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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,433 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4433
Reviews: 1814
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%


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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PhiloPsych

California

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is really fantastic! It is smoother, cleaner, and more drinkable--just a tad less harsh--than the regular Arrogant Bastard. The color is great, the head is beautiful, too. Seriously the best beer I have ever had. For my taste, this beer is perfect!! I look forward to making this my annual Thanksgiving treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 00:26:24 | More by PhiloPsych
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The six-packs have come!!!

Pours a fairly dark reddish/amber color with a nice light tan head that sticks around for a while. Terrific lacing to speak of as well.

Smell is of maltiness, some muted hints of oak, and spicy hops.

Taste is of biscuity malts up front and transforms into a huge rush of astringent and aspirin-like bitter hops. Huge notes of oakiness in the finish and some vanilla up front. Like the original Bastard, it isn't very smooth of a beer, which does negatively affect it.

Mouthfeel is very velvety with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is middle of the road. One or two 12oz bottles or a single bomber is enough for me. I actually prefer the original Arrogant Bastard to this, which I even feel is overrated a tad.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 23:42:56 | More by Doomcifer
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chadspivey

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle , thanks to witbier for the opportunity

A: pours a dark copper color with a two finger off' white head. Half-way through the glass, still a good 1/4 inch head.

S: smells just like regular Arrogant Bastard. Maybe small hints of oak, but that could be my sub-conscious. .

T: Very smooth and delicious. starts malty kind of piney in the middle. Bitterness at the end, complimented by hints of vannilla

M: very smooth. kinda creamy, pretty thick, alomost like a cask conditioned. really in my opinion, it's a perfect mouthfeel.

D: unbelievable. I'm almost finished with my glass, and I feel like I could drink this all night. Only have the one though... :(

Wow. This is truly a craft beer. The best beer i've had in a while. gotta get some more...

Some advice, don't just get a 12 oz., get something bigger. 12 oz. is just a tease.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 01:47:08 | More by chadspivey
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briman

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours fairly dark, hazy, reddish amber color. Quarter-inch off-white head with decent retention. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is woody with caramel malt, and some mild to moderate pine & citrus hop notes.

Flavor is malty upfront with the hops starting to dominate through the middle. The finish is dry with a fairly strong grapefruit hop bitterness that lingers well into the finish. I get the vanilla notes more in the aftertaste than anywhere else. It seems to sneak out from behind the bitterness.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is excellent. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste, with just a slight warming affect.
Just as intense as the regular version, with just a little bit more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 00:56:49 | More by briman
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 06:47:34 | More by russpowell
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy amber golden with a tannish, tall and long lasting head which coated the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was citrusy with a strong presence of grapefruits, oranges and also a grassy and resinous hop character. Malt was secondary to the hop aromatics and contained a sizable caramel presence.

The flavor was mellow and smooth by comparison to the aroma. With a tannin character imparted from the oak and a vanilla presence the hops became smooth as silk with a citrusy and still grassy presence, but smooth instead of aggressive and rough. The malt flavor of caramel was well done and kept the overwhelming flavor and bittering of the hops in check. The oak was well done as well and never overpowering.

The finish was dry with long lasting citrusy and grassy bittering into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium full and had a creamy character from the moderate level of carbonation. I can certainly see why this one is a favorite. The smooth flavor coupled with the assertive nose really leads to a winning combination.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 22:58:40 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Dmann

California

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great spin on a classic brew. Out of the 12oz bottle it poured perfectly with a nice dark red color and a perfect off white head. Traditional Arrogant Bastard smell but with more subdued hopiness and a more musty malt/woody scent. The taste was quite a bit different as well with a more mellow flavor and less hop bite. The oak flavors really come out as the beer warms and it gives the aftertaste a very unique flavor. The original Bastard is still king, but this is an excelent spin on a classic. Very recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 10:48:48 | More by Dmann
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep murky red with a frothy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is caramel, fruits and raw hops with some woody vanilla.

The flavor is sweet caramel and melon with a strong harsh grassy (almost medicinal) bitter finish that lingers into the aftertaste. The bitterness mellows as it warms and becomes more vanilla oak. The mouthfeel is medium and kind of watery.

Overall, more one-sided and harsher bitterness than I remember the regular Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 07:28:14 | More by Beaver13
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with Boolshot. I am drinking this from a Stone 10 glass also received from Boolshot.

A: The ale is a deep copper red-brown color. The beer poured a thick two finger head that has laced nicely throughout the glass.

S: The ale has three discernible aromas: alcohol, oak and hops. The oak is present from the get-go, giving the ale a buttery aroma. The hops have a bit of a grapefruit bite and the alcohol, while warming, is big.

T: The flavors that appear here are clearly influenced by the oak chips. The tastes are buttery and almost chardonnay-like. I say almost because the intense hop character still emerges through oak. The hops are bitter, concentrated grapefruit and citrus flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is a delicious combination of hoppy bitterness and smooth oak butter flavors.

D: The beer has a moderate abv, but the hop and oak characters are so intense that you may not make it beyond a bottle or two. The beer is a treasure.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 00:20:16 | More by akorsak
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Westsidethreat

California

3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006

A: Color of a ten year tawney. Cloudy and murky, loads of toffee highlights. Head has a medium creaminess, khaki colored.

S: Clay, band aid, caramel, bit of vanilla and over ripe peach.

T: Begins very oakey, extremely oakey actually. Actually oak is all I can taste and not necessarily in a positive way. Its not subtle, there aren't wisps of vanilla, its just oak. That's where the band aid smell came from because its coming thru in the beer too. Finishes lightly fruity and very bitter with more oak. As it warms, some depth does break thru but too little too late.

The thing about the oak is, this beer isn't aged in barrels. Oak chips are added and you can tell. The oak completely dominates the Arrogant Bastard. A good oaking should highlight the flavors, not dominate.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D: Don't get me wrong, I still finished every sip of this beer. Perhaps I got a bad bottle but I doubt it. I've got the rest of the six pack to update my reviews if I feel its necessary. I'm a huge fan of barrel aged beers...I love the complexity it adds to the brew. This one simply has too much oak.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 23:21:48 | More by Westsidethreat
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never thought I would see this one in 12oz. bottles. Has the same Arogant Bastard characteristics that makes me so glad that I got into craft beers. As expected, the oak barrels impart a complex woody, nutty, musty, and raw character. It also rounds out the harsh hop and fusal characters of 'regular' Arogant Bastard. The beer comes across much smoother, more delicate, and more compex. Almost a creamy flavor and texture (cotton candy). From the bottle, it seems that the oak flavors, aromas, and nuances are more previlant than the times having it from the growler. I'll sure have more of these in the upcomming months.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 19:42:27 | More by BEERchitect
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dblinkhorn

California

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 23:04:05 | More by dblinkhorn
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plaid75

New York

4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep murky amber hue with a finger and a half creamy off white head. There was very good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell featured a thick sticky resiny grapefruit hop aroma with a juicy orange sweetness. Excellent toasty grain aroma as well.

The taste was upfront sweet orange with a stellar peppery, grapefruit hop finish. An excellent toasted doughiness throughout.

The mouthfeel was full and mildly chewy.

Overall an EXCELLENT ale. Solid ABV with an excellent drinkability. Head and shoulders above the regular version. Really, just a superior beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 03:19:42 | More by plaid75
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becktone

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 02:39:10 | More by becktone
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear and carbonated deep amber around a central column of ruby. Two fingers of sculpted light tan head de-meringue casually. Tapestries of lacing carpet the inside of the glass.

The aroma has a backbone of toasted malt, with caramel and baked bread, padded by a dinstinctly pine aura. A very reedy earthen oak note is matched with an equally airy vapor of alcohol.

Upon tasting, there arrives a crusty caramel malt presence with a considerably damped sweetness. Pine and grapefruit hops also seem slightly subdued and rounded, though they do remain quite poignant. And it's the oak that mitigates both, leaving a very mildly woody remembrance. There's a glimpse of alcohol just before the malt turns biscuity and the hops lay a blast of nuclear bitterness, leading to a crisp, dry, long finish. The oak softens the profile, and it's differently excellent because of it.

Medium bodied, it's clingy, chewy, flowing, and glowing.

It's the great taste of Arrogant Bastard feathered by a well-integrated earthy oak addition. It's still extreme, but in a less extreme way. The solid ABV is warming, and in no way an obstacle. The original is edgy and a breeze to drink. This one is every so slightly softer, and maybe even a bit breezier. It's better than good, it's wood.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 17:50:05 | More by Foxman
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice 1" head (poured a little hard). It's on a clear deep amber body.
S- Big citrus hop smell. Big malt in the background to help kind of balance it out. Hint of oak in it also.
T- Big bitterness from the citrus hops that break through the big malt base. Oak comes through in between it all. They must put a lot of oak chips in it to make sure it comes out in the big strong beer. It seems like the oak flavor builds up on you and it gets more oakey as it goes on.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- It's once again a amazing big beer. It isn't as good as the regular one but is pretty darn close.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 04:13:17 | More by BlindPig
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper in color with a thick fluffy 2" head that lasts forever. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: caramel and woody overtones are predominant. Some fruity tones linger in the background.

Taste: roasted malts, woody, vanilla, plums, raisins, a touch of grapefruit citrus and alcohol. A decent bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Long aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: the old reliable bastard with a twist. Nice change of pace from the standard and it peaks your interest. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 00:43:02 | More by Gavage
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klewis

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a nice red color with a big bubbly head. A good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Hoppy smell with hints of vanilla and smoke.

T: Initially, this taste very similar to the unoaked AB, bitter and intense. The flavor starts to change after a few seconds, and a gritty vanilla flavor begins to peek its head out.

M: Full-bodied with smooth carbonation. The bitterness makes this one feel quite dry.

D: Quite good, however I was hoping that this would be a bit more different than its unoaked counterpart. To me, the differences are so subtle, that it probably isn't worth the premium to get the oaked version. However, the 12-oz serving size is a plus.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 20:28:57 | More by klewis
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours without much head, just a thin tan foam that leaves a ring and some spotty lace. Color is brownish/amber, decent clarity. Strong aroma of grassy, resiny hops, paired with robust caramel malt and a hint of vanilla. Tangy sweet.

The taste opens up with a rush of tangy hops. Malt flavors are fruity and caramelly with a sweet vanilla finish that's lightly dry. Light alcohol presence, bitterness lingers nicely. The mouthfeel is somewhat light, with a nice smoothness and middle of the road carbonation.

I like to enjoy this beer with small sips, not because it's strong, but to really soak up the vanilla oakiness in the finish. These flavors are a bit subtle, so definitely let the beer warm some to bring them out. This, paired with the solid hop bitterness provide a good balance and really make this beer worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 18:17:28 | More by bennetj17
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 release.

Poured into a Stone IPA glass, Oaked Arrogant Bastard has a dark mahogany hue, rich head and moderate carbonation. The nose is all oak and hops.

The flavor is rich and complex - the malt comes out first, followed by vanilla, oak, and citrus hops. Smooth on the palate, full-bodied, creamy, and extremely drinkable for such a potent beer.

Highly recommended for fans of extremely flavorful, rich, full-bodied beers. I prefer this slightly over this year's Double Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 04:48:59 | More by largadeer
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Cresant

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. undated brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Three fingers of khaki colored head capped the dark cola/reddish brown body. The head did dwindle to a thin creamy cap which hung over the rich clear body. Thick lacing hung on the sides of the glass. Beautiful.

Smell was fabulous. Resinous, bitting floral and citrus hops. A faint brown sugar smell appeared. Later a woody aroma and hints of alcohol appeared. It was a challenge to let it warm further due to the extreme drinkability.

Taste was of resinous, bitter hop oils. Clean and refreshing. A malty undercarriage mixed well with the robust hoppiness. Taste reflected the aromas well. Complex woodiness. This one finished with a long citrus linger. This one exceeded my expectations.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth mouth and a zesty swallow. Fine.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 15:44:41 | More by Cresant
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jdoolin

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap at Vintage Estates in Boardman, Ohio.

Appearance: A dark, reddish brown with an off white, frothy head with good retention and left nice lacing all the way down.

Aroma: A citrusy, oily hop aroma hits first, followed by a malty sweetness and faint alcohol. Very pleasant, indeed.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Oh so smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The very citrusy flavor of hops is assertive at first, then the big, caramel malty sweetness blends with the oak that lasts through the finish.

Notes: Wow, what a great beer. Hard to believe they could top the original Arrogant Bastard, but here we are. I love the oaky, woody flavors and thats smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2006 01:10:17 | More by jdoolin
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mellow, darkish ruby with a glowing glow. Thick, whipped, creamy, sticky, bright sandy brown head. Very nice to look at. Nose is rich caramel rolls and fruit punctuated by vanilla, oak, and resinous hops. Taste is [not surprisingly] much like "regular" AB. However, there is a definite added complexity/dimension with the oaky, madeira, vanilla flavors. The hops are still aggressive, but the added malt complexity balances them much better. What am I trying to say here? This is damn good beer! Finish is slightly warming and redolent of a fine Scotch. Here's hoping this is released in 6 packs every year.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 01:56:45 | More by alexgash
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goschool

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lucky Devil's in Hollywood.

Appearance: The pour is dark brown with fiery orange highlights and a small layer of tan head that lasts for quite a while.

Smell: Grapefruity and floral hops battle for supreme control of the aroma with dark malts and soft woody aroma.

Taste: The oaky flavor wussifies the arrogance in the flavor profile. Its brother's sticky dark malts and citrusy hop bitterness are still in here, but everything is so smooth. Very different from the original.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and the texture is luxuriously smooth, but still dry like the standard issue AB.

Drinkability: I was in one of the most uncomfortable parts of LA, the service was awkward, and my meal was overpriced, but I forgot all about that when I was drinking this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2006 07:31:23 | More by goschool
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle, from a freshly purchased Six-Pack of the recently released monster. Standard looking Arrogant Bastard Ale text and Gargoyle is screen printed in white but overlaid with the words OAKED in a Red colored semi-broken Arial text, enforcing an “over-stamped” look. Sealed with a simple brass cap which has the words “Hated by Many Love By Few”.

Appearance: Dark ruby body has some rich purples, polished mahogany, “Conker fresh” horse chestnuts and a range of deep browns to entice the visual inspector. Held high to the light it glows, it has a soul that projects danger, yet an inviting sense of adventure. The deep tanned head is darker at the meniscus and perfectly formed, rich in its fine formed texture with a smooth top it deposits some nice lacing as I work down the Old Guardian glass….wonder if they’ll release an Oaked AB Glass for this? Superfine dissolved carbonation adds an intense conditioning to this brew but it is all kept under control.

Nose: Ripe barley malts are filled with thick fruity hop oils and a biting citrus tingle in the finish. Alcohols are here, prevalent but not invasive whilst the merest hint of wood can be detected, but it hides when chilled; only revealing itself after the brew warms to room temperature.

Taste: A gorgeously sinful mix of high alcohol, hop oils and raw English barley wine styled malts. Deliciously fruity, soft biscuit, tanned leather and a growing tendency to leave hop trails on the tongue are thoroughly lovable. It does tend to exhibit a rather dry woody finish in the long run though. The regular (sic) Arrogant Bastard is a big brew which doesn’t “need” any Oaked characteristics to improve its demeanor. Moreover the American Oak Chips seem to tame the beast a little and add some quality and education to a brash cocky youngster which I like. Refined to an extent, it looses some of its Bastard charm in the process but the Drinkability shoots off the charts though - so it's a balance of sorts.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, the ultra fine conditioning and woolly thick head help to impart a regal nature to the texture, and I really enjoyed licking my freshly formed Oaked Arrogant Bastard moustache after the first mouthful. Sophisticated and free of sharp edges, the feel is of high quality coachwork throughout.

Drinkability: Good job these come is Six-Packs! But I’d still love to see it in Bombers too. Maybe I’ll have just one more 12 ounce bottle….yeah its only 9:30pm…..you know this stuff is dangerously quaffable, I could easily manage the whole Six-Pack, even knowing that I have a 6am flight tomorrow….Watch Out.

Overall: Unusual to see this in Six-Packs given Stones preference for Bombers and the previous 3L outings for Oaked AB. It works well whatever you want to put this in and I for one have enjoyed revisiting this brew. The only drawback is the price; I quickly realized that the 10% Double Bastard Bomber sat next to the Six-Pack that I picked up represented better value for money per ounce. Oh well. I’ll certainly stock up on this one when I win the Lottery for sure. Hope you get to try some.

Music: U2 “Bad”

I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
Wide awake
I'm not sleeping oh no no…..

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 05:53:18 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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