OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale
Arrogant Consortia

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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #12
Ranked #1,381
4.23 | pDev: 11.82%
Arrogant Consortia
California, United States
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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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Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a poured from the 12 oz bottle into my goblet.
Pours reddish like bright copper. Healthy head, 1.5 finger of tan thick foam...head tastes of hops. This is a relatively cloudy beer when held against a light

s: malty aroma comes thru and the hops is mostly missing from the nose

t: WOW WOW WOW Solid punch of hoppiness here.

m: Thick body, slighly oily.

d: this would be very drinkable provided you are a major hophead! also the hi alcohol content will limit all but the most accomplished alcoholics. CHEERS!!!!

Oct 01, 2009
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Pegasus from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep clear dark amber with a moderate, slightly coarse off-white head, withthin lacing, which leaves irregular tidemarks.

Aroma: Prominent notes of sweet malt, somewhat earthy and herbal hops and prominent oak notes. There is a prominent undercurrent of sweet and spicy alcohol.

Taste: Opens with strong toasted and caramel malts, soon followed by strong herbal hops and sweet alcohol. The oak barrels contribute prominent and strong earthy, wood-infused flavors. The sweet alcohol lingers throughout, and along with the oak, forms the backbone of the taste. Finishes with a persistent, lingering earthy hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, very soft, with faint carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A rich and elegant beer, to be consumed with reverence.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Feb 19, 2016
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creepinjeeper from Missouri

4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Nov 29, 2015
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ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
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
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Jan 14, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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

Jan 11, 2016
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kevinlater from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
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...

Dec 28, 2015
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delicious from Vermont

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear dark ruby body beneath a frothy beige head is poured from a 12fl.oz. bottle.
It has a citrus, ruby-red grapefruit and concord grape nose.
It tastes juicy and bitter, like overestimating a bite out of a grapefruit and grabbing an immoderate amount of rind. There's an initial malt sensation, but it quickly subsides as the hop flavor grows and finishes bitter and dry at the end. I don't want to call it subtle or mellow because there isn't anything delicate about it, but the flavor progresses slowly enough that the drinker is not overwhelmed by the striking level of hops; it's like an Arrogant Bastard in slow motion.

Nov 30, 2006
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MCDuhamel from Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass at fridge temperature; allowed to warm over 45 minutes or so.

A: Pours a dark brown which shows ruby against the light. A rather off-white head forms and quickly settles to a tight cap. Some lacing down the glass. The beer is completely clear and shows lively carbonation.

S: As it warms, the beer releases hop aromatics and apple skin notes. The oak is very subtle, contributing a mild vanilla note.

T: Green apple and pear predominate at first, yielding to some American hops. The oak contributes some tannic spiciness and very subtle vanilla that is really present only in the finish and more so as the beer warms. The beer ends dry and bitter, but without any astringency or harshness.

M: Light to medium-bodied, the beer dances on my tongue.

D: At over 7% abv, this fairly strong ale should be harder to drink. Unlike most oaked ales I have had, this one is actually refreshing and welcoming. I wish I had bought a 6 pack instead of the lone bottle.

Overall: Most oaked beers, whether stouts or otherwise, show a lot of oak. Not so this one. The use of oak is masterful, allowing the oak to support the rest of the beer without in any way dominating it. This is an outstanding beer, worthy of seeking out and worth every penny of its not insubstantial price. It is an elite American ale.

Jan 25, 2009
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a thin tan head. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smells of oak along with caramel malt and maybe a slight hint of hops. Really nothing too spectacular but it's pleasing.

The oak hits you first on the taste followed by caramel and a sharp bitterness that is long lasting. It is a nice drying bitterness that really makes you want another sip. I feel the oak could be a little more prominent though.

Overall this is a really good beer but not out of this world good. I had to dock a few points because of the price. This beer runs around $22 a six pack in this area which is way too much in my opinion.

Dec 01, 2011
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ifixufly from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Feb 24, 2013
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Jan 17, 2014
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slimntubbs from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Jan 30, 2012
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lucasj82 from Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Jan 08, 2013
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SFC21 from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Mar 06, 2012
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tbone1384 from Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Nov 03, 2012
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Arsenal0328 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Feb 28, 2014
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furthurgone from California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Jan 12, 2012
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docrates from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Aug 20, 2012
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mattszczesiul from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Mar 02, 2013
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old brew. Enjoy by 12/24/13, poured 2/11/14.

Appearance: Pours a red/brown sort of color with a two finger tan head that falls to one and stays. Really good lacing.

Smell: It's definitely fallen off, I feel. There's a caramel sweetness that, with oak, gives a maple syrup feel, I suppose. Spicy with a fair amount of hops, but the aroma's certainly not as impressive as it would be fresh.

Taste/feel: Solid sweetness at first, but then an equally solid and drying bitterness at the end. A nice caramel malt flavor on the front, a resinous bitter pine sort of finish with a bit of that oak -- just enough to add a bit of character. The mouthfeel is medium all-around and it makes the bitterness on the finish a bit harsh, so come prepared! It's not overbearing, but the bitterness seems a bit high for the amount of hops I'm tasting here, but again, it's past its prime.

Overall, I need to try this fresh, as I know this isn't what this brew is supposed to be. $3.29 for a single of this, and it should have been discounted.

Feb 12, 2014
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e30todamax from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Mar 12, 2013
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screamking from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Look:dark red brown, 1 finger khaki head, great lacing.
Aroma notes:orange, grapefruit, honey, oak, mango, vanilla, pineapple.
Tasting notes:grapefruit, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, pineapple, toffee.
Feel:medium to full bodied.

There's a lot to like here. The oak aging does a lot of good in this one. The oak gives it a great vanilla note that carries throughout the beer. You also get the strong citrus notes in here that's the counter part to the sweetness. One of the better stone beers available.

Dec 15, 2013
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CLanda from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Jul 03, 2013
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imfatsowhat from California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Jun 17, 2014
OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale from Arrogant Consortia
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