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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
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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Ratings: 5,046 | Reviews: 1,848
Photo of brewdoc75
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked the original, so I'm stoked about this variation.

A: The beer is a beautiful, red mahogany color. Not entirely clear. A nice, off white-brownish head initially, but it dies off quickly. A reasonable amount of lace present.

S: Really quite complex with aromas of vanilla, berry, citrus, toffee and a faint aroma of alcohol.

T: Fantastic malts present with a lovely toffee/caramel flavor followed up by some fruity-berry tones and a hint of vanilla. The oak does come out nicely. A strong hop bite balances this out nicely with a hint of citrus and pine in the end. Complex and tasty.

M: Light to medium bodied. Although it is complex, it finishes clean with faint stickiness. The carbonation is spot on.

D: A unique take on the original A.B. I have to say this beer marries with oak quite well. If you like A.B. you have to try this. I do slightly favor the original however. I will have to pick up a few of each the next time I get access to these and do a side by side comparison. Either way, I come out a winner.

Photo of TheTrevor
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an opaque dark copper with some red tints around the edges and a single-finger tan head. The smell is a cavalcade of different hops as well as some oak and malt. I can pick out floral, piney, and citrusy hops. The taste starts off with a combination of malt and grapefruity hops that balance well and give way to some more hops that are slightly piney and floral as well as some oak flavor that helps balance out some of the bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a certain amount of slickness from the hops and fairly low carbonation. This is a fantastic beer, one of those ones that everyone should try at least once if they're serious about beer.

Photo of deanhead
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep burgundy color with a rich toffee colored head. Nic lace that lingered through to the bottom of my glass.

Aroma spicy, woody, and faintly buttery

Pronounced woody flavor. Bready, Spicy with a highly accentuated bitter taste that clings to your palate, and then fades away very nicely, leaving a residual dank hop bite.

Full bodied and viscous beer, it's dank and drinkable. There is alot going on with this beer. I enjoyed it very much. It's definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Rhynes2
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer just blew my mind. The oak aroma sets you up for a complex array of flavors. Some people were saying that it has too strong of a grapefruit taste. The grapefruit is there but balances perfectly. Great head retention when poured into a glass and the color was one of the nicest hues of red I have ever seen. My friends were eve commenting on how hilarious the bottle was. This is my perfect beer and I could drink it everyday. I was worried that my $16.00 was not going to be worth it but im getting another one this weekend. Great call on this one. Fantastic!

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard Pint Glass applied...

Hazy dark burnt orange with one finger creamy head, nice lacing all the way down. I think this is an amazing looking beer! Smell has that oak, bourbon scent. Taste is interesting, the bourbon barrel start with grapefruity, dry finish. Very luscious mouthfeel. Drinkability is fair, I like grapefruit but since I can't eat more than three I probably wouldn't care to drink more than three of these. Good stuff, though.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent mahogany with a one finger beige head that recedes quickly, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Smells of floral hops and sweet malts. Pine and citrus from the hops also lurk in the background.

This tastes great, and it's wonderfully balanced. Pine hops cut the malty sweetness, and the combination of oak and hops provide an alluringly sweet yet astringent finish.

A terrific beer, highly recommended.

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Deep garnet color. Two finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing.

S: Oak, caramel, vanilla, and citrus.

T: All about the oak, which is kind of a mixed bag overall. On the one hand, it does a good job of smoothing out the hoppy bitterness. On the other hand, it kind of drowns out the malt. Finish is bitter, but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Full-bodied with carbonation that explodes in the mouth.

D: I remember this being a lot better when I had it in the past. Before, I would have said that this is definitely better than regular AB. Now, I'm not so sure. Maybe I got an old bottle. Regardless, this is quite outstanding. If it were a bit bigger, it would be an ideal digestif.

Photo of benclimbs
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red amber with a prominent head.

Smell is beautiful bourbon like vanilla notes with a little malt and spice.

Taste is initially the oak, then malts and finishing off with just enough dry hop kick.
The aftertaste stays around for a while too.

Hands down,this beer kicks ass! this is perhaps stones best beer. This is the third time I've had it and still blown away...why this only has an A- is strange, trust the bros review!

Photo of BeerManDan
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, the color was a medium dark amber brown with a tan head and a mild amount of lace on the side of the glass. The smell was of soft sweet mild hops and a hint of spice in the aroma. The flavor had a mildly bitter hoppy fell, with a hint of spice and a touch of oak!
The bitter finish was not over powering. Nicely balanced ale.

Photo of bluetravlr
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with an orange/red hue. One finger of head that dissipates in a few minutes. Still, after 15 minutes a slight head remains. In fact, this head remains through the very last sip. Impressive! Sufficient streaking down the glass.

S: Not much in the way of smell. A hint of oak and maybe maple?

T: When it first hits the tongue the taste is slightly sweet, hinting of citrus, but is quickly taken over by the bitterness of the hops. There is a hint of caramel and malt that goes along with this initial bitterness and this then gives way to a more intense bitterness with a long lingering taste of oak. Hop heads will enjoy the complexity of this succession of bitterness. However, as this beer warms and your palate becomes used to the lingering oak bitterness the sweetness of the caramel notes becomes more distinct and even begins to override the initial bitterness.

M: Surprisingly full bodied for an ale, but slightly over carbonated for the complexity of flavor.

D: As long as you keep sipping that bitterness is held slightly at bay due to the initial sweetness. That being said the IBUs must be off the charts. This beer is also 7.2%ABV and fairly full bodied. Definitely a sipping beer. Yet, as stated above the palate becomes adjusted to the bitterness, and a second beer may go down faster.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at a Stone beer dinner tonight at the Old Village Post House in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The Southeast Stone brewery Rep, Scott Sheridan attended and added a truly charismatic humor and laid back familiarity to the experience. Stories/facts and knowledge poured throughout the evening making it an amazing craft beer experience. The chef paired this beer with Mepkin Abbey Mushroom Bread Stuffing, Garlic-Dill Fingerling Potatoes, Roasted Spring Onions, Raspberry Gastrique. Needless to say, the food was over the top and the meal was shared in good company. I highly recommend attending any kind of Stone event.

Appearance: Cloudy/Dark Amber/ruby

Smell: Cold wheat/fruit Vanilla

Taste: Creaminess that cuts through the hoppy character of the beer - the oak aging adds this aspect. Vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied - amazing American Strong Ale.

Drinkability: Session if you can - but a sipper for me. Sip & Savor on the beach after a hot day in the sun. A beer to look forward to drinking.

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.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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