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.

4,850 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,850
Reviews: 1,835
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 156
Gots: 406 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,850 | Reviews: 1,835 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sprucetip
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

sprucetip, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of MattyV
3.83/5  rDev -9%

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.

MattyV, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Drazzamatazz
2.6/5  rDev -38.2%

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.

Drazzamatazz, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

A - Dark tawny caramel color with a large, very full, creamy, thick off-white head. Retention is very good and it finally settles into

S - A very strong caramel malt base that provides a base to plenty of citrus hops. Loads of grapefruit and orange, some piny aroma as well. Some brown sugar as well. Maybe touches of vanilla and even more faint oaky woodiness, but nothing really would make me think this was an oaky beer. Good mix of malt and hops.

T - Like the nose suggested, there is a big caramel malt and brown sugar backbone. Has some citrus, particularly grapefruit, hoppy flavors, but it is more bitter/astringent grapefruit rather than a slightly sweet juicy flavor. Has some of the piny flavors toward the finish. Again a faint vanilla and oaky flavor but nothing overly strong. A bit of a minty/herbal finish.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Very smooth almost slick feel.

D - I had no problem finishing 12 oz. but it satisfied me for a while. It just lacked something that made me really want to come back for another on a regular consistency.

Notes: I enjoyed this, but just wasn't blown away by it. Pretty much what you would expect with a lot of caramel malt and a lot of hoppy bitterness. Not much oakiness comes out.

FreshHawk, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of circlenine
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a beautifully dark brown hue with a quickly thinning one finger head. Mild lacking on the side of the glass.

S: The smell of this beer almost turned me away from trying it. To me at first smell it reminded me of a locker room. I know it's an unappealing thought, but that's what it reminded me of. The more I drank, the better the smell was. The flavor profile helped identify the smells.

T: It's almost like I'm licking a pine tree. It's the pineyness of a good IPA and I can taste the hops for sure.

M: Light bodied heavily carbonated with a nice bite to it.

D: The more I drank the more I enjoyed it. It will be interesting to see how my thoughts will change over the rest of the six pack (just not in one, or two, or three, sittings for that matter).

Comments: There is a definite rustic cabin feel to this beer. I feel like I should be drinking it by the fire in the middle of the woods. Unfortunately the price point of $22/six pack is not inviting me back for more.

circlenine, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of CBlack85
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%

On tap at The Tilted Kilt in Charlotte, served in a pint glass.

The beer pours a ruby red color with orange-ish highlights. The smallish off white/tan head recedes fairly quickly leaving behind a fair amount of sticky lacing

The nose is full of citrus hops, caramel malts, brown sugar, and a bit of oaky vanilla. The alcohol is much more present here than in the regular AB. The alcohol seems to gain in intensity as the beer warms.

The taste is grapefruit hops, caramel malts, brown sugar sweetness, just a slight bit of vanilla, and just a mild alcohol burn. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Really quite a smooth beer for all of the complexities it has to offer. As the beer warms the oaky vanilla tones seem to open up a little more and become much more noticable. Very nice

Really a terrific beer, I think I prefer this to the regular AB, as it seems to be a bit more complex and less focused on just the hops

CBlack85, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of hopstradamus
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

A. Pours the color of aged copper with a slight haze and an off-white cream colored head with good retention.

S. If this beer tastes as good as it smells then I am in love. It is sweet and boozy with a sharp citrus hop smell as well as a constant woodiness. Strong fig tones help to balance the grapefruit nose.

T. The taste starts with the sweet, smooth taste of figs then fades to a dry citrus hop taste, but a woody taste lingers in the background throughout. The flavor is very complex, it is hoppy, but not at all bitter.

M. Medium mouthfeel with lasting carbonation. Both flavorful and complex without being too stressful on the palate.

D. I actually prefer this one to the original (non-oaked) version and could drink it all night long without getting bored.

hopstradamus, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of BigB415
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours red with just enough light penetrating it that allows you to see through the glass. I took a sniff before swirling and got faint hop aroma and took another sniff after swirling and got a pineapple aroma which is kind of weird but I'm not complaining since I love pineapple. I'm not sure if this arrogant bastard was aged in oak because I'm not tasting any signs of it. Very smooth with no alcohol burn which is not surprising since the ABV is only 7.2% Very little hop presence with a sweet kick. I like this version of arrogant bastard better then the regular arrogant bastard since that just leaves me really thirsty.

BigB415, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

12oz bottle
Served in snifter.

A - Copper colored body with amber highlights. Two fingers of beige head.

S - I am immediately met with oak and vanilla aromas. Once I stick my nose in there I get some caramel malt. I'm not picking up any hops.

T - The oak is noticeable. The hops are quite muted compared to the non oaked version. There is enough hops to balance this beer.

M - Medium. I get an almost chalky sensation on my tongue.

D - This is a fine brew. I love barrel aged beers. As I mentioned before, the hops are more subtle, but it is such a enjoyable experience.

buschbeer, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of AdamF
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%

Wow! This is easily the best beer I've tasted so far this year.

It's beautifully balanced with a smooth, caramely sweet taste up front and a hoppy finish with a bit -- but not too much -- of bitterness.

Stone Ruination is one of the beers that really drew me into craft brewing movement last year. But I like Oaked Arrogant Bastard more. It's not as bitter as Ruination and more drinkable.

You definitely get what you pay for with Oaked -- it's well worth the price.

AdamF, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%

I drank this alongside the regular arrogant bastard so that I could see how the oaking changed the flavour. Both brews had pretty much the same colour, a cloudy darkish brown colour. The oaked version had a smaller head (0.5 cm instead of 3 cm). The oaked ale has a weaker smell, I guess I lot of the hoppiness faded during the aging. That doesn't really leave that much smell, just some slightly spicy breadiness. The taste is pretty similar to the regular ale: a lovely bready hop flavour. The oaked version is a little drier with some extra woodiness. The aftertaste is slightly different; it's woody, musty and slightly metallic. It's still good, but I prefer it un-oaked.

vandemonian, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Sneers
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%

Opened 5 days before it's best-by date.

Pours a beautiful ruby when held up to the light and is capped by fat, sand-colored head that leaves a good deal of lacing and pops back up with just a little agitation.

For this late in its recommended life, I'm surprised how prominent the hops remain in the nose, though they're aren't remarkably strong. Citric and piney hops are complimented by a mellow caramel sweetness. The oak is there but really takes the back seat; there's just a tad of vanilla and toast, but this ratio shifts favorably as the beer warms.

Like in the aroma, the hops hit the palate first, but the reminder that this was aged over oak chips comes not far behind. The wood and vanilla flavors at once seem to mellow out the hops and to stand so far apart from them. It seems a slightly odd to me to take such an aggressively hopped beer as AB and introduce it to such subtle flavors, but, on the other hand, an over-oaked version would probably be worse.

In any case, the finish is quite bitter and dry, which I don't recall from the original AB; my guess is that the beer pulled some tannins form the oak. The lingering bitterness hangs around the duration of the entire glass, which I think makes it slightly less drinkable.

The mouthfeel is above average, but nothing spectacular. Pretty good offering from Stone, but given its price tag, I'll probably stick with the regular unless I'm in the mood for a treat.

Sneers, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Rick187
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth snifter.

Mahogany, reddish with a white finger head and some lacing.

Hops, citrus and a faint hint of oak.

Caramel, hops but not quite as hop heavy as i'm used to from stone, then oak as well.

Medium body with good carbination. Very good mouth feel.

Seems very drinkable to me. The hops aren't overbearing and goes down very easily.

Rick187, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%

Oaked Arrogant Bastard | 350 ml. | 7.2% ABV | vintage

Brewer: Stone Brewing Co.
Style: American Strong Ale
Glass: brandy snifter

Deep crimson, translucent, still, with an exquisite ring of lace.

Hops oils and the faint smack of oaky alcohol.

It opens with a prodigious and delicious malt base, but quickly segues into oily hops, bread crust, and the faintest touch of brandy. The oak profile isn't strong, but manifests itself mid-sip. Hops tell an underdog story, rising from obscurity onto center stage; mint leaves and juicy grapefruit dominate 'til and through the finish.

Medium-bodied with potent levels of carbonation. It's even, smooth, and clear, though one would hope for a heftier feel.

From what I remember of Arrogant Bastard, I was expecting a maltier brew. But that wasn't in the offing. Instead, a terrifically oily hop profile won the day, balancing oaky malts with cutting citrus and grassy herbs.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: January 26, 2011

Price = $2.99 at Whole Foods

BeerNemesis, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Zimbo
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Was absolutely famished when I came to have this beer. Always a good sign.

Some cloudy deep orangish brown to the eye with orange highlights.Thick dense billowing head.

Oh sweet lord that is good. This is a tasty beer.A firm dry dense bitterness which is very intense yet incredibly balanced. Those wood chips are so so well integratedI wouldn't have believed it had I not tasted it myself. Lots of good sticky lacing all over the inside of that glass.


Zimbo, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%

A 12 oz bottle poured into my duvel tulip after a killer dinner.

A- a hard pour yields a huge three finger of tan head that holds for a good bit then slowly settles to a massive amount chunky lace all over the glass. Hazy dark red brown in color with a solid glow to it.

S- toasted bread, caramel, faded resiny hops, some light citrus.

T- opens up with a toffee and caramel sweetness then rolls very hard off the cliff and smashes you into a mouthful of wood. I mean tons of oak and at first is almost a bit off putting. The hops pick up a bit and add and bitter grapefruit and pine resin touch. The wood smooths out after awhile and brings some vanilla into the mix. Long bitter woody finish.

M- a bit above medium in body and a bit less in carb. Semi dry tannic finish.

D- the first time I had this beer it was so woody I was barely able to drink it now after many years and many oak aged beers I can deal with this level of wood. That being said I think this one takes the cake as the woodiest brew I've had. The chips do a real number on this one. If your into wood this one is for you.

oglmcdgl, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of mjurney
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Deep amber-brownish color, hazy. Lots of fine bubbles. Head looks thick and chunky.

Fruity, resiny, sweet malts, maybe some hint of oak character.

Sweet malts up front along with bitter hops at the backend, very resiny. Fruity character, ripe black cherries. I notice there's a little oak character in the taste, but I barely taste it. Body is medium, carbonation is nice.

Smooth finish, slight bitter aftertaste, a little dry.

Overall Impressions:
It's a very good brew.

mjurney, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of bisonkron
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance - Poured a dull head that does not stick. Slightly cloudy. No visual carbonation w/o agitation. Light amber color.

Smell - Strong hops smell. Slight woody and smokey smell. Citrus. Slight boozy.

Taste - Similar to smell, the woodyness shined through somewhat. citrus was stronger in the taste. a light yeast flavor. bitter(unpleasent) aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Great carbonation. crisp.

Drinkability - ? Great drinkability, smells of booze, but does not taste of it nearly as much.

Glass: snifter

bisonkron, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color. It poured with a two finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. The dissipating head also left lacy patterns running along the edges of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of oak.
T: Flavors of roasted malts and accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness; there are notes of oak in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of hoppyhampy
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Enjoy by date is 2/16/11. Pours a reddish brown with a sold inch of foam. Good lacing. Syrupy sweet malt on the nose. Notes of oak and vanilla are present as well. Very bourbon-like. Full bodied with little carbonation but not so syrupy as to detract much from the drinkability. Not much different from the original bastard until you describe the palate. The oak hits you up front and almost drowns out the nice malt that, in my opinion, makes the unoaked version so great. Not bad though. Just a different character. The hops still come through strong on the finish but not as quickly or aggressively as the original. The oak lingers with the hops through the finish so you are left with a honey sweetness with a touch of bitterness instead of a wave of palate searing hoppy resin. This gives it a cleaner feel, making it easier to drink. I like this more than I remember. Maybe as much as the original.

hoppyhampy, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer pours a very dark amber almost brown color, with a lacing tan head. The smell isnt the best, smells like a 2x4. The taste is very hopy, with a nice oaked flavor. Very harsh, and very powerfull. Overall I found this beer, amazing, in my top 10.

vette2006c5r, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -5%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark, semi clear reddish colour with a thin white creamy head. Aroma is nutty, oak, smoke and a bastard's wild oats. Astringent mouthfeel, noticeably strong but well integrated hop character. Raisins, caramel, black licorice and wood flavors. An enjoyable beer with interesting flavors spun off from the bigger brother.

CuriousMonk, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of CountJustinian
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

A helluva brew. Rich dark amber almost glowing brown color. Opaque and a tad hazy, looks like maple syrup in a beer glass, almost like a solid instead of a liquid. Very imposing. Good couple finger creamy froth head. The refined hoppy bitterness tastes like the traditional Arrogant Bastard Ale sans the Oak, but after some more tinkering to iron out the kinks. Thins out a bit after aspiration and hoppiness-to-mellow sweetness balance starts to shift towards sweetness. Citrusy notes of grapefruit rind are apparent, as is a mild caramely sweetness. Mid-range carbonation. Complex but patient and not overpowering mouthfeel, a little on the heavy side. No unduly lingering bitterness. In a word, a masterpiece!

CountJustinian, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of modernartblues
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

Reviewed from Notes

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: amberish-brown and opaque, 1/2 inch head recedes to a thin layer, some spotty lacing, some bubbling indicating good carbonation, fairly pleasant to look at

N: citrusy hops mix well with the oak chips, faint smoky note, don't remember liking the original arrogant bastard this much

T: grape fruit bitterness surround by full bodied oak, very DIPA like--> except the same malt note that bothers me in the original (Rye possibly)

M: very creamy and excellent for such big flavor

D: pretty good, but that malt note knocks down the score slightly for me

Overall an exceptional beer that packs an incredible amount of taste into a 7.2% beer. As I tell friends, I am just barely worthy of this beer. I enjoy the hop overload, but the malt bill always throws me slightly. I do think that the oak chip aged version does mute some of the characteristics slightly making the overall taste more cohesive and less abrasive.

modernartblues, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Reviewed from notes 1/9/2011

A: hoppy and sweet at the same time, perhaps a small hint of vanilla and oak

Ap: a reddish-brown hue with a 1½ finger tan colored head. left decent lacing on the glass.

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, medium body, rather dry

Af: sweet up front, but very bitter on the backend. hoppiness very present. the bitterness lingers on the tongue

O: a decent brew, well balanced, not necessarily a beer you need more than one of at a time.


THECPJ, Jan 09, 2011
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,850 ratings.