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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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5,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,033
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 483 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of wl0307
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased through online order from the Beers of Europe, a Britain-based beer shop; coming in a 12Fl. Oz. slim, brown bottle, served cool in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours an ultra-elegant dark ruby hue with fairly good clarity and restrained, fine carbonation, while the dark beige frothy head retains the body well and lasts throughout the drink.
S: richly aromatic as the Arrogant Bastard (AB) Ale that I tried four days ago, bursting with perfumy, caramely, longan-fruity, ripe raisiny and creamy malts as well as juicy American hops, quite like a well-hopped barley wine, this. Oakiness... is mild, but a swirl seems to wake up a mildly sweet edge of sweet woodiness as of coconut-ish and vanilla scent of new American white oak barrels, but not assertive. The theme is still dominated by the complex AB beer base, and pleasantly so.
T: the flavour is bitter-sweet from the beginning, with lots of tea-ish tannins, grapefruity flavour, toasted apples, and longan-fruits, along with a deep-running hop bitterness lingering in the aftertaste and causing a little bit of chewy palate. The oak influence, again, is in its most subtle in addition to the main AB theme, giving a lovely vanilla-ish edge properly expressed at the back of the palate. Interestingly, the overall performance is not as lively as AB, but still highly enjoyable and complex.
M&D: very smooth on the carbonation, the body is full but not OTT, the flavour is complex and not overly oaked, and the alc., just like AB, is very well hidden. A balanced act overall, as complex as it is highly quaffable. Highly recommended!

Photo of association330
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. screen-printed bottle with "Enjoy by: 3/17/2010" marking.

A - Pours a crystal clear, dark reddish-brown with a 1/2 finger of tan head that dissipates to a thin cap. Solid lacing.

S - Big caramel malt backbone supports an equally large grassy/slightly citrusy hop presence. Slight wood and alcohol notes, particularly as the brew warms. A faint dried apricot note appears as well.

T - Not at all the hop bomb I expected. Early caramel tones give way to a distinct herbal/mint note and oakiness on the back of the tongue. There's a quick hit of grapefruit rind on the slightly dry and moderately bitter swallow. Hops, oak, and dried apricots linger.

M - Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Ever so slight alcohol warmth.

D - A step up from the regular Bastard. Smoother and more arrogant.

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

A - Opaque dark bronzeliquid with a thick, light brown head that has good retention, and some spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Caramel malts and fresh pine resin hops. Bits of wood come through as it warms, with a touch of warming alcohol at the end.

T - Big, solid caramel malt backbone through the entire palate. A good dose of pine resin hops in the finish, then the residual wood flavoring dominates the lingering aftertaste.

M - Medium to full body, perfect carbonation, clean finish.

D - The big malts, pine hops and oak aging make this one robust, earthy brew. Well balanced, easy going down, this was a pleasure to drink, and I prefer this oaked version significantly more than the standard Bastard.

Photo of hero27
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of trying this from a gigantic 3-liter bottle at the Dark Lord Day festivities. For some reason, "oaked" beers were very abundant..Weyerbacher Heresy, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, BA Dark Lord, and this beauty (among others)

Dark reddish color & thick beige head. Love the woody oak character. Huge toasted malts and resinous hops make up the majority of flavor, with some subtle vanilla tagged on. Remains very smooth down to the last drop. I truly prefer the oaked version over the regular Arrogant Bastard. The oak really adds another dimension of flavor and complexity to the already great brew. I think bottling this in a 3-liter is just downright hilarious, but it's probably the coolest looking bottle you'll ever come across.

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 mcallister
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good pour with nice creamy tan head. Dark amber in color.

Smells of toasty oak and vanilla. Hints of caramel, roasted chocolate malt.

Much smoother than it's unoaked sibling. Cinnamon, vanilla, toasty oak. Very well integrated and somewhat complex. A much higher RS than the unoaked version. Still good hop component and big roasty malt flavors. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Would love to drink a whole 3 liter.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle to glass
A-was brown in color with a light brown foam
S-it had a little hop smell, but did not smell the roast smell you smell with most brown color beers
T- had a strong hop taste with a hop aftertatse with a warming finish
M- had a taste that must have came from the wood chips, was differant
O- as you are finishing the beer you the taste of the hops fades with the roast tatse taking over. Love it

Photo of SawDog505
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a ruby red, with a one inch tan head with a hint of red in it, wonderful retention, and lace that rivals the best. Smell is pine, carmel, wood, and grass. Taste is all of that, just a little different then his brother. Not sure it is worse or better just slightly different. Body is larger then its abv would suggest, but very drinkable. Good amount of carbonation and lush not dry. This was a beer that blew me away when I first joined BA. Still complex and wonderful beer, a must try for any beer lover. Best by 1/24/12 thanks Stone for dating.

Photo of iwhoopedbatman
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pinni
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Standard for Stone, I’m getting those west coast floral hops, cinnemon and a little “wet dog”… is that the oak?

A: There’s about a 1/4″ head that sticks around for while and doesn’t fully dissipate. Nice, pretty lacing happening around the edges of my glass. Deep dark reddish orange. Seriously good looking glass of beer.

T: Yum, hoppy, citrusy, malt sweetness-ow we’ve got some malty sweetness followed by a wham/bam of citrus-infused hop bitterness. Great balance, I love how the oak adds sweetness to complement the bitterness of the hops (in a way that is kind of similar to Hopslam).

My taste buds perk up and tingle when this hits them and then there is this perfectly booze lingering film on my tongue with sour hops and a caramel sweetness.

Overall: Love it. Great addition to the Arrogant Bastard Series.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Dark ruby red with a big lightly tan head with good retention and great lacing around the glass.

Smell: An interesting mix of woody oak, vanilla, cherries, spices, malts, and citrus. The hops are there but smell somewhat subdued. One of the most unique aromas I've noticed from a beer.

Taste: A complex mix of caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, cherries, citrus, and earthy hop bitterness with some hints of dark fruits and coffee. A lot going on here. Oak is fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and drinkable.

Overall: A very tasty and interesting brew. Fairly easy drinking.

Photo of thebarnesbomb
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How do you round out the bite of the Arrogant Bastard Ale? Oak age it- Outstanding. An absolute pleasure to drink. It's the wiser, older brother to the original. The oak aging really mellows out this hop bite, and leaves a great blend of caramel malts to enjoy. Definitely worth it if you have a few extra bucks

Photo of fitzy84
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was actually on tap at the Moan and Dove. It poured with a heavy head and had a very, very dark appearance. It did, however, have some amber seen when you looked through it in light. The Oaked Arrogant Bastard had a very strong malty aroma and was wicked sweet in caramel-like flavors. It had a medium body and was really, really thick. Very desert-like. That oak-aging worked wonders for a Stone classic. Highly recommended

Photo of Raven3464
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It looks exactly the same as the standard Arrogant Bastard. In other words, it pours a dark amber body with an ivory colored head. There is plenty of carbonation and retention is good; a very nice looking beer.

Smell: Dark fruits and pine dominate early. A caramel aroma can be detected, which I never noticed in the normal Arrogant Bastard. The "oak" smell also becomes more noticeable as the beer warms and is quite pleasant.

Taste: Perhaps a bit more complicated than the normal AB. There's a sweet malt attack early which is followed by the "woody" taste noticeable in spicier bourbons. Bread, hop bitterness, and a slight alcohol burn dominate the aftertaste. The citrus, mostly grapefruit, taste associated with I.P.A.'s is more subdued than in the original AB.

Mouth feel. It's full bodied and creamy. The carbonation follows the dry bitterness nicely.

Overall: It is almost identical to the original Arrogant Bastard except the the citrus taste has been replaced with a woody flavor. It is impossible to decide which version of the AB I prefer. Nonetheless, this was an excellent experiment which yielded yet another delicious and unique beer from Stone.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard has a thick, creamy, beige head and a clear, dark copper, or, even red appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is of sweet malts, and the taste is sweet forward- just syrupy, malty, rich, sweet flavor, which masks the alcohol (this, in combination with some others extra-strong beers, knocked me out for three hours, by the way). There is a nice hop bite, but it’s mild. Mouthfeel is medium, and Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard finishes surprisingly easy drinking and delicious. Overall, another Stone champion.


Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask @ Real Ale Fest
Oh my grannies bustle, this was my second most favorite at the Real Ale Fest, just a tad behind the Russian River OVL Stout, in fact I had several samplers of this to be sure I was able to judge its character lol.

A somewhat hazy brown, the head a tan crown that was creamy in texture, the lace a thick coating upon the glass, with the nose sweet with the aroma of malt and Oak, hints of alcohol and bubble gum, yummy is a good description. Start was ambrosial, thick with malt, the top moderate to full in its feel. Finish was moderate in it’s a acidity, the hops delightful, quite dry and a bit of a tummy warmer, one damn fine beer in this old dawg’s book.

Photo of Chiefy770
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 fluid ounce bottle.
“Enjoy By” 7/17/2014

Dark brown body with an amber glow. A great tan head collapsed and left a very impressive amount of lacing.

Sweet hops. Really great whiff of sugary malts… burnt caramel.

Hops: Started off pretty mild but finished with a kick. Herbal and floral… almost sour.
Malts: Subtle sweet notes of caramel and molasses. Good notes up front but the hops take over in the finish.
Notes: The oak is subtle but it really brought the hops and malts together. The malts are nearly absent in the standard version of this brew but it is smoother and more balanced in this version. The oak also hides the alcohol very well.
Moderate-low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: The oak barrels did wonders for this brew. I would definitely reach for this version over the standard version.

Photo of CHickman
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy blood red color with a foamy 2 finger tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving nice spotty foamy lacing and rings as it went down; a lot of sediment floating in the last few sips, which was fine by me.

Smells of juicy hops up front, with grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, piney hops/pine cone, herbs, floral hops, toffee, sweet malt, wet bread, wine or oak barrels, faint charcoal, spices like pepper and mild cinnamon; the citrus is dominant, but the oak notes calm the nose and add a nice malty balance.

Taste follows the nose with grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, piney hops/pine cone, herbs, floral hops, toffee, sweet malt, lightly roasted grains, earthy notes like peat moss or charcoal, biscuit, wheat bread, rum and the woody taste from the oak aging; the aging mellowed the hops and made it very smooth and well balanced. It was complex, full of flavor and hid the alcohol extremely well. Basically a smoother and better Arrogant Bastard.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with medium carbonation and a smooth feel on the tongue, and only slightly bitter finish that trails off sweet and woody.

I think that I like this better than the original Arrogant Bastard, as it was just much smoother and got more flavorful as it warmed. A fantastic beer that was enjoyable from start to finish.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a translucent amber-chestnut with a creamy off-white head from a strong pour; good retention and lacing.

S - Slight maltiness punctuated by floral, herbal, citrus-y hops and a vague wood earthiness.

T - Big flavors and full rich taste. Light mint, strong piney and grapefruit-y hops. Oak-y dry finish leaves a dank, resiny taste behind. This beer tastes on the verge of phenomenal.

M - Creamy and smooth with a velvety texture and a medium-heavy body.

D - Phenomenal. Smooth, rich and delicious. Great paired or as a stand-alone.

Photo of NickRivers
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a rustic brown with a nice foamy tan head. Smells of strong malt, citrus hops, piney hops, tons of oakiness, and some smokiness.

T&M - Hits medium heavy with tons of nice big bready and sweet malt, nice piney bitterness grows, then the smokey oakwood kicks in with a citrus hop presence then finishes bitter with vanilla and coffee notes. Very complex yet balanced and easy to drink.

O - A beer that should be talked about more. It only makes sense to put this in bombers and add regular AB to sixers, however now that i've had this I don't really mind that its available in mass quantities. Don't wait any longer, go out and buy more of this, I know I will. Cheers~!

Photo of sprucetip
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very active, dense fluffy off-white head with excellent retention, reddish-copper color, good clarity and leaves thick lacing.

Rich caramel malty sweetness and bright, pungent floral and fruity hops join together and produce a superdeluxe aroma. I can faintly feel, but don't really smell, the booze when I take a deep inhale.

Caramel malty first, then woody, with medium hop bitterness through the middle. Hop flavors are not as pronounced as in the nose, or as much as the malty base and the bitterness. But I do detect piny, floral, and grapefruit rind influences coming on strong for the home stretch. The bitterness lingers and grows.

Well carbonated, rich full body, medium viscosity, bitter finish that lingers.

I'm sure I've had this before, but it's been a while, I think. I've never been all that impressed by any of the Bastards. But I used to drink my beers too cold, and maybe they were old or something? Whatever, I'm impressed now. This beer has an interesting malt forward start and a strong San Diego finish. Very good beer. Looking forward to my next one.

Photo of Finn
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby/auburn color with a nice tan head that sticks around.

S: Earthy, rich, piney, and, yes, oaky. Nicely blended aroma. Biscuits, caramel too.

T: Starts with a bite of piney hops, which pervade throughout the flavor arena, but the mild oak flavor opens up in the middle, and blends nicely with dak caramel malts. A touch of roast flavor too. finishes with a bit of alcohol blending with the oak flavors, then simmers out with some more hop bitterness.

M: Full, smooth, almost creamy.

D: One of the great beers of this style. Will definitely open up a beer lover's world if they haven't tried this one yet. But be ready for some hops.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky rusty copper color. Nice one and a half finger creamy tan head. Gummy, chewy lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S- Vanilla, licorice, caramel, sweet citrus like mango, and pineapple. A touch of piney bitterness, pink grapefruit and wood.

T- Butter rum, toasted vanilla, caramel, licorice and sweet and pungent hops. Bursts of mango, tangerine, and pineapple

M- Nice and creamy mouthfeel. Nice resiny hops bark, but the sweetness makes everything a touch sticky.

O- This is really nice. Not sure if it's worth $18.99/6-pack tho. Maybe I should have another and ponder that! :-)

Photo of Winter
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle pours a dark ruby brown with creamy khaki colored head. Nice malty aroma consisting of oak, vanilla, brown sugar and chocolate malt. The mouthfeel is medium to full with decent carbonation. Malt dominates the flavor. Oak, raisin and vanilla all come to the forefront. Piney, bitter hoppiness midway. Oak resumes along with some alcohol and lingering hop bitterness.

Arrogant Bastard itself is a great beer. Oaked Arrogant Bastard is that much better.

Photo of Big78CJ
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine looking beer with a dark reddish brown body and orangey-auburn highlights around the edge of the glass. Thick, pillowy, off-white form sits on top of the beer, lingering briefly with minimal lacing. Smell is of ruby red grapefruits and oranges, with just enough sweetness to cut the edge of the citrusy hop. Malt presence is also noted in the smell as it blends with a touch of vanilla from the oak aging.

The flavor is a complex array of citrusy fruits like red grapefruit and oranges. There also appears to be a lighter watermelon or grape taste as well. As the fresh fruit flavor subsides, more intense hop bite takes over. Slightly metallic alcoholic notes start to warm the chest after several sips. The malt backbone and lingering hop presence lend significant texture to the beer.

I am very glad I picked up another sixer in Colorado as this is a damn tasty beer. I intend to age some of the other bottles and see how they turn out as well. On that note, I had taste of a 4 year old magnum of Oaked AB and it was amazing.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,033 ratings.