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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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4,909 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,909
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 160
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 BeerTruth
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

The Arrogant Bastard that happened to be Oaked poured a beautiful dark copper/amber hue with a think khaki colored head. Lace stuck to the glass throughout the entire tasting. I really thought this would have a powerful overwhelming smell, but to me, this was quite subtle. The smell is much more malty/oaky than the normal Bastard. Maybe because it's because I'm a hophead that the odor doesn't stand out to me. Taste is absolutely amazing, mild bitter hops bite the tongue but is quickly diminished by the wonderful malty/vanilla oak flavors. The feel is quite smooth with a much more carbonated feel to it than I had anticipated. Very drinkable brew, I was quite pleased with not nearly as much bite as Arrogant Bastard. I have always been a big fan of the original Bastard and have never had much experience in oaked brews, but I actually prefer this over the original because of its drinkability. I plan on experiencing more oaked brews thanks to Stone. Definitely give this one a try if you have the chance.

BeerTruth, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Oaked smell invites me into it's smooth taste and flavor. It's color is a beautiful dark amber. It's is a smooth and subtle as a bastard ale will get. There is no overwhelming flavor, just liquid goodness. Stays on my tongue well, it's a great drink. I am highly impressed with this special beer. Great for all times of year!

ThaBobfather, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Converge
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. I've never had standard Arrogant Bastard before, or any Stone beer for that matter, so I have little context to go by here.

A - Pours out of the bottle thick and creamy, with a deep burgundy hue and moderate haze. Big frothy head of light tan foam sits on top. Nice retention and awesome lacing.

S - Not quite as intense as anticipated, but still very good. Earthy aromas of oak, hops, hazelnut and a touch of maple fill the nostrils. Earthy hop presence is assertive but balanced by the rich caramel malt, toffee, and a hint of vanilla. An inviting blend of woody, resinous earth and pungent hop bite; very inviting.

T - Opens up malty, earthy, and a little sweet at the front. Oak is prevalent, but not dominant. Rich caramel malt is strong, with toffee, vanilla and maple notes coming through. The finish lends an assertive punch of earthy, slightly floral hops, fading into a lasting bitterness with a touch of coffee as well. Big bodied, but not abrasive. Definitely a malty profile, but not without complexity and balance as well. Good stuff.

M - Creamy and smooth, and surprisingly big. Low carbonation that prickles lightly. Finish is slightly astringent, with a lasting hop bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel.

D - Certainly not an everyday brew, but as an occasional treat, this is really something. The earthy profile, hoppy bite, and creamy body all come together to make a remarkable beer for the true beer drinker. Can't wait to try more Stone brews after this one.

Converge, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of GoldHorde
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrogant Bastard Ale hails from a category that I'm not...um..."skilled" in; certainly not an expert. I do not prefer brown or Belgian ales so I was actually surprised to find this complex a "flavor profile" from a category named American Strong Ale. Generally I do not like the schmaltzy aftertaste of standard ales (English, Belgian and Brown) preferring instead those of the highly hopped IPA category. This beer has harnessed my curiosity to explore the ale experiments a bit more. Very nice beer - copper tone with a limited head but a strident aftertaste of hop. I wouldn't refuse this beer - even at an IPA Beer Bust.

GoldHorde, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of azdback
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Beautiful pour. Dark caramel brown. Lots of carbonation bubbles that lead to a tightly packed three finger head. The head is off white or tan in color and very frothy in appearance, in fact it is sticking out of the glass a good finger. Lace is not real sticky but does a fair job of showing off some web designs.

Smell is sweet malt flavors and maybe caramel. There is just a bit of alcohol and some wood and maybe even some yeast or bread smells. This kind of smells like Double Simcoe.

Taste is so complex. This is why I have yet to review regular Arrogant. At first there is some pallet wrecking bitterness. I guess I would describe it as the sweetness of a tangerine but the bitterness of a yellow grapefruit. Followed quickly by the sweet sticky malts that I would describe as burnt caramel, and then the wood flavors from the oak chips followed by some alcohol warmness. This is so enjoyable.

Mouth is just wonderful. Full body, carbonated just right. Sticky and rich all the way to the end. With just a hint of alcohol burn late that goes very well with the sweet stickiness and wood.

Overall I have enjoyed this for many years but am just getting to reviewing it. I know now why I have yet to sit down and try to describe what goes on in my mouth when I drink this or it's unoaked brother. Very complex and almost un-describable, but that's most definitely not a bad thing. A must purchase if you are lucky enough to get the chance!!!!

azdback, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of omnigrits
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Firstly let me say that I'm very envious of the BAs who've had this out of a cask.

I really don't know where to begin with this. It's just an all-round terrific beer. In the 1960s Bernard Miles used to advertise Mackeson Stout on TV with the tagline "It looks good, it tastes good, and by golly it does you good". Of course, they wouldn't be able to use the third one of those descriptors these days but I reckon a glass of Oaked AB would be fine by me on the basis of 'A little of what you fancy does you good'. Not a beer I could drink all night but certainly something I'd like to have on hand in my fridge at all times.

I'm going to need a bigger fridge.

omnigrits, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of xav33
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, argued over 02/07

Poured a hazy ruddy brown with a large mostly lacing beige yellowish frothy head with good lacing.

Smelt of strong fresh pineapple, mango, and other tropical fruit, some light oak and caramel.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet grapefruit and light fruit punch sweetness followed by a strong roasted grain and oak bitter taste with some light fruity sweetness on a long bitter hops finish. Palate was medium bodied, watery yet a bit oily, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, the aroma is divine. The flavor delivers, and, although surprisingly light on the palate, it balances out the strong flavors. By far my favorite of the arrogant bastard variations.

xav33, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of ccampo
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 20oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown / amber with a pretty thick head that turns into an awesome lace. Looks about as badass as its bottle.

S - Woody and fruity. I smell passion fruit or grapefruit, along with some pine maybe? The aroma is intense, and one of the best parts of this brew.

T - Awesome. A hint of booze makes its way through, which adds to the beer significantly. I taste fruit and wood mostly. Strong malts for that bread aftertaste, and super strong hops. This baby is BITTER, which is just the way I like it!

M - Silky smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation. Dry finish. Like I said, this brew is bitter, and it sticks around. Have you ever eaten 80% cocoa dark chocolate? Think about how that made your mouth feel, and apply it to this beer.

D - Pretty easy to drink, but I wouldn't want more than one over the course of a night. Did I mention it tastes delicious?

This is one of my favorite beers ever. It is fantastic. The non-oaked version is also fantastic. DEFINITELY recommended, but you have to like a strong beer which is damn bitter. Otherwise, this isn't the beer for you.

ccampo, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of GPHarris
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

a - poured a tan two fingers thick head into a tumbler. body is reddish-brown with a slight haziness. head retention is great leaving nice lace and sheeting.
s - oak with a slight pine hoppiness.
t - very hoppy in the front, vanilla maltiness in the middle and the oak comes through at the finish.
m - really dances on the tongue. good carbonation.
d - nice brew, the first time i had this i loved it and this seems to not have the same punch. the first time i had it it had been aged a while and i am planning on doing the same with the others that came with this six pack. i also need to do a side by side with the regular AB to get a good comparison.

GPHarris, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Danny1217
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a glass that was not ideal (hotel rooms should provide good beer glasses!)

Appears a beautiful brown color with some red hues to it. Nice thick off-white head

Strong hop aroma with a strong oak scent coming out. Oak melds well with the pine from the hops. Very nce.

Caramel malts, piney hop flavor, and oak meld together for a pretty delicious flavor.

Overall, this is an improvement on a classic. The oak chips add a wonderful touch to an already good beer.

Danny1217, May 29, 2012
Photo of ivanovichi
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a wide mouth snifter

A - Pours a nice dark brown/ amber color with a half inch of really light tan head which it retained the whole time. Light carbonation, nice lacing all the was down

S - hoppy, malty, and oak and the end, very satisfying smell

T - Malt, then hops, and leaves the mouth full of that great oak flavor which hangs around for a while.

M - Sat on the tounge for plenty of time, i felt real light carbonation, nice overall feel

O - A great brew to really get everything you can out of an American strong ale, like others I would be interested in trying one right off the line fresh

ivanovichi, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of sgoodship
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. This brew comes to me thanks to the amazing kindness of Hophead101. Many thanks Greg!

A: Delivered a lovely creamy yellowy cream finger and a half head. Color is a hazy mysterious dark copper color with lighter golden color showing through towards the edges. Good head retention and nice fine lacing.

S: Great malty smell with a slight whiff of booze. Upon further investigation, the caramel is a sweeter than usual almost butter-scotch smell.

T: Man! Quite a surprise. It's a lovely malty butter scotch with a hint of booze. It really didn't seem like the taste could match the smell but it does. Grassy and fruity hop bitterness at the end to finish it in a nice dryness. Malt is definitely the winner in this battle. The further the drink progressed, the more I tasted the burned, oaky type barrel flavors. Feels much bigger than 7.2 ABV. Really bold and complex.

M: Smooth and creamy. On the full side of medium body. Low carbonation that is gentle on the palate but just enough to liven it up.

D: I loved this beer. I found myself sipping it even though it was creamy and easy to drink. I just wanted to savor it. Stone once again earns my respect. Please come to IL!

sgoodship, May 12, 2009
Photo of newk340
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer 2 of Bastard Bash

A: a translucent mauve color with very little head and no lacing that lingers.

S: a warm aroma of malts and barley with underlying hints of oak.

T: subtle hops compliment malts and barley to start while a dry oak/woody flavor rounds out each sip.

MF/D: a simple buzz of carbonation teases the mouth with various cacophony of flavors leaving the tastebuds aching for more. a clear step up from the arrogant bastard.

newk340, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to get the chance to try this one on tap at Redbones in Somerville, didn't know it was available on tap, as I had only seen the super sized bottles. Anyway, poured the expected dark dark murky amber, with a tan, thick head, and leaving tons of sheeting and sticky lacing. Nose of heavy malts and some coca-cola. Strong, heady brew, lots of malty/hoppy goodness, more cola, vanilla, dark honey and Stone ballysness, oak/wood present but certaintly not overpowering, would love to have the chance to do a side by side tasting of the oaked and non oaked versions. Fine brew from the Stone crew.

Billolick, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not enough Stone to go around, I'm definitely glad they downed the portion size on this one from last year's 3L and draft releases of it. 12oz much more accessible to most of us East coasters, anyways it appearsa cloudy ruby amber brown with a large foaming beige toffee toned head looks good, real good leaves even lacing in a uniform fashion around my chalice. Aroma contains moderate oak with a piney hop edge and citrus grassy notes in there as well, touch of anise or other spice effect going on for me with mild vanilla softness overall hops shine and really unite with the alcohol great smelling brewski. Flvors is great mild sharp sweet malt caramel qualities with abrassive arrogant hop doses including herbal, pine, and mild citrus peel bursts definitely some woody character somewhat minty expression as well a somewhat tamed but oh so flavorful version of Arrogant Bastard. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller in body with strudy carbonation to carry all that the gravity, definitely coats the palate and gives you that I need to brush my teeth to get the enamel back to normal feel, due to the substantial oily hop resins flowing down the palate. Drinkability is actually amazing one of those rounded out Bastards is something I could go for anytime, I definitely need to pick up a few more.

WVbeergeek, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-flecked copper colored with a clingy beige head. Aroma of hops and vanilla.

This is a nice sipper. Smooth and refined from the oak barrel, it's not the all-out (and indeed, wonderful) slugfest that a "normal" AB is. The oaky-vanilla rounds out the beer, balances the potency of the hops, and makes this absolutely delicious.

Very nice.

RockyTopHeel, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of greenmtn1111
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 8/20/2013. Poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter.

The beer is a deep mahogany color and sports a healthy tan colored head on top. Opaque. wonderful head retention. There's woodsy oak in the aroma and a strong maltiness. A little bit of booze.

Taste-wise there's dry oakyness at the front with slight cherries and baked apple. It finishes bitter with even more oak. The oak works nicely to subdue the malt and booze. A bit of piny and floral hops are noticable as well. It has a very creamy mouthfeel that tempers the boldness of the flavors. I really love what the oak does to Arrogant Bastard - great beer.

greenmtn1111, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single from Bocktown Beer and Grill

Appears dark red with a short white head and lacing. The aroma has a smooth mixture of the citrus hops and oak. It comes off like one note, making it unlike other hoppy beers. There's a dry, woody flavor, not like your normal oak, it seems like there's more spice to it. The hops are big with spicy citrus juice and a dry grapefruit finish that lasts long into the aftertaste. Yummy.

Now this is an American strong ale. Big, bold, and completely out there.

tempest, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form bottle into pint glass. Great dark amber color with a toasted cream head. Large head goes down to a nice, well-maintained head with great lacing.

Smell is great, lots of bright hops and a little hint of malt. No oak, which was a little disappointing, but the smell is wonderful regardless.

There is a good amount of hop up front and a nice sweet malty finish. There is a little oak in the finish, but not as much as I would have hoped.

The carbonation is lively and the beer has a enough body to stay interesting. The dryness of the hops and the lingering sweetness of the malt make you anticipate the next sip. Great feeling.

This is a very drinkable beer. I could see myself ordering a few at the bar and following them with a nice sweet stout. Cost is a little prohibitive, but it is a wonderful treat.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Espenoza
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a gorgeous dark reddish brown. It maintained a nice off white head

S - Nice hint of vanilla from oak chips, followed by almost a hoppy citrus and pine, malts. Very nice

T - Time and oak did this wonders. Loving the vanilla/oak from the barrell chips. I was surprised by the smokiness of it.

M - Very smooth, there's a nice crispness from the alcohol, which is very well balanced.

D - I found this to be very drinkable. The smokiness of it started off as a problem but as it warmed, really blended well with everything else.

Espenoza, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Thur123
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

into a snifter

This brew pours a murky hazy bog brown color with one finger of off white head that fades slowly. The smell is sweet and spicy malts with a hop palate that's modest but confident and a much lighter sweeter smell which may come from the oaking.

Glug glug glug

This is tasty...big caramel and molasses flavors in the malt with the oaky wood flavor and the mellow sweetness coming at the end. The last part of the aftertaste to me is really like the smell of fresh lumber in a way. Perhaps a bit of orange and herbal hop flavor too. The mouth feel is thick and creamy. Overall this is a good good brew, very drinkable and tasty, but I could only afford one on my budget. 18.00 for a sixer is a little too steep.

Thur123, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of FACEMEAT
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark burgundy red with a medium tan head that leaves good lacing.

S: Burnt wood, smoke, caramel, pine.

T: I made the mistake of keeping this beer in the refrigerator instead of my wine cooler. When drunk cold, the complex character of this brew is masked.. Upon warming, the benefits of the oak aging come through. Initial hoppiness is followed by smoky burnt sugar and oak.

M: Medium-heavy. I save this one for the end of the night with a bowlful of pipe tobacco.

D: Difficult not to overdrink.

FACEMEAT, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of SpdKilz
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - When you pour the beer, it pours a ruby red/mahogany hued color that looked great. It has a nice foamy white head that dissipates slowly.

Smell - The first smell that hits my nose is that of sweet oak. There is also a chocolate and toffee smell interlaced but not overpowering.

Taste - You can definitely taste the hops (grassy/pine) and the oak. I really enjoy the taste of this Stone product. I feel the hop and oak offset each other nicely and neither overpowers the other.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as I would have thought, though it does have a nice feel.

Drinkability - Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for it being a higher abv than normal beers. As stated, this is quickly becoming my favorite Stone that I have tried (though I am yet to try double bastard ale...).

Serving type: bottle

I picked up a six pack of these after hearing so much about this beer. I have never seen these before where I normally shop (they have other Stone products) and it was the only six pack left so I had to grab it.

SpdKilz, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark semi-opaque browned amber with red highlights. Good chunk of creamy tanned head. With sticky lacing.

Sweet toasty caramel with an earthy oak and woody aroma. The hops are earthy pine, herbal, and a touch of grapefruit. The alcohol is also apparent.

Roasty earthy woody oaky. Toasty toffee. Pine, spicy resins, hint of grapefruit. Bitterness is smooth and mellow with earthy pine and oak. Warming alcohol bite that goes so well with this oaky brew.

Smooth, mellowed beast, dry, nice full body.

Great character in this beer. Quite a monster that has been aged and mellowed.

CHILLINDYLAN, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of peabody
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out like really dark ice tea with a small amount of the white stuff.
Smell is fruity and hoppy. Orange and plum and piney hops mixed with a slight sugary aroma.
Taste is very bitter with a caramely sweetness that lingers for a while ending in just the bitterness of the dark bitter hop. Almost like an apple drink with a bitter aftertaste. Really nice.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the hops/oak seem to make the tounge .go through all kinds of changes during the sip.
Drinkability is high here if you like the hop/oak. It is really nice.
I could drink a bunch of these if they didn't cost so much.

peabody, Nov 30, 2006
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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