Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

A- pours a dark amber with reddish hue. nice 3-finger head with lacing all over the glass

S- like the balanced smell on the nose although a little light. citrus, hops, molasses & lots of pine

T- very interesting taste that is much like the smell but with more potency. starts a bit sweet...maybe a vanilla & malts that are quickly replaced with bitter hops & pine.

M- medium body that is velvety on the tongue. not much carbonation

D- really enjoyed this beer. seemed to be very well-balanced with a malty sweet start and hard bitter finish.

Photo of NightINgale
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a small snifter... Let's see what this is all about!

A - Pours a hazy reddish-brown body with a ruby-red glow to it. Nice creamy light golden head. Very solid head retention. Not much in the way of carbonation.

S - Incredible! I could definitely smell that vanilla oakiness to it. Apart from that, very nice pungent hoppiness, some pronounced maltiness and some pepper and fruit notes (grapefruit, cherry, maybe raisins). As intriguing as it may get.

T - Some vanilla and caramel, immediately followed by a strong hop bite (very citrus-like, mostly grapefruit notes, reminiscent of many good American IPA's) and hints of dark fruit. Also some peppercorn-like spiciness. The finish is dry; it has got some bitterness, a bit of breadiness, and plenty of oak. Delicious!

M - Medium-bodied, with very moderate carbonation. Very intense mouthfeel. The beer is literally bursting with flavour. It coats the mouth very nicely, too.

D - I only had one bottle, which went down quite smoothly, but I got the impression you would want to enjoy this one in moderation.

This was my first Stone beer, and needless to say it knocked my socks off!

Photo of natelocc787
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has been available for a while but today I finally snagged it. Seems lighter all together compared to the Bastard. It is more vanilla-ey and the oak flavor shows up reminiscent to a barleywine. Hops are much more subdued in this one . Lots of caramel malt, toffee and caramel flavors.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a plastic hotel cup. /sigh.

$2.49 / ea.

S: Red fruit, raisins, bourban, and lots of lumberjack sized wood notes. So smooth in the nose.

A: Beautiful beer. Big rocky medium cell head, amazing lacing, and great cover over a deep red brown body of crystal clarity.

T: Just a little boozy. Could benefit from a little mellowing. I don't care for the aftertaste, but up front it is delicious. Somewhat sweet, and definitely woody. The malt takes a back seat.

M: Very smooth, with a hint of puckering tannin on the back side. Light to medium body and light to medium carbonation.

D: Great with food, but not as good on its own. Still, the light body, and seductive scent keep me coming back for more.

O: Good beer, but it could be so much more. Would be a true great if the back end were smoother. All that aside, I am blessed to have this as my introduction to Stone Brewing Company.

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

Served in a glass from a chilled bottle. I've had the regular AB and it was superb. However, I was unable to review it at the time.

A - When held up to the light, this beer is for lack of a better word, beautiful. Decent sized light head. Not opaque but not light either. Has a very cool dark red amber color to it.

S - A lot of aroma hops at work here. A sign of the taste to come. Very floral and citrusy.

T - Absolutely delicious. I don't think it's quite as bitter as the regular AB, probably do to the oak flavoring. However, the oak does show through, giving it a nice roasted kick to it. Very citrusy and very hoppy, like most Stone brews.

M - Medium-bodied and clings to the tongue well. Very smooth.

D - I probably couldn't drink a bunch of these in one night, maybe 2 or 3 tops, due to the bitterness. I'm more of a sweet ale/stout person. However, for the hopheads out there, this is a wonderful beer and I recommend it to anyone.

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

On tap at Winking Lizard in Independence, Ohio into a 10 oz. snifter for only $5.

A Creamy light brown head, medium brown body. Glows orange brown in front of direct light. More clear than the dry hopped AB that I just had. 4.0

S Oak chips, hops, malt. Nice, smooth smell. 4.5

T Oak softens the taste in a good way but the great malt and hops presence remains in that great AB balance. I really like the effect that the Oak has on this beer. 4.0

M Big feel again, just like the dry hopped AB and softened by the oak in a good way. 4.5

D Good even though it is so big I reached the bottom of the snifter with no trouble. 4.0

Photo of sophisticated
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of the Arrogant and haven't had tons of oak aged varieties, so I was excited to try this.

Poured the 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass.

A) Gorgeous. Dark brown but when held to the light a bright deep ruby red. 1 finger of sudsy tan head lasted forever and left a thick layer of lace and ring around the glass.

S) Strong nose. Vanilla and alcohol were the first stand out scents, followed by dark fruits and spice.

T) Similar to the original as far as the base taste. But more complex. Some spice, flavors of dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, as well as some alcohol presence in the taste and feel.

MF) Soft and chewey.

D) Good! Rich, flavorful, something to savor. But enjoyable and easy to drink. If the alcohol was a little less present, I'd enjoy it more but this is a treat. Highly recommended.

Photo of mcann2pu
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No date on bottle.
a- dark/ rich ruby red pour into my Ommegang glass, almost black or brown except when you hold to the light, thats when that red really comes out, about a finger's worth of light tan head that quickly settled leaving a very light lacing around the rim of the glass,
s-I don't really get too much of a smell here, I can smell the hops and malt mostly with a mild background of the oak.
t- yum, this one is really well balanced with the rich malt, hops, and the wood, the wood takes a backseat to the primary favors of the hops and the malt but, still comes through on the finish,
m- creamy feel without beeng too thick, well done.
d- good, wouldn't drink it all the time.

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

Yes I am worthy. Typical novel printed on the bottle, best by 12/23/09.

Pours into my American pint glass a dark red, with a frothy off white head. The head recedes quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

The scent is very floral and herbal. Of course there is some wood and malt scent in there too. Smells very elegant, but not too pungent.

The mouthfeel if full and voluminous. The taste is a wonderful balance of bops, oak, and a more subtle malt backing. There is a bit of fruitiness too. It is full force with the bitterness but complex in flavor, an excellent and highly drinkable Oak aged brew.

This is a great brew, I havent had the original version but if it is near this good I know I will like it. This is one big and great beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich brown/amber color with a fluffy tan head with great retention. Good amount of lacing.

Nose is primarily of pine with a bit of floral. Taste presented even more: there's a strong maltiness to this brew, sweetness, with the hoppy bitterness and pine coming through. The malts make for a tremendously silky-smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is mild.

It's really a quite interesting brew. Definitely stands out as something special. It's drinkable, but not really an everyday beer, in my opinion.

Photo of Finn
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby/auburn color with a nice tan head that sticks around.

S: Earthy, rich, piney, and, yes, oaky. Nicely blended aroma. Biscuits, caramel too.

T: Starts with a bite of piney hops, which pervade throughout the flavor arena, but the mild oak flavor opens up in the middle, and blends nicely with dak caramel malts. A touch of roast flavor too. finishes with a bit of alcohol blending with the oak flavors, then simmers out with some more hop bitterness.

M: Full, smooth, almost creamy.

D: One of the great beers of this style. Will definitely open up a beer lover's world if they haven't tried this one yet. But be ready for some hops.

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone does it again!

This incredible brew pours like a beautiful amber ale, smacks like a floral IPA, warms like a world-class stout, and sits like an afternoon pale ale. To restrict this beer to the category of 'ale' does not do it justice. Stone deserves a categry of its own.

I love the traditional Stone, IPA hop taste--but well in balance with the backbone of the warming oak and syrupy flavor. This has the sophisitacted malt of a barleywine but its alcohol presence is nothing overbearing.

Instant classic.

Photo of thespaceman
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bomber into a snifter

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep amber/brown in color, a huge billowing head on this one, with extra soapy lacing all around the glass. The head stayed firm the entire ride through, and retention was excellent.

Smell: I get alot of sweet malts up front, more so then regular Arrogant Bastard. Very subtle hop aromas are prevalent as well. Lots of darker fruit popping out here, a touch of alcohol, and some wood like aromas. Very aromatic.

Taste: Caramel malts really show up big time, compared to Arrogant Bastard, the maltiness really stands out, although a deep citrus flavor starts to show up when this warms up a bit. I also get bits of oak, dried fruit, and a really subtle candy like sweetness that overtakes the palate. Very bold and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, the malt makes this bastard extra smooth on the tongue. Decent carbonation, a small bitterness from the hops is present but not as much as the regular AB.

Drinkability: I love how smooth this beer is, the malts really make this thing a treat to sip and savor. Letting it warm up shows the good hop aromas are still around. Coming in at 7.2% ABV, this bastard is dangerously drinkable, and very easy to session with. Although at nearly $15 a six pack, I'm glad I was able to get just a single bottle of this without killing my wallet. Overall a pleasurable experience that I will definetley come back to again.

Photo of feelmefoam
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a beautiful dark, cloudy amber color with two fingers of cream-colored, foamy head that takes a while to diminish. When the head leaves, there is some nice sticky lacing on the outside of the glass.

A nice sweet, caramel maltiness greets me with the first sniff. Soon after, some piney, sappy hops make their way into the aroma, with some dark fruitiness following. Not too much in the way of oakiness in the nose, but it smells awesome.

When the beer first hits my tongue, I immediately notice the maltiness that was presented in the nose. The bready and caramel malt tones wash over the palate, then are chased away by some evergreen and citrus hop flavor. Just as I was about to ask, "What makes this oaked?", the oakiness shows up at the end of the sip and smooths everything out. A very complex yet delicious flavor. Easily a 5.0.

Awesome mouthfeel as well. Medium bodied with a simple amount of carbonation and an alcohol presence that isn't brutal, it warms my tongue a bit just to let me know it's there. A lot smoother than the original Arrogant Bastard, as I remember.

Mmmm... for a beer that's marketed as being aggressive, this is a lot smoother than it's non-treed brother. I really liked the original AB, this one is exceptional. The drinkability on this is insane, I could drink several in one sitting. An aggressive beer that is complex and absolutely delicious.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,012 ratings.