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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,854 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,854
Reviews: 1,835
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 155
Gots: 409 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

mlefebvre7, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

HuntDaddy540, May 14, 2014
Photo of StoneTSR
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The Arrogant Bastard pours the same color as a nice Barleywine. It has a nice, thick head at first - about an inch - but it quickly dissipates and leaves very little lacing.

SMELL: Surprisingly it is a little weak on aroma. A little oak and some light hoppy aromas come through. It smells good, just very toned down.

TASTE: A strong dose of caramel greets the tongue up front. It isn't too sweet, by any means though. The wood quickly takes over though and dominates the majority of the sip. Oddly, the wood seems to supply a little more sweetness than the caramel flavors. The finish kicks with a decent dry citrus and mild pine flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Rich and full-bodied with a very dry and palate cleansing finish.

OVERALL: This is a big beer. It is also a unique beer. I've had plenty of beers that have seen some oak, but this one has such an intense oak flavor that when I first tasted it I was unsure whether or not I really liked it. After getting over the initial shock, though, I was able to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

StoneTSR, Jul 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

foxyaardvark27, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of a0lbudman
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

a0lbudman, Sep 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

ParkbrauFan, Apr 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jlindsey, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

TonyY, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Fusebuddy, Mar 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

uziangis, Dec 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

CB_Crowe, Nov 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

OB1, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

tpaetow, Sep 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

robear, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

andthevolcano, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

toppoop, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Samp01
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish amber with a small beige head. Aroma is of caramel malt, floral piney hops with some citrus notes. Taste is sweet caramel malt, floral piney hops, some light toasted oak notes and light citrus fruity flavors. Palate is full body and flavor with a slightly sticky mouth feel and good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, floral piney hops ending is sweet bitter hops with some lingering nutty oaked flavor. Overall a good, robust and flavorful brew. Nicely done.

Samp01, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

erha2, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

TexAggie011, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

VaporDome, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of BBP
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Chestnut brown with creamy head and good carbonation.

S- Oak and lots of it. Slight amounts of hops work their way through. Caramel too.

T- A mix of hop bitterness, caramel, hints of citrus, pine notes, all balanced considerably well.

M- Considerably creamy. Carbonation is just right. The body is a tad too thin though.

D- Easy to down, but it's one that you want to savor. I found that the first I had was the best, as the oak flavor was so new and vibrant. Maybe it fades with time, or maybe it was just something that you can only be blown away by once. Still very enjoyable, and very well crafted. Lives up to the arrogance on the bottle.

BBP, Oct 20, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Andrew041180, Apr 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's been a while since I've had this so today's review will be just like I'm having it for the first time.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a brownish amber with some orange hues to it. The head starts at 1-2 fingers and drops eventually to a massive collar and a hazy and full surface of foam. Rings of lacing mark the sizes of my swallows all the way down the glass.

SMELL: The nose is strong on the familiar piny, herbal, and slightly citrusy and resinous Arrogant Bastard hop profile. Some oak and vanilla do make it through, though in lighter amounts. A bready malt base backs everything up and balances the beer out.

TASTE: The taste is surprisingly mild on the flavor of the hops and sweetness of malt, but it's made up for in the strength of the oak flavors. It lasts from nearly the start through the entire finish. The hops outshine the malt by a pretty decent margin, though I wish both were amped up a bit more as the emptiness that they give the beer makes me want more. As it is with the piny hops and the woody oak flavors, it's a Christmas tree in a glass.

MOUTHFEEL: Could this possibly be too thin? I don't know if I've grown accustomed to bigger beers so much that this seems like it could be beefed up considerably. The lightness is a little refreshing though even if the beer is slightly syrupy. Carbonation is only slightly higher than average and is where it should be.

DRINKABILITY: It certainly does well here. As far as wood-aged beers go, this is one of the more easy drinkers that I've had. I have always wondered why this doesn't come in bombers. There are many of Stone's beers that are harder to get through than this one.

Okay, it's a nice beer and fun to compare to the original. Definitely recommended to try, but for me it probably won't repeat in my fridge too often - especially for the price.

jmalex, Feb 15, 2008
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy dark amber brew with a rocky foamy tan head that leaves beautifully intricate lacing. Looks great.

Aroma is powerfully delicious, caramelized apricot, grapefruit, pine. I don't detect oak. The hoppiness of this string beer hits hard up front, with full-on grapefruity bitterness, balnced breifly by a rich mouthfeel then a lingering very bitter finish. Very delicious, but a bit exhausting and bit unbalanced. I would believe this to be a DIPA. I also can't quite tell what the oak brings to this...I would like to taste this and regular AB side by side to compare.

kenito799, Oct 20, 2009
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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