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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,007 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,007
Reviews: 1,841
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 172
Gots: 460 | 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 chilly460
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber, a bit cloudy. Bit of a red tint to the head, sticks around nicely with good lacing.

S- Complex aroma on this one. Get a hint of sweet Oak smell up front. Sweet malts and brown sugar in there as well. Hops are more background, earthy.

T- Caramel malts up front. Hop bitterness is much bigger then aroma indicated Oak on the finish, but again, not a ton of it.

M- Nicely carbonated. Medium to heavy. Coats the mouth nicely

O- Very good, very interesting beer. Oak adds some complexity and smoothness to this one.

Photo of Humulus85
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter. It produced a nice clingy, one finger head. Low retention, but good lacing. A beautiful dark cherry red, semi-auburn color.

Smells like Arrogant but a bit woody. While not as woody as I expected (indicated by my 3.5 rating) it still has that nice deep hoppy/malty nose.

Again, not enough "oaked" taste for me. I can't say I like a super woody beer, but this doesn't taste much different than regular Bastard. That's why it still gets a 4. There is a noticeable woody taste in the front. It doesn't last long and is not a major part of the flavor profile, but it does add a new element to a familiar and always solid brew.

Oaked is very drinkable; perhaps because it doesn't have as much punch as I thought. I was expecting the oak aging to add a certain thickness to the feel of the beer.

Overall this is a GOOD beer that, in my opinion, could have been a GREAT beer had it possessed a more prominent woody taste. This is still a very quality, drinkable, deep brew, but Stone could have been more aggressive with the oak. Cheers!

Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brownish/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is hops up front, a bit of oak smoothness, a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and good beer.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured much like their normal Arrogant Bastard ale with a caramel like brownish orange color and thick white head on top. The lacing does it's job pretty well and sticks to the glass nicely. The smell of the beer is still pretty hoppy, it still smells like Bastard. The addition of oak had a minimal amount of strength in my opinion. The oak shows up slightly on the nose and in the taste but doesn't really curve my thoughts of the beer in either direction. The mouthfeel is nice, it's slick and smooth feeling. Overall I found it to be pretty good and would probably drink it again if I could.

Photo of SkitzIrish3
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep woody brown with two fingers of creamy foam.

This is a good smelling beer! Smell is oaky and woody with good toasty malt notes. A floral hoppiness comes through and thoroughly balances the aroma.

Taste: Hop punch alcohol bite beat up the palate before a faint toasty malt sweetness in the back, followed by an oily, bitter finish. I think I'm getting some mint flavors out of it...Smooth, lightly carbonated, and as another reviewer pointed out, cool.

This is the perfect example of a 10 on my hop bitterness tolerance. Damn good, but I think I prefer the original.

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

Poured 40 degrees into a tulip glass, no born date.

Pours an opaque dark tawny, with a frothy 1.5 finger head, minuscule champagne bubbles around the rim. Some sticky lace throughout. 

Smells of smoke, vanilla, and molasses, maybe some whiskey as it warms? 

Robust, hearty, and layered. Rush of bitter hops in the attack that dry down into vanilla, molasses and cola. Very dry on the finish. Long, rich dark hops throughout, no saliva on the finish. It's difficult to describe, but the quality of the effervescence just seems higher, like if you compared a fine champagne to a cheap soda.

Overall, something very well crafted and really pretty unique. This is Stone maybe at their finest. The presence of the oak is absolutely there, its just difficult to describe. I think I absolutely prefer this one over the regular Arrogant Bastard. It's going to be difficult to think of anything to pair with this, as it's just really pretty intense- maybe some aged cheeses with structure? Beautiful though, don't hesitate to buy on a whim.

 
93.

Photo of Ungertaker
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Stone Pint glass.

A- reddish tan, one finger head, fades after a couple minutes to about 1/16" leaving lacing in its tracks.
S- hops, oak, pine, slight maltiness
T- hops! Citrus (mostly grapefruit, but hints of orange and maybe some lemon), caramel, pine, earthiness, oak and alcohol finish it off
M-  medium body with an almost chewy texture after the medium carbonation settles.
O- I like the original, but the oak adds a depth that the original does not have. The smell was a little weak, but the taste more than made up for it. This is a wonderful brew. However, the price is a little steep for a beer that is not off the charts. I will definitely enjoy more of these in the future, but not as often as others that are a little lighter on my wallet.

Photo of SDtastentune
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby red/brown'ish/mahogany, small slightly creamy head that dissipated fast. No sediments and some ok lacing sticking around but not too much.

S - Smell is Chinook hops and some sweeter alcohol. Smells a little toasty or kinda wood like. Larger smell then normal aba but not too different. Earthy, can definitely make out some oak.

T - Taste is great, rich chinook bitter hops, mixed with a kinda wood/oak backing. Hops first, oak second, and big aftertaste of bitterness mainly wood/oak/hop bitterness. Some caramel.. and big toasty malty thing going on.

M - Starts smooth but quickly worked into a smaller bubble fizzy thing. Goes down cool/not hot/alcoholish, but a big afterthought of bitterness that hangs around.

O - Overall, this is another great ABA style, I think the smell could be stronger on the oak side, but that might be overwhelming and unbalance the taste side. Definitely a little more on the wood/oak side of things with the normal aba styling, another winner from Stone. This is better then og ABA, screaming bitterness and must have a higher IBU rating. I just wish the sixers were a little less pricey ($15.99 +). Thumbs UP~!!

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

picked up a single 12 oz, just to try, from the Beer Junction in West Seattle. poured into pint glass.

pours a pinkie finger, off-white head with minimal, slippery lacing. pours lighter than expected, like a tea brown. body turns out to be a dark molten amber hue with a deep copper tint. barely any light pokes through to be such a colorful beer.

very, very woody. and different types of wood it would appear. oak, cedar, pine, one can smell them all here. cherries, slight citrus with a caramel and floral (hops) aroma.

fruity and herbal from what seems to be a plethora of hops. 7.2% masked very well. slightest linger of a malt-like essence. a citrus vibe rests on the back of the tongue.

bright on-bringing plays out to a wet, yet balanced finish. aftertaste sticks around, which is one of a liquorice memory.

a lot going on with this brew. a damn oak-y beer, the label speaks for itself. if you like arrogant bastard, you'll of course love this "caskaway" brother.

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

Poured roughly into a tulipish glass, garnet, ruby rudy brown hugh. Light tan two finger rocky head, belgian lace abounds and a light tan ring hangs around. Very fruity malty aroma, with some rounded out vanilla and hoppy citrus notes. A very smooth flavor, robust malts, caramelly malts, and juicy fruity, citrusy hops. The oak does not present itself in flavor, so much as in smoothness, and thats nice. Very full, but sweetish mouthfeel. This is a nice take on Arrogant Bastard, I think the oak does a nice thing for this beer. Very round, a tasty.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in a standard pint glass. No dating evident on the bottle. Pours a deep amber hue with a semi-hazy clarity. Head is a quarter inch, loose and off-white in color and eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim. Some spots and a thin sheet of lacing adheres to the side of the glass during the tasting. Nose expresses caramel malt, molasses, a suggestion of earthiness and perhaps a trace of coffee. Taste follows nose - not really getting any oak in here but there's a slight citrus character. A light hops bitterness comes out towards the back, but this is definitely a malt-centric brew with enough complexity to keep it from being one-sided or overly sweet. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant and even carbonation. Generally speaking, I'm not a huge Stone fan, but this was a solid offering. Not really sure where the oak comes in, but well worth a try nonetheless.

Photo of PDXHops
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep reddish brown body with an impressively voluminous head that stands a finger or so proud of the rim for a minute. Very slow rate of head reduction, intricate soapy and sticky lacing. Awesome looking beer.

Just like regular AB, a ton of caramel and brown sugar greet the nose, accompanied by a blast of pine and citrus hops that are at least a strong as the hops. The oak presence isn't at all unpleasant, but I'm not sure it improves things necesarily. In fact, it seems to somewhat blunt the raw power of the hops, particulary in the bitterness error. Not to say the big bad Bastard is tamed; indeed, it's still a force to be reckoned with. The oak simply seems to provide a certain smoothness while coaxing out lots of sweet and buttery subtleties from the malt profile. I prefer regular AB, but the oaked version is very nice as well. I'm curious how it would handle some cellar time. Possibly it would evolve into an exceedingly smooth sipper.

Photo of Slyjoker87
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out as a reddish brown color with a fairly nice head.

S - Smells of oak, caramel, and sweetness. It's hard to pinpoint, but it reminds me of peaches.

T - The caramel is a huge taste right as it hits your tongue, but the hoppiness is also apparent as it develops. The oak isn't as pronounced as one might expect. The sweetness definitely comes in, and reminds me of peaches.

M - The carbonation doesn't overpower the flavor, and it goes down smooth.

O - It's a great beer, but as others have notice it is generally pricey. Nonetheless, I highly recommend trying it at least once.

Photo of wnh
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear rich mahogany topped by a large and lasting creamy, foamy cream-colored head.

Faint, quick whiff of oak upon uncapping. Otherwise the nose is dominated by hops, as with its unoaked little brother. Candied citrus and resiny pine notes lead the way, imparting a sense of 'green.' As I search I find the richness of the oak, but it's quite subtle, lacking the caramel/vanilla I was expecting.

Malt-forward on the palate, earthy and smooth. Oak is more apparent than on the nose, though it comes across as more of a rustic general woodiness. The hops add a big and bruising bitterness, but with little noticeable hop flavor, so taht the bitterness seems to come from the wood. As I drink, a bit of the expected oak character starts to come through, but ever so faintly. Finish is long and bitter.

Full bodied and mostly firm, with a fair edge to it. Interesting and a fine beer, but not up to expectations.

Photo of jar2574
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick two-finger tan head over reddish brown beer. Good lacing but could be better.

Smells very good. Fruity hops. Taste is hop-dominated by it's mellower and creamier than you'd expect. The bottle says it's aggressively hopped, but I wouldn't say that, exactly. Less hoppy than the Arrogant Bastard anyway.

I think there are some sweetening malts in this one and they balance things out. It's on the sweet side but again, like the hoppiness, it is less sweet than the Arrogant Bastard.

Overall, a good beer. More subdued than its cousin brewed without oak chips. I like the Arrogant Bastard more, but this is a darn good beer too.

Photo of BB1313
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best by date etched at the bottom of bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown, similar to burnt orange. Nice off white head and very sticky lacing (pint glass). The aromas are sticky hops, but not overboard, considering we're talking about Stone here. I'm picking up a ton of oranges. Lots of caramel and butterscotch as well. The oak is slightly noticeable in the nose, but takes a backseat. I really thought I'd be picking up alot more on the oak in the flavors. Now don't get me wrong, I can taste the woodsiness, which is pretty enjoyable. Wood chips really do give stong ales a different dimension without completely ruining the beer. Lots of malt as well. Mouthfeel is very nice, rich, smooth, creamy.. very easy to drink. I'm always down for one of these. It's alot more balanced than one might think. It's not quite as hoppy as the original.

As much as I like this, I'd take a regular Arrogant Bastard Ale over this any day of the week.. this is a notch below because the hops don't shine like they should. Still a nice brew from Stone.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, marked 5/21/11, poured into a Corsendonk Belgium Ale Tulip, a tall narrow style of tulip almost a large Thistle.

I went through many style of drinking glasses for this one, but this Corsendunk glass is really it, started with a British Imp Nonic then on to a Dogfish Head Snifter and finally the glass mentioned above. The Corsendonk Tulip is the one really showed this ale at it’s finest.

Pours a huge three finger head when first poured, (but this is a narrow glass), settles down into a nice ¼” cap, attractive, sticky “lace” which lasts throughout the pour. Cloudy, yeast infused, dark amber color, beautiful Ale! The cap is easily revived with a swirl, very lively ale!

Yes the wood is the first thing to hit you in the smell, It’s not overpowering but does lend a definite Oak/Vanilla aroma first, followed by a very enjoyable yeast, some roasted malt in the back, with a faint hint of hops, then more yeast and wood, you just want to smell again and again. Extremely enjoyable!

The flavor is one of unbelievably delicious, rich, wood infused malt, distinct dark bread, yeast, rich malt, hops are here but in the background, crisp, medium sweet, superbly balanced, great carbonation, everything is in balance here, hard to find any fault. Did I mention that this ale is flat out delicious!

Very, very long finish of rich malt and distinct wood. Wow! I really like this. Makes you want to drink another and another until……..

Took a little time for me to find the right glass for this ale (don’t ever underestimate the importance of this), but after that Magic! And in picking the glass that worked, it brought out all the best qualities of this ale. I have had the unoaked versions of this ale in bottle and draft. That being said I have read more than a few comments on liking the unoaked version over the oaked, I cannot agree on this one, this stuff is excellent!

Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful crimson/brown color with a fluffy two finger head - as I move the beer around the head remains as one and sticks together, unwilling to fade away. First sip leaves behind mountainous amount of lace. Smells of mellow malt and a rich woody punch that mingles with a bitter hop aroma and another bit that I can't quite pin down. This beer is delicious, it has a nice spice on the finish the original arrogant bastard was lacking (almost minty at the back of my palate) - bitter hops sweet oak bring it all together. The mouthfeel is borderline creamy - sipping this is very enjoyable as the complexity surrounds my tongue. Let me note the wall of lace that has unmistakably posted itself up around every bit of the glass with the exception of the "funnel" I've been drinking from. This is a good beer, a really good beer, the only disappointment for me here is that I don't have a non-oaked bastard to compare beside this. Oh well.

Enjoy

Photo of Digimaika2
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

Photo of jifigz
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful reddish brown/dark mahogany with a great head and some pretty nice lacing.

S: The smell is very malty and bready but with a decent hop aroma noticeable as well.

T: Wonderful. The initial taste is a slight bitterness followed by the malty backbone and then the bitterness comes back full force. The lingering flavor is that of toffee, espresso, and vanilla like flavors with the hop bitterness remaining noticeable too.

M: The mouthfeel is very creamy and has a nice texture. It is not thick or thin, it is just nicely seated to accompany the flavor and appearance. Very nice.

O: This is a very good beer. I haven't had a regular Arrogant Bastard in a while so I am not sure how the two compare, but this is my first go with the oaked one and its marvelous. A great beer for anytime of the year.

Photo of Vanlingleipa
2.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bruery snifter, the darkest of ambers. Small head with a thin film of frothy bubbles covering the brew. Slightly sour aroma, maybe black malt? Would account for the darkness of the beer. Thick lacing

First sip different from the second sip. Bitter hops dominated at first, more palatable the second time around, partnering with the flavors of oak and malt.

Once I could look past the bitterness, there was a creamy mouthfeel that was pleasant. Too much hops, too much lingering bitterness on the tongue for me to try this one again.

Photo of mmva321
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored into a pint glass.

Well, Stone have really outdone themselves this time. They said so themselves. It's true, read the label: "You won't like this beer because you're a pussy." The arrogant part is really the writing on the wall. The beer itself, while a bit hard to take in, is actually very smooth and easily drinkable and quite enjoyable. Maybe they could have called this beer "Loved Bastard" if they really wanted to rock people's world and better describe this beer, because, while it isn't the most arrogant beer I've ever had, it's still pretty damn good.

It has a cloudy brownish amber body that is pretty carbonated and a finger of off-white head that leaves a little lacing. It smells delicious: some oak, but a lot of hops along with some roasted malts and caramel. The taste follows the nose pretty closely. Actually, very well. The hops dominate at first, but a spectacular aftertaste that accentuates the oak and caramel make this truly special. The feel is fine. It's well carbonated and a bit heavier, but I could've done for something a bit creamier or thicker.

The name is a misnomer to me. Maybe it's a sign my taste buds are going down the tubes, but I just like this beer too much to feel that I'm arrogant.

P.S. I had someone else try this beer and they hated it. It was way to strong for him and he'll stick with whatever is on special at the bar that night. Guess I can be arrogant.

Photo of fsvan
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Bell's snifter.

A- Dark amber. Not opaque, but not far from it either. A bit of sticky reddish head.

S- Man, there's a lot going on here. Oak, but not a ton of it. Some caramel malts. A bit of sweetness, reminiscent of brown sugar. A clear, but background, hop presence. I was going to give this a 4, but as the beer opens up, the smell really begins to shine.

T- Caramel malts up front. Hop bitterness is much more pronounced in the taste v. smell. Oak on the finish, but again, not a ton of it. Hop bitterness is lingering.

M- Nicely carbonated. Heavy of medium. Coats the mouth nicely with a mix of sweet malts and bitter hops.

O- Very good. At the price I don't get it often, but I enjoy it when I do.

Photo of samwello
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This ale is in a category by itself. The brewers choice of hops, nutty flavored barley malt, makes for a very robust, complicated, tongue teasing, "ale". After taste of the hops in this beer would be a good thing...but....it disappears a bit too quickly. No problem...take another awesome sip. Loved it!

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at St. James Infirmary

Very dark, opaque color. Some head that retained for a couple of sips.

Smell is not too noteworthy, but there is some wood in there.

Taste is a huge slap on the tongue. A "strong" ale to be sure. The oakey finish is cool, but overall it feels very dry and bitter. It was hard to finish my 13 oz. glass because it's such a bastard! The flavor is complex and commendable, but it's just not easy to enjoy.

It's been a while since I had a regular Bastard, but if my memory serves me right, I prefer that one to this. The OAKED is a cool beer to try because it is unique and complex, but at the end of the day, the regular one is less expensive and still quite tasty. I'll be trying the Double Bastard this week and I'm excited to see how that compares.

I'm also wondering if the batch the Bros. had from 2003 is substantially different from the one I tried. I'll never know!

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,007 ratings.