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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,845 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,845
Reviews: 1,833
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 155
Gots: 406 | 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 jcdiflorio
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%

served into a pint glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with crimped-on cap,painted on logo on bottle.

Good moderate aroma,citrusy,piney,earthy, smokey,roasty,a smell of fresh cut wood,a pleasing,fresh,complex aroma.

Very citrusy taste,also piney,burnt carmell,with a taste of wood. A tart,acidy flavor a bit to my disliking.Finishes with a very sharp and bitter citrus rind note also a bit to my disliking. Too much of an acidity taste for me.

A creamy mouthfeel,medium body,prickley with tongue swelling bitterness.
The drinkability a bit down just because of all acidity,not all bad,I'd say this beer is a bit over-hyped to me. Just wasn't all that impressed with this beer.

jcdiflorio, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

This beer poured a very dark red amber color and formed a huge off white foamy head that subsided slowly leaving latticed lace. Very little carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, caramel, vanilla and a hit of the wood chips. Overall, aroma is much more subdued than the regular and doesn't smack you in the face like it does. Don't know if that is the aging, wood chips or something else. The flavor was of malt, hops and burnt coffee. It has a medium body and and a slightly burnt quality to the finish. A good beer, but I guess I expected more from the supposedly oak aging.

Wildman, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of Higravity
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%

Yawn. What oh right. This beer is pretty much like the regular bastard which is ok in its own right. Nice amber hue small weak head, low carbonation. The smell is strong alcohol mixed with some malty profile that could be anything, there is a nutty woody presence with of course plenty of hops in case. The hops seem more toned down but the oak flavor is a little to bite-y with the alcohol. It is a decent blend but I think it might need more time to mellow. I could drink a 6 pack in a week, but not something I would get regularly.

Higravity, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%

This brew pours a dark mahogany color with a large, billowy, tannish-white head. Lacing is thorough, and sticks all over to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of grapefruit, grapes, and oak. The taste is of brash hops, and abrasive oak. It is like drinking a board. Nothing is in harmony. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. I guess it could be considered a good beer, if you are looking for something with a lot of flavor, but don't care whether or not those flavors work well together.

KarlHungus, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured a rich brown amber color with a huge cream colored head that stayed for a while. Smell was very sweet of caramel with an almost a bourbon or whiskey smell to it. The taste was very intresting. Very crisp with a slight touch of alcohol. Sweet caramel malts and a bit of a wooden hop back. This is a very complex beer, I don't think I could begin to explain the taste and do it justice. Very very good, only wish I could get more of it around here!

mikesgroove, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Looked frickin' amazing pouring out of the bottle, somewhere between motor oil and liquid velvet. A huge dirty-white head sits on top of a cloudy, rusty, burnt-orange. Catacombs of lace web the glass.

HUGE aroma! Candy sugar sweetness meets juicy hops madness meets monster malts, with a woodiness far back in the deeps.

Flavor is as expected, a woodier, earthier version of Arrogant Bastard. Juicy caramel maltiness, grapefruit-rind hops in abundance, a sweet edge not unlike a barleywine, and a toasty, warming woodiness thanks to those oak chips. Luckily the oak chips don't dominate the flavor, but bring a new spin to an old(ish) favorite.

Feels awesome in the mouth, as most Stone beers do. Hangs in there with a creamy, kind of chewy, never too-thick presence. Finishes especially woody.

I don't think this is better than the regular Arrogant Bastard, but it's close. I like the wild, untamed, exciting feel of the AB. The Oaked AB seems a mellower, more polite take on it. Would be fun to drink side by side to compare/contrast.

Mad metal props to msubulldog25 for this bottle.

Metalmonk, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Clear semitransparent bronze and ruby body with good carbonation. Tan creamy, with small bubbles regularly dispersed, pillowy head. Great retention and clumpy lace.
Scent is spiced hoppy caramel malty goodness with a hint of wooden vanilla.
Excellent taste of caramel, hops, spice and a little bit of molasses.
Oaked flavors come through faintly but certainly there in bittering somewhat sweet notes. Aftertaste is lingering nicely and is mouth wateringly hoppy with a pine kick.
Moderate body and slightly dry with little coating.
Highly drinkable and a brew I wish I could find here.
Thanks to Weeare138 for the bottle.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

bennetj17 , squidswilbsquids , zrbrrt - Many thanks for a bottle of this fine frosty.

One of the true hard to get great brews (for me).

Just looky at that pour, a hazy dark amber oak, topped by a tan pillow that just laces the entire glass.

Woody, spicey and dry in the quaff. Only 7.2%, but it actually has the body of a heavy hitter. The oak really dries out and puts a bite into the finish.

Solid brew – the regular is just as good and preferable, and the double is better than the oaked (IMO).

Vancer, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev -4%

This is a mildly hazed reddish brown colored beer with a good tan head that is bordering on light brown.

Smell is very herbal and hoppy to the nose. The malt here comes through as mostly caramel and biscuit. I can smell a bit of oak here but this is still very much a highly hopped ale.

Taste begins neural and a bit bitter but it is toned down a bit from the regular arrogant bastard. I can easily taste the oak influence here and it does seem to have added some toffee, vanilla and dryness to the beer. Strangely the oak seems to have added or make detectable a slight metallic taste in this beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is fine but I really think I prefer the regular version better.

Zorro, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Abita45
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured into a pint glass, this beer had a better than average foamy tan head for a bottled beer, and it maintained it very well. Once it subsided, there was very good lacing throughout the beer. Not much of an aroma at all, which was disappointing. I had anticipated some oak tones based on the style, but all I really picked up was a musty hop smell.

A very interesting taste, and difficult to define. The presence of oak and wood notes is present along with a sharp, bitter hop flavor. There's also a smokey sweetness to it, not unlike a subtle chocolate or roasted citric flavor, but this is short lived as the beer finishes dry and astringent.

I am very impressed with this beer. It is strong and complex; definitely worth another sample. Next time, I'll have to get a traditional Arrogant Bastard and compare the two.

Abita45, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of auntfloyd
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass. 12 oz bottle? For a Stone beer? Insanity.

Pours an opaque dark mahogany with a slight amount of tan head.

The nose is fairly sweet, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and malt.

The first thing you notice in the taste is the slightly sweet caramel flavor... all malt to begin with, with a nice oaky undertone, followed by a full on vanilla rush, then a hoppy bitter ending, with a sweetish aftertaste. The taste is extremely smooth, and it seems like the extremely bitter aspect of regular AB has been toned down by the oak without losing its extremely complex character; in fact it has definitely been added to.

The mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is high -- higher than the typically over-the-top-bitter Stone brew, and higher than the abv. might suggest. It is also a plus that this, unlike regular AB, comes in 12 oz bottles.

I am going to go ahead and make a controversial statement: that Oaked Arrogant Bastard is the Arrogant Bastard to try. Oaked smooths out much of the bitterness of AB while adding greatly to the flavor, and not diminishing the character, but rather augmenting it. Basically, this is the finest Stone ale there is, and OAB is probably the finest strong ale period. Highly recommended.

auntfloyd, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Finally a bottle that is convenient in size! Thanks to Orfeu.

Appearance: Very dark maroon in color, fluffy tan head on the pour fills up the snifter.

Smell: Hoppy and very earthy. The oak is more subtle than I would've expected, but is still evident.

Taste: Much more mellow than I was expecting. It seems that the oak aging took the edge off the hops more than anything, making a much smoother offering than the original AB. The woodiness does add character, and it is still very flavorful, but not over the top. Also has a tart flavor on the backside that I am not a big fan of.

Drinkability: Tasty and unique, I am glad I finally obtained a bottle of this.

TastyTaste, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of gubbt
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a dark brownish red that reveals a blood red glow when intense light passes through. Head is small and leaves a little lacing.

What a wonderful nose! I'm picking up dark cherries, chocolate, and a little ethanol.

Taste does not follow the smell. There is a pretty strong malt foreground that mostly comes through as roasted caramel and a little vanilla. The hop finish is strong with notes of pine and a faint woodsy taste. Aftertaste is pleasant and bitter inviting you to have more. Alcohol is present and very warming. Yummy.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and creamy, letting you enjoy the flavors to the fullest.

Man I wish I had some more of these. A little tamer a smoother than its non-oaked brother which is quite nice. At $2.50 a bottle and limited availability this is unfortunatley a brew that I will only be able to have a little of once a year. Bottoms up!

gubbt, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.73/5  rDev -35%

A: Ruddy red color witha small head of red/tan foam. Lower carbonation. No lace. Pretty clear through the glass.

S: Dense notes of vanilla bean and rich, heavy caramel malt. A woody note is present, likely due to the oak (duh).

T: Notes of whisky, grain, alcohol, wood and wine like fruitiness. Kind of sour. No vanilla note or sweetness as hinted at in the aroma. Not my bag.

M: Light. Slightly sour and a lower level of carbonation. Dry finish reminds me of a red wine.

D: Not for me. Maybe i'm not "ready" for it. Don't know if I ever will be. This highly touted beer falls way flat in my book. When I think American Strong, this isn't what i'd like to imagine. I just don't care for this one.

Frozensoul327, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of chilidog
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Time in a bottle, or barral. Whatever time in or with the oak does this Arrogant some good. Drinkability is much easier and pleasing than the flagship brew. And thisone came in the 12 oz. bottle x six. Very nice. I was never able to get the three liter.

It poured a top quality rusty amber that sat below a well maintained tan head head. Lace was fair.

The aroma was oak, pine malts and and citric hop.

The taste; though abit more tame, was complex at that. Citric hop coated with a wood-like smoke flavor. Hints of vanilla and sweetened grapefruit. Earthy notes but oh so very smooth. The mouth is left with a hint of hop oil.

Very well done!

chilidog, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of danielocean03
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a cloudy auburn brown with coppery highlights, slight reddish tinge. Full finger of foamy head slowly passe to a ample sticky lacing with a hazy, thin cap. Aroma is hoppiness right up front, sweet caramelly malt undertones with a slight smoky woodiness, light notes of warming alcohol present as well. Taste starts off with sweet malts/ grapefruity and grassy hops, wood notes round off with the slight alcohol and dark fruitiness. Leaves a slightly bitter and drying aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied and thick, almost a chewy beer, slick and viscous on the tongue that has a moderate level of carbonation which adds a lighter touch to the mouthfeel. Drinkability is excellent, taste is great and has been executed wonderfully by the good folks at Stone. Another level of definition and complexity to an already excellent beer, the oak has calmed and smoothed an aggressive beer into a more enjoyable aggressive beer. Would highly recommend, will purchase again.

danielocean03, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

DrJay rocks. even though he has left the toronto area, he still helps hook us up with some great beer. bringing bottles for tasting when he's in town, trading bottles when he passes through. when we couldn't get our hands on the double bastard and oaked arrogant bastard, he picked up a bunch for us. last year we split one of the big 3L swingtops of oaked arrogant bastard on new years eve, this year i'm cracking the first 12oz of this year's batch.

pours a slightly hazy brown with a thin film of very fine tan head. clings to the sides and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is great. tons of vanilla. toffee sweetness. bit of alcohol. bit of grapefruit behind this.

taste is nice. good bitterness level. lots of oak. toffee sweetness. grapefruit. bit of pine. some alcohol. bit warm on the way down. bit of vanilla.

mouthfeel is good. decent body and moderate very fine carbonation.

drinkability is good. tasty and somewhat balanced, but not nearly as well as the hopslam i had earlier.

grub, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of Alkey
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

12oz. bottled on Nov. 10, 06. Poured in my glass dark amber color with a large off white head that sticks to the glass leaving lots of lacing. Smells of fresh floral hops and musk wood scents leave my mouth watering. Taste is amazingly smooth with lots of fresh grassy hops and nice blend of semi sweet malts. Mouth feel is just right not to thin or carbonated. This beer has some strong flavors but is still mellow at the same time. This is by far the best in the Arrogant Bastard line up.

Alkey, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz bottle -> pilsner
2006

Pours a hazed dark chestnut brown with an off white pillowy head that leaves sheets of lace. Carbonation appears robust. A fine looking brew.

Nose: Sweet citrus fruits of oranges and grapefruit, with hints of vanilla, and caramel malts.

Hops are prelavant with the citrus hops only slighted subdued with a thin malt backing. Citrus, oily and bitter on the finish with a slight smokey oak tinge.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Very good carbonation and a smooth ride.

Dangerously drinkable as alcohol is all but forgotten, but considerabley out of my price range for sessions, instead a tastey treat for special occasions.

beerphan, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

a - dark brown color, pretty hazy, medium tan head with retention around the edges and good lacing

s - big citrusy hop character with a good measure of roasted maltiness, hints of oak are present as well

t - much like the aroma, great balance of citrusy and piney hops with roasted malt, oak is more noticeable in the taste than in the nose, big vanilla flavor on the finish, much smoother than the original AB, very complex with great subtleties

m - medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish

d - very drinkable, I love regular AB as a drinkable beer, and Oaked is quite a bit smoother and easier on the palate

I loved regular AB and Double Bastard, so I was pretty sure Oaked was going to be great - I wasn't disappointed. Wonderfully complex beer that I wish I could get more readily. Cheers again to the folks at Stone!

WeisGuy, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%

From the tap at the stone brewery into a tulip/flute hybrid. It was a hazy golden brown with nice off-white fluffy head. Left good lacing.

I cannot say anything bad about this beer. I like the Arrogant Bastard, but the oaked version is just as flavorful, but smoother, and the flavors are more rounded out. Instead of having a large separation between the hops and the malt in the Arrogant, the oaked has a very nice melding of these two characteristics, while the hops are just as pungent, aromatic and flavorful.

MiScusi, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of Harlequin
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Beautiful dark caramel, deep amber color. Dark frothy head like John Belushi's urine on his final lost weekend. Piney, citrusy, bready aroma with hints of cheese formed by large sweaty italian
hands. Taste of slight smoke and grapefruit with mint and vanilla. woody, bitter finish, but not unpleasant. I could drink a lot of these

Harlequin, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of jopl
4.03/5  rDev -4%

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Starts with a finger of brown head that slowly receders to a ring around the glass. Beautiful lacing surrounds the glass as you drink it. The beer itself is a cloudy ruby red.

Smell: The initial smell is of strong hops and malts. A oaked smell comes through the strong aroma. Could be a bit stronger in smell though.

Taste: There is a very strong complex taste to this beer that only gets better as you drink it. Besides the obvious strong malts and hops, the oak taste is present but not overwhelming. Overall, great but powerful taste.

Mouthfeel: This is hands down the best mouthfeel I'd gotten from a beer so far. It's got great carbonation and just a silky smooth finish that makes you want to drink more.

Drinkability: When I first started drinking this, I didn't think I would be able to drink more then one but the more I drink of this, the more I think I could drink a couple.

This is overall just a great beer. I can't wait to buy some more and keep it in my fridge.

jopl, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of dherling
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured out a nice chocolaty brown with an orange hue, crowned by a bubbly, chunky light tan head, incredible lacing. The nose offers immediate hops, big, green, and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit, some subtle orange, all rounded out by woody oakness. The taste is like fresh squeezed orange juice for a second, then goes grapefruit on you. The hops and bitterness are pretty big, there must be some malt pulling it all back, but I don't really get it above all the citrus pith and the oak that hovers over the palate. There's even a flutter of strawberry bubble gum for a second. The finish is long, fruity, and bitter. The mouthfeel is dead on, good carbonation and smooth, slightly slick and oily on the finish. The downfall might be the drinkability, so much hops, so much oak. One is a lovely visit. More would be uncomfortable.

dherling, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Clear crimson coloring, edging on darker maroonish, but a full, lush, creamy-toned head, leaving lace. I like it.

Aroma: cherries, whiskey, vanilla, berries, cognac, luscious and lovely. Wide open, deep, complex, mature, and heavenly.

Taste: vanilla jumps up first, smothers the palate with the flavor of that sweet bean, fruit flavors join in as well, but vanilla maintains it's dominance. Yums.

Medium mouthfeel, body, smooth, tasty, ...almost too smooth. But so delicious. If, maybe, too much vanilla. I like other things that arise from the flavors of various oak barrels.
Wait. Oak chips? Oak...chips? No barrells? Hmmm...
Tasty, delicious, ...I like it, but not as much as the Original A.B. So, sue me.

feloniousmonk, Dec 26, 2006
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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