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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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5,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,048
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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Photo of ADZA
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours an impressive semi see through amber hue with decent carbonation that leaves a two finger head and nice lacing,the smell is vanilla,raisins,alcohol,piney resiny hops and caramel candy,it has a medium bodied well carbonated semi sticky mouthfeel and has tastes of oak,figs,boiled candy,sticky date pudding and finished with a beautiful all round mouth numbing bitterness and overall a very pleasant drop to drink and would drink/buy again cheers.

Photo of Sensaray
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish somewhat brown color with a luscious tan head. Very fluffy and floats around for awhile.

Aromas of vanilla and oak are prominent from the pour. Some coffee, maybe a bit of chocolate

Get a sweet vanilla toffee like taste. A bit of bourbon and coffee in there too. A bit of rasiny resinous fruit comes out sometimes. Decent bitter close after some sweetness emerges. Decent complexities. Has a good balance.

Creamy nicely carbonated and very smooth mouthfeel. Fairly dry in the finish.

Overall this is better than I expected. Very good beer.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at The Cask Republic in New Haven, Conn.

A: Mahogany, deep reddish brown with a thin, creamy head of off white foam which persists nicely and leaves a nice amount of sticky lace.

S: Complex fruity and caramel malt nose with hints of dried cherries, vanilla, oak, whiskey barrels and spent rum casks. A musty, pine needle hop aroma imparts and earthy musk.

T: Smooth, rich, fruity malt profile with hints of berry, plum, raisin and bitter, flavored tea. Citrusy, herbal and earthy hops make their way across the palate with notes of pine and a refined, mineral-filtered bourbon essence. The finish lingers with bittersweet, sticky malts and hop resins with a hint of smoked wood.

M: Rich, full-bodied, but so very smooth and fulfilling. The oak keeps the hops from becoming to sticky and malts from cloying sweetness. Just right and very satisfying.

O: Oak Aged AB takes a bit of the hop wallop out of the sails, but the essence of these West-Coast varietals are still very much at play. On the plus side, the 7.2% ABV and hop chaos is smoothed out so nicely and malts are really brought forward by the calming, refining qualities of wood-aging the beer. An excellent sipper just dying to be paired with a good cigar.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot to rtepiak for this bottle!

A: Very dark honey/maple syrup color, perfectly translucent. One and a half worth of head, tan color. Retention is superb as well as the lacing.

S: This is most definitely IPA territory when it comes to hops content. Definitive west coast style of hoping with the perfect blend of pine resin, grapefruit juice, lime zest and mint. But, there is also a good level of caramel malts in this (not as much as a barleywine though) and light vanilla. Light notes of oak in the background.

T: Follows the smell pretty well. Very good amount of maltiness in the taste with caramel, fruit bread, vanilla and brown sugar. The west coast hops are still there and strong: pine resin, grapefruit juice, lime zest and mint. The oak treatment also comes out much stronger than in the smell. Some pepper. There is a light chalk taste that I usually despise in this beer. But, the chalk blends perfectly with the oak and pine without ever being a "bad" thing. Definitively not an IPA or a Barleywine.

M: Heavy body with medium carbonation. Although it is heavy and sticky, it also is very creamy and smooth. Exceptional.

O: This is a really really good beer. I don't have other ways to put it out. It really is a great beer from a great brewery. Drinkability is off the charts.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewed today:
12oz bottle (best by 5/1/11) poured into a balloon tulip

A: Pours dark-rust brown, opaque with about a finger and dirty white brown head, lots of bubbly action, very frothy. Tons of lacing.

S: Floral and citrus hops, pine, caramel malt, slightly dark fruits: peach to plum, alcohol, charred oak. Caramel candied apples.

T: A lot of caramel sweetness up front with floral hops (slight citrus) and pine, but not that bitter. The middle creates a fruit flavors ranging from peach to dark plums and raisins with the mingling of caramel and hops. Wood comes through perfectly in the middle and finish: lightly charred oak integrated with the malt adding a very nice flavor and smoothness. With the oak comes just a hint of vanilla, mostly in the finish as the hops ease up. Finish is oaky, bitter, and grainy with a little alcohol coming through. Definite floral hop bite on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation that seems to have a bit of viscosity. A very smooth, almost velvety mouthfeel thanks to the oak aging. Just a touch of alcohol on the finish.

O: Candied caramel apple with peach/plum, piney, and oaky flavors. Awesome. More hop-forward than Arrogant Bastard with more complexity and a smoother feel. My favorite of the four Bastards and one of the better beers I've had.

Photo of harrymel
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bb: 05.18.11

A: Pours dark brown when held to the light reveals beautiful cherry tones with excellent clarity. Single finger toasted peanut head falls to a quilt of the same. Persistent lacing.

S: Earthy hops, hints of vanilla from the oak, sweet backbone with sweet malts. I'm surprised by this, but so far, I'm not sensing much difference from the flagship version.

T: Now I get it! Theres so much oak sweetened vanilla, cola tones on this. It's a completely different beer. Nice surprise. Sweet, dry, fun. Not much hop presence. Earthy tones.

M: Medium to syrupy body with low carbonation. dry and....dry on the finish.

O: well done, prefer the flagship, but not bad either.

Photo of bbeane
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with an off white head maybe a finger thick that disappears somewhat quickly leaving some lines of lacing. Beer is a murky copper color, with light activity

S- Notes of vanilla mixed with the smell of earthy wood... caramel, resiny hops

T- Citrus hop forward with notes from the oak, eventually joined my some caramel malty sweetness for the finish

M- Medium bodied with light/medium carbonation. Has a nice lingering hop flavor that gets trapped in your mouth

O- A well crafted beer in my opinion, though not my favorite oak aged ipa out there


Photo of whatthehull
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted April 26th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - a cloudy blood orange, one finger almost light brown head. A bit of lacing

S - sweet yeast, sweet malt, red oaked wine, citrus and floral hops and toasted oak and/or grains and malt. Maybe some caramel or molasses

T - sweet red wine, sherry barrels, toasted oak, malt and grains. Citrus and a bit of floral hops, sweet yeast and nice bitterness

M - a bit chewy, medium acidity, long finish and nicely carbonated

D - smoother than the original, but just as hoppy, toasty and sweet

Final thought - good beer not worth the money unless you have never had it

Photo of WankelEngine
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: It’s moderately dark brown and slightly hazy with a reddish tint. There is a light tan head of maybe one finger with dissipates quickly, leaving a layer of foam on the top.

S: Smells delightfully of sweet malt. It is deep and earthy. There are notes of vanilla, and piney hops. There are fruity notes, with plum and citrus both being discernable.

T: The taste starts out maltier than I would have expected, but this quickly gives way to a dry hop flavor. There is a little bit of grapefruit flavor. The oak flavor is not too pronounced, but it adds a spiciness to the beer and a subtle earth tone. Finish is long and dry but not terribly bitter.

M: Fairly light with moderate carbonation. Very dry.

O: Delicious. Oak flavor gives it even more depth than the original bastard.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear amber red body with an off white head.

Smell - Vanilla. Honey. Malt. Light grassiness. Smells great. Coffee.

Taste - Probably one of the most tasty IPAs I've ever had. Lighter than expected with some sweetness and plenty of bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with light bite. Mostly in the bitterness.

Overall Drinkability - This definitely made my list of top IPAs. I definitely recommend it. Has a good amount of complexity due to the sweetness you don't normally find in an IPA.

Photo of BlastBeats
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"The Arrogant Bastard Wood. Would You?"

Appearance: a dark red, almost ruby colored beer with a lightly colored off-white head that simmers on the surface for a while. The label reads "Ale Aged With American Oak Wood Chips" and proudly displays the Stone gargoyle that I'm sure we've all been accustomed to by now.

Smell: smells of tight fruit and alcohol.

Taste: the flavors from the oak chips permeate this beer in a magnificent way. The oak evens out this beer perfectly while adding a new, complex dimension to the taste. Like the other incarnations of the Arrogant Bastard, the strong grapefruit presence is maintained. Flavors of alcohol are certainly detectable, but kept nicely in check by the oak chips.

Mouthfeel: mild "bite" with reasonable carbonation.

Overall: in my opinion, the Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale is definitely superior to the "standard" Arrogant Bastard. Great stuff!

Photo of plfahey
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Truly blood red in color and brilliantly clear. Beige colored head with moderately good retention and some nice lacing. Lovely.

Aroma-Ass-kicking-not necessarily an a good or bad way, just I can already tell from the aroma that this is going to kick my ass. Pungent, minty, grapefruity hops and fresh oak wood with notes of sweet vanilla. Definite whiff of heady alcohol. Something sweet-coconut? bubblegum? Slight caramel malt is present as well. The aroma is evocative and intense, and the more I smell it, the more I like it.

Flavor-Wicked. Same smooth minty grapefruit hop flavor as the aroma. Sweet up front before moderately high hop bitterness kicks in. Flavors of toasted oak blend with the huge bitterness which grows to a crescendo in the finish. As the aftertaste carries on a slight caramel flavor grows alongside grapefruit flavors and a lingering, sticky bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation and puckering bitterness. Still is pretty smooth with low alcohol warmth.

This beer is absurd in its complexity. Delicious, powerful, and downright intriguing. When fresh, this beer is a masterpiece.

Photo of Avantyawn
2.91/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A: Amazing looking deep amber brown with a huge head. Truly excellent looking.

S: I initially thought it smelled amazing, but the woody grain oakness is turning me off a bit even though, the fresh hoppy oily arrogant bastard of course smells amazing.

T: You know, I absolutely love Arrogant Bastard, but I am not digging the oaked treatment. I feel like I am drinking Arrogant Bastard and then licking an oak barrel. I don't quite get it...It just does not taste good to me.

M: The beer has a great mouthfeel, but the chalkiness of the dry oak I do not enjoy.

O: Overall, I love Arrogant Bastard, but not this version. Sort of a weak review, but I've already reviewed Arrogant Bastard to much acclaim, and just am not digging this variation.

Photo of jsh420
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pours clear ruby brown with a 1 finger off white head that left lacing all down the glass

smells like their ipa - lots of pine and grapefruit

taste - while i was disappointed it didnt have the oak aged flavors i was looking forward to it did still taste good - a very balanced dipa? hops punch you in the face to start then the nutty caramel malts come through on the finish

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation very smooth and creamy

overall this beer takes a huge hit based on its price $18 a sixer - - how in the world did they come up with this price

Photo of daledeee
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aged arrogant bastard. Some people call me that too!!

I poured this into my Hennepin glass. Very dark brown with reddish tint. Nice off white head and great lacing.

Aroma is nice grapefruit with wood and a tinge of vanilla.

Taste is worth the extra few bucks. Very up front with the initial sip. Lots of hop bitterness. Not quite grapefruit but really citrus rind inclinations. Great malt balance and not overly sweet, but just enough. This is one powerfully flavored beer, but enjoyable.

Mouth feel is quite creamy with good carbonation. Finish has yet another dose of bitterness.

Hopheads should delight in this one. Yeah, I know it has malt, but boy does it have hops too. Although this is aged with oak, I didn't notice an overwhelming leaning toward wood. Just enough to make this a really great beer. Highly recommended.

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

pour was a deep ruby red with a light brown mixed in. big creamy head that hung around forever.

lots of grapefruit with a light oak and vanilla mixed in. sweet candied malt.

this must have been the freshest i have ever had this, it was very hoppy which really helped tame the oak flavor. the big grapefruit and citrus really bonded well with the vanilla and oak.

very full, medium carbonation. oily like.

this was good, the best i've ever had oaked bastard.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hope there’s a good reason why this is twice the price of the original Arrogant Bastard Ale at my local liquor store. Let's see:

A: Thick ruby red body with a thin tan head. Nice and dark.

S: Not a lot of nose on this one. Bit of hops with a faint hint of citrus. Touch of smokiness here and there. I’m definitely anticipating a much bigger taste than these aromas are leading me to believe.

T: Much bigger, indeed. To be honest, I didn’t really expect a whole lot of difference between this and Stone’s original ale. This, though, is definitely a more grown-up Bastard. A mellow sweetness comes across the entire palate, from first sip to last. A big Stone flash of hops comes first, heightened by floral notes and citrus. There’s a syrupy, almost candy-like bit of something in there as well (licorice/plum?). And it’s all rounded off with a dark, smoky booziness. Overall, a big, oaky body that is dry in the best way possible. Excellent.

M: A very smooth drink. Subtle carbonation gives more drinkability to this relatively heavy beer.

O: A damn good brew. I’m definitely a lot more eager to try the “Oaked” counterparts of my other favorites now that I’ve seen what a difference oak-aging can do. Definitely worth the price difference, down to the last penny.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" head with a body packed with effervesence. Lovely auburn red color blows me away. Smell was milder than I expected, some maltiness and hops. Taste at first sip seems a little salty, but a richness and hoppiness still comes through. Honestly I think the oaking cut the power of the hops down from the unoaked version. And why chips vs oak barrels? Chips are what less reputable vintners use in wine (cheaper, and although I think it's a similar effect I swear I can taste the difference in wines too). All in all this is an excellent beer but I prefer the unoaked version, which I scored higher.

Photo of ineva
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Snifter Glass.

A:A Rufous dark cherry with a light toffee 2 1/2 finger head. A Legitimate viscous lacing, rigid cloud 9 fluff.

S:Licorish sweet wet oak. Citrus grapes.

T:Vanilla warmth. Sweet toothsome caramel ego. Pistachio buttery bark.

M:Soothing fluent stirred fluid, that flawlessly flushes stabled velvet swagger down, like succulent flutter.

O:The inception of its tale.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful orangish and slightly brown amber. I poured a one finger tan head that is still there after 30 minutes.

Smell: A complex mix of hops and sweet caramel malts. The hops appear to be more earthly. Surprisingly, I get none of the oak and a small hint of vanilla that usually accompanies oak aged beers and I think the beer is the better for it.

Taste: Same as the smell but the malts are more pronounced and complement the hops. I can detect a little bit of the oak towards the end and bitter aftertaste that seems to linger for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with a smooth body and slightly creamy finish.

Overall: The Oaked Arrogant Bastard is the first real microbrew that I've had after discovering craft beers. I'm glad that I found the time to review this beer after drinking it for the first time. The beer is great with its strong taste and smell. What I don't like is the price of a six-pack (17.99 is kinda of steep.).

Photo of ludachris
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a deep, burnt murky amber hue that gives off honey amber highlights when held up to the light. A finger and a half of frothy and thick egg shell white head makes this beer look great in my tulip glass.

A rich, almost onion-like hoppiness is the first thing that jumps out at me. I also get musty pine notes that lie on top of grapefruit and lemon peel. A sweet and toasy malt character takes some digging to find but provides a welcomed sweetness. I have yet to have the original Arrogant Bastard so I can't pick out the differences, but I can say that, besides a slight woody note, I get next to no oak or vanilla.

The hop character that hits the palate first is hard to describe. It's something like an earthy herbal bitterness that leans towards being astringent. As it goes on, the bitterness becomes more pine-like with the addition of grapefruit rhine. A delicate sweet toasty malt character hangs out in the back as the hops do their thing. The oak aging is much more apparent in the taste, giving off notes of smokey wood and charcoal.

Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth. The level of carbonation helps to accentuate the hop bitterness which seems to largely be what this beer is centered on. The oak aging is apparent in the feel as well, giving the beer a delicate and creamy texture.

All in all, this is a solid, interesting and complex ASA. I'm happy to say that I've never really had a beer like this before and I enjoyed the experience. One day in the future I'll have this with the regular version to help me appreciate what the oak aging has done for this beer. This marks my first offering I've had from Stone and it's sure not to be the last.

Photo of flannelman808
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Say what you want but you have got to hand it to stone for making every one of their beers look damn amazing. This one is a gorgeous auburn brown color and semi opaque. A dare I say perfect rocky head forms which is a light tan color and clings to the glass about as well as it holds together. Pancakes are ready.

S: Caramel, burnt sugar and woody note dominate the nose.

T: Nice balance between sweet caramel malty notes and the bitterness one expects from a stone brew. The oak is there but somewhat subtle. The drying woody and subtly vanilla flavors oak provides do however compliment the aforementioned base profile. All and all this is not the most complex brew, but it goes good with a burger and is a pinnacle of the style.

M: sticky

O: Good stuff but fairly one or two dimensional. This is not an A+ beer ... I don't get it!?

Photo of jthomp000
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was skeptical at first, not of the beer, but the fact that I stumbled on to this one in the "scratch and dent" corner of my new favorite beer distributor. A quick google search showed that the product date stamped on the side of the case, I should be "within spec" for the lack of a better term.

Appearance - Poured a dark amber/copper color (almost brown) with a tan head.

Smell - Smells sweet like carmel

Taste - Tastes of wood and charcoal

Mouthfeel - light to medium bodied with little carbonation

Overall - Very glad I took a "chance" on this one; I do not regret it. Have never had the regular Arrogant Bastard, but it is on my "to-do" list for sure!

Photo of ggilman
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured down the middle of a tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle, produces a one finger foamy head, that settles quickly with minimal lacing. The hazy, sediment filled dark ruby tobacco burst strong ale gives off unidentified fruit and sweetness in the nose. I was beginning to have my doubts about this bastard of a beer until I tasted it. Wow! Rich and complex. Bitterness up front and all around, evens out with a caramel malt finish. The bitterness lingers, without any leafy hop presence. Smoky, roasty, oak notes with hints of vanilla. Alcohol and fruity esters start to appear as you work your way through the pint. The imparted oak characteristics coat your mouth, and become present in great depth. It's starting to taste like a campfire. As it warms, bitterness increases up front with currant, tobacco and chocolate. I can't get over how much is coming out of this beer. Roasted malts start to dominate at the end. The flavor of this beer is it's strong point, but the mouthfeel is a close second. Crisp carbonation pairs well with a medium-thick body. The 7.2% is like a smack in the face from the gargoyle who sits on the front of the bottle, daring you to drink. Thank you sir, may I have another! I'm not worthy!

Photo of mattgreger
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer of the Night - Stone Brewing Company - Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - American Strong Ale - 7.20% ABV

Picked this bottle up in Capones Bottle Shop In East Norriton.

The pour on this brew was very nice. As you look at the colors, it is a dark brown, a bit of reddish streaks throughout. It had a great, light tan head that had a little bit of retention that last just a few minutes. This brew left a great lacing as it slide down the sides of snifter that I had poured it into.

The aroma on this brew is also very nice. It has a great smokey, wood aroma that comes out in the front of this brew. It quickly feeds into a great aroma of floral hops, which comes with some sugars and just a touch of alcohol bourbon. As the brew sits and warms, the Oak is present more then ever, and is a great addition to the already good Arrogant Bastard. It finishes with some more of the nice bourbon notes and the hops, that comes off nice and citrussy.

This is a great tasting brew. Its super complex and gets better as the brew warms in the glass. The flavors follow the aromas pretty well. There are some great notes of chocolate, toffee/coffee, bourbon, and a great smokey, oak flavor. It has a great hop bitterness as well. They aren't overkill though, because the oaked process mellowed them out and gives this brew an almost stout likeness. The warming of the brew gives life to the name sake of the it, but putting forward, the bourbon, oak, and smokey flavors. Its a great brew.

The mouthful on this brew is very good. It has that alcohol tingle, the hoppy bitterness. This is a great medium bodied brew that gives you everything you look for in the style. Its smooth and packs a punch that gives you a run for the money, but leaves you wanting more.

Its kind of funny, you look at the bottle on this brew, and the label says "Your Not Worthy." Its very true. This brew is a great representation of the style. I have had the original Arrogant Bastard, which is also an amazing brew. This brew steps it down, but not in a bad way. It gives it a more reserved, almost elegant version of teh brew. It still hop strong and a great brew. I can't wait to get my hands on another bottle of this brew. Until you have tried other respresentions of this sytle, your truely Not Worthy to have this brew.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,048 ratings.