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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,854 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,854
Reviews: 1,835
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 155
Gots: 409 | 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 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
Photo of mattcrill
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrus hops and carmel malts. Candied grapefruits and a deep, resinous hop aroma woft out of the glass.

Appearance: Deep copper-red pour with a sticky tan cap.

Flavor: Carmel and citrus peel. Slightly metallic but blends well with the hop and malt profile. A pleasant background earthiness that I assume is from the oak. Very subtle and understated. Pleasant bready and grainy notes emerge as the beer warms. Finish is bitter, crisp, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, slightly oily, and medium carbonation.

Overall impression: A lightly oaked, highly hopped, American strong ale (I say barleywine but I defer to the brewer). One of the better oaked beers as it adds character and does not overpower the beer. Worth a shot once but for the price, it probably won't be in my regular rotation. Still, Stone delivers yet again.

mattcrill, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of ahq514
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown/ruby color. Has a nice one finger head or so. Appears to have moderate carbonation, with tons of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Beautiful lacing all around the glass.

The oak has a strong presence in the aroma. This seems to complement the strong and sweet malty aroma. Wood with some vanilla, some fruit (cherry?), earthy hops seem to be in the mix too.

This is pretty much what I expected from Oaked Arrogant Bastard. It has all of the elements of the Arrogant Bastard but with an extra element of oak. Aggressive and sweet malt with some bittering hops, but the malt seems to dominate the taste. Has a slight fruitiness to it (still can't tell, maybe cherries). Then the oak character comes in and seems to dry it out a little bit on the finish. Slight roastiness as well.

Nice body, a little heavier than medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

This is a good beer overall. Love the oaked element. I have really been digging oaked beers lately. Glad I tried it, will drink again if the mood calls for it. I could see sipping this beer for awhile. It has a strong taste to it that makes you want to savor it.

ahq514, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in a DFH pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a bit of haze. No head at all with a tiny bit of lacing. Smells excellent, nice earthy, woody and hoppy notes to it. Just a bit of sweetness on the nose as compared to the regular version.

Very tasty, better than the regular. Much smoother, you can taste a bit of oak on it, and it leaves a good flavor in your mouth. Still a bit sticky like the regular one. Overall an awesome beer! Worth the higher price tag, but I wish it was sold in bombers.

kingcrowing, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber into a pint glass. Topped with a medium rich inch of tan head initially, shrinking by mid pint to a thin surface film and throwing off a fair amount of lacing all along.

Oak jumps out as I pour the glass. A fair amount of woody hops lie beneath the oak and mix well with a moderate malt structure, a bit of caramel. I would say that the oak enhances the smell of this brew vs. its standard version.

Taste and feel are a bit diminished on the other hand though still very nice. Pick up some moderate caramel malts initially with more earthy hops later on. Occasional blasts of oak. Finishes with a touch of bitterness then a lasting confluence of oak and hops and spice. Feel is a touch thinner than the standard version, or perhaps just different from a bottle, and it does firm up a bit with some warming. Good marks for drinkability, not too sweet or dry, well balanced given the flavors and ABV.

The Bastard(in any of its forms) is Stone's best year round beer in my opinion, and Worthy of its label..

HalfFull, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rusty red/brown pour, cream like colored head. Smells a little bit like a sweet fruitcake. Taste mixes sweet malty biscuit with some citrus and pine. The bitterness is balanced out with the oakiness. Medium bodied with some good stickiness. I thought this was much better than the regular Arrogant, and worthy of the hype.

Bung, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of BierFan
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date was given on the bottle.

Appearance: Thin film of a light tan head. Clear dark brownish red body. No carbonation. Looks pretty potent.

Smell: Slight aroma of oak and hops.

Taste: Mmmmm. This bottle is fresher than I thought it would be. Oak and citrus comprise the majority of the taste. This is a really well constructed ale. I wish I didn't already have a buzz going so I could enjoy it more.

BierFan, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An old standby for me. This is my second six pack of the season. Not the best beer ever, but very solid. Glad to have six packs around.

Compared to the regular Bastard, I find this to be a lot less hoppy. The malt profile comes across as a lot thicker and bolder. The oak isn't overwhelming, more of a rounding element. The beer drinks more like a small barleywine than a big IPA.

I like having 12 oz. samples of this to keep around and it makes for an excellent nightcap. Not the best beer ever, but still pretty darned good.

UTCengOwl, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of witster18
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

the childish review would be 2 tablespoons of margerine, a box of red hots, and some land of floral hop and wood charcoal, or at least what you'd think that would taste like... only better.

This beer really lives up to the name... it's so complex and delightful that it's hard to describe with anything other than a well-done kitchen sink of dark ale... smells of alcohol/chocolate/fig/cinnamon... and bites so chewy that I have lock-jaw.. the hops are booming in their presence here and this beer is big, bold, and beee-u-ti-ful! Love this beer...the floral herbal hops are lip-puckering yet its dry and sweet to balance and incredibly drinkable at this weight. Awesome brew

witster18, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 9/27/12

Appearance: Slightly hazy but mostly clear copper brown - starts with a little, off-white head, quickly fades to nothing but a small ring - leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Well, it's like Arrogant Bastard, but with oak - cooked, caramel malts, lightly toasted - some light citrus, with orange and grapefruit, and some pine - lightly herbal and spicy, with some oak

Taste: Lots of caramel and hoppier than the smell would suggest - grapefruit flesh with lots of pith - spicy caramel malts, lightly cooked and toasted - some herbal, earthy, and piney notes - oak imparts a nice flavor, not overbearing, nicely mellow

Mouthfeel: Medium, smooth, slightly oily, nicely carbonated

Overall: A great use of oak

I personally think this is slightly more drinkable than the non-oaked variety. The oak adds some nice (not excessive) flavor, and mellows out some of the overall harshness. Nicely complex and tasty.

angrybabboon, Sep 27, 2012
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,854 ratings.