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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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5,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,047
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 190
Gots: 490 | FT: 6
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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We pour a mahogany brew, with ruby inclusions. It holds a one finger tall caramel head, showing medium retention and spotty lacing. The carbonation is lower and there is a mild haze, decreasing transparency. The nose unfolds with lemon, honey, and buttery diacetyls. There is rich caramel to the malts, with molasses sweetness and bitterness. Fruit is also present, in the form of dark cherries and plum. There is also fusel booze, and faint oak action. Hops are surprisingly light, and take up the back with earth and musk. As we sip, the taste begins bitterly with grassy hops and old, bitter wood. Malts and clean, robust, and salty. Moving to the middle gives the first hint of alcohol, with bittering of lemon rind. The flavors here are well blended, with woodiness throughout, pale and darker malts, and light hop character. We end with more bitter woodiness, peppery booze, and a crisp herbal quality. There is a final dash of spice, chalk, mustard seed, and leafiness with the last drops. The aftertastes breathes very bitterly, with medicinal phenols, grass, overripe bananas, and lightly of mild esters. On the far back of the breath rumbles a mild fruity sweetness. The body is medium and the carbonation is lower. There is nice froth and smack to each sip, but little cream. The oak gives a bone-dry astringency. The beer is quite warming, with a solid abv. These last qualities, along with the bitterness, make this more of a sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was the cleanliness. The flavors blended together beautifully, with no flavor taking center stage over the other. We were surprised to find the oak subdued a bit in the nose, but happy that it came through in the flavor, so much so that it added a nice drying crispness to the finish.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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