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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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5,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,036
Reviews: 1,848
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of minterro
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from Spartan Spirits. Price of 3.50 out the door.

faint citrus hops with a touch of pine needles. There is also a touch of earthy, woody tones. Little but of breadyness. Dark ruby colored beer (you can tell its clear when you hold it up to the light but its so dark its almost opaque). About three fingers of off-white fluffy head that retains at about a half a finger. lots of clumpy spots of lacing.

Not as powerful as I'm used to for Strong Ales. The citrus goes away in the taste and its primary piney for the hop taste. Its pretty earthy only more so then in the smell. Supremely smokey in the finish, its bitter but not very dry. Pretty coarse, but oddly super drinkable.

Great looking beer, above average tasting beer, not worth 3.5$ but not bad. I think the original tasted better, but I would like to compared the two side by side one day.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Hachiman
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour a dark amber but appears a cioudy walnut brown in the glass. 1/8 inch tan head that doesn't last long, but beautiful, persistent lacing.

Smells of fresh bread, medium roasted malt and herbs. A very pleasant, complex, assertive odor.

Tastes medium sweet from malt and a small amount of vanillin, then a bit of alcoholic bite, and a savory herbal taste.

The mouthfeel really elevates this beer. It's a full, rather heavy mouthful with adequate carbonation, and a fine, drying finish from the tannins in the oak chips that meshes perfectly with the hops.

Overall, a very pleasant, elegant strong ale. When one considers where they could have easily gone wrong (too much vanillin, citrusy hops), it's even more impressive. It pairs with food as a trippel would.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy brown; no head, no lacing.
Malty bready oak aroma, slight hop.
Not much flavor. Malty bready oak with bitter hop presence. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.
I honestly dont get the hype on this brew. It was good, but seemingly flat accross the board.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – A crystal clear reddish-brown with a one-finger off white head with the consistency of sea foam. Lacing clumpy and patchy.

S – Oily hops dominate, but the oak is definitely there lurking underneath.

T – Big west coast hop presence manifesting itself as bitter grapefruit and grass. Oak/woodiness promised on the bottle is delivered in spades. I imagine this is what drinking a tree would be like. Held up by a malt base, but the woodiness completely overpowers the malt flavor. Bitter is the word of the day for this beer. (Not a bad thing, mind you…but man!) Becomes a little sweeter as it warms, but not much.

M – Medium-bodied with prickly carbonation. Finishes dry.

O – Many beers offer “oaked” or “barrel aged” varieties that are only slightly different than the normal versions. This is NOT one of those. When it says “oaked”, it means “OAKED”. While an excellent brew on its own, you can’t help but compare it with the regular version. Which raises the question….is it better than normal Arrogant Bastard? In my opinion, no. The extreme bitterness of the grapefruit-like hop character AND the extra bitter oak together just equaled kind of an overkill for me, and I find the original to be much smoother and better balanced.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Poured into a tulip glass. I've tried Arrogant Bastard before and loved it so I figured I would pick this one up and see how it measures up.

Appearance - Dark Amber with a pretty cloudy look to it. Head is slightly brown and fairly foamy. Lacing is excellent and sticky. Pretty similar to the orignal.

Smell - Toffee and some surprisingly strong floral hops, where the original had piney hops. I can also smell the oak in here as well, which I think changes the nose. Overall, it smells alot more fruitier than the original, but still smells great!

Taste - Floral & Piney Hops and Oak, or slightly burnt oak to be more specific, all of which are pretty intense. The oak is what really makes this beer different compared to the original. While the nose was more fruity in smell, the actual taste is more centered on the Oak and Hops aspect of the ale.

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavy in body but the carbonation is more subdued than the original. And also like the original, this is a session beer, one that you need to sit down and appriciate.

Overall - While it looks like regular Arrogant Bastard, the differences in taste and smell are almost like night and day. Some people may not like the oak intensity of this beer, but other may find this to be yet another excellent offering for all to try.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,036 ratings.