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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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5,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,048
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 190
Gots: 490 | FT: 6
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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Ratings: 5,048 | Reviews: 1,848
Photo of waltonc
1.92/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I haven't had Arrogant Bastard in years, but figured I'd try this oaked version on tap at Monk's Kettle in case my tastes have changed. Let's see...nope. Still tastes like the absurdly over-hopped Arrogant Bastard I remember. No balance at all. Just pure hops. Maybe I'll try it again a few years from now.

Photo of climax
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this one was a mahogany with ruby highlights. The tan head was fair, and faded to a ring around the glass and a patch in the middle.

The aroma was obviously oaky. Strong hop bill of pine, grass, and some soapiness was ever changing. Mint, ripe cherries, brown sugar, and even some banana in there, the nose was very complex. The alcohol was hidden very well.

The flavor was an excellent balance of two hardy profiles. The hops were evident at first and picked up steam towards the end, especially in the resiny and grapefruit finish. The malt shared spotlight with sweeter caramel tones and a toasty finish.

The feel was smooth and coating, the carbonation had a fair bit of spike. The finish was dryish and had a nice pinching feeling that lingered. Great flavor, great beer.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this one into a pint glass. The beer has a reddish-brown amber color to it, with a nice off-white (slightly yellowish) head. The head is nice and sudsy and leaves lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is, like most Stone beers, hoppy. Lots of hop aroma for a beer that is technically not an IPA. Underneath the earthy hop aroma is a strong, sweet malt smell that lets you know there is substance to this beer. There is also a slightly woody/piney aroma mixed with vanilla that mingles with the two dominant characters.

The flavor is like heaven on earth. Or hell, if you're more into that. Wow, this stuff tastes amazing. Somewhat syrupy sweet malts mix with a strong dose of citrus-laden, bitter hops. Delicious and well balanced. Vanilla notes are there as well and help smooth things out. The most hidden flavor is the oak, but the wood taste is still there and well done. Enough oak to give this beer a more refined flavor, but not enough to turn it into a woody mess.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy. The head sustains very well throughout the drinking of beer and aids in trapping many of the aromatics from escaping.

The drinkability is superb and somewhat scary. The 7.2% ABV is virtually unnoticeable and could easily creep up on you. I could drink this nectar of the gods all night. Excellent job Stone! The regular Arrogant Bastard is a great beer, but this has got to be one of the best beers I have ever had.

Photo of irishgreensoda
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Dapperticus
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of JamesMN
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz bottle for $4 at a local liquor store. Let's see if it's worth the cash. Poured vigorously into a tulip glass, producing a small one finger head that has shrunk a little but seems to be sticking around.

Appearance: Light brown/nutty color. Cloudy, can see some sediment in it when held up to the light. Looks nice. (Left amazing lacing on the glass).

Aroma: Earthy. Can smell some almost candy sweetness, probably the hops. Very slight hint of the oak aging.

Taste: Maltier than the regular Bastard. The hops are also not as present. Some caramel and dried fruit notes. A little reminiscent of an imperial brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Almost something you'd want to slowly sip over an hour or so, but the drinkability is high enough that bigger gulps are rewarded with a smooth mouthfeel.

Final Thoughts: In the future, I'll probably opt for the regular Arrogant Bastard over this more mature version. However, it is a very nice and complex beer with a flavor that stays with you even minutes after you've swallowed.

Photo of xacidx
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of JasonTaverner
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Corson
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of damienblack
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of megahurts4
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

Served at 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

Appearance: Darker red, small head with good lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits similar to how a typical Belgian ale would smell.

Taste: Floral hops, warm malts, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium and bitter.

Is it a Belgian ale? No, but the smell makes one think so. It is similar, but much more bitter.

Photo of mattboyer182
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing a year old bottle here, poured into a goblet. pours a beautiful pomegranate-kissed deep amber with glistening pink grapefruit at the edges. a fairly hefty pour yields a solid one-finger light caramel-colored head that fades slowly and leaves behind some stunning lacing.

aroma is pungent and powerful. The bit of age mellows the hoppiness I'm used to and replaces it with some interesting and complex aromas of fruit, caramel malt, toffee, and brandy. hints of sherry and a surprisingly present hop.

Taste is rich and decadent. full of complex flavors. While I love the hop-heavy punch this one packs fresh, the complexities that come through with a bit of age makes me truly appreciate it. Raisins, caramel malt, molasses, toffee. figs and port. A touch of oak, more than I can pull out fresh. Time does this one good.

Mouth suffers a bit, I'm assuming from its age. A touch thin and watery, but ample carbonation carries well. It's not tepid by any means... still full and vivacious. Thick and almost syrupy were it not for the carbonation.

All in all, this is just as impressive as fresh, albeit in a completely different direction. Must try fresh, and if you have the time and space, a must try with some age on it as well.

Photo of cowboy83
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Sparty55
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of C2H5
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of theboozecruise
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It has a clear deep red color with a small tan head... not a lot of retention.

Hops and oak on the nose... a little sweet but the oak is definitely there.

Very nice flavor to it, the oak balances well with the hops, there's a little malt on the front of the sip too. Hops more on the back end, and more oak on the aftertaste. Very very good.

Good carbonation to it, very nice mouthfeel, easy to drink if you like hops at all. I'm a fan, definitely an improvement on the regular Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours an opaque, ruddy brown tone with a finger and a half of beige head; outstanding retention and very nice lacing.

the nose is marked primarily by caramel malts and a citrus hoppiness, maybe a touch of vanilla.

aroma pulls through in the flavor with a caramel malt forwardness and a mid-palate eruption of hops (mainly citrus, with a slight suggestion of pine); the oak is most noticeable in the finish. pretty damn tasty.

mouthfeel is surprisingly a hair on the thin side, but not deal-breakingly so; moderate carbonation. relatively high marks for drinkability, though in the final analysis i'm not sure i'd put this above (or even equal to) the regular arrogant bastard. still, an enjoyable beer well worth a try.

Photo of groleau
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of csurowiec
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear amber red body with an off white head.

Smell - Vanilla. Honey. Malt. Light grassiness. Smells great. Coffee.

Taste - Probably one of the most tasty IPAs I've ever had. Lighter than expected with some sweetness and plenty of bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with light bite. Mostly in the bitterness.

Overall Drinkability - This definitely made my list of top IPAs. I definitely recommend it. Has a good amount of complexity due to the sweetness you don't normally find in an IPA.

Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MarcWP
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of seand
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber with reddish hues, with a small frothy light tan head. A thin layer retains well, and leaves nice lacing.

S: Sweet, hints of chocolate, brown sugar, and fruits.

T: Big and complex - starts full and sweet, finishing with a hoppy bitterness.

M: Full bodied, medium amount of smooth carbonation, dry hoppy aftertaste.

D: Drinks very nicely.

Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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