Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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Ratings: 5,012
Reviews: 1,842
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 174
Gots: 463 | FT: 7
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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 dwilson01
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass, the bottle cap reads "hated by many, loved by few." Appears daaarrrk red to brown in the glass with a nice tan head that dissipates quickly but clings to the sides well. Glows red when held up to the light.

The smell is surprisingly mellow for a stone offering but it's not lacking in goodness, a bit of wood and alcohol esters are there but they definitely threw some extra finishing aromatic hops in there too because I get a little floral balance to the woody alcohol.

The taste is great, definitely more flavor here than the regular arrogant bastard. There is a prominent citrus flavor that is quite spiced up, followed by the bitter hopping coupled with the wood from the oak chips which give it an almost sour bite. Finishes pretty smooth, spicey and herbal in the end which is a great ending to an awesome beer, it seriously leaves my mouth with the feeling I get after having a mint!

Mouthfeel is great, not amazingly exceptional or anything but it makes its presence known. The spiciness and citrus with that minty finish make the feel for sure.

Very drinkable, it's a sipper for sure and puts a smile on my face ever time I take a drink. Overall, great brew, not as good as the double bastard in my opinion but it does go down a slightly different road with the oak chip aging it goes through. Pretty cool flavors come out of that additional wood that aren't present in regular arrogant bastard which make this bad boy all worth it!

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

Served in a sniffer, this bottle is about a year old. The beer is a slightly cloudy dark red with a decent tan head that thins to a film and leaves a ton of lacing.

Aroma is strong malt sweetness, dark fruits and faint floral hops and oak. Flavor is oaky and bitter with some malt sweetness in the background. It's interesting, the flavor and aroma profiles are actually quite different.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry, but the bitterness sticks around for a little while. It's the kinda beer you only have once an a while, the six pack lasted me almost a year.

Photo of Stunner97
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- dark brown very dark in color, clear with little to no carbonation, moderate white tan head slowly fades away to what become a white bubble lacing,

Smell- very strong hop smell, but this is the most definite part where it differs from the regular arrogant bastard, oak and vanilla malt kicks into play from this,

Taste- great balance of bold hops and malts to create pleasant and great flavor

Mouthfeel- heavy smooth and complex

Drinkability- I love the balance and complexity on this beer, one thats a pleasure to drink and you would want to drink all night cuz its hard to switch else where after

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark murky amber with an off white head that stays for a long time. It left some very impressive lacing the length of the glass.

S-Caramel was what stood out to me, but I could tell there was a nice balance between hops and malt.

T-Much like the nose caramel, toffee, with a perfect balance between hops and malts. A hint of oak and vanilla crept in when it warmed and I could also notice some alcohol.

M-Very thick and somewhat on the syrupy side.

D-This beer is much bolder than I remembered. It was all I could do to finish the pint over the course of the meal. It is definitely a sipper.

Overall, this is a very good beer that is a must try for all Beer Advocates. I was really excited to see this on tap at Out West Steakhouse in Kernersville, NC.

Photo of farrago
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers easy of light tan colored foam, islands of larger bubbles, however, displays very good retention and density, thick brushes of lacing. Light cloud to the redwood colored liquid, near to opaque, more of a zinc orange further out. There's a flatness to the nose, not necessarily a lack of scents per se, just a certain lack of vigor in the vanilla, chocolate base as well as the creamy whiskey notes and golden raisin, red cherry, apricot scents, this leaves extra room for the hops, grains and grasses to assert themselves whereas otherwise they would come off as more contained. Medium-bodied, whipped up and foamy in the mouth to no obvious specific end, More oomph in the caramel, vanilla fudge, mocha flavors, some sweet cedar as well. Same goes for a mild elevation in the nectarine, apricot, pineapple, peach fruit but, truly, not much. Some orange to lemon citrus yet surprisingly light. Seems to depend more on brute power than offering a richer array of flavors. Telltale astringency through the finish puts out any final thought of flavors reverberating.

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

Pours a clear, deep reddish amber with a cream-colored head.

Smells of bitter, grapefruit citrus hops with a nice balance of malts.

Taste is malt heavy up front with a bit caramel. The middle is dominated by grapefruit citrus hops with a lot of bitterness. The bitterness continues through the finish with a smokey oak flavor.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and well carbonated. Finish is pretty dry though.

A very drinkable beer with a great hop presence. The Oak doesn't come through much, but does add some to the flavor.

Photo of tag0519
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Chestnut color with a nice creamy beige head that disappeared a little sooner than I'd like.

s: Oak, Malt, Hops, slightly fruity

t: Oak is dominant but in a good way. Hops come through as well. Very nice

m: at par with the style

d: I'll have another!

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

A: A pretty ruby-brown with a one-finger khaki head that takes a minute to subside. Sticky, irregular lacing tops off the look of this bad boy.

S: Oak and stinky, weed-like hop aromas are the intitial smells to fill my olfactory senses. A good amount of grass and herbs straight from the earth are also present. Fruit aromas that I can single out include black cherry and raspberry.

T: The oak certainly plays a leading role, jumping on my side taste buds and remaining present throughout the duration of the sip. Cherry, plum, and a little bit of dry grapefruit also show themselves to my mouth. As the beer warms, the aforementioned fruitiness overcomes the oaky flavor as the dominant taste.

M: Pretty dry and tannin-y from the oak chipping process. Medium-bodied, but that dryness prevents a truly full feel from cascading over my palate.

D: I'm not sure that I would want to have more than one of these in a single sitting because the oak tannins really hit my palate hard. It is a tasty brew, and would probably do well to age a bit so that the oak chip flavors blend with the malt and hop character a little better.

Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's finally time for Chicago BA's to get Stoned.. here is my first of many Stone reviews.

A: pours a deep mahogany with stunning clarity and a nice fluffy 2 finger head, leaves splotches of bubbles on the glass

S: smell is of deep bready and toasty malts, notes of caramel malts along with earthy hops along with huge notes of oak which meld nicely with the malt profile

T: the hops comes through much bigger on the palate- lots of bittering hops make themselves known among the firm malt backbone. There is a nice balance between hops, malts, and the oak notes which makes for a nice complex brew.

MF: this has a nice thick body with minimal carbonation which lends to a creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

D: a solid offering by Stone, the oak is nice and the mouthfeel is great for the style. A little pricey @ 16.99 a sixer, but good nonetheless

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

On first pour you'll notice the caramel head with the deep red amber colors in the body. All throughout the drink process you'll see that thin layer of head stay consistent. Especially against the side of the glass.

The nose is a sweet hoppy scent. After sipping, the hops sit on your tongue. It's not too bitter though - the maltiness balances the hops.

The feel in the mouth is silky and smooth which leaves it very drinkable - not too thin, but not too full.

I found this beer tastes the best after it's had a few minutes to sit and warm up. It's almost as if the flavors change as it warms.

Stone Brewery just made it to Chicago - today actually. They have some tough competition out here. It's great to finally taste the Bastard though.

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing based on a fresh bottle that just arrived in Chicago. Just goes to show how important freshness is...

Copper reddish color, billowing tan foam. Great retention and visually appealing.

Definite oak in the nose, fruity and woody a trace of brown sugar. Flavor is also oak-forward with moderate hop presence, not as bitter as Arrogant Bastard, toned down from the oak aging. Resiny pine hop bitterness resonates in the aftertaste, with drying oak notes. The wood has a fruity note too, hard to describe, but it reminds me of cantaloupe. A trace touch of the abv, but not distracting. Easy enough to have one or two, but not one to have more of. I'm slowly sipping this one.

Glad I gave it a second chance...


B- / 3.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, obtained through questionable channels...

Pours a nice reddish brown with good clarity. Sheets of lace coat the sides of the goblet. Skim of foam remains for the duration, and foam has a rich, dense quality.

Smells lightly of grassy hops, slight bubblegum.

Taste leads off with a strange artificial rubber/plastic taste, before moving into hoppy territory. Doesn't have a signature oak-aged character, just seems a bit off. Mouthfeel is big like an IIPA, rich and full. Bitterness is present, not overwhelming...nicely assertive with residual herbal dryness.

Can't finish the bottle, i'm guessing it's an off batch, or inferior oak chips. The initial taste is pretty unsettling.

Photo of DNICE555
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Brown with nice head. Looks pretty lightly carbonated.

S - Malts, Hops, Oak, Citrus.

T - Oak, Pine, Hops, Malt, Vanilla, Very Tasty.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, bold.

D - I liked this one a lot. Vanilla and oak is very interesting. Solid body with a intense flavor.

Photo of Thur123
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

into a snifter

This brew pours a murky hazy bog brown color with one finger of off white head that fades slowly. The smell is sweet and spicy malts with a hop palate that's modest but confident and a much lighter sweeter smell which may come from the oaking.

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This is tasty...big caramel and molasses flavors in the malt with the oaky wood flavor and the mellow sweetness coming at the end. The last part of the aftertaste to me is really like the smell of fresh lumber in a way. Perhaps a bit of orange and herbal hop flavor too. The mouth feel is thick and creamy. Overall this is a good good brew, very drinkable and tasty, but I could only afford one on my budget. 18.00 for a sixer is a little too steep.

Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

a - Pours a medium brown color with 2 fingers of tan head with nice retention and lacing. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of malts, some citrus hops, and oak.

t - The first tastes that jumped out at me were smooth vanilla and oak. After that there was some bitter hops, as well as pine and citrus. A nice contrast.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty nice.

d - Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Thought there was a nice contrast of smooth oak and vanilla with bitter hops in the taste. Would def try again.

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

On tap @ The Gingerman. Norwalk, CT

A: Red. Im talking dark, ruby red. A tinge of mahogany around the edges of the glass.

S: Dark malts, earthiness, hops. Subtle vanilla, wood.

T: Resembles the regular arrogant bastard except this one isnt so arrogant. Much smoother on the palate. Hops take a slight step back and some sweet caramel malt becomes present. Bitterness lingers but is accompanied by subtle oak, tobacco, and vanilla notes.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is a little high.

D: This drinks much easier than its non oaked brother.

Funny thing about this beer... I have never had it without a cheese pairing. I had it once in San Francisco with some smoked gouda, and every time I go to the Gingerman in CT I get the cheese & bread sampler plate and a Stone OAB. This beer is excellent with mild and sharp cheeses alike.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard into snifter

Pours with the typical deep blood red body with a one finger beige head with drags down with solid lacing and lingers around for a while.

Aroma is pineapple chunks, grapefruit, sherry, a loft caramel malt sweetness. a soft vanilla touch.

The taste is much more gentle than I anticipated, given that the regular Bastard is quite the beast. This sample is actually aged a bit, and the bottle I got is just over the expiration, so it's intense hop character is subdued a bit. A salty and grapefruit hop bitterness, pineapple chunks, soft malty sweetness holding it all together without throwing off the balance. A touch of dry oak on the finish.

The mouthfeel starts moderate and gets a bit watery toward the center. The carbonation is quite low, made up of a few tiny bubbles. There is a lingering hop oily feeling which creates a long finish.

Drinkability is good, but I was expecting more from this Bastard. A fresher sample is in order, as this one feels more like a weak barleywine.

Photo of nrbw23
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy deep amber color. An off white head that has good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing behind.

S- Sweet hops, lots of citrus (mainly grapefruit) and well hops dominant this one. Just a touch of caramel malts here too.

T- Quite few hop flavours coming at me here from piney to citrus. Biscuity malts come in and give it a nice back bone with a bit of wook and smoke at the very end.

M- A little heavy on the tongue and the carbonation seems to be right on.

D- A very solid brew for sure. Gonna lean toward a sipper here and would hit this one up again.

Photo of jrallen34
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The ber pours a dark brown maber, pretty clear. The head is a very light tan, rising about four fingers and has great retention and lacing.

The aroma is medium in strength with lots of oak to start and a strong alcohol finish, not very appealing or balanced.

The taste sadly loses all the oak that was in the nose. It is replaced by the harsh bitter alcohol that is straight from the regular arrogant bastard. Its just boring here.

The feel is heavy, but a lasting alcohol bitter finish.

Overall, not a big AB fan, the oak doesn't improve it.

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

Poured into a snifter, this one was a mahogany with ruby highlights. The tan head was fair, and faded to a ring around the glass and a patch in the middle.

The aroma was obviously oaky. Strong hop bill of pine, grass, and some soapiness was ever changing. Mint, ripe cherries, brown sugar, and even some banana in there, the nose was very complex. The alcohol was hidden very well.

The flavor was an excellent balance of two hardy profiles. The hops were evident at first and picked up steam towards the end, especially in the resiny and grapefruit finish. The malt shared spotlight with sweeter caramel tones and a toasty finish.

The feel was smooth and coating, the carbonation had a fair bit of spike. The finish was dryish and had a nice pinching feeling that lingered. Great flavor, great beer.

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

A: Pours a deep, dark mahogany with fluffy dark off-white head.

S: Very strong hop presence and a nice sweetness. Also smells a touch woody.

T: Big time pine hop flavor up front, working into a grapefruit hop taste, all while having a caramel sweetness. A tad bit of fruit mixed in with a smoky taste.

M: Medium body, not boozy. Has a certain creamy smoothness to it, as well.

D: Great taste and a 7.2% ABV, makes for a good time.

Photo of jjanega08
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice brownish amber color with a beautiful off white head that is on it's way to a mocha color but doesn't make it but maybe halfway between mocha and white. The head is really nice and thick with great retention and lacing.

S= Pungent for sure. As the cap hissed when I cracked the beer I could almost immediatly smell the hoppy deliciousness. Nice piney hops to it like the regular AB bu this one is just a little different. A nice malty character to it just like the AB as well. Great caramel malts and sweetness to it. The oak is more subdued and you have to search for it but it is there. What is more noticable is a certain cinnimon smell that I would suspect is just a combination of sweet malts and oaky vanilla.

T= The hops hit you up front on the tip of your tongue. They flow over your tongue and give way to a nice sweet malty mid section. The great caramel and toffee flavors come through as well as some oakiness but again the oak has to be searched for a little more. The cinnimon that I smelled isn't around instead the finish leads to a slight vanilla from the oak and some woodyness. Just when you think the finish was the smoothest thing ever the hops come and bite the back of your tongue leaving a lasting finish.

M= Smooth and coating. Not too light or to heavy.

D= Pretty good. Decent beer and just a layer more complexity than the regualr AB.

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

12 oz. bottle from West Richland Beer and Wine, poured into Delirium Tremens tulip 3.6.10.

Deep mahogany body, not clear, one finger light tan body, medium dissipation with a thin layer of head covering the top of the brew. The nose is malt dominated, caramel, with vanilla notes present, little hop odor. Taste is pretty sweet up front, with some fruity esters (cherries, raisins), not very bitter, this beer really mellowed out from barrel aging. The hops start to shine in the finish, but do not overwhelm the complex malt bill. The mouthfeel is fairly effervescent and not too sticky for the sweetness. A bit boozy tasting to be real drinkable, not sure I'd try to do multiple bottles in one sitting, and the taste re hops certainly benefit from warming up a bit. I certainly prefer this to regular Bastard, very smooth and quite tasty.

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

Darn, it seems like all of the beers I'm drinking tonight look similar. This one seems more golden than brown but there certainly is not much head. A slight rim of white around the glass, but that is it.

Vanilla and oak dominate the scent. I can also detect a lot of dark malts. I feel like this will have a stiff backbone of mat.

Similar to the smell, this hits heavy on the malt. A bit of vanilla seeps through with some piney hops rounding out the taste. There is a bit of oak substance throughout the hit.

Very creamy upfront, my mouth is liking the pull. It finishes with some carbonation bite which is very clean.

Easy to drink I think. But I've had a 10%, 11%, and then this drink. Anything would likely feel faint after those deep potions. Hard to say...

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date or lot code. Sampled on March 5, 2010. The pour is a pine color with ruby red hues and a thin but long lasting tan head. The aroma comes across as hoppy and wooden with a hint of Allspice. It has a mouthfeel in the medium range. The taste is well hopped, sappy. wooden, and breaded. It is a fairly nice beer.

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

Pours a dark brown-copper hue with a thin dark beige head. Aroma is a mix of sweet toffee, smoked oak, and a hint of citrus. The oak barrel taste is definitely there as well as some alcohol, like a weak alcohol scotch/whiskey. A good amount of thickness, and little carbonation, which I like in a thick beer. for 7.2% ABV, not too strong on the alcohol taste which makes it very drinkable. A decent anytime beer based on pure taste. However, a bit pricey at $3 a bottle at a supermarket.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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