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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,850 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,850
Reviews: 1,835
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 156
Gots: 406 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

PaulyB83, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev -5%

12oz bottle, goblet, best by date of 8/8/10.

Impenetrably hazy brown, orange amber with a lovely tight knit brown sugar butter cream head. The head is like the crema on a well made Americano.

Unsurprisingly, due to the age, the aroma does not showcase aggressive hops any longer; floral, faint pineapple and pine, yes. Also vanilla, brown sugar, diacetyl, orange oil, alcohol.

Characteristic Arrogant Bastard brown sugar, diacetyl (English yeast), and bitter alcohol. The finish is heavy lingering bitterness with hints of pine and grapefruit pith. What the oak (and age) seem to have done is smooth and integrate, add a tinge of oak and vanilla. This does score a solid 4 for taste, but extra fuss, money, etc do not seem justified for this beer over the classic Bastard.

Smooth, heavy mouthfeel with a glorious carbonation level.

The bitterness will be appreciated by IPA/IBU lovers. It's good but you might be better served by a good 'ol bomber of the genitor beer.

brewerburgundy, Oct 01, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

mattboyer182, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Rudgers73
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Nice 3+ finger head. Fluffy and tan. The beer is a deep reddish brown (more red than brown) with not much visible carbonation. As it settles the aroma fills the air. Sweet citrus, very mellow, round, and smooth. Buttery hops. and now a taste... Wow. I've had arrogant bastard before but the oaked is SO much better. It's silky smooth and flavorful without having that abrasive tang that regular AB has. It has a thick and smooth mouthfeel that warms your tongue. Better than I expected, I was thinking it was one of those overrated beers that people only thought they liked because it was expensive. Not the case at all. This beer kicks some serious ass.

Rudgers73, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

appearance - mahogany color with thick white head

smell - oak, , pine, nuts

taste - oak, pine, molasses, nuts, hops

mouthfeel - bitter, medium to full bodied, high carbonation, bitter again in the aftertaste

drinkability - the mouthfeel of this leads it to be a one and done proposition

keithmurray, Nov 09, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Shmeal, Aug 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

davesway10, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Iowacraft, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

sbanacho, May 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

fsck, Jun 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Barnsley, Jul 28, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

Bottled sample shared with trevorwideman. Murky amber in colour with strong aromas of dark caramel, pine, white grapefruit, vanilla, almond, and a hint of raisin. Very woody in the mouth (both fresh cut wood and bark), red grape skins, a bit of port (probably the combination of the caramel and grape elements), with a cookie like malt character coming through near the finish. There’s a citrus fruit + woody astringency that balances out the malt in a very interesting way. I think I like this beer a bit better than it's non-oaked counterpart. Thanks trev!

fisherman34, Apr 21, 2007
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3.8/5  rDev -9.7%

This oaked bastard pours murky brown in color with a thick light tan head.
The smell is very similar to the regular arrogant bastard, but with a slight sense of oak. It’s mostly fruity and citrus hop aromas.
The flavor begins with some caramel malt, then moves to citrus and piney hops with a slight alcohol presence. The oak is mostly present in the aftertaste.
Mouth fell is medium in body, creamy and moderately carbonated.
Another winner from stone.

Naes, Nov 27, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

sneezye, Jul 13, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +4%

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

Digimaika2, Aug 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5%

fivetime, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Kevlee722, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

ReeseMax3, Jan 26, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

A-Pours a dark murky amber with an off white head that stays for a long time. It left some very impressive lacing the length of the glass.

S-Caramel was what stood out to me, but I could tell there was a nice balance between hops and malt.

T-Much like the nose caramel, toffee, with a perfect balance between hops and malts. A hint of oak and vanilla crept in when it warmed and I could also notice some alcohol.

M-Very thick and somewhat on the syrupy side.

D-This beer is much bolder than I remembered. It was all I could do to finish the pint over the course of the meal. It is definitely a sipper.

Overall, this is a very good beer that is a must try for all Beer Advocates. I was really excited to see this on tap at Out West Steakhouse in Kernersville, NC.

thegodfather2701, Apr 12, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +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.

chodinheaven, May 31, 2011
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1/5  rDev -76.2%

Pillowburn, May 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

mlefebvre7, Jan 10, 2014
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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