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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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5,008 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,008
Reviews: 1,841
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 172
Gots: 461 | 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 kimcgolf
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a deep amber-orange, with a nice fluffy light tan head that lingered well and left good lacing. Nose was a complex mix of malty sweet oak and some citrus hops, with a hint of alcohol sneaking in late in the glass. Mouthfeel was tingly and the taste leaned more to the malt side than the hops. Finish was long and pleasant, but while this was a good beer, I’m much more a fan of the non-oaked, hop dominant version of this beer.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Caramel, citrus, coconut, vanilla.

Looks: Dark reddish-brown. Average sized off-white head with poor head retention. Some lace was left behind, but not much.

Taste: A little bit of smokiness, pine, coconut, malty sweetness, citrus. Alcohol is tasted and felt (hot). It has a long bitter finish. Layers of flavours. It is complex & I am having a bit of trouble accurately describing it in further detail.

Mouthfeel: Fine carbonation, in lower than average volumes. Medium bodied.

Overall, it's a great Beer, but I have my suspicions that this is not just the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale that has been aged with oak chips, but that they tweaked the recipe a smidge first.

Photo of bruachan
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

nice-looking head. deep red color

i think i smell NW hops, but just maybe. i don't smell much evidence of the oak, however

the oak comes across strongly in the flavor. it's a woodiness that is hard to ignore. robust malt profile, featuring that brown-sugar-and-port-and-butterscotch sweetness that stone is so good at. bitter

not very dynamic, not that i didn't see that coming

Photo of HotterThanHell
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has to be one of the great american beers. Not the ones with the commercials showing their medals for best american pale yellow light with no head pilsner, but real beers.

Color is a beautiful red/brown haze with a wonderful tan head that didn't fade and laced as I drank it down.

The aroma is probably the most earthly I can remember, with some piny hops, and a hint spicy citrus. It really reminded me of walking with the woods.

The taste is a wonderfully balanced molasses burning on a camp fire, sprinkled with hops and finishing with just the slightest hint of alchohol.

High alchohol, so be careful, but 3 or 4 shouldn't be too much trouble.

Overall, an excellent/superior beer that I highly recommend.

Prosit!

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

This oaked ASA pours a really atractive woody, ruby cedar with a tight kakai head. The foam holds well and leaves some good sagging lace.
A really impressive looking beer. The appearance might even create the illusion of, or cause me to perceive more of that oak character. Beats me, but I did seem pick up a lot more of it than than others I sampled it with. Mainly I think, because many people are searching for that sometimes harsher bourbon barrel aged flavor. But that is nowhere to be found in this brew (and that is certainly not a bad thing).

The aroma is largely of caramel malt and some very nice spicy hops. There is a bit of an oak related vanilla note as well. Burnt sugar and molasses provide a great deal of sweetness. The oak character is more earthy and rustic than bourbon barrel. Attractive and pungent nonetheless.

Initially there is earthy burnt caramel malt and lots of those deep, piny, hops. Some citrus is detectable too. Boisterous but not harsh. A hint of faint smoke that could probably be mistaken for some really heavily caramelized/burnt sugar. Piny with a raw sweetness. Very complex and not at all harsh. The flavors blend seamlessly.

Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish. The carbonation is middle-of-the-road as well and brightens the whole deal up a bit. The flavor and texture really seem to linger on the tongue. Really well crafted and a very interesting adaptation of the style.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a rather dark, slightly hazy, amber-copper color. Nice dense head, amber-white colored, leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Has a somewhat complex aroma ranging from florals to strong hops.

Taste: Lots of hoppy citrus and pine, but balanced with an earthy flavor that I presume comes with the oak. Aftertaste is light grapefruit and more of the earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is quite light, but still provides an enjoyable subdued tingly feel.

Drinkability: Not a good session beer due to the strength of flavor and alcohol, but nevertheless quite drinkable. Take it slow...

Though I honestly can't taste the oak in here, I can definitely tell that this is a variation of the regular Arrogant Bastard ale. Though I've grown to enjoy the AB in the past couple years (from initially disliking it), I think that this is superior due to the balancing out of strong flavors with others in order to create a complex (but not overly so) beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of zdk9
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep reddish mahogany, with a finger of fluffy white head that leaves decent spidery lacing on the glass.

S- Strong smells of pine, carmel, pineapple. There's also a taste in this beer I can't identify. Maybe it's something to do with the oak, but I think I would recognize that. Hmm...

T- I'm not detecting a lot of oakiness in this beer. It is however, a very intense flavor. There's a piney syrupy hop flavor throughout, accompanied heartily by a sweet carmel malt flavor. Some slight alcohol in the aftertaste, but nothing too overpowering.

M- Syrupy, as expected, but what isn't expected is the good level of carbonation. Nice.

D- A delicious beer, but not worth the incredible build up that I gave it. I need to taste the normal AB again to better compare, but for now I'd say I might as well just get that and save the money.

Photo of korndog
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have been drinking standard issue AB for many moons and find it to be a very well balanced and drinkable ale. The oaked version is a cut below in my opinion. Very attractive burnt orange hues. I expected oak in the nose but didn't really find any. The blast of white grapefruit pith is ever present from start to long after finish. Something in this beer leaves an unpleasant lingering sourness that I don't find in the regular AB. It's still very good stuff though, being a Bastard at heart.

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

3L bomber (2004 version) at our Septoberfest party. The beer is cloudy dark reddish-brown color with a thick tan head that has good retention. Patches of lacing. Woody, citrusy hops aroma with lots of malt. Full-bodied with a subtle oak character which infuses the already-tasty Arrogant Bastard with an interesting new dimension. Flavors of malt, fruit and piney hops are all present. Hops become steadily more pronounced. The finish is hoppy and malty with a lingering citrus and apricot aftertaste. Really good.

Photo of atrus138
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap. Deep, deep red with a little bit of froth on the top - no real head per se. Smells boldly of citrus and oily hops. Very complex taste. Everything the aroma promises and then some. Woody notes and hints of pine in addition to the citrus and hops. I think I discover something new about it every time I have this. Obviously this is a lot like Arrogant Bastard, but still wholly unique. It seems a little more confident, while Arrogant Bastard acts like it's got something to prove (though it proves itself with flying colors, to be sure). Will definitely have this again if it's on tap. Heck, for special occasions, I may even fork over the big bucks and pick up a six pack.

Photo of ericj551
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale pours a deep red brown with a nice yellowish head that lingers and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is sweet dark and fruity malts, with an almost vinous character. The flavor is dry malts at first, with hints of bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is quickly dominated by a strong hop bitterness pungent grapefruit and some pine. I think the oak has cut down a bit on the sweetness of the beer, making it seem a bit dryer, but it doesn't seem to be an overpowering flavor.

Photo of putnam
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes fermented drinks contain aromas or flavors that are very distinctively suggestive of something specific (in contrast to the ubiquitous "descriptors" imposed on them by imaginative reviewers!)

This beer smells like Pepto Bismol. I suspect this is a phenomenon of some kind of interference pattern with the last beer I drank (the perfect Hook Norton Twelve Days.) Because within a few minutes it begins to smell more like candycane. Of course, it also smells like brown bread and whisky and caramel.

Nice glossy sweet attack of caramel and butter gives way evenly to fairly intense resiny bitterness. Hard cinnamon candy flavored hops, with lemon and pepper. Pasteurized apple juice sweetner with dried marshmallow. Wood flavors are subdued but serve to structure the large volume of texture and sweetness. The finish is polished and relentlessly bitter.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color with an off white head that dissipates quickly to lace on the sides of the glass. The smell is an odd mix of hops, pine, and grapefruit. The taste is of grapefruit and pine with a little beer in there too. I couldn't drink to many of these, in fact I like the non oak version much better. It was nice to try, but not one of my favorites.

Photo of scottum
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I never thought I'd come across a 12oz bottle of this beer in Vermont. Good for Stone. I love Arrogant Bastard Ale, but this beer makes "Oaked" into a dirty word. The oak coloring really throws off an otherwise great beer. Hey, it's still a great beer even though it's been oaked.

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

12oz. bottle: This one pours a reddish mahogany brown color, with a bit of a light brown head on it. It leaves a small amount of lacing. The aroma is an interesting mix of oak and pine. Perhaps a bit of caramel in there also. The flavor is interesting. The oakiness is definitely up front. It is a complex taste. A bit of piney bitterness on top, with some of the sweetness hitting you later.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured to my Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass.
Copper color with some red hues and a shade of orange marmalade around the edges with the light.
Aroma-boozy, not a pure oak aroma but a barrell or bourbon aroma is there. As it warms, that insane Stone hop aroma comes through and ther is an essence of pine rosin.
Mouthfeel-immediate hop bitterness, very astringent and medicinal. I have not had many oaked beers but this carries one hell of an edgy taste. Something not quite hoppy is in there competing for supreme bitterness on the palate. A froth releases a very minute malty sweetness. Finishes with a medicinal bitterness that lingers. I love AB and this has another aggressive bitter edge that just exudes all that is Stone. This brew backs up every word that is printed on the AB bottles- YES! I am worthy. Very well done but for me only good as a one-timer every once in a while.

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

Got this as part of a shipment from South Bay Drugs. Thanks Joey.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into an AB glass.

Appearance - Murky translucent honey brown/mahogany. It produced a 1 1/2 finger head that slowly dissipated to a thin crown. Left behind a little bit of lacing.

Smell - It smells more subdued than the normal AB. The vanilla and oak notes compete with the piney hop scents for dominance. There is a slight sweetness to the scent that is reminiscent of burnt caramel or toffee.

Taste - It tastes very similar to the normal AB, just with oaky vanilla and woody tones. The deep, almost roasty, caramel-like malts intermingle very well with the vanilla tones from the oak at the beginning of the flavor, and the piney hops round out the flavor with a bitter oaky finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. The carbonation level is a little low for my tastes. The prickly sensations on the tongue start strong as it touches the tip of the tongue and then die off completely by the time it reaches the throat. It has a good mouthfeel, just not enough carbonation IMO.

Drinkability - This is amazingly easy to drink. It isn't quite as harsh as the normal AB - the oak flavors smooth off the harsh edges. I love the original AB, but if Stone sold this stuff in Texas, I could easily see myself reaching for this one over the original AB the majority of the time. Very tasty stuff.

Stone is awesome.

Photo of DackAchan
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours nicely, dark deep opaque red. Finishes with a good two finger rich brown head that laces and sticks to the glass.

S- Kinda dissappointed on the smell. Not a whole lot to it. Strong hops flavor that dominates all others.

T- Good taste, rich, with some complex hops taste. A light flavor of oak adds very well to the taste.

M- Good mouthfeel, thick for an ale, but enjoyable. Starts off with a heavy feel, smooth on the tongue and finishes leaving a slight bite at the end.

D- Good drinkablitiy. The bite on the back end and the weight of the beer makes it a little more difficult to make into a session beer but I'd drink it again.

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

Brilliant ruby. Thick beige head that doesn't last long but can be amply revived. Nice blotchy lace.

Smells sweet, rich, complex. Dark caramelized malt, brown sugar, black currant, wood, vanilla, solvent, brown apple, rye whiskey. Hints of leather, banana oil and toasted almond. Cohesive and good.

Well balanced taste of pronounced solventy and fruity esters; sweet dark malts; savory dry wood, leather, rye whiskey, nuts; earthy, vegetal hop bitterness like grilled radicchio. Finishes dry and bitter, with lingering wood and esters.

Tasty and interesting stuff, and quite different from the normal version.

Photo of edskirk3
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 12/02/07.

12 oz brown screen-painted bottle. Gargoyle. Oaked. Enjoy by 10/31/07. Since it's loaded with hops and alcohol, which are essentially preservatives, I'm not worried. I shall decant to a Brandy glass.

Pours cloudy brown with ruby highlights. Adorned with a tightly beaded creamy head that laces well. A soft aroma of American hops and, of course, oak. It's not as in-your-face as it is with the unoaked Bastard.

Alike on the tongue, we have a smoother, more mature Bastard. Yes, there's a big hoppy bite but it's deeply ingrained into the matrix of an oak barrel. The hops don't linger as long either. In their stead is a woody, earthy aftertaste.

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

Pours a deep brownish amber with an off white head. Decent retention and some lacing down the glass. Smell is pretty subtle and not easy to pick much up from. Citrus hops and some sweet malt are evident. Taste is much bigger than the smell was. Nice citrus hops and caramel malt backbone. The oak is apparent in the finish and does a great job of rounding this brew off. I've had the regular and this does seem more balanced with the oak taking away some of the bitterness. Mouthfeel is about medium and very nice. Super smooth is an understatement. I could drink a few of these no problem but one at a time seems about right. Overall better than I expected and I'd surely have it again.

Thanks for the extra, NCSUdo!

Photo of bjoyce12
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slight disappointment. I figured the oaking factor would start with AB as a baseline and add a great deal of taste and depth. Not necessarily so. Yes, slightly more vanilla scents and a bit more of a chocolate and roasted malt undertone than AB, but not hugely noticeable. Bottom line: If you're a fan of AB, you'll like this one as well. Not much more, and prob not enough to justify the added cost of this over regular ol' dependable AB.

Photo of AlephNull
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy, deep copper brown color with one finger of off-white head.

S - Wow -- fantastic aroma. A sweet, malty scent with fresh fruit characteristics. Also present are some piney citrusy hops, but that sweet malt dominates. A definite oaky scent here.

T - When that oaky scent turns into a flavor it makes a beautifully round beer. The malts still dominate this flavor early with a definite vanilla flavor. To round out the beer, the bittering hops are piney and citrusy, but not over the top. Very well balanced beer.

M- Light carbonation with a moderately heavy body. A very round feel to this beer. Finishes dry.

D- Fantastically drinkable and sessionable beer.

Photo of fitzy84
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was actually on tap at the Moan and Dove. It poured with a heavy head and had a very, very dark appearance. It did, however, have some amber seen when you looked through it in light. The Oaked Arrogant Bastard had a very strong malty aroma and was wicked sweet in caramel-like flavors. It had a medium body and was really, really thick. Very desert-like. That oak-aging worked wonders for a Stone classic. Highly recommended

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

A: A hazy, rusty reddish-brown. A thick tan head, slowly dissolving and plenty of lacing.

S: The oak scent is very prominent atop some molasses-like sweetness.

T: Rich, roasted and well balanced. Plenty of sweetness along with the bite of the oak. An aggressive hop finish makes this beer very well rounded.

MF: Very low carbonation and thus smooth going down, but the oak and the hops give this a sharp bite as well. Thick and chewy.

D: I think this is better than the original-the oak really balances with the sweetness. Easy to drink despite the high alcohol. Another creative brew by Stone that works really well. Nice to see this in 12 oz bottles and year-round.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,008 ratings.