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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,967
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 168
Gots: 444 | 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 daliandragon
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally the Stone has come home to roost in NC. I wasn't even able to try the Oaked Bastard when I visited the brewery in Escondido last year so this is a long awaited treat. Pours a transparent reddish dark brown with a solid tan head that leaves plenty of lace in its wake. The nose has plenty of hops matched nicely with and earthy, woody, smokiness that really adds an extra layer of complexity to the common Bastard.

Grapefruit is the major player up front as the oak and smoke covers the back end fully and tastefully. Mouthfeel is smooth and carries the heavy flavors matchlessly. Some sweet, whisky like wisps is the back end of the taste. This is exquisite stuff, not for amateurs. Absolutely first class. I would love to try this on tap.

daliandragon, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of pwsoldier
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date 12/23/08.

A - Pours a dark mahogany with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is moderate.

S - Lots of pine and other woody aromas. Some vanilla and a trace of dark fruit are in there as well.

T - Piney hops dominate, with the oak adding a good deal of spiciness to the brew. Malts are well-hidden, but just assertive enough to balance this enormous beer.

M - Full-bodied, wet finish. The spicy wood notes linger on the palate for a while. The carbonation makes itself known without being overpowering.

D - To be honest, I can't see myself drinking more than one of these in a single sitting. It's a damn good beer, but the spiciness of it is a bit much for me. I definately prefer the non-oaked Bastard over this one.

pwsoldier, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass.

Poured a wonderfully beautiful, transparent, deep ruby hue, raising a full, rich tan-colored head with good retention and thick lacing.

Aroma was sweet, with a full bouquet of fruity hop notes filling the nose.

Medium-bodied with a perfectly subdued effervescence. Tasty, fruity sweet flavors developed toward the front of the palate; balanced, none-overwhelming hop flavors played across the rest of the flavor spectrum, with pronounced grapefruit notes. Finished with a slightly lingering bitterness.

Highly quaffable, and decidedly delicious. I expected more of a woody, oakiness to be present, but sadly (or perhaps not so sadly, I don't really know for sure) the oak didn't show itself overtly. Still, a beautiful ale and an equally beautiful drink.

superdedooperboy, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany brown w/ red edges, voluminous tan head, elegantly laced.

Scent is smoke, peat moss, dark fruit, oil and piney resinous hops

Taste is utterly smooth, mildly sweet and richly malty at first with a wave of woody, earthy - even smoky - flavor, followed by bitter hops. Rich and complex but subtle and exceedingly well balanced. Somehow soft and enveloping and at the same time biting and bitter. The oak barrell aging does wonders for this beer.

Mouth is a weighty and viscous medium.

Drinkability is excellent.

I enjoy Arrogant Bastard as is but I think the oak barrels and the aging makes for a much more complex and delicious beer.

sethmeister, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of botham
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. pours a deep, fiery red color with a handful of head that is light orange in color with a creamy texture and good retention. solid lacings.

aroma is subtle, with a mildly hoppy and earthy quality, like peat moss and very dark grain and fruit. a malty base is the only other discernable aroma out of the profile.

taste is malty, with the same earthy quality from the oak and dark fruit esters present. finishes on a dry hoppy note with residual sticky bitterness.

mouthfeel is full bodied and bitter, with a warming smoothness up front and a biting bitterness upon finishing. quite a dichotomy, which works well for the profile.

drinkability is good. this is a mildly subtle, yet complex brew with a wonderful malt smoothness and at the same time a solid hop bitterness. somewhat of a paradox in comparing opposites within the same profile, this brew walks that line while remaining satisfying and drinkable. many others have failed where this brew seeks its solace; in the no-mans-land of sweet and bitter, of malty and hoppy. the balance of an ESB with assertive hop quality and warming malt complexity. cheers!

botham, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A beer I've inexplicably balked at several times, which is really odd considering how much I love Stone. Thanks to SirSketch for including this in the Comic Book BIF!!

Pours a handsome mahogany color, minimal tan head fades somewhat slowly, leaving a few scattered dots of lacing in the glass. Rich malty aroma, sweet/thick caramel smell, and just a hint of smokiness. Some sweet citrus flavors, slight grapefruit bitterness, but definitely a malt-heavy brew, robust and rich, and again, just faint hints of smoke/wood. Medium-bodied, I think I might like this one just a tad thicker, but it still works well...also some great lingering bitterness on the back and sides of the tongue. Drinkability really surprised me here....I want another one. Now.

corey0212, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of hdofu
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Is it really arrogance if it due the respect? My latest sampling from the Stones Brewing company. This beer is something else. The beer smells florally, hops and malts present. Taste is bittersweet with a good blend of hop and malt and a bit of taste of brown sugar. It has a fairly thick feel on the tongue full body. If it wernt such a pricey beer there'd be nothing keeping this bastard on the shelves, definitely one you could do more then one of and it's not too high in the alcohol to make it too overwhelming. Definitely a darn good beer.

hdofu, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of birchstick
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - ruby brown with a perfect, creamy head that does not stick around very long
S - smells sweeter than I expected - malts, hops, and you can really smell the oak as well
T - sweet malts give way to a sweet woodiness and hops dominate the finish, with a touch of smoke
M - buttery and greasy - a bit thin
D - this is great beer. Definitely one that merits drinking slowly and enjoying. My first offering from this brewery and I was very pleased. I would love to try more if only I could get anything else from this brewer either in Missouri or Illinois...

birchstick, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A vibrant color akin to light cherry wood. The head is large, sticky, and leaves some

S: Leafy and citrus hops, some fruitiness, and a nice smooth vanilla aroma. Not quite as strong and intense as I would expect, but still good.

T&M: Initially fairly bitter with some herbal/spruce-like and citrus hop flavors. Caramel malt makes its entrance midway through, before giving way to a finish that is lightly hoppy with some smooth vanilla notes from the oak. With warming, a fruit-like flavor becomes more apparent on the tail end. It's big, yet balanced. The body is definitely more full with a perfect carbonation level. It's sticky enough to retain flavor, but not like a DIPA.

D: Oaked AB is relatively drinkable because it's smooth, complex, and tasty. I'm a huge fan of this beer, and I look forward to buying some more soon.

BamaBeerBuff, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby brown color with one finger light off white head.

Scent of sharp piny hops, sweet malts, some sugars and young oak.

Taste is similar, caramel, young oak, a hint of vanilla, strong malts and some sweet fruits lingering behind it all.

Mouthfeel is clean and sharp, but lighter than I had hoped.

I enjoyed this beer, but there is something about it that isn't quite there.

paco1029384756, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of surfnebr
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was stoked to get a hold of one of these "arrogant" concoctions. A friend of mine brought it back from a visit to Austin, TX.

It has a rich, opaque, dark amber tone with a creamy, off white head, which didn't stick around for long.

The nose was kind of surprising. I was expecting the wood to come through stronger than it did. As it was, it was hardly noticeable in this instance. It hints citrus, brown sugar, and a touch of oak to accompany the hops. I gathered all the above in the taste with more of the oak coming through. Not as boozy a flavor as many strong ales; this being more akin to an IPA.

The mouthfeel was lighter than the appearance advertised, initially. With each drink the texture increased. By the fifth drink or so it was more robust, but still lighter than I would have thought prior.

All in all this was a solid beer. What else should one expect from Stone?

surfnebr, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, that I've been saving for over a year, served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky amber color with a light tan head that left some decent starry sky lacing.

S - malty sweet aroma, similar to a good dopplebock.

T - malty sweet flavor with a light woody taste and light bitterness bringing up the rear.

F - medium/full bodied with a thick, heavy feel.

D - highly drinkable, a 'must try' for all beer lovers.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to KarlHungus for sharing

A- Pours a semi cloudy burnt orange color, with a tan head. Very interesting combination. Nice lacing.

S- The oaky vanilla dryness can be picked out pretty easily as well as a slight smokiness. There is a nice hoppy edge popping out as well.

T- Nice light peach, green apple skins, then a dry oakiness coats the palette and is joined by a dry hoppy finish.

M- Low carbonation is nice. The oak is not overpowering.

D- Not a terribly sessionable brew, but definitely a nice beer that wouldn't be a bad idea to seek out if you've never had it.

Greggy, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Deus1138
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone has finally made its way to Georgia. I've read all the hype, now I'm able to sample the brews.

So, I'm reading the side of the bottle....oh my...that really hurt. I had no idea I was such an unworthy piece of crap!

This pours a dark, hazy brown. 1/4" of head that stuck around for a while.

Smell is mostly of hops.

The taste is, well, like the bottle said, I'm not worthy. There's a lot going on, and I probably can't really decipher it all. It's hoppy, mostly citrusy. There's also some smooth caramel malts. SO confusing. It almost seems like a contradiction to say, but it's quite hoppy and quite smooth at the same time. It's got a medium body. Not too heavy. Alcohol is there, but it's not overpowering.

Drinkability is excellent. For a while, I was on a hoppy beer kick, but I've gotten away from the hoppy beers now. But even if you're not a fan of really hoppy beers, this is a must try. It's hoppy, but so well done and balanced, it isn't overpowering and well, they just did a great job with it.

My first Stone has pleased me greatly and I look forward to enjoying more of their work! They're lucky, after that shot at my self esteem on the bottle...

Deus1138, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at Trappeze in Athens.

Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass that leaves great lacing.

Smells very nice. Lots of sweet malt and piney hops that accompany an earthy/woody aroma. There's also a very nice floral hop aroma that decreases as the beer warms.

Tastes great. It's very sweet up front, followed shortly by a wallop of piney hops before evolving into a woody flavor and finally ending with a flavor that's somehow bitter and sweet at the same time. Every now and then I'll get a slight hint of citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is great. The beer does a good job of coating my mouth, and it's got a great thickness to it. The carbonation is a bit more subdued than the original AB and this works well with the mild oak flavor.

Drinkability is very good. I finished this beer much to faster than I should have at that point in the night, but I had a very easy time doing it. Definitely give this bad boy a shot.

glid02, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep amber brown with a good head and lacing on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt.

Taste: Sweet malt with an oak and roasted coffee finish. Strong hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy.

Drinkability: This isn't my type of beer because of the strong hops bitterness, but I could definitely see the quality of this brew in the taste and mouthfeel elements.

rohrbachsfan, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of wedge
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, reddened amber color with a big creamy yellowish head that leaves some patchy lace as it drops. Aromas of dark, pungent hops, peaches, cherries, pineapple, and woody vanilla. Sugary malts and a hint of bread too. Similarly complex flavor. Sweet orange and grapefruit, caramel, and tobacco complimented by a solid rindy bitterness. Oily, leathery, slightly winey, and obviously delicious. Not overly oaked, which is a good thing. Slickly smooth, comforting mouthfeel.

Very satisfying. It's "extreme" without getting "ridiculous". I loves me some Stone and I'm so glad I can now pick this up whenever I want.

wedge, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of deaconsmith
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A.-in a thick glass mug it had a very good head, a little ove a inch thick with nice retention and good lacing. it is a deep rich amber color..almost cherry sunburst in the light..very little settlement

S.-very aromatic,has a distinct oaky smell and the hops are well defined. well balanced with the malt

T.-like the smell the taste is very simular with a medium nutty and a hint of fruit aftertaste..very tastey overall

M.-@ 41* It has a playfull crisp mouthfeel. lots of bubblesand smooth going down the throat.

D.- it is one to take slower..prety good drinkability but very rich and slightly thick.

there is a definate signature taste. I think it is a very well crafted brew..i would recomend it

deaconsmith, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I would love to get my hands on that 3 Liter ceramic bottle with the lock up top! That would be awesome!

it pours a red amber color with a nice big brown tinted head. good lacing too. the nose is dark cherries, roasty malts, slight sour oak. the taste is oaky, dark cherries, roasted malts, bitter as hell! medium body, low smoothe carbo, a very smoothe brew. This brew makes me wanna eat oak aged babies!

stumac, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jtrockchalk for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a snifter. Thick and creamy off white head, 2 fingers deep.
The color is a bit darker then the regular AB, with a bit of hazyness to it.
Some bubbly retention, thick sticky lace.

Smells of plums, brown sugar, mellow hop aroma, sweet malt and a touch of roastyness.

Upfront the sweet malt hits my tounge, then through the middle its some carbonation, oaky roasted flavors. Hops kick in at the swallow with a good kick of pine flavor.
Finish is smokey, with more bittering hops, yet still sweet.
Creamy mouthfeel, evenly carbonated.


Buebie, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle - Pours a cloudy reddish/brown - unappealing, not pretty to look at. Ok, I'll say it, It is ugly. Smells of deep fruits and lots of alcohol. The aroma is complex with honey and pear battling a ton of other notes all screaming to be heard. First sip is tangy/bitter - also complex. There is a whole lot going on here. The oak really makes this 7.2% ABV beer seem a ton stronger. An intriguing complex ale that is spicy, bitter, and tangy. You have my attention.

ATLbeerDog, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of hellomcfly
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a trade from traquairlover as an extra but I had tried it before I decided to hang onto it for a while. I've only been holding onto it for 5 months or so but I really think it tastes better than fresher oaked AB i've had in the past. I don't know how long traquairlover himself had this beer.

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

Pours a pretty dark ruby-brown. A large, frothy tan head on top. Head holds up for a good while.

Smells of caramel malt and citrusy hops.

Wonderful hop flavor. A bit of a grassy and grapefruit vibe. Caramel malt is more pronounced than I remember fresher bottles being. I think the hop flavor is still here but the hop bite has been subdued. The head is very creamy. I think the little bit of aging has brought out the delicious malts and oak.

Great mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is high. It's a tasty beer and at 7.20 abv I could drink a few.

Every time I have had this beer it's been good but this particular bottle however old it is, is a bit more interesting to me since the hops don't quite knock me over the head as is the case with most hoppy beers these days.

hellomcfly, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of JakeSuperior
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: appears dark brown until held to the light, which shows off its great ruby red color. Head is a tan color and leaves lots of lacing

s: caramel malt with hops, citrus, slight hint of oak and fruitiness (confirmed by other reviewers as grapefruit)

t: complex, caramel malt hits first, fades into a hoppie bite with taste of grapefruit, followed by the oak.

m: nice level of carbonation, medium thickness

d: the more I drink of it, the more I want another. The taste grows on you.

JakeSuperior, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of soulgrowl
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright sherry red, a bit lighter and clearer than the original, if memory serves. The head is stalwart and the color of yellowed parchment.

Smell: The hop gang's all here - grassy, floral, and citric, with especially nice notes of rose and lavender. Malts are mostly caramelly with some peach notes and just a hint of woody spice from the oak.

Taste: Mmm... very nice, sweet, and toasty with a mildly bitter but robustly flavorful hop profile and an earthy, resinous, vaguely smoky edge of oak. More fruity and vinous than the original, and seemingly less dry - but it may only appear that way due to the subdued hops.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied, and perfectly carbonated; not too sprizy but just lively enough to carry the flavor.

Drinkability: Very interesting and tasty, and not as "arrogant" as expected.

soulgrowl, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of waltonc
1.88/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I haven't had Arrogant Bastard in years, but figured I'd try this oaked version on tap at Monk's Kettle in case my tastes have changed. Let's see...nope. Still tastes like the absurdly over-hopped Arrogant Bastard I remember. No balance at all. Just pure hops. Maybe I'll try it again a few years from now.

waltonc, Sep 19, 2008
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,967 ratings.