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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,038
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 486 | 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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Photo of Seanibus
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just flat out delicious, with a beautiful balance of oak, malt, and alcohol. This is one to go out of your way for on tap.

Pours a deep brown red with a thin white head, huge streamers of carbonation, and amazing lacing. The smell is surprisingly slight but malty and sweet. The Flavor is vast, reddish, sweet, with cherry, wood, and smoke, like tobacco. The mouthfeel is large and round, viscous and carbonated. The beer has a nice hop bitterness and a deliciously bitter, woody finish.

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

Deep ruby body with a slight haze, thin head with just a smattering of lacing

The oak and hops mingle nicely; both are very strong but neither overpower one another.

The oak comes through much more in the flavor. There is a slight vanilla taste and a bit of tannic action. The hops balance the oak and leave a nice bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is very full, slightly drying, very very nice.

My only qualm is that the oak could be a little less to let the base flavors shine through, but other than that, a near perfect oaked beer.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ThirstyHopHead for including this as an extra.

Bit of a chill hazed dark rum colored amber and is topped with a quickly forming toasted marshmallow head that fades into a thickish ring, while leaving behind some lattice-work lacing that could stand to stick around longer.

Smells like red gummi worms, I'll let this warm up a bit...really like no beer I've ever smelled, gummi worm is still there but blended with a thick, resiny pine aroma. Not really picking up oak notes, but again it could just be too cold right now...little bit more warmth yields a slightly sweet vanilla aroma but again, not very much oakiness.

Sugary fruitiness to open opens up to a slightly creamy, slightly grainy maltiness. Oak tannins are finally apparent and mix well with the notes of vanilla I am picking up here. All of this mixes together as the fruitiness reasserts itself into a wonderfully complex flavor profile. The fruitiness here is not grapefruit or orange or mango, it's not any of these things. The flavor is a bit difficult to describe. The fruitiness is one the sweeter side, vanilla and honey, but nothing overpowering and all blends well with a sweet, underlying oakiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and leaves a long and lasting bitterness down the center of the tongue long after the last drop empties from the glass. Carbonation does not do much for be and could stand to be just the sligthest bit snappier, felt a bit uneven in places, that is to say, I thought the consistency of the beer could stand to be just a bit thicker, more substantive. Other than that I could not put this beer down, it has a beguiling flavor that you can't really put your finger on. The most import thing, however, is that this beer tastes good and that I would be more than happy to try another if I could get my hands on one.

Photo of cbn
2.94/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard pours mahogany-red in color with a massive beige head wich leaves a mess of lace on the glass as it retreats, clarity is unsurpassed.

Aroma is sweet, vanilla and alcohol.

Flavor starts bitter lemon with mild sweet tea middle, bitter spicy fade.

Smooth and fairly thin, the ale seems to lose every bit of carbonation about half way through .

Drinkability suffers, thin, lack of carbonation, flavors stacked to the bitter side.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark garnet with a thin, foamy tan head.

S - Mild and sweet. Vanilla and woody goodness slap each other around on the way up to my nose holes.

T - Also very mild and sweet. Again, vanilla, now some malt, rather toasty malt at that.

M - Medium to thin body, pleasant mouthfeel, doesn't linger on the cheeks too much.

D - Oh so very drinkable. Delicious.

Photo of ski271
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$1.75 12 oz single from Sharkie's in State College, PA. Sweet!

Lightly hazy, dark brown with a small, tan, creamy head. Good retention and lacing. Smell was rather surprisingly mild. Caramel maltiness, vanilla, just a touch of wood and very light hops. The taste was much more pronounced. Woody roasted malts of front, big citrus kick in the middle, and the oak really shows up on the finish. Great flavors and excellent balance. It has a medium body, resiny texture turning dry, and moderate carbonation. Yes, this is a very good beer, but I don't think it lived quite up to the hype my friends created for me about this beer. Still, defeinitely worth trying though.

Photo of Shumista
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this hiding out in the back of my closet mixed with some other beers I bought over the summer. Good find.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Chimay goblet.

A- Oaked Arrogant Bastard pours a dark mahogany with little head. Lots of lacing with this one.
S- Not as strong as I expected, kind of mellow actually. I smell lots of sweet malts, less citrusy hops than expected, some vanilla and oak.
T- Also mellower than I expected. The hops take a back seat in the flavor to the sweet caramel malts, but are definitely present. Some woody (I wouldn't necessarily say oak if it wasn't on the label) flavors and vanilla as well,
M- Thick, creamy, wonderful.
D- Lot's of flavor here and the abv isn't high enough to stop you from coming back for more.

This is really a tasty beer. The woody taste reminds me a lot of the Founders Curmudgeon I drank the other night. Even at $17.99 a six pack this one is a good buy.

Photo of dukedevil0
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. Poured into a tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber/copper color with a slightly off-white head. Head reduces to a thin film with a little more head at the rim. Good amount of lacing.

S: Picked up some earthiness, hops, and a slight woodsy smell, but I had to search for the scents. It was hard to pick up much aroma.

T: Some hoppy bitterness and bite that is really smoothed out by a slight woodsy flavor. Not sure if this is a psychological thing because of the "Oaked" naming.

M: Very creamy for an amber brew. I felt it had lots of carbonation, but in a smooth sense; like a lot of tiny bubbles.

D: I could drink a good amount of these, with the slight bitterness being the only thing that would possibly hold me back from drinking more.

I was curious how this would compare to the original Arrogant Bastard, that I wasn't too crazy about (too much bite and bitterness), but this one had a lot of the good flavor without it being too powerful.

Photo of beckje01
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

It poured a dark amer color with some creamy head. The nose was really oaky, but nice. The flavor was a slight oak but not as dry as you would expect from the nose then just lots of hops so you get oak and hops no real malt showing through. Overall its an interesting beer but I would like more malt in there.

Photo of stephens101
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having this one on Thanksgiving after a good post dinner nap. Pours a pretty dark cherry red with a thin, quickly fading tan head. Some spots of lacing are left behind. Smells of dark fruits (cherries, figs, raisins) hops, and roasted malts. Tastes of vanilla, hops, sweets, smoked wood and toasted malts. A smack of syrup is left on the lips. Mouth-feel is medium-bodied and is warmed with a good alcohol heat. This beer is just one of the many things I have to give thanks for today.

Photo of inhoc00
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrogant bastard in Chicago! Oaked at that. Thanks for the trade eric.

A- Pours a dark amber with a nice thick head and great retention.

S- really different kind of smell. Like fresh mulch? Sweet grapfruit? Raw steak? Yeah mulchy grapefruty steak.

T- OH THIS IS STONE. had stone once at a bar and it was ruination. all i remember is the hops. Tons here. nicely balanced though. bitter up front with a nice mellow sweetness.

M- Fresh and crisp with good carbonation.

D- Certainly good. Alc is reasonable and well balanced. Great beer. Bring Stone to Chicago!

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

Thank you for coming to Maine. Served in a pint glass, the beer was a cherry amber color with a thick tan head and some pretty good lacing. It had a nice dark fruit aroma, with a bit of malt. The taste was a nice mix of dark fruit and malt, with a nice hops bitterness at the end. I also felt there was a bit of a vinous taste to it. A thoroughly enjoyable beer.

Photo of ncstateplaya
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A heavy reddish-brown ale. Almost a tarnished penny or cola color. From the tap, the beer forms a thick creamy head. Unfortunately, it fades away to a wispy sheet covering the suface. A strong lace remains on the glass long after the beer is gone.

Smell: I smell ripe fruit, figs. There is an abundance of alcohol esters and yeasty malts. Not sure if it was intended, but I get a slight bit of vanilla.

Taste: A hint of a metallic taste with a woody bitterness on the end. There is an initial sweetness that mellows into a nice caramel flavor. I did catch a little bit of a yeasty aftertaste over the oak.

Mouthfeel: An ale with less carbonation than I had expected, which actually benefits this beer. A rich and creamy beer that definitely lives up to its price tag.

Drinkability: Stone puts out some great brews. I admit this was my first experience of Arrogant Bastard not to mention the first oaked beer I have tried. I was and am very impressed by this brew. I look forward to enjoying this beer at every opportunity I get.

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

Hadn't seen these in the upper valley for a while. Despite the prohibitive 16.50 price tag for a 6pack, I folded like an origami crane.

A: Poured silky smooth with a tiny little head. The color was like a beautifully finished cherry wood.

S: I'm a little stuffy today. Some caramel and lovely oak in there.

T: Buttery. Wonderful. The oakey malt stays light due to the generous amount of hops. Biting, crisp finish.

M: Smooth and sharp at once. The mellowed oak feel coats the mouth.

D: All day long. Assuming my wallet would hold up.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark red with a very sticky and densly laced head.

Smell is mostly floral hops, oak, and sugary malts

Taste is smooth malt with a huge hop profile that starts with grapefruit, herbs and leaves, and finishes up with a bit of pine. There isn't a big oak taste though after trying the regular bastard, you can tell it's there and it improves the overall taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink without too much carbonation. Doesn't finish too bitter for the high hopping and definitely warms from the high abv.

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

A: Pours a deep ruby-brown with an initially healthy 2-finger tan head that laces rather thickly.

S: Initial aroma of sweet, bready malts, with floral hops poking out.

T: Hop bitterness, slightly soapy, invades at first, as with a typical Stone brew. Slicht caramel maltiness breaks through, with a slight fleck of woody alcohol notes on the mid-palette. The hops, though slightly dissipating from the start, tend to return and take over the finish. Rather interesting, but at times distracting from the sweetness tasted earlier.

M: Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation that catalyzes the reintroduction of hop bitterness. This factor I do like.

D: Ten bucks a six-pack would warrant a special occasion purchase, but something about Stone keeps me coming back for more. The 7.2 abv hits me a little harder than brews of this strength, yet I think I'm on an empty stomach.

Photo of aubuc1
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a goblet.

pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin but steady light tan head

smell is sweet grapefruit and pine yet a mellow secondary smell

taste flashes at first then the full moufeel pushes it back only to be followed by a seet aftertaste. i can taste the oak balancing the sharp hoppy tastes. very nice.

great beer. the balance in such a loud beer is exquisite.

Photo of MacDomer
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pretty dark brown with copper and ruby highlights. Minimal 1/4 inch head quickly fades to a light ring around the glass with one or two little puddles floating around. Looks thick.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee malts, some fruits like plums and figs. Spicy hops are here as well. Oak notes are nice. Faint vanilla and alcohol notes.

T - Caramel and sweet malts. Oak. Warming alcohol. Brown sugar throughout. A faint bitterness at the end from the hops.

M - Medium body. Low carbonation. Smooth, rich.

D - With the high ABV and oakiness of this, I would find it hard to drink more than two or three. Very tasty brew overall! Let this one warm up for a while after taking it out of the fridge - maybe 20 or 25 minutes.

Photo of Drew966
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale pours a dark reddish brown with an off white head that laces nicely as it fades. It came in a brown twelve ounce bottle with graphics painted on. The aroma is all about citrusy hoppy goodness. There might even be a hint of oak too, but it's way buried. Citrusy hops dominate the flavor and as it warms the oak becomes more noticeable. Excellent beer, highly recommended.

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

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to my handy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a small, off-white head. One of the better heads I've seen from a snifter.

Smell: Malty, caramel, brown sugar and oak. The snifter brings out the alcohol after a deep breath.

Taste: Toasty malts, caramel and oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and sticky; really coats your throat on the way down. Alcohol lingers a little bit in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable brew. Definitely worth the wait while it warmed up. Would seek out again.

Photo of AgingWarrior
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Mellow Mushroom pint glass. Color is a dark copper color, a little cloudy with about a half inch of tan head. Swishing the beer around to warm it up a bit, I noticed that it left a nice thick lacing on the glass.

Smell is a mixture of wood, malt and mild citrus hops. Nice mixture of scents in this brew. The scents become more pronounced as the brew warms up a bit.

The first sip hits the tongue and I'm thinking that it's too much oak, then as it flows over my tongue and down my throat the malts kick in and I can taste the hops. Very nice balance, outstanding finish.

The mouth feel is really nice, full and smooth, just a pleasure to drink.

Very drinkable for a 7.2% abv brew.

This is my first experience with Stone. Thank you for coming to Florida! I'm looking forward to more of these and sampling the entire Stone line.

Photo of jeffaz02t
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a dark copper with light copper head.

S: Nice malt character with slight hop and oak undertones.

T: Oh ya. Stuns you with hops upon first taste, however the malts and oak balances it out for a smooth, delicious drink. THis is really enjoyable.

M: Medium feel with great carbonation level.

D: THis is one of the most drinkable strong ales ever. It has a lot to do with the oak really making this beer more smooth and the alc. is hidden really well. Thank God this beer is year round now!

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

20th review - woohoo! Now I can post new brews on this site. Picked up a sixer in Madison on the way back from Darkness Day.

A - Attractive mahogany color with one fingers of tan foam that dissipates slowly into an attractive big-bubbled lace. A small amount of carbonation is visible.

S - Toffee and malt, oak, hops and citrus. I wish more ales were this rich in the olfactory arena. Unsurprisingly it smells like Arrogant Bastard but with a bit of oak...

T - Starts sweet, ends bitter. The oak is pretty understated - likely because it's just oak chips and not barrel-aging. Keeps all the positive elements of AB - malty caramel front palette morphing into a hoppy bitter IPA at the end. The wood really comes out at the beginning but is quickly overwhelmed by hops.

M - Resinous - smooth, but a little more watery than I like. The carbonation is pretty unobtrusive. Nothing too special here.

D - I can see why they come in sixers. The 7.2% doesn't really make an appearance, although I can't drank too many woody beers in an evening (as the recent FOBAB proved).

A nice variation on Arrogant Bastard - as much as I like roadtrippin' to Discount liquors...please Stone, come to Illinois!

Photo of currysage1
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey stained mahogany, creamy one finger head, sinks but stays, amazing lacing.

Smell is of wet grain, light toffee, some decent hop presence but not that impressive.

Taste is good, a nice IPA bitterness but it's the oak. Caramel sweet smoothness, stone fruit pits, vanilla that mixes with the alcohol. Good but I prefer the AB a little more.

Feel is standard ale/strong ale, medium body, light carb, refreshing but satisfying. Overall I enjoyed but for the money would buy others.

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

Appearance: Dark brown, almost maroon. Light shows through and there is a very creamy head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Very nice aroma with the oak making for a very woody smell. There is a lot going on here and I'm not sure I can make it all out.

Mouthfeel: It is very smooth and creamy. The carbonation is light and pleasant.

Taste: It's big and malty and the oak is heavily present as is the alcohol. But it is nicely balanced with hops. There is definitely some complex flavors at work and I'm not sure I can identify them beyond the oak. It has an almost bourbon-like finish.

Overall impression: This is a great beer! I like it more than the regular Arrogant Bastard, which has been a favorite since I discovered it at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival five years ago. Of course, Stone hit a marketing home run with Arrogant Bastard, but there is definitely truth in advertising here. "This is an aggressive ale." But despite my lack of "taste or sophistication" I DO like it. I like it very much

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,038 ratings.