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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,035 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,035
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 484 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Photo of PJHOY
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

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

Beer pours up nicely with a lingering soft, foamy head. The aroma is dark malt and warm brown sugar. The flavor has a lot well-rounded roasted malt character, with some faint chocolate. The bitterness from the malt and hops plays well with the sweet aroma. The mouthfeel, my favorite part, makes this beer truly extraordinary: thick, almost creamy. Alcohol comes in at a reasonable 7.2%, making this beer a good one to share with friends who might not be the biggest beer geeks. Thanks Stone, I'll definitely be picking up some more.

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

Poured from bottle into Stone tulip.

A - Small, nice head. Some lacing. Body red tinged murky brown.

S - Whole lot of stuff in there. AB plus wood, all evident in the nose.

T - Yum. First time I tried this, I have to admit I wasn't sure I cared for it. Second attempt yielded better results. Terrific BA flavor - deep aggressive malt with some hops to finish. New to the mix with the oaked is, of course, the wood, the vanilla and some cooked fruit, maybe cherry?

M - Good solid prescense, carbonation perfect, viscosity good, bitter end.

D - I love this stuff. I could get a few in before things deteriorated due to the ABV.

Photo of PolhillS
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of JWU
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass.

A- A clear dark ruby/brown. A very nice light khaki color head that laces fantastically. Beer doesn't look any better.

S- A light brown sugar and caramel malt blends with an oily, earthy hop. Light oak and vanilla is detectable.

T- The malt bill smacks with light caramel, brown sugar, and dark bread. Hops hit, but not crushingly so. They are earthy, minty, with some hemp and tobacco notes. Wood accents a very light oak and vanilla.

M- Heavy side of medium, and slick on the palette.

O- The shining star of the AB series. More please.

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

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Deep amber. Nice off-white head.

S - Woodsy hops.

T - Delicious, soft, fresh oak. I've never seen the an oak profile executed like this before. Malt, touch of pine, and some cinnamon spice.

M - Smooth with a semi-sweet finish. Touch of milk chocolate on the backend.

Photo of Hornet2003
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The oaked version of Arrogant Bastard seems quite similar to the original version. All the same elements that made the original a classic are well entrenched in this beer. The difference comes in the addition and not subtraction/supplementation of ingredients. The bitterness is still definitely there along with the strong caramel malty presence. The oak chips seem to add a bit of vanilla and a bit more sharpness to the taste. In my mind, this is perfect since this is Arrogant bastard, an in-your-face beer by all rights. There is also a creaminess in the mouthfeel that makes it easy enough to drink despite its aggressive nature. The head leaves a creamy lace as you drink.

Overall, pricey yet well-executed idea by Stone. Not a daily drinker, but a nice treat.

Photo of BigB415
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours red with just enough light penetrating it that allows you to see through the glass. I took a sniff before swirling and got faint hop aroma and took another sniff after swirling and got a pineapple aroma which is kind of weird but I'm not complaining since I love pineapple. I'm not sure if this arrogant bastard was aged in oak because I'm not tasting any signs of it. Very smooth with no alcohol burn which is not surprising since the ABV is only 7.2% Very little hop presence with a sweet kick. I like this version of arrogant bastard better then the regular arrogant bastard since that just leaves me really thirsty.

Photo of bigchris1313
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A middle-brown, somewhere around Diet Coke, perhaps. It's a very dark amber in hue and absolutley beautiful.

Smell: I really don't know where to go. It's bitter, but at the same time sweet, sweeter than regular AB.

Taste: It's bitter, but at the same time sweet. This Oak-aged is even sweeter than regular AB, but not by much.

Mouthfeel: Not that thick, but thicker than most ales.

Drinkability: Well, I'm working on a 3L bottle as we speak. Because once it warms its flavor significantly betters, I would rate this brew as quite drinkable; however, in order to savor as much of the beer's flavor as possible, I would suggest getting some friends to help you out when dealing with a large quanitity of this ale, such as the 3L bottle. Regardless, it's damned tasty!

Photo of curasowa
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Donnie2112
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I realized that I initially misplaced this review under the regular Arrogant Bastard, I copied and deleted that review and am posting it here.

12 oz bottle

appearance: dark reddish brown makes it look almost hazy on first inspection but is very much translucent light film of head and sporadic lacing

smell: sweet, caramelly with a bit of citrus

taste: rather well rounded, the sweet malt evokes comparisons with bourbon, caramel, a bit of smoke and a hearty cereal flavor. The hoppy finish is floral with a limey citrus.

mouthfeel: medium carbonation and body, slightly oily and astringent on the finish

drinkablity: very nice flavor combined with a medium body tastes. very good drinkability

notes: I love this beer, the malt in this beer is so round and the hops clean up so nicely, it sits so nicely on the pallet at the end and the aftertaste is very enjoyable as well. This beer is absolutely fantastic.

Photo of Rick187
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth snifter.

Mahogany, reddish with a white finger head and some lacing.

Hops, citrus and a faint hint of oak.

Caramel, hops but not quite as hop heavy as i'm used to from stone, then oak as well.

Medium body with good carbination. Very good mouth feel.

Seems very drinkable to me. The hops aren't overbearing and goes down very easily.

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

Appearance: Deep and rich reddish amber with a off white creamy head with good retention. Nice lacing. Looks good, esp. the foam.

Aroma: Wood is subtle but I can notice it. There is also vanilla and a good hop smell. Some maltiness too.

Taste: Malts, and then the oak/wood which seems to really make this interesting. Hops do a good job in this one, every flavor blends in extremely well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and goes down VERY smoothly. Medium bodied

Drinkability: Regardless of the relatively high ABV, this is easy to drink. Tastes good, nice body, and creaminess. Probably wouldn't go through more than a couple, but its certainly easy to drink. Recommended

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

The Oaked smell invites me into it's smooth taste and flavor. It's color is a beautiful dark amber. It's is a smooth and subtle as a bastard ale will get. There is no overwhelming flavor, just liquid goodness. Stays on my tongue well, it's a great drink. I am highly impressed with this special beer. Great for all times of year!

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

Appearance:
Deep rust infused brown in color. One-finger thick head. Head is moderately creamy looking.

Smell:
Caramel, vanilla, and citrus with hints of oak in the background.

Taste:
Mildly sweet notes of caramel and toffee upfront. Develops into notes of raisins, orange rind, and faint hints of mint. Finish turns to bitter resinous hops/pine sap and juicy grapefruit that lasts for a long time.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth with moderate carbonation. Dries out in the finish.

Drinkability:
Amazing. Who would have thought oak chips would impact the flavor like they did. Definitely has softened some of the rougher edges on the base beer (Arrogant Bastard Ale). It's a definite improvement on an already damn good beer. Highly recommend.

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

Firstly let me say that I'm very envious of the BAs who've had this out of a cask.

I really don't know where to begin with this. It's just an all-round terrific beer. In the 1960s Bernard Miles used to advertise Mackeson Stout on TV with the tagline "It looks good, it tastes good, and by golly it does you good". Of course, they wouldn't be able to use the third one of those descriptors these days but I reckon a glass of Oaked AB would be fine by me on the basis of 'A little of what you fancy does you good'. Not a beer I could drink all night but certainly something I'd like to have on hand in my fridge at all times.

I'm going to need a bigger fridge.

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

Poured from a 20oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown / amber with a pretty thick head that turns into an awesome lace. Looks about as badass as its bottle.

S - Woody and fruity. I smell passion fruit or grapefruit, along with some pine maybe? The aroma is intense, and one of the best parts of this brew.

T - Awesome. A hint of booze makes its way through, which adds to the beer significantly. I taste fruit and wood mostly. Strong malts for that bread aftertaste, and super strong hops. This baby is BITTER, which is just the way I like it!

M - Silky smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation. Dry finish. Like I said, this brew is bitter, and it sticks around. Have you ever eaten 80% cocoa dark chocolate? Think about how that made your mouth feel, and apply it to this beer.

D - Pretty easy to drink, but I wouldn't want more than one over the course of a night. Did I mention it tastes delicious?

This is one of my favorite beers ever. It is fantastic. The non-oaked version is also fantastic. DEFINITELY recommended, but you have to like a strong beer which is damn bitter. Otherwise, this isn't the beer for you.

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

12 oz. bottle

a - poured a tan two fingers thick head into a tumbler. body is reddish-brown with a slight haziness. head retention is great leaving nice lace and sheeting.
s - oak with a slight pine hoppiness.
t - very hoppy in the front, vanilla maltiness in the middle and the oak comes through at the finish.
m - really dances on the tongue. good carbonation.
d - nice brew, the first time i had this i loved it and this seems to not have the same punch. the first time i had it it had been aged a while and i am planning on doing the same with the others that came with this six pack. i also need to do a side by side with the regular AB to get a good comparison.

Photo of Danny1217
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a glass that was not ideal (hotel rooms should provide good beer glasses!)

Appears a beautiful brown color with some red hues to it. Nice thick off-white head

Strong hop aroma with a strong oak scent coming out. Oak melds well with the pine from the hops. Very nce.

Caramel malts, piney hop flavor, and oak meld together for a pretty delicious flavor.

Overall, this is an improvement on a classic. The oak chips add a wonderful touch to an already good beer.

Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ivanovichi
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a wide mouth snifter

A - Pours a nice dark brown/ amber color with a half inch of really light tan head which it retained the whole time. Light carbonation, nice lacing all the was down

S - hoppy, malty, and oak and the end, very satisfying smell

T - Malt, then hops, and leaves the mouth full of that great oak flavor which hangs around for a while.

M - Sat on the tounge for plenty of time, i felt real light carbonation, nice overall feel

O - A great brew to really get everything you can out of an American strong ale, like others I would be interested in trying one right off the line fresh

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a number of times at beer meetings and such and remember thinking that it was pretty good, but never went back to it. I recently noticed that this is one of the available Stone products in my area that I haven't reviewed, so I sucked it up and shelled out the nearly $14 a six-pack to review it properly. Well, I really enjoyed that six-pack and ended up drinking them all and didn't post a review. This is the third bottle from my second six-pack, which I should review now before I am in the same boat again. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear reddish brown color with a small head of tan bubbles after a pretty fast pour. The head was back into the beer within about 20 seconds to end up as a small ring where the beer meets the glass.

Aroma: The initial aroma is a nice blend of American hops, assertive malts, and very noticeable dry wood and the assiciated subtle vanilla notes that you would expect. As the beer sits for a bit, the vanilla is getting more noticeable and the hops are also coming out more, so the volume is essentially just getting turned up.

Taste: The flavor seems to come across much more balanced than the original bastard. I don't know if the recipe got tweaked for this batch or if the wood aging softened up the bittering as normally the bittering hops are quite aggressive and linger for some time, but the woody flavors and vanilla add significant complexity to the finish so that it dries out the palate some, and is still balanced toward the hops, but it is much easier on the palate than its brother, the original Bastard.

Opinion: As I prefaced in my review, I really enjoy this version of the Bastard. It is definitely one of the better hop-balanced beer out there, IMO. There is so much going on here that it is a little surprising that it is only 7.2% ABV. At the price I won't be drinking this too regularly, but I must say that if you like the original Bastard, you have to give this version a try as it takes an already good beer up a notch.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap today at Redbones...it was this or Smutty's Wheat Wine...I believe I chose wisely.
Arrives a bit too chilled in a standard shaker glass...dark copper color w/ a full finger of fluffy off-white head. It does not remain long, but the lacing produced is phenomenal.
Aroma is nothing over the top...a great malt presence w/ a hint of wood and floral hops.
Taste is great...all I could expect from this one. Just when you think AB coudn't get any better and then comes the oak flavor...subtlely added, but complements this brew so perfectly.
I believe it adds to the lingering bitterness, as the hops are dominantly featured, but the oak carries all the way through the finish and quenches so nicely.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation if divine. Drinkability is through the roof...hard to go to anything else after tasting this one from Stone.
Really psyched to finally get to try this one...and especially on tap.

Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A very dark ruby and near brown, dark orange edges, with a large light brown head that stays and stays. Sheets and rings of lacing line the glass. A gorgeous beer.
I expected this pour to be exactly similar to the Arrogant Bastard I had last night. The bottles were only a few weeks apart in bottling, poured the same way, in to the same clean glass. This one though has a monstrous and persistent head when the traditional AB hardly had one at all. Interesting.

The first thing I notice in the nose is the sweet caramel malt amidst an enveloping aroma of citrus hops. The sweetness is the star of the show and the caramel really comes through predominantly. The alcohol is a bit more present here than in the traditional AB.

Very similar to the original Bastard, and by that I mean: "Plenty of citrus hops, loads of bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, the faintest hint of alcohol." What I do find here that I don't in the original is a hint of vanilla that complements this strong ale very nicely.

Moderate to heavy in the mouth. Plenty of carbonation. This beer feels big, as it should!

A truly special beer and a delicious version of a classic.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,035 ratings.