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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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4,738 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,738
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 144
Gots: 355 | 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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark reddish brown with a nice lievely head, some lacing down the glass. Smells of pine with some sweetness, also some oakiness. Tastes sweet up front with hop bitterness and some oak taking over from mid-mouth all the way down. Delightful. Mouthfeel is rich and good. Drinkability I knocked down slightly as I see this one as a beer to enjoy as a single, not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 20:29:52 | More by BeTheBall
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Mostly clear burnt red with small head but some lacing. Maybe a little clearer than the regular Bastard, but less head.

Smell: Semi-sweet malt backbone with some pine. Maybe a touch of oak. Less hop smell than the regular Bastard.

Taste: Pretty malt driven with some pine and citrus hop counterbalance. Somewhat bitter at the end with a light oak touch.

Feel: Very smooth and slightly warming. Pretty low carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe a little easier to drink than the regular Bastard, but mostly because it seems toned down and smoothed out.

I prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 04:57:59 | More by bsp77
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=deep dark ruby colors with an offwhite two finger head

S=the oak barrel ageing is definitly apparent, though some other maltiness and latent hoppiness is lurking

T=oak barrel aging up front hoppiness follows

M=great mouthfeel, very carbonated with smooth finish

D=enjoyable and somewhat stout, limits drinkability, however the alcohol is not out in front and therefore could sneak up.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 04:10:23 | More by jacobseyb
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New Jersey

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

12oz bottle
best by 8/26/09

Pours a beautiful red brown color with a small off white head that leaves lots of stickage in the glass. Bitter hops, sweet malts to balance, some small whiffs of alcohol and a little bit of maple syrup and wet wood notes. Sharp and assertive, bright with hops, good barrel complexity and loads of malt holding it all together. A drying wave of alcohol add to the experience, rather than becoming offensive. Great with food i must say, this is a very drinkable beer, medium/light in body, aggressive carbonation. If you havent tried it, and you're a fan of the original, pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 23:39:26 | More by ATPete
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3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark red-amber, good head and lacing.

Smell: Stuck my nose in while pouring and got nothing but a kind of earthy smell.

Taste: Pine and citrus bitterness at first, then a splash of oaky flavor before a long bitter finish.

Drinkability: I like the 12oz bottle, I don't like the price tag.

Picked up a single of this to try over in Wiscoland. Other than the disappointing smell, this was a pretty solid beer. The oak is present, but not over the top.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 20:41:28 | More by Mdog
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Novare Res, poured into my Uprising Chalice. The color of the beer is a combination of dark copper and ruby. It has a thin tan head. The beer smells woods; there is oak and hops in the aroma. You can certainly taste the oak in the flavor, as well as some alcohol. There is also some grassiness/floral flavors, but that could just be an aspect of the oakiness. There is a hint of caramel sweetness in the finish. There is a normal amount of carbonation and a medium body with some mouth coating. Overall, a strong and tasty beer that is worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2009 16:40:01 | More by ToasterChef
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Very dark amber. 3 finger head. Head reluctant to disappear and is maintained throughout (halfway through the glass the head is still at least 4 cm thick). Very impressive sticky lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate, caramel and toffee with some oak mixed in there.

T: Taste follows smell. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, and a little bit of oak is present. It is a bit creamy as well, actually. Quite complex and tasty. Also, pretty strong tasting. Not too much alcohol present, but a little. Nice hoppy after taste.

M: Very nice. Not exceptionally bubbly, but good.

D: For only the brave, but if you are into dark ales, I don't see how this one could do you wrong.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 07:17:56 | More by billshmeinke
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an overall good beer. I think it's a bit pricey for what you get, but that's my opinion. The beer is a nice deep amber color and has a lot of complexity in the smell with definitive notes of oak. The taste is rather good with a great balance of hops and malt with a lot of oak flavor. Finishes surprisingly dry considering how big this beer tastes. Decent alcohol flavor in the finish is brought out more with the oak accompaniment.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 19:54:18 | More by tgdigital
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours up nicely with a lingering soft, foamy head. The aroma is dark malt and warm brown sugar. The flavor has a lot well-rounded roasted malt character, with some faint chocolate. The bitterness from the malt and hops plays well with the sweet aroma. The mouthfeel, my favorite part, makes this beer truly extraordinary: thick, almost creamy. Alcohol comes in at a reasonable 7.2%, making this beer a good one to share with friends who might not be the biggest beer geeks. Thanks Stone, I'll definitely be picking up some more.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 03:18:37 | More by BenSelf
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New Hampshire

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

Poured from a bottle into my smuttynose tulip.

The beer pours a ruby red-mahogany hued hazy color with a foamy white head that leaves a sticky, persistent residue.

The smell is toffee, chocolate and sweet oaky characteristics first, but there's an earthy hop in there as well.

The taste is the complete opposite of the smell. The grassy, piney hops come to the front of the taste and the chocolate and toffee tones move to the back of the line. Both flavors are present and incredibly well balanced. I don't taste much oak though.

The beer is pretty heavy and thick, and I do feel the booze in the stomach as I drink, but not as much as I would expect. This is a very drinkable beer that is deceiving. The high abv always rears it's head eventually...

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 03:39:05 | More by rpstevens
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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