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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,738 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,738
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 144
Gots: 355 | 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:
American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003)
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antlerwrestler19

Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful crimson/brown color with a fluffy two finger head - as I move the beer around the head remains as one and sticks together, unwilling to fade away. First sip leaves behind mountainous amount of lace. Smells of mellow malt and a rich woody punch that mingles with a bitter hop aroma and another bit that I can't quite pin down. This beer is delicious, it has a nice spice on the finish the original arrogant bastard was lacking (almost minty at the back of my palate) - bitter hops sweet oak bring it all together. The mouthfeel is borderline creamy - sipping this is very enjoyable as the complexity surrounds my tongue. Let me note the wall of lace that has unmistakably posted itself up around every bit of the glass with the exception of the "funnel" I've been drinking from. This is a good beer, a really good beer, the only disappointment for me here is that I don't have a non-oaked bastard to compare beside this. Oh well.

Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:42:43 | More by antlerwrestler19
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DCon

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Bridge Wine Bar and Tap House in St. Louis, MO for $9.50. Tapped into a 20oz Pint Glass from the Wooden Oaked Arrogant Bastard tap handle and enjoyed only one.

Aroma- The malt is the most dominant smell as the oak is present as well. A woody aroma is combined with a fruit by the foot smell that is of course sweet.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger of off white head that has great retention! A dark copper but clear body is present with nice, thick lacing down the glass.

Flavor- An intense malt taste from the start and then the woody taste comes around to get your attention. Tons of hop are present and they make the bitterness everlasting.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full bodied, Medium Good carbonation, and Chewy attributes. There is a warming alcohol mouthfeel that seems appropriate and makes this oaked arrogant a top beer!

Overall Impression- Fantastic! Much better than the original Arrogant Bastard with the woody/oaked character throughout. Nice warming and would be a perfect beer for the winter. I won't be going to this much during the summer but awesome Strong Ale! I am looking forward to enjoying my Arrogant Bastard that I started aging in April of this year.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 18:42:50 | More by DCon
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Nachojon

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone is always solid in my opinion. I haven't tried too many of their more experimental beers but they have always been solid.

A- Solid redwood. Beautiful. 1 finger white head dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

S- Really woody. Smells like the barrel room of a winery. Smells damn good, obviously.

T- I want to say it smells like a brandy cherry with no brandy. Then oak sawdust. Super robust flavor but not overwhelming. It's not a chugger, but not a sipper, I like when a beer has that drinkable but you are forced to savor it drinkability.

M- This thing isn't crisp, it isn't syrupy. I like the balance of mouthfeel and drinkability. Stays on the tongue but dry enough to keep you going and not staring at it.

O- I love Arrogant Bastard, I think Oaked is an improvement, I think a great treatment to the taste of the original beer, fair to say underrated?

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 06:13:57 | More by Nachojon
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tyanow

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is mostly cut and pasted from my review of the non oaked variety. Some additions have been made.

A - Dark amber with small tan head.

S - sweet alcohol, a little earthy.

T - very malty, some hop bitterness, a touch of burnt caramel, and a very slight hint of fruitiness. Seems earthier than the non-oaked but not woodier - if that makes sense.

M - fills the palate and stimulates all parts of the mouth. Goes down smooth and warm (7.2%)

D - For a 7+% beer this is about as drinkable as it gets. This beer, despite its name, is quite approachable.

I give this a slight nod over its garden variety brother, but you can't miss with either one.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 22:34:01 | More by tyanow
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CH3CH2OH

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Akorsak for the trade.

Pours a deep, rich reddish gold with a tan, long lasting head. Aroma wasn't impressive by itself, but has a subtle depth that works well with the taste. Citrus and faint wood. Hops upfront with a strong malt backbone, a dry finish, then the wood comes out at the very end. Long lasting aftertaste, as if dry hopping is going on in my mouth. Very round and satisfying mouthfeel, more substantial than most IPAs, medium carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, even with the strong palate of flavors.

Very reminiscent of European beers. Strong but balanced with layers of depth.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 21:27:50 | More by CH3CH2OH
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NewGeneric

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this the other day while brewing. Poured a dark amber/ruby red color with beige head that faded somewhat slowly and left good lacing. Smelled of malt, earthy hops, spice and fruit. Tasted of caramel malt and earthy hops. Very smooth. Even better than the original.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 16:25:59 | More by NewGeneric
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Matthew

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass a reddish ruby brown color with a small off white head that settled quickly.
The nose is filled with pungent citrus and floral hop notes blended with the dark oakiness aroma the label promises.
A dark oak flavor that includes faint vanilla flavors is first and then the big hop profile of citrus and earthy flavors. Big sweet and sturdy maltiness throughout this beer. The hop profile, big malt character and the oak characteristics really blend nicely.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the level of carbonation promotes a good drinkability.
This was my first time trying the oaked version of the AB and was pleasantly surprised. The beer really took on a big and very noticeable difference that makes this beer more complex and IMO more tastey beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 04:46:38 | More by Matthew
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark red/brown color with a finger thick, off white head with nice retention on the glass.

S: Oak scents and caramel malts are prominent. Has slight hoppy scent but oak seems to be the focus (and rightfully so).

T: Very malty taste with some serious oak characteristics, has some caramel and an earthy taste with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied and nice carbonation with a very dry, bold and crisp feel.

D: Very smooth and drinkable, the oak characteristics really add to the flavor of this beer. Excellent brew from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 21:56:17 | More by mavbrew
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briman

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours fairly dark, hazy, reddish amber color. Quarter-inch off-white head with decent retention. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is woody with caramel malt, and some mild to moderate pine & citrus hop notes.

Flavor is malty upfront with the hops starting to dominate through the middle. The finish is dry with a fairly strong grapefruit hop bitterness that lingers well into the finish. I get the vanilla notes more in the aftertaste than anywhere else. It seems to sneak out from behind the bitterness.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is excellent. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste, with just a slight warming affect.
Just as intense as the regular version, with just a little bit more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 00:56:49 | More by briman
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thorvale

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass from a chilled bottle. I've had the regular AB and it was superb. However, I was unable to review it at the time.

A - When held up to the light, this beer is for lack of a better word, beautiful. Decent sized light head. Not opaque but not light either. Has a very cool dark red amber color to it.

S - A lot of aroma hops at work here. A sign of the taste to come. Very floral and citrusy.

T - Absolutely delicious. I don't think it's quite as bitter as the regular AB, probably do to the oak flavoring. However, the oak does show through, giving it a nice roasted kick to it. Very citrusy and very hoppy, like most Stone brews.

M - Medium-bodied and clings to the tongue well. Very smooth.

D - I probably couldn't drink a bunch of these in one night, maybe 2 or 3 tops, due to the bitterness. I'm more of a sweet ale/stout person. However, for the hopheads out there, this is a wonderful beer and I recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 01:13:50 | More by thorvale
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi light hazy brown colour. A very bold malt taste up front with a little sweetness of citrus and hops on the finish, and the oak was very subtle. The the little sweetness touch on the end of each taste was very refreshing. It took me a few sips to appriciate this beer fully, and I was sad when the pint glass was empty. Damn tasty beer, very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 23:55:19 | More by WeedKing4
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TheJollyHop

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown pour with a half inch of head; ample lacing on the glass.

Grapefruit, pine, and floral hoppy aroma. Smells of sticky sweet malt as beer warms. Not the hoppiest aroma I have had, but an inviting one nonetheless.

Malt sweetness comes into play first but is quickly replaced by a lemony citrus, which gives way to a smooth oak bitterness. The oak really helps in smoothing out the harsh, palate scraping quality of the original Arrogant Bastard.

The beer feels light and oily but they are by no means negative characteristics. Definitely more drinkable than the original Arrogant Bastard. Bitter, but not palate scraping.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 15:24:03 | More by TheJollyHop
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bboelens

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Deep red-orange with medium visibility, medium off-white head that leaves decent lacing throughout the experience

S-Strong hop presence, citrus, and hey what do you know, oak

T-Even better than the incredible scent, rich hops and grapefruit initially attack the palate while the essence of the oak mulls over the tongue as an afterthought. Similar to the original bastard but the oak really takes it to another level, maybe even with a hint of vanilla bean.

M-Crisp and incredibly bubbly

D-The folks at stone took an amazing beer and 1 up'd it.. congrats, an incredibly drinkable brew

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 08:01:48 | More by bboelens
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cavedave

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour results in placing a dark, clear, brown/ruby gem into my snifter. Languishing above is a beautiful two finger head, which diminishes slowly to a persistent ring and bubbly cap. A gentle swirl produces lush mountain ranges of lace cling. Mmm.

The smell seems not as strong as regular AB. but it's been a while since my last AB. It brings back memories though, as sweet citus, mild spicy notes, even milder yeast and floral hints effervesce gently into my nasal pleasure centers.

The flavor seems gentler as well, perhaps not in amplitude, but in a way of mixing the flavors that makes it less abrupt. Delicious. Gentle malt notes of bread and light caramel mingle with sweet citrus (mmm,orange rind, grapefruit, tangerine), very mild oak notes, and crest into an herbal/floral/bitter finish that is clean and juicy side of dry. The beer has warmed now, and the oak is starting to shine, nice, it really mixes in well, also some light vanilla sneaking in, the finish is drier and longer. Wow.

Like its oakless brother, OAB has perfect mouthfeel for a strong ale. It promotes a finish of astounding clarity, cleanliness, and flavor.

Drinkability? Off the charts. Careful with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 23:01:01 | More by cavedave
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta love the Bastard. Kind of the middleweight champion of micro-brews. It does everything well. Dark, almost brown hue. Creamy lasting head. Great creamy and full body. The balance of malts and hops is near perfect. The oak is even a bit nicer than the original. A very unique beer, can't think of another one quite like it (It's almost like a smaller barley wine). Can't wait until the Double Bastard gets to Florida!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 04:51:37 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

A: Deep, dark reddish brown with a big, fluffy off-white head that is very chunky and laces very nicely.

S: Herbal, citrusy hops, smoked wood and some malt sweetness.

T: Herbal and citrus hops up front and a refreshingly (and surprisingly different, completely unexpected) big minty middle, with a smoked malty finish that gives way to a nice alcoholic finish.

M: Thick and creamy, very nice...

D: Oh my, this is almost too good. If you have not tried this brew yet, do yourself a favor and go grab one. Better yet, if you can get a case, do that...

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 00:50:57 | More by ujsplace
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DouggiePhresh

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint with a 1- finger head that is slowly dissipating with each sip, while leaving a nice lacing. The color is very dark ruby/copper.

Ive never smelled a beer like this; strong, but mellow. I can almost smell how it tastes;

smoky, chewy, not as viscous as I expected (not a bad thing), nor as alcoholic. Heavy malts, hops. Might be a little biased based on the Sierra Nevada Celebration I just finished.

Very foamy mouthfeel, so foamy it almost turns into a cream as I "swish" it around my mouth. Very drinkable and I would have to recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 02:40:00 | More by DouggiePhresh
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setexascustoms

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Just like it's sibling, a beautiful beer. Deep brown with slight red highlights. A rocky ivory head with very good retention very nice lacing.

S- Deep caramel and roasted malts with a nice hop spiciness. Rich heavy aromas tease you to drink, but I fail to pick up on the oak.

T- Heavy roasted malts balanced nicely by spicy hops with an assertive bitterness. Full of flavor and very well balanced, maybe a little more mellow than the original. Slightly dry lingering bitter finis. Very nice, but again I fail to pick up on any wood.

M- Full bodied and coats the mouth well. The carbonation is just right.

O- A delicious brew. Maybe a bit more mellow than the original, but I fail to pick up on any oak qualities (my palate may not be refined enough). Maybe I'll revisit this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:44:43 | More by setexascustoms
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elNopalero

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark caramel amber with a heavy layer of foam that hangs around for a while.
The aroma hangs back even as it warms. I get a light woody oak with a hint of caramel malt. The flavor has an apparent bitterness with a drying finish. There's a bit of caramel and some toffee. It’s maltier than I expected, with some oaky tannins, a caramel malt flavor and a long finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 23:46:09 | More by elNopalero
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Foxtrot

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Poured a very dark murky amber brown with a very good ivory head. Head retention was just like the regular ABA, phenomenal and good lacing.

Notes of citrus hops, not over the top, with some caramel malt character.

I think this is how Arrogant Bastard should have been. The complexity is quite remarkable with a solid dose of hops and malts forming the backbone, and a nice earthy flavor that sends this thing home. Loved the oak flavor alot, really brings a whole other dimension to this beer.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Smooth and delicious.

Highly drinkable. This can be quite dangerous because the alcohol can sneak up on a unsuspecting drinker. As I said earlier in my post, this is what Arrogant Bastard should have been.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 08:10:39 | More by Foxtrot
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Vermont from a very pleasant moustached woman. 12 Oz. bottle poured into a Bobcat Cafe pint glass.

A: Beautiful red/brown/amber (ripe nectarine) colour with a two-finger creamy beige foam head. Good retention and OK lacing.

S: Pine hops, molasses, caramel, cinnamon, and faint dark fruits. Detecting that earthy, musky, oak aroma. Sounds weird but can detect a bit of paprika spice. Very different and pleasing aromas.

T: Very smooth. Pine taste balanced nicely with a slightly buttered bread-like malt backbone. Finishes with a little alcohol bite and a lingering musky/woody taste that makes this a little funky (and good!).

M: Slightly oily with an appropriate viscosity level. About right amount of carbonation.

D: Should've bought the whole 6-pack! The oak chips really add a different dimension to this. A delicious offering from Stone

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 22:59:41 | More by Digimaika2
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bs870621345

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This here, is a damn good beer. An ipa bitterness with a pale ale sweetness

Pours a dark amber color with almost no head and leaves virtually no lacing.

Smell is hoppy, floral and spicy. A second smell reveals a malt sweetness.

Taste is on the bitter side, but with a nice malt backbone to hold it up. Has a slight oak flavor that plays well into the taste. Its not an IPA, but is more bitter than some I've had.

Mouthfeel is remarkable. Very full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation. It is very smooth, characteristic of an oak aged beer.

Drinkability is good, its a very inviting beer, but the alcohol is a little high to have more than a few at a time.

Overall a good beer, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 19:56:51 | More by bs870621345
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice hazy dark dark amber with nice brown hints. More like a nice mahogany. With a nice sticky 1 inch head that is off white and almost light tan.

S - Aroma of night sweet malts with great complex grain background. Some sourdough bred as well as some nice rye bread notes in the aroma. The typical Stone hops are present as well in the nose.

T & M - There is immediately some nice woody and spicy hints form the oak as well as subtle vanilla. The malt backbone is very present and contributes the brunt and best of the flavors. There is still the traditional and delicious Stone hop notes and the alcoholic warmth and esters. There are some raisins and some mild licorice notes as well. Very delicious take on AB. Crisp and well carbonated with nice complexity.

D - Very good beer with a good strong ABV. I would definitely have more if Stone was readily available in MO.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 02:02:12 | More by JoEBoBpr
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mklinger

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red color with a orange tinged tan head that was 1/2 inch thick. Head dissipated quickly leaving just a thin trace after a couple of minutes.

Aroma was not surprisingly more muted than regular AB with the oak present and balancing the sweetness & aggressive hop aromas. A pleasant aroma.

Wow! I didn't really expect this to be that different that AB, but the oak really changes this beer more than I expected it would. There's a real lasting quality to the wood on the palate -- this changes the hop character especially because the oak overlays a lot of when the hop bitterness would traditionally come in. A lot of vanilla in the oak finish, too. This is still an aggressive, assertive beer, but it is more balanced and, dare I say, refined than AB.

Nice full mouthfeel but with a drying quality from the oak in the finish. Outstanding beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:49:07 | More by mklinger
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Thanby

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany color with a thick tan head and good lacing. Smells of thick hops, pineapple and a robust roasted malt. First taste is big hops that penetrate the whole flavor, but are mellowed somewhat by the oak. Lots of pineapple and a potent malt, hints of vanilla and a hoppy finish. Easy to drink if you're a hop-head like me, has a nice bite without going overboard. A fantastic variation of a fantastic beer, quite addictive.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 00:26:43 | More by Thanby
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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