Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,841 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,841
Hads: 5,070
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 194
Gots: 513 | FT: 5
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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 JWU
4.4/5  rDev +5%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep orange, almost red color.

Smells of piney hops and has a scent of a oak barrel.

It also tastes like oak, piney hops,and some malts. They certainly age this in oak for long enough, because the oak flavor is pretty strong, and quite excellent.

This was the first oaked beer I have ever had, and aging it in oak really adds a lot to this beer. Basically, Stone Brewing Co. took what is already a favorite beer of many, and found a way to make it better. (466 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep copper with a thin head but excellent lacing. Noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Pine and caramel, with hints of smoke, hops and toasted malts.

Taste: Pine, caramel, citrus, smokey oak, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very bitter finish.

The Verdict: It’s good. Very tasty, but too bitter for my palate (like most Stone offerings). As with most quality oaked brews, it improves as it warms. (418 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Chalice.

A: Semi-clear deep brown. Head was a few fingers settling to a thick disk. Minor legs.

S: Huge oaky, vanilla, with malted backbone speaking loudly. Hops, normally an Arrogant Bastard Ale staple voice, are background.

T: nose tells the tale. Big smoky oaky and vanilla notes are combating with roasted malts of the darker class. Hops take the back seat. Yeast functions for ABV rather than nose or taste.

M: smooth at this level of oak and ABV. Not spritely, thick. Filling. Not for the faint.

O: This is huge and deserves a bit of time to enjoy, as it changes as it warms. (610 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, deep amber with a thin, off-white ring of head. It looks pretty good, nice
amber color and abundant bubbles make it look appealing and the foamy nature of the thin head is nice. Scents of brown sugar, molasses and maple up front, this mingles later with vanilla, oak and spicy, piney and cedar-like hop aromas. In the background is some faint citrus and overripe fruit. A nice, complex aroma, highlighting the malt, hops and oak quite nicely. Taste begins with a big hit of bitter hops, simply bitter without much flavor. This moves into more bitterness, backed by hints of caramel sweetness, a bit of oak in the background and bitter citrus pith and pine hop flavors. A bit of fruit in the background. The finish is dry, with bitter hop, mostly pine, but with some citrus pith and a bit of toasted malt. The aftertaste is bitter hops and toasted malt. A big, bold flavor, not as well balanced as the aroma, quite bitter, but not bad. The slight sweetness works with the bitter hops to make it quite drinkable, and the oak gives it some nice woodiness. Very good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation and a resinous feel. This makes it quite easy to drink, as it goes down smooth. Overall this is a good strong ale. A nice balanced and complex aroma, bold flavor and smooth mouthfeel combine to make a very nice drinking experience. Good job making a good beer better Stone. (1,402 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old brew. Enjoy by 12/24/13, poured 2/11/14.

Appearance: Pours a red/brown sort of color with a two finger tan head that falls to one and stays. Really good lacing.

Smell: It's definitely fallen off, I feel. There's a caramel sweetness that, with oak, gives a maple syrup feel, I suppose. Spicy with a fair amount of hops, but the aroma's certainly not as impressive as it would be fresh.

Taste/feel: Solid sweetness at first, but then an equally solid and drying bitterness at the end. A nice caramel malt flavor on the front, a resinous bitter pine sort of finish with a bit of that oak -- just enough to add a bit of character. The mouthfeel is medium all-around and it makes the bitterness on the finish a bit harsh, so come prepared! It's not overbearing, but the bitterness seems a bit high for the amount of hops I'm tasting here, but again, it's past its prime.

Overall, I need to try this fresh, as I know this isn't what this brew is supposed to be. $3.29 for a single of this, and it should have been discounted. (1,027 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had a fee of these this weekend and it's time to review the experience. In a nutshell, it's very very good.

It is a nice Basilan, dark brown, with beautiful dark leaving. I probably underrated the aroma. There, I fixed it. It's earthy and dark, buy not overly so.

The taste is a wonderful combo of his and madly with a very mild oak and flavor. It fades quickly and does not linger nearly long enough.

We always say that Stone does best with their special brews, but I am starting to appreciate their everyday beers as well. (531 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours out in this deep rich crimson red, almost like cranberry juice. The head is light tan pillowy head.

The aroma has lots of caramel malt along with juicy sweet orange and grapefruit. Then the hops shine through of pine, resin, and some oak.

On the flavor, it starts off with a bitter blood orange, red grapefruit, and peel. It then hits with a round vanilla flavor. The oak adds a dimension throughout.

The caramel sweetness then hits and balances the beer. There is a big lasting bitterness in the end. It's almost peppery, but lots of resin, pine, earth, tea, earthiness, and wood chips.

The oak adds a wonderful complexity to the Arrogant Bastard base. A great beer that is very much like an American barleywine, but very well made, unlike some other attempts. (775 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid one finger of creamy head, decent retention, slowly fading to a thin bubbly remnant. Awesome sticky lacing. Beer is a dark brown, translucent, and shot through with purple or red.

Vanilla notes immediately hit, with a massive dose of caramel malts and molasses, and finally some spicy dry hops.

Dry, earthy, spicy hops hit first, imparting bitterness but little flavor. This is followed by some flat caramel malts, with vanilla, oak, and brown sugar rounding out the back-end. Fairly complex profile; each sip is a little different.

Lively sting and bite give this an excellent balance to what is otherwise a relatively thin mouthfeel. Slight foaming.

This is a tasty beer, reminding me of a drier, spicier version of Brown Shugga or Burton Baton. Those beers are very hoppy, but with more hop flavor, whereas the hops here seem to be mostly about the bitterness. The flavor is a bit of a letdown after a really intriguing aroma. Letting it warm helps bring out the molasses and vanilla better.

Has an "Enjoy By" date a week from now. I would think an oaked strong ale would hold up to age well, other than the hops, so I find that curious.

Update: had it on tap, and it was even better. Very smooth, with nice vanilla and oak notes to complement the earthy hops. Malt profile was far less dominant. Very bitter brew, and very good. (1,344 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Just past the best-buy date of 12/24/13
A: Burnt orange color with a one-finger head
S: Nice balance of bold pine hops, roasted malt and caramel
T: Matches the nose with the malt up front then the hops then the sugary components. Pretty bold
M: Full-bodied, a nice hops bite and a fairly long finish
O: I'll post another note with a bottle still in the freshness date. As is this is a very tasty beer though in my opinion not quite to the level of its 'official' BA 100 rating (521 characters)

Photo of OldManRJM
2.59/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one has a nice amber color with an ivory head that does hang around.

I do not get the fruity smell that others describe, but there us a hoppy aroma to the beer. The mouth feel is smooth, it is not under or over carbonated.

The taste is quite hoppy. If this is your thing, then you will love this beer Unfortunately, I am not fan of hoppy beers - this one reminds me more of an IPA. (388 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Amber, slightly dull with a quickly dissipating head. Nose of sugary marzipan, dark fruits like figs, cranberries and cherries. Not picking up any grain or hop scents, just a sweet dark fruitiness. Taste of sweet boozy fruits immediately cut by acrid bitterness. A resiny, pithy bitter that keeps the sweet cooked sugars from being overpowering, finishing on an earthy, woody note that rounds the sharp edges. Full mouthfeel with enough carbonation to keep it from feeling heavy. An improvement on the already fantastic original recipe. (536 characters)

Photo of santomark
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled my Growler at Stone.

A - Poured a brown and red mixture body, nice off white head, thick 2 finger head, great retention and lacing.

S - Big hop notes accompanied by caramel. Bright fruit, figs, plums, molasses, charred, this smell of a burning oak fire. So much going on in this.

T - Tastes exactly how it smells. Piney hop up front, caramel in the middle, ends with the oak. You get something of everything in the arrogant bastard.

M - Big body, smooth and silky.

O - Nicely done. I love this beer and the variations of it. The only one I don't seem to like is the pepper variations. But stone is spot on with this brew. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? (683 characters)

Photo of ZachKelly
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled a 64 ounce growler at Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA.

A: Pours a beautiful dark reddish brown. Held up to the light reveals more of a red. After pouring there was a large, fluffy, 3 finger head of creamy white. After settling a good head still remained with a constant carbonation that kept it bubbling. An impressive, thick lacing was left on the glass as it was emptied

S: Somewhat underwhelming smell, not overpowering and hard for me to pick up. I sensed a piney and citrusy aroma from the hops and a caramel malt note. The oak from the aging process was noticeable in the nose.

T: Wonderful citrus and sharp hop flavor is very up front. Some malt kicks in the back end. Hint of oak and bitterness. The malt and hop tend to balance out as you let it sit in your mouth. Great flavors, with a sneaky sweetness that lingers after you swallow.

M: Stays with you. A good aftertaste and hop resin. Very thick but smooth.

O: Very good beer. I like it better than the normal Arrogant Bastard offering. (1,022 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Look:dark red brown, 1 finger khaki head, great lacing.
Aroma notes:orange, grapefruit, honey, oak, mango, vanilla, pineapple.
Tasting notes:grapefruit, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, pineapple, toffee.
Feel:medium to full bodied.

There's a lot to like here. The oak aging does a lot of good in this one. The oak gives it a great vanilla note that carries throughout the beer. You also get the strong citrus notes in here that's the counter part to the sweetness. One of the better stone beers available. (540 characters)

Photo of ivanovichi
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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 (625 characters)

Photo of MotoGuitard
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this deep dark red beauty and achieved a nice, reasonable head. The smell is much calmer than I expected. Definitely diggin it.

The taste is a lot different from the Bastard taste that I am used to. I usually find them to be in your face (not in a bad way) but it looks like the oak and aging has really chilled this beast out. I still get the same ideas that I get from the regular Arrogant Bastard, but the oak aging has really changed it for the better in my opinion.

Instead of being an Arrogant Bastard with oak added, this guy really transformed into a mellow, but still very strong beer. Will be buying again. (626 characters)

Photo of MHJeff06
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a good reputation on here, but I have to disagree. I bought a 4-pack of this, and perhaps it was a bad batch, I'm not sure. This beer was the definition of unbalanced. If you like to be hop bombed, then you'll l probably like this. The beer then finishes with an unpleasant oaky finish, unlike the other oak aged beers I've tried. I dont see the appeal in this one, but I drank two and gave the other two away to friends that had a similar conclusion. (465 characters)

Photo of Hammer35
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep, dark red color with cream colored head. Beautiful lacing, medium beading that becomes finer as it mellows and very nice, consistent carbonation. Solid head retention as well.

Smell: Bold citrus notes with some sweetness and hints of vanilla and cinnamon.

Taste: The citrusy hops are up front, as with regular Bastard, but this is noticeably mellowed by the oak which imparts a nice note of vanilla, cinnamon and very subtle oakiness. I only wish those notes were slightly more pronounced. The signature bitter Bastard finish is still there and in force.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly crisp, but it doesn't sacrifice the body. Well carbonated and the carbonation lasts.

Overall: An absolutely excellent tweak to an already excellent beer. When I'm in the mood for Arrogant Bastard I'll definitely be going oaked from now on. The mellowed down character with depth of flavors makes this even better! (916 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark amber brown with a 2 finger of sandy head. Excellent lacing, dominates on the side I sip from.

S - A sweet and hoppy concoction. The sweetness is from the rich malts, brown sugar, dark honey, clover, and caramel. Hops come in with bitter pine and some citrus.

T - Phenomenal taste of sweet caramel, brown sugar, honey and clover. A nice hop bite helps to balance it out. Bitter pine and bright citrus notes of grapefruit. I don't pick up much of the barrel or wood.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Sticky feel and a mild bitter aftertaste.

O - Awesome beer that is different in todays domination of IPAs. I think this is a fantastic beer to drink in the winter. (713 characters)

Photo of SFNC
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber color into a tulip glass. The one finger head shrinks pretty quickly leaving some nice lacing and sparse islands of foam. It sure looks good in the glass though. The smell is all hops and oak. Piney with some citrus undertones, the oak is there stronger than most other oaked beers that I've had. Tastes like an Imperial IPA, strong upfront hops that resound with resiny pines and sour citrus, not unlike most other Stone products that I've tried. The oak is very pronounced, almost fighting with the hops for dominance. The first couple sips are almost unsettling and I'm not really sold on this one. As I finish, I have grown more acclimated to the flavors, but a little underwhelmed. Carbonation is light and the finish seems pretty dry. Overall, I don't think I'll revisit this one for a while, which is a shame as I was looking forward to giving it a try. (879 characters)

Photo of South2NW
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to tulip.

A: Darker amber/reddish brown with a good thick cream colored head.

S: hops, smoke, citrus, maybe some brown sugar.

T: big hoppy/citrus bitterness immediately, oak undertones, some lingering spice. Flavor continues to develop.

M: medium carbonation, lingering after tastes of spicy oak.

O: solid beer. Easy to drink. Lots of flavors to pick up on, but fairly balanced. (395 characters)

Photo of CMUbrew
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Tea-like brown, dark-amber color. Nice light brown head forms and hangs on for a while.

S: Big time bitter grapefruit rind aroma.

T: Again, just a bombardment of bitter grapefruit. Even as this warms up I'm not picking up anything new. I would never guess this was oak aged, and would almost certainly call this an IPA in a blind tasting. Really needs more malt flavor.

M: Medium-lightish body and well carbonated.

O: I'm really surprised at this one. Drinks and tastes like an IPA. Completely lacks the complexity of the regular bastard and the oak aging is lost on me. Still a good beer, but I'll take other things for the money. (642 characters)

Photo of AZYescas
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well after being harassed by my buddies about why I haven't drank this beer I decided to give a try. Although I bought the Oaked ABA. It pours out in a nice dark brown reddish color. I think the smell is a lot stronger than the actual taste. once I smelled it with that dark smoky smell I figured it would be a little hard to drink since smell is half the taste. I have to admit I enjoyed it. I will be having this beer again soon. (431 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with an "enjoy by" date of 1/6/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - a hazy crimson, some carbonation bubbles; nice fluffy, off-white head. Leaves some sticky, foamy lace.
Smell - sweet baked bread, pine and grass hops; a touch of the oak comes through.
Taste - A complex blend of aggressive, bitter hops and a very flavorful malt backbone.
Feel - medium body, bitter hops, some warming alcohol, but this is so smooth and easy going down!
Overall - another complex and flavorful brew from the folks at Stone! (527 characters)

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,841 ratings.