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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,908 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,908
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 160
Gots: 429 | 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 bottleneckedblog
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep rust infused brown in color. One-finger thick head. Head is moderately creamy looking.

Caramel, vanilla, and citrus with hints of oak in the background.

Mildly sweet notes of caramel and toffee upfront. Develops into notes of raisins, orange rind, and faint hints of mint. Finish turns to bitter resinous hops/pine sap and juicy grapefruit that lasts for a long time.

Smooth with moderate carbonation. Dries out in the finish.

Amazing. Who would have thought oak chips would impact the flavor like they did. Definitely has softened some of the rougher edges on the base beer (Arrogant Bastard Ale). It's a definite improvement on an already damn good beer. Highly recommend.

bottleneckedblog, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of ncfranklin
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a tulip. Drink by date of 04/20.

A: Just like it's non-oaked brother, rusty brown/red, two finger tan head and solid lacing.

S: Notes of citrus hop, caramel, and a bit of wood. Impressive to get that wood in the smell.

T: Mmm. Aggressive bitter hop up front, tho not as biting as the normal. Seems the wood has mellowed that initial kick. The caramel kicks in second, with a strong oak note to it. Really a whole new world of here as the wood seems to not let this one get too sweet, perfect balancing act.

M: Incredibly smooth and drinkable, with just the slightest tacky quality. Almost like a fine scotch.

D: Arrogant Bastard is a favorite beer of mine. Oaked Arrogant Bastard is all that greatness, with a mellow calming wood sensation that I don't think is rivaled in any other oaked beer I've had. Truly remarkable.

ncfranklin, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone.

A: Transparent reddish brown with a beige head. 

S: Oak and caramel with some bready notes and a dash of vanilla. Grapefruit is present, and pine is pervasive.

T: Oak and caramel with a moderate bitterness. Hops are piney and grapefruity. Oak provides depth and enhances the base beer. Finish is dry and bitter with warming and caramel.

M: Upper medium body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and dry with some astringency. Oak is drying on the palate.

Overall: I prefer this to regular Arrogant Bastard. A nice American Strong Ale.

HopHead84, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottel poured into my stemware glas

Pours a dark amber color with almost no head and leaves virtually no lacing.

Smell is hoppy, floral and spicy. A second smell reveals a malt sweetness.

Taste is on the bitter side, but with a nice sweet malt backbone to hold it up. Has a slight oak flavor that plays well into the taste. Its not an IPA, but is more bitter than some I've had.

Mouthfeel is remarkable. Very full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation. It is very smooth, characteristic of an oak aged beer.

Drinkability is good, its a very inviting beer, but the alcohol is a little high to have more than a few at a time.

beerpirates, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour, finger of beige head with relentless retention, nice sheeting lacing and healthy body carbonation. Great presentation!

S - Sweet caramel and toffee malts off the top, some wooden undertones and some sweet lemon citrus hops on the finish.

T - The sweet caramel and toffee malts come off strong off the top, with the oak presence presenting itself alongside some bitter leafy hops. The sweetness brings across some maple and burnt sugar notes, while the higher ABV is well hidden providing only a touch of heat on the finish.

M - Silky smooth on the palette with a creamy feel and a touch of dryness on the finish.

D - I can understand why this is so highly rated, with a nice balance between sweet and bitter and malts and hops. The oak provides a bit of class and is a unique accent to the bold flavours. Really enjoyed this one!

andrenaline, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. No bottled on date.

A - Cloudy dark red with one finger tan head. Leaves little lacing.

S - Wood, vanilla, malt sweetness, raisins, and a light hoppiness.

T - Sweet upfront with vanilla and raisins. Finish is quite bitter and slightly spicy.

M/D - Good full mouthfeel and pretty drinkable.

Better than the original. Very god beer.

Janderson91, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of zrab11
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy amber brown color with small 1 finger head

S-Has that oak smell with some sweet malty hints

T- Has a sweet malty start then finishes with a oaked woody flavor

M-Medium bodied with dryness

D- This beer was good but not what i expected.I was hoping it to be alittl more flavorfull and not so dry tasteing but still a very good drinkable beer!

zrab11, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep red, amber. huge frothy head died down a little but is still holding on firmly. cant see any carbonation bubbles rising, hmmm....

S: sweet caramel malt, sprinkles? woody earthy components. not getting a distinctive oak component, but definitely wood. floral hop characteristics.

T: sweet oak resounds in this one followed by a earthy hop bang. a sticky sweet caramel also lingers on the palate. as it warms more and more wood characteristics shine through. tasty.

M: a mild carbonation let's the nuances of the oak come through.

D: extremely drinkable. it is really hard to tell this is pushing 7.2%abv. drinks like an 5.0% amber.

Jimmys, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer appears a radiant shade of ruby / orange. The dense, tan head is nearly an inch thick and generates an abundance of lacing around the perimeter of the pint glass.

S: The oak character is immediately evident in the nose, followed by a balance of malt and hops. Alcohol presence is very subtle.

T: The initial taste brings a dose of hops, followed by a potent oak barrel flavor. The beer also has a healthy malt profile. Everything is well balanced and tastefully done. The flavors, most especially the oak, really emerge as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with prominent oak notes lingering in the finish.

D: A tasty beer, and quite possibly the best offering I have had from Stone. Well worth trying. I'd have it again.

Huhzubendah, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

You are not oaked worthy! Still, it pours a semi-murky garnet topped by a finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises the standard fare of pine and grapefruit, along with a decent blast of flowers, a solid contingent of caramel, and a small amount of, you guessed it, oak in the background. The taste followed very similarly, with the oak playing a nice supporting role to the other aforementioned elements. Nothing overbearing, which is refreshing in these days of o'erblown wood-aging nonsense. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a very nice brew, though I'm not sure I would necessarily take it over the normal Bastard on a regular basis.

TMoney2591, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 400th Review!

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy red/brown colour with a large size frothy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some excellent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, hops, grapefruit/orange, wood, pine, caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it has a very full bodied taste. There are a lot of bold flavours going on.. I can taste lots of hops, malts, and a caramel sweetness. There are also notes of pine and a orange/grapefruit flavour. There is also a underlying woody taste from the oak aging. It finished with a malty hop aftertaste.. the hop bitterness lingered in my mouth for a short while after the beer was swallowed.

Drink - A very interesting beer that I'm happy I tried. I'm not sure I've had anything quite like it before. That being said, I'm not sure I'd seek it out again.

spinrsx, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
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.

rfgetz, Feb 21, 2011
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.

oline73, Feb 21, 2011
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
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

joemcgrath27, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of HarrisonDean
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.

HarrisonDean, Feb 19, 2011
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.

jayhawk73, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of engagechad
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

engagechad, Feb 18, 2011
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.

savagearms, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of generallee
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.

generallee, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of mbusster88
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!

mbusster88, Feb 16, 2011
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.

haazer, Feb 16, 2011
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.

shir0043, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
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.

DoktorZee, Feb 15, 2011
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.

Spiekerbox, Feb 14, 2011
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,908 ratings.