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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,914 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,914
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 159
Gots: 429 | 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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Photo of ZacHart
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes: poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter. Would probably pair beautifully with BBQ or smoked wings.

A: hazy, deep amber color with a medium tan head that left solid rings of lace.

S: sweet malty nose followed by hints of cherry, alcohol, wood, spice, and vanilla; a lot going on in there.

T: citrusy, grapefruit hops are perfectly balanced by solid but not overly sweet malt. The alcohol in the smell is almost nonexistent in the flavor. Once the hops dissipate, the smoky wood covers the palate and sticks around.

M: this lightly carbonated brew is slightly grainy and really lingers in the mouth, making it a real "stick to your ribs" kind of beer.

D: a perfectly balanced, flavorful brew that could easily be enjoyed in multiples without knocking you out.

ZacHart, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of bjacobsen
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into the Stone AB pint glass.

A- Pours a copper color with reddish tints and a faint redness accompanies the impressive off-white three finger head. As the head dissipates, albeit nice and slowly, there is a quality lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

S- This offers a similar balance of the bouquet of piney hops and roasty, toasty malt backbone as the original with a very faint hint of smoked wood. I like the unique twist to this one.

T- Hops up front, with a timely counter attack of malt to round it out. The oak/wood presence is definitely more prevalent in the flavor than it was in the nose. This one has more of a smoky finish than the original, and honestly, it's hard to say if that is better or worse. I guess it's just different. They are both pretty stinking tasty.

M- Medium bodied, slightly astringent with a puckering in the back. Not off-putting, just attention-getting.

D- Like the original AB, this is a very assertive beer with a "Thank you sir, can I please have another?" conundrum of palette punishment being overcome by the primal urge for another. Great beer, but the one area I found it to be inferior to the original is with it's drinkability. There is a lingering smoke to this one that is very interesting and tasty (would undoubtedly pair wonderfully with food) but is a little more to handle than the AB.

bjacobsen, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Scott231
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The oak barreling mellows out the malt flavor aftertaste yet leaves a slight hoppy flavor. Has a reddish caramel color and lovely smell. Not too hoppy and not too malty but will shock the uninitiated to strong ales from Stone. Arrogancy at its best!

Scott231, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of FSUplumber
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pored this from a 12 oz. bottle into a sole cup. Arrogant Bastard is one of my favorites so I was ready to try this new twist.

A- Nice tan head with fine bobbles. dark copper in color.

S- Malt with some coffee and carmal

T- Dark malt and hopps a little oak that dryed it out and left a taste that lasted on the tounge

M- Good and firm

D- A nice change but one is enough

FSUplumber, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of spouse
4/5  rDev -4.8%

spouse, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Diesel76
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this for the first time on tap at Stone Brewery for their Hoppy Fathers Day buffet... and ... WOW. I loved the oak flavor. It was very strong, and obviously the primary flavor of this beer. This coupled with the fantastic BBQ I was eating... well, they just went hand in hand.

All in all, I rated it high because how it accompanied my meal, it was faaan-tastic! I don't know if I would have loved it as much on its own... but my next BBQ, some Oaked Bastard is what I will be serving.

Diesel76, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of RPMazzi
4/5  rDev -4.8%

RPMazzi, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of ducknrunfoo
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ducknrunfoo, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of James_Michael_PR
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

James_Michael_PR, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of IorekKatze
4/5  rDev -4.8%

IorekKatze, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of bbalanis2014
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

bbalanis2014, May 11, 2014
Photo of onthefarside
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy crap I just had this on tap at Mahar's in Albany. 20 ounces of amazing outstanding incredible beer, 20-25 minutes later I couldn't even think of what could possibly come next, my mind was blown at the complexity of this beer.

A- a very dark brown-red colour with an off white head that stays the entire way down, beautiful to look at.

Smell- Almost smells like a fine scotch thanks to the oak aging. I spent half my time smelling this beer, it's simply too much

Taste- I tried so hard to pick this beer apart, but it simply overwhelmed my taste buds, this beer is so complex there's too much for me to comprehend.

mouthfeel- most Stone brews have that same healthy mouthfeel, not too thin and not thick to where it makes you gag like some beers can do.

drinkability- as much as i really enjoyed this beer, I think it would be impossible for me to have more than one a night or even a week perhaps. After tonight and the other beers I tried, my mouth needs a while to recover. This beer is amazing and if you have the chance to get your hands on it, GO FOR IT, it takes an awesome thing and makes it completely different. GO STONE!

onthefarside, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of IamC0lin
4/5  rDev -4.8%

IamC0lin, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of SeattleAdam
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful, clear, ruby red. Plenty of rocky head retains well and laces perfectly after each sip. This is awesome to look at.

S- Oak with just a hint of coconut rum.

T- Great malt character upfront that finishes with the oak and just a subtle hint of coconut that I mentioned in the nose. The 7.2% ABV is hidden quite well with some flavor/bitterning hops offering an even taste balance.

M- Medium to full bodied but not heavy in the least. It does not feel like syrup. I think this beer is perfectly carbonated, too.

D- American Strong Ale, baby! This is one of those beers that is just fun to drink. The flavor profile is interesting, the taste is great, and the feel is perfect. Pour me another, please!

SeattleAdam, May 01, 2009
Photo of xjapanhomebrewx
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

creamy off white head, check. lovely amber hues and shades of reddish brown, check. first sniff loaded with hops, only lasting a fleeting moment until the other aromas of vanilla and maple syrup take over. this i assume must be from the oak aging, which also adds quite a nice bit of depth and complexity to the taste. sweet and savory flavors on the first sip are in juxtapose with a crushing lingering bitterness that creeps up quickly to balance out the alcohol and nutty profile of the malts. my bottle was one month past the drink y date and still very nice. would eventually like to try a fresh bottle to compare. this handles like a real beer. its solid, fun, and ripping with good qualities.

xjapanhomebrewx, Aug 17, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

snipes1216, Jan 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19%

One of the very few beers I give a 5 rating. Will drink this anytime, anyplace, on a daily basis. Just barely better than the non-oaked version.

FippyDarkpaw, Sep 03, 2014
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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,914 ratings.