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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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5,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,046
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 191
Gots: 489 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Ratings: 5,046 | Reviews: 1,848
Photo of Lldeegan
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of JMD
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of wangbruins
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
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

Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of MOB210SA
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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..

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

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.

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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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.


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.

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.   

Photo of danetrain0101
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very dark red Almost blood red. Cream colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Malts with a wood smell. Strong presence of oak and malts.

A bitter hop taste with some malt and strong oak taste. Hops are very present.

Smooth drink with a heavy feel.

Overall a great drink. One of the best oaked beers I have ever had.

Photo of billzee
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Pours an amber with off-white head with minimal lacing.
Oak, roasty malt, dark fruit and booze and smoke notes. Toffee, oak and chocolate flavors with a citrusy hop finish. Medium body with light carbonation. Very tstay brew.

Photo of wknight167
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a hazy dark amber with an orangish tint, 1 finger off white head that slowly fades to a cap. Impressive lacing.

Nose- Sweet caramel balanced with citrus and pine hops, Dark fruits and a touch of earthiness and wood.

Palate- Hops are definitely present, but more subdued than the non oaked version. Begins with a strong malt presence that is aided by a touch of vanilla. The citrus/pine hops come out in the end and are given a certain spiciness from the oak

Mouthfeel- Medium body, lively carb.

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

Pours a mostly clear reddish brown with dense eggshell colored head. Smell: leafy, pine, citrus peel, caramel, hints of milk chocolate and green wood smoke. Taste: toasted, caramel fading into dark brown sugar, leafy and citrus hops. There's a just a bit of a charred wood smoke / aged whiskey thing towards the end of the sip. I'm not sure that I prefer this to the standard bastard, but it's definitely more easy drinking.

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

Got this one thrown in as an extra in a trade from bds1313. Thanks a ton!

A - Deep brown color with a one finger head that left a small amount of lacing around the top of the glass.

S - Roasted, almost chocolaty, malts mostly. Can tell the oak influence in this as it's a bit more subtle of a smell than I was expecting.

T - Nice malts, subtle flavor. Some cocoa and coffee, but it's really mild. Oaked influence comes in and some nice citrus light hops finish.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, carbonation is just the right touch.

D - Very drinkable for something that is this heavy and has this much alcohol. Great beer, wish I could buy it all the time.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into duvel glass.

A: pours dark brownish red-orange, with a light brown one finger head, no true lacing due to swirling, but dose lace after swirling.

S: very mellow in comparison to AB, takes a few minutes to open up, light oak, roasted malt, slight citrus, earthy, smoky and fruity

T: again mellow, yet very complex. light hidden flavors, sweet yet bitter. smoky charred oak, caramel, chocolate . coffee is noticed more on aftertaste. hops are lightly citrus,

M: this wont make sense, light but thick, thick in flavor light on tongue, carbonation is medium to mild.

D: needs to be sipped over atleast an hour, flavors come out of hiding from refridgerator cold to room temperature. amazing brew.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

I do enjoy a good bastard and this is a wee one..12ozbottle? The first impression is that is resembles AB exactly or does it? Well, the first aromas to hit my nose are familiar. A closer inspection reveals some earthier notes a woody potting soil? I can detect booze and funky hop aromas. Minty, citric, floral, dry and woody. The oak still cant tame the Bastard but I do think its the culprit for the dryer taste. I am gonna have to go against the grain here and say I would rather have the original over the oaked... Im not worthy.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A bastardization of what you get when you mix some orange, amber, brown and red color ale. Looks impressive. Smell is even more impressive, not as viscious as the non oaked version.

In fact, the oak seems to mellow out the whole ale, as opposed to offering a more complex beer necessarily. The usual chinook and cascade hop dominance with a very strong malt backbone, but the oak seems almost like they dry hopped it with oak chips as well. Mouthfeel thins through the bottle, but this remains a surprisingly drinkable beer, not nearly as demanding of a drink as the other versions of bastard ale.

Photo of GoalieRon33
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque brown with red undertones

S- Heavy oak smell. Sweet with burnt undertones

T- Unparalelled depth. Smokey to start, then finishes gloriously sweet. Some hidden chocolate malts at the finish, although very subtle

M- Heavy, bold, and creamy. Goes down smooth, with a beautifully sophisticated creaminess

D- For such a complex beer, its not a tough job to hammer this one down. The carbonation is perfect, the smoothness is to die for, and the overall alcohol burn with lingering effects is wonderful....This beer is outstanding

Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a fairly opaque rusty color somewhere in limbo between a mahogany brown and orange. When held to the light there is an apparent haziness and the color changes to burgundy. The tan tinged head scurries away rather quickly and leaves some dimples of lacing.

Smell: Can't say I'm surprised here. I'm picking up mostly on the oak. There's a sweet alcohol smell wafting around. Perhaps a whisper of hops, but it's held at bay by the oak.

Taste: I'm a bit surprised at how laid back and smooth this is, not that that's a bad thing. Very earthen oak tones from the smell, followed with a vanilla like sweetness. Picking up a lot of caramel in the middle and finally a floral hop bite shines through on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very complex. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. I don't quite know how they've pulled this off but it has an exceptional creaminess to it, which flips into a resiny coating bitterness at the end of each sip.

Drinkability: Ridiculously easy drinking for something over 7%. The only area where the alcohol reared it's head was the aroma. The only thing that would keep me from having quite a few is the price-tag, but I can't really knock it here for that.

I'm definitely a fan of the original Arrogant Bastard, but I feel confident in saying this trumps it in my mind. The oak adds some great depth to an already tasty beer.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A hazy dark brown color with about half a finger of head. The head may not have been big, but it sure does retain pretty damn well. Lacing is great to, looks to be a little delicious.

S- Hints of a dark fruity sweetness that is soon rushed away by a hop aroma with the faintest hint of alcohol.

T- Was a little intimidated to taste this beer while I built my palate, but it was certainly worth the wait! The same dark fruit sweetness enters your mouth for a moment before a hop oil taste dominates the palate. Although only 7.2%, the alcohol is mildly present in this beer, but it seems to go along with the rest of the bold taste nicely.

M- Nice crisp medium to full body that helps make this a great beer for any time of year.

D- Wouldn't mind having another one of these, in fact, maybe I will.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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