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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

1,843 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 1,843
Hads: 5,082
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 199
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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Photo of IPAdams
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark amber with an off white head that recedes to a slight foam on top, leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- As it warms you get a smell of sweet caramel and whiskey. Also, some hints of wood in the background.

Taste- Sweet in the front, bitter in the back. Has a distinct taste of burnt toast, balanced by some caramel, wood and just a bit of spicy hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

Overall- Good beer, not for everyone though. Strong burnt bitterness. (494 characters)

Photo of greenmtn1111
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 8/20/2013. Poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter.

The beer is a deep mahogany color and sports a healthy tan colored head on top. Opaque. wonderful head retention. There's woodsy oak in the aroma and a strong maltiness. A little bit of booze.

Taste-wise there's dry oakyness at the front with slight cherries and baked apple. It finishes bitter with even more oak. The oak works nicely to subdue the malt and booze. A bit of piny and floral hops are noticable as well. It has a very creamy mouthfeel that tempers the boldness of the flavors. I really love what the oak does to Arrogant Bastard - great beer. (618 characters)

Photo of ianmatth
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark red. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Caramel malt, oak, pine, spice, and even citrus.

T - Heavy malt, good pine, spice, and citrus flavors from the hops, and the oak is great. It's definitely a step above the standard Arrogant Bastard.

M - Not as heavy as I might have expected from the malt taste, very smooth.

O - This is probably the highest I'll ever rate a non-IPA, but this beer from Stone is very IPA-like as they are obviously using a lot of great hops and you can really taste them through the heavy malt and oak. (678 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown, mostly clear liquid. Actually, it's more brownish red than reddish brown. Really, red. However, the head is a masterpiece. Two fingers of creamy, root beer-looking head. Great retention. A full, beautiful lace.

The scents aren't overwhelming, more lagerish than ale-like. What you get is caramel malts and roasty grains and smoke.

The charred oak and hops dominate. There's little resembling American hops, mostly it's similar to savory Noble hops. Caramel is present early on, but is quickly overtaken by the hops and char. Only as the beer warms do you notice a pinch of citrus.

Tastes more like a strong pale ale or even an IPA. The bitterness is high in this bastard. Early on you get caramel sweetness. However, bitter quickly settles in and lasts well into the swallow and just lingers. It's a dry, acidic finish, yet it leaves your mouth watering, waiting for the next sip.

Overall, it's a beer that could be enjoyed by guys who like lagers and even hopheads. The beer is superior as it warms compared to right after you pop the top. It goes down like an IPA, you get used to it after the first couple sips, then it's really smooth. Another good offering from Stone. (1,202 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish amber with an opaque two finger white head that fades pretty quickly. Beautiful white lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel, some woody character, a bit of pine and earth, grass. Some citrus as well.

Taste: Sweet malt with a bit of oak, caramel, also some vanilla thrown in there. Tastes like the original but the oak adds a whole new dimension. Nice piney hop character and fantastic balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and smooth, smooth creaminess. A great drinking beer that is bitter but balanced.

Overall: Arrogant Bastard got me into craft beer and this oaked version is even better. I love this beer, and always will. (686 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
A - ruddy brown, creamy tan head fades to a foam atop the ale, leaving a spattering of lacing
S - earthy, burnt caramel, bread, pine, vanilla, oak
T - complex, spicy, grain, caramel, burnt caramel, bread, rye, vanilla, oak, grapefruit rind, pine, earth; both sweet and bitter with the pungent bitterness
M - medium body, resinous, finishes dry and pungently bitter
O - insanely complex and a one of a kind. I do, however, prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard (470 characters)

Photo of GreenJetta912
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance - Dark amber with deep red hues. woody brown color almost but with a blood red satin tone. a little less than a finger of head in a pint glass but the lacing and retention are without equal.

aroma - sweet an woody with a little hop character. it smells like an old wood building that has a fresh mash going somewhere in the back.

middle - incredibly complex. sweet and almost rye-ish up front, very carmelly malts and then a bit of vanilla oak quality hits you balanced by a fresh hop bite in the back. The malt bill is almost like an Irish red flavor, but then they put a west-coast hop addition approach on top of it, but somehow maintained some sort of balance of very bold flavors.I don't know how this could be better. more mellow than its un-oaked sibling.

finish - nice fresh hop west-coast finish but with a little vanilla and vegetal hop flavors from age.

overall - one of the best beers I've ever had. This is a good beer for people that like a bit of dark, a bit of hops, and a bit of oak all rolled into one beer. I, personally like all of the above, so this is a treat every time. Cheers! (1,116 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time trying Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Beer is a very clear dark red, mahogany color with a half finger of light tan/off white head that stays around the entire way through. Leaves perfect rings laced around the glass.

S - Has a nice roasted dark malt smell to it, balanced with hops, caramel, brown sugar and light alcohol.

T - The taste of the oak definitely comes through, along with a lot of roasted flavor. Light whiskey, brown sugar, and bread. Nicely balanced with hoppy bitterness.

M - Good medium carbonation, leaves a bitter hop aftertaste with hints of the oak. Alcohol is covered.

O - Better than the original. It's a great American Strong Ale. I like the fact that it has characteristics of different kinds of beers (IPA, red ale, barleywine) at different points throughout drinking it. (866 characters)

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

12oz bottle from Barrels and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 3.29. Best by 7/29/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours deep garnet with about a half finger of dense sandy hued head. The head fades to a thin cap and leaves sporadic spots of lace.

Aromas are all over the place. Vanilla, caramel, pine, bread, citrus rind and brown sugar. Pleasing.

As if it has a map, the taste is somehow able to follow that nose. Sweet smooth vanilla, grapefruit rind, caramel, bitter sappy pine, toffee, brown sugar, raisin bread, floral and earthy notes and a wisp of warming alcohol.

Medium full, slightly sticky body with moderate carbonation. Lingering bitter piney finish with traces of sweet vanilla.

What an interesting flavorful journey. It's an IPA, a red ale and a barleywine at different points throught consumption. Not sure why it's taken me this long to try it but I suspect I'll enjoy it again in the future. (915 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Oaked Arrogant Bastard. Woah. I was already amazed just by the description on the bottle, which has to be one of the most eloquent, poignant, and meaningful things I've ever read, and a very true summary of what this beer ia all about. And it also left me feeling like a beer bottle just basically summed up the core of my ideal life philosophy. Haha, leave it to Stone. After reading the bottle's miniature essay, I poured it, at cellar temperature, into my snifter.

It's got a DENSE, billowy, light tan two-finger head that's quite slow to subside. And it has the same deep dark red hue as the standard Bastard, but cloudier.

The smell is just like the original, but with an additional vanilla aroma that blends in ridiculously pleasantly with everything else. Some obscure, cryptic dark fruit scent is also standing out more. VERY nice.

Now to detail the marvelous journey that a single sip takes me on. At first there is a tart vanilla sweetness, but then it turns a smoky, leathery taste which I assume comes from those oak chips. Then THAT turns to a resiny bitterness that makes me feel like I've been chewing on a mouthful of leaves and spruce needles. This is where the hop flavor comes out. As if all this wasn't enough, long into the finish, a little caramel makes a surprising cameo. These are the flavors I initially picked up on, but once I got close to finishing the bottle, I could swear there was a taste of prunes somewhere in the middle of the experience too. Astounding complexity!

The viscosity and carbonation are pretty much the same as the original's, and the original's were excellent.

It's almost like a toned-down barley wine in some ways. It kind of makes me think of Arctic Devil, but with hoppy bitterness epmphasized more than sweetness. However, the truth is that this oaked version of Arrogant Bastard is unlike anything else I've ever tasted, and the standard cersion was ALREADY incredibly unique and awesome. A terrific twist which has created a beer that bends the dimensions to its will with its unreal complexities. (2,059 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle with a BB of July 2013. Acquired recently from Trembling Madness in York. If the cap is to be believed then this ale is 'Hated by many, loved by few'. Sounds awesome!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A rich ruby-red hue with good clarity and satisfying carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a while before subsiding to a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and intense hop notes. Hints of biscuits, grain, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, pine resin, subtle oak, mild vanilla, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Complex and overwhelming.

Tastes of powerful aromatic hops underpinned by a rich, malty backbone and finishing with a will-sapping bitterness. Notes of extreme pine resin, caramel, roasted malt, grain, brown sugar, oak/wood, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Highly astringent, with a fervent bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and spicy, with pleasant carbonation and a thick, velvety body. The hop oils stimulate the palate and lend it a
mouth-puckering dryness. Aftertaste of pungent aromatic pine, bitterness and caramel malt.

Wow - a tsunami of flavour washes over your tastebuds. Worthy of it's name! It looks good, while the aroma and flavour are stunning. Tons of pine-laden hops and sweet malt, with the booze very well hidden. The hop character lacks depth, but who cares when it's this good? The oak chips are quite subtle but lend a woody dimension with a whiff of vanilla. Body is silky smooth. A top-notch effort; once again Stone school other brewers in how to go nuts with hops. Well worth sampling if you have the chance to try it. (1,643 characters)

Photo of Smurf2055
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark copper with minimal head.

Smell is mild citrus and maybe a bit of cinnamon.

Taste is hoppy, bitter, and some really good woody citrus going on.

Decent drinkability.

Better than regular Arrogant Bastard, and maybe better than Double Bastard (258 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a Spaten .5l cylinder.

This Strong Ale has more than it's fair share of flavor. A must try.

A - Beautiful mahogany, ruby, red-brown. Much darker than amber. Tan, deep, dense finger of head, which lasts and laces in a picture perfect arc around the glass. Near perfect look. Devilish color, dark but clear. Well carbonated. A looker.

S - Like the un-oaked version... A stunner!
Completely superior to every other strong ale I have tried. First, it's hoppier than malty, followed by biscuit, fruit, raisin, earth, dirt . THE OAKED has a bit more barnyard, forest, spring earth. Hints of citrus peel. Esters and alcohol as expected in 7.2% ABV. Complex meditation beer, without being strange or wobbly.

T- Unlike Scottish or strong ales, there's more of a double IPA feel. Roasty maltiness first, followed by a wash of bitter hops to complete the arc. More of a strong, deep, sweet DOUBLE IPA. IPA drinkers will like this, the hop finish lingers and is powerful and leaves your mouth content.
Leaves you in a great, warm, contented place. A little more salty sea, moist, and even chewy, woody flavors than the un-oaked. No Kidding. A little more strangeness but in a good way.

It finishes sweet, with caramel, coffee, chocolate, and toffee, and sweet grass... Which plays balance with the hop bitterness. Without any cloying or over done sweetness, tho, it's woody and nutty all the way. This is my 2nd taste of a perfectly balanced Strong Ale. (the first being Stone's unoaked version). This is a favorite.

M - Full bodied, well carbonated. Nicely balanced, great finish. Leaves your mouth in a great place, great finish to the evening. Wet & oily from hops. This is a kissing beer, wakes your mouth up, makes you want to make out.

O - STONE is a peak beer experience, Arrogant Bastard is the one to take if you get banished to the moon. (1,868 characters)

Photo of Ry_Swell_Guy
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Similar too it's brother the Arrogant Bastard, the Oak aged version is very good, adding a bit of a twist to our already "Hoprific" friend. The smell is great, the taste is better! respectable ABV and, as always a very cool bottle! If you like Stone beers, give this one a try. (277 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/12/2013. Pours crystal clear ruby red color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, nuttiness, raisin, oak, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and oak notes with moderate hop presence. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, pine resin, orange zest, floral, oak, clove, and floral earthiness. Large resinous pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, pine, oak, clove, nuttiness, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of malt flavors; with the big pine and oak bitterness overshadowing the malts; and a fair amount of cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; and quite smooth to sip on, even with the huge bitterness. A very enjoyable offering. (1,249 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes May 2013 though I've had this many times before.

12 oz brown bottle with the usual Arrogant bastard artwork that is uber BA if you ask me. This bottle like all stone bottlings screams quality. Poured 2 of these into a nonic pint glass.

A - dark amberish color with hints of burnt orange highlights when held to the light. Some real haze going on. Head was a bit smaller than its brother Arrogant Bastard but still held a pretty good ring of creamy lace with some stick.

S - not as hop forward as the standard bottling of ABA but still a fine aroma. Some pine resin and a good bit of spice from the hops. The faintest of citrus and I mean its faint. Big waft of caramel malt and a slight vanilla from the oakiness. A good fresh cut wood character to the aroma.

T - well done. It has its portion of hops getting their point across but the malt does its part as well. The original ABA is a beer that displays both worlds in a balanced act of class and this is no different. All the same flavors I love plus the additional benefit of being Oaked. Hops are big and resinous with pine and soft citrus while the malt plays an equal part with somewhat sweet caramel malt that's only amplified by the oakiness. An awesome vanilla note that hits and then hits again with a wood character all over. Spicy, earthy finish. This is one great tasting brew.

M - thick mouthfeel with a good solid coating of texture. Really flavorful throughout and a real beer drinkers kind of ale. Thick and almost creamy smooth going down. One of the most enjoyable that'll ever grace your taste buds.

O - ABA is a work of art and this is just another piece in that gallery of fine Bastard ales. My wife says I'm an arrogant bastard and maybe that's why I like these so much though I think it's more to its in your face flavor that does that. One things for sure I can't get enough Liquid arrogance and Oaked Bastard instantly became an all time favorite for me. Whether its beside the camp fire in mid summer or the fire place on a cold winter night Oaked Bastard seems to find my glass at some point. If you like AB then this is a no brainer. If you don't, well like the bottle says: It's probably not for you anyway. (2,220 characters)

Photo of karengarys
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This pours crystal clear mahogany leaving a nice medium-coarse beige head that, over time, turns to a creamy puff.

For this review I am making notes after it has warmed a bit. When it was refrigerator cold, to me it was average-ish. good. but beer. As it has warmed, some really neat stuff is happening, and making it much more interesting.

Smell is a nice balance of hoppy and malty. It seems to be somewhat floral like,

Taste is all out beer, but the hilights are smooth pine, maybe cinnamon and an undertone of citrus, maybe grapefruit peel. There is a bitter aspirin snap that comes along, I don't care for that, but it is not forward. Maybe a hint cinnamon or licorice?

Mouthfeel is super creamy.

Finish has a bitter but not ugly bitter good-bye. It does linger with bitter for a bit.

Well, this is very good. I recommend giving this a try. It didn't, to me, stand out as something I'd go very far out of my way to seek out. It is good, though, and if it is looking at you, and there are no other good choices at the time, this will definitely come through as a worthwhile drink. (1,091 characters)

Photo of GorillaMedic
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really liked the Arrogant Bastard Ale, so I was intrigued by the "oaked" variation here. In my opinion, overall, its not as good.
A - Pleasing dark amber colour. Almost red, like a wine. I was surprised at how dark it is. Moderate head.
S - Like other reviewers, I think the smell is pretty good. Distinct pine needle aroma of the hops but not overwhelming; a slightly nutty flavor with a sweet fruity aroma wafting through.
T - Starts with a bit of a subdued bitterness (not in your face hoppiness like some of their other beers) that is quickly passed by an intriguing sweet fruit flavor. Finishes with a nice astringent bitterness. Good but not amazing and for some reason doesn't taste as balanced to me.
M - Smooth, moderate carbonation, pretty good.
O - Not an "amazing" beer but not horrible. If you don't like Arrogant Bastard Ale or Stone Brewing's overall style, you won't like this. If you do, its worth a try—I think it is pretty good. (951 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
2.79/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

I'll preface this by saying that I don't really like the Arrogant Bastard variations that I've had (regular and double). But I'm giving oak a try anyway. Tasted 19 June 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a pleasing mostly clear deep slightly reddish amber. Half-finger of orange-tan head, decent retention, okay lacing. Fine.

Smell is the best part of this beer, for sure. Comes through oaky, musty sweet, and deep. Like sniffing fruit (peaches, apricots) in a moist earthen wine cellar. Vanilla oak, stone fruit, and maybe a little mold. Quite nice, actually.

Taste has, unfortunately, most of what makes me dislike regular and double bastard. It's powerfully bitter in an acrid, unenjoyable way. Like aspirin crossed with onions. The first third is okay, deeply malty and semi-sweet, like a low-level doppelbock or something. But then the bitter kicks in, and the only thing that saves this from being a drainpour is the faintest hint of balance provided by the sweetness and fruit (which struggles to break through the surface).

Feel is fine. Medium-bodied, carbonation right where it should be. Lasting, which could be good, but in this case I want it to fade out more quickly.

I might finish this bottle. I might not. But I will definitely not be drinking another one. Whatever hops they put in this beer, however they add them, it doesn't agree with me. Turns out an oaky version of a beer I don't like is still a beer I don't like. (1,441 characters)

Photo of SDbrewerJake
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like AB not too too much though... Oaked is another step up. Destinctive Special B flavor that stone throws in all their brews seamingly. Strong flavor... not for the faint hearted... pretty, dark, reddish brown. Oak finish for obvious reason.... Get plowed... Drink local beers. SD!!! (287 characters)

Photo of Danno48
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Stone.... You guys knocked it outta the park on this one. Everything we love about Arrogant Bastard=The aggressiveness, the sweetness, the gnarled head of foam, and the global reputation were all upheld. All they did was add a fantastic woodsy quality and then tied all the flavors together with re-bar and force-fields. (320 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant amber with copper highlights and a frothy one inch beige head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick, holy lacing.

Resin, pine, and grapefruit open the aroma, with fresh cut grass and slightly dank cannabis rounding out the hop profile. There's some caramel malt sweetness buried in there somewhere, along with toasty oak. Notes of dark fruits...raisins, prunes, and figs, emerge.

Flavor is a juxtaposition of sweet and bitter. There's an initial promise of bitterness, which the malt overcomes mid palate, but resiny, herbal hops take back the profile in the finish. Grapefruit, tea, fresh cut grass, resin, burnt caramel, and oak are on the laundry list of flavor notes. Lightly burnt toast flavors emerge as it warms.

Body is fairly full, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth. They'd a bit of hop astringency present.

Great, complex beer. A little too resiny bitter for my liking, but still very good in all other respects. (962 characters)

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

Beautiful clarity in a deep dark amber body. Great head retention.

Definitely oaky upfront, sharp oak wood. Undertones of dried fruit. Dankish hops.

Smooth and malty, the oak is in the background now. Finish is long, bitter, hops are there to balance sweetness. Chalky, minerally dryness. Malt and fruity esters shine here. Dark cherry, blackberry, raspberry. Abrasive hop bitterness and citrus rounds things out. A little astringent.

Mouthfeel is mostly dry. Medium body. Slightly creamy. Low-medium carbonation.

Easily drinkable for a big flavorful beer. Gotta say I like this better than I remember having tried it years ago. (633 characters)

Photo of RWLawman
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Maroon in color with little head to speak of.

S - Immediately detect the presence of piney hops, along with a sweet smell and malts.

T - I agree with another reviewer with his assessment of the flavor experience in order: Astringent taste followed by sweet and malty, lastly the tingling presence of pine hops.

M - Medium-bodied with a tingling carbonation.

O - Not my typical style or preference, but it was a refreshing change in pace. Solid offering by a solid brewery. (480 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for ages. Spotted a four pack at my local Total Wine and could not pass it up.

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a deep, dark amber color. Very little head, but after the pour, unusual spotty foam started popping up. Very attractive.

Smell 3.75: Nice bouquet. Lots of barley malt biscuit malt and a distinctive, pleasant and subdued pine aroma. All up-front and a very nice accompaniment to each and every sip. I do not, however, detect any wood notes.

Taste 4.50: Front is somewhat dry, but the alkaline taste of the hops is very noticeable. Middle is somewhat sweet and malty with more hops detectable. Finish is wonderful with heavy malt and hops intermingling once again with an emphasis on hop flavors. Chinook hops. Unmistakable. Also, this is where I first noticed a resiny, oak taste. Finish is of medium length with more of the hops and a very slight vanilla taste, probably the result of the oak.

Mouthfeel: 3.75: CO2 carbonation was good, but there is a noticeable burning in the mouth while drinking this beer which may turn off some tasters (not me!).

Overall 4.50: Excellent brew. The addition of the oak has transformed an already wonderful brew into something on another level. I know my score does not reflect a true average of the different component scores, but the taste of this beer has to be experienced in order to be fully appreciated. Recommended. Pick a four pack up if you find it. (1,436 characters)

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