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OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale - Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co.

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OAKED Arrogant Bastard AleOAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale

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1,865 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,865
Hads: 5,194
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 208
Gots: 567 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale | 7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

Too many strive towards complacency as a goal. We grow up thinking that the ability to become complacent is the equivalence of success in life. True Arrogant Bastards know that this could not be further from the truth. The real beauty, richness and depth in life can only be found if the journey through life itself is looked upon as a constant chance to learn, live and find life’s passion. Passion threatens the complacent, and fills them with fear. We, on the other hand, seek it out. To this end we bring you OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale. Another reward for those seeking new sources of passion, and another point of dissension for those who are not.
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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber brown pour (18) with beige head; some cap retention; thick lacing; excellent clarity. Aromas of oak, hops and caramel malt. Flavors include oak, hops and caramel malt; bitter middle and oaky finish. Moderate carbonation and medium lite, dry mouthfeel. Overall, a little too dry and wooden for me.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark mahogany color, with a white tan head, some fingers of lacing on the glass, with some carbonation bubbles.

S: Bready malt, piney hops, a little bit of onion, some citrus in the background.

T: Toffee, bready malt, quite a bit of piney bitterness, little bit of oak and vanilla at the end.

F: Medium body, medium carbonation

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Photo of gandres
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 22 ounce bottle to wine glass(from Costco 4 bottle pack)
Bottled on 10/15/2015 enjoy by 10/13/2016
Appearance: Dark orange brown, dark amber large head, some lacing
Aroma: slight aroma of hops, toasted malt stronger
Taste: Bitter throughout, some sweetness
Mouth feel:
Overall: Very good to excellent beer

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling one day before fresh by 1/7/16

I would call it burgundy with a red shine when putting the glass up to the light.

The smell does remind me of the original but the oak completes it.

On the taste, in my opinion the oak does more harm than good for some reason. There is an off flavor I didn't experience with the original, so I can only assume its the oak.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle included in the Bastard Box that hit LCBOs last month. Bottled Oct 8 2015 and best enjoyed by Jan 7 2016. Served slightly chilled.

Looks a lot like standard Bastard - foggy copper-amber hue with brick red highlights, and equipped with a nearly one-inch crown of creamy, buff-coloured head. Great retention; it lasts the better part of ten minutes before receding completely, coating the glass with a messy layer of lacing as it steadily creeps ever downward. A lumpy cap and generous collar survive afterwards. Looks perfect to me, but the aroma is comparatively humble - light notes of buttery oak and vanilla come through, with the remainder being a toned-down derivative of the base beer. Bready, toasty malt and toffee/caramel sweetness, with additional notes of pine resin, citrus and dried orchard fruit.

This strong ale has a familiar backbone consisting of lightly toasted bready malts and toffee sweetness, combining with a hint of prune fruitiness. The hops rush in on the back end, providing that intense bitterness you've come to expect from this brand: oily pine resin and pithy grapefruit citrus. Finishes with floral notes, ethanol and woody oak chip flavours that dry the palate out almost completely, leaving an astringent feeling on the tongue. Medium-bodied, with middling carbonation levels that gently prickle the palate, resulting in a relatively soft, creamy mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 4.27, a high A-. Oaked Arrogant Bastard is more of a sideways step than a forward one - it's a very nice beer, but IMO I'm not sure if the oak chips really improved it much. The relentless resiny bitterness and bold grapefruit citrus flavours are still there, as is the equally-sturdy malt backbone. The oak chips serve mostly to dry the finish out considerably, playing mostly a supporting role in the flavour profile itself. I encourage everyone who enjoyed the standard Bastard to give this one a shot, as it's certainly a good variant on a rock-solid theme.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO as part of a 4pk of 650ml bottles for $35.00. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high off white head that is gone in seconds. Very dark almost red colour and filtered clear

S- Good malt base

T- Missing the oak until the very end. Not a big flavor this brew. Pretty much an arrogant bastard for all intensive purposes.

M- A touch thin. Dry

O- Not a great beer and I was hoping for more. Will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with........ Eggs benedict! Hash on the side


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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany red-brown, with a thick creamy khaki colored head. Smells like dark caramel, oak, vanilla, pineapple, coconut, fruity light citrus, and grassy hops. Tastes like bitter grapefruit, tangy orange citrus, burnt oak, caramelized brown sugar, with light grassy herbal hops. Feels light bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonation. Overall a really good strong ale with oak.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you have seen my review for AB...well here you go for the Oaked version (from the Bastard Box).

This is identical to AB in a lot of ways except for flavor. Seriously,a seasoned palate is best to break this one down. It is AB, but the tannins from the oak amplify the bitterness. But, wait! There is more! The char and oak contribute a level of smokiness and booziness (perhaps bourbon?) that meet the base recipe of AB that I am having trouble putting into words--at the very least, it is incredibly enjoyable. Any person who has cut their teeth on Bourbon or IPA's will appreciate the subtle complexities here.

Last Words: This is downright delicious! I still think AB is a better QPR, but the oak treatment here makes this a better beer. So smooth, so complex, and downright Arrogant. Sounds like friend I'd like to know!

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Photo of kevinlater
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle into snifter. "bottled *illegible, enjoy by 01/07/16". consumed dec 27 2016

a: nice dark mahogany-chestnut with bone coloured head, same as arrogant bastard

s: bread and toffee with supporting hoppy grapefruit and orange aromas. vanilla hints. detectable alcohol

t: not as fruity as the nose, but still has the malt flavours. really strong hop bitterness and a slight alcohol presence. minimal oak presence

m: sticky medium feel with a crushing palate-drying ending. moderate carbonation

o: the stone bastard box recently came to the LCBO. i had the arrogant bastard last week and wasn't too happy with it. it just felt over-aggressive and not pleasant, with subdued hop fruitiness and amplified bitterness (okay, maybe that's what stone was aiming for). of course, this could be a freshness issue. seems to be the case with this beer too. i'm quite disappointed with the nearly non-existent oak flavour. not sure how to feel about the double bastard and depth-charged double bastard sitting in my cellar now...

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This stuff pours beautifully, a deep mahogany ruby brown with a fluffy vanilla head. Very subtle aroma but then you taste it and the typical Bastard flavor is right there but wait - there's a very unique woody presence that is really soothing. This is a non typical Bastard, malty with I guess I'd say a bourbon note. Leaves you wanting another. PLEASE make more!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear ruby-brown, off-white velvet head, plenty of lace. Aroma is pretty muted; wood, mild butter, some toasty malt, half-assed pine resin hops. Flavor is akin to a barleywine; warm caramel malt, oak, light vanilla, balancing bitterness but only mild actual hop flavor. Warm, veering towards a cloying richness but just not powerful enough to get there. Rich mouthfeel, muted carbonation, full body.
Quite different from the rest of the AB family. This was... calm. Tasty, but not big, aggressive, intense, or anything else along those lines. The wood masked a lot of the hop presence and even some of the malt, without adding much itself. Good beer, but a letdown compared to its kinsmen and my expectations of face melting.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 5.46/22 oz bottle ($ 0.248/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Bomber bottled 10/09/15, BB 01/07/16 at 42 degrees into a snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma weak aroma of oak
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, frothy, slowly diminishing to a two mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing excellent –complete wide rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body – deep mahogany, clear, some effervescence
Flavor a little oaky, just slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good as always for the arrogant bastard beers, but the oak at first cuts through the sweetness wonderfully. Towards the end, the oak is a little much. This is still a great beer though.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a job the oak chips do here. I've always liked AB ale, but I always thought it was a little harsh on the aftertaste. The oak totally mellows everything. Highly drinkable and great overall balance.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz from "Bastard Box" poured into a nonic pint.
I didn't think Arrogant Bastard could get any better. The oak mellows it a bit and makes it percect winter sipper. I hope they make the Bastard Box a part of their annual releases.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours looking just like the regular ABA. Aroma yield some oak, a nice addition, compliments the Chinook hops. Taste, solid, what this adds is a dry tannin vibe from the oak, in addition to the heft that this beer always has, its a welcome changeup. Wouldn't mind drinking this, the bourbon and the regular version in a row.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful deep garnet with a two finger beige head. Aroma is oak, sweet and toasted malt, citrus, bitterness. Taste follows with oak, pine, earth, toasted malt, huge bitterness, with just the edge taken off by the sweetness and woody nutiness of the oak. Mouthfeel is medium and perfect for this beer. Overall, just a terrific beverage and my favorite iteration of the bastard family, could drink this every week.

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Photo of Longhorn08
1.49/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Just a buttery barrel mess. I've yet to drain pour a beer but this was the closest I've ever come. The base beer and barrel flavor don't mesh well at all.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very dark amber almost bordering on brown. The head is one finger high and off white/khaki colored. It has ecxellent retention amd leaves very good lacing. The smell is oak, sweet and bready malts and some citrus hops. Taste is the same with a huge amount of bitterness and complexity, almost no alcohol to speak of. Feel is medium and oily with decent carbonation. Overall another excellent stone offering.

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Photo of obrike
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Never had this one...until today. My daughter bought the 4 bomber gift box for my birthday. What a girl!

Very similar to its brother Arrogant Bastard, but a bit smoother feel.

Another stellar effort from Stone.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass

A: caramel with great clarity and a creamy fat head with splotches of a tannish head in the white

S: has a rotten fruit smell almost a wet hay field after it has been cut smell with a sweet burnt sugar and light fig smell, toffee, caramel with almost an astringent metallic bite

T: Huge bitterness some of that burnt sugar and fruitiness light sweetness some of that astringent metallic but a lot of a fig, date, raisin

M: creamy light carbonation not syrupy I would have assumed this would have been syrupy

O: This is not bad I don't know why I like it better than Arrogant Bastard because I wasn't a fan but this is maybe smoother creamier feel. I like the taste better too I can't pick up the oak but it seems to make this beer less medicinal than the regular Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A wickedly bitter Oaked IPA. You have to be ready for it. Sometimes it's perfect, sometimes it's just overwhelmingly bitter, but that's not its fault. It is what it is, you just have to be ready. It compares favorably with DFH Burton Baton, both hoppy Oaked Ales. I find the Burton to be a little sweeter and maltier with even better mouth feel. But the Burton is 10% ABV and boozier. Both are great, and both are currently in my fridge. I've taken a few aside and aged them both. The Burton definitely ages better, in fact, I would say the Arrogant Bastard did not age well. Get it fresh and enjoy it for what it is, a no apology Oaked hop bomb. I very much prefer Oaked Arrogant Bastard to its non-Oaked version.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:1/2” light tan head, reddish amber, brilliant, leaves sheets of lace on the glass Flavor: strong hop flavors that are pleasant and lingering that cause a drying astringency in the finish. The finish is drying and there is some vanilla from the oak that brings out some of the malt flavors. The hop bitterness lingers and it is aggressively hopped but has a rich malt base and some light fruit flavors that emerge at the beginning of the finish and then dissipate. Like a bitter tonic. Mouthfeel: Medium to medium full body. Medium carbonation Overall: A big beer with big flavor that can handle itself.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark reddish brown under a 1-inch thick cream colored head which leaves spotty lace. Malty aroma and flavors of brown sugar, malts, some sweetness with an alcohol finish.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wanted it for a while..

Look - Dark amber/coper with a large lace-full head.

Smell - The hop profile is quick and to the point, followed up by the whole oak deal.

Taste - No explaination needed, follows the nose completely.

Overall - Solid unitl with an easy oakiness.

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OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale from Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,865 ratings.