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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,843 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,843
Hads: 5,082
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 198
Gots: 518 | FT: 5
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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Reviews: 1,843 | Hads: 5,082
Photo of ryantaussig
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful brown/amber hue with a creamy and surprisingly sturdy head. Lacing absolutely everywhere, clings on like a champ. Smells of hops as well as subtle aromas of alcohol, malts, and wood. Tastes of hops and sweet malt come through strongly with a finish focused on the woody notes. Dry after the finish, but not as much as expected which is nice. Goes down easily.

A very good brew I would have in the middle of a tasting group. It's strong enough to burn out the pallet for white ales, but won't do any damage on the way to an IPA or very malty Stout as a nightcap. Perfect middle of the progression beer. I'd suggest it as a session beer were the price tag a bit smaller. Still worth every penny though. (711 characters)

Photo of morayeel
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW!! This is awesome. I purchased the new smaller bottles that are to small to hold all the flavors in that are just dieing to get out.

A- a very dark brown-red colour with an off white head that stays the entire way down, beautiful to look at.

Smell- Awsomet smell you can get hints of the sweetness in this ale.

Taste- this beer is so complex there's too much for me to comprehend.

mouthfeel- most Stone brews have that same healthy mouthfeel, not too thin and not thick to where it makes you gag like some beers can do.

drinkability- This is a 1 or 2 beers and im done. The oak bastard ale is a lot sweeter then the regular bastard ale so the sweetness get to you after the second beer. This is an ale I would save for a victory beverage when the redskins win!!!!

I don’t know what it is about stone brewing but I love everything they make. I even keep a half barrel of something they make on tap at all times. (923 characters)

Photo of kmcnair
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I sampled the Oaken Bastard on tap last night at O'Brien's in San Diego.

Appearance is incredible, robust dark amber color and creates a thick off white head. It leaves a very thick lace down the glass as it is consumed. One of the most impressive looking beers I have ever had.

Smell is different than the ever so hoppy bastard that I am used to. I get some rich, roasted malty character in the nose. A certain sweet quality is there as well. The oak adds an earthy, woody element that is rather nice.

Taste is really complex. Has some grapefruit, currant and woodsy elements. Its sweet and malty and really balanced.

Mouthfeel is very nice, medium to full. Creamy as it goes down and a slightly warm finish.

Drinkable? You bet it is, I managed to put down 3 pints in a couple hours and had my party not been heading out I would surely have had another. Even my girlfriend drank a couple of these and she is typically a hop hater.

If you have the option, try this one, it is great! The balance between hop and malt is unlike any other Stone offering I have had before. Hope to get to try it again sometime. (1,126 characters)

Photo of Baraka
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown with a solid head. Solid lacing. Smell consists of both citrus hops and sweet caramel malts, suggesting a complex balance of flavors. The taste does not disappoint: we have a very complex melding of hop bitterness, pine and citrus flavors, and a transcendent malt sweetness backed by a smokey and woody flavor. The amazing thing about this beer is that instead of all the disparate flavors fighting for dominance and overwhelming each other, they allow each other to shine brighter, bringing all the complexity together in a deliciously awesome, powerful beer.

As a big fan of regular Arrogant Bastard, I looked forward to trying this iteration and it did not disappoint. It has all the elements that i loved in AB but manages to add additional complexity. I could drink this stuff all night without getting sick of it; the flavors are that good (plus it hides its alcohol really well under all of the complexities). (942 characters)

Photo of hdofu
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Is it really arrogance if it due the respect? My latest sampling from the Stones Brewing company. This beer is something else. The beer smells florally, hops and malts present. Taste is bittersweet with a good blend of hop and malt and a bit of taste of brown sugar. It has a fairly thick feel on the tongue full body. If it wernt such a pricey beer there'd be nothing keeping this bastard on the shelves, definitely one you could do more then one of and it's not too high in the alcohol to make it too overwhelming. Definitely a darn good beer. (545 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep murky amber hue with a finger and a half creamy off white head. There was very good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell featured a thick sticky resiny grapefruit hop aroma with a juicy orange sweetness. Excellent toasty grain aroma as well.

The taste was upfront sweet orange with a stellar peppery, grapefruit hop finish. An excellent toasted doughiness throughout.

The mouthfeel was full and mildly chewy.

Overall an EXCELLENT ale. Solid ABV with an excellent drinkability. Head and shoulders above the regular version. Really, just a superior beer. (591 characters)

Photo of begforme4484
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Compared to non-oaked ABA, this beer is it's own beast. Different characteristics and complexity completely.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a good amount of tan head. Very sticky lacing that hangs around nicely on the glass.

The smell is very smooth. A nice vanilla tone atop a seemingly caramel body. Very subdued hops and a hint of alcohol. It smells delicious.

The taste if basing from the smell is a smack in the lips. The smell is so smooth and subtle and the flavor is full charge.

Sweet malts, caramel, up front. A nice vanilla surge with woody overtones follows through. There is a very controlled hoppy bitterness throughout the entire sip. It's not nearly as powerful as regular ABA, but compliments the beer very well.

Not the first time I've had this beer, but I bought it again just so I could review it. (823 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

01/07/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Served in a tulip glass (damn! was hoping for a pint)

Appearance- Great orange-brown color with a nice big creamy head and nice lacing.

Smell- Possibly the best smelling beer I have ever put my nose to. So much malt, hops, fruity, flowers and oak put together.

Taste- The first thing that I noticed were the hops. Not to bitter, but just enough to entice me to drink more. Then the malt hit me. Rather dark and caramel flavored malt which mixed in perfect with the hops. To top it all off, it had an extra oak flavor that put it over the edge.

Mouthfeel- Medium to highly carbonated, but still goes down ultra easy.

Drinkability- One of the best beers I have ever had. Everything comes together so well in this beer. How I wish they had this beer in the bomber size bottles. (860 characters)

Photo of GMB
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale fills the room with aromas of pine, citrus, and flowers as it pours forth a deep reddish brown body. The head is thin and disappears quickly. The small, delicate bubbles slowly moving towards the top tell me that this beer is going to be gentle on the tongue.

The nose is unlike any I have experienced. The kind of bright and bold floral and citral aromas that we expect from Stone mingle the earthy richness of warm, dry oakwood. Notes of dried fruits and toasted grains linger in the background, but that is not to say that they do not contribute. Indeed, the aroma is rounded out by the malt, which adduces aromas of browned (not burnt) butter. The interplay of oakwood and rich browned butter is new to me, and I am having trouble coming up with analogies. Perhaps one can liken it to roasting whole spices, such as cinnamon, in browned butter as the base for aromatic dishes.

The taste is even more complex and intriguing than the nose. The bittering hops play with Stone's bold citral hops to create the illusion of grapefruit. Sweet browned butterscotch, an undertone of bitterness, spicy and citral aroma hops, and woody oak call to mind flavors of meats slow-roasted in savory barbecue sauce. So do the beer's rich sweetness and soft feel on the palate.

Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale is similar to Double-IPAs. Its flavors are intense, complex and demanding. Its flavors continue to develop for what seems like an eternity on the palate. I took my last sip ten minutes ago, but I am still picking up new flavors as I breathe and move my tongue about my mouth. Outstanding. (1,624 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled side by side with regular Arrogant Bastard Ale, like you could call it regular. The beer poured the same deep amber almost brown as it's more common older brother with a similar head that left a little less lacing. The aroma was almost identical to it's brother, caramel malts and pine hops with just a hint of oak. The oak in the taste adds a truly unique quality to an already complex beer. My only problem is it adds just a slight astringency to the mouthfeel, nothing much, but enough to keep it from the 5 I gave it's brother. All being said, this is also a one of my absolute favorite beers, but I rank it just behind the real deal. (646 characters)

Photo of Revvy
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes- Poured into a Belgian Goblet for tasting purposes.

Appearance - Poured a deep/dark reddish brown, with a beautiful 1/4" creamy head which dissapated within a few minutes, leaving a nice lacing on the curve of the goblet and a surface layer of both large and small bubbles that remained on the surface of the beer throughout the drinking session.

Aroma - Cold, the ale has an almost smoky/woody aroma mixed with both resinous and floral hops, along with hints of brown sugar and bourbon. The wood nose that comes through is definitely oak, and it predominates the aromas. There is also a hint of coffee.

As the ale warms, the coffee, oak, bourbon comes richly to the surface, yet the hops still clearly comes through the center of the aroma...very citrussy.

At the warmest there is even a surprising hint of roasted coconut coming through.

Overall, the aroma is very porter-like...

Mouthfeel - The best word to describe the mouthfeel is "tangy," there is definitely a hop "bite" to it that touches the tip of the tongue, roof of the mouth and the back of the throat upon swallowing. My favorite salty snack is wasabi coated peas, and the bite is very similar, though not as hot.The bite dissipates quickly and the ale coats the mouth smoothly, like a Belgian strong ale...or a chcolate milkshake, but with a bit more carbonation.

This definitely warms as it goes down..at about the half way mark in the glass one feels a warming of the belly.

Taste - There is a lot going on here...The flavors are nearly identical to the aromas...chocolate, toffee, coffee, oak, bourbon, smoke, and a definite hop bitterness...but the hops are mellowed, or smoothed over by the oak aging, which drops it out of the level of "hop bomb" like it's un-aged brother...It moves it into the realm of chocolate/coffee stout.

The flavors are there from cold to room temp, but grow more pronounced as it warms. A noticeable smokiness comes through as it warms, either from smoked grain or because of a toasting of the oak...it is not overpowering, like in a Rauchbier, it reminds me of a porter I once tried that had peat smoked malt as 1/32 of the grainbill...just a hint in aroma and flavor.

Overall - This is an amazing ale...at 7.2% ABV it is not a Barleywine, but in terms of drinking pleasure...taste, aroma, mouthfeel, it could very well be. Maybe drinking it in a different glass would have changed this impression, but in my Belgian maudite goblet it brings the barleywine tendencies out...

I found regular Arrogant Bastard to be very much a hop bomb (which I can only take in small doses) but this version is mellowed quite a lot. It is mellow, but it is not "sissified," this is still a very aggressive ale. Think Arnold Swarzenagger in a tuxedo in "True Lies" as opposed to Arnold Swarzenagger as Conan the Barbarian.

The hoppiness still is reminiscent of bashing your head against the wall, but this wall is padded, like in a mental ward...The complexity of the aromas and flavors, especially the smokey/oakiness, makes this very drinkable...

Despite the Arnold comment, this is a very sexy beer...It's a hot blonde in a velvet dress, with a stiletto in her garter belt. The kind of woman, where after a night of unforgettable passion, you wake up in an ice filled bathtub missing a kidney...and spend the rest of your life wanting another night with her.

This made my top 10 list of beers. (3,397 characters)

Photo of ncfranklin
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a tulip. Drink by date of 04/20.

A: Just like it's non-oaked brother, rusty brown/red, two finger tan head and solid lacing.

S: Notes of citrus hop, caramel, and a bit of wood. Impressive to get that wood in the smell.

T: Mmm. Aggressive bitter hop up front, tho not as biting as the normal. Seems the wood has mellowed that initial kick. The caramel kicks in second, with a strong oak note to it. Really a whole new world of here as the wood seems to not let this one get too sweet, perfect balancing act.

M: Incredibly smooth and drinkable, with just the slightest tacky quality. Almost like a fine scotch.

D: Arrogant Bastard is a favorite beer of mine. Oaked Arrogant Bastard is all that greatness, with a mellow calming wood sensation that I don't think is rivaled in any other oaked beer I've had. Truly remarkable. (842 characters)

Photo of fedt
4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First, this is one of the best ales available.

A: Head pours copper-red color. The head disappears but leaves sticky residue. There's a nice lacing.

S: Smells definitely of oak, other woods, and lots of pine/citrus hops.

T: Outstanding taste. Dry oak, strong hops, bitter pine, arrogance, and hints of caramel.

M: Medium-heavy body, very filling. Dry finish..

O: A little mellower than regular AB, but a better taste. This is truly a favorite. Not as sweet as original. (479 characters)

Photo of MLucky
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is just badass. No other way to put it.

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Deep amber body, persistent quarter inch of tan foam, lots of lacing.

Nose is lots of deep toasty malt, some bready yeast scent, hops surprisingly recessed but present.

Taste is just exceptional. Very deep and malty with a nice hop aftertaste, surprisingly little alcohol flavor for a 7.2% beer, you kind of have to be looking for it to notice.

Drinkability... well, this is a strong ale to sit with and savor, one that will sit in the glass and wait for you without going flat or stale. Smoother than regular AB.

What can one say? Stone continues to impress. One of the best things I've had in months. (692 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chalice. Pours deep brown with a minimal off-white head that dissipates, leaving some lacing around the edge. Aromas are of hops, wood, and roasted barley malt. The subtle woody flavors really come through as do the flavors of the malt and the bitter hops. The sweetness and bitterness balance well. It's medium bodied with some carbonation. The aftertaste lingers on the back of the tongue. Overall, this is an excellent and interesting beer. If you like the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale, you'll love this one. Perhaps I need to revisit Arrogant Bastard Ale soon. (578 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a big fan of their original Arrogant Bastard so I had to try this one. On the first smell I get a smoked sweet oak scent with some pine and citrus from the hops. It starts off with the smokey oak sweetness mixing in with the regular roasted thick almost caramel like malts they normally use in the original version. The oak is pretty strong in the middle of the taste which sticks around on the middle of the tongue just as long as the bitterness from the hops stick around on the back of the tongue. It's pretty rich and has a thick mouthfeel and could pass for an Imperial beer easily with the richness and body that it has. I love how Stone hops their beers they never fail me when I'm looking for that hop punch. They aren't a one trick pony though and this beer proves it. They incorporated the oak flavor so well in this that it makes an already amazing beer even better and more complex. You won't be disappointed if you are a fan of their beers... this might even turn out be your favorite from them. (1,012 characters)

Photo of bort11
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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! (555 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a work of art. I was lucky enough to try this at the Stone 12 beers event in NYC and it was in the opinion of many I was with, the "Best in Show". It had the same intense blend and balance between the sweet, slightly roasted malt, explosive citrus and firey hop flavor and bittering, but an added deep, smokey roundness that mellowed and softened it into someting incredible. I had 3 and still tried all 12 beers. Thank God for trains. An absolute taste treat for the hop lover. Lets hope the Stone boys keep putting thier Bastard in oak and sending it east! (571 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3 Liter bottle split up with my boys Kevin (kmpitz2) and Chris (clvand0) and poured into a tall stemmed Arrogant Bastard glass. It pours a deep brownish ruby red color with three towering fingers of head. Bigass chunks of lacing all down the sides of the glass. The smell is a little less hoppy than regular Arrogant Bastard. It still has some citrusy aromas, and some dark fruit aromas as well, such as cherry. The taste is rich and malty at first. Lots of cherry, wood, and earthy flavors. The finish is a great balance of hops with a hint of oak. The flavors just all come together in perfect harmony. The mouthfeel is extraordinary, so thick and so smooth. The drinkability is fantastic for a 7.2% brew. A damn near perfect beer. I wanted to give it a perfect 5, but I'm gonna hafta agree with Kevin here. For as strong as the flavor is, there could be just a little bit more in the nose. Nevertheless, the beer was just a treat to drink and an honor to share with Kev and Chris. (983 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark red, light-colored fluffy head that leaves lots of lacing behind. Gorgeous, just like the regular version.

S: The piney, citrusy hops dominate, with hints of fruity sweetness and maybe just a touch of the wood. Compared to the regular AB, this leans maybe a little more to citrus/fruits than the pine bomb of the parent beer.

T/M: Again, very similar to the "normal" Arrogant Bastard, with lots of strong hop bitterness, pine, citrus, slightly softened by the sweet malt and just a hint of woodsy flavors.

O: The oak aging doesn't come through very strongly on this, though it does change the beer subtly but noticeably, altering the balance a bit and imparting a little extra layering. It's a tough call between the two versions, this one is just a little softer, less intense and maybe a touch less bitter; both are great. (835 characters)

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my perfect beer of 2008. From the beautiful brown that bounces all around the glass to the mouth feel which is heavy enough to know you have something in there but not enough to suggest that you're having a meal. The ABV is in perfect balance with the brew's more earthy flavors. From the first sip to the last there is no wandering of flavor. This beer is in your mouth, to the point, and gone until the next sip. The after taste is pleasant and not a loiterer. You can smell this brew from a foot away though its ABV doesn't suggest how strong it actually was. All in all, I recommend this beer to anyone, and as a guy who cooks everything with beer; I must say that using this to cook would be insulting to its true purpose. Put it in a glass. (755 characters)

Photo of mitchfor3
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from growler into a tulip glass which showed off this beer's beautiful garnet, deep dark cranberry color - it's redder than I expected. The head maintained itself well, a very light cream colored delight that left tenacious lacing and ultimately subsided into a sticky collar.

Smell: The aroma of this beer is simply stunning. HUGELY fruity, but in a good way! Almost no alcohol present in the nose, impressive for upwards of 7%, leaving a delicious hop bouquet undisturbed for my nose's pleasure.

Taste: Wow. Wow wow wow - stuningly smooth considering what this beer came from - the original Arrogant Bastard. The oak aging has worked wonders here smoothing out the harsher, more savage elements of the original into a truly refined delight for the senses.

There's no doubt about who's boss - it's the hops! Still, in a strange way this beer achieves balance. As the brew warms up, the alcohol becomes slightly more present, but it's never overpowering owing to the fact that it could never outshine the delicious hops in this brew. Alcohol is most noticable in the aftertaste, which by the way is delicious - appropriately bitter and woody - and lasts for about 10 minutes if you let it.

Overall: This was without a doubt one of the best beers I have ever tasted. Everyone and their mother is "wood aging" everying these days, but the tecnique was put to perfect use in this brew. I'm really not a fan of the original Arrogant Bastard, but the Oaked version seemed to take out all the flaws and accentuate all the positive attributes.

In conclusion - this beer is quite rare, but if you ever have the opportunity to try it, DO IT! (1,671 characters)

Photo of advill88
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautifully dark with a hint of gold and a thick, creamy half-inch head.

S - Incredible smell like roasted malts and honey with some rich coffee.

T - Wow...some incredibly complex flavors going on here. A strong taste of hops with strong malty flavors of roasted coffee and hints of chocolate rounding out the flavor. Incredibly balanced.

M - Medium body with just enough carbonation, but not enough to take away from the incredible creamy smoothness present here.

D - Despite the relatively high alcohol content and very strong flavors, I can safely say that I could easily put away at least several of these at a time if I were so inclined.

What a wonderfully complex but balanced beer; I can't say I've ever had anything like it. I didn't think the regular Arrogant Bastard could be surpassed, but this definitely does so. (835 characters)

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful deep, dark red amber. Decent head. Lovely.

Smell: Has that faint, not overly sweet, chocolate malt smell, that I immediately recognize, I can tell this beer by smell alone, after just the first one.

Taste: This is some delicious stuff, I don't pretend to taste all the singular notes that make up this brew, but the hops are there, right on point, there's definitely some chocolate, some dubbel like sweetness. Shit....IS GOOD...IS VERY GOOD!!

Mouthfeel: Rich and chewy, there's got to be a assload of malt in this one.

Drinkability: The richness of this beer, not to mention the price tag do not exactly meld with a session type beer, but I could easily drink myself into a cashless stupor with this one. Worth the hype. (747 characters)

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass at fridge temperature; allowed to warm over 45 minutes or so.

A: Pours a dark brown which shows ruby against the light. A rather off-white head forms and quickly settles to a tight cap. Some lacing down the glass. The beer is completely clear and shows lively carbonation.

S: As it warms, the beer releases hop aromatics and apple skin notes. The oak is very subtle, contributing a mild vanilla note.

T: Green apple and pear predominate at first, yielding to some American hops. The oak contributes some tannic spiciness and very subtle vanilla that is really present only in the finish and more so as the beer warms. The beer ends dry and bitter, but without any astringency or harshness.

M: Light to medium-bodied, the beer dances on my tongue.

D: At over 7% abv, this fairly strong ale should be harder to drink. Unlike most oaked ales I have had, this one is actually refreshing and welcoming. I wish I had bought a 6 pack instead of the lone bottle.

Overall: Most oaked beers, whether stouts or otherwise, show a lot of oak. Not so this one. The use of oak is masterful, allowing the oak to support the rest of the beer without in any way dominating it. This is an outstanding beer, worthy of seeking out and worth every penny of its not insubstantial price. It is an elite American ale. (1,347 characters)

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,843 ratings.