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

The six-packs have come!!!

Pours a fairly dark reddish/amber color with a nice light tan head that sticks around for a while. Terrific lacing to speak of as well.

Smell is of maltiness, some muted hints of oak, and spicy hops.

Taste is of biscuity malts up front and transforms into a huge rush of astringent and aspirin-like bitter hops. Huge notes of oakiness in the finish and some vanilla up front. Like the original Bastard, it isn't very smooth of a beer, which does negatively affect it.

Mouthfeel is very velvety with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is middle of the road. One or two 12oz bottles or a single bomber is enough for me. I actually prefer the original Arrogant Bastard to this, which I even feel is overrated a tad.

Doomcifer, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of Zechariahhook
3.08/5  rDev -26.7%

Zechariahhook, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of ken2cart1
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

ken2cart1, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served into a pint glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with crimped-on cap,painted on logo on bottle.

Good moderate aroma,citrusy,piney,earthy, smokey,roasty,a smell of fresh cut wood,a pleasing,fresh,complex aroma.

Very citrusy taste,also piney,burnt carmell,with a taste of wood. A tart,acidy flavor a bit to my disliking.Finishes with a very sharp and bitter citrus rind note also a bit to my disliking. Too much of an acidity taste for me.

A creamy mouthfeel,medium body,prickley with tongue swelling bitterness.
The drinkability a bit down just because of all acidity,not all bad,I'd say this beer is a bit over-hyped to me. Just wasn't all that impressed with this beer.

jcdiflorio, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of n1ckels
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First impression: Is this Kool-Aid? Damn, this beer looks red and clear, you'd almost think it was a wine cooler.

Smell: Ok, I think I've nailed it: fresh cut lumber. Yes, this beer smells like sawdust, Home Depot, and all the good memories you have from your days with a circular saw.

Taste: I almost grimaced at first, because it was so oaky and bitter, it really cuts your tongue. You wonder for a second if you just put varnish or turpentine in your mouth. The more you drink it, the more pronounced the oakiness becomes, and the beer cuts less.

This beer is one of the most unique I've ever come across. It is so oily, it really looks like a wine or some sort of wood stain. If you've ever wondered what wine afficionados mean when they note a wine as being "oaky", look no further. This beer is like the crazy uncle of the tamer wood product- maple syrup.

I paid $15.99 for a six pack. Yes, cheaper than a bar, but still a costly endeavor.

n1ckels, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of tmcelvain
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy rust coloured beer, with a musty, slightly off smell. The smell is not hoppy, or malty, or even oak. More like mildew. Tastes of celery. A very dry taste, and not a lot of oak flavor. This finishes with full hop bitterness, but without a spice, or floral, or fruit taste that makes other hoppy ales so appealing. Nothing memorableon the tongue, and this has a very low drinkability for me due to the dry and mustyness of the beer. This has a good look and feel, but does not otherwise impress me. I would try it again, just to make sure I did not get one that had been mishandled, but otherwise would not seek it out. Overall I was pretty dissapointed after really loving Double Bastard.

tmcelvain, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of sabinelr
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm sorry.
For someone who described Arrogant Bastard Ale as "the Owsley acid of beer," I feel like a traitor doing this review. I fear that the oak flavoring has changed this to some strange hop-flavored bourbon stuff. All I could taste was bourbon. I don't like bourbon at all, so maybe that's why I was disappointed. Oh well, it's still better than Rainier and definitely better than Fischer. If you like the bourbon smell and taste, I'll bet this will be good for you.

sabinelr, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a deep somewhat murky brown with a ring of off-white head. Aroma of raisins and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is very sweet and malty. No oak. No hops. Very underwhelming. It's a shame because regular AB is so good. Not a good beer to oak age apparently.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of kvgomps
3.04/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a rich mahogany with a ton of effervescence when held up to the light. A 1 inch head with good retention and a ton of wood on the nose. I'm gonna guess that's oak.

The taste is sort of flat and undefined upfront but this gives way to a strongly overpowering bitter oak profile. This isn't all that different from chewing on tree bark. Even has that sort of medicinal bitter pine flavor on the tongue minutes after the sip. Almost feels like whatever little balance was present in the original has now been sapped out.

Well, I don't care for the taste but it has some things going for it - the appearance and mouthfeel do win it some points. Unfortunately these pale in comparison to the taste for me. I enjoy barrel aged beers so I'm a bit surprised at this one. I'm guessing this is a polarizing brew. Still though, worth trying once.

kvgomps, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Rastacouere
3.03/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy beautiful orange-copper pour that displays a huge dark beige head. Balanced and complex americanized hop-malt monster surprises with powdered cocoa notes amidst the bready and thick malts, fully letting the way to the heavily earthy, rooty, soily hops bearing a bite of citrus. Mango fruitiness, well contained oak and pepper peak through, but it fails to really impress due to a pronounced astringency and more acidity than I’d like. Dry medium body, powdery texture, not too bitter, quite alcoholic.

Rastacouere, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of Offa
3.03/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I love regular Arrogant Bastard so had high hopes but was disappointed. After tasting this, I compared the two closely.

Compared to the regular, this looks similar with about the same colour it's more murky & less bubbly. The head is the same but bigger and lasts much longer.

The aroma is similar, but with dusty-woody element.

It has a fuller body and richer more oily mouthfeel, with more caramel and body in the aroma and flavour. However, the malt is more subdued and the hops become less flowery and flavourful but significantly more bitter and astringent. it actually has less overall flavour but more bitterness and more prominent alcohol.

Offa, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of ricksrealm
3/5  rDev -28.6%

ricksrealm, Jan 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

JulianB, Jul 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

DerekQXQX, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Justind04
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Justind04, Feb 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

seavercm, Feb 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Travcofarms, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of DougT
3/5  rDev -28.6%

DougT, Jan 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

jereb33, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Jasoncolliver
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Jasoncolliver, Jun 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Edgewater, Feb 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

JonNunes, Feb 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

steeezin, May 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

GDawgs34, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of robear
3/5  rDev -28.6%

robear, May 24, 2014
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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