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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,028 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,028
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 184
Gots: 469 | 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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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.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a wonderful amber color with a solid one finger head that lasts forever.

Smell- Light hoppy nose with some hints of a oaky port mixed in...really delightful.

Taste- Really complex taste, the oaking has really blended everything well together and given the entire thing a wonderful woody complexity. The alcohol is very muted and well melded with the hops.

Mouthfeel- Not too bad, perhaps the weakest part of the beer but still quite good.

Drinkability- Lots and lots, I want more.

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

Pours a clear mahogany with a fluffy head and nice lacing.

Smells is complex, with a strong hop component --- herbs, black pepper, citrus rind, mint, wood.

Lots going on in the flavor as well. Well balanced, complex, and flavorful. Barley backs up a complex spicy hop flavor. Finishes with strong hop flavors of grapefruit and orange rind, wood, caramel, maple, and a twinge of alcohol.

Mouthfeel very smooth, medium carbonation.

This is good stuff, lives up to the hype. I think I liked this a bit better than regular AB.

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a hazy orange-amber body with a heart of diluted crimson, capped with two fingers of fine-bubbled ivory foam. The head retains at a chunky ring that leaves swatches of lacing scattered about the glass.

The smell is biscuity malty with unidentified fruits, with toasty caramel and a fine woodiness at the extreme periphery of the profile.

The taste is very mellow and sweetly malty with layers of toasty grain and fruity caramel. A bitter zing of citrusy hops and a drying woody blast of fine, sweet oak linger in the aftertaste. A bit of alcohol warming serves notice that this seemingly-innocuous Bastard is packing heat!

Exceptionally smooth with silky carbonation, Stone's Oaked Bastard is a fine evolution of its 'regular' Bastard brother. Very drinkable.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Poured a velvety cola color, with a nice tan head. Gorgeous lacing and retention around the rim. Nose is certainly oaky, with a big upfront kick of a sour mash. Also have hints of cherry and plum, with a nice floral hop finish.

Taste overall is just excellent from start to finish. It begins with some nice bready malts and finishes with a mild floral hop. However, your left with an unexpected, yet satisfying bitter hop after taste. My one critique is that I would've liked to pick up the oaky/fruit aroma in the taste. May attempt to drink out of a snifter next time.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy - a great consistency. Slight carbonation. I truly enjoy this - but probably after a few may be overwhelmed by the hop after taste. Overall, a great, big, arrogant beast.

Photo of daliandragon
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of pwsoldier
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of sethmeister
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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!

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.

Photo of hdofu
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of birchstick
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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...

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of surfnebr
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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?

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.

Photo of Greggy
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Deus1138
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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...

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,028 ratings.