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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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4,724 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,724
Reviews: 1,825
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 143
Gots: 348 | 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 alkemy


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

Poured a hazy, deep mahogany with a finger of thick cream colored head. It looks the part of a pretty substantial beer. The hops come across in a fragrant, floral manner. There's also a hint of grapefruit along with a biscuity malt with a hint of spiciness. This spiciness (kind of a nutmeg/pumpkin combo) shows itself more in the taste. In the taste, the citrus is more of an orange intermingling with pine. You also get a woody, earthy twang on the back end. Maybe just a hint of vanilla as well. Pretty rich and creamy feel. The alcohol really doesn't show itself. I'm thoroughly impressed by this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 22:01:00 | More by alkemy
Photo of BeerLover99


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

A: deep brown, clay orange body, 2 finger delightful head, wonderful lacing display

S: oak, woodsy/smoke, citrus and pine aroma

T: sweet citrus, good oak (almost has tobacco+leather flavor), malt and pine, subtle long bitter finish.

M: medium body, mild tongue prick, slick oily feel

D: Outstanding beer! Sometimes oak-aged beers just fall flat, this has a nice balance between malt, pine, and firm smoke from oak-aged. I'm shocked that this beer is going down with ease.


Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 16:42:02 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of NealVsBeer


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

A - Deep brown with a 1/2" tan head with lacing

S - Malts, caramel, and oak

T - Sweet up front with fruits and caramel, hop bitterness and the oak flavor at the end. Very nice.

M - Medium-bodied and well carbonated. A bit sticky too.

D - This is a phenomenal beer from Stone. I'm impressed with just about everything they put out and this is no exception. It seems like I taste something new with every sip. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 23:02:26 | More by NealVsBeer
Photo of seaoflament


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

Pours a muddy brown color with very little head, probably still too cold.

Aromas of caramel, citrus, ripe orange, toasted bread, hints of wood and sweet fruits. I also pick up some earthy notes and flower petals.

Taste of wood and vanilla upfront with a great combination of caramel and bread. A bit of citrus hops and some more earthy flavors. Dates, figs, prunes and a bit of smoke as well.

Well carbonated and pretty easy to drink but it's not a type of beer I would drink all night, but great on a cold day/night.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 22:49:37 | More by seaoflament
Photo of MSchae1017


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

This beer was tasted in a snifter from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours dark cherry amber with a creamy cappuchino colored head that leaves a nice film over the beer and leaves a bit of lace. The aroma smells of caramel, toasted and honey malts along with musty woodiness and faint floral hops. The taste is up front with the malt characteristics of caramel, toast, and honey but the beer then gives way to the oak characteristics before finally finishing with a piney hop characteristic. The beer also displays a medium-full mouthfeel with a subtle carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable beer. I would like to see a more potent hop characteristic like the regular Arrogant Bastard, but the oaked version pleases nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 02:24:16 | More by MSchae1017
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It looks beautiful. It pours a very deep amber color, very clear with a nice off-white to tan head.

It smells very sweet and slightly unique. It's hard for me to pick up these flavors.

It's very smooth. A nice malty/ oak character with a nice hop bitterness. On the back end I'm getting some nice fruits. Very nice. This could easily be an IPA

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 21:49:02 | More by raynmoon
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Close to amber color with a light tan head. Surprisingly little to no lacing.

S- Caramel malt with some hints of oak. Very little hop presence in the nose compared to the regular arrogant bastard, but the oak is noticeable.

T- Malt and hops work together with the oak to mellow it out. Very good and balanced flavor.

M- The oak smooths the body out and the slight carbonation makes it very drinkable. Light stickiness in the body.

O- Drank side by side with the regular arrogant bastard and it is remarkable how the nuances of the oak change the beer. I though this one was a little smoother and more balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:22:56 | More by stephenjmoore
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite tasting beer to date! It pours a maroon/brown color with a two finger head. Smells very sweet like honey, peanuts, and hops. The smell is very pleasant. On first sip, this beer is phenomenal! It's very delicious and tastes just how it smells. It is so smooth! I've never tried the non-oaked AB, but this beer is so good. I am definitely going back to get more!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 21:48:19 | More by brianlg
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap at Vintage Estates in Boardman, Ohio.

Appearance: A dark, reddish brown with an off white, frothy head with good retention and left nice lacing all the way down.

Aroma: A citrusy, oily hop aroma hits first, followed by a malty sweetness and faint alcohol. Very pleasant, indeed.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Oh so smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The very citrusy flavor of hops is assertive at first, then the big, caramel malty sweetness blends with the oak that lasts through the finish.

Notes: Wow, what a great beer. Hard to believe they could top the original Arrogant Bastard, but here we are. I love the oaky, woody flavors and thats smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2006 01:10:17 | More by jdoolin
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Alberta (Canada)

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. Managed to rub-off the best-before date in transit, but freshly purchased suggests it's on time!

A - Fluffy tan head resolves in a couple minutes with some moderate lacing. Mid-brown color and a bit hazy; moderate carbonation visible.

S - grassy hops with a bit of mossy/toasty malts. Maybe a hint of vanilla?

T - powerful! Subtle grassy hops is dominated by a combined powerful bready/caramel malt and something else, it'd be too easy to say woody, but it is hard to place. Enduring bitterness (hops popping back out the other side?)

M - moderately heavy but not cloying or coating the mouth. Mild carbonation. The bitter character really sticks in the back of the throat and keeps going. Mildly warming alcohol.

D - It would be tough to down more than a couple of these in a night; there's just so much there!

A classic, and delicious drink. Nice winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 02:39:17 | More by DoktorZee
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New York

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

A: Dark caramel brown and somewhat opaque with a little bit of head on top that dissapates shortly into the glass.

S: Not a lot of strong smell - a little hops coming through

T: Excellent taste - Hoppy but not overly so. Complex flavors coming through - a little smokiness but it is very subtle with a nice bit of bitterness toward the end. The oak and smoke comes throughnicely at the very end and stays around.

M: Smooth and a little tingly.

D: A nice beer for relaxing in the evening.

[ serving type: Chilled bottle poured into a glass]

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 02:05:19 | More by Kiwano
Photo of beerman207


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

A: Dark red in color with a nice two finger head and fantastic lacing

S: Some citrus, Oak, Vanilla, and even some malt coming through

T: Oak is the the biggest flavor coming through followed by citrus and a strong bitter.

M: Perfect body, medium cabonation.

D: This beer is great. The oak really balances out the brew. I haven't had the original but I'm not sure that I want to after having this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 02:41:24 | More by beerman207
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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this deep dark red beauty and achieved a nice, reasonable head. The smell is much calmer than I expected. Definitely diggin it.

The taste is a lot different from the Bastard taste that I am used to. I usually find them to be in your face (not in a bad way) but it looks like the oak and aging has really chilled this beast out. I still get the same ideas that I get from the regular Arrogant Bastard, but the oak aging has really changed it for the better in my opinion.

Instead of being an Arrogant Bastard with oak added, this guy really transformed into a mellow, but still very strong beer. Will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 22:58:10 | More by MotoGuitard
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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very nice dark amber color with slight haze (maybe chill haze). Nice foamy almost creamy white colored bubbles with solid lacing. Head decapitates slowly then stick with a slight foam above the beer.

S: Amazing hoppy smell with a backbone of oak with hints of vanilla, from the american oak wood chips. Definitely getting lots of hops in the forefront of the nose, followed by that backbone of vanilla, oak, slight bourbon characteristic, amazing smelling stuff.

T: Wow this is where the beer shines for me. It's no where near as bitter as Arrogant Bastard, probably because the beer has had time to mellow-out a little bit. The amber malts are not as present as they are in the original Arrogant Bastard but still there. Very nice hoppyness similar to a very well crafted IPA with a strong malt backbone. The oak chips impart a bourbon-like flavor adding bits of sweet with lots of vanilla.

M: Medium to full mouth-feel , unlike the base beer. Aging the beer in oak chips really did help to bring these amazing flavors out.

O: Highly recommended. If you do not like the original Arrogant Bastard due to the lingering bitterness, then try this one! No lingering bitterness with full flavor and hints of bourbon and vanilla!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 18:18:47 | More by abakanowiczc
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Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this for my "let's see if this is the time my suitcase gives up the ghost because of beer" return from Austin, Texas a few months ago. As I'm attending a whisky appreciation event this evening, what better way (with beer, anyway) to start things off...

This beer pours a hazy medium dark reddish copper hue, with a few fingers of thick, puffy off-white head, that settles into a cap for a while, leaving remnants of lacing around the glass. The aroma - I can smell it sitting on the table across from me - is dark roasted malts, fruity, with an acrid woodiness. The taste is big caramel malt, wrapped in the flavours of slightly charred oak - vanilla, caramelized sugars, an herbal earthiness. Then the citrus grapefruit and pine hops come crashing down over all of this, not quite balancing things, but at least making certain that all participants are present and accounted for. The body is nice and heavy, sumptuous, a mild carbonation trickling through the morass, the finish relatively light, only a slight malt stickiness and lovely mild citrus hoppiness lingering. This is a pretty decent example of the oaked beer trend of late - would that I could have more than the one of this.

From what I can remember, I like the extra complexity of this beer versus the 'regular' (heh) offering, especially the additional perceived hop components. The oak doesn't change the nature of the base beer, as other oak-aged products seem to show - well, this is Arrogant Bastard we're talking about here, so not much of a surprise, I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 00:09:22 | More by biboergosum
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark amber with reddish hue. nice 3-finger head with lacing all over the glass

S- like the balanced smell on the nose although a little light. citrus, hops, molasses & lots of pine

T- very interesting taste that is much like the smell but with more potency. starts a bit sweet...maybe a vanilla & malts that are quickly replaced with bitter hops & pine.

M- medium body that is velvety on the tongue. not much carbonation

D- really enjoyed this beer. seemed to be very well-balanced with a malty sweet start and hard bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:39:18 | More by haddon
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark ruby/amber red with a thick and creamy dark tan head.

The smell was surprisingly mild with some molasses, oak, and some green hops.

The flavor is suprisingly mild with a light oaky and toasted malt body with a very fresh and wet tasting green hopy finish with big hints of fresh juniper and citrus.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily with a long lingering finish.

Very drinkable strong ale.

Review #2 - scores based of this review - first 06/08/09 this 03/21/11 - I know round 2 the sample is very fresh.

Poured a slightly dirty brown with a light yet lingering off white head.

The smell has a nice mixture of the big resiny and orange peel chinook hops with a some deep dark caramel malts.

The flavor is very hop dominated with big resiny orange peel coating your tongue with a long lasting bitterness, slowly the malt makes its way to the forefront with a very subtle hint of oak. Nice bready backbone with a light bit of chocolate.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily leaving a nice long lasting hop flavor.

A great beer, the more I have it the more I appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 22:57:40 | More by bashiba
Photo of likestoswallow


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Bevmo. This is the summer 2007 batch. .Pours a rich dark red color with a generous off white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is strong with citrus and hops. Flavor is complex with biter hops in the forefront, rich malts, hazelnuts, and a bit of caramelized apple. Mouthfeel is full, silky smooth and satisfying. Finish is long with vanilla and slightly sweet. The oak aging really mellows out this concoction. This is a superb beer. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 00:58:02 | More by likestoswallow
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to try this one, been looking for it for a month or so. Finally found it at Thornton Grill in Sperryville, VA.

Pours a fairly deep reddish brown with a light tan good sized head that stays around nicely and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Nice looking brew.

Smells of a bit of vanilla up front, followed by a nice hit of grapefruit and pine, with a touch of citrus. Little bit of a floral aroma.

Taste is very very good. Grapefruit, pine, and citrus hop flavors are balanced by some vanilla and caramel. Just a great flavor for a strong ale. Not too overpowering, so it's also very drinkable. I had high hopes for this one, and it didn't disappoint at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 02:49:16 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass. Good finger of head, with solid lacing throughout. Deep hazy amber with an off-white head.

Strong hoppy aroma, grapefruit comes to mind. Good malty sweetness in the background. The oak definitely adds some sweetness and smoothness versus the non-oaked version.

Strong hop flavors, with a good bit of the oils shining through. The oak definitely comes out more as it warms, adding a rich sweet smoothness that you will love more and more as it warms. Very balanced.

Mild carbonation. mild alcohol in the background, though it is not as present as you'd expect. An exceptional brew indeed.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 22:06:46 | More by Cheesemoose
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting a 6-pack of this was a real treat. Pours a clear, medium amber color with an off-white head and nice carbonation. Smell hints that there is a lot going on: but where it delivers is in the tasting. Very clean malt, very sharp and spicy hop (but not overdone), and a hint of woody oak. Finishes with a final kick of hoppy bite.

Is there too much going on with this beer? Seriously, there might just be. I am going back to the non-oaked AB at a future date, which I subjectively remember liking even more. But then, I still have the rest of these to enjoy and ponder.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 00:31:19 | More by bgjohnston
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap into Goblet at Pasquini's downtown Denver ($3 at Happy Hour!!)
A - 1 finger of thick coffee colored head with good retention to a thin layer, a quite dark brown color that is saturated with a red hue 4.5
S - Florals dominate the nose with sweet fruit/malts following, not sure if this is aged in a barrel or with wood chips but the "oaked" is present, I also pick up some sherry/smoky notes 4
T - Very smooth flow throughout the sip, a herbal start to a bitter hop/citrus, oak taste lingers. A lot to really taste here. I need another just to take all the flavors in. 4.5
M - Medium to full body with good carbonation, a lot of taste in each sip without becoming heavy on the palate 4.0
O - Will have this again when I have time to sit and absorb it, not a session beer but very drinkable with a ton of flavor. It makes me think of Great Divide's 17th Anniversary DIPA. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 02:42:23 | More by rsdaugherty
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra thanks to colts9016, bottle dated consume by Apr 14-2011. Well better do this and re-review it, lets see if this makes a difference, instead of drink one that was 2 months past. Poured both into a nonic and a snifter.

This head is much bigger and darker than I remember and has more retention on the nonic, lots of cap action. Great looking beer even in a nonic or snifter

Smell is grapefruity and less malty than before, a little hint of wood, and slightly less brown sugar. Where did that grapefruit go last time?

Taste is super chocolaty, with hints of tannic wood and super big hop presence on the finish! Wow this is a HUGE difference it's like a chocolate hop slight tannic wood blast!

Overall much improved! Hops do make a difference and must have mellowed the hops out sitting around a bit last time. This is much better and very different when fresh.


old review Feb 20-2011

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. Thanks to TKEAnmial for the bottle. It is a little old at enjoy by Dec 2nd 2010... hmmm... it is a strong ale so this should be okay, but we are a little late to the party. At least the late Nosferatu I had was flat out fantastic so let's see how this compares.

Pours an amber color out of the bottle and a nice light tan head. Sits on a dark red body with some nice hues against the light. Head has lots of staying power and some big boozy thick legs with spotty lacing.

Smell is kind of buttery diacetyl, with faint sweet caramel and dark brown sugars in the back. Very much into movie theatre popcorn territory. Not a very distinct or varied nose on this.

Faint tannin like in mid palate, a fairly good wood "like" character surprisingly in the swallow but with some hop bitter sharpness. Missing a bit of pronounced flavor and starting to mellow but still a bit sharp in alcohol.

For a strong ale this is passable even at this age, but I think a fresher one would have been a little more dynamic.

old rating

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 14:49:29 | More by smakawhat
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

creamy off white head, check. lovely amber hues and shades of reddish brown, check. first sniff loaded with hops, only lasting a fleeting moment until the other aromas of vanilla and maple syrup take over. this i assume must be from the oak aging, which also adds quite a nice bit of depth and complexity to the taste. sweet and savory flavors on the first sip are in juxtapose with a crushing lingering bitterness that creeps up quickly to balance out the alcohol and nutty profile of the malts. my bottle was one month past the drink y date and still very nice. would eventually like to try a fresh bottle to compare. this handles like a real beer. its solid, fun, and ripping with good qualities.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 14:40:41 | More by xjapanhomebrewx
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear, deep, ruby-amber with a foamy light cream-tan head. good retention. Nice lace.

Smell- Really nice, light fruity hops. Some light vanilla and oak. Sweet fruit and some floral esters. Good, caramel malts.

Taste- Nice, caramel malt. Fresh bread, more oak and vanilla notes from the barrel, and a definite pleasant fruitiness. Some light, noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel- medium body. appropriately creamy with good carbonation.

Drinkability- Aside from the alcohol, the flavors come together nice and magage to be refreshing enough to remain pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 01:29:16 | More by endincolorado
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,724 ratings.