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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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4,793 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,793
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 151
Gots: 381 | 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 giblet


4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

where do i start...poured a beautiful brownish red. nice three quarter inch head. steady carbonation. smells nice with hops and rich malts. the flava, oh the flava, wonderful mix of hop and malts with a hint of roasted - um wood? nice and smooth. the label says hated by many, well not hated by me. this beer kicks ass and takes names.

suckem up and movem out. cant wait to try on tap.


07-05-2008 10:17:37 | More by giblet
Photo of ckeegan04


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

A - Dark, nut brown in color. Thin bubbly brown head fades away quickly. Sheets of lacing as you drink.

S - A floral hop aroma and a hint of the oak. Also a light smoked aroma comes through.

T - A little sweet at first followed by a good kick of earthy and spicy hops. Almost a mint taste in there as well. The oaked taste comes through late but is not very strong.

M/D - A creamy and smooth feel and very drinkable. Alcohol is surprsingly well masked given the higher ABV.

07-04-2008 14:33:11 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of johnnyirishman


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Apperance- Nice sandy colored frothy head, reddish-copper color with good head and retention.

Smell- Smokey malty nose

Taste,Mouthfeel- Malty smokey front and middle with a nice not overpowering bitter finish. Medium body and carb.

Drinkability- A very tasty spin on an old classic!! Highly recommended to all the Arrogant Bastard Lovers!

06-28-2008 23:13:40 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of IPAcraig


4.68/5  rDev +11.4%

This beer looks perfect; transparent dark-brown ruby with a big mocha tinged head.

Smells only slightly less hoppy than regular AB, but still has the massive chocolate, malty body with a hint of vanilla.

A rounder taste that AB, much less sharp. Hugely malty with west coast floral hoppiness. Maybe a hint of vanilla; but oddly I definitely pick up bourbon.

Creamy, big, not syrupy.

I drink it everyday ... one a day. JUst what you would expect from Oaked AB. Fantastic.

06-28-2008 22:26:19 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Courtesy of JohnGalt1-great trader.

A-Amber/copper with nice white head that laced while drinkning. Very nice looking
S-Mild smell, mild oak, some hop and caramel
T-Very balanced. On the first sip nothing jumped out at me, but as I drank more, sweet caramel balanced with mild earthy/piney hops and smokey oak flavor thought out. Really like the flavor on this beer.
M-Medium body, not overly full in the mouth but very nice for the style
D-The more I drank the more the oak came through and might discourage drinking more than 2. But I sure would enjoy those 2! Really like this beer.

06-27-2008 05:37:21 | More by hopsleeroy
Photo of tctruffin


3.83/5  rDev -8.8%

My memories of my first Original Arrogant Bastard are that its hoppiness slammed me upside the head and ground me under its heel. My experience of OAKED Arrogant Bastard was pleasantly and surprisingly different.

The ale poured a deep amber red into my English Pint Pub glass, forming a good sized, rocky head that quickly dissipated. What little aroma there was brought to mind warm caramel, very malty. Taste is where this brew surprised me. In contrast to its sibling's smack you in the head assertiveness, OAKED Arrogant Bastard presents a well-blended sum of its substantial parts. A strong, caramel, malty backbone blends subtly with the hops. There is a faint undertone of oak that ties together the disparate parts in a chewy, dare I say smokey, harmony. For as strong an ale as this is, you certainly don't feel it. It might be better to call this a sneaky bastard.

06-25-2008 13:43:46 | More by tctruffin
Photo of daythree16


4/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured into a pint glass. The beer is a ruby/brown with a very slick one-finger head that doesn't leave a lot of lace.

Aroma is very hoppy with grassy and piny notes. Also some caramel maltiness and a very subtle hint of vanilla. The taste is characterized by some sweetness up front, good hop bitterness, and then a super dry finish that leaves a bitterness in the back of my mouth for quite a while after I'm done. I haven't had the Arrogant Bastard, but I'm guessing the oak has something to do with the dryness.

The mouthfeel is very slick. I probably wouldn't have many due to the extreme dry bitterness, but that's just me.

06-24-2008 20:36:51 | More by daythree16
Photo of ibbjamin


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

Bought a six pack from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Don't remember the price, but I believe it was around the $12 range. Poured into a snifter.

Small 1 finger off white head that dissipates very quickly. Very dark, deep, burgundy red color. Little carbonation, some thin lacing.

Sweet and somewhat smoky malts blend with hints of alcohol for a rather pleasant aroma. Reminds me a bit of a weaker smelling stout, but unlike most stouts, this one has some spiced resinous hops that come come through to the nose.

The oak flavor added to this one really comes through in the flavor and remains into the aftertaste. Not a huge fan of that flavor after a little while. Other that that, there is a pleasant balance between the sweet, smoky malts and the hops; the latter of which rides with the oak into the aftertaste. Alcohol which was more present in the nose is nicely masked by the other strong flavors in this brew.

Light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

I really want to try the unoaked version of this beer. I have a feeling I really will like it!

06-24-2008 03:35:01 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of boralyl


4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

A - From a bottle it pours a dark amber color with one fingers worth of tan head. Leaves excellent lacing.

S - The hops comes through the most, with some citrusy notes also noticeable. There is also a faint smell of oak.

M - A medium bodied-beer with light carbonation. It's very smooth and feels almost sticky.

T - A mixture of sweet malts and piney hoppiness. It ends with the oak flavoring that lingers. A very well balanced brew.

The oak aging did wonders for the taste. I love the original, but this version is much tastier. If you ever get a chance pick one up. As of August 2007 they are creating this brew year round, so hopefully you will be able to find one in your area.

06-20-2008 02:21:51 | More by boralyl
Photo of clayrock81


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured an auburn-tinged brown with a beige head that was two-finger high and sticy. The oak is a little noticeable in the smell, as is some sweetness, but the hops really come through.
A dark fruit taste mixed with some oakiness hit my tongue first. There is some sweetness in there, caramel I believe, and the hops do come through although not as powerful as some other Stone BC brews. A medium-bodied beer, full is stretching it, that goes down extremely smooth and hearty. I have to have this again.

06-19-2008 20:50:07 | More by clayrock81
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


3.78/5  rDev -10%

Got a growler of this at the stone store.

Poured a dark red with a nice tan head.

Smells of alot of oak and hops. Spicy and citrus hops are the dominating scent.

Taste is very strong oak finish that lingers after each sip. A strong hoppyness and sweet malt character balance well.

Mouthfeel is ok but the oak lingers a little too long and creates a funny feeling in my throat.

Drinkabiliy is not high for me since it is pretty strong on the taste buds but the oak does make it smoother and more complex. A good one to try no doubt.

06-11-2008 06:20:03 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of msgraves


4.78/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured a reddish brown with a lingering, lacing head. Nose is high on hops with an orangey citrus and spicy herbal aroma with some undertones of wood and sweetness. Aroma is mirrored in the taste with a bold grapefruit and piney hop presence. A good amount of hop bitterness is present as well. Sweet malt tones balance the beer followed by a nice amount of oak on the finish.

Oak aging adds complexity and balance outshining the original Bastard.

06-09-2008 03:19:39 | More by msgraves
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Poured a dark, mahogany red with a dark ivory head that was sticky, and clung to the sides of the glass leaving a web lacing.

S: a sweet fruitiness (cherries, fresh raisins), and a oaky woodiness.

T: The flavor was much the same as aroma, some tart cherries and raisins with some oakiness to start things off. There was some vanilla, alcohol and a light smokiness against a sweet dry caramel backing. The hoppiness was rather subdued with the sweet fruity (cherry) and oaky flavors taking center stage and finished dry.

M: sweet, with a medium fullness, slighty sticky from the rich caramelized sugars with some cherry alcohol.

D: A good drink by itself. A little to sweet to drink in multiples but was very wine like and should be sipped and savored like one.

06-08-2008 13:47:36 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of scottg


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

"You're not worthy"
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a redish brown color with a one finger tan creamy head with little bubbles that dissipates quickly with lots of lacing. Complex aromas of sweet malt, oak, caramel, cherry and orange citrus. Up front flavors of malt, oak and grapefruit hops leading to lemon/orange citrus and cherry with a dry bitter finish. Medium body, light carbonation, creamy and mouth coating, this is a drinkable beer, the alcohol taste is very subtle.

I don't like the marketing of this beer. The whole "you won't like this beer it's too complex for you" approach doesn't work for me. I wanted to not like this beer, but, it's really good and I like it.

06-06-2008 02:47:11 | More by scottg
Photo of ROMER79


4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

This version of the bastard is amazing. Hands down! I love the regular bastard, but this really blows the regular bastard away. The pour is a little darker than the chestnut brown it's more rich. Not quite a brown, but not a chestnut brown. It has a two finger tan head that wacks your nose with an oak and grain smell. You can also catch the hops and malts, but the oak is the dominant. The taste is amazing. Almost like the bastard, but with the oak flavor sealed in. The oak gives this beer more of an earthy feel. The mouthfeel is hoppy and smooth. Again if you love hops, the drinkability is great!

06-04-2008 14:35:34 | More by ROMER79
Photo of Tbn2

New York

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured from bottle into point glass.

A-Pours a very clear and clean looking deep amber/mahogany color. Off white head that laces all the way down to the last drop.

S-Very grainy and woody. Smells like biscuits and the oak aromas cut through. Good hop presence as well.

T/M-Wowers!!! What a beer!!! Tastes just like it smells. The oak flavoring hits in at the very end. Grains and hops are balanced well and the hops combine with the oak for a nice piney/earthly finish.

Overall this beer is one of a kind. Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for this perfect specimen.

Drink em' if ya got em'

06-03-2008 02:02:19 | More by Tbn2
Photo of Gtreid


3.6/5  rDev -14.3%

bgramer is to be thanked for this tasty concoction.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Rich, clear, auburn color with 1 1/2 fingers of tannish white head. Lacing is thick, spidery, and just allover the glass.

A: Biscuit malts and wood. Hops are subtle, but present. Classic Ale smell. Very nice.

T: The wood was not as prevelent as it was in the aroma, but the oak aging really enhances the complexities of the beer.

M: Medium body, next to no carbonation. Tinggly feeling in the front, bitter finish.

D: Very nice brew from the fellows over at Stone. Similer to DFH Immort IMO but just not as strong. The woodyness limits the drinkibility in my case, but none the less a fine selection. Skal.

05-31-2008 00:55:18 | More by Gtreid
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Parks a dark amber, good clarity, and a half inch of off-white, dense head. Aromas lean towards the pine, woody hop notes, with the oak taking a brighter stance (like fresh cut wood), than most oaked beers. The smell of a pine sapling is just overwhelming everything else. Though, it is quite nice. On the palate, the chinook hops really dominate and that signature pine like smell transfers over to the mouth as well. There is certainly oak in this beer given is sweet vanilla flavors. I think this style certainly is well served with oaking and it really compliments it. Overall, I'd say I have to prefer this to the regular AB. Unfortunately it's quite cost prohibitive.

05-27-2008 22:08:15 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of ewright

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -6%

A: Pours a brilliant clear brown with hints of amber on the edges. Little head forms, but I was stuck with a small glass, so I poured carefully.

S: Malt and wood blend well with faint hints of vanilla. Little hop nose is apparent... barely noticeable.

T: Toasty bread, slight oak flavor. The hop profile shows up late with mild citrus flavors.

M: Decent carbonation, but a lot thinner on the tongue than other Stone offerings I've tried.

D: This is a solid beer, but so far, has been the most disappointing Stone beer I've tried. I wanted knock-you-socks-off good ... this was merely good.

05-27-2008 10:35:54 | More by ewright
Photo of everetends


4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

This 12 oz bottle is thanks to Redwood21. Poured into a nonic.

A: Once again a beautiful mahogany with the huge, off white head. Incredibly sticky lacing.

S: Just like my review of regular AB but there is a slight mingling of woody Oak.

T: This beer is still spicy but the oak really makes this beer more accessible. The bite is not as overwhelming. As Redwood says, the oak tames the Bastard.

M: Very crisp with good carbonation. Creamy and lets the balance flavors mingle on your tongue.

D: This one you can drink all night. Amazing what a little oak does for this beer.

05-26-2008 04:31:55 | More by everetends
Photo of gford217


3.78/5  rDev -10%

12oz bottle courtesy of MeLikeBeer poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep amber with a dense one-finger off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a slight swirl of foam on the top and minimal lacing.

S: Smell is a balance sweet caramel malts and raisins along with a strong citrus hop smell featuring grapefruits. There is a faint oak smell but certainly nothing overpowering.

T: Taste is a balance between the citrus hops and caramel malts. There is plenty of vanilla sweetness but the taste is much more hoppy than the smell and the finish is slightly bitter and crisp.

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium for the style with moderate carbonation.

D: This is a very good beer and I get the subtle differences between the original, but it's not my favorite representation of the style.

05-26-2008 02:34:29 | More by gford217
Photo of BMoney575


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Sampled on 5-24-08

Pours a super cloudy orange/red color, with a filmy head and thin lacing.

Smell is very AB, with maybe a hint of oaky earthiness.

Taste is the standard combination of super malty and super hoppy, with a woody kick to mix it all up. The oak, vanilla, and wood-chip flavors are almost overwhelming, in a good way.

Mouthfeel is spot-on, thick and creamy.

Drinkability is good, but the oak flavor gets a little old after awhile.

Overall, a very, very good brew. The oak brings the AB craziness down a notch, and makes one of the most well-balanced extreme beers I've ever had.

05-25-2008 00:16:05 | More by BMoney575
Photo of ASymon13


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

This beer pours a very dark amber with a solid off-white head that leaves some nice lacing as it recedes. The oak on the nose is very nice. It isn't overpowering, as the sweet, bready malts come through nicely, as do some spicy hops.The oak almost seems to add hints of vanilla as well.

The oak does not come through immediately in the taste. It starts out similar to normal arrogant bastard, with the malts hitting you upfront and the bittering hops coming through strong. The finish though is what really distinguishes it. The oak really comes through on the finish and lingers nicely along with the alcohol. It has a nice medium mouthfeel, which fits nicely with the style, and the carbonation is appropriate, giving it a nice mouthfeel. It is definitely an enjoyable beer, but I'm not completely sure if it is worth the extra cost over the standard AB.

05-23-2008 01:42:45 | More by ASymon13
Photo of JEdmund


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz. bottle/drink by date of ? (can't see)

Quite the handsome Arrogant Bastard! Deep leather brown sporting a creamy dollop of a tan head; translucent and can't see the level of carbonation

Everything is blending nicely here, but not coming off in a big way (age?); there's some nice tart fruit--maybe even strawberries, which would be a first for me; I'd like a little more oak in the nose

Taste & Mouthfeel
Immediately striking as a unique and tasty beer; it's full of hops and malts, with each balancing each other nicely; the oaking really pops at the end as vanilla suddenly appears after each sip--a nice touch; A.B. boasts a medium-to-thick body that feels smooth and creamy, with just enough carbonation and leaves a slight oily residue; a tad bit of alcohol heat in the finish, but it's not bad

I was very impressed with my first Oaked Arrogant Bastard. It's strong in all areas, and I especially appreciate its color. Now I'm really eager to try regular A.B. It was a great break from all the uber-hopped beers of late as the malt and oak aging characteristics really shined on this one.

05-19-2008 03:15:26 | More by JEdmund
Photo of Goliath


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a nice brown with a ruby tinge. A thin light tan head sits on top. Decent head retention.

Aroma is great. A nice hoppiness with citrus notes accompanied by some vanilla and a subtle maltiness.

Taste is nice. A strong maltiness and good hop profile. A bitter citrus quality is also present.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is moderate, but flavor is fairly strong. It definitely drinks easy, but mass consumption is definitely limited.

05-19-2008 02:56:17 | More by Goliath
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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