Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,841
Hads: 5,069
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 194
Gots: 512 | FT: 5
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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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 KickInTheChalice
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gravity poured from a cask at Foutainhead into a pint glass.

Appearance: My cask pour is a full, deep brown color with a hint of amber toward the edges. It is dark and mostly opaque, allowing just enough light through to let deep amber hues bounce off the glass. A rocky tan cap is evidence of the cask pour.

Smell: A complex aroma for sure. Sweet caramel malt also has some toasted bread, with grapefruit and pine hops shining through from the base beer. A bit of spice and vanilla compliment the woody oak nicely.

Taste: Yet another beer where I enjoy the cask version a bit better. The toasted bread and caramel malt sweetness combines with the vanilla, spice, and oak to add a great depth. The oak and spice flow into the grapefruit and spicy pine hops effortless, all while allowing for a lightly bitter, somewhat oak, and fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very much on the light side, with just a few soft bubbles to stimulate my tongue. The body drinks a little bit lighter than I remember from the tap version, which is to say medium/full, with a little bit less emphasis on the dry oak flavor. Very smooth.

Overall: Somehow I like this even better than the tap version of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, which is quite an accomplishment. The nuance and depth that each flavor takes on in the cask version is incredible. (1,344 characters)

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

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale is a very clear copper ale with a fluffy, yellowish sand-colored head that leaves outstanding lacing. It has a deep, dusty, sweet and spicy aroma. There are notes of brown sugar, pine, orange peel and old barrels. It is smooth and slick; medium bodied with a light, dry finish. It is a rich and well-balanced flavor-- slightly sweet and bitter with notes of candied orange peel, pine needles, rye bread and, of course, plenty of oak that rolls in to finish the flavor. Wow. This is well worth the outrageous price!

(rated Oct 11, 2008) (563 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 jondeelee
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard is the even louder and more ostentatious big brother to the regular Arrogant Bastard, and announces itself to the nose with a dual kick of massive malts and hops. Big caramelized brown sugars, wheat and sourdough breads, and toasted grains are accompanied by grapefruit and citrus hop aromas.

On the tongue, the brew is immediately malty, with vanillas, brown sugars, chocolate malts, pecans, and fruit esters (both dark, like figs, and light, like apricots and oranges). A strong hop backing brings in a tremendous grapefruit kick, which helps to hide the medium-strong alcohol bite lurking around the edges. The addition of oak aging does bring wood-like undertones, but also serves to slightly temper the bitter hops, and make the brew more nuanced. The aftertaste is largely hops, although strong sugars still linger. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is excellent fare, and worth the price over the regular six-pack of Arrogant Bastard. Fans of the brand will find even more of the flavors they loved in the original, but in a nicely elite form. (1,120 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a great dark ruby color with a medium head that lasted well. It's leaving a hefty dose of lace behind as well.

The flavors coming out of this thing are very strong yet wonderfully balanced. Malts start the party, layers of fruit come through next, and hops finish it off just right. Oak comes through somewhat in the middle of the taste and really makes itself known in the finish. The oak aging seems to have made this much smoother in the taste and mouthfeel. Anything negative I could have possibly said about the regular Arrogant Bastard, no matter how minor, has been reduced or eliminated in this version.

In short, this is an amazing beer. (667 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

I cannot say anything bad about this beer. I like the Arrogant Bastard, but the oaked version is just as flavorful, but smoother, and the flavors are more rounded out. Instead of having a large separation between the hops and the malt in the Arrogant, the oaked has a very nice melding of these two characteristics, while the hops are just as pungent, aromatic and flavorful. (517 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by my friend who is in the navy. I have always wanted to try this beer and i am glad i get to now. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- a hazy, cloudy red amber color. A 2 finger lacy head ends after pouring and has some good hanging around power. the lacy head is tinted tan.

S- it has an oak smell to it. Obviously right! It smells yeasty and somewhat malty as well. A great smell and very inviting. i cant wait for the taste.

T- So good when it hits the lips. I can taste the oak from which it was aged in. I also can taste a hint of smoked/burnt caramel/wood flavor. Not too hoppy and and just the right amount of malts and yeast cleanse my palate. Just the way i like it.

As i move it around in my mouth it feels like a party of malted hops and barley is exploding my mouth. A great creamy feeling flows down my throat. I can still taste the beer in my mouth 30 seconds to one minute later. A great beer. I would love a case of this to store. (973 characters)

Photo of tattooedtolley
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge 3litre bottle, love this bottle.

First served cold and then allowed to warm up in my cellar fridge.

Appearance - Deep dark amber in color, looks maybe just a hair darker than the regular Arrogant Bastard. Same off white head leaving awesome lacing. Maybe its just me but the Oaked seems to have better head retention.

Smell - All the great aroma of Arrogant Bastard, especially the hops but with a sweeter, maltier aroma. I would say thats some of the oak coming through?

Taste - Again still very close to the regular Arrogant Bastard, this one is sweeter and the woodiness of the oak comes through as it warms. Also a great caramel taste comes through as well, this to me is the sweeter aspect of it. When I say its taste is close to regular Arrogant, I don't want to mislead, this is still a very different beer and to me is much more suited for other occasions, this one is much nicer after a meal.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with a larger medium body than the orginal.

Drinkability - While a very drinkable beer, I was careful and could have gone the distance with my dad who went in on this bottle with me but he gave up early, guess he had homebrewed himself out earlier.

Overall this has been my favorite new beer experience in a long, long time. While it is a bit pricey, in my mind it was well worth it. (1,336 characters)

Photo of CBlack85
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Tilted Kilt in Charlotte, served in a pint glass.

The beer pours a ruby red color with orange-ish highlights. The smallish off white/tan head recedes fairly quickly leaving behind a fair amount of sticky lacing

The nose is full of citrus hops, caramel malts, brown sugar, and a bit of oaky vanilla. The alcohol is much more present here than in the regular AB. The alcohol seems to gain in intensity as the beer warms.

The taste is grapefruit hops, caramel malts, brown sugar sweetness, just a slight bit of vanilla, and just a mild alcohol burn. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Really quite a smooth beer for all of the complexities it has to offer. As the beer warms the oaky vanilla tones seem to open up a little more and become much more noticable. Very nice

Really a terrific beer, I think I prefer this to the regular AB, as it seems to be a bit more complex and less focused on just the hops (926 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Nice 3+ finger head. Fluffy and tan. The beer is a deep reddish brown (more red than brown) with not much visible carbonation. As it settles the aroma fills the air. Sweet citrus, very mellow, round, and smooth. Buttery hops. and now a taste... Wow. I've had arrogant bastard before but the oaked is SO much better. It's silky smooth and flavorful without having that abrasive tang that regular AB has. It has a thick and smooth mouthfeel that warms your tongue. Better than I expected, I was thinking it was one of those overrated beers that people only thought they liked because it was expensive. Not the case at all. This beer kicks some serious ass. (700 characters)

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been on of my favorite beers for a while. It's excellent both on tap and in the bottle. Time to review the Oaked one.
Pours a hazy red/brown into my stone pint glass with a thin white head that leaves some lacing.
Smell is malty, hops, sweetness & some oak.
Taste is oakey with some sweet malts and some hop bitterness that is smoothed out nicely by the oak. If you don't like oak, this one is not for you.
Very drinkable, a classic beer. I enjoy it even more than its wood less brother. (496 characters)

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very active, removed the cork and it came out in a lava flow. I was quick to slurp up the spillage...can't let good beer go to waste. Pour give a big head on tan foam, leaving heavy lace as it settles. Looks like a 18 on the SRM beer color chart. As is swirl and stick my nose in the glass, I am bombarded by wonderful, heavy, sort of syrupy fragrance of sweet and sour. Lots of grapefruit, spices, and pine, but then on the other end of the scale there is vanilla, cherries, figs, caramel, toffee, and sweet malt. Taste is better than the smell, smooth rush of tartness from the hops in the guise of grapefruit, lime, and pine. Then there is the sweetness of toffee, vanilla, caramel, wild cherry, and sweet malt. Mouthfeel has tons of body and depth. Creamy, with a touch of drying, plenty of zing from the carbonation. One will do me for a spell, but if I see another, I will make it mine. (892 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy brown with a bit of red-orange. it's got a somwehat thin, but tightly bubbled head.
piney grapefruit bomb of an aroma. upon closer inspection you find some veiled oak and fruity barleywine like caramel.
goddamn, what a fine tasting beer. it's got those sweet caramel berry-like barleywine qualities washed over by a flood of piney grapefruity hops, and wood-y oakyness and some vanilla. a load of bitterness and spicyness cleans everything up at the finish. absoluely delicious. i would love to marinate a steak in this.
medium bodied for the most part, with a slightly more than moderate carbonation.
very drinkable, a real masterpiece of a beer. (656 characters)

Photo of feelmefoam
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a Stone pint glass.

Pours a beautiful dark, cloudy amber color with two fingers of cream-colored, foamy head that takes a while to diminish. When the head leaves, there is some nice sticky lacing on the outside of the glass.

A nice sweet, caramel maltiness greets me with the first sniff. Soon after, some piney, sappy hops make their way into the aroma, with some dark fruitiness following. Not too much in the way of oakiness in the nose, but it smells awesome.

When the beer first hits my tongue, I immediately notice the maltiness that was presented in the nose. The bready and caramel malt tones wash over the palate, then are chased away by some evergreen and citrus hop flavor. Just as I was about to ask, "What makes this oaked?", the oakiness shows up at the end of the sip and smooths everything out. A very complex yet delicious flavor. Easily a 5.0.

Awesome mouthfeel as well. Medium bodied with a simple amount of carbonation and an alcohol presence that isn't brutal, it warms my tongue a bit just to let me know it's there. A lot smoother than the original Arrogant Bastard, as I remember.

Mmmm... for a beer that's marketed as being aggressive, this is a lot smoother than it's non-treed brother. I really liked the original AB, this one is exceptional. The drinkability on this is insane, I could drink several in one sitting. An aggressive beer that is complex and absolutely delicious. (1,445 characters)

Photo of jeffmonarch
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle in a snifter.

A - Dark ruby red color with a light brown head.

S - Slight hints of wood, also hints of

T - Wow, really smooth initially then the after taste is full of woodsy flavor

M - Medium to full body, flavor lingers

D - Great beer, this beer has really strong flavors with a good after taste. It is highly drinkable. (342 characters)

Photo of gpogo
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish brown. Off-white head

S- Hoppy and slight malty sweetness.

T- Hoppy, but not to intense. Sweet malty taste. Slight roasted malt aftertaste. The oaked arrogant bastard seems less harsh than a non-oaked.

M- Incredibly smooth, with a medium to full body. I can only taste this beer and nothing before or after. Light carbonation which seems fitting with the complex tastes.

D- At 7.2% I'm not sure I could have too many of these, but it definitely worth it. Complimented my meal quite well. (507 characters)

Photo of imagese
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery into an imperial pint

A- just like regular AB. A gorgeous opaque ruby with a thin head that laces for days. A perfect example of a great looking beer.

S- a nice sweet bourbon roasted malt scent with some sweet brown sugar undertones. A nice piney hop bitterness lingers in the background.

T- hard to describe perfection. A big robust hoppy awesomeness with a strong dry malt back end. Great earthy pine hop bitterness just makes you want to keep gulping this bad boy down.

M- very crisp and menacing. So bitter, but yet so smooth. Has a slight linger on the tip of your tongue, but not anything unpleasant

D- for those "worthy", this is a very drinkable beer. So smooth, yet big and bold.

This beer is not for everyone. If you want a friendly amber or smooth golden ale, do not try it. If you want a big strong ale, grab a sixer, and enjoy! (893 characters)

Photo of Redwood21
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer as a great brown almost red color to it. the head is an offwhite to light brown color and lasts well with some nice lacing i wish the head was more frothy, but i can get over it.

S: the aroma is almost chocolate in nature, more mellow than its un-oaked brother with an almost bourbon aroma( probably from the oak).

T: wow...i like AB but this..i love this. i have become smitten with one glass. its an incredibly flavorful brew with out being so complex it loses its way. there is a mellow almost vanilla undercurrent with a little bitter after taste. there is also some sweetness. there is an amazing balance

what a great beer, this is why you never stop trying new things...if you have the opportunity this beer is worth every penny (752 characters)

Photo of cmoney311
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a very interesting appearance. it is mostly a cloudy dark reddish-brown, but the very top 1/8 inch of the beer fades into a cloudy faint orange. not much head, a nice thin cream colored layer.

S: i get hit with the scent of grapefruit and peaches up front while the caramel lingers a little longer in the background. it is also apparent this beer has been in a barrel... a slight smokiness to it.

T: The hops are immediate - a burst of grapefruit and slight peaches that lasts through the end. a nice aftertaste of caramel and hops w/ a bit of smoke. as it warms, i can also smell and taste the pineapple as another reviewer noted.

M: is a little thicker and leaves a tasty coat of caramel and hops in your mouth.

D: I wish i could drink 3 - 4 of these at a time, but these are scarce around here, so i must savor the lone 6er I was given as a gift. this beer is a treat and if it is regularly available for purchase in your area, you must take advantage of it. it hardly gets better than this beer. I first had this beer on tap last year while in downtown San Diego*. as much as i love the bottled version, on tap was near mind-blowing.

*this past November I was in the area and had the opportunity to visit / tour the Stone brewery. while having lunch at their bistro, i was lucky enough to have a glass of a 2006 Oaked Double Bastard. talk about heaven in a glass... (1,378 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Best By Date: 8.20.12) into a Corsendonk branded (and block-stemmed) tulip glass

A- A fairly pedestrian pour yields an absolutely beautiful beer that is (crystal clear) ruby red in color with a titanic, 3-finger, kahki head.

S- Although less aggressive than the standard AB, that familiar pugent spicy/resiny aroma is smoothed out by the oak-chip dry hopping, giving off notes wood and a hint of vanilla. You wouldn't think so, but the oak melds amazingly well with AB hop variatal. Once the brew warms (and the head has subsided), a bit of caramel malt peeks through.

T- A short dose of sweet malt up at the front of the palate is quickly mellowed by a mild oakiness and vanilla twinge. The brew then wallops your palate with that classic Bastard resinous/citrus rind hop bitterness to remind you this is no "fizzy yellow beer."

M- Medium bodied, creamy and flavor aplenty, this beer absolutely lives up to its name...

O- Although the standard AB is hard to beat, I just might give the Oaked version preference because of a better balance of aroma and flavor. Fans of AB should absolutely try this incarnation of an already world-class beer, as you might just find yourself reaching for Oaked AB more often...and be sure to get it fresh! (1,270 characters)

Photo of jlandis
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a rich deep mahogany with one finger white head that sticks around for a little while. The nose is full of grapefruit with a deep earthy character with strong oak and slight muskiness. The flavor is full of bitter grapefruit and sweet caramel malt. There is also plenty of orange and pine to keep things interesting. There is a deep oak musk that rounds out the flavor. The body is full with decent carbonation.

This is heads above standard arrogant bastard, and each year when this one comes out I make sure to pick up a few bottles. The flavors are so rich and blend together so well that it disappears way too quick. (635 characters)

Photo of LBrito
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark cooper color wkth a good sized head and a good amount lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus hops and smokey oak tones dominate the smell

T: A complex dark malt taste with heavy hopping and flavors reminiscent of grapefruit. The oak tones are subtle and superbly incorporated, giving this beer a nice touch.

M: Nice an thick with adequate carbonation, a medium body that's just right for the style.

O: A skillfully crafted brew; the enhancement of the Arrogant Bastard series with Oak tones takes an excellent beer and succeeds in making a captivating variation. If you don't enjoy it, "You're not worthy." (624 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 12 oz bottle

A- cloudy brick red w/ a two finger thick and fluffy beige head, great hold on the head

S- pine and citrus can be smelled around the room at first pour, toffee, toasted malts, molasses

T- strong bitterness throughout, metallic at first, burnt wood, grassy, citrus, pine, wood flavor creeps during the middle and then comes forward at finish, toasted malts, malt sweetness up front then hop bitterness slices right in

M- smooth but hops beat down on the palette, alcoholic heat in after, dry finish

D- i honestly thought this brew would be over hyped, but it seriously knocked my socks off, one of my new favorite brews, recommended (664 characters)

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone managed to improve upon an already amazing beer in Arrogant Bastard by aging it in oak barrels. This gave the beer yet another level of complexity. The earthy tones in the aging complement the existing brilliance in Arrogant Bastard Ale without overriding any of the flavor in the non-oaked version. I cannot say enough about how balanced and rich this beer is.

If you have not tried this beer, you must as it is truly a work of art! (440 characters)

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