Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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94
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5,065 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,065
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 191
Gots: 509 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I finally got my hands on this stuff. I ordered the last 5 12oz bottles from liquidsolutions.biz. Anyway...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass (the best glass for any style [except wheat beers] for precise reviewing, in my opinion).

Appearance - Pours with a three finger eggshell-colored and creamy head. It settles at a thin layer of patchy/creamy head that leaves excellent, full lacing as you drink it. The color of the beer is a deep ruby/amber and it is slightly hazy.

Smell - Slightly sweet up front, with the expected hop arrogance similar to what you'd find in the original: fresh, bittering, and slightly herbal. There are also aromas of tropical fruits, such as sweet plum, apricot, peach, and mango. A moderate vanilla scent in the middle, and just behind this is a wonderfully rich malt presence. Moderate alcohol burn all around the nose.

Taste - Sweet tropical fruits and crisp bittering hops right away. The vanilla really comes out after this with hints of the oak wood chips that the beer was brewed with. The middle is sweeter/more floral and generally more mellow (except for the nice hop character) than in the original Bastard. The finish brings out the buscuity, rich malt character nicely, with some hot alcohol showing itself. The aftertaste has lots of wood flavor and just as much of the original hop bitterness. Mild earthiness also accompanies the aftertaste. Moderate alcohol throughout but focused toward the finish, right before you swallow.

Mouthfeel - Fantastic carbonation for this beer. Very mellow with a very slight bitiness to it, which is not at all unpleasant. The holds until the swallow. The beer is also very smooth, which I did not expect. Very slick and wet throughout, but dries up a bit about halfway through the aftertaste.

Drinkability - I'd say this is overall more mellow on "attack" than the original Bastard, but it definitely has some nicer and finer nuances in the flavor and aroma. The flavors, however, are still strong generally.

A wonderful version of the Bastard here. The oak wood chips added a lot of complexity and nuances to the beer's flavor. Also, this beer seems much smoother and softer in body and mouthfeel than its predecessor. A must have brew!

Photo of spokeydonkey
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this side-by-side with the non-oaked Arrogant Bastard (AB) ale for comparison. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewery Ommegang chalice.

A: Dark amber. Creamy off-white head. Almost identical to regular AB.

S: Smells of spicy/citrusy hops, with a definite sense of the malt. Less pronounced hops than regular AB.

T: Amazing. The oaking has definitely smoothed out many of the rougher edges of the beer. Smoothly transitions from malt sweetness to spicy and citrusy hops in each sip.

M: Exceptionally smooth in the mouth. Feels less agressive than regular AB towards the end of each sip, possibly from a lower carbonation, or mellowing of the hops? There's also an almost creamy-smooth dimension to this beer.

D: Amazingly drinkable.

Overall, a more complex and smoother version of Arrogant Bastard Ale (which was amazing in its own right). This is a must try if you're a fan of hoppy, strong ales.

Photo of Lupe
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany color with a tight creamy tan head. What starts as a finger and half of foam slowly settles to a thin sheet. Full rings of lace are left all along the sides of the glass. Such a visually appealing beer.

Aroma is a blend of floral, herbal, and citrus hops, some caramelized malts, and mild woodiness.

Well balanced and complex flavors. A quick dash of wood leads the way with caramel & citrus coming next. Strong hops step in and run the gamut of flavor - citrus, floral, herbal, mint, and pine. Not as strong of a bite as the original but more complex and developed. Juicy citrus shines with loads of grapefruit and orange. Malt sweetness comes in before a mild oaky finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Just enough crispness and a perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. Just a delicious beer that goes down quite easily. My palate may get exhausted, but I could throw a few of these back. Much smoother than the original.

I really like this beer. Nice to have a wood aged beer that is not a stout or aged in a liquor barrel. The oak is perfect with this beer, does not overpower and adds some mellowness and complexity. Great beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice mix of floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of caramel & citrus sweetness and a strong hops presence, which seems slightly toned down compared to the regular Arrogant Bastard. There's a nice hearty malt backbone. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smoother than the original Arrogant Bastard, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, I always have high expectations for Stone beers and they have yet to disappoint me, with this beer I was very interested to see what difference the oak aging would make on an already great beer. It seems to me that it took a little bit of the harshness out and made an excellent beer even better.

Photo of Alkey
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled on Nov. 10, 06. Poured in my glass dark amber color with a large off white head that sticks to the glass leaving lots of lacing. Smells of fresh floral hops and musk wood scents leave my mouth watering. Taste is amazingly smooth with lots of fresh grassy hops and nice blend of semi sweet malts. Mouth feel is just right not to thin or carbonated. This beer has some strong flavors but is still mellow at the same time. This is by far the best in the Arrogant Bastard line up.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to either tayner, jasonjlewis or IntriqKen for this sample, don't know whose bottle I am drinking.

A: Pours an opaque deep red under a slightly off white head.

S: A twang grass and slightly citrus hops with some herbal/medicinal qualities, some vanilla, some nice sweet malt. Incredible complexity and equal balance on this aroma.

T: Sweet up front, slight medicinal quality and apparent wood, vanilla and anise, and some smoke in the finish along with some very tame hop bitterness. No hint of alcohol. Again, very complex and very balanced.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium to full bodied, creamy on the palate with no prickly carbonation. Incredible well done. Nice drinkablity as well.

Overall, an excellent,excellent beer that could be enjoyed in quanity or sipped. A more tame version of Arrogant Bastard, but one that adds its own stamp on the name.

Photo of TheJackel
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone did an excellent job adding a little extra on top of their already magnificent line of beers. The experience you get from drinking this brew is what makes it so good. Full of flavor, smell, and leaves you feeling good. Not quite as much of a hop gives it a smoothness you don't always find in Stone brews.

Photo of RolandoHH
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful dark, reddish brown color, with an inch-thick beige head with decent retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Toasted malts and spicy hops mix in an appropriately oaky character. Alcohol present in the aroma.

T - Toasted grains with citrus and spice notes that leaves a woody aftertaste. The oak brings things together nicely. Dry, thanks to the mix of oak and hops, with an alcohol kick.

M - Fairly smooth, all things considered.

O - Not all that different from the original Arrogant Bastard Ale, but still a welcome development with something to offer.

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was dark copper-red with a thick creamy three finger head that very slowly dissapated and stuck to the glass throughout the drink.

The smell was full of strong hop spice with a hint of malt and slight floral overtones.

The drink started with a kick your teeth out kick of hops the middle was all sweet heavy malt with oily lingering hops at the finish and just a slight hint of oak to hold you over until the next drink.

If you can still find it buy it now, this is by far the best incarnation of Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of TATTSNSNAPBACKS
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

has a bitter finish but a great tasting Ale!

Photo of DrJay
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A few of us (including grub, Wintermute, and TheBeerFruit) shared this one on New Year's Eve alongside the standard Arrogant Bastard. It was quite an educational experience, as far as what using oak can do to a beer. You could pick out all the character of the Arrogant Bastard, but with a little something extra. Our bottle poured with just a bit of haze and the lacing was thick and clumpy throughout. There was an earthy woodiness that melded nicely into the aroma and flavour, kind of filling in the gaps between the other characters. There was also a light vanilla flavour that was quite nice. The texture was creamy and smooth as silk. Overall, this is just a little better balanced and more complex than your garden variety Bastard (and I'm not knocking the original here) and definitely a treat.

Photo of francisweizen
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had the last glass of this at Eulogy in Philadelphia after the Yards open house on 12/4/2004. Since I got the *very last* pint of this brew the bartender gave it to me for free. Thanks! And another big thanks to Tracy;-)

Dark reddish copper with a lovely, thick cap of white foam that lasts, lasts, and lasts. Leaving excellent lacing on my tulip glass. The aromas are excellent and although similar to those of the regular arrogant bastard they also exhibit hints of vanilla, oak and caramel. Yum. The taste is hoppy and malty up front with some lovely oak notes and vanilla hints in the middle. The finish is slightly boozy, malty, hoppy, and oaky all at the same time. This is a lovely blend of flavors here. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, thick, bw, and cask-like and the drinkability is only hindered by the fact that this stuff will get you drunk all-too-fast. It is still too bad that this stuff is all gone from Philadelphia. Does anyone want to send me a growler, or split a chained 3L bottle? Tracy?

Photo of oldsailor
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So how do you take one of the best beers ever and make it even better? Freakin age it in oak barrels! Dark coloring with a light head give this beer the attitude that lives up to its name. The great hoppiness that comes from the hopheads at Stone give this a flavor you want to come back to. The smoothness that comes from aging in oak barrels is also a delight. Get excited every time I have this one.

Photo of IIKaRuII
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pouted into a wheat glass because i heard the head was ridiculous... didn't let me down at all, head is about two in a half fingers, to over flowing. A dark amberish appearance with a bubbles that seem to never end. same with the head and lacing.

S- is very malty, but very pleasant... i almost wanna make a candle that smells like this.

T- i taste a lot of caramel malts. nice bitter after taste. very smooth oak taste as well.

M- Very nice bubbly carbonation. bitterness hits the back of your mouth but quickly dissipates

D- This is a highly drinkable beer, the finish is not too bitter at all. This is a well blend of malty with not an over powering hop finish. I almost want to stand up and clap after drinking this beer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This ale is a beautiful deep reddish mahogany, and pours with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is rich and hoppy with a definite smoky oak overtone. Flavor is almost indescribably delicious - mainly hoppy with malty, nutty, smoky and even sweet hints, and definitely some contribution from the oak chips. Texture is supremely smooth, and leaves a very pleasingly hoppy and smoky aftertaste. A winner!

Photo of russpowell
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured ruby red with a pillowy 2 fingers deep tan colored head. Great head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Rich biscuitty malt, then herbal & citrus hops move in. Smokeyness as it warms

T: Caramel, oakyness & dryness up front. Vanilla follows, along with herbal & citrus hops. Hints of cherry follow with some alcohol warming. Finishes dry, with hints of cherry & grapefruitty hops, that some how works

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & pretty good balance. Great smooth body

Drinks pretty easy, this is very tasty brew & somewhat complex, not sure I think this rates $16 a sixer though
(about $4-5 over priced IMO), a great, if overpriced beer from a brewery that usually is a pretty good value for the quality delivered

Photo of msgraves
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish brown with a lingering, lacing head. Nose is high on hops with an orangey citrus and spicy herbal aroma with some undertones of wood and sweetness. Aroma is mirrored in the taste with a bold grapefruit and piney hop presence. A good amount of hop bitterness is present as well. Sweet malt tones balance the beer followed by a nice amount of oak on the finish.

Oak aging adds complexity and balance outshining the original Bastard.

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: Bottle is awesome as Stone bottles always are. All graphics and text are painted on. Label has the typical Stone gargoyle holding a beer mug with great font. Very eye-catching. States that it is Ale aged with American Oak Wood chips, ABV info, and says “You're not worthy.”! On the back label it gives the definition of arrogance, a small but arrogant description of the beer, a small but arrogant back story on beer, web info, and states “The Arrogant Bastard Wood. Would You?”! Cap states “Arrogant Bastard Ale”.

Appearance: After allowing this to warm for 10min I poured AB out of its 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter. Pours out a deep brownish red that is very cloudy and has a 1 ½ finger cream colored head of a medium to thick density. Lacing is phenomenal! Heading retention is excellent lasting 7min 30sec before fading to a thick coating a ring.

Smell/Aroma: Aroma is amazing. A floral herbal scent hits the nose right off start with a strong citrus hop scent rising through next. A nice oak backbone is detectable the entire time. Phenomenal!!!

Flavor/Taste: A strong pine hop bitterness is tasted first followed directly by a sweet but bitter grapefruit taste. A roasted malt backbone comes through on the finish. Really great!!! All this rest atop an oak backbone.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the thicker side of medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation. Extremely drinkable!!!!

Overall/Comments: Wow!!! One of the better beers that I've ever had! Super complex in every aspect with a great nose and a flavor profile that takes the drinker on an adventure!! The oak was awesome!!

Photo of berpwillie
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a opaque brown color with spare off white head, good lacing, and lively carbonation. caramel malty smell same sweetness follows through in the taste. bornt wood flavor, strong bitter harsh hops with lots of bite, and caramel hints. oak bitter finish. long flavor duration, and a medium body. slick sticky texture. abosolutely amazing brew. has a bit of a heavy complexity to itbut goes down so smooth. definitely for the more advanced palate. probably just pushed it way into my top three favorite beers.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Solid one finger sand colored head. Great lacing that bands to my glass and great retention too. Appealing color of hazy amber with orange highlights. Fantastic aroma dominated by floral hops, grapefruit and some malts underneath. Deeply complex and yet drinkable. Malt flavor is forward, then hop bitterness and finally an oak finish. Medium/light carbonation. Exceptionally smooth with a great mouthfeel. Top notch brew in every way and maybe even better than the original (it is slightly more enigmatic). Continues to develop as it warms and a must-try for all beer aficionados.

Photo of dunit697
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't even like arrogant bastard on first drink, It flew over my head, adding oak was engenius, and radically increases the beers drink-ability. The serving from a cask makes that flavor even more inviting and knocks it out of the park. The consistancy was a little runnier from cask but nothing that should deter you from trying this amazing beer.

Photo of Mikecap
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish amber with an opaque two finger white head that fades pretty quickly. Beautiful white lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel, some woody character, a bit of pine and earth, grass. Some citrus as well.

Taste: Sweet malt with a bit of oak, caramel, also some vanilla thrown in there. Tastes like the original but the oak adds a whole new dimension. Nice piney hop character and fantastic balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and smooth, smooth creaminess. A great drinking beer that is bitter but balanced.

Overall: Arrogant Bastard got me into craft beer and this oaked version is even better. I love this beer, and always will.

Photo of becktone
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oaked Bastard is beautiful once it can be seen and is decanted into a glass. The color is a deep orange/copper color. The head pours at about two fingers width, and as it receedes to a stable one finger height. As it receedes it leaves a solid wall of lacing around the sides of the glass. Head retention is stable at one finger.

To the nose this beer is just as good as it looks. Like Arrogant Bastard, and many other Stone products, it has a strong hop aroma. Floral characters make up the hop profile. The hop aroma is nicely complimented by a strong malt backbone (aromatic malt in there perhaps?). This beer has an overall earthy aroma ot it. I can't really see how this smells much different than non oaked but it still smells great. Perhaps its just me, I've not had AB in such a long time it is somewhat difficult to tell the differences. Still it smells great.

Oh, the joys of having a tongue. This beer is bliss. Strong hop presence in Oaked Bastard. Floral, grass-like/earthy hops give this beer quite a punch. A hop-head's paradise. The beer's malt profile is subdued when placed next to the hop flavor. It is tough to describe the malt flavor, yet it is there. The oak character is right at the end of the malt flavor profile. It is just right there at the end. The oak flavor combines nicely with the dry finish of this brew.

A very full body on this beer, great on the palate. It is very satisfying that even though this beer has a high abv it still has a big body as well, especially for being a beer that is not a "dark beer"-porter or stout etc. As mentioned before the beer finishes dry which compliments the oak character very nicely. Carbonation is not overpowering. As to the drinkability I'll almost definitely buy this again, maybe not this season though. At $18 for a sixer the price hits the pocket book hard. Overall a great brew, which I enjoy perhaps more than the Original AB.

Photo of FormatKid
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got a night set aside to drink this 3L, just me and a friend taking on this monster. Once I fumbled the lock off and popped the flip top I stuck my nose right in the bottle and took a big whiff...oh yeah, that's oak...sniffing from the bottle musty oak aromas were what I detected most of all. Once poured into a glass the body of the beer is a deep ruby brown, somewhat hazy, yet slightly translucent. The head is off-white with a yellow oiliness to it. This head is a champ when it comes to retention and lace and lasts through-out practically each entire glass adding to the overall experience. The aroma in the glass is lovely, hops are a bit downplayed when compared to the bastard in his original state, husky oak undertones and of course the dense caramelly goodness of the malt. The flavor totally corresponds, dense velvetty malts, subtle hints of husky oak, tiny pokes of vanilla flavor and dense piney hops. The oak aging process does wonderful things to the bastard...if only it weren't so damned expensive in this particular packaging, I'd still recommend getting one for the experience though.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having heard that this fabled brew was being offered on-tap in Riverside, I knew I had to try it. So I met up with fellow BA Hopjack13 at Jag's New American Grille for a pint of what turned out to be a great beer.
Served in an Arrogant Bastard pint glass (along with a t-shirt, the total cost of beer, glass and shirt was $15), this Stone brew had a burnished copper sheen, clear to the eye, and a compact vanilla colored head that slowly shrank and left some modest lace behind.
The smell of Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard was phenomenal; the rampant hoppiness of regular AB is refined and mellowed, the sweet malty aroma is more pronounced, and there's a hint of vanilla or some fruit I couldn't quite place that added an extra, wonderful dimension to the nose. Tasting this beer had my taste buds happy from the get-go. A sweet, almost fruity, malt flavor permeated the front and the oak aging is truly notable in how it has calmed and allowed the somewhat clashing tastes of Arrogant Bastard to blend and meld together more harmoniously. The hops aren't subservient, far from it, but the bittering in the finish is smoother and more enjoyable with the aging. The feel was luscious; medium- to full-bodied, smooth, and creamy, thanks to the abundant carbonation.
Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale is a wondrous brew that I could have been happy drinking all night. Alas, this was not to be but I hope to once more indulge in this great offering from Stone again soon. This is liquid gold worth going great lengths to try if given the opportunity.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,065 ratings.