Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,012
Reviews: 1,842
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
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Gots: 463 | FT: 7
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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 AEK
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Red with a tanned, pillowy head.

S. Plummy, sweet malt, brandyish alcoholic notes, demerera sugar, prunes, figs, raisins, cherries.

T. Buttery, some wood smoke. A lovely balanced alcohol burn. Dark fruits and a good hoppy finish.

M. Full bodied - thick and chewy.

D. Lightly carbonated yet still a smooth drinking ale. Yet another excellent ale from Stone who are rapidly becoming my favourite American brewer. Good stuff indeed.

Photo of mulder1010
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Great Divide Globe Glass
Best Before 6/17/10

A-- Poured an opaque reddish brown. No carbonation on the sides of the glass. Light brown head that started at 2 fingers and quickly settled down to under a finger. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Good head retention.

S-- Soft floral and citrus notes with touches of carmel. With the age the hops have dropped some and get a little bit of biscuit smell to this.

T-- Oak has a big effect on this as it is quite peaty. Hops are there but not as powerful as regular bastard is usually. A little bit of warmth from the oaking as well.

M-- As said the hops have softened a lot but the flavor is still there. Still get some grapefruit, lemon and some pine but what is more obvious is the wood. Very chewy and peaty. Lots of Oak tannins in this and a warming sensation more like scotch. Much more hearty a beer now. A good sized oak burn in the finish along with the ABV%. Medium to lower end of the carbonation side.

D-- Excellent beer for colder nights. Have had fresh Arrogant Bastard before and it is exceptional. Oak Aged is excellent. Fresher would only enhance the other flavors and possibly bring out more but this at a year old is very good. The Oak taste and feel makes this exceptional. The ABV is a bit more obvious in this but that might be more the age and Oak. Still could drink 2 before feeling the bite of this.

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

Poured a 12oz bottle into my new Westvleteren souvenir chalice purchased at the Abbey by Brother Bob

A: Beautiful mahogany brown color. Tan, creamy head that leaves nice lacing on the chalice. Higher alcohol content is evident as I swirl the glass and the ale clings to the glass.

S: Complex aroma of ripe bananas and floral notes as well.

T: Hop bitterness tempered somewhat by the oak aging.

M: Medium bodied with little carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, smooth ale. The 7% ABV would not deter me from drinking a couple more.

Summary: Really excellent ale from Stone. I've had the arrogant bastard before, but the oak aging takes it to a new level.

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

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The head was minimal and quickly disappeared into nothing but a thin foam ring with some bubbly continents in the middle. A murky red-copper color, kind of like Dr. Pepper, but with lots of fine sediment flecks throughout. at the end there was a small pile of dark brown sediment on the bottom of my glass.

S: A spicy hoppy smell up front with a hint of coriander and it leaves a slight tingle in the nostrils. The smell is great and strong, but lacks endurance.

T: There is a lot going on here. Starts out with a subtle, slightly sweet orange zest flavor that transitions into a spicy, tongue tingling, cock-punching, hoppyness. After the swallow you get a lingering bitterness.

M: smooth at first, then it seams to foam up your mouth even though the carbonation is mild. It gives your tongue a good tingle, then leaves you with dry bitterness like an ex girlfriend.

D: I could easily drink a bomber of this, but after that i would probably prefer to mix it up with something else. The hops are intense and delicious, but the bitterness yearns for something more soothing afterward. like a cuddle.

Photo of urwithdave
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my cigar city snifter!

A- A beautiful beer. Pours dark amber in color. When held to the light there are flashes of ruby red. A huge billowing head that has excellent retention. There is a smashing amount of sticky lacing clinging to my glass.

A- Piny hops up in the nose right away. I could smell them as soon as I cracked this one open. The wood is subdued but is definitely present.

T- Well like I was guessing from the aroma, the hops pack a punch. They lead the way here. They are followed by a spice that I can't quite finger. There is a caramel malt profile lingering in the back row. The wood comes out as the beer warms.

M- Medium in body with a nice crisp finish.

D- Pretty good, I dont know if I'd choose to drink it all night, but I was definitely wishing I had a bomber and not just a 12oz bottle.

Photo of bs870621345
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This here, is a damn good beer. An ipa bitterness with a pale ale sweetness

Pours a dark amber color with almost no head and leaves virtually no lacing.

Smell is hoppy, floral and spicy. A second smell reveals a malt sweetness.

Taste is on the bitter side, but with a nice malt backbone to hold it up. Has a slight oak flavor that plays well into the taste. Its not an IPA, but is more bitter than some I've had.

Mouthfeel is remarkable. Very full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation. It is very smooth, characteristic of an oak aged beer.

Drinkability is good, its a very inviting beer, but the alcohol is a little high to have more than a few at a time.

Overall a good beer, very enjoyable.

Photo of RichieS2
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a dark maroon color with moderate carbonation. Half inch head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - The hops are there to shake your hand along with plenty of citrus notes.

T - Well-balanced really is not the right word here, but there is plenty of malt for sweetness and plenty of hops for bitterness. The oak really brings out the sweetness of the malt that brings a great contrast. I know sounds odd but the hops win out in this brew which is a fantastic mouthful.

M - Pleasingly thick with nice warmth from the 7.2 abv.

D - The beer's only weakness, one is enough.

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

Appearance - The biggest head of all time. Nice thick cream colored head. Brownish red in color with an orange hue. The head is there to the bottom of the glass. Awesome lacing all through the glass.

Smell - Caramel, fruity, Anise and brown sugar. All my favorites.

Taste - Like the smell the fruity caramel and brown sugar are amazing. There is a back i cant place some sort of berry blueberry or boysenberry.

Mouthfeel - Creamy rich goodness. Medium in body with a nice tooth. I find myself chewing it like a toffee.

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

16oz poured into a pint glass on tap...

A- Mainly brown color with some amber hues under a very nice two finger head with AWESOME lacing on the glass...

S- Very hop forward nose. Balanced out by a strong fruit that follows- some sort of a cherry or blackberry seems to be the fruit.

T/M- Alright, great taste in this one with many different components. The first thing you get is a nice slap in the face from hops that you are used to getting from Stone. After that, you get the same fruit in the taste as you did in the nose- BUT, it is followed closely by MORE HOPS!! Absolutely awesome how the flavor can just morph on the tongue through stages; but this beer isn't finished either! It ends with an earthy flavor that quickly turns to an alcohol sensation that leaves the mouth warm and fulfillled. Great medium-ish mouth on this one with moderate to small amounts of carbonation. Very pleasing beer to this guys mouth...

D- This is a great beer, but after about two or three back to back, my guess is that it would get to you. The alcohol is present and the hops would dominate your palate after awhile leaving you not able to taste much else.

Overall, amazing beer. I like this better than the straight Arrogant Bastard; which I loved to begin with. Very intricate flavors come through at different times that really leave you pleased as a drinker. There isn't anything more that this beer could really offer.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Brooklyn snifter. Dark amber color, almost brown. Quick surge of carbonation formed a nice white head. Smell was good, but I was expecting a bit more of a wood-aged note. Not quite as pronounced as I was hoping for. Taste was pretty stellar though. A nice hit of malt up front, then you can taste some of that oak on your palate, and it leaves you with a bite of hops at the end. I tasted just a bit of cinnamon with this beer, and also some peat smoke. Very flavorful. Mouthfeel was on the dry side, but smooth. Would have guessed the abv to be somewhat higher. This is a unique beer with just as a unique flavor, so a single bottle was a nice introduction. A great offering from Stone that shows what wood aging can do to a beer, but doesn't take it to overkill levels.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (June 2, 2010). "Enjoy by 06/02/2010" is printed on the front of the very cool looking bottle.

Stone Brerewey is new to the Chicago market, and I'm happy to partake in another offering from them. I'm drinking this on the last day as indicated by the bottle, so that might not be optimal, but I'm reviewing anyways. In time I'll try a fresher one when I can and I'll re-review if my impressions of the fresher version vary drastically from this tasting.

Eyes: Pours a darkish red syrupy color. A full one finger head rises with a slightly off-white cream color.

Nose: I'm glad to say it's very hoppy. Some good pine hop aroma and even some dry fruit which is surprisingly well balanced. I can barely identify the oak, if at all.

Tongue: Caramel, dry fruit, pine hops, and oak takes it's place on the tail. Very potent flavors each, but each one is extremely well and skillfully balanced.

Mouth: Rich and thick without coating the palate too much.

Libation: For such a hop/flavor forward beer, this is very well balanced and goes down extremely easy. Given the ease of drinkability and the undetectable 7.2% ABV Oaked AB can be dangerous if you've picked up a sixer.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep shade of red/amber with a thin white head

S: Caramel malt, butter, burnt brown sugar, and a little oak. While not a primary feature, the hops are also easily discerned.

T: Initial flavor is sweet caramel and vanilla, followed by a very herbal hop flavor. Finish is long with a healthy amount of hop bitterness and burnt toffee.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly syrupy with medium carbonation that is well-contained. Pretty close to how I would draw it up.

Oaked Bastard is my favorite of the three. It has a little more complexity than the regular AB, but is not quite as rough around the edges as the Double Bastard. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Photo of jmerloni
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a tawny copper brown color with flashes of bright amber in the middle. Pretty interesting. Head is gigantic and laces fairly absurdly. One of the most formidable heads I've seen.

S - The oakiness is definitely there! I love it. Besides that, some citrusy hops. Maltiness is there too.

T - The flavor is more piney than I expected given the nose. A little mellowed and not as bold as expected. Hop and malt in a respectably well-crafted balance. Tastes very fresh.

M - On the lighter side of medium-bodied. A bit too much carbonation perhaps. It leaves a nice dry finish.

D - Fairly drinkable. Hops and malt are in good balance and the beer is light enough so that you can put back a few of these.

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

Poured a murky reddish brown into a Duvel tulip. Two fingers of yellow-tinged head, slow to recede with lots of sticky lacing.

Grapefruit and floral hops are present in the aroma, but the initial taste is dominated by a woody smokiness and hints of creamy malt and sweet vanilla. Citrusy hops then burst down the door and lead to a lingering finish.

Slightly dry mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Easy to sip, but the tartness of the finish helps to slow you down. More complex and rewarding than the regular Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown, practically opaque. Great fizz head, holds for a nice long while & still clings to the edges of the glass.
S: Bold hoppy flavor, reminiscent of an American IPA, and a little oakey flavor
T: Still dominated by minty, piney, oaky hops & oaky oak
M: Medium-bodied, creamy, slight carbonation
D: A hefty mother of a beer, fills you up nicely, very satisfying but the dryness of the oak & hops left me thirsty

Photo of Pittsburgh
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was really anticipating trying this beer, I am a big AB fan. I must say, I think the twist on it didn't really improve it. Not that it necessarily needs to be better, just different, but I think they should have left AB as it was. I am not feeling the oak flavor, it gives it a flavor of more of a red ale....but I don't like the way it finishes. Obviously I am comparing this to the original, so next to a normal beer it still stands tall. This comes off a little more sharp and bitter than regular AB to me, and you catch the smokey oak flavor in it as well, especially on the finish. Still has a good malt presence and a nice balance of flavors in the beer.

All in all still solid, I just prefer the regular AB or double Bastard to this, but an interesting twist none the less. I think adding the oak compromises too much of the other taste.

Photo of tweeder263
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark amber beer with 2 inch head, medium carbonation.Smells very good , very balanced sweet with a ton o hops of course. Taste is excellent. Slightly sweet malt with a slight vanilla type twang, strong hops but not overboard.Has a slick mouthfeel very nice. Very drinkable, probably not more then one at a time

Photo of Pahn
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by 7/7/10 printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Slow pour down the side and middle of the glass yields a two inch, silky offwhite head that dissipates slowly, leaving walls of lacing. Pours a deep, semi-opaque reddish amber. Leaves a solid wall of lacing on one side of the glass, and huge streaks and latticework elsewhere. Lacing sticks around indefinitely. Great.

Smell: From the bottle: hops and caramel. In the glass: the first thing that jumps out at me is a distinct but not overpowering note of black licorice. Along with that, there's some piny and tropical fruit hops, and a faint malt aroma. The smell gets a little spicier as the beer warms.

Taste: First sip: more mild black licorice, a prickly, lasting hop bite, transitioning to a smoothed out version of Arrogant Bastard's distinctive and complex malt profile. Finishes clean with a bit of alcohol warmth.

At first, it seems like the oak aging contributes little overt flavor, but rather smooths out the brash (but good) Arrogant Bastard flavors. As the beer warms and I get deeper into the bottle, a vanilla note does emerge from the oak, and I'm guessing that black licorice taste must have something to do with the oak aging because I never get it from the normal AB. There's a consistent spiciness and tropical fruit hops flavor present in the background, with a decent amount of hop bitterness. At the forefront of the taste are the different malt flavors; toffee, gingerbread, sugar cookie, caramel, but none of it particularly sweet. Superbly balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, alternately creamy and sticky. Usually creamy, hence the 4.0.

Drinkability: Good. Very high quality beer, though the alcohol can creep up on you. The spicy, licorice notes are a bit of a turn off for me, so I don't find myself craving Oaked AB very often, but I would never turn one down when offered.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard actually used to be my favorite beer. I still love it, but various things about the flavor don't always mesh with me. That said, I love the balance of flavors, and there's an amazing amount going on. Also, like its non-oak-aged older brother, it's one of those few beers that I've literally never tasted anything like.

Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dirty woody brownish-ruby with a very thin fizzy dark brown head that quickly reduced down into an oily film that left sheets of sticky lacing.
S: Sweet caramel malt, light grassy hops, and an overall smokey bbq scent similar to woodchips.
T: Very rich and bold flavors assault the palate. Starts off with a bitter grapefruit hop punch that is quickly overpowered by caramely sweet malt. Then the hops comeback in the finish with bitter grassy notes. There is a touch of smokey woody flavor left in the aftertaste, and an overall ambiguous fruit flavor (pineapple?) to the beer. Aftertaste has notes of cumin seed as well.
M: Medium-heavy oily body with an oily slick mouthfeel and medium smooth carbonation. Aftertaste is dry, bitter, and smokey.
D: Stronger than AB with a heavier body. The oaked flavors add a nice touch to the flavor but I could take it or leave it. I wouldn't say better than AB, just a bit different. Great beer none the less.

Photo of charlesbyrd
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (and what an awesome bottle it is) into a pint glass.

A: Pours an almost opaque bronze; hazy brown at the core with nice bright reds hinting at the sides of the glass. A nice cream-colored head sticks around for a few minutes.

S: What a smell. You definitely get that woody, almost smokey smell from the wood chips (it's actually much more prevalent in the smell than the taste), along with this sour hoppy kick.

T: This beer is all over the palate. I immediately taste bitter fruit, like maybe grapefruit, with a minimal sweetness. This gives way to the smokey, barbeque-charred taste that I assume come from these oak chips. I think this is a really nice addition that helps to balance out what comes next- the hops. I get this bittersweet kick at the end that sticks around for a while, but not in a bad way. This is an intense flavor.

M: Even at 7.2% ABV, this beer is incredibly smooth. It has a light to medium body that flows easily over the tongue, with enjoyable prickles from the carbonation.

D: I've never had a normal Arrogant Bastard Ale, although after this I definitely need to try the two side by side. The smokey flavor from the oak chips really helps to segue between the mild fruitiness at the front and the intense hop bitterness at the end. I think I could do a six pack of these, but that 7.2% will sneak up on you in a hurry.

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

Poured into a Pint glass, rich, dense cherry wood colour. Creamy inch head that dissipates after a while into a nice lacing which, in turn, lasts forever!
Hoppy on the nose, very hoppy, made me think it was Cascade, perhaps. Don't matter, very strong bouquet of citrus hops.
WOW, this is one HOPPY beer! They say the IBU is classified, I wonder if they even know, but either way , very intense, yet very drinkable.
Drinkability is very good. Strong, in your face, beer, that deserves one's respect.
Highly recommended!

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep and delicious red-brown colour, with a massive head of yellow-beige foaming bubbles that leave extraordinary lacing. Extremely thick and viscous coming out of the bottle, and it even looks heavy and languid sitting in the glass. A really, really good looking beer.

Big hop fragrance on the nose, which mingles charismatically with the even bigger oak character to give a freshly pungent melange which is not unlike woodsmoke and gunpowder. Oak is huge on this thing, giving wood and resin characters, and depth like crazy. Yeah, when Stone do something, they do it to the logical extreme.

Taste has robust depth - lots of hop bitterness and a dark, almost roasty character come through, with a woody oak hint floating around the corners. The oak is certainly more prominent on the nose, but it's here as well, just mingled with, and subdued by, the other, stronger and more dominant characteristics, leaving a slight woody sweetness that reminds me of pecan pie. Mouthfeel is initially smooth, but tingled with carbonation through the back.

An excellent beer, and one which is surprisingly drinkable for its strength, depth and aggression. It has actually been some time since I sampled the plain Arrogant Bastard (if you can ever really use that description of it), so it's hard to compare it to the original, but this has such depth, such fullness of character, and such robust arrogance, that it stands by itself as a stellar and wonderful example of the American brewer's craft.

Photo of jpittman80
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Beautiful reddish-bronze with a lasting off-white head.

S - Nice pine, pineapple, and citrus hops, woody oak, caramel malt.

T - Way too woody in the taste, making this overly bitter and astringent, way off from the normal AB. Pineapple and pine hops are there, as is a surprising fusel alcohol presence. There is nice caramel malt presence that saves the whole thing from being turpentine.

M - Astringent and very dry, with plenty of alcohol burn.

D - I'll get through this one 12, but only because it ain't cheap.

Man, what a letdown. I am a big fan of Arrogant Bastard, but this doesn't do it justice. It tastes over-oaked, almost fake. The appearance and aroma were really promising but it really went downhill from there.

Photo of garuda
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque dark bronzeliquid with a thick, light brown head that has good retention, and some spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Caramel malts and fresh pine resin hops. Bits of wood come through as it warms, with a touch of warming alcohol at the end.

T - Big, solid caramel malt backbone through the entire palate. A good dose of pine resin hops in the finish, then the residual wood flavoring dominates the lingering aftertaste.

M - Medium to full body, perfect carbonation, clean finish.

D - The big malts, pine hops and oak aging make this one robust, earthy brew. Well balanced, easy going down, this was a pleasure to drink, and I prefer this oaked version significantly more than the standard Bastard.

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

Review from notes taken on 4/9/10 during the Stone takes over the Warwick event.

Served in a Stone pint glass, it appears a ruby red amber color, very clear with a finger of yellowish foam for a head. Very good retension and a solid amount of lace all around the glassware. Aroma is bright citrus hops with a backing of wood/oak earthiness. Taste is inline with what the aroma led on. When compared to the bottled version this on tap almost seemingly is an exaggerated oak flavor that boarders being unnatural. Bitter oily hops upfront with alcohol warmth gives way to malt and oakiness flavors through the medium body to again oily bitter hop finish. Moderately carbonated with hops and oak left lingering in the mouth. Dare I say this bastard on draft is even more arrogant than the bottled version...excellent.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,012 ratings.