Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,013
Reviews: 1,842
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 175
Gots: 463 | 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:
American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003)
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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy beautiful mahogany color with a reddish beige head and a thick lace all the way down. Very pretty.

S - Very earthy. There's some punch from the hops with a backing malty sweetness. The oak undertone brings it all together very nicely.

T/M - The first thing that I tasted, before the tastes sat on my tongue was the oak flavor filling my mouth. Piney/floral hops come next, followed by a huge malty mouthfeel. Very smooth for its agressiveness.

D - I think after one, you'd start to lose the deepness of the flavor, so I wouldn't drink more than one. But, I would drink it all day if I had alot of it.

Photo of thebarnesbomb
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How do you round out the bite of the Arrogant Bastard Ale? Oak age it- Outstanding. An absolute pleasure to drink. It's the wiser, older brother to the original. The oak aging really mellows out this hop bite, and leaves a great blend of caramel malts to enjoy. Definitely worth it if you have a few extra bucks

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Burnt auburn from the bottle, deep brown with amber tints in the glass. Head is impressive! It's light tan, super thick and ultra creamy with excellent retention. Super sticky foam finally sinks to a chunky halo and leaves huge webs of lace in doing so.

A: Surprisingly, it's still pretty hoppy. Citrusy, piney, and an almost herbal-like scent to them. Also, I get a toasted bread-like malt, a nice oaky/woody aroma, and a little alcohol.

T: Malty sweet for the first split-second, then the bitterness hijacks the controls. Big, oily, resinous hops are quite citrusy like brown sugar-crusted grapefruit rinds, oranges, and lemons with some pine sap drizzled over the top. Bready malt forms a very sturdy base underneath, while the caramel and oak notes add some nice depth and complexity. Nice hop bite that brings some spice to the dry finish. Outstanding!

M & D: Full-bodied, thick & chewy, and incredibly smooth. Drinkability is fantastic, I just can't get enough!

Notes: Oak-aged AB is even better than the original! The earthy wood notes add much more depth and makes it much more interesting, especially if you've been drinking the original for a long time. Great hoppy flavor, nice malty presence, and alcohol is masterfully hidden. Just great! Highly recommended

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

Dark amber with a one finger light tan head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is peachy floral hops. Taste is citrus hops with a touch of oak tannins. Hops are big, malts are supportive but lose the battle for dominance. Proper amount of carbonation, good mouthfeel. Bitter dry finish. Alcohol is well masked. Tasty, hoppy beer.

Photo of curasowa
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been eagerly anticipating this one...Poured a cloudy copper color with just a small amount of head that faded quickly without any lacing. Smell is slightly medicinal, slightly sour and kind of earthy, no doubt due to the oaking. I also get a little brown sugar. Wow, the taste is super complex. First hit has some sweetness to it, then a ton of malty body and then bitterness. Not much carbonation, with a lingering finish that is a bit drying. This beer is super smooth and creamy. This is an awesome beer, definitely lives up to the hype.

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.

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.

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....

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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%.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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?

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.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,013 ratings.