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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Company
American Strong Ale
7.20 % ABV

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Review by tavernjef on 08/26/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2010
Hmmm...the color/appearance seems to be all over the place when passing through various reviews. This bottle poured out a strong caramel brown and pretty much stayed that way. Sitting with a murky tone of dark peachy brown mud. Very slender capping of softly lit brown foam. Carries with it lots of broken sheeting lace as its consumed.

Aroma is evidenlty warmed with a slight oak tinge over lots of caramel malt, piney, orange citrus hops, and some floral dryness.

Taste is about the same really. Malty large with lots of caramel, some toasty factions reside in the edgings as it finishes. Has lots of balanced but broading hops that are feverishly orangeified and piney. Slightly lemony and tainted tangerine burntness. Its a mouth full of stuff and has just an inkling of oakyness hinted in the heat within. Not bad, but somehow different from what I remember when experiencing it at tap a few summers ago while in San Diego.

Body is about medium to closing in on full, has a bit of break to it near the middle and really has an ever changing presence to it. This was a wild ride to say the least. Perhaps this was bottled from the bottom of the batch? This seemed somehow out of place. I remember this beer kicking my ass with much more depth, malt, and stickyness when having it tap.

Anyways, I have another bottle that I will try later on and see if there is a difference. But as this bottle went, it was a solid representation of a Stone brew, yet didn't happen to get anymore wowness then expected out of it from my first on-tap experience.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 05/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 4 7 2010
12oz Bottle
$15.99 6-Pack
Big Red Bloomington

Oaked Bastard poured dark amber into my snifter. When held to the light I can see the clarity of this beer along with the glowing hot ruby highlights. There was a 2 finger antique white creamy head that dropped slowly to a sparse coating, thicker around the edges. Leaves moderate sticky lacing.

The smell is very unique. The first thing that comes through is the oak. It shows itself with a soft creaminess. It almost reminds me of melted vanilla ice cream. This mixes somewhat strangely with the citrus hops. Smells like a creamsicle. After some deeper smells I pull out some caramel maltiness deep inside. The oak and hops take the cake though. Sometimes I really enjoy this smell and sometimes it turns me off. Tonight I enjoy it.

The taste gets better with warmth. The oak makes things very smooth and creamy tasting. The hops have a citrus bitterness that comes through mid-palate and stays bitter after the swallow. There is a mild raw alcohol note on the swallow as well. Again, very unique.

Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It's medium bodied and very creamy. The mouthfeel really compliments the flavors. If it wasn't for the mouthfeel having a hand in things the flavor would have gotten a lower rating.

I can only drink one of these at a time and slowly. Too many big flavors to drink more than one.

This is a strange and interesting beer. When I first tried a bottle I didn't like it at all. I drank it too cold as well. Making my way through more bottles it gets more and more enjoyable. The flavors are hard to take in at first. They werent really expected. Definately worth a try if you see it.

Reviewed: 12/20/06

Price: $15.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by everetends on 12/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 19 4 9 2009
Old Review
This 12 oz bottle is thanks to BA Redwood21. Poured into a nonic.

A: Once again a beautiful mahogany with the huge, off white head. Incredibly sticky lacing.

S: Just like my review of regular AB but there is a slight mingling of woody Oak.

T: This beer is still spicy but the oak really makes this beer more accessible. The bite is not as overwhelming. As Redwood says, the oak tames the Bastard.

M: Very crisp with good carbonation. Creamy and lets the balance flavors mingle on your tongue.

D: This one you can drink all night. Amazing what a little oak does for this beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 12-27-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Pours a muddy brown color with very little head, probably still too cold.

Aromas of caramel, citrus, ripe orange, toasted bread, hints of wood and sweet fruits. I also pick up some earthy notes and flower petals.

Taste of wood and vanilla upfront with a great combination of caramel and bread. A bit of citrus hops and some more earthy flavors. Dates, figs, prunes and a bit of smoke as well.

Well carbonated and pretty easy to drink but it's not a type of beer I would drink all night, but great on a cold day/night.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 03/23/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 9 15 4 7 2008
So it's 11:40am an Easter Sunday. I'm pretty much Agnostic, so I'm not at church. What better time than now to have my first-ever Oaked AB? I know a few people who have been let down by this one. I also know a couple who liked it a bit more than those people. We'll see where I fall in this group. This bottle has been aged for a year or so. Just to be fair....

Color is dark and cloudy. Looks a lot like the style should look for the most part. Almost kind of barleywine or old ale in color. Smell is a bit weak, possibly because of the age. You do get some interesting smells, even if they are muted. A bit of hops. Much more sweet caramel smell than I expected. Almost a slight smell of dates maybe. First taste starts with a hops bitterness with a slight citrus taste. Much more citrus and bitterness in the taste than the smell indicated. Ends with a caramel and malt flavor. And then the charred wood flavor that others have noted. The end of the drink is too unbalanced for this one, as the burnt wood overpowers things in the end. Feel is medium to slightly thick. But about as expected. I agree that this one good, but a step below the regular Arrogant Bastard and even the Double Bastard.

There are certainly other "oaked" beers that do a better job. This is actually the first Stone bottle I haven't truly loved. A bit surprised. Maybe it was the use of oak chips instead of barrels, or so I'm told by a few others. But this one fell a bit short of expectations.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Lordofthepale on 03/16/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 2008
Long lasting creme colored head. Smell is very weak, not much to it. Not much of and Oaked flavor. Really weak tasting, doesnt have that Arrogant Bastard staste to it. Really smooth. It's a great beer, but not that Stone quality I was looking for.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tangfoot on 01/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 0
Originally reviewed 12-31-2006

Incidentals: Had this only once before, in the tour of Stone's brewery. 12 oz bottle shipped to me from Cali (thanks, k3n!).

Appearance: Beautiful color, very deep brown, almost opaque but without any traces of sediment.

Smell: It's got a strong "Bastard" smell to it. Good hops scent.

Taste: It's got some of the hints of Arrogant Bastard, but to me this is a completely different brew. The oak has not rounded or balanced the flavor the way a bourbon barrel would, and it actually feels to me like it has added to the bitterness and aftertaste. This is not inherently a bad thing, as the taste is fine. I guess I was expecting something more "woody"

Mouthfeel: Lingers for a long time on the sides of the tongue and has a rather bitter aftertaste. Some smokiness

Drinkability: I don't think this could ever become a regular in my repetoire, but certainly worth keeping around for those who "aren't worthy".

Food accompaniment: Tough to say what would go well with this. It's a rather overpowering taste, so you would need a food that has something to offer rather. Perhaps some strong jalepeno or even spicy italian sausage.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 14 4 7 0
Review from 12/15/06

A - Hazed garnet colored body. One finger tan head is going nowhere and leaving nice lacing down the glass.

S - Citrusy hops, sweet caramel malts, along with a touch of vanilla and oak.

T - Almost a charred taste to it. Definitely a distinctly different beer from the standard Bastard. Citrus hop presence works a nice balancing act with caramel malts. Personally I think the oak flavor overpowers the rest of the flavors in this beer. I taste charred oak and all other flavors are secondary.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - The charred taste really cuts away at the drinkability. I prefer regular bastard.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 0
Pours a nice redish color with a solid, lasting head. The smell is not what I expected. It was simple and didn’t have a strong roast/oak smell. The same with the taste. The oaked part of the brew was simple, and a perfect compliment to the brew. Nice combination of alcohol/hops/oak flavoring.

Served In: Pint Glass

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