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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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5,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,038
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 486 | 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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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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

Poured into a snifter on 11/30/11

Enjoy by 9/29/11 (whatever)

Pours a medium brown but boasts a deep rusted brown hue in the glass; gleams of crimson and copper, too. A billowy two finger head is slow to dissipate and leaves a good deal of intertwined lacing behind.

Nice malt depth in terms of aroma - raisins, caramel, hints of brown sugar, juicy dark fruits and some toasted bready overtones. Hops seems tame, if not minimal. The oak addition seems pretty subtle, too. The fruit notes come across as tangy as the beer warms. Hints of oxidation.

Juicy dark fruit flavors (raisin, plum) wash over toasted sugar notes (caramel, brown sugar). There is some earthy hop grit lingering about. The oak makes for a dry, vapid wood latter half. The hops kick around more as warmth sets in.

The feel clocks in right around the mid-point of full and medium. The beginnings of slickness it calmed by a comfortable abv and rolling, granular underpinnings. Carbonation is moderate; doesn't interfere with the beer at all. Finishes dry with some residual hop decay.

This is a decent sort of beer, though the "aged on oak chips" thing rings of novelty to me (especially if you factor in price). This is enjoyable, but there are plenty other things I enjoy more.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a thin tan head. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smells of oak along with caramel malt and maybe a slight hint of hops. Really nothing too spectacular but it's pleasing.

The oak hits you first on the taste followed by caramel and a sharp bitterness that is long lasting. It is a nice drying bitterness that really makes you want another sip. I feel the oak could be a little more prominent though.

Overall this is a really good beer but not out of this world good. I had to dock a few points because of the price. This beer runs around $22 a six pack in this area which is way too much in my opinion.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a wine glass.

A: Opaque golden brown with two fingers of light brown frothy head--retains well.

S: Definite oak up front, powerful. Some floral hops. Sweet caramel as well.

T: Toasty, caramelly, hoppy. Finishes with some sweetness. Refreshing bitter aftertaste makes me want to sip again.

M: Smooth, no complaints but nothing special. Light carbonation.

O: A very goodly ale. Certainly no session, but one that I'd love to have more of.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Bruery snifter...

A - Pours a dark amber with a two finger tan head. Head retention is good, and there is some sticky lace to be had...

S - Caramel, oak, a good dose of citrus hops, and some toasted malts...

T - Caramel, toffee, and grapefruit. Finishes with a good hop bittereness and some toasted malts that linger in the aftertaste. Oak is alot more prominate in the scent. There might be a little, but it is very subdued. Abv is well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation...

O - Wondering if I got an older bottle because the oak was almost non existent. Glad I tried this one, but I think I will stick with the regular version if I am in the mood for some ABA. The finish lingers on a little long for my likings...


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5/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with ruby glints at the light. Huge and unctuous head, with quite a good retention.

S: Very hoppy, fruit hops to be more specific (orange, tangerine, but also red fruits).

T: The attack is sweet and slightly acid. No woody taste at all. Very fruity then (as for the smell, red fruits, cherry mainly). Sweety, sugary also. The aftertaste is extremely bitter (grapefruit) and lingering.

M: Medium body, with a nice carbonation. Refreshing.

O: A bit surprised by this beer, quite complex, but nos as I expected. I find sweetness and bitterness a bit unbalanced, but overall that's a nice, refreshing brew.

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5/5  rDev +19%

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,038 ratings.