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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,971 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,971
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 168
Gots: 448 | 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 Methical
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Methical, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

PaceASA, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Caleb, Apr 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

SGToliver, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of LukeK
4/5  rDev -4.8%

LukeK, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -4.8%

tom10101, May 19, 2013
Photo of barczar
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant amber with copper highlights and a frothy one inch beige head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick, holy lacing.

Resin, pine, and grapefruit open the aroma, with fresh cut grass and slightly dank cannabis rounding out the hop profile. There's some caramel malt sweetness buried in there somewhere, along with toasty oak. Notes of dark fruits...raisins, prunes, and figs, emerge.

Flavor is a juxtaposition of sweet and bitter. There's an initial promise of bitterness, which the malt overcomes mid palate, but resiny, herbal hops take back the profile in the finish. Grapefruit, tea, fresh cut grass, resin, burnt caramel, and oak are on the laundry list of flavor notes. Lightly burnt toast flavors emerge as it warms.

Body is fairly full, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth. They'd a bit of hop astringency present.

Great, complex beer. A little too resiny bitter for my liking, but still very good in all other respects.

barczar, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Had this out of the bottle and poured into a glass earlier this month and haven't gotten around to reviewing it until now. Bought a 4-pack and got it for my friends b-day. I thought it would be cool for us to share a beer together. This is my first review, here we go!

A-The beer looks flawless and the bottle is incredibly cool and funny. Has a pretty large, tan colored head and it seems like it stays forever. The beer is a deep copper color, almost amber. looks great.

S- Smells different. You can really smell the oaked and wood flavoring and it is for sure the strongest and primary smell. There might be some sort of citrus thing going on too from what I remember as well as the hops. Might be some sort of bready sent going on. Not to bad, but once again, mainly oak and wood.

T- Wow! The taste is pretty much like as my friend put it, "Like drinking a liquefied tree!" There is a heavy wood presence here. Not a lot of booze taste here, which is good. Hops are noticed here, but not overly powerful. The taste finishes dry, but not too dry. The taste lingers for a very long time afterwards. Even after chewing a stick of gum, I was still able to feel it on my mouth. Overall, a very aggressive and strong taste, but I don't mind.

M- Not a whole lot of carbonation, which is a good thing. Most beers are too carbonated and it takes away from the other qualities of the beer. The mouthfeel is heavy without a doubt. Like I said before, the taste stays with you for a very long time.

O- A very big and bold beer. Tastes very different and unique in a good way. I have never had anything like that before. My friend couldn't stand it because he said it was like drinking a tree. While he was right, it's not necessarily a bad thing. Overall, a very pleasant experience, if you get the chance to try this, don't pass it up!

Matthew_Phoenix, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear deep red with almost two fingers of tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Aromas of oak and oily hops, some grapefruit zest and some caramel malt.

T - Taste follows the aroma pretty closely. Actually quite malty up front. However, the oak character is very prominent, especially on the finish, and the hops come in midway and last through the finish. There is also more juicy citrus than I got from the smell.

M - Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A bit syrupy initially, finishing very dry with a big tannin presence.

O - I think I enjoy the regular Arrogant a bit more, but this is a pretty tasty brew.

warnerry, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of HarrisonDean
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/20/2009

While Arrogant Bastard Ale is becoming fairly common, one of its siblings, the oaked version, is still beneath the radar. This is essentially the same beer, but it is aged in oak casks, a process which imparts wonderful flavors and mellows the body. Oaked Arrogant Bastard pours beer-bottle brown in color with red highlights, letting little light through. The head is very frothy, vanilla in color, and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass. The aroma is subdued, with citrusy hops and sweet, spicy vanilla all amidst a mellow aged oak base.

This beer is very well balanced, appeasing an aggressive hopping with sweet malts and sour fruit esters. The woody oak flavor serves to relax the tension between the mighty flavors at odds. Each sip leaves a dry, bitter hop flavor on the tongue with the more cautious oak surrounding. The back of your throat reminds you of the past sweet vanilla malts and invites another sip. I would recommend checking out the Oaked version of the Bastard, but definitely check out Arrogant Bastard first.

HarrisonDean, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of sullysbeer
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Hints of Chocolate, Piney Hop aroma, Huge Oak, Alcohol is present.

Appearance: Brilliant Ruby Red and crystal clear. Huge rocky tan head that is thick and creamy.

Flavor: Slightly sweet up front, hints of cherries, potpourri. Huge floral hop flavor. Huge alcohol and oaky wood but the sharp hop bitterness quickly over powers, then plants itself on the back of the tongue and throughout the mouth. The bitterness doesn't stop until you take another sip and the description above starts over again.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied - Silky on the tongue and perfect carbonation.

Overall Impression: Talk about flavor, complexity in this one! I have never had an Arrogant Bastard Ale and wasn't expecting a huge lingering hop bitterness. Great beer and oaky! Hop heads enjoy!

sullysbeer, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish brown with a decent head. Great retention. Caramel malt notes and piny hop aroma. Bready malts up front with intense piny hop bitterness. The oak is noticeable and adds a decent a flavor to the hop character and the malt balance. Medium to full bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

Damn, this is good. I like the regular AB better but this is its own amazing drink.

tdm168, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was a deep ruby red with a light brown mixed in. big creamy head that hung around forever.

lots of grapefruit with a light oak and vanilla mixed in. sweet candied malt.

this must have been the freshest i have ever had this, it was very hoppy which really helped tame the oak flavor. the big grapefruit and citrus really bonded well with the vanilla and oak.

very full, medium carbonation. oily like.

this was good, the best i've ever had oaked bastard.

hooliganlife, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of jmerloni
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a tawny copper brown color with flashes of bright amber in the middle. Pretty interesting. Head is gigantic and laces fairly absurdly. One of the most formidable heads I've seen.

S - The oakiness is definitely there! I love it. Besides that, some citrusy hops. Maltiness is there too.

T - The flavor is more piney than I expected given the nose. A little mellowed and not as bold as expected. Hop and malt in a respectably well-crafted balance. Tastes very fresh.

M - On the lighter side of medium-bodied. A bit too much carbonation perhaps. It leaves a nice dry finish.

D - Fairly drinkable. Hops and malt are in good balance and the beer is light enough so that you can put back a few of these.

jmerloni, May 31, 2010
Photo of WOTO97
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep ruby, two-finger head with great retention and some lacing

S: vanilla, plum and faint alcohol notes

T: a little harsh from the booze, bold fruit presence (e.g. plum), raisin, very dry hop finish

M: very round, great body

D: strikingly different from the standard DB, booze a little too overpowering

WOTO97, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of heebes
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Time to try the oaked version.

Pours a dark amber with huge foamy off-white head. Nose is obviously wood from the oak, mostly piney hops. Taste is earthy, the oak really comes through on the palatte, body is malty and barley, finishes with an aftertaste or bitter wood. Pretty heavily bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. One of the better oak-aged beers I've tried. ABV sneaks up on you, so smooth and drinkable.

heebes, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut body, with a bit of haze to it and a nice creamy tan head on top, albeit a bit thin.

Sweet and caramely upfront on the nose. Good bit of oak notes, with hints of vanilla and fruit. Hops have faded a bit and leave just a hint of their former self with some piney and citrus notes.

Nice and bold upfront, with the oak really coming through alongside a strong malt body. Toffee and brown sugar sweetness and some bourbon-like vanilla sweetness make for a pleasant sipper.

Mouhtfeel is smooth and well-rounded with a rather heavy feel. Overall, OakedAB presents you with a tasty and bold beer with wonderful oak notes and it doesn't come with the Barrel-Aged price tag.

Kinsman, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a dark reddish-mohagany color wiht a finger and a half of lightly tanned head that has decent retention and very good lacing.

S: Caramel, strong piney hops, and a touch of pineapple.

T: Powerful caramel maltiness, toffee, faded resiny hops, sweet citrus, and a little smoke. It tastes like an overly malty IPA or DIPA with no notice of oak.

M: The body is medium-thick with some stickiness and average carbonation.

O: The faded hops do not hurt this one because it is more malty in the first place. It is tasty but to expensive to revisit often.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing a year old bottle here, poured into a goblet. pours a beautiful pomegranate-kissed deep amber with glistening pink grapefruit at the edges. a fairly hefty pour yields a solid one-finger light caramel-colored head that fades slowly and leaves behind some stunning lacing.

aroma is pungent and powerful. The bit of age mellows the hoppiness I'm used to and replaces it with some interesting and complex aromas of fruit, caramel malt, toffee, and brandy. hints of sherry and a surprisingly present hop.

Taste is rich and decadent. full of complex flavors. While I love the hop-heavy punch this one packs fresh, the complexities that come through with a bit of age makes me truly appreciate it. Raisins, caramel malt, molasses, toffee. figs and port. A touch of oak, more than I can pull out fresh. Time does this one good.

Mouth suffers a bit, I'm assuming from its age. A touch thin and watery, but ample carbonation carries well. It's not tepid by any means... still full and vivacious. Thick and almost syrupy were it not for the carbonation.

All in all, this is just as impressive as fresh, albeit in a completely different direction. Must try fresh, and if you have the time and space, a must try with some age on it as well.

djeucalyptus, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a transparent mahogany/amber color. The head is pretty billowy and retains nicely showing its lacing along the glass.

S: Hops dominate, sweet malts follow, a roasted flavoring, a few earthy tones, and yes, remnants of oak!

T: Hoppy! A little too bitter for my liking, but still nicely balanced with the malts. The oak flavoring is not too aggressive, but still present. The oak gives off a twangy aftertaste

MF/D: Sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little intense, but still good. Lighter in body than I had expected. Overall, a solid offering from Stone

scottyshades, May 14, 2009
Photo of minterro
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from Spartan Spirits. Price of 3.50 out the door.

faint citrus hops with a touch of pine needles. There is also a touch of earthy, woody tones. Little but of breadyness. Dark ruby colored beer (you can tell its clear when you hold it up to the light but its so dark its almost opaque). About three fingers of off-white fluffy head that retains at about a half a finger. lots of clumpy spots of lacing.

Not as powerful as I'm used to for Strong Ales. The citrus goes away in the taste and its primary piney for the hop taste. Its pretty earthy only more so then in the smell. Supremely smokey in the finish, its bitter but not very dry. Pretty coarse, but oddly super drinkable.

Great looking beer, above average tasting beer, not worth 3.5$ but not bad. I think the original tasted better, but I would like to compared the two side by side one day.

minterro, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful head that falls, but doesn't dissapate. It has a great lacing that follows the length of the glass. Brown color is dark and not too cloudy, looks great. It smells like a maltier beer with a slight hint of woodiness. The flavor is pretty bitter with hops and very malty and the woodiness really comes out in the finish. The mouthfeel was very good, no bite, nothing but pretty smooth stuff. The drinkability was very nice, I will enjoy my next few.

Erdinger2003, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of eric5bellies
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a very slightly hazy dark Ruby colour with a two fingered off White head thatbretains well and laces.

S - Heavy Vanilla aromas with some citrus and malt also present.

T - A noice mix of caramel malt and vanilla. A little citrus present and some hop , slightly lingered bitter finish.

M - Medium body and light to medium carbonation that makes for a very smooth drop.

O - Alittle more refined than the standard version and recommended

eric5bellies, May 28, 2011
Photo of umustdrink
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to JohnGalt1 for this bottle

A - Completely opaque mahogany brown color. Rocky light brown head fades to thick patches. Lacing is good.

S - Sweet hops and caramely malt with a very musty woody smell, green-like bitter and slightly creamy.

T/M - Starts out creamy with a sharp bitterness, quickly the earthy woody flavors come in with hints of vanilla. Sugary sweetness and green bitterness lead a finish of sweet caramely oakiness.

D - Overall some very interesting flavors on this one. Worth a try but I don't know if I would ever choose this over a regular AB.

umustdrink, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Porus a reddish brown in color with only a small head that is quickly gone. Smell is strong dark malts and the usual Stone hopping. Taste is much the same, but remarkably the oak is really smoothing this beer out. Wasn't expecting that, but it's well done and taste's good.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 28, 2009
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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