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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: 190
Gots: 489 | FT: 7
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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: 5,046 | Reviews: 1,848
Photo of jkbusman
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a cloudy medium amber with glints of red; light fluffy head that sticks around and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass

S - a very earthy oak smell with definite notes of malt and citrusy hops

T - it's amazing how much the hop flavor mellows in the oaked version as opposed to the regular stuff; a deep rich earthy flavor with definite hop presence and a full malty body

M - medium full body with just a slight amount of carbonation to help prop it up; absolutely no alcohol presence

D - hands down, one of the best beers i've ever tasted. i could drink the whole six pack if they weren't so pricey. get it anytime you see it.

Photo of GRG1313
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber/red with a nice thick tan head. A bit of oak comes through in the nose which is primarily of wax fruit and hops. Flavors are pleasant-full rich malt with nice balance of bitter hops. Flavors finish hop heavy and then is long lasting. Not a lot of oak in the mouth, if any, a bit of a disappointment that. A second bottle provided a bit more malt in the nose and a hint more wood in the flavor but it may just have been expectation with the second bottle. Bitter hop finish. Quality and well made; not as "significant" as one may want.

Photo of scottyshades
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a transparent mahogany/amber color. The head is pretty billowy and retains nicely showing its lacing along the glass.

S: Hops dominate, sweet malts follow, a roasted flavoring, a few earthy tones, and yes, remnants of oak!

T: Hoppy! A little too bitter for my liking, but still nicely balanced with the malts. The oak flavoring is not too aggressive, but still present. The oak gives off a twangy aftertaste

MF/D: Sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little intense, but still good. Lighter in body than I had expected. Overall, a solid offering from Stone

Photo of Florida9
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful mahogany color. Clear. Looks varnished. Three fingers on sticky, light tan head with decent retention and a good amount of lacing. A picture perfect beer.

S: Strong notes of vanilla, softened with a underlying alcohol scent. Wood and citrus hops.

T: Smooth malts followed by a dose of piney hops. Finishes slightly bitter, woody, and with a residual malty roundness.

M: Full bodied, but not heavy. Medium carbonation. Slight astringency/dryness on the end.

D: A great, complex beer. I'm trying to recall this beer against the non-oaked version and I don't think either one is better than the other - just different. This one has more earthy flavors, but a deeper complexity. A mighty impressive beer and one which showcases the potential benefits of oak aging. Not all beers are capable of handling the oak and not all beers that are oaked are oaked properly, but this is certainly not one of those beers.

Photo of sgoodship
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. This brew comes to me thanks to the amazing kindness of Hophead101. Many thanks Greg!

A: Delivered a lovely creamy yellowy cream finger and a half head. Color is a hazy mysterious dark copper color with lighter golden color showing through towards the edges. Good head retention and nice fine lacing.

S: Great malty smell with a slight whiff of booze. Upon further investigation, the caramel is a sweeter than usual almost butter-scotch smell.

T: Man! Quite a surprise. It's a lovely malty butter scotch with a hint of booze. It really didn't seem like the taste could match the smell but it does. Grassy and fruity hop bitterness at the end to finish it in a nice dryness. Malt is definitely the winner in this battle. The further the drink progressed, the more I tasted the burned, oaky type barrel flavors. Feels much bigger than 7.2 ABV. Really bold and complex.

M: Smooth and creamy. On the full side of medium body. Low carbonation that is gentle on the palate but just enough to liven it up.

D: I loved this beer. I found myself sipping it even though it was creamy and easy to drink. I just wanted to savor it. Stone once again earns my respect. Please come to IL!

Photo of Arbitrator
2.42/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with mahogany and ruby tones when held to the light. Has a limpid off-white head that quickly recedes to a light film and the collar of death around the drink. A few drabs of lacing but nothing spectacular.

S: Piney, resiny hops, toasted malt, caramel, and toffee, with oak and some vanilla overtones.

T: Toasted and caramel malt, with a lesser pine hop character on the initial taste. It becomes bitter very quickly as the hops take over, and the oak contributes an additional bittering character that I'm not too fond of. By the finish it lessens slightly due to a combination of vanilla and toffee, but the aftertaste is again very dry and bitter. Just not my bag.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is slightly high and pricks the tongue a bit.

D: Not a huge fan of this one (and, to be honest, the original form). I recognize the appeal in this one but it's not for me, and I won't get it in the future.

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

slightly hoppy aroma, some brown sugar-like sweetness, a bit of earthiness from the wood, sweetness opens up with the beer, very "brown shuggah"-esque in aroma.. pours a deep auburn with tan head, faint bits of red when light passes through.. Taste is hoppy, but is a conservative amount of hop, theres a sweetness in there as well and a bit of a roasted, earthy flavor, assumably from the oak. its not super robust but nicely balanced, wood flavor really comes through as the beer approaches room temperature.. mouth is on the lighter side of moderate, not thin though, nice carbonation (not too crisp but present). its very drinkable, goes down easily, not the fullest flavor but good all around..

Photo of DannyS
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle. The Arrogant Bastard's got wood, which is both intriguing and highly inappropriate.

A - Very dark ruby red amber with a medium sized thick head that dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves decent lacing.

S - A lot of the characteristics I noticed in the regular bastard, just with oak notes piled on top. Candied sweet malt and floral hops abound.

T - The oak seems to add a bit of extra bitterness, which I did not enjoy. The flavors also taste a bit more subdued this time around. Tastes hoppier than it's non-oaked counterpart. Bitter aftertaste lingers forever and refuses to back down. Gives off an almost tart oak flavor as it warms up, which makes it more bearable.

M - Velvety smooth with decent carbonation.

D - The ABV is hidden very well but hits quick. That and the offensively tenacious aftertaste bring it down a peg.

Overall - I definitely prefer the original over this weird wooden brew. Arrogant Bastard is just fine without oak chips, and I'm not totally enjoying the addition. Now if you'll excuse me, I need take a blowtorch to the back of my tongue to put my bitter tastebuds out of their misery.

Photo of mugglesandhops
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Into snifter. Deep orange/red color. Thin head that faded to a film. Some lacing but not much. Smells great, biscuity malts, fruity hops, some oak notes coming though. Tastes like a mellowed out Arrogant Bastard, bitter hops, some wood tastes coming out into the taste also. Medium to full body.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this little dousy at beer world in Largo FL. Pours a hazy light brown with a thick white heading. Lacing that stuck around for the rest of the show.

Smell is all woody,big rich roasted malts,touch of hops also a hint of vanilla thrown in.

Taste is all roasted very woody,and malty, a ridiculous bitter and dry aftertaste.

Mouth is creamy with a full bodied good carbonation maybe a little over-done.

Drink is good probably a little too heavy for a six-pack but definetly a must have.

Photo of horshack7
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Out of a twelve ounce bottle comes fourth a very nice mahogany with a decent head on it but thins out quick. Some decent lacing to top it off.

Aroma: Lots of citrusy notes grapefruit. Big hop character from this sneaky bastard. Minor sweetness from the malt. The smallest of hints of caramel malt.

Taste: Huge hoppiness with grapefruit notes off the charts. Nice underlying maltiness. With a bit of a bready texture yet still a little bit of a crisp mouthfeel. I adore the hopiness from this it is so wonderful.

Notes: This is such a great beer it's a wolf in sheeps clothing. I love it. Cheers

Photo of alcstradamus
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-- Deep brown/mahogany that glows a deep red when held to the light. 1 finger tan head leaves a bit of lacing down the glass

S--Biscuity malts, earthy hops, oak and caramel in the background

T--Citrus hop burst to start. Caramel maltiness comes through with the oak peeking through in the finish. Bitterness seems slightly lower than the regular Arrogant Bastard, which is a benefit IMO

M--Medium bodied with prickly carbonation, finishes clean

D--A solid one and done beer

Photo of Kromes
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Photo of DigitalHype
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of jdoncbus
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of SeattleAdam
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Photo of JonMich13
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.32/5  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.

Photo of jdg204
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Photo of biggred1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of natasharai
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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

Photo of starvinbarley
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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