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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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4,439 Ratings

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Ratings: 4439
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 charlzm


3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed July 14th, 2012 at The Daily Pint, Santa Monica, CA.

Beer comes out of the hand pump a deep reddish-brown with a fine, two-finger yellow/tan head.

Oak is strong in the aroma. In fact, that's all I'm getting. Cask ales are not noted for their strong aromatics, though, so this shouldn't count against it.

Strong toffee flavor up front with significant oak. Vanilla and chocolate also present. Alcohol note in background as well.

Slightly thicker than average mouthfeel. Prickly on tongue despite being a cask beer.

This beer is a whole different animal with oak age and tamed hops. I'll drink this on cask any time I see it.

Serving type: cask

07-20-2012 22:11:04 | More by charlzm
Photo of dunit697


4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't even like arrogant bastard on first drink, It flew over my head, adding oak was engenius, and radically increases the beers drink-ability. The serving from a cask makes that flavor even more inviting and knocks it out of the park. The consistancy was a little runnier from cask but nothing that should deter you from trying this amazing beer.

Serving type: cask

01-22-2012 22:21:46 | More by dunit697
Photo of KickInTheChalice


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

Gravity poured from a cask at Foutainhead into a pint glass.

Appearance: My cask pour is a full, deep brown color with a hint of amber toward the edges. It is dark and mostly opaque, allowing just enough light through to let deep amber hues bounce off the glass. A rocky tan cap is evidence of the cask pour.

Smell: A complex aroma for sure. Sweet caramel malt also has some toasted bread, with grapefruit and pine hops shining through from the base beer. A bit of spice and vanilla compliment the woody oak nicely.

Taste: Yet another beer where I enjoy the cask version a bit better. The toasted bread and caramel malt sweetness combines with the vanilla, spice, and oak to add a great depth. The oak and spice flow into the grapefruit and spicy pine hops effortless, all while allowing for a lightly bitter, somewhat oak, and fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very much on the light side, with just a few soft bubbles to stimulate my tongue. The body drinks a little bit lighter than I remember from the tap version, which is to say medium/full, with a little bit less emphasis on the dry oak flavor. Very smooth.

Overall: Somehow I like this even better than the tap version of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, which is quite an accomplishment. The nuance and depth that each flavor takes on in the cask version is incredible.

Serving type: cask

11-08-2011 21:01:06 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"This go around we'll be gravity tapping a cask (firkin) of Stone Brewing Co.'s Arrogant Bastard Ale aged on American Oak. This is a unique opportunity to try a real ale version of a Stone signature beer jazzed up with extra oaky bells and whistles" - CBX

Well its 12:30AM and I was told to drink this same day, I'm not going to say no..

A - Pours a hazy/semi murky mahogany color with a nice half finger of dense head that slowly dissipates to a thin lacing over the top of the bear. Lacing hugs the glass and doesn't let go!

S - Smells of sweet dark malt and oak, brown sugar and some earthy tones from hops

T - Tastes like a party, I just pooped, pissed and puked at the same time. Big bold oaky/smokey flavors, very woody. Hops make a brief appearance at the finish, dry finish as well. I almost want to say chocolate flavors coming through as well

M - The most amazing part (ok one of them), gotta love the firkin. Soooo so smoothe, carbonation is mild, full bodied.

O - Overall this beer is BIG, delicious, smooth, and sexy

Serving type: cask

09-28-2011 04:57:41 | More by MacQ32
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

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

when i breathed in a snoot full of the aroma comming off of this beer i couldnt place it at first. after my first sip i realized what it was. the grapefruit flavor came through like a laser beam. the rich caramel color and sour bitterness make this beer very unique. i really appreciate the complexity of its flavor.

Serving type: cask

12-22-2010 13:51:31 | More by mattkoon
Photo of thain709


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

A - A deep amber that show cases both mahogany and ruby highlights...the head is a creamy tan color and stands about two fingers...nice lacing

S - A hop bouquet focusing on the floral and citrus hops...lots of bright orange and grapefruit...there is a faint malt presence

T - The malts really come into play in the flavor...they were really hidden in the nose but they pair nicely with the assertive hops in this one...they play a role but they aren't the star...the hops are definitely the star with the orange, lemon, and grapefruit flavors really standing out...I could not detect the oakiness as much but I'm guessing it pairs with the malts and blends together to take the hops down in bitterness...the ending is neither bitter nor sweet...it's solid

M - Medium bodied...the cask added some creaminess but I wanted a lingering bitterness

D - This one was good but I think I would take a regular Arrogant Bastard...the hops are perfect in this one and the oak only shines through to take the hops down a notch

Serving type: cask

10-20-2009 13:02:59 | More by thain709
Photo of opwog


3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was cask conditioned "American Oak." I have to say that I was not a big fan of the Oaked Bastard when I had it in the bottle, but I thought that I should still give this one a shot.

Alas, I am still not a fan of the Oaked Bastard on cask either, but for completely different reasons. Where I found the bottled version to be too tight and overly strong with the wood taste and feel, I found the cask to actually be a nicer balance of wood to hops and malts. The head was better and lasted quite a while for a cask. But the biggest problem here is that I think that Bastard is a a beer in any form that has to be served cold. Many beers are fine (or even better) at room temperature, but Bastard is not one of them (IMHO). Overall, as I said before, the balance of elements was better on this one than other Bastards, but that still doesn't mean that it is well balanced across the horizon of all ales.

Serving type: cask

08-10-2008 19:02:31 | More by opwog
Photo of mentor


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

Cask pull at the Falling Rock Taphouse (Denver). Presented a half-finger light-brown head that clings and keeps hanging around. Super cloudy brown (reddish) liquid. Smells caramel with light bourbony oak. Dark oak, american. Touch of alcohol sting in my nostrils. After sitting a while, the piney hops became much more apparent.

Tastes super-creamy mouthfeel, but light body. Delicious oak character. Vanilla and a touch toasty. AB hop umph is absent or covered. Dry woody finish. Touch of bitter and grassy, perhaps that's the hops beginning to show themselves. After sitting a while, I get a hint of hazelnut and chocolate. A settled piney hop flavor, like this beer has been aged. Nearly absent carbonation.

Okay, this last 1/3 of the beer has sat at least a half hour. Oranges early in the taste. Esters are low, which was deceiving, as the mouthfeel sets up an expectation. Just a little bit of alcohol heat. Touch of cherry sour. Cascade hop smell and flavor. IMO, this beer was fairly disappointing. Needs more sweet and some esters to accompany the mouthfeel and fill out the beer.

Serving type: cask

05-19-2006 18:48:46 | More by mentor
Photo of freed


4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the horse brass. "Can I have a glass of that"... "we only serve it in glasses"... "That's what I asked for"...

A lovely goblet arrived filled with a color that, now that I've heard it referred to enough, can be safely described as garnet. The deep ruby glow was capped by an simple foam swirl.

The aroma was slightly spicy and malty with the same aggressive hop nose you'd expect from Stone. Very nice.

The taste was a very slow, rich complex malt present. The oak seems to have smoothed out many of the flavors, possibly even concentrating them. The hop bitterness is great, and doesn't detract from the mingling of flavors.

As nice as it was, a glass was appropriate, and I feel the number of days that I'd prefer this beer are quite few.

Serving type: cask

11-16-2004 17:22:07 | More by freed
Photo of oggg


3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask @ Real Ale Fest 6/04 Carlsbad

This beer is a hazy/murky brown, with a big bubbled foam. The aroma was just slightly hoppy, with some malt, and the smell of wet wood. On tasting, I got a restrained bitterness coupled with sweet malt and a mild roastiness. It seem to change on me and was sometimes sweet, sometimes dry. I'm not good at picking out vanilla. I just couldn't get a hold of this beer -- not clean enough, not hoppy enough...

I almost wet my pants when this beer appeared at the festival, but I was sorta disappointed when I finally got it.

Serving type: cask

06-18-2004 05:15:42 | More by oggg
Photo of Gusler


4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask @ Real Ale Fest
Oh my grannies bustle, this was my second most favorite at the Real Ale Fest, just a tad behind the Russian River OVL Stout, in fact I had several samplers of this to be sure I was able to judge its character lol.

A somewhat hazy brown, the head a tan crown that was creamy in texture, the lace a thick coating upon the glass, with the nose sweet with the aroma of malt and Oak, hints of alcohol and bubble gum, yummy is a good description. Start was ambrosial, thick with malt, the top moderate to full in its feel. Finish was moderate in it’s a acidity, the hops delightful, quite dry and a bit of a tummy warmer, one damn fine beer in this old dawg’s book.

Serving type: cask

06-15-2004 17:50:14 | More by Gusler
Photo of Shiredave

New York

4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a work of art. I was lucky enough to try this at the Stone 12 beers event in NYC and it was in the opinion of many I was with, the "Best in Show". It had the same intense blend and balance between the sweet, slightly roasted malt, explosive citrus and firey hop flavor and bittering, but an added deep, smokey roundness that mellowed and softened it into someting incredible. I had 3 and still tried all 12 beers. Thank God for trains. An absolute taste treat for the hop lover. Lets hope the Stone boys keep putting thier Bastard in oak and sending it east!

Serving type: cask

03-20-2003 21:52:20 | More by Shiredave
Photo of cretemixer


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

Oak aged on cask at the Chicago Real Ale Festival. It’s clear auburn in color and there is really no head to speak of. Smoky aroma with an aggressive hop note. Citrus and coniferous hops are the first taste, but very smooth. There is a nice roasted maltiness too. I have not had this in the bottle yet, so I am not sure how much I can attribute to the oak aging. A very nice balanced beer.
It was one of the first beers they ran out of at the fest and rightly so. I was duly impressed. I can’t wait until Stone makes it to stores near me. I am craving my next one already.

Serving type: cask

03-19-2003 19:15:57 | More by cretemixer
Photo of LambicPentameter


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 05:23:31 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of lochef81


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

As a fan of Arrogant Bastard I couldn't wait to try its oak aged uncle. It definitely did not dissappoint. This ale pours one of the sexiest deep rich mahogany colors that I have ever seen in a beer. There is a very slight off white head that gives way to a substantial film and a lot of thick Cream lacing. The aroma is rich and buttery with lots of malty sweet notes reminiscent of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. In addition there is the wonderful aroma of smoky oak and a little piney hops. This ale sips quite thick and syrupy, definitely on the high end of the medium bodied beers. It is not an ale meant to just slug back. For only a 7.2 abver it seems quite thick and full bodied. The flavor surpasses the nose in its rich deliciousness. It is sweet and malty and smoky and at the same time slightly bitter and surprisingly fresh tasting(at least for an aged ale. There are plenty of caramel and vanilla notes, highlighted by the deep richness of the oak and the slighly bitter notes of piney hops. It is sweet but not cloying and simultaneously bitter but not tongue numbing like many Stone offerings. This is truly a great beer. I don't know how Stone does it but they continue to impress me time and time again. Maybe time to make a pilgrimage to visit them and really take all that they have to offer in.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 01:14:12 | More by lochef81
Photo of timc100


3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good take on arrogant bastard. Oak is very present - slight vanilla, very oaky, woody, some dry tobacco, dry oak - the hops are much faded, get some of the malt coming through. Some char, more tobacco, neutralizing oak dryness.

This is a much more calm version of arrogant bastard - a nice take, but I wish the hops were more present.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 16:54:31 | More by timc100
Photo of JWU


4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass.

A- A clear dark ruby/brown. A very nice light khaki color head that laces fantastically. Beer doesn't look any better.

S- A light brown sugar and caramel malt blends with an oily, earthy hop. Light oak and vanilla is detectable.

T- The malt bill smacks with light caramel, brown sugar, and dark bread. Hops hit, but not crushingly so. They are earthy, minty, with some hemp and tobacco notes. Wood accents a very light oak and vanilla.

M- Heavy side of medium, and slick on the palette.

O- The shining star of the AB series. More please.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:38:23 | More by JWU
Photo of fps_dean


4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep orange, almost red color.

Smells of piney hops and has a scent of a oak barrel.

It also tastes like oak, piney hops,and some malts. They certainly age this in oak for long enough, because the oak flavor is pretty strong, and quite excellent.

This was the first oaked beer I have ever had, and aging it in oak really adds a lot to this beer. Basically, Stone Brewing Co. took what is already a favorite beer of many, and found a way to make it better.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 04:39:25 | More by fps_dean
Photo of TheMarkE


3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep copper with a thin head but excellent lacing. Noticeable carbonation.

Smell: Pine and caramel, with hints of smoke, hops and toasted malts.

Taste: Pine, caramel, citrus, smokey oak, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very bitter finish.

The Verdict: It’s good. Very tasty, but too bitter for my palate (like most Stone offerings). As with most quality oaked brews, it improves as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 00:10:32 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of Scrapss


4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Chalice.

A: Semi-clear deep brown. Head was a few fingers settling to a thick disk. Minor legs.

S: Huge oaky, vanilla, with malted backbone speaking loudly. Hops, normally an Arrogant Bastard Ale staple voice, are background.

T: nose tells the tale. Big smoky oaky and vanilla notes are combating with roasted malts of the darker class. Hops take the back seat. Yeast functions for ABV rather than nose or taste.

M: smooth at this level of oak and ABV. Not spritely, thick. Filling. Not for the faint.

O: This is huge and deserves a bit of time to enjoy, as it changes as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 03:26:41 | More by Scrapss
Photo of Auraan


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

Poured a clear, deep amber with a thin, off-white ring of head. It looks pretty good, nice
amber color and abundant bubbles make it look appealing and the foamy nature of the thin head is nice. Scents of brown sugar, molasses and maple up front, this mingles later with vanilla, oak and spicy, piney and cedar-like hop aromas. In the background is some faint citrus and overripe fruit. A nice, complex aroma, highlighting the malt, hops and oak quite nicely. Taste begins with a big hit of bitter hops, simply bitter without much flavor. This moves into more bitterness, backed by hints of caramel sweetness, a bit of oak in the background and bitter citrus pith and pine hop flavors. A bit of fruit in the background. The finish is dry, with bitter hop, mostly pine, but with some citrus pith and a bit of toasted malt. The aftertaste is bitter hops and toasted malt. A big, bold flavor, not as well balanced as the aroma, quite bitter, but not bad. The slight sweetness works with the bitter hops to make it quite drinkable, and the oak gives it some nice woodiness. Very good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation and a resinous feel. This makes it quite easy to drink, as it goes down smooth. Overall this is a good strong ale. A nice balanced and complex aroma, bold flavor and smooth mouthfeel combine to make a very nice drinking experience. Good job making a good beer better Stone.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 07:18:07 | More by Auraan
Photo of Alextricity


3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old brew. Enjoy by 12/24/13, poured 2/11/14.

Appearance: Pours a red/brown sort of color with a two finger tan head that falls to one and stays. Really good lacing.

Smell: It's definitely fallen off, I feel. There's a caramel sweetness that, with oak, gives a maple syrup feel, I suppose. Spicy with a fair amount of hops, but the aroma's certainly not as impressive as it would be fresh.

Taste/feel: Solid sweetness at first, but then an equally solid and drying bitterness at the end. A nice caramel malt flavor on the front, a resinous bitter pine sort of finish with a bit of that oak -- just enough to add a bit of character. The mouthfeel is medium all-around and it makes the bitterness on the finish a bit harsh, so come prepared! It's not overbearing, but the bitterness seems a bit high for the amount of hops I'm tasting here, but again, it's past its prime.

Overall, I need to try this fresh, as I know this isn't what this brew is supposed to be. $3.29 for a single of this, and it should have been discounted.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 02:03:30 | More by Alextricity
Photo of schoolboy


4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had a fee of these this weekend and it's time to review the experience. In a nutshell, it's very very good.

It is a nice Basilan, dark brown, with beautiful dark leaving. I probably underrated the aroma. There, I fixed it. It's earthy and dark, buy not overly so.

The taste is a wonderful combo of his and madly with a very mild oak and flavor. It fades quickly and does not linger nearly long enough.

We always say that Stone does best with their special brews, but I am starting to appreciate their everyday beers as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 18:27:29 | More by schoolboy
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
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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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