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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,008 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,008
Reviews: 1,841
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 172
Gots: 461 | 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 corby112
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of weeare138
3.4/5  rDev -19%
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."

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to get the chance to try this one on tap at Redbones in Somerville, didn't know it was available on tap, as I had only seen the super sized bottles. Anyway, poured the expected dark dark murky amber, with a tan, thick head, and leaving tons of sheeting and sticky lacing. Nose of heavy malts and some coca-cola. Strong, heady brew, lots of malty/hoppy goodness, more cola, vanilla, dark honey and Stone ballysness, oak/wood present but certaintly not overpowering, would love to have the chance to do a side by side tasting of the oaked and non oaked versions. Fine brew from the Stone crew.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep and delicious red-brown colour, with a massive head of yellow-beige foaming bubbles that leave extraordinary lacing. Extremely thick and viscous coming out of the bottle, and it even looks heavy and languid sitting in the glass. A really, really good looking beer.

Big hop fragrance on the nose, which mingles charismatically with the even bigger oak character to give a freshly pungent melange which is not unlike woodsmoke and gunpowder. Oak is huge on this thing, giving wood and resin characters, and depth like crazy. Yeah, when Stone do something, they do it to the logical extreme.

Taste has robust depth - lots of hop bitterness and a dark, almost roasty character come through, with a woody oak hint floating around the corners. The oak is certainly more prominent on the nose, but it's here as well, just mingled with, and subdued by, the other, stronger and more dominant characteristics, leaving a slight woody sweetness that reminds me of pecan pie. Mouthfeel is initially smooth, but tingled with carbonation through the back.

An excellent beer, and one which is surprisingly drinkable for its strength, depth and aggression. It has actually been some time since I sampled the plain Arrogant Bastard (if you can ever really use that description of it), so it's hard to compare it to the original, but this has such depth, such fullness of character, and such robust arrogance, that it stands by itself as a stellar and wonderful example of the American brewer's craft.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single from Bocktown Beer and Grill

Appears dark red with a short white head and lacing. The aroma has a smooth mixture of the citrus hops and oak. It comes off like one note, making it unlike other hoppy beers. There's a dry, woody flavor, not like your normal oak, it seems like there's more spice to it. The hops are big with spicy citrus juice and a dry grapefruit finish that lasts long into the aftertaste. Yummy.

Now this is an American strong ale. Big, bold, and completely out there.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color with more carbonation than I expected. Nose was oaky, malty and some vanilla probably from the oak. Lots of oak, big hops on taste, did I mention dry oak, good and malty, that deep ruby color almost brown with a good nose. Big booze for a 7.2% beer, big malts,big hops and big flavor. Very good!

Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish/brown with a one finger head that dissipates to a ring of lace around the top. A little bit of lacing down the glass, but not much.

S: I definitely get a wood component, but for me there was an overwhelming scent of brown sugar and caramel.

T: There are some hops here, but it is relatively subdued for a Stone offering. On the backend you get the caramel and some vanilla and the wood on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied and coats your palate. I find this beer to be quite drinkable, almost dangerously so. Overall I quite enjoy it, and find the caramel/vanilla combination to be quite nice.

Photo of wl0307
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased through online order from the Beers of Europe, a Britain-based beer shop; coming in a 12Fl. Oz. slim, brown bottle, served cool in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours an ultra-elegant dark ruby hue with fairly good clarity and restrained, fine carbonation, while the dark beige frothy head retains the body well and lasts throughout the drink.
S: richly aromatic as the Arrogant Bastard (AB) Ale that I tried four days ago, bursting with perfumy, caramely, longan-fruity, ripe raisiny and creamy malts as well as juicy American hops, quite like a well-hopped barley wine, this. Oakiness... is mild, but a swirl seems to wake up a mildly sweet edge of sweet woodiness as of coconut-ish and vanilla scent of new American white oak barrels, but not assertive. The theme is still dominated by the complex AB beer base, and pleasantly so.
T: the flavour is bitter-sweet from the beginning, with lots of tea-ish tannins, grapefruity flavour, toasted apples, and longan-fruits, along with a deep-running hop bitterness lingering in the aftertaste and causing a little bit of chewy palate. The oak influence, again, is in its most subtle in addition to the main AB theme, giving a lovely vanilla-ish edge properly expressed at the back of the palate. Interestingly, the overall performance is not as lively as AB, but still highly enjoyable and complex.
M&D: very smooth on the carbonation, the body is full but not OTT, the flavour is complex and not overly oaked, and the alc., just like AB, is very well hidden. A balanced act overall, as complex as it is highly quaffable. Highly recommended!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a single 12 oz bottle at $2.19 from Town and Country in Fullerton. To stick with the Stone family, I'm going to pour this beer into my Old Guardian glass. On to the beer:

Wow, what a beauty this is. Perfect size creamy head, dark red in color. The nose brings tropical piney fruits and charred wood. You can definitely find the oak chips in the taste. It carries out a flame-smoked flavor as it is balanced by the sweetness of the beer, which by the way isn't so dominate in this offering. Woody in the aftertaste. If you're into Arrogant Bastard Ale, this is a great change-up from the regular.

So what's the next version of the Arrogant Bastard series, Oaked Double Bastard Ale?

Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Hulmeville inn with my buddy erik on a Saturday night. I have not had this in years and last time was in a bottle and it was oaky as all hell.

Oaked Bastard is a dark shaded brown with some redness if you look towards the light. A nice cream/tannish foam up above with tightness and stickiness on the glass. Smells fairly oaky, I remember it being extreme in the past. Infact with more sniffs it comes out a bunch. Under that a strong ale presence with a bunch of caramel and some alcohol with dark fruit and nuts. Tasting this from a fresh keg keeps up stone's rep for me. I don't buy their beer often but when I do, I know I will at least like it. Oak, wood, caramel, toasted malt out the ying yang, almonds, vanilla, and some nice citrusy hops to top it off. Feel is above medium with a solid structure, some alcohol as well but not much, carbed up nice. A nice Oaked beer that is readily available, i'll need to revisit a bottle to see how that goes, but this tap version is nice.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with Boolshot. I am drinking this from a Stone 10 glass also received from Boolshot.

A: The ale is a deep copper red-brown color. The beer poured a thick two finger head that has laced nicely throughout the glass.

S: The ale has three discernible aromas: alcohol, oak and hops. The oak is present from the get-go, giving the ale a buttery aroma. The hops have a bit of a grapefruit bite and the alcohol, while warming, is big.

T: The flavors that appear here are clearly influenced by the oak chips. The tastes are buttery and almost chardonnay-like. I say almost because the intense hop character still emerges through oak. The hops are bitter, concentrated grapefruit and citrus flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is a delicious combination of hoppy bitterness and smooth oak butter flavors.

D: The beer has a moderate abv, but the hop and oak characters are so intense that you may not make it beyond a bottle or two. The beer is a treasure.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm amber red body with a creamy tan head that fades to a thick ring around the rim and leave a sip line after each drink.

S- This beer has a toasted malt note with a slight sweetness and some dark toasted notes in the background. There is a piney green hop finish. As it warms the soft note of wet wood comes through as does a caramel malt aroma.

T- This beer has a big oaky taste for the first few sips but the hoppy grapefruit note comes through. The big hoppy bitterness is the major player in this beer. The hop bitterness hangs on after each sip and lingers for a while. There are some sweet caramel malt notes that start to come through after the hops senses die off.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has a big bitterness punch from the hops which is nice but
it really makes me crave some hops flavors that are missing. The flavors are blended very nicely making this a smooth drinking beer with some nice big flavors.

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

This is a mildly hazed reddish brown colored beer with a good tan head that is bordering on light brown.

Smell is very herbal and hoppy to the nose. The malt here comes through as mostly caramel and biscuit. I can smell a bit of oak here but this is still very much a highly hopped ale.

Taste begins neural and a bit bitter but it is toned down a bit from the regular arrogant bastard. I can easily taste the oak influence here and it does seem to have added some toffee, vanilla and dryness to the beer. Strangely the oak seems to have added or make detectable a slight metallic taste in this beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is fine but I really think I prefer the regular version better.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, well I've had the regular AB, so I thought I'd see how this differs.
Same amber, brownish color as the AB. Perhaps a bit darker. Good foaming head.
Smells of grapefruit, lemon, flowers and pine (or is it oak?) I thought it was more pine, but maybe that's from the hops.
Tastes very nice. Good citrus/grapfruit taste. Blends nice with the malt. There's the oak. A bit more of a 'tinge' of oak. Nice rich flavor. Combines well with more of the fruity flavors
A good feel. Light syrup. a bit thicker than AB.
Can drink very easily

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,008 ratings.