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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,909
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 160
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 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
Photo of gpogo
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish brown. Off-white head

S- Hoppy and slight malty sweetness.

T- Hoppy, but not to intense. Sweet malty taste. Slight roasted malt aftertaste. The oaked arrogant bastard seems less harsh than a non-oaked.

M- Incredibly smooth, with a medium to full body. I can only taste this beer and nothing before or after. Light carbonation which seems fitting with the complex tastes.

D- At 7.2% I'm not sure I could have too many of these, but it definitely worth it. Complimented my meal quite well.

gpogo, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown with hints of ruby redness. The head is an off white that is about a finger in thickness and sticks around for quite some time before deciding to go away.

The smell is strong and hoppy, much like the "Original". However the hop smell is not as intense and is accompanied by a subtle malt sweetness that wasn't quite as apparent before. I also get some caramel and definitely some baking vanilla from the wood.

Tastes smoooth. Definitely smoother and silkier than the non-oaked version. The fresh, astringent hoppiness is replaced by a slightly bourbon-esque bitterness mixed with vanilla notes and alcohol dryness.

Its full of unique flavors and is a drinking experience unlike most others. If I had to choose, I would go for the original since I am more partial to fresh hops than I am to barrel aged whiskey/bourbon tastes. Have your own taste test sometime and find out if you're "worthy".

indiapaleale, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Avryle
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mahar's

A- Pours a clear, deep amber color. Thick tan head that settles slowly leaving a sticky spiderweb lacing

S- Wood, malts & raisins with a hoppy background

T- Sweet malts up front with a bitter hop kick at the end. The oak is very pronounced.

M- Pretty thin bodied on tap with little carbonation.

D- Very drinkable on tap. The relatively thin body goes down easy

Avryle, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of coalcracker
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours dark amber with substantial head that has no trouble clinging to the glass.

Smell: Sweetness noted with some hop accents.

Taste: Very smooth draw reveals a hoppy and flavorful blast that possesses notes of citrus and pine hoppiness. Malts do swing toward the sweet side with the oak properties pulling through mostly towards the end of the tasting (and as the beer warms). Alcohol presence hidden initially, but tends to present long after the taste.

Mouthfeel: Ultra-smooth with an above average body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for those looking for complex, flavorful,and "in your face" taste.

Overall- A great brew for a beer fanatic. As Stone writes "You're not worthy" -fans of macros and milder brews will have a hard time adjusting here. For me? Complex, big, and delicious.

coalcracker, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: Mahogany read with a large thick cloudy dark head. Lacing all over the place and had a stronghold the whole beer.

S: Hops, malt and plenty of sweet fruit. Vanilla was the most overtaking. Inviting almost with some cherry phenols.

T: Theres the wood with the hops. The sweet hops were paired so nicely with the oakey flavorings- the vanilla mostly. Outfreakingstanding. The malt is intense for such a low abv in terms of others that just dont have what this one does.

M: Coating of the hops. Carbonation there but not too much, great texture.

D: Complexity and intricacy is through the roof. This beer is flat out fantastic. Such a smooth taste, didnt think the AB could be improved on. Not too strong to not be able to enjoy several.

marcpal, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of danielharper
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love the original Bastard, but have never had the Oaked variety. 12 oz bottle, gotten in trade at a FTH function a couple of months back.

Appearance: Deep, dark red, opaque, almost stout-like in its quality, but tinged a deep crimson. Thick off-white head that leaves significant lacing. Highly enticing.

Smell: Sweet, hints of cherries, but with a strong hoppiness. The oak is very present here, overpowering the more subtle aromas. Still, it helps the sweetness of the overall scent and makes this a different experience from the original.

Taste: It's like drinking an apple tree. No, seriously. Strong fruit overtones, mostly apples but with a touch of citrus, following closely by the oaky undertones (hence the branches) and finishing with that hop bite (the leaves). It has the kind of woodsy flavor that I associate with cider, but this tastes like no cider you can imagine. It's a big off-putting at first, but... what the hell? It's fucking Stone, right? It grows on my palate quickly, just like all the other Stone beers.

Mouthfeel: Magnificent, as always with Stone. Thick, amazingly so. Like liquid bread. The hops are more subdued than in the normal Bastard, making this go down clean and easy.

Drinkability: It takes a minute to get used to, but this might go down even more easily than Arrogant Bastard. The oak helps to balance the other flavors, and while I don't think this is quite as good as the original beer, I'd definitely like to keep a few of these on-hand for the occasional taste. Fans of the original brew should give it a shot.

danielharper, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Twelve ounce bottle, moderate pour into a tulip glass, yields a solid two finger off-white head over a deep amber-mahogany body. Extensive lacing. Pretty beer.

Smell is nice, though not very strong. Cracker malt, pine hops, floral hops, a bit of hay and grass. The oak is definitely there.

Taste is like the smell, although in reverse order. The hops hit first, then the malt, and then the oak vanillins come on good and strong. The oak is what saves this from being an altogether mediocre tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is enriched by the oak-chip smoothness. Nice and round. Good soft carbonation.

Drinkability -- what can I say? It's west coast beer, which means the hop-load is way out of line with the style. I couldn't have more than one of these, because the complexity of the malt and oak-chip flavors are simply smashed by the over hopping. Stone has done it again: taken what might have been a really good beer and made it average by overhopping it. Somebody tell me why Stone's beers all taste like a variation on an IPA! Somebody else tell me what the attraction to Stone beers might be.

Better than the regular Arrogant Bastard, which is just one dimensionally hop-dominated. At least this has the vanilla flavors of the oak to save it from totally mediocrity. This would be a really good beer if Stone could just have held back about half the hops they put in.

ColoradoBobs, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this immediately following the standard Arrogant Bastard. It poured almost identically, with a dark and clear auburn color with thin light tan head. It smelled very similar too, with lots of warm citrus hops mixed with caramel malt. It tasted the same at first, with the strong orange and pine hops blended with caramel malt, but it also had a noticeable oak flavor blended in. It felt about the same as the original, watery with slight carbonation, and a smooth clean aftertaste with strong bitterness (and oak). Overall this took a great beer and made it even better, with a more unique and balance flavor.

Pencible, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from New Beer on Chrystie St in NYC. Very hazy, if I remember much more hazy than the regular Bastard Ale, lots of tan head with huge lacing. Lots of malt in the smell, I somehow expected to smell the oak, but it's kind of hard to distinguish. The taste really blew me away. Some raisins, roasted malt sweetness, followed by the familiar Bastard Ale bitterness and the oak character coming through. I really like the regular Bastard Ale, but I think this is even better. The aging really mellowed it out, it's got a great smooth character, wonderful mouthfeel, wonderful finish that lasts and lasts. Really fantastic beer.

PlaywrightSam, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a large light tan head that possesses very good retention and lacing. The aroma is malt with some oak character along with some piney hops. The taste features a very nice malt backbone with some oak and a bitter hoppy finish. Overall, this yet another stellar offering from Stone, and I would highly recommend it!

cjgator3, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of joezak5
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; a deep and bold ruby with a huge light tan head that is very densely packed. The chips of oak reside along the bottom sides of the glass.

Smell: A deep, smoky, tea-like vanilla malt. Pure smoothness comes across.

Mouthfeel: Very light and smooth initially untill the hops kick in, this is one you can suck on to squeeze out all the hops. Nicely medium body with very little carbonation.

Taste: Woody and malty with nice vanilla notes. Unreal citrusy and hoppy finish. Smooth vanilla tea on the finishing exhale with the hops sneaking in one last time. Beautiful.

Drinkability: Complex yet smooth, I found myself gulping rather than sipping and constantly wanting more. Another very impressive offering from my favorite brewery.

joezak5, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby/chestnut body... moderate offwhite head... nice lacing...

S: Nice oak and vanilla scents over some background hops and malts...

T: Nice sweet maltiness hits you first.. caramel, vanilla, oak and a slightly bitter soft hop character... well balanced and in harmony...

M: Smooth, oily, medium bodied... flavors stick in your mouth

D: A treat... enjoyed it and it can easily be recycled for two glasses in a row.

callmemickey, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours nice 1" head, dies down quickly. Ale is a mahogany colored brew, mostly translucent.

Smell is of hops and malts. I'd expected to smell oak, but none on nose. Taste is very hoppy - I don't taste any woodiness, if anything the oak has increased the body of the ale as it seems a little more full of body.

Drinks real nice, very great beer, a good sipper. As it warms up, the flavors come alive.

mattster, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle for 2.99. This is my 3rd "bastard" beer as I have had arrogant bastard and double bastard.

A- This one poured a dark ruby color with some mahogony hues. 2 finger creamy head. This beer sure was sticky and stuck to my glass even after I had cleaned it pretty good.

S- Smell was woody and oaky almost like a fine wine. There was some vanilla and port scents.

T- Taste was malty and sweet. The hops are not as pronouced and present as they are in other arrogant bastard beers. When I think of a SAB, I think "hops." This one is more on the maltier side, but it fits the oak finish. Surely some caramel and vanilla on the tongue.

M- Mouthfeel was sleek and oily. Do not expect a ton of carbonation, this one dosen't have a ton.

D- I enjoyed this a lot. Stone has made a really classy and drinkable beer here.

DavidSeanNJ, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, BBD of 10/31/07 on the bottom of the bottle, poured into a Delirium tremens tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color, completely opaque. The head formed a cant one finger thick and faded into some lacing.

Aroma: Thin malt and some oak. There may be more but I'm suffering from a cold at present.

Taste: Very complex. At first I got some sweet roasted and caramel malts, then it turns bitter in the middle as the oak comes through. The finish is mainly roasted malts and oaky, along with a light smoke taste, lingering for a while.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but very smooth, the alcohol was hidden quite well but I felt the effects the further along I got. The carbonation was light, and with all the flavors that fit nicely.

Overall: I didn't realize until after I poured that it was past the best before date, and if it had came out badly I wasn't going to review it. But even with the date it was still quite tasty. I will pick up a fresher bottle sometime in the future, and if there are appreciable differences I will note them here.

FenwaySquid, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter, the Oaked Arrogant Bastard is a dark amber with a fairly large, foamy tan head that is very long lasting, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is apricot ester, woodsy spice and lime hops and vanilla, like an older mans cologne, quite nice.

Taste is very full and rounded, I really like this more then the original, smoother and more complex. The hops are tempered while the wood sugars provide added depth of flavor and balance the lingering dry, bitter finish. A lot of American Strong's have a kitchen sink feel and come off a bit amateurish, but this is clearly a finely crafted beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and oily, soft and lighter bodied, very nice.

Drinkability is rather high, although the complexity begs savoring, not slamming. Definitely better then original Arrogant Bastard IMHO, I'm not sure why I let this sit in the back of my cellar for so long before busting it out tonight, a few months old served at cellar temp.

ccrida, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of n1ckels
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First impression: Is this Kool-Aid? Damn, this beer looks red and clear, you'd almost think it was a wine cooler.

Smell: Ok, I think I've nailed it: fresh cut lumber. Yes, this beer smells like sawdust, Home Depot, and all the good memories you have from your days with a circular saw.

Taste: I almost grimaced at first, because it was so oaky and bitter, it really cuts your tongue. You wonder for a second if you just put varnish or turpentine in your mouth. The more you drink it, the more pronounced the oakiness becomes, and the beer cuts less.

This beer is one of the most unique I've ever come across. It is so oily, it really looks like a wine or some sort of wood stain. If you've ever wondered what wine afficionados mean when they note a wine as being "oaky", look no further. This beer is like the crazy uncle of the tamer wood product- maple syrup.

I paid $15.99 for a six pack. Yes, cheaper than a bar, but still a costly endeavor.

n1ckels, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of enfield249
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear deep reddish brown with 1 fingers worth of light tan head.

S - Not getting much off this. Slight malt maybe.

T - First I get a nice clean flavor, hard to believe. Then some good roast and malt followed up by hoppy finish. I don't get any alcohol from this, which is surprising.

M - Full and slightly astringent.

D - A bit much for daily drinking, and I don't really taste much if any oak. Worth a try, but not anything supper special.

enfield249, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

UPDATE: 01/08/08, bottle courtesy of a friend, poured into a cervoise.

It's been a year or so of reviews later, so I thought I'd revisit an old favorite. It's still a great looking beer, nicely colored, with a gorgeous, fluffy, creamy head with great retention and lacing. I'm gonna knock both the aroma and the taste down half a point - they're still both pleasantly complex and well-balanced, with notes of plums, cherries, spice, vanilla, and wood in addition to the regular array of Arrogant Bastard notes, but I'm just slightly less impressed with them at this point. The mouthfeel is still exceptional - silky and velvety, creamy and smooth. All in all, still a great beer, though just not QUITE as great as I remember it.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Similar to the regular ABA, perhaps slightly darker. It's a deep mahogany with a rip-roarin', gorgeous head with great retention, sticky lacing, and slow, lazy carbonation. It's picturesque, but since I know what's coming, I can't stare at it for too long.

Smell: Alcohol, oily, bitter hops - pretty much every hop note in the book, too, with pleasant herbal/earthy notes mingling with tart citrus, fruity notes intertwined with woody/piney notes and spices, cinnamon, vanilla - and a nice, sweet, fruity presence play over a grainy, earthy background. Incredibly strong smelling.

Taste: Cinnamon, vanilla, plums and other sweet fruits, minty, juniper-berry wood notes, piney hop bitterness, citric explosions of orange and grapefruit, a sweet, toasty, caramel and toffee backbone - I counted no less than 10 distinct tasting notes in this beer. I'm really dazzled by it. My friend pointed out that in most of the cases, these tasting notes are more than artificial - you're not getting just the cinnamaldehyde, or the vanillin, but the entire flavor experience. It's not artificial tasting at all. It's just plain fantastic.

Mouthfeel: As creamy and luscious as I remember it being, a sheer delight on the tongue.

Drinkability: High alcohol content, and it's a ridiculously sweet and complex beer, so I don't feel safe giving it higher than a 4.0. The addition of the oak does cut down on some of the astringent qualities present in the original ABA, but honestly, I'm afraid too much of this beer might give me a sensory overload.

An improvement over the regular ABA, if I could have imagined such a thing being possible. A true "beer experience," but again, not for the faint of heart. This is a very complex sipping beer, to be savored and enjoyed in a relaxed environment. So grab your favorite snifter, that velvet smoking jacket you've been looking for an excuse to wear, and take a load off - this beer's that good.

CrellMoset, Mar 16, 2008
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,909 ratings.