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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,027
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 184
Gots: 469 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of rmatson
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a newly christened DFH signature glass. This bottle was purchased in Southern California 4 days ago and driven back to Utah.

A-dark brown with a minimal head. Belgian lace lingered.

S-Complex. Carmel with some mild oak. No bourbon or other spirit aroma.

T-hop bitterness present up front with some carmelly malt
(special B? or just crystal). Tastes of mild oak with hops.
Finishes with a definite oak presence, although restrained, and
intermingled with hops and sweetness that lingers on the back
of the throat. Complex overall.

M-(see above) upfront easy to drink; however, the finish cranks
ups the taste buds and lingers (hops, sweetness, carmelly
flavors). Not to thick but still a tad sweet for me.

D-Even though the finishing gravity is likely relatively low
(1.014-1.017), as Stone tends to mash on the low end, the
sweet finish limits its drinkability. As with all Stones brews,
which I highly respect, the proprietary English yeast strain
leaves a sweetness, which I find limits drinkability. I do prefer
the oaked version because the oak gives a added complexity.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 2/20/2010- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Very dark rusty red with a burly three finger tan head that fell slowly leaving a thin yet chunky skim. Pretty good lacing.

S- Very earthy, caramel, brown sugar and of course the lovely aroma of split oak.

T- Much like the smell except everything with a stronger presence as well as some vanilla, and almost a hard candy sweetness here and there.

M- On the heavy end of medium, a little sticky. Pretty smooth. Not much noticable in the way of carbination.

D- I could see having a couple of these in a sitting.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a dark amber with hues of chocolate and ruby with a huge four finger head that falls slowly in pockets, very creamy and incredible lacing.

S: Sweet malt accented by spicy floral and sticky pine resin hops. Slightly bready, but overall the nose is a little muted.

T: Sweet caramel bready malt wonderfully balanced with piney hop resin and a nice backnote of oak throughout. The flavors are very balanced and well integrated into a smooth well rounded flavor profile.

M: Medium body with fairly aggressive carbonation but the flavors come through and are not overpowered. Finish is long and dry with almost no detection of the abv. Pretty smooth.

D: Pretty drinkable for such a big beer. Overall this is delicious and arrogant is always a staple, but this is that much bigger and better. Still prefer double bastard, but this is nice.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been on of my favorite beers for a while. It's excellent both on tap and in the bottle. Time to review the Oaked one.
Pours a hazy red/brown into my stone pint glass with a thin white head that leaves some lacing.
Smell is malty, hops, sweetness & some oak.
Taste is oakey with some sweet malts and some hop bitterness that is smoothed out nicely by the oak. If you don't like oak, this one is not for you.
Very drinkable, a classic beer. I enjoy it even more than its wood less brother.

Photo of bob3701
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Shaker pint. Pours a hazy red/amber with particals suspended in the brew. Small off white head the quickly goes into a film with OK lacing. Aroma of hoppy flowers, alcohol and citrus. Smoother than regular Arrogant Bastard with piny and grassy flavors and a bitter citrus finish. Not a fan of this style but got this as a Christmas present. Love reading the bottle however.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a thick deep rusty red/brown with just the lightest circle of foam around the glass; light bubbles moving up to the surface

s: thick nose; full of flowery hops; tart hops; sweet thick syrupy hops; seme caramel and toffee in the back

t: first mild with more caramel overtones; followed by some hints of rye in the middle and then the full hot of the bitter and pungent hops; sweet flowers; the floweriness of the hops really fades in in the back

m: really smooth and creamy/syrupy; very mild carbonation

d: a decent beer that is absolutely worth a try; strong hop flavors but still well balanced with a nice mouthfeel

Photo of mrmanning
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep mahogony/with ruby hues, and is topped off with scads of beige lacy froth. Massive wood/oak aroma, dank forest and pine, floral dripping herbacous honey, roasted malts. Taste is over the top wood juice, which suits me fine. Pine and citric hops, lucious wet leafy greens, tannic concentrated hop buds. Spiced malty finish. It's mostly about the hops n' wood here. Very good.

Photo of MinorThreat
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Deep ruby color, low clarity with a nice tan rocky head that dissolved to a skim rather fast

S-Bakers yeast, alcohol, some toffee/caramel sweetness and wet hops

T-Really nice, all of the great flavors of the original arrogant bastard are present but the time on oak has rounded them nicely and added a great compliment in the form of oak and vanilla. Big, bold cereal grains, high L crystal malts, spicy citrus hops and some nearly floral yeast esters.

M-Soft on the palate, decent amount of gas, pretty viscous.

D-For the ABV this is highly drinkable.

Photo of THORN
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into Duvel snifter. Served 50-55 F.
A: Dark dark brown that is read around the edges. Fine suspended particulates are visible. Pours a thick frothy bubbly head and retains large clumps. Head is vanilla colored with a touch of brown. Lace is very sticky and covers most of snifter.
S: Sweet chocolate, bright hops, and oak. Faint Cinnamon and brown sugar.
T: Dark toasted malts, bitter hops, and nice round oak. Body is very smooth from start to finish. Finishes with a bitter sweet linger.
M: Medium on tongue and slightly warming.
D: Very smooth start to finish. Alcohol is well covered and large malt character paired well with hops.

Photo of billyzoom666
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This has some dark coloring on par with a nut brown. Just a slight head on this with some nice even lacing throughout. This has a nutty, earthen scent, some alcohol burns the nose. Surprisingly, this has a mild taste compared to the smell. I'm not much with food pairings, but this tastes like something that would fit with a nice holiday dinner with just a bit of alcohol underneath to help you cope with the relatives. Awesome beer!

Photo of WOTO97
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep ruby, two-finger head with great retention and some lacing

S: vanilla, plum and faint alcohol notes

T: a little harsh from the booze, bold fruit presence (e.g. plum), raisin, very dry hop finish

M: very round, great body

D: strikingly different from the standard DB, booze a little too overpowering

Photo of association330
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. screen-printed bottle with "Enjoy by: 3/17/2010" marking.

A - Pours a crystal clear, dark reddish-brown with a 1/2 finger of tan head that dissipates to a thin cap. Solid lacing.

S - Big caramel malt backbone supports an equally large grassy/slightly citrusy hop presence. Slight wood and alcohol notes, particularly as the brew warms. A faint dried apricot note appears as well.

T - Not at all the hop bomb I expected. Early caramel tones give way to a distinct herbal/mint note and oakiness on the back of the tongue. There's a quick hit of grapefruit rind on the slightly dry and moderately bitter swallow. Hops, oak, and dried apricots linger.

M - Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Ever so slight alcohol warmth.

D - A step up from the regular Bastard. Smoother and more arrogant.

Photo of mempath
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bright, deep apricot amber with a tannish head that retains nicely.

even with a slight cold, i catch massive wafts of grapefruit, camphor sweetness.

massive wall of hop bittersweetness...catching wood/oak in the finish. comes in wet and resonates dry. somewhat (nicely) reminded of troeg's nugget nectar. carbonation-creaminess ratio is nearly perfect.

for those who like extremes and strong ales that are hopped up but nonetheless approachable, this is quite drinkable and a near-suicidally beneficial session. just take gulps every 20 minutes and don't go over 3 hours...if you're afraid of hops and prefer watery beers, no, it will be undrinkable to you.

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

Served in a pint glass.

A: Average sized light brown head with decent retention. Good lacing. The body is a dark brown mahogany color.

S & T: Well placed caramel malt backbone supports the grassy, piney, sprucey hops. Not the bitter bomb I expected. Light fruity yeast esters. Brandy or bourbon soaked dark fruits, cherries and light vanilla notes. Oaky mid palate and moreso on the finish.

M: Very impressive mouthfeel, medium to full body, creamy and smooth with perfectly lively carbonation.

D: Impressive. This beer is VERY well crafted (and I am not a big Stone fan!). In my opinion, FARRRR superior to the regular Arrogant Bastard. I think the difference is highly noticeable.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale is ale with a capital "A," heavy, and surprisingly smooth.

It poured deep muddy copper, with a thick creamy tan head, and it left rings of sticky lace on the glass. The smell and taste were earthy and filled with musty cellar and wood, followed by sweet boozy whisky. The feel was thick and heavy but remarkably smooth.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale is exactly what I want from aa ale: dark and earthy, with a warm finish.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color with more carbonation than I expected. Nose was oaky, malty and some vanilla probably from the oak. Lots of oak, big hops on taste, did I mention dry oak, good and malty, that deep ruby color almost brown with a good nose. Big booze for a 7.2% beer, big malts,big hops and big flavor. Very good!

Photo of Rippeddisc
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought Oct '09.

Opened Feb '10.

A - I think my mind went...holy s#^! when I poured this. Almost syrupy...thiiick head. Dark amber brown....sexy.

S - Caramel, dark malts, sugar and spice and everything nice. Can almost smell the hoppy alcohol here. My vocab is not up to snuff obvs.

T/M - Honestly...I am out of practice. Where I live we do not have beers of this caliber and I'm just blown away. So utterly complex. Sweet biscuity up front. Hint of chocolate? Angry hop in the back. Oak floats front to back. Just nuts. Beer fills the mouth...not overly thick...but it lets you know it's a beer...a big one.

D - At just over 7% the only thing stopping you from drinking this would be you hitting the floor too soon.

Photo of eat
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with a friend at Volo's Stone release party.

Transparent and dark-copper in colour, this brew has a thin covering of cream-white head and a little lacing. Really nice colour.

Not as powerful a smell as I was expecting. What I can pick out is pineapple, grapefruit and candy. Good smell but there's not enough of it.

This is a really intense and bitter beer. Really earthy hops, unripe grapefruit, dark malt, a little bit woody (though not what you would expect seeing Oaked in the name). The ABV is quite present and only adds to the arrogance of this beer. The finish is one of the driest I've ever experienced. It leaves a feeling in your mouth like you just bit into a whole grapefruit, skin and all. I like it but wouldn't call it well-balanced. The slight touch of sweetness comes nowhere near matching the huge, bitter hops here.

Slightly syrupy feel. Creamy full body and light carbonation. Very nice.

This is too bitter to drink much of. I don't think I would ever want to drink more than one bottle of this in a sitting. I like it but it's too intense and dry.

Photo of ocmpoma
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- brown, of course, with nice amber highlights -- almost the same color as the bottle. Possessed a thin, tan head that reduced to film; not much lacing.

S- a layered aroma of hops, malt, and an almost IPA-like citrus background. I don't detect any oak on the nose.

T- compared to 'regular' Arrogant Bastard, this beer is more mellow. Still plenty of up-front hops, but the subtle oak flavoring in the background counterweights and provides a wonderful balancing effect. The IPA effect I got on the nose isn't evident on the palate. But the flavour is robust and also has a wonderful aftertaste.

M- very light. The bitterness hangs around afterwards, but as the ale is on the tongue, it is quite lively and light, not in the least bit heavy.

D- No noticeable alcohol; well-balanced carbonation. Mellow with a nice pucker in the aftertaste. This beer is exceptionally drinkable.

Photo of icetraxx
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: An amberish ruby red that is fairly translucent. Pours a very creamy four-finger head into my Schneider Weisse glass. The head sticks around and laces the glass nicely. Beautiful looking beer overall. A perfect 5.

S: Malt, a hint of hops, a little hint of spice, vanilla, ginger, molasses, and a nice dose of oak. Not as aromatic as I would like, but smells damn good to me.

T: Hops dominate with in-your-face oak not far behind. There is a surprising amount of malt in the flavor. The finish is clean with a lingering bitterness. Any alcohol is well hidden. I feel that the oak and age do distract from the fruity hoppiness of regular AB, and that the oak isn't strong enough to add a ton of complexity on its own, it is almost fighting with the other elements in this beer. The slightest warming suggestion from spice, or is that alcohol? A hint of cherry on the finish. Pretty good, but the flavor isn't very powerful overall.

M: Pretty thick and creamy for the style.

D: I could put this one away and possibly have another, but I might get a little bored of it after awhile.

O: This one is a little more boring than I thought it would be, the age has muted the hops a little too much while the oak chips don't impart the refined oak flavor that I look for in a good oak-aged beer.

Photo of Moonraker7
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark with hints of red, about a finger of light brown

S: Dark, roasted malts, coffee, the oak is very present.

T: Smokey roasted malts, sweet, hoppy, finishes very bitter and lingers for quite a bit. The oak taste is noticeable, but very subtle.

M: Medium carbonation, fairly smooth.

D: Very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden and the beer has many complex tastes which make it very enjoyable. I really like the subtle oak taste, which is much less overpowering than most oak aged beers i've had. Overall, this is really an excellent beer.

Photo of steve8robin
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Birthday gift from Robin...

A: Perfect look. Deep ruby color with a thick mocha colored head that disappates fairly quickly.

S: Only smell I can really get is a pear or light fruit scent. Not much else in the scent and not a very strong smell. Middle of the road.

T: Not much new brought to the table on this one. It's ok, but not too much going on for a barrel aged brew. Other contenders in the same style are much better,

M: Very good amount of carbonation

D: This brew goes down perfectly easy. No complaints here at all.

All in all, this is a decent brew to try at least once. If you like a decent amount of hops, you might enjoy this a little more. I am not a huge hop guy, so it's kind of mediocre to me.

Photo of MikeB20
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice dark amber color with a light white head. Lacing seems to stick all the way down the glass but thins as it warms.

S: Wow! You get some fantastic floral/fruity hops right up front with a hint of grapefruit. A bit of banana seems to show up as the beer warms. Perhaps one of the best smelling beers I've had in a while.

T: This beer has a great malty sweetness on the tongue and is quite complex. There are some flavors here that might take me another bottle or two to figure out. It finishes with that grapefruit flavor from the hops. I've had other brews that have over done the grapefruit flavor but this beer seems to have the perfect balance. I nice bitter finish to balance that sweetness.

M: Medium body, nice and smooth. Carbonation is perfect, probably on the average to low side.

D: I picked this one up on the recommendation of a friend and I can see why it's one of his favorites. Stone Brewing Company has managed to create a nice drinkable full flavored ale with a fairly high ABV but I don't think you'd know unless someone told you. It wouldn't be a beer I'd drink all night but rather one that I'd enjoy from time to time. This is my first SBC beer and based on it I'll be looking for a few more.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. This was an extra I got from a recent trade with BA Doodler. Thank you sir!

A: Pours a hazy deep amber color. A little less than a finger of fluffy off-white head sits atop this oaked beast. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Amazingly sweet hops meet the nose. Lots of citrus aromas, especially grapefruit are dominant. I detect another Stone hop bomb here.

T/M: As was to be expected there was an explosion of sweet and bitter hops right on the first sip. Initial hints of pine and biscuity malts give way to some citric sweetness in the mid palate before the hops turn brutally bitter on the finish and tear at your tongue. Some wood (oak) and smokiness are also pretty apparent in the aftermath of this hop attack. I think the oak has both enhanced the power of the hops in this brew and dried out the finish a bit. The quaff has a nice medium body with a good bite provided by the carbonation that complements the bitter hops nicely. This brew is just as, if not more, arrogant than its little brother. My palate is left with a distinct feeling of unworthiness after each sip.

D: Another solid offering from Stone. The 7.2 abv leaves this one somewhere between the realm of session brew and sipper. I enjoyed all the complexities presented by this beer, but the bitterness of the hops and dryness of the oak became just a bit overwhelming by the end of the bottle. My palate was all but destroyed by the end of the 12 oz (Like the bottle says, I'm not worthy!). That being said, I definitely enjoyed my single 12 oz bottle and will almost surely drink this one again, albeit in small quantities.

Photo of Trizzle
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one a few weeks ago but had had too many beers at the time to be trusted to write a sensible review. Loved it then and love it now.

A thick dense head sits a-top a gorgeous clear autumnal red body. Amazing lace. 100%.

Huge dried pineapple and grapefruit aromas, some caramel malt, hop oil and a very mild and exciting hint of yeast funk: think fruity esters rather than sour lambic.

Floral hops to begin, a mild honeyed malt through the middle, more pineapple, some dry hop notes, and lingering a floral citrus and dry grapefruit. The 7.2% only helps to carry the flavour and adds a slight warmth. Delicious.

Feels smooth and buttery with ideal mid-high (for the style) level of carbonation.

Unfortunately, even at > 7%, I think I could drink quite a few of these..

I grabbed the last 3 of these at Utobeer at Borough market London. Lets hope they restock soon..

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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