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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,028 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,028
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 185
Gots: 471 | 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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Photo of pschul4
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Erik for this treat!

A- Pours a dark brown with a huge dark tan head, about 3 inches of foamy head sticking to the sides of my glass for dear life

S- Intense battle of malts vs hops. Lots of smooth malts in the nose but the piney hops dont let them take over. Not much going on in terms of oak here but it smells amazing regardless

T- Move hops vs malts. The hops take their turn going first and the malts do what they can to keep everything in check but the hops are definitely winning this battle in the taste

M- Very smooth, this is the part of the beer where the oak aging becomes evident

O- Taste is good but a bit of a letdown after how good it smells. Maybe if this was a little older the hops would die off more and it would be awesome but as it stands its a little too hoppy to be perfect. Still delicious and I still would never turn one down

Photo of loganburgh
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of MattGrimley
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark copper with a two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted several minutes and left a beautiful, thick film. Fantastic lacing.

S: Oak and malt. Dark and complex, but subtle.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Coffee, chocolate, malt and oak. Outstanding taste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

O: I really like this. Looks amazing. Nose is subtle but the oak is detectable. Taste great, and has a mouthfeel out of this world.

Photo of jl28r1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Vylo
2.52/5  rDev -40%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber color, enticing.

Smells like wood, not surprising given the name, but a bit overbearing.

Taste was... disappointing to say the least, reminded me more of double bastard then arrogant bastard. Too strong, tasted like a piece of driftwood dunked a cheap whiskey. Alcohol was not covered at all, and greatly interfered with enjoyment.

Mouthfeel was a bit bland too, could have used more carbonation. Flat taste.

Overall, a huge let down. I hope I had an off bottle, because I really like arrogant bastard (though I hated double bastard). It just tasted wrong to me.

If you like oak aged, give it a try, otherwise, your money would be spent better elsewhere.

Photo of cwd
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Jameswoody
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of dherling
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice chocolaty brown with an orange hue, crowned by a bubbly, chunky light tan head, incredible lacing. The nose offers immediate hops, big, green, and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit, some subtle orange, all rounded out by woody oakness. The taste is like fresh squeezed orange juice for a second, then goes grapefruit on you. The hops and bitterness are pretty big, there must be some malt pulling it all back, but I don't really get it above all the citrus pith and the oak that hovers over the palate. There's even a flutter of strawberry bubble gum for a second. The finish is long, fruity, and bitter. The mouthfeel is dead on, good carbonation and smooth, slightly slick and oily on the finish. The downfall might be the drinkability, so much hops, so much oak. One is a lovely visit. More would be uncomfortable.

Photo of giblet
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

where do i start...poured a beautiful brownish red. nice three quarter inch head. steady carbonation. smells nice with hops and rich malts. the flava, oh the flava, wonderful mix of hop and malts with a hint of roasted - um wood? nice and smooth. the label says hated by many, well not hated by me. this beer kicks ass and takes names.

suckem up and movem out. cant wait to try on tap.

giblet

Photo of SDRedDevil
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of freemanj
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of IAmHollywood13
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of shirfan
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick, sticky pillow of foam sits atop a dark copper brew, absolutely refusing to disperse.

Malty aroma, whole-grain toastbread, hints of orange and tangerine.

Taste is excellent. A strong, juicy citric hops presense is perfectly tempered by moderately sweet malt. Fresh-baked bread notes give way to some bittering, leaves just enough pucker without being excessive. Oak is present in the background, as is a slightly mineral flavor, imparting further character into an already excellent brew.

As good as this is, I'm glad I opted for a single 12 oz bottle rather than an $18 sixer. The oak is interesting, but it doesn't make an already awesome brew that much more exceptional.

Photo of bboven
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby body with a slight haze, thin head with just a smattering of lacing

The oak and hops mingle nicely; both are very strong but neither overpower one another.

The oak comes through much more in the flavor. There is a slight vanilla taste and a bit of tannic action. The hops balance the oak and leave a nice bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is very full, slightly drying, very very nice.

My only qualm is that the oak could be a little less to let the base flavors shine through, but other than that, a near perfect oaked beer.

Photo of Natural510
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle a bright crimson with decent head which laces the glass upon dissipation.
Smells very strongly of hops, some orange/grapefruit notes and, yes, wood.
Flavors of citric grapefruit, pine-nut, and a dry oak. The yeast makes itself known, as does a distinctive hop bite. The malts kick in by the end as to not allow the hops to steal the show. There is alot going on in this brew.
It stays very lively in the mouth, allowing the distinctive flavors to power themselves around. Leaves a puckering tangyness which throbs the lower mouth & gums after swallowing.
Drinkability, as with the traditional ABA, depends on one's tolerance for hops malt & yeast which knock you over the head with their presence. For myself, and many others, it's a much-welcome presence in the beer world.

Photo of Dolfan907
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JasonTaverner
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Magpie14
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: creamed orange head rested contently on the deep ruby and crimson caramel body, great look. Lacing provided films and rings of sticky foam with a few fluffy bubbles

S: smells are unique with light smoked oak and hickory whiffs paired with pungent pines, grasses, and mint leaves. The big smells give way to caramel and roasted malts

T: flavors are a large basket of green crusted hops drizzled with buttery caramel. The hops consist of pine needles, grapefruit peels, grassy herbal notes, and a pop of spices with mint. Otherwise, the other dominant flavors are the sugary caramel crusted malts that provide ample backbone, more than enough I might add. Then, this amalgamation of flavors is infused with that drifting smoked oak character. The smokiness is kept in balance and some what subtle making a nice compliment overall (reminiscent of oaked bourbon flavors). Tasty!

M: creamy and turns into a dream as it warms. I was doing more than sipping this brew, I had to pace myself. Body is full and lush with vanilla flavors poking through

D: a scrumptious beer! This is another buy, great flipping stuff

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,028 ratings.