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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,854 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,854
Reviews: 1,835
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 155
Gots: 409 | 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 Hoopster4hire
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark gold, orangelike color. Not a transparent beer in the least. Light head that leaves lacing in small bunches.

Smell: Smells like a fresh batch of hops that were ground onto a piece of newly cut oak. The smell is very exciting.

Taste: Very interesting. You get the taste of the original Arrogant Bastard with it's pungent and excessive (in a good way) hops and malt notes, but the oak adds a new depth to it with it's obvious woody taste. It makes it harsher and milder at the same time. Unfortunately, I did not get the taste of any of the sweeter intricacies, even as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the low/medium which makes it very easy to both drink and appreciate the quality of the beer.

Drinkablility: I managed to handle only a few of these before it was just too much (which was probably for the best). Definitely a good beer for people wanting to try out the subtleties of what oak can do to a beer.

Hoopster4hire, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a murky mahogany color with tiny bits of yeast suspended in the body. Head was a two finger beige pillow that took a while to fade and left huge chunks of lace.

Smells of wood, smoke, vanilla, piney hops, and caramel fill the nostrils. Minus the hops, and it reminds me of a scotch I once had, whose name escapes me right now.

Taste is more sweet caramel and wood. Hints of pine and honey round out the backside of the swirl in my mouth.

This really reminds me of a scotch, very tame and mellow mouthfeel. Creamy and medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, surprising considering the oak aging and the alcohol content.

This was a perfect celebratory beer after my alma mater Saint Joseph's routed villanova by 22. Perfect.

ColForbinBC, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Dilly Deli, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a deep rusty orangish brown that's completely murky. 1 finger of light caramel head forms and holds on. Some Patchy lacing.

S: Great juicy hops with a piny resin. Sweet caramel malts with a delicious smelling oak/vanilla combo. They're not joking when they say Oaked.

T/M: Hop bitterness is there but held in check by the strong, sweet malts. More citrus and hoppy resin but with an added pepper spice. The oakiness is probably the best I've tasted and the vanilla side adds a natural sweetness. Body is a bit above medium with controlled carbonation. Finish is a little long with only a bit of drying.

D: I could probably drink this until I couldn't stand. Big improvement over the already tasty original.

pwoods, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to EGledhill for this extra.

Haven't had the original, so there's no comparison yet.

Pours a murky amber color with a small off-color head, for the amount of head there, it sure left enough lacing.

Strong piney hop aroma, slight citrus edge, caramel malt present but hidden way in the back.

Taste is mainly contributed by the hops, strong piney bite, woodiness comes through, no doubt contributed from the "oaked" aspects, good bitter aftertaste that makes you pucker.

deltatauhobbit, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

maybe a little lighter in color than the regular bastard. slightly murky, great head and lace.

more subtle in the citrus and pine. gentle sweetness, slight woody oak aroma.

basically a slightly mellowed version of the regular, but with oak notes, more subtle malt sweetness, and more gradual bitterness. not unexpected, but pleasant nonetheless.

carbonation is less lively, but this allows for the oak to come through.

enjoyable, though i think i prefer the original more. the original is just more bold, yet balanced. this one just has everything too subdued in comparison.

tai4ji2x, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy brown color, thick off-white head, excellent head retention. Aroma seems malty at first but as it warmed slightly the hops came out with a vengeance. A faint woodsy aroma rounds out the smell. The hops seem surprisingly more subdued than i expected, which is balanced nicely between a malty flavor and the oak. Mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly drying on the finish, just the right amount of aftertaste. Very drinkable, all the flavors and aromas blend nicely. I enjoyed this much more than regular AB.

BigJTrucker, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of animal69
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had to try this one ; pours a deep, hazy orange-brown w/ a thin light tan head which dissipates rather quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing in my pint ; a strong citrus hop aroma w/ some darker grainy malt undertones ; a crisp hop bite initially, followed by a nutty/caramel flavor, a faint oak presence as well, an excellent malt to hop ratio ; a med. body w/ decent co2, well balanced with the flavor ; a decent brew, though i'd have trouble drinking more than couple....

animal69, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Deep dark copper, light tan head, superior retention, patches of lacing.

s: Caramel toasted malt makes an appearance, but the aroma is mainly hops.

t: Biscuity, caramel malt, oak, citrus hops with notes of grapefruit. Oak aging hasn't drastically altered the taste, but it does add even more depth of flavor and makes it much smoother, less raw.

m: Appropriate carbonation, medium body, not at sticky or chewy as the regular version, but creamier and smoother.

d: More drinkable than its oak-free counterpart.
Less arrogant perhaps, but the smoothing of flavors makes for an even better beer.

BradLikesBrew, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-flecked copper colored with a clingy beige head. Aroma of hops and vanilla.

This is a nice sipper. Smooth and refined from the oak barrel, it's not the all-out (and indeed, wonderful) slugfest that a "normal" AB is. The oaky-vanilla rounds out the beer, balances the potency of the hops, and makes this absolutely delicious.

Very nice.

RockyTopHeel, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle poured mahogany brown slight white head into a pint glass

Aromas of citrus pine and wood

Flavors of hops, hops, and hops along with some pine mellowed some by the oak

Nice clean mouthfeel

Drinkability : well one is enough at a time, it would be great with spicy chicken wings and yes I will buy it again

joepais, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured a hazy brown color, very cloudy. no head to speak of with this one, but the beer laced beautifully down the glass. i can taste the oak for sure. i noticed this beer got much better as it warmed, MUCH. don't drink this one too cold for sure.

i think a more appropriate name for this beer would be "half a bastard".

deepsouth, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. Nice dark brown color with a tan head of 3 fingers. Lacing is incredible and the retention is stellar.

Aroma is mostly hoppy with just a faint hint that oak was involved in this beer.

Taste is a downgrade from the fresh growler I had of this. The flavors are still good but a bit out of whack. Lots of malt sweetness with a big wood note. Hops are more subdued and I don't get much bourbon at all.

Nice and smooth, very quaffable.

illidurit, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a deep golden color with an off white head.

smelled of wood, hops, and lightly of malts.

Dominant flavor was oak and hops, not very well balanced out with malts.

Crisp mouthfeel, clean finish.

I am not a huge fan of oak in my beer unless it is a bourbon barrel so this one was a tad hard for me to drink as i tasted no bourbon at all, just wood and hops, but for what it is, it is okay. i wouldnt choose to drink it again over all the other choices though.

tayner, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of sabinelr
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm sorry.
For someone who described Arrogant Bastard Ale as "the Owsley acid of beer," I feel like a traitor doing this review. I fear that the oak flavoring has changed this to some strange hop-flavored bourbon stuff. All I could taste was bourbon. I don't like bourbon at all, so maybe that's why I was disappointed. Oh well, it's still better than Rainier and definitely better than Fischer. If you like the bourbon smell and taste, I'll bet this will be good for you.

sabinelr, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of chriskozma
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is good. I bought a 6 pack of this after already trying regular AB many times. I was blown away. Everything I liked about AB plus piney and vanilla notes that made me never want to stop drinking this stuff. The mouthfeel and especially drinkability are off the charts for me. Beautiful dark amber color, too. If oak-aging worked this well for every beer, the world would be a better place.

chriskozma, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Oaked Aged Bastard pured a reddish brown with no head or lacing. It left no mark on the sides of the glass.

The aroma was malty with sweet caramel filling the nose. I really tasted the oak and maltiness which was really powerful... It hits the back of my throat and was slightly carbonated. Enjoyable beer but I was questioning how tough I was and if I could handle their offering. To me it was similar to sipping a nice tumbler of Kentucky whiskey.

cswhitehorse, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep brown pour, some red highlights. Beautiful head: foamy & creamy, great retention... latticing lace all the way down.

S: Oaky scene come through... a nice addition to the full hoppy aromas. A little bit of an earthy, somewhat musky smell in there. Some slightly sweet notes follow through at the very end.

T: Rich, bitter hops. The oak aging has done its part to add flavour and intensifies the flavour, and an incredibly full flavour it is. A bit of a kick in the ass, and not for the faint hearted.

M & D: Weighty, yet still wet... a combination few get right. The bitter body makes for a bit of a slow drink, but the have done well balancing something so intense. Not for any sort of crazy consumption, but that kinda seems to be intentional. This isn't to be treated like a bad macro on a summer day. Nonetheless, I find myself pouring every last drop I can get out of the bottle into the glass.

Proteus93, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With all the hype with the Arrogant Bastard stuff, I was looking forward to trying the Oaked version. Picked up as a single in Colorado.

A: Thick tan head on top of a cloudy dull brown body, very interesting looking, it quickly mellowed to a thin film.

S: I can smell a lot of hops, very citrusy, a little pine.

T: The hops are really about all I can taste in this, with a hint of the oak aging, pretty unbalanced, but I do like the bitterness at the end. Pretty strong alcohol taste throughout. A little dissapointing in general though.

M: Was pretty thin and crisp in the mouth, with a good bite and a relatively dry finish, definitely interesting.

D: I had one, and it was enough, I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I thought I would. The beer seemed to be lacking in balance to me.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of burnstar
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep murky brown with a medium sized head. Nice lacing on the sides and surface of the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops. Some light oak notes. Taste is toasted and caramel malt balanced by abundant grapefruit/citrus. A dull background sweetness. Oak notes throughout. Some dark fruit as well. Complex. Fairly balanced although the hops are somewhat dominant, but that's not a bad thing. Light lingering bitterness. Really great stuff. Nice full bodied creamy mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable considering its heaviness. Overall a great beer

burnstar, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a tanned head that drops to a faint coating but leaves behind some nice lacing as it does. Has a deep ruby color.

Smells of caramel malt, piney grapefruity hops (lots of them) and the oak is there but hidden.

Tastes great. Lots of spicy grapefruity hops, chewy caramel malt and a shy woody oak taste. It might just be me but I found the oak to be laid back, not in a bad way. It adds just the right touch.

irishkyle21, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The drink pours a dark mahogany, and the tan head leaves generous sheets of lacing. Mmm...citrus and pine in the aroma, along with some oak and vanilla. This should be interesting. At first the flavour isn't as bitter as I expected, and I can taste tobacco leaves amongst a smooth vanilla-caramel sweetness. Then the pine and citrus flavours kick in, bringing a good deal of oak along for the ride, before tailing off into a pleasing bitterness. The body is medium, extremely smooth, and delicious. This is one relaxing drink.

I had extremely high expectations for this after really enjoying a bottle of Ruination I brought back from vacation, and I'm really pleased to say that I was not disappointed.

bobsy, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a hint of red in there. Head is off white and a massive two and a half fingers. Head stuck around quite a while and a beautiful web of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Very complex. Citrus scents (grapefruit, orange, mango, and maybe some pineapple) blend with rich caramel malts and give it a very sweet aroma. Hops are big and piney. To my surprise it does have a bit of a wood chip smell in there.

Taste: Very malty and sweet up front. Citrus flavors add to the mix, but aren't quite as pronounced in taste. Hops are piney and bitter. It actually balances pretty well. The wood chip or oak is noticeable, but it only adds to its distinctive character.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Carbonation level is excellent. At 7.2%, it's a little on the heavier side, but extremely smooth and drinkable. This is a Stone classic.

prototypic, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Rich amber-orange color mix, almost layered. Some visible carbonation up the sides. Full and thick head on the pour, but it falls down to a half-inch-thick layer that sticks. The head is off-white to tan in color, kinda frothy.
S: Full of hearty malt scents and an underlying hop smell as well. The first whiff was almost overwhelming. Takes me a few whiffs to figure out what’s there. There’s definitely some chocolate, caramel, citrus hops, berries. If I try to ignore the heavy malts, I get a nose-filling and airy but pungent bourbon smell. Maybe some sweet scents too, like honey?
T: Smooth and sweet malts, caramels and fruit lead the way. Gives way to a soft malty taste that is backed by a little hop taste, something floral and almost citrusy. Finish is creamy and smooth almost sweet, but then the lingering taste is a bit of alcohol. Overall, it is indeed complex and powerful, very flavorful, but not overwhelmingly so, and it does leave me wanting another mouthful to taste and explore.
M: Full bodied and mouth-filling, definitely. Sweet, bitter, and malty all at once. Noticeable alcohol presence, especially in the finish.
D: Kinda tough, to be sure, but the taste does leave me wanting more, and that counts for something.

LeftyBWS, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of deapokid
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Distinct and totally original, this Oaked Arrogant Bastard takes the balls out flavor of the traditional model and ups the ante ten fold.

Taking on a hoppy aroma and amber color, this tough guy has a soft white head with uber-thick lace and a big bubbly flavor.

Even with woody undercurrents, this ale was surprisingly smooth and tasty - even a bit fruity.

With all this flavor and distinction, it's no surprise that Stone decided to make this a wide release and not leave it sequestered to West Coast pubs and eateries.

*Update from 2/21/2010:

I wish I had elaborated on this one a bit more the first time around. On the umpteenth try, this beer's smoky and deep woody finish is so smooth and subtle that the sweet amber notes are often easy to overlook.

This is an ale of such magnitude that it's nearly impossible to comprehend all of the complex flavors at once. An absolute masterpiece.

deapokid, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle I was quite excited to try.

Pours an auburn color with a nice, light tan head. Great lacing from this sticky beer.

Great aroma with sweet, spicy, citrus hops blending marvelously with vanilla and oak. Overall a smooth aroma, if one can describe smells such.

I wasn't sure going in how aggressive, bitter hoppiness would mix with oak, but it is genius. The flavor is once again quite smooth with sweetness, oak and then hop flavors. This finishes with a building, still aggressive hop bitterness. Taste is rich and complex, somewhat like a hopped up scotch.

Mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is solid for such an arrogant beer. Certainly a fine creation by Stone.

AaronHomoya, Jan 14, 2008
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,854 ratings.