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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,914 Ratings

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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 UTCengOwl
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An old standby for me. This is my second six pack of the season. Not the best beer ever, but very solid. Glad to have six packs around.

Compared to the regular Bastard, I find this to be a lot less hoppy. The malt profile comes across as a lot thicker and bolder. The oak isn't overwhelming, more of a rounding element. The beer drinks more like a small barleywine than a big IPA.

I like having 12 oz. samples of this to keep around and it makes for an excellent nightcap. Not the best beer ever, but still pretty darned good.

UTCengOwl, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
5/5  rDev +19%

kaelingirl, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of kchannel9
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

kchannel9, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of akinsja
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a tasting flight at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, Texas.

This is one of the best arguments I have tasted for oaking a beer. Take the huge hoppy slap in the face of most Stone beers (not that there's anything wrong with that) and really round off the spike of bitterness; what you're left with are fantastic layers of oaky malt and vanilla, finishing on the back end with sweet dark fruit and citrus rinds. I love the layers and the balance of this, especially compared to the hop bombs of other Stone offerings.

akinsja, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev -4.8%

kiki3drt292, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Andrew4321
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Andrew4321, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HeavyCsOptician for this one. Pours a rich dark amber with a nice two finger thick off-white head and plenty of lacing. Poured into a Stone Imperial Stout snifter. Smell is pleasantly hoppy with hints of lemon and a little oak-y. Taste has tons of citrus. Has been a long time since I tried the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale but I can't taste too much of the oaked character of this to know the difference between the two. Nice bitterness. Good carbonation. Medium body. Overall this is good. A sipper for me.

TrappistJohnMD, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

A: 1/8" tan coloured head over deep mahogany coloured amber liquid.

S: Oak, yeast, and toffee malt.

T: Bitter pine hops up front with a finish that includes the flavours of oak and toffee malt.

M: Medium viscosity and medium to high level of carbonation.

O: I appreciate the type of barley malt that was used in this American Strong Ale. It almost reminds me of Innis & Gunn minus the sweetness on steroids; or if Fullers made a Strong Ale. Quite enjoyable.

DaftCaskBC, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of kemoarps
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful mahogany with a nicotine tooth head that dissipated fairly quickly, but leaves good lacing as the liquid mysteriously vanishes from the glass.

The smell is primarily oaky with a caramel backbone. There's something else in there, but I cannot for the life of me pinpoint.

Well balanced. There's a hoppy bitterness up front, with that smokey oaky flavour permeating through the whole thing. finishes almost kind of sweet. The oak really mellows the roasty malts well.

This beer is an example of something that is more than the sum of its parts. Individually, it has great components, but all together, it really is fantastic. I quite enjoy it. There's a bit to it that I can't quite place, but it comes together to work very well. I haven't had the original Arrogant Bastard in a long while, so I can't attest to how much the oaking actually adds, but irregardless (I love that "word"), it is a good brew. Not sure if it's worth the expense, but independent of cost, it is a good brew well worth checking out.

kemoarps, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of N8DAGR8
4/5  rDev -4.8%

N8DAGR8, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

ObeMaltKinobee, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed January 5th, 2012. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a JFF is my BFF novelty pint glass.

A: Poured a nice one fingered creamy head. Rusty Maroon that laces nicely.

S: A slight alcohol comes through. The head that is present almost gives this a soapy smell. I really can't smell oak coming off of this, but instead its more pine. A tree is a tree though.

T: This is presented similar to a traditional Arrogant Bastard with a malty sweetness with a bitterness (citrus) coming throughout. The oaken taste comes right before the pine hits, but then the pine flavor takes over.
Instead of pine coming though more as this warms up instead the citrus is sadly more present.

M: Because of its head a creaminess comes though. Feels full body and the carbonation is decently there.

O: Sadly the taste of this drink doesn't stay the same throughout. It starts off tasting similar to a barleywine, but then it changes to a DIPA back and forth. Even though I loved this drink the first time I had it I can't say that I would pick it up again especially since its price tag.

TheAlamoWrocker, Jan 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

effixx, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

bbadger, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jpbebeau, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

jeanphony, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

pushstartnow13, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

quantumcipher, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

EinWeizenbitte, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

arkansastroy, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

MEOGDEN, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

blackwingedhorde, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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