1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,860 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,860 | Reviews: 1,836 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Backer2004
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at a BP for $2 a bottle, yes you heard me right. Since I am such a fan of the regular Arrogant Bastard, I had to pick this up the first time I saw it. Just a bit of piney taste compared to the regular one. I prefer the non-oaked one in fact, but still a very very good beer. For the price, you cannot beat it.

Backer2004, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber into a pint glass. Topped with a medium rich inch of tan head initially, shrinking by mid pint to a thin surface film and throwing off a fair amount of lacing all along.

Oak jumps out as I pour the glass. A fair amount of woody hops lie beneath the oak and mix well with a moderate malt structure, a bit of caramel. I would say that the oak enhances the smell of this brew vs. its standard version.

Taste and feel are a bit diminished on the other hand though still very nice. Pick up some moderate caramel malts initially with more earthy hops later on. Occasional blasts of oak. Finishes with a touch of bitterness then a lasting confluence of oak and hops and spice. Feel is a touch thinner than the standard version, or perhaps just different from a bottle, and it does firm up a bit with some warming. Good marks for drinkability, not too sweet or dry, well balanced given the flavors and ABV.

The Bastard(in any of its forms) is Stone's best year round beer in my opinion, and Worthy of its label..

HalfFull, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of jlb307
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Deep amber with an off-white head. Good lacing once the head was gone.

S: Bitter and woody (natch).

T: Dry and hoppy with a long aftertaste. Not overpowering, though. Very rich, smacks of alcohol.

M: Almost creamy in feel. Decent balance with the carbonation.

D: Easy drinking and well-balanced. I would definitely have again.

jlb307, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of PerzentRizen
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone always puts out some great brews and this one is no exception. I loved their regular Arrogant Bastard and the Double Bastard is a beast. I decided I had to try the Oaked Arrogant Bastard. At nearly sixteen bucks a sixer this stuff is damn expensive. Oh well it's only money right?

This one was poured into a Duvel glass. The color (dark woodsy brown), head (off white beautiful lacing), and clarity (or rather lack there of) are identical to the Arrogant Bastard.

The Aroma is extremely oaky but this is not found in the taste - as much. The oak lends a barrier to the hop smells and brings out the sacchrin sweet malt aromas that were previously muted.

The taste is playful and almost belgian-like sweetness is cut short by a massive hop and oak attack that finishes with a harsh but tasty hop bite.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste of an American Strong Ale - which I would not classify this...really more of a double bock but nevertheless a great brew.

I think this is a very drinkable brew but at 7.2% I would not be looking for much more than two of these. Great beer to watch the game with a Blue cheese burger.

PerzentRizen, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my perfect beer of 2008. From the beautiful brown that bounces all around the glass to the mouth feel which is heavy enough to know you have something in there but not enough to suggest that you're having a meal. The ABV is in perfect balance with the brew's more earthy flavors. From the first sip to the last there is no wandering of flavor. This beer is in your mouth, to the point, and gone until the next sip. The after taste is pleasant and not a loiterer. You can smell this brew from a foot away though its ABV doesn't suggest how strong it actually was. All in all, I recommend this beer to anyone, and as a guy who cooks everything with beer; I must say that using this to cook would be insulting to its true purpose. Put it in a glass.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of gabe23
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber color with a nice creamy head. Lacing looks great and occurs all the way to the bottom of the glass. Slightly cloudy instead of clear like the un-oaked version.

S - Hoppy aroma with some fruity sweetness deep in the background. It has some earthiness, but I can't say I detect a specific oak fragrance. Some alcohol, but it blends nicely.

T - Starts sweet with a bit of smokiness, but citrusy hops hit you quickly. The bitter hops flavor seems to cling to the inside of your mouth until the next drink. It's fairly dry with a nice, green aftertaste.

M - Full and substantial, but still goes down smooth.

D - This is an easy drinking beer with good balance. Honestly, I don't think this is any better than the regular Arrogant Bastard, but it's a nice change of pace. Another winner for Stone.

gabe23, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful amber color with a creamy tan head that pours thick and has good sticky lacing.

S- Smells strongly of piney hops and wood chips. Slight fruit overtones but not much. There is a light malt sweetness as well.

T- Rich hearty malt flavor with a bit of vanilla and strong hops. Little bit of caramel with a slight piney aftertaste. Strong hops + hearty malt = nice balance.

M- Full and creamy with a good amount of carbonation but also a little bit dry with a heavy amount of alcohol bitterness.

D- Great tasting and relatively easy to drink considering high ABV. Highly recommended.

projectflam86, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of SidVicious619
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an Deep amber coler from an 12oz bottle with an offwhite lacing. Intial nose is sweet woody hops and citrus aroma. Taste is amazing filled with burst of tangy hops, vanilla and spice. Mouthfeel is great with a long lasting oaky finish. Can't put this beer down!

SidVicious619, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of BierFan
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date was given on the bottle.

Appearance: Thin film of a light tan head. Clear dark brownish red body. No carbonation. Looks pretty potent.

Smell: Slight aroma of oak and hops.

Taste: Mmmmm. This bottle is fresher than I thought it would be. Oak and citrus comprise the majority of the taste. This is a really well constructed ale. I wish I didn't already have a buzz going so I could enjoy it more.

BierFan, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of phishgator
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice thick head, beautiful amber color with a slight chill haze. Lacing on the glass the entire session. The aroma is of floral hops and an earthy bonque of hops. The taste is fruity sweet, peaches and rose hips come to mind. The body is medium to full and the alcohol is well hidden. After a pint I want more, but I can say the alcohol buzz is now there. There tends to be a smoothier fell to this brew and I can only assume that it is from the oak chips.

phishgator, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of zerofear13
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing particularly impressive about the apperance of the beer. The bottle itself outshines the rather dull brown that sits in the glass. Not much of a head or head retention although strong lacing exists. Smell is of very pale malts. Not much of an aroma here. Nothing stands out to me. It's actually quite a faint smell. (Or am I sick?) Taste is interesting. Quite the bitter hop kick. Not much in the way of anything else. Tinges of smokey flavors and sweet malts, but that underlying Arrogant Bastard is quite prevalent. I thought for such a high rating, there would be more complexity in its flavors, but not really the case.

I mean it's a Stone beer; you can't really go wrong. I wouldn't say this was among my favorites from the renowned brewery, but it's certainly worth a try.

zerofear13, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of mmedina210
2.58/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bought a sixer a while back and had a few with a fellow BA.

Looks like a typical Stone brew (great)

With the first whiff I was turned off. Way too much of an oak/pine presence.

The taste was the same as the smell. It tastes like you watered a X-mas tree with Arrogant Bastard and drank the end product. Reminds me of tanqueray. Hated the taste. Way too much Pine/Oak

Mouthfeel wasn't bad at all, but after the first few sips, I just gulped it down.

Not drinkable at all in my opinion.

Def. not close to one of the worst beers you can find, but I would say skip it and go for a regular Arrogant Bastard Ale, which is Superb.

mmedina210, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of erosier
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a murky deep amber-brown color with a tall and thick off-white colored head that laces the glass alot all the way down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet malts, a nice aroma of earthy/citrisy/piney hops, and a hint of vanilla.
T: Very nice bold sweet malt base underneath a nice big earthy/citrisy/piney hop flavor then a hint of oaky vanilla flavors that make the finish really nice tasting.
M: Very thick, smooth, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, much lower abv than I was expecting, but all the flavors blended well and the finish was awesome.

erosier, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish-brown (mahogany), with a finger-and-a-half of off-white, frothy head. The head lingered for quite some time. Left a solid amount of lacing

Smell: Caramel, apples, cloves, raisins - very sweet smelling. Honey is in there too. No hop presence to speak of.

Taste: Despite the lack of hops in the smell, the first thing I got was a hoppy-bite, backed by alcohol, and supported by the oak. Faded to a honey-raisin sweetness, with a bitter finish. It's a sweet beer, but not cloyingly so.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but highly carbonated, which leads to a fairly crisp finish.

Drinkability: Solid beer. Tastes like there's more alcohol than the 7.2 ABV, which makes this a sipper. It's too sweet to have more than one. Not bad, but not a beer I'd have too often. I'd be interested to try the normal (non-oak aged) Arrogant Bastard, to see how that compares.

StarlightSeraph, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose of alcohol, sweet caramel malt, and a bit of resiny hop note slipping through as well.

Oak smoothness complements the one-two punch of sweet caramel and grapefruity hops.

Finish is smooth, oaky, moderately bitter. Smooth beer for the intensity, well balanced. Yum.

JohnQVegas, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of jamesdantes13
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown-reddish appearance with an off-white head. Decent retention with exceptional lacing.

Smells of oak, herbs, and a bit of citrus. Taste is first a bit piney from the hops, followed by citrus and a bit of mint, which finishes with a malty body and a clean oak flavor.

The oak adds a higher level of smoothness to this brew and increases its drinkability. Definitely one of my go to beers.

jamesdantes13, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This beer is good. I live a few hours away from Stone Brewing Co. and get a lot of their beers, but don't get this one. I hate that we don't get it.

The appearance is scary. You have a really cloudy brown brew here pouring a furious three finger head. The sediment in my glass collected at the bottom, really nuts considering the Arrogant Bastard is transparent.

Really great smell. I let it warm just a bit to get full effect. The smell is sweet. Something fruity, I am leaning towards apricots. You can also smell a the hops, but it smells like the hops were dipped in caramel before they brewed this fine gem.

The taste is outstanding. Really something. You get the dry hop bitterness that Arrogant Bastard has, but an incredibly subtle dryness that comes toward the end. The brew really hops all of your palate, but I will say that it is almost smoother that its un-oaked brethren. I have to say also that Arrogant Bastard is by far my favorite year-around brew of all time, so the expectations were fairly high. This brew met my expectations. I wish I could buy this in the store, but can't. Highly recommended brew.

J

Jmoore50, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of KBoudreau66
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer brewed by Stone that I love. Although the unoaked arrogant is still an amazing beer this one is definitely worth the money. This beer pours a dark amber. It leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass as you drink it. It has the strong smell of the oak chips that it is brewed with along with the earthy aroma of hops. It is excellent if you sip it slowly and enjoy.

KBoudreau66, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Stockfan42
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer easily tops the unoaked. The first thing I'll usually do is take a good smell of it. The oak and hops make a very sweet smell.

The foam head was very creamy leaving you with a very malty flavor in your mouth. The very dark body could give off a dark amber red tint. If held to a light you"ll see what I mean.

After taking a sip I get that oak and hoppy taste I had smelt before followed by a fruity kick, maybe grapes or something sour. Also the oak wood chips help to leave a pretty good after taste.

This beer goes down incredibly smooth. A bit pricey around these parts but worth a try, will not disappoint

Stockfan42, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of BigIrishman
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter

Appearance: Very dark amber with cream colored 1 finger head which dissipates slowly, leaving plenty of lace.

Smell: Raisins mixed with an oaky earthy smell. There are plenty of hops in the background.

Taste: Very roasty, with hints of hops that grow as the beer finishes.

Mouthfeel: Heavy to medium but more towards heavy, very in tune with the style.

Drinkability: There's a nice warming that follows this beer, it's extremely enjoyable and goes down easy.

Notes: Oak aging really brought out some nice intricacies in this beer, I'll be back for more. Chalk up another victory for Stone.

BigIrishman, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great experience this beer was. Rich deep ruby in color with a nice tan head that pours rich and creamy. Clear and beautiful this beer is a visual joy.

Smell is caramel and malty mixed with a musky oak scent. Kind of like the smell of old weathered wood you might find in an old west mining town. Mix that rustic nose with some IPA-ish hops and grains and you have a superb scent.

Taste is just as much of an enjoyment. The malts are complimented by the woody oak flavor yielding a mild smooth flavor. Sweet vanilla bean is present throughout and is not the dominate flavor but a strong player. Not a big citrus hop flavor but a muted floral taste. They apologize with great bitterness though.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel but the oak flavors is also the thing that disappoints. The finish is kind of dry and chalky leaving that woody flavor all over the palate. Not one of my favorite aftertastes but the rest of this beer makes up for that. Awesome.

jbphoto88, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 20 Sep 2008. Gift from my brother, thanks Rob.

Poured into a shaker glass. Large lacy beige head. Almost flat. Barely cloudy ruby brown color. Smells resiny and banana sweet, some oak and vanilla. Starts resiny and oaky along with some almond and vanilla. Strong hop presence in finish and aftertaste. Medium body.

Overall a good beer, would definitely get this again.

htomsirveaux, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of JCAMPBELL
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a dark red body with a light tan head. Carbonation was perfect.

Smell was of woody, flowery hops with some toffee notes.

Taste was of strong malt with a nice bittering hop profile and a citrus finish.

Good body with nice mouth feel and a warming effect from the alcohol.

JCAMPBELL, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: murky, mahogany, with a medium head that dissipates

Smell: pine and oak dominate with small hops and green apple

Taste: pine and hops dominate. There is a bitter green apple/vanilla combo for a finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, bitter middle, with a dry sweeter--but not sweet finish

Drinkability: This to me is the new standard bearer. I am not a hop head, but wow was I blown away. I will limit how much I drink due to high abv but when I think about this style--here I come.

tigg924, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not the kind of guy to react emotionally, and give a beer fives across the board just because I had an awesome experience with it. This beer is just that good.

A - Absolutely gorgeous on the pour (from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner) three finger head.

S - Wonderful. A little spiciness, with vanilla and and subtle berries and citrus. Deep and earthy, Organic- for lack of a better word. Sublime.

T - Dear Lord. This is easily one of the best tasting beers I've ever had. I love hops, and there are certainly plenty of them in this brew. Unbelievably complex, but not in the least bit overwhelming. Perfectly balanced for my palate. A malt foundation serves as a platform upon which a hoppy tower of unbelievable majesty is constructed. There's oak characters- vanilla, spices, loam. There's hop structures- bitterness, tang, grapefruit. Just plain great.

M - Medium to thick in body, and prefect carbonation.

D - I could happily drink this beer every day for the rest of my life.

Beernoisseur, Jan 27, 2009
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,860 ratings.