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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,648 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,648
Reviews: 1,822
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 135
Gots: 325 | FT: 6
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 16:05:17 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 19:42:27 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

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).

Serving type: growler

08-11-2009 02:23:01 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-18-2012 00:48:20 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 06:04:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

12-02-2011 22:15:31 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-23-2013 04:17:05 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-10-2013 02:13:01 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-12-2012 06:41:21 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-14-2011 10:50:08 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 02:05:14 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 00:06:19 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 05:36:38 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 04:12:37 | More by TMoney2591
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GRG1313

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 07:40:57 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 00:53:57 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-27-2011 21:28:33 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 13:55:57 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 04:48:59 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 00:09:22 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 01:54:37 | More by NeroFiddled
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11-14-2011 23:20:07 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice mix of floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of caramel & citrus sweetness and a strong hops presence, which seems slightly toned down compared to the regular Arrogant Bastard. There's a nice hearty malt backbone. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smoother than the original Arrogant Bastard, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, I always have high expectations for Stone beers and they have yet to disappoint me, with this beer I was very interested to see what difference the oak aging would make on an already great beer. It seems to me that it took a little bit of the harshness out and made an excellent beer even better.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 02:47:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a two finger head of tan foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves a nice, thick layer of lace on the glass.

S - An aroma of caramel malts with some molasses. Herbal hops and a woody note of toasted oak and a hint of sandalwood.

T - Rich, sweet malt up front with toffee and some light caramel. Herbal/pine hop flavors begin to appear in the middle with toasted oak and some spicy rye and mustard flavors from the interaction of the hops and dark malt. Finishes with dark caramel malt flavors as well as molasses and some cola notes. Strong bitterness balances out the significant malt and there is a hint of smoky, roasted grain that lingers with some cigar tobacco flavor and a slight hint of vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This beer has an interesting character that becomes quite complex in the finish and aftertaste. There are some nice, barleywine like notes from the interaction of the significant hop character with the dark malts and the lingering tobacco/smoke flavors are quite nice. My only complaint is that the oak character is quite subtle, when it seems like the beer would have held up to a much more intense oak character. I get a some oak in the aroma as the beer warms, but there is little woody taste. This is a shame because a stronger oak character would have worked nicely with the darkness of the finish and could have mitigated the slightly harsh bitterness that coats the palate. A very good beer, but it could be a really great beer with a little tweaking.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 06:32:57 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown with reddish hues that has a lighter tan head. Nose is mild alcohol with some mild hops. Overall not the kick in the nose I would have expected. Flavor is a combination of wood and a tingling alcohol presence. Hops are definitely there in a deep way. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it and the liquid is pretty well bodied. I have to say that I distinctly remember my first time trying Arrogant Bastard and it left an impression. This seems to be a far cry from it and I want to say it is more subdued. Decent, but not as great as I would expect it to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 03:28:00 | More by RblWthACoz
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,648 ratings.