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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,872
Reviews: 1,837
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 158
Gots: 415 | 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 llllDrGONZOllll
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

I do enjoy a good bastard and this is a wee one..12ozbottle? The first impression is that is resembles AB exactly or does it? Well, the first aromas to hit my nose are familiar. A closer inspection reveals some earthier notes a woody potting soil? I can detect booze and funky hop aromas. Minty, citric, floral, dry and woody. The oak still cant tame the Bastard but I do think its the culprit for the dryer taste. I am gonna have to go against the grain here and say I would rather have the original over the oaked... Im not worthy.

llllDrGONZOllll, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of hustlesworth
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- mostly clear deep blood red looks very nice in a delirium tremens tulip. foam is a yellow tinted beigeish dirty ivory and the lace is thick and crusty yet delicate and wispy in some places. excellent head retention, excellent texture to said head.

S- smells like the standard arrogant ass but oaky. very, very oaky. dried oak chips first and foremost, the feel of wood is in the vapor, and second to that are piney grapefruit resinous stinky reefer burnt orange hops. some toasty and caramel sweet malty aromas are back there along with floral alcohol and pineapple and passionfruit. a little too much oak for me but still pretty good.

T- crazy hops. it's been a while since i had an arrogant bastard, probably about 2 years, and i must have forgot how intense it is. dirty smoky resinous hop oil and tar with a deep woodsy oak character that is freskin unmistakable. caramel sweetness, wood tannins, bitter orange peel, grapefruit pith, burnt pine needles, burnt caramel, burnt sticky toasted everything and a total onslaught of palate overloading hops. there's a little sweetness there to balance things out but it's still crazy. not much alcohol flavor present behind all the craziness. this tastes like a barleywine without all the booze. glad it's not more than the 7.2% sticker. finishes hoppy of course with some toasty caramel sweetness. oak is still a little much i would prefer some wood, just less. yeah.

MF- sticky resinous and drying. full and soft while on the palate with perfect vigorous carbonation. puckering.

D- interesting, and i'm glad i picked this one up. i was blown away with the originL arrogant when i was a novice because i've never had such a beer. now, a little more evolved, i can find flaws, however small, namely so much oak. still an amazing brew, but i'm one and done. i know it takes alot of oak to stand out againt the hop gargoyle, but for me it's just too much.

hustlesworth, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally a bottle that is convenient in size! Thanks to Orfeu.

Appearance: Very dark maroon in color, fluffy tan head on the pour fills up the snifter.

Smell: Hoppy and very earthy. The oak is more subtle than I would've expected, but is still evident.

Taste: Much more mellow than I was expecting. It seems that the oak aging took the edge off the hops more than anything, making a much smoother offering than the original AB. The woodiness does add character, and it is still very flavorful, but not over the top. Also has a tart flavor on the backside that I am not a big fan of.

Drinkability: Tasty and unique, I am glad I finally obtained a bottle of this.

TastyTaste, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Andreji
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Andreji, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Frisco's the other day. Have had this beer on a number of occasions previously, but really enjoyed it last night.

The beer pours a dark, rootbeer amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly complex and attractive, consisting of some nice citrus from hops, intermingled with vanilla, honey and butter from the oak aging. The oak aging really seems to tame some of the hoppiness I normally get from regular arrogant bastard. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and the oak aging gives this beer a very long, smooth mouthfeel. The beer finishes well, with the Oak cutting down on the bitterness a bit. Abv. is pretty well disguised, though I can't imagine downing more then one or two of these at a sitting.

A nice beer from Stone...

John_M, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of inhoc00
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrogant bastard in Chicago! Oaked at that. Thanks for the trade eric.

A- Pours a dark amber with a nice thick head and great retention.

S- really different kind of smell. Like fresh mulch? Sweet grapfruit? Raw steak? Yeah mulchy grapefruty steak.

T- OH THIS IS STONE. had stone once at a bar and it was ruination. all i remember is the hops. Tons here. nicely balanced though. bitter up front with a nice mellow sweetness.

M- Fresh and crisp with good carbonation.

D- Certainly good. Alc is reasonable and well balanced. Great beer. Bring Stone to Chicago!

inhoc00, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of rawthar
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A- Real dark caramel red body topped with a nice bubbly off-white head with some serious staying power. Nice.

S- Caramel comes back in the malts with a little bit of licorice and oaky vanilla. Finishes with some subtle citrus hoppy smoothness. Complex and compelling.

T- Really smooth, even more than a Stroh's Light, if you can believe that. Very dry from the oak aging, but what it loses in malt sweetness, it gains in oaky vanilla and smoke. After taste is a little pilsy. Nice, but doesn't punch you right in the tongue the way I expected.

M- Thick as they come, coats like crazy, this is serious stuff.

D- I could drink a ton of these if I had to.

Never had the non-oaked variety of Arrogant Bastard, but I want to try it. Good stuff, my friends.

rawthar, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times in the bottle and on-tap, finally found a bottle that wasn't very near/past the 'best by' date for a review.

Pours a dirty dark red with a super creamy beige head. Retains as a full cap the whole time and leaves good lacing.

Smell and taste are caramel, pine, grapefruit, toasty malts. Some minty and floral notes with a sweet finish. Oak doesn't really stand out as a flavor at all but seems to have really smoothed out the beer, very good balance overall.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, very smooth and creamy, still has it's original aggressive qualities just with an easier, seemingly maltier drinking experience. Alcohol well-hidden.

Though I wish the oak came out in the flavors themselves, it was definitely nothing but a compliment to an already great beer.

Chico1985, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Domingo
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my last bottle of some I bought in November. I've had 5 over the course of a few months and I haven't noticed a change. You know, after all of the talk of this beer, I didn't really think it was much different or better than the normal Arrogant Bastard. With that said, it's still a really good beer. I guess the issue is that it's about twice the price and is (or was) somewhat rare.
The oak aging gives it a cloudy look and it feels like a thicker texture, but compared to oak aged stouts and porters, I didn't really pick up a lot of new flavor nuances. There might be some vanilla in there, but the hops don't seem to blend with it, but more cover it up.
I think some of the hops and alcohol have mellowed out a little bit to make it more drinkable, but beyond that it's not that different. The hops are still the star of the show. I think I might pick up some different flavors in the taste, but they're subtle to the point that I can't identify them.
Maybe a taste test between this and normal AB would serve me well, but right now it's just a mellowed out version of a beer I already like.
If you can't find this beer, I'd suggest going after the normal Arrogant Bastard. It's a little more harsh, but the color's nicer.

(EDIT) After trying this on tap, I have to say that it's WORLDS better. A nearly masterpiece actually.

Domingo, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's finally time for Chicago BA's to get Stoned.. here is my first of many Stone reviews.

A: pours a deep mahogany with stunning clarity and a nice fluffy 2 finger head, leaves splotches of bubbles on the glass

S: smell is of deep bready and toasty malts, notes of caramel malts along with earthy hops along with huge notes of oak which meld nicely with the malt profile

T: the hops comes through much bigger on the palate- lots of bittering hops make themselves known among the firm malt backbone. There is a nice balance between hops, malts, and the oak notes which makes for a nice complex brew.

MF: this has a nice thick body with minimal carbonation which lends to a creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

D: a solid offering by Stone, the oak is nice and the mouthfeel is great for the style. A little pricey @ 16.99 a sixer, but good nonetheless

homebrew311, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky copper with a faint orange/tan head.

Caramel stands out, along with bitter hops, pine, and alcohol.

Mixed hops, both floral and citrus. Smooth caramel and brown sugar compliment the bitterness. Oak is present and interesting. Alcohol is present though bitter grapefruit aftertaste coats the mouth leaving nothing behind.

Excellent carbonation, not too heavy, not too thin. Crisp and refreshing without washing out the flavors.

A worthy variation on a great beer.

ElGrecoVerde, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of genog
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish color with plenty of sparkling bubbles throughout the body. Head is a rich color of off white with plenty of frothy, creamy foam sitting on top of this sparkling beauty. Aroma is ripe with rich fruit notes, and plenty of woodsy flavors. Smell is hop strong, but has a relaxed feeling with all the oak textures that come through. Taste is very delicious with plenty of malt sweetness mixed with a vanilla hoppy experience. Mouth feel is incredibly silky smooth for such an IPA treat.

genog, May 08, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appears a dark red-orange with a two finger light tan head. Some lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is dominated by the oak. Behind that is some citrusy hops, caramel malt, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste has the same characteristics. Grapefruity hops up front, followed by a short burst of sweet caramel malt that gets taken over by the hops and oak. A touch of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, nice soft carbonation.

It has been some time since I tried the regular Arrogant Bastard but I remember it being much different. The oak really adds a lot of complexity, but at the same time takes away from the spotlight a lot of the character that I liked about the regular. Can't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting but either way, good stuff.

roadhouse, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of watkins
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby-brown with an initially healthy 2-finger tan head that laces rather thickly.

S: Initial aroma of sweet, bready malts, with floral hops poking out.

T: Hop bitterness, slightly soapy, invades at first, as with a typical Stone brew. Slicht caramel maltiness breaks through, with a slight fleck of woody alcohol notes on the mid-palette. The hops, though slightly dissipating from the start, tend to return and take over the finish. Rather interesting, but at times distracting from the sweetness tasted earlier.

M: Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation that catalyzes the reintroduction of hop bitterness. This factor I do like.

D: Ten bucks a six-pack would warrant a special occasion purchase, but something about Stone keeps me coming back for more. The 7.2 abv hits me a little harder than brews of this strength, yet I think I'm on an empty stomach.

watkins, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Longhorn22
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It has a sort of dark walnut color. Slightly cloudy, and a medium sized, tannish head. The head lasted for a very long time, and there was a nice amount of lacing.

S - I smell wood. This definitely delivers on the oak name. It has that classic ale smell with a bit of a hop bite to it.

T - This has a pretty good flavor. You can really taste the wood aged flavors, as well as some nuttiness. There is some bitter hops, as well as some spices and malt.

M/D - The carbonation is just right on this one. The strong wood flavor and hops makes this slightly harder to drink, but it is good. It has a heavy viscous feel to it.

Bottom Line: This is a high quality ale, you can tell it has been well crafted. The appearance and smell make it pretty top notch, and it delivers on the oak. It is a bit strong to drink a large amount of, but it would go nicely with some dinner.


Longhorn22, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, BBD of 10/31/07 on the bottom of the bottle, poured into a Delirium tremens tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color, completely opaque. The head formed a cant one finger thick and faded into some lacing.

Aroma: Thin malt and some oak. There may be more but I'm suffering from a cold at present.

Taste: Very complex. At first I got some sweet roasted and caramel malts, then it turns bitter in the middle as the oak comes through. The finish is mainly roasted malts and oaky, along with a light smoke taste, lingering for a while.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but very smooth, the alcohol was hidden quite well but I felt the effects the further along I got. The carbonation was light, and with all the flavors that fit nicely.

Overall: I didn't realize until after I poured that it was past the best before date, and if it had came out badly I wasn't going to review it. But even with the date it was still quite tasty. I will pick up a fresher bottle sometime in the future, and if there are appreciable differences I will note them here.

FenwaySquid, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of scotorum
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Clear dark amber, inch tall off white head dissipated rather quickly to thin surface foam and sticky, nearly solid lacing.

s: Sweet malt.

t; Sweet malt with significant citrus hop balance does not overpower the flavor. Darker, almost ashy aftertaste. Becomes less pleasant and more bitter as it warms.

m: Moderate with great body. Slick.

o: A tasty treat, though not as sippably so as I would prefer. Love the text on the bottle posturing arrogance to the drinker and waxing philosophical about life and success. Funny.

scotorum, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep mahogany body that pours with fairly thick and creamy off-white head. Head fades to 1/2 finger and has great retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. Dark red can be seen without light-but when held up to the light the red is much more noticeable.

S- Nice complex nose. A bouquet of different hop aromas hit the nose first followed by chocolate malt, caramel malt, and vanilla oak.

T- Some hop flavors along with a big oak flavor upfront. Caramel malt is subtle in the background-but still provides plenty of balance. Hop bitterness really comes out for the finish along with a big piny hop flavor. Left to linger is an abundance of oak and chocolate malt with hints of hop bitterness. Taste is bigger and more complex-but much milder than regular AB.

M- Low to medium carbonation and fairly thick body. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.

D- I like this on much better than regular AB. The flavor is much more complex yet not as aggressive which makes for a nice strong ale. I will certainly have this one again. The only edge regular AB has is its sharp spicy character.

PittBeerGirl, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of botham
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. pours a deep, fiery red color with a handful of head that is light orange in color with a creamy texture and good retention. solid lacings.

aroma is subtle, with a mildly hoppy and earthy quality, like peat moss and very dark grain and fruit. a malty base is the only other discernable aroma out of the profile.

taste is malty, with the same earthy quality from the oak and dark fruit esters present. finishes on a dry hoppy note with residual sticky bitterness.

mouthfeel is full bodied and bitter, with a warming smoothness up front and a biting bitterness upon finishing. quite a dichotomy, which works well for the profile.

drinkability is good. this is a mildly subtle, yet complex brew with a wonderful malt smoothness and at the same time a solid hop bitterness. somewhat of a paradox in comparing opposites within the same profile, this brew walks that line while remaining satisfying and drinkable. many others have failed where this brew seeks its solace; in the no-mans-land of sweet and bitter, of malty and hoppy. the balance of an ESB with assertive hop quality and warming malt complexity. cheers!

botham, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of nsmartell
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to my handy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a small, off-white head. One of the better heads I've seen from a snifter.

Smell: Malty, caramel, brown sugar and oak. The snifter brings out the alcohol after a deep breath.

Taste: Toasty malts, caramel and oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and sticky; really coats your throat on the way down. Alcohol lingers a little bit in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable brew. Definitely worth the wait while it warmed up. Would seek out again.

nsmartell, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Harlequin
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark caramel, deep amber color. Dark frothy head like John Belushi's urine on his final lost weekend. Piney, citrusy, bready aroma with hints of cheese formed by large sweaty italian
hands. Taste of slight smoke and grapefruit with mint and vanilla. woody, bitter finish, but not unpleasant. I could drink a lot of these

Harlequin, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of DIM
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: A dark slightly hazed ruby tinted brown. A huge off-white head with lots of lacing.

s: Earthy malts upfront. Some smoke and sweet alcohol also noted.

t: Up front the oaked version is similar to Arrogant Bastard (ab). A huge dry malt profile unique to the bastards hits first. The hop bite that follows is blunted somewhat by the oak. Blunted and replaced by... what? Well, that's the problem. The oak flavor is too faint to justify its taming of the hops. Still, this is a more blanced beer than ab and damn tasty.

m: Carbonation is long lasting, a good thing as this is certainly a sipper. Flavors linger nicely at the back of the throat.

d: Tough to score fairly. Comparing this to ab lowers the score quite a bit. Scored on its own merit,however, this is a beer I'd revisit.

DIM, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of shodrod
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a deep amber color, not to dissimilar to a darker IPA. Wonderful head retention. The foam sticks to the glass as it goes down and looks beautiful. The front end of this beer is full of caramel notes and a slight nuttiness which gives way to a stellar hop finish. The finish is where the oaky-ness really shines. It stays in your mouth minutes after you've set the glass down. A shining example of an American Strong Ale

shodrod, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of RattleheadKV2
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: Pours a brilliant dark reddish brown color with about two fingers of of white head, that leaves lacing behind for days.

Smell: Hop pineyness, and citric notes at first, followed by a sweet malt breadyness.

Taste: Hop bitterness front and center. Towards the middle you get a nice sweetness from the malt, and on the finish you get another nice round of hop bitterness, and dryness.

Mouthfeel: Nice rich, and thick mouthfeel on this one.

Overall: Pretty good beer. I much prefer the oaked version of this brew over the regular, just seems to have a lot more character, and smoothness over the original.

RattleheadKV2, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of SebastianBock
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have never been a particularly huge fan of the original Arrogant Bastard Ale, as I find its strike on the palate a bit overwhelming. I decided to try the Oaked AB with hopes that it would mellow some of the more overtly strong and up front characteristics of the brew and bring to the foreground some of the more subtle ones.

The beer pours a deep reddish-brown color. A rather substantial head diminishes to a remaining delicately thin white layer of bubbles. Smells similar to the original AB, with less of the hoppy notes associated with the original. I was pleasantly surprised upon tasting it. This beer is delicious! The oak takes out much of the overpowering strong ale flavor, and leaves a delicious smoky background. The beer is very smooth and drinkable, and the mouthfeel is just right for the style. Definite notes of BBQ, tobacco, cherries. Very drinkable for an American Strong Ale!

Recommended for: Walt Whitman, Bobby Flay, Ricky Bobby.

SebastianBock, Oct 21, 2007
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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