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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,860 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,860
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 154
Gots: 411 | 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 BassAssassin
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

--2006 Vintage--

A: Pours a hazy, reddish brown. Thick, off white head that lasts until mid glass.

S: Sweet and fruity with subtle hints of vanilla. Malt aroma dominates. However, a citrusy hop smell balances nicely.

T: Complex, caramel malt flavors with slight hints of fruit, vanilla, and oak. Citrusy and spicy hop flavors round everything out. Finishes dry, almost astringent. A little too dry in my opinion, though still excellent. Aging this might mellow it out perfectly.

M: Medium bodied with perfect level of carbonation. Very smooth and balanced. Excellent mouthfeel.

D: Higher ABV prevents this from being a session beer, but it's very drinkable nonetheless. Great balance definitely helps. I'd love to see what a year in the cellar does to this brew. A side by side comparison with the standard Arrogant Bastard is a must, also.

BassAssassin, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle. Painfully descriptive as always.
Pours with a tapioca coloured head, a thick outside rim would stay, also leaves thick sheets of lacing. A very sullied, fairly dark, ruby coloured body. Plenty of different shades are showcased in the light. A vineous, resiny, hop addled aroma. A good blend of hops, the oak very present. Drinkability exceptional, even with the higher alchohol percentage I could see drinking this all night. The oak very ripe in the mouthfeel. Nice sticky aftertaste that lingers. Offers great complexity in the taste. Slightly sweet notes, really smooth malts. Grew even smoother as it warms - certainly let this one warm, allow the flavours to really come out.
Thanks for another incredible beer Dr.Jay!

biegaman, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a dark brown color ale with a nice medium brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops with some nice caramel malt. Taste is sweeter then expected with lots of caramel malt and a medium bitter finish with some citrusy hops. Body is definitely above average with some medium carbonation. I thought the oak presence was quite subtle and overall this is more reminiscent to a barleywine then an American Strong Ale but enjoyable nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of monkeynaut
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours nice, a good orange-gold sort of look about it. A dark-cream head is a bit thin, likely due to my bad pour into a pint glass.

S: Has a unique, almost-apple scent about it, certainly not an off-putting aroma. A good deal more enticing than many similar beers I've tried.

T: Hot Dog, we have a wiener. A brisk beer with enough complexity to lend an interesting taste without being overly hoppy (I'm not a huge hop head, for point of disclosure). Some slight vanilla aftertaste, possibly from the oak.

M: Feels great, not too harsh but it's got enough bite to remind your that you're drinking a real beer with a slightly elevated ABV. Will not overwhelm you, even after a couple of pints.

D: You can drink this all day long, period. A solid, balanced beer that will appeal to both beer enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike. Try using this to ween your friends onto more adventurous beers.

monkeynaut, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of xav33
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, argued over 02/07

Poured a hazy ruddy brown with a large mostly lacing beige yellowish frothy head with good lacing.

Smelt of strong fresh pineapple, mango, and other tropical fruit, some light oak and caramel.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet grapefruit and light fruit punch sweetness followed by a strong roasted grain and oak bitter taste with some light fruity sweetness on a long bitter hops finish. Palate was medium bodied, watery yet a bit oily, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, the aroma is divine. The flavor delivers, and, although surprisingly light on the palate, it balances out the strong flavors. By far my favorite of the arrogant bastard variations.

xav33, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm quite surprised by how different the oak chips have made my beloved bastard. Thanks to Zorro for the bottles.

The beer pours to a very dark nutty brownish ruby color. Plenty of creamy off-white head, and excellent retention. Lacing sticks to the glass quite well. Very little apparent carbonation.

The smell is great. Huge berry and vanilla oakiness. It damn near dulls the perception of any other aromas. Only a feint hint of the intense chinook hoppiness of the the regular bastard. Has a creamy, malty aroma hidden beneath the oak chips as well. Quite a different beast (or bastard), indeed.

The taste is great. Not quite as much of the rough cohumulone chinnook bitterness of the original bastard, but in exchange it has extract a rough tannic astringency from the oak chips. I like it, however. The oak also imparts a more of a berry-like fruitiness not present in the regular. Smooth and creamy malt flavors up front followed by a strong vanilla bean character and a well rounded lingering hops flavor. Lots of tannins in the finish, as well as a bit of a piny bitterness and chocolate. A hint of smoke as well. Perhaps they charred the oak chips?

The body is fairly full and creamy. The carbonation has been smoothed out a bit. The tannins from the oak are a bit harsh, however. Drinkability suffers as a result. It would be a real treat to drink it every once in a while, and it is easily more complex and interesting than the regular bastard, but four out of five times, I would probably opt to drink the regular. That being said, I am very stoked by this beer.

neonbrown82, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's see what some oak chips do to my AB.
12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass

A - Nice deep red mahogany/chestnut wood colored brew with about a finger of tan head. Leaves nice lacing rings.

S - Smell does have some vanilla character, obviously imparted from the wood over that harsh AB smell. Smells nice, giving it a fruitier aroma than the original AB. The smell overall is more subdued. is that a plus or minus? Neither, but a different, aofter smell.

T - The oak has imparted a woody, roasted flavor to the brew. In addition, the flavor has mellowed somewhat, making the AB a little less aggressive. Definitely a pleasant/different experience.

M - Nice full, creamy body.

D - Interesting to say the least. A nice sipper to relax with.

Notes: Pretty damn good. Not better than AB, not worse than AB, simply a brew with some subtle changes. Shows what adding some wood can do for a beer.

EStreet20, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut-amber; light tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Piney-grapefruit; cotton-candy fruityness, toffee, caramel, nuts & bread.

T: Piney-grapefruit, toffee, vanilla, slight woodyness, biscuity pale malt; assertive bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Moderate body (nicely attenuated for its weight), moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish.

D: I think it's really drinkable.

Thanks for the trade Grub!

Derek, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hello, Oak. Nice to meet ya'.

Poured from the bottle into a belgian snifter. This beer has an alluring appearance. Sort of an opaque, brown-apricot color, with a creamy one-finger head that dissipates a bit too soon. Leaves traces of lace along the side of the glass, but nothing terribly intricate. The aroma is pleasant. Oaky, for sure, but with some subtle hints of undetectable fruit. Maybe some vanilla, maybe some molasses? The taste is where the OAB shines, though. Malty and sweet up front, with definite oak notes. But the hops strike hard and fast, cutting through just about everything else and leaving a trail of grapefruit and pine down the back of the throat. Wow. What a lip-smacker this is. I really, really like the way this beer tastes. Sturdy, if not overwhelming mouthfeel. It's been a while since my last Arrogant Bastard, but I can't imagine why after having this one. This just made my top-20 list of American craft brews. I'm definitely not worthy....

Atlas1, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at Parti-Pak Liqours in Indy. I got there last three 12oz bottles. The next Time I went in there, they had a big ass magnum of the stuff on sale for about $60.

My first Oaked Arrogant Bastard.... Ohhh joyous day.

Appearance- Reminds me of a Peruvian Walnut I saw at the local exotic wood store some 2 months back. Light tan head that hngs around for awhile, but digresses to a thick foam. Very light bubbling, but some sporadic lacing sticks fast to my pint glass.

Smell- For a second or two, it smelled like BO and bananas. The Bo subsides greatly after a few more sniffs. The hops mixes a bit oddly with the oak in this offereing. Give the beer an aroma tha isn't as flattering as expected. The bananas was really of putting but unique though.

Taste- Hops and oak come together in an odd marriage. Not as pleasing as I expected. The first flavor is that of stinky, Pacific hops the lend an almost musty bitterness. The oak kicks in a little later in the middle of the palate. The some bitter bisciut hit you right after the oak and its light vanilla nuance towards the end.

Very unique, ans still worth the tiume and effort to come by it. But it definetly wasn't the orgasmic brew I had expected. I'll save one bottle for aging, with no time limit set at the moment. I will get back to you on how that turns out.

scruffwhor, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Damian
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Mall Discount Liquors, Cambridge, MA

Poured a hazy, crimson-mahogany with a one-finger, light tan, sea foam head. The head slowly faded to a thin film with a thick ring of lace. Tons of lacing cascaded down the sides of the glass.

Aroma was quite sweet, fruity and well balanced. A nice mix of caramel malts and ripe fruits along with fragrant, floral hops and citrusy, cascade hops.

The taste was interesting and complex and changed drastically as it moved along the palate. Sweet, rich, caramel malts up front before the sharp alcohol bite kicked in. As the beer warmed, the alcohol seemed to subside considerably. Intense cascade hops contributed to the juicy, grapefruit-like flavor on the back end. The finish was super hoppy, puckering and bitter (but not overly so).

The mouthfeel was beautiful. Lush, creamy and pillowy with enough body to keep the beer settled on my palate.

The drinkability of this beer was quite good. After sitting, the 7.2% ABV was only moderately detectable. Furthermore, this is a very versatile beer and could pair well with nutty chesses, grilled foods, or simply stand on its own.

As for a comparison with the non-oaked version, this beer seemed to possess aromas and flavors that were smoother, softer and, overall, more enjoyable.

Damian, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Enola
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained through Double Trouble BIF

This is a beer I have been looking forward to trying. The color is a cloudy mahogany with a decent head. Smell is a little bit like fresh cut firewood. The taste has just a hint of the oak showing. Fair. I wouldn't take this above regular Arrogant Bastard. Do not misunderstand that comment though. Both are solid brews. Try this of you have the chance.

Enola, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bought as part of a 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" orangey tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey brown brew. Head lasts nicely, with plentiful delicate lacing. Aroma is lightly woody, strong citrus and pine hops, and alcohol wafts in at the end. Taste is dominated by citrus hoppiness, with pleasing warmth upon the swallow. Maybe even a little numbness in the mouth. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is very easy. Not quite the same beer I remember having on tap, but that was a composite of a fresh and aged sample, and it was a long Stone Night at the M&D last January.

ppoitras, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.2/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kudos to Stone for joining the raging oak trend. I love what oak can do for a beer. I had a hard time with this one though. There was too much going on. The hops dominated my brew and really didn't seem to let much of the oak or malt body come through. Maybe aging will help but to me that seems a cop out and my score is reflective of my tasting. I preferred the regular AB to this one. Apparently I am not worthy per the bottle:-)

barleywinebrewer, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of ruinationation
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A good looking pour. A little less dark than orig AB to me, dark ruby with a thick one finger head that sticks around.

Smells like pure goodness. Perfect balance between hops and malt with a bit of vanilla.

Hops hit good and hard with carmal and pine following. The vanilla comes through, guess thats what I'm associating the oak with.

Feels like this should be around all year. But if that was the case how often would I have an AB and would I really appreciate the oak?

Going to try my hardest to age a few but one, two, three, or four of these when needed is recomended. Keep in mind these are baby 12oz. Drinkability depends on how many you invested in.

ruinationation, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not enough Stone to go around, I'm definitely glad they downed the portion size on this one from last year's 3L and draft releases of it. 12oz much more accessible to most of us East coasters, anyways it appearsa cloudy ruby amber brown with a large foaming beige toffee toned head looks good, real good leaves even lacing in a uniform fashion around my chalice. Aroma contains moderate oak with a piney hop edge and citrus grassy notes in there as well, touch of anise or other spice effect going on for me with mild vanilla softness overall hops shine and really unite with the alcohol great smelling brewski. Flvors is great mild sharp sweet malt caramel qualities with abrassive arrogant hop doses including herbal, pine, and mild citrus peel bursts definitely some woody character somewhat minty expression as well a somewhat tamed but oh so flavorful version of Arrogant Bastard. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller in body with strudy carbonation to carry all that the gravity, definitely coats the palate and gives you that I need to brush my teeth to get the enamel back to normal feel, due to the substantial oily hop resins flowing down the palate. Drinkability is actually amazing one of those rounded out Bastards is something I could go for anytime, I definitely need to pick up a few more.

WVbeergeek, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of GimmeAles
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of a tarnished copper still and develops a creamy, 3-finger head in the tulip glass. Recedes to a tenacious ring that leaves moderate lacing.

Smells familiarly Bastardly - wonderfully piney, and grapefruit-like with a minty-herbal edge. Smooth and seductive vanilla-bean shows through, and then a faint caramely character appears.

Taste is a wave of citrusy, piney hops at first – a wonderful, herbal bouquet of grapefruit and the floor of an evergreen forest. Herbal character is strong (mint and maybe lavender again are suggested) and give a perfume-like effervescence. Burnt toffee and caramel give a sturdy, slightly smoky malt-backbone that is huge considering how it balances the hops. The finish comes back to a crisp hoppiness. Ohhh, and dry oak was in the finish.

Full and luxurious in the mouth and a very pleasant sipper. Fine, active conditioning gives the hop bitterness a nudge, but nothing distracting (it’s an Arrogant Bastard, after all!). It’s a pleasure to see the Oak-character develop as it warms and the oak is done is a noticeable but not overpowering way, giving a refined edge to the Bastard. An awesome beer that I hope against all odds will remain in smaller than the 3L size in the future.

GimmeAles, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled: 1.5.07

Appearance of this brew is of reddish liquefied light caramel underneath a thick head. Head is dense and colored of a darker shade of eggnog. Some lacing clings.

The aroma is quite hoppy, full of juicy citrus notes. A quite peculiar and unique quality comes through on deeper inhalations, that seems to be a rich earthy honey like smell. And I mean, like, real honey; as in straight from the hive. I can only assume this comes from the wood aging, as it does not smell of what I remember from regular AB.

The flavor is immediately bitter, the particular style of hops jumping up, no doubt. The earthy honey sweetness comes though, and balances with the hop fruitiness. Its carbonation is in the mid range and coats the mouth with hop oiliness.

The beer is quite rich and a slow drinker, one 12 ouncer was more than enough. I liked it, but I didn’t think it really improved upon Arrogant Bastard, so I most likely won’t get it again. With a tag of oak aging, I was hoping for more complexity. The unique aroma & flavor described, really wasn’t that appealing to me, so I was let down somewhat in that respect. But hey, you win some, you lose some.

GolgiIPAratus, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in an oversized wine glass.

Rustic, semi-cloudy maple with a mahogany tint. Creamy, light brown head that lingers as a thick sheet and cakes the wine glass' sides. Very durable, ringed and spotted lacing around the entire glass.

Semi-sweet light cream, honey, and vanilla. Mild toffee and a generous whaff of brown sugar. Rounded, vinous fruity esters: apple, grape; even tones of honeydew. Dry hints of oak and just a touch of sharp alcohol.

Light hints of tartness provided by some fruity esters: orange, apple, and melon. The malt character soon overtakes what is left of the citric flavors, and gives a creamy milk chocolate and light caramel flavor profile. An assertive hop bite with dry tones from the oak leave a surprisingly creamy, yet earthen aftertaste.

Full in body; creamy, earthen, and smooth. Even though there's a lot going on in this Strong Ale, it's very well rounded and proportioned.

Although I really enjoy the regular bastard, the wood chips adds some complexity in flavor and masks the alcohol even more. A ballsy, well crafted bastard.

NEhophead, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep walnut color with a rich dark tan head that is dense and lingers a while. After the head falls to a ring it leaves some nice sheet lace all down my glass.

Aroma is rich malty good deep citrus hops underneath. Some fruits are present and appear with vanilla hints, dry woody notes.

Taste is lots of rich malts, caramel toffee hints along with dry wood and vanilla flavors that linger thru the finish. The oak seems to mellow the Bastard a little. Still hoppy but vanilla seems to knock it down a notch. The hops also seem to add to the fruitiness and lingering spice.

Mouthfeel is a heavy medium nice mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable Strong Ale, the Oak adds more character but also mellows the bastard some. But overall good but just as soon have a regular Bastard for the price. Thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

mntlover, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of BrewMonkey
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As much as I loved the regular ABA, the Oaked version just didn't do it for me. My wife prefers the oaked version, but I think it masks the great balance of hops/maltiness in the regular ABA and leaves a slightly acidic aftertaste in your mouth. Still a terrific beer, but I prefer the non-oaked version.

BrewMonkey, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my DFH pint glass the color of dark brewed iced tea with an inch of off white head that slowly fades and leaves a slight lacing. Smells of caramel malts, grapefruit, toasted grain. Tastes of rich, oakey wood, sweet malt, mildly bitter grapefruit and citrus. Hop bitterness comes through in the finish. Very smooth and mellow with medium carbonation. A nicely balanced beer. I could drink a few of these in an evening.

ClockworkOrange, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of bort11
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With great thanks to SkinnyElvis for this one
12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Chunky tan head that leaves perfect rings of lace on the glass. Color is a dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights when held to the light.
Smell has a more pronounced grapefruit hops bitterness than I remember he regular AB having. Taste is so smooth. The malt sweetness blends with a slight resiny hops bitterness, Citrus and floral notes swirl around as I swallow.
This is one of the smoothest beers I've ever had. It just glides down my throat. So good!

bort11, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful head that falls, but doesn't dissapate. It has a great lacing that follows the length of the glass. Brown color is dark and not too cloudy, looks great. It smells like a maltier beer with a slight hint of woodiness. The flavor is pretty bitter with hops and very malty and the woodiness really comes out in the finish. The mouthfeel was very good, no bite, nothing but pretty smooth stuff. The drinkability was very nice, I will enjoy my next few.

Erdinger2003, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one looks like a dark and an ever so slightly cloudy iced tea with a slight bit of peach to it. The head is a simple off white irregular foam that leaves some nice lace behind.

The most prominent smell I get here is bananas; slightly real, slightly laughy-taffy. There’s also a slight airy grain here backed by a slight grassy hop. Weird…

Tastes of dark caramel and a sticky, sappy oak that is immediately followed by a grapefruit and pine hop that seems to float around my mouth while being wonderfully contained by the heavy caramel malt. Dries my tongue in the finish.

Feels light to medium bodied with a light and soft carbonation.

I expected more from this one. I’m really not sure where to place this on taste alone as it doesn’t remind me much of the original AB. It’s not bad by far, but maybe a little confusing.

DarkerTheBetter, Jan 21, 2007
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,860 ratings.