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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,646 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,646
Reviews: 1,822
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 135
Gots: 324 | FT: 6
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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jemarent

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-04-2013 13:53:58 | More by jemarent
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21Maestro8

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-13-2013 18:43:11 | More by 21Maestro8
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's been a while since I've had this so today's review will be just like I'm having it for the first time.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a brownish amber with some orange hues to it. The head starts at 1-2 fingers and drops eventually to a massive collar and a hazy and full surface of foam. Rings of lacing mark the sizes of my swallows all the way down the glass.

SMELL: The nose is strong on the familiar piny, herbal, and slightly citrusy and resinous Arrogant Bastard hop profile. Some oak and vanilla do make it through, though in lighter amounts. A bready malt base backs everything up and balances the beer out.

TASTE: The taste is surprisingly mild on the flavor of the hops and sweetness of malt, but it's made up for in the strength of the oak flavors. It lasts from nearly the start through the entire finish. The hops outshine the malt by a pretty decent margin, though I wish both were amped up a bit more as the emptiness that they give the beer makes me want more. As it is with the piny hops and the woody oak flavors, it's a Christmas tree in a glass.

MOUTHFEEL: Could this possibly be too thin? I don't know if I've grown accustomed to bigger beers so much that this seems like it could be beefed up considerably. The lightness is a little refreshing though even if the beer is slightly syrupy. Carbonation is only slightly higher than average and is where it should be.

DRINKABILITY: It certainly does well here. As far as wood-aged beers go, this is one of the more easy drinkers that I've had. I have always wondered why this doesn't come in bombers. There are many of Stone's beers that are harder to get through than this one.

Okay, it's a nice beer and fun to compare to the original. Definitely recommended to try, but for me it probably won't repeat in my fridge too often - especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 21:48:27 | More by jmalex
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stephendr

California

4.03/5  rDev -4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 22:12:41 | More by stephendr
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tjsmith910

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

03-10-2013 14:32:41 | More by tjsmith910
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CanisMajor

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-14-2013 00:42:05 | More by CanisMajor
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-02-2013 01:18:46 | More by BeersAndBears
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-20-2013 01:22:01 | More by JasonTaverner
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timoteo833

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

02-02-2014 04:51:48 | More by timoteo833
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle for 2.99. This is my 3rd "bastard" beer as I have had arrogant bastard and double bastard.

A- This one poured a dark ruby color with some mahogony hues. 2 finger creamy head. This beer sure was sticky and stuck to my glass even after I had cleaned it pretty good.

S- Smell was woody and oaky almost like a fine wine. There was some vanilla and port scents.

T- Taste was malty and sweet. The hops are not as pronouced and present as they are in other arrogant bastard beers. When I think of a SAB, I think "hops." This one is more on the maltier side, but it fits the oak finish. Surely some caramel and vanilla on the tongue.

M- Mouthfeel was sleek and oily. Do not expect a ton of carbonation, this one dosen't have a ton.

D- I enjoyed this a lot. Stone has made a really classy and drinkable beer here.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 01:30:51 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Vermont from a very pleasant moustached woman. 12 Oz. bottle poured into a Bobcat Cafe pint glass.

A: Beautiful red/brown/amber (ripe nectarine) colour with a two-finger creamy beige foam head. Good retention and OK lacing.

S: Pine hops, molasses, caramel, cinnamon, and faint dark fruits. Detecting that earthy, musky, oak aroma. Sounds weird but can detect a bit of paprika spice. Very different and pleasing aromas.

T: Very smooth. Pine taste balanced nicely with a slightly buttered bread-like malt backbone. Finishes with a little alcohol bite and a lingering musky/woody taste that makes this a little funky (and good!).

M: Slightly oily with an appropriate viscosity level. About right amount of carbonation.

D: Should've bought the whole 6-pack! The oak chips really add a different dimension to this. A delicious offering from Stone

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 22:59:41 | More by Digimaika2
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TonyY

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-20-2013 16:53:46 | More by TonyY
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Jmamay22

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber with an inch deep pecan shell colored frothy head that settles to a thin cap. Smells of spicy American made hops with a sweetened edge of dark sugar.

Though this beer is certainly hop forward the oak has helped dull the sharper edges to create a more well rounded, yet classically American ale. The mouthfeel is full, rich and fitting of the brew. All in all a dangerously drinkable and enjoyable beer. Another winner from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 01:29:33 | More by Jmamay22
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Romulux

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

12-26-2011 20:30:44 | More by Romulux
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep red-amber color like a cherry wood stain. Nice amber-tan head rested atop it.

Nice woody, carmel sweetness, and dry floral hop scent.

The taste is similar, some pine-oak and bitter hops up front a little sweet carmel in the middle; finishing with a lasting bitter aftertaste.

Though drinkable the high alcohol content makes this difficult to sit back and take down like many other brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 05:30:46 | More by donteatpoop
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-17-2013 21:18:32 | More by DrStiffington
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%

11-25-2011 21:51:19 | More by whallgren
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

5/5  rDev +19%

02-04-2012 00:00:02 | More by Joshgonzales79
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keithmurray

New York

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - mahogany color with thick white head

smell - oak, , pine, nuts

taste - oak, pine, molasses, nuts, hops

mouthfeel - bitter, medium to full bodied, high carbonation, bitter again in the aftertaste

drinkability - the mouthfeel of this leads it to be a one and done proposition

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 22:58:06 | More by keithmurray
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19%

11-25-2011 20:41:59 | More by WhitmansNiece
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

12-19-2012 17:06:04 | More by King_KongDCO93
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freemanj

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-03-2013 04:35:34 | More by freemanj
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yoitsarch

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-16-2012 06:23:48 | More by yoitsarch
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 23:03:45 | More by a0lbudman
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scooter231

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty beer- quite dark, with deep ruby and garnet colors when held to the light. It has a tan foamy head that stays for a few minutes, then retreats to a thin layer of foamy film that leaves lacing around the rim. Smells... green. Green and woodsy. Piney. Definitely green, foresty things, backed up with a booze punch and a little bit of sweetness.

Taste is also green, with more alcohol coming through. The sweetness makes itself better known, with vanilla and malty flavors, though it still keeps a backseat to the woodsyness, and hop bitterness. The hops have an earthy feel to them, melding well with the oaked woodsyness. There's a nice finishing biscuityness towards the end of the sip that finishes very nicely.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, full. This is a very very tasty brew, alcohol is deceivingly tasty and/or sneaky. This is definitely less harsh than the regular Bastard, which I also enjoy. I'm not sure whether or not I prefer one to the other... have to have a side by side comparison. However, this one really is more well-rounded and easier to drink. Less sweet than I recall, but then it has been a while. An excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 05:21:08 | More by scooter231
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,646 ratings.