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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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4,716 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,716
Reviews: 1,824
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 142
Gots: 347 | 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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Photo of briman


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of TheJollyHop


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
Photo of bboelens


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
Photo of 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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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
Photo of ujsplace


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
Photo of 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
Photo of setexascustoms


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
Photo of elNopalero


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
Photo of Foxtrot


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
Photo of 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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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
Photo of JoEBoBpr


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Thanby


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
Photo of wknight167


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

Apearance - Pours a hazy dark amber with an orangish tint, 1 finger off white head that slowly fades to a cap. Impressive lacing.

Nose- Sweet caramel balanced with citrus and pine hops, Dark fruits and a touch of earthiness and wood.

Palate- Hops are definitely present, but more subdued than the non oaked version. Begins with a strong malt presence that is aided by a touch of vanilla. The citrus/pine hops come out in the end and are given a certain spiciness from the oak

Mouthfeel- Medium body, lively carb.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 07:43:41 | More by wknight167
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

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

The beer pours from the bottle an amber goddess. Very heavy head, nice lacing.
The smell is a bit hoppy, more subdued than the original for sure, with some oak lingering around the edges to keep things interesting. There isn't quite as much oak as I was expecting.
The taste is again not comparable to the original. The oak is way too little, the hops are mellowed, the malt is there, but its got nobody to play with. A good tasting beer, but no bastard.
The mouth is excellent, I was expecting no less, the oak lends a nice smoothing effect.
The drinkability is this beer's strength, you can drink this until the cows come home if you are stupid enough to do so.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 18:29:56 | More by grayburn
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Its been a while since I had this one. It pours a deep amber color with a light coat of head over top. The clarity is moderate and there are a few stray bubbles, but no real carbonation present. The aroma is deep caramel with an underlying pine hop and a mellow tannin and light vanilla. It has a nice balance between the aromas. The first sip brings a very solid vanilla and tannin that moves to a full pine hop with a sweet caramel and almost sugary sweetness that fades into a solid but pleasing bitterness. I really think the vanilla on this one blends really well with the caramel and hop of the brew. I don't remember their being a a vanilla note in this one. Mouthfeel is thick, with a light carbonation. Drinkability on this one is really good. There are some big flavors but they blend well and don't make it overpowering. This one still impresses me.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 04:09:20 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of dcook11


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

Pours a light cocacola hue with minimal head and no lacing. Looks similiar to a socttish ale (old chub?). Smell is sweet with a touch of oak, vanilla, hops and malt..also some citrus. The taste is oaky, but sweet. Much smoother than the standard AB. Mouthfeel there is a touch of dryness, but it is not unwelcome. Overall enjoyed this beer very much. Id buy this over their standard offering if not for the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 06:23:31 | More by dcook11
Photo of billshmeinke


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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Very dark amber. 3 finger head. Head reluctant to disappear and is maintained throughout (halfway through the glass the head is still at least 4 cm thick). Very impressive sticky lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate, caramel and toffee with some oak mixed in there.

T: Taste follows smell. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, and a little bit of oak is present. It is a bit creamy as well, actually. Quite complex and tasty. Also, pretty strong tasting. Not too much alcohol present, but a little. Nice hoppy after taste.

M: Very nice. Not exceptionally bubbly, but good.

D: For only the brave, but if you are into dark ales, I don't see how this one could do you wrong.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 07:17:56 | More by billshmeinke
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tulip at about 50 degrees. medium brown with copper color. one finger off white head that lasted a bit with good lacing. Carbination was just right.

Smell: Floral hops, citrus, pine, I could smell the oak coming thru

Taste: semi sweet caramel malt that gave way to floral hoppiness. Then grapefruit peel and earthy oak. Great balance of bitter hops at finish

Mouthfell: carbination was just right and coated my mouth without being thick or sticky

Overall its a great brew, the oakiness was like good oaked red wine {cab} Nice blended balance in the taste and smell.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 22:18:32 | More by bayougutter
Photo of bboven


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

Deep ruby body with a slight haze, thin head with just a smattering of lacing

The oak and hops mingle nicely; both are very strong but neither overpower one another.

The oak comes through much more in the flavor. There is a slight vanilla taste and a bit of tannic action. The hops balance the oak and leave a nice bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is very full, slightly drying, very very nice.

My only qualm is that the oak could be a little less to let the base flavors shine through, but other than that, a near perfect oaked beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 20:29:10 | More by bboven
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, $14 for a 6er that I was very pleasantly surprised to find at Goodrich's in EL.

A: Pours a caramel-ly brown with reddish hints, small head that disappears to a ring a little quicker than I would expect.

S: Smells is more balanced than AB. Nice hop smell, but also contains some nice malt, a touch of vanilla and oak. Overall very inviting.

T: Interesting. The initial taste is similar to AB, huge blast of hop bitterness. This is cut by the smoothness created by the oak. Finishes with oak, a touch of smokey bourbon, and leaves a charcoal bitterness.

M: Full bodied with just a touch of stickyness

D: The oak smoothes it out a little, which makes it more sippable than AB, in my opinion. I feel the drinkiability for the two are similar, just in different ways.

Glad I got to try this. As stated above, I find this is just as good as AB. Both hoppy bitter beers, but whereas AB is pure hop bitterness, I find the oak finishes with kind of a 'charred' bitterness. Nice to have an oak aged beer that accentuates instead of dominates the original taste though.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 07:23:17 | More by mjd83goblue
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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