Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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5,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,065
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 191
Gots: 509 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 5,065 | Reviews: 1,848
Photo of morky92
2.68/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess it's just me, but this beer has little to no oak/bourbon character and comes off as 'soapy' in flavor. Maybe it's a bad batch.

Photo of BeerWatcher
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper body, with a full, pillowy white head. One of the most beautiful looking beers I’ve ever laid eyes on. Aromas are pine cones, and wood. The flavours also feature the pine and oak, but caramel malts are shining through as well. There is also some earthy dankness in the mix. A dry bitter finish rounds out the pleasure of drinking this one.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sucks they're retiring this one, I was a big fan of this beer.

Photo of hombrepalo
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Expected more from this beer being oaked age. Poured light body, smells of malts and oak. Taste is thin with hints of vanilla with a burn from the alcohol at the end.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of spidermite
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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

Photo of lbusch1313
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorite "strong" ales. The oaked version of Arrogant Bastard has just a hint of oak under tone that I really enjoy.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz Bottle.Very good brew.Not quite as good as the Double Bastard but still pretty good.

Photo of thegreenbastard
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

A great aged brew.

Photo of mr-jj
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Tsull123
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Just not feelin' it dawg. I don't like the flavor of it. Struggling to finish one 12oz beer. Glad it was only 1 in a mix-a-six.

Photo of fedt
4.91/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of BillCheck
5/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of kkleu357
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

From notes on 3/29/14

Darker brown body. Oaked malty aroma. Very malty flavors. Good amount of woodyness also comes through.

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

has a bitter finish but a great tasting Ale!

Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Photo of Kennethzelljr
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

Photo of communionofthesaints
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

Photo of FippyDarkpaw
5/5  rDev +19%

One of the very few beers I give a 5 rating. Will drink this anytime, anyplace, on a daily basis. Just barely better than the non-oaked version.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%

* 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.

Photo of BigBry
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Photo of Gear54
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of Scott231
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Photo of heygeebee
3.82/5  rDev -9%
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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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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