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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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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: 490 | FT: 6
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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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Ratings: 5,046 | Reviews: 1,848
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

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This ale is a beautiful deep reddish mahogany, and pours with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is rich and hoppy with a definite smoky oak overtone. Flavor is almost indescribably delicious - mainly hoppy with malty, nutty, smoky and even sweet hints, and definitely some contribution from the oak chips. Texture is supremely smooth, and leaves a very pleasingly hoppy and smoky aftertaste. A winner!

Photo of ncbeermonger
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

mmm that's good beer!

pours very well into my trusty sam adams beer glass. The smell is outstanding! Buttery, smooth smell, hints of citrus, and floral hops. Head is almost a non entity.

The taste is outstanding, why can't all beer taste like this? Tastes smooth, hops are there, and the oak comes through like a champ! I prefer this one over the non oaked.

The mouthfeel is amazing, much lighter than the beer looks, super smooth.

This beer is one of the most drinkable beers ever brewed ANYWHERE. This beer is amazing, and no you are not worthy!


Photo of Douglas14
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Night and day difference on tap than from the bottle...more so than possibly any other beer I have had the opportunity to try both ways.

It pours a deep mahogany-ruby color with an exceptional head that continues to rise after you are finished pouring. The head is tan and thick and leaves some of the thickest, stickiest lacing I've ever seen. After the head resides, and layer stays above the beer throughout the drink. The aroma is of dark fruit, hops, alcohol, and of course oak...a lot of it too! The taste is more focused on hops with a background character that is still very noticeable of oak and wood. The hop profile is very much of resin and pine...almost sticky in your mouth...it goes great with the smoothness that the oak lends to the brew. Outstanding on tap.

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark burgundy red with a medium tan head that leaves good lacing.

S: Burnt wood, smoke, caramel, pine.

T: I made the mistake of keeping this beer in the refrigerator instead of my wine cooler. When drunk cold, the complex character of this brew is masked.. Upon warming, the benefits of the oak aging come through. Initial hoppiness is followed by smoky burnt sugar and oak.

M: Medium-heavy. I save this one for the end of the night with a bowlful of pipe tobacco.

D: Difficult not to overdrink.

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

Appearance: Deep and rich reddish amber with a off white creamy head with good retention. Nice lacing. Looks good, esp. the foam.

Aroma: Wood is subtle but I can notice it. There is also vanilla and a good hop smell. Some maltiness too.

Taste: Malts, and then the oak/wood which seems to really make this interesting. Hops do a good job in this one, every flavor blends in extremely well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and goes down VERY smoothly. Medium bodied

Drinkability: Regardless of the relatively high ABV, this is easy to drink. Tastes good, nice body, and creaminess. Probably wouldn't go through more than a couple, but its certainly easy to drink. Recommended

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

12ounce bottle
a: dark red amber color.brilliant clarity. medium carbonation. thin off-white head that is short in life and without much lacing(poured in an inappropriate glass so take with a grain of salt).

a: crystal malt and "c" hops with subtle wood. maybe a hint of vanilla for me.

t: hop flavor hits me first. minimally oxidized malt apparent next or maybe just graininess mixed with the wood that i mistake for cardboard. next i get some bitterness, wood, bourbon, roasted grain andolight fruit?
lingering flavor of perfume and wood.

m:smooth, full mouthfeel
o: excellent beer. ive not had too many oaked beers of this style and i suspect i may be mistaking the oak flavor with oxidation. fairly complex but "c" hops are dominant.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$2.50 12oz. single from Green's (Buford locale) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark amber body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: A joining of sweet-smelling maltiness, primarily caramel with a smattering of dark brown sugar and rich hoppiness coming across as notes of plump grapefruits, perfume, and wood. Oh, and don't forget about the vanilla.

Taste: Toasty malts with a dark caramel sweetness and taste of brown sugar. Slight cherry fruitiness in the distant background. A drop or two of vanilla extract. Hoppy citrus and wood flavor, and that very same bit of fresh, hand-picked mint I get from the original. Moderate hop bitterness combines with a lightly astringent oaken component and both last through and beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just as delightful as the non-oaked Arrogant Bastard, though I never felt the oak treatment gave it all too much of a unique distinction, except, unfortunately, in its price tag.

Photo of EddieSTL
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby Red Amber and brilliantly clear. White head lingers a little.
S: Slight caramel sweetness, little to no hops
T: Hoppy/Oak flavor, kinda nutty w/ a dry oak after taste. Moderate-high bitterness and smooth alcohol.
M: Medium full body complements the bitterness very well.
D: If you can handle the hop/oak flavor/bitterness this is very drinkable

Photo of CoolJosh
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at my favorite bottle shop and have meant to try it, Arrogant Bastard is one of my favorite strong ales.

A: Beautiful amber color. A half finger, lightly yellow tinted head that lasts the entire way through..

S: Very nice fruity, woody smell. The oak really comes through here in a nice way, complimented by a very nice and elegant nectar.

T: The Oak hits subtly at onset, and carries through to a series of nectar other light fruits and really strong but well balanced hops. Strong oak taste to finish.

Overall, very enjoyable for anytime of the year, and a little drier then I had expected. Nonetheless, a very nice edition of an already great strong ale, I highly recommend giving this a shot.

Photo of ironbike1
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is truly one of the best Strong Ales. Beautiful dark amber color with a nice white head. Taste is quick to announce the oak , malts , hops & woods. Smooth drinker, with a nice mouth feel that is not overwhelming with any one flavor or to heavy. Easy drinker that is not to heavy yet very smooth. Just a great brew all around. Just need the stores to stock it more often here in NY.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer. I love the regular Arrogant Bastard, and this is even better. Dark maroon/brown with a decent head. Smells and tastes like Stone for sure - HOPS. Bitter and heavy and full of flavor - very complex beer - this is Stone at its best. I've had three 12oz bottles and I feel great. This is great beer.

Photo of spokeydonkey
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this side-by-side with the non-oaked Arrogant Bastard (AB) ale for comparison. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewery Ommegang chalice.

A: Dark amber. Creamy off-white head. Almost identical to regular AB.

S: Smells of spicy/citrusy hops, with a definite sense of the malt. Less pronounced hops than regular AB.

T: Amazing. The oaking has definitely smoothed out many of the rougher edges of the beer. Smoothly transitions from malt sweetness to spicy and citrusy hops in each sip.

M: Exceptionally smooth in the mouth. Feels less agressive than regular AB towards the end of each sip, possibly from a lower carbonation, or mellowing of the hops? There's also an almost creamy-smooth dimension to this beer.

D: Amazingly drinkable.

Overall, a more complex and smoother version of Arrogant Bastard Ale (which was amazing in its own right). This is a must try if you're a fan of hoppy, strong ales.

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

Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head that stays until the end. Smells of malts, lots of malts. Tastes the same, very sweet malts. Not bitter, clean and smooth. A great oak flavor, some wood taste. Some brown ale characteristics. Great thick mouthfeel but not extremely heavy. Goes down easy and leaves a good taste behind.

A really good beer, but tastes like something I've had before..

Photo of MSchae1017
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a snifter from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours dark cherry amber with a creamy cappuchino colored head that leaves a nice film over the beer and leaves a bit of lace. The aroma smells of caramel, toasted and honey malts along with musty woodiness and faint floral hops. The taste is up front with the malt characteristics of caramel, toast, and honey but the beer then gives way to the oak characteristics before finally finishing with a piney hop characteristic. The beer also displays a medium-full mouthfeel with a subtle carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable beer. I would like to see a more potent hop characteristic like the regular Arrogant Bastard, but the oaked version pleases nonetheless.

Photo of Spidey13
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oaked Arrogant Bastard pours a dark brown/red with a small, beige head. It appears to be a bit darker than the non-oaked Bastard. The smell is very nice, with lots of sweet, candied hops. Citrus, apricot, and a hint of caramel are there. I might get a bit of oak in there, but it's hard to detect.

As with the nose, there are a lot of hops on the flavor, giving the beer a lot of spice followed by a ton of bittneress that sticks around forever. The mouthfeel is nice and full with mid/low carbonation.

This is a really good beer. It is a bit different from the original, but if I wasn't told it was oak aged I don't know if I would be able to tell that that is what was different.

Photo of nc41
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

It's been a long time since I've had a beer that was truly unique, and this one is it. Pours nice and dark, and the oak on the nose is absolutely wonderful, nice creamy head. The first sip is oak and Hops fighting for control at the same time, it's so nicely balanced it's a tie, and the hop finish is complete. A very heavy Ale and I would guess it would be easy to bugger this combination up, but Stone has out done themselves. A truly fantastic ale, in a league of it's own. The only negative is this is a one bottle at a time kinda ale, I can't see sitting around and draining 5-6 of these. That's not much of a negative, but this one is a must try, and cannot help but love experience.

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

A - Burgundy with a moderate off white head.

S - This one smells of hops, malt with a slightly citric quality. Oak is in the background.

T - Malty, citrusy, and slightly bitter. Mild oak flavor that is both smooth and welcome.

M - Moderate and enjoyable. The carbonation can be felt and the viscosity is elevated.

D - I would gladly make this a session beer of choice against most others.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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