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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)
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Photo of cyclonece09


4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass. Pours slightly cloudy red with little head. Smells of floral and cirtis notes with a nice deep fruity bouquet. Tastes of berries overwhelmingly with slight citrus but still has some lingering bite. Beer is medium bodied nicely carbonated good bite. Overall a superb beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 22:20:37 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of arfenhouse


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber color with big white head. Good lacing and retention.

S: Getting caramel, toffee, with some bread for the malts. Equally strong pine and grapefruit. One difference from the regular AB is a bit of vanilla scent near the beginning.

T: Very similar to regular AB; Sweet toasted bread, and caramel. Hops come in strong with lots of citrus (grapefruit, orange) and some pine. Hop character is a little smaller compared to the regular AB. Finishes with a long oaky aftertaste which reminds me of the smoked characteristic in a good whiskey.

M: A bit thick with medium-high carbonation. Fits the style and overall aggressiveness of the beer.

O: Good beer that is very much like the original AB. A small difference in the nose and a mellowing of the bitterness in the taste. To make up for the less bitterness there is a good oaky flavor that adds to the complexity of the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 23:40:16 | More by arfenhouse
Photo of Tucquan


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-12-01 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge

A - Light mahogany / copper color with a short, off-white head with goodlacing.

S - Floral hops, citrus, pine, touch of sweet malt and wood. Not very strong but there were food odors present.

T - Burnt sugar, roasted grain, citrus, pine, toffee, nutty. The hop bitterness is more muted than in the regular AB but the woody oak character more than makes up for it.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial. Resinous.

O - Very enjoybable. The oak aging really enhanced the character of this brew and raisted the rating quite a bit for me. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 11:26:11 | More by Tucquan
Photo of joecast


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the Stone store on Pasadena.

Everything you expect from Arrogant Bastard with a soft oaky touch. Seems to moderate the hop character all around. Citrus aroma is knocked back letting the malt show a bit more, and some of the bitterness and hop flavor are replaced by a sweeter, malty woody character.

Interesting twist. Probably makes it more drinkable as the palate doesn't get wrecked so quickly. But then is it really still AB?

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2012 04:00:13 | More by joecast
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220 X bomber picked up at Coloumbia SC,

A - A dark copper with no clarity. 1 figer of head.

S - SOUR, but sweet

T - slight sour, smooth,

M- full bodied, lots of carbonation, oily,

O- very much like sour beer. Oak is not as prevalent in the brew as I expected. But it definitely changed the character of this beer. I love the original. Nice experiment, but not a must

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 04:33:39 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of kylehay2004


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head on a cloudy garnet with golden hues with nice lacing. Aroma is subtle but good with mostly caramel, malts, pine hips and bubblegum. Flavor is an improvement on the regular arrogant bastard. The oak and breads are excellent with citrus as pine hops. The mouthfeel is a little creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall definitely an improvement to the standard arrogant bastard and a nice offering from stone.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 00:06:19 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Swim424


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

I got this on tap last night. Didn't know what to expect since I havent had arrogant bastard in quite a while and don't remember much about it. But this was delicious. Very surprised about how good this was. It had a nice fluffy head that hung with me till the last sip. It was dark where I was so I couldn't really tell the color. Seemed a hazy dark amberish. Smells of malty hops and a bit of oak. Tasted very balanced malt and hop with a hint of the oak that really complimented the flavors. Fairly thick beer, a bit creamy. Very nice overall experience. Would gladly have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2012 14:55:30 | More by Swim424
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and served in a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep golden amber color with a eggshell head that was thick and persistent. With swirling there was some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is lighter than expected. Mostly hoppy in nature; pine with a bit of citrus mixed in. The oak is detected at the end, but is relatively mild in nature.

Taste – A bit of bitter hoppiness is the first to met the tongue. It is mainly piney in flavor. A sweeter malt flavor then comes into play. While the backbone of the sweeter flavor is caramel, there are subtle bits of oak and vanilla in there as well. Finally, some more bitter citrus hops come toward the end, rounding out the taste and balancing out quite nicely w the sweeter maltier flavors.

Mouthfeel – With a creamy body and a moderate to average carbonation it makes it easy to drink.

Overall – A tasty brew with a very nice and complex flavor profile. Only complaint would be with the oakiness, which is quite low for an “oaked” beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 02:03:00 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of MattSweatshirt


4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Meddlesome Moth in Dallas.

Looks brown/garnet and leaves lacing all over.

Mostly citrusy/grapefruit hops with a faint oakiness.

Big grapefruit flavor. Malt and oaky goodness lay behind the initial bitter hop punch. Leaves a hop and oak aftertaste.

Dry, faint carbonation, and a medium body.

My first foray into the Arrogant Bastard lineup and I am won over. All the hops and oak flavor got a little tiresome towards the end but still a great brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 08:47:38 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of akinsja


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a tasting flight at Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, Texas.

This is one of the best arguments I have tasted for oaking a beer. Take the huge hoppy slap in the face of most Stone beers (not that there's anything wrong with that) and really round off the spike of bitterness; what you're left with are fantastic layers of oaky malt and vanilla, finishing on the back end with sweet dark fruit and citrus rinds. I love the layers and the balance of this, especially compared to the hop bombs of other Stone offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 23:17:44 | More by akinsja
Photo of fmccormi

New York

3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alto Cino in Syracuse, NY, poured into a standard shaker pint.

Appearance (5.0): Pours a deep, slightly reddish amber, and a little hazy . . . thick, 1cm tan head. This beer leaves creamy sheets of lace all down the sides.

Smell (4.0): Typical dank / cat pee notes of Simcoe, plus some pineapple action—Amarillo? Pine on the other half of the hop equation—Chinook? Pretty typical West Coast-style hop profile, backed by some simple sweetness in the malt base.

Taste (3.5): Strong vanilla oakiness, with a creamy-sweet malt body chased by grass-pine-grapefruit bitterness (in that order). Strong oak, really. The malt body is moderately sweet, but ultimately passive. Grass-pine finish. This is decent, and I know what they’re going for here, but the original Arrogant Bastard is far better—just too much oak in one sitting for me.

Mouthfeel (4.0): CREAMY. Medium-full, with velvety carbonation. Almost no prickliness. Slightly syrupy, but overall VERY creamy. Wish it was a bit drier honestly, but the creaminess is an interesting experience and not bad, for sure.

Overall (4.0): Pretty good. They really oaked the shit out of this. Not that it’s bad, it’s just different. Loses a lot of what makes Arrogant Bastard great, even as it successfully reaches for a whole new style of beer, practically. Totally different dimension than original Arrogant Bastard, but I can appreciate what’s happening.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 06:16:13 | More by fmccormi
Photo of phichifiji00


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: deep rich brown in color. Pours less than a finger of off- white head that fades fairly slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: malty, nutty, caramel, oak

Taste: lots of oak, malty, caramel, hoppy, vanilla, leather, tobacco.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp, a bit bitter.

Overall: A very good Oakes beer. The oak is very prevalent but not overpowering. Very complex flavor profile. Well balanced. Very high drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 01:31:47 | More by phichifiji00
Photo of iadler


3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap. Served in a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown with a two finger off white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves webs of lacing behind.

S- The oak is big on the aroma with caramel, toffee, bready malt, citrus peel, sweet booze, and pine.

T- Similar to the aroma with oak, sweet bready malts with caramel and toffee, grapefruit, orange zest, peppery spice and pine.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes very earthy with the oak and the pine lingering.

O- The oak is certainly noticeable, however, I think it's a little too prominent. I'm glad I finally got to try this, but not sure how often I would want this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 23:03:20 | More by iadler
Photo of xnicknj


4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at varga in philly

Pours a clouded burnt amber color with a thick froth of slightly tanned head. Retains nicely with plenty of lacing and a layer of film.

Strong scents of pine hoppiness tempered by caramel and bready malt. Some vanilla and oak with slight citrus. Faint alcohol warmth.

Bitter up front with biting pine hops. Some notes of grapefruit and citrus followed by a beefy malt backbone. Bready caramel with smooth oak and vanilla tones. Slightly sweet, but balanced with the hoppy finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, smooth and creamy on the tongue. Drinks nicely, the oak aging gives this a much better mouthfeel and adds some pleasant vanilla flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 15:44:09 | More by xnicknj
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at St. James Infirmary

Very dark, opaque color. Some head that retained for a couple of sips.

Smell is not too noteworthy, but there is some wood in there.

Taste is a huge slap on the tongue. A "strong" ale to be sure. The oakey finish is cool, but overall it feels very dry and bitter. It was hard to finish my 13 oz. glass because it's such a bastard! The flavor is complex and commendable, but it's just not easy to enjoy.

It's been a while since I had a regular Bastard, but if my memory serves me right, I prefer that one to this. The OAKED is a cool beer to try because it is unique and complex, but at the end of the day, the regular one is less expensive and still quite tasty. I'll be trying the Double Bastard this week and I'm excited to see how that compares.

I'm also wondering if the batch the Bros. had from 2003 is substantially different from the one I tried. I'll never know!

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 19:47:30 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of JDizzle


4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass

Color is a deep ruby, amber red with an off white head that is huge. Lacing is very sticky that hangs around-super thick. I smell a little carmel malt and Oak. Hops are lingering in the air. The taste is very hoppy with a lot of Oak flavor that is wonderful. They really knocked this one out of the park with the oak. It changes the beer from the original AB to where this beer is more mellow. It's very bitter, but the oak adds a smoothness and improves drinability.

Overall, this is a great beer(a little too expensive though) that keeps me coming back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 01:06:15 | More by JDizzle
Photo of Diesel76


4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this for the first time on tap at Stone Brewery for their Hoppy Fathers Day buffet... and ... WOW. I loved the oak flavor. It was very strong, and obviously the primary flavor of this beer. This coupled with the fantastic BBQ I was eating... well, they just went hand in hand.

All in all, I rated it high because how it accompanied my meal, it was faaan-tastic! I don't know if I would have loved it as much on its own... but my next BBQ, some Oaked Bastard is what I will be serving.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 20:24:21 | More by Diesel76
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Stone brewery 6-19-11.

It's a dark brown color with just a tinge of red, nice head, even on tap, and nice lacing left behind.

Smell was an inviting woody aroma which accented both pine-citrus and malty components.

On tap it's just as fantastic as it was in a bottle. So tasty, so many woody and oak flavors which balanced a great bit of hops and malts alike.

It's got a great medium to almost full body, with a lingering smooth bitterness and oak flavors which linger as well.

Fantastic stuff. One of my favorite oak aged creations, and on tap it's nearly off the charts.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 03:32:57 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of TheJackel


4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone did an excellent job adding a little extra on top of their already magnificent line of beers. The experience you get from drinking this brew is what makes it so good. Full of flavor, smell, and leaves you feeling good. Not quite as much of a hop gives it a smoothness you don't always find in Stone brews.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 22:07:18 | More by TheJackel
Photo of DCon


4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Bridge Wine Bar and Tap House in St. Louis, MO for $9.50. Tapped into a 20oz Pint Glass from the Wooden Oaked Arrogant Bastard tap handle and enjoyed only one.

Aroma- The malt is the most dominant smell as the oak is present as well. A woody aroma is combined with a fruit by the foot smell that is of course sweet.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger of off white head that has great retention! A dark copper but clear body is present with nice, thick lacing down the glass.

Flavor- An intense malt taste from the start and then the woody taste comes around to get your attention. Tons of hop are present and they make the bitterness everlasting.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full bodied, Medium Good carbonation, and Chewy attributes. There is a warming alcohol mouthfeel that seems appropriate and makes this oaked arrogant a top beer!

Overall Impression- Fantastic! Much better than the original Arrogant Bastard with the woody/oaked character throughout. Nice warming and would be a perfect beer for the winter. I won't be going to this much during the summer but awesome Strong Ale! I am looking forward to enjoying my Arrogant Bastard that I started aging in April of this year.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 18:42:50 | More by DCon
Photo of RodneyX


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

Dark brownish black beer with brown on the edges and an off-white head. It smells of hard malts and some bitter wood and hops. This must be dryhopped or something on the end because it has a really hoppy finish on top of all the other roasted malts and dark fruits. It's actually quite nice but a load to drink. Bought myself a six pack after trying it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 16:12:16 | More by RodneyX
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at The Cask Republic in New Haven, Conn.

A: Mahogany, deep reddish brown with a thin, creamy head of off white foam which persists nicely and leaves a nice amount of sticky lace.

S: Complex fruity and caramel malt nose with hints of dried cherries, vanilla, oak, whiskey barrels and spent rum casks. A musty, pine needle hop aroma imparts and earthy musk.

T: Smooth, rich, fruity malt profile with hints of berry, plum, raisin and bitter, flavored tea. Citrusy, herbal and earthy hops make their way across the palate with notes of pine and a refined, mineral-filtered bourbon essence. The finish lingers with bittersweet, sticky malts and hop resins with a hint of smoked wood.

M: Rich, full-bodied, but so very smooth and fulfilling. The oak keeps the hops from becoming to sticky and malts from cloying sweetness. Just right and very satisfying.

O: Oak Aged AB takes a bit of the hop wallop out of the sails, but the essence of these West-Coast varietals are still very much at play. On the plus side, the 7.2% ABV and hop chaos is smoothed out so nicely and malts are really brought forward by the calming, refining qualities of wood-aging the beer. An excellent sipper just dying to be paired with a good cigar.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 04:57:04 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of hooliganlife


4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was a deep ruby red with a light brown mixed in. big creamy head that hung around forever.

lots of grapefruit with a light oak and vanilla mixed in. sweet candied malt.

this must have been the freshest i have ever had this, it was very hoppy which really helped tame the oak flavor. the big grapefruit and citrus really bonded well with the vanilla and oak.

very full, medium carbonation. oily like.

this was good, the best i've ever had oaked bastard.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 17:36:48 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of Snow81


4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Muddy amber that is thick and cloudy with big lace that sticks to the sides of my glass

Head: Dark rich tan head

Smell: Caramelized caramel glaze that is candy

Taste: Malty sweet dark bitter citric with a hint of heat on the back end

Weight: Heavy to medium body with low to medium carbonation

Finish: Sweet bitter hop

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 15:43:33 | More by Snow81
Photo of Auracom


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

5-6 oz. tasting sample at Kelleher's in Peoria in a mini-pint glass. One of the on-tap offerings from the Stone release party on April 5th, 2011.

Oaked Arrogant looks much the same as regular Arrogant. Dark golden coloring with a nice one-and-a-half finger, eggshell white head. Nice lacing on the sides with a ring of alc. feet as well. Looks like a good brew.

Aroma is likewise similar but the outrageous hop profile in the regular offering is a bit muted in this one. Still sending the grapefruit and other citrus flavors. Maybe slight malts and a little oak? It's very subtle if it's really there.

Oak is more apparent in the drink. Lots of hops come through the back of the drink but the fronted is pretty nice. Some roasted and caramel malt notes. Less citrus character and hop bite. It's a more accessible version, for sure. Finish is a bit dry but not too long. A little heat presence.

Mouthfeel is status-quo. Thin-medium body with appropriate carbonation. Not particularly smooth.

Again, this is more accessible and easier-drinking than standard Arrogant. I was worried the oak really wouldn't show up and while it still is a bit muted, the purpose for adding it is there in the drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 13:36:19 | More by Auracom
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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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