Three of the biggest obstacles for a chugger are bitterness, alcohol and carbonation and this beer doesn’t have an insane amount of any of them. I mean, 7% is nothing to scoff at, but it’s not like it tastes like alcohol and that’s the key. The hops are there, but not to the point where it slows you down.
How Much: 6
I paid $10.99 for a 4-pack at my local liquor store. Any time I buy beer in a quantity of four, I’m expecting a lot because I’m pretty good at math and I understand why companies do this instead of selling in a six pack. Consumers are used to a certain price range and they expect to pay that, regardless of quantity. It’s same reason why orange juice companies reduced the size of their containers from 64oz to 59 1/2 oz instead of raising the price. The vast majority of consumers don’t pay attention to price per quantity. Well, I do. So when I see a 4-pack for $11, I understand that I’m paying about $17 for a six-pack. That’s when I ask myself: “Is it worth spending that much more?” Even if the answer is yes, I still treat it as a luxury. This is all a long way of saying that it’s good, but it’s not an everyday purchase.
This is really nice beer, but not exactly what I had expected. I feel like the name is a little bit misleading as I didn’t taste a whole lot of oak. Having said that, I don’t typically eat much oak so maybe I just don’t know what oak tastes like. Anyway, this is a pretty hoppy brew and I like that. I’d almost call this an amber IPA, which is an interesting concept and more importantly backed by solid execution. Give it a shot.
Stone Brewing distributes to 40 States and Oaked Arrogant Bastard is a year-round offering.
Overall Rating: 8.3
Song: Zebrahead – “I am”