Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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Ratings: 5,012
Reviews: 1,842
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 174
Gots: 462 | FT: 7
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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 mick303
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour is a dark brown with a bit of dark burnt caramel. Lacing is decent. Head is toffee tan in colour.
Nose has plenty of caramel, toffee, vanilla, some clean hop bitterness. Flavourful with a distinct oaky edge.
Taste has more of the same notes, nice toasted malt. Creamy and oaky, big body, with a hit of clean hop astringency. Finishes cleanily, creamy and flavourful.
Great stuff, oak aging suits it nicely.

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

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Enjoy by 1/15/13 date

Pours a rich mahogany with a finger and a half of head. Mild carbonation, good retention and lacing. So far so good. Aroma of hops, some citrus, oak, with some sweet caramel malts making a rigid backbone. Taste follows the nose well, strong up front hops with a tinge of citrus, smokey oak, caramel, some toffee, with sweet malts bringing them all together. Mouth is pretty good as well, strong bitterness, thick full body, with a sticky resin and dry finish. Very easy to drink. Overall a good idea that turned out to be a great one. I prefer this over the regular bastard any day

Photo of KJK-1
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is another great beer in the bastard family from stone. A deep amber color is just tempting immediately. You can pick up on the oaken notes in the smell and taste immediately. Low carbonation. The oak notes are very much imparted in the taste. A good hop character still shines through as well. A must try to have at least tasted. I prefer the arrogant or double bastard over the oaked. Although, the oaken bastard is very good.

Photo of santomark
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled my Growler at Stone.

A - Poured a brown and red mixture body, nice off white head, thick 2 finger head, great retention and lacing.

S - Big hop notes accompanied by caramel. Bright fruit, figs, plums, molasses, charred, this smell of a burning oak fire. So much going on in this.

T - Tastes exactly how it smells. Piney hop up front, caramel in the middle, ends with the oak. You get something of everything in the arrogant bastard.

M - Big body, smooth and silky.

O - Nicely done. I love this beer and the variations of it. The only one I don't seem to like is the pepper variations. But stone is spot on with this brew. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Photo of JWU
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass.

A- A clear dark ruby/brown. A very nice light khaki color head that laces fantastically. Beer doesn't look any better.

S- A light brown sugar and caramel malt blends with an oily, earthy hop. Light oak and vanilla is detectable.

T- The malt bill smacks with light caramel, brown sugar, and dark bread. Hops hit, but not crushingly so. They are earthy, minty, with some hemp and tobacco notes. Wood accents a very light oak and vanilla.

M- Heavy side of medium, and slick on the palette.

O- The shining star of the AB series. More please.

Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.41/5  rDev +5%

Photo of warriorsoul
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap today at Redbones...it was this or Smutty's Wheat Wine...I believe I chose wisely.
Arrives a bit too chilled in a standard shaker glass...dark copper color w/ a full finger of fluffy off-white head. It does not remain long, but the lacing produced is phenomenal.
Aroma is nothing over the top...a great malt presence w/ a hint of wood and floral hops.
Taste is great...all I could expect from this one. Just when you think AB coudn't get any better and then comes the oak flavor...subtlely added, but complements this brew so perfectly.
I believe it adds to the lingering bitterness, as the hops are dominantly featured, but the oak carries all the way through the finish and quenches so nicely.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation if divine. Drinkability is through the roof...hard to go to anything else after tasting this one from Stone.
Really psyched to finally get to try this one...and especially on tap.

Photo of ehammond1
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A very dark ruby and near brown, dark orange edges, with a large light brown head that stays and stays. Sheets and rings of lacing line the glass. A gorgeous beer.
I expected this pour to be exactly similar to the Arrogant Bastard I had last night. The bottles were only a few weeks apart in bottling, poured the same way, in to the same clean glass. This one though has a monstrous and persistent head when the traditional AB hardly had one at all. Interesting.

The first thing I notice in the nose is the sweet caramel malt amidst an enveloping aroma of citrus hops. The sweetness is the star of the show and the caramel really comes through predominantly. The alcohol is a bit more present here than in the traditional AB.

Very similar to the original Bastard, and by that I mean: "Plenty of citrus hops, loads of bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, the faintest hint of alcohol." What I do find here that I don't in the original is a hint of vanilla that complements this strong ale very nicely.

Moderate to heavy in the mouth. Plenty of carbonation. This beer feels big, as it should!

A truly special beer and a delicious version of a classic.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - Fairly transparent dark brown with 2 finger ecru head with good retention and fantastic lacing along the whole glass.

S - Diverse wood oak, bitter herbal and floral hops with a bit of bread. Just menacing.

T - Wow, bold and bitter at the very beginning. This is one mean brew. Hard hitting herbal hops at the mid palate to start with an even wider hop bouquet to follow with a little pine but a lot of grapefruit and lemon citrus hops. Just a touch of pepper and clove spice at the back palate and oak and a little smoke drive this bus the whole trip.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation.

O - Simple amazing. You aren't worthy. I love the standard Arrogant and the oak just adds even more complexity. One of the best Strong Ales hands down.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great experience this beer was. Rich deep ruby in color with a nice tan head that pours rich and creamy. Clear and beautiful this beer is a visual joy.

Smell is caramel and malty mixed with a musky oak scent. Kind of like the smell of old weathered wood you might find in an old west mining town. Mix that rustic nose with some IPA-ish hops and grains and you have a superb scent.

Taste is just as much of an enjoyment. The malts are complimented by the woody oak flavor yielding a mild smooth flavor. Sweet vanilla bean is present throughout and is not the dominate flavor but a strong player. Not a big citrus hop flavor but a muted floral taste. They apologize with great bitterness though.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel but the oak flavors is also the thing that disappoints. The finish is kind of dry and chalky leaving that woody flavor all over the palate. Not one of my favorite aftertastes but the rest of this beer makes up for that. Awesome.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish/brown with a one finger head that dissipates to a ring of lace around the top. A little bit of lacing down the glass, but not much.

S: I definitely get a wood component, but for me there was an overwhelming scent of brown sugar and caramel.

T: There are some hops here, but it is relatively subdued for a Stone offering. On the backend you get the caramel and some vanilla and the wood on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied and coats your palate. I find this beer to be quite drinkable, almost dangerously so. Overall I quite enjoy it, and find the caramel/vanilla combination to be quite nice.

Photo of jmz62565
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark ruby with a huge tan head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is very pungent with citrus hops and a creamy "bisquity" aroma. Lesser smells include vanilla and oak. The taste is a bitter blast of citrus hops followed by a creamy mixture of smoked wood,sweet malt and carmel, vanilla, and alcohol. An excellant tasting beer. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing perfectly making this a classic beer. A truely great beer making me feel not worthy. Cheers.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looked frickin' amazing pouring out of the bottle, somewhere between motor oil and liquid velvet. A huge dirty-white head sits on top of a cloudy, rusty, burnt-orange. Catacombs of lace web the glass.

HUGE aroma! Candy sugar sweetness meets juicy hops madness meets monster malts, with a woodiness far back in the deeps.

Flavor is as expected, a woodier, earthier version of Arrogant Bastard. Juicy caramel maltiness, grapefruit-rind hops in abundance, a sweet edge not unlike a barleywine, and a toasty, warming woodiness thanks to those oak chips. Luckily the oak chips don't dominate the flavor, but bring a new spin to an old(ish) favorite.

Feels awesome in the mouth, as most Stone beers do. Hangs in there with a creamy, kind of chewy, never too-thick presence. Finishes especially woody.

I don't think this is better than the regular Arrogant Bastard, but it's close. I like the wild, untamed, exciting feel of the AB. The Oaked AB seems a mellower, more polite take on it. Would be fun to drink side by side to compare/contrast.

Mad metal props to msubulldog25 for this bottle.

Photo of Backer2004
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a BP for $2 a bottle, yes you heard me right. Since I am such a fan of the regular Arrogant Bastard, I had to pick this up the first time I saw it. Just a bit of piney taste compared to the regular one. I prefer the non-oaked one in fact, but still a very very good beer. For the price, you cannot beat it.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm with Hero....got to try it at Dark Lord Day. A big hearty TANKS (in a brogue) to whomever placed this on the tasting tables! I was SO tempted to have this with one of the donuts...

Nice dark copperish colour with a loose, uneven tan head. (The head reaaly was kind of unattractive...maybe just my pour...also seemed to have a greenish hue- but that could have been due to the translucent plastic Solo cup. Next year, I bring my own real glass.)

The smell was all abut fruity amltiness and floral hops. Very nice.

Flavour was, as you might expect, a bit woody, with a nice velvety sweet maltiness and a nice licorice hint. Very nice, but I really expected a tad moore oomph.

Thick and even on the tonuge, the carbonation seemed not very present- but that could have been due tot he bottle being turned up so many times by the time I go to it.

Drinkable? Does the pope shit int he woods? OK, maybe not. But yeah. OH yeah.

Be well

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the beer summit - this was the first beer I drank and I had a full glass of it, so I feel that I can review it.

Basically fairly similar to the regular AB, except much more mellowed. I don't think this is solely a product of the aging, the oak really helps out (I've had a bottle of AB that had been aged for a while). I think a lot of the strong hop presence has been taken over by some wood flavors.

Still a helluva powerful brew, but powerful in a more palatable way. I love AB, but maybe because it tests my fortitude. The oaked AB is lovable because it tastes fantastic.

Photo of Janderson91
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. No bottled on date.

A - Cloudy dark red with one finger tan head. Leaves little lacing.

S - Wood, vanilla, malt sweetness, raisins, and a light hoppiness.

T - Sweet upfront with vanilla and raisins. Finish is quite bitter and slightly spicy.

M/D - Good full mouthfeel and pretty drinkable.

Better than the original. Very god beer.

Photo of mdale13
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/red with bright highlights. Thin white head. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

S- Hops, grass, some carmels, slight hint of oak.

T- Hops up front. Taste leads to some faint citrus, fruity notes, carmels, a little grass, and the perfect taste of oak. The oak flavor really enhances as the beer warms.

M- Oily in the mouth. Give my tongue a nice, sharp bitter feel.

D- Very drinkable. Id have no problem putting a few of these down.

Photo of pollard5
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just found this beer at my local pick a pack (Omega Pizza at 22nd and South, Philly--well worth a visit for good selection, decent food, and friendly staff, by the way). Threw it in at the end instead of a Philly Pale and very glad I did. Amber color, not a lot of head, but a big hoppy/oaky nose and a full mouth. This is a big beer with mucho character. A touch dry, but this did not take away from its delivery. Because of its bigness and its 7.2%, not an ideal session beer. Definitely a new regular though. Highly recommended.

Photo of BeanBone
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A murky red-brown body capped by a finger and a half of off-white head that fades slowly and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: I'm getting all the aromas of the standard beer with even more complexity. A mix of vanilla, woodiness, piney and citrusy hops, and lots of caramel malt.

Flavor: Up front, lots of leafy and citrusy hops alongside notes of vanilla and oak from the barrel. Underneath, there's a substantial caramel malt backbone that is able to keep everything balanced nicely. Just a little spiciness coming from the alcohol. Everything is balanced nicely, with no single element taking charge. Leafy hops, oak, and biscuity malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little coaty with a dry finish. A little warmth from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: Somewhere in the middle of the drinkability scale, this is a beer you could easily drink two pints of.

Verdict: Unsurprisingly, Oaked Arrogant Bastard ends up being the same old Arrogant Bastard we know and love with oaky and vanilla-like notes mixed in. Given a choice between the two, I'd always opt for this version.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber brown beer with ruby highlights, two-fingers of frothy head; kaleidoscopic lace motes and clouds

S: caramel malt, herbal and earthy scents

T: hearty malt flavors with a slight caramel edge for sweetness; the bittering hops work with the malts to create a pleasing savory taste; dry woody oak finish

M: medium-bodied but has a chewy feel, the dry finish lightens this and leaves you with a nice crispness

O: weirdly enough, I have never had (regular) Arrogant Bastard (AB) but Double Bastard (DB) is a staple beer. This Oaked AB was great. Picked up a lot of familiar characetristics from the DB, but with a lighter (less menacing?) palate assault; definitely able to pick up the distinction of the oak, too...

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich brown amber color with a huge cream colored head that stayed for a while. Smell was very sweet of caramel with an almost a bourbon or whiskey smell to it. The taste was very intresting. Very crisp with a slight touch of alcohol. Sweet caramel malts and a bit of a wooden hop back. This is a very complex beer, I don't think I could begin to explain the taste and do it justice. Very very good, only wish I could get more of it around here!

Photo of mbudner
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep orangish brown color with a beige one-finger head. Head dissipates leaving a creamy lacing.

S- The hops are citrusy/lemony. I get some burnt or caramelized sugars as well. Vanilla from the oak as well. Not as much

T- The flavor is just great. The most dominant flavor is the vanilla flavor from being aged in/with oak. There's a nice spiciness to it as well that I would classify as lemon zest (resulting from the hops) and cloves. In the finish, the big oaky flavors and the spice sort of tapers off into a smooth, clean finish leaving a lingering woodiness that is not vanilla-y like the oak flavors I mentioned above

M- So creamy and nice. Goes down very easy.

D- The oak-aging of this beer really smoothes it out and creates a nice smooth drinkability. Leaves a little heat in the throat, but not in a bad way.

Photo of Tdizzle
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear deep amber color with a thick tan head that settles to a thin layer, leaving minimal spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet malts, oak, and dark fruits with some hops in the background. Carmel and toffee come out as the beer warms.

T- Big malty sweetness at first with a nice woody flavor from the oak chips. The pronounced bitterness kicks in shortly after.

M- Thick and slightly coating with little carbonation.

D- The oak flavor actually makes this more drinkable than the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale. It sort of cuts that brash quality that the original Bastard posseses. Both beers are great, but I prefer this one over the other. At 7.2%, this isn't really sessionable and the rich flavor profile makes this a beer that I would only want a couple of in a night. The oak flavor never gets boring though.

One of my favorite beers. Highly recommended.

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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