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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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5,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,037
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 486 | 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 thekevlarkid
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Solid one finger sand colored head. Great lacing that bands to my glass and great retention too. Appealing color of hazy amber with orange highlights. Fantastic aroma dominated by floral hops, grapefruit and some malts underneath. Deeply complex and yet drinkable. Malt flavor is forward, then hop bitterness and finally an oak finish. Medium/light carbonation. Exceptionally smooth with a great mouthfeel. Top notch brew in every way and maybe even better than the original (it is slightly more enigmatic). Continues to develop as it warms and a must-try for all beer aficionados.

Photo of dunit697
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't even like arrogant bastard on first drink, It flew over my head, adding oak was engenius, and radically increases the beers drink-ability. The serving from a cask makes that flavor even more inviting and knocks it out of the park. The consistancy was a little runnier from cask but nothing that should deter you from trying this amazing beer.

Photo of Mikecap
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish amber with an opaque two finger white head that fades pretty quickly. Beautiful white lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel, some woody character, a bit of pine and earth, grass. Some citrus as well.

Taste: Sweet malt with a bit of oak, caramel, also some vanilla thrown in there. Tastes like the original but the oak adds a whole new dimension. Nice piney hop character and fantastic balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and smooth, smooth creaminess. A great drinking beer that is bitter but balanced.

Overall: Arrogant Bastard got me into craft beer and this oaked version is even better. I love this beer, and always will.

Photo of becktone
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oaked Bastard is beautiful once it can be seen and is decanted into a glass. The color is a deep orange/copper color. The head pours at about two fingers width, and as it receedes to a stable one finger height. As it receedes it leaves a solid wall of lacing around the sides of the glass. Head retention is stable at one finger.

To the nose this beer is just as good as it looks. Like Arrogant Bastard, and many other Stone products, it has a strong hop aroma. Floral characters make up the hop profile. The hop aroma is nicely complimented by a strong malt backbone (aromatic malt in there perhaps?). This beer has an overall earthy aroma ot it. I can't really see how this smells much different than non oaked but it still smells great. Perhaps its just me, I've not had AB in such a long time it is somewhat difficult to tell the differences. Still it smells great.

Oh, the joys of having a tongue. This beer is bliss. Strong hop presence in Oaked Bastard. Floral, grass-like/earthy hops give this beer quite a punch. A hop-head's paradise. The beer's malt profile is subdued when placed next to the hop flavor. It is tough to describe the malt flavor, yet it is there. The oak character is right at the end of the malt flavor profile. It is just right there at the end. The oak flavor combines nicely with the dry finish of this brew.

A very full body on this beer, great on the palate. It is very satisfying that even though this beer has a high abv it still has a big body as well, especially for being a beer that is not a "dark beer"-porter or stout etc. As mentioned before the beer finishes dry which compliments the oak character very nicely. Carbonation is not overpowering. As to the drinkability I'll almost definitely buy this again, maybe not this season though. At $18 for a sixer the price hits the pocket book hard. Overall a great brew, which I enjoy perhaps more than the Original AB.

Photo of FormatKid
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got a night set aside to drink this 3L, just me and a friend taking on this monster. Once I fumbled the lock off and popped the flip top I stuck my nose right in the bottle and took a big whiff...oh yeah, that's oak...sniffing from the bottle musty oak aromas were what I detected most of all. Once poured into a glass the body of the beer is a deep ruby brown, somewhat hazy, yet slightly translucent. The head is off-white with a yellow oiliness to it. This head is a champ when it comes to retention and lace and lasts through-out practically each entire glass adding to the overall experience. The aroma in the glass is lovely, hops are a bit downplayed when compared to the bastard in his original state, husky oak undertones and of course the dense caramelly goodness of the malt. The flavor totally corresponds, dense velvetty malts, subtle hints of husky oak, tiny pokes of vanilla flavor and dense piney hops. The oak aging process does wonderful things to the bastard...if only it weren't so damned expensive in this particular packaging, I'd still recommend getting one for the experience though.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having heard that this fabled brew was being offered on-tap in Riverside, I knew I had to try it. So I met up with fellow BA Hopjack13 at Jag's New American Grille for a pint of what turned out to be a great beer.
Served in an Arrogant Bastard pint glass (along with a t-shirt, the total cost of beer, glass and shirt was $15), this Stone brew had a burnished copper sheen, clear to the eye, and a compact vanilla colored head that slowly shrank and left some modest lace behind.
The smell of Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard was phenomenal; the rampant hoppiness of regular AB is refined and mellowed, the sweet malty aroma is more pronounced, and there's a hint of vanilla or some fruit I couldn't quite place that added an extra, wonderful dimension to the nose. Tasting this beer had my taste buds happy from the get-go. A sweet, almost fruity, malt flavor permeated the front and the oak aging is truly notable in how it has calmed and allowed the somewhat clashing tastes of Arrogant Bastard to blend and meld together more harmoniously. The hops aren't subservient, far from it, but the bittering in the finish is smoother and more enjoyable with the aging. The feel was luscious; medium- to full-bodied, smooth, and creamy, thanks to the abundant carbonation.
Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale is a wondrous brew that I could have been happy drinking all night. Alas, this was not to be but I hope to once more indulge in this great offering from Stone again soon. This is liquid gold worth going great lengths to try if given the opportunity.

Photo of BBM
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to finally try the Arrogant Bastard. This time, oaked. The beer pours a deep brown with ruby highlights. A thin white head rests atop it. The aroma is exquisite. Dark fruits, big hops, and oak scent, all blend together for a wonderful nose.

The taste is just as goodas the smell. Complex hops hit the palate first; certainly dark fruits, pine, and floral. Then the malt backbone comes through to balance out the flavor, followed by a slightly bitter finish. Thoughout the beer there is an oak/woody taste that just compliments it perfectly. What a wonderfully complex and interesting beer.

Mouthfeel is full, but the finish is a little dry. Highly drinkable. Highly reccomended. I shouldn't have had this one before the original, because there's no where for this beer to go but down. An absolutely outstanding brew.

Photo of youngblood
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly dirty amber. Off white head fights stay around before finally resigning itself to a half finger layer. As the beer gets sloshed around, the head leaves suds rather than lace.
Smells very complex. Getting bits of nut, caramel, toffee, citrus, pine, biscuit. Really the scents just go on and on. Rather incredible.
The first flavors that I got were some grapefruit mixed with honey, evolves into malty sweetness and finishes dry and nutty. The oak just adds this amazing wood-chip flavor on the way out. The flavor matches the scent quite nicely. This feels very creamy on the tongue, very nice. The balanced ABV makes this easy to put down, but still so full of complexity.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear amber red body with an off white head.

Smell - Vanilla. Honey. Malt. Light grassiness. Smells great. Coffee.

Taste - Probably one of the most tasty IPAs I've ever had. Lighter than expected with some sweetness and plenty of bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with light bite. Mostly in the bitterness.

Overall Drinkability - This definitely made my list of top IPAs. I definitely recommend it. Has a good amount of complexity due to the sweetness you don't normally find in an IPA.

Photo of nomad
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the 12, 12, @ 12 Stone event at the Blind Tiger
(even remembered to take notes yay for me)

Poured a strange brown, black, red color, a different color from the bottle/draught version. Had a steady carbonation to it so the head, a slight creamy color, held tight. The lace dissipated pretty quick, though.

Nose smelled of grapes, currant, oak, barley, and was rounded out by a vinuous quality. It tasted of oak, hops, cedar, and very ripe wild grapes. All the flavors rounded out as the beer opened, when the malt and oak began to come over the hops. Take everything big and snapping about AB, calm it down and make it deeper and more complex - wow.

Mouthfeel was still sharp on the tongue despite the oak-aging but still thin and pretty easy to drink. The finish was biting (at first), mostly feeling salty, winey, but altogether smooth.

In sum, very drinkable, as the oak-aging softened, rounded, and deepened this beer’s character. The oak-aging really helped this beer alot, more than it might help other ones, I feel. Really made a great turn on the bottle version, taking it to an exceptional level.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers starting from the first time I had one many years ago. It is about time that I reviewed this favorite.

It smells great. You get tons of hops from the top and there is a lot of oakiness. The coloring is a deep brown.

The flavors are strong and complex. You get the ale, the hoppiness, and the oak. All mesh really well. The balance is impressive considering how many strong flavors are in there.

This is an exceptional beer. It costs a little more than most, but it is definitely worth it.

Photo of deaconsmith
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A.-in a thick glass mug it had a very good head, a little ove a inch thick with nice retention and good lacing. it is a deep rich amber color..almost cherry sunburst in the light..very little settlement

S.-very aromatic,has a distinct oaky smell and the hops are well defined. well balanced with the malt

T.-like the smell the taste is very simular with a medium nutty and a hint of fruit aftertaste..very tastey overall

M.-@ 41* It has a playfull crisp mouthfeel. lots of bubblesand smooth going down the throat.

D.- it is one to take slower..prety good drinkability but very rich and slightly thick.

there is a definate signature taste. I think it is a very well crafted brew..i would recomend it

Photo of Porter_Hoarder
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of mempath
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bright, deep apricot amber with a tannish head that retains nicely.

even with a slight cold, i catch massive wafts of grapefruit, camphor sweetness.

massive wall of hop bittersweetness...catching wood/oak in the finish. comes in wet and resonates dry. somewhat (nicely) reminded of troeg's nugget nectar. carbonation-creaminess ratio is nearly perfect.

for those who like extremes and strong ales that are hopped up but nonetheless approachable, this is quite drinkable and a near-suicidally beneficial session. just take gulps every 20 minutes and don't go over 3 hours...if you're afraid of hops and prefer watery beers, no, it will be undrinkable to you.

Photo of Kromes
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber with a thick beige head that dies to a thin line of bubbles. Nice lacing down the glass. Smells great, like oily citrus hops. A great woody citrus flavor with some sweet malts. Delicious. It is much more tamed than the original Arrogant Bastard. Even the bitter finish is more mellow, it's still there but not as strong. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth....I can't really find any faults with this beer, it is definitely up there with the best.

Photo of BogBoyJD
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Dodt
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

picked a six pack of this during my superbowl beer run finally decide to crack one open and review one.
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance a dark orange color with a head that stays around
smell nice aroma that is well balanced
taste ,mouthfeel and drinkablity just wonderful

Photo of Ellbert
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance was just of that as the regular Arrogan Bastard Ale. A nice deep reddish color with a nice tan head that stuck to the glass.

Smell was wuite similar to the reg ABA but more mellow, not as much hops but some vanilla.

Taste: Very mellow. Good. Hops weren't as pronounced but they were there. The was a very mellow flavor to the brew. A very vanilla like flavor was there. It was really good after it warmed up.

Mouthfeel was creamy and it was very drinkable. Not harsh at all. Very good.

Not worth the $70 for a 3L bottle, but benmiliron and I split the cost and now that we did it once we don't have to do it again.

Photo of Desimoaj
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Drew966
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale pours a dark reddish brown with an off white head that laces nicely as it fades. It came in a brown twelve ounce bottle with graphics painted on. The aroma is all about citrusy hoppy goodness. There might even be a hint of oak too, but it's way buried. Citrusy hops dominate the flavor and as it warms the oak becomes more noticeable. Excellent beer, highly recommended.

Photo of SDtastentune
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby red/brown'ish/mahogany, small slightly creamy head that dissipated fast. No sediments and some ok lacing sticking around but not too much.

S - Smell is Chinook hops and some sweeter alcohol. Smells a little toasty or kinda wood like. Larger smell then normal aba but not too different. Earthy, can definitely make out some oak.

T - Taste is great, rich chinook bitter hops, mixed with a kinda wood/oak backing. Hops first, oak second, and big aftertaste of bitterness mainly wood/oak/hop bitterness. Some caramel.. and big toasty malty thing going on.

M - Starts smooth but quickly worked into a smaller bubble fizzy thing. Goes down cool/not hot/alcoholish, but a big afterthought of bitterness that hangs around.

O - Overall, this is another great ABA style, I think the smell could be stronger on the oak side, but that might be overwhelming and unbalance the taste side. Definitely a little more on the wood/oak side of things with the normal aba styling, another winner from Stone. This is better then og ABA, screaming bitterness and must have a higher IBU rating. I just wish the sixers were a little less pricey ($15.99 +). Thumbs UP~!!

Photo of ConanSachler
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Rhynes2
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer just blew my mind. The oak aroma sets you up for a complex array of flavors. Some people were saying that it has too strong of a grapefruit taste. The grapefruit is there but balances perfectly. Great head retention when poured into a glass and the color was one of the nicest hues of red I have ever seen. My friends were eve commenting on how hilarious the bottle was. This is my perfect beer and I could drink it everyday. I was worried that my $16.00 was not going to be worth it but im getting another one this weekend. Great call on this one. Fantastic!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard is a stupendous shade of sunset coral when viewed with bright sunshine behind the glass. Fat slices of tangerine orange can be seen at the edges and are a perfect color complement to the rest of the beer. The thickly creamy head (that is somewhere between pale caramel, pastel orange and golden beige) manages to slather the glass with butter-like streamers of lace. This is a gorgeous ale.

The nose is equally as good and reminds me of a caramel malty IPA, or even a DIPA, that contains boatloads of pungent, citric zesty, spruce-like hops... which is pretty much what Arrogant Bastard is. I don't remember this much fruitiness in the standard AB, but it has been a while since I treated myself to a bomber. Strangely enough, I can't really appreciate the oakiness in the nose.

My palate must have undergone a few changes (development, I hope) since my last Stone AB because the beer isn't the crazed bitter bomb that my memory tells me it was. Actually, it's more delicous than I remember. Whether that has anything to do with the oak chips is hard to say. I was almost ready to say that I can't appreciate oak on the palate either when... hot damn... there is it, making a big splash on the finish.

The beginning and middle portions of each mouthful are dominated by huge flavors of caramel, white grapefruit pith, bitter orange and pine sap. There's nothing better than Chinook unleashed. Rarely have I tasted a more aggressive ale that is so well-behaved in the mouth. Immediately after the swallow is where the caramelized sugar and oak make their move and turn a great beer into a phenomenal one.

I didn't think it was possible, but warming brings about an even greater intensity. Anyone who thinks this beer or its un-oaked brother is overrated is completely off his or her rocker. This is big beer that was brewed with bourbon-loving hopheads in mind. Since that describes me perfectly, it's no surprise that I'm in awe of what Stone has done.

How could the body/mouthfeel be anything less than fantastic? It's as firm as polished granite and is equally as smooth. It also possesses a luscious creaminess that promotes gulping rather than sipping. I find that I'm drinking waaay too fast, as much for how the beer feels as for how it tastes. Well, maybe not.

I'd have to drink Arrogant Bastard Ale and Oaked AB side by side to determine how much they actually differ. My guess is that the oak chips definitely add something of value. I did a little jig when I found out that Stone decided to release this beer in user-friendly 12 oz. bottles. I'm doing an even more enthusiastic jig now that I've had it. Smashing stuff.

Photo of ScotB260
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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