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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
94
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4,421 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4421
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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JAStheAce

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep crimson ruby red with flecks of dark auburn brown. Half an inch of beautiful caramel tan head. Beautiful lace grips the sides of my glass with every grip and does not want to let go.

S - Smoky, oaky, sweet bourbon? Very complex.

T - Very smooth. Very bold. The sweet, creamy, malty deliciousness is balanced by a kick of some zesty hops that taste like citrus fruit to me

M - Some vanilla and spice in a medium mouthfeel that masks the carbonation splendidly. Very warming beer. A nice balanced bitter aftertaste remains for quite some time.

D - A tremendous beer. Need to get me a sixer of this asap!

Overall, this in one tremendous beer that only gets better and more complex as it warms up. Really top-notch!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 03:03:22 | More by JAStheAce
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alexhammond

Maine

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

pours a clear amber with a small fluffy head. the first smell I notice before anything is a hint of vanilla, along with the oak and hops - all blends together into one tempting aroma.
strong and delicious hop taste, but the oak and sweeter flavors cut through the bitterness. it's as if the hops are trying to fight through the additional flavors, but not quite able to break free, and it is a beautiful tasting struggle.
the oak makes this beer, in my opinion, much more drinkable than the regular Arrogant Bastard by mellowing out some of the bite. with the original already a favorite of mine, this brew is something I'll certainly buy again and again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 18:54:31 | More by alexhammond
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Espenoza

Brazil

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a gorgeous dark reddish brown. It maintained a nice off white head

S - Nice hint of vanilla from oak chips, followed by almost a hoppy citrus and pine, malts. Very nice

T - Time and oak did this wonders. Loving the vanilla/oak from the barrell chips. I was surprised by the smokiness of it.

M - Very smooth, there's a nice crispness from the alcohol, which is very well balanced.

D - I found this to be very drinkable. The smokiness of it started off as a problem but as it warmed, really blended well with everything else.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 04:44:36 | More by Espenoza
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kreeper

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:25:35 | More by kreeper
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Hopstamon

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks great, nearly clear dark amber with reddish hue, a small head that settles to a wispy band on top; creamy, slippery lace.

S- Oak, caramel, bready malt, spices, booze. Piney hops.

T- Very well balanced between the oak, sweet maltiness, piney hop bitterness, and booze. Everything is there but it’s all very distinct. Nothing overwhelms the mix. Flavors definitely intensify as it sits and opens up, becoming more vivid and rich.

M- Very nice, on the full side with medium carbonation and a distinct creaminess.

O- Enjoyed the oaked version... try and have a few in my stable for when I'm craving some oaked maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 15:43:54 | More by Hopstamon
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timn

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark, but clear, ruby red, with bubbles visible. Color reminds me almost of a port wine or fortified wine. Looks very appealing.

S: Strong smell of hops, but also some sweetness and a bit of a caramel aroma. The hops are the strongest smell, but some complexity in the aroma.

T: Very strong hops and bitterness powers this one from start to finish. Tastes a lot like an IPA. The oak really only comes in at the end, but is a nice touch. The bitterness is really what lingers here, though.

M: Good mouthfeel. Smooth, with some tingle from the carbonation.

O: This is a nice beer, though one has to really enjoy IPA-type hoppiness and bitterness to like it. The oak adds some complexity to the taste. I have not tried the non-Oaked version of this beer, so I don't know how they compare, but this one is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 04:29:55 | More by timn
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fps_dean

Massachusetts

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
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HalenRush

California

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the North Coast Co-Op, Eureka, CA.

A - Poured into a New Belgium snifter with a thick, tightly beaded head. Color was a nice walnut brown.

S - The oak is definately present, but has a bit of a sour smell to it. I don't know enough about oak and what it imparts to tell if this is a flaw or not. Aging is present.

T - I detect German Carafa in this brew, but don't know if that is actually an ingredient. The malt has a moderate roasted flavor. Hop bitterness is buried in the roasted flavor.

M - Big aged mouthfeel with a lot of warmth at the end.

D - Not a quaffer. Its good and holds its own, but I wouldn't have more than two in a session. If that sour smell went away it would be more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 01:35:26 | More by HalenRush
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mdale13

Maine

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

A- Dark brown/red with bright highlights. Thin white head. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

S- Hops, grass, some carmels, slight hint of oak.

T- Hops up front. Taste leads to some faint citrus, fruity notes, carmels, a little grass, and the perfect taste of oak. The oak flavor really enhances as the beer warms.

M- Oily in the mouth. Give my tongue a nice, sharp bitter feel.

D- Very drinkable. Id have no problem putting a few of these down.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 19:43:05 | More by mdale13
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erikwibaeus

Sweden

4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must say that i have noting to complain about when it comes to the beer itself. This is an excellent ale in my taste. Better then this you cant find. The mouthfeel and the taste is really outstanding compared to the nice "non-oaked" version. The darkness is not overwhelming for my taste and the smell is just outstanding.

Even the label looks good! http://www.arrogantbastard.com/oaked/images/OAKEDpic.jpg

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 15:37:34 | More by erikwibaeus
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TheSignPost

Illinois

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

I'm a big fan of the original Arrogant Bastard. This one is excellent too, but I think I like the original better. This one pours nicely, and the deep red color is beautiful. The oaky flavor is lovely, but the original AB is really special. The added oak flavor is a nice twist, but not needed.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 00:45:59 | More by TheSignPost
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ianmatth

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark red. I could care less about appearance, so unless it's really beautiful or really ugly, it will get the average of the other ratings. Who drinks a beer for appearance anyway?

S - Caramel malt, oak, pine, spice, and even citrus.

T - Heavy malt, good pine, spice, and citrus flavors from the hops, and the oak is great. It's definitely a step above the standard Arrogant Bastard.

M - Not as heavy as I might have expected from the malt taste, very smooth.

O - This is probably the highest I'll ever rate a non-IPA, but this beer from Stone is very IPA-like as they are obviously using a lot of great hops and you can really taste them through the heavy malt and oak.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 06:09:35 | More by ianmatth
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WillWillows

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer poured into a pint had a nice mahogany brown color, the head is a light creamy brown dies rapidly to a slight foamy head, easy to drink under. The first taste had a citrusy bite but the back taste was hops. Not as smooth as many beers, but you don't want this one to be smooth. You want some taste and this has it. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 00:32:50 | More by WillWillows
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ZachKelly

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled a 64 ounce growler at Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA.

A: Pours a beautiful dark reddish brown. Held up to the light reveals more of a red. After pouring there was a large, fluffy, 3 finger head of creamy white. After settling a good head still remained with a constant carbonation that kept it bubbling. An impressive, thick lacing was left on the glass as it was emptied

S: Somewhat underwhelming smell, not overpowering and hard for me to pick up. I sensed a piney and citrusy aroma from the hops and a caramel malt note. The oak from the aging process was noticeable in the nose.

T: Wonderful citrus and sharp hop flavor is very up front. Some malt kicks in the back end. Hint of oak and bitterness. The malt and hop tend to balance out as you let it sit in your mouth. Great flavors, with a sneaky sweetness that lingers after you swallow.

M: Stays with you. A good aftertaste and hop resin. Very thick but smooth.

O: Very good beer. I like it better than the normal Arrogant Bastard offering.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2013 01:56:17 | More by ZachKelly
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jamesdantes13

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown-reddish appearance with an off-white head. Decent retention with exceptional lacing.

Smells of oak, herbs, and a bit of citrus. Taste is first a bit piney from the hops, followed by citrus and a bit of mint, which finishes with a malty body and a clean oak flavor.

The oak adds a higher level of smoothness to this brew and increases its drinkability. Definitely one of my go to beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 07:22:54 | More by jamesdantes13
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pnkHoody

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Curse Stone and their fickle distribution scheming! As the last dregs of their beer drain down our parching Canadian throats, apparently not to be replenished in the foreseeable future, I'm left to ruefully sip my last OAB and type this ode to its brilliance.

It's a clear brew, the colour of a fresh conker-shell. It smells a bit weird: some molasses, greenery, a herbal tang that is in no way reflected in the flavour, but oh well.

The strength of this beer is the way it grows in your mouth and slugs you with three waves of flavour: a sweet acidity, followed by a resoundingly warm malt explosion that takes over your whole mouth, then as it subsides, a fine bitterness lurking at the back of your tongue. The whole effect is tied together with smoke.

I could glug it for hours but it'd kick my arse and, well, there isn't any left anyway.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 05:35:48 | More by pnkHoody
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NealVsBeer

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep brown with a 1/2" tan head with lacing

S - Malts, caramel, and oak

T - Sweet up front with fruits and caramel, hop bitterness and the oak flavor at the end. Very nice.

M - Medium-bodied and well carbonated. A bit sticky too.

D - This is a phenomenal beer from Stone. I'm impressed with just about everything they put out and this is no exception. It seems like I taste something new with every sip. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 23:02:26 | More by NealVsBeer
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beck2008

California

2.05/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This ale was quite a disappointment. My friend said this was his favorite beer so I had to try it. I had the double bastard ale and was blown away by the alcohol, I had this one and was just blown away by the nasty overall taste. The finish was a serious woody chemical taste akin to Varathane on hard rock maple.

the details

A- Pours dark amber with 1/2 finger head. semi cloudy

S- Very very malty, smooth yet very strong chemical smell

T- Strong hop on the front end

M- medium carbonation

D- Too strong on the back end, way too much oaky taste. Not sure this flavor belongs in beer.

I have a lot of respect for what Arrogant Bastard is trying to accomplish with their aggressive brand of beers but this is a bit over the top. But then again, maybe that's the whole point.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 18:23:46 | More by beck2008
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oldsailor

Nevada

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

So how do you take one of the best beers ever and make it even better? Freakin age it in oak barrels! Dark coloring with a light head give this beer the attitude that lives up to its name. The great hoppiness that comes from the hopheads at Stone give this a flavor you want to come back to. The smoothness that comes from aging in oak barrels is also a delight. Get excited every time I have this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 01:23:32 | More by oldsailor
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cragus

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355mL bottle into snifter
A - Pours a dark amber with a finger of cream-coloured head.
S - Primarily sweet oakyness with a little hops citrus below it.
T - The oak wood flavours are very obvious up front and combine with the hops to form a piney flavour. On the finish, they separate more definitely into grapefruit and oak. Tastes much maltier than normal Arrogant Bastard, but that may just be the oak.
M - Moderate body with light carbonation and a medium finish.
O - I prefer the non-oaked Arrogant Bastard, but the oaked variant is still a good beer. The combination of the rich oak flavours and the citrusy hops strikes me as a bit unusual, but still quite good. Would get again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 02:06:46 | More by cragus
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DouggiePhresh

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint with a 1- finger head that is slowly dissipating with each sip, while leaving a nice lacing. The color is very dark ruby/copper.

Ive never smelled a beer like this; strong, but mellow. I can almost smell how it tastes;

smoky, chewy, not as viscous as I expected (not a bad thing), nor as alcoholic. Heavy malts, hops. Might be a little biased based on the Sierra Nevada Celebration I just finished.

Very foamy mouthfeel, so foamy it almost turns into a cream as I "swish" it around my mouth. Very drinkable and I would have to recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 02:40:00 | More by DouggiePhresh
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FSUplumber

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pored this from a 12 oz. bottle into a sole cup. Arrogant Bastard is one of my favorites so I was ready to try this new twist.

A- Nice tan head with fine bobbles. dark copper in color.

S- Malt with some coffee and carmal

T- Dark malt and hopps a little oak that dryed it out and left a taste that lasted on the tounge

M- Good and firm

D- A nice change but one is enough

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 00:42:00 | More by FSUplumber
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ZacHart

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes: poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter. Would probably pair beautifully with BBQ or smoked wings.

A: hazy, deep amber color with a medium tan head that left solid rings of lace.

S: sweet malty nose followed by hints of cherry, alcohol, wood, spice, and vanilla; a lot going on in there.

T: citrusy, grapefruit hops are perfectly balanced by solid but not overly sweet malt. The alcohol in the smell is almost nonexistent in the flavor. Once the hops dissipate, the smoky wood covers the palate and sticks around.

M: this lightly carbonated brew is slightly grainy and really lingers in the mouth, making it a real "stick to your ribs" kind of beer.

D: a perfectly balanced, flavorful brew that could easily be enjoyed in multiples without knocking you out.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 03:31:23 | More by ZacHart
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SFNC

North Carolina

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

Pours a deep amber color into a tulip glass. The one finger head shrinks pretty quickly leaving some nice lacing and sparse islands of foam. It sure looks good in the glass though. The smell is all hops and oak. Piney with some citrus undertones, the oak is there stronger than most other oaked beers that I've had. Tastes like an Imperial IPA, strong upfront hops that resound with resiny pines and sour citrus, not unlike most other Stone products that I've tried. The oak is very pronounced, almost fighting with the hops for dominance. The first couple sips are almost unsettling and I'm not really sold on this one. As I finish, I have grown more acclimated to the flavors, but a little underwhelmed. Carbonation is light and the finish seems pretty dry. Overall, I don't think I'll revisit this one for a while, which is a shame as I was looking forward to giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 00:47:55 | More by SFNC
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onthefarside

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy crap I just had this on tap at Mahar's in Albany. 20 ounces of amazing outstanding incredible beer, 20-25 minutes later I couldn't even think of what could possibly come next, my mind was blown at the complexity of this beer.

A- a very dark brown-red colour with an off white head that stays the entire way down, beautiful to look at.

Smell- Almost smells like a fine scotch thanks to the oak aging. I spent half my time smelling this beer, it's simply too much

Taste- I tried so hard to pick this beer apart, but it simply overwhelmed my taste buds, this beer is so complex there's too much for me to comprehend.

mouthfeel- most Stone brews have that same healthy mouthfeel, not too thin and not thick to where it makes you gag like some beers can do.

drinkability- as much as i really enjoyed this beer, I think it would be impossible for me to have more than one a night or even a week perhaps. After tonight and the other beers I tried, my mouth needs a while to recover. This beer is amazing and if you have the chance to get your hands on it, GO FOR IT, it takes an awesome thing and makes it completely different. GO STONE!

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2007 03:27:30 | More by onthefarside
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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