Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

Stone Brewing Company – Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

Quite possibly the best label copy ever is written on Arrogant Bastard (and Oaked Arrogant Bastard). 

This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste of 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 armed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal . Perhaps you think that multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this.

This is not a beginner beer, obviously. Nor is their original Arrogant Bastard Ale. The Oaked Bastard pours a rich mahogany with a little head that actually laces a bit as you go. It looks beautiful in the glass with its intense color and cloying darkness. 
It smells very malty, a little bitter but still with some hop backbone. The taste lives up to its label’s anti-hype. It is complicated and dark, yet very balanced. It starts with a roasty malt, and finishes with some kind of subtle sweetness that could be coming from the wood, but I’m not sure. Its drinkable and sweet without being offensive. I am not sure that the description of this beer being aggressive is completely accurate, but the fact that it has something extremely satisfying and complex about it makes it a lot more than a “fizzy yellow beer.”
If you like Rogue Dead Guy (or Double Dead Guy), you will probably enjoy this, and even if the label scares you a little bit, you should give this one a shot. It isn’t as scary as it sounds. 
You probably will like it.

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2 Comments

  1. Matt

    I disagree that it’s not a beginner beer. AB was the beer that got me into craft beer to begin with!

  2. The Grand Panjandrum

    You can’t go wrong with any beer from Stone. They make a similar beer called Double Bastard that is reminiscent of a barley wine and packed with complexity. They also make a Russian Imperial Stout that is in my top 5 RIS.

    Cheers!

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