Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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5,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,065
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 193
Gots: 512 | FT: 5
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:
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
Reviews by tigg924:
Photo of tigg924
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: murky, mahogany, with a medium head that dissipates

Smell: pine and oak dominate with small hops and green apple

Taste: pine and hops dominate. There is a bitter green apple/vanilla combo for a finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, bitter middle, with a dry sweeter--but not sweet finish

Drinkability: This to me is the new standard bearer. I am not a hop head, but wow was I blown away. I will limit how much I drink due to high abv but when I think about this style--here I come.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge Huge thanks to fellow Buffalo area BA Orfeu for leaving some of this and a few other gems on my porch tonight!Poured into a brandy snifter a deep amber infused with some tawny brown a big fluffy almond colored head atop leaving multiple sheets of lace as it settled into a soapy-like top.The only let down of this beer in my mind was the nose seemed a bit unasumming some faint vanilla and caramel and hints of orange peel.Oh man the flavors are definently Not unassuming where to begin here caramel sweetness and woody tones at first sip the vanilla from the oak becomes prevelant a big drying spicey hoppiness really hits and hits hard just making it oh so drinkable and balanced.As the beer warms the alcohol heat comes thru more but not outta hand,oh so beautiful a beer I just loved it.

Photo of RoyalT
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This one came out a pristine orange-brown in color and was brilliant. It brought up a huge, stubborn, monstrous head in every pour from the 3L bottle. The head clung to the inside of the glass leaving gorgeous lacing and went down in clumps of shaving cream-like foam.

Smell – The classic AB nose is here for sure. The malts are dark and come out a bit better though since the giant hop aroma is somewhat muted. Along with this is the oak. It’s typical American-style oak meaning no big vanilla notes. These wonderful smells fade into a nice, deep, malty caramel at the end. It gives the impression of light whisky.

Taste – The Stone hop combination comes out much more at the taste. Even with the huge, dark, roasty malts coming at you full force they are still an even match. The malts darken up more on the tongue. Finally, the roasty malts and resiny pine give way to a light caramel and toffee finish.

Mouthfeel – This seems a little lighter in the mouth than the regular AB, although I’d still consider it between medium and full-bodied. The sharp bitterness and sticky sweetness are softened by the oak flavors to give this one an incredibly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability – I hate to use the phrase, “smooth as silk,” but man oh man was this ever so. This was one of the true pleasures in life. What a treat.

Comments – This is probably the biggest “session beer” that I’ve had to date. Skyhand and I had no trouble killing off this 3L bottle. Well worth the $60 that Stone is charging.

Update – Popped the ’06 right after it came out. This is edgy right off the shelf. The oak is raw. I keep checking my cheeks for splinters. This has a lot of spank that needs to be cellared out unless of course you like a little smack to go along with your bastard, which of course we all do. I suggest drinking fresh and aging as well.

Photo of tectactoe
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dense and deep amber color, almost enough so to be called brown. A thick, foamy, beige head forms atop the beer, outlasts half of the bottle, and leaves some excellent lacing behind. I've come to realize that most Stone brews leave tremendous lacing - this one is no exception.

One whiff of this one and you can immediately tell it's a Stone brew - it has that tell-tale hop character; dense pine, pungent oils and resins, and bittersweet citrus rinds and orange peels. OAAB also contains a fat, meaty, malt aroma backbone, one that's almost too big to call it just a "backbone". Toasted, steely caramels, sweet malt and barley, a dense woodiness, something I'm guessing is characteristic of the oak-aging.

Surprisingly enough, the hops are a bit more mellowed out than the nose would have you believe, and I'd go so far as to say the hops (the bitterness, at least) is a little toned down from the original Arrogant Bastard. Don't get me wrong, it definitely stings the palate, but in a pleasingly moderate kind of way. Flavors are still there, albeit also a bit more subtle; leafy, herbal, ashy, piney, with large amounts of oil.

The malt character in this brew is nearly 50/50, however, with lots of toasted caramel malt, burnt, sweet, sugary toffee, and toasted bread. The oak is even more relevant on the palate than in the aroma - a dense, woody character overshadows everything, slightly dry and rustic. The oak element really adds quite a lot to the integrity of this beer. The alcohol beefs things, making for a thicker and more robust taste without impeding or being too harsh. Slick mouth feel, with a body on the thick side, but not quite syrupy or sticky. Relatively low amount of carbonation.

Very impressed with this one. Compared to regular Arrogant Bastard, the hops are a bit more aromatic yet toned down on the palate. The malt bill is more prominent and the oak aging certain brings a whole new and tasty element into the mix. If you're a fan of the Bastard series or Stone brews in general, get your hands on some of this.

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

The pour was dark copper-red with a thick creamy three finger head that very slowly dissapated and stuck to the glass throughout the drink.

The smell was full of strong hop spice with a hint of malt and slight floral overtones.

The drink started with a kick your teeth out kick of hops the middle was all sweet heavy malt with oily lingering hops at the finish and just a slight hint of oak to hold you over until the next drink.

If you can still find it buy it now, this is by far the best incarnation of Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pretty ruby-brown with a one-finger khaki head that takes a minute to subside. Sticky, irregular lacing tops off the look of this bad boy.

S: Oak and stinky, weed-like hop aromas are the intitial smells to fill my olfactory senses. A good amount of grass and herbs straight from the earth are also present. Fruit aromas that I can single out include black cherry and raspberry.

T: The oak certainly plays a leading role, jumping on my side taste buds and remaining present throughout the duration of the sip. Cherry, plum, and a little bit of dry grapefruit also show themselves to my mouth. As the beer warms, the aforementioned fruitiness overcomes the oaky flavor as the dominant taste.

M: Pretty dry and tannin-y from the oak chipping process. Medium-bodied, but that dryness prevents a truly full feel from cascading over my palate.

D: I'm not sure that I would want to have more than one of these in a single sitting because the oak tannins really hit my palate hard. It is a tasty brew, and would probably do well to age a bit so that the oak chip flavors blend with the malt and hop character a little better.

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

Courtesy of JohnGalt1-great trader.

A-Amber/copper with nice white head that laced while drinkning. Very nice looking
S-Mild smell, mild oak, some hop and caramel
T-Very balanced. On the first sip nothing jumped out at me, but as I drank more, sweet caramel balanced with mild earthy/piney hops and smokey oak flavor thought out. Really like the flavor on this beer.
M-Medium body, not overly full in the mouth but very nice for the style
D-The more I drank the more the oak came through and might discourage drinking more than 2. But I sure would enjoy those 2! Really like this beer.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my perfect beer of 2008. From the beautiful brown that bounces all around the glass to the mouth feel which is heavy enough to know you have something in there but not enough to suggest that you're having a meal. The ABV is in perfect balance with the brew's more earthy flavors. From the first sip to the last there is no wandering of flavor. This beer is in your mouth, to the point, and gone until the next sip. The after taste is pleasant and not a loiterer. You can smell this brew from a foot away though its ABV doesn't suggest how strong it actually was. All in all, I recommend this beer to anyone, and as a guy who cooks everything with beer; I must say that using this to cook would be insulting to its true purpose. Put it in a glass.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found one of these in Daytona Beach at a bar.
Bought it and brought it home for tasting.

A- A nice dark amber color with little foam head and minimal lacing... might be old. Small foam rim around the neck. (Note: Warmer temperature improves charactor of beer, alittle.)

S- Strong smell of malts and piney hops. Mild and faint scent of oak follows.

T-M- Nice hop bite with medium malts and oak finish makes this one a tad different than the regular Arrogant Bastard. Nice warming alcohol feel on the back end of the drink. Smooth for its style and thick mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable and a great strong ale. Will find more for my enjoyment.

Photo of mlasher1
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice amber color with a thin white head..little lacing with head maintaining throughout

S- Decent roasted malt smell with hints of oak..little hop aroma present

T- Nice roasted/oaky taste with relatively low bitterness

M- Complex and pretty heavy body

D- Nice beer to sip on, goes down smoothly, definitely not a session beer.

Photo of sgoodship
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. This brew comes to me thanks to the amazing kindness of Hophead101. Many thanks Greg!

A: Delivered a lovely creamy yellowy cream finger and a half head. Color is a hazy mysterious dark copper color with lighter golden color showing through towards the edges. Good head retention and nice fine lacing.

S: Great malty smell with a slight whiff of booze. Upon further investigation, the caramel is a sweeter than usual almost butter-scotch smell.

T: Man! Quite a surprise. It's a lovely malty butter scotch with a hint of booze. It really didn't seem like the taste could match the smell but it does. Grassy and fruity hop bitterness at the end to finish it in a nice dryness. Malt is definitely the winner in this battle. The further the drink progressed, the more I tasted the burned, oaky type barrel flavors. Feels much bigger than 7.2 ABV. Really bold and complex.

M: Smooth and creamy. On the full side of medium body. Low carbonation that is gentle on the palate but just enough to liven it up.

D: I loved this beer. I found myself sipping it even though it was creamy and easy to drink. I just wanted to savor it. Stone once again earns my respect. Please come to IL!

Photo of steelerguy
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - This is one attractive beer! Can something be bright but dark...yes! This beer is so nice and clear, but a dark brown with hints of ruby. Nice head that fades to a full but thin cover and stays like that.

S - Big bold aroma of the Bastard, but the oak aroma is hard and heavy. They were not joking around with the oak chips and you can definitely smell them. Does take something away from the hops and malt which is what is so great about Arrogant Bastard Ale. Not sure how many don't detect oak, to me the oak stands out and tackles the toffee malt and hop aromas in the standard.

T - Those hops hit hard, followed by a mountain of malt. The oak is more balanced here than in the aroma. The malt really stands out here and you can get taste the roasted and kilned malts, toffee and chocolate are pronounced. Unfortunately, some of the bold character is removed and smoothed out by the oak. Lots of people I know like the smoother more rounded flavors resented by the oaked version, but I like to have my ass handed to me by the gargoyle.

M - Perfect? Not sure...but damn close! Just feels so smooth, not a lot of carbonation to get in the way of the bold flavors, but enough to keep the finish crisp. They didn't attenuate the hell out of this and left some residual sugars around to balance it out. The oak probably helps in this regard too, just wish it was not at the expense of the flavor (to me).

D - You can sit down and enjoy a few of these as long as you are sipping. This is not a quaffing beer, but on a nice evening or with food, the smoothness of greatly appreciated.

Overall, I like this beer...but I must admit, I prefer to leave the oak out...just like in my white wines.

Photo of Dmann
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great spin on a classic brew. Out of the 12oz bottle it poured perfectly with a nice dark red color and a perfect off white head. Traditional Arrogant Bastard smell but with more subdued hopiness and a more musty malt/woody scent. The taste was quite a bit different as well with a more mellow flavor and less hop bite. The oak flavors really come out as the beer warms and it gives the aftertaste a very unique flavor. The original Bastard is still king, but this is an excelent spin on a classic. Very recommended.

Photo of blackearth
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Rays Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma balanced between hops and malt, and oak is detectable. Strong oak flavor that lingers, but is not overpowering. Burnt caramel flavors and hops come through in the finish. Medium to full bodied. I wanted another after I drank it, but 2 would probably be the limit in one session. I'd definitely buy this again.

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

A: Dark redish amber color with a decent foamy tan head.

S: A toasty caramel malt smell with some woody notes to it.

T: A very earthy malt flavor with a giant piney hop finish. The woodiness is very subtle but does show. Much more hoppy then sweet.

M: Medium bodied beer with good carbonation and although bitter, it's quite smooth. No alcohol burn is noticable.

D: It definetly doesn't hide the hops which might make it a little less drinkable to some.

Overall, I'm a fan of this beer. It's not the best beer I've ever had but this beer really combines malty and hoppy flavors and still ends up smooth and tasty.

Photo of newk340
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer 2 of Bastard Bash

A: a translucent mauve color with very little head and no lacing that lingers.

S: a warm aroma of malts and barley with underlying hints of oak.

T: subtle hops compliment malts and barley to start while a dry oak/woody flavor rounds out each sip.

MF/D: a simple buzz of carbonation teases the mouth with various cacophony of flavors leaving the tastebuds aching for more. a clear step up from the arrogant bastard.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to try this brew I've been longing after during Dark Lord Day. Poured carefully from the huge 3L bottle into my New Glarus glass a deep brilliant amber red color with a healthy white head on top of the brew. As I put my nose to the glass I got some nice rich caramel maltiness along with big piney and citric hop resins. A touch of frutiness with a wonderful oaky, woody aroma. Hints of vanilla and toffee. Really enjoyable and a step up for me from regular AB.

First sip brings a ruch of caramelized fruity malts along with a smooth oak flavor that really adds a nice element to the brew. Resinous, piney bitter hops roll in as the beer goes down with a solid bitterness. Finishes a bit dry with a lovely lingering woodiness coupled with a touch of vanilla. An awesome amalgamation of flavors that I personally really enjoyed.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit creamy with laid back carbonation, making this really easy to drink. A tasty oak aged brew that still on the lower end of the abv spectrum for these kinda beers. I'd happily drink much more of this if given the chance. Maybe I'll have to plunk down the change for a bottle of my own someday, but for now I'll just have to be thankful for whoever the kind soul was that brought this and allowed me the opportunity to sample it! Stone strikes again!

Photo of blitz134
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally get to sample this...12oz bottle from jayjaye as an extra in a recent trade...thanks...

Garnet red body, nice and clear. The typical Stone head retention and size. Initially a solid three fingers of dense khaki that reduced to a thin creamy foam layer. Beautiful lace grips the glass all over.

Aroma is lighter than I remember with the original. Some caramel sweetness. A little floral, citrus and a touch of pine hops. Seems similar to the original.

Taste comes through with a lot more of the oak, it has a more robust wood flavor than some of the other oak beers I've had. Lacks that harsh woodiness, which is a good thing. Caramel body again with some dinner roll malt flavors. Pine resin and light citrus hops round it out. Good stuff once again.

Nice full mouthfeel. Low carbonation doesn't overrun the flavors. Overall the drinkability is superb. I could drink this all the time. Its less upfront than the original and a bit smoother overall without the harsh hops. Good stuff.

Photo of drums4matt
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six-pack from Peace Street - those dudes always come through on the good stuff! I poured this one into a little de 'Proef tulip. I'm really beginning to appreciate this glass for the way it handles complex volatile aromas like those present in Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

This is really nice looking brew. It's dirty garnet colored with some ruby highlights to it. Not as actively carbonated as other Stone offerings I've experienced but this guy does hold a nice looking, dense and creamy two-finger head that's somewhere between those off-white hues and a more creamy/cappuccino color. Head holds nice and tight but dissipates after a sip or two leaving significant layers of lacing.

Interesting aroma - that much is for certain. Smells...oddly sweet. Sweet and boozy right off the bat. There are some other factors at work here lending much complexity: The malt biscuityness and a touch of sweet vanilla blend alongside the spicy hop quality and similarly-spicy-yet-fruity alcohol notes. Further agitation stirs up the grassy quality from the hops but not a crazy hop bomb, in fact, to my surprise.

Yes, this is an entirely different beer than its un-oaked counterpart. The hop quality is still immediately present but just not knock-down drag-out hops-in-your-face hoppy. There is certainly an amount of tempering of the overall flavor by oak addition. The detectable sweetness in aroma carries over to the flavor as well - I guess I'd expect a little sweetness from a beer of this weight called a "Strong Ale" and it is certainly not deleterious. The sweet is balanced by the spice notes coming from any number of sources here. I suppose I'm inclined to believe there is oak at work as I've tasted this beer un-oaked and it doesn't carry the tempered spicyness but rather allows the hop presence through with great fortitude. Some balance from muted malt flavors comes into play as the beer warms a bit; all gives way to a palate-coatingly sweet, grassy-hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated for such a full-bodied beer. There is a definite sensation of dryness and palpable alcohol on the palate. Overall drinkability is somewhat affected by the warming of this beer as the dryness can REALLY take hold at higher-than-fridge temperatures.

Overall, a good offering - no doubt about it. This is a beer created to be savored by and entice the palates of beer advocates and at $16.99 (!!!) a sixer only real beer nerds will go for it, anyway. Outside of such a context this beer almost doesn't make sense.

Photo of nickadams2
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A_Pours a purplish,burgundy with a one finger tan head. Looks amazing.

S_Huge oak aroma,subdued hops,and sweet malt.

T_Really really strong oak presence. Floral hops and sweet malt. The oak dominates for sure.

M_Medium bodied. Coats the mouth nicely.

D_Decent brew. Definitely better than the regular. But with the huge amount of oak its a definite sipper. One bottle is hard enough to get through.

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

Thank you for coming to Maine. Served in a pint glass, the beer was a cherry amber color with a thick tan head and some pretty good lacing. It had a nice dark fruit aroma, with a bit of malt. The taste was a nice mix of dark fruit and malt, with a nice hops bitterness at the end. I also felt there was a bit of a vinous taste to it. A thoroughly enjoyable beer.

Photo of NWer
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to 21st Amendment tulip. Dark dark brown body, layer of very small tight bubbles that hang around for a while. Lace good.
Very flavorful to the nose. Caramel mostly. Smooth.
Tastes the same as it smells. Caramel up front with some hop bitterness and a slight tangyness on the back.
Oaked is worth it. Will revisit AB to verify that.
Overall, another great offering from Stone.

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

A - Pours a clear deep red with almost two fingers of tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Aromas of oak and oily hops, some grapefruit zest and some caramel malt.

T - Taste follows the aroma pretty closely. Actually quite malty up front. However, the oak character is very prominent, especially on the finish, and the hops come in midway and last through the finish. There is also more juicy citrus than I got from the smell.

M - Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A bit syrupy initially, finishing very dry with a big tannin presence.

O - I think I enjoy the regular Arrogant a bit more, but this is a pretty tasty brew.

Photo of Todd
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Blind Tiger on 03/12/03. From the Stone website "Special batch. Extremely rare. Only previously available at one location in Southern CA and one location in Arizona."

A dark brown beer with a creamy off-white head; good retention. Aroma was incredible with a complex floral, herbal, citrus and woody nose. At first taste: creamy and smooth in the mouthfeel. Then strong mint, followed by strong hoppy/pine-y herbal flavour and juicy citrus (grapefruit!!); big hop bite. Oak anchors the big malty sweet flavours and carries thru to the dry finish with strong notes of wood.

Loved it; one of the highlights and I definitely prefer this over the non-oak version. The aging added a whole other depth of complexity and smoothness to the beer.

Photo of marvin213
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's really brown. Browner, certainly, than your regular ale, but far from the reddish tone I might expect from an oaky beer. The head swelled nicely as I poured this into my Flying Dog pint glass, and a full layering remained as the beverage sat, waiting on my approach. All in all, it's a darker brown (not bronze) than I expected, and that disappoints me slightly. +0.5, however, for the Stone gargoyle.

I definitely smell the oak, but not as much as I had hoped. I don't know why, but this beer I have here is not very aromatic. The taste, I'm sorry to report, is also lacking. I taste an okay ale with a little oak chip flavor. It's okay, but it's not worth the hype and $17 price tag (sixer) it fetches around these parts. With no way to avoid seeing the high "A" rating this beer has before I produce my own review, I'm particularly disappointed that I don't regard this beverage more highly. With Greensboro's own Red Oak as my standard for a good oak beer, I must report that this beer is inferior to that and MAYBE slightly better than average. The gargoyle, however, won't save the rating this time.

The mouthfeel is purty good. Like I've communicated this far, I don't think this beer has a lot of character. Though I yearn for more flavor as I feel the beer, I can say that I enjoy the feel. Still, I'm determined to write an independent review. Mouthfeel is just better than average. The beer's okay, but I won't follow the first with a consecutive second. Stone is good and oak is good, but this beer is average.

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