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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,047 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,047
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 190
Gots: 490 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Ratings: 5,047 | Reviews: 1,848
Photo of TheBierBand
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, The 1" light beige head stayed around for a long time... very pillowy and left thick lacing. The beer is a deep amber.... looks GOOD!

The smell was understated. I picked up a piney/citrusy hops in the nose.

Taste: YUM! I like this stuff!... the oak aging has mellowed the strong bite of the un-oaked... Oh yes there is still a pronounced hop flavor.... a good combination of pine and grapefruit rind. The malt is there in the background to help balance things out. Plus there is a solid "woodsy" taste... kind of like getting lost in a pine forest.

Mouthfeel: I can't imagine anything better.... this is the thickest, most robust ale I've ever had.... and the creamy mouth coating lingers on and on. The carbonation level is on the low side... which, I feel, only adds to the overall creamyness of this wonderful beer!

Drinkability: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED... good stuff. I would like to do a side-by side comparison with regular Arrogant Bastard Ale.... just to appreciate the difference.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed on 01/02/2009.

Pours a deep amber color. Creamy off white 2 finger head. Great retention with patchy lacing

Nice oakiness up front. Hops more subdued when compared to unoaked version. Nice caramel malt aroma.

Hop flavors come through while bitterness is subdued. Fantastic oak flavor adds complexity to an already great beer.

Smooth and creamy mouth feel. Carbonation is light bit adequate for this brew.

Wonderfully drinkable and very enjoyable.

Photo of monkeynaut
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours nice, a good orange-gold sort of look about it. A dark-cream head is a bit thin, likely due to my bad pour into a pint glass.

S: Has a unique, almost-apple scent about it, certainly not an off-putting aroma. A good deal more enticing than many similar beers I've tried.

T: Hot Dog, we have a wiener. A brisk beer with enough complexity to lend an interesting taste without being overly hoppy (I'm not a huge hop head, for point of disclosure). Some slight vanilla aftertaste, possibly from the oak.

M: Feels great, not too harsh but it's got enough bite to remind your that you're drinking a real beer with a slightly elevated ABV. Will not overwhelm you, even after a couple of pints.

D: You can drink this all day long, period. A solid, balanced beer that will appeal to both beer enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike. Try using this to ween your friends onto more adventurous beers.

Photo of asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Looks like the bastard I think I know, with a ruddy body and some nice spidery lacing pushing itself around the glass. A lot of nice thin and spread out spots begin to form with some sips, which makes it better.

Smell: Apricot and fruity sweetness dominate, I think, from the oak chips. The aroma, however, is completely floral, vanilla, citrus hops, cream, strawberry, woodiness, smoke, and the end aroma of slightly toasted malt.

Taste: I love what the oak does to this as far as balance: apricot dominates, with some strawberry, vanilla, cream, woodiness, slight smoke, slight roasted chocolate, a bit of citrus and lemongrass, and the finish initially dominated by hops into a long finish where the creaminess lingers with the fruit slowly behind, lingering on the tongue with a tinge of bitter hops before the apricot dominates at the finish, along with some oakiness, breadiness, slight chocolate, and cream making it an ultimately, and surprisingly unsuspecting, dessert beer. For real? That's what I'm getting.

Mouthfeel: Maybe it's the complexity of the brew, but I feel like there's too much carbonation right now, albeit just a bit. It's not bad with everything else that's going on, and it doesn't take away from it that much, but who knows, maybe some years could do great things.

Drinkability: Even though this is chips instead of barrel, they're certainly doing a lot for the beer, and improving upon a beer that's already pretty fantastic. Don't let anyone tell you that it's the barrel way or the highway. Sorry, silly joke. At any rate, this is a fantastic beer that, even in its greenness, has improved a great deal, or has even discovered some unforseen beautiful things along the way. In my opinion, worth the high price tag, even if it is around $15 for a six pack. I was a skeptic, but right now I'm a believer.

Photo of metalitool
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this from my favorite beer playground, knowing that I wouldn't be able to find this (or anything from Stone in my state).

While it is clearly not a Red (Irish) ale, it is the first red colored beer that I have liked. While it is an excellent beer its not quite as exciting as I had hoped for....but my expectations for a stronger taste of the wood aging may have been misplaced.

I havent tried Arrogant Bastard so I cant differentiate the oak from what it was otherwise. Not too much head from the beer, but a healthy dose of hops (while strong, hops are far toned down from Stone IPA....which is a great beer...with the less hops it is quite a lot more drinkable, which while making for pleasant drinking, quite painful at $16/six-pack where i saw it.

Overall, an excellent beer but i dont think that i would pony up the additional $10/sixpack if it was sitting next to Stone IPA on the shelf.

Beer is deceptively smooth (I'm really not noticing that its 7.2% abv, which while I am used to that, it seems to be disappearing quite quickly (so yes, i like it!....just not quite what i expected, which was a heck of a lot). And in all fairness, I may not be educated enough to distinguish wood aging unless it is quite pungent, which wouldnt necessarily be the best way of presenting said aroma/taste.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed immediately after the standard Arrogant Bastard
A - slightly cloudy orange brown, frothy tan head retained well with sticky lacing
S - definite woody burbon-like sweet aroma, minty with piney hops, this ignites the nostrils
T - herbal hops with fresh mint up front, lighter grapefruit, piney & woody with some caramel sweetness, and just a little spicy
M - medium carbonation, smooth with a dry bitter finish
D - same same but different from the original bastard, the minty note is very refreshing and the woodiness ads more depth to this strong ale, this edges out the regular arrogant bastard for my money

Photo of shroompod
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been in the cellar for about a year, and I figured something this low in ABV should be rotated out.

Poured into pint glass. Red, clear. Decent head. Not bottle conditioned.

Smell is is a nice mixture of of citrusy hops and sweet malt.

This beer has a malty rich, molasses flavor upfront. A drying hop aftertaste that seems to go along with the oaked chip infusion.

Mouthfeel is medium. I'd expect a younger version would feel thinner with a larger hop profile.

Overall drinkability of this beer is great. Almost a session beer. The 7.2% is almost unbelievable for a beer with this much flavor.

Photo of clarkm04
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A real deep reddish/copper color. A slight head retention.

Smell- Aggressive. What would you expect? You can smell the malts and hops coming through in the smell.

Taste- You are immediately hit with the hops. Very upfront and bitter. Next the beer turns malty with an added oak note from the oaked process. Finishes a little dry with some leftover hop/malt residue in your mouth.

Mouthfeel- Definitely a unique mouthfeel. At times it feels lighter than the smell or taste while other times it feels heavier and more chewy. The only consistent item for me is the hops that hits me in the back of my mouth.

Drinkability- For a beer with this much hops, malts and relative ABV it's highly drinkable.

Overall- This is a unique beer and I always enjoy drinking it despite not being worthy. I love how aggressive yet drinkable it is. It's such a great beer and deserves to be Stone's flagship beer. I know they are different beers but I have the same feelings about this beer as I do about DFH 60 Minute. 60 minute is more malty and roasty while AB has a hoppier taste they both are unique beers loaded with malts and hops and highly drinkable.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a cloudy dark tea color with a light beige head and very little lacing.

Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, citrusy hops, sweet malts, and a light oakiness.

The taste is lightly sweet a perfect balance of sharp hops and malts with plenty of caramel and citrus notes. The alcohol is present but well-hidden.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth and lightly carbonated.

What a terrific beer! Easy to drink but not easy to stop drinking.

Photo of 57md
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown copper color with a finger of beige head that retained for a nice long time and left intricate lacing when it finally dissipated. The nose has mild woody notes. The wood also comes through in the flavor profile and nicely accentuates the fine balance of malt and hops. The finish is dry and bitter. As this beer warms, the sweetness from the malt becomes more pronounced yet still blends well with the oak.

Photo of tjd25
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I poured the first glass, I had the impression that there would be no head, but it ended up forming a nice light and velevty head on an intense opaque amber brown color body. The smell is extraordinarily fresh and shows a great bouquet of red fruits with a very enjoyable sweetness. Also lighter hints of citrus, with a grapefruit character appearing slowly and getting deeper in the taste. Yeasty notes of vanilla appear after a while. The taste is way more aggressive than the smell. The very dry hoppiness invades and conquers the mouth with together with some oily notes. As for red fruits and citrus, their influence switched from the one they had in the smell: the once dominant red fruits notes are more subtles in the taste, as the grapefruity character took over. The aftertaste gets quite dry and grassy. The oaked aspect appears together with notes of cherry that create a slightly floury feeling on the tongue. Mouthfeel is enjoyably lighter than expected. Its complexity stimulates all the parts of the mouth and of the tongue. This surprizingly soft mouthfeel contributes to the great drinkability of theis character brew.

Photo of leansean88
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine example of a beer that is cut above the rest, and knows it. It has a whopping, bold taste that is surprisingly very nice. And it smells just as surprisingly good. This is a man's beer, sporting strong, vivid character with a clean finish. Tasted great with barbeque.

Photo of GoalieRon33
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque brown with red undertones

S- Heavy oak smell. Sweet with burnt undertones

T- Unparalelled depth. Smokey to start, then finishes gloriously sweet. Some hidden chocolate malts at the finish, although very subtle

M- Heavy, bold, and creamy. Goes down smooth, with a beautifully sophisticated creaminess

D- For such a complex beer, its not a tough job to hammer this one down. The carbonation is perfect, the smoothness is to die for, and the overall alcohol burn with lingering effects is wonderful....This beer is outstanding

Photo of Buebie
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jtrockchalk for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a snifter. Thick and creamy off white head, 2 fingers deep.
The color is a bit darker then the regular AB, with a bit of hazyness to it.
Some bubbly retention, thick sticky lace.

Smells of plums, brown sugar, mellow hop aroma, sweet malt and a touch of roastyness.

Upfront the sweet malt hits my tounge, then through the middle its some carbonation, oaky roasted flavors. Hops kick in at the swallow with a good kick of pine flavor.
Finish is smokey, with more bittering hops, yet still sweet.
Creamy mouthfeel, evenly carbonated.

Excellent!

Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a really dark red with a finger's worth of tan head.

S: Sweet malts, vanilla, cinnamon and assorted spices

T: This beer packs a huge, bitter, hop wallop right from the great, with the middle giving you just a slight malt respite, until you're finished with a heavily bitter, oak, wooden finish, almost like an Irish whiskey taste at the very end. A very dry finish, the kind that leaves you thirsty for more.

M: Thick, well carbonated, sticky.

O: This is a fantastic brew. Stone never ceases to impress me with each of their brews.

Photo of mnwags
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep red hue comes glowing out of the glass as if it is a beer from on tap right at the gates of hell. Not much of head to build from on this particular bottle.

S: The smell is amazing and the oak chips are not the first thing noticed but a malty smell and then Bam…..for some reason I am seeing a warm spiced pear dessert…..weird. Anyway, a full whiff brings in the oak chips and burnt/toasty nut smell.

T: The taste is awesome!! So much going on it is hard to explain and the aftertaste last for a very long time. The bitterness is just right and the alcohol feels so good when it touches your lips. Mmmm.

M: The brew traveled fine and the mouthfeel is good enough for me.

D: So happy I decided to try this one today. Will be looking forward to more Stone brews in the future. Definitely have to find this in the Midwest. Thanks to msbulldog25 for this brew!!

Photo of allengarvin
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a NB Chalice, this beer is a nice reddish-tinted brown color. It doesn't seem to have quite the same head retention as the normal bastard, but it does leave good lacing. Lots of sensuous hops in the nose, a good underlying malt, and maybe a faint oakiness... it's hard to detect over the other quite strong scents. Oakiness comes through more in the flavor, but it's not a large flavor component. It's easily as good as the ordinary version, but it doesn't seem to add much complexity or interest, to me. It does seem a tad smoother, though.

Top-notch, just like the ordinary AB, but probably not worth the 50% premium price they put on top.

Photo of mhatters
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a tulip glass at The Drafting Room, Exton

Pours a deep oak brown, with some red highlights. A nice inch of tan head.

The nose is full of toast malts, lots of hops, oak and some sweetness in the back

A sweet caramel maltiness with the oak right behind. The hops are strong, but well balanced.

Medium-bodied with a strong amount of carbonation a clean and dry finish

Photo of benclimbs
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red amber with a prominent head.

Smell is beautiful bourbon like vanilla notes with a little malt and spice.

Taste is initially the oak, then malts and finishing off with just enough dry hop kick.
The aftertaste stays around for a while too.

Hands down,this beer kicks ass! this is perhaps stones best beer. This is the third time I've had it and still blown away...why this only has an A- is strange, trust the bros review!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a deep amber brown with a small but firm head of foam that shrinks fairly slowly to a fine broken layer and it has some lacing. About 2/3rds of the way through my glass and there's just some spotty foam left now but it's still a nice looking brew in my Sam Adams glass.

The smell is all hoppy and malty and woody...it's nice.

The taste has big malty notes up fron followed by a very tasty woody flavour. I'm impressed with how the oak makes it so diffferent from the regular AB. It seems to counter yet also balance the hop character and it makes it a really smooth but still very tasty beer. Now I'm getting a bit of chocolate and some vanilla, and a touch of dark fruit. The finish is slightly bitter, slightly malty, and mostly woody and it's delicious. The mouthfeel is medium full, the carbonation is light. Great taster. The alcohol is only noticeable some time after the swallow. Very drinkable.

Bottom line: This is a very good oaked brew that I'd certainly buy again. The flavours all work together in almost flawless harmony and I can only recommend it highly!

Photo of trevorwideman
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of grub and shared with fisherman34. Thanks for the trade! Poured into a snifter.

Pours a very murky orange-red colour with 1/4 inch of head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation seems mild to medium. Lovely colour. Aroma is extremely heady. Sweet floral notes with resiny pine and light citrus. Lots of woody notes, a bit of raisin and vanilla.

Taste is exceptional and complex. The woody oak really comes through nicely. Flavours reminiscent of port and some raisin. Piney and herbal hops that go into a lovely caramel malt with a bit of vanilla and biscuit in the back. Cookie-like in the finish and perhaps a bit grainy. Balance is near perfect. Mouthfeel is less dry than I thought it would be, and the carbonation is about right, medium to mild. So delicious I'd have another, dangerous, as the alcohol is well hidden in my opinion. Another wonderful beer from Stone.

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle I was quite excited to try.

Pours an auburn color with a nice, light tan head. Great lacing from this sticky beer.

Great aroma with sweet, spicy, citrus hops blending marvelously with vanilla and oak. Overall a smooth aroma, if one can describe smells such.

I wasn't sure going in how aggressive, bitter hoppiness would mix with oak, but it is genius. The flavor is once again quite smooth with sweetness, oak and then hop flavors. This finishes with a building, still aggressive hop bitterness. Taste is rich and complex, somewhat like a hopped up scotch.

Mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is solid for such an arrogant beer. Certainly a fine creation by Stone.

Photo of arfenhouse
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber color with big white head. Good lacing and retention.

S: Getting caramel, toffee, with some bread for the malts. Equally strong pine and grapefruit. One difference from the regular AB is a bit of vanilla scent near the beginning.

T: Very similar to regular AB; Sweet toasted bread, and caramel. Hops come in strong with lots of citrus (grapefruit, orange) and some pine. Hop character is a little smaller compared to the regular AB. Finishes with a long oaky aftertaste which reminds me of the smoked characteristic in a good whiskey.

M: A bit thick with medium-high carbonation. Fits the style and overall aggressiveness of the beer.

O: Good beer that is very much like the original AB. A small difference in the nose and a mellowing of the bitterness in the taste. To make up for the less bitterness there is a good oaky flavor that adds to the complexity of the beer.

Photo of mrsoul12
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This American Strong Ale poured a medium amber color from the firkin. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel malt, earthy hops and a bunch of oak. A medium to full bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are grapefruity and floral. The oak flavors are mostly in the back end and the finish. Yeah it's double bastard and all that implies, but the oak aging has mellowed the beer a little, the oak and malts go well together here. Another beer that does very well as a live firkin ale. Very smooth taste. Nice soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.

Photo of irishking1977
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby brown/black with a small tan head. Almost no retention but ample lacing. Aggressive looking brew.

S: Woah. Hops galore. Pine and citrus hit the nose as well. One of the strongest smelling brews I've come into contact with.

T: Pine and citrus with an oak finish. Hops are subdued in comparison to it's brother brew. This isn't as brutal on the palate as original A.B., but definitely a very good, unique brew.

M: Oily and moderately thick, presumably due to the hops. Solid feel to this one.

D: I hadn't been a fan of brews with excessive hops until I had A.B. The oaked version is slightly different, but also a bit mellow in comparison to A.B. Either way, one can't go wrong with either version of A.B. A good, hearty brew that is worthy of a session. That is, if you're worthy...

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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