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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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4,421 Ratings

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Ratings: 4421
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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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark cooper color wkth a good sized head and a good amount lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus hops and smokey oak tones dominate the smell

T: A complex dark malt taste with heavy hopping and flavors reminiscent of grapefruit. The oak tones are subtle and superbly incorporated, giving this beer a nice touch.

M: Nice an thick with adequate carbonation, a medium body that's just right for the style.

O: A skillfully crafted brew; the enhancement of the Arrogant Bastard series with Oak tones takes an excellent beer and succeeds in making a captivating variation. If you don't enjoy it, "You're not worthy."

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 08:36:27 | More by LBrito
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard is the even louder and more ostentatious big brother to the regular Arrogant Bastard, and announces itself to the nose with a dual kick of massive malts and hops. Big caramelized brown sugars, wheat and sourdough breads, and toasted grains are accompanied by grapefruit and citrus hop aromas.

On the tongue, the brew is immediately malty, with vanillas, brown sugars, chocolate malts, pecans, and fruit esters (both dark, like figs, and light, like apricots and oranges). A strong hop backing brings in a tremendous grapefruit kick, which helps to hide the medium-strong alcohol bite lurking around the edges. The addition of oak aging does bring wood-like undertones, but also serves to slightly temper the bitter hops, and make the brew more nuanced. The aftertaste is largely hops, although strong sugars still linger. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is excellent fare, and worth the price over the regular six-pack of Arrogant Bastard. Fans of the brand will find even more of the flavors they loved in the original, but in a nicely elite form.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 00:56:53 | More by jondeelee
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gravity poured from a cask at Foutainhead into a pint glass.

Appearance: My cask pour is a full, deep brown color with a hint of amber toward the edges. It is dark and mostly opaque, allowing just enough light through to let deep amber hues bounce off the glass. A rocky tan cap is evidence of the cask pour.

Smell: A complex aroma for sure. Sweet caramel malt also has some toasted bread, with grapefruit and pine hops shining through from the base beer. A bit of spice and vanilla compliment the woody oak nicely.

Taste: Yet another beer where I enjoy the cask version a bit better. The toasted bread and caramel malt sweetness combines with the vanilla, spice, and oak to add a great depth. The oak and spice flow into the grapefruit and spicy pine hops effortless, all while allowing for a lightly bitter, somewhat oak, and fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very much on the light side, with just a few soft bubbles to stimulate my tongue. The body drinks a little bit lighter than I remember from the tap version, which is to say medium/full, with a little bit less emphasis on the dry oak flavor. Very smooth.

Overall: Somehow I like this even better than the tap version of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, which is quite an accomplishment. The nuance and depth that each flavor takes on in the cask version is incredible.

Serving type: cask

11-08-2011 21:01:06 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a reddish-brown, with orange highlights when held to light. The tan head is full and thick, with tons of lacing left behind. Hop aromas come through strongly in the scent. The taste is all kinds of delicious, and incredibly complex. There's so much going on in the taste, it's hard to describe. Caramel, molasses, roasted, spicy, herbal, dark fruit, pine, and citrus. These flavors all come together in perfect balance. Extremely smooth and highly drinkable. World class, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 15:17:37 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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New York

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed in Kilkenny pint glass

A: pours with a dark redish/ brown color, it is a little translucent. Pours with a 2"+ creamish head. Leaves a lot of lacing.

S: has a very hoppy scent. It is piney and has a strong oaky scent.

T: wow, very different than the regular arrogant bastard. Hops are a lot more toned down and a lot more flavorful. Citrus taste is not as strong. Can really taste the oak which brings a whole new element to this already fantastic taste.

M: full bodied beer with many layers of flavor. The oak is a great compliment to the already hoppy flavor. The aging tones down the hops but brings out a great flavor.

Overall, comparing this to the regular arrogant bastard, an already incredible beer, this beer is delicious. The compliment of the oak to this hoppy beer is great. In addition, the aging has toned down the hops but brought out incredible flavor. I have a bottle of this in the cellar and am looking forward to enjoying it and seeing how the flavors mature over the next few years.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 05:36:54 | More by iBeer16
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4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer poured and beautiful dark brown with an orange/reddish brilliant hue. The head was fantastic when pouring from the bottle. Head really stuck to the inside of the glass leaving gorgeous lacing. Very impressive!

Taste: You can really taste the combination of hops right away. This really compliments the roasty dark malts flavor. After a second, the darker malts really come threw. This gives way to the roasty malts and resiny pine which in turn finishes light caramel and toffee finish.

Smell: The hop aroma is more subtle to darker malt notes, however there is no missing the oak. Not to strong on the vanilla, it smells fantastic! You almost get the warmth of a whisky.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth; somewhere between medium and full-bodied. With its sticky sweetness offset by the sharp bitterness, the whole thing is balanced out by the oak flavors which give it a great mouth feel for sure.

Overall: Really enjoyed it!! It is a complex experience for sure and pairs with just about anything worth eating.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:56:10 | More by CraftVA
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New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Best By Date: 8.20.12) into a Corsendonk branded (and block-stemmed) tulip glass

A- A fairly pedestrian pour yields an absolutely beautiful beer that is (crystal clear) ruby red in color with a titanic, 3-finger, kahki head.

S- Although less aggressive than the standard AB, that familiar pugent spicy/resiny aroma is smoothed out by the oak-chip dry hopping, giving off notes wood and a hint of vanilla. You wouldn't think so, but the oak melds amazingly well with AB hop variatal. Once the brew warms (and the head has subsided), a bit of caramel malt peeks through.

T- A short dose of sweet malt up at the front of the palate is quickly mellowed by a mild oakiness and vanilla twinge. The brew then wallops your palate with that classic Bastard resinous/citrus rind hop bitterness to remind you this is no "fizzy yellow beer."

M- Medium bodied, creamy and flavor aplenty, this beer absolutely lives up to its name...

O- Although the standard AB is hard to beat, I just might give the Oaked version preference because of a better balance of aroma and flavor. Fans of AB should absolutely try this incarnation of an already world-class beer, as you might just find yourself reaching for Oaked AB more often...and be sure to get it fresh!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 20:54:27 | More by threeviews
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4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance - Dark amber with deep red hues. woody brown color almost but with a blood red satin tone. a little less than a finger of head in a pint glass but the lacing and retention are without equal.

aroma - sweet an woody with a little hop character. it smells like an old wood building that has a fresh mash going somewhere in the back.

middle - incredibly complex. sweet and almost rye-ish up front, very carmelly malts and then a bit of vanilla oak quality hits you balanced by a fresh hop bite in the back. The malt bill is almost like an Irish red flavor, but then they put a west-coast hop addition approach on top of it, but somehow maintained some sort of balance of very bold flavors.I don't know how this could be better. more mellow than its un-oaked sibling.

finish - nice fresh hop west-coast finish but with a little vanilla and vegetal hop flavors from age.

overall - one of the best beers I've ever had. This is a good beer for people that like a bit of dark, a bit of hops, and a bit of oak all rolled into one beer. I, personally like all of the above, so this is a treat every time. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 04:17:43 | More by GreenJetta912
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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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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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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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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
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New York

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

Pours a rich mahogany color with a tight creamy tan head. What starts as a finger and half of foam slowly settles to a thin sheet. Full rings of lace are left all along the sides of the glass. Such a visually appealing beer.

Aroma is a blend of floral, herbal, and citrus hops, some caramelized malts, and mild woodiness.

Well balanced and complex flavors. A quick dash of wood leads the way with caramel & citrus coming next. Strong hops step in and run the gamut of flavor - citrus, floral, herbal, mint, and pine. Not as strong of a bite as the original but more complex and developed. Juicy citrus shines with loads of grapefruit and orange. Malt sweetness comes in before a mild oaky finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Just enough crispness and a perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. Just a delicious beer that goes down quite easily. My palate may get exhausted, but I could throw a few of these back. Much smoother than the original.

I really like this beer. Nice to have a wood aged beer that is not a stout or aged in a liquor barrel. The oak is perfect with this beer, does not overpower and adds some mellowness and complexity. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 01:35:58 | More by Lupe
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've aged this beer for about 3 months or so.

A- A sexy brown/reddish beer with a nice one finger width head. The head itself has large and small bubbles and is quite thick.

S- Wonderful hop aroma comes through quite a bit. But as a hop smell goes the oak smell also comes though and mellows out the hops in a great way.

T- Wow this is a superb beer! There is a wonderful hop taste that blends into the oak taste. It is almost buttery! Man this beer is so smooth. You take an already great beer like the Arrogant Bastard and age it in oak, wow, just an amazing combination.

M- Feels great in the mouth.

D- Yes please!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 01:46:18 | More by Wetpaperbag
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: murky, mahogany, with a medium head that dissipates

Smell: pine and oak dominate with small hops and green apple

Taste: pine and hops dominate. There is a bitter green apple/vanilla combo for a finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, bitter middle, with a dry sweeter--but not sweet finish

Drinkability: This to me is the new standard bearer. I am not a hop head, but wow was I blown away. I will limit how much I drink due to high abv but when I think about this style--here I come.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 04:47:01 | More by tigg924
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with a medium tanned head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: A load of citric hops, along with the usual Arrogant Bastard tea-like and toasty aromas, but has a bit of a mustier note all-round.

Taste: Begins well-rounded: the usual AB flavors of citrus, tea-sweetness, and citrus are there. The finish is similarly flowery yet sweet compared to regular old Arrogant Bastard. However, this brew seams a bit mustier, with more subdued hops and with a woody taste replacing the lost hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Heavier in body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is basically the same as Arrogant Bastard, however, the taste of the beer yields more of a balanced flavor profile than it's inspiration. Just as drinkable as AB, but a bit more savory.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 07:08:16 | More by Mosstrooper
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into perfect pint glass

A: Deep, clear amber/copper color. Two finger of creamy, slightly tan head that stuck around for a while. The head left a lot of lacing on the glass as I drank the beer down.

S: I got a roasty malt smell that was firmly present but not overpowering. I could also smell a little biscuit scent.

T: The beer has a big malt taste with a biscuit and malt flavor that makes a notable appearance. There is also a subtle woodiness (oak I suppose) that is more apparent as the beer warms slightly.

M: The beer has a medium to heavy mouth feel and finishes medium long. The carbonation is medium.

O: I really, really enjoy this beer. I have had a ton of arrogant bastard over the years. In comparison, I find this version to have more of a biscuit like flavor and a subtle oak flavor. All around I think the flavors are fuller in the oaked arrogant bastard but still balanced well. I suppose the oak aging, or whatever they have done, has made the flavors more pronounced. One thing that surprised me was the obvious biscuit flavor. I don’t recall getting that flavor in the regular arrogant bastard. Once the beer warmed ever so slightly, I noticed the flavors came out wonderfully. This beer is awesome. You should drink it.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2011 01:37:02 | More by BJA
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful dark, reddish brown color, with an inch-thick beige head with decent retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Toasted malts and spicy hops mix in an appropriately oaky character. Alcohol present in the aroma.

T - Toasted grains with citrus and spice notes that leaves a woody aftertaste. The oak brings things together nicely. Dry, thanks to the mix of oak and hops, with an alcohol kick.

M - Fairly smooth, all things considered.

O - Not all that different from the original Arrogant Bastard Ale, but still a welcome development with something to offer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 05:07:49 | More by RolandoHH
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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