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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

4,927 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,927
Reviews: 1,837
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 159
Gots: 430 | 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  rDev -4.8%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of PaulyB83
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

PaulyB83, Jun 27, 2014
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
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 jeffwright
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jeffwright, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of cyclonece09
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass. Pours slightly cloudy red with little head. Smells of floral and cirtis notes with a nice deep fruity bouquet. Tastes of berries overwhelmingly with slight citrus but still has some lingering bite. Beer is medium bodied nicely carbonated good bite. Overall a superb beer.

cyclonece09, Nov 19, 2013
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
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

dspinler, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of sacrelicio
5/5  rDev +19%

sacrelicio, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

switzer, Feb 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

nyrblue2, Jun 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of BarrelO
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Deep garnet color. Two finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing.

S: Oak, caramel, vanilla, and citrus.

T: All about the oak, which is kind of a mixed bag overall. On the one hand, it does a good job of smoothing out the hoppy bitterness. On the other hand, it kind of drowns out the malt. Finish is bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Full-bodied with carbonation that explodes in the mouth.

D: I remember this being a lot better when I had it in the past. Before, I would have said that this is definitely better than regular AB. Now, I'm not so sure. Maybe I got an old bottle. Regardless, this is quite outstanding. If it were a bit bigger, it would be an ideal digestif.

BarrelO, Apr 18, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

csurowiec, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy brown body that gives a one finger white head and dies within twenty seconds, no carbonation to be seen rising. Some ringy lacing appears.

S: wonderful amounts of oak but not overbearing and has some hops appear.

T: well balanced between the oak and the hops and malts done extremely well.

M: light to medium, no carbonation was felt, sessionable

O: ok, well, I thought the "arrogant bastard" was just an ok beer, but this is way better. Everything is perfectly balanced. Personally, I think the "oaked" version of this makes the regular "arrogant bastard" look like a kindergartener.

BeerKangaroo, Jul 11, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

jmathis, Jun 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

tviz33, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of BBM
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to finally try the Arrogant Bastard. This time, oaked. The beer pours a deep brown with ruby highlights. A thin white head rests atop it. The aroma is exquisite. Dark fruits, big hops, and oak scent, all blend together for a wonderful nose.

The taste is just as goodas the smell. Complex hops hit the palate first; certainly dark fruits, pine, and floral. Then the malt backbone comes through to balance out the flavor, followed by a slightly bitter finish. Thoughout the beer there is an oak/woody taste that just compliments it perfectly. What a wonderfully complex and interesting beer.

Mouthfeel is full, but the finish is a little dry. Highly drinkable. Highly reccomended. I shouldn't have had this one before the original, because there's no where for this beer to go but down. An absolutely outstanding brew.

BBM, Nov 25, 2006
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Chris77McGrath, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

BSuter, Apr 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

BarrelAgedG, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

kobeer, Jul 23, 2012
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,927 ratings.