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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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94
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5,033 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,033
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 482 | 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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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.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful mahogany in color. Has think lasting tan head. Carbonation is visible. A little lacing as well.

S - Pine and citrus hops dominate the nose. Toffee malts and alcohol are in the background trying to be noticed. Also picking up a woody character towards the end of the nose.

T - Sweet up front unlike the nose this time with a citrus bitterness in the middle with tinge of alcohol and oak.

M/D/N Medium bodied and soft, with medium carbonation. Fills nice on the palate. I could see drinking plenty of this beer with no problem. Drinkability is good. Although doesnt warrant the high price tag at 18 dollars a six pack.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in appearance with some ruby hightlights. A tall off white head sits on top. the head is slow to fade and leaves some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is wet oily hops up front and caramel malts. Oak aroma is real light amd sutle.
Taste is pretty good although I don't think I'll be a fan of this one.
Drinks with a good hop bite and a desent malt presence. The oak taste is quite apparent from first sip, but something is missing. I'm waiting for the bourbon bite but there is none.
The oak chips dry out the beer and make it quite bitter and puckering.
I think Arrogant Bastard is a good beer but the addition of the wood chips takes away alot of the taste and basically the character and personally of the beer.
Just good.

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

Alrighty then. Big ass 3-Liter bottle with copious Stone Brewing Company rhetoric screen printed on glass. Very pompous. Lock and chain. Extremely pompous. Let's see if this one lives up to the hype...

Served at cellar temperature in a pint glass. Several times.

A - Pours a light, completely clear chestnut color with rusty highlights; looks a bit like a dark cognac. Very fluffy off-white head.

S - Toasted caramel maltiness with well rounded maple and vanillin notes. Some raisins. Some wet cardboard. Really the only place the oak shines through.

T - Maltiness takes on a dry, chocolate cake character. Aftertaste is green and hoppy - quite bitter, and just as it begins to fade, it repeats again to remind you it's there. Nice, but lacking any real bravado or standout traits.

M - Watery coming into the mouth, with a bit of fizz to fill the mouth. Turns smoother as it approaches room temperature.

D - Overall, this beer is slightly underwhelming given the hype and rarity. And the math doesn't work out in favor of the consumer. The bottle is 101.4 oz., which equals 6.33 pints... maybe 8 pints if you leave room for head. At $70 a bottle, you're talking $8.75 a glass. Now, I could justify this price for a full pint on tap... but not for a glass at home from a bottle that you inevitably have to have others pitch in to finish.

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

12oz bottle poured into my cigar city snifter!

A- A beautiful beer. Pours dark amber in color. When held to the light there are flashes of ruby red. A huge billowing head that has excellent retention. There is a smashing amount of sticky lacing clinging to my glass.

A- Piny hops up in the nose right away. I could smell them as soon as I cracked this one open. The wood is subdued but is definitely present.

T- Well like I was guessing from the aroma, the hops pack a punch. They lead the way here. They are followed by a spice that I can't quite finger. There is a caramel malt profile lingering in the back row. The wood comes out as the beer warms.

M- Medium in body with a nice crisp finish.

D- Pretty good, I dont know if I'd choose to drink it all night, but I was definitely wishing I had a bomber and not just a 12oz bottle.

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

I'm a big fan of the original Arrogant Bastard. This one is excellent too, but I think I like the original better. This one pours nicely, and the deep red color is beautiful. The oaky flavor is lovely, but the original AB is really special. The added oak flavor is a nice twist, but not needed.

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

I couldn't resist picking this up and giving it a try.

Appearance is a gorgeous deep red/amber/brown with a rich, creamy looking head. The foam fades fairly quickly to a collar - maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch in thickness. The head hangs around on your glass for a while, too.

Smell: I noticed oak in the aroma of the beer immediately. This, for me, is a bit unusual as I consider my sense of smell somewhat lacking. I picked up some caramel hints along with a traditional ale aroma. The aroma from this beer is quite unique, and is especially noticeable after the beer has breathed for a bit.

Taste: This is a very interesting and complex beer. It benefits well from an opportunity to breath, in my opinion. The effect of the oak process is certainly reflected in the taste -- for me, as the beer hits the back of my throat. The open is a nicely bittered ale, decently rich in hops with a hint of bitter citrus. The initial bitterness fades a bit, replace with some oak hints combined with malt, caramel, and a grapefruit sensation. There is a lingering hops taste, but some sips produced a long caramel/malt finish as well -- very interesting.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a bit of a "bite" to it, but as a strong ale, I would expect that. This bite isn't from aggressive carbonation (which I don't care for), but is from the power and complexity of this beer. Some people may not like the acidic feeling on the back of the throat (if they even experience it), but to me, it added to the overall experience.

Drinkability: I prefer to drink this beer slowly, allowing it to warm up a bit and to breathe. At 7.2% ABV, it might be a bit high for a session beer -- and some might find the powerful, complex character of this beer too much for a session. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable drinking experience, and I rated it as such.

I would not recommend this as a first step for one moving away from BMCs, and perhaps not even as a second step. Just like DIPAs, it isn't going to be a beer that ushers in a gentle transition! Other selections might be recommended for that purpose. It is, however, clearly a world-class American Strong Ale, and excellently represents this style. For the experienced drinker of specialty/craft beers, this is a must-try.

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

Hazy, dark brown in color with a ginormous mound of froth that takes 5 minutes to decline to a blanket of tan head with monsterous lacing. The aroma suggests a boozy malted milk shake with herbal qualities and evergreen brown sugar. Nice. The flavor delivers a really wild cotton candy malt with sprucey tinges. Quite sweet with a nutty brown sugar idea. There's a slight medicinal flavor here, but still very sweet. This is solidly medium bodied but it has a bit of an aqueous feel with very delicate carbonation. Like it's original incarnation, this Arrogant Bastard is a very enjoyable brew. No disappointments here.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,033 ratings.