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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,791 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,791
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 151
Gots: 380 | 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 HugoGrim


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

Very dark ruby brown body with a nice bubbly lacy head.

Aroma is of rich hops with a distinct note of pineapple juice. Oak is quite faint.

Flavor begins firing on all cylinders with big full malts, followed immediately by substantial rich hops mixed with the oak. piny, herbal hop flavors. Oak flavor is of freshly cut wood, not smoky.

10-14-2007 01:14:42 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of nwshull


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: a dark brown, that is hazy hard to see through with a moderate head.

Smell: Smells of oak chips and hops.

Taste: The taste takes some getting used to, there is an upfront oak flavor which grows in your mouth followed by the taste of caramelized sugars and hops for a finish. At the beginning of the glass I was iffy on the beer, the more I drank the more I liked it. (now I don't want it to end)

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is quite nice, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I could drink a couple of these in the night without getting tired of it, though its alcohol is over 7 so I wouldn't be driving home from the bar.

10-11-2007 22:06:21 | More by nwshull
Photo of TheDragonTony


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

This poured a deep amber with a robust 3+ finger off white head and a nice amount of carbonation coming up. The foam is leaving a nice lacing all the way down my glass. The nose is big and wonderful, woody, citrusy and a bit of spice. Very hoppy beer with nice pine and grapefruit notes. The mouthfeel is robust and creamy. This is a delicious beer, and overall much more drinkable than regular Arrogant Bastard (though if it is better is arguable).

10-10-2007 02:51:58 | More by TheDragonTony
Photo of Bitterbill


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

This pours a deep amber brown with a small but firm head of foam that shrinks fairly slowly to a fine broken layer and it has some lacing. About 2/3rds of the way through my glass and there's just some spotty foam left now but it's still a nice looking brew in my Sam Adams glass.

The smell is all hoppy and malty and woody...it's nice.

The taste has big malty notes up fron followed by a very tasty woody flavour. I'm impressed with how the oak makes it so diffferent from the regular AB. It seems to counter yet also balance the hop character and it makes it a really smooth but still very tasty beer. Now I'm getting a bit of chocolate and some vanilla, and a touch of dark fruit. The finish is slightly bitter, slightly malty, and mostly woody and it's delicious. The mouthfeel is medium full, the carbonation is light. Great taster. The alcohol is only noticeable some time after the swallow. Very drinkable.

Bottom line: This is a very good oaked brew that I'd certainly buy again. The flavours all work together in almost flawless harmony and I can only recommend it highly!

10-08-2007 16:39:26 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of MrThursday


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

This score might be a bit lower than appropriate, as I drank the beer in an opaque vessel, and in a dark room--didn't get much of a look, so I just gave it a middle of the road score on appearance.

Oaked AB smells terrific--vaguely sweet, with floral hops, and a bit of oak. There's hardly any woody taste however--in the mouth, Oaked AB is basically a smoother version of the standard Arrogant Bastard. While I like the original, I prefer to avoid the punch to the mouth hops/malt, and the alcohol is better hidden here. A really good beer.

10-08-2007 16:33:18 | More by MrThursday
Photo of srandycarter


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from bottle into Stone tulip.

A - Small, nice head. Some lacing. Body red tinged murky brown.

S - Whole lot of stuff in there. AB plus wood, all evident in the nose.

T - Yum. First time I tried this, I have to admit I wasn't sure I cared for it. Second attempt yielded better results. Terrific BA flavor - deep aggressive malt with some hops to finish. New to the mix with the oaked is, of course, the wood, the vanilla and some cooked fruit, maybe cherry?

M - Good solid prescense, carbonation perfect, viscosity good, bitter end.

D - I love this stuff. I could get a few in before things deteriorated due to the ABV.

10-07-2007 05:20:34 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Brad007


4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

Darkish-amber color witha thin, brown head and some lacing. Aroma is nice and oak-ish, slightly fruity/malty as well. Taste is really strong with hops/malt upfront and a nice oak aftertaste that is somewhat dry towards the back of the throat. Second sip confirms a floral/grapefruit taste in the middle before hitting the back of the tongue. Very smooth and complex. Basically Arrogant Bastard with a nice oak feel to it. Lots of lacing left behind as well.

Definitely worth the $2.50/12oz bottle. Would buy this beer again for sure.

10-07-2007 00:05:50 | More by Brad007
Photo of cooncat


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, decanted into a standard pint glass.

A vigorous pour produces a deep, dark copper (garnet) colored brew, with 2 fingers of tan head. This head, while not particularly long lasting, keeps a thin lid on the beer and splashes the side of the glass with nice lacing. The nose is huge with both a sweet malt backbone, and a pungent floral hop presence. No oak noticed in the nose. The taste is a very complex combination of huge piney/resiny hops, and a sweet caramel malt flavor that loses out against the hop onslaught on every sip. As the beer warms, a faint oak presence is noted on the back of the palate, where the malt is doing it's thing. Mouthfeel is full and firm and wonderful, but not to the extent of being 'chewy'. The 7.2% ABV isn't really noticeable, except for, perhaps, a bit of a warming effect at the end. Amazing drinkability for a huge complex beer. You'll be wanting to quaff more than one, but be responsible!

Yet another highly recommended brew from the great folks at Stone.

Na Zdravje!

10-05-2007 23:53:55 | More by cooncat
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

A- Dark brown (few reddish hints at the edges), 1/2 finger thick tan head that faded down to a thin lacy cover, a little sediment throughout

S- Smokey, earthy/woody, toasted malts, slightly sweet smelling

T- Strong flavor of oak, smokey, malts, nuts, good hoppy finish

M- Medium body, little carbonation, very smooth, warming of alcohol at the end

D- Very drinkable for higher alcohol content

Overall very nice beer. Most people shy away from arrogant bastard because of the strong flavor (and name) but the oaked arrogant bastard ends up being a lot smoother and easier to drink than it's counter part.

10-05-2007 20:55:22 | More by iceball585
Photo of CharlieMopps


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Enjoyed in 12 oz. bottle form.

A: The word "volatile" comes to mind as I poured this into a standard size pint glass. Three fingers of head surge forth, slowly settling but retaining great density and leaving much lacing behind. The beer itself is somewhere between auburn and garnet, displaying highlights of both yet still being rather dark.

S: Notes of grapefruit, oak, and a foreboding musty funk dominate the nose. Definitely a spicy and hoppy backbone, with a malt character lurking underneath.

T: A heavier malt introduction (moreso than expected) provides a great base for a hoppy side that is quite citrusy and lingers for a good while on the palate in the finish and aftertaste. Composition is quite unique, yet balance still remains a large part of the charm this beer has.

M: Slick and oily hop feel, and a bit of creaminess with the carbonation at an optimal level.

D: Off the wall as merely Arrogant Bastard, the oaked version takes on a different character. Drinkability is solid, as Stone likes to play mind games with their labels. Sure, they'd like you to buy into the "intimidation factor," but it's really just a bold beer that oozes complexity, yet keeps balance somewhat in mind.

10-04-2007 22:28:45 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of Overlord


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Delicious, had this in the new six pack style.

Big ruby red color, large white-ish/creamish head. Smell is woodsy and grapefruity.

Big, big taste. Lots of wood in there, almost as much pine as oak. Grapefruit, some malt to balance it, and other citrus flavors. Can't think of a better beer to get a sixpack of. I found the flavor far less overwhelming than the normal A. Bastard.

10-04-2007 09:12:02 | More by Overlord
Photo of morayeel


4.95/5  rDev +17.9%

WOW!! This is awesome. I purchased the new smaller bottles that are to small to hold all the flavors in that are just dieing to get out.

A- a very dark brown-red colour with an off white head that stays the entire way down, beautiful to look at.

Smell- Awsomet smell you can get hints of the sweetness in this ale.

Taste- this beer is so complex there's too much for me to comprehend.

mouthfeel- most Stone brews have that same healthy mouthfeel, not too thin and not thick to where it makes you gag like some beers can do.

drinkability- This is a 1 or 2 beers and im done. The oak bastard ale is a lot sweeter then the regular bastard ale so the sweetness get to you after the second beer. This is an ale I would save for a victory beverage when the redskins win!!!!

I don’t know what it is about stone brewing but I love everything they make. I even keep a half barrel of something they make on tap at all times.

10-04-2007 02:36:51 | More by morayeel
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that lasts. The aroma is great. It has a smooth and mellowing scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts along with a generous amount of hops and a mild oak aroma. The taste is good. It has an aggressive wood flavor up front as well as in the finish. It blends well with the bold malt and hop profile. The hop bitterness lends itself well to the oak flavor. The mouthfeel is good also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a wonderful version of an already great beer. I prefer the original, but this one is a good drinker as well.

10-02-2007 20:31:11 | More by WesWes
Photo of onthefarside

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Holy crap I just had this on tap at Mahar's in Albany. 20 ounces of amazing outstanding incredible beer, 20-25 minutes later I couldn't even think of what could possibly come next, my mind was blown at the complexity of this beer.

A- a very dark brown-red colour with an off white head that stays the entire way down, beautiful to look at.

Smell- Almost smells like a fine scotch thanks to the oak aging. I spent half my time smelling this beer, it's simply too much

Taste- I tried so hard to pick this beer apart, but it simply overwhelmed my taste buds, this beer is so complex there's too much for me to comprehend.

mouthfeel- most Stone brews have that same healthy mouthfeel, not too thin and not thick to where it makes you gag like some beers can do.

drinkability- as much as i really enjoyed this beer, I think it would be impossible for me to have more than one a night or even a week perhaps. After tonight and the other beers I tried, my mouth needs a while to recover. This beer is amazing and if you have the chance to get your hands on it, GO FOR IT, it takes an awesome thing and makes it completely different. GO STONE!

09-30-2007 03:27:30 | More by onthefarside
Photo of EliteDigger


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Got this in a trade with JeffKrenner as an extra... Thanks Jeff!

A=Pours a dark opaque amber-brown, similar to a really dark unfiltered apple cider. Head dissipates quickly leaving a thin cream colored ring around the glass.

S=Speaking of apples.... I'm smelling wood, apples, carmel and piney-citrusy hops with a trace of booziness. Yum.

T= Similar to the aroma.... wood, apples, carmel, both floral and citrus hops, sweet malt and bitter citrus rind finish.

M=Near perfect thickness, coats the tongue and mouth with sweet then bitter, maybe just a hair too much carbonation.

D=Highly drinkable until the abv decides you've had enough. Can't wait until Stone finally decides to show their pretty face in Wisconsin....

09-29-2007 20:53:21 | More by EliteDigger
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

This poured very nicely, a very dark amber with a nice tan head. Smell is extremely hoppy, with a slight aroma of something different (I'm thinking it's the oak). The flavor is almost pure hops, but the finish contains this almost smoky aroma, definitely unique. It's aggressively bitter which isn't totally a bad thing but can be a bit much, put simply you have to be in the mood for something like this. But if you are, there's very little else out there that rivals this.

09-29-2007 05:17:06 | More by funkengruven
Photo of beermanbrian


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Nice ruby bronze color with the expected sticky off white head. Smell of citrus and pine and yes there is some woody oakyness in the background. Taste is bitter up front, slightly grapefuit but most noticable is the pine. This is followed by the oak that serves to smooth things out. Lots to chew on in this one. The first one I had I didn't really think the oak was doing much but smooting things out. Now on the second one a few weeks later I'm really getting a full oaky wood taste. What can you say, another excellent beer from Stone. I haven't had the original AB in a long time so I can't really compare this to that one. Either I'm getting tougher in my reviews or I liked that one a little better.

09-29-2007 00:39:00 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of sfoley333


3.83/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from 12oz bottle into duvel snifter. Poured a brown red color with off whit head with good retention( just like all of Stones beer). Smell pineapple grapefruit herbal light alcohol. Taste a combination of grapefruit , pine, carmel, Toasted oak. Mouth feel chewy but not heavy. A great tasting beer, but I like the double bastard more than the oaked but the oak is a lot smoother than the regular bastard.

09-28-2007 07:47:57 | More by sfoley333
Photo of BeerSox


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz bottle into snifter.

Dark ruby red hue with a slim tan head that lasts for a decent bit of time.

Very rich fruit aroma, like grape with a bit of sharp spices. Like grapefruit, but a little sweeter. A little bit of piney hop aroma is there, but it's blended in well with the sweeter fruit.

Smooth surgary fruit leads its way up to an almost puckering bitterness from the hops. A little bit of spice makes its way in as well. For an oaked beer, the vanilla seems to be pretty low. The alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied, with a good amount of carbonation to keep the beer lively. Toward the end the hops tend to make their presence known, giving a tart and bitter piney residue that sticks to your tongue. As the beer warms an almost smokey characteristic starts to emerge.

A very very complex beer, giving sweet highs, bitter lows, and everything inbetween. I didn't find much difference between the oaked and the original, although it has been a while since I have tried the latter. Regardless, it's a beer that's worth your while.

09-25-2007 02:44:41 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Murchmac


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Why do I like everything they do? First of all you can smell the oak flavor instantly opening the bottle. Fresh from the vine hop smell, with a fresh fruity malt??

I forget what the original tasted like it's been years since i've had it. But this one is big, tasty, and oakey (if that's a word) It has a sweet carmalized fruity taste to it, almost out of this beer world. It should be a barleywine, but it's not, man it's tasty. The more you drink it the more it's like drinking a jackson pollack painting.

I love it and so will you.

09-24-2007 02:03:57 | More by Murchmac
Photo of Da1nonlyBD


4.58/5  rDev +9%

Wow. I've been waiting a long time to drink this and I finally am able to get a bottle.
Appearance is like a regular AB, which is not a bad thing at all.
Smell is very malty with a kind a piney hoppiness to it along with a hint of oak.
Taste is very good. Like an AB, but the little bit of oak adds a bit of complexity.
Mouthfeel wasnt what I expected. Its not too carbonated, but it also seems kinda creamy.
This is one of the best beers I've ever had.

09-23-2007 19:21:47 | More by Da1nonlyBD
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -4%

georgeous looking beer. dark reddish brown with a big big off white/tan head that leaves an enormous ammount of lace. light smell of piney, grapefruity hops, some nice malt and it's all mixed in and blends pretty well with the smoky/oaky. tastes the same. pretty well blended. fairly silky smooth mouthfeel and pleasure drinking. glad i finally got to try this one. don't see it as a regular in my rotation, but delightful none the less.

09-22-2007 22:58:02 | More by timtim
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a clean deep amber color, with a tan head. Aromas of a malty hop presence. In the taste, a sweet malt, a small dry hop, and smoother than regular Arrogant Bastard. A small bitter mouthfeel, with a alcoholic and sweet malt aftertaste. Feels bigger that it is, and the hops are not as big. NIce and smooth.

09-20-2007 10:25:06 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of DoubleJ


4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

Found a single 12 oz bottle at $2.19 from Town and Country in Fullerton. To stick with the Stone family, I'm going to pour this beer into my Old Guardian glass. On to the beer:

Wow, what a beauty this is. Perfect size creamy head, dark red in color. The nose brings tropical piney fruits and charred wood. You can definitely find the oak chips in the taste. It carries out a flame-smoked flavor as it is balanced by the sweetness of the beer, which by the way isn't so dominate in this offering. Woody in the aftertaste. If you're into Arrogant Bastard Ale, this is a great change-up from the regular.

So what's the next version of the Arrogant Bastard series, Oaked Double Bastard Ale?

09-20-2007 04:21:44 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4/5  rDev -4.8%

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear hickory brown with a ruby tint and a creamy tan head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is largely citrusy hops on a nice caramel malt background. Very nice hint of oak in the smell.

A nice blend of citrusy hops and a slightly sweet caramel malt taste upfront that gets leveled by an aggressive bitter bite. A mild oakiness appears and maintains as it hits the finish with a bitter and citrusy taste. Bitterness lingers.

Full body, medium carbonation.

Well, I very much enjoy the original, and I must say that the oak is a nice compliment. It's nicely drinkable, and is no problem to enjoy more than one in a sitting. It's certainly a nice variation of the original, although I don't think it is superior (nor inferior). It is certainly more expensive...

09-20-2007 02:28:49 | More by MaltyGoodness
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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