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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,972 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,972
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 169
Gots: 449 | 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 jmz62565
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark ruby with a huge tan head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is very pungent with citrus hops and a creamy "bisquity" aroma. Lesser smells include vanilla and oak. The taste is a bitter blast of citrus hops followed by a creamy mixture of smoked wood,sweet malt and carmel, vanilla, and alcohol. An excellant tasting beer. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing perfectly making this a classic beer. A truely great beer making me feel not worthy. Cheers.

jmz62565, Dec 15, 2006
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.

Metalmonk, Jan 07, 2007
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.

Backer2004, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of UncleFlip
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm with Hero....got to try it at Dark Lord Day. A big hearty TANKS (in a brogue) to whomever placed this on the tasting tables! I was SO tempted to have this with one of the donuts...

Nice dark copperish colour with a loose, uneven tan head. (The head reaaly was kind of unattractive...maybe just my pour...also seemed to have a greenish hue- but that could have been due to the translucent plastic Solo cup. Next year, I bring my own real glass.)

The smell was all abut fruity amltiness and floral hops. Very nice.

Flavour was, as you might expect, a bit woody, with a nice velvety sweet maltiness and a nice licorice hint. Very nice, but I really expected a tad moore oomph.

Thick and even on the tonuge, the carbonation seemed not very present- but that could have been due tot he bottle being turned up so many times by the time I go to it.

Drinkable? Does the pope shit int he woods? OK, maybe not. But yeah. OH yeah.

Be well

UncleFlip, May 01, 2006
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.

Lnedrive14, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of Janderson91
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. No bottled on date.

A - Cloudy dark red with one finger tan head. Leaves little lacing.

S - Wood, vanilla, malt sweetness, raisins, and a light hoppiness.

T - Sweet upfront with vanilla and raisins. Finish is quite bitter and slightly spicy.

M/D - Good full mouthfeel and pretty drinkable.

Better than the original. Very god beer.

Janderson91, Feb 26, 2011
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.

mdale13, Aug 29, 2009
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.

pollard5, Mar 07, 2008
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.

BeanBone, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber brown beer with ruby highlights, two-fingers of frothy head; kaleidoscopic lace motes and clouds

S: caramel malt, herbal and earthy scents

T: hearty malt flavors with a slight caramel edge for sweetness; the bittering hops work with the malts to create a pleasing savory taste; dry woody oak finish

M: medium-bodied but has a chewy feel, the dry finish lightens this and leaves you with a nice crispness

O: weirdly enough, I have never had (regular) Arrogant Bastard (AB) but Double Bastard (DB) is a staple beer. This Oaked AB was great. Picked up a lot of familiar characetristics from the DB, but with a lighter (less menacing?) palate assault; definitely able to pick up the distinction of the oak, too...

Greywulfken, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich brown amber color with a huge cream colored head that stayed for a while. Smell was very sweet of caramel with an almost a bourbon or whiskey smell to it. The taste was very intresting. Very crisp with a slight touch of alcohol. Sweet caramel malts and a bit of a wooden hop back. This is a very complex beer, I don't think I could begin to explain the taste and do it justice. Very very good, only wish I could get more of it around here!

mikesgroove, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of mbudner
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep orangish brown color with a beige one-finger head. Head dissipates leaving a creamy lacing.

S- The hops are citrusy/lemony. I get some burnt or caramelized sugars as well. Vanilla from the oak as well. Not as much

T- The flavor is just great. The most dominant flavor is the vanilla flavor from being aged in/with oak. There's a nice spiciness to it as well that I would classify as lemon zest (resulting from the hops) and cloves. In the finish, the big oaky flavors and the spice sort of tapers off into a smooth, clean finish leaving a lingering woodiness that is not vanilla-y like the oak flavors I mentioned above

M- So creamy and nice. Goes down very easy.

D- The oak-aging of this beer really smoothes it out and creates a nice smooth drinkability. Leaves a little heat in the throat, but not in a bad way.

mbudner, Nov 17, 2009
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.

Tdizzle, Mar 13, 2008
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.

cbutova, Aug 24, 2010
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!

cleeze, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of pkkosmatka
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

pkkosmatka, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of auntfloyd
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass. 12 oz bottle? For a Stone beer? Insanity.

Pours an opaque dark mahogany with a slight amount of tan head.

The nose is fairly sweet, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and malt.

The first thing you notice in the taste is the slightly sweet caramel flavor... all malt to begin with, with a nice oaky undertone, followed by a full on vanilla rush, then a hoppy bitter ending, with a sweetish aftertaste. The taste is extremely smooth, and it seems like the extremely bitter aspect of regular AB has been toned down by the oak without losing its extremely complex character; in fact it has definitely been added to.

The mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is high -- higher than the typically over-the-top-bitter Stone brew, and higher than the abv. might suggest. It is also a plus that this, unlike regular AB, comes in 12 oz bottles.

I am going to go ahead and make a controversial statement: that Oaked Arrogant Bastard is the Arrogant Bastard to try. Oaked smooths out much of the bitterness of AB while adding greatly to the flavor, and not diminishing the character, but rather augmenting it. Basically, this is the finest Stone ale there is, and OAB is probably the finest strong ale period. Highly recommended.

auntfloyd, Jan 05, 2007
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

JamesP123, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red in color with a thin layer of white foam and amazing lacing.

S: Tons of caramel, oak/vanilla, slight citrus.

T: Very distinct oak flavor, malty sweetness, smoke, and of course the signature Arrogant Bastard bitterness on the finish.

M: Great body, very little carbonation.

D: Much more drinkable than "regular" Bastard and much more complex and interesting (in my opinion).

womencantsail, Aug 11, 2009
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
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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