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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,026 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,026
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 183
Gots: 469 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Photo of lamergod
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't really examine the beer. Was having dinner with it.

A: Nice dark brown with a slightly brownish- white, 1 finger thick head. With superb lacing, Probably even nicer than Duvel.

S: Didn't really examine the smell. But I could get a nice clean hop note.

T: Nice bitter, not too overpowering. Bitterness just about right. Nice hops note. Smooth on the palate.

M: Clean, no carbonation, smooth as a whistle. Very drinkable.

O: Fantastic go to beer for a night out. Not too heavy to down a few pints, but strong enough to taste great.

Photo of EA728
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brownish red color, with a small tan head.

S: smells like bastard, but a bit sweeter, the hops are still present, but you can definitely tell they're more toned down due to the oak.

T: bastard toned down, woodyness is very mild, a sweet flavor I didn't notice in the original, and the hops are less obvious. definitely prefer the normal AB.

M: fantastic, easy to drink, medium carbonation

O: I enjoyed this greatly, as I do with every single Stone creation I've ever tried, but I still prefer the original better. Wish they had that available in 12oz six packs.

Photo of SteelKettle
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: red brown color with an off white thick head with good retention and lacing on the glass
Smell: pine hobs and oak
Taste: bitterness with a pine oak and hop flavor
mouthfeel: full bodied with solid feel and crisp aftertaste
Drinkability: good not my favorite Stone but i will give it another try.

22oz bomber

Photo of bjadams688
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of MEOGDEN
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of sw000p
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of charlienyc
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of ItalianPisces84
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Osciliath
5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of rjgbeeradvo
1/5  rDev -76.2%

Photo of surfnebr
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was stoked to get a hold of one of these "arrogant" concoctions. A friend of mine brought it back from a visit to Austin, TX.

It has a rich, opaque, dark amber tone with a creamy, off white head, which didn't stick around for long.

The nose was kind of surprising. I was expecting the wood to come through stronger than it did. As it was, it was hardly noticeable in this instance. It hints citrus, brown sugar, and a touch of oak to accompany the hops. I gathered all the above in the taste with more of the oak coming through. Not as boozy a flavor as many strong ales; this being more akin to an IPA.

The mouthfeel was lighter than the appearance advertised, initially. With each drink the texture increased. By the fifth drink or so it was more robust, but still lighter than I would have thought prior.

All in all this was a solid beer. What else should one expect from Stone?

Photo of RRoeb1123
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Really nice large foamy head, that hangs for a while and slowly breaks down. The beer is a very interesting coppery-amber. Very pretty to look at.

Smell: As a lover of Arrogant Bastard, I immediately upon smelling this knew it was something significantly different. The pineyness from the hops is still there, but it isn't in your face like the regular Bastard. The oak chips change it significantly, and I noticed hints of toffee, caramel, and almost a ripened fruit quality to the nose. It's quite pleasant.

Taste: This is what sets it apart from the regular Arrogant Bastard. The hops are still there, and the rush up to the palate, but they aren't harsh, nor biting. They come at you very smoothly, and stay with you on the palate. Other flavors that may be lost in the un-oaked come through, with hints of vanilla, caramel, toffee, raisins, and fruits. The malts come in slightly to take away the bitterness, but only slightly, and then the hops come back again, for a wonderful dry hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant, thick but not too thick, just a perfect balance and not too watery. Carbonation is just spot on, and gives a nice prickliness to the beer, as it dances across the palate.

Drinkability: I find this to be quite drinkable, and would certainly be a pleasant beer to have on hand to enjoy with a dinner. It would be a decent session beer, but the 7.2% may hit you a bit harder than some other beers.

Verdict: This Bastard's Grown Up!

Photo of htc
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Photo of automaton
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%

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!

Photo of lufra1983
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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