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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,978 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,978
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 169
Gots: 453 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ACB, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Chuffbomb, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of beerphan
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pilsner
2006

Pours a hazed dark chestnut brown with an off white pillowy head that leaves sheets of lace. Carbonation appears robust. A fine looking brew.

Nose: Sweet citrus fruits of oranges and grapefruit, with hints of vanilla, and caramel malts.

Hops are prelavant with the citrus hops only slighted subdued with a thin malt backing. Citrus, oily and bitter on the finish with a slight smokey oak tinge.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Very good carbonation and a smooth ride.

Dangerously drinkable as alcohol is all but forgotten, but considerabley out of my price range for sessions, instead a tastey treat for special occasions.

beerphan, Jan 01, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to my boy, hurleymanvw, for giving me this brew after our tasting. Since we are going to have Stone here in GA soon, I figure it's time to drink this bad boy.

A- Deep, dark brown with mahogony and almond colors thrown in as highlights. No head to speak of; very oily looking, not much carbonation or 'sparkle' to this one yet.

S- Sweet from the malt to the tune of molasses and brown sugar but also hoppy and fruity. The alcohol warms you in the chest and the vanilla and oak round out the nose. Very complex and not overpowering; balanced but deep.

T- Wow, sweet up front but instantly after that, the hops hit you with a earthy and rich taste. The oak is thrown in mostly 3/4 of the way through and enhances the bitterness a little more and also adds a vanilla-like presence. It definitely puts a spin on things. The alcohol is subtle, but detectable in the final taste. Again, very complex but nothing over the top. All flavors meld together nice and evenly.

M- Oily and medium. Medium carbonation.

D- For the drink and the experience, it is very nice. A session beer it is not. I like it and will make it a staple in my fridge if we get this offering in my area.

MMAJYK, Sep 03, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into Atlas Mason jar.

A: Nice 3 finger brown head. Over a nice dark body.

S: Those arrogant hops and arrogant malts.

T: Orange-clover-beeswax, orange zest, lemon grass, bitterness of an oak sapling branch, caramel apples, and that hop bitterness that would make someone whose never tasted hops cringe, but is oh so good when you develop a taste for it. All this ends in a crisp dry bitterness.

M: Good

D: This is a strong beer but I would say a sixer of a game of cards makes you a man. but only if you motorcycle home with a cigar in your mouth trailing a shower of sparks. A good cigar masks even this beers odeur.

baos, Dec 17, 2008
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3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

a - pours ruby red with an inch or so of sudsy, cream colored head. after calming i get a thick ring of foam and thick rings of lacing in the glass.

s - bready with some grapefruit, tart sourness, faint grassiness.

t - toffee malt with a sourdough breadiness to it. strong pine resin bitterness. i'm not getting any oak flavors at all.

m - medium in body, slightly oily, adequate carbonation, finer co2 profile.

o - decent, but i don't see what this offers over regular arrogant bastard. certainly not worth the higher price tag. pass.

divineaudio, Mar 19, 2012
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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.

gcamparone, Apr 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

CB_Crowe, Nov 07, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish brown. Off-white head

S- Hoppy and slight malty sweetness.

T- Hoppy, but not to intense. Sweet malty taste. Slight roasted malt aftertaste. The oaked arrogant bastard seems less harsh than a non-oaked.

M- Incredibly smooth, with a medium to full body. I can only taste this beer and nothing before or after. Light carbonation which seems fitting with the complex tastes.

D- At 7.2% I'm not sure I could have too many of these, but it definitely worth it. Complimented my meal quite well.

gpogo, Apr 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

toppoop, Jun 24, 2014
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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  rDev -4.8%

jonathaniler, Apr 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

MattGrimley, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

kidzord, Aug 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

420Rick, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly brown, with a hint of red. Nice two finger brown head.

Spicy vanilla oak dominates the nose with a supporting cast of American hop citrus and caramel maltiness.

Vanilla oak flavors meld with a fruit maltiness up front. Kind of like vanilla and peaches. This quickly turns into the intense citrus and lingering bitterness that I expect from regular Bastard.

Full oak induced mouthfeel, very smooth and fulfilling. This beer is great, it has alot of oak character and is surprisingly drinkable despite the cacophany of flavors pounded into the palate.

nortmand, Dec 07, 2006
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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%

earlholman, Jun 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19%

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

EJJ1848, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

erha2, May 23, 2012
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mattboyer182, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

bbrown12, Jan 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

ParkbrauFan, Apr 21, 2014
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,978 ratings.