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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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4,424 Ratings

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Ratings: 4424
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 AZYescas


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well after being harassed by my buddies about why I haven't drank this beer I decided to give a try. Although I bought the Oaked ABA. It pours out in a nice dark brown reddish color. I think the smell is a lot stronger than the actual taste. once I smelled it with that dark smoky smell I figured it would be a little hard to drink since smell is half the taste. I have to admit I enjoyed it. I will be having this beer again soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:58:02 | More by AZYescas
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with an "enjoy by" date of 1/6/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - a hazy crimson, some carbonation bubbles; nice fluffy, off-white head. Leaves some sticky, foamy lace.
Smell - sweet baked bread, pine and grass hops; a touch of the oak comes through.
Taste - A complex blend of aggressive, bitter hops and a very flavorful malt backbone.
Feel - medium body, bitter hops, some warming alcohol, but this is so smooth and easy going down!
Overall - another complex and flavorful brew from the folks at Stone!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:23:10 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark red with a two-finger foamy off white head. Good mount of heavy lacing.

S - Sweet with nice amount of hops.

T - Lots of oak. Good amount of brown sugar and molasses with a big kick of bitter hops.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel with a lingering hop bitterness.

O - Good beer with a lot going on. A nice sipper for a cold evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 03:12:56 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of KJK-1

South Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is another great beer in the bastard family from stone. A deep amber color is just tempting immediately. You can pick up on the oaken notes in the smell and taste immediately. Low carbonation. The oak notes are very much imparted in the taste. A good hop character still shines through as well. A must try to have at least tasted. I prefer the arrogant or double bastard over the oaked. Although, the oaken bastard is very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 17:51:34 | More by KJK-1
Photo of cyclonece09


4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass. Pours slightly cloudy red with little head. Smells of floral and cirtis notes with a nice deep fruity bouquet. Tastes of berries overwhelmingly with slight citrus but still has some lingering bite. Beer is medium bodied nicely carbonated good bite. Overall a superb beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 22:20:37 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of FLima


4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Red amber color with a thin beige head that vanishes quickly, but leaves laces.
Aroma of oak, earthy hops, dark fruits, caramels and pine.
Sweet and bold flavor with a superb bitterness, notes of caramels, piney and earthy hops, roasted malts, licorice, grapefruit, maple syrup, umami and whiskey. Hints of citrus and plums. Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.2% abv is harmonic with the overall beer.
I am not worthy! This is another solid from Stone. Bold, complex and well balanced. Nevertheless, I still preferred the original version.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 19:53:17 | More by FLima
Photo of andrewjraab


4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with shades of crimson and ruby. Two fingers of oily off white head that reduces to some pancake batter bubbles and a thin sheet across the brew.

S - Fresh hop smell, resinous, Lemon peel, grass.

T - Citrus, piney, smokey, wood stands out, lots of depth in this brew. Flavor keeps developing as you take your time on this one. Full bodied - the aftertaste goes for days.

O - Glad I finally picked one of these up. Solid ale with tremendous depth and character that gets better with each sip. This is definitely a can't miss.

Notes - I drank this two days after purchasing, but noticed I'm drinking after the best by date so I'd love to try a fresher one to see if it is any better.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:45:26 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Dark ruby brown with a finger of khaki head. Superb lacing throughout the time I drank this.

S - Lots of oak, smoke, and molasses.

T - Again, huge oak flavor. There is also brown sugar, molasses, bitter hops, and a toasted malt backbone.

M - Thick body with low-to-moderate carbonation. This is very syrupy and sticky in the mouth, with an oak and molasses aftertaste.

O - This is one fantastic beer. The oak does wonders for the flavor, and the huge sweetness of the brown sugar and molasses are slightly balanced by the bitter hops. It's surprisingly easy drinking despite 7.2% abv and thick sticky body.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:31:20 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had at Cure New Orleans. Poured into a tall glass. Bottleneck says Enjoy By 10/20/13. Oh no, I'm a week late...

A- Pours a reddish dark amber color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains very well before sinking to a thick ring around the glass and a full fluffy sheet of surface foam.

S- Sweet smelling with some herbal hops and a bit of booze must.

T- Very sweet with a lot of brown sugar and maple notes. I can't get over how sweet this tastes. There's a big sugary caramel presence that's cut nicely with the slowly creeping hop flavor thus resulting in the alcohol being well-hidden.

M- Slightly syrupy and a small but lingering bite from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I don't remember this being so sweet when I first had it. Very drinkable and pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:58:58 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Celtics17


4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Not all that different from the original Arrogant Bastard Ale. The taste has some bitterness, with some fig newton, raisin, along with smoke from the oak. This is a heavy ale, and it has always reminded me of a hopped up Fat Tire, or Fat Tire on steroids.

S: Smells of toasted breads with some spicy hops and a bit of earthy oak wood character.
A:dark amber color body.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 07:54:20 | More by Celtics17
Photo of RolandoHH


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful dark, reddish brown color, with an inch-thick beige head with decent retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Toasted malts and spicy hops mix in an appropriately oaky character. Alcohol present in the aroma.

T - Toasted grains with citrus and spice notes that leaves a woody aftertaste. The oak brings things together nicely. Dry, thanks to the mix of oak and hops, with an alcohol kick.

M - Fairly smooth, all things considered.

O - Not all that different from the original Arrogant Bastard Ale, but still a welcome development with something to offer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 05:07:49 | More by RolandoHH
Photo of Nugganooch


3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Societe Brewing Belgian style glass
Notes taken from 10/10/13

A: Same dark amber color body with some more auburn hues. Slightly muddled clarity and some micro bubbles nucleating at the bottom of the glass. Just a thin layer of rapidly dissolving khaki trim across the top. Little to no cling or stick left behind.

S: Smells of toasted breads with some spicy hops and a bit of earthy oak wood character. There is a light malt sweetness coming through in the aroma and a touch of alcohol noted.

T: Tastes bready as well with lots of toasted grain notes and a dried fruit blend of fig and raisin. I get some mild citrus peel and spices with some noticeable woodsy elements. There is a high hop bitterness met with some oaky tannins that really dries out the palate. Not a negative for me. The finish is a touch dank and herbal with a light alcohol kick. Really nice and restrained wood character from the oak chips. Seems to play well with the base beer.

M: Moderate weight with a fairly smooth texture overall. Big dry puckering bitterness and slightly tannic. Clean on the finish with some light warming alcohol.

D: This is a very nice complement to the base beer. I don’t think it elevates the overall score but the oak is definitely a nice added nuance that works well.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 18:30:41 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of MikeWard


4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.best by date of 10/20/13, so just inside the wire here.

Pours a beautiful reddish amber color with 1 1/2 fingers thick off white head. Head retains ALL the way down. Ok carbonation, and some nice looking lacing.

Smell..ah, malts, hops, and that lovely oak aroma come up through the head.

Taste is more malty than hoppy, but the hops come through. Then my favorite part, the oaky flavors that fill the mouth. This is my favorite part of this beer, and often causes me to drink it a bit fater than I should for a 7.2abv. Delicious.

Mouth is a fair bit over medium, and finished well, but with a short lasting slightly tart covering on the tongue.

Overall, this is a beer I like quite a bit, finally got around to reviewing it. The fact that it's best by date is up in a week makes me wonder what one fresh off the line would taste like. I've had it before, but didnt pay that much attention to the dates. All were excellent. love that oak flavor. Thanks Stone!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:57:54 | More by MikeWard
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Photo of fitrock2112


3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured Oak Arrogant Bastard into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear dark amber with a full two fingers of off white head.

S - Roasted malts, toffee, grapefruit with a pinch of bitter hops.

T - It has some smooth roasted malts, pine, with grapefruit. Mid palate getting slight toffee and carmel notes. On the after taste just a touch of vanilla from oak. Quality beer here.

M- Smooth medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - A very good quality beer. Nice beer to sip and enjoy on a rainy evening. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 22:45:07 | More by fitrock2112
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle, Enjoy By 10/07/13.

Appearance: Troubled dark red tinges in a rusty brown body. Full of little patchworks of lacing.

Smell: Caramel sugar, oak, citrus orange.

Taste: Oaky goodness mixed with bitter hops, has a nice spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Aggressive but drinkable, felt throughout the palate.

Overall: Good stuff, a stalwart ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 11:32:52 | More by papat444
Photo of a0lbudman


4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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 scotorum


4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Clear dark amber, inch tall off white head dissipated rather quickly to thin surface foam and sticky, nearly solid lacing.

s: Sweet malt.

t; Sweet malt with significant citrus hop balance does not overpower the flavor. Darker, almost ashy aftertaste. Becomes less pleasant and more bitter as it warms.

m: Moderate with great body. Slick.

o: A tasty treat, though not as sippably so as I would prefer. Love the text on the bottle posturing arrogance to the drinker and waxing philosophical about life and success. Funny.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 06:31:17 | More by scotorum
Photo of WillWillows


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
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this as I’ve always enjoyed Arrogant Bastard. Poured into a snifter.

A – Poured a reddish mahogany color with a two finger brown/cream head.

S – Not too overpowering. In fact, I was expecting something potent from the barreling process but could only pick up malt smells and a little bit of the wood.

T – Caramel, malts, toffee up front that give way to the char of the wood. Even a touch of bitterness.

M – Sweet from the caramel but gives way right to bitterness. Alcohol was nicely balanced and even found some vanilla flavor in between sips.

O – Good beer but not as outstanding as I was expecting. I actually prefer the Arrogant Bastard to this oaked edition. The bitterness in the taste and mouthfeel didn’t leave me clamoring for more. Reminded me a touch of American version of a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 20:18:22 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of IPAdams


3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark amber with an off white head that recedes to a slight foam on top, leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- As it warms you get a smell of sweet caramel and whiskey. Also, some hints of wood in the background.

Taste- Sweet in the front, bitter in the back. Has a distinct taste of burnt toast, balanced by some caramel, wood and just a bit of spicy hop presence.

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

Overall- Good beer, not for everyone though. Strong burnt bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 02:55:10 | More by IPAdams
Photo of greenmtn1111


4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 8/20/2013. Poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter.

The beer is a deep mahogany color and sports a healthy tan colored head on top. Opaque. wonderful head retention. There's woodsy oak in the aroma and a strong maltiness. A little bit of booze.

Taste-wise there's dry oakyness at the front with slight cherries and baked apple. It finishes bitter with even more oak. The oak works nicely to subdue the malt and booze. A bit of piny and floral hops are noticable as well. It has a very creamy mouthfeel that tempers the boldness of the flavors. I really love what the oak does to Arrogant Bastard - great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 20:35:14 | More by greenmtn1111
Photo of 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
Photo of RickS95


3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown, mostly clear liquid. Actually, it's more brownish red than reddish brown. Really, red. However, the head is a masterpiece. Two fingers of creamy, root beer-looking head. Great retention. A full, beautiful lace.

The scents aren't overwhelming, more lagerish than ale-like. What you get is caramel malts and roasty grains and smoke.

The charred oak and hops dominate. There's little resembling American hops, mostly it's similar to savory Noble hops. Caramel is present early on, but is quickly overtaken by the hops and char. Only as the beer warms do you notice a pinch of citrus.

Tastes more like a strong pale ale or even an IPA. The bitterness is high in this bastard. Early on you get caramel sweetness. However, bitter quickly settles in and lasts well into the swallow and just lingers. It's a dry, acidic finish, yet it leaves your mouth watering, waiting for the next sip.

Overall, it's a beer that could be enjoyed by guys who like lagers and even hopheads. The beer is superior as it warms compared to right after you pop the top. It goes down like an IPA, you get used to it after the first couple sips, then it's really smooth. Another good offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:03:16 | More by RickS95
Photo of Mikecap


4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish amber with an opaque two finger white head that fades pretty quickly. Beautiful white lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel, some woody character, a bit of pine and earth, grass. Some citrus as well.

Taste: Sweet malt with a bit of oak, caramel, also some vanilla thrown in there. Tastes like the original but the oak adds a whole new dimension. Nice piney hop character and fantastic balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and smooth, smooth creaminess. A great drinking beer that is bitter but balanced.

Overall: Arrogant Bastard got me into craft beer and this oaked version is even better. I love this beer, and always will.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:12:46 | More by Mikecap
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,424 ratings.