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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,860 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,860
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 154
Gots: 411 | 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 Kromes
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber with a thick beige head that dies to a thin line of bubbles. Nice lacing down the glass. Smells great, like oily citrus hops. A great woody citrus flavor with some sweet malts. Delicious. It is much more tamed than the original Arrogant Bastard. Even the bitter finish is more mellow, it's still there but not as strong. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth....I can't really find any faults with this beer, it is definitely up there with the best.

Kromes, May 03, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: creamed orange head rested contently on the deep ruby and crimson caramel body, great look. Lacing provided films and rings of sticky foam with a few fluffy bubbles

S: smells are unique with light smoked oak and hickory whiffs paired with pungent pines, grasses, and mint leaves. The big smells give way to caramel and roasted malts

T: flavors are a large basket of green crusted hops drizzled with buttery caramel. The hops consist of pine needles, grapefruit peels, grassy herbal notes, and a pop of spices with mint. Otherwise, the other dominant flavors are the sugary caramel crusted malts that provide ample backbone, more than enough I might add. Then, this amalgamation of flavors is infused with that drifting smoked oak character. The smokiness is kept in balance and some what subtle making a nice compliment overall (reminiscent of oaked bourbon flavors). Tasty!

M: creamy and turns into a dream as it warms. I was doing more than sipping this brew, I had to pace myself. Body is full and lush with vanilla flavors poking through

D: a scrumptious beer! This is another buy, great flipping stuff

Magpie14, May 02, 2009
Photo of DigitalHype
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Slightly viscous and dark reddish-brown color. About 2cm creamy tan head, that mostly faded. Lots and lots of sticky lacing. Very attractive pour.

Lots of vibrant, floral hop aroma. A bit of cut grass and lime leaf.

Heavy hop bitterness. Grapefruit and slight goat cheese earthiness. "In your face", but not too boozy. The "oaked" isn't coming through for me though.

Moderate carbonation, and a slight chewy feel. I lacks some of the depth I had hoped for. I guess they don't call it "Arrogant Bastard" for nothing.

DigitalHype, May 02, 2009
Photo of jdoncbus
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Sam Adams' "ultimate beer glass." The color is stained cherry wood with ruby hues, active carbonation to boot. The head is three fingers and tan, recedes nicely with considerable lacing.

Nose is oak and earth with biscuity malt. Notes of toasted grain, raw sugar, pears, & pineapple. Very pleasing and mixed with the appearance is begging me to drink.

Velvety smooth on the palate, it just drapes and hangs across the tongue. Just enough carbonation leaps out with the oak and hops and smacks the taste buds with a load of flavor. My mouth is left with a thin film of cream but slowly dissipates and everything is dry. Booze warmth slides down my throat leaving a nice numbing effect on my back molars.

What a fun beer to drink, so much going on but pieced together well. The creamy-oak flavor is appealing and adds complexity to the brew. It's my third or fourth time drinking this; I cannot understand why I have never picked up a six.

jdoncbus, May 01, 2009
Photo of SeattleAdam
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful, clear, ruby red. Plenty of rocky head retains well and laces perfectly after each sip. This is awesome to look at.

S- Oak with just a hint of coconut rum.

T- Great malt character upfront that finishes with the oak and just a subtle hint of coconut that I mentioned in the nose. The 7.2% ABV is hidden quite well with some flavor/bitterning hops offering an even taste balance.

M- Medium to full bodied but not heavy in the least. It does not feel like syrup. I think this beer is perfectly carbonated, too.

D- American Strong Ale, baby! This is one of those beers that is just fun to drink. The flavor profile is interesting, the taste is great, and the feel is perfect. Pour me another, please!

SeattleAdam, May 01, 2009
Photo of JonMich13
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = Dark brown/amber with a 1" head. Decent lacing throughout.

S = Wonderful complexity of smells. Something with this much going on is hard to pick out specifics. Maybe vanilla, dark fruits, citrus hops, brown sugar, caramel. Translation = a nasal assault.

T = I agree with an recent review in that not much separates the original from this. And this is a good thing. I think maybe the oak aging has melded the flavors together a little more smoothly than the original. Maybe it's a little less arrogant and more possesses more of a quiet confidence, knowing that it is great but not needing to be arrogant about it. Delicious malty caramel and vanilla, smoothly transitioning into a citrusy hop bite, but the dark sugary and syrupy sweetness never recedes despite the hops. Complex is an understatement.

M = Full bodied but not overly so. Carbonation is there but only to enhance the flavors. Just right. Finishes a hint dry.

D = Again, if drinkability means you crave another sip or another bottle, well then it's ultimately drinkable. If it means making a session of 4 or 5, this isn't your beer. I prefer the former.

Great, great beer. I have not had the pleasure of the Double Bastard, but will be seeking it with fervor. The Arrogant Bastard franchise has me hooked.

JonMich13, May 01, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown clear color with a light off-white head. Pretty good lacing from start to finish.

The first scent I pick up is a caramel malt, then followed by a slight hint of berry. There is also a vanilla tone from the oak aging and an obvious earthy hop presence.

Great taste. The caramel and vanilla dominate the flavor and there's a nice spicey hop balance to go along with it. The berry that I picked up in the smell is present, but only slightly.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a slightly bitter finish. The alcohol is slightly detectable.

This is one of those beers that I had a hard time putting down because of all the interesting tastes. Very entertaining and drinkable, but again the alcohol does bring a light burn.

Another solid offering from a great brewery.

Vonerichs, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having a chance at his non-oak aged brother a few months ago, Porter's Pub in Easton, PA came through with this awesome selection. Porter's is seriously the place to be in the Lehigh Valley for good brews.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a smallish head that drops to a film and dots the chalice with lace.

S: Rich caramel aroma mixed with grapefruit hops; a touch of pine and a hint of vanilla.

T: Boom, the grapefruit hops assualt the tastebuds but are immediately joined by a rich caramel. After the swallow, the hoppy flavors become even more pronounced and blast into the finish .

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation, a pretty easy drinker for a beer of this strength.

D: Gotta say, other than a bit of vanilla, there's not much to distinguish this from the original. Still a fantastic brew, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try the oaked versus the standard (or pay much extra for the chance). Stone's got another winner here, give this a shot!

jdg204, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of biggred1
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid, copper amber with tons of fine suspended yeast and a beautiful creamy tan head that leaves sheets of lace in big sticky rings all down the glass. Smells savory and complex with a big smack of pungent, fruity hops and caramel malt. I can't really detect any oak in the nose. Tastes very balanced between piney hops and caramel malt, a bit smoother with a more refined mellowed flavor than regular AB. The oak is all in the finish and the flavors grow bigger and badder as it warms up. Medium slick hop oily mouthfeel with velvety smooth carbonation. An outstanding beer.

biggred1, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of natasharai
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a big tan foamy frothy head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving some nice lacing at the top of the glass. The beer is clear and has a deep reddish brown color.

Smell: Really lacks in smell, not much going on. Some light roasted smells, and a bit of a grassy hop scent.

Taste: Sweet malt, strong roasted flavor, coffee flavor, charcoal wood flavor, and nice bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, some carbonation, tingle on the tongue from bittering hops, and leaves mouth dry and bitter

Overall: Good drinkability, strong roasted coffee flavor in the beginning then strong bitter hop toward the end that fades to a burnt bitter flavor. All of the flavors are really big, could probably use some age on it to calm things down.

natasharai, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single poured into a pint glass. Nice dark ruby red/bown in color, fast dissipating head and noticeable lacing. Nothing to crazing in the aromatics department, some nice woody notes, like campfire wood and some malt. You get a nice mellow hit of the oak throughout the spiel. Flavor is of earthy wood is played well with the backdrop of the malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a great carbonation effect. Some of that wood sticks to the palate until you cleanse it with some more. Drinkability just went up a notch, thats for reminding me...

5 stars

BuffaloTapHugger, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of starvinbarley
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber brown from the bottle with nice tan head. Nose not as strong as expected with strong hops mixing with little oak. Taste is nicley balanced with hop and malt balance with great vanilla touch at the finish. What a beer! Certainley worth while.

starvinbarley, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of COBeerBuff
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Stone beer, and I figured why not start out with one of the more unique...

Appearance: Poured into a standard pint glass with a solid two-finger head. This looks rich and foamy, arrogance possibly? The head holds fast for a while, and as it disappears, it leaves a ton of lacing. "Don't forget me." The beer pours a dark red that's almost opaque, but it lets light through in all the right places as if screaming, "Look at me. I'm a beer to behold. Drink and be merry!"

Smell: Berry and citrus flavors hit the nose on the first whiff. I wasn't expecting the fruitiness. Definitely some hops on the front end. God I can't wait to sample this beer.

Taste: Wow. Heaven, perhaps? It doesn't taste like arrogance to me. In fact, I'm not sure what the taste is exactly. The aftertaste yields a mountain of oaken and wooden flavors. There are definitely some hints of coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and, dare I say, hops. The maltiness and the hops push me back and forth. Giminee, what a beer!

Mouthfeel: This might be the one part of this beer that doesn't thrill me. It's an American Strong Ale, but the mouthfeel is almost too heavy. The deepness of the malts and the stinging-ness of the hops create a surreal effect in my mouth that I'm not sure I'm crazy about.

Drinkability: This is a yummy, delicious beer; complex, yet unbearably simple. The oaken flavors are there, but they're not overwhelming. However, nothing about this beer is underwhelming. The heavy mouthfeel goes along with the arrogance of this beer. Stone warns you that "you probably won't like it." I believe I do like it. But many, many more samples will be tasted before the final judgment has been passed... for now, this beer is definitely on the keeper list.

COBeerBuff, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked the original, so I'm stoked about this variation.

A: The beer is a beautiful, red mahogany color. Not entirely clear. A nice, off white-brownish head initially, but it dies off quickly. A reasonable amount of lace present.

S: Really quite complex with aromas of vanilla, berry, citrus, toffee and a faint aroma of alcohol.

T: Fantastic malts present with a lovely toffee/caramel flavor followed up by some fruity-berry tones and a hint of vanilla. The oak does come out nicely. A strong hop bite balances this out nicely with a hint of citrus and pine in the end. Complex and tasty.

M: Light to medium bodied. Although it is complex, it finishes clean with faint stickiness. The carbonation is spot on.

D: A unique take on the original A.B. I have to say this beer marries with oak quite well. If you like A.B. you have to try this. I do slightly favor the original however. I will have to pick up a few of each the next time I get access to these and do a side by side comparison. Either way, I come out a winner.

brewdoc75, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an opaque dark copper with some red tints around the edges and a single-finger tan head. The smell is a cavalcade of different hops as well as some oak and malt. I can pick out floral, piney, and citrusy hops. The taste starts off with a combination of malt and grapefruity hops that balance well and give way to some more hops that are slightly piney and floral as well as some oak flavor that helps balance out some of the bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a certain amount of slickness from the hops and fairly low carbonation. This is a fantastic beer, one of those ones that everyone should try at least once if they're serious about beer.

TheTrevor, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of deanhead
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep burgundy color with a rich toffee colored head. Nic lace that lingered through to the bottom of my glass.

Aroma spicy, woody, and faintly buttery

Pronounced woody flavor. Bready, Spicy with a highly accentuated bitter taste that clings to your palate, and then fades away very nicely, leaving a residual dank hop bite.

Full bodied and viscous beer, it's dank and drinkable. There is alot going on with this beer. I enjoyed it very much. It's definitely worth checking out.

deanhead, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Rhynes2
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer just blew my mind. The oak aroma sets you up for a complex array of flavors. Some people were saying that it has too strong of a grapefruit taste. The grapefruit is there but balances perfectly. Great head retention when poured into a glass and the color was one of the nicest hues of red I have ever seen. My friends were eve commenting on how hilarious the bottle was. This is my perfect beer and I could drink it everyday. I was worried that my $16.00 was not going to be worth it but im getting another one this weekend. Great call on this one. Fantastic!

Rhynes2, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Kingdom4aPint
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard Pint Glass applied...

Hazy dark burnt orange with one finger creamy head, nice lacing all the way down. I think this is an amazing looking beer! Smell has that oak, bourbon scent. Taste is interesting, the bourbon barrel start with grapefruity, dry finish. Very luscious mouthfeel. Drinkability is fair, I like grapefruit but since I can't eat more than three I probably wouldn't care to drink more than three of these. Good stuff, though.

Kingdom4aPint, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent mahogany with a one finger beige head that recedes quickly, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Smells of floral hops and sweet malts. Pine and citrus from the hops also lurk in the background.

This tastes great, and it's wonderfully balanced. Pine hops cut the malty sweetness, and the combination of oak and hops provide an alluringly sweet yet astringent finish.

A terrific beer, highly recommended.

IMincedTheKing, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Deep garnet color. Two finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing.

S: Oak, caramel, vanilla, and citrus.

T: All about the oak, which is kind of a mixed bag overall. On the one hand, it does a good job of smoothing out the hoppy bitterness. On the other hand, it kind of drowns out the malt. Finish is bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Full-bodied with carbonation that explodes in the mouth.

D: I remember this being a lot better when I had it in the past. Before, I would have said that this is definitely better than regular AB. Now, I'm not so sure. Maybe I got an old bottle. Regardless, this is quite outstanding. If it were a bit bigger, it would be an ideal digestif.

BarrelO, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of benclimbs
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red amber with a prominent head.

Smell is beautiful bourbon like vanilla notes with a little malt and spice.

Taste is initially the oak, then malts and finishing off with just enough dry hop kick.
The aftertaste stays around for a while too.

Hands down,this beer kicks ass! this is perhaps stones best beer. This is the third time I've had it and still blown away...why this only has an A- is strange, trust the bros review!

benclimbs, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of BeerManDan
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, the color was a medium dark amber brown with a tan head and a mild amount of lace on the side of the glass. The smell was of soft sweet mild hops and a hint of spice in the aroma. The flavor had a mildly bitter hoppy fell, with a hint of spice and a touch of oak!
The bitter finish was not over powering. Nicely balanced ale.

BeerManDan, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of bluetravlr
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with an orange/red hue. One finger of head that dissipates in a few minutes. Still, after 15 minutes a slight head remains. In fact, this head remains through the very last sip. Impressive! Sufficient streaking down the glass.

S: Not much in the way of smell. A hint of oak and maybe maple?

T: When it first hits the tongue the taste is slightly sweet, hinting of citrus, but is quickly taken over by the bitterness of the hops. There is a hint of caramel and malt that goes along with this initial bitterness and this then gives way to a more intense bitterness with a long lingering taste of oak. Hop heads will enjoy the complexity of this succession of bitterness. However, as this beer warms and your palate becomes used to the lingering oak bitterness the sweetness of the caramel notes becomes more distinct and even begins to override the initial bitterness.

M: Surprisingly full bodied for an ale, but slightly over carbonated for the complexity of flavor.

D: As long as you keep sipping that bitterness is held slightly at bay due to the initial sweetness. That being said the IBUs must be off the charts. This beer is also 7.2%ABV and fairly full bodied. Definitely a sipping beer. Yet, as stated above the palate becomes adjusted to the bitterness, and a second beer may go down faster.

bluetravlr, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of LauraAlberts
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at a Stone beer dinner tonight at the Old Village Post House in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The Southeast Stone brewery Rep, Scott Sheridan attended and added a truly charismatic humor and laid back familiarity to the experience. Stories/facts and knowledge poured throughout the evening making it an amazing craft beer experience. The chef paired this beer with Mepkin Abbey Mushroom Bread Stuffing, Garlic-Dill Fingerling Potatoes, Roasted Spring Onions, Raspberry Gastrique. Needless to say, the food was over the top and the meal was shared in good company. I highly recommend attending any kind of Stone event.

Appearance: Cloudy/Dark Amber/ruby

Smell: Cold wheat/fruit Vanilla

Taste: Creaminess that cuts through the hoppy character of the beer - the oak aging adds this aspect. Vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied - amazing American Strong Ale.

Drinkability: Session if you can - but a sipper for me. Sip & Savor on the beach after a hot day in the sun. A beer to look forward to drinking.

LauraAlberts, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of youngblood
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly dirty amber. Off white head fights stay around before finally resigning itself to a half finger layer. As the beer gets sloshed around, the head leaves suds rather than lace.
Smells very complex. Getting bits of nut, caramel, toffee, citrus, pine, biscuit. Really the scents just go on and on. Rather incredible.
The first flavors that I got were some grapefruit mixed with honey, evolves into malty sweetness and finishes dry and nutty. The oak just adds this amazing wood-chip flavor on the way out. The flavor matches the scent quite nicely. This feels very creamy on the tongue, very nice. The balanced ABV makes this easy to put down, but still so full of complexity.

youngblood, Apr 14, 2009
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,860 ratings.