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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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5,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,035
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 484 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Photo of youngblood
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly dirty amber. Off white head fights stay around before finally resigning itself to a half finger layer. As the beer gets sloshed around, the head leaves suds rather than lace.
Smells very complex. Getting bits of nut, caramel, toffee, citrus, pine, biscuit. Really the scents just go on and on. Rather incredible.
The first flavors that I got were some grapefruit mixed with honey, evolves into malty sweetness and finishes dry and nutty. The oak just adds this amazing wood-chip flavor on the way out. The flavor matches the scent quite nicely. This feels very creamy on the tongue, very nice. The balanced ABV makes this easy to put down, but still so full of complexity.

Photo of AtlasBrew
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz. brown bottle into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass I got for Christmas. 7.2% alcohol.

Color: Red, i've never seen color like this before. It's amazing. Cream colored pillowy lacy head, with good retention.

Aroma: mild hop aroma, mild malt aroma, perfectly balanced all at once, but on top of those mild aromas, there's definitely an oak quality and a touch of smokiness, almost like burnt wood.

Flavor: Sweet caramelly malt, burnt sugars with a heavy mouth feel followed by a complex string of hop flavors which is spicy but not floral nor fruity. Bitterness meets you halfway in the middle, and sort of stays with you at one strong level until it finally fades into a dry finish.

Overall: Wow. This is incredibly complex and quite aggressively hopped. The bottle says I'm not worthy, and it may be right. I'm very surprised that when i poured this beer and smelled it for the first time that I wasn't knocked off my chair onto my own bastard ass with the smell of hops and malt. What I expected was an over-the-top ale that was going to blow my mind with intense maltiness and off-the-chart hops flavor, and I also expected it to be almost chewy like oatmeal. What I got was an incredible surprise because it is a very aggressive beer, but it is so well balanced that you hardly notice the aggressiveness. The balance between the hops and the bitterness is incredible with the added burnt oak flavor. The hop bitterness and flavor does a great job at hiding the high alcohol content. So in the end, it won't be the flavor or aroma that knock my own arrogant ass off the chair, but the sneaky 7.2% alcohol instead.

Rating: I'm giving this one five out of five coals, BUT...it's not because i think it's the best tasting beer i've ever had, but because it's so well crafted. I almost expect a gargoyle to fly out of the bottle and punch me in the face. It's almost a magical beer with it's incredible balance. The bastard who came up with this brew deserves to be arrogant.

Photo of Andreji
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa. oaked indeed.

i was thrilled to finally get to this beer, something i've only heard of distantly through this website. pouring it with a bit of strength certainly pulled a decent beer with a deep brown tone only slightly translucid, but not fully opaque either. it's interesting, maybe even mystical somehow. definetly a aspect, with a thick head that resolved fairly quickly but kept a marked lacing all over the place.

smell is roastey, but very subtle and dominated by the hops for the most part.

taste and mouthfeel are quite nice. what is these, buttery? cheesey somehow, it is very marked as a mouthfeel and has a woody (oakey of course) bitter feel to it throughout, because it is not very sweet anyway.

this is a very nice beer, not usually my style but just adds much to this discovery of so many new flavours from america. i'll tick off the OAB, but if i come across it again i will buy it.

Photo of Patrick999
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Great looking beer in my Stone imperial pint. Orange-red body, big persistent crown, impressive lacing.

S - Plenty of citric hop aroma, but softened somewhat by a tapioca-pudding sweetness that has to be the oak chips.

T - This is the same massively-hopped Arrogant Bastard. Edging into DIPA territory, your palate will be assaulted by huge citric/piney bitterness that lingers. The only difference I can determine is that there seems to be a little more perceived sweetness backing up the hops, along with a pleasant dry cedar character. Not an oak-chip bomb, I think this one does not go overboard with the wood. A little alcohol steps up and makes itself known from time to time.

F - Very smooth, almost what I would consider to be creamy.

Verdict - it is an ebullient American-hop bomb, though a little more smooth and refined than its original namesake. Like several Stone beers, it will be a palate-wrecker...not one to start up with. I like it better than regular Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of nicholasdes
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark copper color with a light cream 1 finger head, a little lacing. The first thing that hits you is the sweet caramelized sugar smell with earthy hints of the oak. The beer tastes almost exactly as it smells, caramel and oak with the addition of some bitterness. Even though it is bitter there is not a lot of hop flavor. The sweet alcohol flavor is strong, something I really never love in a beer. It goes down smooth and seems to be only lightly carbonated. The oak flavor is great and will keep me coming back but the strong alcohol flavor will keep me from having a session with this beer.

Photo of Martin2D
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber with a large off white hea d that faded away with lacing

S - Smokey oak

T - There's a definite oaky flavor to this, almost like a minimally smoked beer. The hops have faded as this bottle is quite aged, like a nice aged barleywine. Not as malty as one though.

M - Medium-high in carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

D - Pretty drinkable for the style, a sipper, but still delicious and drinkworthy.

Photo of hophead247
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a pint glass..Pours dark amber with smallish off white head. Aroma comes in a little woody (go figure) but with other earthiness as well due to the hop profile... something that is large in regular bastard as well. I'm not breaking it down any further than that, this beer smells awesome. Like an old baseball glove. Body is light to medium. Flavor is fairly bitter with that sprucy resinous biterness tempered by a heavy maltiness. Ever lingering within the normal hoppiness rides the flavor of the oak, which changes this beer considerably. A must try for all the oak lovers out there

Photo of joshuadlight
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer certainly has its strong suits, but overall is a very, very solid brew. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is murky dark red with only a quickly fleeting head. The lack of head adds to the lack of power in the nose. Only with deep strong sniffs can you pick up the nice aromas available. The oak is stronger in the nose then in the taste. There is plenty of wood, along with hints of alcohol and the primary warnings of the coming bitterness. The taste is outstanding in the fact that you can really pick out many different flavors. Sweet malts only last a second but they're there. Then alcoholic piney hops upon hops bombard your throat after you swallow. Get ready for some dryness. Big oak backs all the flavors but never takes over. It really compliments it all the way around. Smooth smooth smooth in moutfeel department. Too much dryness for it to be super drinkable, but you could have a couple.

Photo of BigMike
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A pretty deep ruby red color with 2 fingers of creamy head.

The nose is malty and caramel with a little hint of vanilla.

WOW! This is an awesome change of pace from the regular Bastard. The oak is definitely present.
I'm getting an almost butterscotch flavor with a touch of vanilla extracts. Nice caramel undertones with a slightly bitter smooth finish.

This is a perfectly balanced beer in my opinion. And nice colaberation of flavors. The slightly sweet butterscotch and the slight hop bitterness make this one super drinkable.

Definitely smoother then the regular but still a beast in it's own right.

Two thumbs up from me!!

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours a deep orange with a moderate head. This bastard has an oaky aroma with faint wiffs of alcohol. The flavor has oak up front then some citric hops. Oaked bastard has a medium body, average carbonation and is fairly quaffable. The oak mellows this one a bit. IMO I prefer reguall arrogant bastard.

Photo of ThaBobfather
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Oaked smell invites me into it's smooth taste and flavor. It's color is a beautiful dark amber. It's is a smooth and subtle as a bastard ale will get. There is no overwhelming flavor, just liquid goodness. Stays on my tongue well, it's a great drink. I am highly impressed with this special beer. Great for all times of year!

Photo of ralree
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red with a reddish head. Head is nice (1-finger on pour, slow dissipation, a little lacing).

S: Fruity, lots of hops, more sweet than original Arrogant Bastard. A nice backing of caramel malt. Pretty alcoholic.

T: Oaked flavor really comes through, even tastes a little smokey. Hops are very strong, and just as bitter as in original Arrogant Bastard. Fruit flavors come through in the secondary taste. Very well-balanced, and tastes great.

M: Very carbonated, but not over-carbonated. Pretty non-astringent. Medium-bodied, very smooth. Leaves the mouth slightly oily, but not overly so.

D: Super-refreshing. This is one to enjoy after a hard day's work.

Photo of Offa
3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I love regular Arrogant Bastard so had high hopes but was disappointed. After tasting this, I compared the two closely.

Compared to the regular, this looks similar with about the same colour it's more murky & less bubbly. The head is the same but bigger and lasts much longer.

The aroma is similar, but with dusty-woody element.

It has a fuller body and richer more oily mouthfeel, with more caramel and body in the aroma and flavour. However, the malt is more subdued and the hops become less flowery and flavourful but significantly more bitter and astringent. it actually has less overall flavour but more bitterness and more prominent alcohol.

Photo of Jimbo87
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Green Leafe in New Town.

In a US pint glass.

Clear, dark reddish copper.

Smell: Sweet. Some kind of fruit-like smell. Maybe some herbal/spice-like quality I can't put my finger on. Very much a unique smell. Herbaceous spicy hop.

Taste: Orange, slight wood. Some delicious sweetness, and a nice bitter citrus at the end. Extremely smooth. Tastes like nothing I've had before.

MF: Rather silky, and more viscous than I expected.

Drinkability: I really really like this. Unfortunatley I can't comment on the difference between the Oaked AB vs. regular AB, because I've only had the oaked. But I'm looking forward to trying the regular.

Photo of marvin213
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's really brown. Browner, certainly, than your regular ale, but far from the reddish tone I might expect from an oaky beer. The head swelled nicely as I poured this into my Flying Dog pint glass, and a full layering remained as the beverage sat, waiting on my approach. All in all, it's a darker brown (not bronze) than I expected, and that disappoints me slightly. +0.5, however, for the Stone gargoyle.

I definitely smell the oak, but not as much as I had hoped. I don't know why, but this beer I have here is not very aromatic. The taste, I'm sorry to report, is also lacking. I taste an okay ale with a little oak chip flavor. It's okay, but it's not worth the hype and $17 price tag (sixer) it fetches around these parts. With no way to avoid seeing the high "A" rating this beer has before I produce my own review, I'm particularly disappointed that I don't regard this beverage more highly. With Greensboro's own Red Oak as my standard for a good oak beer, I must report that this beer is inferior to that and MAYBE slightly better than average. The gargoyle, however, won't save the rating this time.

The mouthfeel is purty good. Like I've communicated this far, I don't think this beer has a lot of character. Though I yearn for more flavor as I feel the beer, I can say that I enjoy the feel. Still, I'm determined to write an independent review. Mouthfeel is just better than average. The beer's okay, but I won't follow the first with a consecutive second. Stone is good and oak is good, but this beer is average.

Photo of rugerj
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice mahogany color with a two finger head that stays and stays, nice lacing left in glass. Smell is of slight malt and hops with some earthyness mixed in. Great hop flavor that is well complimented by the slightly malty, sweet oak flavor imparted by the aging process.

Very good beer that everyone should try. The original AB by itself is a great beer. This is is complimented perfectly by the sweet woody flavor that is given by the oak aging.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Maudite Snifter this beer yielded an off white head over a semi clear dark ruby body. The lazing is great, it is obviously a hoppy beer.
Lots of esters coming through with this beer. Cherry is the most obvious of the fruit aromas. Wood and alcohol are also prominent.
A bubbly mouthfeel with a hoppy syrupy body that make up the mouthfeel. A slightly bitting hop presence is felt but balanced slightly by the oak. Alcohol has a presence as well with a dominating cherry character.
A good beer from a great brewery.Very bold,if you cant take a punch this beer will knock you right out.

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

Poors as a rich reddish beer reminding me of "Falnder's red" type of beer. Nice head, off-white in color, that stands out for a good five minutes.

Very complex nose. Caramel, malt (tons of it). The hops is not standing out, still citrussy though.

Mouthfeel is great, I'd say even better then the original ricipe.
Still an "aggressive" beer, but the oak tends to melloew the rough edges of the original arrogant bastard ale. It is surprisingly "smooth" even a bit creamy to me, and definetly feels more balanced then her sister.

It is worth trying for sure, but if you'd like a real thing, you should still go for the original ABA.

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mohagoney-reddish colour with a thin off-white head.

Smells very hoppy, citrusy, floral, some woody oaked aromas, as well as strawberries, and melon as the beer warms up, wonderful!

Tastes very hoppy! The oak is just noticeable, the hops just cover it up, some maltiness, light fruitiness, and very floral. Awesome beer.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel, and surprisingly drinkable for the amount of hops!

Photo of mlasher1
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice amber color with a thin white head..little lacing with head maintaining throughout

S- Decent roasted malt smell with hints of oak..little hop aroma present

T- Nice roasted/oaky taste with relatively low bitterness

M- Complex and pretty heavy body

D- Nice beer to sip on, goes down smoothly, definitely not a session beer.

Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice nice dark brown/ruby color with good lacing thru-out..the smell is earthy,woody,mossy it looks and smells very good...the taste is good not great its a woody/smokey flavor followed by a hop /alcohol taste and rounded out in a carmel/malt finish.. this beer is good and worth a try..its above average but not one that i will buy a sixer of ill stick to singles on this one.. give this one a try

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 9/25/2008 (bottle):

Pours a clear, ruby red colored body, with a huge foamy whitish head, frothy and lasting. Soft aroma, some hops but woody & muted. Not too strong. Muted hoppy taste. Woody. Not a bitter aftertaste. Soft mouthfeel. Sweet aftertaste.

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy beautiful mahogany color with a reddish beige head and a thick lace all the way down. Very pretty.

S - Very earthy. There's some punch from the hops with a backing malty sweetness. The oak undertone brings it all together very nicely.

T/M - The first thing that I tasted, before the tastes sat on my tongue was the oak flavor filling my mouth. Piney/floral hops come next, followed by a huge malty mouthfeel. Very smooth for its agressiveness.

D - I think after one, you'd start to lose the deepness of the flavor, so I wouldn't drink more than one. But, I would drink it all day if I had alot of it.

Photo of thebarnesbomb
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How do you round out the bite of the Arrogant Bastard Ale? Oak age it- Outstanding. An absolute pleasure to drink. It's the wiser, older brother to the original. The oak aging really mellows out this hop bite, and leaves a great blend of caramel malts to enjoy. Definitely worth it if you have a few extra bucks

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Burnt auburn from the bottle, deep brown with amber tints in the glass. Head is impressive! It's light tan, super thick and ultra creamy with excellent retention. Super sticky foam finally sinks to a chunky halo and leaves huge webs of lace in doing so.

A: Surprisingly, it's still pretty hoppy. Citrusy, piney, and an almost herbal-like scent to them. Also, I get a toasted bread-like malt, a nice oaky/woody aroma, and a little alcohol.

T: Malty sweet for the first split-second, then the bitterness hijacks the controls. Big, oily, resinous hops are quite citrusy like brown sugar-crusted grapefruit rinds, oranges, and lemons with some pine sap drizzled over the top. Bready malt forms a very sturdy base underneath, while the caramel and oak notes add some nice depth and complexity. Nice hop bite that brings some spice to the dry finish. Outstanding!

M & D: Full-bodied, thick & chewy, and incredibly smooth. Drinkability is fantastic, I just can't get enough!

Notes: Oak-aged AB is even better than the original! The earthy wood notes add much more depth and makes it much more interesting, especially if you've been drinking the original for a long time. Great hoppy flavor, nice malty presence, and alcohol is masterfully hidden. Just great! Highly recommended

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,035 ratings.