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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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4,422 Ratings

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Ratings: 4422
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 jrallen34


3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 00:06:58 | More by jrallen34
Photo of dgilks


3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 06:27:55 | More by dgilks
Photo of cokes


4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A shimmering deep-brown ruby liquid sits below a cathedral of buttercreme foam. This is absolutely gorgeous.
Fragrances of orange rinds, lime, caramels, toffees, French perfume, pine cones, and pine sap. Oak adds a certain gusto to the tart lime characteristics, but it otherwise muted.
Hops ruled the nose, but malt is not dispensed so easily in the mouth. Blanketing caramel, toffee, dough, and toast. It ventures towards walnuts, black cherry, and chocolate, but then the hops catch up. There's a flash in the transition that shows a buttery, soured vanilla oakiness, but it is again largely shut out. Hops bellow out full oranges, pine resin, lime leaves, and rose petals.
The body is a rotund medium with a stunted but steady CO2 for lift.
AB is the watermark for hop-focused (but balanced) strong ales. I don't really see the oak doing a lot here, but there are some nuances where it comes through. Regardless, it is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 08:53:38 | More by cokes
Photo of nickfl


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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
Photo of blackie


3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not too concerned with describing this one but I do feel that the numbers are about right

a: Khaki head pours big and looks good, with nice retention and lacing. The beer is a deep brown in color.

s: Smells quite nice. Really smooth and oaky with a great hop presence. Biscuity malt sweetness. Some more malt presence with some dark fruits would seal the deal. A range of fruits and a sort of subtle complexity.

m: Low-medium, smooth carbonation and a medium-full body.

t: A good taste but it doesn't wow me as much as expected. Seems a little low in the malt department. The big oak does blend nicely with the spicy hops...really damn oaky to the point that it almost overpowers things. Kinda one-dimensional. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

d: certainly drinkable

the last of a few i received for my bombing

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 23:30:13 | More by blackie
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.33/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2005 23:31:17 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of woosterbill


4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear ruby-brown body glitters underneath a 3/8" head of creamy tan foam that slowly settles into a solid cap that leaves abundant, ultra-fine lacing. Great looking pour.

S: Hard to discern much at all; this might be because I'm getting over a cold (although I could smell plenty in my prior beer, a Weyerbacher Double Simcoe on cask), or because of the straight-sided glass (although the DIPA was served in the same vessel), but either way I can't smell much beyond a vague oaky sweetness.

T: Certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of flavor - huge vinous oak at first, followed by some fruity/caramel malt and a nicely bitter hop finish (more pine than anything else, with maybe some grapefruit). Very dry aftertaste. Not nearly as overtly hoppy as regular AB, but the oak certainly makes up for it. I love this beer.

M: Smooth, slightly sticky medium body with loads and loads of roiling, velvety, foamy carbonation. Probably a touch overcarbonated, but I love the explosion of bubbles.

D: The dryness of the oak and hops can get a bit oppressive, even though the alcohol is almost completely hidden.

Notes: When I had this back-to-back-to-back with AB and Double Bastard, this was my hands-down favorite. I love the way the dry, tart oak complements the hefty malt and hop bills that give this beer its substance. Great stuff.


Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 00:30:30 | More by woosterbill
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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

Pours a dark ruby color with an off white head that dissipates quickly to lace on the sides of the glass. The smell is an odd mix of hops, pine, and grapefruit. The taste is of grapefruit and pine with a little beer in there too. I couldn't drink to many of these, in fact I like the non oak version much better. It was nice to try, but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 06:27:54 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of drpimento


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer! Got this at their brewpub last night. Poured with a huge, light tan, foamy, frothy, sudsy, head that lasts a long time, lots of lace, and some small bubble trails. Color is a lovely, clear medium amber. Aroma is a very nice blend of malt, hop, and yeast. Flavor has lots more depth: the malt, hop, yeast; plus, nutmeg, allspice, oak, dark ripe fruit and a hint of roastiness. Body is very good with great carbonation. Finish is like flavor, but tapers quickly and has a bit of alcohol at the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 21:09:16 | More by drpimento
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottled served in a large Austrian glass mug.

Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a moderate tan head. he creamy head has very good retention. Spicy hops, a floral note, roasted barley and a woodsy hint of oak in the nose. There is more than a hint of the woodsy oak in the taste, and more hop flavor than I expected given the aroma. Moderately bitter, with some detectable sweetness early on. A lasting, malt- and oak-tinged hoppy aftertaste.

Medium+ body; good carbonation, but perhaps a tad high.

O - a richly flavored beer with no obvious flaws. I enjoyed it and can see why some others have given it high ratings, but the flavor profile was not entirely to my liking.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 00:28:34 | More by chinchill
Photo of francisweizen


4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had the last glass of this at Eulogy in Philadelphia after the Yards open house on 12/4/2004. Since I got the *very last* pint of this brew the bartender gave it to me for free. Thanks! And another big thanks to Tracy;-)

Dark reddish copper with a lovely, thick cap of white foam that lasts, lasts, and lasts. Leaving excellent lacing on my tulip glass. The aromas are excellent and although similar to those of the regular arrogant bastard they also exhibit hints of vanilla, oak and caramel. Yum. The taste is hoppy and malty up front with some lovely oak notes and vanilla hints in the middle. The finish is slightly boozy, malty, hoppy, and oaky all at the same time. This is a lovely blend of flavors here. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, thick, bw, and cask-like and the drinkability is only hindered by the fact that this stuff will get you drunk all-too-fast. It is still too bad that this stuff is all gone from Philadelphia. Does anyone want to send me a growler, or split a chained 3L bottle? Tracy?

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2005 01:43:58 | More by francisweizen
Photo of FosterJM


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

49th review on BA
bottle to pint
enjoy by 6/10 so not the freshest one

App- Very murky brown with gold and orange highlights. Poured with almost no head but it was an off tan color and it looked very creamy in the glass.

Smell- Sugary, a little roasted malt and some vanilla.

Taste- It's drinking like a much bigger beer and it's got a creamy texture with a nice bitter after taste. I don't get much of the oak flavor and attributes but I know from memory it tastes different than the regualar bastard.

Mouth- Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Doesnt leave the mouth dry or smacking your lips with sweetness from the vanilla and candied fruit.

Drink- It's a very good beer. Could have a few during a sitting & @ 7.2 would make the night a lot more fun too. Would like to have the next one paired to really highlight a cuisine.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 17:06:59 | More by FosterJM
Photo of tpd975


4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one as part of a wonderful trade from Sudsdog, my BA bro.

A: Pours a nice hazel brown color with a 2 finger head that hangs around for a bit before fading to a perfect ring with a nice island in the middle.

S: Very malty, woody, earthy with subtle hints of citrus hops and sweet brown sugar.

T: I like this one a lot, and it tastes a great deal different than original AB. The oaking hides some of the hops upfront. There is a wonderful smokiness about it as it first crosses the tongue then the citrus of the hops come thru perfectly in the finish along with a hint of booze.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's creamy with a smooth mouthfeel and perfect zestyness as you swallow.

D: I got two of the 12 ouncers but could put down a bomber easily. It's a really nice brew. I will save my second bottle for a later date, don’t want to drink up all of this one at once.

Overall: This beer is Fantastic with a capital F. It has a nice balance of hops, malt, and woodiness from the oaking. It is an easy drinking beer for a hot Sunday afternoon, or a cool one for that matter. Stone makes some very aggressive beers but this is not one of them. This beer is very middle of the road. It's perfectly prepared and not over the top in any aspect whatsoever. They did a great job with this one, Cheers to the brewers at Stone; this one is different than your normal offering but just as Great!

It's a perfect beer for an Arrogant Bastard like myself!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 17:29:40 | More by tpd975
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 18:11:16 | More by spinrsx
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a deep somewhat murky brown with a ring of off-white head. Aroma of raisins and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is very sweet and malty. No oak. No hops. Very underwhelming. It's a shame because regular AB is so good. Not a good beer to oak age apparently.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 02:34:16 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

12oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in a standard pint glass. No dating evident on the bottle. Pours a deep amber hue with a semi-hazy clarity. Head is a quarter inch, loose and off-white in color and eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim. Some spots and a thin sheet of lacing adheres to the side of the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses caramel malt, molasses, a suggestion of earthiness and perhaps a trace of coffee. Taste follows nose - not really getting any oak in here but there's a slight citrus character. A light hops bitterness comes out towards the back, but this is definitely a malt-centric brew with enough complexity to keep it from being one-sided or overly sweet. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant and even carbonation. Generally speaking, I'm not a huge Stone fan, but this was a solid offering. Not really sure where the oak comes in, but well worth a try nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:51:55 | More by Jwale73
Photo of alexgash


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mellow, darkish ruby with a glowing glow. Thick, whipped, creamy, sticky, bright sandy brown head. Very nice to look at. Nose is rich caramel rolls and fruit punctuated by vanilla, oak, and resinous hops. Taste is [not surprisingly] much like "regular" AB. However, there is a definite added complexity/dimension with the oaky, madeira, vanilla flavors. The hops are still aggressive, but the added malt complexity balances them much better. What am I trying to say here? This is damn good beer! Finish is slightly warming and redolent of a fine Scotch. Here's hoping this is released in 6 packs every year.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 01:56:45 | More by alexgash
Photo of AgentZero


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one thrown in as an extra in a trade from bds1313. Thanks a ton!

A - Deep brown color with a one finger head that left a small amount of lacing around the top of the glass.

S - Roasted, almost chocolaty, malts mostly. Can tell the oak influence in this as it's a bit more subtle of a smell than I was expecting.

T - Nice malts, subtle flavor. Some cocoa and coffee, but it's really mild. Oaked influence comes in and some nice citrus light hops finish.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, carbonation is just the right touch.

D - Very drinkable for something that is this heavy and has this much alcohol. Great beer, wish I could buy it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 04:15:25 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Brent


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

I supposed I expected the oaked factor to contribute some tannic notes, but found none. Overall, my impression was that the oak perhaps lent a mellowing to what is normally a more vigorous hops attack. More malty and a touch sweet than the standard AB. Finish was firm with lingering caramel malts. My bottle was a bit on the older side, so it may have been a bit sharper when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 19:00:31 | More by Brent
Photo of GClarkage


4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

01/07/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Served in a tulip glass (damn! was hoping for a pint)

Appearance- Great orange-brown color with a nice big creamy head and nice lacing.

Smell- Possibly the best smelling beer I have ever put my nose to. So much malt, hops, fruity, flowers and oak put together.

Taste- The first thing that I noticed were the hops. Not to bitter, but just enough to entice me to drink more. Then the malt hit me. Rather dark and caramel flavored malt which mixed in perfect with the hops. To top it all off, it had an extra oak flavor that put it over the edge.

Mouthfeel- Medium to highly carbonated, but still goes down ultra easy.

Drinkability- One of the best beers I have ever had. Everything comes together so well in this beer. How I wish they had this beer in the bomber size bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2005 00:34:44 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, well I've had the regular AB, so I thought I'd see how this differs.
Same amber, brownish color as the AB. Perhaps a bit darker. Good foaming head.
Smells of grapefruit, lemon, flowers and pine (or is it oak?) I thought it was more pine, but maybe that's from the hops.
Tastes very nice. Good citrus/grapfruit taste. Blends nice with the malt. There's the oak. A bit more of a 'tinge' of oak. Nice rich flavor. Combines well with more of the fruity flavors
A good feel. Light syrup. a bit thicker than AB.
Can drink very easily

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 17:36:29 | More by Mebuzzard
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish brown with a decent head. Great retention. Caramel malt notes and piny hop aroma. Bready malts up front with intense piny hop bitterness. The oak is noticeable and adds a decent a flavor to the hop character and the malt balance. Medium to full bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

Damn, this is good. I like the regular AB better but this is its own amazing drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 22:51:06 | More by tdm168
Photo of maximum12


4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to marcpal for six of these gems!

Pours out with a small head & a unique reddish, brownish, rustish color that's mostly opaque until you hold it up to the light. Smell is subtle but inviting.

Very, very good beer. The aftertaste of oak is strong on the back of the throat & reminds me strongly of oak-aged wine we tried out in Sonoma Valley last spring. Everything is nicely balanced. The only operative word here is smoooth. Stone should sue Bud the next time they use the word.

Feels nice in the nasal passages & goes down easily. Yum! I think I'm going to go back to check the box to make sure I didn't miss any of these little monsters.

Now I have to try the non-oaked version that's loitering in the fridge.

Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 23:38:20 | More by maximum12
Photo of ArrogantB


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the many 12oz bottles I purchased. The color is identical to arrogant bastard as is the color and quality of the head. Dark red-orange and almost brown. The smell is hoppy and very nice. I think I smell caramel also. The taste is also slightly similar to regular bastard but smoother. I am not sure if I can taste the oak but this definitely tastes awesome. The mouthfeel might be the best part; very creamy. If you like Arrogant Bastard you should definitely get your hands on this stuff (if you can).

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 01:29:02 | More by ArrogantB
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an almost clear brown color with a small off-white head that left some lacing as I drank it. The brew has a piney hop smell to it, like its twin brother the aroma is not too pronounced. The taste is of grapefruit hops, a slight chocolate malt flavor, a bit of rubbing alcohol. I'm not sure of the differences between the oaked and non-oaked, I would need to drink them side by side, though I do know the difference from the double. It's hard to forget the double. The feel is light and fizzy, and leaves a bitter aftertaste that lingers around. This is good as a sipper but when I take a big gulp, the bitterness kills me. Good for one or two.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 22:33:45 | More by Gmann
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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