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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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5,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,048
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 190
Gots: 490 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Ratings: 5,048 | Reviews: 1,848
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3.26/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

[3.75 for a 12oz picked out of a sixer at Downtown Wine and Spirits, Somerville a couple of days ago]

Ruby beer with a killer head - not overly huge, but very pretty and long-lasting and massive lacing. Aroma is very light, actually. Pleasant, perfumy lavender and pink grapefruit. A bit of a zingy chemicalness all the way through. At first the nice caramel malts (and a little roast too) help to cover it up, but it continues past when the malt is gone. Also leaves tobacco leaves on the tongue. Medium-thick body is kind of creamy, but also becomes a bit thin and sketchy towards the end.

Eh, one is enough. This is too mellow and the finish tastes a bit like household cleanser. Overall it is a real disappointment, considering how much I like the regular bastard and most of Stone's other beers. To be honest, I would not have guessed that this was a Stone beer if I did not pour it myself, since it is not up to Stone's standard of excellence.

Photo of sneth019
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of chrismattlin
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Lothore
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep, murky, blackish red. Has a modest 2 finger head that sticks around for a long time and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smell is hoppy and woody at the same time. When I close my eyes I feel like I am up in the mountains walking through a forest of pine. Has a subtle sweetness that really makes it appetizing.

T- Tastes a bit dark, muted coffee tones, oak, hop biterness almost all the way through and a small amount of floral sweetness at the end with an alcohol kick.

M- Semi thick and carbonated up a notch. Sort of stings the mouth, which I think totally fits with the arrogant bastard theme.

D- This is definitely a sipper and I would only have 1 glass in a night but certainly delicious and worth trying.

Photo of hoosier222002
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of eat
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with a friend at Volo's Stone release party.

Transparent and dark-copper in colour, this brew has a thin covering of cream-white head and a little lacing. Really nice colour.

Not as powerful a smell as I was expecting. What I can pick out is pineapple, grapefruit and candy. Good smell but there's not enough of it.

This is a really intense and bitter beer. Really earthy hops, unripe grapefruit, dark malt, a little bit woody (though not what you would expect seeing Oaked in the name). The ABV is quite present and only adds to the arrogance of this beer. The finish is one of the driest I've ever experienced. It leaves a feeling in your mouth like you just bit into a whole grapefruit, skin and all. I like it but wouldn't call it well-balanced. The slight touch of sweetness comes nowhere near matching the huge, bitter hops here.

Slightly syrupy feel. Creamy full body and light carbonation. Very nice.

This is too bitter to drink much of. I don't think I would ever want to drink more than one bottle of this in a sitting. I like it but it's too intense and dry.

4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a rich, deep amber body and holds a nice, off white head. A very nice coat of lacing is left and the head holds with the entire glass of beer.
S: A note of sweetness is found on the nose. The presence of oak is profound. This is a very good example of how oak should smell in a beer.
T/M: With the full body, this beer shows a complexity of flavors. At first the presences of a honey sweetness, then turns to a both and rich mouthfeel of chewy oak. The brew then leaves a bold lingering taste of malts and the dryness of hops. While the hops add a dry sensation, there is also the wood that brings it upon the palate as well. The lingering finish shows the heat of the wood, with a warm whiskey feeling.
D: The overall taste is really great, but the amount of ABV that this brew packs is not masked well with the taste, there is a strong booze note in the body that slightly brings this rating down. Although a stellar beer, this one is

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oaked Arrogant Bastard
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. dark, cloudy mahogany color. light amount of head which is tan in color. faint lacing.

S: very yeasty aromas. strong hoppy citrus aroma. some earthy tones with some top soil. some sweet malts in the mix, almost biscuity.

T: such a difference in flavor than Arrogant Bastard. some vanilla and smokey oak tones are present, which masks some other flavors. sweet malts with a well balanced array of hops that tingle the palate.

M: a little dry, at least drier than regular Arrogant Bastard, but a good overall mouthfeel nonetheless. smooth and almost creamy.

D: so good, but a little too hyped. very smooth and drinkable.

Photo of marcpal
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: Mahogany read with a large thick cloudy dark head. Lacing all over the place and had a stronghold the whole beer.

S: Hops, malt and plenty of sweet fruit. Vanilla was the most overtaking. Inviting almost with some cherry phenols.

T: Theres the wood with the hops. The sweet hops were paired so nicely with the oakey flavorings- the vanilla mostly. Outfreakingstanding. The malt is intense for such a low abv in terms of others that just dont have what this one does.

M: Coating of the hops. Carbonation there but not too much, great texture.

D: Complexity and intricacy is through the roof. This beer is flat out fantastic. Such a smooth taste, didnt think the AB could be improved on. Not too strong to not be able to enjoy several.

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of treyrab
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this multiple times. Very close to its non oak aged brother.

Pours a clear New Orleans Saints gold with a solid white head. Smell is definitely much drier than the non oak aged version. Tons of pine hops, grass, and hints of fresh medium-toast oak. Taste is nice bitter pine hops as well as the dry medium-toast oak. Not much caramel or underlying malt qualities. I prefer this to the non oak version A) because I really like how much drier this is due to the oak and B) this is a little more hop-forward than the other version.

Overall, a great beer.

Photo of mtrog313
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of phisig137
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful ruby color, with a substantial rocky head, that diapates slowy with tons of lacing.... Looks great in the glass, plus anything coming out of a 3 liter bottle wins points just for being cool.

Smell is malty, caramel, and hops. little else to speak of.

Flavor is surprisingly subdued... Malt up front, with hint of vanilla and oak, finishing solidly bitter from the hops. Oddly, I find this to be more bitter than the regular bastard, yet not have the same hop flavor or amora. Mouthfeel is rather thin, but still substantial. Drinkability is moderate.

Oddly, I prefer the standard Arrogant Bastard over the oaked version. I had such hig hopes for this, but it just didn't quite deliver. A solidly good beer all around, but not nearly as good as I had hoped... IMO, save your money and stick with the standard A.B.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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