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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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4,854 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,854
Reviews: 1,835
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 155
Gots: 409 | 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 eallured
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours red-brown with thick, long lasting tan head, large bubbles rising through the viscous liquid. Some lacing left as it slowly recedes and as of now there is still a quarter inch of foam on the sides and only one bare spot in the middle. Aroma is rich with dried fruits and aromatic wood character, freshly milled, not as much like toasted oak. Hops add a juicyness and a bit of pine.
First taste sensation is sweet, but not overly so, with that dried fruit, white raisins maybe, quickly establishing a presence and the soft depth of oak creeping in from the sides and smoothing out the swallow. There is little alcohol burn for the abv. To my tastes, the smooth, clean and not dominant but not subtle hop bitterness adds needed balance to this sweet, complex brew.
Carbonation is moderate to light for an American ale. Medium-thick, definitely a tongue coater, but it doesn't finish with to much stickyness thanks to the hops.
Overall this is a full mouth experience with many differnt flavors adding to the overall experience. One to sip and contemplate, but when your done you might as well order another one or two, because you've still got some thinking to do.

eallured, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of infi
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark ruby red/brown color that creates a foamy tannish head that sizes up to around one finger. The head doesn't have much lacing onto the glass, as it only grips the glass for around a second or two before falling back into place. The smell is a step higher than its appearance. Multiple whiffs dictate the aromas, which are full of hop characteristics, oak chips and caramel malt. Definitely reminiscent of the regular Bastard.

The flavor profile is really full of hops upfront with the oak wood chips and roasted malt following through. For an aged beer, the hops are still pretty prevalent throughout the brew. There isn't as much bitterness as the original Bastard and at 7.2% ABV, I really couldn't detect any alcohol palpable on the tongue, which really increases drinkability. I was really impressed. The Oaked AB has a medium-bodied and creamy mouthfeel with bold flavors. Drinkability is pretty decent - definitely needs its time for you to finish it. For now, I'm actually preferring this oaked version to the original AB. Drinks very well!

infi, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is a dark copper ruby.

Aroma: Oak, vanilla, caramel, some heat, sweet dried fruits. A nice complex aroma. Really nice lacing on this beer. Looks pretty good to me.

Taste: Wow, this is a hot beer. Big oak and vanilla taste fuel this beer. A ton of dark dried fruits mixed with caramel back it up. It is pretty good, but there is a lot of heat here. A ton of floral hops are also present.

Mouthfeel: Hot, creamy, smooth. Medium to full bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Ends with an oaky vanilla dry aftertaste.

Overall, I am not to impressed with this beer. It is just way to hot for me. I like the oak flavor, but the alcohol that it brings with it is too much. I should be able to finish this fine, however.

mothman, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of dudecandle
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deep mahogany brown body with a good one-finger head, exceptional lacing and cap.

S/T: Oh my. Sweet caramel malts, some absolutely wonderful dark fruit, with a wonderfully pungent floral hop presence. I pay a lot of attention to the oak, which actually manages to overshadow the hops to a certain extent on the taste with a nice vanilla goodness, which complements the dark fruit very well.

M: Great, fully body with a nice, extended finish.

D: Who can ever complain about anything with the words "Arrogant Bastard" in its title? It's complex, yet smooth, yet full and robust. A bit sweeter than the original, but quite the experience, nonetheless.

dudecandle, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color with a one finger off white head. Smells of hops, sweet malt, and oak. Taste is the same, and the alcohol comes through. Sweetness blends nicely with the bitter hops. Full bodied and nicely carbonated. I could drink this one again and again.

hardy008, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of seand
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber with reddish hues, with a small frothy light tan head. A thin layer retains well, and leaves nice lacing.

S: Sweet, hints of chocolate, brown sugar, and fruits.

T: Big and complex - starts full and sweet, finishing with a hoppy bitterness.

M: Full bodied, medium amount of smooth carbonation, dry hoppy aftertaste.

D: Drinks very nicely.

seand, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review #600. I hope this arrogant beer can live up to this milestone. Pours a magahony color with two fingers of off-white head that had excellant retention. The head slowly settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is not what I expected. I expected some of the oak to come through but all I smell is pungent hops. The hops give off pine resin and some light citrus aromas. It has been awhile since I have tasted regular Arrogant Bastard so I do not know how different the oaked version compares. Again any oaked elements are very subtle. Overall very hoppy and resiny flavor and no balance. Bitterness is high. Decent mouthfeel and carbonation. The bitterness hurts the mouthfeel because of the lingering bitter aftertaste. Another unbalanced, highly hopped and bitter beer. Enjoyable if that is your thing.

morimech, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of sjccmd
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date of July 09...I decided I'd go for it anyway since I figured age wouldn't be too detrimental

Pours ruby red/brown with a hint of murkiness. Nice fluffy light tan head which fades relatively quickly but seems to suddenly stop with a decent lacing

Pine and citrus hops up front, bright fruity character, followed by a nice smokiness with toasted malts and oak.

The first sip is (like the regular bastard) a surprising punch of bitterness. Subsequent sips reveal more of the oak character. I'm pretty surprised hops are still as present as they are. Especially considering it's already been aged.

The mouthfeel is nice and slick. It's thick enough to avoid being watery and there's a nice tinge of carbonation.

The amount of bitterness keeps me from guzzling it and it does seem to drink like it has more alcohol, but it's a beer that's hard to put down.

Overall there's very little bad to say about it. However, it doesn't really differentiate itself from the regular bastard (still waiting to get a hold of the double bastard). And, even though a 6-pack contains six of these, I'd usually prefer to buy a single bomber. Even though it's not that far out of date, it seems to handle age just fine.

Edit: I don't know if I just missed it with the first bottle, but this next bottle revealed a lot more oak and vanilla

sjccmd, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass. Color was light brown to dark auburn and slighty cloudy. The one finger, light tan head shows good retention throughout. The aroma hits first with a strong malt presencein caramel and toffee notes. This is balanced with a strong, pine hop aroma. The flavor hits first with a strong hop kick, in the form of pine notes, which is tempered with slight oak and mint notes from the oak aging. There is a nice malt backboneto offer some good balance. Mouthfeel is full bodied, slighty chewy and a little carbonation is present. Drinkablility is good, the moderate booze is well hidden and the flavor is drinkable, but also strong.

Overall, a great beer with great, potent flavors. One of Stone's best offering and a must try.

Gosox8787, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red in color with a nice two finger head and fantastic lacing

S: Some citrus, Oak, Vanilla, and even some malt coming through

T: Oak is the the biggest flavor coming through followed by citrus and a strong bitter.

M: Perfect body, medium cabonation.

D: This beer is great. The oak really balances out the brew. I haven't had the original but I'm not sure that I want to after having this beer.

beerman207, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of mikel52588
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful amber brown hue with about a 1.5 finger length head and an explosion of carbonation beaming throughout this beer

Smell: Comforting oak scent covering a subtler hoppy aroma

Taste: Yum. Surprisingly the oak seems to be knocked to the background in flavor where the hops come to the foreground

Mouthfeel: light on the tongue with a bit of a bitter bite to it

Drinkability: it's a pretty heavy beer with 7% abv, slightly bitter but smooth, not really an everyday beer but like a good cigar this beer nicely compliments a good occasion

mikel52588, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of steelerguy
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - This is one attractive beer! Can something be bright but dark...yes! This beer is so nice and clear, but a dark brown with hints of ruby. Nice head that fades to a full but thin cover and stays like that.

S - Big bold aroma of the Bastard, but the oak aroma is hard and heavy. They were not joking around with the oak chips and you can definitely smell them. Does take something away from the hops and malt which is what is so great about Arrogant Bastard Ale. Not sure how many don't detect oak, to me the oak stands out and tackles the toffee malt and hop aromas in the standard.

T - Those hops hit hard, followed by a mountain of malt. The oak is more balanced here than in the aroma. The malt really stands out here and you can get taste the roasted and kilned malts, toffee and chocolate are pronounced. Unfortunately, some of the bold character is removed and smoothed out by the oak. Lots of people I know like the smoother more rounded flavors resented by the oaked version, but I like to have my ass handed to me by the gargoyle.

M - Perfect? Not sure...but damn close! Just feels so smooth, not a lot of carbonation to get in the way of the bold flavors, but enough to keep the finish crisp. They didn't attenuate the hell out of this and left some residual sugars around to balance it out. The oak probably helps in this regard too, just wish it was not at the expense of the flavor (to me).

D - You can sit down and enjoy a few of these as long as you are sipping. This is not a quaffing beer, but on a nice evening or with food, the smoothness of greatly appreciated.

Overall, I like this beer...but I must admit, I prefer to leave the oak out...just like in my white wines.

steelerguy, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form bottle into pint glass. Great dark amber color with a toasted cream head. Large head goes down to a nice, well-maintained head with great lacing.

Smell is great, lots of bright hops and a little hint of malt. No oak, which was a little disappointing, but the smell is wonderful regardless.

There is a good amount of hop up front and a nice sweet malty finish. There is a little oak in the finish, but not as much as I would have hoped.

The carbonation is lively and the beer has a enough body to stay interesting. The dryness of the hops and the lingering sweetness of the malt make you anticipate the next sip. Great feeling.

This is a very drinkable beer. I could see myself ordering a few at the bar and following them with a nice sweet stout. Cost is a little prohibitive, but it is a wonderful treat.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of mdale13
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/red with bright highlights. Thin white head. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

S- Hops, grass, some carmels, slight hint of oak.

T- Hops up front. Taste leads to some faint citrus, fruity notes, carmels, a little grass, and the perfect taste of oak. The oak flavor really enhances as the beer warms.

M- Oily in the mouth. Give my tongue a nice, sharp bitter feel.

D- Very drinkable. Id have no problem putting a few of these down.

mdale13, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Extremely carbonated, with a decent soapy foam that leaves behind a nice lacing. Has a beautiful deep amber/ruby appearance which is a little browner than the original AB.

Smell: Has a strong earthy hop and caramelized toffee scent that combines nice with the oak.

Taste: A well rounded malt which tastes much like the original but goes down so much smoother. The oak subdues the hop that's present in the original and allows more of a malty chocolate taste to come through.

Mouthfeel: Has a creamy fizzy quality but also leaves behind a citrus zest almost acidic aftertaste.

Drinkability: Definitely falls in line with the rest of the stone line and this one aims to please for those looking for a smoother brew with the same flavor.

Overall: I appreciate what they did here with the added oak character, although I almost feel like the marketing mock is humorous considering they dare you to drink it and then you are rewarded with a smooth ale even if it is still a strong one.

craftaholic, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in a DFH pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a bit of haze. No head at all with a tiny bit of lacing. Smells excellent, nice earthy, woody and hoppy notes to it. Just a bit of sweetness on the nose as compared to the regular version.

Very tasty, better than the regular. Much smoother, you can taste a bit of oak on it, and it leaves a good flavor in your mouth. Still a bit sticky like the regular one. Overall an awesome beer! Worth the higher price tag, but I wish it was sold in bombers.

kingcrowing, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in Wells, ME on August 2nd, 2009.

The beer is dark amber color and looks, from what I remember, quite similar to the original version. Head is a little bit thin but sticks to the glass like crazy. The aroma is mainly malts with a touch of caramel. To me it is similar to the original version. My nose is not getting anything more. The taste is a bit different. The awesome bitterness is still here with a touch of woods behind. Slightly maple. The drinkability is good but I think the original has more. The beer is medium body. What still amaze me of this beer, Oaked or Un-Oaked Arrogant Bastard I mean, is the feeling in the mouth... very good.

A very good beer in my opinion. However, if I had to pick one of the two, I would pick the original... just my two cents.

ZorPrime, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of MaxBrews
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into duvel cos its my favorite glass. Tasted after the original arrogant bastard.

Appearance: Pours with a one finger head that quickly dissipates into a creamy lacing. Head retenion and size are a bit less then the non oaked version but lacing is creamier. A dark brownish red that you can only see through when held up to light. Appears more brown then ruby colored when compared to the non-oaked version.

Smell: You get a rustic oak smell up front. The wood brings put smells reminiscent of bourbon while bring out notes of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, cherries and dark fruit. This is a well hopped beer so you get herbal, fruity and floral notes of hops.

Taste: You get a rustic oak taste in the fore and after taste. It really brings this beer together releasing notes similar to the smell. You get, chocolate notes, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit and floral esters. The coarse hops almost seem more evident in this beer after being put against the oak. It seems like such a simple thing to do but oaking this beer really makes it much more complex.

Mouthfeel: This actually has some alcoholic warmth even though the ABV isnt that high. Maybe the oak? Has a slightly heavier body then the non-oaked version. But still a rather light body, with sweetness that is cut by hoppy bitterness. A fantastically complex mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Both the oak and non-oaked versions are fantastic. However the addition of oak seems to bring this beer together releasing more flavors and making this beer more complexed. They are two beers to be respected but respect the original more and dabble in the oak from time to time. I'm afraid to say I enjoy the oaked more. I'm scared of the arrogant bastard beating me up now.

MaxBrews, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Sunset Grill in Allston MA. I tried it in the bottle about a year or so agoa and really liked it, but decided to review it this time. Quite a nice looking beer. When it was brought to me I almost thought it was a porter with how dark it looked. I had to hold it up to the light and I could see that it was a very very deep red/brown color on the edges with a slight haze to it, the middle was still very dark. It had a off white colored head to it, almost a caramel or butterscotch color that goes away and lingers for about half way through. Slight lacing on the glass. The smell is good citrus and pine hops, not quite as strong as I remember it in the past. Taste was good too. Similar to to the taste, same hops, followed by a slight smokey taste to it. Again, not as strong as I remember it. Mouthfeel was good, surprisingly smooth for an American Strong Ale. Also it was pretty drinkable. A pretty universal beer, could drink it year round, could be nice in warm or cold weather.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of pavandal
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a nice deep iced tea color. The head was very creamy and thick, with a wonderful cream color.

The smell... oh my. This fella was simply awesome. It smelled a lot sweeter than the normal AB, with the oak scent peaking through at the tail end of the nose.

The taste was reminiscent of normal AB, but a heck of a lot smoother. The oaking of this brew really makes the hops take a back seat, and it brings the malt more to the front. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just makes it an interesting take on a classic!

All in all, this is a super smooth sipper that goes great after a long day of work (at least that's how I enjoyed it)!

pavandal, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of PerroGrande
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't resist picking this up and giving it a try.

Appearance is a gorgeous deep red/amber/brown with a rich, creamy looking head. The foam fades fairly quickly to a collar - maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch in thickness. The head hangs around on your glass for a while, too.

Smell: I noticed oak in the aroma of the beer immediately. This, for me, is a bit unusual as I consider my sense of smell somewhat lacking. I picked up some caramel hints along with a traditional ale aroma. The aroma from this beer is quite unique, and is especially noticeable after the beer has breathed for a bit.

Taste: This is a very interesting and complex beer. It benefits well from an opportunity to breath, in my opinion. The effect of the oak process is certainly reflected in the taste -- for me, as the beer hits the back of my throat. The open is a nicely bittered ale, decently rich in hops with a hint of bitter citrus. The initial bitterness fades a bit, replace with some oak hints combined with malt, caramel, and a grapefruit sensation. There is a lingering hops taste, but some sips produced a long caramel/malt finish as well -- very interesting.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a bit of a "bite" to it, but as a strong ale, I would expect that. This bite isn't from aggressive carbonation (which I don't care for), but is from the power and complexity of this beer. Some people may not like the acidic feeling on the back of the throat (if they even experience it), but to me, it added to the overall experience.

Drinkability: I prefer to drink this beer slowly, allowing it to warm up a bit and to breathe. At 7.2% ABV, it might be a bit high for a session beer -- and some might find the powerful, complex character of this beer too much for a session. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable drinking experience, and I rated it as such.

I would not recommend this as a first step for one moving away from BMCs, and perhaps not even as a second step. Just like DIPAs, it isn't going to be a beer that ushers in a gentle transition! Other selections might be recommended for that purpose. It is, however, clearly a world-class American Strong Ale, and excellently represents this style. For the experienced drinker of specialty/craft beers, this is a must-try.

PerroGrande, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of HoosBrews
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was cellared for about a year. Appearance is a dark amber with decent carbonation and great lacing. Smells of malt and oak-wonderful. Taste is completely different from Arrogant Bastard. I pick up some of the same hop profiles and malts as AB, but the oak definitely mellows and enriches. I walso pick up a hint of coconut as well. Great mouthfeel and highly drinkable.

HoosBrews, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown with a small head that quickly reduced to a collar. The aroma was citrusy and not a lot of it. The taste had some citrus but was mostly bitter, with a bitter grapefruit skin aftertaste. Feel was medium bodied with a slightly oily feel. Drinkability was OK. I liked Arrogant Bastard and I liked Double Bastard so I'm not quite sure what went wrong here. If this is an example of what oak aging does to a beer, you can have it.

kegger22, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
2.73/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm looks interesting a cloudy dark ruby pretty enticing but little head

Smells of bitter hops faint caramel and some vanilla

TAstes of much the same but there it is AGAIN the same sickly aftertaste of cream soda as in Stone Imperial Stout but luckily less pronounced

Mouthfeel is moderate but refreshing carbonation with a medium body

Drinkability is well not exactly moorish

DerBayer, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of TommyW
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep, rusty brown body with a decent off-white head.

S- Hop aroma dominates the nose and is joined by some sweet alcohol esters.

T- The hop hit the tongue right away with some sweet, fruit malt flavors coming through which quickly turns into and orange/grapefruit taste from the hops. There is a very pleasant, lingering oak flavor.

M- Pretty medium body that is smooth all the way down.

D- Really an awesome beer. The oaked addition is subtle but definitely there and pleasant.

TommyW, Aug 14, 2009
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,854 ratings.