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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,026
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 183
Gots: 469 | 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 LittleCreature
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: No expiry on the bottle.

Appearance - 4.5
Pours a dense inch of long lasting foam head the colour of clotted cream. Beneath, the beer is hazy and medium brown in colour.

Smell - 4.5
A sweet and pleasant aroma of burnt sugar, ripe orange and orange peel, pine needles, vanilla oak and peppery alcohol.

Taste - 4.0
Malty in a way that reminds of fudge and brown sugar with a pleasant back-note of vanilla from the oak. Intensely hoppy, bursting with flavours of grapefruit, citrus peel, spice and mint. Aggressive bitterness lingers in the bone dry finish. A fair whack of peppery, alcoholic heat somewhat detracts from the experience.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Medium to full-bodied with lively, fine carbonation.

Drinkability - 4.0
I wouldn't want more than one of these at a time, but it is quite easy to drink.

A very big, tasty ale. In a way I think it is a little too big, with the flavours clashing and overwhelming rather than complementing each other. This said, it's not as if the brewery positions the beer as anything but an aggressive beer and on that count it delivers, big time!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, deep red color with a nice frothy head. The aroma was big on the hops with a hint of sweetness. Taste is predominantly hoppy with a rye-IPA like finish. Hint of intermittent malty flavor with nice lacing along the glass. Solid on the hops and definitely tastes better as it warms. An absolute "in your face" beer, extremely potent. Worth a try, drinkablility is good, but I am sure I can't have more than two of these in a sitting.

Photo of chalsk
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive aroma. A sour, vinegar like smell. Nice bodied appearance, but very thin on the palate, watery. The flavor is thin too. A slight bitter, then oak with a malty finish. The poor balance is what turns me off. The different aspects of beer are not working in harmony.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/red, ruby with massive 3 inch creamy head, nice lacing.

Smell - Rye, malts, hops, spices, alcohol, some yeast.

Taste - Much like regular bastard, rye, hoppy kick with alcohol backbone. With this beer though, has a musky oak flavor to it, kinda smokey flavor. Actually makes the beer more solid and drinkable. The oat aged mellowed out the hops and malts, making it easier to taste the spices and yeast.

Mouthfeel - Its thin in mouth, and strong enough to warm it up. Has some bitterness to it that works out the palette. Bitter aftertaste last long on tounge

Drinkabilty - This is very nice. Enjoyed the oaked flavor. Its strong enough that 2-3 is enough. Would be great to drink with a steak. If you like arrogant bastard but isnt quite fullfilling enough for you, then this beer might be your ticket

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

Reviewing a year old bottle here, poured into a goblet. pours a beautiful pomegranate-kissed deep amber with glistening pink grapefruit at the edges. a fairly hefty pour yields a solid one-finger light caramel-colored head that fades slowly and leaves behind some stunning lacing.

aroma is pungent and powerful. The bit of age mellows the hoppiness I'm used to and replaces it with some interesting and complex aromas of fruit, caramel malt, toffee, and brandy. hints of sherry and a surprisingly present hop.

Taste is rich and decadent. full of complex flavors. While I love the hop-heavy punch this one packs fresh, the complexities that come through with a bit of age makes me truly appreciate it. Raisins, caramel malt, molasses, toffee. figs and port. A touch of oak, more than I can pull out fresh. Time does this one good.

Mouth suffers a bit, I'm assuming from its age. A touch thin and watery, but ample carbonation carries well. It's not tepid by any means... still full and vivacious. Thick and almost syrupy were it not for the carbonation.

All in all, this is just as impressive as fresh, albeit in a completely different direction. Must try fresh, and if you have the time and space, a must try with some age on it as well.

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

The beer pours a rich deep mahogany with one finger white head that sticks around for a little while. The nose is full of grapefruit with a deep earthy character with strong oak and slight muskiness. The flavor is full of bitter grapefruit and sweet caramel malt. There is also plenty of orange and pine to keep things interesting. There is a deep oak musk that rounds out the flavor. The body is full with decent carbonation.

This is heads above standard arrogant bastard, and each year when this one comes out I make sure to pick up a few bottles. The flavors are so rich and blend together so well that it disappears way too quick.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a thick white head laces the whole glace

Nice malt and oak aroma the oak is a natural smell not artificial very nice

The taste is perfectly described in the title bastard with a beautiful oak taste it isn't over powering and doesn't take over the bastard taste we know and love

Photo of russwbeck
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown pour with hints of orange. Small brownish head with minimal retention and decent lacing.

S: The wood comes through big time. Roasted malts and a bit of booziness. I really am intrigued to try this one.

T: I'm tasting the oak aged wood in the aftertaste. Starts off with caramel malts, syrupy. Giving way to some hop bitterness before the oak finish.

MF: Medium to dark bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: One bottle was enough for me.

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

A - Pours a rich mahogany color into my glass with two fingers of off white head. Retention and lacing are fantastic.

S - Sweet caramel malts, sourdough bead, pine, oak, vanilla and mild citrus notes.

T - Delicious caramel malts and oak notes right up front. There is definitely a bit of spice and vanilla present. Some dark fruit notes are present, hop presence is very balanced with a nice bitterness that lingers on the palate with just a touch of alcohol.

M - Extremely well balanced, medium to heavy yet smooth and creamy.

D - This is simply a great beer and I can certainly enjoy more than one!

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

From notes 11/18/10. On-tap at Dancing Bear in Waco.

A- Deep amber/mahogany, one finger off-white/light tan head, good bit of fine lacing.

S- Malt, faint floral, sweet/sticky, robust, hops. Earthy, piney, faint citrus as it warms.

T/M- Strong malt backbone, with a subtly hoptastic finish. Earthy and dry. Creamy.

D- Amazing. Crisp, clean, bitter, delicious. I love how the complexity seamlessly interacts from mouthfeel, aroma, taste, to finish. Drink it slow, let it warm a bit and note the transformation along the way.

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

12 ounce bottle. Although seemingly expensive for a six pack, this one is actually less per ounce than the AB bombers. Poured a hazy dark brown color with a big, frothy tan head. Aromas of toasted oak, juicy hops and sweet malt. On the palate, medium bodied, citrus-y hops, light oak, caramel. The oak really works well with this beer.

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

A-Pours a murky amber color with less than a finger's width head and leaves decent lacing on the glass.
S-Malty with earthy richness and hoppy background. A little booziness is in play as well.
T-The taste of this beer starts with sweet syrupy molasses and caramels followed by a hoppy bitter finish and smokey-oakey afternotes.
M-Moderate feel and carbonation.
D-Easily drinkable...and likely one after the other without difficulty.

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

A - Pours a nice dark brown color that shines red when held up to the light. It has a nice 2-finger tan head that fell rather quickly, leaving just a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Smells strongly of sweet malts, caramel, hops, pine, fruit, and oak. This beer smells great.

T - This tastes great. You get the caramel sweetness and roasted malts first. Immediately after that you can taste the nice earthy hops and oak. There are also some notes of grapefruit and vanilla. The finish is of hops and oak.

M - Has a nice medium body with good carbonation that tingles the mouth. It goes down smooth and has a slight warming quality to it.

D - This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down really easy. Its rather smooth considering the style and alcohol content. I really like this beer, and I will be picking up more for sure. Good job Stone. Cheers.

Photo of taigor
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy dark brown color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving above average lacing.

S - Malts and dark fruit scents. Slightly earthy and smoky.

T - Sweet malts to start with, slight bready yeast and a slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable strong ale. Very complex yet smooth with abv not felt at all. I highly recommend it.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice hazy dark dark amber with nice brown hints. More like a nice mahogany. With a nice sticky 1 inch head that is off white and almost light tan.

S - Aroma of night sweet malts with great complex grain background. Some sourdough bred as well as some nice rye bread notes in the aroma. The typical Stone hops are present as well in the nose.

T & M - There is immediately some nice woody and spicy hints form the oak as well as subtle vanilla. The malt backbone is very present and contributes the brunt and best of the flavors. There is still the traditional and delicious Stone hop notes and the alcoholic warmth and esters. There are some raisins and some mild licorice notes as well. Very delicious take on AB. Crisp and well carbonated with nice complexity.

D - Very good beer with a good strong ABV. I would definitely have more if Stone was readily available in MO.

Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

49th review on BA
bottle to pint
enjoy by 6/10 so not the freshest one

App- Very murky brown with gold and orange highlights. Poured with almost no head but it was an off tan color and it looked very creamy in the glass.

Smell- Sugary, a little roasted malt and some vanilla.

Taste- It's drinking like a much bigger beer and it's got a creamy texture with a nice bitter after taste. I don't get much of the oak flavor and attributes but I know from memory it tastes different than the regualar bastard.

Mouth- Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Doesnt leave the mouth dry or smacking your lips with sweetness from the vanilla and candied fruit.

Drink- It's a very good beer. Could have a few during a sitting & @ 7.2 would make the night a lot more fun too. Would like to have the next one paired to really highlight a cuisine.

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

this was the second beer i ever had to drink legally.
this beer is very expensive but sooo worth it.
you can defiantly taste the difference between oaked and normal arrogant bastard.
if you read the label on this beer it explains it fully. stone makes some good beer

Photo of beerwolf77
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Figure I better get this one in the books since Stone is leaving the state. Poured from a bottle into my imperial pint glass.

A: Clear amber brown orange. Redish edges. Huge three fingers of cream hued head.Full coating of lace. The cap that remains looks lke a scoop of ice cream on top of the beer.

S:Piney and citrus hops are the major players in the nose. Light hints of cinnamon, caramel, and wet pine wood. Reminds me of pumpkin pie with cedar chips.

T: Loads of caramel malt and spices greet me at first. Then the hops rear their head and blast my tongue with a huge citrus bitterness. This settles into a smooth finish.

M: Medium smooth body. Very subtle carbonation.

D: Overall a very nice beer. Lots going on here. I'm curious what this one tastes like when fresh. The bitterness would hinder me from enjoying more than 12oz.

Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - mahogany color with thick white head

smell - oak, , pine, nuts

taste - oak, pine, molasses, nuts, hops

mouthfeel - bitter, medium to full bodied, high carbonation, bitter again in the aftertaste

drinkability - the mouthfeel of this leads it to be a one and done proposition

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,026 ratings.