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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,738 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,738
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 144
Gots: 355 | 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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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

12-25-2013 02:02:29 | More by aqualung23
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opwog

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was cask conditioned "American Oak." I have to say that I was not a big fan of the Oaked Bastard when I had it in the bottle, but I thought that I should still give this one a shot.

Alas, I am still not a fan of the Oaked Bastard on cask either, but for completely different reasons. Where I found the bottled version to be too tight and overly strong with the wood taste and feel, I found the cask to actually be a nicer balance of wood to hops and malts. The head was better and lasted quite a while for a cask. But the biggest problem here is that I think that Bastard is a a beer in any form that has to be served cold. Many beers are fine (or even better) at room temperature, but Bastard is not one of them (IMHO). Overall, as I said before, the balance of elements was better on this one than other Bastards, but that still doesn't mean that it is well balanced across the horizon of all ales.

Serving type: cask

08-10-2008 19:02:31 | More by opwog
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goschool

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lucky Devil's in Hollywood.

Appearance: The pour is dark brown with fiery orange highlights and a small layer of tan head that lasts for quite a while.

Smell: Grapefruity and floral hops battle for supreme control of the aroma with dark malts and soft woody aroma.

Taste: The oaky flavor wussifies the arrogance in the flavor profile. Its brother's sticky dark malts and citrusy hop bitterness are still in here, but everything is so smooth. Very different from the original.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and the texture is luxuriously smooth, but still dry like the standard issue AB.

Drinkability: I was in one of the most uncomfortable parts of LA, the service was awkward, and my meal was overpriced, but I forgot all about that when I was drinking this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2006 07:31:23 | More by goschool
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear red-brown color with a light tan head. The head itself is frothy, about 2 fingers, with great head retention and leaving amazing amount of lace on the glass.

S: A complex & very pleasing aroma of oak, sweet vanilla, pine hops, caramel & toasted malts.

T: A massive piney hops assault on my tongue. A bitter aftertaste with vanilla hints from the oak. Mild malts are in the background, but are hidden with the aggressive hoppy flavor.

M: A creamy texture, full body, and a carbonation that was tingly on my tongue. Much needed after the brutal hop attack it endured.

D: I don't see myself drinking a lot of these because I'm not a big fan of the style. Put that aside, it's a great beer for its style, couldn't drink it alone.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 23:49:28 | More by BrewCrew2010
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a deep amber, clear body with a thick, gushing off white head that reduces very slowly and leaves chunky, sticky foam 1/2" thick on the sides of the glass. Very appealing.

S- Very floral with citrus zest, a big malty caramel backbone, oak barrel, and pine sap.

T- The oak chips really punch you in the face the second this beer hits thee tongue - lots of vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch upfront. This progresses into an aggressive hop bite with lots of pine, resin, citrus, and floral notes. The finish is borderline astringent. All of this is sitting on a medium-heavy roasted malt backbone that gives it subtle notes of toffee, chocolate and caramel.

M- Medium-heavy body, medium carbonation.

Overall a hugely complex beer. The oak chips really take this beer to a whole new level and add a lot of nice flavors. I could probably only drink one of these in a sitting but it's good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 23:56:47 | More by gcamparone
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Lambocalrisien

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

07-14-2013 12:16:03 | More by Lambocalrisien
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

5/5  rDev +19%

05-10-2013 13:58:04 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a crystal goblet, freshness date marked (though not clearly) on bottle. Cap tells me that I am not worthy.

Pours with minimal head but leaves a bit of lace behind. Body is charred brown when viewed in low light, and transforms into a amber-garnet gem when held up to light. Crystal clear.

Nose is melted toffee swimming with raisins, currents, and brown sugar lumps. Very sugary and sweet, past the point of ripe fruit. Wow. This bottle is older, perhaps almost a year since it was bottled, but it has been in a cooler in the store since then. I expect that the hops will have faded some and produced more fruitiness and sugar-sweet flavors.

The hops are still present, but they are dripping with melted brown sugar. This sweetness is somewhat balanced by the leftover hop bitterness. Other flavors present are toffee, plum, blood orange slices, and possibly a faint hint of cherries.

Mouthfeel is medium and slick from the higher ABV. Goes down with a bit of protest to be leaving the mouth so soon. Overall the drinkability is very good. I keep thinking this is a higher ABV brew because of its complexity, so I have this mental warning about drinking it fast. At 7.2 it isn't a baby, but then isn't going to bury me either.

Conclusion: I have never had original AB, and have never had Oaked AB fresh. This bottle is very good as it is, and I imagine that it would be very good fresh as well. I have never liked Stone brewery, but can't help liking their beers as every one I try is well crafted and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 19:46:27 | More by allforbetterbeer
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rayjay

Hawaii

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$14 for a 6-pack at BevMo, after tax and CRV. I had to try it, simply because Stone gets so much hype. I've had some awesome Stone brews before (Arrogant Bastard wasn't one of them), but I've always felt that they had a following that was a bit too....loyal? You just have to try a beer you hear that much about!

First impression: 5-star head, stained brownish-white and clinging all over the glass. The nose is very subtle, and hints of dust.

This is the most gentle Arrogant Bastard I've ever had. The flavors all melt together in perfect harmony, something I've always thought the regular A.B. lacked.

This one's got a "brown bitterness" all over the palate. Dry bitter finish accompanied by some tannins. The fallout lasts a long time, and is exponentially bitter as time goes by.

The mouthfeel is soft, like many finely aged beers I've had. The body has the feel of hard water, with a slightly chalky aftertaste. The malts coat your tongue all the way down. Very subtle alcohol heat plays nice with the malts. Almost no percieved sweetness.

Cheers, Stone, this beer is great. It's almost everything I was looking to improve in the A.B. and more. Seek-find-drink this beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 06:39:18 | More by rayjay
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi light hazy brown colour. A very bold malt taste up front with a little sweetness of citrus and hops on the finish, and the oak was very subtle. The the little sweetness touch on the end of each taste was very refreshing. It took me a few sips to appriciate this beer fully, and I was sad when the pint glass was empty. Damn tasty beer, very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 23:55:19 | More by WeedKing4
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sonofliberty2

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-23-2013 12:33:39 | More by sonofliberty2
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-02-2013 04:44:41 | More by foxyaardvark27
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VaporDome

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-05-2013 22:22:38 | More by VaporDome
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Lupe

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany color with a tight creamy tan head. What starts as a finger and half of foam slowly settles to a thin sheet. Full rings of lace are left all along the sides of the glass. Such a visually appealing beer.

Aroma is a blend of floral, herbal, and citrus hops, some caramelized malts, and mild woodiness.

Well balanced and complex flavors. A quick dash of wood leads the way with caramel & citrus coming next. Strong hops step in and run the gamut of flavor - citrus, floral, herbal, mint, and pine. Not as strong of a bite as the original but more complex and developed. Juicy citrus shines with loads of grapefruit and orange. Malt sweetness comes in before a mild oaky finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Just enough crispness and a perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. Just a delicious beer that goes down quite easily. My palate may get exhausted, but I could throw a few of these back. Much smoother than the original.

I really like this beer. Nice to have a wood aged beer that is not a stout or aged in a liquor barrel. The oak is perfect with this beer, does not overpower and adds some mellowness and complexity. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 01:35:58 | More by Lupe
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Padron4KM

Arizona

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

12 oz bottle. Hazy amber orange with a thin head.

Grapefruit aromas dominate. Light caramel and vanilla appear as it warms.

Flavor is mostly grapefruity hops, with some light caramel. Oak is not very prevalent, except for a dry woodiness on the finish.

Not noticeably different than regular AB, maybe aging will bring out the oak more.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 05:41:33 | More by Padron4KM
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

A: Deep, dark reddish brown with a big, fluffy off-white head that is very chunky and laces very nicely.

S: Herbal, citrusy hops, smoked wood and some malt sweetness.

T: Herbal and citrus hops up front and a refreshingly (and surprisingly different, completely unexpected) big minty middle, with a smoked malty finish that gives way to a nice alcoholic finish.

M: Thick and creamy, very nice...

D: Oh my, this is almost too good. If you have not tried this brew yet, do yourself a favor and go grab one. Better yet, if you can get a case, do that...

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 00:50:57 | More by ujsplace
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form bottle into pint glass. Great dark amber color with a toasted cream head. Large head goes down to a nice, well-maintained head with great lacing.

Smell is great, lots of bright hops and a little hint of malt. No oak, which was a little disappointing, but the smell is wonderful regardless.

There is a good amount of hop up front and a nice sweet malty finish. There is a little oak in the finish, but not as much as I would have hoped.

The carbonation is lively and the beer has a enough body to stay interesting. The dryness of the hops and the lingering sweetness of the malt make you anticipate the next sip. Great feeling.

This is a very drinkable beer. I could see myself ordering a few at the bar and following them with a nice sweet stout. Cost is a little prohibitive, but it is a wonderful treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 03:31:02 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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BRD14

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-24-2013 00:47:54 | More by BRD14
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Cvescalante

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-11-2013 18:47:13 | More by Cvescalante
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fellowrs

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-22-2014 16:39:28 | More by fellowrs
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy, deep reddish-amber colored, with a fluffy tan head, moderate lacing.

S: Slighty citrus, earthy, smoky and fruity.

T&M: Medium bodied and extremely smooth. Very complex. Smoky charred oak, caramel, chocolate and coffee. Hops are lightly citrus.

As good as the on-tap version, maybe even better.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 19:12:52 | More by cdizinno
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boudreaux

Alabama

5/5  rDev +19%

02-22-2013 03:53:49 | More by boudreaux
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beerman207

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red in color with a nice two finger head and fantastic lacing

S: Some citrus, Oak, Vanilla, and even some malt coming through

T: Oak is the the biggest flavor coming through followed by citrus and a strong bitter.

M: Perfect body, medium cabonation.

D: This beer is great. The oak really balances out the brew. I haven't had the original but I'm not sure that I want to after having this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 02:41:24 | More by beerman207
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cynical1027

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-21-2012 00:58:03 | More by cynical1027
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. bottle was kept in refrigerator.

A- mildly hazy dark amber, with a thumbs width of creamy head
that dissipates very slowly leaving a lacing that covers the
entire glass. Looks very inviting.

S- hoppy with some mild oak.

T- Grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of caramel.

M- Kind of thick. Creamy, has good carbonation.

O- Good beer to end the day with.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 03:18:25 | More by rfbenavi80
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