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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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4,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,909
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 WeedKing4
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi light hazy brown colour. A very bold malt taste up front with a little sweetness of citrus and hops on the finish, and the oak was very subtle. The the little sweetness touch on the end of each taste was very refreshing. It took me a few sips to appriciate this beer fully, and I was sad when the pint glass was empty. Damn tasty beer, very easy to drink.

WeedKing4, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Mancer
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly hazy dark amber color, with a perfect two finger high, off-white head. The head slowly dissipated and smothered the glass in thick lacing. The initial smell of the beer was that of pine and citrusy hops. Followed by an earthiness with spices and roasted malt and caramel. The initial taste of the beer was the burnt/roasted caramel, followed by the pine and citrus. The beer finished with a bite and spicey flavors. This brew had a medium to full body and medium carbonation.

Overall, this was an excellent beer. What I wish I had done, was to compare the oaked and the regular beers side by side. That way I could really pick up the differences. This will definately be a beer that I will come back to.

Mancer, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a nice head that quickly dissipates to a fine ring, leaving some lacing.

Aromas of malt and pungent citrusy hops.

Dark malt taste, never too sweet, is balanced by strong bitter citrus hops. Tastes of grapefruit rind, milk chocolate and vanilla.

Body is medium with a prickly carbonation. Very clean and fresh mouthfeel.

A very drinkable ale, the aging on toasted oak chips imparts Arrogant bastard with additional subtle complexity.

Beerenauslese, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of larryi86
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy brown with a hint of red and 3 finger light tan head.

S- Dark fruits, toffee, pine hops, and roasted malts.

T- Very different then the smell. This really tastes like Arrogant Bastard with the hoppy bitterness toned down by the oak flavor

M- Medium body, creamy, and smooth.

D- A good beer from Stone. I prefer regular Arrogant Bastard because it is cheaper and just as good. Worth trying and will have it again, but not on a regular basis.

larryi86, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A thick 2 finger tan head sits on top of a hazy burnt amber brown. Good retention and big patches of lacing.

S - Toasted malt, soft wood notes, and pine. Vanilla is pronounced along with brown sugar, cherry pie filling, maple, and toffee.

T - Vanilla coated grapefruit provides bitterness right away. Roasted almond, toffee, amaretto, with woody undertones that become more prevalent towards the finish. Finishes with a dry spicy bite. Aftertaste is of citrus, mint, and slightly woody.

M - Medium creamy body.

Very complex nose on this one. The oak seems to bring out the pine and hide the citrus in the nose. The oak is defiantly there but doesn't overpower the rest of the beer. It adds complexity without making it too dry.

StaveHooks, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 12/20/10

A - Pours a dark and hazy red-brown. Big, frothy, toasted marshmallow head with glue like lacing...one of the best lacers I've seen

S - Piney, caramelized malt, hints of some sweet fruitniness and alcohol

T&M - A "big" feeling beer with a good dose of malts. A smack of piney and grassy hops smacks the back of the palate and the roof of my mouth. Alcohol makes itself known in the finish and resonates with the hop oils long after swallowing. Yummy...

D - Bought a six pack and will be happy to finish the lot. A big beer with big flavors, ABV reasonable enough to have a few.

ZeroSignal, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Dlish
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-awesome ruby red with a very tan head. This looks bomb dot com!

S- I get a lemon zest up front some citrus from the hops and grapefruit. A hint of sweet booziness from the oak

T- the oak really smooths out the bitterness and or arrogance of this bastard of a beer. Its good, but its not amazing. Its got all the great flavors of stone, but I feel like they are not edgy enough.

M- nothing interesting

D- This beer is good, but I was hoping something a little bit more in the flavor department. I don't know maybe it needs to grow on me a little more.

Dlish, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got a 6er of this a while back in Chicago.

Dark brown with some ruby highlights. The head is decent size and the lacing is great throughout.

Smells like thick malts, there are roasted and sweet notes. I pick up a bit of honey. There are also some spicy hops present.

The taste is great! Oaked it is. The woody flavour melds well with the extra thick malty body. The hops exist as well, but they serve to bring a nice balance to the beer. The malts are where it is at.

Mostly smooth and a bit creamy feel to the beer. The carbonation is quite delicate but very pleasant. The beer is drinkable for the style. You might tip over after a few though. This is probably my favourite American Strong Ale to date.

EwaldEichstaett, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of zachariaIPA
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A superior ale. Steadfastly dark brown. There is no light penetrating through this monster, this Bastard.

A layer of oakey off-white head absolutely refuses to dissipate. Oak and fruity hop tones to the nose, honey and sugar. Complex, confident and complete.

A very nice, infinitely pleasant oaken beer. Not at all over the top. Superbly balanced with hops and a refined malty sweetness roasts throughout.

Well done, Stone. Well done.

zachariaIPA, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted on 25 October 2010, bottle says "Enjoy by 12 20 10" 12oz bottle, poured into Sam Adams Summer Ale glass, two-finger beige head that looked spongy as it faded, lacing covers 40% of the glass. The color is a glorious clear brown-red with a touch of orange when held up to the light, much like a red ale, but way more legendary. The aroma is light in hops, light in oak, but the headturner here was the tropical fruits I smelled: guava and starfruit. They were surprising to me, and took me about 3 straight minutes of smelling to narrow down specific fruit smells. I'm not experienced enough to know if this tropical smell comes from fruits or hops, but it is definitely what I'm smelling. I don't taste the fruits, but I taste bitter hops with a little oak, and a small sting on the tongue from the carbonation. This beer sticks slightly on the mouth. This does not taste like a 7.2% beer, and I would definitely consider this a session beer for myself, so excuse me while I crack open bottle #2.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of tewaris
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dan (dvelcich)

"You're still not worthy"
12 oz bottle with a freshness date of November 02, 2010 poured into a New Belgium snifter on October 24, 2010.

Appearance 5/5
Slightly hazy, perhaps because of chill haze; dark rusty, copper brown, with a big tan head, with excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma 4/5
Piney hops, browned sugar, wood.

Taste 4/5
Starts sweet and caramelly with some wood and progresses towards a firm, deep, bitterness, and further towards a long, bitter, medium-dry finish.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium body, and appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability 5/5
Full of flavor, and yet not too high on the ABV; I would take Stone's bastards any day over mediocre barleywines. Not too oaky or woody, but still very good. I have rated this exactly same as regular Arrogant Bastard. If I went looking for woody flavors, I would seek Dogfish Head's Palo Santo Marron.

tewaris, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer! Got this at their brewpub last night. Poured with a huge, light tan, foamy, frothy, sudsy, head that lasts a long time, lots of lace, and some small bubble trails. Color is a lovely, clear medium amber. Aroma is a very nice blend of malt, hop, and yeast. Flavor has lots more depth: the malt, hop, yeast; plus, nutmeg, allspice, oak, dark ripe fruit and a hint of roastiness. Body is very good with great carbonation. Finish is like flavor, but tapers quickly and has a bit of alcohol at the end.

drpimento, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of NODAK
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is of piney hops with some caramel malt...malt seems to take more center stage than with the regular AB. We'll see if that transfers to taste.

Pours a near black color with an inch thick head that lasts quite a long time with really nice lacing.

Taste is pretty similar to regular AB as well, although I do notice a couple of things that are different. First, the sweet, caramel malt is a little smoother and seems to have a small vanilla component to it. Secondly, the pine hops are certainly there from the get-go and throughout the beer, but they definitely last into the aftertaste with a potent aspirin bitterness. However, smooth sweetness remains in the mouth as well.

Either way, it's as good as the regular version. A little bit different, but not that much. I wish I could say I really tasted the difference the oak made, but I don't think I can make that claim.

NODAK, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of mkorpal
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red/light brown with a one finger, light tan head on top. A bit of lacing with this beer.

Nose is a heavenly mix of bourbon like oak, vanilla, tannins, and the hops that make the regular AB what it is. I like the mix, it worked well.

Unfortunately, the oak really does not come out in the taste. All I really get is your typical Arrogant Bastard taste, the harsh bitterness from their hops, and some malt. I am a bit disappointed in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light on the tongue, but has a decent amount of body attached. Pretty good mouthfeel.

The oak only goes so far to round this beer out, and it is still a bastard to drink.

mkorpal, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep red in color with a full tan head. The beer is very clear.

S: Very malty sweet with maple syrup aromas as well as Oak, bread, and raisons. There is a nice American Hop scent. Slightly grassy with notes of citrus.

T: Not what I expected form the smell. Very hop forward. Bitterness with earthy characteristics dominates the first taste. The malt really takes a back seat, as does the oak. There is a bit of sweetness in the finish but it is definitely shadowed by the hops. This is good, but not outstanding.

M: Medium thick on body, carbonation seems fine for the brew. Fairly oily as it leaves your mouth.

D: Good but I was hoping for a bit more balance. The smell seems up be up front malt, and the taste seems to be all hops. The oak seems to get lost in this as well.

Beejay, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of ratrod53
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- It's a dark red wood trype of color that lightens up just as you get to the top. A nice 1 finger head to start then fades quickly. It also has nice lace all the way around the glass.

S- I smell a lot of hops coming through with some wood type sifting though with vary little some citrus.

T- Hops attacks your mouth I get some of the minty feel from the hops and some fruit it coming throught but I'm not sure what it is.

M- It feels great it's almost like a burning feeling but in a good way. It has great carbonation, and it's a got a hell of a kick to it.

D- I really really like this beer if this was all I was going to drink all night that would be fine. But if you are going to have many different beers put this beer as one of the last ones you will try, cause it is overpowering my taste buds. Good beer.

ratrod53, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A fat cap of cream head tops an amber on the verge of brown body.

S: Big citrus and pine, mostly pine, burst through. A woodsy scent is coming though, with dark tannins breaking out.

T: The bitterness is bitter mix of bitter tannin and hops. I can't pick any of the fruit out of the hops however. Lots of toasty, caramel and chocolate malt lingers below with some solvent alcohol.

M: Feels pretty great on the tongue, but nothing special.

D: One of these is enough for me. Delicious but it wears down the palate.

Lazerlobe, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of BBP
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Chestnut brown with creamy head and good carbonation.

S- Oak and lots of it. Slight amounts of hops work their way through. Caramel too.

T- A mix of hop bitterness, caramel, hints of citrus, pine notes, all balanced considerably well.

M- Considerably creamy. Carbonation is just right. The body is a tad too thin though.

D- Easy to down, but it's one that you want to savor. I found that the first I had was the best, as the oak flavor was so new and vibrant. Maybe it fades with time, or maybe it was just something that you can only be blown away by once. Still very enjoyable, and very well crafted. Lives up to the arrogance on the bottle.

BBP, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours an opaque, ruddy brown tone with a finger and a half of beige head; outstanding retention and very nice lacing.

the nose is marked primarily by caramel malts and a citrus hoppiness, maybe a touch of vanilla.

aroma pulls through in the flavor with a caramel malt forwardness and a mid-palate eruption of hops (mainly citrus, with a slight suggestion of pine); the oak is most noticeable in the finish. pretty damn tasty.

mouthfeel is surprisingly a hair on the thin side, but not deal-breakingly so; moderate carbonation. relatively high marks for drinkability, though in the final analysis i'm not sure i'd put this above (or even equal to) the regular arrogant bastard. still, an enjoyable beer well worth a try.

perrymarcus, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of beersensei305
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red almost brown color with an off white head. A hop, alcohol, sweetness scent. This beer has all the charaters of the oringal bastard the strong grapefruit flavor, hop bite but it is slightly enriched but the hint of oakness at the end.

beersensei305, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance -- Pours a vivid red with golden highlights and two fingers of sudsy beige head. Wide bands of lacing as well.

Smell -- Citrus pith, new spruce tips, caramel, burnt sugar, a touch of vanilla and fresh lumber. The nose has that quintessential red ale aroma paired with caramelized sugars and the a great

Taste -- Pine sap, citrus pith, and a sturdy caramelized malt backbone. The oakiness is pretty gentle moreover, and it would be easy to think that this would be lost on a full-blown beast like AB, but the woody notes and vanilla-like oak sugars really help to round out the flavor profile and make it both more balanced and complex.

Mouthfeel -- Slightly fuller than medium in body with somewhat mild carbonation, almost creamy toward the swallow. Some drying in the finish from the oak tannins. Drinks beautifully.

Drinkability -- The only thing stopping me from drinking this on a regular basis is the price tag. Phenomenal beer, a step up from standard-issue Bastard. Would *love* to see this in bomber form.

yeahnatenelson, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times in the bottle and on-tap, finally found a bottle that wasn't very near/past the 'best by' date for a review.

Pours a dirty dark red with a super creamy beige head. Retains as a full cap the whole time and leaves good lacing.

Smell and taste are caramel, pine, grapefruit, toasty malts. Some minty and floral notes with a sweet finish. Oak doesn't really stand out as a flavor at all but seems to have really smoothed out the beer, very good balance overall.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, very smooth and creamy, still has it's original aggressive qualities just with an easier, seemingly maltier drinking experience. Alcohol well-hidden.

Though I wish the oak came out in the flavors themselves, it was definitely nothing but a compliment to an already great beer.

Chico1985, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of kreeper
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This will be a fairly straightforward and simple, hedonistic review as I've already reviewed the straight Arrogant Bastard and so much has already been said about this beer.

Basically, I feel that the Bastard is already a full-throttle beer and the oak-aging is wasted on it. Sure, the oak is present (and it's drying, woody character does help to tone down and smooth the beast a bit), but does it really help to improve the character of the beer? I'd say not. It's different, but it's not better. And there's just too much going on to really enjoy the character of the wood (although it is oak-chips, right?). Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

kreeper, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of MLucky
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is just badass. No other way to put it.

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Deep amber body, persistent quarter inch of tan foam, lots of lacing.

Nose is lots of deep toasty malt, some bready yeast scent, hops surprisingly recessed but present.

Taste is just exceptional. Very deep and malty with a nice hop aftertaste, surprisingly little alcohol flavor for a 7.2% beer, you kind of have to be looking for it to notice.

Drinkability... well, this is a strong ale to sit with and savor, one that will sit in the glass and wait for you without going flat or stale. Smoother than regular AB.

What can one say? Stone continues to impress. One of the best things I've had in months.

MLucky, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of lovetranquillity
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark brown. Thick half inch tannish head, looks inviting and impressive, looks like beer should look.

Smell: floral, definitely hops dominated in smell, grapefruit, some , some barley as well.

Taste: Initial taste is the fuity hops then mellows out to reveal some mango flavor, other fruit, some sweet alcohol,chocolate power and some woody oaky smooth flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Good mouth feel, medium to low carbonation, thicker than water but less than a soda with hfc. Creamy and smooth.

Drinkablitility: Good drinkability, the 7.2 percent is not too noticeable, it is not a very boozy beer. The smooth finish leaves you with a feeling of wanting more. You can drink this and savor the taste and feeling.

Great beer, one of my favorites from stone. I prefer this to the regular, the Oaked aged AB is much smoother drinking and mellow than the regular. Highly recommended.

lovetranquillity, Oct 15, 2010
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,909 ratings.