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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,971 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,971
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 168
Gots: 448 | FT: 7
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 metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color. It poured with a two finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. The dissipating head also left lacy patterns running along the edges of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of oak.
T: Flavors of roasted malts and accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness; there are notes of oak in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber/red with a nice thick tan head. A bit of oak comes through in the nose which is primarily of wax fruit and hops. Flavors are pleasant-full rich malt with nice balance of bitter hops. Flavors finish hop heavy and then is long lasting. Not a lot of oak in the mouth, if any, a bit of a disappointment that. A second bottle provided a bit more malt in the nose and a hint more wood in the flavor but it may just have been expectation with the second bottle. Bitter hop finish. Quality and well made; not as "significant" as one may want.

GRG1313, May 16, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a modest head that drops to a film and dots the chalice with lace

Smell: Rich caramel aroma mixed with grapefruit hops; a touch of pith and pine and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Right off the bat, the grapefruit hops assualt the tastebuds but are immediately joined by caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and oak; by mid-palate and after the swallow, the hoppy flavors become even more pronounced and blast into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit thinner than I would have expected

Drinkability: It is far easier to drink than one would expect for all of its arrogance

brentk56, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never thought I would see this one in 12oz. bottles. Has the same Arogant Bastard characteristics that makes me so glad that I got into craft beers. As expected, the oak barrels impart a complex woody, nutty, musty, and raw character. It also rounds out the harsh hop and fusal characters of 'regular' Arogant Bastard. The beer comes across much smoother, more delicate, and more compex. Almost a creamy flavor and texture (cotton candy). From the bottle, it seems that the oak flavors, aromas, and nuances are more previlant than the times having it from the growler. I'll sure have more of these in the upcomming months.

BEERchitect, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a dark brown color ale with a nice medium brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops with some nice caramel malt. Taste is sweeter then expected with lots of caramel malt and a medium bitter finish with some citrusy hops. Body is definitely above average with some medium carbonation. I thought the oak presence was quite subtle and overall this is more reminiscent to a barleywine then an American Strong Ale but enjoyable nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard is a stupendous shade of sunset coral when viewed with bright sunshine behind the glass. Fat slices of tangerine orange can be seen at the edges and are a perfect color complement to the rest of the beer. The thickly creamy head (that is somewhere between pale caramel, pastel orange and golden beige) manages to slather the glass with butter-like streamers of lace. This is a gorgeous ale.

The nose is equally as good and reminds me of a caramel malty IPA, or even a DIPA, that contains boatloads of pungent, citric zesty, spruce-like hops... which is pretty much what Arrogant Bastard is. I don't remember this much fruitiness in the standard AB, but it has been a while since I treated myself to a bomber. Strangely enough, I can't really appreciate the oakiness in the nose.

My palate must have undergone a few changes (development, I hope) since my last Stone AB because the beer isn't the crazed bitter bomb that my memory tells me it was. Actually, it's more delicous than I remember. Whether that has anything to do with the oak chips is hard to say. I was almost ready to say that I can't appreciate oak on the palate either when... hot damn... there is it, making a big splash on the finish.

The beginning and middle portions of each mouthful are dominated by huge flavors of caramel, white grapefruit pith, bitter orange and pine sap. There's nothing better than Chinook unleashed. Rarely have I tasted a more aggressive ale that is so well-behaved in the mouth. Immediately after the swallow is where the caramelized sugar and oak make their move and turn a great beer into a phenomenal one.

I didn't think it was possible, but warming brings about an even greater intensity. Anyone who thinks this beer or its un-oaked brother is overrated is completely off his or her rocker. This is big beer that was brewed with bourbon-loving hopheads in mind. Since that describes me perfectly, it's no surprise that I'm in awe of what Stone has done.

How could the body/mouthfeel be anything less than fantastic? It's as firm as polished granite and is equally as smooth. It also possesses a luscious creaminess that promotes gulping rather than sipping. I find that I'm drinking waaay too fast, as much for how the beer feels as for how it tastes. Well, maybe not.

I'd have to drink Arrogant Bastard Ale and Oaked AB side by side to determine how much they actually differ. My guess is that the oak chips definitely add something of value. I did a little jig when I found out that Stone decided to release this beer in user-friendly 12 oz. bottles. I'm doing an even more enthusiastic jig now that I've had it. Smashing stuff.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich brown amber color with a huge cream colored head that stayed for a while. Smell was very sweet of caramel with an almost a bourbon or whiskey smell to it. The taste was very intresting. Very crisp with a slight touch of alcohol. Sweet caramel malts and a bit of a wooden hop back. This is a very complex beer, I don't think I could begin to explain the taste and do it justice. Very very good, only wish I could get more of it around here!

mikesgroove, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jaydoc, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

kylehay2004, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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).

womencantsail, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured much like their normal Arrogant Bastard ale with a caramel like brownish orange color and thick white head on top. The lacing does it's job pretty well and sticks to the glass nicely. The smell of the beer is still pretty hoppy, it still smells like Bastard. The addition of oak had a minimal amount of strength in my opinion. The oak shows up slightly on the nose and in the taste but doesn't really curve my thoughts of the beer in either direction. The mouthfeel is nice, it's slick and smooth feeling. Overall I found it to be pretty good and would probably drink it again if I could.

Knapp85, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$2.50 12oz. single from Green's (Buford locale) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark amber body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: A joining of sweet-smelling maltiness, primarily caramel with a smattering of dark brown sugar and rich hoppiness coming across as notes of plump grapefruits, perfume, and wood. Oh, and don't forget about the vanilla.

Taste: Toasty malts with a dark caramel sweetness and taste of brown sugar. Slight cherry fruitiness in the distant background. A drop or two of vanilla extract. Hoppy citrus and wood flavor, and that very same bit of fresh, hand-picked mint I get from the original. Moderate hop bitterness combines with a lightly astringent oaken component and both last through and beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just as delightful as the non-oaked Arrogant Bastard, though I never felt the oak treatment gave it all too much of a unique distinction, except, unfortunately, in its price tag.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -4.8%

SocalKicks, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge Huge thanks to fellow Buffalo area BA Orfeu for leaving some of this and a few other gems on my porch tonight!Poured into a brandy snifter a deep amber infused with some tawny brown a big fluffy almond colored head atop leaving multiple sheets of lace as it settled into a soapy-like top.The only let down of this beer in my mind was the nose seemed a bit unasumming some faint vanilla and caramel and hints of orange peel.Oh man the flavors are definently Not unassuming where to begin here caramel sweetness and woody tones at first sip the vanilla from the oak becomes prevelant a big drying spicey hoppiness really hits and hits hard just making it oh so drinkable and balanced.As the beer warms the alcohol heat comes thru more but not outta hand,oh so beautiful a beer I just loved it.

oberon, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 release.

Poured into a Stone IPA glass, Oaked Arrogant Bastard has a dark mahogany hue, rich head and moderate carbonation. The nose is all oak and hops.

The flavor is rich and complex - the malt comes out first, followed by vanilla, oak, and citrus hops. Smooth on the palate, full-bodied, creamy, and extremely drinkable for such a potent beer.

Highly recommended for fans of extremely flavorful, rich, full-bodied beers. I prefer this slightly over this year's Double Bastard.

largadeer, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing based on a fresh bottle that just arrived in Chicago. Just goes to show how important freshness is...

Copper reddish color, billowing tan foam. Great retention and visually appealing.

Definite oak in the nose, fruity and woody a trace of brown sugar. Flavor is also oak-forward with moderate hop presence, not as bitter as Arrogant Bastard, toned down from the oak aging. Resiny pine hop bitterness resonates in the aftertaste, with drying oak notes. The wood has a fruity note too, hard to describe, but it reminds me of cantaloupe. A trace touch of the abv, but not distracting. Easy enough to have one or two, but not one to have more of. I'm slowly sipping this one.

Glad I gave it a second chance...

03-20-2007

B- / 3.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, obtained through questionable channels...

Pours a nice reddish brown with good clarity. Sheets of lace coat the sides of the goblet. Skim of foam remains for the duration, and foam has a rich, dense quality.

Smells lightly of grassy hops, slight bubblegum.

Taste leads off with a strange artificial rubber/plastic taste, before moving into hoppy territory. Doesn't have a signature oak-aged character, just seems a bit off. Mouthfeel is big like an IIPA, rich and full. Bitterness is present, not overwhelming...nicely assertive with residual herbal dryness.

Can't finish the bottle, i'm guessing it's an off batch, or inferior oak chips. The initial taste is pretty unsettling.

emerge077, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

You are not oaked worthy! Still, it pours a semi-murky garnet topped by a finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises the standard fare of pine and grapefruit, along with a decent blast of flowers, a solid contingent of caramel, and a small amount of, you guessed it, oak in the background. The taste followed very similarly, with the oak playing a nice supporting role to the other aforementioned elements. Nothing overbearing, which is refreshing in these days of o'erblown wood-aging nonsense. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a very nice brew, though I'm not sure I would necessarily take it over the normal Bastard on a regular basis.

TMoney2591, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -4.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this for my "let's see if this is the time my suitcase gives up the ghost because of beer" return from Austin, Texas a few months ago. As I'm attending a whisky appreciation event this evening, what better way (with beer, anyway) to start things off...

This beer pours a hazy medium dark reddish copper hue, with a few fingers of thick, puffy off-white head, that settles into a cap for a while, leaving remnants of lacing around the glass. The aroma - I can smell it sitting on the table across from me - is dark roasted malts, fruity, with an acrid woodiness. The taste is big caramel malt, wrapped in the flavours of slightly charred oak - vanilla, caramelized sugars, an herbal earthiness. Then the citrus grapefruit and pine hops come crashing down over all of this, not quite balancing things, but at least making certain that all participants are present and accounted for. The body is nice and heavy, sumptuous, a mild carbonation trickling through the morass, the finish relatively light, only a slight malt stickiness and lovely mild citrus hoppiness lingering. This is a pretty decent example of the oaked beer trend of late - would that I could have more than the one of this.

From what I can remember, I like the extra complexity of this beer versus the 'regular' (heh) offering, especially the additional perceived hop components. The oak doesn't change the nature of the base beer, as other oak-aged products seem to show - well, this is Arrogant Bastard we're talking about here, so not much of a surprise, I suppose.

biboergosum, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a three-finger, fluffy, tan head of foam. The head was long lasting and left tons of patchy intricate lace.

S - Good aroma. Citrusy hops with floral notes. Sweet caramel with a touch of boozy alcohol.

T - Orange and other citrus flavors come through with a mild bitterness. Lots of sweet caramel and light roasted malt flavors provide a good backbone. Then to top it all off there are oak, bourbon and vanilla flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a slight alcohol heat.

D - This was a really great tasting beer. It is so good in so many ways. It is nice to try a 'hyped" beer that really delivers.

zeff80, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

finally ive obtained this. it pours a rich redwood color, clear and amber like tree sap. theres a head an inch or so tall just off white, but it relaxes to just patchy foam after a minute. the nose is less in my face than i thought itd be. its just mellow notes of mature oak, tart dried fruits, and aggressive west coast hops. theres more balance from some nice english caramel or red malts. its also calmed from its original version to an arguably less arrogant and more refined and sophisticated status, which i certainly appreciate. the hops are much more laid back, contributing more than just bitterness. the oak does wonders for this beer, and its definitely my favorite of the bastards. it has a great feel, full bodied but the carbonation is tame from the oak chips, and the finish is complex and refreshing at the same time. the alcohol is also not as evident, which i think is also a positive this time around. i really enjoyed this one.

StonedTrippin, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This will be a fairly straightforward and simple, hedonistic review as I've already reviewed the straight Arrogant Bastard and so much has already been said about this beer.

Basically, I feel that the Bastard is already a full-throttle beer and the oak-aging is wasted on it. Sure, the oak is present (and it's drying, woody character does help to tone down and smooth the beast a bit), but does it really help to improve the character of the beer? I'd say not. It's different, but it's not better. And there's just too much going on to really enjoy the character of the wood (although it is oak-chips, right?). Good, but not great.

NeroFiddled, Jan 18, 2005
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,971 ratings.