OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale is a strong, woody hop bomb

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Loren Green

OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale from San Diego's Stone Brewing Co. does exactly what the name suggests: It takes the also worthy Arrogant Bastard Ale and ages it with oak wood chips, giving the brew an earthy and woody quality that offsets its signature heavy hop doses.

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The wood notes counter the bitterness, giving off a subtle vanilla flavor. The wood chips don't leave the harshness of a smoked flavor or the extra alcoholic sting of barreling. Instead, the final product is a hazy, caramel-colored pour that has the dominant floral hop bite of the non-oaked recipe, but with an earthy and toned flavor, a smooth mouth feel, and a big hop bomb at the finish.

"Back in 2004, we started experimenting with this beer by incorporating American oak chips to see how it would affect the intense aroma and flavors of Arrogant Bastard Ale," says Stone's lead brewer Jeremy Moynier. "After a few trial batches, we were excited to find out it softened some of the beer's aggressiveness, and at the same time, the oak chips brought out a whole new layer of vanilla and wood notes."

It's a rich, beautiful beer, perfect for indulging your hoppy side before hitting something lighter when that 7.2% ABV starts to hit home. It's available year round, in 12-ounce bottles and on draft.

Twin Cities fans can grab it at Chatterbox Pub, Zipp's Liquor Store, Big Top Liquors, the Cellars, and the Wine Thief & Ale Jail.

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