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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,796 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,796
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 151
Gots: 382 | 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 HalfFull


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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..

02-17-2009 00:55:45 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Bung


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

12-15-2008 03:23:25 | More by Bung
Photo of BierFan


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

02-11-2009 01:19:49 | More by BierFan
Photo of UTCengOwl


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

01-11-2012 02:32:46 | More by UTCengOwl
Photo of witster18


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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

12-04-2010 05:57:22 | More by witster18
Photo of angrybabboon

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

09-27-2012 05:20:47 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of Tyrawlings


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color with deep ruby red hues. Dense off white head pours two fingers thick with good retention. Excellent spider web like lacing that creeps all over the glass.

S: Floral. Sweet malts. Citrus. Asprin. Bread. Soft wet earth.

T: Slightly sweet malts are immediately taken over by an herbal and pine hop bitterness that tickles the tongue. A citrus juice presence is followed by slightly roasted sweet caramel malts and the taste of earth. Tea like taste is overlapped by a soft oak finish.

M: Creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation. Slightly warming and dry.

D: Truely an enjoyable brew. Perfectly balanced and comlex. The subtle oak finish was the winning point for this beer. Insanely drinkable and dangerous. Highly recommend.

03-29-2007 22:10:06 | More by Tyrawlings
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Review pulled over from another beer rating website..

12 oz bottle. Pours an attractive dark amber with little to no head. Strong smell of tropical fruit (especially pineapple), caramel, malt and hops. I tasted notes of pineapple with an aftertaste of espresso beans.

08-12-2009 16:40:43 | More by gameface23
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Stone Brewing Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

Served at 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

Appearance: Darker red, small head with good lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits similar to how a typical Belgian ale would smell.

Taste: Floral hops, warm malts, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium and bitter.

Is it a Belgian ale? No, but the smell makes one think so. It is similar, but much more bitter.

10-09-2010 03:45:10 | More by megahurts4
Photo of Murchmac


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Why do I like everything they do? First of all you can smell the oak flavor instantly opening the bottle. Fresh from the vine hop smell, with a fresh fruity malt??

I forget what the original tasted like it's been years since i've had it. But this one is big, tasty, and oakey (if that's a word) It has a sweet carmalized fruity taste to it, almost out of this beer world. It should be a barleywine, but it's not, man it's tasty. The more you drink it the more it's like drinking a jackson pollack painting.

I love it and so will you.

09-24-2007 02:03:57 | More by Murchmac
Photo of Hopstamon

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

A- Looks great, nearly clear dark amber with reddish hue, a small head that settles to a wispy band on top; creamy, slippery lace.

S- Oak, caramel, bready malt, spices, booze. Piney hops.

T- Very well balanced between the oak, sweet maltiness, piney hop bitterness, and booze. Everything is there but it’s all very distinct. Nothing overwhelms the mix. Flavors definitely intensify as it sits and opens up, becoming more vivid and rich.

M- Very nice, on the full side with medium carbonation and a distinct creaminess.

O- Enjoyed the oaked version... try and have a few in my stable for when I'm craving some oaked maltiness.

05-15-2012 15:43:54 | More by Hopstamon
Photo of ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

The body is a deep, burnt murky amber hue that gives off honey amber highlights when held up to the light. A finger and a half of frothy and thick egg shell white head makes this beer look great in my tulip glass.

A rich, almost onion-like hoppiness is the first thing that jumps out at me. I also get musty pine notes that lie on top of grapefruit and lemon peel. A sweet and toasy malt character takes some digging to find but provides a welcomed sweetness. I have yet to have the original Arrogant Bastard so I can't pick out the differences, but I can say that, besides a slight woody note, I get next to no oak or vanilla.

The hop character that hits the palate first is hard to describe. It's something like an earthy herbal bitterness that leans towards being astringent. As it goes on, the bitterness becomes more pine-like with the addition of grapefruit rhine. A delicate sweet toasty malt character hangs out in the back as the hops do their thing. The oak aging is much more apparent in the taste, giving off notes of smokey wood and charcoal.

Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth. The level of carbonation helps to accentuate the hop bitterness which seems to largely be what this beer is centered on. The oak aging is apparent in the feel as well, giving the beer a delicate and creamy texture.

All in all, this is a solid, interesting and complex ASA. I'm happy to say that I've never really had a beer like this before and I enjoyed the experience. One day in the future I'll have this with the regular version to help me appreciate what the oak aging has done for this beer. This marks my first offering I've had from Stone and it's sure not to be the last.

04-19-2011 03:17:20 | More by ludachris
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

A- Pours a deep reddish mahogany, with a finger of fluffy white head that leaves decent spidery lacing on the glass.

S- Strong smells of pine, carmel, pineapple. There's also a taste in this beer I can't identify. Maybe it's something to do with the oak, but I think I would recognize that. Hmm...

T- I'm not detecting a lot of oakiness in this beer. It is however, a very intense flavor. There's a piney syrupy hop flavor throughout, accompanied heartily by a sweet carmel malt flavor. Some slight alcohol in the aftertaste, but nothing too overpowering.

M- Syrupy, as expected, but what isn't expected is the good level of carbonation. Nice.

D- A delicious beer, but not worth the incredible build up that I gave it. I need to taste the normal AB again to better compare, but for now I'd say I might as well just get that and save the money.

12-14-2007 06:44:55 | More by zdk9
Photo of DaveHS


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Best by date of 05/06/10. Poured into a white wine glass.

A-Pours the color of grade B maple syrup with 1/4 inch of light tan head. Leaves rings of beautiful sticky lacing.

S-Reminds me of the Burton Baton from DFH. Piney, orangey hops, deep sweet malts, brown sugar and caramel.

T/M-This beer seems to be in transition. It's not fresh, so the hops, while still providing some bitterness and structure, are dropping out in terms of complexity of flavor. However, it's not quite old enough to be ready. There is a promising candied fruit flavor coming through the malts, but it's nowhere near its potential.

D-I have to qualify this. I think it's a fantastic beer fresh. The bottle I have is nearly a year old. I've been curious to try it with a little bit of age, and I think what this bottle suggests is promising. Highly recommended, whether it be fresh or a vintage bottle.

11-28-2010 02:33:23 | More by DaveHS
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Oaked Arrogant Bastard pours a dark brown/red with a small, beige head. It appears to be a bit darker than the non-oaked Bastard. The smell is very nice, with lots of sweet, candied hops. Citrus, apricot, and a hint of caramel are there. I might get a bit of oak in there, but it's hard to detect.

As with the nose, there are a lot of hops on the flavor, giving the beer a lot of spice followed by a ton of bittneress that sticks around forever. The mouthfeel is nice and full with mid/low carbonation.

This is a really good beer. It is a bit different from the original, but if I wasn't told it was oak aged I don't know if I would be able to tell that that is what was different.

10-16-2008 01:56:05 | More by Spidey13
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

A-Pours a ruby hued mahogany color with a one finger tan head.

S-Pine and grapefruit with a fair amount of oak with some papaya.

T-Bitter pine and grapefruit, and mango with an oak-y, dry finish.

M-Rich, and full-bodied with low carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

D-Very easy drinking and complex; the oak really balances the bitterness.

10-07-2010 05:02:59 | More by samie85
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

DrJay rocks. even though he has left the toronto area, he still helps hook us up with some great beer. bringing bottles for tasting when he's in town, trading bottles when he passes through. when we couldn't get our hands on the double bastard and oaked arrogant bastard, he picked up a bunch for us. last year we split one of the big 3L swingtops of oaked arrogant bastard on new years eve, this year i'm cracking the first 12oz of this year's batch.

pours a slightly hazy brown with a thin film of very fine tan head. clings to the sides and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is great. tons of vanilla. toffee sweetness. bit of alcohol. bit of grapefruit behind this.

taste is nice. good bitterness level. lots of oak. toffee sweetness. grapefruit. bit of pine. some alcohol. bit warm on the way down. bit of vanilla.

mouthfeel is good. decent body and moderate very fine carbonation.

drinkability is good. tasty and somewhat balanced, but not nearly as well as the hopslam i had earlier.

01-01-2007 04:09:14 | More by grub
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Quite cloudy, dark, nearly mocha brown. Tight headed head dies quickly. Small amount of lace.

A blend of smells with each whiff, the first one was earthy, like decaying leaves. The second smell was a stong fresh hop with light dry malt. One of the most interesting aromas I've experienced.

Strong bitter hop up front. Although its aged on oak, I cannot taste it. This is a smooth beer with full body which provides good counterpoint to the powerful hop. This bitterness lasts from sip to swallow to aftertaste, which lasts a very long time.

This is not a balanced beer, but it is a rich, full beer with wonderful bitterness.

12-09-2006 20:25:13 | More by smcolw
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

A- Dark amber, a bit cloudy. Bit of a red tint to the head, sticks around nicely with good lacing.

S- Complex aroma on this one. Get a hint of sweet Oak smell up front. Sweet malts and brown sugar in there as well. Hops are more background, earthy.

T- Caramel malts up front. Hop bitterness is much bigger then aroma indicated Oak on the finish, but again, not a ton of it.

M- Nicely carbonated. Medium to heavy. Coats the mouth nicely

O- Very good, very interesting beer. Oak adds some complexity and smoothness to this one.

09-15-2011 18:38:34 | More by chilly460
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

12 oz bottle, no date

appears a hazy dark copper color with amber highlights. 1/2" cream colored head. great head retention and layers of lacing. smells of sweet malt and earthy, floral hops. taste is not as hop agressive as the normal Arrogant Bastard. well integrated flavors, caramel malt and minty hops. smooth mouthfeel, medium body, mild to medium carbonation.

overall - probably better than the regular Bastard, but not as tasty as the Double.

08-22-2012 03:59:19 | More by jmdrpi
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/12/2013. Pours crystal clear ruby red color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, nuttiness, raisin, oak, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and oak notes with moderate hop presence. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, pine resin, orange zest, floral, oak, clove, and floral earthiness. Large resinous pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, pine, oak, clove, nuttiness, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of malt flavors; with the big pine and oak bitterness overshadowing the malts; and a fair amount of cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; and quite smooth to sip on, even with the huge bitterness. A very enjoyable offering.

07-03-2013 03:59:57 | More by superspak
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

A- Dark, slightly copper hue, with a light head.

S- Definitely got the oak, major hop action.

T- This beer has some hop going on, which mixes well with the toasted malts and is finely balanced by the oaking. Quite enjoyable.

M- Medium to heavy, decent carbonation.

D- Love the bastard and this just one ups it. The oak mellows it out a bit allowing the hops to shine. Really enjoyable.

12-24-2010 08:54:09 | More by DPFRD
Photo of beerwolf77


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Figure I better get this one in the books since Stone is leaving the state. Poured from a bottle into my imperial pint glass.

A: Clear amber brown orange. Redish edges. Huge three fingers of cream hued head.Full coating of lace. The cap that remains looks lke a scoop of ice cream on top of the beer.

S:Piney and citrus hops are the major players in the nose. Light hints of cinnamon, caramel, and wet pine wood. Reminds me of pumpkin pie with cedar chips.

T: Loads of caramel malt and spices greet me at first. Then the hops rear their head and blast my tongue with a huge citrus bitterness. This settles into a smooth finish.

M: Medium smooth body. Very subtle carbonation.

D: Overall a very nice beer. Lots going on here. I'm curious what this one tastes like when fresh. The bitterness would hinder me from enjoying more than 12oz.

11-10-2010 02:14:47 | More by beerwolf77
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

12 ounce bottle. Although seemingly expensive for a six pack, this one is actually less per ounce than the AB bombers. Poured a hazy dark brown color with a big, frothy tan head. Aromas of toasted oak, juicy hops and sweet malt. On the palate, medium bodied, citrus-y hops, light oak, caramel. The oak really works well with this beer.

11-19-2010 02:28:24 | More by emmasdad
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Thanks to HeavyCsOptician for this one. Pours a rich dark amber with a nice two finger thick off-white head and plenty of lacing. Poured into a Stone Imperial Stout snifter. Smell is pleasantly hoppy with hints of lemon and a little oak-y. Taste has tons of citrus. Has been a long time since I tried the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale but I can't taste too much of the oaked character of this to know the difference between the two. Nice bitterness. Good carbonation. Medium body. Overall this is good. A sipper for me.

01-10-2012 05:26:40 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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