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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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4,909 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,909
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 160
Gots: 429 | FT: 7
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 grayburn
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours from the bottle an amber goddess. Very heavy head, nice lacing.
The smell is a bit hoppy, more subdued than the original for sure, with some oak lingering around the edges to keep things interesting. There isn't quite as much oak as I was expecting.
The taste is again not comparable to the original. The oak is way too little, the hops are mellowed, the malt is there, but its got nobody to play with. A good tasting beer, but no bastard.
The mouth is excellent, I was expecting no less, the oak lends a nice smoothing effect.
The drinkability is this beer's strength, you can drink this until the cows come home if you are stupid enough to do so.

grayburn, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of HalenRush
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the North Coast Co-Op, Eureka, CA.

A - Poured into a New Belgium snifter with a thick, tightly beaded head. Color was a nice walnut brown.

S - The oak is definately present, but has a bit of a sour smell to it. I don't know enough about oak and what it imparts to tell if this is a flaw or not. Aging is present.

T - I detect German Carafa in this brew, but don't know if that is actually an ingredient. The malt has a moderate roasted flavor. Hop bitterness is buried in the roasted flavor.

M - Big aged mouthfeel with a lot of warmth at the end.

D - Not a quaffer. Its good and holds its own, but I wouldn't have more than two in a session. If that sour smell went away it would be more drinkable.

HalenRush, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of rodney45
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 6 pack for 14 bucks, and honestly wanted to hate it... i was honestly blown away. Upon pour I recieved a hint of peach and grapefruit, and upon first taste i was blown away... its hoppy, but its flavor compensates for the overwhelming audacity of its marketing campaign. The notes in the beer cannot be described, and ive seen nothing short of perfection in this Ive had 4, and im pretty toppled... The stone brewery has become a favorite of mine over the years, I expect good things to come, and thank god i can get this beer on the east coast. You can taste the difference between the oak aged, and the regular brew. If you can find it, get at least two sixers... the only problem with this brew is that its hard to find. Upon tasting the first beer, i raised my hands up, and said yes.... yes....

rodney45, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of dakid618
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle received in trade with kiefdog. Pours a deep red color with a half finger of off white head that leaves a steady coat of lacing around the glass. Smell is definitely oaky and roasty. Taste is oaky up front but is followed by sweet Belgian-like yeast and malt tastes. It's hard to pick out specific flavors. This beer gets way better as it warms. Pretty thick mouthfeel that really coats the mouth and leaves an oaky aftertaste. Drinkabilty is as good a full flavored strong ale can be. My first beer from Stone and I'm fairly impressed.

dakid618, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of cmoney311
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a very interesting appearance. it is mostly a cloudy dark reddish-brown, but the very top 1/8 inch of the beer fades into a cloudy faint orange. not much head, a nice thin cream colored layer.

S: i get hit with the scent of grapefruit and peaches up front while the caramel lingers a little longer in the background. it is also apparent this beer has been in a barrel... a slight smokiness to it.

T: The hops are immediate - a burst of grapefruit and slight peaches that lasts through the end. a nice aftertaste of caramel and hops w/ a bit of smoke. as it warms, i can also smell and taste the pineapple as another reviewer noted.

M: is a little thicker and leaves a tasty coat of caramel and hops in your mouth.

D: I wish i could drink 3 - 4 of these at a time, but these are scarce around here, so i must savor the lone 6er I was given as a gift. this beer is a treat and if it is regularly available for purchase in your area, you must take advantage of it. it hardly gets better than this beer. I first had this beer on tap last year while in downtown San Diego*. as much as i love the bottled version, on tap was near mind-blowing.

*this past November I was in the area and had the opportunity to visit / tour the Stone brewery. while having lunch at their bistro, i was lucky enough to have a glass of a 2006 Oaked Double Bastard. talk about heaven in a glass...

cmoney311, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Thanby
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany color with a thick tan head and good lacing. Smells of thick hops, pineapple and a robust roasted malt. First taste is big hops that penetrate the whole flavor, but are mellowed somewhat by the oak. Lots of pineapple and a potent malt, hints of vanilla and a hoppy finish. Easy to drink if you're a hop-head like me, has a nice bite without going overboard. A fantastic variation of a fantastic beer, quite addictive.

Thanby, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Voonder
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with ruby tones. Almost no head. Smell - plums, hint of oak, sweet malts. Taste - bold and bitter hops plus some whiskey-like taste upfront. plum fruitiness with some alcohol. Very bold strong beer, a bit off balance on hoppy side. Full body, semi-dry finish. Very interesting combo of fruitiness, maltyness and bitternes. Very unique. drinkable for ABV.

Voonder, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany with nice clarity and fairly active carbonation from small bubbles. Big and tight cream head has excellent retention and leaves a heavy lace.

S: Heavy on the citrus with grapefruit and lemon. As the nose lingers, the aromas of molasses and dark fruits sneak through.

T: Citrus hops dominate out of the gate. Grapefruit and lemon aromas carry through to the flavor. Malt comes on with a thick layer of molasses and burnt oak. Sweet/bitter balance seems better than in the non-oaked version. Finishes tart and dry.

M: The silky smooth medium body feels great in the mouth.

D: I really liked this. It grew on me as I drank it. Not a beer to hurry through. Doing that would cut short the complexities that emerge over the whole experience. The oak adds an extra complexity and smoothness to the mix that I really liked.

Rayek, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Wegbier
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

So This will be my first review ever. I was a little shy but this encouraged me to get to it, I wanted to show I am "worthy"

It pours a great off white head that goes above the glass and reduces to an attractive cover. The color is dark red with a nice ruby on the sides.

I cant find much in the smell but a hint of woodiness.

The taste is great with hints citrousy hops and a cleaner finish through the oak.

Mouthfeel is full and heavy and leaves me curious on every sip to find every bit.

Drinkability is a little rough, but that is what stone wants, this no simple beer for the complacent.

Wegbier, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of johlendorf
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Worth the price if you can get it, especially in a single.

A = Thick two finger head, sticky lacing. Dark reddish brown.

S = Caramel, hops, slightly smoky wood.

T = This is by far my favorite Bastard! The oak aging really mellows the hops and lets rich malts make an appearance. Mature, complex taste (Grandpa Bastard?)

M = Medium body. The carbonation keeps things light.

D = I rarely have more than two or three beers in a sitting, but could easily put down a six rack.

Sublime balance.

johlendorf, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this for my "let's see if this is the time my suitcase gives up the ghost because of beer" return from Austin, Texas a few months ago. As I'm attending a whisky appreciation event this evening, what better way (with beer, anyway) to start things off...

This beer pours a hazy medium dark reddish copper hue, with a few fingers of thick, puffy off-white head, that settles into a cap for a while, leaving remnants of lacing around the glass. The aroma - I can smell it sitting on the table across from me - is dark roasted malts, fruity, with an acrid woodiness. The taste is big caramel malt, wrapped in the flavours of slightly charred oak - vanilla, caramelized sugars, an herbal earthiness. Then the citrus grapefruit and pine hops come crashing down over all of this, not quite balancing things, but at least making certain that all participants are present and accounted for. The body is nice and heavy, sumptuous, a mild carbonation trickling through the morass, the finish relatively light, only a slight malt stickiness and lovely mild citrus hoppiness lingering. This is a pretty decent example of the oaked beer trend of late - would that I could have more than the one of this.

From what I can remember, I like the extra complexity of this beer versus the 'regular' (heh) offering, especially the additional perceived hop components. The oak doesn't change the nature of the base beer, as other oak-aged products seem to show - well, this is Arrogant Bastard we're talking about here, so not much of a surprise, I suppose.

biboergosum, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of brianlg
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite tasting beer to date! It pours a maroon/brown color with a two finger head. Smells very sweet like honey, peanuts, and hops. The smell is very pleasant. On first sip, this beer is phenomenal! It's very delicious and tastes just how it smells. It is so smooth! I've never tried the non-oaked AB, but this beer is so good. I am definitely going back to get more!

brianlg, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of jculler82
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Fairly aggressive pour leaded to a 1 finger tan head over an orangish brown opaque body. Smell is sweet honey and hops. Hoppy taste balanced by bready malt and oak & alcohol (only every so often) in the finish. Nice thick creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, I'm sad I only had a single, I could have went for 1 or 2 more. Very good beer and if you have to pick between the Oaked A-B and "standard" A-B, go with the Oaked. Dangerously drinkable at 7.20%.

jculler82, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Porus a reddish brown in color with only a small head that is quickly gone. Smell is strong dark malts and the usual Stone hopping. Taste is much the same, but remarkably the oak is really smoothing this beer out. Wasn't expecting that, but it's well done and taste's good.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color with a small light tan head and some light lacing. Smell is deliciously hoppy, some sweet caramel, and some noticeable oakiness. Lots of bitterness in the flavor. Light pine and citrus, but a noticeable hop bitterness rather than hop flavor. Oak gives it a buttery, woody flavor, and slightly more complex and drying than the regular Bastard. Medium full body. Very tasty, nice and bitter, big beer without the overly high ABV. Good stuff, but it's been so long since I had regular Bastard that i can't remember which I like better. But this is damn good stuff.

KeefD, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have only found this in 12 oz bottle, I am pouring it in my old speckled hen pint glass. on for round two of the arrogant bastard challenge!

A - huge frothy head, with nooks and cranies abundant, as with the lacing. the head retains very well. the color is a bit darker than the regular bastard, more like a double double bagged irish breakfast tea.

S - there is hoppiness out front , but additionally there is a grapefruit rind like bitterness that complement the hop bitterness. bits of pine, and a subtle underlay of spice.

T - initial taste is of hops, spicy and floral aspects hitting the tounge. there is a far 'deeper' aspect than the regular bastard that can be attributed to the oak chips. the finish has the hop burst that the regular bastard does and not much else beside some presence of sweet malts and dry alcohol. the aftertaste has a bit of vanilla and continues the alcohol presence.

MF&D the drinkablilty is still exceptional, but the feel is just a bit thinner that the regular bastard, something that I deem not right for this complex and bold a brew.

erz316, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of snpub540
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown color but shows maroon hues when it is held up to light. Had a 3/4" off white head that turned into some very clingy lace on the glass.

Smell is very wood and a little bit earthy. There is also some vinous smells in there.

Taste is a hop bitterness attack up front folowed by an oaky finish, with a slightly sweet maybe molasses like finish. Very dry finish.

Medium bodied feel on the palate and it is surprisingly easy to drink. It is smoother than regular AB but has a little bit more taste. One of my favorites .

snpub540, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of dukew456
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass.

Dark Amber in color, with a nice 1-finger head that eventually dissapates into a thin layer that leaves lacing down the glass.

The smell is oak, with a strong caramel malt backbone. After a good long pull, the hops in this beer come up. Very complex, and very appetizing.

The taste on this strong and malty up front, with the oak taking a backseat, but still there. The hops, mingled with an alcohol tinge, come through strong in the finish and complement the fruity characteristics very well. Tasty stuff. The mouthfeel of this bastard makes the beer for me--incredibly soft and smooth for strong ale, probably the result of the oaking.

Not the first time I've had this beer, but the first time I've reviewed it. Wow, I'll not let any jaded beer drinkers bash this one from Stone. Great stuff.

dukew456, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of HoustonTX
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard pours out beautifully, dark amber body with stunning ruby highlights. Thick frothy head, with lots of sticky glass coating lacing. Looks great.

Aroma is definitely a lot more woody than it's regular form. Lots of oak, pine, maple, and cherry wood. Huge hop oil notes, herbaceous, resinous, and sweet florals. Along with a hefty backing of dark sticky malts. Very delicious smell overall, highly appealing and definitely gets the mouth watering.

Taste on this one is astounding. Much more complex then regular Bastard. The hops really stand out here. Loads of sappy pine bitterness, sweet tantalizing florals, and immense amounts of citrus. The oak does a wonderful job of integrating with all of the flavor notes, especially the rich malty notes. The balance is phenomenal. Finishes dry, with lingering wood notes.

Well, what else can I say? This one takes one of our all time favorite beers, and takes it up several levels. Great complexity, and perfectly balanced. What else can you ask for?

HoustonTX, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of UA8
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep and dark burnt red with a tall and frothy tan head.

S- Scents of wood aging, vanilla , and caramelized malts.

T- Starts lean and burnt toffee sweet, mid palate expands with hints of vanilla and wood roundness. Finishes big with Herbal and piny hops. Delicious.

M- Big, soft, and round.

D- This stuff is so much of an improvement on the regular bastard, it's amazing that by just wood aging it that these flavors can pop out like they do. And at a "mere" 7.2% this stuff could make me happy man all night long.

UA8, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Properly cellared for one year.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada Tulip glass. 1 finger, tan head. Clear, dark amber w/ hints of ruby.

Smell was malty and sweet w/ a nice smooth oakiness.

Taste had a good amount of oak upfront with a spicey, piney hop finish. Fair amount of roasted malts backed by caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and slightly sticky. Medium body.

Drinkability is fairly good. With the oak and maltiness, the beers feels bigger than it is.

With the cellaring the beer seemed to improve. Still has alot of oakiness and bitterness. Still tasty, but not my favorite Bastard.

riored4v, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark reddish brown with red/orange highlights, with a thick, creamy beigish head. Five minutes later, I've yet to take a sip but the head remains -- great retention.

Smell gives a hop spiciness, with a strong malty base behind it. Hints of alcohol in the scent almost stings the nose. Am I worthy? The bottle suggests I am not.

First sip hits hard initially... hard to tell if its the malt, hops, or alcohol. It all kinds of comes at once. It finishes surprisingly clean. Second sip, I realized how balanced the flavor is. Hard to isolate the parts I thought I identified in the smell, but I'm sure its all there. The maltiness really comes through on the back of the tongue, and I think the hops come through a spicy bitterness (not "hot" spicy, but they seem to be something other than just bitter -- for some reason, spicy is the only word I can come up with).

Nice full mouthfeel. Certainly nothing watery or light about it. Surprisingly drinkable given how intense the smell is, but don't know if I'd be having more than one or two in a night.

I don't have the regular Arrogant Bastard handy for comparison, but I believe if I had a choice between the two, I would choose the oaked version. Something about the finish seems more mellow. Very good, one I would definitely get again, but as I said not more than two in a night.

JimmieFrisbee, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of jimj21
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the Night of the Barrels, I thought it appropriate to have something aged with wood. 12 ounce bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Stone has great bottle art, and this is no exception. Pour leaves two fingers of light tan head, which fades to a small cap. There is a small amount of lacing. This beer is a dark amber color. Holding it to the light creates orange highlights around the edges.
The smell is hops, sweet malt, and a bit of oak.
Taste starts out very hoppy, followed by sweet caramel and some citrus. The finish is both hops and oak. A bit of wood and vanilla can be tasted throughout each sip. The oak character really helps to balance this beer, but there is still a lot of delicious, hoppy, bitterness.
Mouthfeel is very creamy. Carbonation is perfect. The alcohol warms the throat a little as it goes down.
Drinkability is pretty high. Nothing is too overpowering, as all ingredients work to balance the others. This is my first beer from Stone and it lived up to the hype. I look forward to drinking more.

jimj21, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of cottonkoozie
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Great. Light fluffy head hangs around and leaves lacing down the glass. Good brown color with red hues.

S - Hops at first, but the wood and malts start to come through. Smells great.

T - Amazing. Lots of hops, lots of malts, and the wood aged taste is great. I really can't even describe this in any other form than exceptional.

M - Could be a little fuller, but still very good.

D - This stuff is great, but I couldn't really see myself drinking more than one of these.

Wow, this an amazing beer. I'm really glad I picked this one up, and will be getting this one again. The taste is hard to describe just because its so complex. Truly a great beer. Although somewhat expensive, it is definitely fell worth a try. If you have never tried it at least pick up a single if you see it.

cottonkoozie, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Backer2004
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a BP for $2 a bottle, yes you heard me right. Since I am such a fan of the regular Arrogant Bastard, I had to pick this up the first time I saw it. Just a bit of piney taste compared to the regular one. I prefer the non-oaked one in fact, but still a very very good beer. For the price, you cannot beat it.

Backer2004, Feb 21, 2009
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,909 ratings.