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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,914 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,914
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 159
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 FenwaySquid
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, BBD of 10/31/07 on the bottom of the bottle, poured into a Delirium tremens tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color, completely opaque. The head formed a cant one finger thick and faded into some lacing.

Aroma: Thin malt and some oak. There may be more but I'm suffering from a cold at present.

Taste: Very complex. At first I got some sweet roasted and caramel malts, then it turns bitter in the middle as the oak comes through. The finish is mainly roasted malts and oaky, along with a light smoke taste, lingering for a while.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but very smooth, the alcohol was hidden quite well but I felt the effects the further along I got. The carbonation was light, and with all the flavors that fit nicely.

Overall: I didn't realize until after I poured that it was past the best before date, and if it had came out badly I wasn't going to review it. But even with the date it was still quite tasty. I will pick up a fresher bottle sometime in the future, and if there are appreciable differences I will note them here.

FenwaySquid, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter, the Oaked Arrogant Bastard is a dark amber with a fairly large, foamy tan head that is very long lasting, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is apricot ester, woodsy spice and lime hops and vanilla, like an older mans cologne, quite nice.

Taste is very full and rounded, I really like this more then the original, smoother and more complex. The hops are tempered while the wood sugars provide added depth of flavor and balance the lingering dry, bitter finish. A lot of American Strong's have a kitchen sink feel and come off a bit amateurish, but this is clearly a finely crafted beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and oily, soft and lighter bodied, very nice.

Drinkability is rather high, although the complexity begs savoring, not slamming. Definitely better then original Arrogant Bastard IMHO, I'm not sure why I let this sit in the back of my cellar for so long before busting it out tonight, a few months old served at cellar temp.

ccrida, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of n1ckels
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First impression: Is this Kool-Aid? Damn, this beer looks red and clear, you'd almost think it was a wine cooler.

Smell: Ok, I think I've nailed it: fresh cut lumber. Yes, this beer smells like sawdust, Home Depot, and all the good memories you have from your days with a circular saw.

Taste: I almost grimaced at first, because it was so oaky and bitter, it really cuts your tongue. You wonder for a second if you just put varnish or turpentine in your mouth. The more you drink it, the more pronounced the oakiness becomes, and the beer cuts less.

This beer is one of the most unique I've ever come across. It is so oily, it really looks like a wine or some sort of wood stain. If you've ever wondered what wine afficionados mean when they note a wine as being "oaky", look no further. This beer is like the crazy uncle of the tamer wood product- maple syrup.

I paid $15.99 for a six pack. Yes, cheaper than a bar, but still a costly endeavor.

n1ckels, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of enfield249
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear deep reddish brown with 1 fingers worth of light tan head.

S - Not getting much off this. Slight malt maybe.

T - First I get a nice clean flavor, hard to believe. Then some good roast and malt followed up by hoppy finish. I don't get any alcohol from this, which is surprising.

M - Full and slightly astringent.

D - A bit much for daily drinking, and I don't really taste much if any oak. Worth a try, but not anything supper special.

enfield249, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

UPDATE: 01/08/08, bottle courtesy of a friend, poured into a cervoise.

It's been a year or so of reviews later, so I thought I'd revisit an old favorite. It's still a great looking beer, nicely colored, with a gorgeous, fluffy, creamy head with great retention and lacing. I'm gonna knock both the aroma and the taste down half a point - they're still both pleasantly complex and well-balanced, with notes of plums, cherries, spice, vanilla, and wood in addition to the regular array of Arrogant Bastard notes, but I'm just slightly less impressed with them at this point. The mouthfeel is still exceptional - silky and velvety, creamy and smooth. All in all, still a great beer, though just not QUITE as great as I remember it.

***
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Similar to the regular ABA, perhaps slightly darker. It's a deep mahogany with a rip-roarin', gorgeous head with great retention, sticky lacing, and slow, lazy carbonation. It's picturesque, but since I know what's coming, I can't stare at it for too long.

Smell: Alcohol, oily, bitter hops - pretty much every hop note in the book, too, with pleasant herbal/earthy notes mingling with tart citrus, fruity notes intertwined with woody/piney notes and spices, cinnamon, vanilla - and a nice, sweet, fruity presence play over a grainy, earthy background. Incredibly strong smelling.

Taste: Cinnamon, vanilla, plums and other sweet fruits, minty, juniper-berry wood notes, piney hop bitterness, citric explosions of orange and grapefruit, a sweet, toasty, caramel and toffee backbone - I counted no less than 10 distinct tasting notes in this beer. I'm really dazzled by it. My friend pointed out that in most of the cases, these tasting notes are more than artificial - you're not getting just the cinnamaldehyde, or the vanillin, but the entire flavor experience. It's not artificial tasting at all. It's just plain fantastic.

Mouthfeel: As creamy and luscious as I remember it being, a sheer delight on the tongue.

Drinkability: High alcohol content, and it's a ridiculously sweet and complex beer, so I don't feel safe giving it higher than a 4.0. The addition of the oak does cut down on some of the astringent qualities present in the original ABA, but honestly, I'm afraid too much of this beer might give me a sensory overload.

An improvement over the regular ABA, if I could have imagined such a thing being possible. A true "beer experience," but again, not for the faint of heart. This is a very complex sipping beer, to be savored and enjoyed in a relaxed environment. So grab your favorite snifter, that velvet smoking jacket you've been looking for an excuse to wear, and take a load off - this beer's that good.

CrellMoset, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came in an awesome 12 oz silkscreened bottle. I don't know what it costs to silkscreen instead of use a typical label, but it sure looks cool. Especially with Stone's whole gargoyle thing.

Pours a beautiful mahogany color with a reddish tint and a slight head.

Has a sweet smell with floral hops which are strong but not too strong, with a little oaky smell and a hint of vanilla.

Tastes resinous with an oily citrus hop flavor. There is also a toffee/caramel sweetness, and a woody finish that adds vanilla and a light smoke flavor. Very complex and tasty.

The body is full and oily with a dry finish.

This is an awesome and complex beer. I wasn't sure about the concept of messing with Arrogant Bastard (I've only tried a couple of times and loved it), but the oaky flavor is a positive addition. Very smooth. I agree with the bottle... I'm not worthy.

Tasted on 3/8/08.

tmitch75, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear deep amber color with a thick tan head that settles to a thin layer, leaving minimal spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet malts, oak, and dark fruits with some hops in the background. Carmel and toffee come out as the beer warms.

T- Big malty sweetness at first with a nice woody flavor from the oak chips. The pronounced bitterness kicks in shortly after.

M- Thick and slightly coating with little carbonation.

D- The oak flavor actually makes this more drinkable than the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale. It sort of cuts that brash quality that the original Bastard posseses. Both beers are great, but I prefer this one over the other. At 7.2%, this isn't really sessionable and the rich flavor profile makes this a beer that I would only want a couple of in a night. The oak flavor never gets boring though.

One of my favorite beers. Highly recommended.

Tdizzle, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of mully
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-- hazy mud brown color, head fades but hangs around

s - oak -- boozy -- toasted malts

t-- hops blend well with the oak, vanillan from the oak -- oak seems to dry out the flavor -- not much residual sweetness

m-- clean - dry -- good carbonation

d- not too heavy, higher alcohol, hops linger good could not drink too much

mully, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of pollard5
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just found this beer at my local pick a pack (Omega Pizza at 22nd and South, Philly--well worth a visit for good selection, decent food, and friendly staff, by the way). Threw it in at the end instead of a Philly Pale and very glad I did. Amber color, not a lot of head, but a big hoppy/oaky nose and a full mouth. This is a big beer with mucho character. A touch dry, but this did not take away from its delivery. Because of its bigness and its 7.2%, not an ideal session beer. Definitely a new regular though. Highly recommended.

pollard5, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby red/brown color with a nice fine tan head.

Smell is fairly sweet but not overpowering. I can smell a bit of alcohol. The taste is quite good. Fairly strong alcohol taste, but I always enjoy a little of that. The hops are good, floral and pleasant. I can taste the presence of the oak aging. I would like to a side-by-side with this and the regular ABA.

I've always thought that aging was nice but not really worth the price. This one might be an exception. It's quite nice. I love Stone brews.

bassmantin, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got from gottajiboo2 in a trade.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep red - almost looks like a barleywine. Smells like orange peel and alcohol. Can't quite pick anything out of the nose or from the taste. Taste is relatively complex. Very well balanced between the malts and the hops. It's definitely not as hoppy as I though it would be. Overall, a very solid brew.

jdubjacket, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of jeremy13586
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on 1/25/08. Poured a very dark copper with a thin brown head. Bubbles cling to the side of the glass the the head falls. A bit fruity in the nose, with some sweeter overtones. Not as much hoppiness as I was expecting, but it wasn't overbearing, which is a plus. Had some overtones that reminded me of baker's chocolate, as well as some smokiness. The body was a bit more on the heavy side, and there was a bit too much carbonation. I probably couldn't drink more than one at a time, but I could see it being paired quite nicely w/ some Ben & Jerry's.

jeremy13586, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of blakesell
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer is from the first time Oaked Bastard was made into 6 packs. Severely limited at the time and bottle is probably about 2 years old. Poured from 120z bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

Appearance- Pours an amber brown with a 1.5 finger head of splotchy foam. Red hues shine through the light. Lacing is virtually not there.

Smell- Cascade and Centennial hops. Big oak and thick 60 lovibond toasted malts coming to a toffee-like center with more over the top hoppiness in the finish.

Taste- Malt and oak sweetness with a big hoppy smash coming in later as if hit with a rubber mallet. Oak lingers giving vanilla and cashew tones with more lingering walnuts and bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Big carbonation and thick mouthfeel. Overly cloying with hops. Somewhat warming and sticky.

Drinkability- Not greatly drinkable. There was once a time when I could go to a bar and drink nothing but the bastard, but I think time has run it's course on me and no longer will the bastard set me free. I love other beers from stone, but arrogant has eluded me in my old age. Even on oak and with age, I can't say that this is the best beer in town anymore.

blakesell, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a nice foamy light-brown head. The color is a brown/deep-red cloudy beer. Not necessarily inviting, but also not for the light-hearted.

Malty scent but I can't quite place it between smoky/woodsy. The hops are aromatic and fruity/citrusy.

Definately that fruity taste turning into a hoppy/bitter finish.

Heavy taste but overall good mouthfeel. You can feel the higher ABV.

Not difficult to drink a few of these. I remember when I worked at a restaurant that had this on tap (briefly). People who didn't like the regular ABA loved the Oaked ABA. It took some of that initial harshness out of the beer. Both beers are great though.

toolbrew, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of steelcutoats
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Here's another epic beer from the brewers at Stone Brewing Co. out in California. It poured into my crystal tasting snifter with a nice foamy head that quickly dissipated. There was a good bit of lacing on the inside of the glass. The aroma was nice and woody along with a fresh pinch of hops. The oak chips do a wonderful job of drying out the initial A.B. The taste is sublime, a mellow mixture of vanilla and toffee with a nice hop bitterness. This is a truly awesome brew worthy of trying. The only question is, are you worthy of trying it?

steelcutoats, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a decent dark golden brown. The smell is almost all alcohol. The taste is a lot of vanilla and caramel. It's pretty nice on the palate. I like this brew. The mouth has a lot of hops sticking around.

Overall, this is a nice brew. It's very rich and complex. Another fantastic Stone product.

iconoklaztor, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle purchased from the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, Washington into a Commemorative Heidelberg, Germany mug.

A: An aggressive pour resulted in a body that was somewhere between a bright rich copper and brick orange and a massive white head. The head was dense and sticky and receded slowly to a even cover over the liquid and fed a layered even curtain of lace.

S: The aroma was rich with the smell of sweet toasted malts, vanilla, and woody smoked earthy oak.

T: It tasted of sweet toasted malts, spices,t caramel, complex citrus and bitter profiles and smoky and woody flavors. The brew benefited from a rest before consuming allowing some of the sharpness of the hops to smooth out and blend in with the malts and oak flavors.

M: It was medium bodied with a nice sweet malt base complemented by bitter and floral hops and a very clean finish that resulted in a nearly dry and clean aftertaste.

D: Very pleasant brew with a complex and varied taste, outstanding appearance, and excellent mouth feel. It is a bit overhopped for my taste but like other Stone products this beer balanced a massive hop presence with other strong flavors.

dnichols, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid thick lingering head with solid lace, inviting red amber color, slight carbonation visible

S - Rich hoppy smell with hints of citrus, namely lime

T - Slightly bitter and smokey with a hint of bananas

M - At first creamy and smooth but turns try and puckering as it lingers

D - A very slow drink... One would be my limit...

philbe311, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of mbunje
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of bottles for....get this...$14. Yikes!

Pours with a good 1" head. Creamy white head and lacing. Dark amber color. Clear, no floating remnants. Medium carbonation. The color is very rich and enticing.

The smell is one of a kind. A Smokey Coffee scent. More like a porter. Earthy, like one would expect from a single malt scotch. Nothing else like it in the beer world.

Taste is also very unique. Similar to Arrogant Bastard (unoaked). Except a bit more balanced due to the woody/oak flavor. I'm not sure the taste is better than AB, just different. You can taste the alcohol and a bit of extra bitterness in the finish.

This feels thick and has a very dry finish. Coats your mouth, very smooth.

Drinkability is limited. This is a very rich offering and I could probably go for a couple pints.

Very unique twist on what is probably one of the best beers out there....Arrogant bastard. Must try for any Stone fan.

mbunje, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Natural510
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz bottle a bright crimson with decent head which laces the glass upon dissipation.
Smells very strongly of hops, some orange/grapefruit notes and, yes, wood.
Flavors of citric grapefruit, pine-nut, and a dry oak. The yeast makes itself known, as does a distinctive hop bite. The malts kick in by the end as to not allow the hops to steal the show. There is alot going on in this brew.
It stays very lively in the mouth, allowing the distinctive flavors to power themselves around. Leaves a puckering tangyness which throbs the lower mouth & gums after swallowing.
Drinkability, as with the traditional ABA, depends on one's tolerance for hops malt & yeast which knock you over the head with their presence. For myself, and many others, it's a much-welcome presence in the beer world.

Natural510, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.63/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottles thanks to franksnbeans and fordest
Almost thinner bodied seaming to its regular counterpart. Still reddish brown, with a somewhat muted dryly-sweet malt smell and light hops. Taste though was lighter, more muted, and much dryer and chalkier, especially in respect to the bitterness. The oak seems to have magnified the things I didn't like about the original. Not for me.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz from total wine.

A - Dark maroon with lots of capuccino colored head. Dissipates slow with light legs.

S - Red Cherries, oak chips, anise, and honey.

T - Oaky, malty, and cherries.

M - Chewy, slightly bitter and dry. Not liking the ending bitterness. Way too much earthy hops.

D - The mouthfeel really throws off this beer. I really like the regular one though.

MisterClean, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark brown with a moderate amount of foam. Smells of oak and spices. Taste was somewhat disappointing; the oak flavor dominates everything else. There was a bit of spices, maybe some cinnamon in there, but overall the flavor was on the weak side aside from the oak. It's hard to believe this is the case with a Stone beer, who make some of the best I've tasted, but this one wasn't all that impressive. It was OK to drink while taking my time, but I wouldn't have wanted another one anytime soon.

PhxHorn, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of dsigmon
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep copper color with huge, frothy, pillowy off-white head. Leaves a large amoun of lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

S: Smell of citrus and charred oak and a light floral aroma

T/M: Amazing brew is the first thing I think of after this sip. Wonderful taste of bitter grapefruit and a light amount of oak. Closes with a litle vanilla and oak and perfect hop bitterness. Perfectly medium body and with medium amount of carbonation. Light amount of oily hops left on the palette.

D: Great beer that is dangerously drinkable.

dsigmon, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cool into a pint, picked up at Thirsty's in York.

A - A deep copper/burnished amber w/ a full khaki cap of about 2 fingers w/ a rocky consitency.

S - Bitter citrus notes w/ a light vanilla, woody aroma that has subtle smoke and plenty of oak odors. Slight candied malt scents are subdued beneath the big woody nose.

M - Big malty smoothness w/ dry oaky nuttiness and big NW hops adding piney sharpness.

T - Huge woody flavor w/ smoky toast notes and subtle fruity sweetness w/ caramel malt and a pine bite w/ citrus flavored hops. Fruit is cherry and fig-like w/ spicy nutmeg and clove notes. There are gentle hints of caramelized brown sugar and toffee rounding out the vast complexities in this extreme ale.

D - A boozy and intensely oak flavored ale, bery tasty w/ plenty of hops and flavor, yet not the most drinkable beer for my taste. This was paired w/ a salad my brother made w/ tons of ginger and lime w/ cilantro and scotch bonnets. There was also a garlic aioli w/ raw egg dijon mustard and chives with redskin roasted potatos- which was even more intense when paired w/ this ale. My brother tried to burn my mouth w/ a fiery orange habanero in the dressing and the oaked bastard seemed tame next to his full-on ginger lime dressing.

Slatetank, Feb 23, 2008
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,914 ratings.