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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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4,426 Ratings

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Ratings: 4426
Reviews: 1814
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%

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:
American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003)
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3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 05:57:14 | More by ThickNStout
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4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 00:13:31 | More by Kuaff
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United Kingdom (England)

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 01:15:46 | More by jazzyjeff13
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3.68/5  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

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 06:03:52 | More by Smurf2055
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New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 21:33:53 | More by Act25
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 19:17:10 | More by Ry_Swell_Guy
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 03:59:57 | More by superspak
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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 02:30:56 | More by BradtheGreat7
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3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 22:07:07 | More by karengarys
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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 00:21:28 | More by GorillaMedic
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2.69/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 19:15:50 | More by zeledonia
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3.79/5  rDev -10%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 22:27:17 | More by SDbrewerJake
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West Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 17:16:15 | More by Danno48
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4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 18:21:20 | More by barczar
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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 05:17:30 | More by tanarm
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:13:31 | More by RWLawman
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 04:16:20 | More by BeerDocT
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Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 04.23.13... a little overdue but figured it'd be ok....

Reddish dark amber, aggressive pour gives a good 2 finger head, off white, frothy, lacing holds up pretty well while drinking. Quite bitter, pine, woodsy, caramel malts....Pretty full bodied, off sweet caramel malts up front, but then just lots of bitter hops, oaky-wood pungency, hints of booze on the after-taste.... I find you don't get as much vanilla/other oak flavours when just using the oak chips instead of letting it sit in a barrel....

Mouthfeel is quite nice, very balance, more on the full/heavy side, very smooth and easy drinking for a oaked, dark ale...med carbonation, not too alcoholic or sticky, if anything slightly drying...

Overall, not having tried the non oaked version, I found this quite a nice ale, easy drinking but pretty decent, full flavoured and with a little added complexity and bite to it from the oaking...

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 02:24:00 | More by 4ster
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear deep ruby, one finger off white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Wood, malt, caramel, toffee and grass.

T-Oak, dirt, caramel, grass, very malty, balance isn't quite there mild bitterness and some pine.

M-Lighter, slightly carbonated and maybe a tad watery.

O-A nice beer, the oak imparts nice flavors, if the balance was a tad better the beer would be phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 16:01:18 | More by rlee1390
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4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely amber with great head and lacing.

Smell is English-style malts and a waxy pine melon lemon from the hops. Do get some floweriness from the oak coming out.

Taste is as I remember it from the original- really strong bittering hops without huge hop flavour. Luckily I like that sort of thing.

There is malt and some hops. Oak provides some chocolatiness; which is great, and also added astringency; which I also enjoy.

Overall a fantastically enjoyable Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 11:51:02 | More by danieelol
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New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a dark amber with a fingers worth of fluffy cream head

S-caramel malt, light grapefruit hops, vanilla

T-caramel malt backbone with sharp bitter hops and vanilla with a bit of oak

M-medium body, medium carbonation, leaves a slight bitter aftertaste

Overall a really nice, interesting, complex beer

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:18:25 | More by ksimons
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Best by date of 5/13/13.

Pours a cloudy orange-red with a thin off white head that fades into a thin lacing. After a while in the glass the chill haze subsides and the beer clears up. The aroma is pretty muted, the hops may have faded at this point. Its malty with notes of caramel and some woody-vanilla hints. The taste is not as assertive as regular AB. I'm wondering if the oaking mellowed it out a little bit, or if it was the age of the beer. Its a relatively chewy malt bomb. Toffee, bready, caramel and oak are the predominate flavor profiles. The body is medium-thick but not syrupy. There is a slight tannin finish to the beer, presumably from the oaking. I like this beer but I'm not a fan of the tannins. Although I can't complain since the 4-pack was only $5.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 16:23:21 | More by jamescain
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After having had Arrogant Bastard (and loving it), I was excited about trying the Oaked version of this fantastic brew. Side poured with standard vigor from the 12oz bottle into my Boulevard glass, co-sponsored by the KC Royals. 1st Place in the AL Central, in case you didn't know. While I write, its' snowing in KC, making me want to go to Stone Brewery and relax in 75 degree weather.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep ruby red color with a nice one finger that dissipates slowly and leaves excellent lacing. Very impressive presentation on this brew, and of course Stone kills it on the packaging. Always a pleasure.

Smell - Malty sweetness is certainly strong, with a bit of hop character. A hint of the oak can be detected, as well as some spiciness and booze. A fairly complex nose, albeit not very strong.

Taste - What the nose lacks, the taste makes up for. The oak is certainly prevalent, with a nice malty spicy sweetness making up the majority of the drink. There is a little hop character in there as well.

Mouthfeel - This is one of my favorite parts of this brew, in that it is so smooth and you get a touch of the alcohol at the end. Nothing overwhelming, but it is there, and I like that. It doesn't let you forget you are drinking alcohol. Leaves a nice, smooth, sweet taste on the palate. I would say it is a medium-heavy beer.

Overall - While I did not like this beer to the extent I like the standard Arrogant Bastard, it is still an excellent beer no doubt. I would highly recommend it, although I would also recommend you drink the original first for a control group (comparison purposes). Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:37:58 | More by TheCondor
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a huge two full fingers of puffy off-white head. The foam doesn't take too long to settle, but when it does there are big rocky bubbles along the edges of the glass. Tons of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is malty, spicy, and boozy. I get a touch of caramel, leather, and tobacco in this beer as well.

T: It starts out sweet with malt and caramel. As it moves to the middle I get vanilla, spice, caramel, and leather in there. It's also a touch earth (dirt and leaves). That may not seem appealing, but it is nice. The back end brings on the booze along with more caramel and vanilla.

M: Full bodied beer. Sweet and spice envelop the palate right away. It's hefty but it's overly sticky or chewy. Nothing too lingering after the beer is gone.

O: Very good beer. The vanilla in the beer shines through thanks to the oak aging. It's pretty darn delicious. I may revisit this beer if I'm in the mood for a smooth well balanced woody beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 21:13:25 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter. Deep gorgeous ruby red, with a full white head that leaves lots of lacing. Smells hoppy like an IPA, but with a thicker malt presence. Taste is similar to the smell; hops up front, solid malts through, but a sweet woody oak finish that sneaks in at the last second. Mouthfeel is pretty full, but smooth. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

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