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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,426 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4426
Reviews: 1814
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%


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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becktone

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oaked Bastard is beautiful once it can be seen and is decanted into a glass. The color is a deep orange/copper color. The head pours at about two fingers width, and as it receedes to a stable one finger height. As it receedes it leaves a solid wall of lacing around the sides of the glass. Head retention is stable at one finger.

To the nose this beer is just as good as it looks. Like Arrogant Bastard, and many other Stone products, it has a strong hop aroma. Floral characters make up the hop profile. The hop aroma is nicely complimented by a strong malt backbone (aromatic malt in there perhaps?). This beer has an overall earthy aroma ot it. I can't really see how this smells much different than non oaked but it still smells great. Perhaps its just me, I've not had AB in such a long time it is somewhat difficult to tell the differences. Still it smells great.

Oh, the joys of having a tongue. This beer is bliss. Strong hop presence in Oaked Bastard. Floral, grass-like/earthy hops give this beer quite a punch. A hop-head's paradise. The beer's malt profile is subdued when placed next to the hop flavor. It is tough to describe the malt flavor, yet it is there. The oak character is right at the end of the malt flavor profile. It is just right there at the end. The oak flavor combines nicely with the dry finish of this brew.

A very full body on this beer, great on the palate. It is very satisfying that even though this beer has a high abv it still has a big body as well, especially for being a beer that is not a "dark beer"-porter or stout etc. As mentioned before the beer finishes dry which compliments the oak character very nicely. Carbonation is not overpowering. As to the drinkability I'll almost definitely buy this again, maybe not this season though. At $18 for a sixer the price hits the pocket book hard. Overall a great brew, which I enjoy perhaps more than the Original AB.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 02:39:10 | More by becktone
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BBM

New York

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to finally try the Arrogant Bastard. This time, oaked. The beer pours a deep brown with ruby highlights. A thin white head rests atop it. The aroma is exquisite. Dark fruits, big hops, and oak scent, all blend together for a wonderful nose.

The taste is just as goodas the smell. Complex hops hit the palate first; certainly dark fruits, pine, and floral. Then the malt backbone comes through to balance out the flavor, followed by a slightly bitter finish. Thoughout the beer there is an oak/woody taste that just compliments it perfectly. What a wonderfully complex and interesting beer.

Mouthfeel is full, but the finish is a little dry. Highly drinkable. Highly reccomended. I shouldn't have had this one before the original, because there's no where for this beer to go but down. An absolutely outstanding brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 14:02:26 | More by BBM
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youngblood

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly dirty amber. Off white head fights stay around before finally resigning itself to a half finger layer. As the beer gets sloshed around, the head leaves suds rather than lace.
Smells very complex. Getting bits of nut, caramel, toffee, citrus, pine, biscuit. Really the scents just go on and on. Rather incredible.
The first flavors that I got were some grapefruit mixed with honey, evolves into malty sweetness and finishes dry and nutty. The oak just adds this amazing wood-chip flavor on the way out. The flavor matches the scent quite nicely. This feels very creamy on the tongue, very nice. The balanced ABV makes this easy to put down, but still so full of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 13:15:51 | More by youngblood
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berpwillie

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a opaque brown color with spare off white head, good lacing, and lively carbonation. caramel malty smell same sweetness follows through in the taste. bornt wood flavor, strong bitter harsh hops with lots of bite, and caramel hints. oak bitter finish. long flavor duration, and a medium body. slick sticky texture. abosolutely amazing brew. has a bit of a heavy complexity to itbut goes down so smooth. definitely for the more advanced palate. probably just pushed it way into my top three favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 15:04:32 | More by berpwillie
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 00:15:27 | More by ZenAgnostic
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers starting from the first time I had one many years ago. It is about time that I reviewed this favorite.

It smells great. You get tons of hops from the top and there is a lot of oakiness. The coloring is a deep brown.

The flavors are strong and complex. You get the ale, the hoppiness, and the oak. All mesh really well. The balance is impressive considering how many strong flavors are in there.

This is an exceptional beer. It costs a little more than most, but it is definitely worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:37:07 | More by ummswimmin
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SDtastentune

California

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby red/brown'ish/mahogany, small slightly creamy head that dissipated fast. No sediments and some ok lacing sticking around but not too much.

S - Smell is Chinook hops and some sweeter alcohol. Smells a little toasty or kinda wood like. Larger smell then normal aba but not too different. Earthy, can definitely make out some oak.

T - Taste is great, rich chinook bitter hops, mixed with a kinda wood/oak backing. Hops first, oak second, and big aftertaste of bitterness mainly wood/oak/hop bitterness. Some caramel.. and big toasty malty thing going on.

M - Starts smooth but quickly worked into a smaller bubble fizzy thing. Goes down cool/not hot/alcoholish, but a big afterthought of bitterness that hangs around.

O - Overall, this is another great ABA style, I think the smell could be stronger on the oak side, but that might be overwhelming and unbalance the taste side. Definitely a little more on the wood/oak side of things with the normal aba styling, another winner from Stone. This is better then og ABA, screaming bitterness and must have a higher IBU rating. I just wish the sixers were a little less pricey ($15.99 +). Thumbs UP~!!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 04:58:21 | More by SDtastentune
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dunit697

California

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't even like arrogant bastard on first drink, It flew over my head, adding oak was engenius, and radically increases the beers drink-ability. The serving from a cask makes that flavor even more inviting and knocks it out of the park. The consistancy was a little runnier from cask but nothing that should deter you from trying this amazing beer.

Serving type: cask

01-22-2012 22:21:46 | More by dunit697
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish amber with an opaque two finger white head that fades pretty quickly. Beautiful white lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel, some woody character, a bit of pine and earth, grass. Some citrus as well.

Taste: Sweet malt with a bit of oak, caramel, also some vanilla thrown in there. Tastes like the original but the oak adds a whole new dimension. Nice piney hop character and fantastic balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and smooth, smooth creaminess. A great drinking beer that is bitter but balanced.

Overall: Arrogant Bastard got me into craft beer and this oaked version is even better. I love this beer, and always will.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:12:46 | More by Mikecap
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: Bottle is awesome as Stone bottles always are. All graphics and text are painted on. Label has the typical Stone gargoyle holding a beer mug with great font. Very eye-catching. States that it is Ale aged with American Oak Wood chips, ABV info, and says “You're not worthy.”! On the back label it gives the definition of arrogance, a small but arrogant description of the beer, a small but arrogant back story on beer, web info, and states “The Arrogant Bastard Wood. Would You?”! Cap states “Arrogant Bastard Ale”.

Appearance: After allowing this to warm for 10min I poured AB out of its 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter. Pours out a deep brownish red that is very cloudy and has a 1 ½ finger cream colored head of a medium to thick density. Lacing is phenomenal! Heading retention is excellent lasting 7min 30sec before fading to a thick coating a ring.

Smell/Aroma: Aroma is amazing. A floral herbal scent hits the nose right off start with a strong citrus hop scent rising through next. A nice oak backbone is detectable the entire time. Phenomenal!!!

Flavor/Taste: A strong pine hop bitterness is tasted first followed directly by a sweet but bitter grapefruit taste. A roasted malt backbone comes through on the finish. Really great!!! All this rest atop an oak backbone.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the thicker side of medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation. Extremely drinkable!!!!

Overall/Comments: Wow!!! One of the better beers that I've ever had! Super complex in every aspect with a great nose and a flavor profile that takes the drinker on an adventure!! The oak was awesome!!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 11:10:00 | More by thegodfather1076
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had the last glass of this at Eulogy in Philadelphia after the Yards open house on 12/4/2004. Since I got the *very last* pint of this brew the bartender gave it to me for free. Thanks! And another big thanks to Tracy;-)

Dark reddish copper with a lovely, thick cap of white foam that lasts, lasts, and lasts. Leaving excellent lacing on my tulip glass. The aromas are excellent and although similar to those of the regular arrogant bastard they also exhibit hints of vanilla, oak and caramel. Yum. The taste is hoppy and malty up front with some lovely oak notes and vanilla hints in the middle. The finish is slightly boozy, malty, hoppy, and oaky all at the same time. This is a lovely blend of flavors here. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, thick, bw, and cask-like and the drinkability is only hindered by the fact that this stuff will get you drunk all-too-fast. It is still too bad that this stuff is all gone from Philadelphia. Does anyone want to send me a growler, or split a chained 3L bottle? Tracy?

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2005 01:43:58 | More by francisweizen
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coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was dark copper-red with a thick creamy three finger head that very slowly dissapated and stuck to the glass throughout the drink.

The smell was full of strong hop spice with a hint of malt and slight floral overtones.

The drink started with a kick your teeth out kick of hops the middle was all sweet heavy malt with oily lingering hops at the finish and just a slight hint of oak to hold you over until the next drink.

If you can still find it buy it now, this is by far the best incarnation of Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 17:47:32 | More by coasterfreak75
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A few of us (including grub, Wintermute, and TheBeerFruit) shared this one on New Year's Eve alongside the standard Arrogant Bastard. It was quite an educational experience, as far as what using oak can do to a beer. You could pick out all the character of the Arrogant Bastard, but with a little something extra. Our bottle poured with just a bit of haze and the lacing was thick and clumpy throughout. There was an earthy woodiness that melded nicely into the aroma and flavour, kind of filling in the gaps between the other characters. There was also a light vanilla flavour that was quite nice. The texture was creamy and smooth as silk. Overall, this is just a little better balanced and more complex than your garden variety Bastard (and I'm not knocking the original here) and definitely a treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 01:37:21 | More by DrJay
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured ruby red with a pillowy 2 fingers deep tan colored head. Great head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Rich biscuitty malt, then herbal & citrus hops move in. Smokeyness as it warms

T: Caramel, oakyness & dryness up front. Vanilla follows, along with herbal & citrus hops. Hints of cherry follow with some alcohol warming. Finishes dry, with hints of cherry & grapefruitty hops, that some how works

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & pretty good balance. Great smooth body

Drinks pretty easy, this is very tasty brew & somewhat complex, not sure I think this rates $16 a sixer though
(about $4-5 over priced IMO), a great, if overpriced beer from a brewery that usually is a pretty good value for the quality delivered

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 06:47:34 | More by russpowell
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice mix of floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of caramel & citrus sweetness and a strong hops presence, which seems slightly toned down compared to the regular Arrogant Bastard. There's a nice hearty malt backbone. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smoother than the original Arrogant Bastard, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, I always have high expectations for Stone beers and they have yet to disappoint me, with this beer I was very interested to see what difference the oak aging would make on an already great beer. It seems to me that it took a little bit of the harshness out and made an excellent beer even better.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 02:47:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
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msgraves

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish brown with a lingering, lacing head. Nose is high on hops with an orangey citrus and spicy herbal aroma with some undertones of wood and sweetness. Aroma is mirrored in the taste with a bold grapefruit and piney hop presence. A good amount of hop bitterness is present as well. Sweet malt tones balance the beer followed by a nice amount of oak on the finish.

Oak aging adds complexity and balance outshining the original Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 03:19:39 | More by msgraves
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Solid one finger sand colored head. Great lacing that bands to my glass and great retention too. Appealing color of hazy amber with orange highlights. Fantastic aroma dominated by floral hops, grapefruit and some malts underneath. Deeply complex and yet drinkable. Malt flavor is forward, then hop bitterness and finally an oak finish. Medium/light carbonation. Exceptionally smooth with a great mouthfeel. Top notch brew in every way and maybe even better than the original (it is slightly more enigmatic). Continues to develop as it warms and a must-try for all beer aficionados.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 16:16:24 | More by thekevlarkid
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spokeydonkey

New York

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this side-by-side with the non-oaked Arrogant Bastard (AB) ale for comparison. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewery Ommegang chalice.

A: Dark amber. Creamy off-white head. Almost identical to regular AB.

S: Smells of spicy/citrusy hops, with a definite sense of the malt. Less pronounced hops than regular AB.

T: Amazing. The oaking has definitely smoothed out many of the rougher edges of the beer. Smoothly transitions from malt sweetness to spicy and citrusy hops in each sip.

M: Exceptionally smooth in the mouth. Feels less agressive than regular AB towards the end of each sip, possibly from a lower carbonation, or mellowing of the hops? There's also an almost creamy-smooth dimension to this beer.

D: Amazingly drinkable.

Overall, a more complex and smoother version of Arrogant Bastard Ale (which was amazing in its own right). This is a must try if you're a fan of hoppy, strong ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 04:43:31 | More by spokeydonkey
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This ale is a beautiful deep reddish mahogany, and pours with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is rich and hoppy with a definite smoky oak overtone. Flavor is almost indescribably delicious - mainly hoppy with malty, nutty, smoky and even sweet hints, and definitely some contribution from the oak chips. Texture is supremely smooth, and leaves a very pleasingly hoppy and smoky aftertaste. A winner!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 00:41:26 | More by Cyberkedi
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oldsailor

Nevada

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So how do you take one of the best beers ever and make it even better? Freakin age it in oak barrels! Dark coloring with a light head give this beer the attitude that lives up to its name. The great hoppiness that comes from the hopheads at Stone give this a flavor you want to come back to. The smoothness that comes from aging in oak barrels is also a delight. Get excited every time I have this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 01:23:32 | More by oldsailor
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fps_dean

Massachusetts

4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep orange, almost red color.

Smells of piney hops and has a scent of a oak barrel.

It also tastes like oak, piney hops,and some malts. They certainly age this in oak for long enough, because the oak flavor is pretty strong, and quite excellent.

This was the first oaked beer I have ever had, and aging it in oak really adds a lot to this beer. Basically, Stone Brewing Co. took what is already a favorite beer of many, and found a way to make it better.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 04:39:25 | More by fps_dean
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Rudgers73

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Nice 3+ finger head. Fluffy and tan. The beer is a deep reddish brown (more red than brown) with not much visible carbonation. As it settles the aroma fills the air. Sweet citrus, very mellow, round, and smooth. Buttery hops. and now a taste... Wow. I've had arrogant bastard before but the oaked is SO much better. It's silky smooth and flavorful without having that abrasive tang that regular AB has. It has a thick and smooth mouthfeel that warms your tongue. Better than I expected, I was thinking it was one of those overrated beers that people only thought they liked because it was expensive. Not the case at all. This beer kicks some serious ass.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 21:48:18 | More by Rudgers73
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Alkey

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled on Nov. 10, 06. Poured in my glass dark amber color with a large off white head that sticks to the glass leaving lots of lacing. Smells of fresh floral hops and musk wood scents leave my mouth watering. Taste is amazingly smooth with lots of fresh grassy hops and nice blend of semi sweet malts. Mouth feel is just right not to thin or carbonated. This beer has some strong flavors but is still mellow at the same time. This is by far the best in the Arrogant Bastard line up.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 02:10:35 | More by Alkey
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to either tayner, jasonjlewis or IntriqKen for this sample, don't know whose bottle I am drinking.

A: Pours an opaque deep red under a slightly off white head.

S: A twang grass and slightly citrus hops with some herbal/medicinal qualities, some vanilla, some nice sweet malt. Incredible complexity and equal balance on this aroma.

T: Sweet up front, slight medicinal quality and apparent wood, vanilla and anise, and some smoke in the finish along with some very tame hop bitterness. No hint of alcohol. Again, very complex and very balanced.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium to full bodied, creamy on the palate with no prickly carbonation. Incredible well done. Nice drinkablity as well.

Overall, an excellent,excellent beer that could be enjoyed in quanity or sipped. A more tame version of Arrogant Bastard, but one that adds its own stamp on the name.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 01:16:50 | More by NCSUdo
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle in a snifter.

A - Dark ruby red color with a light brown head.

S - Slight hints of wood, also hints of

T - Wow, really smooth initially then the after taste is full of woodsy flavor

M - Medium to full body, flavor lingers

D - Great beer, this beer has really strong flavors with a good after taste. It is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 03:57:00 | More by jeffmonarch
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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