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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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4,810 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,810
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 151
Gots: 389 | 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 joekfsu


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

12 oz bottle. Small off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Pours a clear amber. Mild citrus, hop, and woody aroma. The initial flavor is dominated by hops. The oak aged taste comes on the back end, kind of spicy. Medium body, creamy texture. Mild carbonation with spicy, hoppy finish. Complex beer yet drinkable. Other than the price tag, would have no problem drinking this every day of the week.

09-10-2007 01:33:02 | More by joekfsu
Photo of crossovert


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Yes I am worthy. Typical novel printed on the bottle, best by 12/23/09.

Pours into my American pint glass a dark red, with a frothy off white head. The head recedes quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

The scent is very floral and herbal. Of course there is some wood and malt scent in there too. Smells very elegant, but not too pungent.

The mouthfeel if full and voluminous. The taste is a wonderful balance of bops, oak, and a more subtle malt backing. There is a bit of fruitiness too. It is full force with the bitterness but complex in flavor, an excellent and highly drinkable Oak aged brew.

This is a great brew, I havent had the original version but if it is near this good I know I will like it. This is one big and great beer.

11-08-2009 00:29:12 | More by crossovert
Photo of climax


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured into a snifter, this one was a mahogany with ruby highlights. The tan head was fair, and faded to a ring around the glass and a patch in the middle.

The aroma was obviously oaky. Strong hop bill of pine, grass, and some soapiness was ever changing. Mint, ripe cherries, brown sugar, and even some banana in there, the nose was very complex. The alcohol was hidden very well.

The flavor was an excellent balance of two hardy profiles. The hops were evident at first and picked up steam towards the end, especially in the resiny and grapefruit finish. The malt shared spotlight with sweeter caramel tones and a toasty finish.

The feel was smooth and coating, the carbonation had a fair bit of spike. The finish was dryish and had a nice pinching feeling that lingered. Great flavor, great beer.

03-21-2010 23:01:13 | More by climax
Photo of tjd25


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

As I poured the first glass, I had the impression that there would be no head, but it ended up forming a nice light and velevty head on an intense opaque amber brown color body. The smell is extraordinarily fresh and shows a great bouquet of red fruits with a very enjoyable sweetness. Also lighter hints of citrus, with a grapefruit character appearing slowly and getting deeper in the taste. Yeasty notes of vanilla appear after a while. The taste is way more aggressive than the smell. The very dry hoppiness invades and conquers the mouth with together with some oily notes. As for red fruits and citrus, their influence switched from the one they had in the smell: the once dominant red fruits notes are more subtles in the taste, as the grapefruity character took over. The aftertaste gets quite dry and grassy. The oaked aspect appears together with notes of cherry that create a slightly floury feeling on the tongue. Mouthfeel is enjoyably lighter than expected. Its complexity stimulates all the parts of the mouth and of the tongue. This surprizingly soft mouthfeel contributes to the great drinkability of theis character brew.

02-18-2005 04:13:13 | More by tjd25
Photo of portia99


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

12oz bottle from the first bottling of this (at least that made it to Massachusetts...by my rough calculations, this has been in the cellar from 2004) poured into an Old Guardian glass. Lets see how this has held up.

A - Bottle opens with a nice firm crack of carbonation. Pours a bit muddy and dirty and with a bit of a darker brown color. A finger cap of a tan foam lingers for a minute or so and leaves behind a thick and foamy collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Rich caramel up front, a touch of oak, molasses, hint of burnt sugar and faint vanilla. Not much left for any hops...after 8 years - not surprised. This give the impression of being a nice barleywine.

T - Somewhat mellow..and perhaps not quite as arrogant. This is very smooth. Woody oak is prominant on the first sip and lingers from start to finish. Layered heavily with various sweet and malty flavors - caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Surprisingly crisp hop bitterness as well. Vanilla and burnt sugar slightly reminiscient of creme brulee. Everything works very well together...there are no hard edges here...goes down super easy.

M - Very smooth, velvety, creamy. Body is medium. Carbonation is medium/low with a foaminess and creaminess about it. Gives a sweeter impression, but overall balance is excellent. Woody aspects and clean hop bitterness play off the sugary flavors quite well. Alcohol is not at all evident.

O - Having been an Arrogant Bastard fan from day 1, I recall being very excited when this oaked version hit store shelves. I also remember being shocked by the $18/6pk price but buying it anyway. Sadly, I recall not being at all impressed by this beer fresh, finding it quite harsh and not very enjoyable...hence a primary reason this has been sitting quietly in my cellar for 8 years. So, when I stumbled upon this bottle I figured it was as good a time as any to give it another try. What I find now is a truly excellent beer that has held up very well and improved greatly with age. The balance here is just about perfect and the flavors have mellowed a bit and blended together to create a beer that truly surprised me. Not sure I have the patience anymore to lay a beer down for 8 years (at least intentionally), but I am really hoping that I have another of these vintage bottles hiding in a dark corner of my cellar collection.

11-28-2012 01:16:03 | More by portia99
Photo of Imstillthegman


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Finally got my hands on one of these bad boys at Firewaters in A.C.

Poured a dark amber with even darker ruby highlights. Tan head faded fairly fast and left only light lacing behind.

Nice blend of scents in the aroma. Citrusy and lighter pine hops, caramel and biscuity malts, vanilla and last, but not least...oak. I thought the oak would have been right up front in my face but it wasn't and I liked that.

Wow...the taste is just...wow. A nice blend of all the different scents in liquid form. The oak is there from beginning to end, but isn't overbearing at all. You still get all of that Arrogant Bastard goodness.

Medium bodied with a crisp, dry bitterness. Very drinkable...I would love to find some more of this somewhere. Another excellent Stone product.

12-16-2006 23:11:11 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of antlerwrestler19


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.


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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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?

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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

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

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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!

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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...

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

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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