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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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4,927 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,927
Reviews: 1,837
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 159
Gots: 429 | 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 Gtreid
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bgramer is to be thanked for this tasty concoction.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Rich, clear, auburn color with 1 1/2 fingers of tannish white head. Lacing is thick, spidery, and just allover the glass.

A: Biscuit malts and wood. Hops are subtle, but present. Classic Ale smell. Very nice.

T: The wood was not as prevelent as it was in the aroma, but the oak aging really enhances the complexities of the beer.

M: Medium body, next to no carbonation. Tinggly feeling in the front, bitter finish.

D: Very nice brew from the fellows over at Stone. Similer to DFH Immort IMO but just not as strong. The woodyness limits the drinkibility in my case, but none the less a fine selection. Skal.

Gtreid, May 31, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Parks a dark amber, good clarity, and a half inch of off-white, dense head. Aromas lean towards the pine, woody hop notes, with the oak taking a brighter stance (like fresh cut wood), than most oaked beers. The smell of a pine sapling is just overwhelming everything else. Though, it is quite nice. On the palate, the chinook hops really dominate and that signature pine like smell transfers over to the mouth as well. There is certainly oak in this beer given is sweet vanilla flavors. I think this style certainly is well served with oaking and it really compliments it. Overall, I'd say I have to prefer this to the regular AB. Unfortunately it's quite cost prohibitive.

dreadnatty08, May 27, 2008
Photo of ewright
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brilliant clear brown with hints of amber on the edges. Little head forms, but I was stuck with a small glass, so I poured carefully.

S: Malt and wood blend well with faint hints of vanilla. Little hop nose is apparent... barely noticeable.

T: Toasty bread, slight oak flavor. The hop profile shows up late with mild citrus flavors.

M: Decent carbonation, but a lot thinner on the tongue than other Stone offerings I've tried.

D: This is a solid beer, but so far, has been the most disappointing Stone beer I've tried. I wanted knock-you-socks-off good ... this was merely good.

ewright, May 27, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 12 oz bottle is thanks to Redwood21. Poured into a nonic.

A: Once again a beautiful mahogany with the huge, off white head. Incredibly sticky lacing.

S: Just like my review of regular AB but there is a slight mingling of woody Oak.

T: This beer is still spicy but the oak really makes this beer more accessible. The bite is not as overwhelming. As Redwood says, the oak tames the Bastard.

M: Very crisp with good carbonation. Creamy and lets the balance flavors mingle on your tongue.

D: This one you can drink all night. Amazing what a little oak does for this beer.

everetends, May 26, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of MeLikeBeer poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep amber with a dense one-finger off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a slight swirl of foam on the top and minimal lacing.

S: Smell is a balance sweet caramel malts and raisins along with a strong citrus hop smell featuring grapefruits. There is a faint oak smell but certainly nothing overpowering.

T: Taste is a balance between the citrus hops and caramel malts. There is plenty of vanilla sweetness but the taste is much more hoppy than the smell and the finish is slightly bitter and crisp.

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium for the style with moderate carbonation.

D: This is a very good beer and I get the subtle differences between the original, but it's not my favorite representation of the style.

gford217, May 26, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-24-08

Pours a super cloudy orange/red color, with a filmy head and thin lacing.

Smell is very AB, with maybe a hint of oaky earthiness.

Taste is the standard combination of super malty and super hoppy, with a woody kick to mix it all up. The oak, vanilla, and wood-chip flavors are almost overwhelming, in a good way.

Mouthfeel is spot-on, thick and creamy.

Drinkability is good, but the oak flavor gets a little old after awhile.

Overall, a very, very good brew. The oak brings the AB craziness down a notch, and makes one of the most well-balanced extreme beers I've ever had.

BMoney575, May 25, 2008
Photo of ASymon13
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark amber with a solid off-white head that leaves some nice lacing as it recedes. The oak on the nose is very nice. It isn't overpowering, as the sweet, bready malts come through nicely, as do some spicy hops.The oak almost seems to add hints of vanilla as well.

The oak does not come through immediately in the taste. It starts out similar to normal arrogant bastard, with the malts hitting you upfront and the bittering hops coming through strong. The finish though is what really distinguishes it. The oak really comes through on the finish and lingers nicely along with the alcohol. It has a nice medium mouthfeel, which fits nicely with the style, and the carbonation is appropriate, giving it a nice mouthfeel. It is definitely an enjoyable beer, but I'm not completely sure if it is worth the extra cost over the standard AB.

ASymon13, May 23, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle/drink by date of ? (can't see)

Quite the handsome Arrogant Bastard! Deep leather brown sporting a creamy dollop of a tan head; translucent and can't see the level of carbonation

Everything is blending nicely here, but not coming off in a big way (age?); there's some nice tart fruit--maybe even strawberries, which would be a first for me; I'd like a little more oak in the nose

Taste & Mouthfeel
Immediately striking as a unique and tasty beer; it's full of hops and malts, with each balancing each other nicely; the oaking really pops at the end as vanilla suddenly appears after each sip--a nice touch; A.B. boasts a medium-to-thick body that feels smooth and creamy, with just enough carbonation and leaves a slight oily residue; a tad bit of alcohol heat in the finish, but it's not bad

I was very impressed with my first Oaked Arrogant Bastard. It's strong in all areas, and I especially appreciate its color. Now I'm really eager to try regular A.B. It was a great break from all the uber-hopped beers of late as the malt and oak aging characteristics really shined on this one.

JEdmund, May 19, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown with a ruby tinge. A thin light tan head sits on top. Decent head retention.

Aroma is great. A nice hoppiness with citrus notes accompanied by some vanilla and a subtle maltiness.

Taste is nice. A strong maltiness and good hop profile. A bitter citrus quality is also present.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is moderate, but flavor is fairly strong. It definitely drinks easy, but mass consumption is definitely limited.

Goliath, May 19, 2008
Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A shimmering deep-brown ruby liquid sits below a cathedral of buttercreme foam. This is absolutely gorgeous.
Fragrances of orange rinds, lime, caramels, toffees, French perfume, pine cones, and pine sap. Oak adds a certain gusto to the tart lime characteristics, but it otherwise muted.
Hops ruled the nose, but malt is not dispensed so easily in the mouth. Blanketing caramel, toffee, dough, and toast. It ventures towards walnuts, black cherry, and chocolate, but then the hops catch up. There's a flash in the transition that shows a buttery, soured vanilla oakiness, but it is again largely shut out. Hops bellow out full oranges, pine resin, lime leaves, and rose petals.
The body is a rotund medium with a stunted but steady CO2 for lift.
AB is the watermark for hop-focused (but balanced) strong ales. I don't really see the oak doing a lot here, but there are some nuances where it comes through. Regardless, it is delicious.

cokes, May 14, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I realized that I initially misplaced this review under the regular Arrogant Bastard, I copied and deleted that review and am posting it here.

12 oz bottle

appearance: dark reddish brown makes it look almost hazy on first inspection but is very much translucent light film of head and sporadic lacing

smell: sweet, caramelly with a bit of citrus

taste: rather well rounded, the sweet malt evokes comparisons with bourbon, caramel, a bit of smoke and a hearty cereal flavor. The hoppy finish is floral with a limey citrus.

mouthfeel: medium carbonation and body, slightly oily and astringent on the finish

drinkablity: very nice flavor combined with a medium body tastes. very good drinkability

notes: I love this beer, the malt in this beer is so round and the hops clean up so nicely, it sits so nicely on the pallet at the end and the aftertaste is very enjoyable as well. This beer is absolutely fantastic.

Donnie2112, May 14, 2008
Photo of Hokies
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic glass, wow pours a deep copper color with a one inch light brown head that disappears and leaves a layer of lacing on the glass. Their is a nice citrus nose with some caramel malt that leaves a faint oak scent. At first you can taste the malt with some caramel then quickly goes over to the citrus hops and finish dry and leaves a pleasant bitter aftertaste with a hint of oak. Nice carbonation that goes down easily and leaves only a slight oily feeling on the tongue. If this beer wasn't so expensive I could drink a lot of these, excellent beer.

Hokies, May 13, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky brown with light brown head.

Nose has fresh citrus with walnuts & hazelnuts. Very nutty.

On the palate the malt & hops are surprisingly tamed by the oak influence. It's not regular bastard + oak here, it's more like oaky flavors with some suggestion of bastard, but otherwise you wouldn't necessarily know this is an AB.

Very drinkable due to the oak - rounds it out, some soft sweetness, chalk & vanilla come through (in a good way), and finish is balanced as well.

yemenmocha, May 12, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased at The Perfect Pour (Md.), poured into a snifterl

A - I thought this might be a little darker, but it's a copper/caramel/mix, fairly transparent in its darkness. Modest, frothy caramel head, and Stone's trademark foamy layer on top.

S - Hoppy aroma, faint faint faint cherry, bourbon and oak.

T - There was a thread at BA today about "gateway" beers. I think a beer like this is more of a "transcendent" beer, where beer drinkers who enjoy the gateway stuff finally realize what a great beer tastes like. It gets a little sweet as it warms up.

M/D - Fabulous, bitter aftertaste. Smooth going in, neither syrupy or watery. Plenty of flavor in each sip. Just enough complexity to have some fun while sipping, but the characteristic flavor never wavers.

USCTrojanBrian, May 12, 2008
Photo of Lupe
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany color with a tight creamy tan head. What starts as a finger and half of foam slowly settles to a thin sheet. Full rings of lace are left all along the sides of the glass. Such a visually appealing beer.

Aroma is a blend of floral, herbal, and citrus hops, some caramelized malts, and mild woodiness.

Well balanced and complex flavors. A quick dash of wood leads the way with caramel & citrus coming next. Strong hops step in and run the gamut of flavor - citrus, floral, herbal, mint, and pine. Not as strong of a bite as the original but more complex and developed. Juicy citrus shines with loads of grapefruit and orange. Malt sweetness comes in before a mild oaky finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Just enough crispness and a perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. Just a delicious beer that goes down quite easily. My palate may get exhausted, but I could throw a few of these back. Much smoother than the original.

I really like this beer. Nice to have a wood aged beer that is not a stout or aged in a liquor barrel. The oak is perfect with this beer, does not overpower and adds some mellowness and complexity. Great beer.

Lupe, May 09, 2008
Photo of genog
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish color with plenty of sparkling bubbles throughout the body. Head is a rich color of off white with plenty of frothy, creamy foam sitting on top of this sparkling beauty. Aroma is ripe with rich fruit notes, and plenty of woodsy flavors. Smell is hop strong, but has a relaxed feeling with all the oak textures that come through. Taste is very delicious with plenty of malt sweetness mixed with a vanilla hoppy experience. Mouth feel is incredibly silky smooth for such an IPA treat.

genog, May 08, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice mix of floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of caramel & citrus sweetness and a strong hops presence, which seems slightly toned down compared to the regular Arrogant Bastard. There's a nice hearty malt backbone. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smoother than the original Arrogant Bastard, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, I always have high expectations for Stone beers and they have yet to disappoint me, with this beer I was very interested to see what difference the oak aging would make on an already great beer. It seems to me that it took a little bit of the harshness out and made an excellent beer even better.

TheManiacalOne, May 04, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As with every other Stone release, this is bold, with huge flavor profile and an incredible taste-numbing presence.

Hazy brown with a relentless beige head that hangs in for a while before receding into a sticky lacing that fuses to the sides of my glass.

Strong aroma of malty caramel and bitter herbal grassy hops. Can't get any wood/oak aromas, even when i'm looking for it, or when it warmed up.

Taste is complex, moreso than the regular AB. Huge mound of strong hops stacked in a pile up against aw all of malt. Fruity esthers and an alcohol presence that hides among. I'm tasting a woody sap and tree bark that must be coming from the oak aging.

Oily hop resin and a bit of a cloying mouthfeel.I like big IPA's, but this is not as drinkable as I would like. I'm a fan of Stone, but this is just a bit too strong and the drinkability really isnt there.

SurlyDuff, May 01, 2008
Photo of david131
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A cloudy ruby/amber liquid fills the glass with a small white head forming. The head settles to a thin covering. Overall, the cloudiness of this beer adds a lot to it.

S- Sweet malt, grapefruit, oak, some pine. Mostly I get some candied citrus, caramel, and oak. Not too shabby... actually, quite a quaffer.

T- Hmm... the first thing to hit me is a strong wood chip taste, then the sweet malt and hoppy fruitiness kick in. Not really the kind of oak aging that I appreciate I guess.

M- Definitely smoother than the regular Arrogant Bastard. Very dry aftertaste, but pretty nice and creamy in the mouth.

D- This is the second time I have tried this beer and both times I have thought that the wood chip aspect was just too much. Worth a shot for sure though.

david131, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of OldYoda
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Troeg's pint glass. A lovely reddish brown with a nice head and good lacing.

Smell invites you to dive in.

This is a tasty beer, love the oak that lingers on the palate.

Smooth as silk - an extremely nice balance.

This is a beer that I could make an evening out of - several of these with good cheese with friends and good conversation - doesn't get much better.

OldYoda, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of maximum12
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to marcpal for six of these gems!

Pours out with a small head & a unique reddish, brownish, rustish color that's mostly opaque until you hold it up to the light. Smell is subtle but inviting.

Very, very good beer. The aftertaste of oak is strong on the back of the throat & reminds me strongly of oak-aged wine we tried out in Sonoma Valley last spring. Everything is nicely balanced. The only operative word here is smoooth. Stone should sue Bud the next time they use the word.

Feels nice in the nasal passages & goes down easily. Yum! I think I'm going to go back to check the box to make sure I didn't miss any of these little monsters.

Now I have to try the non-oaked version that's loitering in the fridge.

Great beer!

maximum12, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Big78CJ
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine looking beer with a dark reddish brown body and orangey-auburn highlights around the edge of the glass. Thick, pillowy, off-white form sits on top of the beer, lingering briefly with minimal lacing. Smell is of ruby red grapefruits and oranges, with just enough sweetness to cut the edge of the citrusy hop. Malt presence is also noted in the smell as it blends with a touch of vanilla from the oak aging.

The flavor is a complex array of citrusy fruits like red grapefruit and oranges. There also appears to be a lighter watermelon or grape taste as well. As the fresh fruit flavor subsides, more intense hop bite takes over. Slightly metallic alcoholic notes start to warm the chest after several sips. The malt backbone and lingering hop presence lend significant texture to the beer.

I am very glad I picked up another sixer in Colorado as this is a damn tasty beer. I intend to age some of the other bottles and see how they turn out as well. On that note, I had taste of a 4 year old magnum of Oaked AB and it was amazing.

Big78CJ, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single from Bocktown Beer and Grill

Appears dark red with a short white head and lacing. The aroma has a smooth mixture of the citrus hops and oak. It comes off like one note, making it unlike other hoppy beers. There's a dry, woody flavor, not like your normal oak, it seems like there's more spice to it. The hops are big with spicy citrus juice and a dry grapefruit finish that lasts long into the aftertaste. Yummy.

Now this is an American strong ale. Big, bold, and completely out there.

tempest, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oaked Arrogant Bastard
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. dark, cloudy mahogany color. light amount of head which is tan in color. faint lacing.

S: very yeasty aromas. strong hoppy citrus aroma. some earthy tones with some top soil. some sweet malts in the mix, almost biscuity.

T: such a difference in flavor than Arrogant Bastard. some vanilla and smokey oak tones are present, which masks some other flavors. sweet malts with a well balanced array of hops that tingle the palate.

M: a little dry, at least drier than regular Arrogant Bastard, but a good overall mouthfeel nonetheless. smooth and almost creamy.

D: so good, but a little too hyped. very smooth and drinkable.

paulthebeerguru, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of JBogan
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After enjoying the "regular" Bastard and completely disliking the Double Bastard, I wasn't sure what to expect from this Oaked version.

It poured a dark ruby/brown color with a slightly off white small head. The head dropped off to a thin film which stayed throughout and left an average amount of lacing.

Smelled of malts and hops, with some pine and a small alcohol presence.

Tasted of hops, with nary a sign of the pine that I detected in the scent. I was a bit surprised how one dimensional this beer tasted. No complexity at all, at least to my taste buds.

Mouthfeel was slightly thick and flat. Really was quite disappointed in this department.

Overall this was to me, an average beer at best. My review for the Double Bastard was well below the "average", and I'm sure this one will be as well. I just didn't get much enjoyment out of this beer. Adding to that, it's about twice as expensive as their "regular" Bastard, so I'd have to say I found it to be one of the worst "bang for the buck' beers I've had in a long time. To each his own I suppose.

JBogan, Apr 18, 2008
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 4,927 ratings.