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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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4,661 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,661
Reviews: 1,823
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 135
Gots: 328 | 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 ktrillionaire


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

A - Pours a translucent amber-chestnut with a creamy off-white head from a strong pour; good retention and lacing.

S - Slight maltiness punctuated by floral, herbal, citrus-y hops and a vague wood earthiness.

T - Big flavors and full rich taste. Light mint, strong piney and grapefruit-y hops. Oak-y dry finish leaves a dank, resiny taste behind. This beer tastes on the verge of phenomenal.

M - Creamy and smooth with a velvety texture and a medium-heavy body.

D - Phenomenal. Smooth, rich and delicious. Great paired or as a stand-alone.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 02:57:24 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of woosterbill


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear ruby-brown body glitters underneath a 3/8" head of creamy tan foam that slowly settles into a solid cap that leaves abundant, ultra-fine lacing. Great looking pour.

S: Hard to discern much at all; this might be because I'm getting over a cold (although I could smell plenty in my prior beer, a Weyerbacher Double Simcoe on cask), or because of the straight-sided glass (although the DIPA was served in the same vessel), but either way I can't smell much beyond a vague oaky sweetness.

T: Certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of flavor - huge vinous oak at first, followed by some fruity/caramel malt and a nicely bitter hop finish (more pine than anything else, with maybe some grapefruit). Very dry aftertaste. Not nearly as overtly hoppy as regular AB, but the oak certainly makes up for it. I love this beer.

M: Smooth, slightly sticky medium body with loads and loads of roiling, velvety, foamy carbonation. Probably a touch overcarbonated, but I love the explosion of bubbles.

D: The dryness of the oak and hops can get a bit oppressive, even though the alcohol is almost completely hidden.

Notes: When I had this back-to-back-to-back with AB and Double Bastard, this was my hands-down favorite. I love the way the dry, tart oak complements the hefty malt and hop bills that give this beer its substance. Great stuff.


Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 00:30:30 | More by woosterbill
Photo of elgiacomo


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dec 26, 2009

12oz bottle, best by Oct 19, 2009. Pours dark reddish copper with a nice off-white head. Tons of sticky lacing.

Powerful aroma, whole lotta oak, caramel malt, vanilla, light citrus hops, little chocolate, some cherries and other dark fruits in the background.

Flavor is dominated by the oak, and I like it. Caramel malts, some pine and citrus hops, and vanilla round out the flavor. Can detect a touch of alcohol.

Medium body, low to medium carbonation.

Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 05:12:42 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of Giggaman


4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

    Warm deep amber in color with a small head that doesn't last long but leaves a ring and very little lacing    
    Smells mAlty and sweet like caramel with a tiny hint of citrus.  
     Taste is not at all what I expected. Different than other oaked beers that I've had.   Malty with a nice blast of hops that isn't overpowering at all. Finishes out with a nice smoothe, round earthy flavor.
     Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a slight tingle from good carbonation.  
     Very drinkable. The round earthy finish makes me constany want a other sip.  I would keep it stocked I the fridge if It were more Economical as it is absolutly deliscious for those who like a BIG tasting beer.   

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 03:34:09 | More by Giggaman
Photo of danetrain0101


4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very dark red Almost blood red. Cream colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Malts with a wood smell. Strong presence of oak and malts.

A bitter hop taste with some malt and strong oak taste. Hops are very present.

Smooth drink with a heavy feel.

Overall a great drink. One of the best oaked beers I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 06:32:11 | More by danetrain0101
Photo of billzee


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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Pours an amber with off-white head with minimal lacing.
Oak, roasty malt, dark fruit and booze and smoke notes. Toffee, oak and chocolate flavors with a citrusy hop finish. Medium body with light carbonation. Very tstay brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 02:50:51 | More by billzee
Photo of wknight167


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

Apearance - Pours a hazy dark amber with an orangish tint, 1 finger off white head that slowly fades to a cap. Impressive lacing.

Nose- Sweet caramel balanced with citrus and pine hops, Dark fruits and a touch of earthiness and wood.

Palate- Hops are definitely present, but more subdued than the non oaked version. Begins with a strong malt presence that is aided by a touch of vanilla. The citrus/pine hops come out in the end and are given a certain spiciness from the oak

Mouthfeel- Medium body, lively carb.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 07:43:41 | More by wknight167
Photo of babaracas


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

Pours a mostly clear reddish brown with dense eggshell colored head. Smell: leafy, pine, citrus peel, caramel, hints of milk chocolate and green wood smoke. Taste: toasted, caramel fading into dark brown sugar, leafy and citrus hops. There's a just a bit of a charred wood smoke / aged whiskey thing towards the end of the sip. I'm not sure that I prefer this to the standard bastard, but it's definitely more easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 04:10:13 | More by babaracas
Photo of AgentZero


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

Got this one thrown in as an extra in a trade from bds1313. Thanks a ton!

A - Deep brown color with a one finger head that left a small amount of lacing around the top of the glass.

S - Roasted, almost chocolaty, malts mostly. Can tell the oak influence in this as it's a bit more subtle of a smell than I was expecting.

T - Nice malts, subtle flavor. Some cocoa and coffee, but it's really mild. Oaked influence comes in and some nice citrus light hops finish.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, carbonation is just the right touch.

D - Very drinkable for something that is this heavy and has this much alcohol. Great beer, wish I could buy it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 04:15:25 | More by AgentZero
Photo of rootbeerman


4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into duvel glass.

A: pours dark brownish red-orange, with a light brown one finger head, no true lacing due to swirling, but dose lace after swirling.

S: very mellow in comparison to AB, takes a few minutes to open up, light oak, roasted malt, slight citrus, earthy, smoky and fruity

T: again mellow, yet very complex. light hidden flavors, sweet yet bitter. smoky charred oak, caramel, chocolate . coffee is noticed more on aftertaste. hops are lightly citrus,

M: this wont make sense, light but thick, thick in flavor light on tongue, carbonation is medium to mild.

D: needs to be sipped over atleast an hour, flavors come out of hiding from refridgerator cold to room temperature. amazing brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 08:32:12 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of llllDrGONZOllll


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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

I do enjoy a good bastard and this is a wee one..12ozbottle? The first impression is that is resembles AB exactly or does it? Well, the first aromas to hit my nose are familiar. A closer inspection reveals some earthier notes a woody potting soil? I can detect booze and funky hop aromas. Minty, citric, floral, dry and woody. The oak still cant tame the Bastard but I do think its the culprit for the dryer taste. I am gonna have to go against the grain here and say I would rather have the original over the oaked... Im not worthy.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 01:24:22 | More by llllDrGONZOllll
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A bastardization of what you get when you mix some orange, amber, brown and red color ale. Looks impressive. Smell is even more impressive, not as viscious as the non oaked version.

In fact, the oak seems to mellow out the whole ale, as opposed to offering a more complex beer necessarily. The usual chinook and cascade hop dominance with a very strong malt backbone, but the oak seems almost like they dry hopped it with oak chips as well. Mouthfeel thins through the bottle, but this remains a surprisingly drinkable beer, not nearly as demanding of a drink as the other versions of bastard ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 03:11:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of GoalieRon33


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

A- Opaque brown with red undertones

S- Heavy oak smell. Sweet with burnt undertones

T- Unparalelled depth. Smokey to start, then finishes gloriously sweet. Some hidden chocolate malts at the finish, although very subtle

M- Heavy, bold, and creamy. Goes down smooth, with a beautifully sophisticated creaminess

D- For such a complex beer, its not a tough job to hammer this one down. The carbonation is perfect, the smoothness is to die for, and the overall alcohol burn with lingering effects is wonderful....This beer is outstanding

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 16:28:23 | More by GoalieRon33
Photo of DrDoitchbig


4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a fairly opaque rusty color somewhere in limbo between a mahogany brown and orange. When held to the light there is an apparent haziness and the color changes to burgundy. The tan tinged head scurries away rather quickly and leaves some dimples of lacing.

Smell: Can't say I'm surprised here. I'm picking up mostly on the oak. There's a sweet alcohol smell wafting around. Perhaps a whisper of hops, but it's held at bay by the oak.

Taste: I'm a bit surprised at how laid back and smooth this is, not that that's a bad thing. Very earthen oak tones from the smell, followed with a vanilla like sweetness. Picking up a lot of caramel in the middle and finally a floral hop bite shines through on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very complex. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. I don't quite know how they've pulled this off but it has an exceptional creaminess to it, which flips into a resiny coating bitterness at the end of each sip.

Drinkability: Ridiculously easy drinking for something over 7%. The only area where the alcohol reared it's head was the aroma. The only thing that would keep me from having quite a few is the price-tag, but I can't really knock it here for that.

I'm definitely a fan of the original Arrogant Bastard, but I feel confident in saying this trumps it in my mind. The oak adds some great depth to an already tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 07:35:54 | More by DrDoitchbig
Photo of Lolli1315


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A hazy dark brown color with about half a finger of head. The head may not have been big, but it sure does retain pretty damn well. Lacing is great to, looks to be a little delicious.

S- Hints of a dark fruity sweetness that is soon rushed away by a hop aroma with the faintest hint of alcohol.

T- Was a little intimidated to taste this beer while I built my palate, but it was certainly worth the wait! The same dark fruit sweetness enters your mouth for a moment before a hop oil taste dominates the palate. Although only 7.2%, the alcohol is mildly present in this beer, but it seems to go along with the rest of the bold taste nicely.

M- Nice crisp medium to full body that helps make this a great beer for any time of year.

D- Wouldn't mind having another one of these, in fact, maybe I will.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2009 23:19:52 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of ShadesOfGray


3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Koningshoeven sniffer. Pours a dark ruby-red, cloudy, with little to no head[edit: at second pour, a lot more head...creamy and frothy, with a TON of sticky lacing]. Aroma is pretty strong, fruits, for some reason...belgian yeast is coming to mind. Sweet smell.
Taste is close to an DIPA, which didn't quite match the aroma. Picking up carbonation, bitters, booze, and a dry finish. Good beer...would put it under a Rogue Dead Guy though.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 03:33:32 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of SykDoc


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a very dark hazy brown. Sediment is noticeable. A 1/8 inch light tan head forms and leaves a decent lacing.

The aroma includes a healthy dose of caramel malty sweetness and some earthy pine notes. The oak is a bit hidden to me.

The taste is another nice combination of caramel malt sweetness and a heavier bitterness that follows, including pine and citrus. A nutty/earthy finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It seems like there could be a bit more carbonation. It is quite smooth despite this and leaves a nice bitterness on the palate at the finish.

This is interesting, cause this is a good beer that seems to present all of the requirements to a high level, but does not seem to exceed them. I think it is easy to drink given these circumstances and the ABV allows more than one.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 00:02:34 | More by SykDoc
Photo of MrStark

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is a somewhat hazy deep reddish brown with a small off white head that dissipated leaving bits of sticky lacing.

Smell is pretty malty with pine, and a bit of hops.

Taste is fairly bitter up front which is followed by a caramel malt sweetness then again with bitterness in the end.. The oak is noticeable but not particularly prominent. Overall a nice complex flavor!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. There is a mild amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty nice. A smooth and complex flavor that goes down pretty easy. I could see having a couple of these at a time and I'd like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 02:18:34 | More by MrStark
Photo of froghop


3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a cloudy copper with a medium size tan head, and excellent lacing.

smell is of nuts, caramel, malt, some spice, a little citrus, and a touch of pine.

taste is smooth, somewhat woody, caramel, malts, grapefruit hops in the back, and some nuts, ends on the dry side and nicely bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 02:43:37 | More by froghop
Photo of Vengeance526


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

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a 1-finger tan head that retains nicely and leaves a medium amount of fine lacing.

Initial aroma is quite floral as the hops make their presence known. A hint of caramel shows up in the back along with the oak addition. Very fresh and inviting.

Taste gives a great mix of hoppy and malty flavors. Starts out with some caramel and vanilla upfront and is soon followed by a mildly hoppy presence in the middle. The finish is still lightly hoppy with a little pepper but at this point, the wood tones are cleanly evident.

Medium body and medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish. Not sure if this is better or worse than the regular AB, all I know is both are great and quite tasty. I'd be interested to try both versions side by side later on to see how they vary.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:14:28 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of sweemzander


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

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by 12-08-2009.

(A)- Pours a hazy mahogany amber color that produced a solid tan to orange colored head that dissipated after a minute or two.

(S)- A big piney yet malty sweetness. Very dry with lemon & lime citrus. Bits of butterscotch.

(T)- Again, very very dry with very piney citrus. Some light maltiness of roasted butterscotch. Finishes dry & woody.

(M)- Good carbonation level with good balance too. Very dry with light malts. Almost chewy in how dense it feels but not overly so like a stout would be.

(D)- A good beer with an extremely dry feel that is made even drier with the oak barrel. Definitely a winner, but I think I would rather just reach for the regular Arrogant Bastard; its less expensive and easier to find, and perhaps just as good.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:08:05 | More by sweemzander
Photo of juhl31


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

-burnt caramel, decent lacing

-not too much on the nose for me...some hops in there if you try

-oak in there for sure, so theyre not lying. malty with a bitter finish

-smooth, but a bit of a bite

-i like it. may have been a touch old and i might update later

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 19:25:10 | More by juhl31
Photo of alexhammond


4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear amber with a small fluffy head. the first smell I notice before anything is a hint of vanilla, along with the oak and hops - all blends together into one tempting aroma.
strong and delicious hop taste, but the oak and sweeter flavors cut through the bitterness. it's as if the hops are trying to fight through the additional flavors, but not quite able to break free, and it is a beautiful tasting struggle.
the oak makes this beer, in my opinion, much more drinkable than the regular Arrogant Bastard by mellowing out some of the bite. with the original already a favorite of mine, this brew is something I'll certainly buy again and again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 18:54:31 | More by alexhammond
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

355ml bottle, served chilled in a McChouffe glass

Pours with a ruby red body. Thick off tan head, loads of retention

Smell, akin to the standard Arrogant Bastard but with a touch of oak in the background. The nose is full of fresh American hops (notably Amarillo)

Taste, rich thick malt encased hops. Ballsy profile. Heaps of Amarillo hops
punctuated by robust malt, little touch of caramel sweetness on the finish and a nice lingering bitterness.

Not quite as great as on tap, in New York but still a superbly tasty strong ale. The original I still think remains king, the oak seems to cut the hops back a little and mutes the balance of flavour

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 15:24:20 | More by cypressbob
Photo of DawnL

New York

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was actually rather dissapointed by the taste. Everything else was fine - but the oak came through a bit too strong. It masked some of the great hops in the original Arrogant Bastard. It also added too much vanilla undertone to it. This beer reminded me of a well-made chardonnay that got pummeled by oak. It's a great beer, but it could have been more nuanced. From my understanding, there is quite a bit of bottle variation in this particular beer. I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 00:02:52 | More by DawnL
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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