1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,649 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,649
Reviews: 1,822
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 135
Gots: 325 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,649 | Reviews: 1,822 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Shaon94
Shaon94

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There are a ton of reviews on how it looks and tastes so here are some other things to keep in mind.

Don't look at the beer as you drink it. It is going to throttle your taste buds and throat as it is, no need to provoke it by trying to stare it down. Remember your not worthy and give the beer the respect it deserves and you will not have any problems. I know some of you laugh, but seriously I think this beer goes down so much better when you are not "thinking" about it and just savoring it.

This is not a beer you break out every day. I save it for a particularly hard week. On Friday I will take a bottle pour it and savor it while relaxing. This is not a work week kind of beer IMO.

This is also not a chugging beer, savor every moment (and at almost 3 bucks a bottle you better savor it)

Overall this is one of my all time favorite beers, though for the money, drinking it ALL the time will get expensive.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 15:17:09 | More by Shaon94
Photo of xjapanhomebrewx
xjapanhomebrewx

Japan

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

creamy off white head, check. lovely amber hues and shades of reddish brown, check. first sniff loaded with hops, only lasting a fleeting moment until the other aromas of vanilla and maple syrup take over. this i assume must be from the oak aging, which also adds quite a nice bit of depth and complexity to the taste. sweet and savory flavors on the first sip are in juxtapose with a crushing lingering bitterness that creeps up quickly to balance out the alcohol and nutty profile of the malts. my bottle was one month past the drink y date and still very nice. would eventually like to try a fresh bottle to compare. this handles like a real beer. its solid, fun, and ripping with good qualities.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 14:40:41 | More by xjapanhomebrewx
Photo of IronCitySteve
IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

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

A: Pours a nice brown color, sort of root beer like. Provids a small off tan foam head. Tremendous lacing.

S: Lots of malt flavoring. Oak, burnt wood, bread, caramel. There is a decent amount of hop, but the malt is the most predominant.

T: The oak, caramel, coffee, bread and citrus hops really combine well. Very complex but it blends well.

M: Leaves a thick creamy taste on the palate.

D: This is a wonderful strong ale. Easy to drink despite the higher ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 13:21:34 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of mavbrew
mavbrew

Massachusetts

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

A: Pours a dark red/brown color with a finger thick, off white head with nice retention on the glass.

S: Oak scents and caramel malts are prominent. Has slight hoppy scent but oak seems to be the focus (and rightfully so).

T: Very malty taste with some serious oak characteristics, has some caramel and an earthy taste with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied and nice carbonation with a very dry, bold and crisp feel.

D: Very smooth and drinkable, the oak characteristics really add to the flavor of this beer. Excellent brew from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 21:56:17 | More by mavbrew
Photo of Soonami
Soonami

Pennsylvania

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

This oaked Arrogant Bastard bottle is one that I have aged for 2 years and decided now was the time to have it. This beer is in fine condition, but I don't think aging did it any favors. The smell is definitely melanoidin dominated with woody, earthy contribution from oak. The taste was pronounced caramel and toasted grain with a bracing bitter finish complementing the sweetness. The oak comes through in the aftertaste providing some tannins and herbal bite. I need to try this beer fresh, to better sample the hop quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 03:58:29 | More by Soonami
Photo of ChrisPro
ChrisPro

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Transcribed from an old rating now that this is in the top 100)

Mild floral and bread aroma, with touch of oak.

Pours a dark amber with tan head, fading quickly.

Pretty light bodied, bitter with sweet nut and citruis. Clean finish with only a light bitterness.

Overall, a decent improvement from regular AB and definitely a solid example of how oak can be used to accentuate, rather than overpower a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 04:01:02 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of punkrkr27
punkrkr27

Michigan

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

Dark ruby brown pour with a small dense tan head. Mellow grapefruit and vanilla aroma with hints of dark fruit. Malty vanilla and oak flavor up front, slightly nutty flavor in the middle, little bit of honey, leading to a dry and bitter finish. Medium body.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 16:17:21 | More by punkrkr27
Photo of berpwillie
berpwillie

Pennsylvania

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

pours a opaque brown color with spare off white head, good lacing, and lively carbonation. caramel malty smell same sweetness follows through in the taste. bornt wood flavor, strong bitter harsh hops with lots of bite, and caramel hints. oak bitter finish. long flavor duration, and a medium body. slick sticky texture. abosolutely amazing brew. has a bit of a heavy complexity to itbut goes down so smooth. definitely for the more advanced palate. probably just pushed it way into my top three favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 15:04:32 | More by berpwillie
Photo of Cylinsier
Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a reddish brown with an off white head about an inch thick, good retention, it just hangs there.

Smells of smoked wood, piney hops, and brown sugar malts.

Tastes potently hoppy, so much so that everything else is at first masked. What comes through later is a little bit of smokey oak and maple syrup sweetness.

Feels moderate with mild coarse carbonation throughout, good tingle on the tongue.

Incredibly hoppy but if you're into that, you'd be able to do a couple of these. A bit on the strong side, but not too strong. A must-try for hopheads, and probably worth a try for others too.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:01:27 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Schmaltzy
Schmaltzy

California

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

A- Pours a dark amber color with 2 fingers head and slight lacing on my glass.

S- Similar to the regular Arrogant Bastard, however you pick up more of the dry oakiness in the scent.

T- Wow again almost the same as the regular Arrogant Bastard but nice dry oaky finish makes this much nicer.

M- Medium body however the oak makes this a much drier finish.

D- Much easier to drink than the regular Arrogant Bastard because it is not nearly as viscous and has a nice dry oaky finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:35:10 | More by Schmaltzy
Photo of Manoftyr
Manoftyr

New York

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

Appearance-Pours a dark amber-red into the glass with some nice red highlights, about two fingers of off-white head forms and leaves a nice coating of sticky lacing along the glass and a ring around the edges of the beer.

Aroma-Sweet oak and caramel malts. Some hops on the nose but they're on the back end as far as I can tell, this one is all about that oak character.

Taste-Practically identical to the nose with the malt-soaked oak coming first and foremost in the taste department followed by a slight bittering hop profile rounding things out in the middle and ending with that same oaken flavor on the aftertaste. Nicely layered.

Mouthfeel-Big, thick and rich without being syrupy like an RIS and with just enough carbonation to give it a crisp sting.

Drinkability-Scarily drinkable, the oak smooths everything out so well that I can see why Stone sells these in sixes; I can go through a sixer in a day no problem.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 08:38:55 | More by Manoftyr
Photo of Baraka
Baraka

Missouri

4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown with a solid head. Solid lacing. Smell consists of both citrus hops and sweet caramel malts, suggesting a complex balance of flavors. The taste does not disappoint: we have a very complex melding of hop bitterness, pine and citrus flavors, and a transcendent malt sweetness backed by a smokey and woody flavor. The amazing thing about this beer is that instead of all the disparate flavors fighting for dominance and overwhelming each other, they allow each other to shine brighter, bringing all the complexity together in a deliciously awesome, powerful beer.

As a big fan of regular Arrogant Bastard, I looked forward to trying this iteration and it did not disappoint. It has all the elements that i loved in AB but manages to add additional complexity. I could drink this stuff all night without getting sick of it; the flavors are that good (plus it hides its alcohol really well under all of the complexities).

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 04:20:21 | More by Baraka
Photo of bundy462
bundy462

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Somewhere between amber and brown, very dark but clean. Huge frothy tan head with great retention as is the norm with Stone brews that I've had.

S: Spicy floral hops and pine over a roasted malt smell. Very earthy, very complex, very good.

T: Malty up front with a sort of woody mint taste which is quickly washed away by a hop blast. Big hanging bitterness in the finish. Another very complex offering from Stone.

M: Very smooth, finishes somewhat dry.

O: Very drinkable brew, very complex, very interesting. Not my favorite from Stone, but I would have it again for a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 02:20:02 | More by bundy462
Photo of Buschyfor3
Buschyfor3

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Amber orange burgundy body; for the depth of color this beer is still remarkably clear with bright highlights; thin, creamy off-white head; half-finger depth; retention lasts through 3-4 sips before it fades to a ring of lacing; quick swirl reforms a half-finger of foam

S: AB all the way with its overt complexities, upped a notch by the added kick of earthy oak, wood tannins and a leathery scent; also some vanilla and caramel notes adding a sweet side to the otherwise strong hop punch

T: Smoothed out from the original version; oak takes some bite out of the hoppiness; vanilla tames the blast of the resiny/piney citrus notes; caramel and malty flavors shine though mid sip, once the hoppy bitterness has peaked; aftertaste reintroduces astringent rind flavors

M: Slightly slick with a touch of creaminess that nicely complements the barrel-aging.

D: Pretty solid on the drinkability scale; preferred to AB; only downside is probably the price per bottle (17.49 for a 6er)

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 02:19:15 | More by Buschyfor3
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
drinkiusmaximus

New York

4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish with a red tint. smell is bold of hops, malts and a nice woodiness.(smells like this beer was brewed in a smoker). Tastes like a smoother arrogant bastard with a nice woodiness.Mouthfeel is great medium bodied and crisp,love my ABA. Drinkability is through the roof this is an exceptional beer,my only wish is i had had this on tap!!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 05:31:28 | More by drinkiusmaximus
Photo of bigfnjoe
bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a very dark amber or light brown with a half finger creamy colored head. Laces awesomely. Head sticks around forever...love it

S- getting a little oak, but mostly some sweet smelling hops and dark malt. Smells yummy

T- getting some great oak flavor along with some nice hoppy bitterness...thats all, really. I'd almost like a little more character to it, but its good regardless.

M- nice body, pretty thick.

D- hides the ABV well. The bitterness and lack of anything aside from the oak flavor could be offputting, but whatever.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 17:30:06 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of IdrinkGas
IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A:Dark reddish brown color with a thin head from an aggressive pour.

S:Earthy, Oak, malt, and some hops.

T:Floral hops and oak.

M:Medium carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel.

D:Highly drinkable for a darker beer.

Tastes like an oak aged ipa.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 04:21:33 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of clarkm04
clarkm04

Nebraska

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

Appearance- A real deep reddish/copper color. A slight head retention.

Smell- Aggressive. What would you expect? You can smell the malts and hops coming through in the smell.

Taste- You are immediately hit with the hops. Very upfront and bitter. Next the beer turns malty with an added oak note from the oaked process. Finishes a little dry with some leftover hop/malt residue in your mouth.

Mouthfeel- Definitely a unique mouthfeel. At times it feels lighter than the smell or taste while other times it feels heavier and more chewy. The only consistent item for me is the hops that hits me in the back of my mouth.

Drinkability- For a beer with this much hops, malts and relative ABV it's highly drinkable.

Overall- This is a unique beer and I always enjoy drinking it despite not being worthy. I love how aggressive yet drinkable it is. It's such a great beer and deserves to be Stone's flagship beer. I know they are different beers but I have the same feelings about this beer as I do about DFH 60 Minute. 60 minute is more malty and roasty while AB has a hoppier taste they both are unique beers loaded with malts and hops and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 20:38:34 | More by clarkm04
Photo of Bfarr
Bfarr

Washington

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

Dark mahogany with tan frothy head with good retention and uneven lacing. Citrus and caramel aromas with a touch of floral but no oak I could detect. Citrus and caramel with a bit of dark chocolate and hint of roasted barley sweetness with a subtle oak from start to finish. A dry, bitter finish. The oak starts to really come out as it warms up but it's usually not overwhelming. A very good combination mouthfeel of a little fuzzy mouthcoating and slightly sticky with a moderate high carbonation.

Hmmm, I really can't decide if I like this better than a regular AB. The oak certainly adds a new dimension to the taste but at times comes up a little too much. It definitely dries out the finish a bit more and it's nice to get the wood flavor subtly throughout rather than just in the aftertaste. I guess it just depends on if I'm in the mood for a little wood...

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 16:48:16 | More by Bfarr
Photo of TheSSG
TheSSG

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Pours a thick, soapy head. Deep, almost opaque burnt sienna color. Quite lovely.

S: Bright, sweet malt aroma with a hint of old wood. Extremely nice smelling.

T: Rich coffee malt flavor turns to a bitterness (the grapefruit comment is pretty spot-on). Finish is long and toasted malt, but also tastes like a bourbon finish (would assume this is the oak and grains reacting with each other). As I keep drinking this I find it's been WAAY too heavily hopped. After every sip, that lingering bitterness just stays. It's becoming a cumulative bittering. Which is turning unpleasant.

MF: Surprisingly liquidy, was expecting a thicker, more viscous beverage.

D: It's becoming a labor to finish this; every sip ensures more of this unpleasant bitterness that isn't going away. Too much roasted malt, too much hopping. I would like to try this again if they oaked it for several months or years longer. Needs to really mellow out for such treatment; with more aging the hop bitterness would subside. Then I'd have a beverage I would be in love with.

I decided to post up a review of this because I'm getting a bit tired of seeing the only bier getting play on Beer Advocate being ones that are over the top.
While I'm sure many appreciate taking roasted malt, hop bitterness, and oak all to the Nth degree in the same bier, I do not.

I am most saddened by this because it started off so well. But, 15 minutes later, I am struggling to finish this. Balance, balance, balance. Too much going on at once.
I'm sure the back of the bottle will insist I don't have a "good enough" palate for this or some silliness, but maybe 1/2 the folks on Beer Advocate are smokers and have a numbed palate that NEEDS a blitzkrieg of flavor to get through.

Too much for a full serving. As a 4oz sample, this bier is ASTOUNDING. Undrinkable after about 6 oz.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 03:18:50 | More by TheSSG
Photo of pmccallum86
pmccallum86

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant ruby golden brown color with a fuzzy brown head. Very nice appearance, absolutely fantastic.

Smell is incredible, huge caramel malt aromas and sticky smelling grapefruit hops. The oak scents also come through.

Taste is rich and thick of bitter hops and big malts. The bitterness really comes through more than anything else, interesting beer. It seems a little messy, there might be too much going on.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, the bitterness lingers on in the mouth for quite awhile. Low carbonation.

Drinkability is decent, a little muddled to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 22:56:19 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of hustlesworth
hustlesworth

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- mostly clear deep blood red looks very nice in a delirium tremens tulip. foam is a yellow tinted beigeish dirty ivory and the lace is thick and crusty yet delicate and wispy in some places. excellent head retention, excellent texture to said head.

S- smells like the standard arrogant ass but oaky. very, very oaky. dried oak chips first and foremost, the feel of wood is in the vapor, and second to that are piney grapefruit resinous stinky reefer burnt orange hops. some toasty and caramel sweet malty aromas are back there along with floral alcohol and pineapple and passionfruit. a little too much oak for me but still pretty good.

T- crazy hops. it's been a while since i had an arrogant bastard, probably about 2 years, and i must have forgot how intense it is. dirty smoky resinous hop oil and tar with a deep woodsy oak character that is freskin unmistakable. caramel sweetness, wood tannins, bitter orange peel, grapefruit pith, burnt pine needles, burnt caramel, burnt sticky toasted everything and a total onslaught of palate overloading hops. there's a little sweetness there to balance things out but it's still crazy. not much alcohol flavor present behind all the craziness. this tastes like a barleywine without all the booze. glad it's not more than the 7.2% sticker. finishes hoppy of course with some toasty caramel sweetness. oak is still a little much i would prefer some wood, just less. yeah.

MF- sticky resinous and drying. full and soft while on the palate with perfect vigorous carbonation. puckering.

D- interesting, and i'm glad i picked this one up. i was blown away with the originL arrogant when i was a novice because i've never had such a beer. now, a little more evolved, i can find flaws, however small, namely so much oak. still an amazing brew, but i'm one and done. i know it takes alot of oak to stand out againt the hop gargoyle, but for me it's just too much.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 21:04:43 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a three-finger, fluffy, tan head of foam. The head was long lasting and left tons of patchy intricate lace.

S - Good aroma. Citrusy hops with floral notes. Sweet caramel with a touch of boozy alcohol.

T - Orange and other citrus flavors come through with a mild bitterness. Lots of sweet caramel and light roasted malt flavors provide a good backbone. Then to top it all off there are oak, bourbon and vanilla flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a slight alcohol heat.

D - This was a really great tasting beer. It is so good in so many ways. It is nice to try a 'hyped" beer that really delivers.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 13:55:57 | More by zeff80
Photo of aahynick
aahynick

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

45F in a pilsner glass

A- mahogany with a thick fluffy, long-lasting head

S- spicy, hoppy aroma

T- potent hop bite and strong bold flavor

M - velvety smooth

D- a luxury to drink. I'm not a hoppy ale fan but I love this stuff

This is a whole different ball of wax to the non-oaked version that I had on tap. I'm shocked at how the oak makes the difference.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 18:43:21 | More by aahynick
Photo of PintOHops
PintOHops

California

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.
94 out of 100 based on 4,649 ratings.