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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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5,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,046
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 190
Gots: 489 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Ratings: 5,046 | Reviews: 1,848
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CMW
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep red color with a massive off-white head that takes some time before settling. A good amount of soapy lace is left on the side of the glass.

S - Citrus hops seem to be the main aroma. There is also a decent amount of malt with some sweetness.

T - Sweet malt is the first thing that comes through and has a candy like taste. This fades quickly and a strong rush of citrus and pine hops flow through.

M - Carbonation is medium and this is a little lighter than most american strong ales I have had.

D - I find this beer quite enjoyable but I am not sure if more than one would be in order.

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard Pint Glass applied...

Hazy dark burnt orange with one finger creamy head, nice lacing all the way down. I think this is an amazing looking beer! Smell has that oak, bourbon scent. Taste is interesting, the bourbon barrel start with grapefruity, dry finish. Very luscious mouthfeel. Drinkability is fair, I like grapefruit but since I can't eat more than three I probably wouldn't care to drink more than three of these. Good stuff, though.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, goblet, best by date of 8/8/10.

Impenetrably hazy brown, orange amber with a lovely tight knit brown sugar butter cream head. The head is like the crema on a well made Americano.

Unsurprisingly, due to the age, the aroma does not showcase aggressive hops any longer; floral, faint pineapple and pine, yes. Also vanilla, brown sugar, diacetyl, orange oil, alcohol.

Characteristic Arrogant Bastard brown sugar, diacetyl (English yeast), and bitter alcohol. The finish is heavy lingering bitterness with hints of pine and grapefruit pith. What the oak (and age) seem to have done is smooth and integrate, add a tinge of oak and vanilla. This does score a solid 4 for taste, but extra fuss, money, etc do not seem justified for this beer over the classic Bastard.

Smooth, heavy mouthfeel with a glorious carbonation level.

The bitterness will be appreciated by IPA/IBU lovers. It's good but you might be better served by a good 'ol bomber of the genitor beer.

4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been waiting a long time for this one to come to Indiana and I finally got ahold of a six-pack of 12oz. bottles.

A vigorous pour shows amazing carbonation for an oak aged beer. The result is a huge three finger rich tan head with big fat bubbles. It sits atop a warm dark brown body. Leaves lots of lace.

Nose is sweetly hoppy but a bit mor subdued from the oak agging. Woodsy oak notes are very fresh.

As it hits your mouth this is definitly different, Bitter isnt as floral, but sharp. Leads to a very raw wood meets shoe polish kind of mouth feel. It is odd how the oak brought out the oil in the hops. Very elementaly woodsy overall. I think this one drinks better on the colder side. I'll stick with the original.

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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Starts with a finger of brown head that slowly receders to a ring around the glass. Beautiful lacing surrounds the glass as you drink it. The beer itself is a cloudy ruby red.

Smell: The initial smell is of strong hops and malts. A oaked smell comes through the strong aroma. Could be a bit stronger in smell though.

Taste: There is a very strong complex taste to this beer that only gets better as you drink it. Besides the obvious strong malts and hops, the oak taste is present but not overwhelming. Overall, great but powerful taste.

Mouthfeel: This is hands down the best mouthfeel I'd gotten from a beer so far. It's got great carbonation and just a silky smooth finish that makes you want to drink more.

Drinkability: When I first started drinking this, I didn't think I would be able to drink more then one but the more I drink of this, the more I think I could drink a couple.

This is overall just a great beer. I can't wait to buy some more and keep it in my fridge.

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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have never been a particularly huge fan of the original Arrogant Bastard Ale, as I find its strike on the palate a bit overwhelming. I decided to try the Oaked AB with hopes that it would mellow some of the more overtly strong and up front characteristics of the brew and bring to the foreground some of the more subtle ones.

The beer pours a deep reddish-brown color. A rather substantial head diminishes to a remaining delicately thin white layer of bubbles. Smells similar to the original AB, with less of the hoppy notes associated with the original. I was pleasantly surprised upon tasting it. This beer is delicious! The oak takes out much of the overpowering strong ale flavor, and leaves a delicious smoky background. The beer is very smooth and drinkable, and the mouthfeel is just right for the style. Definite notes of BBQ, tobacco, cherries. Very drinkable for an American Strong Ale!

Recommended for: Walt Whitman, Bobby Flay, Ricky Bobby.

Photo of jonziefle
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a dark ruby amber, clear. Three finger khaki-colored head with very good retention. Some visible carbonation. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Mild nose of amber ale maltiness. Hint of pine and grapefruit.

Taste: Moderate hops and moderate malts. Hops are are grapefruit/citrus with a dry bite at the end; somewhat "juicy". Smoky malts to balance out the flavor

Mouthfeel: Smooth, mildly carbonation, and a moderate hop bite. Very dry finish, with the hops lingering for a while.

Drinkability: Very nice drinking beer. Very smooth, but with excellent flavor and complexity. The flavor lasts a long time.

Buy Again? Yes.

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Slightly red in the glass when held up to the light. Beer pours a dark amber brown with a medium dark tan head that quickly falls.

Aroma is VERY nice: toasty caramel, very sweet, slightly nutty. First sip is very strong. Alcohol. Blunt and bitter. Carbonation is up front but as the taste lingers it becomes a little bit more complex, earthy. The aftertaste is, as expected, the added oak for this variety.

It's got a not-quite-IPA bitterness, along with a huge malt profile. I'm not sure they're really going for balance here, but they're not too far off. But it's not a great beer, it's just strong.

A pricey 6-pack. When will Stone make an arrogant bastard English style mild ale? Huh? I didn't realize English Mild was too American-Mass-Market for them. Or maybe their palette is not sophisticated enough.

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice appearance. Very dark with a medium brown head and nice lacing.

S: Very nice nose. I can smell the "oak" effect, but the Arrogant Bastard is still here with a malty, hoppy nose. Quantity is a bit lacking but this isn't an especially strong brew so I'll give it a pass.

T: The taste is great. You have to try the Arrogant Bastard first, but the low-down is in-your-face medium to dark malts with pungent hops and a woody aftertaste from the oaking. The oaking has the effect of smoothing things out significantly (the Arrogant Bastard is really in-your-face) but at the same time, in my opinion, subdues some of the "arrogance" of the brew and detracts from what the beer originally was. I would say most normal people would prefer this over the regular Arrogant Bastard because it's clearly more refined and homogeneous...in fact, in most ways, this is a "better" beer, however, it's my review, and I'm saying I like the regular better.

M: Perfect carbonation but the oaking makes the mouthfeel a little awkward.

D: This stuff is extremely strong. I'm glad I only got a small bottle!

Photo of daythree16
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The beer is a ruby/brown with a very slick one-finger head that doesn't leave a lot of lace.

Aroma is very hoppy with grassy and piny notes. Also some caramel maltiness and a very subtle hint of vanilla. The taste is characterized by some sweetness up front, good hop bitterness, and then a super dry finish that leaves a bitterness in the back of my mouth for quite a while after I'm done. I haven't had the Arrogant Bastard, but I'm guessing the oak has something to do with the dryness.

The mouthfeel is very slick. I probably wouldn't have many due to the extreme dry bitterness, but that's just me.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Porus a reddish brown in color with only a small head that is quickly gone. Smell is strong dark malts and the usual Stone hopping. Taste is much the same, but remarkably the oak is really smoothing this beer out. Wasn't expecting that, but it's well done and taste's good.

Photo of stephendr
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle - Dark molasses color with a tint of red –head is tan , medium , small bubbles – nose of dark berries ( cherries ) , cinnamon , coffee grounds and orangey – taste of malts , gummy tar , spruce , hopps ( both bitter , and pine ) caramel , and some wood ( mostly cedar )- medium tart body – aftertaste is long earthy , malt and caramel

Photo of jt31914
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle:

A: 3/4 fingers of head, murky brown and hazy color. No head retention or carbonation rising.

S: Smells like sweet honey, cloves and oak with some hops thrown in. Wonderful smell.

T: Great taste, slightly bitter oak taste with sweet honey clove taste complementing it. Simple but not overdone, this is a fantastic brew.

M: Smooth and pleasant.

D: Very drinkable and relaxing to drink

To me this is very much superior to the regular Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of denver10
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cherry red color with a half a thumbs width khaki head that quickly recedes to the edges of the glass. Solid lacing. A nice aroma of fruit (particularly cherry), bread, oak, and just a touch of grass. The fruit and oak aroma blends quite well with one another. Flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet in the get go, woody in the middle, bitter in the finish along with a touch of alcohol showing itself. A nice balance shared between the different flavors. Medium and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, I enjoyed this one. I would have liked the finish to be just a touch less bitter for my personal tastes and that would have increased the overall score for me but the bitter level still wasn't too much to prevent me from enjoying this. I'd happily drink this again, even at this cost.

Photo of squaremile
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Year old 12oz bottle. Pours an amber/brown with a small head. I don't care much for the look. Nose is fresh flowers, oak, brown sugar, and alcohol. Taste is dominated by oak, which leaves a lasting bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very nice, medium with perfect carbonation.

Photo of xnicknj
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at varga in philly

Pours a clouded burnt amber color with a thick froth of slightly tanned head. Retains nicely with plenty of lacing and a layer of film.

Strong scents of pine hoppiness tempered by caramel and bready malt. Some vanilla and oak with slight citrus. Faint alcohol warmth.

Bitter up front with biting pine hops. Some notes of grapefruit and citrus followed by a beefy malt backbone. Bready caramel with smooth oak and vanilla tones. Slightly sweet, but balanced with the hoppy finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, smooth and creamy on the tongue. Drinks nicely, the oak aging gives this a much better mouthfeel and adds some pleasant vanilla flavor.

Photo of porterwoobie
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: dark cherry red, 1 finger off-white head, good lacing.

S: oak notes are prominent and mask the hop and malt characters. beneath are some citrusy hops and a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: initial bitterness, followed by the oak character and caramel sweetness. the bitterness and oak remain on the palate for some time.

MF: medium-high bodied, medium carbonation, but almost creamy-like.

Drinkability: good beer. i prefer the regular (light) version over the oak, but the oak/aging does add some interesting flavors and mouthfeel.

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Here's another epic beer from the brewers at Stone Brewing Co. out in California. It poured into my crystal tasting snifter with a nice foamy head that quickly dissipated. There was a good bit of lacing on the inside of the glass. The aroma was nice and woody along with a fresh pinch of hops. The oak chips do a wonderful job of drying out the initial A.B. The taste is sublime, a mellow mixture of vanilla and toffee with a nice hop bitterness. This is a truly awesome brew worthy of trying. The only question is, are you worthy of trying it?

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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