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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,721 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,721
Reviews: 1,824
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 143
Gots: 348 | 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:
American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003)
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jacobseyb

Alabama

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

A=deep dark ruby colors with an offwhite two finger head

S=the oak barrel ageing is definitly apparent, though some other maltiness and latent hoppiness is lurking

T=oak barrel aging up front hoppiness follows

M=great mouthfeel, very carbonated with smooth finish

D=enjoyable and somewhat stout, limits drinkability, however the alcohol is not out in front and therefore could sneak up.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 04:10:23 | More by jacobseyb
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
best by 8/26/09

Pours a beautiful red brown color with a small off white head that leaves lots of stickage in the glass. Bitter hops, sweet malts to balance, some small whiffs of alcohol and a little bit of maple syrup and wet wood notes. Sharp and assertive, bright with hops, good barrel complexity and loads of malt holding it all together. A drying wave of alcohol add to the experience, rather than becoming offensive. Great with food i must say, this is a very drinkable beer, medium/light in body, aggressive carbonation. If you havent tried it, and you're a fan of the original, pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 23:39:26 | More by ATPete
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark red-amber, good head and lacing.

Smell: Stuck my nose in while pouring and got nothing but a kind of earthy smell.

Taste: Pine and citrus bitterness at first, then a splash of oaky flavor before a long bitter finish.

Drinkability: I like the 12oz bottle, I don't like the price tag.

Picked up a single of this to try over in Wiscoland. Other than the disappointing smell, this was a pretty solid beer. The oak is present, but not over the top.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 20:41:28 | More by Mdog
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Novare Res, poured into my Uprising Chalice. The color of the beer is a combination of dark copper and ruby. It has a thin tan head. The beer smells woods; there is oak and hops in the aroma. You can certainly taste the oak in the flavor, as well as some alcohol. There is also some grassiness/floral flavors, but that could just be an aspect of the oakiness. There is a hint of caramel sweetness in the finish. There is a normal amount of carbonation and a medium body with some mouth coating. Overall, a strong and tasty beer that is worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2009 16:40:01 | More by ToasterChef
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billshmeinke

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Very dark amber. 3 finger head. Head reluctant to disappear and is maintained throughout (halfway through the glass the head is still at least 4 cm thick). Very impressive sticky lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate, caramel and toffee with some oak mixed in there.

T: Taste follows smell. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, and a little bit of oak is present. It is a bit creamy as well, actually. Quite complex and tasty. Also, pretty strong tasting. Not too much alcohol present, but a little. Nice hoppy after taste.

M: Very nice. Not exceptionally bubbly, but good.

D: For only the brave, but if you are into dark ales, I don't see how this one could do you wrong.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 07:17:56 | More by billshmeinke
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tgdigital

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an overall good beer. I think it's a bit pricey for what you get, but that's my opinion. The beer is a nice deep amber color and has a lot of complexity in the smell with definitive notes of oak. The taste is rather good with a great balance of hops and malt with a lot of oak flavor. Finishes surprisingly dry considering how big this beer tastes. Decent alcohol flavor in the finish is brought out more with the oak accompaniment.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 19:54:18 | More by tgdigital
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BenSelf

Alabama

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours up nicely with a lingering soft, foamy head. The aroma is dark malt and warm brown sugar. The flavor has a lot well-rounded roasted malt character, with some faint chocolate. The bitterness from the malt and hops plays well with the sweet aroma. The mouthfeel, my favorite part, makes this beer truly extraordinary: thick, almost creamy. Alcohol comes in at a reasonable 7.2%, making this beer a good one to share with friends who might not be the biggest beer geeks. Thanks Stone, I'll definitely be picking up some more.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 03:18:37 | More by BenSelf
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my smuttynose tulip.

The beer pours a ruby red-mahogany hued hazy color with a foamy white head that leaves a sticky, persistent residue.

The smell is toffee, chocolate and sweet oaky characteristics first, but there's an earthy hop in there as well.

The taste is the complete opposite of the smell. The grassy, piney hops come to the front of the taste and the chocolate and toffee tones move to the back of the line. Both flavors are present and incredibly well balanced. I don't taste much oak though.

The beer is pretty heavy and thick, and I do feel the booze in the stomach as I drink, but not as much as I would expect. This is a very drinkable beer that is deceiving. The high abv always rears it's head eventually...

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 03:39:05 | More by rpstevens
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice dark ruby color with moderate white head and some lacing. Looks pretty.

S- A lot of grassy hops with some sweet molasses and maybe a hint of chocolate. A hint of oak, but nothing too strong--gets stronger as it warms.

T- A little oak, but mostly the familiar hoppy, molasses-y taste of Arrogant Bastard. I guess that's appropriate, since this is AB, just oak aged. Tasty, a subtle variation on an already very good beer.

M- Very thick and creamy, bit of a prickle from the hops and a slightly dry finish.

D- Delicious, a great overall beer. Will definitely seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 03:24:49 | More by LordAdmNelson
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bashiba

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark ruby/amber red with a thick and creamy dark tan head.

The smell was surprisingly mild with some molasses, oak, and some green hops.

The flavor is suprisingly mild with a light oaky and toasted malt body with a very fresh and wet tasting green hopy finish with big hints of fresh juniper and citrus.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily with a long lingering finish.

Very drinkable strong ale.

Review #2 - scores based of this review - first 06/08/09 this 03/21/11 - I know round 2 the sample is very fresh.

Poured a slightly dirty brown with a light yet lingering off white head.

The smell has a nice mixture of the big resiny and orange peel chinook hops with a some deep dark caramel malts.

The flavor is very hop dominated with big resiny orange peel coating your tongue with a long lasting bitterness, slowly the malt makes its way to the forefront with a very subtle hint of oak. Nice bready backbone with a light bit of chocolate.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily leaving a nice long lasting hop flavor.

A great beer, the more I have it the more I appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 22:57:40 | More by bashiba
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BitterPachyderm

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now isn't this a cute little beer...they have taken my favorite beer fridge staple, and added some oak. How on earth do they think that they are going to improve on something that is as good as the original Arrogant Bastard?

No freshness date on this 12 oz. bottle...poured into my SN pint glass.

A towering massive four to five finger head of off-white foam foam and cream, sticky as can be, with gorgeous lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer with some ruby tones and a red body...almost translucent. Flawless...

The nose is of pine and heavy on the grapefruit, with only a faint whiff of alcohol.

You can taste the oak in here, as it's the dominant flavor. There is some grapefruit in the foreground with a noticeable hop bitterness in the finish. No pine, but that could mean it's fresh.

Ultra creamy and smooth mouthfeel with only the slightest bit of an alcohol bit near the end.

The alcohol seems to hide a lot better here than the regular AB. But it's still the Arrogant Bastard...and it's still going to kick your ass!

Other than the noticeable oak flavor, can you really tell the difference? This is once again, a damn fine ale and a great interpretation of the Arrogant Bastard. That reminds me, I need to put my review of the original AB up ASAP.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 20:35:29 | More by BitterPachyderm
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Lerxst

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Stone pint glass

A-Pours a beautiful amber/ruby color with a nice three finger head and lacing that sticks around a looong time. Gorgeous.

S-Piney hops with citrus, malt, and a little vanilla? Smells great.

T-Holy cow. A wonderful assault on the palate. A nice maltiness up front with the piney hops following close behind with citrus/grapefruit notes, and a bit of vanilla all with an oakey twist. Outstanding.

M-A nice creamy body but it has a nice bite. Coats the palate with a slicky oily finish. Carbonation is perfect.

D-Yes, this is a big, complex beer, but I can easily see this as a session brew. I could drink these all night. But cost might be a factor there.

This beer lived up to the hype. An outstanding job by Stone.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 19:48:12 | More by Lerxst
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JAStheAce

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep crimson ruby red with flecks of dark auburn brown. Half an inch of beautiful caramel tan head. Beautiful lace grips the sides of my glass with every grip and does not want to let go.

S - Smoky, oaky, sweet bourbon? Very complex.

T - Very smooth. Very bold. The sweet, creamy, malty deliciousness is balanced by a kick of some zesty hops that taste like citrus fruit to me

M - Some vanilla and spice in a medium mouthfeel that masks the carbonation splendidly. Very warming beer. A nice balanced bitter aftertaste remains for quite some time.

D - A tremendous beer. Need to get me a sixer of this asap!

Overall, this in one tremendous beer that only gets better and more complex as it warms up. Really top-notch!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 03:03:22 | More by JAStheAce
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a tulip glass at The Drafting Room, Exton

Pours a deep oak brown, with some red highlights. A nice inch of tan head.

The nose is full of toast malts, lots of hops, oak and some sweetness in the back

A sweet caramel maltiness with the oak right behind. The hops are strong, but well balanced.

Medium-bodied with a strong amount of carbonation a clean and dry finish

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2009 23:52:51 | More by mhatters
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ken2cart1

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

served in my dogish head pint glass

A- dark amber, hints of red and brown, 1/2 inch frothy head, good retention, sappy clinging that will not disappear

S- malty caramel sweetness, smells of very harsh high alpha-acid hops...does not smell to pleasant

T- just as the bottle states, a very aggressive beer. Slight juicy citrus hops upfront, then harsh piny hops kick in from there on out. Oak is subtle and can be tasted at the end and in the after taste as woody...i was waiting for vanilla to come through but it never came.... oak probably would be misrepresented as hops if it was not stated. good bready, caramel malt background. Hops are definitely the center piece of this beer and it is an onslaught of high alpha acid, harsh piny bitter hops....arrogance indeed..maybe too arrogant. Beer has a puckering bitter after taste...yet you want more arrogance.

M- creamy, smooth, finishes dry from hops and oak

D- not too drinkable...bitter aftertaste from hops would become cloying after a while...WEIRD for me to say since i am a hop head...just not my style of hops.

O- taste is quite complex i am must say, but just not my type of beer/hops....Although I do have to say this beer tastes better as it warms...wish the oak flavor was more apparent

If you want an unreal oak aged beer go with the oak aged unearthly DIPA from southern tier!....good shit

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 02:05:17 | More by ken2cart1
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drums4matt

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six-pack from Peace Street - those dudes always come through on the good stuff! I poured this one into a little de 'Proef tulip. I'm really beginning to appreciate this glass for the way it handles complex volatile aromas like those present in Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

This is really nice looking brew. It's dirty garnet colored with some ruby highlights to it. Not as actively carbonated as other Stone offerings I've experienced but this guy does hold a nice looking, dense and creamy two-finger head that's somewhere between those off-white hues and a more creamy/cappuccino color. Head holds nice and tight but dissipates after a sip or two leaving significant layers of lacing.

Interesting aroma - that much is for certain. Smells...oddly sweet. Sweet and boozy right off the bat. There are some other factors at work here lending much complexity: The malt biscuityness and a touch of sweet vanilla blend alongside the spicy hop quality and similarly-spicy-yet-fruity alcohol notes. Further agitation stirs up the grassy quality from the hops but not a crazy hop bomb, in fact, to my surprise.

Yes, this is an entirely different beer than its un-oaked counterpart. The hop quality is still immediately present but just not knock-down drag-out hops-in-your-face hoppy. There is certainly an amount of tempering of the overall flavor by oak addition. The detectable sweetness in aroma carries over to the flavor as well - I guess I'd expect a little sweetness from a beer of this weight called a "Strong Ale" and it is certainly not deleterious. The sweet is balanced by the spice notes coming from any number of sources here. I suppose I'm inclined to believe there is oak at work as I've tasted this beer un-oaked and it doesn't carry the tempered spicyness but rather allows the hop presence through with great fortitude. Some balance from muted malt flavors comes into play as the beer warms a bit; all gives way to a palate-coatingly sweet, grassy-hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated for such a full-bodied beer. There is a definite sensation of dryness and palpable alcohol on the palate. Overall drinkability is somewhat affected by the warming of this beer as the dryness can REALLY take hold at higher-than-fridge temperatures.

Overall, a good offering - no doubt about it. This is a beer created to be savored by and entice the palates of beer advocates and at $16.99 (!!!) a sixer only real beer nerds will go for it, anyway. Outside of such a context this beer almost doesn't make sense.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 16:58:16 | More by drums4matt
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bgjohnston

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting a 6-pack of this was a real treat. Pours a clear, medium amber color with an off-white head and nice carbonation. Smell hints that there is a lot going on: but where it delivers is in the tasting. Very clean malt, very sharp and spicy hop (but not overdone), and a hint of woody oak. Finishes with a final kick of hoppy bite.

Is there too much going on with this beer? Seriously, there might just be. I am going back to the non-oaked AB at a future date, which I subjectively remember liking even more. But then, I still have the rest of these to enjoy and ponder.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 00:31:19 | More by bgjohnston
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UDbeernut

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: translucent amber/brown hue, nice 1/2" head that reduces to lacing rings

S: complex aroma, citrus hops and slight oak harshness

T: a deeply complex beer with a nice malt backbone, bitting citrusy hops followed by the dryness from the american oak. Tasty

M&d: good mouthfeel, the oak abd hops are drying. Very drinkable, but I probbably could not do more than 2 at a session

Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 23:43:31 | More by UDbeernut
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - A lot of citrus hops

Appearance - Dark amber red with a thick tan head

Taste - Definitely a lot of hops up front but plenty of malt to balance this beer. The hop bitterness lingers. I may be fooling myself here but I detected a slight woody aftertaste.

Notes - A good mouthfeel but a little more carbonation wouldn't have hurt. I really like Arrogant Bastard but this struck me as too hoppy. That can't be right. I'll mark this one down as a revisit candidate, maybe with a side by side for regular AB.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 00:28:26 | More by jwhawkins81
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Wronsky

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, red amber color. Creamy brown head that dissipates slowly.
Nose: Extremely strong hoppiness. Has a nice floral scent. Get some nice chewy fruit smells in there too - like cherry.
Taste: Wow that's hoppy. Very good bitterness. Kind of smoky, too; probably from the oak chips. The bitterness really sticks around after I'm done. However there's a scunge of sweetness partnered with the bitterness that makes for a really good flavor.
Mouthfeel: It feels pretty light; not too thick. Big carbonation that I would expect with this ale.
Drinkability: Pretty good; not great. It tastes great throughout - it doesn't get flat or swilly at the end. It tastes like the 7.2% it is and the strong hop bite makes me inclined to enjoy one - okay two - before moving onto another.
Overall: Powerful IPA that slaps you in the face. I love the flavor and smokiness of this one. It's major drawback: the price. I paid over $16 for a six-pack. Worth trying, but I'm not sure I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 23:21:51 | More by Wronsky
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GarrisWH

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear dark reddish-brown color with about a one finger head and decent lacing. Very good retention on the head.

S - Not picking up on a whole lot. A bit of malty sweetness and oak.

T - Pretty complex flavor on this one. Very oaky with a spicy, malty sweetness with caramel and vanilla characteristics followed by floral, citrus, hop bitterness. Fairly bitter, but it balances very nicely with the oak tones and sweetness that linger as well.

M - Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Maybe slightly over-carbonated.

D - Not really a session beer at all, but complex and delicious. Has a lot going on and the oak flavors really balance it out very nicely. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 06:25:03 | More by GarrisWH
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jdklks

Nevada

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber/brown with a small, bubbly tan-yellow head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

S- An oak roastiness surrounded by hops and mixed fruit sweetness.

T- Surprise! it tastes like an oaked version of arrogan bastard. it is overly hopped and overly malted, yet somehow the doubled intensity leads to a smoothness that is hard to describe because it is at the same time almost shocking. This beer can blow you away. The after taste comes on with a subtle fruitiness that is characteristic of arrogant bastard (almost an apricot flavor).

M- Good. smooth. slightly over-carbonated. Thick and rich.

D- Despite the ABV I could drink it or either of its brothers all night.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 05:21:20 | More by jdklks
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-review. Original posted below.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear garnet red with a touch of cherry wood. 2-3 fingers of off white head; great retention with a persistent cap. Mild to moderate lacing.

S - Some pineapple in the nose with big aromas of apples and apricots. Piney/fruit hops with a slight citric edge. Sweet malt in the background heavy on the vanilla with subtle notes of brown sugar. Just a hair of wood on the back end.

T - Mild fruity flavors leaning towards apricot with vague suggestions of pineapple, pine, and citrus from the nose. Piney flavor grows and prevails into mid palate. Fleeting semi-sweet malt kicks in before diving into a pith-like bitterness and notes of salted grapefruit juice. Moderate to high bitterness. Though I'm looking for the oak, I can't seem to find it.

M - Medium body leaning towards full with a moderate to low carbonation. What once seemed smooth comes of as slightly unsubstantial.

D - All in all Oaked AB is a pretty good beer. However, I really can't find any oak and in a lot of ways it feels like a less carbonated Arrogant Bastard with a very diminished hop presence. Stone tried to make a great beer better, but in this case something from the original is lost, and nothing amazing is added for the new.

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Review from 09.26.08

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - 4.0 - Beautiful clear reddish brown. Two fingers of light brown head form with moderate retention. Nice, thin lacing.

S - 4.0 - Extremely fruity. Pineapple comes to mind immediately, with piney/herbal notes. The malt is somewhere in there but the huge pineapple aroma dominates.

T - 4.0 - More pineapple. Huge pineapple taste, which I think is coming from some hop combination. Mild citrus notes mingle along with some vague floral/herbal tastes. A little grassy. The brew dries out a little bit leading into some roasted malt. The wood is slight but noticable before a moderately bitter finish.

M - 4.5 - Moderate carbonation with a nice medium body. Smooth stuff.

D - 3.5 - I've knocked this down half a point since I started, because that fruity pineapple taste is becoming a bit much for me. A great beer, but I think one is enough. Quite different than anything I've tasted.

Overall: B+, 4

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 07:57:00 | More by PatrickJR
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blackearth

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Rays Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma balanced between hops and malt, and oak is detectable. Strong oak flavor that lingers, but is not overpowering. Burnt caramel flavors and hops come through in the finish. Medium to full bodied. I wanted another after I drank it, but 2 would probably be the limit in one session. I'd definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 00:50:31 | More by blackearth
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mralphabet

Virginia

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

12 Oz Bottle poured into English Pint glass

A: Dark brown with a lot of red. Head is tan in color with about a 1 1/2 of head, very foamy.... Looks yummy... Lacing from start to finish.... Beautiful thing !!

S: Lots of hops, with a woody smokey smell mixed in some sweet caramel notes... and some toffee.

T: First thing to hit me is the hops.... with a little bitterness, then the Oaked flavor really comes on.. even has a little smokey flavor mixed into that. But the big thing is the hops they are very strong, and just as bitter as Arrogant Bastard. The bitter hops is balanced with a hint of sweet caramel... very light... Aftertaste is on the bitter side... I'll have to try another Arrogant Bastard and see if it is this bitter..

M: Feels pretty med body.... not to carbonated. Very smooth. It left my mouth a little on the dry side.

D: Very drinkable if you love some hops... Not a session beer, the ABV is up there and the overall feel is very filling.

I want to love this one but the woodiness is getting in my way.... I'll review the Reg Arrogant Bastard and then revisit this one....

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 02:56:58 | More by mralphabet
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,721 ratings.