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

5,012 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 5,012
Reviews: 1,842
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 174
Gots: 462 | 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 dunit697
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't even like arrogant bastard on first drink, It flew over my head, adding oak was engenius, and radically increases the beers drink-ability. The serving from a cask makes that flavor even more inviting and knocks it out of the park. The consistancy was a little runnier from cask but nothing that should deter you from trying this amazing beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Moonraker7
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark with hints of red, about a finger of light brown
head.

S: Dark, roasted malts, coffee, the oak is very present.

T: Smokey roasted malts, sweet, hoppy, finishes very bitter and lingers for quite a bit. The oak taste is noticeable, but very subtle.

M: Medium carbonation, fairly smooth.

D: Very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden and the beer has many complex tastes which make it very enjoyable. I really like the subtle oak taste, which is much less overpowering than most oak aged beers i've had. Overall, this is really an excellent beer.

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

12ounce bottle
a: dark red amber color.brilliant clarity. medium carbonation. thin off-white head that is short in life and without much lacing(poured in an inappropriate glass so take with a grain of salt).

a: crystal malt and "c" hops with subtle wood. maybe a hint of vanilla for me.

t: hop flavor hits me first. minimally oxidized malt apparent next or maybe just graininess mixed with the wood that i mistake for cardboard. next i get some bitterness, wood, bourbon, roasted grain andolight fruit?
lingering flavor of perfume and wood.

m:smooth, full mouthfeel
complex
o: excellent beer. ive not had too many oaked beers of this style and i suspect i may be mistaking the oak flavor with oxidation. fairly complex but "c" hops are dominant.

Photo of johlendorf
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Worth the price if you can get it, especially in a single.

A = Thick two finger head, sticky lacing. Dark reddish brown.

S = Caramel, hops, slightly smoky wood.

T = This is by far my favorite Bastard! The oak aging really mellows the hops and lets rich malts make an appearance. Mature, complex taste (Grandpa Bastard?)

M = Medium body. The carbonation keeps things light.

D = I rarely have more than two or three beers in a sitting, but could easily put down a six rack.

Sublime balance.

Photo of twoheadedboy
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep mahogany with great lacing into a snifter.

Smell is spicy citrus and fruit, with earthy and peppery hops. Sweet booze and resin are noticable.

Taste is spicy/sweet, with peppery notes and delightfully toasty caramel malts. Brown sugar, dark fruits (apples/pears/raisins) and a lingering candy sweetness are present. There's a minimal bready bitterness.

What an increible brew; quite filling towards the end but extremely drinkable and smooth. Stone really nailed it, a significant improvement over the original AB.

Photo of FoundersFanatic
1.4/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Not even going to waste my time listing everything. This is by far the WORST beer I have ever had that is rated as a great beer. I have NO idea how anyone could think this has taste or is a great beer. I have a very good grasp on what good beer is and can even appreciate great beer styles I don't prefer, but this is just a horrible beer. I was recommended this beer by a beer steward and told that it is a very good beer, very much worth the $18/6. It is in fact one of the worst tasting beers I've ever had including Bud light!!! It is bitter, tastes like burnt wood or charcoal, is thin, no complexities to speak of, just an overall horrible beer IMHO. This is the LAST time a try a Stone beer. I have had 4 Stone beers and ALL of them have either been a huge let down or out right horrible beers. I can't believe how bad this beer tasted. I've only had a few beers that taste this bad in my life and they are usually the ones that go for $9 for a 24 pack of cans!

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of SDbrewerJake
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like AB not too too much though... Oaked is another step up. Destinctive Special B flavor that stone throws in all their brews seamingly. Strong flavor... not for the faint hearted... pretty, dark, reddish brown. Oak finish for obvious reason.... Get plowed... Drink local beers. SD!!!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this deep dark red beauty and achieved a nice, reasonable head. The smell is much calmer than I expected. Definitely diggin it.

The taste is a lot different from the Bastard taste that I am used to. I usually find them to be in your face (not in a bad way) but it looks like the oak and aging has really chilled this beast out. I still get the same ideas that I get from the regular Arrogant Bastard, but the oak aging has really changed it for the better in my opinion.

Instead of being an Arrogant Bastard with oak added, this guy really transformed into a mellow, but still very strong beer. Will be buying again.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jfrank85
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off wow i didnt think stone could make something as good as the arrogant bastard any better but i was plesently suprised. Pours out a dark amber color with great head and lacing, very sticky! Smells smoky with alcohol notes and estery tones. After one sip i was in love, the oak chips really bring out a whole new perspective to this beer which should be welcomed with gusto. If you like stone brew co and love your tounge to be bitch slapped this is a beer for you! Only gripe is it is quite expensive 17.99 per six pack but i guess you are paying for quality here.

Photo of tgdigital
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an overall good beer. I think it's a bit pricey for what you get, but that's my opinion. The beer is a nice deep amber color and has a lot of complexity in the smell with definitive notes of oak. The taste is rather good with a great balance of hops and malt with a lot of oak flavor. Finishes surprisingly dry considering how big this beer tastes. Decent alcohol flavor in the finish is brought out more with the oak accompaniment.

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4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber, relatively opaque with a nice light and minimal head which clings just the right amount to the side of the glass.

S: What a beautiful aroma! Smells of citrus and floral greet you immediately and add a wonderful part to the drinking experience.

T: A fruity ale flavor hits you at the outset, with a slight pungency immediately following. Then you get the bitterness -- intense at first, but fades quickly and leaves a wonderful aftertaste.

M: Refreshing in the mouth, full-bodied, enjoyable.

Definitely liked drinking this one, and will get again.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,012 ratings.