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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,912 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,912
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 159
Gots: 429 | 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:
American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003)
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

RandyKemka, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of EStreet20
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's see what some oak chips do to my AB.
12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass

A - Nice deep red mahogany/chestnut wood colored brew with about a finger of tan head. Leaves nice lacing rings.

S - Smell does have some vanilla character, obviously imparted from the wood over that harsh AB smell. Smells nice, giving it a fruitier aroma than the original AB. The smell overall is more subdued. is that a plus or minus? Neither, but a different, aofter smell.

T - The oak has imparted a woody, roasted flavor to the brew. In addition, the flavor has mellowed somewhat, making the AB a little less aggressive. Definitely a pleasant/different experience.

M - Nice full, creamy body.

D - Interesting to say the least. A nice sipper to relax with.

Notes: Pretty damn good. Not better than AB, not worse than AB, simply a brew with some subtle changes. Shows what adding some wood can do for a beer.

EStreet20, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of WhitmansNiece
5/5  rDev +19%

WhitmansNiece, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of badboy7113
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

badboy7113, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of JasonTaverner
4/5  rDev -4.8%

JasonTaverner, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev -4.8%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Soonami
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This oaked Arrogant Bastard bottle is one that I have aged for 2 years and decided now was the time to have it. This beer is in fine condition, but I don't think aging did it any favors. The smell is definitely melanoidin dominated with woody, earthy contribution from oak. The taste was pronounced caramel and toasted grain with a bracing bitter finish complementing the sweetness. The oak comes through in the aftertaste providing some tannins and herbal bite. I need to try this beer fresh, to better sample the hop quality.

Soonami, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Satan70
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Satan70, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of bird22
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

bird22, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of jagada
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

jagada, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of PhageLab
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap house in Hampton. I'd been waiting for this one a while, and I wasn't let down. But let's not get ahead of ourselves now, only a fool would do that.

A - In a pint glass it showed up with a nice fingertip's worth of head that stuck around for a bit. Excellent lacing was shown as this swirling chestnut mixture went down. Fades to a darker brown.

S - Toasted malts and woodchips. Not an overpowering smell as I was expecting, but not unpleasant.

T - Incredible complexity, big roasty profile with spices and malt-like tastes. What amazed me about this brew was that unlike it's standard counterpart, it was nearly impossible to taste the alcohol! Of course due to it's warming effects you could still detect it. As it warmed, it became a bit sweeter and the hop bite was more apparent.

M - Naturally full bodied, perfect carbonation levels, and a nice clean finish. No residue or other nonsense.

D - Excellent, I had a few, and am looking forward to having a few more. This is probably my favorite offering from Stone. Bravo!

PhageLab, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of cvfish
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I already reviewed the Arrogant Bastard, I would go into all the same stuff again, only to say that this was almost exactly like the original, with only a handful of vanilla scents and tastes. Overall still a good beer, but not as exceptional as I was expecting.

cvfish, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of DerekQXQX
3/5  rDev -28.6%

DerekQXQX, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of arguemaniac
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an hazy orangish copper with a fairly well-retained light tan head that eventually leaves behind a generous lace. Fruity malt sweetness with a firm orangey hop character in the aroma. In the palate a somewhat astringent citrus hop spice overshadows the otherwise firm, slightly fruity malt backbone (with a definite honey character). The distinct oaky character contributes to the complexity.

Did a side-by-side comparison of this one with the regular AB: Arrogant Bastard is slightly richer, with a better balance, while the Oaked AB is a bit smoother, more refined and slightly more complex. Both were equally enjoyable and very drinkable, especially considering how rich they are.

Anyway, recommendedÂ…

arguemaniac, May 05, 2007
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of funkengruven
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured very nicely, a very dark amber with a nice tan head. Smell is extremely hoppy, with a slight aroma of something different (I'm thinking it's the oak). The flavor is almost pure hops, but the finish contains this almost smoky aroma, definitely unique. It's aggressively bitter which isn't totally a bad thing but can be a bit much, put simply you have to be in the mood for something like this. But if you are, there's very little else out there that rivals this.

funkengruven, Sep 29, 2007
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

gr8zehaman, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of AwYeh
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip pint. Couldn't read the date on this one, but it just showed up; here's hoping it's fresh!

A: Pours a deep but clear crimson/dark brown. One finger of foamy, off-white, almost yellowish head, with moderate retention and spotty lacing.

S: Oak is pretty noticeable here, along with a good deal of caramel and biscuity malts. Citrus hops round out the balance- picking up lots of grapefruit and orange.

T: My first impression is that this tastes like a malty imperial IPA. Great balance of all kinds of flavors: caramel, brown sugar, bread, grapefruit, oranges, spruce, oak, and maybe a hint of vanilla.

M: One of the most enjoyable mouthfeels I've ever had in a beer; medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, immensely smooth and surprisingly creamy.

D: I thought that the taste here was good, not great... but the amazing mouthfeel and complex flavor keep drawing me back in, and at much faster rate than that of many beers whose tastes I prefer. Could easily have a few glasses of this.

AwYeh, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of Kaydogg
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Kaydogg, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of rusty3335
5/5  rDev +19%

rusty3335, Feb 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jeffwright, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

SonictheBeerhog, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of rpstevens
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my smuttynose tulip.

The beer pours a ruby red-mahogany hued hazy color with a foamy white head that leaves a sticky, persistent residue.

The smell is toffee, chocolate and sweet oaky characteristics first, but there's an earthy hop in there as well.

The taste is the complete opposite of the smell. The grassy, piney hops come to the front of the taste and the chocolate and toffee tones move to the back of the line. Both flavors are present and incredibly well balanced. I don't taste much oak though.

The beer is pretty heavy and thick, and I do feel the booze in the stomach as I drink, but not as much as I would expect. This is a very drinkable beer that is deceiving. The high abv always rears it's head eventually...

rpstevens, Jun 12, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

HopBrain, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Travcofarms
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Travcofarms, Oct 02, 2013
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,912 ratings.