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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,848 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,848
Reviews: 1,835
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 156
Gots: 406 | FT: 7
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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Photo of Gritsak
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

A- dark brown with mohogany highlights..huge billowy tan head. Retention is awsome.

S- sweet malty aroma with a definite alcohol presence.

T- This beer was cellered for over a year, so the hop presence wasnt very strong. Instead of the in your face hops there was an extreme smoothness. The oaky flavor is subtile, but definitely noticeable. Vanilla and a sweet malty character blend together into a strong but balanced feel.

M- fairly thick and silky smooth body. Carbonation was almost non existent.

D- Three of us polished off one of the huge 3L bottles with no problem. The taste is strong, which is something you expect from anything stone brews, but still retains a good level of drinkablity.

overall- This is a big and flavorfull beer. Compared to regular arrogant bastard, oaked has a much smoother feel and a little more depth in the flavor.

Gritsak, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours with a frothy, amber-tan colored head that is a bit on the thin side. The beer is a hazy orange-amber color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a straight up amber color. The aroma is herbal and citrusy with notes of tangerine, orange, perhaps a bit of mint, lemon basil. The oak is really not all that noticeable in the nose at this point. There is some woodiness up front and it seems to be interacting in interesting ways with the hops, creating aromatics that I can't quite put my finger on, but they are definitely not in the regular Arrogant Bastard.

The taste has a nice full mouth-feel to it an the hops are still quite raw and aggressive. Underneath this though is the oak; most notable as a tannic and astringent note in the finish. The beer is perhaps a bit too cold right now, but the flavors I can taste are orange, grapefruit, a sort of raw grassy herbal note, sweet caramel malt (which accentuates the citrus notes), menthol in the finish, and even a bit of tobacco.

The beer is quite tasty, but the oak is fairly subtle at this point. In the end this is a good thing, because if the oak was heavy handed it would really clash with the fresh, vibrant hoppiness that is characteristic of this beer. When paired with some Mexican food the Oak character really starts to become noticeable; it becomes much more woody with a pronounced buttery-oak type note in both the aroma and taste. But it still does not dominate the overall hoppy quality of this beer. This is a solid beer all around, and one which I enjoyed trying.

Gueuzedude, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Rastacouere
3.03/5  rDev -27.9%

Cloudy beautiful orange-copper pour that displays a huge dark beige head. Balanced and complex americanized hop-malt monster surprises with powdered cocoa notes amidst the bready and thick malts, fully letting the way to the heavily earthy, rooty, soily hops bearing a bite of citrus. Mango fruitiness, well contained oak and pepper peak through, but it fails to really impress due to a pronounced astringency and more acidity than I’d like. Dry medium body, powdery texture, not too bitter, quite alcoholic.

Rastacouere, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

3 liter bottles shared with myself. Dark brownish red with a huge fluffy tan head that seemed to stay around forever while covering the glass was thick lace rings. Sweet caramel and fruits with that arrogant bastard hoppiness backing it up. Very light woody notes as it warmed but they were minimal. Sweet caramel covered dark fruits over some bitter citric hops. Nice balance overall. Some woody notes were more apparent here than in the nose and seemed like it came out more than when I tried it fresh. Dry citric bitter fruity finish that sticks with you for awhile. It seemed a bit to mellowed at this point though. Pretty solid mouthfeel with good thickness and creaminess. I find the regular version to be more drinkable but this was still fairly easy to get through a bottle that big. Glad I drank it now because I can’t see this getting better with more age.

meathookjones, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of PatandDavid
3.95/5  rDev -6%

Had on tap at 'bones. Dark amber, low head. Aroma was of that coveted candied hoppiness that I really like. What I like about this one was the prefect balance of malt to hops...neither overpowered the other, nice job. Oakiness wasn't that detectable, although I thought perhaps it added some dryness to the taste/mouthfeel.

PatandDavid, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Presentation: Drank on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Extremely dark opaque brown, with a 1-finger whitish tan head.

Smell: Hoppy, malty, and inviting.

Taste: Strong and delicious. I guess I'm not experienced enough to tell the difference between this and the non-oak version. This tasted the same to me (although to be fair, it's been about a month since I last had arrogant bastard). Very very nice.

Notes: No problems recommending this to anyone. Very strong and addictive.

TurdFurgison, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Enjoyed on tap today at Redbones...it was this or Smutty's Wheat Wine...I believe I chose wisely.
Arrives a bit too chilled in a standard shaker glass...dark copper color w/ a full finger of fluffy off-white head. It does not remain long, but the lacing produced is phenomenal.
Aroma is nothing over the top...a great malt presence w/ a hint of wood and floral hops.
Taste is great...all I could expect from this one. Just when you think AB coudn't get any better and then comes the oak flavor...subtlely added, but complements this brew so perfectly.
I believe it adds to the lingering bitterness, as the hops are dominantly featured, but the oak carries all the way through the finish and quenches so nicely.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation if divine. Drinkability is through the roof...hard to go to anything else after tasting this one from Stone.
Really psyched to finally get to try this one...and especially on tap.

warriorsoul, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%

If your a fan of arrogant bastard this is a must try. The oak ageing adds a whole new level to an already fine brew. Appearance was the same as the original but when I leaned in for a whiff it was a whole new brew. Woody, hoppy, with a heavy malt body that seems to be the boss. It is actually a settled down version of the original...all the tastes are a bit more subtle and add in a richer body and the wood and you have a gem. Had this at Naja's at a beer advocate social after hearing the guys talking about it. Thanks for the heads up...great great brew.

DogFood11, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of coasterfreak75
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%

The pour was dark copper-red with a thick creamy three finger head that very slowly dissapated and stuck to the glass throughout the drink.

The smell was full of strong hop spice with a hint of malt and slight floral overtones.

The drink started with a kick your teeth out kick of hops the middle was all sweet heavy malt with oily lingering hops at the finish and just a slight hint of oak to hold you over until the next drink.

If you can still find it buy it now, this is by far the best incarnation of Arrogant Bastard.

coasterfreak75, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of BuckSpin
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%

My 100th BA Review.

I have been thinking for weeks which beer to review, and the opportunity to sample this came up, so it seems appropriate to let this stunning beer be my "Beer Benjamin", so to speak.

First, any beer in a bottle that big that even comes with a lock...whoa. Like most Stone offerings, this is a beauty to see. A striking ruddy-orange with an amazing clarity in its crystal ability to refract light. A 1/2" head of mixed cream colored foam never quite disappered - nice.

Oh, the nose. One word - OAK. Un (expletive) believable! Just outrageous. Its like a freshly split section of seasoned oak is under my nose. There are some malt and fruit qualities but who are we kiding? Amazing.

Taste? One word - OAK. Again, amazing. The barrel and Arrogant Bastard have played well together. The usuallt strong hops have been tamed to a pleasing bitterness that dance atop the usually fruited but now more wine-like tones. Malts and oak play like old friends - this is a fantastic experience that taste like no beer I have ever tried. Ironically it finishes very light, some bitterness, and some vanilla like sweet tones.

This was simply one of the best and most unique beers I have ever tried. If you have the opportunity, do your tongue a favor and try this. Outstanding.

BuckSpin, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Big ass honkin' 3L bottle shared with some NoVA BAs. Gently chilled. I used a Maudite tulip cuz the demon iz badassz.

Appearance: Clear cherry red topped by a tannish frothy head. A thick blanket of foam was retained for quite some time and left strong lacing and massive blobs on the glass.

Smell: Restrained AB hoppiness with a strong caramel malt backbone. Whiffs of oaky vanilla and smoke. A brooding, dark smell, perhaps like damnation?

Taste: Odd cedar/woodchip flavor on the outset. Bittersweet malty caramel kicks in accompanied by vanilla sweetness. Bitter hoppines pervades the entire experience. Woody flavor well integrated, though it takes the hoppiness down a notch or two.

Mouthfeel: A real solid medium body. This sucker has been working out and it shows.

Drinkability: I'm worthy, but I think I'll stick to normal AB unless this comes out in bombers (not bloody likely I hear). A good Stone effort.

ManekiNeko, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

Dark ruby color is covered up quickly by a dense foam that dies to a filthy haze.

Nose is full of fresh hops and sweetness, and orange spice. Where is the oak?

Taste evolves as the brew warms, into a sweet orange, spiced with cloves. Very sweet, strawberries and cherry. A heavy sweet layer of vanilla adds to the already smooth mouthfeel, that is only interrupted by a spicy grating of hops and booze. Something grahamy and toasted develops. Overall, a little on the sweet side.

Excellent drinkability. Alot more force and stuff going on in this beer than the -- dare methinks -- "low" ABV.

donnebaby, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of tjd25
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

As I poured the first glass, I had the impression that there would be no head, but it ended up forming a nice light and velevty head on an intense opaque amber brown color body. The smell is extraordinarily fresh and shows a great bouquet of red fruits with a very enjoyable sweetness. Also lighter hints of citrus, with a grapefruit character appearing slowly and getting deeper in the taste. Yeasty notes of vanilla appear after a while. The taste is way more aggressive than the smell. The very dry hoppiness invades and conquers the mouth with together with some oily notes. As for red fruits and citrus, their influence switched from the one they had in the smell: the once dominant red fruits notes are more subtles in the taste, as the grapefruity character took over. The aftertaste gets quite dry and grassy. The oaked aspect appears together with notes of cherry that create a slightly floury feeling on the tongue. Mouthfeel is enjoyably lighter than expected. Its complexity stimulates all the parts of the mouth and of the tongue. This surprizingly soft mouthfeel contributes to the great drinkability of theis character brew.

tjd25, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

This will be a fairly straightforward and simple, hedonistic review as I've already reviewed the straight Arrogant Bastard and so much has already been said about this beer.

Basically, I feel that the Bastard is already a full-throttle beer and the oak-aging is wasted on it. Sure, the oak is present (and it's drying, woody character does help to tone down and smooth the beast a bit), but does it really help to improve the character of the beer? I'd say not. It's different, but it's not better. And there's just too much going on to really enjoy the character of the wood (although it is oak-chips, right?). Good, but not great.

NeroFiddled, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%

I had the last glass of this at Eulogy in Philadelphia after the Yards open house on 12/4/2004. Since I got the *very last* pint of this brew the bartender gave it to me for free. Thanks! And another big thanks to Tracy;-)

Dark reddish copper with a lovely, thick cap of white foam that lasts, lasts, and lasts. Leaving excellent lacing on my tulip glass. The aromas are excellent and although similar to those of the regular arrogant bastard they also exhibit hints of vanilla, oak and caramel. Yum. The taste is hoppy and malty up front with some lovely oak notes and vanilla hints in the middle. The finish is slightly boozy, malty, hoppy, and oaky all at the same time. This is a lovely blend of flavors here. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, thick, bw, and cask-like and the drinkability is only hindered by the fact that this stuff will get you drunk all-too-fast. It is still too bad that this stuff is all gone from Philadelphia. Does anyone want to send me a growler, or split a chained 3L bottle? Tracy?

francisweizen, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GClarkage, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of shapudding
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Growlered this after drinking a ton of it at the Exton Drafting Room. This has always been a favorite session for as long as I can remember, and now to have it oaked.... damn!
Poured deep and woodsy amber/ruby brown and clear with a think khaki ring and slight cloudy dusting in the center. Lovely. Perfect amount of carbination, not too much, just enough to let you know it is there, but not fizzy or "fluffy" feeling. The mouthfeel is very good. Bit under medium bodied. Scents of piney loveliness and vanilla. Nice and dry with dark, hoppy bites. Tastes of grapefruit rinds and gin, whiskey woodsiness. Touch of vanilla hits you at the end. AB is always such a drinkable one for me, and man, add some wood to it, and now it is even more so. Yum. Sad to see this one end!

shapudding, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of IceAce
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%

Served on-tap as a guest beer at BJ's Brewhouse in Brea, CA.

Arrived in a beer-clean footed pilsner sporting a dark copper body and a full finger of creamy tan foam. The nose is sweet with malt with strong backup from the smoky oak. To say that the nose is complex would be akin to telling somebody in the path of a hurricane that they may soon experience moisture.

First impressions mean a lot, and the first taste of this this brew is dry. Really dry. The open is laced with cheek numbing alcohol and grain. Midtaste is virtually absent, a pause which sets the stage for the scene-stealing oak finish.

Mouthfeel is good with a nice supporting level of CO². This is a funky beer in that where I expected smoothness, I received harshness. While I am certain that much time and expense went into the oak aging, the effect is lost when it becomes overbearing.

IceAce, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

watermelonman, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%

Dark eggplant maroon yet clear ruby pour with some khaki head coating.

Hop oil scents (simcoe?) with the woody vanilla character meeting up with bubble gum.

First swigs: Granulated sugar and vanilla sherry overtones. Oak woody and maple syrup bubble gum and juicy almonds. Dry slightly lingering aftertaste.

Lighter carbination & tacky foam hops.

Last swigs: Vanilla porter with hops. Vanilla bubblegum from a growler. Thanks to fellow BA Shapudding for the sneak growler. Fairly enjoyable via growler. Wow!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of oracle
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

10 oz draft

OK, maybe I shouldn't be writing reviews after all (although I'm probably not going to stop), but after many folks telling me how wonderful the Oaked Bastard was and how different it was from the regular Arrogant Bastard. Sorry, but quite honestly, I could not tell a difference between this and Arrogant Bastard.

Don't get me wrong. I love the bastard. I buy growlers of it quite regularly. It's a wonderful beer. I just couldn't taste a difference between that and this.

Beer arrived deep amber color with minimal head (probably due to a good job of pouring). Medium lacing left on the glass.

Smell was strong, with heavy hops and a strong alochol presence.

This is one strong beer. Very strong hop presense right from the beginning. Other flavors come in the middle, fruit (mostly plum) and floral. Strong alcohol flavor in the middle as well.

Finish is very strongly bitter, but not unpleasant.

oracle, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of egajdzis
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

3 ltr... Poured a copper color with an off white head and spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, cherry fruitiness, and a mild hoppiness. Taste was the typical Ab grapefruit bitterness, with intense malt. Finished with vanilla and more hops. I enjoyed this more mellow version of AB.

egajdzis, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

A great experience, a 3 litre bottle shared with many fans. Beautiful dark colour, pour. Excellently hopped,moderated by choice malts, oak bits give flavour. Bitter and wine-like finish and aftertaste. Pine and some grapefruit in nose. Carmel and grapefruit in mid-sip. Medium-full mouthfeel. A bit too oaky from the oak chips, that was less so on-tap two years later when tried at Solena Beach Pizza Port.

Sammy, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

Served from the always attractive 3L bottle. Luckily we had a new garbage can anda bunch of ice around to chill this bad boy. I have to give the apperance/presentation a 5 because this bottle is so damn cool with the lock and all. The beer itself poured beautifully and looked exacctly like the "un-Oaked" Arrogant Bastard we poured side-by-side. A creamy, frothy head that cascades down the sides of the Arrogant Bastard flute-like glass. The head on the oaked AB lasted the entire glass and then some. Fluffy, soft bubbles formed a nice stiff heaed atop this beer. The aroma is hoppy and sweet but not nearly as stong with the hops as the regular AB. A bit of citrus in the nose as well. The flavor is smoky sweet with a burnt wood flavor. This beer is very very smooth. A lot of the hoppiness has mellowed out to make this a more malty tasting brew. Notes of currant, caramel, and mango fill in the flavor well. It is a slight bit thinner in the mouth but is still very velvety and smooth on the palate. Aging with oak is a definate improvement upon an already exceptional beer.

BrewMaster, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

I finally got a night set aside to drink this 3L, just me and a friend taking on this monster. Once I fumbled the lock off and popped the flip top I stuck my nose right in the bottle and took a big whiff...oh yeah, that's oak...sniffing from the bottle musty oak aromas were what I detected most of all. Once poured into a glass the body of the beer is a deep ruby brown, somewhat hazy, yet slightly translucent. The head is off-white with a yellow oiliness to it. This head is a champ when it comes to retention and lace and lasts through-out practically each entire glass adding to the overall experience. The aroma in the glass is lovely, hops are a bit downplayed when compared to the bastard in his original state, husky oak undertones and of course the dense caramelly goodness of the malt. The flavor totally corresponds, dense velvetty malts, subtle hints of husky oak, tiny pokes of vanilla flavor and dense piney hops. The oak aging process does wonderful things to the bastard...if only it weren't so damned expensive in this particular packaging, I'd still recommend getting one for the experience though.

FormatKid, Dec 07, 2004
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,848 ratings.