Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing

Rating: 5/5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing is a 7.2% ABV bottle of liquid arrogance aged in American Oak Wood Chips. So instead of aging in Oak barrels, the beer has an easier time soaking up all the wooden oak flavors. I imagine it as doing something like what milk does to chocolate cereal. The milk soaks up the chocolate to become chocolate milk.


This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory — maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this. 

No doubt in my mind, the regular Arrogant Bastard is the true king of the beers. Set it down and and age it for some more delicious flavors that are only set within the arrogance of the bitterness. Caramel, like the Dulce de leche on a wooden tray they sell in Mexico. Meaning you get Caramel and oak wood flavor. Toffee, vanilla, earthy and grassy notes shine enough but not to cry mercy in bitterness, smokey and roasted malts, minor apple, raisin and grapefruit hints and some flavor of biscuit bread with very light maple. If you are worthy of the original Arrogant Bastard, then come try level 2… You will be quite surprised.

Too many strive towards complacency as a goal. We grow up thinking that the ability to become complacent is the equivalence of success in life. True Arrogant Bastards know that this could not be further from the truth. The real beauty, richness and depth in life can only be found if the journey through life itself is looked upon as a constant chance to learn, live and find life’s passion. Passion threatens the complacent, and fills them with fear. Fear of the new, the deep and the different. We, on the other hand, seek it out. Endlessly, joyously…and aggressively. To this end we bring you the “OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale.” Another reward for those seeking new sources of passion, and another point of dissension for those who are not.

2011 Review:
The oaked aged arrogant bastard is one I was able to find in a 6 pack. The awesomeness that is AB, I could not pass this one up. The beer itself compromises of the awesome taste of the arrogant bastard but less bitterness and more focus on the woody, malty flavor. The nice hops and caramel are there as complimentary. Definitely a beer worthy of the name and thus one who is still not worthy of this greatness I still salute you in all its glory 😛

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