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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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4,657 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,657
Reviews: 1,823
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 135
Gots: 326 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003)
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Photo of sidetracked


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep reddish amber with a cream-colored head.

Smells of bitter, grapefruit citrus hops with a nice balance of malts.

Taste is malt heavy up front with a bit caramel. The middle is dominated by grapefruit citrus hops with a lot of bitterness. The bitterness continues through the finish with a smokey oak flavor.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and well carbonated. Finish is pretty dry though.

A very drinkable beer with a great hop presence. The Oak doesn't come through much, but does add some to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 03:06:27 | More by sidetracked
Photo of tag0519

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Chestnut color with a nice creamy beige head that disappeared a little sooner than I'd like.

s: Oak, Malt, Hops, slightly fruity

t: Oak is dominant but in a good way. Hops come through as well. Very nice

m: at par with the style

d: I'll have another!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 19:23:54 | More by tag0519
Photo of TCHopCraver


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pretty ruby-brown with a one-finger khaki head that takes a minute to subside. Sticky, irregular lacing tops off the look of this bad boy.

S: Oak and stinky, weed-like hop aromas are the intitial smells to fill my olfactory senses. A good amount of grass and herbs straight from the earth are also present. Fruit aromas that I can single out include black cherry and raspberry.

T: The oak certainly plays a leading role, jumping on my side taste buds and remaining present throughout the duration of the sip. Cherry, plum, and a little bit of dry grapefruit also show themselves to my mouth. As the beer warms, the aforementioned fruitiness overcomes the oaky flavor as the dominant taste.

M: Pretty dry and tannin-y from the oak chipping process. Medium-bodied, but that dryness prevents a truly full feel from cascading over my palate.

D: I'm not sure that I would want to have more than one of these in a single sitting because the oak tannins really hit my palate hard. It is a tasty brew, and would probably do well to age a bit so that the oak chip flavors blend with the malt and hop character a little better.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 04:28:36 | More by TCHopCraver
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's finally time for Chicago BA's to get Stoned.. here is my first of many Stone reviews.

A: pours a deep mahogany with stunning clarity and a nice fluffy 2 finger head, leaves splotches of bubbles on the glass

S: smell is of deep bready and toasty malts, notes of caramel malts along with earthy hops along with huge notes of oak which meld nicely with the malt profile

T: the hops comes through much bigger on the palate- lots of bittering hops make themselves known among the firm malt backbone. There is a nice balance between hops, malts, and the oak notes which makes for a nice complex brew.

MF: this has a nice thick body with minimal carbonation which lends to a creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

D: a solid offering by Stone, the oak is nice and the mouthfeel is great for the style. A little pricey @ 16.99 a sixer, but good nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 22:07:47 | More by homebrew311
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On first pour you'll notice the caramel head with the deep red amber colors in the body. All throughout the drink process you'll see that thin layer of head stay consistent. Especially against the side of the glass.

The nose is a sweet hoppy scent. After sipping, the hops sit on your tongue. It's not too bitter though - the maltiness balances the hops.

The feel in the mouth is silky and smooth which leaves it very drinkable - not too thin, but not too full.

I found this beer tastes the best after it's had a few minutes to sit and warm up. It's almost as if the flavors change as it warms.

Stone Brewery just made it to Chicago - today actually. They have some tough competition out here. It's great to finally taste the Bastard though.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 02:45:04 | More by bmcnamara
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing based on a fresh bottle that just arrived in Chicago. Just goes to show how important freshness is...

Copper reddish color, billowing tan foam. Great retention and visually appealing.

Definite oak in the nose, fruity and woody a trace of brown sugar. Flavor is also oak-forward with moderate hop presence, not as bitter as Arrogant Bastard, toned down from the oak aging. Resiny pine hop bitterness resonates in the aftertaste, with drying oak notes. The wood has a fruity note too, hard to describe, but it reminds me of cantaloupe. A trace touch of the abv, but not distracting. Easy enough to have one or two, but not one to have more of. I'm slowly sipping this one.

Glad I gave it a second chance...


B- / 3.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, obtained through questionable channels...

Pours a nice reddish brown with good clarity. Sheets of lace coat the sides of the goblet. Skim of foam remains for the duration, and foam has a rich, dense quality.

Smells lightly of grassy hops, slight bubblegum.

Taste leads off with a strange artificial rubber/plastic taste, before moving into hoppy territory. Doesn't have a signature oak-aged character, just seems a bit off. Mouthfeel is big like an IIPA, rich and full. Bitterness is present, not overwhelming...nicely assertive with residual herbal dryness.

Can't finish the bottle, i'm guessing it's an off batch, or inferior oak chips. The initial taste is pretty unsettling.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 00:53:57 | More by emerge077
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Brown with nice head. Looks pretty lightly carbonated.

S - Malts, Hops, Oak, Citrus.

T - Oak, Pine, Hops, Malt, Vanilla, Very Tasty.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, bold.

D - I liked this one a lot. Vanilla and oak is very interesting. Solid body with a intense flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 02:07:49 | More by DNICE555
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

into a snifter

This brew pours a murky hazy bog brown color with one finger of off white head that fades slowly. The smell is sweet and spicy malts with a hop palate that's modest but confident and a much lighter sweeter smell which may come from the oaking.

Glug glug glug

This is tasty...big caramel and molasses flavors in the malt with the oaky wood flavor and the mellow sweetness coming at the end. The last part of the aftertaste to me is really like the smell of fresh lumber in a way. Perhaps a bit of orange and herbal hop flavor too. The mouth feel is thick and creamy. Overall this is a good good brew, very drinkable and tasty, but I could only afford one on my budget. 18.00 for a sixer is a little too steep.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 01:28:05 | More by Thur123
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

a - Pours a medium brown color with 2 fingers of tan head with nice retention and lacing. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of malts, some citrus hops, and oak.

t - The first tastes that jumped out at me were smooth vanilla and oak. After that there was some bitter hops, as well as pine and citrus. A nice contrast.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty nice.

d - Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Thought there was a nice contrast of smooth oak and vanilla with bitter hops in the taste. Would def try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 22:13:55 | More by mdfb79
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Gingerman. Norwalk, CT

A: Red. Im talking dark, ruby red. A tinge of mahogany around the edges of the glass.

S: Dark malts, earthiness, hops. Subtle vanilla, wood.

T: Resembles the regular arrogant bastard except this one isnt so arrogant. Much smoother on the palate. Hops take a slight step back and some sweet caramel malt becomes present. Bitterness lingers but is accompanied by subtle oak, tobacco, and vanilla notes.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is a little high.

D: This drinks much easier than its non oaked brother.

Funny thing about this beer... I have never had it without a cheese pairing. I had it once in San Francisco with some smoked gouda, and every time I go to the Gingerman in CT I get the cheese & bread sampler plate and a Stone OAB. This beer is excellent with mild and sharp cheeses alike.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 14:50:14 | More by zoolzoo
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New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard into snifter

Pours with the typical deep blood red body with a one finger beige head with drags down with solid lacing and lingers around for a while.

Aroma is pineapple chunks, grapefruit, sherry, a loft caramel malt sweetness. a soft vanilla touch.

The taste is much more gentle than I anticipated, given that the regular Bastard is quite the beast. This sample is actually aged a bit, and the bottle I got is just over the expiration, so it's intense hop character is subdued a bit. A salty and grapefruit hop bitterness, pineapple chunks, soft malty sweetness holding it all together without throwing off the balance. A touch of dry oak on the finish.

The mouthfeel starts moderate and gets a bit watery toward the center. The carbonation is quite low, made up of a few tiny bubbles. There is a lingering hop oily feeling which creates a long finish.

Drinkability is good, but I was expecting more from this Bastard. A fresher sample is in order, as this one feels more like a weak barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 12:30:21 | More by Flashsp2
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy deep amber color. An off white head that has good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing behind.

S- Sweet hops, lots of citrus (mainly grapefruit) and well hops dominant this one. Just a touch of caramel malts here too.

T- Quite few hop flavours coming at me here from piney to citrus. Biscuity malts come in and give it a nice back bone with a bit of wook and smoke at the very end.

M- A little heavy on the tongue and the carbonation seems to be right on.

D- A very solid brew for sure. Gonna lean toward a sipper here and would hit this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 06:34:01 | More by nrbw23
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3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The ber pours a dark brown maber, pretty clear. The head is a very light tan, rising about four fingers and has great retention and lacing.

The aroma is medium in strength with lots of oak to start and a strong alcohol finish, not very appealing or balanced.

The taste sadly loses all the oak that was in the nose. It is replaced by the harsh bitter alcohol that is straight from the regular arrogant bastard. Its just boring here.

The feel is heavy, but a lasting alcohol bitter finish.

Overall, not a big AB fan, the oak doesn't improve it.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 00:06:58 | More by jrallen34
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this one was a mahogany with ruby highlights. The tan head was fair, and faded to a ring around the glass and a patch in the middle.

The aroma was obviously oaky. Strong hop bill of pine, grass, and some soapiness was ever changing. Mint, ripe cherries, brown sugar, and even some banana in there, the nose was very complex. The alcohol was hidden very well.

The flavor was an excellent balance of two hardy profiles. The hops were evident at first and picked up steam towards the end, especially in the resiny and grapefruit finish. The malt shared spotlight with sweeter caramel tones and a toasty finish.

The feel was smooth and coating, the carbonation had a fair bit of spike. The finish was dryish and had a nice pinching feeling that lingered. Great flavor, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 23:01:13 | More by climax
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Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark mahogany with fluffy dark off-white head.

S: Very strong hop presence and a nice sweetness. Also smells a touch woody.

T: Big time pine hop flavor up front, working into a grapefruit hop taste, all while having a caramel sweetness. A tad bit of fruit mixed in with a smoky taste.

M: Medium body, not boozy. Has a certain creamy smoothness to it, as well.

D: Great taste and a 7.2% ABV, makes for a good time.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 22:31:15 | More by mostpoetsdo
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice brownish amber color with a beautiful off white head that is on it's way to a mocha color but doesn't make it but maybe halfway between mocha and white. The head is really nice and thick with great retention and lacing.

S= Pungent for sure. As the cap hissed when I cracked the beer I could almost immediatly smell the hoppy deliciousness. Nice piney hops to it like the regular AB bu this one is just a little different. A nice malty character to it just like the AB as well. Great caramel malts and sweetness to it. The oak is more subdued and you have to search for it but it is there. What is more noticable is a certain cinnimon smell that I would suspect is just a combination of sweet malts and oaky vanilla.

T= The hops hit you up front on the tip of your tongue. They flow over your tongue and give way to a nice sweet malty mid section. The great caramel and toffee flavors come through as well as some oakiness but again the oak has to be searched for a little more. The cinnimon that I smelled isn't around instead the finish leads to a slight vanilla from the oak and some woodyness. Just when you think the finish was the smoothest thing ever the hops come and bite the back of your tongue leaving a lasting finish.

M= Smooth and coating. Not too light or to heavy.

D= Pretty good. Decent beer and just a layer more complexity than the regualr AB.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 01:44:49 | More by jjanega08
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from West Richland Beer and Wine, poured into Delirium Tremens tulip 3.6.10.

Deep mahogany body, not clear, one finger light tan body, medium dissipation with a thin layer of head covering the top of the brew. The nose is malt dominated, caramel, with vanilla notes present, little hop odor. Taste is pretty sweet up front, with some fruity esters (cherries, raisins), not very bitter, this beer really mellowed out from barrel aging. The hops start to shine in the finish, but do not overwhelm the complex malt bill. The mouthfeel is fairly effervescent and not too sticky for the sweetness. A bit boozy tasting to be real drinkable, not sure I'd try to do multiple bottles in one sitting, and the taste re hops certainly benefit from warming up a bit. I certainly prefer this to regular Bastard, very smooth and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:56:40 | More by jdense
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darn, it seems like all of the beers I'm drinking tonight look similar. This one seems more golden than brown but there certainly is not much head. A slight rim of white around the glass, but that is it.

Vanilla and oak dominate the scent. I can also detect a lot of dark malts. I feel like this will have a stiff backbone of mat.

Similar to the smell, this hits heavy on the malt. A bit of vanilla seeps through with some piney hops rounding out the taste. There is a bit of oak substance throughout the hit.

Very creamy upfront, my mouth is liking the pull. It finishes with some carbonation bite which is very clean.

Easy to drink I think. But I've had a 10%, 11%, and then this drink. Anything would likely feel faint after those deep potions. Hard to say...

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 02:34:23 | More by TCgoalie
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New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code. Sampled on March 5, 2010. The pour is a pine color with ruby red hues and a thin but long lasting tan head. The aroma comes across as hoppy and wooden with a hint of Allspice. It has a mouthfeel in the medium range. The taste is well hopped, sappy. wooden, and breaded. It is a fairly nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 04:06:40 | More by puboflyons
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-copper hue with a thin dark beige head. Aroma is a mix of sweet toffee, smoked oak, and a hint of citrus. The oak barrel taste is definitely there as well as some alcohol, like a weak alcohol scotch/whiskey. A good amount of thickness, and little carbonation, which I like in a thick beer. for 7.2% ABV, not too strong on the alcohol taste which makes it very drinkable. A decent anytime beer based on pure taste. However, a bit pricey at $3 a bottle at a supermarket.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 01:29:03 | More by Evocatus
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark copper with a slight red tinge topped by a thin but dense off-white foam that leaves spots of foam lagging behind.

Piney, citrusy hops dominate the aroma with a dollop of toffee, prunes and oak rounding things out.

A full maltiness bring carmelized flavors to the fore which are met by a leafy, herbal bitterness and nicely subdued by a dark vanilla. Dry and almost whisky like, with a nice warming burnt wood in the finish. The hops and malt intermingle wonderfully with the oak.

This is much cleaner and drier that the regular arrogant bastard with a seemingly lighter body.

I like it. But I'd probably pick the unoaked version over this, given the choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 01:13:00 | More by MeisterBurger
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: Just barely transparent deep ruby-brown with some brighter ruby highlights. 2 fingers rocky, whipped up head with big bubbles. Leaves substantial lacing.

Big combination of woody resin & citric hops (orange & grapefruit). Slightly musty or sweaty. Some pepper & mineral notes hanging around.

Whoa! Does that taste hit a lot of points! Starts off with a combination of roasty caramel & a bitterness like orange zest. Aggressive without being sharp or off-putting, not just a bitter-bomb. Moves into some "dark candy" territory, like black licorice & root beer barrels. Turns bitter in the finish but with a clinging sugary sweetness around the ring of the mouth (just not the tongue). Aftertaste gets real oaky & imparts vanilla, then ends pretty dry. Complex, has a lot of movements.

Full, creamy mouthfeel that's also sharp without being too prickly. Maybe slightly tannic even (?).

Not what I was expecting: not usually a fan of Stone's big-malt-bigger-hop beers, but this one was balanced, yet complicated enough to string me along, & the oak was an awesome binder. Good combination of challenge & reward, & nothing if not interesting. Great beer, but one is satisfying, thank you.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 23:07:09 | More by OneDropSoup
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It has a sort of dark walnut color. Slightly cloudy, and a medium sized, tannish head. The head lasted for a very long time, and there was a nice amount of lacing.

S - I smell wood. This definitely delivers on the oak name. It has that classic ale smell with a bit of a hop bite to it.

T - This has a pretty good flavor. You can really taste the wood aged flavors, as well as some nuttiness. There is some bitter hops, as well as some spices and malt.

M/D - The carbonation is just right on this one. The strong wood flavor and hops makes this slightly harder to drink, but it is good. It has a heavy viscous feel to it.

Bottom Line: This is a high quality ale, you can tell it has been well crafted. The appearance and smell make it pretty top notch, and it delivers on the oak. It is a bit strong to drink a large amount of, but it would go nicely with some dinner.


Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 04:37:55 | More by Longhorn22
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured to a slightly cloudy red/amber color with a good sized light tan head that had very good retention and left lace rings down the side of the glass. The aroma here comes across as fruit, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, nuttiness which I think comes from the oak age? Hops where in the nose is there but they did not seem to be overbearing. The flavor is good, has quite a sweet flavor that comes across quickly, seems like brown sugar and caramel. Also there seems to be a nice amount of wood aged flavor, which adds to the complexity as a nutty and fruit flavor profile come through. There is a hop presence there as well but again it was not overpowering so I do wonder if I got a aged bottle of this one, regardless the flavors where nice. Had good carbonation and a nice full body feel. Overall this was a nice brew, I think one per sitting would be enough for me but one that I would come back to.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 12:09:07 | More by Stimack
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first taste of anything barrel aged came across a bit strong and too forward for my palate. I picked up a single 12oz bottle for a tasting, expecting the same expierence as before... I was wrong. This awesome new opinion and perception of barrel aging is why I drink craft beer.Nothing beats such a unexpected and pleasent surprise.

A- similar to its woodles brother. Deep red brown color, with a one finger light reddish white head (a bit less agressive pour than usual).

S- the barrel deffinatly mellowed this brew out across the board. Sweet malty smells dominate withe a bit of oak and hops somewhere in there.

T- Taste is this beer's strong point for me. Absolutely different from un oaked arrogant bastard. Malt profile is much more upfront, with a much sweeter taste. The taste of oak is present, but mild. Hops has definatly toned down and become more of a aftertaste than anything else. Also a little bit of alchohol present in the aftertaste. Age and oak has brought this beer complexities to flavor profile and smell. I feel like this bastard is a bit less arrogant and pleasent to be around.

M- Mouthfeel is not bad with a decent amount of carbonation and smoothness.

D- I wouldn't hesitate to have more than one of these 12oz bottles. I have a feeling drinkability would fade with quantity.

Overall this was an awesome expierence for me and changed my view on barrel aging. Im excited to venture off into a new journey within our craft beer world.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 18:26:38 | More by kungpao
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,657 ratings.