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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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4,646 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,646
Reviews: 1,822
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 135
Gots: 324 | FT: 6
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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 rfgetz

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark crimson color with pillow of khaki/tan colored head that lingers and leaves good lacing. Scent brings an aggressive yet balanced attack of hops (grapefruit and pine), malt (carmel and toffee) and oak (vanilla and dried oak). First sip hints at boldness, but oak aging smooths it out nicely, all components of scent are there aggressively, but aging has allowed them to smooth out and increase drinkability. Soft on the palate, medium bodied, slightly dry. A very nice beer which showcases what oak aging can do to a beer as big as the Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 16:47:07 | More by rfgetz
Photo of oline73


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

I had this on-tap at the Frisco Grille. It was poured into a goblet.

Appearance: It pours a cloudy amber/brown with one finger of off white head. There is a little bit of lacing.

Smell: I'm picking up a bit of sweetness from the malt along with some oak and vanilla. There is a little hop bitterness as well.

Taste: The is quite a bit of malt sweetness in this one. There is also some vanilla and oak and it almost resembles maple syrup, but that flavor isn't overpowering. In the background there is some bitter citrus peel hops and some alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a dry characteristic from the oak.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. I love the sweet flavor and the vanilla and will definitely have more in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 00:56:33 | More by oline73
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Handsome caramel. Slight off white head with thick lacing that recedes quickly.
smell: Buttery oak and that cutting Stone hops.
taste: As the nose advertised. This was has a year behind it. Better than the fresh version for my taste. Still not the balance I was hoping for.
mouthfeel: Full, creamy and carbonated.
I'm a relative newbie and fully respect it's probably my unrefined palate that doesn't recognize a superior beer here. All the top reviewers love this. I'll revisit in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 22:58:38 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed immediately after the standard Arrogant Bastard
A - slightly cloudy orange brown, frothy tan head retained well with sticky lacing
S - definite woody burbon-like sweet aroma, minty with piney hops, this ignites the nostrils
T - herbal hops with fresh mint up front, lighter grapefruit, piney & woody with some caramel sweetness, and just a little spicy
M - medium carbonation, smooth with a dry bitter finish
D - same same but different from the original bastard, the minty note is very refreshing and the woodiness ads more depth to this strong ale, this edges out the regular arrogant bastard for my money

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:23:29 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of HarrisonDean

New York

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/20/2009

While Arrogant Bastard Ale is becoming fairly common, one of its siblings, the oaked version, is still beneath the radar. This is essentially the same beer, but it is aged in oak casks, a process which imparts wonderful flavors and mellows the body. Oaked Arrogant Bastard pours beer-bottle brown in color with red highlights, letting little light through. The head is very frothy, vanilla in color, and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass. The aroma is subdued, with citrusy hops and sweet, spicy vanilla all amidst a mellow aged oak base.

This beer is very well balanced, appeasing an aggressive hopping with sweet malts and sour fruit esters. The woody oak flavor serves to relax the tension between the mighty flavors at odds. Each sip leaves a dry, bitter hop flavor on the tongue with the more cautious oak surrounding. The back of your throat reminds you of the past sweet vanilla malts and invites another sip. I would recommend checking out the Oaked version of the Bastard, but definitely check out Arrogant Bastard first.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 03:42:34 | More by HarrisonDean
Photo of jayhawk73


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

First time trying this beer.. Pours a medium dark brown w/ a thin off white head that quickly disappears. The smell is fantastic- Caramel, Hops, malt. It smells like a Stone beer. Wow, I'm looking forward to trying this. OK- The taste is even better! The Oak makes itself known here, along w/ malt, and a big hop presence. Maybe a little grapefruit in there too. Amazing how balanced this beer is, how everything works together for an amazing result. Mouthfeel is smooth, yet the hops give a bite to the feel. Balanced in perfect harmony. This is super easy to drink as well. I could down several of these before the 7.2% ABV kicked in. Just like everything else I've had from Stone, this beer doesn't disappoint. In fact, I would have to put this in the World Class category. Fantastic Beer. Will definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 01:38:25 | More by jayhawk73
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle was purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - poured into a DFH snifter. Drink before 3-15 (not sure of year.. but probably 11

Poured great with good head. Dark ruby in color.. I looked at it for a while.. which says a lot about a beers appearance.. Head was kind of meh at first but after it warmed and I aggitated it poofed up good and the lacing was nice. Smelled good, but not quite as fragrant as the non oaked AB. Tasted incredible.. I LOVE arrogant bastard but with the oak it feels so interesting on the tongue.. It feels as though I was placing chips of wood on either side of the back of my tongue. Thats a good thing! Very interestingly dry on the finish. I love a dry finish on an IPA but this was a different thing altogether. Don't ask me why but at 7.2 abv this beer (just like the original AB) are REALLY easy to drink for me, I just want it in my belly NOW.

Try them both - the Arrogant Bastard and the Oaked. They live up to the hype they get IMHO

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 14:28:58 | More by engagechad
Photo of savagearms


2.58/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Might have gotten a bad batch, but Overall not impressed at all, long lasting aftertaste. Thick, heavy beer. Long lasting head about 2 fingers tall, cream or off white in color, deep red/brown in color. Had a burnt coffee/wood smell, with a burnt coffee kick in the face for taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:00:00 | More by savagearms
Photo of generallee

New York

4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 7.2% and there is no date.

Appearance: The body has a reddish or garnet color with a haze. Its head is off white, about an inch tall and long lasting. A thin cap is maintained to the last sip and lacing is very good.

Smell: In the nose I get a big hit of citrus and piney hops with a bready malty base backed by an earthy woody note.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there are loads of grapefruit and lemony citrus with some piney notes near the finish. This sits on top of a solid malty bready base with some caramel sweetness seeking in as well as a touch of dry oak. The finish is long and filled with hop bitterness and dry oak. Its palate has a good medium to full feel with nice lively carbonation.

Notes: This is a great one off of the original Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:11:54 | More by generallee
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours just like every other bastard, small amount of head and a good plum colored body.

S: Very nice smell here with wood tones in the nose and some great hop/malt balance. Love the way this one smells over any of the other AB beers.

T/M: Very smooth in the mouth, that is the defining factor above the other AB. Great wood character really mellows out the beer but still is a kick in the face. This is an amazing tasting beer.

D: Love this one, I would get this one any time that I can get it fresh!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 03:41:50 | More by mbusster88
Photo of haazer


3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Winter Beerfest in Philly.

A- A very dark, ruby/emerald stone appearance. Red and orange tints throughout. No head on this, seems like it may be flat.

S- Cherry aroma is first, followed by earthy and oaky notes.

T- Tastes somewhat like cherry pitts, nice and sweet. Oak flavors and flower petals add a nice herbal flavor. Some hoppiness detected in the background.

M- Very smooth, slightly astringent. Medium bodied brew. Almost no carbonation.

D- Easily drinkable, goes down easy. I have to say I kind've put this beer on a pedestool heading into the festival as one of my must try's and was a little let down. Maybe I'll have to revesit this one later.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 00:52:27 | More by haazer
Photo of shir0043


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottles) I drank this beer in my hotel room on a recent visit to San Jose. I bought the beer and many others to ship home but I couldn't help trying this one the night I purchased it. Used the water glass in the hotel room.

Poored a nice clear amber/brown color similar to root beer with light tan head that dissipated early. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet caramel malts, floral hops, and oak. Very well balanced smell.

Taste has a nice hop bitterness that balances the sweetness very well. I also pick up the oak and carmel in the middle before the citrus and piney hops comes back at the end.

Great carbonation level and mouthfeel makes this very drinkable but not really a session beer. Perfect for a night in the hotel room.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 06:14:12 | More by shir0043
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Managed to rub-off the best-before date in transit, but freshly purchased suggests it's on time!

A - Fluffy tan head resolves in a couple minutes with some moderate lacing. Mid-brown color and a bit hazy; moderate carbonation visible.

S - grassy hops with a bit of mossy/toasty malts. Maybe a hint of vanilla?

T - powerful! Subtle grassy hops is dominated by a combined powerful bready/caramel malt and something else, it'd be too easy to say woody, but it is hard to place. Enduring bitterness (hops popping back out the other side?)

M - moderately heavy but not cloying or coating the mouth. Mild carbonation. The bitter character really sticks in the back of the throat and keeps going. Mildly warming alcohol.

D - It would be tough to down more than a couple of these in a night; there's just so much there!

A classic, and delicious drink. Nice winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 02:39:17 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of Spiekerbox


3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown-red with a small tan head. Color is deep and dark.

S- Hops are the main scent with a little dark fruit and woody malt.

T- Nice malt flavor at the start with a bitter woodiness in the middle and to the finish. Not much hop flavor but there is some floral hop flavor involved as well. Maybe a touch of vanilla from the woodiness but not a whole lot. There is a nice smokey oak finish at the end though that has a little of the hop bitterness lingering along with it.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable but not powerful in any way

D- Pretty good but I dont think it is an improvement of the original. I like the addition though and makes for a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 03:33:53 | More by Spiekerbox
Photo of ZacHart

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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
Photo of beck2008


2.05/5  rDev -51.2%
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
Photo of morenone


4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this for a while, but couldn't bring myself to cough up the $20 per six pack. And then bam! I was browsing the singles section at beer run and they had one for tree fiddy. This stuff is nice. It's got a beautiful color, smell, and taste. It's really smooth and drinkable. I think it may be worth the $20 next time.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 13:52:50 | More by morenone
Photo of aasher


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a deep, rich mahogany with a one finger beige head. It looks identical to the regular Arrogant Bastard. It smells of bitter citrus hops and has a light sweet maltiness to it. There is also a good and strong presence of oak, earthiness, and light smoke. It's definitely a slight upgrade to the AB. The flavors consist of mild hop bitterness to pair with a whole ton of earthiness followed by a nice and subtly sweet malt backbone. There's a lot of wood, dirt, tree bark going on yet in a pleasant manner. There are also light vanilla accents. It drinks exceptionally smooth and medium bodied. It leaves behind an appealing oaky/vanilla bitter hop flavor in the after taste. I find this to be much more appealing than the original AB. It has a lot more character. I wouldn't say it's necessarily easy to drink though. Like the AB, this one gets to be a little much after awhile. I couldn't drink more than one at a sitting. Solid beer though.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 17:16:30 | More by aasher
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L: Poured into a tulip glass. Clear, with a beautiful deep red color and an off-white head that disappears for the most part kinda quickly, except for some lingering on the sides. Good lacing. Not really carbonated except for a stream of bubbles coming straight up from the bottom center of the glass.

S: Not sure if I'm smelling this right after looking at other reviews, but kind of fruity, maybe currants. Not really any hop aroma for me. A sniff halfway through the glass reveals some wood scent.

T: Great blend of hop bitterness and malts up front. The hop bitternes lingers on the edges of the tongue. A definite woodiness and vanilla comes through as well, which greatly smooths it out, especially compared to the un-oaked version.

F: Great mouthfeel. Exactly what I love to drink. Not syrupy, but it deifnitely has some weight on the tongue. Almost not carbonation tingliness.

D: I drank this pretty slowly because I was doing some work and 7.2% kinda requires you drink it slow, but even if I was free to get drunk, I'd probably need a serious break after 2 or 3 of this heavy brew. But just drinking one was fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 06:24:25 | More by AbyssJunkie13
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New York

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.
A) Brick red in color. Off-white head quickly disappears. Hard to see through because of the color, but doesn't appear to be much carbonation.
S) Hops. Not a very strong aroma, but the hops are noticable.
T) Very well balanced beer with a strong presence of both hops and malt. Much more mellow then the regular arrogant bastard and the double bastard. Wonderful oak and vanilla notes from the aging.
M/D) Full bodied beer. Very soft in the mouth. Before the finish, takes on an almost syrupy consistency. Very drinkable beer, but one that should be enjoyed once in a while, not an everyday session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 05:23:41 | More by goalie33
Photo of rdilauro


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have always loved Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale. My first experience with the Oaked style left me quite happy.

The pour and appearance was just like the Arrogant Bastard.
The aroma was also so very similar.

Now thats where the comparison stopped!. There was a distinct smooth oak feel right from the start. I really believe that all the different beers that incorporate Oak, Rum or other type of wooden barrels make a distinct point.

I had this in a six pack and it was somewhat pricier than the 22oz Arrogant Bastard.

It was great to compare this one with the normal Arrogant Bastard Ale

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 05:07:40 | More by rdilauro
Photo of cetherid


3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip


A very beautiful looking beer. Dark ruby red color with about 2 fingers off very fluffy and frothy off-white head. The lacing in this is a thing of beauty


First smell I get is a nice little malt aroma. Some slightly sweet malts intertwined with some hop aroma (a little mix of citrus and pine). A hint of booze and wood in here as well.


Sweet malty taste that turns into a nice little bitter bite. Pretty boozy tasting however. The finish is booze and bitterness with a slightly woodsy dry end.


medium bodied with loads of carbonation. Leaves a linger bitter aftertaste that is somewhat dry.


A little boozy and pricey for my taste, but a nice sipping beer. Easily available and decent tasting which are the strongest traits in this category but doubt I'd seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 02:54:45 | More by cetherid
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very active, dense fluffy off-white head with excellent retention, reddish-copper color, good clarity and leaves thick lacing.

Rich caramel malty sweetness and bright, pungent floral and fruity hops join together and produce a superdeluxe aroma. I can faintly feel, but don't really smell, the booze when I take a deep inhale.

Caramel malty first, then woody, with medium hop bitterness through the middle. Hop flavors are not as pronounced as in the nose, or as much as the malty base and the bitterness. But I do detect piny, floral, and grapefruit rind influences coming on strong for the home stretch. The bitterness lingers and grows.

Well carbonated, rich full body, medium viscosity, bitter finish that lingers.

I'm sure I've had this before, but it's been a while, I think. I've never been all that impressed by any of the Bastards. But I used to drink my beers too cold, and maybe they were old or something? Whatever, I'm impressed now. This beer has an interesting malt forward start and a strong San Diego finish. Very good beer. Looking forward to my next one.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 17:53:07 | More by sprucetip
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Tawny amber colour, 1.5 finger creamy off-white head, good retention and lacing.

S: Herbal, a bit of citrus, and a weird distracting metallic undertone.

T: Bitter spicy hops up front, with good caramel malt toward the middle, leading into sharp hoppy biting finish. Oak isn't very prevalent, but is slightly noticeable in the finish/aftertaste with light notes of vanilla and butter.

M: Medium body, alcohol well hidden.

D: The addition of the oak was a nice added dimension, but to be honest, I think I prefer the original version for its straight up hop assault.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 05:42:53 | More by MattyV
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2.6/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: A almost murky brown with very little head. Light does not pass completely through. Carbonation seems very present as well as some possible sediment?

S: This bottle has been cellared for over a year, yet I still detect some alcohol. Otherwise a nice combination of dates, vanilla, oak, and caramel.

T: Ut-oh. It tastes like medicine. Very herbal and slightly astringent. I had one from the pack fresh, so I know they were fine when I got them. I think this might be a little early for this one. Slightly sweet and reminiscent of some fruit I can't put my finger one, its hard to get past the crushed aspirin bitterness.

M: Highly carbonated with a medium body.

D: I doubt I'm going to finish this one, its my fault for jumping the gun though. I'll make sure to come back to this in a years time, as well as get a review for a fresh bottle as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:28:36 | More by Drazzamatazz
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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