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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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5,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,048
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 190
Gots: 490 | FT: 6
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: 5,048 | Reviews: 1,848
Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.41/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark copper with a two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted several minutes and left a beautiful, thick film. Fantastic lacing.

S: Oak and malt. Dark and complex, but subtle.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Coffee, chocolate, malt and oak. Outstanding taste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

O: I really like this. Looks amazing. Nose is subtle but the oak is detectable. Taste great, and has a mouthfeel out of this world.

Photo of jaasen64
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark orangish brown, a little bit hazy. About a quarter of finger of head slightly orange colored, good retention. Nice lacing that clings to the glass the entire time drinking.

S- Sweet hops smell. Smells great. Hops are the most prevalent, with a sweet vanilla smell (not the syrupy vanilla smell type). A bit of an oak smell as well.

T- A very sweet hoppy taste, but not overly sweet. The classic sweet hoppy grapefruit taste comes out. Light sweet/piney oak finish.

M- Very smooth and drinkable. Medium bodied. Very well balanced throughout. Leaves a great aftertaste that lingers in your mouth for awhile after drinking.

O- This was a great beer. I enjoyed this beer more and more with every sip. Perfect balance between hops and sweetness (reminded me a little bit of the 90 minute) and the oak definitely added a little bit of character to it. My only complaints are that I wish it was more affordable (payed $20 for a 6-pack), but it was definitely worth the price.

Photo of ineva
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Snifter Glass.

A:A Rufous dark cherry with a light toffee 2 1/2 finger head. A Legitimate viscous lacing, rigid cloud 9 fluff.

S:Licorish sweet wet oak. Citrus grapes.

T:Vanilla warmth. Sweet toothsome caramel ego. Pistachio buttery bark.

M:Soothing fluent stirred fluid, that flawlessly flushes stabled velvet swagger down, like succulent flutter.

O:The inception of its tale.

Photo of KetchumSuds
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lamergod
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't really examine the beer. Was having dinner with it.

A: Nice dark brown with a slightly brownish- white, 1 finger thick head. With superb lacing, Probably even nicer than Duvel.

S: Didn't really examine the smell. But I could get a nice clean hop note.

T: Nice bitter, not too overpowering. Bitterness just about right. Nice hops note. Smooth on the palate.

M: Clean, no carbonation, smooth as a whistle. Very drinkable.

O: Fantastic go to beer for a night out. Not too heavy to down a few pints, but strong enough to taste great.

Photo of daledeee
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aged arrogant bastard. Some people call me that too!!

I poured this into my Hennepin glass. Very dark brown with reddish tint. Nice off white head and great lacing.

Aroma is nice grapefruit with wood and a tinge of vanilla.

Taste is worth the extra few bucks. Very up front with the initial sip. Lots of hop bitterness. Not quite grapefruit but really citrus rind inclinations. Great malt balance and not overly sweet, but just enough. This is one powerfully flavored beer, but enjoyable.

Mouth feel is quite creamy with good carbonation. Finish has yet another dose of bitterness.

Hopheads should delight in this one. Yeah, I know it has malt, but boy does it have hops too. Although this is aged with oak, I didn't notice an overwhelming leaning toward wood. Just enough to make this a really great beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of almychristopher
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice clear red color with an off white almost tan color that sticks to the glass as it recedes to an uneven patchy lace. the aroma gives away a bita of the oak, but not so much as to overpower the hop arrangement. the taste follows, once again well balanced hops and malt, the malt complimented by the vanilla woodiness of the oak. the medium mouthfeel with good co2 make this a pretty drinkable beer.

Photo of lordofstarside
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Enjoy by 1/15/13 date

Pours a rich mahogany with a finger and a half of head. Mild carbonation, good retention and lacing. So far so good. Aroma of hops, some citrus, oak, with some sweet caramel malts making a rigid backbone. Taste follows the nose well, strong up front hops with a tinge of citrus, smokey oak, caramel, some toffee, with sweet malts bringing them all together. Mouth is pretty good as well, strong bitterness, thick full body, with a sticky resin and dry finish. Very easy to drink. Overall a good idea that turned out to be a great one. I prefer this over the regular bastard any day

Photo of jamesmk48
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbphoto88
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great experience this beer was. Rich deep ruby in color with a nice tan head that pours rich and creamy. Clear and beautiful this beer is a visual joy.

Smell is caramel and malty mixed with a musky oak scent. Kind of like the smell of old weathered wood you might find in an old west mining town. Mix that rustic nose with some IPA-ish hops and grains and you have a superb scent.

Taste is just as much of an enjoyment. The malts are complimented by the woody oak flavor yielding a mild smooth flavor. Sweet vanilla bean is present throughout and is not the dominate flavor but a strong player. Not a big citrus hop flavor but a muted floral taste. They apologize with great bitterness though.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel but the oak flavors is also the thing that disappoints. The finish is kind of dry and chalky leaving that woody flavor all over the palate. Not one of my favorite aftertastes but the rest of this beer makes up for that. Awesome.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish/brown with a one finger head that dissipates to a ring of lace around the top. A little bit of lacing down the glass, but not much.

S: I definitely get a wood component, but for me there was an overwhelming scent of brown sugar and caramel.

T: There are some hops here, but it is relatively subdued for a Stone offering. On the backend you get the caramel and some vanilla and the wood on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied and coats your palate. I find this beer to be quite drinkable, almost dangerously so. Overall I quite enjoy it, and find the caramel/vanilla combination to be quite nice.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looked frickin' amazing pouring out of the bottle, somewhere between motor oil and liquid velvet. A huge dirty-white head sits on top of a cloudy, rusty, burnt-orange. Catacombs of lace web the glass.

HUGE aroma! Candy sugar sweetness meets juicy hops madness meets monster malts, with a woodiness far back in the deeps.

Flavor is as expected, a woodier, earthier version of Arrogant Bastard. Juicy caramel maltiness, grapefruit-rind hops in abundance, a sweet edge not unlike a barleywine, and a toasty, warming woodiness thanks to those oak chips. Luckily the oak chips don't dominate the flavor, but bring a new spin to an old(ish) favorite.

Feels awesome in the mouth, as most Stone beers do. Hangs in there with a creamy, kind of chewy, never too-thick presence. Finishes especially woody.

I don't think this is better than the regular Arrogant Bastard, but it's close. I like the wild, untamed, exciting feel of the AB. The Oaked AB seems a mellower, more polite take on it. Would be fun to drink side by side to compare/contrast.

Mad metal props to msubulldog25 for this bottle.

Photo of Backer2004
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a BP for $2 a bottle, yes you heard me right. Since I am such a fan of the regular Arrogant Bastard, I had to pick this up the first time I saw it. Just a bit of piney taste compared to the regular one. I prefer the non-oaked one in fact, but still a very very good beer. For the price, you cannot beat it.

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the beer summit - this was the first beer I drank and I had a full glass of it, so I feel that I can review it.

Basically fairly similar to the regular AB, except much more mellowed. I don't think this is solely a product of the aging, the oak really helps out (I've had a bottle of AB that had been aged for a while). I think a lot of the strong hop presence has been taken over by some wood flavors.

Still a helluva powerful brew, but powerful in a more palatable way. I love AB, but maybe because it tests my fortitude. The oaked AB is lovable because it tastes fantastic.

Photo of mdale13
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/red with bright highlights. Thin white head. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

S- Hops, grass, some carmels, slight hint of oak.

T- Hops up front. Taste leads to some faint citrus, fruity notes, carmels, a little grass, and the perfect taste of oak. The oak flavor really enhances as the beer warms.

M- Oily in the mouth. Give my tongue a nice, sharp bitter feel.

D- Very drinkable. Id have no problem putting a few of these down.

Photo of pollard5
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just found this beer at my local pick a pack (Omega Pizza at 22nd and South, Philly--well worth a visit for good selection, decent food, and friendly staff, by the way). Threw it in at the end instead of a Philly Pale and very glad I did. Amber color, not a lot of head, but a big hoppy/oaky nose and a full mouth. This is a big beer with mucho character. A touch dry, but this did not take away from its delivery. Because of its bigness and its 7.2%, not an ideal session beer. Definitely a new regular though. Highly recommended.

Photo of BeanBone
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A murky red-brown body capped by a finger and a half of off-white head that fades slowly and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: I'm getting all the aromas of the standard beer with even more complexity. A mix of vanilla, woodiness, piney and citrusy hops, and lots of caramel malt.

Flavor: Up front, lots of leafy and citrusy hops alongside notes of vanilla and oak from the barrel. Underneath, there's a substantial caramel malt backbone that is able to keep everything balanced nicely. Just a little spiciness coming from the alcohol. Everything is balanced nicely, with no single element taking charge. Leafy hops, oak, and biscuity malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little coaty with a dry finish. A little warmth from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: Somewhere in the middle of the drinkability scale, this is a beer you could easily drink two pints of.

Verdict: Unsurprisingly, Oaked Arrogant Bastard ends up being the same old Arrogant Bastard we know and love with oaky and vanilla-like notes mixed in. Given a choice between the two, I'd always opt for this version.

Photo of Tdizzle
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear deep amber color with a thick tan head that settles to a thin layer, leaving minimal spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet malts, oak, and dark fruits with some hops in the background. Carmel and toffee come out as the beer warms.

T- Big malty sweetness at first with a nice woody flavor from the oak chips. The pronounced bitterness kicks in shortly after.

M- Thick and slightly coating with little carbonation.

D- The oak flavor actually makes this more drinkable than the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale. It sort of cuts that brash quality that the original Bastard posseses. Both beers are great, but I prefer this one over the other. At 7.2%, this isn't really sessionable and the rich flavor profile makes this a beer that I would only want a couple of in a night. The oak flavor never gets boring though.

One of my favorite beers. Highly recommended.

Photo of stumac
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I would love to get my hands on that 3 Liter ceramic bottle with the lock up top! That would be awesome!

it pours a red amber color with a nice big brown tinted head. good lacing too. the nose is dark cherries, roasty malts, slight sour oak. the taste is oaky, dark cherries, roasted malts, bitter as hell! medium body, low smoothe carbo, a very smoothe brew. This brew makes me wanna eat oak aged babies!

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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of cbutova
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First bottle I have found before the freshness date at five liquor stores, good one MA...

A- Very dark red, some can be seen around the edges, up to the light it is very clear and perfectly red. A foamy light tan cap builds nicely and retains fairly well. Lace covers a majority of the glass and a nice cloud and ring stick behind.

S- Heavy on oak, caramel. Some dark fruit and general hop notes. Much like a Barleywine but older and woodier. Nice and strong.

T- Great stuff. The oak makes this one what it is, it lends great wood notes and vanilla, which ends up tasting sort of like maple. The old caramel malt and dark fruit combine with the hops for a splendid overall flavor. Some alcohol comes into play with warmth.

MF- A bit light/watery. Somewhat creamy though with smooth moderate carbonation and a slight bitter pinch.

DB- The dreaded $17 six-pack, or at least thats what I thought a year ago. That price seems perfectly reasonable now, a well rounded, fulfilling flavor. The hops are the only flaw to me here, but a very small one. The wood and malt are so nice. After some thought, great Strong Ale/Old/Barleywine flavors captured in smooth, drinkable beer.

Photo of cleeze
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maybe my new favorite beer right now. Hopefully I'm "worthy" enough. Yellow fizzy beer is for wussies.

With that said I was quite pleased to try the oaked bastard. I'm a huge fan of the regular but the oaked flavor blows the original out of the water.

Started with the appearance, it pours a beautiful dark reddish, amber color. The appearance is maybe one of my favorite aspects of the beer. It had a nice creamy and frothy head on it with some bad ass lacing kicking around for a quick minute.

It smells very hoppy, almost like they're gonna jump right outta the glass and bitch smack you. Deffinaly can detect the oakiness on this bastard.

Taste started off sweet... Nice and malty with a great bitter hopp finish. I can't stress enough what the oak adds to this beer. Simply amazing. It had a pleasant mouthfeel as well. I can drink it all night long. Thanks for another kick ass brew, STONE!

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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of JamesP123
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

POured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A. A Beautiful deep dark red with two fingers of off white almost beige head. Amazing lacing down the glass

S. Oh boy, this is one aromatic brew. Malty caramel sweetness, vanilla, slight oak undertones. Smells a bit like prunes or another dark ripe fruit. All with a little hop kick.

T. More fruitiness, some ripe fruit along with some citrus from the hops. Nice balance of the Ok flavor - very mild, but definately there. Not as sweet as I was expecting from the smell. A bit of spicyness. Really good Ale

M. Thick creamy mouthfeel -leaves a resiny coating in the mouth after each sip from the major doses of hops.

D. The beer has major flavors, but they all balance out pretty well. Basically everything is over the top ib a really good way. A must try

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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