Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,065 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,065
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 193
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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Ratings: 5,065 | Reviews: 1,848
Photo of biegaman
4.52/5  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!

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

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery into a pint glass. The beer is a cloudy brown/amber color with no head. Smells are earthy, with hints of nut and wood aromas. Very well blended nose. Initial taste is a hop forward flavor, which is very well balanced with a malty-sweet and wood taste. The beer is round and full bodied in mouth, with a smooth, bitter finish. The beer also maintains the bitterness with a hoppy aftertaste. It was surprisingly easy to drink despite the bold flavors.

Photo of plaid75
4.92/5  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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, some carbonation, not much of a head, some islands and sticky lacing around the glass. The nose is of sweet malts, a slight woodsy tone, hops, and caramel. The taste is malty and slightly bitter in the tongue, the finish is quite dry, nice undertone of caramel. Alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, still an awesome brew, would still recommed if you can find it.

2007 Vintage

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, some carbonation, not much of a head, some islands and sticky lacing around the glass. The nose is of sweet malts, a slight woodsy tone, hops, and caramel. The taste is malty and slightly bitter in the tongue, the finish is quite dry, nice undertone of caramel. Alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, still an awesome brew, would still recommed if you can find it.

2006 Vintage

12oz. Bottle from Foxman and BuckEyeNation.
Been sitting on this one for about a year.

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, some carbonation, not much of a head, some islands and sticky lacing around the glass. The nose is of sweet malts, a slight woodsy tone, hops, and caramel. The taste is malty and slightly bitter in the tongue, the finish is quite dry, nice undertone of caramel. Alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, still an awesome brew, would still recommed if you can find it.

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods in on North Central in Phoenix. Enjoy by date of January 16, 2011. 12oz bottle into a chalice.

Poured a deep ruby red with some mahogany highlights. A yellowish off-white head leaves some lacing and moderate retention. Smell of some dark fruits and lots of malt notes, vaguely reminiscent of the regular Arrogant Bastard (AB). Lots of woody oak character, with a bit of butterscotch and vanilla. Some subdued hop notes in the periphery. Taste has more oak and vanilla qualities, and takes on a feel that comes across like a thinner and lighter AB Some brown sugar, substantial malt notes and hopping that again, vaguely reminds me of the regular AB. A bit of alcohol at the finish as well. Body is a bit disappointing, would've appreciated it to be as big as the standard AB is. Carbonation is a light medium. Not bad on the whole, but the big and bold flavours of AB appear to be lost or subdued - however, I suspect that this may have origins in bottle freshness.

Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Cloudy dark amber pour, two finger light beige head that recedes to a nice sticky lace and a bubbly cap floating on top.
Boozy raisin, fig, date, faint black cherry, rich caramel and toffee, faint wood and vanilla, subtle citrus and pine. Smells nice.
Taste surprises in the start with very bitter citrus (lots of grapefruit and unripe orange peel), throwing the hops straight to you face, but things turn around in a few seconds. Fruitiness develops for a bit, sweet with faint peach, tangerine, subtle dark grape, even some tropical notes (mango mostly), but is quickly cut short by caramel and burnt toffee (light maltiness tho), leading to a mostly bitter finish. Huge grassy hops, dried flower petals (perfumey and bitter), pine resin, with those oak chips bringing a dusty earthiness, a tree-bark kinda feel, quite rough and bitter also.
Warm bitter finish doesn't leave much else to the aftertaste except a big concentrated leafy hoppiness. Medium body and carbonation, kinda chewy.
It's nice that the oak chips enhance the hops, ergo the bitterness. A very rough beer that many people are probably not ready for, before being worthy. Aggressive, but rewarding.

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

12oz bottle bought as part of a 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" orangey tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey brown brew. Head lasts nicely, with plentiful delicate lacing. Aroma is lightly woody, strong citrus and pine hops, and alcohol wafts in at the end. Taste is dominated by citrus hoppiness, with pleasing warmth upon the swallow. Maybe even a little numbness in the mouth. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is very easy. Not quite the same beer I remember having on tap, but that was a composite of a fresh and aged sample, and it was a long Stone Night at the M&D last January.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

RB

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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Duvel tulip

A - Poured a very deep amber/light brown with moderate carbonation and one finger of cinnamon-white head.

S - Malts with sweet caramel and dark fruit in the background.

T - Sweet malts with some bitter citrus hops on the finish. I don't get a lot of the oak/vanilla that I expected, but there is a subtle oak taste in the background. Definitely some alcohol present in this one as well. The hops are very predominant as I continue to drink this and they dominate the oak palate that I was looking forward to tasting.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

D - This was one different and very enjoyable. I would buy this again and would love to try it fresh on tap.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of aasher
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a deep, rich mahogany with a one finger beige head. It looks identical to the regular Arrogant Bastard. It smells of bitter citrus hops and has a light sweet maltiness to it. There is also a good and strong presence of oak, earthiness, and light smoke. It's definitely a slight upgrade to the AB. The flavors consist of mild hop bitterness to pair with a whole ton of earthiness followed by a nice and subtly sweet malt backbone. There's a lot of wood, dirt, tree bark going on yet in a pleasant manner. There are also light vanilla accents. It drinks exceptionally smooth and medium bodied. It leaves behind an appealing oaky/vanilla bitter hop flavor in the after taste. I find this to be much more appealing than the original AB. It has a lot more character. I wouldn't say it's necessarily easy to drink though. Like the AB, this one gets to be a little much after awhile. I couldn't drink more than one at a sitting. Solid beer though.

Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: Looks great, nearly clear dark amber with reddish hue, a small head that settles to a wispy band on top; creamy, slippery lace.

Smell: Oak, caramel, bready malt, spices, booze. Piney hops.

Taste: Very well balanced between the oak, sweet maltiness, piney hop bitterness, and booze. Everything is there but it’s all very distinct. Nothing overwhelms the mix. Flavors definitely intensify as it sits and opens up, becoming more vivid and rich.

Mf: Very nice, on the full side with medium carbonation and a distinct creaminess.

Overall: Not sure why exactly but I just don’t enjoy the Arrogant Bastards, oaked or not, all that much. Maybe it’s the assertive hoppiness that detracts from the old/strong ale kind of flavor, with its creamy fruity booziness; it’s a little jarring. Just not that appealing or drinkable to me personally; a bit too hot and boozy. Clearly well executed but not a personal favorite.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a somewhat opaque orange brown with a thin white head and light lacing. Woody, malt aroma. Flavor is delicious caramel malt, pine and citrus hops and wood. Medium to heavy bodied. Malt middle and finish with a nice hop kick at the end. Well balanced. One of my all time favorite beers.

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

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Deep amber. Nice off-white head.

S - Woodsy hops.

T - Delicious, soft, fresh oak. I've never seen the an oak profile executed like this before. Malt, touch of pine, and some cinnamon spice.

M - Smooth with a semi-sweet finish. Touch of milk chocolate on the backend.

Photo of Duff27
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is of 09/10 side by side. Picked out qualities of both.

Murky light brown/red color. Well above average head retention, good lacing.

Smells like candied caramel with some hoppiness.

Arrogant! Familiar. A little vanilla in there...mega hopped. Daddy like.

Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

May not be the best but definitely the quintessential oak aged strong ale. For sure worth a try!

Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a fan of regular AB, but like Oaked a fair bit better. The color is a reddish mahogany with about 3/4 inch of medium tan head that had decent retention and lacing. The harsh aromas and flavors of standard AB are soften with the time on the oak.

The woody scent masks some of the hop sharpness, but those hops still show through on the tongue. The body is much smoother and thus more enjoyable.

While drinkability is better than the normal Gargoyle, I still can't see having more than one or two of these at a sitting.

Photo of Derek
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep opaque amber with a thin but sticky tan head.

Smell: aroma has notes of tree fruit and oak; a little bit different than I expected and with a little floral hop character.

Taste: very sweet malt with maple and caramel flavors. Hops appear more toward the end and tend toward the sharp and evergreeney. Oak adds a subtle but interesting character.

Mouthfeel: thick and syrupy but with a nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: strong in both alcohol and flavor, but tasty. Goes down slow but easy.

Photo of DrJay
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brownish/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is hops up front, a bit of oak smoothness, a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and good beer.

Photo of Viggo
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a deep amber brown with a small but firm head of foam that shrinks fairly slowly to a fine broken layer and it has some lacing. About 2/3rds of the way through my glass and there's just some spotty foam left now but it's still a nice looking brew in my Sam Adams glass.

The smell is all hoppy and malty and woody...it's nice.

The taste has big malty notes up fron followed by a very tasty woody flavour. I'm impressed with how the oak makes it so diffferent from the regular AB. It seems to counter yet also balance the hop character and it makes it a really smooth but still very tasty beer. Now I'm getting a bit of chocolate and some vanilla, and a touch of dark fruit. The finish is slightly bitter, slightly malty, and mostly woody and it's delicious. The mouthfeel is medium full, the carbonation is light. Great taster. The alcohol is only noticeable some time after the swallow. Very drinkable.

Bottom line: This is a very good oaked brew that I'd certainly buy again. The flavours all work together in almost flawless harmony and I can only recommend it highly!

Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a large light tan head that possesses very good retention and lacing. The aroma is malt with some oak character along with some piney hops. The taste features a very nice malt backbone with some oak and a bitter hoppy finish. Overall, this yet another stellar offering from Stone, and I would highly recommend it!

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,065 ratings.