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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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4,421 Ratings

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Ratings: 4421
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 santomark


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

Filled my Growler at Stone.

A - Poured a brown and red mixture body, nice off white head, thick 2 finger head, great retention and lacing.

S - Big hop notes accompanied by caramel. Bright fruit, figs, plums, molasses, charred, this smell of a burning oak fire. So much going on in this.

T - Tastes exactly how it smells. Piney hop up front, caramel in the middle, ends with the oak. You get something of everything in the arrogant bastard.

M - Big body, smooth and silky.

O - Nicely done. I love this beer and the variations of it. The only one I don't seem to like is the pepper variations. But stone is spot on with this brew. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Serving type: growler

12-31-2013 04:10:10 | More by santomark
Photo of ZachKelly


4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled a 64 ounce growler at Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA.

A: Pours a beautiful dark reddish brown. Held up to the light reveals more of a red. After pouring there was a large, fluffy, 3 finger head of creamy white. After settling a good head still remained with a constant carbonation that kept it bubbling. An impressive, thick lacing was left on the glass as it was emptied

S: Somewhat underwhelming smell, not overpowering and hard for me to pick up. I sensed a piney and citrusy aroma from the hops and a caramel malt note. The oak from the aging process was noticeable in the nose.

T: Wonderful citrus and sharp hop flavor is very up front. Some malt kicks in the back end. Hint of oak and bitterness. The malt and hop tend to balance out as you let it sit in your mouth. Great flavors, with a sneaky sweetness that lingers after you swallow.

M: Stays with you. A good aftertaste and hop resin. Very thick but smooth.

O: Very good beer. I like it better than the normal Arrogant Bastard offering.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2013 01:56:17 | More by ZachKelly
Photo of alaimoa


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

Picked up a growler at Stone Oceanside location.
Pours a deep reddish brown with half inch brownish head and lacing that lingers.
Smells complex of citrus, pine, woodsy and alcohol
Taste initially has some sweet and woodsy with alcohol lingering on the palate.
Overall: very complex and delicious and a heavy hitter on the ABV

Serving type: growler

05-26-2013 19:10:58 | More by alaimoa
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my growler into a Duvel tulip. Big, frothy off-white head sits atop a clear, dark coppery bulb. The head breaks down very slowly and leaves huge lacings on the glass. From the nose I'm getting a nice citrusy hoppy aroma of orangepeel and pine as well has slight hints of cherries.

I'm getting toast and marmalade flavors in the front of my mouth, then big piney, citrusy grapefruit flavors take over at mid-palate and dry out your mouth as you swallow, leaving a tangy, apricot-like flavor. I'm still tasting those hops several moments later. The mouthfeel is firm (not creamy) and satisfying. I'm not getting anything that reminds me that this beer is oak-aged though (I'd have never guessed it). No matter, the taste is really superb and this baby drinks like a top shelf IIPA.

I enjoyed every sip of this beer and one glass lasted me quite a while. While this isn't exactly a ``light beer'' at 7.2% abv, it's still surprising how slowly this beer insists on being sipped. Much of this is due to the hops, which take this beer to another level. Speaking of which; man, those west coast brewers certainly do love the hop. I'll bet Stone CEO Greg Koch sprinkles whole hops over his morning cereal instead of fresh fruit.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2012 10:09:28 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of lilnardey


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one powerful brew. Pours a dark amber with medium head that lingers around for a while.

Smells hoppy, with a little bit of oak.

Taste will destroy your palate if your not read for it. Luckily I was ready. Same bold character as the Bastard, but the oak really balances it out well. Good amount of citrus, spice and malts, you can also taste a bit of alcohol.

Not a light mouth feel, but not heavy either. once again, a good balance.

The oak makes an excellent addition to the already great Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: growler

01-13-2012 03:32:48 | More by lilnardey
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Stone Brewing Co.

Pours a very dark crimson-brown with a small foamy 1/4 inch head that settles to a small cap. Small streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of hops, sweet malt, and some oak wood aromas. There is also an earthy, herby aroma I am getting as well. Taste is of some toasted malt, herbal hops, and a woody earth-like flavor that tones down the overall hop flavors. A mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth but slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer where the oak gives Arrogant Bastard's hop overload a bit of a toning down.

Serving type: growler

09-28-2011 04:22:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

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

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep reddish brown body with an impressively voluminous head that stands a finger or so proud of the rim for a minute. Very slow rate of head reduction, intricate soapy and sticky lacing. Awesome looking beer.

Just like regular AB, a ton of caramel and brown sugar greet the nose, accompanied by a blast of pine and citrus hops that are at least a strong as the hops. The oak presence isn't at all unpleasant, but I'm not sure it improves things necesarily. In fact, it seems to somewhat blunt the raw power of the hops, particulary in the bitterness error. Not to say the big bad Bastard is tamed; indeed, it's still a force to be reckoned with. The oak simply seems to provide a certain smoothness while coaxing out lots of sweet and buttery subtleties from the malt profile. I prefer regular AB, but the oaked version is very nice as well. I'm curious how it would handle some cellar time. Possibly it would evolve into an exceedingly smooth sipper.

Serving type: growler

08-27-2011 13:42:45 | More by PDXHops
Photo of BJA


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into perfect pint glass

A: Deep, clear amber/copper color. Two finger of creamy, slightly tan head that stuck around for a while. The head left a lot of lacing on the glass as I drank the beer down.

S: I got a roasty malt smell that was firmly present but not overpowering. I could also smell a little biscuit scent.

T: The beer has a big malt taste with a biscuit and malt flavor that makes a notable appearance. There is also a subtle woodiness (oak I suppose) that is more apparent as the beer warms slightly.

M: The beer has a medium to heavy mouth feel and finishes medium long. The carbonation is medium.

O: I really, really enjoy this beer. I have had a ton of arrogant bastard over the years. In comparison, I find this version to have more of a biscuit like flavor and a subtle oak flavor. All around I think the flavors are fuller in the oaked arrogant bastard but still balanced well. I suppose the oak aging, or whatever they have done, has made the flavors more pronounced. One thing that surprised me was the obvious biscuit flavor. I don’t recall getting that flavor in the regular arrogant bastard. Once the beer warmed ever so slightly, I noticed the flavors came out wonderfully. This beer is awesome. You should drink it.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2011 01:37:02 | More by BJA
Photo of ADZA


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

This brew pours an impressive semi see through amber hue with decent carbonation that leaves a two finger head and nice lacing,the smell is vanilla,raisins,alcohol,piney resiny hops and caramel candy,it has a medium bodied well carbonated semi sticky mouthfeel and has tastes of oak,figs,boiled candy,sticky date pudding and finished with a beautiful all round mouth numbing bitterness and overall a very pleasant drop to drink and would drink/buy again cheers.

Serving type: growler

05-11-2011 13:26:04 | More by ADZA
Photo of flannelman808


3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Say what you want but you have got to hand it to stone for making every one of their beers look damn amazing. This one is a gorgeous auburn brown color and semi opaque. A dare I say perfect rocky head forms which is a light tan color and clings to the glass about as well as it holds together. Pancakes are ready.

S: Caramel, burnt sugar and woody note dominate the nose.

T: Nice balance between sweet caramel malty notes and the bitterness one expects from a stone brew. The oak is there but somewhat subtle. The drying woody and subtly vanilla flavors oak provides do however compliment the aforementioned base profile. All and all this is not the most complex brew, but it goes good with a burger and is a pinnacle of the style.

M: sticky

O: Good stuff but fairly one or two dimensional. This is not an A+ beer ... I don't get it!?

Serving type: growler

04-19-2011 00:23:09 | More by flannelman808
Photo of socon67

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours red/brown with a foamy head on top. Very dark and opaque with noticable carbonation.

S - Notes of pine, spice, and hoppiness.

T - This is a real mellow flavored strong ale. The early sweetness of caramel malts changes to a mixture of peppery spices, and ends with a tangible oaken finish. The rep from stone mentioned it is "infused" with this flavor. Pretty neat.

M - Very smooth for a stong ale, and the wood notes make it quite pleasant for the palate.

O - A unique and tasty beer. One of Stone's best!

Serving type: growler

04-08-2011 21:07:26 | More by socon67
Photo of Blakaeris


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

Pours a deep reddish brown. Hazy, with cola highlights. Head is mild and quickly dissipates to a thin soapy sheen

Aroma is dense, bready caramel malt and intense orange peel bitterness. Mildly woody with a touch of nut. Hops are herbal and earthy.

Taste is similar to the nose. Malt backbone comes on strong with plenty of bready malt, brown sugar, and toffee. Mild citrus fruit sweetness. Then the generous tobacco and orange peel hop bitterness takes over. Finishes dry and woody, with lingering aromatic oaky notes.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. surprisingly viscous.

A very nice American Ale. Big, balanced, and quite flavorful.

Serving type: growler

03-22-2011 00:33:55 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

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

Poured from growler a magnificent ruby copper hue with an off white khaki colored head that linger at a finger and laced well.

Piney and citrus hops up front that blend in to a nice caramel top notch grain bill aroma.

Nice and smooth grain bill with a smooth caramel and malasses type of flavor and astringent oaky that gives way quickly to a nice strong bitter rind like hop and a hint of booze.

Well, I would say full mouth feel as the deep grain bill is very pronounced.

Wow, some good beer here.

Serving type: growler

03-20-2011 02:10:18 | More by welldigger888
Photo of bottleneckedblog


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

Deep rust infused brown in color. One-finger thick head. Head is moderately creamy looking.

Caramel, vanilla, and citrus with hints of oak in the background.

Mildly sweet notes of caramel and toffee upfront. Develops into notes of raisins, orange rind, and faint hints of mint. Finish turns to bitter resinous hops/pine sap and juicy grapefruit that lasts for a long time.

Smooth with moderate carbonation. Dries out in the finish.

Amazing. Who would have thought oak chips would impact the flavor like they did. Definitely has softened some of the rougher edges on the base beer (Arrogant Bastard Ale). It's a definite improvement on an already damn good beer. Highly recommend.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2011 07:30:47 | More by bottleneckedblog
Photo of imagese


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

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery into an imperial pint

A- just like regular AB. A gorgeous opaque ruby with a thin head that laces for days. A perfect example of a great looking beer.

S- a nice sweet bourbon roasted malt scent with some sweet brown sugar undertones. A nice piney hop bitterness lingers in the background.

T- hard to describe perfection. A big robust hoppy awesomeness with a strong dry malt back end. Great earthy pine hop bitterness just makes you want to keep gulping this bad boy down.

M- very crisp and menacing. So bitter, but yet so smooth. Has a slight linger on the tip of your tongue, but not anything unpleasant

D- for those "worthy", this is a very drinkable beer. So smooth, yet big and bold.

This beer is not for everyone. If you want a friendly amber or smooth golden ale, do not try it. If you want a big strong ale, grab a sixer, and enjoy!

Serving type: growler

12-07-2010 05:55:23 | More by imagese
Photo of almychristopher

New York

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

this beer pours a nice clear red color with an off white almost tan color that sticks to the glass as it recedes to an uneven patchy lace. the aroma gives away a bita of the oak, but not so much as to overpower the hop arrangement. the taste follows, once again well balanced hops and malt, the malt complimented by the vanilla woodiness of the oak. the medium mouthfeel with good co2 make this a pretty drinkable beer.

Serving type: growler

09-17-2009 21:56:16 | More by almychristopher
Photo of womencantsail


4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red in color with a thin layer of white foam and amazing lacing.

S: Tons of caramel, oak/vanilla, slight citrus.

T: Very distinct oak flavor, malty sweetness, smoke, and of course the signature Arrogant Bastard bitterness on the finish.

M: Great body, very little carbonation.

D: Much more drinkable than "regular" Bastard and much more complex and interesting (in my opinion).

Serving type: growler

08-11-2009 02:23:01 | More by womencantsail
Photo of HalfFull


4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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..

Serving type: growler

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


3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a growler of this at the stone store.

Poured a dark red with a nice tan head.

Smells of alot of oak and hops. Spicy and citrus hops are the dominating scent.

Taste is very strong oak finish that lingers after each sip. A strong hoppyness and sweet malt character balance well.

Mouthfeel is ok but the oak lingers a little too long and creates a funny feeling in my throat.

Drinkabiliy is not high for me since it is pretty strong on the taste buds but the oak does make it smoother and more complex. A good one to try no doubt.

Serving type: growler

06-11-2008 06:20:03 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark yet translucent copper amber color with a big stiff light tan head that resists fading. Nice sheets of lacing left behind. The smell has a lot going on. You get a sweet floral citrus from the hops with a vanilla caramel behind it. Medium-full bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated with a tingle of hops yet mellow with almost creamy textures. Full flavored, the taste is just as complex. Citrus-pine hoppiness balanced with a sweet caramel malt and cherry vanilla notes. A notable hop bitterness lingers appropriately. A really nice drinker.

Serving type: growler

09-15-2007 21:44:39 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of rallison


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've previously reviewed this from the bottle - this is just an update for the growler (see previous review for more detail).

Looks great, with a perfect creamy off-white head. Smell is malty with a nice woodiness/earthiness.

Taste is great. Everything here comes together - I think moreso than the bottle - the mellow pine hops, the earthy oakiness, the slightly sweet malts - very nice. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy too. And drinkability is exceptional.

I like this even better from the tap than the bottle. A very well composed beer, and an example of good oak aging. Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

06-17-2007 04:23:24 | More by rallison
Photo of gotbeer


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one from a Magnum. The Bastard Wood. Would you? reads the huge bottle.

The appearance was not much differrent than the standard bastard. Dark reddish brown with a nice head that laced the glass.

The smell was hoppy with a hint of oak.

The taste was far smoother than the regular Bastard. Huge citrus hops are noticable fading to oak at the end. Smooth and complex. Pretty incredible. The mouthfeel was smooth, and the drinkabiliity was superb.

I prefer this one to the regular Bastard. It takes it to a whole new level, and it's great. Awesome stuff.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2006 22:21:17 | More by gotbeer
Photo of errantnight


4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this puppy during my visit to Stone this spring. Finally served it up tonight opposite some homemade chili and cornbread.

What can I say. I could gloat about it's gorgeous deep brown color and frothy, billous head. It's alluring, and startlingly complex scent.

I could complain about the difficulty in pouring the first glass from this 3L monstrosity and about the disappointing lack of availability in bombers so that I could imbibe this bitch more frequently (although I hear it's on tap at the Publick House...)

But I'd rather wallow in the wonderful depth of character and flavor. I love big, bold, hoppy beers. And that's here... but it's not predominant. There's an alcoholic sweetness that stands out, the oak is mellow and distant. The distinct AB hops are right in the middle, not attacking up front or lingering behind. Superb balance... but it's not quite as astonishing as I was hoping for. Great, great beer, but between the anticipation and the pour and how it sat in the glass I expected this to be something I would be traveling back to San Diego this week for. It was worth it, but just shy of perfection.

That's faint criticism at best, and I can't wait to compare the on-tap variety.

Serving type: growler

04-17-2006 20:11:05 | More by errantnight
Photo of audiojon


4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply delicious. I picked up a growler of this from the new brewery and shared it with some good friends. They are both admitted foodies, and I have been trying to share some of my favorite beers with them. This one went down as a favorite amongst all. We've all had good old AB, but oaked AB is something special! It just goes down so smooth, the oak lends the perfect finish to the brew. We finished the growler within a couple of hours, and had a great time in the process.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2006 09:27:51 | More by audiojon
Photo of mitchfor3


4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from growler into a tulip glass which showed off this beer's beautiful garnet, deep dark cranberry color - it's redder than I expected. The head maintained itself well, a very light cream colored delight that left tenacious lacing and ultimately subsided into a sticky collar.

Smell: The aroma of this beer is simply stunning. HUGELY fruity, but in a good way! Almost no alcohol present in the nose, impressive for upwards of 7%, leaving a delicious hop bouquet undisturbed for my nose's pleasure.

Taste: Wow. Wow wow wow - stuningly smooth considering what this beer came from - the original Arrogant Bastard. The oak aging has worked wonders here smoothing out the harsher, more savage elements of the original into a truly refined delight for the senses.

There's no doubt about who's boss - it's the hops! Still, in a strange way this beer achieves balance. As the brew warms up, the alcohol becomes slightly more present, but it's never overpowering owing to the fact that it could never outshine the delicious hops in this brew. Alcohol is most noticable in the aftertaste, which by the way is delicious - appropriately bitter and woody - and lasts for about 10 minutes if you let it.

Overall: This was without a doubt one of the best beers I have ever tasted. Everyone and their mother is "wood aging" everying these days, but the tecnique was put to perfect use in this brew. I'm really not a fan of the original Arrogant Bastard, but the Oaked version seemed to take out all the flaws and accentuate all the positive attributes.

In conclusion - this beer is quite rare, but if you ever have the opportunity to try it, DO IT!

Serving type: growler

12-18-2005 21:31:45 | More by mitchfor3
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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,421 ratings.