Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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93
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Photo of HarrisonDean
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/20/2009

While Arrogant Bastard Ale is becoming fairly common, one of its siblings, the oaked version, is still beneath the radar. This is essentially the same beer, but it is aged in oak casks, a process which imparts wonderful flavors and mellows the body. Oaked Arrogant Bastard pours beer-bottle brown in color with red highlights, letting little light through. The head is very frothy, vanilla in color, and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass. The aroma is subdued, with citrusy hops and sweet, spicy vanilla all amidst a mellow aged oak base.

This beer is very well balanced, appeasing an aggressive hopping with sweet malts and sour fruit esters. The woody oak flavor serves to relax the tension between the mighty flavors at odds. Each sip leaves a dry, bitter hop flavor on the tongue with the more cautious oak surrounding. The back of your throat reminds you of the past sweet vanilla malts and invites another sip. I would recommend checking out the Oaked version of the Bastard, but definitely check out Arrogant Bastard first. (1,059 characters)

Photo of pinni
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Standard for Stone, I’m getting those west coast floral hops, cinnemon and a little “wet dog”… is that the oak?

A: There’s about a 1/4″ head that sticks around for while and doesn’t fully dissipate. Nice, pretty lacing happening around the edges of my glass. Deep dark reddish orange. Seriously good looking glass of beer.

T: Yum, hoppy, citrusy, malt sweetness-ow we’ve got some malty sweetness followed by a wham/bam of citrus-infused hop bitterness. Great balance, I love how the oak adds sweetness to complement the bitterness of the hops (in a way that is kind of similar to Hopslam).

My taste buds perk up and tingle when this hits them and then there is this perfectly booze lingering film on my tongue with sour hops and a caramel sweetness.

Overall: Love it. Great addition to the Arrogant Bastard Series. (837 characters)

Photo of captainhops
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Reddish brown, off white head, decent lacing
Smell: Pine and citrus very bright.
Taste: Good balance of sweetness and hops, some citrus. Some oaky vanilla tones appeared as the beer warmed.
Mouthfeel: Started out nice but became syrupy towards the end.
Drinkability: Definitely an eye opener, a nice taste with some boldness, but it was too much to drink more than one or two in a session. A glass of this should be savored as a treat. (476 characters)

Photo of JakeSuperior
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: appears dark brown until held to the light, which shows off its great ruby red color. Head is a tan color and leaves lots of lacing

s: caramel malt with hops, citrus, slight hint of oak and fruitiness (confirmed by other reviewers as grapefruit)

t: complex, caramel malt hits first, fades into a hoppie bite with taste of grapefruit, followed by the oak.

m: nice level of carbonation, medium thickness

d: the more I drink of it, the more I want another. The taste grows on you. (484 characters)

Photo of Wronsky
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, red amber color. Creamy brown head that dissipates slowly.
Nose: Extremely strong hoppiness. Has a nice floral scent. Get some nice chewy fruit smells in there too - like cherry.
Taste: Wow that's hoppy. Very good bitterness. Kind of smoky, too; probably from the oak chips. The bitterness really sticks around after I'm done. However there's a scunge of sweetness partnered with the bitterness that makes for a really good flavor.
Mouthfeel: It feels pretty light; not too thick. Big carbonation that I would expect with this ale.
Drinkability: Pretty good; not great. It tastes great throughout - it doesn't get flat or swilly at the end. It tastes like the 7.2% it is and the strong hop bite makes me inclined to enjoy one - okay two - before moving onto another.
Overall: Powerful IPA that slaps you in the face. I love the flavor and smokiness of this one. It's major drawback: the price. I paid over $16 for a six-pack. Worth trying, but I'm not sure I would buy again. (997 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 Revvy
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes- Poured into a Belgian Goblet for tasting purposes.

Appearance - Poured a deep/dark reddish brown, with a beautiful 1/4" creamy head which dissapated within a few minutes, leaving a nice lacing on the curve of the goblet and a surface layer of both large and small bubbles that remained on the surface of the beer throughout the drinking session.

Aroma - Cold, the ale has an almost smoky/woody aroma mixed with both resinous and floral hops, along with hints of brown sugar and bourbon. The wood nose that comes through is definitely oak, and it predominates the aromas. There is also a hint of coffee.

As the ale warms, the coffee, oak, bourbon comes richly to the surface, yet the hops still clearly comes through the center of the aroma...very citrussy.

At the warmest there is even a surprising hint of roasted coconut coming through.

Overall, the aroma is very porter-like...

Mouthfeel - The best word to describe the mouthfeel is "tangy," there is definitely a hop "bite" to it that touches the tip of the tongue, roof of the mouth and the back of the throat upon swallowing. My favorite salty snack is wasabi coated peas, and the bite is very similar, though not as hot.The bite dissipates quickly and the ale coats the mouth smoothly, like a Belgian strong ale...or a chcolate milkshake, but with a bit more carbonation.

This definitely warms as it goes down..at about the half way mark in the glass one feels a warming of the belly.

Taste - There is a lot going on here...The flavors are nearly identical to the aromas...chocolate, toffee, coffee, oak, bourbon, smoke, and a definite hop bitterness...but the hops are mellowed, or smoothed over by the oak aging, which drops it out of the level of "hop bomb" like it's un-aged brother...It moves it into the realm of chocolate/coffee stout.

The flavors are there from cold to room temp, but grow more pronounced as it warms. A noticeable smokiness comes through as it warms, either from smoked grain or because of a toasting of the oak...it is not overpowering, like in a Rauchbier, it reminds me of a porter I once tried that had peat smoked malt as 1/32 of the grainbill...just a hint in aroma and flavor.

Overall - This is an amazing ale...at 7.2% ABV it is not a Barleywine, but in terms of drinking pleasure...taste, aroma, mouthfeel, it could very well be. Maybe drinking it in a different glass would have changed this impression, but in my Belgian maudite goblet it brings the barleywine tendencies out...

I found regular Arrogant Bastard to be very much a hop bomb (which I can only take in small doses) but this version is mellowed quite a lot. It is mellow, but it is not "sissified," this is still a very aggressive ale. Think Arnold Swarzenagger in a tuxedo in "True Lies" as opposed to Arnold Swarzenagger as Conan the Barbarian.

The hoppiness still is reminiscent of bashing your head against the wall, but this wall is padded, like in a mental ward...The complexity of the aromas and flavors, especially the smokey/oakiness, makes this very drinkable...

Despite the Arnold comment, this is a very sexy beer...It's a hot blonde in a velvet dress, with a stiletto in her garter belt. The kind of woman, where after a night of unforgettable passion, you wake up in an ice filled bathtub missing a kidney...and spend the rest of your life wanting another night with her.

This made my top 10 list of beers. (3,397 characters)

Photo of SidVicious619
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an Deep amber coler from an 12oz bottle with an offwhite lacing. Intial nose is sweet woody hops and citrus aroma. Taste is amazing filled with burst of tangy hops, vanilla and spice. Mouthfeel is great with a long lasting oaky finish. Can't put this beer down! (268 characters)

Photo of AbyssJunkie13
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L: Poured into a tulip glass. Clear, with a beautiful deep red color and an off-white head that disappears for the most part kinda quickly, except for some lingering on the sides. Good lacing. Not really carbonated except for a stream of bubbles coming straight up from the bottom center of the glass.

S: Not sure if I'm smelling this right after looking at other reviews, but kind of fruity, maybe currants. Not really any hop aroma for me. A sniff halfway through the glass reveals some wood scent.

T: Great blend of hop bitterness and malts up front. The hop bitternes lingers on the edges of the tongue. A definite woodiness and vanilla comes through as well, which greatly smooths it out, especially compared to the un-oaked version.

F: Great mouthfeel. Exactly what I love to drink. Not syrupy, but it deifnitely has some weight on the tongue. Almost not carbonation tingliness.

D: I drank this pretty slowly because I was doing some work and 7.2% kinda requires you drink it slow, but even if I was free to get drunk, I'd probably need a serious break after 2 or 3 of this heavy brew. But just drinking one was fantastic. (1,132 characters)

Photo of mcleester
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This beer has an amazing appearance and smell. Great taste and complex flavors. Malt is brought out by the oak, but still a nice hop bite on the finish. There is a rich, creamy mouthfeel -- not unlike the taste you get from a beer on nitro tap. A very enjoyable beer to drink. Despite what other tasters say, I could drink these all day long. (368 characters)

Photo of TheJackel
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone did an excellent job adding a little extra on top of their already magnificent line of beers. The experience you get from drinking this brew is what makes it so good. Full of flavor, smell, and leaves you feeling good. Not quite as much of a hop gives it a smoothness you don't always find in Stone brews. (311 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 aldizy
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells great looks like a dark chocolate color. Smell is very sweet with fruit aroma but taste is very bitter with extreme beer taste quality head is medium to high. All in all it was to bitter for me but i would definatly try it agian. Plus i did not taste the oak? maybe my pallete is not as refined as i thoght it was? (331 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 KJK-1
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is another great beer in the bastard family from stone. A deep amber color is just tempting immediately. You can pick up on the oaken notes in the smell and taste immediately. Low carbonation. The oak notes are very much imparted in the taste. A good hop character still shines through as well. A must try to have at least tasted. I prefer the arrogant or double bastard over the oaked. Although, the oaken bastard is very good. (433 characters)

Photo of fedt
4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First, this is one of the best ales available.

A: Head pours copper-red color. The head disappears but leaves sticky residue. There's a nice lacing.

S: Smells definitely of oak, other woods, and lots of pine/citrus hops.

T: Outstanding taste. Dry oak, strong hops, bitter pine, arrogance, and hints of caramel.

M: Medium-heavy body, very filling. Dry finish..

O: A little mellower than regular AB, but a better taste. This is truly a favorite. Not as sweet as original. (479 characters)

Photo of livedrinkbeer
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being an AB fan I was curious of the oak wood chips. This was my first experience with an oaked ale.
A- dark, amber, brown thick foamy tan head that rises quikly, very thick.
S- sweet, woody, hoppy smell
T- not as hoppy as the original arogant bastard as the oak chips mellow it out. Rich flavor, reminds me of a rich hoppy amber ale.
M- rich, thick, and good
D- the only thing wrong with the drinkability is the price at 13.99 a six pack ,even though you will not be disappointed a pleaser for sure. (500 characters)

Photo of grubas
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hoppy, but not overpowering, as I do not like the bitter hops. The oak clearly made a difference and seemed to mellow out some of the bitter overtones. I got a hint of vanilla, which was surprising.

It was an aggressive beer, but not overpowering. I feel it went down easier than expected, which could be bad, but I haven't like most of Stone's Brew before, so this was a very splendid surprise. I'd highly recommend it. (426 characters)

Photo of rmatson
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a newly christened DFH signature glass. This bottle was purchased in Southern California 4 days ago and driven back to Utah.

A-dark brown with a minimal head. Belgian lace lingered.

S-Complex. Carmel with some mild oak. No bourbon or other spirit aroma.

T-hop bitterness present up front with some carmelly malt
(special B? or just crystal). Tastes of mild oak with hops.
Finishes with a definite oak presence, although restrained, and
intermingled with hops and sweetness that lingers on the back
of the throat. Complex overall.

M-(see above) upfront easy to drink; however, the finish cranks
ups the taste buds and lingers (hops, sweetness, carmelly
flavors). Not to thick but still a tad sweet for me.

D-Even though the finishing gravity is likely relatively low
(1.014-1.017), as Stone tends to mash on the low end, the
sweet finish limits its drinkability. As with all Stones brews,
which I highly respect, the proprietary English yeast strain
leaves a sweetness, which I find limits drinkability. I do prefer
the oaked version because the oak gives a added complexity. (1,128 characters)

Photo of Sbkrogers
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark amber in colour. Two finger head, which stayed for a good amount of time.

Smell: Caramel, vanilla, and citrus with hints of oak in the background.

Taste: Malty. Hoppy aftertaste, not too strong. Sweet when first tasting, which quickly dissapates.

Mouthfeel: Very clean tasty. A bit oily, but in a good way.

Drinkability: Excellent. Could easily have a few of these, after drinking one went to the second I had.

Serving type: Bottle. Purchased at City Beer store and tasting room

This was a gamble of a few beer I purchased, and I've very glad I did. (575 characters)

Photo of abakanowiczc
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very nice dark amber color with slight haze (maybe chill haze). Nice foamy almost creamy white colored bubbles with solid lacing. Head decapitates slowly then stick with a slight foam above the beer.

S: Amazing hoppy smell with a backbone of oak with hints of vanilla, from the american oak wood chips. Definitely getting lots of hops in the forefront of the nose, followed by that backbone of vanilla, oak, slight bourbon characteristic, amazing smelling stuff.

T: Wow this is where the beer shines for me. It's no where near as bitter as Arrogant Bastard, probably because the beer has had time to mellow-out a little bit. The amber malts are not as present as they are in the original Arrogant Bastard but still there. Very nice hoppyness similar to a very well crafted IPA with a strong malt backbone. The oak chips impart a bourbon-like flavor adding bits of sweet with lots of vanilla.

M: Medium to full mouth-feel , unlike the base beer. Aging the beer in oak chips really did help to bring these amazing flavors out.

O: Highly recommended. If you do not like the original Arrogant Bastard due to the lingering bitterness, then try this one! No lingering bitterness with full flavor and hints of bourbon and vanilla! (1,239 characters)

Photo of tag0519
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Chestnut color with a nice creamy beige head that disappeared a little sooner than I'd like.

s: Oak, Malt, Hops, slightly fruity

t: Oak is dominant but in a good way. Hops come through as well. Very nice

m: at par with the style

d: I'll have another! (258 characters)

Photo of SebastianBock
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have never been a particularly huge fan of the original Arrogant Bastard Ale, as I find its strike on the palate a bit overwhelming. I decided to try the Oaked AB with hopes that it would mellow some of the more overtly strong and up front characteristics of the brew and bring to the foreground some of the more subtle ones.

The beer pours a deep reddish-brown color. A rather substantial head diminishes to a remaining delicately thin white layer of bubbles. Smells similar to the original AB, with less of the hoppy notes associated with the original. I was pleasantly surprised upon tasting it. This beer is delicious! The oak takes out much of the overpowering strong ale flavor, and leaves a delicious smoky background. The beer is very smooth and drinkable, and the mouthfeel is just right for the style. Definite notes of BBQ, tobacco, cherries. Very drinkable for an American Strong Ale!

Recommended for: Walt Whitman, Bobby Flay, Ricky Bobby. (956 characters)

Photo of starvinbarley
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber brown from the bottle with nice tan head. Nose not as strong as expected with strong hops mixing with little oak. Taste is nicley balanced with hop and malt balance with great vanilla touch at the finish. What a beer! Certainley worth while. (258 characters)

Photo of kmdawber
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was super excited to try this beer after what I'd heard about it.
Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Beer pours a smooth brown/copper, almost deep red hue. Creamy head with not a ton of retention. Lacing was pretty sticky but not overwhelmingly so.

Smell is awesome. Floral is definitely present, as is the "oaked" smell, as marked on the bottle. Smells a little woody. Also has some fruity undertones, maybe a little citrus. The easiest to notice is the floral vs malt battle. Both smells are in your face and balance well together.

The taste surprisingly different than the smell. You can taste the oak much more than you can smell it. Not a bad thing, but its much more there in the taste. The same is true of the citrus smell. Not as present in the taste. Overall the taste is a little dry, more hoppy than malty, though a balance is there. And you can tell they fight in the taste as much as they do in the smell. I agree with another review that said this left him wanting a little more of the fruit taste that was in the smell. At the same time, it's still an enjoyable flavor for sure.

The mouthfeel is a little dry like I said before. Good carbonation though and it's not too heavy at all.

Last but not least, the drinkability is quite good. The abv is up over 7% but you wouldn't know. The other flavors eat up the alcohol. I probably couldn't drink more than 3 in a session without getting sick of it, but I'd enjoy the hell out of those three. (1,465 characters)

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