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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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4,418 Ratings

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Ratings: 4418
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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Photo of Kegatron


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

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear dark copper with a couple fingers of rich light mocha colored head. This retains with a sturdy ½ finger of rich froth that coats the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The wood pops a bit in the nose, quickly followed by faded notes of herbal, citric, and piney hops. Roast and sweet toffee flavors have some strength here as well and are being helped brought out by a bit of alcohol warmth.

The taste is similar, with moderate notes of herbal and bitter citric hops being surrounded by the woody and earthy accents of the oak. There is maybe a touch of sweet vanilla present here as well, which adheres to the stickiness of those caramel malts. The roast is very strong in this, leaving behind a roasty and burnt presence in the backend of the profile that trails some lingering char which mingles with a dry and tannic feeling finish. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with some crispness on the tongue and then more of a firm prickly creaminess that fills out the rest of the mouth. There is a little warmth here from the ABV, which mostly serves to draw out a lot of the roast and bitterness in this.

It’s been a while since I’ve had this one and it was still pretty darn good. It’s interesting how the aging not only adds the oak flavor to this but also diminishes the assertiveness of the hop profile a bit, really allowing the aggressive of the roast to come out. The oak aging smoothes this out some; but not nearly as much as you would think.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 14:39:49 | More by Kegatron
Photo of weeare138


3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a near transparent auburn toned amber with a fluffy, ivory head that slowly fades into a dense, soapy cap. Tons of hearty, scattered lace sticks around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, flowers, mild grapefruit, pineapple, light vanilla, earthy spiciness, and gentle oak tannins that may have been missed had I not known oak chips were added to the mix. Aromas were lighter than anticipated.
Taste is spicy, sweet caramel, overly bitter of grapefruit along with gentle woody tannin flavor.
Mouthfeel is astringent, bitter, medium bodied, sweet, with the balance being out of wack and very little evidence of the American Oak.
Drinkability...I'm not believing the hype with this one. This may be one of the most over-rated beers I've seen on this site IMHO. I'm just not feeling it..."I'm not worthy."

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 02:59:08 | More by weeare138
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle. Painfully descriptive as always.
Pours with a tapioca coloured head, a thick outside rim would stay, also leaves thick sheets of lacing. A very sullied, fairly dark, ruby coloured body. Plenty of different shades are showcased in the light. A vineous, resiny, hop addled aroma. A good blend of hops, the oak very present. Drinkability exceptional, even with the higher alchohol percentage I could see drinking this all night. The oak very ripe in the mouthfeel. Nice sticky aftertaste that lingers. Offers great complexity in the taste. Slightly sweet notes, really smooth malts. Grew even smoother as it warms - certainly let this one warm, allow the flavours to really come out.
Thanks for another incredible beer Dr.Jay!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 01:20:55 | More by biegaman
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Frisco's the other day. Have had this beer on a number of occasions previously, but really enjoyed it last night.

The beer pours a dark, rootbeer amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly complex and attractive, consisting of some nice citrus from hops, intermingled with vanilla, honey and butter from the oak aging. The oak aging really seems to tame some of the hoppiness I normally get from regular arrogant bastard. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and the oak aging gives this beer a very long, smooth mouthfeel. The beer finishes well, with the Oak cutting down on the bitterness a bit. Abv. is pretty well disguised, though I can't imagine downing more then one or two of these at a sitting.

A nice beer from Stone...

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2008 13:31:06 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep murky amber hue with a finger and a half creamy off white head. There was very good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell featured a thick sticky resiny grapefruit hop aroma with a juicy orange sweetness. Excellent toasty grain aroma as well.

The taste was upfront sweet orange with a stellar peppery, grapefruit hop finish. An excellent toasted doughiness throughout.

The mouthfeel was full and mildly chewy.

Overall an EXCELLENT ale. Solid ABV with an excellent drinkability. Head and shoulders above the regular version. Really, just a superior beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 03:19:42 | More by plaid75
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coles! What a find!

Pours a hazy red/brown, small but thick off white head, nice lacing and great retention, this shit sticks. Smell is toffee, vanilla, piney resin, oak, toffee, big malts, big hops, big oak, spectacular. Taste is more of the same, toffee rich maltiness, vanilla and citrus, amazing play between the oak and the piney hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation, thought the carbonation was a touch too aggressive, nice clean bitterness. Fantastic, this deserves its high rating.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2006 02:23:58 | More by Viggo
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A bastardization of what you get when you mix some orange, amber, brown and red color ale. Looks impressive. Smell is even more impressive, not as viscious as the non oaked version.

In fact, the oak seems to mellow out the whole ale, as opposed to offering a more complex beer necessarily. The usual chinook and cascade hop dominance with a very strong malt backbone, but the oak seems almost like they dry hopped it with oak chips as well. Mouthfeel thins through the bottle, but this remains a surprisingly drinkable beer, not nearly as demanding of a drink as the other versions of bastard ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 03:11:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Bighuge


2.98/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazed dark mahogany/ruby red appearance. Thin and bubbly dirty white head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is all that goodness I remember from AB with just a hint of woodiness in the aroma. That pineapple tropical fruit melange brings back memories. I also get a little caramel/nougat thing going on. Taste is fairly bitter and actually a little harsh and abrasive. I'm not sure I like the effect of the oak chips here. Cuz I remember loving the hell out of the real thing. I think the chips bring a little astringency to the mix. I don't dig the aftertaste at all. All that tropical fruit goodness that I remember takes a backseat now unfortunately. To the over-riding oak chip quality. Too much for my liking.

I guess they're right about this one. I'm NOT worthy.

Thanks for the brew Darren.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 04:34:54 | More by Bighuge
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a dark, mahogany red with a dark ivory head that was sticky, and clung to the sides of the glass leaving a web lacing.

S: a sweet fruitiness (cherries, fresh raisins), and a oaky woodiness.

T: The flavor was much the same as aroma, some tart cherries and raisins with some oakiness to start things off. There was some vanilla, alcohol and a light smokiness against a sweet dry caramel backing. The hoppiness was rather subdued with the sweet fruity (cherry) and oaky flavors taking center stage and finished dry.

M: sweet, with a medium fullness, slighty sticky from the rich caramelized sugars with some cherry alcohol.

D: A good drink by itself. A little to sweet to drink in multiples but was very wine like and should be sipped and savored like one.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 13:47:36 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured on-tap into a snifter. Dark mahogony brown with a small off white head that returns upon agitating and leaves lace.

S. Stone yeast aroma, big fruit/hop notes.

T. Layers of complexities. Definately some grapefruit/earthy/piney hops met by a caramel malt body. You can really taste the nutty dryness the oak provides to this beer. Slight roasted undertones. Light fruits come to the palate like very ripe cherry. Bourbon notes.

m. Full bodied and chewey but not too heavy.

D. This is a big beer. Its a kick ass beer. Good to sip and I would have to reccommend you let this one get to 50 degrees to really get all the flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 02:22:16 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of DrJay


4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A few of us (including grub, Wintermute, and TheBeerFruit) shared this one on New Year's Eve alongside the standard Arrogant Bastard. It was quite an educational experience, as far as what using oak can do to a beer. You could pick out all the character of the Arrogant Bastard, but with a little something extra. Our bottle poured with just a bit of haze and the lacing was thick and clumpy throughout. There was an earthy woodiness that melded nicely into the aroma and flavour, kind of filling in the gaps between the other characters. There was also a light vanilla flavour that was quite nice. The texture was creamy and smooth as silk. Overall, this is just a little better balanced and more complex than your garden variety Bastard (and I'm not knocking the original here) and definitely a treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 01:37:21 | More by DrJay
Photo of glid02


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at Trappeze in Athens.

Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass that leaves great lacing.

Smells very nice. Lots of sweet malt and piney hops that accompany an earthy/woody aroma. There's also a very nice floral hop aroma that decreases as the beer warms.

Tastes great. It's very sweet up front, followed shortly by a wallop of piney hops before evolving into a woody flavor and finally ending with a flavor that's somehow bitter and sweet at the same time. Every now and then I'll get a slight hint of citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is great. The beer does a good job of coating my mouth, and it's got a great thickness to it. The carbonation is a bit more subdued than the original AB and this works well with the mild oak flavor.

Drinkability is very good. I finished this beer much to faster than I should have at that point in the night, but I had a very easy time doing it. Definitely give this bad boy a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2008 16:23:17 | More by glid02
Photo of Gusler


4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask @ Real Ale Fest
Oh my grannies bustle, this was my second most favorite at the Real Ale Fest, just a tad behind the Russian River OVL Stout, in fact I had several samplers of this to be sure I was able to judge its character lol.

A somewhat hazy brown, the head a tan crown that was creamy in texture, the lace a thick coating upon the glass, with the nose sweet with the aroma of malt and Oak, hints of alcohol and bubble gum, yummy is a good description. Start was ambrosial, thick with malt, the top moderate to full in its feel. Finish was moderate in it’s a acidity, the hops delightful, quite dry and a bit of a tummy warmer, one damn fine beer in this old dawg’s book.

Serving type: cask

06-15-2004 17:50:14 | More by Gusler
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer appears a radiant shade of ruby / orange. The dense, tan head is nearly an inch thick and generates an abundance of lacing around the perimeter of the pint glass.

S: The oak character is immediately evident in the nose, followed by a balance of malt and hops. Alcohol presence is very subtle.

T: The initial taste brings a dose of hops, followed by a potent oak barrel flavor. The beer also has a healthy malt profile. Everything is well balanced and tastefully done. The flavors, most especially the oak, really emerge as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with prominent oak notes lingering in the finish.

D: A tasty beer, and quite possibly the best offering I have had from Stone. Well worth trying. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 01:24:00 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Slatetank


4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cool into a pint, picked up at Thirsty's in York.

A - A deep copper/burnished amber w/ a full khaki cap of about 2 fingers w/ a rocky consitency.

S - Bitter citrus notes w/ a light vanilla, woody aroma that has subtle smoke and plenty of oak odors. Slight candied malt scents are subdued beneath the big woody nose.

M - Big malty smoothness w/ dry oaky nuttiness and big NW hops adding piney sharpness.

T - Huge woody flavor w/ smoky toast notes and subtle fruity sweetness w/ caramel malt and a pine bite w/ citrus flavored hops. Fruit is cherry and fig-like w/ spicy nutmeg and clove notes. There are gentle hints of caramelized brown sugar and toffee rounding out the vast complexities in this extreme ale.

D - A boozy and intensely oak flavored ale, bery tasty w/ plenty of hops and flavor, yet not the most drinkable beer for my taste. This was paired w/ a salad my brother made w/ tons of ginger and lime w/ cilantro and scotch bonnets. There was also a garlic aioli w/ raw egg dijon mustard and chives with redskin roasted potatos- which was even more intense when paired w/ this ale. My brother tried to burn my mouth w/ a fiery orange habanero in the dressing and the oaked bastard seemed tame next to his full-on ginger lime dressing.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 00:24:46 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Brad007


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Darkish-amber color witha thin, brown head and some lacing. Aroma is nice and oak-ish, slightly fruity/malty as well. Taste is really strong with hops/malt upfront and a nice oak aftertaste that is somewhat dry towards the back of the throat. Second sip confirms a floral/grapefruit taste in the middle before hitting the back of the tongue. Very smooth and complex. Basically Arrogant Bastard with a nice oak feel to it. Lots of lacing left behind as well.

Definitely worth the $2.50/12oz bottle. Would buy this beer again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 00:05:50 | More by Brad007
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle last week. Pours a dark brown with a head that fades quickly to a thin cap. Some slight lacing. Smells slightly sour and woody- not acetic, but some wood sourness. There are also earthy/spicy hops and some rough tannins. The taste is somewhat similar, the somewhat harsh and spicy taste of the regular arrogant bastard has been smoothed out by the oak, but the oak introduces its own version of roughness. Nevertheless, its still fairly tasty as it is a fairly harmonious union between oak and hops and malt. Mouthfeel is a little tannic and rough- could be smoother. I miss some of the vanilla notes that come from full barrel aging. Just okay, and probably not worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 20:15:22 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of smakawhat


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra thanks to colts9016, bottle dated consume by Apr 14-2011. Well better do this and re-review it, lets see if this makes a difference, instead of drink one that was 2 months past. Poured both into a nonic and a snifter.

This head is much bigger and darker than I remember and has more retention on the nonic, lots of cap action. Great looking beer even in a nonic or snifter

Smell is grapefruity and less malty than before, a little hint of wood, and slightly less brown sugar. Where did that grapefruit go last time?

Taste is super chocolaty, with hints of tannic wood and super big hop presence on the finish! Wow this is a HUGE difference it's like a chocolate hop slight tannic wood blast!

Overall much improved! Hops do make a difference and must have mellowed the hops out sitting around a bit last time. This is much better and very different when fresh.


old review Feb 20-2011

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. Thanks to TKEAnmial for the bottle. It is a little old at enjoy by Dec 2nd 2010... hmmm... it is a strong ale so this should be okay, but we are a little late to the party. At least the late Nosferatu I had was flat out fantastic so let's see how this compares.

Pours an amber color out of the bottle and a nice light tan head. Sits on a dark red body with some nice hues against the light. Head has lots of staying power and some big boozy thick legs with spotty lacing.

Smell is kind of buttery diacetyl, with faint sweet caramel and dark brown sugars in the back. Very much into movie theatre popcorn territory. Not a very distinct or varied nose on this.

Faint tannin like in mid palate, a fairly good wood "like" character surprisingly in the swallow but with some hop bitter sharpness. Missing a bit of pronounced flavor and starting to mellow but still a bit sharp in alcohol.

For a strong ale this is passable even at this age, but I think a fresher one would have been a little more dynamic.

old rating

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 14:49:29 | More by smakawhat
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 release 12oz. bought at the Boise Coop for $2.50/bottle. Enjoyed in a wine glass while listening to Stormshadow's "Synthesis".

Deep amber/copper pour with a 3/4 inch long lasting lt. tan head that says smell me from here. Good lacing that trails for 45 minutes plus.

Big bitter smell and pine/citrus polished off with freshly sanded wood ... toasted malts and fresh biscuits.

Taste is BIG. BITTER with enough sweetness to balance nicely. There is a looong finish here. Creamy cocoa, vanilla, harsh pine needles and grapefruit bitterness, just simply a thick thick thick palate ... sooo many things going on here ... when said and done, a dry piney/lip smacking woodiness (sp?) sticks around for ages.

For as much as I love the Stone beers, the AB and the OAB have never really done it for me, but I am not going to let my tastes alter the overall review. I know the "fizzy yellow beer" mantra, but there is something I just can't get into .... A brewing buddy says I can't stand Chinook hops .... I have little idea if there are any Chinook in here, but I just can't put my fiinger on my dislikes... that being said, I will continue to buy and try the OAB just to prove my palate wrong ... Damn Stone ... Love you guys.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 07:16:39 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of HopHead84


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


On tap at Stone.

A: Transparent reddish brown with a beige head. 

S: Oak and caramel with some bready notes and a dash of vanilla. Grapefruit is present, and pine is pervasive.

T: Oak and caramel with a moderate bitterness. Hops are piney and grapefruity. Oak provides depth and enhances the base beer. Finish is dry and bitter with warming and caramel.

M: Upper medium body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and dry with some astringency. Oak is drying on the palate.

Overall: I prefer this to regular Arrogant Bastard. A nice American Strong Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 02:01:00 | More by HopHead84
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is a dark copper ruby.

Aroma: Oak, vanilla, caramel, some heat, sweet dried fruits. A nice complex aroma. Really nice lacing on this beer. Looks pretty good to me.

Taste: Wow, this is a hot beer. Big oak and vanilla taste fuel this beer. A ton of dark dried fruits mixed with caramel back it up. It is pretty good, but there is a lot of heat here. A ton of floral hops are also present.

Mouthfeel: Hot, creamy, smooth. Medium to full bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Ends with an oaky vanilla dry aftertaste.

Overall, I am not to impressed with this beer. It is just way to hot for me. I like the oak flavor, but the alcohol that it brings with it is too much. I should be able to finish this fine, however.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 01:02:37 | More by mothman
Photo of superspak


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
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with a very thin light beige head. The head reduces to a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Still get the signature hop profile I associate with Stone but added to that I get lots of hints of oak and vanilla. A really inviting aroma for a beer.

T: Pine hops with a slight hint of citrus hops upfront, followed by some caramel malt sweetness, then some oak and vanilla giving the beer an almost bourbon like sweetness. Nice bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky with a dry finish.

O: Wonderful sipping beer, great bold flavor and smell. Definitely an improvement on Arrogant Bastard. I like this one a lot and really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 14:22:47 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut-amber; light tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Piney-grapefruit; cotton-candy fruityness, toffee, caramel, nuts & bread.

T: Piney-grapefruit, toffee, vanilla, slight woodyness, biscuity pale malt; assertive bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Moderate body (nicely attenuated for its weight), moderate carbonation, fairly dry finish.

D: I think it's really drinkable.

Thanks for the trade Grub!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 02:07:49 | More by Derek
Photo of ccrida


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter, the Oaked Arrogant Bastard is a dark amber with a fairly large, foamy tan head that is very long lasting, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is apricot ester, woodsy spice and lime hops and vanilla, like an older mans cologne, quite nice.

Taste is very full and rounded, I really like this more then the original, smoother and more complex. The hops are tempered while the wood sugars provide added depth of flavor and balance the lingering dry, bitter finish. A lot of American Strong's have a kitchen sink feel and come off a bit amateurish, but this is clearly a finely crafted beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and oily, soft and lighter bodied, very nice.

Drinkability is rather high, although the complexity begs savoring, not slamming. Definitely better then original Arrogant Bastard IMHO, I'm not sure why I let this sit in the back of my cellar for so long before busting it out tonight, a few months old served at cellar temp.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 05:05:51 | More by ccrida
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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