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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,734 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,734
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 144
Gots: 354 | 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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andthevolcano

Delaware

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-18-2013 02:45:25 | More by andthevolcano
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TexAggie011

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-26-2011 05:09:55 | More by TexAggie011
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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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tjsmith910

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

03-10-2013 14:32:41 | More by tjsmith910
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mtrog313

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

01-09-2013 04:18:19 | More by mtrog313
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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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JasonTaverner

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-20-2013 01:22:01 | More by JasonTaverner
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kenito799

New York

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy dark amber brew with a rocky foamy tan head that leaves beautifully intricate lacing. Looks great.

Aroma is powerfully delicious, caramelized apricot, grapefruit, pine. I don't detect oak. The hoppiness of this string beer hits hard up front, with full-on grapefruity bitterness, balnced breifly by a rich mouthfeel then a lingering very bitter finish. Very delicious, but a bit exhausting and bit unbalanced. I would believe this to be a DIPA. I also can't quite tell what the oak brings to this...I would like to taste this and regular AB side by side to compare.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 01:33:55 | More by kenito799
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zdk9

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep reddish mahogany, with a finger of fluffy white head that leaves decent spidery lacing on the glass.

S- Strong smells of pine, carmel, pineapple. There's also a taste in this beer I can't identify. Maybe it's something to do with the oak, but I think I would recognize that. Hmm...

T- I'm not detecting a lot of oakiness in this beer. It is however, a very intense flavor. There's a piney syrupy hop flavor throughout, accompanied heartily by a sweet carmel malt flavor. Some slight alcohol in the aftertaste, but nothing too overpowering.

M- Syrupy, as expected, but what isn't expected is the good level of carbonation. Nice.

D- A delicious beer, but not worth the incredible build up that I gave it. I need to taste the normal AB again to better compare, but for now I'd say I might as well just get that and save the money.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 06:44:55 | More by zdk9
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great of course with its big 3-finger baige head that laces all the way down. Dark reddish-brown with hues of cherry. Big barley smell, and mostly malt on the nose with a slight hop end.

Oh malty goodness. With some very nice hop flavors to accentuate the barley malt. The hops, in fact are perfectly bitter and lingering, but you don't leave the first taste thinking of the hops. You think of the bread-like taste first, then the hops actually take over in the finish. Alcohol taste is definitely present, but in no way does it take away from the beer. It finishes dryly, but not exactly crisply, and almost refreshing but definitely not the best beer for a hot day. This is full-bodied without being overbearingly thick in the mouth. I honestly expected this to be more like regular Arrogant Bastard, but with the oaked variety it seems like the oak chips took an edge of that maltiness and a spiciness to it that was either lost in the muddled feel of the non-oaked variety or simply wasn't there. Either way, I prefer this one and the fact that it's way more drinkable than its brother. The mouthfeel was not as thick and hard to drink. The oak chips make all the difference in the world to the overall drinkability of this one, and for that this beer is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 00:01:05 | More by chodinheaven
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fivetime

Idaho

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-21-2013 19:53:22 | More by fivetime
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This oaked ASA pours a really atractive woody, ruby cedar with a tight kakai head. The foam holds well and leaves some good sagging lace.
A really impressive looking beer. The appearance might even create the illusion of, or cause me to perceive more of that oak character. Beats me, but I did seem pick up a lot more of it than than others I sampled it with. Mainly I think, because many people are searching for that sometimes harsher bourbon barrel aged flavor. But that is nowhere to be found in this brew (and that is certainly not a bad thing).

The aroma is largely of caramel malt and some very nice spicy hops. There is a bit of an oak related vanilla note as well. Burnt sugar and molasses provide a great deal of sweetness. The oak character is more earthy and rustic than bourbon barrel. Attractive and pungent nonetheless.

Initially there is earthy burnt caramel malt and lots of those deep, piny, hops. Some citrus is detectable too. Boisterous but not harsh. A hint of faint smoke that could probably be mistaken for some really heavily caramelized/burnt sugar. Piny with a raw sweetness. Very complex and not at all harsh. The flavors blend seamlessly.

Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish. The carbonation is middle-of-the-road as well and brightens the whole deal up a bit. The flavor and texture really seem to linger on the tongue. Really well crafted and a very interesting adaptation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 21:41:42 | More by letsgopens
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Chestnut brown with creamy head and good carbonation.

S- Oak and lots of it. Slight amounts of hops work their way through. Caramel too.

T- A mix of hop bitterness, caramel, hints of citrus, pine notes, all balanced considerably well.

M- Considerably creamy. Carbonation is just right. The body is a tad too thin though.

D- Easy to down, but it's one that you want to savor. I found that the first I had was the best, as the oak flavor was so new and vibrant. Maybe it fades with time, or maybe it was just something that you can only be blown away by once. Still very enjoyable, and very well crafted. Lives up to the arrogance on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 21:57:47 | More by BBP
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Franch

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-08-2013 21:11:13 | More by Franch
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kevindp9

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-22-2013 03:13:36 | More by kevindp9
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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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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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kybeerdrinker

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

01-29-2014 03:09:52 | More by kybeerdrinker
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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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CanisMajor

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The Arrogant Bastard pours the same color as a nice Barleywine. It has a nice, thick head at first - about an inch - but it quickly dissipates and leaves very little lacing.

SMELL: Surprisingly it is a little weak on aroma. A little oak and some light hoppy aromas come through. It smells good, just very toned down.

TASTE: A strong dose of caramel greets the tongue up front. It isn't too sweet, by any means though. The wood quickly takes over though and dominates the majority of the sip. Oddly, the wood seems to supply a little more sweetness than the caramel flavors. The finish kicks with a decent dry citrus and mild pine flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Rich and full-bodied with a very dry and palate cleansing finish.

OVERALL: This is a big beer. It is also a unique beer. I've had plenty of beers that have seen some oak, but this one has such an intense oak flavor that when I first tasted it I was unsure whether or not I really liked it. After getting over the initial shock, though, I was able to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 04:31:57 | More by StoneTSR
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capnamerica

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-15-2013 14:39:03 | More by capnamerica
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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