Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,065
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 193
Gots: 512 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 11/4/12

A clear dark amber leaning towards ruby, a two finger tan head holds on for a few minuets leaving leaving lots of random lace

S some woody vanilla, caramel's strong, with a little booze and some pine and citrus, a little bit of everything with this one and everything's great

T more earthy notes and the barrel's more noticeable then the nose and I think I prefer the nose, not as much from the hops and even more caramels

M has a bite to it and a full body, a little sticky on the lips, leaves a little behind in your mouth, there's a little heat leading me to believe this one probably ended up higher then the 7.2% I see on the bottle

O interesting stuff with a good mix of smells and flavors, the concept of barrel aging hops bombs confuses me but this one works

I sure wish I could find Stone in Alberta, for now I'm going to thank the ridiculously generous Rutager for sending me this one

Photo of Brad007
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Darkish-amber color witha thin, brown head and some lacing. Aroma is nice and oak-ish, slightly fruity/malty as well. Taste is really strong with hops/malt upfront and a nice oak aftertaste that is somewhat dry towards the back of the throat. Second sip confirms a floral/grapefruit taste in the middle before hitting the back of the tongue. Very smooth and complex. Basically Arrogant Bastard with a nice oak feel to it. Lots of lacing left behind as well.

Definitely worth the $2.50/12oz bottle. Would buy this beer again for sure.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought at Parti-Pak Liqours in Indy. I got there last three 12oz bottles. The next Time I went in there, they had a big ass magnum of the stuff on sale for about $60.

My first Oaked Arrogant Bastard.... Ohhh joyous day.

Appearance- Reminds me of a Peruvian Walnut I saw at the local exotic wood store some 2 months back. Light tan head that hngs around for awhile, but digresses to a thick foam. Very light bubbling, but some sporadic lacing sticks fast to my pint glass.

Smell- For a second or two, it smelled like BO and bananas. The Bo subsides greatly after a few more sniffs. The hops mixes a bit oddly with the oak in this offereing. Give the beer an aroma tha isn't as flattering as expected. The bananas was really of putting but unique though.

Taste- Hops and oak come together in an odd marriage. Not as pleasing as I expected. The first flavor is that of stinky, Pacific hops the lend an almost musty bitterness. The oak kicks in a little later in the middle of the palate. The some bitter bisciut hit you right after the oak and its light vanilla nuance towards the end.

Very unique, ans still worth the tiume and effort to come by it. But it definetly wasn't the orgasmic brew I had expected. I'll save one bottle for aging, with no time limit set at the moment. I will get back to you on how that turns out.

Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at Trappeze in Athens.

Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass that leaves great lacing.

Smells very nice. Lots of sweet malt and piney hops that accompany an earthy/woody aroma. There's also a very nice floral hop aroma that decreases as the beer warms.

Tastes great. It's very sweet up front, followed shortly by a wallop of piney hops before evolving into a woody flavor and finally ending with a flavor that's somehow bitter and sweet at the same time. Every now and then I'll get a slight hint of citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is great. The beer does a good job of coating my mouth, and it's got a great thickness to it. The carbonation is a bit more subdued than the original AB and this works well with the mild oak flavor.

Drinkability is very good. I finished this beer much to faster than I should have at that point in the night, but I had a very easy time doing it. Definitely give this bad boy a shot.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Drank on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Extremely dark opaque brown, with a 1-finger whitish tan head.

Smell: Hoppy, malty, and inviting.

Taste: Strong and delicious. I guess I'm not experienced enough to tell the difference between this and the non-oak version. This tasted the same to me (although to be fair, it's been about a month since I last had arrogant bastard). Very very nice.

Notes: No problems recommending this to anyone. Very strong and addictive.

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code. Sampled on March 5, 2010. The pour is a pine color with ruby red hues and a thin but long lasting tan head. The aroma comes across as hoppy and wooden with a hint of Allspice. It has a mouthfeel in the medium range. The taste is well hopped, sappy. wooden, and breaded. It is a fairly nice beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, the beer pours a reddish/brown, with a small tan head. It smells like citrusy and piney hops, some wood (oak), and caramel. It tastes like bitter hops, wood/oak, and a bit of sweet malt. Not too bad. It starts bitter, then is sweet, then has a bitter lingering hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy, and also a bit oily. The drinkability is good, but not great. It's still a good beer, but I like the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale better.

Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is quite piney and citursy. Can't detect the oak aging very much but because I know it's there I'm searching for it and I can find it. Slightly sweet malts that suggest a full-bodied experience to me.

The taste is very hoppy, but at the same time not. It's starts out extreme hoppy and then really really quickly switches to maltiness; nearly on the level of a double IPA. I usually hate beers this hoppy but the oak aging mellows the hops enough that I really enjoy this beer. I have to commend Stone for creating a beer that is this hoppy yet has been aged in oak. What a treat indeed.

For some this may be a hard chore to finish, but I pounded mine, almost accidentally. It was about 6 mo old so the hops and alcohol may have been muted compared to fresh off the press examples. Honestly, my favorite Stone beer I have ever had as their usual beers are way too Pacific coast hopped and ruin my palate, but this one, I will re-visit and that is a first for me and Stone.

Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 400th Review!

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy red/brown colour with a large size frothy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some excellent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, hops, grapefruit/orange, wood, pine, caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it has a very full bodied taste. There are a lot of bold flavours going on.. I can taste lots of hops, malts, and a caramel sweetness. There are also notes of pine and a orange/grapefruit flavour. There is also a underlying woody taste from the oak aging. It finished with a malty hop aftertaste.. the hop bitterness lingered in my mouth for a short while after the beer was swallowed.

Drink - A very interesting beer that I'm happy I tried. I'm not sure I've had anything quite like it before. That being said, I'm not sure I'd seek it out again.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I had to pick this up since Lucky bastard rocked my taste buds. I like the regular Arrogant and the Double was way too yeasty so I can't wait to taste this brew

A - Pours a semi dark hazy amber with a nice half inch of head. Caked sediment in the bottom of my bottle may suggest a old bottle. Lacing looks awesome.

S - Really funky the oak and hops smell pretty strong almost woodsy. Slight caramel sweetness on the nose.

T - Wow that's pretty balanced. Starts off hoppy and bitter then the oak kicks in almost faintly kicks the bitterness down a notch and oaky wood flavors pretty strong yet smooth. Finishes sweet but not too sweet making me take another sip to re-evaluate. Impressive!

M - Medium bodied. Kind of dry but smooth.

D - Well I can see what the base was in lucky bastard! The oaking of this beer really takes it to the next level and makes me want to mix it with the regular Bastard. A very good bastard of a beer! BTW single was 3.75 but if I was able to get a sixer for under 15 bucks I would pick it up.

Photo of jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The ber pours a dark brown maber, pretty clear. The head is a very light tan, rising about four fingers and has great retention and lacing.

The aroma is medium in strength with lots of oak to start and a strong alcohol finish, not very appealing or balanced.

The taste sadly loses all the oak that was in the nose. It is replaced by the harsh bitter alcohol that is straight from the regular arrogant bastard. Its just boring here.

The feel is heavy, but a lasting alcohol bitter finish.

Overall, not a big AB fan, the oak doesn't improve it.

Photo of THECPJ
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/9/2011

A: hoppy and sweet at the same time, perhaps a small hint of vanilla and oak

Ap: a reddish-brown hue with a 1½ finger tan colored head. left decent lacing on the glass.

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, medium body, rather dry

Af: sweet up front, but very bitter on the backend. hoppiness very present. the bitterness lingers on the tongue

O: a decent brew, well balanced, not necessarily a beer you need more than one of at a time.


Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single - one of those beers i have always wanted to try but never wanted to buy a 6 pack of.

appearance: poured into a snifter- its beauty is apparent right away - dark garnet body with a huge creamy beige head thats fluffyness remains strong throughout and laces the entire rim of the snifter - NICE!

smell: lovely sweet cherries, cognac, vanilla, big time oak chips, white chocolate...just tons of complexity here

taste: In my opinion, this knocks the socks off the standard arrogant bastard, which i dont seem to enjoy as much as i used to. The flavor profile is driven off the jagged oak presence that leaves behind traces of vanilla bean and white chocolate before the bitter hopped out core is reached. There is some light booze but the resiny hops steal the show after the initial oak blast.

mouthfeel: fairly smooth, bitter hop afterbite

drinkability: high

Photo of avalon07
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing. Basically how an American strong ale should look.

S: Had a very hoppy nose, along with some malt and pine.

T: A surprisingly subtle flavor. Lots of hops, malt, pine and even hints of citrus. Underplayed, especially when compared to the regular Arrogant Bastard, which has a huge flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole an excellent, drinkable beer with lots of character. The oak adds a interesting dimension. Very mellow.

Photo of dgilks
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting aroma with notes of pine, chocolate, vanilla, wood and malt.

Nice mahogany colour with a small, short lasting tan head.

Tasty with lots of resinous hops, plenty of bitterness and a smooth malt to back it up. Surprising well balanced. The bitterness lingers for a while but I wish there was a bit more to the hop character than just bitterness and a bit of flavour. Good.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation, this is just a little gassy for me.

An interesting beer, especially as I haven't had Arrogant Bastard before. A nice way to finish off the evening.

Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter, the Oaked Arrogant Bastard is a dark amber with a fairly large, foamy tan head that is very long lasting, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is apricot ester, woodsy spice and lime hops and vanilla, like an older mans cologne, quite nice.

Taste is very full and rounded, I really like this more then the original, smoother and more complex. The hops are tempered while the wood sugars provide added depth of flavor and balance the lingering dry, bitter finish. A lot of American Strong's have a kitchen sink feel and come off a bit amateurish, but this is clearly a finely crafted beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and oily, soft and lighter bodied, very nice.

Drinkability is rather high, although the complexity begs savoring, not slamming. Definitely better then original Arrogant Bastard IMHO, I'm not sure why I let this sit in the back of my cellar for so long before busting it out tonight, a few months old served at cellar temp.

Photo of markgugs
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

from a BA trade with b0ldfacelies, 12oz. bottle poured into an Imperial Pint

A: Pours a bold, striking, vibrant reddish color featuring a huge, rocky off-white head. Like everything else about this beer, it makes a statement with its appearance.

S: Smells more like the best DIPAs on the planet, loads of fresh-baked cookie goodness, and a gorgeous roasted nutty quality makes this aroma a serious winner.

T/M: Again, bold is the word here. A blast of massively bitter grapefruit splashes your taste buds before giving way to the dark, roasted malt center. The grapefruit bitterness is joined by a long, aggressive piney finish. This beer doesn't so much get drank as it does ASSAULT your taste buds. Perfectly balanced carbonation makes it easy to wrestle with large gulps of this monster at a time.

D: If this beer wasn't so dang expensive, I'd buy it more often. It's ridiculously fun to drink, if not outright drinkable.

Highly recommended!

Photo of xnicknj
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at varga in philly

Pours a clouded burnt amber color with a thick froth of slightly tanned head. Retains nicely with plenty of lacing and a layer of film.

Strong scents of pine hoppiness tempered by caramel and bready malt. Some vanilla and oak with slight citrus. Faint alcohol warmth.

Bitter up front with biting pine hops. Some notes of grapefruit and citrus followed by a beefy malt backbone. Bready caramel with smooth oak and vanilla tones. Slightly sweet, but balanced with the hoppy finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, smooth and creamy on the tongue. Drinks nicely, the oak aging gives this a much better mouthfeel and adds some pleasant vanilla flavor.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember the Old Days, when this used to be a highly anticipated seasonal. Those days are GONE. Best by 13th Feb 2012, which puts this at just shy of 3 months old (or is it 6?)

Pouring a clear, dark cherry wood with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose has plenty of pine hops, along with a noticeable oaky vanilla. In addition, there's some fruity hop character as well,with mango, oranges and a little papaya. Some dark caramel is also noticeable.

The palate opens with a blend of juicy pine bitterness, citrus fruit, and an immediate oak tickling. There's vanilla, some raw oak character that makes the hops a little cheesey. The mid palate allows the malt character to shine, complex but still light, with caramel, candied fruits, a little bit of burnt sugar, even a little bit of bread. Drying on the finish with some oak, a nice piney bitterness and a little bit of burnt sugar, this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. The mouthfeel is quite nice here. A good beer.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 7.2% ABV, Enjoy by 082510 etched into the bottle.

A - Almost crystal clear, a very light haze forms over the crimson-amber-colored brew. A brilliant tan head rose quickly to three-fingers and lowered very slowly leaving brilliantly thick patchy lace on the glass.

S - Strong roasted malts with a healthy draping of caramel and a beefy addition of hops as well; floral notes predominantly. The oak chips appear nicely although a bit subdued at this point. The balance is nice for the age (which, for a strong ale, I believe to be fine - especially when refrigeration kept as it was).

T - Very solid balance across the board, it's got a nice backing of malty, caramel, and toasted notes backing up a hoppy profile mixed with resin and pine needle. The oak is lost a little, but still adds a subtle complexity that's not all forgotten.

M - Malty and hoppy, Oaked AB is medium-full bodied, smooth starting, and bitter finishing. A nice resin flavor carries through with a hint of wood.

D - This can age well. Still doing good 'past it's prime', it's a fantastic beer with great balance and a nice finish. For how much goes into the beer ingredient-wise, it's very drinkable. The arrogance is deserved here.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This ale is a beautiful deep reddish mahogany, and pours with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is rich and hoppy with a definite smoky oak overtone. Flavor is almost indescribably delicious - mainly hoppy with malty, nutty, smoky and even sweet hints, and definitely some contribution from the oak chips. Texture is supremely smooth, and leaves a very pleasingly hoppy and smoky aftertaste. A winner!

Photo of tectactoe
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dense and deep amber color, almost enough so to be called brown. A thick, foamy, beige head forms atop the beer, outlasts half of the bottle, and leaves some excellent lacing behind. I've come to realize that most Stone brews leave tremendous lacing - this one is no exception.

One whiff of this one and you can immediately tell it's a Stone brew - it has that tell-tale hop character; dense pine, pungent oils and resins, and bittersweet citrus rinds and orange peels. OAAB also contains a fat, meaty, malt aroma backbone, one that's almost too big to call it just a "backbone". Toasted, steely caramels, sweet malt and barley, a dense woodiness, something I'm guessing is characteristic of the oak-aging.

Surprisingly enough, the hops are a bit more mellowed out than the nose would have you believe, and I'd go so far as to say the hops (the bitterness, at least) is a little toned down from the original Arrogant Bastard. Don't get me wrong, it definitely stings the palate, but in a pleasingly moderate kind of way. Flavors are still there, albeit also a bit more subtle; leafy, herbal, ashy, piney, with large amounts of oil.

The malt character in this brew is nearly 50/50, however, with lots of toasted caramel malt, burnt, sweet, sugary toffee, and toasted bread. The oak is even more relevant on the palate than in the aroma - a dense, woody character overshadows everything, slightly dry and rustic. The oak element really adds quite a lot to the integrity of this beer. The alcohol beefs things, making for a thicker and more robust taste without impeding or being too harsh. Slick mouth feel, with a body on the thick side, but not quite syrupy or sticky. Relatively low amount of carbonation.

Very impressed with this one. Compared to regular Arrogant Bastard, the hops are a bit more aromatic yet toned down on the palate. The malt bill is more prominent and the oak aging certain brings a whole new and tasty element into the mix. If you're a fan of the Bastard series or Stone brews in general, get your hands on some of this.

Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark brown in color with a ginormous mound of froth that takes 5 minutes to decline to a blanket of tan head with monsterous lacing. The aroma suggests a boozy malted milk shake with herbal qualities and evergreen brown sugar. Nice. The flavor delivers a really wild cotton candy malt with sprucey tinges. Quite sweet with a nutty brown sugar idea. There's a slight medicinal flavor here, but still very sweet. This is solidly medium bodied but it has a bit of an aqueous feel with very delicate carbonation. Like it's original incarnation, this Arrogant Bastard is a very enjoyable brew. No disappointments here.

Photo of clayrock81
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an auburn-tinged brown with a beige head that was two-finger high and sticy. The oak is a little noticeable in the smell, as is some sweetness, but the hops really come through.
A dark fruit taste mixed with some oakiness hit my tongue first. There is some sweetness in there, caramel I believe, and the hops do come through although not as powerful as some other Stone BC brews. A medium-bodied beer, full is stretching it, that goes down extremely smooth and hearty. I have to have this again.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,065 ratings.