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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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5,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,047
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 190
Gots: 490 | FT: 6
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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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Ratings: 5,047 | Reviews: 1,848
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.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Koningshoeven sniffer. Pours a dark ruby-red, cloudy, with little to no head[edit: at second pour, a lot more head...creamy and frothy, with a TON of sticky lacing]. Aroma is pretty strong, fruits, for some reason...belgian yeast is coming to mind. Sweet smell.
Taste is close to an DIPA, which didn't quite match the aroma. Picking up carbonation, bitters, booze, and a dry finish. Good beer...would put it under a Rogue Dead Guy though.

Photo of SykDoc
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a very dark hazy brown. Sediment is noticeable. A 1/8 inch light tan head forms and leaves a decent lacing.

The aroma includes a healthy dose of caramel malty sweetness and some earthy pine notes. The oak is a bit hidden to me.

The taste is another nice combination of caramel malt sweetness and a heavier bitterness that follows, including pine and citrus. A nutty/earthy finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It seems like there could be a bit more carbonation. It is quite smooth despite this and leaves a nice bitterness on the palate at the finish.

This is interesting, cause this is a good beer that seems to present all of the requirements to a high level, but does not seem to exceed them. I think it is easy to drink given these circumstances and the ABV allows more than one.

Photo of MrStark
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is a somewhat hazy deep reddish brown with a small off white head that dissipated leaving bits of sticky lacing.

Smell is pretty malty with pine, and a bit of hops.

Taste is fairly bitter up front which is followed by a caramel malt sweetness then again with bitterness in the end.. The oak is noticeable but not particularly prominent. Overall a nice complex flavor!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. There is a mild amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty nice. A smooth and complex flavor that goes down pretty easy. I could see having a couple of these at a time and I'd like to have it again.

Photo of froghop
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a cloudy copper with a medium size tan head, and excellent lacing.

smell is of nuts, caramel, malt, some spice, a little citrus, and a touch of pine.

taste is smooth, somewhat woody, caramel, malts, grapefruit hops in the back, and some nuts, ends on the dry side and nicely bitter.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a 1-finger tan head that retains nicely and leaves a medium amount of fine lacing.

Initial aroma is quite floral as the hops make their presence known. A hint of caramel shows up in the back along with the oak addition. Very fresh and inviting.

Taste gives a great mix of hoppy and malty flavors. Starts out with some caramel and vanilla upfront and is soon followed by a mildly hoppy presence in the middle. The finish is still lightly hoppy with a little pepper but at this point, the wood tones are cleanly evident.

Medium body and medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish. Not sure if this is better or worse than the regular AB, all I know is both are great and quite tasty. I'd be interested to try both versions side by side later on to see how they vary.

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by 12-08-2009.

(A)- Pours a hazy mahogany amber color that produced a solid tan to orange colored head that dissipated after a minute or two.

(S)- A big piney yet malty sweetness. Very dry with lemon & lime citrus. Bits of butterscotch.

(T)- Again, very very dry with very piney citrus. Some light maltiness of roasted butterscotch. Finishes dry & woody.

(M)- Good carbonation level with good balance too. Very dry with light malts. Almost chewy in how dense it feels but not overly so like a stout would be.

(D)- A good beer with an extremely dry feel that is made even drier with the oak barrel. Definitely a winner, but I think I would rather just reach for the regular Arrogant Bastard; its less expensive and easier to find, and perhaps just as good.

Photo of juhl31
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-burnt caramel, decent lacing

-not too much on the nose for me...some hops in there if you try

-oak in there for sure, so theyre not lying. malty with a bitter finish

-smooth, but a bit of a bite

-i like it. may have been a touch old and i might update later

Photo of alexhammond
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear amber with a small fluffy head. the first smell I notice before anything is a hint of vanilla, along with the oak and hops - all blends together into one tempting aroma.
strong and delicious hop taste, but the oak and sweeter flavors cut through the bitterness. it's as if the hops are trying to fight through the additional flavors, but not quite able to break free, and it is a beautiful tasting struggle.
the oak makes this beer, in my opinion, much more drinkable than the regular Arrogant Bastard by mellowing out some of the bite. with the original already a favorite of mine, this brew is something I'll certainly buy again and again.

Photo of cypressbob
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, served chilled in a McChouffe glass

Pours with a ruby red body. Thick off tan head, loads of retention

Smell, akin to the standard Arrogant Bastard but with a touch of oak in the background. The nose is full of fresh American hops (notably Amarillo)

Taste, rich thick malt encased hops. Ballsy profile. Heaps of Amarillo hops
punctuated by robust malt, little touch of caramel sweetness on the finish and a nice lingering bitterness.

Not quite as great as on tap, in New York but still a superbly tasty strong ale. The original I still think remains king, the oak seems to cut the hops back a little and mutes the balance of flavour

Photo of DawnL
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
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
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
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
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.53/5  rDev -16%
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
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
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
3.78/5  rDev -10%
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
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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