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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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4,648 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,648
Reviews: 1,822
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 135
Gots: 325 | 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 GilGarp


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

12oz. brown bottle, no date, served cold in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy redish brown with thick creamy white head on top. Head lasts forever leaving a nice sticky lace on the glass. Poor clarity is the only negative here.

Aroma is sweet and somewhat bready with subtle but distinct oak character. Hops are minimal as more malty smells come forward with the oak.

Flavor is intense and immediately lets you know it's from the bastard family. It's the strength of flavors both from the large grain bill and multiple hop additions that make it known this is a big Stone beer. Then the complexity of vanilla and smoke from the oak chips comes through. It's a miracle that wood isn't lost in the other dominant flavors. A nice carmel sweetness up front gives way to big earthy hop flavor towards the middle. It finishes with a sticky dryness, some tannins, and residual oak flavors.

Mouthfeel is full of body, lowish carbonation, and sticky hop resin.

Double Bastard is one of my favorite Stone beers and this one is certainly up there too. There is a lot to appreciate in this wood aged beer. It definately makes me want to try more of the oaked varieties.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 22:05:51 | More by GilGarp
Photo of DoctorDog


3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. "Best by 09 08 09" printed lightly on the bottom of the bottle.

A- Clear reddish amber. Pours with 2+ fingers of creamy tan head, which fades very slowly to a solid cap; incredible retention. Ample lacing.

S- Bit of pine/herbal hoppiness....perhaps some oaken notes. Light maltiness. Hints of metallic aroma.

T- Pine & herbal hop, hints of malty sweetness, smoky/charcoal/wood, metallic twinge. A lot going on with the interjection of oak...interesting, but not completely working for me.

M- Moderate carbonation with a pretty full feel. Actually fairly creamy, and goes down smooth....oiliness builds and coats as consumed. Quite good here.

D- Ok. The oakiness would seems to dull my palate pretty rapidly, so I don't think I'd ever opt for more than one 12 oz'er at a time.

Future outlook: This was alright, but for my money, wasn't as good as "regular" AB. Probably won't revisit anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 01:42:46 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of bjacobsen


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into the Stone AB pint glass.

A- Pours a copper color with reddish tints and a faint redness accompanies the impressive off-white three finger head. As the head dissipates, albeit nice and slowly, there is a quality lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

S- This offers a similar balance of the bouquet of piney hops and roasty, toasty malt backbone as the original with a very faint hint of smoked wood. I like the unique twist to this one.

T- Hops up front, with a timely counter attack of malt to round it out. The oak/wood presence is definitely more prevalent in the flavor than it was in the nose. This one has more of a smoky finish than the original, and honestly, it's hard to say if that is better or worse. I guess it's just different. They are both pretty stinking tasty.

M- Medium bodied, slightly astringent with a puckering in the back. Not off-putting, just attention-getting.

D- Like the original AB, this is a very assertive beer with a "Thank you sir, can I please have another?" conundrum of palette punishment being overcome by the primal urge for another. Great beer, but the one area I found it to be inferior to the original is with it's drinkability. There is a lingering smoke to this one that is very interesting and tasty (would undoubtedly pair wonderfully with food) but is a little more to handle than the AB.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 20:00:48 | More by bjacobsen
Photo of ocelot2500


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, dark amber with an off white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell is of wood, floral, pine hops, and a slight roasted malt.

Tastes of the woody oak flavor supporting the hops with a slight sweetness from the roasted malt. The hops are of the floral, pine, and citrus variety. This tastes like the arrogant bastard with the oak flavor toning it down.

Mouthfeel is a good medium body that is smooth and wonderful. The carbonation supports everything this beer wants to be.

This beer is very good, but the woody taste might get to me after a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 00:06:09 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of Hullabaloo2


3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - A mild aroma with citrus and floral hops. The oak comes through in the aroma.

Appearance - Deep copper in color with a light tan head. The head poured 1 1/2 finger widths, but dissipated to 3/4 finger widths. Slight haze. Good lacing.

Flavor - Some citrus hop flavor. Caramel. Malty, but not sweet/cloying. Smokey? Has malt backbone, but bitterness dominates. The bitterness lingers on the finish.

Mouth feel - Medium body. Average carbonation.

Overall Impression - A drinkable beer. The oak is interesting. It seems the oak subdues the hop flavor making it bitter with out the nice hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 06:03:17 | More by Hullabaloo2
Photo of KCHopHead


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

Poured 12 oz bottle into Boulevard Smokestack goblet.

A - Deep amber color. Small head that dissapates. Thin vertical lines of lacing.

S - At first a sour almost skunky then I pulled in oak, caramel, and the malt to come. Not a lot of hop smell.

Mouthfeel first - Suprisingly light to the mouth with medium to low carbonation.

T - A malty brew where the after taste sticks out as the most prominent taste of pure Oak. The oak almost disguises any alcohol going down. Not a lot of hop taste yet still pretty balanced.

D - Drinkability and mouthfeel were very surprising to me since it went down so smooth and fast. I wish I had the 750 ml bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 18:46:29 | More by KCHopHead
Photo of fostwal


4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer to savor after a long day at work. This is a very well balanced strong ale. I can't believe that its 7.2%. The bitter hops is the first thing that you taste. But, its not overpowering. Its hoppy bite is mellowed by the oak aging. The carbonation is full and not fizzy. Its the second sensation that hit. Then the carbonation and bite fade and the rich malty and oak flavors linger for a while. Not strong, just present.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 22:02:09 | More by fostwal
Photo of NewGeneric


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

Had this the other day while brewing. Poured a dark amber/ruby red color with beige head that faded somewhat slowly and left good lacing. Smelled of malt, earthy hops, spice and fruit. Tasted of caramel malt and earthy hops. Very smooth. Even better than the original.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 16:25:59 | More by NewGeneric
Photo of jbone78


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

I have had this beer fresh and it is good. I have read that it is better with some age. It is different, but not better. I have had these stored for about three months drinking one every now and again. I think it is starting to go down from here.

A- Pours a dark redish color with a finger of head. The retention leaves after a couple of minutes.
S- The smell is better fresh. The one I have now gives some caramel notes, but not as apparent as fresh.
T- Mild hops, very oaky, sweet malts.I like.
M- The only thing I do not like is the oaky sticky aftertaste. The beer is very balance, but has a sour-earthy aftertaste.
D- I drink ABA aften at bars fresh. That is how I think it is intended.


Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 22:02:49 | More by jbone78
Photo of kzoobrew


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

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed on 01/02/2009.

Pours a deep amber color. Creamy off white 2 finger head. Great retention with patchy lacing

Nice oakiness up front. Hops more subdued when compared to unoaked version. Nice caramel malt aroma.

Hop flavors come through while bitterness is subdued. Fantastic oak flavor adds complexity to an already great beer.

Smooth and creamy mouth feel. Carbonation is light bit adequate for this brew.

Wonderfully drinkable and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 21:27:13 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

Purchased through online order from the Beers of Europe, a Britain-based beer shop; coming in a 12Fl. Oz. slim, brown bottle, served cool in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours an ultra-elegant dark ruby hue with fairly good clarity and restrained, fine carbonation, while the dark beige frothy head retains the body well and lasts throughout the drink.
S: richly aromatic as the Arrogant Bastard (AB) Ale that I tried four days ago, bursting with perfumy, caramely, longan-fruity, ripe raisiny and creamy malts as well as juicy American hops, quite like a well-hopped barley wine, this. Oakiness... is mild, but a swirl seems to wake up a mildly sweet edge of sweet woodiness as of coconut-ish and vanilla scent of new American white oak barrels, but not assertive. The theme is still dominated by the complex AB beer base, and pleasantly so.
T: the flavour is bitter-sweet from the beginning, with lots of tea-ish tannins, grapefruity flavour, toasted apples, and longan-fruits, along with a deep-running hop bitterness lingering in the aftertaste and causing a little bit of chewy palate. The oak influence, again, is in its most subtle in addition to the main AB theme, giving a lovely vanilla-ish edge properly expressed at the back of the palate. Interestingly, the overall performance is not as lively as AB, but still highly enjoyable and complex.
M&D: very smooth on the carbonation, the body is full but not OTT, the flavour is complex and not overly oaked, and the alc., just like AB, is very well hidden. A balanced act overall, as complex as it is highly quaffable. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 18:25:43 | More by wl0307
Photo of tyanow


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

This is mostly cut and pasted from my review of the non oaked variety. Some additions have been made.

A - Dark amber with small tan head.

S - sweet alcohol, a little earthy.

T - very malty, some hop bitterness, a touch of burnt caramel, and a very slight hint of fruitiness. Seems earthier than the non-oaked but not woodier - if that makes sense.

M - fills the palate and stimulates all parts of the mouth. Goes down smooth and warm (7.2%)

D - For a 7+% beer this is about as drinkable as it gets. This beer, despite its name, is quite approachable.

I give this a slight nod over its garden variety brother, but you can't miss with either one.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 22:34:01 | More by tyanow
Photo of rtepiak


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

pour is copper amber with a nice sticky lace of a head. a good amount of wood chips in the process made the palate and nose a bit boarder. well malted. with a mild wood, honey, pine nose. the palate has a wonderful interesting lemon zest pepper and sweet woody honey pollen. no alcohol in there really. nice work. much broader than the regular arrogant bastard.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 06:00:01 | More by rtepiak
Photo of wesbrownyeah


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

Found one of these in Daytona Beach at a bar.
Bought it and brought it home for tasting.

A- A nice dark amber color with little foam head and minimal lacing... might be old. Small foam rim around the neck. (Note: Warmer temperature improves charactor of beer, alittle.)

S- Strong smell of malts and piney hops. Mild and faint scent of oak follows.

T-M- Nice hop bite with medium malts and oak finish makes this one a tad different than the regular Arrogant Bastard. Nice warming alcohol feel on the back end of the drink. Smooth for its style and thick mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable and a great strong ale. Will find more for my enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 03:33:55 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of david18

New York

3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what the big deal is here. It pretty much tastes the same as the regular Arrogant Bastard, the one advantage is that you can get it in 12 ounce bottles. worth getting if that' s importnat to you and if the per ounce price is not much higher than the standard.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 23:37:04 | More by david18
Photo of CampusCrew


4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn that was fing smooth...

appearance: darn brown reddish tint color

smell: loaded and more loaded hops would have guessed an IPA and a nice woodsy malt flavor

taste: loaded IPA, almost double. wait not an IPA, just that much hops. a great oak flavor really comes through here. even better than the orignal AB

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: overall a great beer and one of the best beers on the market period. Love this beer with some good BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 01:32:18 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of DeathbySexyBT


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

Stone managed to improve upon an already amazing beer in Arrogant Bastard by aging it in oak barrels. This gave the beer yet another level of complexity. The earthy tones in the aging complement the existing brilliance in Arrogant Bastard Ale without overriding any of the flavor in the non-oaked version. I cannot say enough about how balanced and rich this beer is.

If you have not tried this beer, you must as it is truly a work of art!

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 15:06:39 | More by DeathbySexyBT
Photo of sensorglitch

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this poured from a bottle. The color was nice, had a good odor to it, it didn't have the same smell as the arrogant bastard regular, iI could detect a difference in the two beers for sure. The taste had a little bit more of a depth, and a bite to it than the non oaked arrogant bastard and you could taste the wood working with the beer to change the flavor and depth. However, the flavour difference wasn't really enough to justify the price difference in my opinion. I personally prefer to regular arrogant bastard.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 19:40:15 | More by sensorglitch
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

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

Pours a murky deep ruby in color with an off white head and excellent lacing. The smell is complex and rich with earth notes, a big hint of oak and some extremely bitter hops. The flavor is a bit hot when fresh but nothing like a straight up bastard. Bitter grapefruit and earth oak flavoring cover the pallet and a lingering almost barleywine after taste hangs around for a while. As for mouthfeel and drinkability, well its almost to good. I could drink this all day

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 01:14:48 | More by dickieb
Photo of JamesP123


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

POured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A. A Beautiful deep dark red with two fingers of off white almost beige head. Amazing lacing down the glass

S. Oh boy, this is one aromatic brew. Malty caramel sweetness, vanilla, slight oak undertones. Smells a bit like prunes or another dark ripe fruit. All with a little hop kick.

T. More fruitiness, some ripe fruit along with some citrus from the hops. Nice balance of the Ok flavor - very mild, but definately there. Not as sweet as I was expecting from the smell. A bit of spicyness. Really good Ale

M. Thick creamy mouthfeel -leaves a resiny coating in the mouth after each sip from the major doses of hops.

D. The beer has major flavors, but they all balance out pretty well. Basically everything is over the top ib a really good way. A must try

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 03:04:45 | More by JamesP123
Photo of endincolorado


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

Appearance- Clear, deep, ruby-amber with a foamy light cream-tan head. good retention. Nice lace.

Smell- Really nice, light fruity hops. Some light vanilla and oak. Sweet fruit and some floral esters. Good, caramel malts.

Taste- Nice, caramel malt. Fresh bread, more oak and vanilla notes from the barrel, and a definite pleasant fruitiness. Some light, noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel- medium body. appropriately creamy with good carbonation.

Drinkability- Aside from the alcohol, the flavors come together nice and magage to be refreshing enough to remain pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 01:29:16 | More by endincolorado
Photo of merryjoulton


3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangy redy browny thick syrupy color with a light tan head that dissipates and laces well. Smell is vanilla, sticky piny citrusy hops, and malt. First taste is the bitter sticky hops which I love, then I get a distinct taste of pencil shavings which is not so pleasant. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, drinkability is fine.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 17:18:29 | More by merryjoulton
Photo of SpdKilz


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

Appearance - When you pour the beer, it pours a ruby red/mahogany hued color that looked great. It has a nice foamy white head that dissipates slowly.

Smell - The first smell that hits my nose is that of sweet oak. There is also a chocolate and toffee smell interlaced but not overpowering.

Taste - You can definitely taste the hops (grassy/pine) and the oak. I really enjoy the taste of this Stone product. I feel the hop and oak offset each other nicely and neither overpowers the other.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as I would have thought, though it does have a nice feel.

Drinkability - Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for it being a higher abv than normal beers. As stated, this is quickly becoming my favorite Stone that I have tried (though I am yet to try double bastard ale...).

Serving type: bottle

I picked up a six pack of these after hearing so much about this beer. I have never seen these before where I normally shop (they have other Stone products) and it was the only six pack left so I had to grab it.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 16:34:55 | More by SpdKilz
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep red-amber color like a cherry wood stain. Nice amber-tan head rested atop it.

Nice woody, carmel sweetness, and dry floral hop scent.

The taste is similar, some pine-oak and bitter hops up front a little sweet carmel in the middle; finishing with a lasting bitter aftertaste.

Though drinkable the high alcohol content makes this difficult to sit back and take down like many other brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 05:30:46 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of ZAP


3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Brilliant cherrywood colored...

S-Fruits (pears and apples) and Citrus(tangerines, oranges,) also some obvious piney notes...caramel maltiness....light vanilla/oak notes evident but it took a few sniffs...also some dark berries.

T-Not as good as the aroma....kind of a flavorless muddled taste....some decent piney bitterness but not a lot more other than a mild oak impression...

M-Medium to full....low carbonation....not as bitter on the finish as on the start...

D-The look and smell of this beer had me excited but it just doesn't do much for me after that...Ok...nothing more..

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 01:23:55 | More by ZAP
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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