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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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4,648 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,648
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)
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Photo of Espenoza


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

A - Pours a gorgeous dark reddish brown. It maintained a nice off white head

S - Nice hint of vanilla from oak chips, followed by almost a hoppy citrus and pine, malts. Very nice

T - Time and oak did this wonders. Loving the vanilla/oak from the barrell chips. I was surprised by the smokiness of it.

M - Very smooth, there's a nice crispness from the alcohol, which is very well balanced.

D - I found this to be very drinkable. The smokiness of it started off as a problem but as it warmed, really blended well with everything else.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 04:44:36 | More by Espenoza
Photo of HURTemHIZZY


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

Very excited to try this one, been looking for it for a month or so. Finally found it at Thornton Grill in Sperryville, VA.

Pours a fairly deep reddish brown with a light tan good sized head that stays around nicely and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Nice looking brew.

Smells of a bit of vanilla up front, followed by a nice hit of grapefruit and pine, with a touch of citrus. Little bit of a floral aroma.

Taste is very very good. Grapefruit, pine, and citrus hop flavors are balanced by some vanilla and caramel. Just a great flavor for a strong ale. Not too overpowering, so it's also very drinkable. I had high hopes for this one, and it didn't disappoint at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 02:49:16 | More by HURTemHIZZY
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze


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

I like this more than the standard Arrogant Bastard. Pours a Brownish red with some copper tones and foamy cream colored head. The nose is filled citrus, vanilla, grapefruit and red fruit. Hoppy aromas with a nice touch of oak. The malts and hops intermingle with notes of grapefruit and red berries. The oak nicely balances the hops

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 16:07:32 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz bottle from Buffalo, pours a rich butterscotch amber with a finger of fluffy head which keeps at least a thin sweater on top.

Nose is a nice mix of floral and light fruity hops, a fair bit of butterscotch coming through, pretty sweet, bready malt, just a hint of alcohol. Not as hefty as expected.

Pretty damn balanced. Light caramel and bready malt, butterscotch and vanilla, just a hint of earthy wood. Citrus hops, citrus rind and touch of grassiness, gives a pleasant, strong resiny drying finish. Slight brown sugar, sweet juiciness in the middle. Creamy body, long finish. Pretty hard to pick anything wrong out of this one. Nothing too bold, everything there, extremely drinkable.

Damn. I wish had access to this.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 03:44:16 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of rawthar


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

Poured into a tulip.

A- Real dark caramel red body topped with a nice bubbly off-white head with some serious staying power. Nice.

S- Caramel comes back in the malts with a little bit of licorice and oaky vanilla. Finishes with some subtle citrus hoppy smoothness. Complex and compelling.

T- Really smooth, even more than a Stroh's Light, if you can believe that. Very dry from the oak aging, but what it loses in malt sweetness, it gains in oaky vanilla and smoke. After taste is a little pilsy. Nice, but doesn't punch you right in the tongue the way I expected.

M- Thick as they come, coats like crazy, this is serious stuff.

D- I could drink a ton of these if I had to.

Never had the non-oaked variety of Arrogant Bastard, but I want to try it. Good stuff, my friends.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 01:17:30 | More by rawthar
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Beer was about a month past the drink-by date when sampled. Apparently this is not supposed to matter much..

Pours translucent ruby brown, good tan head. Smell is earthy malts, a bit of must; in fact, with nice sweet notes. First taste is a sheet of (one-dimensional) hops that turns into the customary AB fruity, butterscotchy, malty thing, followed by a super-dry finish that I can only liken to "sucking on a wood chip." Not my thing, but I'm glad I tried it once.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 05:53:46 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of elvisnj

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams beer glass from a Stone 12oz bottle. This beer is beautiful.

It has a hard ruby color that is just perfect. I would kill to get this color with my homebrew. Crystal clear too.

Beautiful light colored head.

The nose is nice floral hops and a great malt edge. The taste is much more mellow and not even close to the intense hop left hook of the standard AB. Its oak character has mellowed this quite nicely. I get grapefruit and malt up front. Nice clean finish. There is a great citrus tart flavor to this beer. I personally feel it blows the regular version of Arrogant Bastard out of the water.

I would happily drink this all the time. I guess my only criticism is that this thing is $3.75 for a 12oz. I would love to add it to my rotation of commercial beers but its just too damn expensive.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 04:54:17 | More by elvisnj
Photo of cdbooth219


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

12 oz bottle poured into mug

A: Beer pours a hazy brown, with red highlights, with 1 and a half fingers of tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacing

S: Some woodiness, with sweet malts, and some earthy and piney hops.

T: Sweet, tart, oaky woodiness, followed by the sweet malts, then the piney, earthy hops. The hops in this are more subdued than in the original arrogant bastard, making it quite different from the original. Finishes with a bit of citrus bitterness

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation

D: Definitely a sipper, but very drinkable. Very complex and enjoyable

Overall, this is definitely more complex than the original, not as bitter, but it is its own beer really. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 23:11:02 | More by cdbooth219
Photo of drabmuh


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

Pretty much side by side with the regular arrogant bastard.

Poured from a bottle without a date into a becher. Beer is brown and hazy forms a thin off white head of medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is strong, lots of malts, nice hop character and a slight tinge of alcohol. This one has some woodsy, oak aroma to it, still smells good.

Still medium bodied and lots of carbonation. The flavor of the oak is there as well but the hops seem off in this one. The bitterness isn't matched with the original and I don't like it as much.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 03:23:13 | More by drabmuh
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was really good. I'm not sure exactly what "Oak Aged" means, but if they just added wood chips into Arrogant Bastard and let them soak for awhile, I would say it added a slight sharpness to the taste. It still has a nice, smooth dark flavor to it, but I could almost get the taste of cut wood somewhere in the mix.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 17:27:00 | More by professorninja
Photo of jonziefle

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a dark ruby amber, clear. Three finger khaki-colored head with very good retention. Some visible carbonation. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Mild nose of amber ale maltiness. Hint of pine and grapefruit.

Taste: Moderate hops and moderate malts. Hops are are grapefruit/citrus with a dry bite at the end; somewhat "juicy". Smoky malts to balance out the flavor

Mouthfeel: Smooth, mildly carbonation, and a moderate hop bite. Very dry finish, with the hops lingering for a while.

Drinkability: Very nice drinking beer. Very smooth, but with excellent flavor and complexity. The flavor lasts a long time.

Buy Again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 04:20:58 | More by jonziefle
Photo of dwilson01


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass, the bottle cap reads "hated by many, loved by few." Appears daaarrrk red to brown in the glass with a nice tan head that dissipates quickly but clings to the sides well. Glows red when held up to the light.

The smell is surprisingly mellow for a stone offering but it's not lacking in goodness, a bit of wood and alcohol esters are there but they definitely threw some extra finishing aromatic hops in there too because I get a little floral balance to the woody alcohol.

The taste is great, definitely more flavor here than the regular arrogant bastard. There is a prominent citrus flavor that is quite spiced up, followed by the bitter hopping coupled with the wood from the oak chips which give it an almost sour bite. Finishes pretty smooth, spicey and herbal in the end which is a great ending to an awesome beer, it seriously leaves my mouth with the feeling I get after having a mint!

Mouthfeel is great, not amazingly exceptional or anything but it makes its presence known. The spiciness and citrus with that minty finish make the feel for sure.

Very drinkable, it's a sipper for sure and puts a smile on my face ever time I take a drink. Overall, great brew, not as good as the double bastard in my opinion but it does go down a slightly different road with the oak chip aging it goes through. Pretty cool flavors come out of that additional wood that aren't present in regular arrogant bastard which make this bad boy all worth it!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 04:15:45 | More by dwilson01
Photo of mjaskula

New York

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a sniffer, this bottle is about a year old. The beer is a slightly cloudy dark red with a decent tan head that thins to a film and leaves a ton of lacing.

Aroma is strong malt sweetness, dark fruits and faint floral hops and oak. Flavor is oaky and bitter with some malt sweetness in the background. It's interesting, the flavor and aroma profiles are actually quite different.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry, but the bitterness sticks around for a little while. It's the kinda beer you only have once an a while, the six pack lasted me almost a year.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 01:11:26 | More by mjaskula
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

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

Appearance- dark brown very dark in color, clear with little to no carbonation, moderate white tan head slowly fades away to what become a white bubble lacing,

Smell- very strong hop smell, but this is the most definite part where it differs from the regular arrogant bastard, oak and vanilla malt kicks into play from this,

Taste- great balance of bold hops and malts to create pleasant and great flavor

Mouthfeel- heavy smooth and complex

Drinkability- I love the balance and complexity on this beer, one thats a pleasure to drink and you would want to drink all night cuz its hard to switch else where after

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 07:15:32 | More by Stunner97
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

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

A-Pours a dark murky amber with an off white head that stays for a long time. It left some very impressive lacing the length of the glass.

S-Caramel was what stood out to me, but I could tell there was a nice balance between hops and malt.

T-Much like the nose caramel, toffee, with a perfect balance between hops and malts. A hint of oak and vanilla crept in when it warmed and I could also notice some alcohol.

M-Very thick and somewhat on the syrupy side.

D-This beer is much bolder than I remembered. It was all I could do to finish the pint over the course of the meal. It is definitely a sipper.

Overall, this is a very good beer that is a must try for all Beer Advocates. I was really excited to see this on tap at Out West Steakhouse in Kernersville, NC.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 21:50:11 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers easy of light tan colored foam, islands of larger bubbles, however, displays very good retention and density, thick brushes of lacing. Light cloud to the redwood colored liquid, near to opaque, more of a zinc orange further out. There's a flatness to the nose, not necessarily a lack of scents per se, just a certain lack of vigor in the vanilla, chocolate base as well as the creamy whiskey notes and golden raisin, red cherry, apricot scents, this leaves extra room for the hops, grains and grasses to assert themselves whereas otherwise they would come off as more contained. Medium-bodied, whipped up and foamy in the mouth to no obvious specific end, More oomph in the caramel, vanilla fudge, mocha flavors, some sweet cedar as well. Same goes for a mild elevation in the nectarine, apricot, pineapple, peach fruit but, truly, not much. Some orange to lemon citrus yet surprisingly light. Seems to depend more on brute power than offering a richer array of flavors. Telltale astringency through the finish puts out any final thought of flavors reverberating.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 03:47:29 | More by farrago
Photo of sidetracked


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

Pours a clear, deep reddish amber with a cream-colored head.

Smells of bitter, grapefruit citrus hops with a nice balance of malts.

Taste is malt heavy up front with a bit caramel. The middle is dominated by grapefruit citrus hops with a lot of bitterness. The bitterness continues through the finish with a smokey oak flavor.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and well carbonated. Finish is pretty dry though.

A very drinkable beer with a great hop presence. The Oak doesn't come through much, but does add some to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 03:06:27 | More by sidetracked
Photo of tag0519

New York

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

a: Chestnut color with a nice creamy beige head that disappeared a little sooner than I'd like.

s: Oak, Malt, Hops, slightly fruity

t: Oak is dominant but in a good way. Hops come through as well. Very nice

m: at par with the style

d: I'll have another!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 19:23:54 | More by tag0519
Photo of TCHopCraver


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pretty ruby-brown with a one-finger khaki head that takes a minute to subside. Sticky, irregular lacing tops off the look of this bad boy.

S: Oak and stinky, weed-like hop aromas are the intitial smells to fill my olfactory senses. A good amount of grass and herbs straight from the earth are also present. Fruit aromas that I can single out include black cherry and raspberry.

T: The oak certainly plays a leading role, jumping on my side taste buds and remaining present throughout the duration of the sip. Cherry, plum, and a little bit of dry grapefruit also show themselves to my mouth. As the beer warms, the aforementioned fruitiness overcomes the oaky flavor as the dominant taste.

M: Pretty dry and tannin-y from the oak chipping process. Medium-bodied, but that dryness prevents a truly full feel from cascading over my palate.

D: I'm not sure that I would want to have more than one of these in a single sitting because the oak tannins really hit my palate hard. It is a tasty brew, and would probably do well to age a bit so that the oak chip flavors blend with the malt and hop character a little better.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 04:28:36 | More by TCHopCraver
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's finally time for Chicago BA's to get Stoned.. here is my first of many Stone reviews.

A: pours a deep mahogany with stunning clarity and a nice fluffy 2 finger head, leaves splotches of bubbles on the glass

S: smell is of deep bready and toasty malts, notes of caramel malts along with earthy hops along with huge notes of oak which meld nicely with the malt profile

T: the hops comes through much bigger on the palate- lots of bittering hops make themselves known among the firm malt backbone. There is a nice balance between hops, malts, and the oak notes which makes for a nice complex brew.

MF: this has a nice thick body with minimal carbonation which lends to a creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

D: a solid offering by Stone, the oak is nice and the mouthfeel is great for the style. A little pricey @ 16.99 a sixer, but good nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 22:07:47 | More by homebrew311
Photo of bmcnamara


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On first pour you'll notice the caramel head with the deep red amber colors in the body. All throughout the drink process you'll see that thin layer of head stay consistent. Especially against the side of the glass.

The nose is a sweet hoppy scent. After sipping, the hops sit on your tongue. It's not too bitter though - the maltiness balances the hops.

The feel in the mouth is silky and smooth which leaves it very drinkable - not too thin, but not too full.

I found this beer tastes the best after it's had a few minutes to sit and warm up. It's almost as if the flavors change as it warms.

Stone Brewery just made it to Chicago - today actually. They have some tough competition out here. It's great to finally taste the Bastard though.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 02:45:04 | More by bmcnamara
Photo of emerge077


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing based on a fresh bottle that just arrived in Chicago. Just goes to show how important freshness is...

Copper reddish color, billowing tan foam. Great retention and visually appealing.

Definite oak in the nose, fruity and woody a trace of brown sugar. Flavor is also oak-forward with moderate hop presence, not as bitter as Arrogant Bastard, toned down from the oak aging. Resiny pine hop bitterness resonates in the aftertaste, with drying oak notes. The wood has a fruity note too, hard to describe, but it reminds me of cantaloupe. A trace touch of the abv, but not distracting. Easy enough to have one or two, but not one to have more of. I'm slowly sipping this one.

Glad I gave it a second chance...


B- / 3.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, obtained through questionable channels...

Pours a nice reddish brown with good clarity. Sheets of lace coat the sides of the goblet. Skim of foam remains for the duration, and foam has a rich, dense quality.

Smells lightly of grassy hops, slight bubblegum.

Taste leads off with a strange artificial rubber/plastic taste, before moving into hoppy territory. Doesn't have a signature oak-aged character, just seems a bit off. Mouthfeel is big like an IIPA, rich and full. Bitterness is present, not overwhelming...nicely assertive with residual herbal dryness.

Can't finish the bottle, i'm guessing it's an off batch, or inferior oak chips. The initial taste is pretty unsettling.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 00:53:57 | More by emerge077
Photo of DNICE555


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Brown with nice head. Looks pretty lightly carbonated.

S - Malts, Hops, Oak, Citrus.

T - Oak, Pine, Hops, Malt, Vanilla, Very Tasty.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, bold.

D - I liked this one a lot. Vanilla and oak is very interesting. Solid body with a intense flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 02:07:49 | More by DNICE555
Photo of Thur123


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

into a snifter

This brew pours a murky hazy bog brown color with one finger of off white head that fades slowly. The smell is sweet and spicy malts with a hop palate that's modest but confident and a much lighter sweeter smell which may come from the oaking.

Glug glug glug

This is tasty...big caramel and molasses flavors in the malt with the oaky wood flavor and the mellow sweetness coming at the end. The last part of the aftertaste to me is really like the smell of fresh lumber in a way. Perhaps a bit of orange and herbal hop flavor too. The mouth feel is thick and creamy. Overall this is a good good brew, very drinkable and tasty, but I could only afford one on my budget. 18.00 for a sixer is a little too steep.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 01:28:05 | More by Thur123
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a medium brown color with 2 fingers of tan head with nice retention and lacing. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of malts, some citrus hops, and oak.

t - The first tastes that jumped out at me were smooth vanilla and oak. After that there was some bitter hops, as well as pine and citrus. A nice contrast.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty nice.

d - Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Thought there was a nice contrast of smooth oak and vanilla with bitter hops in the taste. Would def try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 22:13:55 | More by mdfb79
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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