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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,007 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,007
Reviews: 1,841
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 172
Gots: 461 | 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 TheSupremeAJ
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into standard pint

A- Pours a very nice dark amber with a large creamy white head. Has a slight haziness and suspended yeast particles. Very genuine, and although the the cleanest, most perfect beer, it has imperfections which make it perfect.

S- Very malty, smooth, almost with great cologne-like qualities. I could probably get away with wearing this stuff as cologne!

T- Very nice smooth caramel malts. Strong hop backbone and leveraged hop aroma. The oak chips add a considerable luxury class to an already excellent beer.

M- Good carbonation and a very nice bite from the hops. This beer does not feel thin or underwhelming one bit. The hop resins leave a nice feeling and the alcohol is warming.

D- This is too damn good and I could drink this a long time and be a happy man. I think it may make me a little too arrogant with the 7.2%, however I don't think this beer would be as good if they didn't make it the way it is. They don't call it the Arrogant Bastard for nothing.

Photo of Jayli
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/24 Had on tap at The British Beer Company in Framingham
Served in a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a nice mahogany, copper color with a one finger of khaki, creamy, frothy head. Head recedes leaving sheets of sticky ringlets on the glass.

S: Nose is fruity, caramel malts, and citrus hops.

T: Taste starts with a nice piney hop character followed very quickly by a caramel malt sweetness and a fruitiness, minor hints of vanilla come in. Finish is a woody, oakness nicely blended with a citrus hop bite. The oak in this really smooths out the flavors.

M: Medium to fuller bodied, medium carbonation, nice smooth body with a bit of a dry finish.

D: Goes down dangerously easy, very tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick, nice representation of style. This is a well balanced smooth beer that is worth enjoying a few pints of.

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

A- Dark, slightly copper hue, with a light head.

S- Definitely got the oak, major hop action.

T- This beer has some hop going on, which mixes well with the toasted malts and is finely balanced by the oaking. Quite enjoyable.

M- Medium to heavy, decent carbonation.

D- Love the bastard and this just one ups it. The oak mellows it out a bit allowing the hops to shine. Really enjoyable.

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip-

Appearance- Reddish Copper pour with 3 fingers of tan head that lasts for quite some time. Nice lacing.

Aroma- Oak, dark fruits ( I swear that smell is there), floral hops. Really a great smelling beer that jumps out from feet away.

Taste- Deep, rich caramelized malt backed with a strong hop bitterness. The oaky sweetness really comes through as you work your way through the glass, vanilla notes.

Mouth/Drink- Nice and full but not as sticky as you would expect, probably because of the excellent carbonation. This drinks better than most other big oaked beers I can think of, but it is still not something I would drink a bunch of in one sitting.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark amber red, almost brown color that shines red when held up to the light. It has a nice 2-finger tan head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving a great amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Smells strongly of sweet citrus hops, pine, rye and oak. I honestly cant give this beer enough praise in this category. This beer smells great.

T - The first thing i get is some serious piney hop bitterness that lasts the entire time. Slight caramel sweetness and roasted malts present themselves early in the sip and are immediately followed by oak. This is really a hopped up oaked strong ale. This beer tastes different than it smelled, yet still is wonderful.

M - Medium boded with good carbonation.

D - This is very smooth beer that drinks easily. I will definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of mattkoon
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

when i breathed in a snoot full of the aroma comming off of this beer i couldnt place it at first. after my first sip i realized what it was. the grapefruit flavor came through like a laser beam. the rich caramel color and sour bitterness make this beer very unique. i really appreciate the complexity of its flavor.

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

Nice ruby-copper pour with a two finger off white head and great lacing. Very unique, complex, almost medicinal and spicy nose. Lots of sticky, resiny, pine up front with hints of oak, cinnamon, corriander, cloves and a touch of vanilla. The taste mirrors the smell with the bitter, piney hops the star. Just as spicy and complex as the smell with cinnamon, corriander and cloves all coming through. A subtle caramel malt sweetness balances out the bitterness quite nicely. This thing really mellows as it warms and becomes very smooth and drinkable. Another winner from Stone!

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

Very hoppy, but not overpowering, as I do not like the bitter hops. The oak clearly made a difference and seemed to mellow out some of the bitter overtones. I got a hint of vanilla, which was surprising.

It was an aggressive beer, but not overpowering. I feel it went down easier than expected, which could be bad, but I haven't like most of Stone's Brew before, so this was a very splendid surprise. I'd highly recommend it.

Photo of goldbot
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, to be enjoyed by 2/2/2011.

Pours dark pinkish ruby, mostly clear, with dense cream to tan colored head. Great head retention and lacing. Fruity hops aromas of citrus, tropical fruits - mango and grapefruit; sweet pine resins as well. Only hints of malt with some raisin and caramel notes. Bitterly hoppy, more on the resinous side with less citrus. Perhaps the hops have faded a bit? It can be hard to find fresh Stone on the East coast sometimes. A nice woody, earthy flavor from the oak, underlined with sweet malts. Medium bodied but lighter than expected with the combination of high malts/alcohol, lots of hops, and wood character.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Deep red-orange with medium visibility, medium off-white head that leaves decent lacing throughout the experience

S-Strong hop presence, citrus, and hey what do you know, oak

T-Even better than the incredible scent, rich hops and grapefruit initially attack the palate while the essence of the oak mulls over the tongue as an afterthought. Similar to the original bastard but the oak really takes it to another level, maybe even with a hint of vanilla bean.

M-Crisp and incredibly bubbly

D-The folks at stone took an amazing beer and 1 up'd it.. congrats, an incredibly drinkable brew

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

Deep red color with a orange tinged tan head that was 1/2 inch thick. Head dissipated quickly leaving just a thin trace after a couple of minutes.

Aroma was not surprisingly more muted than regular AB with the oak present and balancing the sweetness & aggressive hop aromas. A pleasant aroma.

Wow! I didn't really expect this to be that different that AB, but the oak really changes this beer more than I expected it would. There's a real lasting quality to the wood on the palate -- this changes the hop character especially because the oak overlays a lot of when the hop bitterness would traditionally come in. A lot of vanilla in the oak finish, too. This is still an aggressive, assertive beer, but it is more balanced and, dare I say, refined than AB.

Nice full mouthfeel but with a drying quality from the oak in the finish. Outstanding beer!

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

Pours a deep red colour, slightly orange around the edges. Head is nice and dense, but webbed out here and there with an orange-tinged beige colour. Lace is quite nice and clingy, and body is clear. Nice colour; nice everything.

Smells very fruity and fresh with a good whiff of funk as well. Lots of citrus with malty undertones, slight soapy note and some distinct lucerne with dampness. Touch of acidity as well and maybe some cinnamon spice. Intriguing definitely; enticing definitely. Yeah, this is a definite beer.

Melony character on the assault, just the front. Gets very rich and malty and surprisingly dark on the mid-palate with barley sugar, burnt toast and a rich chocolatey flavour. Yeah, really oddly dark and bitter even on the mid. Slight freshness comes through though on the back, slight fruitiness from some heavy hopping. Underlying it all is a nice woodiness that goes equally well with that odd dark richness and the fresh flavour hopping. Not heavy-handed, just nice and complementary. A really quite intriguing palate, good beer.

Not bad texture, feels oddly thin at times but has a noticeable body on the mid. Thinness comes largely at the back but it just allows it to go down very easily.

Very tasty beer; slightly odd and slightly rich at times. That makes it a beer not for every day, but still a tasty one.

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

12 oz. bottle pours a dark red color with a nice one finger head that disspates promptly. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Piney hop scent with just hint of malt and grapefruit.

Tasty hop flavor following the aroma. Pine resin, grapefruit. The oak flavor seems to make it a bit more tame than the regular Arrogant Bastard, but in a good way. I like the more malty backbone.

Great offering for the hop lover. Nice combination of flavors and fairly easy to drink. I like this a little better than the regular version.

Photo of gratedjuice
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark amber color with an off white head of foam, lacing throughout the drink

S-hops and floral smell is prominent

T-strong citrus and hop taste and you can taste the difference that the oak aging makes over the normal bastard.

M-Lightly carbonated with bit of an alcohol bite at the end of the drink

D-nice smooth drink with a decent ABV. This beer benefits from the aging process. Obviously not a party beer but goes well with dinner or a night in with friends

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle
Served on an ommegang rare vos glass

A: pours a medium depth amber color with a nice amount of foamy white head that lingers nicely, leaves considerable amount of lacing

S: suprising citrus notes backed by the slight woody scent from the oak barrelled aging.

T: nice citrus/ hoppiness, has a nice deep finish with the slight woody notes, slight alcohol bite

D/M: smooth drinking brew, great taste and unique finish helps the drinkability, slight carbonation tingle

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

Poured a hazy, deep mahogany with a finger of thick cream colored head. It looks the part of a pretty substantial beer. The hops come across in a fragrant, floral manner. There's also a hint of grapefruit along with a biscuity malt with a hint of spiciness. This spiciness (kind of a nutmeg/pumpkin combo) shows itself more in the taste. In the taste, the citrus is more of an orange intermingling with pine. You also get a woody, earthy twang on the back end. Maybe just a hint of vanilla as well. Pretty rich and creamy feel. The alcohol really doesn't show itself. I'm thoroughly impressed by this one.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with a medium tanned head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: A load of citric hops, along with the usual Arrogant Bastard tea-like and toasty aromas, but has a bit of a mustier note all-round.

Taste: Begins well-rounded: the usual AB flavors of citrus, tea-sweetness, and citrus are there. The finish is similarly flowery yet sweet compared to regular old Arrogant Bastard. However, this brew seams a bit mustier, with more subdued hops and with a woody taste replacing the lost hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Heavier in body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is basically the same as Arrogant Bastard, however, the taste of the beer yields more of a balanced flavor profile than it's inspiration. Just as drinkable as AB, but a bit more savory.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a sixer of this and was quite hesitant because of the $16.99 price tag... well worth it in my book though!

A: Pours almost black with a decent head

S: Just like arrogant bastard, but with some wood chips... I like it!

T: This is delicious! I love AB, and this takes it to another level. The oak isn't too overpowering, but it's definitely there

M: Great

D: Awesome, glad it comes in a six pack though

Photo of treyrab
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this multiple times. Very close to its non oak aged brother.

Pours a clear New Orleans Saints gold with a solid white head. Smell is definitely much drier than the non oak aged version. Tons of pine hops, grass, and hints of fresh medium-toast oak. Taste is nice bitter pine hops as well as the dry medium-toast oak. Not much caramel or underlying malt qualities. I prefer this to the non oak version A) because I really like how much drier this is due to the oak and B) this is a little more hop-forward than the other version.

Overall, a great beer.

Photo of Estocker
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark cherry mahogany color. Beautiful glass, nice head and lacing.

Smells great, a nice bouquet of citrusy hops with a ton of caramely malt to back it up.

Taste is similar to the nose, but the wood chips come into play. It seems to be a lot smoother than the regular AB. Im not sure if it's because it's been aged slightly or because of the wood in it but it drinks a lot easier, not as harsh.

Drinkability is good up until I finish the glass, at that point I feel very content but can no longer continue.

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

Poured from a 20oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown / amber with a pretty thick head that turns into an awesome lace. Looks about as badass as its bottle.

S - Woody and fruity. I smell passion fruit or grapefruit, along with some pine maybe? The aroma is intense, and one of the best parts of this brew.

T - Awesome. A hint of booze makes its way through, which adds to the beer significantly. I taste fruit and wood mostly. Strong malts for that bread aftertaste, and super strong hops. This baby is BITTER, which is just the way I like it!

M - Silky smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation. Dry finish. Like I said, this brew is bitter, and it sticks around. Have you ever eaten 80% cocoa dark chocolate? Think about how that made your mouth feel, and apply it to this beer.

D - Pretty easy to drink, but I wouldn't want more than one over the course of a night. Did I mention it tastes delicious?

This is one of my favorite beers ever. It is fantastic. The non-oaked version is also fantastic. DEFINITELY recommended, but you have to like a strong beer which is damn bitter. Otherwise, this isn't the beer for you.

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

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery into an imperial pint

A- just like regular AB. A gorgeous opaque ruby with a thin head that laces for days. A perfect example of a great looking beer.

S- a nice sweet bourbon roasted malt scent with some sweet brown sugar undertones. A nice piney hop bitterness lingers in the background.

T- hard to describe perfection. A big robust hoppy awesomeness with a strong dry malt back end. Great earthy pine hop bitterness just makes you want to keep gulping this bad boy down.

M- very crisp and menacing. So bitter, but yet so smooth. Has a slight linger on the tip of your tongue, but not anything unpleasant

D- for those "worthy", this is a very drinkable beer. So smooth, yet big and bold.

This beer is not for everyone. If you want a friendly amber or smooth golden ale, do not try it. If you want a big strong ale, grab a sixer, and enjoy!

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

Pours out a nice, deep red color that isn't opaque but not overly clear. Thin, off-white head.

Smells of fruit, spice, some alcohol/hop blend. A little bit of pepper and maybe burnt cinnamon.

Tastes a full flavored bitterness with dark fruit and a peppery connotation. A slight licorice buzz to it. It's got a lot of flavor and it changes as it warms in the glass. The oak helps smooth it out a little from the original AB or the DB.

The bitterness kind of jumps out at you when paired with the carbonation. The first sip is definitely a wake up.

This is a delicious beer, and drinkability is not a problem as long as you stick to one or a couple.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best by 12/20/10) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear dark copper-brown color on the table, copper and ruby red held up to the light. There is a dense tan foam with thick walls of lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: Mango, mild pine & grapefruit, and a hint of malt sweetness. As the beer warms up you can start to smell some oak wood, but the hops still dominate.

Taste: Mango, pine, and grapefruit hoppiness is strong up front, followed by a quick malt sweetness and then a sharp and lingering bitter finish. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Despite lots of bubbles coming up through the beer, there is very little carbonation on the tongue. The beer is smooth and thick otherwise.

Drinkability: This is a potent brew - very strong in flavor but enjoyable. Went well with Chili and cornbread, and I could see myself having this alone. The higher alcohol is well hidden making this beer a bit dangerous, but with such strong flavors, I'm enjoying it, but my tastebuds need a rest after one. I could see myself finishing off a larger glass though...

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

12oz bottle. Pours a murky,hazy, rust copper color with a thin head. Some lacing. Sweet aroma of oak, hops, and a bit of citrus. Flavor is a great blast of hoppy oak. Great bite to it. An aftertaste of more oak. Certainly drinkable and delicious. Overall Stone improved on an already great beer. Well done.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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