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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,009 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,009
Reviews: 1,841
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 173
Gots: 461 | 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 Krakistophales
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a really dark red with a finger's worth of tan head.

S: Sweet malts, vanilla, cinnamon and assorted spices

T: This beer packs a huge, bitter, hop wallop right from the great, with the middle giving you just a slight malt respite, until you're finished with a heavily bitter, oak, wooden finish, almost like an Irish whiskey taste at the very end. A very dry finish, the kind that leaves you thirsty for more.

M: Thick, well carbonated, sticky.

O: This is a fantastic brew. Stone never ceases to impress me with each of their brews.

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

Clear reddish mahogany with a two finger fluffy head. Nice lacing as the head dissipates.

Dark malt, vanilla, bit of nuttiness and hops on the nose.

Flavor much like the aroma with a bit of herbal note to the hops. I can see where others have described mint.

Overall I really like this beer. I get apprehensive about trying an oak aged beer, because they became so popular a few years ago and it seems like they were oaking everything for a while. Not always to positive results. This is one of the exceptions and a beer I would definitely go back to.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was dark copper-red with a thick creamy three finger head that very slowly dissapated and stuck to the glass throughout the drink.

The smell was full of strong hop spice with a hint of malt and slight floral overtones.

The drink started with a kick your teeth out kick of hops the middle was all sweet heavy malt with oily lingering hops at the finish and just a slight hint of oak to hold you over until the next drink.

If you can still find it buy it now, this is by far the best incarnation of Arrogant Bastard.

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

Had at the Stone brewery 6-19-11.

It's a dark brown color with just a tinge of red, nice head, even on tap, and nice lacing left behind.

Smell was an inviting woody aroma which accented both pine-citrus and malty components.

On tap it's just as fantastic as it was in a bottle. So tasty, so many woody and oak flavors which balanced a great bit of hops and malts alike.

It's got a great medium to almost full body, with a lingering smooth bitterness and oak flavors which linger as well.

Fantastic stuff. One of my favorite oak aged creations, and on tap it's nearly off the charts.

Photo of zac16125
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very nice dark amber, almost brown color. Was poured very aggressively and still only showed less than half a finger widths head, which dissipated almost immediately, and left practically no lacing.

S: Aromas of sweet caramel malts, citrus and piney hop, and mild hints of alcohol.

T: Complex, balanced, and delicious. The initial sip is full of nice roasted and caramel malts. The hops are very much present and are delicious. The oak wood flavors are certainly appreciated. There are hints of a grapefruit like citrus, as well as an alcohol character that comes and goes but certainly doesn’t dominate. Sweet roasted malt up front, which is so well balanced with heavy hop bitterness on the back end. This beer is much more flavorful and complex than its original Arrogant little brother. Towards the end of the drink the piney hops become more prevalent, which is certainly ok with me as I like hop heavy beers. The alcohol also tends to show itself more towards the end of the drink, but never to a distracting fault.

M/D: Smooth and well carbonated. Leaves the mouth feeling moist, awaiting the next sip. It is very easy to drink considering the heavy hop characters.

O: Overall a very good beer. Far more complex and superior to the original Arrogant Bastard. However, it is not quite at the level of the Double Bastard, or my personal favorite Stone offering, the Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. Still though, a very good brew in its own right. I would recommend this beer and plan on enjoying it again.

Photo of doughanson78
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep deep amber color. Slightly reddish. Decent 1 finger head. Kinda off white, maybe beige. Tight bubbles. Decent carbonation. Decent lacing.

S: Very caramely malt smell up front. Light floral hops. Very malty though.

T: Big candy caramel flavor. Light vanilla hints. Very sweet. Super good. Very light hop. Very light woodiness.

M: Medium to full bodied. Nice creaminess. Slight alcohol warmness.

O: Very good brew. A nice change from the regular Arrogant Bastard. Love the big caramel flavor. Definitely will get again. For the price this one is to be savored!

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark caramel color with a beautiful, evenly displaced creme colored head.

S: Smells of sweet caramel and light hops, vanilla as well as some chocolate. It’s very inviting and kind of heavy.

T/M: Tastes lightly hoppy, not nearly as potent as the other Bastards (beers, not fatherless children), and has a low to medium amount of carbonation. It’s quite bitter, definitely woody, and borderline earthy.

OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale is unique and delicious in a dark way. It makes you realize where they get the inspiration for their mascot, assuming the gargoyle is a mascot and not their supreme overlord. Another fine entry, “Stone Brewing Co.”

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

This beer pours a hazy reddish brown color with a nice thick slightly off white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. the smell is hoppy with malt hints and a definite oak presence. the taste is dominated by oak with a strong floral and bitter hop presence and then the malt sweetness to finish off the flavor. the mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. this is an awesome beer to sip, but it is hard to drink more than 2.

Photo of TheJackel
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone did an excellent job adding a little extra on top of their already magnificent line of beers. The experience you get from drinking this brew is what makes it so good. Full of flavor, smell, and leaves you feeling good. Not quite as much of a hop gives it a smoothness you don't always find in Stone brews.

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

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Beautiful pour. Dark caramel brown. Lots of carbonation bubbles that lead to a tightly packed three finger head. The head is off white or tan in color and very frothy in appearance, in fact it is sticking out of the glass a good finger. Lace is not real sticky but does a fair job of showing off some web designs.

Smell is sweet malt flavors and maybe caramel. There is just a bit of alcohol and some wood and maybe even some yeast or bread smells. This kind of smells like Double Simcoe.

Taste is so complex. This is why I have yet to review regular Arrogant. At first there is some pallet wrecking bitterness. I guess I would describe it as the sweetness of a tangerine but the bitterness of a yellow grapefruit. Followed quickly by the sweet sticky malts that I would describe as burnt caramel, and then the wood flavors from the oak chips followed by some alcohol warmness. This is so enjoyable.

Mouth is just wonderful. Full body, carbonated just right. Sticky and rich all the way to the end. With just a hint of alcohol burn late that goes very well with the sweet stickiness and wood.

Overall I have enjoyed this for many years but am just getting to reviewing it. I know now why I have yet to sit down and try to describe what goes on in my mouth when I drink this or it's unoaked brother. Very complex and almost un-describable, but that's most definitely not a bad thing. A must purchase if you are lucky enough to get the chance!!!!

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

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Bridge Wine Bar and Tap House in St. Louis, MO for $9.50. Tapped into a 20oz Pint Glass from the Wooden Oaked Arrogant Bastard tap handle and enjoyed only one.

Aroma- The malt is the most dominant smell as the oak is present as well. A woody aroma is combined with a fruit by the foot smell that is of course sweet.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger of off white head that has great retention! A dark copper but clear body is present with nice, thick lacing down the glass.

Flavor- An intense malt taste from the start and then the woody taste comes around to get your attention. Tons of hop are present and they make the bitterness everlasting.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full bodied, Medium Good carbonation, and Chewy attributes. There is a warming alcohol mouthfeel that seems appropriate and makes this oaked arrogant a top beer!

Overall Impression- Fantastic! Much better than the original Arrogant Bastard with the woody/oaked character throughout. Nice warming and would be a perfect beer for the winter. I won't be going to this much during the summer but awesome Strong Ale! I am looking forward to enjoying my Arrogant Bastard that I started aging in April of this year.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours out an almost clear,deep crimson with a fleeting 1 1/2 inches of weathered tan head that left nice ,consistent ribbons of lace on the glass.

S-Dark cherry,some port-like notes,grapefruit rind,dried fruit,dark toast,vanilla,molasses and Black Cavendish pipe tobacco.

T-Sweet malt flavors of brown sugar,caramelized grain,dried cherry and vanilla.Oak,toast,prune bitterness and piney hops follow with an earthy note of mild tobacco.

M-Medium/full and dry with a well-developed flavor complexity,good carbonation and good drinkability.

O-Real solid.The oak is well played,not obnoxious.Really compliments the beer well.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Dark reddish brown in color.  One finger tan head dissipates to just a ring.  Some lacing.

Big malt base on the nose.  Wonderful smells of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel.  I'm only picking up a little of the oak.

Right up front is a LOT of oak, way more than I suspected based off the nose.  The oak stays till the end.  Solid bitterness from piney hops.  You can still taste the malty backbone in between the aggressive flavors.  Bitter grapefruit aftertaste.  The oak and hops fight to be in front, which is the only thing that hurts this.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.  Carbonation is just right.  

Pretty good overall, but my least favorite of the bastard series.

Photo of pinni
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Standard for Stone, I’m getting those west coast floral hops, cinnemon and a little “wet dog”… is that the oak?

A: There’s about a 1/4″ head that sticks around for while and doesn’t fully dissipate. Nice, pretty lacing happening around the edges of my glass. Deep dark reddish orange. Seriously good looking glass of beer.

T: Yum, hoppy, citrusy, malt sweetness-ow we’ve got some malty sweetness followed by a wham/bam of citrus-infused hop bitterness. Great balance, I love how the oak adds sweetness to complement the bitterness of the hops (in a way that is kind of similar to Hopslam).

My taste buds perk up and tingle when this hits them and then there is this perfectly booze lingering film on my tongue with sour hops and a caramel sweetness.

Overall: Love it. Great addition to the Arrogant Bastard Series.

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

Pours a deep caramel color with a creamy, off white, two finger head.

Strong malt scent, with some vanilla, and a hint of the oak chips.

Again, stong malt upfront. A slight burn with a nice smooth oak taste. Much less of a hop bite than regular Arrogant Bastard. Malt sticks on the roof of your mouth a bit.

A nice balance, not too chewy, not to thin.

Overall a great beer, I prefer this to regular AB and will seek it out. You should do the same!!

Photo of Mosley1212
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Arrogant Bastard glass.

A--Poured a deep amber color with a soft caramel-colored head. Very little retention throughout. Little bit of light got through.

S--Smells malty (like all of the Arrogant line), hints of caramel, vanilla, and hops. The oak is present, but well hidden.

T--This starts out tasting like a malt bomb, but then the sweetness of the caramel and vanilla came through. The hoppiness/bitterness was there first, but the oak finished and left the beer smooth.

M--Medium-bodied. Very little carbonation. The bitterness lingers, and is replaced by the smoothness and sweetness of the finish.

O--I love Oaked Arrogant. I find this much easier to consistently drink than regular Arrogant. Very much a fan of this.

Photo of dcook11
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light cocacola hue with minimal head and no lacing. Looks similiar to a socttish ale (old chub?). Smell is sweet with a touch of oak, vanilla, hops and malt..also some citrus. The taste is oaky, but sweet. Much smoother than the standard AB. Mouthfeel there is a touch of dryness, but it is not unwelcome. Overall enjoyed this beer very much. Id buy this over their standard offering if not for the price.

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

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a medium murky brown with a very large (2-3 finger) light brown rocky head that lasted throughout and had superb lacing.

The aroma was very pronounced with a tawny wine alcohol scent that gets you right away and also had dark bread malts, a nice resin hop and a sweet doughy yeast with hints of citrus (grapefruit), pineapple, caramel and a nice smoky oak.

It tasted sweetly acidic and very malty with a note of caramel from the onset then progressed into a bitter hoppy woody flavor with a strong grapefruit presence and had a mild alcohol warming finish.

Mouthfeel was just a few shades above medium in body with the texture being nice and dry yet creamy and having a mild carbonation.

Overall fantastic Strong Ale with tons of flavor, and a complexity that allows you to taste all flavors. Yet doesn’t let any one of them overpower the other.

Photo of jhtipton
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone always seems to please and this gem is no exception. I never take offense to the arrogance of the label. I just put my lips together and move on. Appearance is a rich amber with nice head and wonderful beige lacing. Smell is toasted bread, piney floral hops. Tastes: the malt is abundant and toasted but complemented nicely by the plethora of hopalisciousness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall a wonderful American strong ale with complexity that even I am incapable of capturing using mere human language. Cheers.

Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle poured into a few taster glasses.

A - Pours murky brown with a small half finger tall off-white head leaving very little lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich caramel malt, toffee, citric hops, and some earthy wood tannins from the wood chips. This has a lot going on but they all complement each other leaving a complex yet enjoyable nose.

T - Starts off with a big hit of sweet caramel and toffee from all that malt slowly giving way to a mix of dulled citric hops, vanilla, and pallet drying wood tannins. The dryness carries over to the finish, mixing with a bit of the sweetness from the malt, and lingers for some time. Overall I enjoyed this one, it was complex yet enjoyable. I am not sure I could have more than one at a time but once in a while is fine by me.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. It has an overall slick feel with a mix of malted sweetness and tannin dryness in the finish, lingering for some time.

O - I think I enjoy oaked bastard more than the regular version. This one is more complex and keeps you on your toes, while the regular version is a bit one dimensional. Pretty good stuff.

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

Dark brownish black beer with brown on the edges and an off-white head. It smells of hard malts and some bitter wood and hops. This must be dryhopped or something on the end because it has a really hoppy finish on top of all the other roasted malts and dark fruits. It's actually quite nice but a load to drink. Bought myself a six pack after trying it on tap.

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

Looks great of course with its big 3-finger baige head that laces all the way down. Dark reddish-brown with hues of cherry. Big barley smell, and mostly malt on the nose with a slight hop end.

Oh malty goodness. With some very nice hop flavors to accentuate the barley malt. The hops, in fact are perfectly bitter and lingering, but you don't leave the first taste thinking of the hops. You think of the bread-like taste first, then the hops actually take over in the finish. Alcohol taste is definitely present, but in no way does it take away from the beer. It finishes dryly, but not exactly crisply, and almost refreshing but definitely not the best beer for a hot day. This is full-bodied without being overbearingly thick in the mouth. I honestly expected this to be more like regular Arrogant Bastard, but with the oaked variety it seems like the oak chips took an edge of that maltiness and a spiciness to it that was either lost in the muddled feel of the non-oaked variety or simply wasn't there. Either way, I prefer this one and the fact that it's way more drinkable than its brother. The mouthfeel was not as thick and hard to drink. The oak chips make all the difference in the world to the overall drinkability of this one, and for that this beer is fantastic.

Photo of adman08
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a cloudy copper with a moderate amount of head.
S-Aromas of wood, malt and citrus.
T-Stong earth/herbal hop flavor with noticeable cirtus flavor, mostly grapefruit. Very obvious malt flavor.
M-Thick malt body with good carbonation.
Overall, this beer is outstanding. The oak aging gives it a sort of smoothness and adds a hint of tartness as well. Hops dominate but the malts provide good balance. A must try beer for any IPA fan.

Photo of Rutager
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a nearly clear, deep amber-red with a half a finger of bubbly off-white head.

Smell. Toasty oak, vanilla, citrus fruits, caramel malt.

Taste. Heavy citrus rind and pine sap, thick, toasty caramel grains, toasty oak.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, slightly sticky. Smooth, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. The oak is awesome. Not crazy complex, but plenty going on to keep things interesting.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a very slightly hazy dark Ruby colour with a two fingered off White head thatbretains well and laces.

S - Heavy Vanilla aromas with some citrus and malt also present.

T - A noice mix of caramel malt and vanilla. A little citrus present and some hop , slightly lingered bitter finish.

M - Medium body and light to medium carbonation that makes for a very smooth drop.

O - Alittle more refined than the standard version and recommended

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,009 ratings.