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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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1,850 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,850
Hads: 5,117
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 206
Gots: 543 | FT: 4
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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Reviews: 1,850 | Hads: 5,117
Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a two finger head of tan foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves a nice, thick layer of lace on the glass.

S - An aroma of caramel malts with some molasses. Herbal hops and a woody note of toasted oak and a hint of sandalwood.

T - Rich, sweet malt up front with toffee and some light caramel. Herbal/pine hop flavors begin to appear in the middle with toasted oak and some spicy rye and mustard flavors from the interaction of the hops and dark malt. Finishes with dark caramel malt flavors as well as molasses and some cola notes. Strong bitterness balances out the significant malt and there is a hint of smoky, roasted grain that lingers with some cigar tobacco flavor and a slight hint of vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This beer has an interesting character that becomes quite complex in the finish and aftertaste. There are some nice, barleywine like notes from the interaction of the significant hop character with the dark malts and the lingering tobacco/smoke flavors are quite nice. My only complaint is that the oak character is quite subtle, when it seems like the beer would have held up to a much more intense oak character. I get a some oak in the aroma as the beer warms, but there is little woody taste. This is a shame because a stronger oak character would have worked nicely with the darkness of the finish and could have mitigated the slightly harsh bitterness that coats the palate. A very good beer, but it could be a really great beer with a little tweaking.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red in color with a thin layer of white foam and amazing lacing.

S: Tons of caramel, oak/vanilla, slight citrus.

T: Very distinct oak flavor, malty sweetness, smoke, and of course the signature Arrogant Bastard bitterness on the finish.

M: Great body, very little carbonation.

D: Much more drinkable than "regular" Bastard and much more complex and interesting (in my opinion).

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$2.50 12oz. single from Green's (Buford locale) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark amber body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: A joining of sweet-smelling maltiness, primarily caramel with a smattering of dark brown sugar and rich hoppiness coming across as notes of plump grapefruits, perfume, and wood. Oh, and don't forget about the vanilla.

Taste: Toasty malts with a dark caramel sweetness and taste of brown sugar. Slight cherry fruitiness in the distant background. A drop or two of vanilla extract. Hoppy citrus and wood flavor, and that very same bit of fresh, hand-picked mint I get from the original. Moderate hop bitterness combines with a lightly astringent oaken component and both last through and beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just as delightful as the non-oaked Arrogant Bastard, though I never felt the oak treatment gave it all too much of a unique distinction, except, unfortunately, in its price tag.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear dark copper with a couple fingers of rich light mocha colored head. This retains with a sturdy ½ finger of rich froth that coats the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The wood pops a bit in the nose, quickly followed by faded notes of herbal, citric, and piney hops. Roast and sweet toffee flavors have some strength here as well and are being helped brought out by a bit of alcohol warmth.

The taste is similar, with moderate notes of herbal and bitter citric hops being surrounded by the woody and earthy accents of the oak. There is maybe a touch of sweet vanilla present here as well, which adheres to the stickiness of those caramel malts. The roast is very strong in this, leaving behind a roasty and burnt presence in the backend of the profile that trails some lingering char which mingles with a dry and tannic feeling finish. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with some crispness on the tongue and then more of a firm prickly creaminess that fills out the rest of the mouth. There is a little warmth here from the ABV, which mostly serves to draw out a lot of the roast and bitterness in this.

It’s been a while since I’ve had this one and it was still pretty darn good. It’s interesting how the aging not only adds the oak flavor to this but also diminishes the assertiveness of the hop profile a bit, really allowing the aggressive of the roast to come out. The oak aging smoothes this out some; but not nearly as much as you would think.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

You are not oaked worthy! Still, it pours a semi-murky garnet topped by a finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises the standard fare of pine and grapefruit, along with a decent blast of flowers, a solid contingent of caramel, and a small amount of, you guessed it, oak in the background. The taste followed very similarly, with the oak playing a nice supporting role to the other aforementioned elements. Nothing overbearing, which is refreshing in these days of o'erblown wood-aging nonsense. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a very nice brew, though I'm not sure I would necessarily take it over the normal Bastard on a regular basis.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This will be a fairly straightforward and simple, hedonistic review as I've already reviewed the straight Arrogant Bastard and so much has already been said about this beer.

Basically, I feel that the Bastard is already a full-throttle beer and the oak-aging is wasted on it. Sure, the oak is present (and it's drying, woody character does help to tone down and smooth the beast a bit), but does it really help to improve the character of the beer? I'd say not. It's different, but it's not better. And there's just too much going on to really enjoy the character of the wood (although it is oak-chips, right?). Good, but not great.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe stemgoblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high, but Stone has disappointed me a bit in the past.

A: Pours a three finger head of decent cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention for the above-average ABV. Colour is a nontransparent dark copper. It leaves a bit to be desired.

Sm: A musty mixture of hops, oak, and yeast. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant hops balance with the surprisingly restrained oak tone and the welcome yeasty notes for a pretty good balance of flavour. No alcohol is detectable. That said, it's pretty simple - an unexpected characteristic considering Stone's preoccupation with appearing to be the big bad bastards in the room. It's good but boring, and the oak aging doesn't seem to significantly alter the beer in comparison to the regular version.

Mf: Smooth and wet, capitulating to consumer interest yet suiting the flavours. All in all, it's well made.

Dr: While it won't satisfy fans of complex, intense beers (contrary to Stone's marketing), it remains a good beer I'd have again on draught. Don't expect anything incredible; you won't find it here. It hides its ABV well. The price isn't bad here in California, but I imagine this is far from the truth in other states.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice mix of floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of caramel & citrus sweetness and a strong hops presence, which seems slightly toned down compared to the regular Arrogant Bastard. There's a nice hearty malt backbone. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smoother than the original Arrogant Bastard, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, I always have high expectations for Stone beers and they have yet to disappoint me, with this beer I was very interested to see what difference the oak aging would make on an already great beer. It seems to me that it took a little bit of the harshness out and made an excellent beer even better.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cool into a pint, picked up at Thirsty's in York.

A - A deep copper/burnished amber w/ a full khaki cap of about 2 fingers w/ a rocky consitency.

S - Bitter citrus notes w/ a light vanilla, woody aroma that has subtle smoke and plenty of oak odors. Slight candied malt scents are subdued beneath the big woody nose.

M - Big malty smoothness w/ dry oaky nuttiness and big NW hops adding piney sharpness.

T - Huge woody flavor w/ smoky toast notes and subtle fruity sweetness w/ caramel malt and a pine bite w/ citrus flavored hops. Fruit is cherry and fig-like w/ spicy nutmeg and clove notes. There are gentle hints of caramelized brown sugar and toffee rounding out the vast complexities in this extreme ale.

D - A boozy and intensely oak flavored ale, bery tasty w/ plenty of hops and flavor, yet not the most drinkable beer for my taste. This was paired w/ a salad my brother made w/ tons of ginger and lime w/ cilantro and scotch bonnets. There was also a garlic aioli w/ raw egg dijon mustard and chives with redskin roasted potatos- which was even more intense when paired w/ this ale. My brother tried to burn my mouth w/ a fiery orange habanero in the dressing and the oaked bastard seemed tame next to his full-on ginger lime dressing.

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Photo of Jason
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger. Deep hazed brick red brown colour with a special looking lace … one bad ass looking beer. A mad but “oh so confident” oily hop aroma with a one-two slap of faint alcohol and sweetness says “who’s your daddy”. The minty hop flavour puts the tongue in a headlock and the it drops a pungent grapefruit dropkick to the palate. Malt is there for the three count and vague hints of wood leaves a puckering dizzy feeling. This beer was like a suplex off of the top rope for me.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from ?

I've had this a few times, but I'm not sure where I first tried it. Strange that I haven't reviewed it yet, but oh well.

Pours a dark brown with amber tints, a small, solid cap of white head that leaves some attractive lacing on the glass. Sweet aroma, caramel and malty goodness, boozy oak, vanilla. Taste follows the aroma, sweet caramel, burnt caramel, oak, hints of booze and vanilla, strong with a bitter finish infused with notes of citrus pith and pine needles. Mouthfeel is full but not too heavy. Another heavy hitter from Stone, very good overall, but not for lightweights.

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Photo of russpowell
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured ruby red with a pillowy 2 fingers deep tan colored head. Great head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Rich biscuitty malt, then herbal & citrus hops move in. Smokeyness as it warms

T: Caramel, oakyness & dryness up front. Vanilla follows, along with herbal & citrus hops. Hints of cherry follow with some alcohol warming. Finishes dry, with hints of cherry & grapefruitty hops, that some how works

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & pretty good balance. Great smooth body

Drinks pretty easy, this is very tasty brew & somewhat complex, not sure I think this rates $16 a sixer though
(about $4-5 over priced IMO), a great, if overpriced beer from a brewery that usually is a pretty good value for the quality delivered

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown with reddish hues that has a lighter tan head. Nose is mild alcohol with some mild hops. Overall not the kick in the nose I would have expected. Flavor is a combination of wood and a tingling alcohol presence. Hops are definitely there in a deep way. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it and the liquid is pretty well bodied. I have to say that I distinctly remember my first time trying Arrogant Bastard and it left an impression. This seems to be a far cry from it and I want to say it is more subdued. Decent, but not as great as I would expect it to be.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/12/2013. Pours crystal clear ruby red color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, nuttiness, raisin, oak, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and oak notes with moderate hop presence. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, pine resin, orange zest, floral, oak, clove, and floral earthiness. Large resinous pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, pine, oak, clove, nuttiness, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of malt flavors; with the big pine and oak bitterness overshadowing the malts; and a fair amount of cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; and quite smooth to sip on, even with the huge bitterness. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not enough Stone to go around, I'm definitely glad they downed the portion size on this one from last year's 3L and draft releases of it. 12oz much more accessible to most of us East coasters, anyways it appearsa cloudy ruby amber brown with a large foaming beige toffee toned head looks good, real good leaves even lacing in a uniform fashion around my chalice. Aroma contains moderate oak with a piney hop edge and citrus grassy notes in there as well, touch of anise or other spice effect going on for me with mild vanilla softness overall hops shine and really unite with the alcohol great smelling brewski. Flvors is great mild sharp sweet malt caramel qualities with abrassive arrogant hop doses including herbal, pine, and mild citrus peel bursts definitely some woody character somewhat minty expression as well a somewhat tamed but oh so flavorful version of Arrogant Bastard. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller in body with strudy carbonation to carry all that the gravity, definitely coats the palate and gives you that I need to brush my teeth to get the enamel back to normal feel, due to the substantial oily hop resins flowing down the palate. Drinkability is actually amazing one of those rounded out Bastards is something I could go for anytime, I definitely need to pick up a few more.

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite cloudy, dark, nearly mocha brown. Tight headed head dies quickly. Small amount of lace.

A blend of smells with each whiff, the first one was earthy, like decaying leaves. The second smell was a stong fresh hop with light dry malt. One of the most interesting aromas I've experienced.

Strong bitter hop up front. Although its aged on oak, I cannot taste it. This is a smooth beer with full body which provides good counterpoint to the powerful hop. This bitterness lasts from sip to swallow to aftertaste, which lasts a very long time.

This is not a balanced beer, but it is a rich, full beer with wonderful bitterness.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

undated 12 oz bottled served in a large Austrian glass mug.

Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a moderate tan head. he creamy head has very good retention. Spicy hops, a floral note, roasted barley and a woodsy hint of oak in the nose. There is more than a hint of the woodsy oak in the taste, and more hop flavor than I expected given the aroma. Moderately bitter, with some detectable sweetness early on. A lasting, malt- and oak-tinged hoppy aftertaste.

Medium+ body; good carbonation, but perhaps a tad high.

O - a richly flavored beer with no obvious flaws. I enjoyed it and can see why some others have given it high ratings, but the flavor profile was not entirely to my liking.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a medium brown color with 2 fingers of tan head with nice retention and lacing. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of malts, some citrus hops, and oak.

t - The first tastes that jumped out at me were smooth vanilla and oak. After that there was some bitter hops, as well as pine and citrus. A nice contrast.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty nice.

d - Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Thought there was a nice contrast of smooth oak and vanilla with bitter hops in the taste. Would def try again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear crimson coloring, edging on darker maroonish, but a full, lush, creamy-toned head, leaving lace. I like it.

Aroma: cherries, whiskey, vanilla, berries, cognac, luscious and lovely. Wide open, deep, complex, mature, and heavenly.

Taste: vanilla jumps up first, smothers the palate with the flavor of that sweet bean, fruit flavors join in as well, but vanilla maintains it's dominance. Yums.

Medium mouthfeel, body, smooth, tasty, ...almost too smooth. But so delicious. If, maybe, too much vanilla. I like other things that arise from the flavors of various oak barrels.
Wait. Oak chips? Oak...chips? No barrells? Hmmm...
Tasty, delicious, ...I like it, but not as much as the Original A.B. So, sue me.

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Photo of orangesol
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle poured into a few taster glasses.

A - Pours murky brown with a small half finger tall off-white head leaving very little lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich caramel malt, toffee, citric hops, and some earthy wood tannins from the wood chips. This has a lot going on but they all complement each other leaving a complex yet enjoyable nose.

T - Starts off with a big hit of sweet caramel and toffee from all that malt slowly giving way to a mix of dulled citric hops, vanilla, and pallet drying wood tannins. The dryness carries over to the finish, mixing with a bit of the sweetness from the malt, and lingers for some time. Overall I enjoyed this one, it was complex yet enjoyable. I am not sure I could have more than one at a time but once in a while is fine by me.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. It has an overall slick feel with a mix of malted sweetness and tannin dryness in the finish, lingering for some time.

O - I think I enjoy oaked bastard more than the regular version. This one is more complex and keeps you on your toes, while the regular version is a bit one dimensional. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20th review - woohoo! Now I can post new brews on this site. Picked up a sixer in Madison on the way back from Darkness Day.

A - Attractive mahogany color with one fingers of tan foam that dissipates slowly into an attractive big-bubbled lace. A small amount of carbonation is visible.

S - Toffee and malt, oak, hops and citrus. I wish more ales were this rich in the olfactory arena. Unsurprisingly it smells like Arrogant Bastard but with a bit of oak...

T - Starts sweet, ends bitter. The oak is pretty understated - likely because it's just oak chips and not barrel-aging. Keeps all the positive elements of AB - malty caramel front palette morphing into a hoppy bitter IPA at the end. The wood really comes out at the beginning but is quickly overwhelmed by hops.

M - Resinous - smooth, but a little more watery than I like. The carbonation is pretty unobtrusive. Nothing too special here.

D - I can see why they come in sixers. The 7.2% doesn't really make an appearance, although I can't drank too many woody beers in an evening (as the recent FOBAB proved).

A nice variation on Arrogant Bastard - as much as I like roadtrippin' to Discount liquors...please Stone, come to Illinois!

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Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed brownish amber with a thin off-white head that stays around.

The smell is of brown sugar and caramel with citrus, pine and floral notes. Oaky/woody background lets you know that this was oak-aged.

The taste is a heaping of malt - brown sugar, caramel/toffee with plenty of citrus and pine backing it up. Oak and vinuous notes, with some acidity, dominate the long, very dry, finish.

Full-bodied and rich in texture.

I like this one...but, personally I would probably choose the non-oaked Arrogant Bastard over it. I had this at a tasting awhile back and wanted to have it on a fresh palate - I still feel that while the oak is interesting (and I've had barrel-conditioned brews that really enhanced the flavors) it almost interferes with its great natural taste (call me a "party-pooper" I suppose). Still in all, it's a great beer...the Double Bastard still takes it all of the three, though.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with a very thin light beige head. The head reduces to a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Still get the signature hop profile I associate with Stone but added to that I get lots of hints of oak and vanilla. A really inviting aroma for a beer.

T: Pine hops with a slight hint of citrus hops upfront, followed by some caramel malt sweetness, then some oak and vanilla giving the beer an almost bourbon like sweetness. Nice bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky with a dry finish.

O: Wonderful sipping beer, great bold flavor and smell. Definitely an improvement on Arrogant Bastard. I like this one a lot and really enjoyed it.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much side by side with the regular arrogant bastard.

Poured from a bottle without a date into a becher. Beer is brown and hazy forms a thin off white head of medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is strong, lots of malts, nice hop character and a slight tinge of alcohol. This one has some woodsy, oak aroma to it, still smells good.

Still medium bodied and lots of carbonation. The flavor of the oak is there as well but the hops seem off in this one. The bitterness isn't matched with the original and I don't like it as much.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish/brown with a one finger head that dissipates to a ring of lace around the top. A little bit of lacing down the glass, but not much.

S: I definitely get a wood component, but for me there was an overwhelming scent of brown sugar and caramel.

T: There are some hops here, but it is relatively subdued for a Stone offering. On the backend you get the caramel and some vanilla and the wood on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied and coats your palate. I find this beer to be quite drinkable, almost dangerously so. Overall I quite enjoy it, and find the caramel/vanilla combination to be quite nice.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,850 ratings.