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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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5,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,033
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 482 | 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 oglmcdgl
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
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
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
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
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
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
3.04/5  rDev -27.6%
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
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%
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
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of TheOtherMike
2.19/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

I'm on good terms with the Double Bastard, so I didn't expect this to be so different. I do not like molasses. I do not like the smell of molasses. This reminds me terribly of molasses. Fortunately, the alcohol content overpowers one's taste buds and the molasses taste fades. I got through it ok and recommended it to a friend that likes this type and he gave it a thumbs up.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful mahogany in color. Has think lasting tan head. Carbonation is visible. A little lacing as well.

S - Pine and citrus hops dominate the nose. Toffee malts and alcohol are in the background trying to be noticed. Also picking up a woody character towards the end of the nose.

T - Sweet up front unlike the nose this time with a citrus bitterness in the middle with tinge of alcohol and oak.

M/D/N Medium bodied and soft, with medium carbonation. Fills nice on the palate. I could see drinking plenty of this beer with no problem. Drinkability is good. Although doesnt warrant the high price tag at 18 dollars a six pack.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.12/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap to a medium wine glass at Taco Mac in Austel, Georgia. Earlier today from notes.

Looked great. A deep mahogany brown with orange highlights. A short but stunning caramel/creamy head. By the time I was finished there was lacing from top to the bottom of the glass.

Smell was malty, sweet and boozy. Tastes sweet from abundant malts with strong bitterness, particularly on the finish. A little booze. I didn't pick up on any wood whatsoever.

The mouth feel was sharp and not at all smooth like I would expect from a barrel-aged beer.

I did not want another when I was done. I switched to something else.

What a huge disappointment. Not a bad beer, but I expected something great. I'll try it again, maybe from the bottle next time.

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

Okay, keeping in line of trying aged beers, this is my take on Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

Looks terrific... Mounds of tan and rocky cranium, along with a copper colored body that has a mild haze to it.

The aroma is spruce, toffee, and a hint of that woody oak.

Taste wise it has a strong backbone of caramel and toffee qualities, and has a great clean blast of piny hops.

Really full in body and maybe a little too oily, which would be my only off critique for this bastard.

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

12 oz bottle

Time to try the oaked version.

Pours a dark amber with huge foamy off-white head. Nose is obviously wood from the oak, mostly piney hops. Taste is earthy, the oak really comes through on the palatte, body is malty and barley, finishes with an aftertaste or bitter wood. Pretty heavily bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. One of the better oak-aged beers I've tried. ABV sneaks up on you, so smooth and drinkable.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,033 ratings.