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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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4,422 Ratings

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Ratings: 4422
Reviews: 1814
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of dar482

New York

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours out in this deep rich crimson red, almost like cranberry juice. The head is light tan pillowy head.

The aroma has lots of caramel malt along with juicy sweet orange and grapefruit. Then the hops shine through of pine, resin, and some oak.

On the flavor, it starts off with a bitter blood orange, red grapefruit, and peel. It then hits with a round vanilla flavor. The oak adds a dimension throughout.

The caramel sweetness then hits and balances the beer. There is a big lasting bitterness in the end. It's almost peppery, but lots of resin, pine, earth, tea, earthiness, and wood chips.

The oak adds a wonderful complexity to the Arrogant Bastard base. A great beer that is very much like an American barleywine, but very well made, unlike some other attempts.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 06:45:12 | More by dar482
Photo of Roguer


3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid one finger of creamy head, decent retention, slowly fading to a thin bubbly remnant. Awesome sticky lacing. Beer is a dark brown, translucent, and shot through with purple or red.

Vanilla notes immediately hit, with a massive dose of caramel malts and molasses, and finally some spicy dry hops.

Dry, earthy, spicy hops hit first, imparting bitterness but little flavor. This is followed by some flat caramel malts, with vanilla, oak, and brown sugar rounding out the back-end. Fairly complex profile; each sip is a little different.

Lively sting and bite give this an excellent balance to what is otherwise a relatively thin mouthfeel. Slight foaming.

This is a tasty beer, reminding me of a drier, spicier version of Brown Shugga or Burton Baton. Those beers are very hoppy, but with more hop flavor, whereas the hops here seem to be mostly about the bitterness. The flavor is a bit of a letdown after a really intriguing aroma. Letting it warm helps bring out the molasses and vanilla better.

Has an "Enjoy By" date a week from now. I would think an oaked strong ale would hold up to age well, other than the hops, so I find that curious.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 19:29:11 | More by Roguer
Photo of ONUMello


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Just past the best-buy date of 12/24/13
A: Burnt orange color with a one-finger head
S: Nice balance of bold pine hops, roasted malt and caramel
T: Matches the nose with the malt up front then the hops then the sugary components. Pretty bold
M: Full-bodied, a nice hops bite and a fairly long finish
O: I'll post another note with a bottle still in the freshness date. As is this is a very tasty beer though in my opinion not quite to the level of its 'official' BA 100 rating

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 06:30:09 | More by ONUMello
Photo of OldManRJM


2.58/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one has a nice amber color with an ivory head that does hang around.

I do not get the fruity smell that others describe, but there us a hoppy aroma to the beer. The mouth feel is smooth, it is not under or over carbonated.

The taste is quite hoppy. If this is your thing, then you will love this beer Unfortunately, I am not fan of hoppy beers - this one reminds me more of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 18:16:17 | More by OldManRJM
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Amber, slightly dull with a quickly dissipating head. Nose of sugary marzipan, dark fruits like figs, cranberries and cherries. Not picking up any grain or hop scents, just a sweet dark fruitiness. Taste of sweet boozy fruits immediately cut by acrid bitterness. A resiny, pithy bitter that keeps the sweet cooked sugars from being overpowering, finishing on an earthy, woody note that rounds the sharp edges. Full mouthfeel with enough carbonation to keep it from feeling heavy. An improvement on the already fantastic original recipe.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 23:19:04 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of screamking


4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Look:dark red brown, 1 finger khaki head, great lacing.
Aroma notes:orange, grapefruit, honey, oak, mango, vanilla, pineapple.
Tasting notes:grapefruit, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, pineapple, toffee.
Feel:medium to full bodied.

There's a lot to like here. The oak aging does a lot of good in this one. The oak gives it a great vanilla note that carries throughout the beer. You also get the strong citrus notes in here that's the counter part to the sweetness. One of the better stone beers available.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 03:02:44 | More by screamking
Photo of ivanovichi


4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a wide mouth snifter

A - Pours a nice dark brown/ amber color with a half inch of really light tan head which it retained the whole time. Light carbonation, nice lacing all the was down

S - hoppy, malty, and oak and the end, very satisfying smell

T - Malt, then hops, and leaves the mouth full of that great oak flavor which hangs around for a while.

M - Sat on the tounge for plenty of time, i felt real light carbonation, nice overall feel

O - A great brew to really get everything you can out of an American strong ale, like others I would be interested in trying one right off the line fresh

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 21:07:45 | More by ivanovichi
Photo of MotoGuitard


4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this deep dark red beauty and achieved a nice, reasonable head. The smell is much calmer than I expected. Definitely diggin it.

The taste is a lot different from the Bastard taste that I am used to. I usually find them to be in your face (not in a bad way) but it looks like the oak and aging has really chilled this beast out. I still get the same ideas that I get from the regular Arrogant Bastard, but the oak aging has really changed it for the better in my opinion.

Instead of being an Arrogant Bastard with oak added, this guy really transformed into a mellow, but still very strong beer. Will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 22:58:10 | More by MotoGuitard
Photo of Hammer35


4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep, dark red color with cream colored head. Beautiful lacing, medium beading that becomes finer as it mellows and very nice, consistent carbonation. Solid head retention as well.

Smell: Bold citrus notes with some sweetness and hints of vanilla and cinnamon.

Taste: The citrusy hops are up front, as with regular Bastard, but this is noticeably mellowed by the oak which imparts a nice note of vanilla, cinnamon and very subtle oakiness. I only wish those notes were slightly more pronounced. The signature bitter Bastard finish is still there and in force.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly crisp, but it doesn't sacrifice the body. Well carbonated and the carbonation lasts.

Overall: An absolutely excellent tweak to an already excellent beer. When I'm in the mood for Arrogant Bastard I'll definitely be going oaked from now on. The mellowed down character with depth of flavors makes this even better!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:26:22 | More by Hammer35
Photo of Ri0


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark amber brown with a 2 finger of sandy head. Excellent lacing, dominates on the side I sip from.

S - A sweet and hoppy concoction. The sweetness is from the rich malts, brown sugar, dark honey, clover, and caramel. Hops come in with bitter pine and some citrus.

T - Phenomenal taste of sweet caramel, brown sugar, honey and clover. A nice hop bite helps to balance it out. Bitter pine and bright citrus notes of grapefruit. I don't pick up much of the barrel or wood.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Sticky feel and a mild bitter aftertaste.

O - Awesome beer that is different in todays domination of IPAs. I think this is a fantastic beer to drink in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 00:47:02 | More by Ri0
Photo of SFNC

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber color into a tulip glass. The one finger head shrinks pretty quickly leaving some nice lacing and sparse islands of foam. It sure looks good in the glass though. The smell is all hops and oak. Piney with some citrus undertones, the oak is there stronger than most other oaked beers that I've had. Tastes like an Imperial IPA, strong upfront hops that resound with resiny pines and sour citrus, not unlike most other Stone products that I've tried. The oak is very pronounced, almost fighting with the hops for dominance. The first couple sips are almost unsettling and I'm not really sold on this one. As I finish, I have grown more acclimated to the flavors, but a little underwhelmed. Carbonation is light and the finish seems pretty dry. Overall, I don't think I'll revisit this one for a while, which is a shame as I was looking forward to giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 00:47:55 | More by SFNC
Photo of South2NW


3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to tulip.

A: Darker amber/reddish brown with a good thick cream colored head.

S: hops, smoke, citrus, maybe some brown sugar.

T: big hoppy/citrus bitterness immediately, oak undertones, some lingering spice. Flavor continues to develop.

M: medium carbonation, lingering after tastes of spicy oak.

O: solid beer. Easy to drink. Lots of flavors to pick up on, but fairly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 01:51:55 | More by South2NW
Photo of CMUbrew


3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Tea-like brown, dark-amber color. Nice light brown head forms and hangs on for a while.

S: Big time bitter grapefruit rind aroma.

T: Again, just a bombardment of bitter grapefruit. Even as this warms up I'm not picking up anything new. I would never guess this was oak aged, and would almost certainly call this an IPA in a blind tasting. Really needs more malt flavor.

M: Medium-lightish body and well carbonated.

O: I'm really surprised at this one. Drinks and tastes like an IPA. Completely lacks the complexity of the regular bastard and the oak aging is lost on me. Still a good beer, but I'll take other things for the money.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 22:40:48 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of AZYescas


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well after being harassed by my buddies about why I haven't drank this beer I decided to give a try. Although I bought the Oaked ABA. It pours out in a nice dark brown reddish color. I think the smell is a lot stronger than the actual taste. once I smelled it with that dark smoky smell I figured it would be a little hard to drink since smell is half the taste. I have to admit I enjoyed it. I will be having this beer again soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:58:02 | More by AZYescas
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with an "enjoy by" date of 1/6/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - a hazy crimson, some carbonation bubbles; nice fluffy, off-white head. Leaves some sticky, foamy lace.
Smell - sweet baked bread, pine and grass hops; a touch of the oak comes through.
Taste - A complex blend of aggressive, bitter hops and a very flavorful malt backbone.
Feel - medium body, bitter hops, some warming alcohol, but this is so smooth and easy going down!
Overall - another complex and flavorful brew from the folks at Stone!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:23:10 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark red with a two-finger foamy off white head. Good mount of heavy lacing.

S - Sweet with nice amount of hops.

T - Lots of oak. Good amount of brown sugar and molasses with a big kick of bitter hops.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a lingering hop bitterness.

O - Good beer with a lot going on. A nice sipper for a cold evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 03:12:56 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of KJK-1

South Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is another great beer in the bastard family from stone. A deep amber color is just tempting immediately. You can pick up on the oaken notes in the smell and taste immediately. Low carbonation. The oak notes are very much imparted in the taste. A good hop character still shines through as well. A must try to have at least tasted. I prefer the arrogant or double bastard over the oaked. Although, the oaken bastard is very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 17:51:34 | More by KJK-1
Photo of FLima


4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Red amber color with a thin beige head that vanishes quickly, but leaves laces.
Aroma of oak, earthy hops, dark fruits, caramels and pine.
Sweet and bold flavor with a superb bitterness, notes of caramels, piney and earthy hops, roasted malts, licorice, grapefruit, maple syrup, umami and whiskey. Hints of citrus and plums. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% abv is harmonic with the overall beer.
I am not worthy! This is another solid from Stone. Bold, complex and well balanced. Nevertheless, I still preferred the original version.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 19:53:17 | More by FLima
Photo of andrewjraab


4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with shades of crimson and ruby. Two fingers of oily off white head that reduces to some pancake batter bubbles and a thin sheet across the brew.

S - Fresh hop smell, resinous, Lemon peel, grass.

T - Citrus, piney, smokey, wood stands out, lots of depth in this brew. Flavor keeps developing as you take your time on this one. Full bodied - the aftertaste goes for days.

O - Glad I finally picked one of these up. Solid ale with tremendous depth and character that gets better with each sip. This is definitely a can't miss.

Notes - I drank this two days after purchasing, but noticed I'm drinking after the best by date so I'd love to try a fresher one to see if it is any better.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:45:26 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Dark ruby brown with a finger of khaki head. Superb lacing throughout the time I drank this.

S - Lots of oak, smoke, and molasses.

T - Again, huge oak flavor. There is also brown sugar, molasses, bitter hops, and a toasted malt backbone.

M - Thick body with low-to-moderate carbonation. This is very syrupy and sticky in the mouth, with an oak and molasses aftertaste.

O - This is one fantastic beer. The oak does wonders for the flavor, and the huge sweetness of the brown sugar and molasses are slightly balanced by the bitter hops. It's surprisingly easy drinking despite 7.2% abv and thick sticky body.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:31:20 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had at Cure New Orleans. Poured into a tall glass. Bottleneck says Enjoy By 10/20/13. Oh no, I'm a week late...

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains very well before sinking to a thick ring around the glass and a full fluffy sheet of surface foam.

S- Sweet smelling with some herbal hops and a bit of booze must.

T- Very sweet with a lot of brown sugar and maple notes. I can't get over how sweet this tastes. There's a big sugary caramel presence that's cut nicely with the slowly creeping hop flavor thus resulting in the alcohol being well-hidden.

M- Slightly syrupy and a small but lingering bite from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I don't remember this being so sweet when I first had it. Very drinkable and pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:58:58 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Celtics17


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Not all that different from the original Arrogant Bastard Ale. The taste has some bitterness, with some fig newton, raisin, along with smoke from the oak. This is a heavy ale, and it has always reminded me of a hopped up Fat Tire, or Fat Tire on steroids.

S: Smells of toasted breads with some spicy hops and a bit of earthy oak wood character.
A:dark amber color body.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 07:54:20 | More by Celtics17
Photo of RolandoHH


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful dark, reddish brown color, with an inch-thick beige head with decent retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Toasted malts and spicy hops mix in an appropriately oaky character. Alcohol present in the aroma.

T - Toasted grains with citrus and spice notes that leaves a woody aftertaste. The oak brings things together nicely. Dry, thanks to the mix of oak and hops, with an alcohol kick.

M - Fairly smooth, all things considered.

O - Not all that different from the original Arrogant Bastard Ale, but still a welcome development with something to offer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 05:07:49 | More by RolandoHH
Photo of Nugganooch


3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Societe Brewing Belgian style glass
Notes taken from 10/10/13

A: Same dark amber color body with some more auburn hues. Slightly muddled clarity and some micro bubbles nucleating at the bottom of the glass. Just a thin layer of rapidly dissolving khaki trim across the top. Little to no cling or stick left behind.

S: Smells of toasted breads with some spicy hops and a bit of earthy oak wood character. There is a light malt sweetness coming through in the aroma and a touch of alcohol noted.

T: Tastes bready as well with lots of toasted grain notes and a dried fruit blend of fig and raisin. I get some mild citrus peel and spices with some noticeable woodsy elements. There is a high hop bitterness met with some oaky tannins that really dries out the palate. Not a negative for me. The finish is a touch dank and herbal with a light alcohol kick. Really nice and restrained wood character from the oak chips. Seems to play well with the base beer.

M: Moderate weight with a fairly smooth texture overall. Big dry puckering bitterness and slightly tannic. Clean on the finish with some light warming alcohol.

D: This is a very nice complement to the base beer. I don’t think it elevates the overall score but the oak is definitely a nice added nuance that works well.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 18:30:41 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of MikeWard


4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.best by date of 10/20/13, so just inside the wire here.

Pours a beautiful reddish amber color with 1 1/2 fingers thick off white head. Head retains ALL the way down. Ok carbonation, and some nice looking lacing.

Smell..ah, malts, hops, and that lovely oak aroma come up through the head.

Taste is more malty than hoppy, but the hops come through. Then my favorite part, the oaky flavors that fill the mouth. This is my favorite part of this beer, and often causes me to drink it a bit fater than I should for a 7.2abv. Delicious.

Mouth is a fair bit over medium, and finished well, but with a short lasting slightly tart covering on the tongue.

Overall, this is a beer I like quite a bit, finally got around to reviewing it. The fact that it's best by date is up in a week makes me wonder what one fresh off the line would taste like. I've had it before, but didnt pay that much attention to the dates. All were excellent. love that oak flavor. Thanks Stone!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:57:54 | More by MikeWard
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,422 ratings.