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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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4,731 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,731
Reviews: 1,825
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 143
Gots: 350 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-16-2012 06:23:48 | More by yoitsarch
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-13-2013 18:43:11 | More by 21Maestro8
Photo of jmalex


3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's been a while since I've had this so today's review will be just like I'm having it for the first time.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a brownish amber with some orange hues to it. The head starts at 1-2 fingers and drops eventually to a massive collar and a hazy and full surface of foam. Rings of lacing mark the sizes of my swallows all the way down the glass.

SMELL: The nose is strong on the familiar piny, herbal, and slightly citrusy and resinous Arrogant Bastard hop profile. Some oak and vanilla do make it through, though in lighter amounts. A bready malt base backs everything up and balances the beer out.

TASTE: The taste is surprisingly mild on the flavor of the hops and sweetness of malt, but it's made up for in the strength of the oak flavors. It lasts from nearly the start through the entire finish. The hops outshine the malt by a pretty decent margin, though I wish both were amped up a bit more as the emptiness that they give the beer makes me want more. As it is with the piny hops and the woody oak flavors, it's a Christmas tree in a glass.

MOUTHFEEL: Could this possibly be too thin? I don't know if I've grown accustomed to bigger beers so much that this seems like it could be beefed up considerably. The lightness is a little refreshing though even if the beer is slightly syrupy. Carbonation is only slightly higher than average and is where it should be.

DRINKABILITY: It certainly does well here. As far as wood-aged beers go, this is one of the more easy drinkers that I've had. I have always wondered why this doesn't come in bombers. There are many of Stone's beers that are harder to get through than this one.

Okay, it's a nice beer and fun to compare to the original. Definitely recommended to try, but for me it probably won't repeat in my fridge too often - especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 21:48:27 | More by jmalex
Photo of stephendr


4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle - Dark molasses color with a tint of red –head is tan , medium , small bubbles – nose of dark berries ( cherries ) , cinnamon , coffee grounds and orangey – taste of malts , gummy tar , spruce , hopps ( both bitter , and pine ) caramel , and some wood ( mostly cedar )- medium tart body – aftertaste is long earthy , malt and caramel

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 22:12:41 | More by stephendr
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Vermont from a very pleasant moustached woman. 12 Oz. bottle poured into a Bobcat Cafe pint glass.

A: Beautiful red/brown/amber (ripe nectarine) colour with a two-finger creamy beige foam head. Good retention and OK lacing.

S: Pine hops, molasses, caramel, cinnamon, and faint dark fruits. Detecting that earthy, musky, oak aroma. Sounds weird but can detect a bit of paprika spice. Very different and pleasing aromas.

T: Very smooth. Pine taste balanced nicely with a slightly buttered bread-like malt backbone. Finishes with a little alcohol bite and a lingering musky/woody taste that makes this a little funky (and good!).

M: Slightly oily with an appropriate viscosity level. About right amount of carbonation.

D: Should've bought the whole 6-pack! The oak chips really add a different dimension to this. A delicious offering from Stone

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 22:59:41 | More by Digimaika2
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-14-2013 00:42:05 | More by CanisMajor
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New Jersey

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

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle for 2.99. This is my 3rd "bastard" beer as I have had arrogant bastard and double bastard.

A- This one poured a dark ruby color with some mahogony hues. 2 finger creamy head. This beer sure was sticky and stuck to my glass even after I had cleaned it pretty good.

S- Smell was woody and oaky almost like a fine wine. There was some vanilla and port scents.

T- Taste was malty and sweet. The hops are not as pronouced and present as they are in other arrogant bastard beers. When I think of a SAB, I think "hops." This one is more on the maltier side, but it fits the oak finish. Surely some caramel and vanilla on the tongue.

M- Mouthfeel was sleek and oily. Do not expect a ton of carbonation, this one dosen't have a ton.

D- I enjoyed this a lot. Stone has made a really classy and drinkable beer here.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 01:30:51 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The Arrogant Bastard pours the same color as a nice Barleywine. It has a nice, thick head at first - about an inch - but it quickly dissipates and leaves very little lacing.

SMELL: Surprisingly it is a little weak on aroma. A little oak and some light hoppy aromas come through. It smells good, just very toned down.

TASTE: A strong dose of caramel greets the tongue up front. It isn't too sweet, by any means though. The wood quickly takes over though and dominates the majority of the sip. Oddly, the wood seems to supply a little more sweetness than the caramel flavors. The finish kicks with a decent dry citrus and mild pine flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Rich and full-bodied with a very dry and palate cleansing finish.

OVERALL: This is a big beer. It is also a unique beer. I've had plenty of beers that have seen some oak, but this one has such an intense oak flavor that when I first tasted it I was unsure whether or not I really liked it. After getting over the initial shock, though, I was able to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 04:31:57 | More by StoneTSR
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

12-26-2011 20:30:44 | More by Romulux
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep red-amber color like a cherry wood stain. Nice amber-tan head rested atop it.

Nice woody, carmel sweetness, and dry floral hop scent.

The taste is similar, some pine-oak and bitter hops up front a little sweet carmel in the middle; finishing with a lasting bitter aftertaste.

Though drinkable the high alcohol content makes this difficult to sit back and take down like many other brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 05:30:46 | More by donteatpoop
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - mahogany color with thick white head

smell - oak, , pine, nuts

taste - oak, pine, molasses, nuts, hops

mouthfeel - bitter, medium to full bodied, high carbonation, bitter again in the aftertaste

drinkability - the mouthfeel of this leads it to be a one and done proposition

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 22:58:06 | More by keithmurray
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Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: poured a clear mahogany, with a 1" head which lingered breaking down with some decent lacing.

S: The oak comes first, then citrus hops and malts.

T: Sweet up front, maltyness, followed by bitterness of the hops and pine. The oak is definitely present in the taste.

M: medium mouth feel and good carbonation.

O: took me a while to get this one, but I am happy I did. The oak on the taste and smell are done so very well, it sets the bar for others to follow. A great beer with good balance of all elements.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 19:49:27 | More by polloenfuego
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

10-26-2013 01:31:17 | More by ssgunbond
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

03-06-2013 21:48:56 | More by ryser2k
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5/5  rDev +19%

11-25-2011 21:51:19 | More by whallgren
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-21-2011 23:24:56 | More by Supergenious
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5/5  rDev +19%

02-04-2012 00:00:02 | More by Joshgonzales79
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-07-2013 17:52:49 | More by Chris77McGrath
Photo of capnamerica


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-15-2013 14:39:03 | More by capnamerica
Photo of a0lbudman


4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle to glass
A-was brown in color with a light brown foam
S-it had a little hop smell, but did not smell the roast smell you smell with most brown color beers
T- had a strong hop taste with a hop aftertatse with a warming finish
M- had a taste that must have came from the wood chips, was differant
O- as you are finishing the beer you the taste of the hops fades with the roast tatse taking over. Love it

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 23:03:45 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of Nordbier


4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-24-2013 21:38:35 | More by Nordbier
Photo of meehandennis


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-20-2014 22:33:51 | More by meehandennis
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-03-2013 04:35:34 | More by freemanj
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New York

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

Very pretty beer- quite dark, with deep ruby and garnet colors when held to the light. It has a tan foamy head that stays for a few minutes, then retreats to a thin layer of foamy film that leaves lacing around the rim. Smells... green. Green and woodsy. Piney. Definitely green, foresty things, backed up with a booze punch and a little bit of sweetness.

Taste is also green, with more alcohol coming through. The sweetness makes itself better known, with vanilla and malty flavors, though it still keeps a backseat to the woodsyness, and hop bitterness. The hops have an earthy feel to them, melding well with the oaked woodsyness. There's a nice finishing biscuityness towards the end of the sip that finishes very nicely.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, full. This is a very very tasty brew, alcohol is deceivingly tasty and/or sneaky. This is definitely less harsh than the regular Bastard, which I also enjoy. I'm not sure whether or not I prefer one to the other... have to have a side by side comparison. However, this one really is more well-rounded and easier to drink. Less sweet than I recall, but then it has been a while. An excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 05:21:08 | More by scooter231
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4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - Relatively clear amber/red color with a 2-finger head, retention is decent. It left little soapy/spotty lacing, nothing impressive.

S - Deep deep sap & bark like aroma. A nice rind in there, like grapefruit, wow it's just so earthy! Mild sweetness, a bit of toasted malt hidden underneath the huge earthy/tree bark aroma. Unique & exciting aroma.

T - A bit sugary but not sweet really, it's got a bit of candied like quality upfront. Then all hell breaks loose with an assault of earthy tree bark, sap and grapefruit rind! I get a bit of the alcohol as well, there's a bit of semi bright citrus towards the finish that peeks in but comes nowhere near the earthiness. This beer finishes with mild plum & cherry, mild toasty/cracker, and strong lingering earthy flavors & charred wood like bitterness. As it warmed I got a bit of vanilla but very subtle & almost not noticeable.

M - Soft crispness with a smooth slick feel. Around medium in body.

D - First off, wow what a beer! This was an out of bounds treat for me, I wouldn't be able to drink more that two of these I think, the earthy flavors & bitterness are very strong. I would love to sip on this beer in the cold winter season with an open fire, and I'll definitely buy this one again. Highly recommended for anyone that enjoys just about every style of beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 23:40:02 | More by PintOHops
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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