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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,007 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,007
Reviews: 1,841
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 172
Gots: 460 | FT: 7
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:
American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003)
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Photo of BenSelf
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours up nicely with a lingering soft, foamy head. The aroma is dark malt and warm brown sugar. The flavor has a lot well-rounded roasted malt character, with some faint chocolate. The bitterness from the malt and hops plays well with the sweet aroma. The mouthfeel, my favorite part, makes this beer truly extraordinary: thick, almost creamy. Alcohol comes in at a reasonable 7.2%, making this beer a good one to share with friends who might not be the biggest beer geeks. Thanks Stone, I'll definitely be picking up some more.

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

12 oz. bottle/drink by date of ? (can't see)

Appearance
Quite the handsome Arrogant Bastard! Deep leather brown sporting a creamy dollop of a tan head; translucent and can't see the level of carbonation

Smell
Everything is blending nicely here, but not coming off in a big way (age?); there's some nice tart fruit--maybe even strawberries, which would be a first for me; I'd like a little more oak in the nose

Taste & Mouthfeel
Immediately striking as a unique and tasty beer; it's full of hops and malts, with each balancing each other nicely; the oaking really pops at the end as vanilla suddenly appears after each sip--a nice touch; A.B. boasts a medium-to-thick body that feels smooth and creamy, with just enough carbonation and leaves a slight oily residue; a tad bit of alcohol heat in the finish, but it's not bad

Overall
I was very impressed with my first Oaked Arrogant Bastard. It's strong in all areas, and I especially appreciate its color. Now I'm really eager to try regular A.B. It was a great break from all the uber-hopped beers of late as the malt and oak aging characteristics really shined on this one.

Photo of Gushue3
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- sits dark very cloudy brown with a large foamy head. great retention and lots of lacing. quite the looker.. this bastard is

S- sweet citrusy hops and smokiness

T- nice and bitter with a slightly sweet undertone. smokey and burnt wood and nice bitter hops. citrus is laced under all of this goodness.

M- smooth as hell with medium carbonation. medium to heavy mouthfeel

O- excellent beer, very tough to beat. just wish it wasnt $18 a sixer

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark amber red, almost brown color that shines red when held up to the light. It has a nice 2-finger tan head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving a great amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Smells strongly of sweet citrus hops, pine, rye and oak. I honestly cant give this beer enough praise in this category. This beer smells great.

T - The first thing i get is some serious piney hop bitterness that lasts the entire time. Slight caramel sweetness and roasted malts present themselves early in the sip and are immediately followed by oak. This is really a hopped up oaked strong ale. This beer tastes different than it smelled, yet still is wonderful.

M - Medium boded with good carbonation.

D - This is very smooth beer that drinks easily. I will definitely pick this one up again.

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

Poured into a Pint glass, rich, dense cherry wood colour. Creamy inch head that dissipates after a while into a nice lacing which, in turn, lasts forever!
Hoppy on the nose, very hoppy, made me think it was Cascade, perhaps. Don't matter, very strong bouquet of citrus hops.
WOW, this is one HOPPY beer! They say the IBU is classified, I wonder if they even know, but either way , very intense, yet very drinkable.
Drinkability is very good. Strong, in your face, beer, that deserves one's respect.
Highly recommended!

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

Poured into a glass at about 45 degrees.

A: Nice auburn color. Midsized bubbles in the head. Head itself doesn't last long, but lacing does. A little cloudy.

S: Really nice smell. I wasn't expecting to smell the woodiness of it, but you can. Also can pick up the alcohol smell with hints of caramel and a bit of vanilla.

T: Very good. It does taste like standard Arrogant Bastard, with a lot more complexity. You can taste the oak. High hop flavor with a bit a lot of bitterness. Good malt flavor, but it plays second fiddle to the other flavors. Aftertaste will stick with you! The bottle says that they used American oak. I wonder what it would be like with French oak?

D: I wouldn't drink this with any lightly favored meal, or switch to another beer, but on it's own it is very drinkable!

Highly recommend!

Photo of Jimbo87
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Green Leafe in New Town.

In a US pint glass.

Clear, dark reddish copper.

Smell: Sweet. Some kind of fruit-like smell. Maybe some herbal/spice-like quality I can't put my finger on. Very much a unique smell. Herbaceous spicy hop.

Taste: Orange, slight wood. Some delicious sweetness, and a nice bitter citrus at the end. Extremely smooth. Tastes like nothing I've had before.

MF: Rather silky, and more viscous than I expected.

Drinkability: I really really like this. Unfortunatley I can't comment on the difference between the Oaked AB vs. regular AB, because I've only had the oaked. But I'm looking forward to trying the regular.

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

Excellent beer! Got this at their brewpub last night. Poured with a huge, light tan, foamy, frothy, sudsy, head that lasts a long time, lots of lace, and some small bubble trails. Color is a lovely, clear medium amber. Aroma is a very nice blend of malt, hop, and yeast. Flavor has lots more depth: the malt, hop, yeast; plus, nutmeg, allspice, oak, dark ripe fruit and a hint of roastiness. Body is very good with great carbonation. Finish is like flavor, but tapers quickly and has a bit of alcohol at the end.

Photo of Rick187
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth snifter.

Mahogany, reddish with a white finger head and some lacing.

Hops, citrus and a faint hint of oak.

Caramel, hops but not quite as hop heavy as i'm used to from stone, then oak as well.

Medium body with good carbination. Very good mouth feel.

Seems very drinkable to me. The hops aren't overbearing and goes down very easily.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark copper with a two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted several minutes and left a beautiful, thick film. Fantastic lacing.

S: Oak and malt. Dark and complex, but subtle.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Coffee, chocolate, malt and oak. Outstanding taste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

O: I really like this. Looks amazing. Nose is subtle but the oak is detectable. Taste great, and has a mouthfeel out of this world.

Photo of arfenhouse
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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...

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

Re-reviewed today:
12oz bottle (best by 5/1/11) poured into a balloon tulip

A: Pours dark-rust brown, opaque with about a finger and dirty white brown head, lots of bubbly action, very frothy. Tons of lacing.

S: Floral and citrus hops, pine, caramel malt, slightly dark fruits: peach to plum, alcohol, charred oak. Caramel candied apples.

T: A lot of caramel sweetness up front with floral hops (slight citrus) and pine, but not that bitter. The middle creates a fruit flavors ranging from peach to dark plums and raisins with the mingling of caramel and hops. Wood comes through perfectly in the middle and finish: lightly charred oak integrated with the malt adding a very nice flavor and smoothness. With the oak comes just a hint of vanilla, mostly in the finish as the hops ease up. Finish is oaky, bitter, and grainy with a little alcohol coming through. Definite floral hop bite on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation that seems to have a bit of viscosity. A very smooth, almost velvety mouthfeel thanks to the oak aging. Just a touch of alcohol on the finish.

O: Candied caramel apple with peach/plum, piney, and oaky flavors. Awesome. More hop-forward than Arrogant Bastard with more complexity and a smoother feel. My favorite of the four Bastards and one of the better beers I've had.

Photo of jaasen64
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark orangish brown, a little bit hazy. About a quarter of finger of head slightly orange colored, good retention. Nice lacing that clings to the glass the entire time drinking.

S- Sweet hops smell. Smells great. Hops are the most prevalent, with a sweet vanilla smell (not the syrupy vanilla smell type). A bit of an oak smell as well.

T- A very sweet hoppy taste, but not overly sweet. The classic sweet hoppy grapefruit taste comes out. Light sweet/piney oak finish.

M- Very smooth and drinkable. Medium bodied. Very well balanced throughout. Leaves a great aftertaste that lingers in your mouth for awhile after drinking.

O- This was a great beer. I enjoyed this beer more and more with every sip. Perfect balance between hops and sweetness (reminded me a little bit of the 90 minute) and the oak definitely added a little bit of character to it. My only complaints are that I wish it was more affordable (payed $20 for a 6-pack), but it was definitely worth the price.

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

Poured into a Snifter Glass.

A:A Rufous dark cherry with a light toffee 2 1/2 finger head. A Legitimate viscous lacing, rigid cloud 9 fluff.

S:Licorish sweet wet oak. Citrus grapes.

T:Vanilla warmth. Sweet toothsome caramel ego. Pistachio buttery bark.

M:Soothing fluent stirred fluid, that flawlessly flushes stabled velvet swagger down, like succulent flutter.

O:The inception of its tale.

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

got a 6er of this a while back in Chicago.

Dark brown with some ruby highlights. The head is decent size and the lacing is great throughout.

Smells like thick malts, there are roasted and sweet notes. I pick up a bit of honey. There are also some spicy hops present.

The taste is great! Oaked it is. The woody flavour melds well with the extra thick malty body. The hops exist as well, but they serve to bring a nice balance to the beer. The malts are where it is at.

Mostly smooth and a bit creamy feel to the beer. The carbonation is quite delicate but very pleasant. The beer is drinkable for the style. You might tip over after a few though. This is probably my favourite American Strong Ale to date.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,007 ratings.