but it is a wonderful treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 03:31:02 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-24-2013 00:47:54 | More by BRD14
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-11-2013 18:47:13 | More by Cvescalante
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-22-2014 16:39:28 | More by fellowrs
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South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy, deep reddish-amber colored, with a fluffy tan head, moderate lacing.

S: Slighty citrus, earthy, smoky and fruity.

T&M: Medium bodied and extremely smooth. Very complex. Smoky charred oak, caramel, chocolate and coffee. Hops are lightly citrus.

As good as the on-tap version, maybe even better.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 19:12:52 | More by cdizinno
Photo of boudreaux


5/5  rDev +19%

02-22-2013 03:53:49 | More by boudreaux
Photo of beerman207


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

A: Dark red in color with a nice two finger head and fantastic lacing

S: Some citrus, Oak, Vanilla, and even some malt coming through

T: Oak is the the biggest flavor coming through followed by citrus and a strong bitter.

M: Perfect body, medium cabonation.

D: This beer is great. The oak really balances out the brew. I haven't had the original but I'm not sure that I want to after having this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 02:41:24 | More by beerman207
Photo of heysuz


3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-12-2012 17:46:27 | More by heysuz
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-02-2013 04:44:41 | More by foxyaardvark27
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-05-2013 22:22:38 | More by VaporDome
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-21-2012 00:58:03 | More by cynical1027
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3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. bottle was kept in refrigerator.

A- mildly hazy dark amber, with a thumbs width of creamy head
that dissipates very slowly leaving a lacing that covers the
entire glass. Looks very inviting.

S- hoppy with some mild oak.

T- Grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of caramel.

M- Kind of thick. Creamy, has good carbonation.

O- Good beer to end the day with.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 03:18:25 | More by rfbenavi80
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alrighty then. Big ass 3-Liter bottle with copious Stone Brewing Company rhetoric screen printed on glass. Very pompous. Lock and chain. Extremely pompous. Let's see if this one lives up to the hype...

Served at cellar temperature in a pint glass. Several times.

A - Pours a light, completely clear chestnut color with rusty highlights; looks a bit like a dark cognac. Very fluffy off-white head.

S - Toasted caramel maltiness with well rounded maple and vanillin notes. Some raisins. Some wet cardboard. Really the only place the oak shines through.

T - Maltiness takes on a dry, chocolate cake character. Aftertaste is green and hoppy - quite bitter, and just as it begins to fade, it repeats again to remind you it's there. Nice, but lacking any real bravado or standout traits.

M - Watery coming into the mouth, with a bit of fizz to fill the mouth. Turns smoother as it approaches room temperature.

D - Overall, this beer is slightly underwhelming given the hype and rarity. And the math doesn't work out in favor of the consumer. The bottle is 101.4 oz., which equals 6.33 pints... maybe 8 pints if you leave room for head. At $70 a bottle, you're talking $8.75 a glass. Now, I could justify this price for a full pint on tap... but not for a glass at home from a bottle that you inevitably have to have others pitch in to finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 00:15:43 | More by EPseja
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle and decided to use a chalice. Pours a clear dark ruby with a creamy off-white head with great retention and lacing. Upon first smell I thought it was reminiscent of the regular Arrogant Bastard. Very citrusy, almost pineapple hops. As it warmed you do get more of an earthy smell, presumably the oak or wood with some nut and dry malt. Taste was more like a subtle version of the regular. You have the caramel, sweet backbone with the citrusy hops but overall a slightly dulled twist. Somewhat nutty I almost think. Mouthfeel was fuller and velvety, very pleasant. Overall a great beer from Stone though I think I prefer the regular version better.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 01:48:15 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of NeverSettle


4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-30-2013 21:50:37 | More by NeverSettle
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-05-2012 06:08:05 | More by Pinche_Oso
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark garnet with a thin, foamy tan head.

S - Mild and sweet. Vanilla and woody goodness slap each other around on the way up to my nose holes.

T - Also very mild and sweet. Again, vanilla, now some malt, rather toasty malt at that.

M - Medium to thin body, pleasant mouthfeel, doesn't linger on the cheeks too much.

D - Oh so very drinkable. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 23:59:24 | More by HeyItsChili
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4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with shades of crimson and ruby. Two fingers of oily off white head that reduces to some pancake batter bubbles and a thin sheet across the brew.

S - Fresh hop smell, resinous, Lemon peel, grass.

T - Citrus, piney, smokey, wood stands out, lots of depth in this brew. Flavor keeps developing as you take your time on this one. Full bodied - the aftertaste goes for days.

O - Glad I finally picked one of these up. Solid ale with tremendous depth and character that gets better with each sip. This is definitely a can't miss.

Notes - I drank this two days after purchasing, but noticed I'm drinking after the best by date so I'd love to try a fresher one to see if it is any better.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:45:26 | More by andrewjraab
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-14-2012 00:25:08 | More by nyrblue2
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-19-2013 06:47:44 | More by Steve_Oldrati
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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