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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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4,965 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,965
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 167
Gots: 444 | FT: 7
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 fmccormi
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alto Cino in Syracuse, NY, poured into a standard shaker pint.

Appearance (5.0): Pours a deep, slightly reddish amber, and a little hazy . . . thick, 1cm tan head. This beer leaves creamy sheets of lace all down the sides.

Smell (4.0): Typical dank / cat pee notes of Simcoe, plus some pineapple action—Amarillo? Pine on the other half of the hop equation—Chinook? Pretty typical West Coast-style hop profile, backed by some simple sweetness in the malt base.

Taste (3.5): Strong vanilla oakiness, with a creamy-sweet malt body chased by grass-pine-grapefruit bitterness (in that order). Strong oak, really. The malt body is moderately sweet, but ultimately passive. Grass-pine finish. This is decent, and I know what they’re going for here, but the original Arrogant Bastard is far better—just too much oak in one sitting for me.

Mouthfeel (4.0): CREAMY. Medium-full, with velvety carbonation. Almost no prickliness. Slightly syrupy, but overall VERY creamy. Wish it was a bit drier honestly, but the creaminess is an interesting experience and not bad, for sure.

Overall (4.0): Pretty good. They really oaked the shit out of this. Not that it’s bad, it’s just different. Loses a lot of what makes Arrogant Bastard great, even as it successfully reaches for a whole new style of beer, practically. Totally different dimension than original Arrogant Bastard, but I can appreciate what’s happening.

fmccormi, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: deep rich brown in color. Pours less than a finger of off- white head that fades fairly slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: malty, nutty, caramel, oak

Taste: lots of oak, malty, caramel, hoppy, vanilla, leather, tobacco.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp, a bit bitter.

Overall: A very good Oakes beer. The oak is very prevalent but not overpowering. Very complex flavor profile. Well balanced. Very high drinkability.

phichifiji00, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of jwhancher
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Stone back in June and thought it was excellent. Revisited stone in September and bought a sixer. What a difference between the two. This review is for the bottled version opened 11/11/11.

A: pours a ruby red with some brownish tints. Nice offwhite frothy head that leaves some sudsy bubbles hangin' around.

S: this bottle smells a bit aged. The oak seems to have all but faded. I now get some plum and cherrry notes with some sweet caramel and spicy notes.

T&M: tastes sweet with perhaps a slight sourness. I can't tell if I'm getting some aged qualities from the oak or a bad bottle. I didn't remember all my other ones quite tasting like this one. Am wondering if the age or best by date has something to do with it. Hmmmm. Tastes spicy with some good back end hop bite. Feels medium full with some frothy characteristics.

O: I thought the Draft version I had in the Bistro was near outstanding. Lots of oak flavor in that one probably because it was so fresh. I think this bottled version has likely suffered from either age or packaging/handling. Overall, I would definitely try this one again - but fresh!

jwhancher, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gravity poured from a cask at Foutainhead into a pint glass.

Appearance: My cask pour is a full, deep brown color with a hint of amber toward the edges. It is dark and mostly opaque, allowing just enough light through to let deep amber hues bounce off the glass. A rocky tan cap is evidence of the cask pour.

Smell: A complex aroma for sure. Sweet caramel malt also has some toasted bread, with grapefruit and pine hops shining through from the base beer. A bit of spice and vanilla compliment the woody oak nicely.

Taste: Yet another beer where I enjoy the cask version a bit better. The toasted bread and caramel malt sweetness combines with the vanilla, spice, and oak to add a great depth. The oak and spice flow into the grapefruit and spicy pine hops effortless, all while allowing for a lightly bitter, somewhat oak, and fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very much on the light side, with just a few soft bubbles to stimulate my tongue. The body drinks a little bit lighter than I remember from the tap version, which is to say medium/full, with a little bit less emphasis on the dry oak flavor. Very smooth.

Overall: Somehow I like this even better than the tap version of Oaked Arrogant Bastard, which is quite an accomplishment. The nuance and depth that each flavor takes on in the cask version is incredible.

KickInTheChalice, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap. Served in a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown with a two finger off white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves webs of lacing behind.

S- The oak is big on the aroma with caramel, toffee, bready malt, citrus peel, sweet booze, and pine.

T- Similar to the aroma with oak, sweet bready malts with caramel and toffee, grapefruit, orange zest, peppery spice and pine.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes very earthy with the oak and the pine lingering.

O- The oak is certainly noticeable, however, I think it's a little too prominent. I'm glad I finally got to try this, but not sure how often I would want this brew.

iadler, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 11/3/2011) poured into a tulip.

Pours a ruby-brown mahogany w/ a 2-finger khaki head.

Aroma is rich caramel malt and dried apricots, yeast & hops.

Taste is caramel malt, bitter hops, some sweet dry oak. Nice fruity notes. Rich, complex, smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Overall pretty similar to the regular Arrogant Bastard - but with oak. Bold, assertive, tasty.

draheim, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of dtivp
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown with a one finger tan head that fades sloly into a thin cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma of bready malts, pine, citrus and hints of oak.

Taste starts out with a little bitterness of pine hops, grapefruit, balanced with malt, caramel and vanilla oak.

Mouth Feel is medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp smooth with a slight bitter after taste.

Overall is this a very nice strong ale with a nice oak touch.

dtivp, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of indesertum
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle. dont see an age on this

muddy brown color. nice head but dissipates quickly.

aroma characteristic of a nice brown ale. nice malty notes. not a lot of hop aroma.

taste is fucking world class. oddly porterish in taste. chocolate and oaks. great hops in the back, but not overwhelming. great carbonation. great malt body. really love this beer.

seriously. one of the best beers i've had. i've had regular arrogant bastard and i thought it was too hoppy. this is perfect. not sure if it's because of the age on it or if it's because my tolerance for hops has grown

indesertum, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of NWer
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to 21st Amendment tulip. Dark dark brown body, layer of very small tight bubbles that hang around for a while. Lace good.
Very flavorful to the nose. Caramel mostly. Smooth.
Tastes the same as it smells. Caramel up front with some hop bitterness and a slight tangyness on the back.
Oaked is worth it. Will revisit AB to verify that.
Overall, another great offering from Stone.

NWer, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of tony223366
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby hued brown with a tan, fluffy one finger head. I can already see some awesome lacing. Fairly clear

S: Really intense hoppiness up front. I think it overwhelms the oak a bit. As it's warming I'm getting a lot more caramel.

T: I think the flavor lets the wood shine more than in the nose. Rich caramel flavors supply the backbone to a nice bitter finish from those hops. The finish is so, so long.

M: Solid medium body. Good carbonation.

O: A great beer. I had it a little too cool at first and it felt terribly underwhelming. That was my bad though. Once I let it warm up it showed a lot more depth.

tony223366, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of ahq514
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown/ruby color. Has a nice one finger head or so. Appears to have moderate carbonation, with tons of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Beautiful lacing all around the glass.

The oak has a strong presence in the aroma. This seems to complement the strong and sweet malty aroma. Wood with some vanilla, some fruit (cherry?), earthy hops seem to be in the mix too.

This is pretty much what I expected from Oaked Arrogant Bastard. It has all of the elements of the Arrogant Bastard but with an extra element of oak. Aggressive and sweet malt with some bittering hops, but the malt seems to dominate the taste. Has a slight fruitiness to it (still can't tell, maybe cherries). Then the oak character comes in and seems to dry it out a little bit on the finish. Slight roastiness as well.

Nice body, a little heavier than medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

This is a good beer overall. Love the oaked element. I have really been digging oaked beers lately. Glad I tried it, will drink again if the mood calls for it. I could see sipping this beer for awhile. It has a strong taste to it that makes you want to savor it.

ahq514, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of chefhatt
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice dark amber body with not a lot of head. The smell is of roasted malts and some citrus hops comes through. The taste is a little of oak and roasted malts up front, then some bitter hops hits the back of the tongue. It has a nice mouth feel and overall a good and balanced beer.

chefhatt, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of aldizy
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells great looks like a dark chocolate color. Smell is very sweet with fruit aroma but taste is very bitter with extreme beer taste quality head is medium to high. All in all it was to bitter for me but i would definatly try it agian. Plus i did not taste the oak? maybe my pallete is not as refined as i thoght it was?

aldizy, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot of the same aromas from AB, but a smokier caramel malt hides underneath. Very nice. Very nice indeed.

Bitterness is again a wonderfully balanced, an art that Stone has mastered. Similar flavors flavors to Ab; tart cherries, candy apple coating, classy hopping, malty bites . . . but the oaked has a mild toasty edge, soft but present, and a lingering sweet bitterness. I like.

CheezyBlaster, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet. No apparent freshness date on bottle.
Dark copper/deep mahogony in color, with a rather short head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt, citrus hops
Taste-Some up-front oak wood dull spiciness, followed by citrus hops and toasted malt. My first impression is that this brew is not as tasty or as well-balanced as the regular Arrogant Bastard. To my palate the oak just gets in the way of an already beautifully balanced and tremendously flavorfull brew that is Arrogant Bastard. To me it's like adding cola to a twelve year old scotch. Not bad, of course, but it's changing the flavor of something that should be tried on its own. Just my opinion. The oaked version is no slouch by any means, and certainly worth a try, but for my money the regular 'Bastard is by far the best!

hosehead83, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice stained wood mahogany color with good opacity. Foamy tan head.

Smell is of oak, especially fired wood and roasted malts. Molasses. Good bittering hops, somewhat herbal.

Taste: Big oak taste.Caramel malts, licorice and cola.

Mouthfeel: Basic malt and hops blended in a big way and then oak aged. Alcohol presence makes itself known.

Overall: I like this beer much. I like the oak aging. It adds an edge to the usually Arrogant Bastard Ale.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of setexascustoms
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Just like it's sibling, a beautiful beer. Deep brown with slight red highlights. A rocky ivory head with very good retention very nice lacing.

S- Deep caramel and roasted malts with a nice hop spiciness. Rich heavy aromas tease you to drink, but I fail to pick up on the oak.

T- Heavy roasted malts balanced nicely by spicy hops with an assertive bitterness. Full of flavor and very well balanced, maybe a little more mellow than the original. Slightly dry lingering bitter finis. Very nice, but again I fail to pick up on any wood.

M- Full bodied and coats the mouth well. The carbonation is just right.

O- A delicious brew. Maybe a bit more mellow than the original, but I fail to pick up on any oak qualities (my palate may not be refined enough). Maybe I'll revisit this in the future.

setexascustoms, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of donovanneb
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obviously this is a twist on the Arrogant Bastard to see what oak chips will add to the complexity of the flavors. It's a good beer where I found that the oak flavors were very prevelant from the first smell and first 4-5 tastes, after that it melded into the "regular" Arrogant Bastard taste for me.

It's an interesting flavor and addition, but I wouldn't necessary move over to it from the original.

If you are looking for something different and a neat crossover from wine to beer, this is one to try.

donovanneb, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: smoky amber, creamy half finger head that dissipates rather quickly; good lacing

Smell: The hops are screaming for release as they swim around oak chips

Taste: Yowza! Hops up front, throughout and the finish mixed with some kickass barley

Mouthfeel: medium; oakey carbonation.

Overall: OAB is revved up more than regular AB. A real step up over most beers. Really good with cheddar. This one slaps you in the face with proof positive that it earns its arrogant title.

brewskifan55, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of nrs207
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a reddish brown, with a nice head that dissipates for the most part, but the lacing is pretty good.

S - Really nice smell. Can definitely smell the oak, but also some piney hops and some toasty malt. It's like a slightly more intense imperial amber type malt.

T - The oak gives it a nice flavor, and the malt somewhat balances what is a very bitter beer. The back end hits you with some pine and a lingering bitterness. Basically hits all the right buttons.

M - So smooth from the oak I presume. Nice amount of carbonation.

O - Would definitely drink this again. Stone has proven to be a solid brewing company. Every beer I've had from them is good, and this one might is one of my favorites. They typically aren't exceptional, but always good.

nrs207, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of JustinAniello
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark with a golden hue around the edges. Nice thick head that stays. Decent lacing sticks to the edges.

S - You can smell the oak mixed with malts. Small amount of pine hops right at the end.

T - Mostly oak and coffee flavors with a bit of roated malt. Ends with the lingering bitterness that you expect from a Stone.

M - Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

O - A good, well-rounded beer. The oak adds a nice depth to it that blends well with the original flavors. Everything evolves the longer I have it in the glass too, each sip is better than the previous.

JustinAniello, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown with a sticky one-finger of head.

S: Smells like the regular version + week old coffee and lumberyard.

T: A bit harsh. The classic Arrogant Bastard seems choked and stifled by the oak. Charred notes finish the beer harsh and the beautiful dance of sweet and bitter that I expect from classic AB is lost in sweaty wood notes.

D: Despite disliking this more than regular AB, this isn't a pain to finish at all. I even begin to enjoy it a bit towards the end.

Overall: This one didn't really do it for me. I mean, its base beer is basically too good to screw up, but the oak seems to detract from the base instead of add. I always avoided this one because the sixers are so damned expensive. I found it sold by the bottle and bought one...so glad I only bought one bottle. Stone, put regular Bastard in sixers and this one in bombers!

JohnnyChicago, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of BeerNutz324
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a oversized wine glass

Ap- brownish amber in color, pretty much opaque but not completely. Minimal head.

Ar- sweet roasty malts up front along with some oak. Finishes off with the malts still hanging around but a stronger piney hop presence.

T- roasty, toasty malts followed by a piney finish. The oak really adds a smoothness to this baby. Gets a lot more tasty as it warms.

M- medium bodied, good carbonation

O- Great beer, you've done it again Stone. I can't decide if I like this more than the original AB though.

BeerNutz324, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of NickRivers
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a rustic brown with a nice foamy tan head. Smells of strong malt, citrus hops, piney hops, tons of oakiness, and some smokiness.

T&M - Hits medium heavy with tons of nice big bready and sweet malt, nice piney bitterness grows, then the smokey oakwood kicks in with a citrus hop presence then finishes bitter with vanilla and coffee notes. Very complex yet balanced and easy to drink.

O - A beer that should be talked about more. It only makes sense to put this in bombers and add regular AB to sixers, however now that i've had this I don't really mind that its available in mass quantities. Don't wait any longer, go out and buy more of this, I know I will. Cheers~!

NickRivers, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at varga in philly

Pours a clouded burnt amber color with a thick froth of slightly tanned head. Retains nicely with plenty of lacing and a layer of film.

Strong scents of pine hoppiness tempered by caramel and bready malt. Some vanilla and oak with slight citrus. Faint alcohol warmth.

Bitter up front with biting pine hops. Some notes of grapefruit and citrus followed by a beefy malt backbone. Bready caramel with smooth oak and vanilla tones. Slightly sweet, but balanced with the hoppy finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, smooth and creamy on the tongue. Drinks nicely, the oak aging gives this a much better mouthfeel and adds some pleasant vanilla flavor.

xnicknj, Oct 04, 2011
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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