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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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1,844 Reviews

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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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Reviews: 1,844 | Hads: 5,090
Photo of MHJeff06
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a good reputation on here, but I have to disagree. I bought a 4-pack of this, and perhaps it was a bad batch, I'm not sure. This beer was the definition of unbalanced. If you like to be hop bombed, then you'll l probably like this. The beer then finishes with an unpleasant oaky finish, unlike the other oak aged beers I've tried. I dont see the appeal in this one, but I drank two and gave the other two away to friends that had a similar conclusion.

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Photo of Hammer35
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep, dark red color with cream colored head. Beautiful lacing, medium beading that becomes finer as it mellows and very nice, consistent carbonation. Solid head retention as well.

Smell: Bold citrus notes with some sweetness and hints of vanilla and cinnamon.

Taste: The citrusy hops are up front, as with regular Bastard, but this is noticeably mellowed by the oak which imparts a nice note of vanilla, cinnamon and very subtle oakiness. I only wish those notes were slightly more pronounced. The signature bitter Bastard finish is still there and in force.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly crisp, but it doesn't sacrifice the body. Well carbonated and the carbonation lasts.

Overall: An absolutely excellent tweak to an already excellent beer. When I'm in the mood for Arrogant Bastard I'll definitely be going oaked from now on. The mellowed down character with depth of flavors makes this even better!

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Photo of Ri0
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark amber brown with a 2 finger of sandy head. Excellent lacing, dominates on the side I sip from.

S - A sweet and hoppy concoction. The sweetness is from the rich malts, brown sugar, dark honey, clover, and caramel. Hops come in with bitter pine and some citrus.

T - Phenomenal taste of sweet caramel, brown sugar, honey and clover. A nice hop bite helps to balance it out. Bitter pine and bright citrus notes of grapefruit. I don't pick up much of the barrel or wood.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Sticky feel and a mild bitter aftertaste.

O - Awesome beer that is different in todays domination of IPAs. I think this is a fantastic beer to drink in the winter.

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Photo of SFNC
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber color into a tulip glass. The one finger head shrinks pretty quickly leaving some nice lacing and sparse islands of foam. It sure looks good in the glass though. The smell is all hops and oak. Piney with some citrus undertones, the oak is there stronger than most other oaked beers that I've had. Tastes like an Imperial IPA, strong upfront hops that resound with resiny pines and sour citrus, not unlike most other Stone products that I've tried. The oak is very pronounced, almost fighting with the hops for dominance. The first couple sips are almost unsettling and I'm not really sold on this one. As I finish, I have grown more acclimated to the flavors, but a little underwhelmed. Carbonation is light and the finish seems pretty dry. Overall, I don't think I'll revisit this one for a while, which is a shame as I was looking forward to giving it a try.

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Photo of South2NW
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to tulip.

A: Darker amber/reddish brown with a good thick cream colored head.

S: hops, smoke, citrus, maybe some brown sugar.

T: big hoppy/citrus bitterness immediately, oak undertones, some lingering spice. Flavor continues to develop.

M: medium carbonation, lingering after tastes of spicy oak.

O: solid beer. Easy to drink. Lots of flavors to pick up on, but fairly balanced.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Tea-like brown, dark-amber color. Nice light brown head forms and hangs on for a while.

S: Big time bitter grapefruit rind aroma.

T: Again, just a bombardment of bitter grapefruit. Even as this warms up I'm not picking up anything new. I would never guess this was oak aged, and would almost certainly call this an IPA in a blind tasting. Really needs more malt flavor.

M: Medium-lightish body and well carbonated.

O: I'm really surprised at this one. Drinks and tastes like an IPA. Completely lacks the complexity of the regular bastard and the oak aging is lost on me. Still a good beer, but I'll take other things for the money.

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Photo of AZYescas
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well after being harassed by my buddies about why I haven't drank this beer I decided to give a try. Although I bought the Oaked ABA. It pours out in a nice dark brown reddish color. I think the smell is a lot stronger than the actual taste. once I smelled it with that dark smoky smell I figured it would be a little hard to drink since smell is half the taste. I have to admit I enjoyed it. I will be having this beer again soon.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with an "enjoy by" date of 1/6/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - a hazy crimson, some carbonation bubbles; nice fluffy, off-white head. Leaves some sticky, foamy lace.
Smell - sweet baked bread, pine and grass hops; a touch of the oak comes through.
Taste - A complex blend of aggressive, bitter hops and a very flavorful malt backbone.
Feel - medium body, bitter hops, some warming alcohol, but this is so smooth and easy going down!
Overall - another complex and flavorful brew from the folks at Stone!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark red with a two-finger foamy off white head. Good mount of heavy lacing.

S - Sweet with nice amount of hops.

T - Lots of oak. Good amount of brown sugar and molasses with a big kick of bitter hops.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a lingering hop bitterness.

O - Good beer with a lot going on. A nice sipper for a cold evening.

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Photo of KJK-1
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is another great beer in the bastard family from stone. A deep amber color is just tempting immediately. You can pick up on the oaken notes in the smell and taste immediately. Low carbonation. The oak notes are very much imparted in the taste. A good hop character still shines through as well. A must try to have at least tasted. I prefer the arrogant or double bastard over the oaked. Although, the oaken bastard is very good.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass. Pours slightly cloudy red with little head. Smells of floral and cirtis notes with a nice deep fruity bouquet. Tastes of berries overwhelmingly with slight citrus but still has some lingering bite. Beer is medium bodied nicely carbonated good bite. Overall a superb beer.

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Photo of FLima
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Red amber color with a thin beige head that vanishes quickly, but leaves laces.
Aroma of oak, earthy hops, dark fruits, caramels and pine.
Sweet and bold flavor with a superb bitterness, notes of caramels, piney and earthy hops, roasted malts, licorice, grapefruit, maple syrup, umami and whiskey. Hints of citrus and plums. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% abv is harmonic with the overall beer.
I am not worthy! This is another solid from Stone. Bold, complex and well balanced. Nevertheless, I still preferred the original version.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with shades of crimson and ruby. Two fingers of oily off white head that reduces to some pancake batter bubbles and a thin sheet across the brew.

S - Fresh hop smell, resinous, Lemon peel, grass.

T - Citrus, piney, smokey, wood stands out, lots of depth in this brew. Flavor keeps developing as you take your time on this one. Full bodied - the aftertaste goes for days.

O - Glad I finally picked one of these up. Solid ale with tremendous depth and character that gets better with each sip. This is definitely a can't miss.

Notes - I drank this two days after purchasing, but noticed I'm drinking after the best by date so I'd love to try a fresher one to see if it is any better.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Dark ruby brown with a finger of khaki head. Superb lacing throughout the time I drank this.

S - Lots of oak, smoke, and molasses.

T - Again, huge oak flavor. There is also brown sugar, molasses, bitter hops, and a toasted malt backbone.

M - Thick body with low-to-moderate carbonation. This is very syrupy and sticky in the mouth, with an oak and molasses aftertaste.

O - This is one fantastic beer. The oak does wonders for the flavor, and the huge sweetness of the brown sugar and molasses are slightly balanced by the bitter hops. It's surprisingly easy drinking despite 7.2% abv and thick sticky body.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had at Cure New Orleans. Poured into a tall glass. Bottleneck says Enjoy By 10/20/13. Oh no, I'm a week late...

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains very well before sinking to a thick ring around the glass and a full fluffy sheet of surface foam.

S- Sweet smelling with some herbal hops and a bit of booze must.

T- Very sweet with a lot of brown sugar and maple notes. I can't get over how sweet this tastes. There's a big sugary caramel presence that's cut nicely with the slowly creeping hop flavor thus resulting in the alcohol being well-hidden.

M- Slightly syrupy and a small but lingering bite from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I don't remember this being so sweet when I first had it. Very drinkable and pleasing.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Not all that different from the original Arrogant Bastard Ale. The taste has some bitterness, with some fig newton, raisin, along with smoke from the oak. This is a heavy ale, and it has always reminded me of a hopped up Fat Tire, or Fat Tire on steroids.

S: Smells of toasted breads with some spicy hops and a bit of earthy oak wood character.
A:dark amber color body.

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Photo of RolandoHH
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Societe Brewing Belgian style glass
Notes taken from 10/10/13

A: Same dark amber color body with some more auburn hues. Slightly muddled clarity and some micro bubbles nucleating at the bottom of the glass. Just a thin layer of rapidly dissolving khaki trim across the top. Little to no cling or stick left behind.

S: Smells of toasted breads with some spicy hops and a bit of earthy oak wood character. There is a light malt sweetness coming through in the aroma and a touch of alcohol noted.

T: Tastes bready as well with lots of toasted grain notes and a dried fruit blend of fig and raisin. I get some mild citrus peel and spices with some noticeable woodsy elements. There is a high hop bitterness met with some oaky tannins that really dries out the palate. Not a negative for me. The finish is a touch dank and herbal with a light alcohol kick. Really nice and restrained wood character from the oak chips. Seems to play well with the base beer.

M: Moderate weight with a fairly smooth texture overall. Big dry puckering bitterness and slightly tannic. Clean on the finish with some light warming alcohol.

D: This is a very nice complement to the base beer. I don’t think it elevates the overall score but the oak is definitely a nice added nuance that works well.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.best by date of 10/20/13, so just inside the wire here.

Pours a beautiful reddish amber color with 1 1/2 fingers thick off white head. Head retains ALL the way down. Ok carbonation, and some nice looking lacing.

Smell..ah, malts, hops, and that lovely oak aroma come up through the head.

Taste is more malty than hoppy, but the hops come through. Then my favorite part, the oaky flavors that fill the mouth. This is my favorite part of this beer, and often causes me to drink it a bit fater than I should for a 7.2abv. Delicious.

Mouth is a fair bit over medium, and finished well, but with a short lasting slightly tart covering on the tongue.

Overall, this is a beer I like quite a bit, finally got around to reviewing it. The fact that it's best by date is up in a week makes me wonder what one fresh off the line would taste like. I've had it before, but didnt pay that much attention to the dates. All were excellent. love that oak flavor. Thanks Stone!

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: poured a clear mahogany, with a 1" head which lingered breaking down with some decent lacing.

S: The oak comes first, then citrus hops and malts.

T: Sweet up front, maltyness, followed by bitterness of the hops and pine. The oak is definitely present in the taste.

M: medium mouth feel and good carbonation.

O: took me a while to get this one, but I am happy I did. The oak on the taste and smell are done so very well, it sets the bar for others to follow. A great beer with good balance of all elements.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured Oak Arrogant Bastard into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear dark amber with a full two fingers of off white head.

S - Roasted malts, toffee, grapefruit with a pinch of bitter hops.

T - It has some smooth roasted malts, pine, with grapefruit. Mid palate getting slight toffee and carmel notes. On the after taste just a touch of vanilla from oak. Quality beer here.

M- Smooth medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - A very good quality beer. Nice beer to sip and enjoy on a rainy evening. Cheers!

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Photo of papat444
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle, Enjoy By 10/07/13.

Appearance: Troubled dark red tinges in a rusty brown body. Full of little patchworks of lacing.

Smell: Caramel sugar, oak, citrus orange.

Taste: Oaky goodness mixed with bitter hops, has a nice spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Aggressive but drinkable, felt throughout the palate.

Overall: Good stuff, a stalwart ale.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle to glass
A-was brown in color with a light brown foam
S-it had a little hop smell, but did not smell the roast smell you smell with most brown color beers
T- had a strong hop taste with a hop aftertatse with a warming finish
M- had a taste that must have came from the wood chips, was differant
O- as you are finishing the beer you the taste of the hops fades with the roast tatse taking over. Love it

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Photo of scotorum
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Clear dark amber, inch tall off white head dissipated rather quickly to thin surface foam and sticky, nearly solid lacing.

s: Sweet malt.

t; Sweet malt with significant citrus hop balance does not overpower the flavor. Darker, almost ashy aftertaste. Becomes less pleasant and more bitter as it warms.

m: Moderate with great body. Slick.

o: A tasty treat, though not as sippably so as I would prefer. Love the text on the bottle posturing arrogance to the drinker and waxing philosophical about life and success. Funny.

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Photo of WillWillows
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer poured into a pint had a nice mahogany brown color, the head is a light creamy brown dies rapidly to a slight foamy head, easy to drink under. The first taste had a citrusy bite but the back taste was hops. Not as smooth as many beers, but you don't want this one to be smooth. You want some taste and this has it. A very good beer.

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