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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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
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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Photo of redzone3120
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark rich amber color with a hint of cloudiness. The head is small and brown in color. The carbonation looks a little light but looks nice against the slightly cloudy appearance.

S - Nice smoky oak smell. I can't wait to try this beer!

T - Great taste with a nice and smooth bitter hoppy flavor. The oak is well balanced with the nutty flavor. Great hops and malts and finishes very well.

M - Great feel, not too bitter but still strong. The carbonation is subtle and finishes very nice.

D - Very drinkable though the flavor is a little strong if your having more than one or two. Great beer!

Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a three-finger, fluffy, tan head of foam. The head was long lasting and left tons of patchy intricate lace.

S - Good aroma. Citrusy hops with floral notes. Sweet caramel with a touch of boozy alcohol.

T - Orange and other citrus flavors come through with a mild bitterness. Lots of sweet caramel and light roasted malt flavors provide a good backbone. Then to top it all off there are oak, bourbon and vanilla flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a slight alcohol heat.

D - This was a really great tasting beer. It is so good in so many ways. It is nice to try a 'hyped" beer that really delivers.

Photo of santomark
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled my Growler at Stone.

A - Poured a brown and red mixture body, nice off white head, thick 2 finger head, great retention and lacing.

S - Big hop notes accompanied by caramel. Bright fruit, figs, plums, molasses, charred, this smell of a burning oak fire. So much going on in this.

T - Tastes exactly how it smells. Piney hop up front, caramel in the middle, ends with the oak. You get something of everything in the arrogant bastard.

M - Big body, smooth and silky.

O - Nicely done. I love this beer and the variations of it. The only one I don't seem to like is the pepper variations. But stone is spot on with this brew. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Photo of Sbkrogers
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark amber in colour. Two finger head, which stayed for a good amount of time.

Smell: Caramel, vanilla, and citrus with hints of oak in the background.

Taste: Malty. Hoppy aftertaste, not too strong. Sweet when first tasting, which quickly dissapates.

Mouthfeel: Very clean tasty. A bit oily, but in a good way.

Drinkability: Excellent. Could easily have a few of these, after drinking one went to the second I had.

Serving type: Bottle. Purchased at City Beer store and tasting room

This was a gamble of a few beer I purchased, and I've very glad I did.

Photo of leokbelo
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint glass, rich, dense cherry wood colour. Creamy inch head that dissipates after a while into a nice lacing which, in turn, lasts forever!
Hoppy on the nose, very hoppy, made me think it was Cascade, perhaps. Don't matter, very strong bouquet of citrus hops.
WOW, this is one HOPPY beer! They say the IBU is classified, I wonder if they even know, but either way , very intense, yet very drinkable.
Drinkability is very good. Strong, in your face, beer, that deserves one's respect.
Highly recommended!

Photo of templar316
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duval tulip/\Really suprised at how much the mouthfeel has softened on this one! Not much of a fan of the Stone palate wrecker hop blast style although I can recognize it as good beer... This is really nice. 2008 bottle that's been chillin' in my cellar makes me wish I'd saved a couple more. Deep Amber, great head after 4 years in the bottle. Piney citrus hops are still readily apparent on the nose but the flavor really shines! A smooth operator flavor; quick piney blast, smooth creamy bitterness and soft tea. With an oak finish and smooth, smooth hoperator finish I could drink this all night!

Photo of lovetranquillity
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark brown. Thick half inch tannish head, looks inviting and impressive, looks like beer should look.

Smell: floral, definitely hops dominated in smell, grapefruit, some , some barley as well.

Taste: Initial taste is the fuity hops then mellows out to reveal some mango flavor, other fruit, some sweet alcohol,chocolate power and some woody oaky smooth flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Good mouth feel, medium to low carbonation, thicker than water but less than a soda with hfc. Creamy and smooth.

Drinkablitility: Good drinkability, the 7.2 percent is not too noticeable, it is not a very boozy beer. The smooth finish leaves you with a feeling of wanting more. You can drink this and savor the taste and feeling.

Great beer, one of my favorites from stone. I prefer this to the regular, the Oaked aged AB is much smoother drinking and mellow than the regular. Highly recommended.

Photo of Treebs
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Pours a deep copper with a 1.5 finger, light orange head. Ridiculous head retention, poured 4 minutes ago and its only slightly receded leaving a heavy blanket of lace.

S: Heavy wood smell with a big malty note. Dark fruits come through as well.

T: Nice oak with with a great hoppy undertone. Hints of raisin with light spice as well. Creamy roasty malts become more noticeable after several sips.

M: Medium/heavy body with a great carbonation. Goes down very creamy and smooth with a great bitter taste left on the tongue.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. It was very balanced and went down very smooth. The oak was a great taste, but definitely didn't dominate like I thought it was going to. Will hopefully enjoy again in the near future.

Photo of MOB210SA
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Doesnt seem brown but more of a deep ruby red with a nice deep darkness. Nice rich and good looking 1 1/2 finger head and great looking overall appearence.

A sweet caramel malt and a mild woodiness to the scent. Not much more I can detect or describe.

Taste is a lot different to me and more mild than the regular AB - sweet with a mild hoppy tartness. The oak wood chips are definatly there, and it makes it taste damn good. Definatly a good version of the classic A.B. I find this really a pretty easy drinker and light beer for it being AB (but thats probably just to me). Has a great oaky finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel is a whole lot different than A.B. but then again it has been some time since my last one. Extremely smooth and Id say goes down as easy and smooth as the best of them.

Very drinkable, I could really go for another but sadly I only bought a single 12 oz. Next time I wont make that mistake :)

Ahh.. oh well.. on to the next..

Photo of chimney
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice dark red body with a light tan red head. deffinently looks "oaked"

S: richer version of the arrogant bastard blend of sharp hops. just a subtle hint of citrus.

T: the oaked adds a nice blended smoothness to the beer over the regular arrogant bastard with a slight "taste" of age. light malt with the nice sharp (but smoothed) sharp hop bite. when cold there is a slight "hollowness" that closes as it gradually warms.

M: surprisingly smooth and creamy and nicely refreshing for such an aggressive beer. leaves a nice tingle in the mouth.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got a 6er of this a while back in Chicago.

Dark brown with some ruby highlights. The head is decent size and the lacing is great throughout.

Smells like thick malts, there are roasted and sweet notes. I pick up a bit of honey. There are also some spicy hops present.

The taste is great! Oaked it is. The woody flavour melds well with the extra thick malty body. The hops exist as well, but they serve to bring a nice balance to the beer. The malts are where it is at.

Mostly smooth and a bit creamy feel to the beer. The carbonation is quite delicate but very pleasant. The beer is drinkable for the style. You might tip over after a few though. This is probably my favourite American Strong Ale to date.

Photo of danielharper
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love the original Bastard, but have never had the Oaked variety. 12 oz bottle, gotten in trade at a FTH function a couple of months back.

Appearance: Deep, dark red, opaque, almost stout-like in its quality, but tinged a deep crimson. Thick off-white head that leaves significant lacing. Highly enticing.

Smell: Sweet, hints of cherries, but with a strong hoppiness. The oak is very present here, overpowering the more subtle aromas. Still, it helps the sweetness of the overall scent and makes this a different experience from the original.

Taste: It's like drinking an apple tree. No, seriously. Strong fruit overtones, mostly apples but with a touch of citrus, following closely by the oaky undertones (hence the branches) and finishing with that hop bite (the leaves). It has the kind of woodsy flavor that I associate with cider, but this tastes like no cider you can imagine. It's a big off-putting at first, but... what the hell? It's fucking Stone, right? It grows on my palate quickly, just like all the other Stone beers.

Mouthfeel: Magnificent, as always with Stone. Thick, amazingly so. Like liquid bread. The hops are more subdued than in the normal Bastard, making this go down clean and easy.

Drinkability: It takes a minute to get used to, but this might go down even more easily than Arrogant Bastard. The oak helps to balance the other flavors, and while I don't think this is quite as good as the original beer, I'd definitely like to keep a few of these on-hand for the occasional taste. Fans of the original brew should give it a shot.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, The 1" light beige head stayed around for a long time... very pillowy and left thick lacing. The beer is a deep amber.... looks GOOD!

The smell was understated. I picked up a piney/citrusy hops in the nose.

Taste: YUM! I like this stuff!... the oak aging has mellowed the strong bite of the un-oaked... Oh yes there is still a pronounced hop flavor.... a good combination of pine and grapefruit rind. The malt is there in the background to help balance things out. Plus there is a solid "woodsy" taste... kind of like getting lost in a pine forest.

Mouthfeel: I can't imagine anything better.... this is the thickest, most robust ale I've ever had.... and the creamy mouth coating lingers on and on. The carbonation level is on the low side... which, I feel, only adds to the overall creamyness of this wonderful beer!

Drinkability: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED... good stuff. I would like to do a side-by side comparison with regular Arrogant Bastard Ale.... just to appreciate the difference.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed on 01/02/2009.

Pours a deep amber color. Creamy off white 2 finger head. Great retention with patchy lacing

Nice oakiness up front. Hops more subdued when compared to unoaked version. Nice caramel malt aroma.

Hop flavors come through while bitterness is subdued. Fantastic oak flavor adds complexity to an already great beer.

Smooth and creamy mouth feel. Carbonation is light bit adequate for this brew.

Wonderfully drinkable and very enjoyable.

Photo of monkeynaut
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours nice, a good orange-gold sort of look about it. A dark-cream head is a bit thin, likely due to my bad pour into a pint glass.

S: Has a unique, almost-apple scent about it, certainly not an off-putting aroma. A good deal more enticing than many similar beers I've tried.

T: Hot Dog, we have a wiener. A brisk beer with enough complexity to lend an interesting taste without being overly hoppy (I'm not a huge hop head, for point of disclosure). Some slight vanilla aftertaste, possibly from the oak.

M: Feels great, not too harsh but it's got enough bite to remind your that you're drinking a real beer with a slightly elevated ABV. Will not overwhelm you, even after a couple of pints.

D: You can drink this all day long, period. A solid, balanced beer that will appeal to both beer enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike. Try using this to ween your friends onto more adventurous beers.

Photo of asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Looks like the bastard I think I know, with a ruddy body and some nice spidery lacing pushing itself around the glass. A lot of nice thin and spread out spots begin to form with some sips, which makes it better.

Smell: Apricot and fruity sweetness dominate, I think, from the oak chips. The aroma, however, is completely floral, vanilla, citrus hops, cream, strawberry, woodiness, smoke, and the end aroma of slightly toasted malt.

Taste: I love what the oak does to this as far as balance: apricot dominates, with some strawberry, vanilla, cream, woodiness, slight smoke, slight roasted chocolate, a bit of citrus and lemongrass, and the finish initially dominated by hops into a long finish where the creaminess lingers with the fruit slowly behind, lingering on the tongue with a tinge of bitter hops before the apricot dominates at the finish, along with some oakiness, breadiness, slight chocolate, and cream making it an ultimately, and surprisingly unsuspecting, dessert beer. For real? That's what I'm getting.

Mouthfeel: Maybe it's the complexity of the brew, but I feel like there's too much carbonation right now, albeit just a bit. It's not bad with everything else that's going on, and it doesn't take away from it that much, but who knows, maybe some years could do great things.

Drinkability: Even though this is chips instead of barrel, they're certainly doing a lot for the beer, and improving upon a beer that's already pretty fantastic. Don't let anyone tell you that it's the barrel way or the highway. Sorry, silly joke. At any rate, this is a fantastic beer that, even in its greenness, has improved a great deal, or has even discovered some unforseen beautiful things along the way. In my opinion, worth the high price tag, even if it is around $15 for a six pack. I was a skeptic, but right now I'm a believer.

Photo of metalitool
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this from my favorite beer playground, knowing that I wouldn't be able to find this (or anything from Stone in my state).

While it is clearly not a Red (Irish) ale, it is the first red colored beer that I have liked. While it is an excellent beer its not quite as exciting as I had hoped for....but my expectations for a stronger taste of the wood aging may have been misplaced.

I havent tried Arrogant Bastard so I cant differentiate the oak from what it was otherwise. Not too much head from the beer, but a healthy dose of hops (while strong, hops are far toned down from Stone IPA....which is a great beer...with the less hops it is quite a lot more drinkable, which while making for pleasant drinking, quite painful at $16/six-pack where i saw it.

Overall, an excellent beer but i dont think that i would pony up the additional $10/sixpack if it was sitting next to Stone IPA on the shelf.

Beer is deceptively smooth (I'm really not noticing that its 7.2% abv, which while I am used to that, it seems to be disappearing quite quickly (so yes, i like it!....just not quite what i expected, which was a heck of a lot). And in all fairness, I may not be educated enough to distinguish wood aging unless it is quite pungent, which wouldnt necessarily be the best way of presenting said aroma/taste.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed immediately after the standard Arrogant Bastard
A - slightly cloudy orange brown, frothy tan head retained well with sticky lacing
S - definite woody burbon-like sweet aroma, minty with piney hops, this ignites the nostrils
T - herbal hops with fresh mint up front, lighter grapefruit, piney & woody with some caramel sweetness, and just a little spicy
M - medium carbonation, smooth with a dry bitter finish
D - same same but different from the original bastard, the minty note is very refreshing and the woodiness ads more depth to this strong ale, this edges out the regular arrogant bastard for my money

Photo of shroompod
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been in the cellar for about a year, and I figured something this low in ABV should be rotated out.

Poured into pint glass. Red, clear. Decent head. Not bottle conditioned.

Smell is is a nice mixture of of citrusy hops and sweet malt.

This beer has a malty rich, molasses flavor upfront. A drying hop aftertaste that seems to go along with the oaked chip infusion.

Mouthfeel is medium. I'd expect a younger version would feel thinner with a larger hop profile.

Overall drinkability of this beer is great. Almost a session beer. The 7.2% is almost unbelievable for a beer with this much flavor.

Photo of clarkm04
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A real deep reddish/copper color. A slight head retention.

Smell- Aggressive. What would you expect? You can smell the malts and hops coming through in the smell.

Taste- You are immediately hit with the hops. Very upfront and bitter. Next the beer turns malty with an added oak note from the oaked process. Finishes a little dry with some leftover hop/malt residue in your mouth.

Mouthfeel- Definitely a unique mouthfeel. At times it feels lighter than the smell or taste while other times it feels heavier and more chewy. The only consistent item for me is the hops that hits me in the back of my mouth.

Drinkability- For a beer with this much hops, malts and relative ABV it's highly drinkable.

Overall- This is a unique beer and I always enjoy drinking it despite not being worthy. I love how aggressive yet drinkable it is. It's such a great beer and deserves to be Stone's flagship beer. I know they are different beers but I have the same feelings about this beer as I do about DFH 60 Minute. 60 minute is more malty and roasty while AB has a hoppier taste they both are unique beers loaded with malts and hops and highly drinkable.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a cloudy dark tea color with a light beige head and very little lacing.

Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, citrusy hops, sweet malts, and a light oakiness.

The taste is lightly sweet a perfect balance of sharp hops and malts with plenty of caramel and citrus notes. The alcohol is present but well-hidden.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth and lightly carbonated.

What a terrific beer! Easy to drink but not easy to stop drinking.

Photo of 57md
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown copper color with a finger of beige head that retained for a nice long time and left intricate lacing when it finally dissipated. The nose has mild woody notes. The wood also comes through in the flavor profile and nicely accentuates the fine balance of malt and hops. The finish is dry and bitter. As this beer warms, the sweetness from the malt becomes more pronounced yet still blends well with the oak.

Photo of tjd25
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I poured the first glass, I had the impression that there would be no head, but it ended up forming a nice light and velevty head on an intense opaque amber brown color body. The smell is extraordinarily fresh and shows a great bouquet of red fruits with a very enjoyable sweetness. Also lighter hints of citrus, with a grapefruit character appearing slowly and getting deeper in the taste. Yeasty notes of vanilla appear after a while. The taste is way more aggressive than the smell. The very dry hoppiness invades and conquers the mouth with together with some oily notes. As for red fruits and citrus, their influence switched from the one they had in the smell: the once dominant red fruits notes are more subtles in the taste, as the grapefruity character took over. The aftertaste gets quite dry and grassy. The oaked aspect appears together with notes of cherry that create a slightly floury feeling on the tongue. Mouthfeel is enjoyably lighter than expected. Its complexity stimulates all the parts of the mouth and of the tongue. This surprizingly soft mouthfeel contributes to the great drinkability of theis character brew.

Photo of leansean88
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine example of a beer that is cut above the rest, and knows it. It has a whopping, bold taste that is surprisingly very nice. And it smells just as surprisingly good. This is a man's beer, sporting strong, vivid character with a clean finish. Tasted great with barbeque.

Photo of GoalieRon33
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque brown with red undertones

S- Heavy oak smell. Sweet with burnt undertones

T- Unparalelled depth. Smokey to start, then finishes gloriously sweet. Some hidden chocolate malts at the finish, although very subtle

M- Heavy, bold, and creamy. Goes down smooth, with a beautifully sophisticated creaminess

D- For such a complex beer, its not a tough job to hammer this one down. The carbonation is perfect, the smoothness is to die for, and the overall alcohol burn with lingering effects is wonderful....This beer is outstanding

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