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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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5,046 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,046
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 190
Gots: 489 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Ratings: 5,046 | Reviews: 1,848
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had to get some of this after all the hype, hope it lives up to it

A - OAB pours a nutty brown with sharp scarlet highlights, atop sits a two finger thick rocky eggnog colored head, tiny scant carbonation rise through the beer

S - very strong grapefruit hits my nose first, with bitter hoppy highlights alongside some floral notes as well, at teh back is a slightly woody aroma which, of course, must be from the oaking

T - like the aroma, the grapefruit is up front and strong in the taste as well, very nice flavor, the oaked woodsiness is stronger in the taste than in the nose, and it finished with a superbly high quality hoppy finish, so bitter and potent it lingers on your palate for hours, i can still taste it (had it 45 min ago)

M&D - the mouthfeel is smooth for its potency, but you have to like strong beers obviously, otherwise very nice and balanced and layered nicely, great job stone, though i prefer regular AB

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep walnut color with a rich dark tan head that is dense and lingers a while. After the head falls to a ring it leaves some nice sheet lace all down my glass.

Aroma is rich malty good deep citrus hops underneath. Some fruits are present and appear with vanilla hints, dry woody notes.

Taste is lots of rich malts, caramel toffee hints along with dry wood and vanilla flavors that linger thru the finish. The oak seems to mellow the Bastard a little. Still hoppy but vanilla seems to knock it down a notch. The hops also seem to add to the fruitiness and lingering spice.

Mouthfeel is a heavy medium nice mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable Strong Ale, the Oak adds more character but also mellows the bastard some. But overall good but just as soon have a regular Bastard for the price. Thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a mildly hazed reddish brown colored beer with a good tan head that is bordering on light brown.

Smell is very herbal and hoppy to the nose. The malt here comes through as mostly caramel and biscuit. I can smell a bit of oak here but this is still very much a highly hopped ale.

Taste begins neural and a bit bitter but it is toned down a bit from the regular arrogant bastard. I can easily taste the oak influence here and it does seem to have added some toffee, vanilla and dryness to the beer. Strangely the oak seems to have added or make detectable a slight metallic taste in this beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is fine but I really think I prefer the regular version better.

Photo of gunnerman
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a rust color with brown tint to it and a nice fluffy head that leaves nice thick lace on the glass. Smell is a hoppy resin, biscuit and also a bit of caramel in the nose, also nice notes of vanilla and wood. Taste is very sweet with a nice sweet hop finish, overall I can't detect much of the oak in this one, but I can detect the roasted malty character of this brew. Overall this is another awesome offering from Stone, I can't wait till I can purchase this in Florida, I am hearing very soon.

Photo of zachariaIPA
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A superior ale. Steadfastly dark brown. There is no light penetrating through this monster, this Bastard.

A layer of oakey off-white head absolutely refuses to dissipate. Oak and fruity hop tones to the nose, honey and sugar. Complex, confident and complete.

A very nice, infinitely pleasant oaken beer. Not at all over the top. Superbly balanced with hops and a refined malty sweetness roasts throughout.

Well done, Stone. Well done.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single poured into a pint glass. Nice dark ruby red/bown in color, fast dissipating head and noticeable lacing. Nothing to crazing in the aromatics department, some nice woody notes, like campfire wood and some malt. You get a nice mellow hit of the oak throughout the spiel. Flavor is of earthy wood is played well with the backdrop of the malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a great carbonation effect. Some of that wood sticks to the palate until you cleanse it with some more. Drinkability just went up a notch, thats for reminding me...

5 stars

Photo of hiku7
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 2 finger tan head on top of a mahogany pour. Has thick sticky lacing.

S - Piney and citrusy hops up front. Toasted malty sweetness coming through as it warmed in the glass.

T - Strong hop blast with a noticeable caramelly sweetness blending with the full-bodied mouthfeel.

M - Full bodied, creamy, somewhat syrupy, with some alcohol warmth.

D - A bit too full bodied for me to put away many, but this is overall a solid big-flavored beer that I really enjoyed.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle and decided to use a chalice. Pours a clear dark ruby with a creamy off-white head with great retention and lacing. Upon first smell I thought it was reminiscent of the regular Arrogant Bastard. Very citrusy, almost pineapple hops. As it warmed you do get more of an earthy smell, presumably the oak or wood with some nut and dry malt. Taste was more like a subtle version of the regular. You have the caramel, sweet backbone with the citrusy hops but overall a slightly dulled twist. Somewhat nutty I almost think. Mouthfeel was fuller and velvety, very pleasant. Overall a great beer from Stone though I think I prefer the regular version better.

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown, practically opaque. Great fizz head, holds for a nice long while & still clings to the edges of the glass.
S: Bold hoppy flavor, reminiscent of an American IPA, and a little oakey flavor
T: Still dominated by minty, piney, oaky hops & oaky oak
M: Medium-bodied, creamy, slight carbonation
D: A hefty mother of a beer, fills you up nicely, very satisfying but the dryness of the oak & hops left me thirsty

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery into a pint glass. The beer is a cloudy brown/amber color with no head. Smells are earthy, with hints of nut and wood aromas. Very well blended nose. Initial taste is a hop forward flavor, which is very well balanced with a malty-sweet and wood taste. The beer is round and full bodied in mouth, with a smooth, bitter finish. The beer also maintains the bitterness with a hoppy aftertaste. It was surprisingly easy to drink despite the bold flavors.

Photo of mralphabet
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle poured into English Pint glass

A: Dark brown with a lot of red. Head is tan in color with about a 1 1/2 of head, very foamy.... Looks yummy... Lacing from start to finish.... Beautiful thing !!

S: Lots of hops, with a woody smokey smell mixed in some sweet caramel notes... and some toffee.

T: First thing to hit me is the hops.... with a little bitterness, then the Oaked flavor really comes on.. even has a little smokey flavor mixed into that. But the big thing is the hops they are very strong, and just as bitter as Arrogant Bastard. The bitter hops is balanced with a hint of sweet caramel... very light... Aftertaste is on the bitter side... I'll have to try another Arrogant Bastard and see if it is this bitter..

M: Feels pretty med body.... not to carbonated. Very smooth. It left my mouth a little on the dry side.

D: Very drinkable if you love some hops... Not a session beer, the ABV is up there and the overall feel is very filling.

I want to love this one but the woodiness is getting in my way.... I'll review the Reg Arrogant Bastard and then revisit this one....

Photo of Andreji
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa. oaked indeed.

i was thrilled to finally get to this beer, something i've only heard of distantly through this website. pouring it with a bit of strength certainly pulled a decent beer with a deep brown tone only slightly translucid, but not fully opaque either. it's interesting, maybe even mystical somehow. definetly a aspect, with a thick head that resolved fairly quickly but kept a marked lacing all over the place.

smell is roastey, but very subtle and dominated by the hops for the most part.

taste and mouthfeel are quite nice. what is these, buttery? cheesey somehow, it is very marked as a mouthfeel and has a woody (oakey of course) bitter feel to it throughout, because it is not very sweet anyway.

this is a very nice beer, not usually my style but just adds much to this discovery of so many new flavours from america. i'll tick off the OAB, but if i come across it again i will buy it.

Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dirty woody brownish-ruby with a very thin fizzy dark brown head that quickly reduced down into an oily film that left sheets of sticky lacing.
S: Sweet caramel malt, light grassy hops, and an overall smokey bbq scent similar to woodchips.
T: Very rich and bold flavors assault the palate. Starts off with a bitter grapefruit hop punch that is quickly overpowered by caramely sweet malt. Then the hops comeback in the finish with bitter grassy notes. There is a touch of smokey woody flavor left in the aftertaste, and an overall ambiguous fruit flavor (pineapple?) to the beer. Aftertaste has notes of cumin seed as well.
M: Medium-heavy oily body with an oily slick mouthfeel and medium smooth carbonation. Aftertaste is dry, bitter, and smokey.
D: Stronger than AB with a heavier body. The oaked flavors add a nice touch to the flavor but I could take it or leave it. I wouldn't say better than AB, just a bit different. Great beer none the less.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,046 ratings.