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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,844
Hads: 5,090
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 205
Gots: 525 | FT: 4
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 Phocion
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'06 release. Pours from 12 oz. bottle a dark mahogany with a finger and a half of a thick foamy beige head with excellent retention, leaving a nice thick lacing around the glass as it slowly falls.

Aroma is mostly of oak, as would be expected. But behind it there are plenty of hints of the original Bastard; grapefruit citrus hops and sweet roasted malts.

I wasn't sure what to expect on this one, and though I was surprised, I am definitely not disappointed. Compared to the original, this is very mellow, though still definitely full-flavored. The first taste is the citric grapefruit hops, but then the oak chips creep up. They sneak in with the light roasted/toffee malts in the background and go straight for the throat of the hops, creating one helluva balance. Lingering bitter aftertaste, but it is very mild.

Somewhat syrupy and oily mouthfeel, full-bodied with ample carbonation. A lot lighter bitterness than the AB, so it's definitely a step above as far as drinkability. This is one incredible brew, Stone's done it again.

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Photo of SethB2
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip glass.

A - Good looking beer here. Deep brown and clean filtered (if you have a powerful enough spotlight to make it through). Very nice oatmeal colored head that has a much staying power as any I have seen.

S - Mocha, burnt wood and a clean vanilla waft. Also present are the dark fruits that are present in the standard version of the Bastard.

T - OK, this is the best way I can describe this. Imagine Mr. Arrogant Bastard chilled for a few hours, listening to Barry White ... believing Barry White, and learning a thing or two. He is still arrogant and still a bastard. But this time he is smoooth.

Woody tones are very apparent and serve to mellow out the various battling flavors in the original version. The big hops and caramel malts blend together with near perfection. Very good.

M - Yep, this is most excellent. Good job Stone. Pump up that Barry on a few more beers. I love it.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark amber with a nice white head and minimal lacing. Surprising considering the amount of hops here. Smell is immediately of oak, dry bittering hops, and slight malt sweetness. Taste is a blast in the face of bittering hops, dry in the back of the throat aftertaste. Oak melds pretty well with the hops and kind of eases the hop assault. Nice thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, I can see it paired with a nice sharp cheddar.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first time ever having this beer! This beer pours a clear medium amber brown color with a foamy tan head about a finger thick upon being poured. The head shrinks rather quickly, but has good staying power after that and also has some very nice lacing. Aromas of spice, oak, malt, citrus, and some hops. Very ncie smell indeed. Tastewise it is hoppy yet sweet along with some spice and malt going on as well. You can taste the oak, which gives this beer a bit more of a bite then regular Arrogant bastard. The hop bitterness and malty sweetness are very nicely balanced. Has a crisp, bubbly, and smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink. This beer kicks ass! Get some before it is gone for the year, as it is very limited.


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Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok...seriously it's sort of hard to review this beer because it honestly does assault your taste buds halfway through the bottle and your impression changes quickly.
Pours beautifully in the glass...a little less head than on regular AB, but still sticky and lasting the entire drink of dark golden amber.
Aromas are all about the grapefruit peel hops.
Taste...wow...I can immediately taste the oak...it seems to actually mellow out the effects of the extreme hops and creates a marriage or blending between sweet amber malts and the hops.
This really balances out AB much more than the 'in your face' of fresh standard AB.
This one is really much more sessionable.
And it is reallly amazing with my curried chicken and rice.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, well I've had the regular AB, so I thought I'd see how this differs.
Same amber, brownish color as the AB. Perhaps a bit darker. Good foaming head.
Smells of grapefruit, lemon, flowers and pine (or is it oak?) I thought it was more pine, but maybe that's from the hops.
Tastes very nice. Good citrus/grapfruit taste. Blends nice with the malt. There's the oak. A bit more of a 'tinge' of oak. Nice rich flavor. Combines well with more of the fruity flavors
A good feel. Light syrup. a bit thicker than AB.
Can drink very easily

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Photo of scottoale
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time favorites, oaked and on-tap. Poured into a pint glass a dark mahogany-brown with a small finger of almond colored bubbly head. Plenty of sticky, long lasting lace with the head lasting to the end.

Smells like Arrogant Bastard too me. Spicy, floral and fruity citric, with malt and pine being being tamed by the oak.

Tastes like Arrogant Bastard (imagine that) with the exception that the woodyness lends, taking some of the edge off of the normally large hop profile. It just seems to mellow the Bastard in a very nice way.

A little smoother in the mouthfeel dept. than the standard AB, a nice pleasant change to a brew that's always "spoke for itself".

Love this stuff !

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Photo of dbalsock
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with little head, but maybe the bartender's fault. The lacing was quite pretty and oddly symmetrical.

Smell: Grapefruity hops are the major smells I get from this brew. There's a light malty back bone and a sweet fruitiness. Somewhere between plum, melon and molasses, but with none of the particular smells of the three.

Taste: Again, grapefruit as if it's a heavily hopped red ale. The alcohol is an immediate presence on the palate, but goes nicely with the rich sweet syruppy taste. There's a verry hoppy background, like most of stone's brews, but balances out with the malty foreground.

Mouthfeel: Medium to bodied with an air of hops, alcohol and what I can only assume is the effect of the oak cask all mix with the hoppy bitterness to create an amazing mouthfeel. This is a smokey, thick, bitter brew. Amazing.

Drinkability: All of the flavors, smells and alcohol are quite intense, but also constructive. This is not a session brew by any means, but takes some thinking to get through the glass. Kudos on a fantastic beer lesson; complexity 101.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at O'Brien's. I didnt know if I would be able to have a chance to have this beer on tap ever again. I am glad that I did.

This beer pours arusty brown color with a slight orange tint. It has a thick light tan head that fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a floral aroma. It smells quite sweet. It has a very subtle oak aroma to it. The alcohol content is notable in the aroma.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Floral hop flavor is dominate. Behind that, I get some oak flavor. Alcohool content is there also. It has a very sweet taste. It is not quite as hoppy as Arrogant Bastard. The hops have just died down a little.

This beer is very full bodied. It leaves a sweet floral hop aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

This beer would probably not make a great session beer. The flavor is very aggressive, and therefore, after a few, it might get old. Also, the alcohol content is a little high, so drinking too many would be a problem.

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Photo of gotbeer
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one from a Magnum. The Bastard Wood. Would you? reads the huge bottle.

The appearance was not much differrent than the standard bastard. Dark reddish brown with a nice head that laced the glass.

The smell was hoppy with a hint of oak.

The taste was far smoother than the regular Bastard. Huge citrus hops are noticable fading to oak at the end. Smooth and complex. Pretty incredible. The mouthfeel was smooth, and the drinkabiliity was superb.

I prefer this one to the regular Bastard. It takes it to a whole new level, and it's great. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge 3litre bottle, love this bottle.

First served cold and then allowed to warm up in my cellar fridge.

Appearance - Deep dark amber in color, looks maybe just a hair darker than the regular Arrogant Bastard. Same off white head leaving awesome lacing. Maybe its just me but the Oaked seems to have better head retention.

Smell - All the great aroma of Arrogant Bastard, especially the hops but with a sweeter, maltier aroma. I would say thats some of the oak coming through?

Taste - Again still very close to the regular Arrogant Bastard, this one is sweeter and the woodiness of the oak comes through as it warms. Also a great caramel taste comes through as well, this to me is the sweeter aspect of it. When I say its taste is close to regular Arrogant, I don't want to mislead, this is still a very different beer and to me is much more suited for other occasions, this one is much nicer after a meal.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with a larger medium body than the orginal.

Drinkability - While a very drinkable beer, I was careful and could have gone the distance with my dad who went in on this bottle with me but he gave up early, guess he had homebrewed himself out earlier.

Overall this has been my favorite new beer experience in a long, long time. While it is a bit pricey, in my mind it was well worth it.

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Photo of mentor
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask pull at the Falling Rock Taphouse (Denver). Presented a half-finger light-brown head that clings and keeps hanging around. Super cloudy brown (reddish) liquid. Smells caramel with light bourbony oak. Dark oak, american. Touch of alcohol sting in my nostrils. After sitting a while, the piney hops became much more apparent.

Tastes super-creamy mouthfeel, but light body. Delicious oak character. Vanilla and a touch toasty. AB hop umph is absent or covered. Dry woody finish. Touch of bitter and grassy, perhaps that's the hops beginning to show themselves. After sitting a while, I get a hint of hazelnut and chocolate. A settled piney hop flavor, like this beer has been aged. Nearly absent carbonation.

Okay, this last 1/3 of the beer has sat at least a half hour. Oranges early in the taste. Esters are low, which was deceiving, as the mouthfeel sets up an expectation. Just a little bit of alcohol heat. Touch of cherry sour. Cascade hop smell and flavor. IMO, this beer was fairly disappointing. Needs more sweet and some esters to accompany the mouthfeel and fill out the beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to try this brew I've been longing after during Dark Lord Day. Poured carefully from the huge 3L bottle into my New Glarus glass a deep brilliant amber red color with a healthy white head on top of the brew. As I put my nose to the glass I got some nice rich caramel maltiness along with big piney and citric hop resins. A touch of frutiness with a wonderful oaky, woody aroma. Hints of vanilla and toffee. Really enjoyable and a step up for me from regular AB.

First sip brings a ruch of caramelized fruity malts along with a smooth oak flavor that really adds a nice element to the brew. Resinous, piney bitter hops roll in as the beer goes down with a solid bitterness. Finishes a bit dry with a lovely lingering woodiness coupled with a touch of vanilla. An awesome amalgamation of flavors that I personally really enjoyed.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit creamy with laid back carbonation, making this really easy to drink. A tasty oak aged brew that still on the lower end of the abv spectrum for these kinda beers. I'd happily drink much more of this if given the chance. Maybe I'll have to plunk down the change for a bottle of my own someday, but for now I'll just have to be thankful for whoever the kind soul was that brought this and allowed me the opportunity to sample it! Stone strikes again!

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Photo of clickpush
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour: 8th Anniversary ed. (Nov 05) 3L bottle to tulip glass (over, and over, and over) but the rating's only of the first glass). The pour comes up with about half liquid, half light-brown-colored head that's foamy and long lasting. Leaves excellent lacings along glass and surface of beer when given the time to extinguish itself. The beer is the color of cherry wood stain.

Nose: Incredibly aromatic and complex. This beer could be used as an example of the potential in the depth of beer scents. The smell of black cherries jumped at me right out of the bottle, before I'd even had the chance to pour the glass. Smells sweet, of soda or candy, cherries, plums and vanilla.

Mouth: Most prominently smoky and bitter, the fruity entrance of this beer does not meet the expectations set by the complex aroma. Also, I would prefer that the beer maintained a more strongly carbonated mouth-feel, but I think that the size of the head (which remained consistent to the very last glass of the bottle) uses up a fair amount of the bubbles. The oakiness, while very interesting and enjoyable, seems to be so bitter as to cover up the much needed malty sweetness. A little unbalanced, but over-all an enjoyable 3L celebration.

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Photo of EPseja
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alrighty then. Big ass 3-Liter bottle with copious Stone Brewing Company rhetoric screen printed on glass. Very pompous. Lock and chain. Extremely pompous. Let's see if this one lives up to the hype...

Served at cellar temperature in a pint glass. Several times.

A - Pours a light, completely clear chestnut color with rusty highlights; looks a bit like a dark cognac. Very fluffy off-white head.

S - Toasted caramel maltiness with well rounded maple and vanillin notes. Some raisins. Some wet cardboard. Really the only place the oak shines through.

T - Maltiness takes on a dry, chocolate cake character. Aftertaste is green and hoppy - quite bitter, and just as it begins to fade, it repeats again to remind you it's there. Nice, but lacking any real bravado or standout traits.

M - Watery coming into the mouth, with a bit of fizz to fill the mouth. Turns smoother as it approaches room temperature.

D - Overall, this beer is slightly underwhelming given the hype and rarity. And the math doesn't work out in favor of the consumer. The bottle is 101.4 oz., which equals 6.33 pints... maybe 8 pints if you leave room for head. At $70 a bottle, you're talking $8.75 a glass. Now, I could justify this price for a full pint on tap... but not for a glass at home from a bottle that you inevitably have to have others pitch in to finish.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm with Hero....got to try it at Dark Lord Day. A big hearty TANKS (in a brogue) to whomever placed this on the tasting tables! I was SO tempted to have this with one of the donuts...

Nice dark copperish colour with a loose, uneven tan head. (The head reaaly was kind of unattractive...maybe just my pour...also seemed to have a greenish hue- but that could have been due to the translucent plastic Solo cup. Next year, I bring my own real glass.)

The smell was all abut fruity amltiness and floral hops. Very nice.

Flavour was, as you might expect, a bit woody, with a nice velvety sweet maltiness and a nice licorice hint. Very nice, but I really expected a tad moore oomph.

Thick and even on the tonuge, the carbonation seemed not very present- but that could have been due tot he bottle being turned up so many times by the time I go to it.

Drinkable? Does the pope shit int he woods? OK, maybe not. But yeah. OH yeah.

Be well

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Photo of hero27
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of trying this from a gigantic 3-liter bottle at the Dark Lord Day festivities. For some reason, "oaked" beers were very abundant..Weyerbacher Heresy, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, BA Dark Lord, and this beauty (among others)

Dark reddish color & thick beige head. Love the woody oak character. Huge toasted malts and resinous hops make up the majority of flavor, with some subtle vanilla tagged on. Remains very smooth down to the last drop. I truly prefer the oaked version over the regular Arrogant Bastard. The oak really adds another dimension of flavor and complexity to the already great brew. I think bottling this in a 3-liter is just downright hilarious, but it's probably the coolest looking bottle you'll ever come across.

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Photo of mcallister
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good pour with nice creamy tan head. Dark amber in color.

Smells of toasty oak and vanilla. Hints of caramel, roasted chocolate malt.

Much smoother than it's unoaked sibling. Cinnamon, vanilla, toasty oak. Very well integrated and somewhat complex. A much higher RS than the unoaked version. Still good hop component and big roasty malt flavors. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Would love to drink a whole 3 liter.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the beer summit - this was the first beer I drank and I had a full glass of it, so I feel that I can review it.

Basically fairly similar to the regular AB, except much more mellowed. I don't think this is solely a product of the aging, the oak really helps out (I've had a bottle of AB that had been aged for a while). I think a lot of the strong hop presence has been taken over by some wood flavors.

Still a helluva powerful brew, but powerful in a more palatable way. I love AB, but maybe because it tests my fortitude. The oaked AB is lovable because it tastes fantastic.

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Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to get the chance to try this one on tap at Redbones in Somerville, didn't know it was available on tap, as I had only seen the super sized bottles. Anyway, poured the expected dark dark murky amber, with a tan, thick head, and leaving tons of sheeting and sticky lacing. Nose of heavy malts and some coca-cola. Strong, heady brew, lots of malty/hoppy goodness, more cola, vanilla, dark honey and Stone ballysness, oak/wood present but certaintly not overpowering, would love to have the chance to do a side by side tasting of the oaked and non oaked versions. Fine brew from the Stone crew.

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Photo of errantnight
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this puppy during my visit to Stone this spring. Finally served it up tonight opposite some homemade chili and cornbread.

What can I say. I could gloat about it's gorgeous deep brown color and frothy, billous head. It's alluring, and startlingly complex scent.

I could complain about the difficulty in pouring the first glass from this 3L monstrosity and about the disappointing lack of availability in bombers so that I could imbibe this bitch more frequently (although I hear it's on tap at the Publick House...)

But I'd rather wallow in the wonderful depth of character and flavor. I love big, bold, hoppy beers. And that's here... but it's not predominant. There's an alcoholic sweetness that stands out, the oak is mellow and distant. The distinct AB hops are right in the middle, not attacking up front or lingering behind. Superb balance... but it's not quite as astonishing as I was hoping for. Great, great beer, but between the anticipation and the pour and how it sat in the glass I expected this to be something I would be traveling back to San Diego this week for. It was worth it, but just shy of perfection.

That's faint criticism at best, and I can't wait to compare the on-tap variety.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap into a pint glass.

clear copper amber with half an inch of white head.

caramel, vanilla, and floral hops in the aroma. much more balanced than the regular AB.

flavor is similarly balanced. grassy hops with caramel malts, vanilla and a bourbon soaked finish. medium-high carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. better than the regular AB, which is overwhelmingly hoppy in the flavor; the aging has mellowed out the hops and allowed the malts to shine through.

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Photo of bignick
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ TPH in Brookline for $5 on 4/13/06. Served in a pint glass.

This beer is really all over the map. It is very good, no doubt. It is very attractive in the glass, with a supple head. The mouthfeel is very full and creamy, which I appreciate. Many beers sacrifice a full-body for the sake of drinkablility, but this is not one. The taste is a wonderfully complex mess. The bourbony oak flavor is pretty distinct, but far from overwhelming. The hops are very mellow, and I keep having to pinch myself to remind myself that I'm drinking Arrogant Bastard. The kick just isn't there; rather, there is a wonderfully complex taste that is nutty, fruity, and just overall delicious. While I'm not sure I could drink it all night, I consider this beer a treat. I have been very critical of the one-sidedness of regular Arrogant Bastard, but I find the Oak-Aged to be very good.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy brown with a modest bone white head. A decent patchwork of foam adorns the glass. The aroma is heavy on citrusy hops with an anchoring malt sweetness. The taste is, well, hoppy with lots of pine resin and grapefruit rind. A robust malt backbone brings cookie dough to the mix, which is just as quickly beaten down by the lupulin onslaught. Oak and vanilla notes are somewhat restrained, though they show more as the pint warms. The finish is bitter, resiny and long.

an exceptional beer, I was lucky enough to find this at the fantastic Linwood Grille in Boston.

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Photo of phisig137
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful ruby color, with a substantial rocky head, that diapates slowy with tons of lacing.... Looks great in the glass, plus anything coming out of a 3 liter bottle wins points just for being cool.

Smell is malty, caramel, and hops. little else to speak of.

Flavor is surprisingly subdued... Malt up front, with hint of vanilla and oak, finishing solidly bitter from the hops. Oddly, I find this to be more bitter than the regular bastard, yet not have the same hop flavor or amora. Mouthfeel is rather thin, but still substantial. Drinkability is moderate.

Oddly, I prefer the standard Arrogant Bastard over the oaked version. I had such hig hopes for this, but it just didn't quite deliver. A solidly good beer all around, but not nearly as good as I had hoped... IMO, save your money and stick with the standard A.B.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,844 ratings.