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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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5,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,026
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 184
Gots: 469 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Photo of TheJackel
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
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
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
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
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.18/5  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
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of MikeM40
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass,this beer is a deep copper color with a medium off white cascading head. This brew looks very good. The aroma is sweet with notes of plums and dark fruits,caramel,spices,and of course wood,with a hint of alcohol. The barrel aging is immediately obvious with oak and woodiness slowly giving way to bitter hoppiness. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is just about right,with the alcohol taste just barely present. The additional oak aging adds a new layer of complexity over regular Arrogant Bastard. The bitter character of this beer is the perfect foil to the delicious sweetness in the smell. 

Photo of JackieTH
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured garnet red with two fingers of creamy beige head. Smell is fairly muted. Subdued hops, wood and plums. Taste is a very nice presentation of bitter citric, resinous and floral hop elements, light malty sweetness and subtle pineapple, tropical feel. The body holds up well, moderately creamy with ample carbonation. Good stuff, different than the 'regular' bastard.

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

Very active, removed the cork and it came out in a lava flow. I was quick to slurp up the spillage...can't let good beer go to waste. Pour give a big head on tan foam, leaving heavy lace as it settles. Looks like a 18 on the SRM beer color chart. As is swirl and stick my nose in the glass, I am bombarded by wonderful, heavy, sort of syrupy fragrance of sweet and sour. Lots of grapefruit, spices, and pine, but then on the other end of the scale there is vanilla, cherries, figs, caramel, toffee, and sweet malt. Taste is better than the smell, smooth rush of tartness from the hops in the guise of grapefruit, lime, and pine. Then there is the sweetness of toffee, vanilla, caramel, wild cherry, and sweet malt. Mouthfeel has tons of body and depth. Creamy, with a touch of drying, plenty of zing from the carbonation. One will do me for a spell, but if I see another, I will make it mine.

Photo of obywan59
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-brown to near mahogany depending on the light. 3 1/2 finger, somewhat chunky head from a hard pour. Quite an attractive head. Great lacing.

On opening the first bottle, I was greeted with that syrupy, mnalty aroma that always brings the word "cloying" to mind. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded as the hops soon arrived in all their herbal, piney, ripe citrus glory, backed by a bit of subdued woodiness.

Early on, the flavor initiates with a lightly sweet maltiness that soon is nearly annihilated by the bitter hops that follow. By the third brew, the hops have nearly destroyed my taste buds, and the sweet malts become more assertive. I get a little oak in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Nice and silky.

Much better as it warms. The bitterness tones down a bit, and the sweet malt becomes more competitive.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Dark ruby red with a big lightly tan head with good retention and great lacing around the glass.

Smell: An interesting mix of woody oak, vanilla, cherries, spices, malts, and citrus. The hops are there but smell somewhat subdued. One of the most unique aromas I've noticed from a beer.

Taste: A complex mix of caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, cherries, citrus, and earthy hop bitterness with some hints of dark fruits and coffee. A lot going on here. Oak is fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and drinkable.

Overall: A very tasty and interesting brew. Fairly easy drinking.

Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep caramel red, with a thick head, Beautiful and thick lacing.

Lovely nose of oak-wood, vanilla, and cherry. Enticing.

Flavor is rich and hearty -- an explosion of cherry vanilla wood and a very bitter finish. It's a punchy and biting ale, definitely aggressively hopped, and with a heavy malt backbone as well.

A big beer, for certain. Enjoyed this one, but with caution. It's quite a sensory overload.

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

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Pours a deep copper with a 1.5 finger, light orange head. Ridiculous head retention, poured 4 minutes ago and its only slightly receded leaving a heavy blanket of lace.

S: Heavy wood smell with a big malty note. Dark fruits come through as well.

T: Nice oak with with a great hoppy undertone. Hints of raisin with light spice as well. Creamy roasty malts become more noticeable after several sips.

M: Medium/heavy body with a great carbonation. Goes down very creamy and smooth with a great bitter taste left on the tongue.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. It was very balanced and went down very smooth. The oak was a great taste, but definitely didn't dominate like I thought it was going to. Will hopefully enjoy again in the near future.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby (and I mean DEEP) with a thick off-white head, decent retention.

The smell is oak dominated with a sweet candy sugar and plum background.

Bready malts, plum, earth, minerals, floral hops and a dry oak finish. Easy going down.

A pretty decent strong ale, still not at the top of my list though. I love Stone, but unlike a lot of my friends, AB and it's offshoots don't do it for me.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,026 ratings.