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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,982 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,982
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 169
Gots: 453 | 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 Moonraker7
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark with hints of red, about a finger of light brown

S: Dark, roasted malts, coffee, the oak is very present.

T: Smokey roasted malts, sweet, hoppy, finishes very bitter and lingers for quite a bit. The oak taste is noticeable, but very subtle.

M: Medium carbonation, fairly smooth.

D: Very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden and the beer has many complex tastes which make it very enjoyable. I really like the subtle oak taste, which is much less overpowering than most oak aged beers i've had. Overall, this is really an excellent beer.

Moonraker7, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Birthday gift from Robin...

A: Perfect look. Deep ruby color with a thick mocha colored head that disappates fairly quickly.

S: Only smell I can really get is a pear or light fruit scent. Not much else in the scent and not a very strong smell. Middle of the road.

T: Not much new brought to the table on this one. It's ok, but not too much going on for a barrel aged brew. Other contenders in the same style are much better,

M: Very good amount of carbonation

D: This brew goes down perfectly easy. No complaints here at all.

All in all, this is a decent brew to try at least once. If you like a decent amount of hops, you might enjoy this a little more. I am not a huge hop guy, so it's kind of mediocre to me.

steve8robin, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of MikeB20
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice dark amber color with a light white head. Lacing seems to stick all the way down the glass but thins as it warms.

S: Wow! You get some fantastic floral/fruity hops right up front with a hint of grapefruit. A bit of banana seems to show up as the beer warms. Perhaps one of the best smelling beers I've had in a while.

T: This beer has a great malty sweetness on the tongue and is quite complex. There are some flavors here that might take me another bottle or two to figure out. It finishes with that grapefruit flavor from the hops. I've had other brews that have over done the grapefruit flavor but this beer seems to have the perfect balance. I nice bitter finish to balance that sweetness.

M: Medium body, nice and smooth. Carbonation is perfect, probably on the average to low side.

D: I picked this one up on the recommendation of a friend and I can see why it's one of his favorites. Stone Brewing Company has managed to create a nice drinkable full flavored ale with a fairly high ABV but I don't think you'd know unless someone told you. It wouldn't be a beer I'd drink all night but rather one that I'd enjoy from time to time. This is my first SBC beer and based on it I'll be looking for a few more.

MikeB20, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. This was an extra I got from a recent trade with BA Doodler. Thank you sir!

A: Pours a hazy deep amber color. A little less than a finger of fluffy off-white head sits atop this oaked beast. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Amazingly sweet hops meet the nose. Lots of citrus aromas, especially grapefruit are dominant. I detect another Stone hop bomb here.

T/M: As was to be expected there was an explosion of sweet and bitter hops right on the first sip. Initial hints of pine and biscuity malts give way to some citric sweetness in the mid palate before the hops turn brutally bitter on the finish and tear at your tongue. Some wood (oak) and smokiness are also pretty apparent in the aftermath of this hop attack. I think the oak has both enhanced the power of the hops in this brew and dried out the finish a bit. The quaff has a nice medium body with a good bite provided by the carbonation that complements the bitter hops nicely. This brew is just as, if not more, arrogant than its little brother. My palate is left with a distinct feeling of unworthiness after each sip.

D: Another solid offering from Stone. The 7.2 abv leaves this one somewhere between the realm of session brew and sipper. I enjoyed all the complexities presented by this beer, but the bitterness of the hops and dryness of the oak became just a bit overwhelming by the end of the bottle. My palate was all but destroyed by the end of the 12 oz (Like the bottle says, I'm not worthy!). That being said, I definitely enjoyed my single 12 oz bottle and will almost surely drink this one again, albeit in small quantities.

MrDanno96, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Trizzle
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one a few weeks ago but had had too many beers at the time to be trusted to write a sensible review. Loved it then and love it now.

A thick dense head sits a-top a gorgeous clear autumnal red body. Amazing lace. 100%.

Huge dried pineapple and grapefruit aromas, some caramel malt, hop oil and a very mild and exciting hint of yeast funk: think fruity esters rather than sour lambic.

Floral hops to begin, a mild honeyed malt through the middle, more pineapple, some dry hop notes, and lingering a floral citrus and dry grapefruit. The 7.2% only helps to carry the flavour and adds a slight warmth. Delicious.

Feels smooth and buttery with ideal mid-high (for the style) level of carbonation.

Unfortunately, even at > 7%, I think I could drink quite a few of these..

I grabbed the last 3 of these at Utobeer at Borough market London. Lets hope they restock soon..

Trizzle, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby brown/black with a small tan head. Almost no retention but ample lacing. Aggressive looking brew.

S: Woah. Hops galore. Pine and citrus hit the nose as well. One of the strongest smelling brews I've come into contact with.

T: Pine and citrus with an oak finish. Hops are subdued in comparison to it's brother brew. This isn't as brutal on the palate as original A.B., but definitely a very good, unique brew.

M: Oily and moderately thick, presumably due to the hops. Solid feel to this one.

D: I hadn't been a fan of brews with excessive hops until I had A.B. The oaked version is slightly different, but also a bit mellow in comparison to A.B. Either way, one can't go wrong with either version of A.B. A good, hearty brew that is worthy of a session. That is, if you're worthy...

irishking1977, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Kelp
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Darker red than the arrogant bastard. Also a bit darker head that doesn't grow as high and very little lacing to it.

Smells like hops, pine,caramel malts, and a hint of bourbon at the end.

Tastes a lot like the original at first. The hops right up front then a caramel flavor followed by the piney taste. It finishes however with a weird bourbon flavor. Somehow it just doesn't taste right to me. Like they used pressboard bourbon barrels or something.

Medium bodied decent carbonation to it. Nice and smooth right up til the end when the wood chip flavor kicks in.

I truthfully wouldn't ever get this on my own. I just don't like the flavor that the "oaked" adds to it. I'll drink, but only when I am not the one paying for it.

Kelp, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of diamondc
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz bottle for $2.99. Best before 03/17/10.

I've passed on Oaked AB for a while now since the only bottles I've been finding are less than a month before 'expiring'. This bottle is the freshed I've encountered so far.

This beer looks like the regular AB ... mahogany, scarlet color, fluffy head with some nice lacing. Looks inviting.

The smell that immediately comes to mind is the pit inside a nectarine. I'm impressed. Aroma is a tropical fruit tour de force. The oak so far is subtle, but lurking.

The oak is right there on the roof of my mouth after the few initial gulps. Pineapple & mango battle with the grapefruit. The malts almost get lost, but they are there with a caramel/toast/charcoal aftertaste.

Surprisingly, the alcohol never shows up and the complexity of flavors invites more sips. The oily, resiny oak may dull the palate though. I enjoy this more than regular AB.

diamondc, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of ClavisAurea
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass

Appearance: deep reddish brown with a thin creamy head

Nose: wood, complex hops, flowery

Taste: intense wood, highly hops bite, bitter sweetness in the finish

This is a very aggressive beer. It seems like all of Stone's are that way. I think it was a bit too aggressive in the beginning but it did manage to tone down a notch or two toward the finish.

ClavisAurea, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of BabyBastard
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strange to have a bastard in a twelve ounce bottle. Pours a nice, deep shade of reddish brown, big light tan head rests upon the top. Great lacing that does not seem to move whatsoever.
The scent smacks you in the nose with a bouquet of citrus and pine notes. Also great aromas of roasted malt and grapefruit abound.
Taste seems to be dominated by a hop bitterness, finishes with a dry, more pronounced grapefruit flavor at the end. The oak aging seems to mellow this bastard out a bit, especially compared to the original bastard. The feel is somewhat thick and creamy, a very substantial brew in my book. Highly drinkable, even for a brew with this amount of alcohol content. May be too drinkable.

BabyBastard, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of tuckevalastin
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark redish amber color with a decent foamy tan head.

S: A toasty caramel malt smell with some woody notes to it.

T: A very earthy malt flavor with a giant piney hop finish. The woodiness is very subtle but does show. Much more hoppy then sweet.

M: Medium bodied beer with good carbonation and although bitter, it's quite smooth. No alcohol burn is noticable.

D: It definetly doesn't hide the hops which might make it a little less drinkable to some.

Overall, I'm a fan of this beer. It's not the best beer I've ever had but this beer really combines malty and hoppy flavors and still ends up smooth and tasty.

tuckevalastin, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Lldeegan
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark copper, deep rust color with an off-white head that recedes and leaves some minimal lacing. Its deep colors and healthy head of foam lend to a very appealing visual. The nose is sweet malt, nuttiness, some vinous notes, which I believe are a result of the oak aging. The smell is lacking the floral hop smells of pine and grapefruit that I expected as the aging has definitely subdued the bold hops in this version of the Bastard. The taste, like the smell is sweet malt up front which is more forward than the original Arrogant Bastard, then floral hops become apparent and create a complex flavor with grapefruit then a hint of smoke and an earthy finish. It's a pretty full-bodied beer, good carbonation and minor residual stickiness.

This beer does not have the undeniable palate presence of the original Arrogant Bastard, not that it's a bad thing. It is much more mellow, refined and the bitterness is definitely diminished. The oak has created a whole different beer, with subdued hops and sweet, nutty malt. It is different but still has a robust flavor, don't make a mistake, it will conquer any palate or food pairing that is unworthy.

Lldeegan, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of JMD
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich deep copper color with creamy off-white head that leaves a nicely lacing on the glass.

S: Toast malt and carmel. A big blast of hops and faint hint of smoke.

T: Nicely balanced, with big malt and hop flavors. Bready malt with a touch of carmel sweetness. Intense hop flavor with big bursts of pine and citrus. And an underlying smokiness from the oak.

M: Medium to full bodied, and smooth.

D: Full flavored and robust ale, but after one, I'm done. The touch of oak is nice, but I prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard.

JMD, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of GitcheGumee
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a very deep amber color with plenty of thick white head. The head lasted throughout most of the life of the beer. Looks great.

Smell: There are prominent malty scents going on with this beer. I do sense the woody oak too. The hops are in the scent but nothing too prominent.

Taste: This beer hits you with sweet malt flavors right off the bat. The oak aged factor is definitely noticeable, and I think I really like it. Later on the hops bitterness really comes through. I feel like I'm tasting some alcohol, but it really doesn't have that high of a ABV rating.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and sticky. Nothing wrong with that but it does affect the drinkability.

Drinkability: Because of the strong malt and sweetness of this beer, it seems to be a little strong. I could drink a couple of these maximum.

GitcheGumee, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, nutty brown with a creamy off-white head. Nice lacing. The oak comes through in a fairly big way atop what is easily recognized as none other than Arrogant Bastard. Lots of hops and a strong malty finish before the lingering bitterness kicks in. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, with the oak creating a nice complexity.

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of wangbruins
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful deep dark brown with a full thick head that stayed until I drank and it had the best lacing I've ever seen

S- Earthy and smokey, lots of dark fruit, some peach, and either oranges or apricots mixed in

T- Sharp and direct...earthy but with lots of the fruit I mentioned above, but all blended perfectly

M- Soft and smooth with a little bite at the end

D- In my honest opinion, this is one of the top 5 beers ever. I don't know much but it gets my vote

wangbruins, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS snifter. Pours dark amber, nearly ruby in color with a two finger off-white head. Very nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a lot of caramel with some oak woodiness to it as well. There is also a hoppy citrusy aroma going on as well that is very appealing. Taste is sweet with some caramel and also hoppy with some grapefruit flavors. The oak also comes through with some wood and vanilla tones. Lots of flavors going in this one making it very complex.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this one. The oak gives it a nice complex flavor but also makes it pretty smooth drinking.

billab914, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of MOB210SA
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Doesnt seem brown but more of a deep ruby red with a nice deep darkness. Nice rich and good looking 1 1/2 finger head and great looking overall appearence.

A sweet caramel malt and a mild woodiness to the scent. Not much more I can detect or describe.

Taste is a lot different to me and more mild than the regular AB - sweet with a mild hoppy tartness. The oak wood chips are definatly there, and it makes it taste damn good. Definatly a good version of the classic A.B. I find this really a pretty easy drinker and light beer for it being AB (but thats probably just to me). Has a great oaky finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel is a whole lot different than A.B. but then again it has been some time since my last one. Extremely smooth and Id say goes down as easy and smooth as the best of them.

Very drinkable, I could really go for another but sadly I only bought a single 12 oz. Next time I wont make that mistake :)

Ahh.. oh well.. on to the next..

MOB210SA, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of erikwibaeus
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must say that i have noting to complain about when it comes to the beer itself. This is an excellent ale in my taste. Better then this you cant find. The mouthfeel and the taste is really outstanding compared to the nice "non-oaked" version. The darkness is not overwhelming for my taste and the smell is just outstanding.

Even the label looks good! http://www.arrogantbastard.com/oaked/images/OAKEDpic.jpg

erikwibaeus, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper/brown. Tan, lacy foam. Looks very good.

S- Syrupy malt, grapefruit hops.

T- This brew attacks strong and straight up the middle with a dominating strike of grapefruit-bitter hops. Mid-palate is rich malt. The finish is overwhelmingly, aggressively hop bitterness. A touch of barrel char? The vanillin oak slightly attenuates the edge compared to the Arrogant.

M, D- CO2 level is very lively and gives bouyancy to the significant weight. ABV just detectable. A substantial beer, this.

WhiteOak, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours copper with rich ruby highlights and a large creamy off-white head.
Nose shows loads of rich malt (molasses, golden syrup) as well as smoky and woody oak. Not much hops, just some herbal notes. Very enticing!
Hops shine through in the flavours though, lots of aggressive grapefruit and resin. Loads of clean malt as well, with more oak. Assertive bitter finish persists for quite some time.
Body is thick, though the carbonation is quite prickly for something this rich.

CrazyDavros, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a translucent amber-chestnut with a creamy off-white head from a strong pour; good retention and lacing.

S - Slight maltiness punctuated by floral, herbal, citrus-y hops and a vague wood earthiness.

T - Big flavors and full rich taste. Light mint, strong piney and grapefruit-y hops. Oak-y dry finish leaves a dank, resiny taste behind. This beer tastes on the verge of phenomenal.

M - Creamy and smooth with a velvety texture and a medium-heavy body.

D - Phenomenal. Smooth, rich and delicious. Great paired or as a stand-alone.

ktrillionaire, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear ruby-brown body glitters underneath a 3/8" head of creamy tan foam that slowly settles into a solid cap that leaves abundant, ultra-fine lacing. Great looking pour.

S: Hard to discern much at all; this might be because I'm getting over a cold (although I could smell plenty in my prior beer, a Weyerbacher Double Simcoe on cask), or because of the straight-sided glass (although the DIPA was served in the same vessel), but either way I can't smell much beyond a vague oaky sweetness.

T: Certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of flavor - huge vinous oak at first, followed by some fruity/caramel malt and a nicely bitter hop finish (more pine than anything else, with maybe some grapefruit). Very dry aftertaste. Not nearly as overtly hoppy as regular AB, but the oak certainly makes up for it. I love this beer.

M: Smooth, slightly sticky medium body with loads and loads of roiling, velvety, foamy carbonation. Probably a touch overcarbonated, but I love the explosion of bubbles.

D: The dryness of the oak and hops can get a bit oppressive, even though the alcohol is almost completely hidden.

Notes: When I had this back-to-back-to-back with AB and Double Bastard, this was my hands-down favorite. I love the way the dry, tart oak complements the hefty malt and hop bills that give this beer its substance. Great stuff.


woosterbill, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dec 26, 2009

12oz bottle, best by Oct 19, 2009. Pours dark reddish copper with a nice off-white head. Tons of sticky lacing.

Powerful aroma, whole lotta oak, caramel malt, vanilla, light citrus hops, little chocolate, some cherries and other dark fruits in the background.

Flavor is dominated by the oak, and I like it. Caramel malts, some pine and citrus hops, and vanilla round out the flavor. Can detect a touch of alcohol.

Medium body, low to medium carbonation.

Very nice.

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Giggaman
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

    Warm deep amber in color with a small head that doesn't last long but leaves a ring and very little lacing    
    Smells mAlty and sweet like caramel with a tiny hint of citrus.  
     Taste is not at all what I expected. Different than other oaked beers that I've had.   Malty with a nice blast of hops that isn't overpowering at all. Finishes out with a nice smoothe, round earthy flavor.
     Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a slight tingle from good carbonation.  
     Very drinkable. The round earthy finish makes me constany want a other sip.  I would keep it stocked I the fridge if It were more Economical as it is absolutly deliscious for those who like a BIG tasting beer.   

Giggaman, Jan 10, 2010
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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