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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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4,912 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,912
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 159
Gots: 429 | 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:
American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003)
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Photo of toweringpoo
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, opaque delicious looking. Aggressive pour gave almost 3 fingers of thick tan head, which strangely reminded me of swiss cheese due to some large bubbles

S - Deep woody, vanilla notes along with the expected citrus and pine fragrance. It smells absolutely amazing

T - All of the above. Plus, a fantastic mouth coating bitterness to go along with all that sweetness. This beer is really well balanced.

M - Creamy, medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on.

D - While I really REALLY love this beer. I can't drink too many of these. I think it's best savored slowly and one at a time.

This is a supremely well crafted beer.
Can't Recommend this enough

toweringpoo, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Buschyfor3
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Amber orange burgundy body; for the depth of color this beer is still remarkably clear with bright highlights; thin, creamy off-white head; half-finger depth; retention lasts through 3-4 sips before it fades to a ring of lacing; quick swirl reforms a half-finger of foam

S: AB all the way with its overt complexities, upped a notch by the added kick of earthy oak, wood tannins and a leathery scent; also some vanilla and caramel notes adding a sweet side to the otherwise strong hop punch

T: Smoothed out from the original version; oak takes some bite out of the hoppiness; vanilla tames the blast of the resiny/piney citrus notes; caramel and malty flavors shine though mid sip, once the hoppy bitterness has peaked; aftertaste reintroduces astringent rind flavors

M: Slightly slick with a touch of creaminess that nicely complements the barrel-aging.

D: Pretty solid on the drinkability scale; preferred to AB; only downside is probably the price per bottle (17.49 for a 6er)

Buschyfor3, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of UA8
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep and dark burnt red with a tall and frothy tan head.

S- Scents of wood aging, vanilla , and caramelized malts.

T- Starts lean and burnt toffee sweet, mid palate expands with hints of vanilla and wood roundness. Finishes big with Herbal and piny hops. Delicious.

M- Big, soft, and round.

D- This stuff is so much of an improvement on the regular bastard, it's amazing that by just wood aging it that these flavors can pop out like they do. And at a "mere" 7.2% this stuff could make me happy man all night long.

UA8, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of SAtaMi
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The biggest head of all time. Nice thick cream colored head. Brownish red in color with an orange hue. The head is there to the bottom of the glass. Awesome lacing all through the glass.

Smell - Caramel, fruity, Anise and brown sugar. All my favorites.

Taste - Like the smell the fruity caramel and brown sugar are amazing. There is a back i cant place some sort of berry blueberry or boysenberry.

Mouthfeel - Creamy rich goodness. Medium in body with a nice tooth. I find myself chewing it like a toffee.

SAtaMi, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of ggilman
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured down the middle of a tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle, produces a one finger foamy head, that settles quickly with minimal lacing. The hazy, sediment filled dark ruby tobacco burst strong ale gives off unidentified fruit and sweetness in the nose. I was beginning to have my doubts about this bastard of a beer until I tasted it. Wow! Rich and complex. Bitterness up front and all around, evens out with a caramel malt finish. The bitterness lingers, without any leafy hop presence. Smoky, roasty, oak notes with hints of vanilla. Alcohol and fruity esters start to appear as you work your way through the pint. The imparted oak characteristics coat your mouth, and become present in great depth. It's starting to taste like a campfire. As it warms, bitterness increases up front with currant, tobacco and chocolate. I can't get over how much is coming out of this beer. Roasted malts start to dominate at the end. The flavor of this beer is it's strong point, but the mouthfeel is a close second. Crisp carbonation pairs well with a medium-thick body. The 7.2% is like a smack in the face from the gargoyle who sits on the front of the bottle, daring you to drink. Thank you sir, may I have another! I'm not worthy!

ggilman, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Zimbo
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was absolutely famished when I came to have this beer. Always a good sign.

Some cloudy deep orangish brown to the eye with orange highlights.Thick dense billowing head.

Oh sweet lord that is good. This is a tasty beer.A firm dry dense bitterness which is very intense yet incredibly balanced. Those wood chips are so so well integratedI wouldn't have believed it had I not tasted it myself. Lots of good sticky lacing all over the inside of that glass.


Zimbo, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great of course with its big 3-finger baige head that laces all the way down. Dark reddish-brown with hues of cherry. Big barley smell, and mostly malt on the nose with a slight hop end.

Oh malty goodness. With some very nice hop flavors to accentuate the barley malt. The hops, in fact are perfectly bitter and lingering, but you don't leave the first taste thinking of the hops. You think of the bread-like taste first, then the hops actually take over in the finish. Alcohol taste is definitely present, but in no way does it take away from the beer. It finishes dryly, but not exactly crisply, and almost refreshing but definitely not the best beer for a hot day. This is full-bodied without being overbearingly thick in the mouth. I honestly expected this to be more like regular Arrogant Bastard, but with the oaked variety it seems like the oak chips took an edge of that maltiness and a spiciness to it that was either lost in the muddled feel of the non-oaked variety or simply wasn't there. Either way, I prefer this one and the fact that it's way more drinkable than its brother. The mouthfeel was not as thick and hard to drink. The oak chips make all the difference in the world to the overall drinkability of this one, and for that this beer is fantastic.

chodinheaven, May 31, 2011
Photo of jkdrummer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice thick ruddy head, almost amber in color. Head retention right down to the bottom. Bright hoppy taste and exceptional mouth-feel, down right to the bottom creamy. Color is a deep amber brown. Oak flavors are there but don't take over the hops and sweet alcohol taste. Which is surprising But still -- an excellent Bastard! Recommended!

jkdrummer, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, well I've had the regular AB, so I thought I'd see how this differs.
Same amber, brownish color as the AB. Perhaps a bit darker. Good foaming head.
Smells of grapefruit, lemon, flowers and pine (or is it oak?) I thought it was more pine, but maybe that's from the hops.
Tastes very nice. Good citrus/grapfruit taste. Blends nice with the malt. There's the oak. A bit more of a 'tinge' of oak. Nice rich flavor. Combines well with more of the fruity flavors
A good feel. Light syrup. a bit thicker than AB.
Can drink very easily

Mebuzzard, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz in a pint glass

A- Clear but extremely dark amber orange. a nice lingering 1 finger bubbly head and some impressive lacing.

S- Big bitterness up front. Some pine and grapefruit come though. This beer is all about the malt though, a lot of caramel. A sugaryness and a dry woodiness as well.

T- Big bitterness followed by a nice chunk of caramel flavors. Some darker notes as well. A tiny hop flavor of grapefruit. The oakiness adds a woody earthy flavor and gives this beer a dry finish.

M- This is a pretty big beer, not as big as its elder but quite chewy. A strong and lingering bitterness. A heavy but smooth feel. Dry oaky finish.

O- This beer is the business. I prefer the Double bastard but only for special occasion. But compared to the Double, this is much more.... manageable. Delicious stuff here.

TwelveOunces, May 20, 2012
Photo of PJHOY
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

PJHOY, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of BBP
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Chestnut brown with creamy head and good carbonation.

S- Oak and lots of it. Slight amounts of hops work their way through. Caramel too.

T- A mix of hop bitterness, caramel, hints of citrus, pine notes, all balanced considerably well.

M- Considerably creamy. Carbonation is just right. The body is a tad too thin though.

D- Easy to down, but it's one that you want to savor. I found that the first I had was the best, as the oak flavor was so new and vibrant. Maybe it fades with time, or maybe it was just something that you can only be blown away by once. Still very enjoyable, and very well crafted. Lives up to the arrogance on the bottle.

BBP, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Stone tulip.

A - Small, nice head. Some lacing. Body red tinged murky brown.

S - Whole lot of stuff in there. AB plus wood, all evident in the nose.

T - Yum. First time I tried this, I have to admit I wasn't sure I cared for it. Second attempt yielded better results. Terrific BA flavor - deep aggressive malt with some hops to finish. New to the mix with the oaked is, of course, the wood, the vanilla and some cooked fruit, maybe cherry?

M - Good solid prescense, carbonation perfect, viscosity good, bitter end.

D - I love this stuff. I could get a few in before things deteriorated due to the ABV.

srandycarter, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of PolhillS
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

PolhillS, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Lerxst
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Stone pint glass

A-Pours a beautiful amber/ruby color with a nice three finger head and lacing that sticks around a looong time. Gorgeous.

S-Piney hops with citrus, malt, and a little vanilla? Smells great.

T-Holy cow. A wonderful assault on the palate. A nice maltiness up front with the piney hops following close behind with citrus/grapefruit notes, and a bit of vanilla all with an oakey twist. Outstanding.

M-A nice creamy body but it has a nice bite. Coats the palate with a slicky oily finish. Carbonation is perfect.

D-Yes, this is a big, complex beer, but I can easily see this as a session brew. I could drink these all night. But cost might be a factor there.

This beer lived up to the hype. An outstanding job by Stone.

Lerxst, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich mahogany color into my glass with two fingers of off white head. Retention and lacing are fantastic.

S - Sweet caramel malts, sourdough bead, pine, oak, vanilla and mild citrus notes.

T - Delicious caramel malts and oak notes right up front. There is definitely a bit of spice and vanilla present. Some dark fruit notes are present, hop presence is very balanced with a nice bitterness that lingers on the palate with just a touch of alcohol.

M - Extremely well balanced, medium to heavy yet smooth and creamy.

D - This is simply a great beer and I can certainly enjoy more than one!

StoneBrewFanatic, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Hornet2003
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The oaked version of Arrogant Bastard seems quite similar to the original version. All the same elements that made the original a classic are well entrenched in this beer. The difference comes in the addition and not subtraction/supplementation of ingredients. The bitterness is still definitely there along with the strong caramel malty presence. The oak chips seem to add a bit of vanilla and a bit more sharpness to the taste. In my mind, this is perfect since this is Arrogant bastard, an in-your-face beer by all rights. There is also a creaminess in the mouthfeel that makes it easy enough to drink despite its aggressive nature. The head leaves a creamy lace as you drink.

Overall, pricey yet well-executed idea by Stone. Not a daily drinker, but a nice treat.

Hornet2003, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of cooncat
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, decanted into a standard pint glass.

A vigorous pour produces a deep, dark copper (garnet) colored brew, with 2 fingers of tan head. This head, while not particularly long lasting, keeps a thin lid on the beer and splashes the side of the glass with nice lacing. The nose is huge with both a sweet malt backbone, and a pungent floral hop presence. No oak noticed in the nose. The taste is a very complex combination of huge piney/resiny hops, and a sweet caramel malt flavor that loses out against the hop onslaught on every sip. As the beer warms, a faint oak presence is noted on the back of the palate, where the malt is doing it's thing. Mouthfeel is full and firm and wonderful, but not to the extent of being 'chewy'. The 7.2% ABV isn't really noticeable, except for, perhaps, a bit of a warming effect at the end. Amazing drinkability for a huge complex beer. You'll be wanting to quaff more than one, but be responsible!

Yet another highly recommended brew from the great folks at Stone.

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of bigchris1313
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A middle-brown, somewhere around Diet Coke, perhaps. It's a very dark amber in hue and absolutley beautiful.

Smell: I really don't know where to go. It's bitter, but at the same time sweet, sweeter than regular AB.

Taste: It's bitter, but at the same time sweet. This Oak-aged is even sweeter than regular AB, but not by much.

Mouthfeel: Not that thick, but thicker than most ales.

Drinkability: Well, I'm working on a 3L bottle as we speak. Because once it warms its flavor significantly betters, I would rate this brew as quite drinkable; however, in order to savor as much of the beer's flavor as possible, I would suggest getting some friends to help you out when dealing with a large quanitity of this ale, such as the 3L bottle. Regardless, it's damned tasty!

bigchris1313, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of drrone
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a nice dark amber with 1 finger of tan/beige head that slowly faded with almost no lacing.

S - Not very strong, but intriguing and it draws you in. It has a nice malt nose, with some caramel and pine breaking through. The wood is subtle, but definitely there. Hops, but they seemed faded (I'm not sure, but this my by due the fact that I had an Enjoy By a couple of hours earlier).

T - Great taste! The hops are definitely there, with a great sweet malt base. Caramel, vanilla and smoked wood creates an interesting complex.

M- Medium bodied, easy to drink. The alcohol is there, but I find it nice to drink. Little carbonation.

O - Pleasantly surprised by this beer. I like the original, but the oak added to it more than I thought it would. Still a good hop hit and aggressive, but adds an interesting element to a great beer.

drrone, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of aahynick
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

45F in a pilsner glass

A- mahogany with a thick fluffy, long-lasting head

S- spicy, hoppy aroma

T- potent hop bite and strong bold flavor

M - velvety smooth

D- a luxury to drink. I'm not a hoppy ale fan but I love this stuff

This is a whole different ball of wax to the non-oaked version that I had on tap. I'm shocked at how the oak makes the difference.

aahynick, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

A: 1/8" tan coloured head over deep mahogany coloured amber liquid.

S: Oak, yeast, and toffee malt.

T: Bitter pine hops up front with a finish that includes the flavours of oak and toffee malt.

M: Medium viscosity and medium to high level of carbonation.

O: I appreciate the type of barley malt that was used in this American Strong Ale. It almost reminds me of Innis & Gunn minus the sweetness on steroids; or if Fullers made a Strong Ale. Quite enjoyable.

DaftCaskBC, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a number of times at beer meetings and such and remember thinking that it was pretty good, but never went back to it. I recently noticed that this is one of the available Stone products in my area that I haven't reviewed, so I sucked it up and shelled out the nearly $14 a six-pack to review it properly. Well, I really enjoyed that six-pack and ended up drinking them all and didn't post a review. This is the third bottle from my second six-pack, which I should review now before I am in the same boat again. Here we go:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear reddish brown color with a small head of tan bubbles after a pretty fast pour. The head was back into the beer within about 20 seconds to end up as a small ring where the beer meets the glass.

Aroma: The initial aroma is a nice blend of American hops, assertive malts, and very noticeable dry wood and the assiciated subtle vanilla notes that you would expect. As the beer sits for a bit, the vanilla is getting more noticeable and the hops are also coming out more, so the volume is essentially just getting turned up.

Taste: The flavor seems to come across much more balanced than the original bastard. I don't know if the recipe got tweaked for this batch or if the wood aging softened up the bittering as normally the bittering hops are quite aggressive and linger for some time, but the woody flavors and vanilla add significant complexity to the finish so that it dries out the palate some, and is still balanced toward the hops, but it is much easier on the palate than its brother, the original Bastard.

Opinion: As I prefaced in my review, I really enjoy this version of the Bastard. It is definitely one of the better hop-balanced beer out there, IMO. There is so much going on here that it is a little surprising that it is only 7.2% ABV. At the price I won't be drinking this too regularly, but I must say that if you like the original Bastard, you have to give this version a try as it takes an already good beer up a notch.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of kshankar
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep and rich reddish amber with a off white creamy head with good retention. Nice lacing. Looks good, esp. the foam.

Aroma: Wood is subtle but I can notice it. There is also vanilla and a good hop smell. Some maltiness too.

Taste: Malts, and then the oak/wood which seems to really make this interesting. Hops do a good job in this one, every flavor blends in extremely well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and goes down VERY smoothly. Medium bodied

Drinkability: Regardless of the relatively high ABV, this is easy to drink. Tastes good, nice body, and creaminess. Probably wouldn't go through more than a couple, but its certainly easy to drink. Recommended

kshankar, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Burnt auburn from the bottle, deep brown with amber tints in the glass. Head is impressive! It's light tan, super thick and ultra creamy with excellent retention. Super sticky foam finally sinks to a chunky halo and leaves huge webs of lace in doing so.

A: Surprisingly, it's still pretty hoppy. Citrusy, piney, and an almost herbal-like scent to them. Also, I get a toasted bread-like malt, a nice oaky/woody aroma, and a little alcohol.

T: Malty sweet for the first split-second, then the bitterness hijacks the controls. Big, oily, resinous hops are quite citrusy like brown sugar-crusted grapefruit rinds, oranges, and lemons with some pine sap drizzled over the top. Bready malt forms a very sturdy base underneath, while the caramel and oak notes add some nice depth and complexity. Nice hop bite that brings some spice to the dry finish. Outstanding!

M & D: Full-bodied, thick & chewy, and incredibly smooth. Drinkability is fantastic, I just can't get enough!

Notes: Oak-aged AB is even better than the original! The earthy wood notes add much more depth and makes it much more interesting, especially if you've been drinking the original for a long time. Great hoppy flavor, nice malty presence, and alcohol is masterfully hidden. Just great! Highly recommended

sweetbrew82, Mar 13, 2009
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,912 ratings.