Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,013
Reviews: 1,842
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 176
Gots: 464 | FT: 7
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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 vandemonian
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this alongside the regular arrogant bastard so that I could see how the oaking changed the flavour. Both brews had pretty much the same colour, a cloudy darkish brown colour. The oaked version had a smaller head (0.5 cm instead of 3 cm). The oaked ale has a weaker smell, I guess I lot of the hoppiness faded during the aging. That doesn't really leave that much smell, just some slightly spicy breadiness. The taste is pretty similar to the regular ale: a lovely bready hop flavour. The oaked version is a little drier with some extra woodiness. The aftertaste is slightly different; it's woody, musty and slightly metallic. It's still good, but I prefer it un-oaked.

Photo of Sneers
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 5 days before it's best-by date.

Pours a beautiful ruby when held up to the light and is capped by fat, sand-colored head that leaves a good deal of lacing and pops back up with just a little agitation.

For this late in its recommended life, I'm surprised how prominent the hops remain in the nose, though they're aren't remarkably strong. Citric and piney hops are complimented by a mellow caramel sweetness. The oak is there but really takes the back seat; there's just a tad of vanilla and toast, but this ratio shifts favorably as the beer warms.

Like in the aroma, the hops hit the palate first, but the reminder that this was aged over oak chips comes not far behind. The wood and vanilla flavors at once seem to mellow out the hops and to stand so far apart from them. It seems a slightly odd to me to take such an aggressively hopped beer as AB and introduce it to such subtle flavors, but, on the other hand, an over-oaked version would probably be worse.

In any case, the finish is quite bitter and dry, which I don't recall from the original AB; my guess is that the beer pulled some tannins form the oak. The lingering bitterness hangs around the duration of the entire glass, which I think makes it slightly less drinkable.

The mouthfeel is above average, but nothing spectacular. Pretty good offering from Stone, but given its price tag, I'll probably stick with the regular unless I'm in the mood for a treat.

Photo of Rick187
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth snifter.

Mahogany, reddish with a white finger head and some lacing.

Hops, citrus and a faint hint of oak.

Caramel, hops but not quite as hop heavy as i'm used to from stone, then oak as well.

Medium body with good carbination. Very good mouth feel.

Seems very drinkable to me. The hops aren't overbearing and goes down very easily.

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

Oaked Arrogant Bastard | 350 ml. | 7.2% ABV | vintage

Brewer: Stone Brewing Co.
Style: American Strong Ale
Glass: brandy snifter

Deep crimson, translucent, still, with an exquisite ring of lace.

Hops oils and the faint smack of oaky alcohol.

It opens with a prodigious and delicious malt base, but quickly segues into oily hops, bread crust, and the faintest touch of brandy. The oak profile isn't strong, but manifests itself mid-sip. Hops tell an underdog story, rising from obscurity onto center stage; mint leaves and juicy grapefruit dominate 'til and through the finish.

Medium-bodied with potent levels of carbonation. It's even, smooth, and clear, though one would hope for a heftier feel.

From what I remember of Arrogant Bastard, I was expecting a maltier brew. But that wasn't in the offing. Instead, a terrifically oily hop profile won the day, balancing oaky malts with cutting citrus and grassy herbs.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: January 26, 2011

Price = $2.99 at Whole Foods

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

Was absolutely famished when I came to have this beer. Always a good sign.

Some cloudy deep orangish brown to the eye with orange highlights.Thick dense billowing head.

Oh sweet lord that is good. This is a tasty beer.A firm dry dense bitterness which is very intense yet incredibly balanced. Those wood chips are so so well integratedI wouldn't have believed it had I not tasted it myself. Lots of good sticky lacing all over the inside of that glass.


Photo of oglmcdgl
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle poured into my duvel tulip after a killer dinner.

A- a hard pour yields a huge three finger of tan head that holds for a good bit then slowly settles to a massive amount chunky lace all over the glass. Hazy dark red brown in color with a solid glow to it.

S- toasted bread, caramel, faded resiny hops, some light citrus.

T- opens up with a toffee and caramel sweetness then rolls very hard off the cliff and smashes you into a mouthful of wood. I mean tons of oak and at first is almost a bit off putting. The hops pick up a bit and add and bitter grapefruit and pine resin touch. The wood smooths out after awhile and brings some vanilla into the mix. Long bitter woody finish.

M- a bit above medium in body and a bit less in carb. Semi dry tannic finish.

D- the first time I had this beer it was so woody I was barely able to drink it now after many years and many oak aged beers I can deal with this level of wood. That being said I think this one takes the cake as the woodiest brew I've had. The chips do a real number on this one. If your into wood this one is for you.

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

Deep amber-brownish color, hazy. Lots of fine bubbles. Head looks thick and chunky.

Fruity, resiny, sweet malts, maybe some hint of oak character.

Sweet malts up front along with bitter hops at the backend, very resiny. Fruity character, ripe black cherries. I notice there's a little oak character in the taste, but I barely taste it. Body is medium, carbonation is nice.

Smooth finish, slight bitter aftertaste, a little dry.

Overall Impressions:
It's a very good brew.

Photo of bisonkron
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a dull head that does not stick. Slightly cloudy. No visual carbonation w/o agitation. Light amber color.

Smell - Strong hops smell. Slight woody and smokey smell. Citrus. Slight boozy.

Taste - Similar to smell, the woodyness shined through somewhat. citrus was stronger in the taste. a light yeast flavor. bitter(unpleasent) aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Great carbonation. crisp.

Drinkability - ? Great drinkability, smells of booze, but does not taste of it nearly as much.

Glass: snifter

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color. It poured with a two finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. The dissipating head also left lacy patterns running along the edges of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of oak.
T: Flavors of roasted malts and accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness; there are notes of oak in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Enjoy by date is 2/16/11. Pours a reddish brown with a sold inch of foam. Good lacing. Syrupy sweet malt on the nose. Notes of oak and vanilla are present as well. Very bourbon-like. Full bodied with little carbonation but not so syrupy as to detract much from the drinkability. Not much different from the original bastard until you describe the palate. The oak hits you up front and almost drowns out the nice malt that, in my opinion, makes the unoaked version so great. Not bad though. Just a different character. The hops still come through strong on the finish but not as quickly or aggressively as the original. The oak lingers with the hops through the finish so you are left with a honey sweetness with a touch of bitterness instead of a wave of palate searing hoppy resin. This gives it a cleaner feel, making it easier to drink. I like this more than I remember. Maybe as much as the original.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark amber almost brown color, with a lacing tan head. The smell isnt the best, smells like a 2x4. The taste is very hopy, with a nice oaked flavor. Very harsh, and very powerfull. Overall I found this beer, amazing, in my top 10.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a dark, semi clear reddish colour with a thin white creamy head. Aroma is nutty, oak, smoke and a bastard's wild oats. Astringent mouthfeel, noticeably strong but well integrated hop character. Raisins, caramel, black licorice and wood flavors. An enjoyable beer with interesting flavors spun off from the bigger brother.

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

A helluva brew. Rich dark amber almost glowing brown color. Opaque and a tad hazy, looks like maple syrup in a beer glass, almost like a solid instead of a liquid. Very imposing. Good couple finger creamy froth head. The refined hoppy bitterness tastes like the traditional Arrogant Bastard Ale sans the Oak, but after some more tinkering to iron out the kinks. Thins out a bit after aspiration and hoppiness-to-mellow sweetness balance starts to shift towards sweetness. Citrusy notes of grapefruit rind are apparent, as is a mild caramely sweetness. Mid-range carbonation. Complex but patient and not overpowering mouthfeel, a little on the heavy side. No unduly lingering bitterness. In a word, a masterpiece!

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

Reviewed from Notes

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: amberish-brown and opaque, 1/2 inch head recedes to a thin layer, some spotty lacing, some bubbling indicating good carbonation, fairly pleasant to look at

N: citrusy hops mix well with the oak chips, faint smoky note, don't remember liking the original arrogant bastard this much

T: grape fruit bitterness surround by full bodied oak, very DIPA like--> except the same malt note that bothers me in the original (Rye possibly)

M: very creamy and excellent for such big flavor

D: pretty good, but that malt note knocks down the score slightly for me

Overall an exceptional beer that packs an incredible amount of taste into a 7.2% beer. As I tell friends, I am just barely worthy of this beer. I enjoy the hop overload, but the malt bill always throws me slightly. I do think that the oak chip aged version does mute some of the characteristics slightly making the overall taste more cohesive and less abrasive.

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

Reviewed from notes 1/9/2011

A: hoppy and sweet at the same time, perhaps a small hint of vanilla and oak

Ap: a reddish-brown hue with a 1½ finger tan colored head. left decent lacing on the glass.

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, medium body, rather dry

Af: sweet up front, but very bitter on the backend. hoppiness very present. the bitterness lingers on the tongue

O: a decent brew, well balanced, not necessarily a beer you need more than one of at a time.


Photo of DrDemento456
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I had to pick this up since Lucky bastard rocked my taste buds. I like the regular Arrogant and the Double was way too yeasty so I can't wait to taste this brew

A - Pours a semi dark hazy amber with a nice half inch of head. Caked sediment in the bottom of my bottle may suggest a old bottle. Lacing looks awesome.

S - Really funky the oak and hops smell pretty strong almost woodsy. Slight caramel sweetness on the nose.

T - Wow that's pretty balanced. Starts off hoppy and bitter then the oak kicks in almost faintly kicks the bitterness down a notch and oaky wood flavors pretty strong yet smooth. Finishes sweet but not too sweet making me take another sip to re-evaluate. Impressive!

M - Medium bodied. Kind of dry but smooth.

D - Well I can see what the base was in lucky bastard! The oaking of this beer really takes it to the next level and makes me want to mix it with the regular Bastard. A very good bastard of a beer! BTW single was 3.75 but if I was able to get a sixer for under 15 bucks I would pick it up.

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

A - Auburn color, slightly cloudy. Nice foamy head, but doesn't last long. Tons of lacing.
S - Smell is lightly hoppy and a little sweet.
T - The taste is balanced, somewhat mellow but nice. Not really a strong presence of oak, but the time in the barrel seems to have taken off some of the rough edges. The hops are apparent, but not overpowering, little bit a sweetness on the tip of your tongue.
M - Mouthfeel is slightly heavy, but not syrupy.
D - All around very drinkable beer. Flavors are nicely balanced, nothing offensive, enjoyable without getting old quickly. First glass went down fast.

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

Poured into a glass at about 45 degrees.

A: Nice auburn color. Midsized bubbles in the head. Head itself doesn't last long, but lacing does. A little cloudy.

S: Really nice smell. I wasn't expecting to smell the woodiness of it, but you can. Also can pick up the alcohol smell with hints of caramel and a bit of vanilla.

T: Very good. It does taste like standard Arrogant Bastard, with a lot more complexity. You can taste the oak. High hop flavor with a bit a lot of bitterness. Good malt flavor, but it plays second fiddle to the other flavors. Aftertaste will stick with you! The bottle says that they used American oak. I wonder what it would be like with French oak?

D: I wouldn't drink this with any lightly favored meal, or switch to another beer, but on it's own it is very drinkable!

Highly recommend!

Photo of awalk1227
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/16/10

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber with a thick, sickly orange/white head. Lacing appears on the glass, not a lot though.

S: Oak and hops up front for sure. There's the faintest whiff of alcohol, and perhaps a small amount of caramel malt.

T: Wow. Intensely bitter with hops abound. A fresher bottle may have yielded more grapefruit as some reviews say. Oak plays a part and dances well with the malt profile. Definitely Stone's take on this style. (both regular and Oaked)

F: My favorite part of this beer. Silky creamy as it gives a nice full mouthfeel. Even large sips go down easily. I prefer this to the regular.

D: Your one and only, Stone palate wrecker. I could do a few bottles though.

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

Poured into a pint glass. This beer has an amazing appearance and smell. Great taste and complex flavors. Malt is brought out by the oak, but still a nice hop bite on the finish. There is a rich, creamy mouthfeel -- not unlike the taste you get from a beer on nitro tap. A very enjoyable beer to drink. Despite what other tasters say, I could drink these all day long.

Photo of tmcelvain
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy rust coloured beer, with a musty, slightly off smell. The smell is not hoppy, or malty, or even oak. More like mildew. Tastes of celery. A very dry taste, and not a lot of oak flavor. This finishes with full hop bitterness, but without a spice, or floral, or fruit taste that makes other hoppy ales so appealing. Nothing memorableon the tongue, and this has a very low drinkability for me due to the dry and mustyness of the beer. This has a good look and feel, but does not otherwise impress me. I would try it again, just to make sure I did not get one that had been mishandled, but otherwise would not seek it out. Overall I was pretty dissapointed after really loving Double Bastard.

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

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery into a pint glass. The beer is a cloudy brown/amber color with no head. Smells are earthy, with hints of nut and wood aromas. Very well blended nose. Initial taste is a hop forward flavor, which is very well balanced with a malty-sweet and wood taste. The beer is round and full bodied in mouth, with a smooth, bitter finish. The beer also maintains the bitterness with a hoppy aftertaste. It was surprisingly easy to drink despite the bold flavors.

Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a fan of regular AB, but like Oaked a fair bit better. The color is a reddish mahogany with about 3/4 inch of medium tan head that had decent retention and lacing. The harsh aromas and flavors of standard AB are soften with the time on the oak.

The woody scent masks some of the hop sharpness, but those hops still show through on the tongue. The body is much smoother and thus more enjoyable.

While drinkability is better than the normal Gargoyle, I still can't see having more than one or two of these at a sitting.

Photo of seanyfo
2.65/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served into a Heineken half pint glass.

A- Dark hazy copper body with 2 finger creamy head that holds well considering abv, with some nice lacing.

S- Hops dominating, i would compare it to a really well aged mature cheddar. A little raisin perhaps, a vinous note, maybe could even describe it as vinegar like!

T- Its just hop domination start to finish, the well aged cheddar note comes through for me in the beginning but the sharpness of the grapefruit like hops overpower and dominate into the lingering dry finish. Malt hasnt a hope.

M- Medium body and high carbonation.

D- Its just not enjoyable for me. I understand this style is very hop focussed but this is just flat out hop domination. I can appreciate the strong hop aroma but the lack of balance has me wincing with each mouthful, crying out for a little malt sweetness. Not a style i can consider drinkable.

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

A- Pouted into a wheat glass because i heard the head was ridiculous... didn't let me down at all, head is about two in a half fingers, to over flowing. A dark amberish appearance with a bubbles that seem to never end. same with the head and lacing.

S- is very malty, but very pleasant... i almost wanna make a candle that smells like this.

T- i taste a lot of caramel malts. nice bitter after taste. very smooth oak taste as well.

M- Very nice bubbly carbonation. bitterness hits the back of your mouth but quickly dissipates

D- This is a highly drinkable beer, the finish is not too bitter at all. This is a well blend of malty with not an over powering hop finish. I almost want to stand up and clap after drinking this beer.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,013 ratings.