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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,843 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,843
Hads: 5,082
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 199
Gots: 518 | FT: 5
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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Reviews: 1,843 | Hads: 5,082
Photo of leantom
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer once before, but it's been a long time. Therefore, I decided to go to the store and pick it up in order to review it more accurately. Here goes:

A: Nice. Pours a dark amber; little light penetrates. If you pour it properly, you should get a nice head with good retention time.

S: Very nice. Has an oaky smell with lots of vanilla, probably from being aged in bourbon barrels. The base beer for this oaked-barrel-aged creation - Arrogant Bastard - has none of these smells. I really cannot detect the hop presence very well like for the regular Arrogant Bastard (you can smell the piney, resiny odor from the Cascade hops in the base beer).

T: Again, very nice. It's no where near as bitter as Arrogant Bastard, probably because the beer has had time to mellow-out in oak barrels. You really cannot taste the amber and darkened malts in this beer as well as you can taste them in Arrogant Bastard, but they're still apparent, especially on the back of the tongue as the beer goes down. Mild hope presence, but nothing heavy. The oak barrels impart a bourbony flavor, i.e., very sweet with lots of vanilla.

M: Very full-bodied and creamy, unlike the base beer. Aging the beer in oak barrels really did wonders on its flavor.

O: Highly recommended. A nice, sweet strong ale that imparts a fine bourbon taste. (1,329 characters)

Photo of Scobbabq
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 10 oz snifter.

Appearance was a beautiful ruby-mahogany and a creamy and light light tan/off white head. A thin layer rests on top with some sporadic lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer

The initial smell is oak and vanilla with the delicious scent of the bastard filling it out.

The idea to oak the arrogant was a fantastic idea. The taste follows the pattern of the smell with the oak taking center stage followed by the arrogant bastard. The finish is that Stone hoppy bitterness. My only...bone to pick...would be that hoppy bitterness at the end. I know hops are Stone's bread and butter and it's not the worst finish but I'm used to more of a smooth malty character with oak aged brews. That said it's not a bad finish. The aftertaste actually brings the two flavors together really well.

The mouthfeel was least favorite aspect as I felt it was quite on the thin side. Had it been just a bit on the thick side I'd be giving this a perfect score.

That said I didn't want to give my first rating here a perfect score out of principle. So overall I'll give it a 4.75/5.00
Cheers, all! (1,134 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark caramel amber with a heavy layer of foam that hangs around for a while.
The aroma hangs back even as it warms. I get a light woody oak with a hint of caramel malt. The flavor has an apparent bitterness with a drying finish. There's a bit of caramel and some toffee. It’s maltier than I expected, with some oaky tannins, a caramel malt flavor and a long finish. (380 characters)

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I have had so far, everything about it blew me away, and that was something I had not yet experienced with Stone, with their IPA and normal arrogant bastard proving to be just above average.

A: Beautiful brown tinge, with main colour being a ruby red

S: Sheeeit, best smell I have had from a beer. The oak comes through with vanilla, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel and a herbal hoppiness all combining to make something truly spectacular.

T: Vanilla comes through strongly now with sharp piney hops and citrus breaking up the sweetness of both the vanilla and this insanely tasty caramel maltiness (really want to know the malt bill for this bad boy).

M: Probably the best thing about this beer. Don't know what it's like out of the bottle, but on tap, I have never experienced a hoppy beer like this to be so rich and full in it's mouthfeel. Quite an achievement, the best mouthfeel I have experienced. (918 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with Stone's classic silkscreen printing. Reviewing from notes after drinking on 3/5/14. And while I wasn't smart enough to write down the enjoy by date, I do remember that I was a good couple months ahead of it. Poured into a large 20 oz snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful hue of burnt umber with some hints of maroon where the backlit sun pours through the glass. Atop the body sits a half-finger head of pillowy foam the color of toasted white bread. Retention is short-lived, settling to a mottling of film of inconsistent thickness, with some buildup against the side of the glass. Lacing is sparse, but definitely present.

Smell - A wonderful bouquet of hops--both earthy and rich as well as bright and citrusy--alongside pronounced notes of caramel, vanilla and toasted wood. The wood is reminiscent of some of the notes you get from bourbon or even chardonnay, but without the phenols that you get from used oak barrels. It's definitely pure aromatic timber that provides an added depth to regular Arrogant Bastard.

Taste - Certainly delivers on the promise of the nose. Sweet malt and caramel along with vanilla and some light tannin, but not to be outdone is the complementary lupulin presence. Again, pungent citrus and now some herbal freshness to compliment the sweeter profiles. Again, the oak provides a pleasant background characteristic that compliments the hops and malt. After each drink there is a semisweet bitterness, but faint.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly bittersweet finish.

Overall, I think I prefer this one to the original AB. The oak adds a depth that makes it a really unique tasting beer, and the fact that it's unused wood instead of something like bourbon barrels makes it cleaner and less hot. Will definitely have to get some more of this excellent brew. (1,874 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a fan of Arrogant Bastard I couldn't wait to try its oak aged uncle. It definitely did not dissappoint. This ale pours one of the sexiest deep rich mahogany colors that I have ever seen in a beer. There is a very slight off white head that gives way to a substantial film and a lot of thick Cream lacing. The aroma is rich and buttery with lots of malty sweet notes reminiscent of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. In addition there is the wonderful aroma of smoky oak and a little piney hops. This ale sips quite thick and syrupy, definitely on the high end of the medium bodied beers. It is not an ale meant to just slug back. For only a 7.2 abver it seems quite thick and full bodied. The flavor surpasses the nose in its rich deliciousness. It is sweet and malty and smoky and at the same time slightly bitter and surprisingly fresh tasting(at least for an aged ale. There are plenty of caramel and vanilla notes, highlighted by the deep richness of the oak and the slighly bitter notes of piney hops. It is sweet but not cloying and simultaneously bitter but not tongue numbing like many Stone offerings. This is truly a great beer. I don't know how Stone does it but they continue to impress me time and time again. Maybe time to make a pilgrimage to visit them and really take all that they have to offer in. (1,314 characters)

Photo of timc100
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good take on arrogant bastard. Oak is very present - slight vanilla, very oaky, woody, some dry tobacco, dry oak - the hops are much faded, get some of the malt coming through. Some char, more tobacco, neutralizing oak dryness.

This is a much more calm version of arrogant bastard - a nice take, but I wish the hops were more present. (336 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.4/5  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. (584 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep orange, almost red color.

Smells of piney hops and has a scent of a oak barrel.

It also tastes like oak, piney hops,and some malts. They certainly age this in oak for long enough, because the oak flavor is pretty strong, and quite excellent.

This was the first oaked beer I have ever had, and aging it in oak really adds a lot to this beer. Basically, Stone Brewing Co. took what is already a favorite beer of many, and found a way to make it better. (466 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep copper with a thin head but excellent lacing. Noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Pine and caramel, with hints of smoke, hops and toasted malts.

Taste: Pine, caramel, citrus, smokey oak, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very bitter finish.

The Verdict: It’s good. Very tasty, but too bitter for my palate (like most Stone offerings). As with most quality oaked brews, it improves as it warms. (418 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Chalice.

A: Semi-clear deep brown. Head was a few fingers settling to a thick disk. Minor legs.

S: Huge oaky, vanilla, with malted backbone speaking loudly. Hops, normally an Arrogant Bastard Ale staple voice, are background.

T: nose tells the tale. Big smoky oaky and vanilla notes are combating with roasted malts of the darker class. Hops take the back seat. Yeast functions for ABV rather than nose or taste.

M: smooth at this level of oak and ABV. Not spritely, thick. Filling. Not for the faint.

O: This is huge and deserves a bit of time to enjoy, as it changes as it warms. (610 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, deep amber with a thin, off-white ring of head. It looks pretty good, nice
amber color and abundant bubbles make it look appealing and the foamy nature of the thin head is nice. Scents of brown sugar, molasses and maple up front, this mingles later with vanilla, oak and spicy, piney and cedar-like hop aromas. In the background is some faint citrus and overripe fruit. A nice, complex aroma, highlighting the malt, hops and oak quite nicely. Taste begins with a big hit of bitter hops, simply bitter without much flavor. This moves into more bitterness, backed by hints of caramel sweetness, a bit of oak in the background and bitter citrus pith and pine hop flavors. A bit of fruit in the background. The finish is dry, with bitter hop, mostly pine, but with some citrus pith and a bit of toasted malt. The aftertaste is bitter hops and toasted malt. A big, bold flavor, not as well balanced as the aroma, quite bitter, but not bad. The slight sweetness works with the bitter hops to make it quite drinkable, and the oak gives it some nice woodiness. Very good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation and a resinous feel. This makes it quite easy to drink, as it goes down smooth. Overall this is a good strong ale. A nice balanced and complex aroma, bold flavor and smooth mouthfeel combine to make a very nice drinking experience. Good job making a good beer better Stone. (1,402 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old brew. Enjoy by 12/24/13, poured 2/11/14.

Appearance: Pours a red/brown sort of color with a two finger tan head that falls to one and stays. Really good lacing.

Smell: It's definitely fallen off, I feel. There's a caramel sweetness that, with oak, gives a maple syrup feel, I suppose. Spicy with a fair amount of hops, but the aroma's certainly not as impressive as it would be fresh.

Taste/feel: Solid sweetness at first, but then an equally solid and drying bitterness at the end. A nice caramel malt flavor on the front, a resinous bitter pine sort of finish with a bit of that oak -- just enough to add a bit of character. The mouthfeel is medium all-around and it makes the bitterness on the finish a bit harsh, so come prepared! It's not overbearing, but the bitterness seems a bit high for the amount of hops I'm tasting here, but again, it's past its prime.

Overall, I need to try this fresh, as I know this isn't what this brew is supposed to be. $3.29 for a single of this, and it should have been discounted. (1,027 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had a fee of these this weekend and it's time to review the experience. In a nutshell, it's very very good.

It is a nice Basilan, dark brown, with beautiful dark leaving. I probably underrated the aroma. There, I fixed it. It's earthy and dark, buy not overly so.

The taste is a wonderful combo of his and madly with a very mild oak and flavor. It fades quickly and does not linger nearly long enough.

We always say that Stone does best with their special brews, but I am starting to appreciate their everyday beers as well. (531 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours out in this deep rich crimson red, almost like cranberry juice. The head is light tan pillowy head.

The aroma has lots of caramel malt along with juicy sweet orange and grapefruit. Then the hops shine through of pine, resin, and some oak.

On the flavor, it starts off with a bitter blood orange, red grapefruit, and peel. It then hits with a round vanilla flavor. The oak adds a dimension throughout.

The caramel sweetness then hits and balances the beer. There is a big lasting bitterness in the end. It's almost peppery, but lots of resin, pine, earth, tea, earthiness, and wood chips.

The oak adds a wonderful complexity to the Arrogant Bastard base. A great beer that is very much like an American barleywine, but very well made, unlike some other attempts. (775 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid one finger of creamy head, decent retention, slowly fading to a thin bubbly remnant. Awesome sticky lacing. Beer is a dark brown, translucent, and shot through with purple or red.

Vanilla notes immediately hit, with a massive dose of caramel malts and molasses, and finally some spicy dry hops.

Dry, earthy, spicy hops hit first, imparting bitterness but little flavor. This is followed by some flat caramel malts, with vanilla, oak, and brown sugar rounding out the back-end. Fairly complex profile; each sip is a little different.

Lively sting and bite give this an excellent balance to what is otherwise a relatively thin mouthfeel. Slight foaming.

This is a tasty beer, reminding me of a drier, spicier version of Brown Shugga or Burton Baton. Those beers are very hoppy, but with more hop flavor, whereas the hops here seem to be mostly about the bitterness. The flavor is a bit of a letdown after a really intriguing aroma. Letting it warm helps bring out the molasses and vanilla better.

Has an "Enjoy By" date a week from now. I would think an oaked strong ale would hold up to age well, other than the hops, so I find that curious.

Update: had it on tap, and it was even better. Very smooth, with nice vanilla and oak notes to complement the earthy hops. Malt profile was far less dominant. Very bitter brew, and very good. (1,344 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Just past the best-buy date of 12/24/13
A: Burnt orange color with a one-finger head
S: Nice balance of bold pine hops, roasted malt and caramel
T: Matches the nose with the malt up front then the hops then the sugary components. Pretty bold
M: Full-bodied, a nice hops bite and a fairly long finish
O: I'll post another note with a bottle still in the freshness date. As is this is a very tasty beer though in my opinion not quite to the level of its 'official' BA 100 rating (521 characters)

Photo of OldManRJM
2.59/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one has a nice amber color with an ivory head that does hang around.

I do not get the fruity smell that others describe, but there us a hoppy aroma to the beer. The mouth feel is smooth, it is not under or over carbonated.

The taste is quite hoppy. If this is your thing, then you will love this beer Unfortunately, I am not fan of hoppy beers - this one reminds me more of an IPA. (388 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Amber, slightly dull with a quickly dissipating head. Nose of sugary marzipan, dark fruits like figs, cranberries and cherries. Not picking up any grain or hop scents, just a sweet dark fruitiness. Taste of sweet boozy fruits immediately cut by acrid bitterness. A resiny, pithy bitter that keeps the sweet cooked sugars from being overpowering, finishing on an earthy, woody note that rounds the sharp edges. Full mouthfeel with enough carbonation to keep it from feeling heavy. An improvement on the already fantastic original recipe. (536 characters)

Photo of santomark
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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? (683 characters)

Photo of ZachKelly
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled a 64 ounce growler at Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA.

A: Pours a beautiful dark reddish brown. Held up to the light reveals more of a red. After pouring there was a large, fluffy, 3 finger head of creamy white. After settling a good head still remained with a constant carbonation that kept it bubbling. An impressive, thick lacing was left on the glass as it was emptied

S: Somewhat underwhelming smell, not overpowering and hard for me to pick up. I sensed a piney and citrusy aroma from the hops and a caramel malt note. The oak from the aging process was noticeable in the nose.

T: Wonderful citrus and sharp hop flavor is very up front. Some malt kicks in the back end. Hint of oak and bitterness. The malt and hop tend to balance out as you let it sit in your mouth. Great flavors, with a sneaky sweetness that lingers after you swallow.

M: Stays with you. A good aftertaste and hop resin. Very thick but smooth.

O: Very good beer. I like it better than the normal Arrogant Bastard offering. (1,022 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Look:dark red brown, 1 finger khaki head, great lacing.
Aroma notes:orange, grapefruit, honey, oak, mango, vanilla, pineapple.
Tasting notes:grapefruit, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, pineapple, toffee.
Feel:medium to full bodied.

There's a lot to like here. The oak aging does a lot of good in this one. The oak gives it a great vanilla note that carries throughout the beer. You also get the strong citrus notes in here that's the counter part to the sweetness. One of the better stone beers available. (540 characters)

Photo of ivanovichi
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a wide mouth snifter

A - Pours a nice dark brown/ amber color with a half inch of really light tan head which it retained the whole time. Light carbonation, nice lacing all the was down

S - hoppy, malty, and oak and the end, very satisfying smell

T - Malt, then hops, and leaves the mouth full of that great oak flavor which hangs around for a while.

M - Sat on the tounge for plenty of time, i felt real light carbonation, nice overall feel

O - A great brew to really get everything you can out of an American strong ale, like others I would be interested in trying one right off the line fresh (625 characters)

Photo of MotoGuitard
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this deep dark red beauty and achieved a nice, reasonable head. The smell is much calmer than I expected. Definitely diggin it.

The taste is a lot different from the Bastard taste that I am used to. I usually find them to be in your face (not in a bad way) but it looks like the oak and aging has really chilled this beast out. I still get the same ideas that I get from the regular Arrogant Bastard, but the oak aging has really changed it for the better in my opinion.

Instead of being an Arrogant Bastard with oak added, this guy really transformed into a mellow, but still very strong beer. Will be buying again. (626 characters)

Photo of MHJeff06
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a good reputation on here, but I have to disagree. I bought a 4-pack of this, and perhaps it was a bad batch, I'm not sure. This beer was the definition of unbalanced. If you like to be hop bombed, then you'll l probably like this. The beer then finishes with an unpleasant oaky finish, unlike the other oak aged beers I've tried. I dont see the appeal in this one, but I drank two and gave the other two away to friends that had a similar conclusion. (465 characters)

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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