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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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1,848 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,848
Hads: 5,113
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 207
Gots: 541 | FT: 4
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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Reviews: 1,848 | Hads: 5,113
Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours to a very dark and murky ruby mahogany, generates a finger of soapy light brown head that dissipates down to a film.
S - Light vanilla bourbon, woody oak, hops, light malts and grapefruit.
T - Lightly sweet vanilla bourbon and malts upfront, ends with extremely bitter oak, hops and grapefruit. This beer is a real punch in the taste buds regardless of how desensitized you've become to bitter tastes.
O - A damned good, extremely bitter beer, more of an experience than a drink.
V - Medium.

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Photo of spidermite
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I stopped drinking this after the price increase gosh maybe 8 years ago now...Found it on tap the other day and its all I have been drinking, the oak flavors elavate the Arrogant Bastard to outstanding heights

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Photo of mr-jj
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Collective

Color is a beautiful deep copper color with a thick white head. Lots of lacing. A really nice looking beer! Aroma is really nice. Dark fruits, citrus and pine notes and an earthy dankness. Just a touch of oak on the nose. The flavor brings a lot more of the oak - it starts with with a blast of bitter hops on the palate followed that is followed by fig, caramel and oak. The finish is more of the citrus along with oak notes. I'm a fan. Body feel is moderately full with good carbonation.

Overall, I like this better than the original. The oak adds a lot of complexity without being overpowering. A really fine beer.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is surprisingly weak, but some light, caramel-like malt is present, along with light pine and citrus with a touch of woodiness. The light tan head is very long-lasting; the body is a dark reddish amber. The flavor is very malty with roasted malt and bread crust, which becomes a little sweeter towards the finish; there are some flavorful, spruce-like, resiny hops. The carbonation and bite are agreeably moderate; a woody, husky tingle hangs around; and there is considerable dryness from the alcohol.

Overall, quite bitter and dry but stimulating and flavorful. I found the aroma a little disappointing but was otherwise pleased.

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Photo of fedt
4.91/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First, this is one of the best ales available.

A: Head pours copper-red color. The head disappears but leaves sticky residue. There's a nice lacing.

S: Smells definitely of oak, other woods, and lots of pine/citrus hops.

T: Outstanding taste. Dry oak, strong hops, bitter pine, arrogance, and hints of caramel.

M: Medium-heavy body, very filling. Dry finish..

O: A little mellower than regular AB, but a better taste. This is truly a favorite. Not as sweet as original.

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Photo of BillCheck
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the only beer I've given straight 5's for every category so I want to back it up with a review. The first time I had tried this I was completely blown away. The appearance is a great dark amber with about an inch of tan foamy head. Very inviting to say the least. This beer has the aroma of caramel/vanilla, malt, some citrus overtones and a hint of oak. At the first sip, the taste starts with a nice balance of sweet caramel malt with piney bitterness with a big oak finish that adds a certain sweetness. The oak taste is the best part in my opinion. The feel is smooth and not aggressive for the ABV with lower to moderate carbonation making this an easy drinker. Overall, probably my favorite beer out there.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Cloudy dark amber pour, two finger light beige head that recedes to a nice sticky lace and a bubbly cap floating on top.
Boozy raisin, fig, date, faint black cherry, rich caramel and toffee, faint wood and vanilla, subtle citrus and pine. Smells nice.
Taste surprises in the start with very bitter citrus (lots of grapefruit and unripe orange peel), throwing the hops straight to you face, but things turn around in a few seconds. Fruitiness develops for a bit, sweet with faint peach, tangerine, subtle dark grape, even some tropical notes (mango mostly), but is quickly cut short by caramel and burnt toffee (light maltiness tho), leading to a mostly bitter finish. Huge grassy hops, dried flower petals (perfumey and bitter), pine resin, with those oak chips bringing a dusty earthiness, a tree-bark kinda feel, quite rough and bitter also.
Warm bitter finish doesn't leave much else to the aftertaste except a big concentrated leafy hoppiness. Medium body and carbonation, kinda chewy.
It's nice that the oak chips enhance the hops, ergo the bitterness. A very rough beer that many people are probably not ready for, before being worthy. Aggressive, but rewarding.

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Nose is extreme malt almost as much bitter.color looks like diarrhea.no bull shit,no pun.nice aggressive kick of dry hops at the end.much rather drink the regular "bomber" bastard.

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Photo of communionofthesaints
4/5  rDev -4.5%

This is an aggressive ale Just as the description indicates. I'm afraid that the oaked aspect puts this ale out of my palate. I have had the original "Arrogant Bastard" several times and I thought often that I much preferred the original to the "oaked." While the oaked did have another layer of complexity, it was a somewhat distasteful mix in my mouth. This was still a very good beer but not as overwhelmingly tasty as the original.
Save your money and stick with the original.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

* 12 oz. bottle* Look: Dark murky brown almost red body, 1/2 finger off white head. Smell: Mild citrus fused with intense toasted grains, caramel sweetness, subtle earth notes. Taste: Spicy, mild citrus rind, wood, toasted grains, and a hint of pineapple?, sweet oak finishes with a smoky camp fire flavor. Bitter as an old man with no beer money. Feel: Medium-light body, active, almost harsh carbonation.

Overall: I hate to say this but this ale is aggressive. This is not for everyone like the brewer said. Both hops and malts come full force and with the aggressive bitterness and also detectable alcohol bite. This beer will take your palate to a bar so it can purposely beat it with a stool. I don’t have a problem slapping two bottles of this at anytime. But after two it might get a bit, tiresome. It is a liquid journey, just not down the alley I would prefer. This brew is worthy.

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Photo of BigBry
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

12 oz bottle, brought back from the States.
Pours dark and rich looking mahogany, thin head but good retention.
Smell and taste both have lots of hops - pine and citrus, but balanced with caramel malty sweetness. Oak chips add alot of flavor and another layer of intensity.
Bitter, but in a good way, finish and aftertaste. Medium, pushing full body and mouthfeel.
I enjoy almost all of Stone's beers, and this is right at the top.

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Photo of Gear54
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pilsner glass

A: beer is a hazy brick red color with limited light penetration. Thin layer of wispy foam and thin wispy lace on the glass.

S: big whiff of oily hops and malts. Woody notes and maybe some vanilla

T: malt is a bit lighter than I would have thought. Lots of bitter hops and possibly some carmel notes.

M: heavy on bitterness with a taste that sticks around for several minutes.

O: a typical brew from stone. Very hop forward and bitter. Exactly what I was hoping for.

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Photo of Scott231
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The oak barreling mellows out the malt flavor aftertaste yet leaves a slight hoppy flavor. Has a reddish caramel color and lovely smell. Not too hoppy and not too malty but will shock the uninitiated to strong ales from Stone. Arrogancy at its best!

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Photo of heygeebee
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - dark reddy brown, dense one finger off white head. great spotty lace. Swirl revives head wonderfully.

S - vanilla malts, caramel.

T - a hit of treacle from the get go, with burnt (very) toffee notes. Different from smell. Very very dry aftertaste. Hint of vanilla as it warms.

M - lightly carbonated, medium weight despite ABV.

O - OK - i just read my review of the non-oaked version. I wrote 'well made beer, just don't like the dry treacle taste'. Ditto!!! The oak does not add enough to this palate. Ah well, proves you need to read your own reviews, not go by scores :-)

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Photo of mthomp081
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - burgundy red, black cherry, nice lacing, 2 inch foamy head, can flecks of particles

S - oak, wood, big herbal oil hops

T - Big herbal hops hit the palette, the oak/wood smell is more in the aroma in the taste, but definitely has some carry through, there's a certain balance between bitter and tart that resembles grapefruit

M - full bodied, creamy, low carbonation

O - awesome beer, really fantastic aroma of hops, oak, and wood which follows all the way through to the taste.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 fluid ounce bottle.
“Enjoy By” 7/17/2014

Dark brown body with an amber glow. A great tan head collapsed and left a very impressive amount of lacing.

Sweet hops. Really great whiff of sugary malts… burnt caramel.

Hops: Started off pretty mild but finished with a kick. Herbal and floral… almost sour.
Malts: Subtle sweet notes of caramel and molasses. Good notes up front but the hops take over in the finish.
Notes: The oak is subtle but it really brought the hops and malts together. The malts are nearly absent in the standard version of this brew but it is smoother and more balanced in this version. The oak also hides the alcohol very well.
Moderate-low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: The oak barrels did wonders for this brew. I would definitely reach for this version over the standard version.

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Photo of abakanowiczc
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very nice dark amber color with slight haze (maybe chill haze). Nice foamy almost creamy white colored bubbles with solid lacing. Head decapitates slowly then stick with a slight foam above the beer.

S: Amazing hoppy smell with a backbone of oak with hints of vanilla, from the american oak wood chips. Definitely getting lots of hops in the forefront of the nose, followed by that backbone of vanilla, oak, slight bourbon characteristic, amazing smelling stuff.

T: Wow this is where the beer shines for me. It's no where near as bitter as Arrogant Bastard, probably because the beer has had time to mellow-out a little bit. The amber malts are not as present as they are in the original Arrogant Bastard but still there. Very nice hoppyness similar to a very well crafted IPA with a strong malt backbone. The oak chips impart a bourbon-like flavor adding bits of sweet with lots of vanilla.

M: Medium to full mouth-feel , unlike the base beer. Aging the beer in oak chips really did help to bring these amazing flavors out.

O: Highly recommended. If you do not like the original Arrogant Bastard due to the lingering bitterness, then try this one! No lingering bitterness with full flavor and hints of bourbon and vanilla!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, copper-red-brown beer with a lot of yeast parts in the beer.
White-beige, three finger high, fluffy, head thats leaves a LOT of lacing on the glass. Almoust chunk of head left!

Nose: Butter, smoke, oak, wood, vanilla and hops.
Taste: Bread, caramel malt, dried fruit, molasses, grapefruit and oak.
Body: Medium to full body. Great bitterness.

A beatiful beer with an ABV of 7.2% that is very well hidden. Great taste and mothfeel! I recommend it!

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Photo of ZorroPlateado
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight from the Stone brewery into a growler poured into a mug. Lacing for days with a nice creamy head. The oaky nose remains the center stage with the scent from the hops shining through. Exceptionally smooth while still remaining a flavorful ale in a way that only Stone could do. The hops in the finish keeps the bastard ale arrogant for a good reason.

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Photo of seedyone
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11/14/12 On tap. This time I was fortunate enough to taste it side-by-side w/the non-oaked. The Non-oaked was more to my liking as it didn't remind me of chardonney. This is still a fine brew but I was looking for something to black-&-tan w/the Stone Russian Imperial stout (I know...I know) & adding that another element wouldn't work (I KNOW...I KNOW, ALREADY.)
At Rattle N Hum

2012 On tap. This is one high hop brew that I can take. It has so many things going on that one never knows they're being assaulted by all that bitterness. Well crafted & worth tracking down.

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Photo of leantom
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer once before, but it's been a long time. Therefore, I decided to go to the store and pick it up in order to review it more accurately. Here goes:

A: Nice. Pours a dark amber; little light penetrates. If you pour it properly, you should get a nice head with good retention time.

S: Very nice. Has an oaky smell with lots of vanilla, probably from being aged in bourbon barrels. The base beer for this oaked-barrel-aged creation - Arrogant Bastard - has none of these smells. I really cannot detect the hop presence very well like for the regular Arrogant Bastard (you can smell the piney, resiny odor from the Cascade hops in the base beer).

T: Again, very nice. It's no where near as bitter as Arrogant Bastard, probably because the beer has had time to mellow-out in oak barrels. You really cannot taste the amber and darkened malts in this beer as well as you can taste them in Arrogant Bastard, but they're still apparent, especially on the back of the tongue as the beer goes down. Mild hope presence, but nothing heavy. The oak barrels impart a bourbony flavor, i.e., very sweet with lots of vanilla.

M: Very full-bodied and creamy, unlike the base beer. Aging the beer in oak barrels really did wonders on its flavor.

O: Highly recommended. A nice, sweet strong ale that imparts a fine bourbon taste.

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Photo of Scobbabq
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 10 oz snifter.

Appearance was a beautiful ruby-mahogany and a creamy and light light tan/off white head. A thin layer rests on top with some sporadic lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer

The initial smell is oak and vanilla with the delicious scent of the bastard filling it out.

The idea to oak the arrogant was a fantastic idea. The taste follows the pattern of the smell with the oak taking center stage followed by the arrogant bastard. The finish is that Stone hoppy bitterness. My only...bone to pick...would be that hoppy bitterness at the end. I know hops are Stone's bread and butter and it's not the worst finish but I'm used to more of a smooth malty character with oak aged brews. That said it's not a bad finish. The aftertaste actually brings the two flavors together really well.

The mouthfeel was least favorite aspect as I felt it was quite on the thin side. Had it been just a bit on the thick side I'd be giving this a perfect score.

That said I didn't want to give my first rating here a perfect score out of principle. So overall I'll give it a 4.75/5.00
Cheers, all!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark caramel amber with a heavy layer of foam that hangs around for a while.
The aroma hangs back even as it warms. I get a light woody oak with a hint of caramel malt. The flavor has an apparent bitterness with a drying finish. There's a bit of caramel and some toffee. It’s maltier than I expected, with some oaky tannins, a caramel malt flavor and a long finish.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I have had so far, everything about it blew me away, and that was something I had not yet experienced with Stone, with their IPA and normal arrogant bastard proving to be just above average.

A: Beautiful brown tinge, with main colour being a ruby red

S: Sheeeit, best smell I have had from a beer. The oak comes through with vanilla, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel and a herbal hoppiness all combining to make something truly spectacular.

T: Vanilla comes through strongly now with sharp piney hops and citrus breaking up the sweetness of both the vanilla and this insanely tasty caramel maltiness (really want to know the malt bill for this bad boy).

M: Probably the best thing about this beer. Don't know what it's like out of the bottle, but on tap, I have never experienced a hoppy beer like this to be so rich and full in it's mouthfeel. Quite an achievement, the best mouthfeel I have experienced.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with Stone's classic silkscreen printing. Reviewing from notes after drinking on 3/5/14. And while I wasn't smart enough to write down the enjoy by date, I do remember that I was a good couple months ahead of it. Poured into a large 20 oz snifter glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful hue of burnt umber with some hints of maroon where the backlit sun pours through the glass. Atop the body sits a half-finger head of pillowy foam the color of toasted white bread. Retention is short-lived, settling to a mottling of film of inconsistent thickness, with some buildup against the side of the glass. Lacing is sparse, but definitely present.

Smell - A wonderful bouquet of hops--both earthy and rich as well as bright and citrusy--alongside pronounced notes of caramel, vanilla and toasted wood. The wood is reminiscent of some of the notes you get from bourbon or even chardonnay, but without the phenols that you get from used oak barrels. It's definitely pure aromatic timber that provides an added depth to regular Arrogant Bastard.

Taste - Certainly delivers on the promise of the nose. Sweet malt and caramel along with vanilla and some light tannin, but not to be outdone is the complementary lupulin presence. Again, pungent citrus and now some herbal freshness to compliment the sweeter profiles. Again, the oak provides a pleasant background characteristic that compliments the hops and malt. After each drink there is a semisweet bitterness, but faint.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly bittersweet finish.

Overall, I think I prefer this one to the original AB. The oak adds a depth that makes it a really unique tasting beer, and the fact that it's unused wood instead of something like bourbon barrels makes it cleaner and less hot. Will definitely have to get some more of this excellent brew.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,848 ratings.