OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale
Arrogant Consortia

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Arrogant Consortia
California, United States
American Strong Ale
Ranked #36
Ranked #2,895
4.2 | pDev: 11.9%
Sep 27, 2021
Mar 15, 2003
OAKED Arrogant Bastard AleOAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale
Notes: 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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Rated: 3.99 by Daneve76 from Australia

Sep 27, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska

Apr 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 fl. oz. bottle, thanks to my son Steinar. ABV is 7.2%. Cloudy dark brown colour, big and creamy tan head. Very nice aroma of fruity American hops and oak, blackcurrants, marmelade, some vinous notes too. The mouthfeel is first soft and creamy and the flavour is first fruity smooth and alluring, then a treacherous and distinct hoppy bitterness sets in, accompanied by oaky and smoky notes. Very bitter aftertaste. An "arrogant" beer, perhaps - but not quite as arrogant as I feared. I am worthy!
Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 4.63 by Anacross from Oregon

Dec 24, 2020
Rated: 3 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 24, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming

Apr 29, 2020
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 04, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 4 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Oct 27, 2019
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Reviewed from notes.

Pours a reddish brown from the 22 ounce bottle, excellent clarity. Off white, foamy head that was generous and lasted for a time before reducing to a nice, foamy cap.

The smell is not as aggressive as anticipated. I get a sweet impression - caramel/toffee and sweet dark fruits - raisin/fig maybe date. There's enough resinous pine to give a promise of a hefty bitterness, but there are also softer floral notes, an earthiness, a very slight citrus zest. The malts weigh in with biscuits and toast. Spicy like cloves.

The taste delivers on what's promised by the smell. Caramel and toffee lead followed by sweet dark fruit. This rides on the back of the toast and biscuit flavors. Then other flavors come along - a woodiness from the oak, floral, earthy, definite citrus zest resembling orange, and big but not unpleasant sharp bitterness. No sign of the ABV whatsoever. While it could be jagged, everything comes together for a smooth experience.

Everything lingers into the aftertaste. It's got a nice, sticky feel without being overly cloying. Carbonation seems medium and appropriate for this beer. Smooth and creamy. Oddly the beer "feels good".

Overall, this was a smooth-drinking flavor bomb. Layered and integrated very nicely even with the substantial kick of bitterness. Well done.
Sep 03, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jun 02, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 4 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

Mar 03, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by BeenTired from Pennsylvania

Feb 08, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by BradleySig from California

Jan 08, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Dec 22, 2018
Rated: 4 by grapeshops from California

Dec 22, 2018
Rated: 4.26 by gmale9000 from New York

Dec 06, 2018
Rated: 2.27 by jeschaefer from Texas

Sep 29, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by dsippel from Illinois

Sep 27, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by bobstockwell from Massachusetts

Sep 27, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by dwiech from Texas

Sep 26, 2018
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Rated by chrisakavern from California

4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The Oak Aging just adds to the flavor of this already powerful ale
Sep 26, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by JohnDon from Texas

Sep 26, 2018
Rated: 4.39 by Kshind59 from Ohio

Sep 01, 2018
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From notes 1/25/12: Pours a rich but murky brown with a reddish tint. Develops a 1.5 inch, frothy, tan, moderately lasting head that leaves nice clumpy lacing. Aroma is resinous pine hops, oaky vanilla, dark malt roast and a hint of toffee. Taste is piney hops up front and woody vanilla with hints of toffee and caramel. The "oaking" process does something that greatly subdues the fig, prune, molasses bread and fruitcake flavors found in Arrogant Bastard original. Starts hoppy and bittersweet but immediately increases in bitterness to finish dry and quite bitter. The bitterness lingers long in the aftertaste.
May 15, 2018
Rated: 4 by SharkNado from Pennsylvania

Apr 25, 2018
Rated: 4.07 by dawardster from Ohio

Apr 18, 2018
Rated: 3.41 by TheCrowsEye from California

Apr 11, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by Afeo from Colorado

Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Mar 08, 2018
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

2.86/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is pure hops and barley. Dark copper color, but translucent. Small white head. Thin feel. Low carbonation. A bit too strong and bitter, though I think the oaked version of this beer us a touch smoother than the original. Some good flavors, but all over the place. The pieces don’t come together here.

Jan 11, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Keeling from California

Dec 28, 2017
Rated: 3.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts

Oct 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by goalie35 from Canada (AB)

Jul 17, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 3.92 by poisoneddwarf from Idaho

Jun 05, 2017
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Reviewed by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A- Probably the best write up anyone will come across on a beer bottle haha!! This pours with a great caramel colored head that is dense, starts off about a finger thick and has awesome retention. The beverage itself is muddied, brown and with plenty of visible suspended yeast particulate. The carbonation seems to be plentiful and smooth. As for lacing, it is really nice, with lots of small circular clumps of foam stickily hanging on to the side of the glass.

S- First impression.....wood chips, and of campfire! Beyond this there is vanilla, slight coffee and chocolate notes, some dense dried apple, caramel and toffee sweet malts and the finish is rummy sweet yet bitter from the hops....a very nice balancing act between rich & malty, oak, and bitter.

T- The flavors follow suit to the aromas, with the richness of the rum coming through very well....almost liqueur like. I am getting beautiful caramel/toffee sweetness, vanilla, oak cask, some campfire smoke. The bulk of the beer is yeasty, bread like, of cream, nuttiness.....just a full spectrum of balanced goodness!

M/O- Mouthfeel is creamy medium/full bodied, and the carbonation is about as smooth as one can get! I give this full marks for drinkability and I'd love nothing more than to enjoy more than one of these delectable Ales.....the alcohol is so well hidden you don't even know there is any.....what a delight to drink! Simply awesome and worthy of being one of my favorite beers!
May 19, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by bshefftz from California

Apr 27, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by NMA from Ohio

Apr 25, 2017
OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale from Arrogant Consortia
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