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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

4,930 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,930
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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Photo of JeffSuttonTX
5/5  rDev +19%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

mlefebvre7, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of hoplover82
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amazingly clear red rose color with a very creamy off white head that has very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is a very balanced blend of oak and pine hops and slightly burned caramel.

The flavor is much of the same except of coarse the hefty hefty bitterness that comes like a train. Some sweet bicuit dough as well comes into play. But the pine-y hops I think shine through it all. Along with a woody oak finish to top if off for good measure.

The mouthfeel could not be any creamier, HUGE, yet has a refreshing hoppy bitter finish that lingers forever.

Because of the amount of bitterness in this beer, it is very drinkable. Quite refreshing I might add. Palate cleansing. Very drinkable!

hoplover82, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of jonathaniler
4/5  rDev -4.8%

jonathaniler, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of bbrown12
4/5  rDev -4.8%

bbrown12, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Jmamay22
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber with an inch deep pecan shell colored frothy head that settles to a thin cap. Smells of spicy American made hops with a sweetened edge of dark sugar.

Though this beer is certainly hop forward the oak has helped dull the sharper edges to create a more well rounded, yet classically American ale. The mouthfeel is full, rich and fitting of the brew. All in all a dangerously drinkable and enjoyable beer. Another winner from Stone.

Jmamay22, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of jesus808
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

jesus808, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of blitz134
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to sample this...12oz bottle from jayjaye as an extra in a recent trade...thanks...

Garnet red body, nice and clear. The typical Stone head retention and size. Initially a solid three fingers of dense khaki that reduced to a thin creamy foam layer. Beautiful lace grips the glass all over.

Aroma is lighter than I remember with the original. Some caramel sweetness. A little floral, citrus and a touch of pine hops. Seems similar to the original.

Taste comes through with a lot more of the oak, it has a more robust wood flavor than some of the other oak beers I've had. Lacks that harsh woodiness, which is a good thing. Caramel body again with some dinner roll malt flavors. Pine resin and light citrus hops round it out. Good stuff once again.

Nice full mouthfeel. Low carbonation doesn't overrun the flavors. Overall the drinkability is superb. I could drink this all the time. Its less upfront than the original and a bit smoother overall without the harsh hops. Good stuff.

blitz134, May 01, 2007
Photo of sneezye
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

sneezye, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of LSUPT
3/5  rDev -28.6%

LSUPT, Nov 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Sparty55, Nov 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

DaveRinn, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Theogre83, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of kshankar
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep and rich reddish amber with a off white creamy head with good retention. Nice lacing. Looks good, esp. the foam.

Aroma: Wood is subtle but I can notice it. There is also vanilla and a good hop smell. Some maltiness too.

Taste: Malts, and then the oak/wood which seems to really make this interesting. Hops do a good job in this one, every flavor blends in extremely well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and goes down VERY smoothly. Medium bodied

Drinkability: Regardless of the relatively high ABV, this is easy to drink. Tastes good, nice body, and creaminess. Probably wouldn't go through more than a couple, but its certainly easy to drink. Recommended

kshankar, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of sneth019
5/5  rDev +19%

sneth019, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of hreb
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Slightly red in the glass when held up to the light. Beer pours a dark amber brown with a medium dark tan head that quickly falls.

Aroma is VERY nice: toasty caramel, very sweet, slightly nutty. First sip is very strong. Alcohol. Blunt and bitter. Carbonation is up front but as the taste lingers it becomes a little bit more complex, earthy. The aftertaste is, as expected, the added oak for this variety.

It's got a not-quite-IPA bitterness, along with a huge malt profile. I'm not sure they're really going for balance here, but they're not too far off. But it's not a great beer, it's just strong.

A pricey 6-pack. When will Stone make an arrogant bastard English style mild ale? Huh? I didn't realize English Mild was too American-Mass-Market for them. Or maybe their palette is not sophisticated enough.

hreb, Sep 01, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mattboyer182, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

wellsnb, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +19%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

IPAFrankieH, Jul 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Fusebuddy, Mar 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

420Rick, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of blakesell
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer is from the first time Oaked Bastard was made into 6 packs. Severely limited at the time and bottle is probably about 2 years old. Poured from 120z bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

Appearance- Pours an amber brown with a 1.5 finger head of splotchy foam. Red hues shine through the light. Lacing is virtually not there.

Smell- Cascade and Centennial hops. Big oak and thick 60 lovibond toasted malts coming to a toffee-like center with more over the top hoppiness in the finish.

Taste- Malt and oak sweetness with a big hoppy smash coming in later as if hit with a rubber mallet. Oak lingers giving vanilla and cashew tones with more lingering walnuts and bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Big carbonation and thick mouthfeel. Overly cloying with hops. Somewhat warming and sticky.

Drinkability- Not greatly drinkable. There was once a time when I could go to a bar and drink nothing but the bastard, but I think time has run it's course on me and no longer will the bastard set me free. I love other beers from stone, but arrogant has eluded me in my old age. Even on oak and with age, I can't say that this is the best beer in town anymore.

blakesell, Mar 05, 2008
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,930 ratings.