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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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5,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,033
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 484 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of rattech
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A luscious slightly cloudy brown beer with a two inch light tan foamy head. This is a damned attractive looking beer.

Smell: Sweet malt, an almost raisney smell. I can detect a bit of oak in the nose, but it isn't overpowering.

Taste: A slight bitterness with a strong sweet note is detected on the first sip. As I drink the beer, the bitterness becomes more prominent. I think the oak flavor is related to the strengthening of the bitterness as I drink the beer. The initial flavor is good, but the oak is really overwhelming my palette. The flavor is good, but I would like a little more sweetness to compliment the oak, or less oak flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good, but it doesn't stand out as anything amazing. There is a good light carbonation and a nice rich thickness.

Drinkability: With the alcohol percentage coupled with the palette crushing oak drinking more then one 12 ounce bottle in a sitting won't happen. I will drink this beer again,but this is a one/night treat.

Photo of BenSelf
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours up nicely with a lingering soft, foamy head. The aroma is dark malt and warm brown sugar. The flavor has a lot well-rounded roasted malt character, with some faint chocolate. The bitterness from the malt and hops plays well with the sweet aroma. The mouthfeel, my favorite part, makes this beer truly extraordinary: thick, almost creamy. Alcohol comes in at a reasonable 7.2%, making this beer a good one to share with friends who might not be the biggest beer geeks. Thanks Stone, I'll definitely be picking up some more.

Photo of gottabetweed
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown with a thick creamy off white head. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell is very complex. Molasses, pine, alcohol.

Taste is very well rounded across the pallet. Oak, molasses, hops, and a nice alcohol burn at the end.

Overall, a very nice complex beer.

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1.5/5  rDev -64.3%

Photo of DeutscheJeff
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to enjoy a 12 ounce bottle of this recently, unfortunately the best by date had passed, but I found this to be a very enjoyable beer. The taste wasn't as significantly different than I was lead to believe, but just like most other Stone brews I found this overall satisfying. The price is pretty high in Denver, but it certainly isn't unreasonable.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of lamergod
4.41/5  rDev +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
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
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%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

Photo of surfnebr
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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?

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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!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of dunit697
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
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%

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,033 ratings.