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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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4,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,980
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 DerBayer
2.73/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm looks interesting a cloudy dark ruby pretty enticing but little head

Smells of bitter hops faint caramel and some vanilla

TAstes of much the same but there it is AGAIN the same sickly aftertaste of cream soda as in Stone Imperial Stout but luckily less pronounced

Mouthfeel is moderate but refreshing carbonation with a medium body

Drinkability is well not exactly moorish

DerBayer, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of TommyW
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep, rusty brown body with a decent off-white head.

S- Hop aroma dominates the nose and is joined by some sweet alcohol esters.

T- The hop hit the tongue right away with some sweet, fruit malt flavors coming through which quickly turns into and orange/grapefruit taste from the hops. There is a very pleasant, lingering oak flavor.

M- Pretty medium body that is smooth all the way down.

D- Really an awesome beer. The oaked addition is subtle but definitely there and pleasant.

TommyW, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a one finger head and okay lacing. The smell is of a malty backbone with citrus hops present over the top, grapefruit smell there. The taste is of a smooth malt backbone more prevalent than the orginial and the hop taste is citrus hops, and the oak taste is present also. The bitterness however, is much less pronounced. This beer is much smoother and the flavors are more enjoyable than the regular AB. The mouthfeel is of slight carbonation. Overall this is a very good and very drinkable beer, the oak aging makes the flavors smooth and more prevalent and much more enjoyable.

goblue3509, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of gameface23
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review pulled over from another beer rating website..

12 oz bottle. Pours an attractive dark amber with little to no head. Strong smell of tropical fruit (especially pineapple), caramel, malt and hops. I tasted notes of pineapple with an aftertaste of espresso beans.

gameface23, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of realmpel
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with quarter inch of head which dissolves into a creamy skin.

Aroma is not powerful. The flavor is very smooth, with caramel and vanilla notes over a medium hoppiness. The oak really brings out a mellow smoothness to the beer which regular AB doesn't have. It's complex and multifaceted, but the flavors are not unusual if you are used to oaked beers. I guess what I'm saying is it's accessible. I'm a big fan of oak, so this beer is a big step up from a beer that I already like.

It's a strong beer, but I always want to drink a couple of these.

realmpel, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red in color with a thin layer of white foam and amazing lacing.

S: Tons of caramel, oak/vanilla, slight citrus.

T: Very distinct oak flavor, malty sweetness, smoke, and of course the signature Arrogant Bastard bitterness on the finish.

M: Great body, very little carbonation.

D: Much more drinkable than "regular" Bastard and much more complex and interesting (in my opinion).

womencantsail, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of Squelch
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Crystal clear, ruby red colored with nice lacing.

Smell: Malt aroma with some vanilla. not alot here.

Taste: Ahh. Wonderful balnce of malts, smoke, hop flavor, and the oakiness which in my opinion lend amost a cinnamony flavor to the beer. This is the best oaked beer I've had. The oak is just a perfect flavor adjunct to the malt/hops balance of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: If they weren't so expensive, I'd be drinking these all the time. Wonderful beer.

Squelch, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, no date, served cold in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy redish brown with thick creamy white head on top. Head lasts forever leaving a nice sticky lace on the glass. Poor clarity is the only negative here.

Aroma is sweet and somewhat bready with subtle but distinct oak character. Hops are minimal as more malty smells come forward with the oak.

Flavor is intense and immediately lets you know it's from the bastard family. It's the strength of flavors both from the large grain bill and multiple hop additions that make it known this is a big Stone beer. Then the complexity of vanilla and smoke from the oak chips comes through. It's a miracle that wood isn't lost in the other dominant flavors. A nice carmel sweetness up front gives way to big earthy hop flavor towards the middle. It finishes with a sticky dryness, some tannins, and residual oak flavors.

Mouthfeel is full of body, lowish carbonation, and sticky hop resin.

Double Bastard is one of my favorite Stone beers and this one is certainly up there too. There is a lot to appreciate in this wood aged beer. It definately makes me want to try more of the oaked varieties.

GilGarp, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. "Best by 09 08 09" printed lightly on the bottom of the bottle.

A- Clear reddish amber. Pours with 2+ fingers of creamy tan head, which fades very slowly to a solid cap; incredible retention. Ample lacing.

S- Bit of pine/herbal hoppiness....perhaps some oaken notes. Light maltiness. Hints of metallic aroma.

T- Pine & herbal hop, hints of malty sweetness, smoky/charcoal/wood, metallic twinge. A lot going on with the interjection of oak...interesting, but not completely working for me.

M- Moderate carbonation with a pretty full feel. Actually fairly creamy, and goes down smooth....oiliness builds and coats as consumed. Quite good here.

D- Ok. The oakiness would seems to dull my palate pretty rapidly, so I don't think I'd ever opt for more than one 12 oz'er at a time.

Future outlook: This was alright, but for my money, wasn't as good as "regular" AB. Probably won't revisit anytime soon.

DoctorDog, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of bjacobsen
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into the Stone AB pint glass.

A- Pours a copper color with reddish tints and a faint redness accompanies the impressive off-white three finger head. As the head dissipates, albeit nice and slowly, there is a quality lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

S- This offers a similar balance of the bouquet of piney hops and roasty, toasty malt backbone as the original with a very faint hint of smoked wood. I like the unique twist to this one.

T- Hops up front, with a timely counter attack of malt to round it out. The oak/wood presence is definitely more prevalent in the flavor than it was in the nose. This one has more of a smoky finish than the original, and honestly, it's hard to say if that is better or worse. I guess it's just different. They are both pretty stinking tasty.

M- Medium bodied, slightly astringent with a puckering in the back. Not off-putting, just attention-getting.

D- Like the original AB, this is a very assertive beer with a "Thank you sir, can I please have another?" conundrum of palette punishment being overcome by the primal urge for another. Great beer, but the one area I found it to be inferior to the original is with it's drinkability. There is a lingering smoke to this one that is very interesting and tasty (would undoubtedly pair wonderfully with food) but is a little more to handle than the AB.

bjacobsen, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, dark amber with an off white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell is of wood, floral, pine hops, and a slight roasted malt.

Tastes of the woody oak flavor supporting the hops with a slight sweetness from the roasted malt. The hops are of the floral, pine, and citrus variety. This tastes like the arrogant bastard with the oak flavor toning it down.

Mouthfeel is a good medium body that is smooth and wonderful. The carbonation supports everything this beer wants to be.

This beer is very good, but the woody taste might get to me after a while.

ocelot2500, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - A mild aroma with citrus and floral hops. The oak comes through in the aroma.

Appearance - Deep copper in color with a light tan head. The head poured 1 1/2 finger widths, but dissipated to 3/4 finger widths. Slight haze. Good lacing.

Flavor - Some citrus hop flavor. Caramel. Malty, but not sweet/cloying. Smokey? Has malt backbone, but bitterness dominates. The bitterness lingers on the finish.

Mouth feel - Medium body. Average carbonation.

Overall Impression - A drinkable beer. The oak is interesting. It seems the oak subdues the hop flavor making it bitter with out the nice hop flavor.

Hullabaloo2, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of KCHopHead
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into Boulevard Smokestack goblet.

A - Deep amber color. Small head that dissapates. Thin vertical lines of lacing.

S - At first a sour almost skunky then I pulled in oak, caramel, and the malt to come. Not a lot of hop smell.

Mouthfeel first - Suprisingly light to the mouth with medium to low carbonation.

T - A malty brew where the after taste sticks out as the most prominent taste of pure Oak. The oak almost disguises any alcohol going down. Not a lot of hop taste yet still pretty balanced.

D - Drinkability and mouthfeel were very surprising to me since it went down so smooth and fast. I wish I had the 750 ml bottle of this.

KCHopHead, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of fostwal
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer to savor after a long day at work. This is a very well balanced strong ale. I can't believe that its 7.2%. The bitter hops is the first thing that you taste. But, its not overpowering. Its hoppy bite is mellowed by the oak aging. The carbonation is full and not fizzy. Its the second sensation that hit. Then the carbonation and bite fade and the rich malty and oak flavors linger for a while. Not strong, just present.

fostwal, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this the other day while brewing. Poured a dark amber/ruby red color with beige head that faded somewhat slowly and left good lacing. Smelled of malt, earthy hops, spice and fruit. Tasted of caramel malt and earthy hops. Very smooth. Even better than the original.

NewGeneric, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of jbone78
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer fresh and it is good. I have read that it is better with some age. It is different, but not better. I have had these stored for about three months drinking one every now and again. I think it is starting to go down from here.

A- Pours a dark redish color with a finger of head. The retention leaves after a couple of minutes.
S- The smell is better fresh. The one I have now gives some caramel notes, but not as apparent as fresh.
T- Mild hops, very oaky, sweet malts.I like.
M- The only thing I do not like is the oaky sticky aftertaste. The beer is very balance, but has a sour-earthy aftertaste.
D- I drink ABA aften at bars fresh. That is how I think it is intended.


jbone78, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of kzoobrew
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed on 01/02/2009.

Pours a deep amber color. Creamy off white 2 finger head. Great retention with patchy lacing

Nice oakiness up front. Hops more subdued when compared to unoaked version. Nice caramel malt aroma.

Hop flavors come through while bitterness is subdued. Fantastic oak flavor adds complexity to an already great beer.

Smooth and creamy mouth feel. Carbonation is light bit adequate for this brew.

Wonderfully drinkable and very enjoyable.

kzoobrew, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased through online order from the Beers of Europe, a Britain-based beer shop; coming in a 12Fl. Oz. slim, brown bottle, served cool in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours an ultra-elegant dark ruby hue with fairly good clarity and restrained, fine carbonation, while the dark beige frothy head retains the body well and lasts throughout the drink.
S: richly aromatic as the Arrogant Bastard (AB) Ale that I tried four days ago, bursting with perfumy, caramely, longan-fruity, ripe raisiny and creamy malts as well as juicy American hops, quite like a well-hopped barley wine, this. Oakiness... is mild, but a swirl seems to wake up a mildly sweet edge of sweet woodiness as of coconut-ish and vanilla scent of new American white oak barrels, but not assertive. The theme is still dominated by the complex AB beer base, and pleasantly so.
T: the flavour is bitter-sweet from the beginning, with lots of tea-ish tannins, grapefruity flavour, toasted apples, and longan-fruits, along with a deep-running hop bitterness lingering in the aftertaste and causing a little bit of chewy palate. The oak influence, again, is in its most subtle in addition to the main AB theme, giving a lovely vanilla-ish edge properly expressed at the back of the palate. Interestingly, the overall performance is not as lively as AB, but still highly enjoyable and complex.
M&D: very smooth on the carbonation, the body is full but not OTT, the flavour is complex and not overly oaked, and the alc., just like AB, is very well hidden. A balanced act overall, as complex as it is highly quaffable. Highly recommended!

wl0307, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of tyanow
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is mostly cut and pasted from my review of the non oaked variety. Some additions have been made.

A - Dark amber with small tan head.

S - sweet alcohol, a little earthy.

T - very malty, some hop bitterness, a touch of burnt caramel, and a very slight hint of fruitiness. Seems earthier than the non-oaked but not woodier - if that makes sense.

M - fills the palate and stimulates all parts of the mouth. Goes down smooth and warm (7.2%)

D - For a 7+% beer this is about as drinkable as it gets. This beer, despite its name, is quite approachable.

I give this a slight nod over its garden variety brother, but you can't miss with either one.

tyanow, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is copper amber with a nice sticky lace of a head. a good amount of wood chips in the process made the palate and nose a bit boarder. well malted. with a mild wood, honey, pine nose. the palate has a wonderful interesting lemon zest pepper and sweet woody honey pollen. no alcohol in there really. nice work. much broader than the regular arrogant bastard.

rtepiak, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found one of these in Daytona Beach at a bar.
Bought it and brought it home for tasting.

A- A nice dark amber color with little foam head and minimal lacing... might be old. Small foam rim around the neck. (Note: Warmer temperature improves charactor of beer, alittle.)

S- Strong smell of malts and piney hops. Mild and faint scent of oak follows.

T-M- Nice hop bite with medium malts and oak finish makes this one a tad different than the regular Arrogant Bastard. Nice warming alcohol feel on the back end of the drink. Smooth for its style and thick mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable and a great strong ale. Will find more for my enjoyment.

wesbrownyeah, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what the big deal is here. It pretty much tastes the same as the regular Arrogant Bastard, the one advantage is that you can get it in 12 ounce bottles. worth getting if that' s importnat to you and if the per ounce price is not much higher than the standard.

david18, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn that was fing smooth...

appearance: darn brown reddish tint color

smell: loaded and more loaded hops would have guessed an IPA and a nice woodsy malt flavor

taste: loaded IPA, almost double. wait not an IPA, just that much hops. a great oak flavor really comes through here. even better than the orignal AB

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: overall a great beer and one of the best beers on the market period. Love this beer with some good BBQ.

CampusCrew, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone managed to improve upon an already amazing beer in Arrogant Bastard by aging it in oak barrels. This gave the beer yet another level of complexity. The earthy tones in the aging complement the existing brilliance in Arrogant Bastard Ale without overriding any of the flavor in the non-oaked version. I cannot say enough about how balanced and rich this beer is.

If you have not tried this beer, you must as it is truly a work of art!

DeathbySexyBT, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of sensorglitch
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this poured from a bottle. The color was nice, had a good odor to it, it didn't have the same smell as the arrogant bastard regular, iI could detect a difference in the two beers for sure. The taste had a little bit more of a depth, and a bite to it than the non oaked arrogant bastard and you could taste the wood working with the beer to change the flavor and depth. However, the flavour difference wasn't really enough to justify the price difference in my opinion. I personally prefer to regular arrogant bastard.

sensorglitch, Jul 12, 2009
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,980 ratings.