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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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4,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,977
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 169
Gots: 452 | 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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5/5  rDev +19%

sparkdinko, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

s1ckboy, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

CPV, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jesstyr
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this from Total Wine in Annandale, and enjoyed it with some chinese food that definitely didnt stand up to the challenge.

Interesting color to it - not quite brown, more of a ruby to it, but with some golden tones. Head is very light tan, and is barely a finger before disappearing into lacing that stays throughout the drink.

This beer is hard to put a finger on - its has a nice strong brown ale character, heavy maltiness balanced with some subtle vanilla notes, and obviously some significant oak (but not so much that its overwhelming). Medium body, and pretty refreshing, particularly considering the style. Overall this is a really good beer.

Jesstyr, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of fmccormi
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alto Cino in Syracuse, NY, poured into a standard shaker pint.

Appearance (5.0): Pours a deep, slightly reddish amber, and a little hazy . . . thick, 1cm tan head. This beer leaves creamy sheets of lace all down the sides.

Smell (4.0): Typical dank / cat pee notes of Simcoe, plus some pineapple action—Amarillo? Pine on the other half of the hop equation—Chinook? Pretty typical West Coast-style hop profile, backed by some simple sweetness in the malt base.

Taste (3.5): Strong vanilla oakiness, with a creamy-sweet malt body chased by grass-pine-grapefruit bitterness (in that order). Strong oak, really. The malt body is moderately sweet, but ultimately passive. Grass-pine finish. This is decent, and I know what they’re going for here, but the original Arrogant Bastard is far better—just too much oak in one sitting for me.

Mouthfeel (4.0): CREAMY. Medium-full, with velvety carbonation. Almost no prickliness. Slightly syrupy, but overall VERY creamy. Wish it was a bit drier honestly, but the creaminess is an interesting experience and not bad, for sure.

Overall (4.0): Pretty good. They really oaked the shit out of this. Not that it’s bad, it’s just different. Loses a lot of what makes Arrogant Bastard great, even as it successfully reaches for a whole new style of beer, practically. Totally different dimension than original Arrogant Bastard, but I can appreciate what’s happening.

fmccormi, Nov 12, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: deep rich brown in color. Pours less than a finger of off- white head that fades fairly slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: malty, nutty, caramel, oak

Taste: lots of oak, malty, caramel, hoppy, vanilla, leather, tobacco.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp, a bit bitter.

Overall: A very good Oakes beer. The oak is very prevalent but not overpowering. Very complex flavor profile. Well balanced. Very high drinkability.

phichifiji00, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of jwhancher
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Stone back in June and thought it was excellent. Revisited stone in September and bought a sixer. What a difference between the two. This review is for the bottled version opened 11/11/11.

A: pours a ruby red with some brownish tints. Nice offwhite frothy head that leaves some sudsy bubbles hangin' around.

S: this bottle smells a bit aged. The oak seems to have all but faded. I now get some plum and cherrry notes with some sweet caramel and spicy notes.

T&M: tastes sweet with perhaps a slight sourness. I can't tell if I'm getting some aged qualities from the oak or a bad bottle. I didn't remember all my other ones quite tasting like this one. Am wondering if the age or best by date has something to do with it. Hmmmm. Tastes spicy with some good back end hop bite. Feels medium full with some frothy characteristics.

O: I thought the Draft version I had in the Bistro was near outstanding. Lots of oak flavor in that one probably because it was so fresh. I think this bottled version has likely suffered from either age or packaging/handling. Overall, I would definitely try this one again - but fresh!

jwhancher, Nov 11, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gravity poured from a cask at Foutainhead into a pint glass.

Appearance: My cask pour is a full, deep brown color with a hint of amber toward the edges. It is dark and mostly opaque, allowing just enough light through to let deep amber hues bounce off the glass. A rocky tan cap is evidence of the cask pour.

Smell: A complex aroma for sure. Sweet caramel malt also has some toasted bread, with grapefruit and pine hops shining through from the base beer. A bit of spice and vanilla compliment the woody oak nicely.

Taste: Yet another beer where I enjoy the cask version a bit better. The toasted bread and caramel malt sweetness combines with the vanilla, spice, and oak to add a great depth. The oak and spice flow into the grapefruit and spicy pine hops effortless, all while allowing for a lightly bitter, somewhat oak, and fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very much on the light side, with just a few soft bubbles to stimulate my tongue. The body drinks a little bit lighter than I remember from the tap version, which is to say medium/full, with a little bit less emphasis on the dry oak flavor. Very smooth.

Overall: Somehow I like this even better than the tap version of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, which is quite an accomplishment. The nuance and depth that each flavor takes on in the cask version is incredible.

KickInTheChalice, Nov 08, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap. Served in a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown with a two finger off white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves webs of lacing behind.

S- The oak is big on the aroma with caramel, toffee, bready malt, citrus peel, sweet booze, and pine.

T- Similar to the aroma with oak, sweet bready malts with caramel and toffee, grapefruit, orange zest, peppery spice and pine.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes very earthy with the oak and the pine lingering.

O- The oak is certainly noticeable, however, I think it's a little too prominent. I'm glad I finally got to try this, but not sure how often I would want this brew.

iadler, Nov 06, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 11/3/2011) poured into a tulip.

Pours a ruby-brown mahogany w/ a 2-finger khaki head.

Aroma is rich caramel malt and dried apricots, yeast & hops.

Taste is caramel malt, bitter hops, some sweet dry oak. Nice fruity notes. Rich, complex, smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Overall pretty similar to the regular Arrogant Bastard - but with oak. Bold, assertive, tasty.

draheim, Nov 06, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown with a one finger tan head that fades sloly into a thin cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma of bready malts, pine, citrus and hints of oak.

Taste starts out with a little bitterness of pine hops, grapefruit, balanced with malt, caramel and vanilla oak.

Mouth Feel is medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp smooth with a slight bitter after taste.

Overall is this a very nice strong ale with a nice oak touch.

dtivp, Nov 05, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle. dont see an age on this

muddy brown color. nice head but dissipates quickly.

aroma characteristic of a nice brown ale. nice malty notes. not a lot of hop aroma.

taste is fucking world class. oddly porterish in taste. chocolate and oaks. great hops in the back, but not overwhelming. great carbonation. great malt body. really love this beer.

seriously. one of the best beers i've had. i've had regular arrogant bastard and i thought it was too hoppy. this is perfect. not sure if it's because of the age on it or if it's because my tolerance for hops has grown

indesertum, Nov 04, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to 21st Amendment tulip. Dark dark brown body, layer of very small tight bubbles that hang around for a while. Lace good.
Very flavorful to the nose. Caramel mostly. Smooth.
Tastes the same as it smells. Caramel up front with some hop bitterness and a slight tangyness on the back.
Oaked is worth it. Will revisit AB to verify that.
Overall, another great offering from Stone.

NWer, Nov 02, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby hued brown with a tan, fluffy one finger head. I can already see some awesome lacing. Fairly clear

S: Really intense hoppiness up front. I think it overwhelms the oak a bit. As it's warming I'm getting a lot more caramel.

T: I think the flavor lets the wood shine more than in the nose. Rich caramel flavors supply the backbone to a nice bitter finish from those hops. The finish is so, so long.

M: Solid medium body. Good carbonation.

O: A great beer. I had it a little too cool at first and it felt terribly underwhelming. That was my bad though. Once I let it warm up it showed a lot more depth.

tony223366, Nov 02, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown/ruby color. Has a nice one finger head or so. Appears to have moderate carbonation, with tons of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Beautiful lacing all around the glass.

The oak has a strong presence in the aroma. This seems to complement the strong and sweet malty aroma. Wood with some vanilla, some fruit (cherry?), earthy hops seem to be in the mix too.

This is pretty much what I expected from Oaked Arrogant Bastard. It has all of the elements of the Arrogant Bastard but with an extra element of oak. Aggressive and sweet malt with some bittering hops, but the malt seems to dominate the taste. Has a slight fruitiness to it (still can't tell, maybe cherries). Then the oak character comes in and seems to dry it out a little bit on the finish. Slight roastiness as well.

Nice body, a little heavier than medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

This is a good beer overall. Love the oaked element. I have really been digging oaked beers lately. Glad I tried it, will drink again if the mood calls for it. I could see sipping this beer for awhile. It has a strong taste to it that makes you want to savor it.

ahq514, Nov 02, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice dark amber body with not a lot of head. The smell is of roasted malts and some citrus hops comes through. The taste is a little of oak and roasted malts up front, then some bitter hops hits the back of the tongue. It has a nice mouth feel and overall a good and balanced beer.

chefhatt, Oct 31, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells great looks like a dark chocolate color. Smell is very sweet with fruit aroma but taste is very bitter with extreme beer taste quality head is medium to high. All in all it was to bitter for me but i would definatly try it agian. Plus i did not taste the oak? maybe my pallete is not as refined as i thoght it was?

aldizy, Oct 25, 2011
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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