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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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4,852 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,852
Reviews: 1,835
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 156
Gots: 408 | 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 llllDrGONZOllll
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

I do enjoy a good bastard and this is a wee one..12ozbottle? The first impression is that is resembles AB exactly or does it? Well, the first aromas to hit my nose are familiar. A closer inspection reveals some earthier notes a woody potting soil? I can detect booze and funky hop aromas. Minty, citric, floral, dry and woody. The oak still cant tame the Bastard but I do think its the culprit for the dryer taste. I am gonna have to go against the grain here and say I would rather have the original over the oaked... Im not worthy.

llllDrGONZOllll, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A bastardization of what you get when you mix some orange, amber, brown and red color ale. Looks impressive. Smell is even more impressive, not as viscious as the non oaked version.

In fact, the oak seems to mellow out the whole ale, as opposed to offering a more complex beer necessarily. The usual chinook and cascade hop dominance with a very strong malt backbone, but the oak seems almost like they dry hopped it with oak chips as well. Mouthfeel thins through the bottle, but this remains a surprisingly drinkable beer, not nearly as demanding of a drink as the other versions of bastard ale.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of GoalieRon33
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque brown with red undertones

S- Heavy oak smell. Sweet with burnt undertones

T- Unparalelled depth. Smokey to start, then finishes gloriously sweet. Some hidden chocolate malts at the finish, although very subtle

M- Heavy, bold, and creamy. Goes down smooth, with a beautifully sophisticated creaminess

D- For such a complex beer, its not a tough job to hammer this one down. The carbonation is perfect, the smoothness is to die for, and the overall alcohol burn with lingering effects is wonderful....This beer is outstanding

GoalieRon33, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a fairly opaque rusty color somewhere in limbo between a mahogany brown and orange. When held to the light there is an apparent haziness and the color changes to burgundy. The tan tinged head scurries away rather quickly and leaves some dimples of lacing.

Smell: Can't say I'm surprised here. I'm picking up mostly on the oak. There's a sweet alcohol smell wafting around. Perhaps a whisper of hops, but it's held at bay by the oak.

Taste: I'm a bit surprised at how laid back and smooth this is, not that that's a bad thing. Very earthen oak tones from the smell, followed with a vanilla like sweetness. Picking up a lot of caramel in the middle and finally a floral hop bite shines through on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very complex. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. I don't quite know how they've pulled this off but it has an exceptional creaminess to it, which flips into a resiny coating bitterness at the end of each sip.

Drinkability: Ridiculously easy drinking for something over 7%. The only area where the alcohol reared it's head was the aroma. The only thing that would keep me from having quite a few is the price-tag, but I can't really knock it here for that.

I'm definitely a fan of the original Arrogant Bastard, but I feel confident in saying this trumps it in my mind. The oak adds some great depth to an already tasty beer.

DrDoitchbig, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Lolli1315
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A hazy dark brown color with about half a finger of head. The head may not have been big, but it sure does retain pretty damn well. Lacing is great to, looks to be a little delicious.

S- Hints of a dark fruity sweetness that is soon rushed away by a hop aroma with the faintest hint of alcohol.

T- Was a little intimidated to taste this beer while I built my palate, but it was certainly worth the wait! The same dark fruit sweetness enters your mouth for a moment before a hop oil taste dominates the palate. Although only 7.2%, the alcohol is mildly present in this beer, but it seems to go along with the rest of the bold taste nicely.

M- Nice crisp medium to full body that helps make this a great beer for any time of year.

D- Wouldn't mind having another one of these, in fact, maybe I will.

Lolli1315, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Koningshoeven sniffer. Pours a dark ruby-red, cloudy, with little to no head[edit: at second pour, a lot more head...creamy and frothy, with a TON of sticky lacing]. Aroma is pretty strong, fruits, for some reason...belgian yeast is coming to mind. Sweet smell.
Taste is close to an DIPA, which didn't quite match the aroma. Picking up carbonation, bitters, booze, and a dry finish. Good beer...would put it under a Rogue Dead Guy though.

ShadesOfGray, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a very dark hazy brown. Sediment is noticeable. A 1/8 inch light tan head forms and leaves a decent lacing.

The aroma includes a healthy dose of caramel malty sweetness and some earthy pine notes. The oak is a bit hidden to me.

The taste is another nice combination of caramel malt sweetness and a heavier bitterness that follows, including pine and citrus. A nutty/earthy finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It seems like there could be a bit more carbonation. It is quite smooth despite this and leaves a nice bitterness on the palate at the finish.

This is interesting, cause this is a good beer that seems to present all of the requirements to a high level, but does not seem to exceed them. I think it is easy to drink given these circumstances and the ABV allows more than one.

SykDoc, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of MrStark
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is a somewhat hazy deep reddish brown with a small off white head that dissipated leaving bits of sticky lacing.

Smell is pretty malty with pine, and a bit of hops.

Taste is fairly bitter up front which is followed by a caramel malt sweetness then again with bitterness in the end.. The oak is noticeable but not particularly prominent. Overall a nice complex flavor!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. There is a mild amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty nice. A smooth and complex flavor that goes down pretty easy. I could see having a couple of these at a time and I'd like to have it again.

MrStark, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a cloudy copper with a medium size tan head, and excellent lacing.

smell is of nuts, caramel, malt, some spice, a little citrus, and a touch of pine.

taste is smooth, somewhat woody, caramel, malts, grapefruit hops in the back, and some nuts, ends on the dry side and nicely bitter.

froghop, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a 1-finger tan head that retains nicely and leaves a medium amount of fine lacing.

Initial aroma is quite floral as the hops make their presence known. A hint of caramel shows up in the back along with the oak addition. Very fresh and inviting.

Taste gives a great mix of hoppy and malty flavors. Starts out with some caramel and vanilla upfront and is soon followed by a mildly hoppy presence in the middle. The finish is still lightly hoppy with a little pepper but at this point, the wood tones are cleanly evident.

Medium body and medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish. Not sure if this is better or worse than the regular AB, all I know is both are great and quite tasty. I'd be interested to try both versions side by side later on to see how they vary.

Vengeance526, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by 12-08-2009.

(A)- Pours a hazy mahogany amber color that produced a solid tan to orange colored head that dissipated after a minute or two.

(S)- A big piney yet malty sweetness. Very dry with lemon & lime citrus. Bits of butterscotch.

(T)- Again, very very dry with very piney citrus. Some light maltiness of roasted butterscotch. Finishes dry & woody.

(M)- Good carbonation level with good balance too. Very dry with light malts. Almost chewy in how dense it feels but not overly so like a stout would be.

(D)- A good beer with an extremely dry feel that is made even drier with the oak barrel. Definitely a winner, but I think I would rather just reach for the regular Arrogant Bastard; its less expensive and easier to find, and perhaps just as good.

sweemzander, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of juhl31
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-burnt caramel, decent lacing

-not too much on the nose for me...some hops in there if you try

-oak in there for sure, so theyre not lying. malty with a bitter finish

-smooth, but a bit of a bite

-i like it. may have been a touch old and i might update later

juhl31, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of alexhammond
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear amber with a small fluffy head. the first smell I notice before anything is a hint of vanilla, along with the oak and hops - all blends together into one tempting aroma.
strong and delicious hop taste, but the oak and sweeter flavors cut through the bitterness. it's as if the hops are trying to fight through the additional flavors, but not quite able to break free, and it is a beautiful tasting struggle.
the oak makes this beer, in my opinion, much more drinkable than the regular Arrogant Bastard by mellowing out some of the bite. with the original already a favorite of mine, this brew is something I'll certainly buy again and again.

alexhammond, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of cypressbob
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, served chilled in a McChouffe glass

Pours with a ruby red body. Thick off tan head, loads of retention

Smell, akin to the standard Arrogant Bastard but with a touch of oak in the background. The nose is full of fresh American hops (notably Amarillo)

Taste, rich thick malt encased hops. Ballsy profile. Heaps of Amarillo hops
punctuated by robust malt, little touch of caramel sweetness on the finish and a nice lingering bitterness.

Not quite as great as on tap, in New York but still a superbly tasty strong ale. The original I still think remains king, the oak seems to cut the hops back a little and mutes the balance of flavour

cypressbob, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of DawnL
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was actually rather dissapointed by the taste. Everything else was fine - but the oak came through a bit too strong. It masked some of the great hops in the original Arrogant Bastard. It also added too much vanilla undertone to it. This beer reminded me of a well-made chardonnay that got pummeled by oak. It's a great beer, but it could have been more nuanced. From my understanding, there is quite a bit of bottle variation in this particular beer. I would buy it again.

DawnL, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Pizzaria Paradiso in Georgetown. Beautiful look - deep amber color with a nice fluffy head on top. Nose is surprisingly straightforward - oak and a touch of caramel malt, with quiet hops in the background. Taste is oak again, but the hops come through strong. This is nice, but didn't touch the Maharaja I had after in terms of complexity. Maybe not worth the price (which is always high) in my book, but still good every once in a while.

soupyman10, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Stigs
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip

A - poured a finger of massively dense and creamy foam. just sitting there in the glass mocking me. the beer is an incredibly clear, burnt amber color.

S - hops, both bitter and floral..also a bit sweet. more whiffs of grapefruit, bread, vanilla sweetness,

T - huge bitterness followed by the oaky sweetness. hops are earthy and grassy. sharp malts drive through all of the other flavors. alcohol bit is also slightly noticeable.

M - nicely carbonated to push the smell and flavor profiles forward. sounds weird, but this beer is kind of crunchy...and not shy at all.

D - yummy, but wearing after a bit. one easy to put down, but also enough.

Stigs, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice red-amber producing a tightly knit sculptured head and some lacing along the glass.

I could not detect much of a nose maybe a slight hint of hops.

The flavor proved this beer to be unquestionably an ale. The notes of hops were the predominant flavor. I could not detect the contribution the oak wood chips added to the flavor.

Beer ended with a clean finish.

Overall, this is a very fine ale, but for some reason in my opinion not what I have experienced with this brewers other products.

Still, not to be ignored.

gueuzeonhigh, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of aeminter
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep amber with about two fingers of cappuccino head and good lacing.

S - There is the unmistakable smell of hops, hints of citrus and a slight alcohol scent.

T/M - The flavor is complex and full-bodied; as one would expect from a Stone brew. There is a rich malt backbone with a distinct hop bitterness which helps to balance the beer. There is a little oak in the aftertaste, and there is a dryness in the mouthfeel that I've come to associate with oak aged beverages.

D - For being such a big beer this is very quaffable.

aeminter, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of theboozecruise
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It has a clear deep red color with a small tan head... not a lot of retention.

Hops and oak on the nose... a little sweet but the oak is definitely there.

Very nice flavor to it, the oak balances well with the hops, there's a little malt on the front of the sip too. Hops more on the back end, and more oak on the aftertaste. Very very good.

Good carbonation to it, very nice mouthfeel, easy to drink if you like hops at all. I'm a fan, definitely an improvement on the regular Arrogant Bastard.

theboozecruise, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into Chimay goblet

A - Pours a murky, deep amber, with mild foam head and lacing.

S - Aroma is of cascade hops, caramel, vanilla, and quite a bit else going on I can't quite put my finger on. It's nice and complex

T - A nice, complex blend of malts kicks things off (think similar to the aroma), which is balanced out with a nice cascade hop bite, and a lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but not overly so.

M - Medium bodied, with mild carbonation, and a nice, creamy mouthfeel to it. Good stuff!

D - Almost sessionable, but probably not something I would session (it's pretty strong for that). Nonetheless, I could enjoy a few of these!

O - A very good beer! This is even better than the regular Arrogant Bastard, albeit slightly so. Wish I could find it in bigger bottles :p

Flightoficarus, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of mbudner
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Deep orangish brown color with a beige one-finger head. Head dissipates leaving a creamy lacing.

S- The hops are citrusy/lemony. I get some burnt or caramelized sugars as well. Vanilla from the oak as well. Not as much

T- The flavor is just great. The most dominant flavor is the vanilla flavor from being aged in/with oak. There's a nice spiciness to it as well that I would classify as lemon zest (resulting from the hops) and cloves. In the finish, the big oaky flavors and the spice sort of tapers off into a smooth, clean finish leaving a lingering woodiness that is not vanilla-y like the oak flavors I mentioned above

M- So creamy and nice. Goes down very easy.

D- The oak-aging of this beer really smoothes it out and creates a nice smooth drinkability. Leaves a little heat in the throat, but not in a bad way.

mbudner, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown pour with a half inch of head; ample lacing on the glass.

Grapefruit, pine, and floral hoppy aroma. Smells of sticky sweet malt as beer warms. Not the hoppiest aroma I have had, but an inviting one nonetheless.

Malt sweetness comes into play first but is quickly replaced by a lemony citrus, which gives way to a smooth oak bitterness. The oak really helps in smoothing out the harsh, palate scraping quality of the original Arrogant Bastard.

The beer feels light and oily but they are by no means negative characteristics. Definitely more drinkable than the original Arrogant Bastard. Bitter, but not palate scraping.

TheJollyHop, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Spike's tonight (as well as Tuesday night). I'm loving "Most Arrogant Bar in the Country" week!

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear orange-brown body with randomly-placed shades of red. Head is initially foamy and khaki-colored, but eventually settles as a creamy, sticky cap. Very nice head retention on the whole and lots of web-like lacing.

Smell: Big, buttery oak dominates the nose. A better description might be buttered popcorn with some sweet oak and hints of vanilla. Sweet and pleasant. Hardly comparable to regular Arrogant Bastard.

Taste: Buttery oak, caramel, and resinous piney hops. Not much bitterness unfortunately. Similar to regular Arrogant Bastard, but oakier/butterier and all around dulled.

Mouthfeel: This felt surprisingly watery. Carbonation was very low (borderline flat) and body was definitely thin. On top of that, bitterness and alcoholic kick were both weak.

Drinkability: While this was certainly smoother and easier than regular AB, I really missed that extra arrogance. Oaked Arrogant Bastard on-tap was just too flat and dull. Still tasty though.

ThreeWiseMen, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Wehrmacht
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - When held against the light, it has a dark, reddish amber colored body. Creamy head.

S - Citrus and Oak intertwined. Rich and strong.

T - Decent amount of oak. Not too much or too little. Hops make a strong presence. Roasted, malty, and sweet. Bitter, yet full of complex flavors. Very enjoyable.

M - Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation.

D - Greatly enjoyable when consumed in moderation. Strong yet smooth.

Wehrmacht, Nov 13, 2009
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,852 ratings.