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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,033
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 483 | FT: 7
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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 Hornet2003
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The oaked version of Arrogant Bastard seems quite similar to the original version. All the same elements that made the original a classic are well entrenched in this beer. The difference comes in the addition and not subtraction/supplementation of ingredients. The bitterness is still definitely there along with the strong caramel malty presence. The oak chips seem to add a bit of vanilla and a bit more sharpness to the taste. In my mind, this is perfect since this is Arrogant bastard, an in-your-face beer by all rights. There is also a creaminess in the mouthfeel that makes it easy enough to drink despite its aggressive nature. The head leaves a creamy lace as you drink.

Overall, pricey yet well-executed idea by Stone. Not a daily drinker, but a nice treat.

Photo of opwog
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was cask conditioned "American Oak." I have to say that I was not a big fan of the Oaked Bastard when I had it in the bottle, but I thought that I should still give this one a shot.

Alas, I am still not a fan of the Oaked Bastard on cask either, but for completely different reasons. Where I found the bottled version to be too tight and overly strong with the wood taste and feel, I found the cask to actually be a nicer balance of wood to hops and malts. The head was better and lasted quite a while for a cask. But the biggest problem here is that I think that Bastard is a a beer in any form that has to be served cold. Many beers are fine (or even better) at room temperature, but Bastard is not one of them (IMHO). Overall, as I said before, the balance of elements was better on this one than other Bastards, but that still doesn't mean that it is well balanced across the horizon of all ales.

Photo of kosmoraios
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with some ruby tints in it. 1-finger off-white head that lingers.

Aroma is of citrussy hops and caramel with a hint of the promised oak.

Taste is dominated by the hops, piney and floral with some grapefruit citrus. Deep caramel malt is evident. The woody flavor of the oak is there, but it's subtle, not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is peppery and full with an oily finish and pleasant aftertaste.

Pretty drinkable for the ABV.

Photo of Revvy
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes- Poured into a Belgian Goblet for tasting purposes.

Appearance - Poured a deep/dark reddish brown, with a beautiful 1/4" creamy head which dissapated within a few minutes, leaving a nice lacing on the curve of the goblet and a surface layer of both large and small bubbles that remained on the surface of the beer throughout the drinking session.

Aroma - Cold, the ale has an almost smoky/woody aroma mixed with both resinous and floral hops, along with hints of brown sugar and bourbon. The wood nose that comes through is definitely oak, and it predominates the aromas. There is also a hint of coffee.

As the ale warms, the coffee, oak, bourbon comes richly to the surface, yet the hops still clearly comes through the center of the aroma...very citrussy.

At the warmest there is even a surprising hint of roasted coconut coming through.

Overall, the aroma is very porter-like...

Mouthfeel - The best word to describe the mouthfeel is "tangy," there is definitely a hop "bite" to it that touches the tip of the tongue, roof of the mouth and the back of the throat upon swallowing. My favorite salty snack is wasabi coated peas, and the bite is very similar, though not as hot.The bite dissipates quickly and the ale coats the mouth smoothly, like a Belgian strong ale...or a chcolate milkshake, but with a bit more carbonation.

This definitely warms as it goes down..at about the half way mark in the glass one feels a warming of the belly.

Taste - There is a lot going on here...The flavors are nearly identical to the aromas...chocolate, toffee, coffee, oak, bourbon, smoke, and a definite hop bitterness...but the hops are mellowed, or smoothed over by the oak aging, which drops it out of the level of "hop bomb" like it's un-aged brother...It moves it into the realm of chocolate/coffee stout.

The flavors are there from cold to room temp, but grow more pronounced as it warms. A noticeable smokiness comes through as it warms, either from smoked grain or because of a toasting of the oak...it is not overpowering, like in a Rauchbier, it reminds me of a porter I once tried that had peat smoked malt as 1/32 of the grainbill...just a hint in aroma and flavor.

Overall - This is an amazing ale...at 7.2% ABV it is not a Barleywine, but in terms of drinking pleasure...taste, aroma, mouthfeel, it could very well be. Maybe drinking it in a different glass would have changed this impression, but in my Belgian maudite goblet it brings the barleywine tendencies out...

I found regular Arrogant Bastard to be very much a hop bomb (which I can only take in small doses) but this version is mellowed quite a lot. It is mellow, but it is not "sissified," this is still a very aggressive ale. Think Arnold Swarzenagger in a tuxedo in "True Lies" as opposed to Arnold Swarzenagger as Conan the Barbarian.

The hoppiness still is reminiscent of bashing your head against the wall, but this wall is padded, like in a mental ward...The complexity of the aromas and flavors, especially the smokey/oakiness, makes this very drinkable...

Despite the Arnold comment, this is a very sexy beer...It's a hot blonde in a velvet dress, with a stiletto in her garter belt. The kind of woman, where after a night of unforgettable passion, you wake up in an ice filled bathtub missing a kidney...and spend the rest of your life wanting another night with her.

This made my top 10 list of beers.

Photo of flipshevanel
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A large off-white head. Very creamy with excellent lacing. The overall appearance is quite intimidating, a murk dark brown/red. The aroma is great, a sweet hoppy mollasses with a light doughy scent. The palate on this beer took me off guard, I was expecting a kick your ass alcohol taste, but instead I got a medium body with very soft carbonation. The flavor was very sweet and the alcoholic finish didn't last 2 days like the Ruination IPA did.

Photo of roadhouse
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appears a dark red-orange with a two finger light tan head. Some lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is dominated by the oak. Behind that is some citrusy hops, caramel malt, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste has the same characteristics. Grapefruity hops up front, followed by a short burst of sweet caramel malt that gets taken over by the hops and oak. A touch of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, nice soft carbonation.

It has been some time since I tried the regular Arrogant Bastard but I remember it being much different. The oak really adds a lot of complexity, but at the same time takes away from the spotlight a lot of the character that I liked about the regular. Can't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting but either way, good stuff.

Photo of mrsoul12
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This American Strong Ale poured a medium amber color from the firkin. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel malt, earthy hops and a bunch of oak. A medium to full bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are grapefruity and floral. The oak flavors are mostly in the back end and the finish. Yeah it's double bastard and all that implies, but the oak aging has mellowed the beer a little, the oak and malts go well together here. Another beer that does very well as a live firkin ale. Very smooth taste. Nice soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.

Photo of sabrills70
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle from asix pack I purchased while visiting DC this summer. Pours a hazy meduim brown with a creamy 2 finger head, great longevity and beautiful lace. Lovely citrus hop aromas, but not overwhelming. Behind the hop is a just right malt smells mixed with a hint of yeast. Upon the first sip, the creaminess of it is beautiful. The initial malt flavors fade somewhat quickly into the hops. IMHO the hops a bit sharp. Nice bitterness in the aftertaste. It could stand some aging to completely smooth it out but it is still an excellent beer.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, into a DFH tulip pint.

Pours a deep mahogany hue, pretty clear, with a pretty smooth and foamy two inch head, leaving lacing on the glass in long streaks and blobs. Much hop is immediately present in the nose, the oak lending its influence, a hefty dosing of malt very much active.

Taste, mmmm... Its definitely of AB pedigree, but the oak aging settles it down a bit, providing some tannins and vanilla, the slightest hint of wood. I'm not going to say it has refined AB, but it seems a bit more complex, shady, more an enigma, if possible. The hops are hefty and well oiled, the mouth is hefty and lively, and the joy, its a great drinkin beer. Everything is quite excellent, perhaps just not exquisite.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was everything I thought it would be and more. The pour was a semi-cloudy dark red colour with a thick, tightly knit sand coloured head. Head was easily a finger and a half, perhaps two fingers thick and stayed in place for some time. It looked like something out of an ad, really. Smell was dominated by hops. Period. However, it was a sweet smell, and not sweet malt, though malt was present. The only other beer I can think of right off that had this powerful sweet hops smell is 3F's Dreadnaught. I have had several brews that had that, but only those two so assertively. Taste, too, is commanded by hops, with little noticeable malt (to me, I know it's there, though). This is certainly a brew for the hop lover. I'm not a huge American hops fan, but I still appreciate and enjoy this immensely. Mouthfeel is fairl heavy, but right where it needs to be IMO. A fine ale, indeed.

Photo of SeanRedd
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oakey Dokey, the bastard has busted my balloon knot. As if the motherfucker wasn't nasty enough, now he takes a bath in oak tea! He wears a polluted cloud of a head, and a subsiding period of a dress. Burnt caramel covered shards of dock wood splinter the tongue. Burnt Sugars become slightly bitter over cinnamon swirl toast. The sonofabitch offers me a slice of vanilla ice cream cake at the end with no reach around in sight. I'm rollin with the bastard goddamit, and your ass is smellin sweet!

Photo of Reagan1984
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After recently trying Arrogant Bastard for the first time I was excited to try this Oak Aged version. I was not disappointed.

Beautiful looking beer! Deep Red/Amber in color and extremely clear. No visible carbonation. A one finger head formed and then retreated to begin it's work at leaving lacing on the inside of my glass. It did a fine job and left plenty.

Aroma has a hop punch and some floral notes, but I really detect black cherry or some other fruit. I didn't look back but I think that I mentioned a tropical fruit note in the regular Arrogant Bastard. There seems to be more depth to this aroma and it may be the Oak aging.

Taste is just wonderful. Well balanced, a touch of vanilla but again I get the slightest cherry taste in the background. The nice hop flavor and bite remains but there is a new depth that I assume is added by the oak. In the finish you can sense more than just the hops. I'm not sure I would have pegged it as oak if I didn't know.

The beer is so smooth it's amazing. This, of course, leads to a supreme mouth feel and drinkability.

I have a new friend. He is an Arrogant Bastard! Oaked or non Oaked, I don't care. But you need to try both.

Great Beer.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with a huge, thick, off-white colored head that has great retention and leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is of citrus, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and alcohol.

Very complex taste. Loads of hops that are citrusy and herbally. Big malt backbone with sweet caramel, and a touch of vanilla from the oak and a fruity aftertaste. Goes down very easy. A damn good beer. Too bad its not available here and this is my last one from a trip to Vegas.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful deep, dark red amber. Decent head. Lovely.

Smell: Has that faint, not overly sweet, chocolate malt smell, that I immediately recognize, I can tell this beer by smell alone, after just the first one.

Taste: This is some delicious stuff, I don't pretend to taste all the singular notes that make up this brew, but the hops are there, right on point, there's definitely some chocolate, some dubbel like sweetness. Shit....IS GOOD...IS VERY GOOD!!

Mouthfeel: Rich and chewy, there's got to be a assload of malt in this one.

Drinkability: The richness of this beer, not to mention the price tag do not exactly meld with a session type beer, but I could easily drink myself into a cashless stupor with this one. Worth the hype.

Photo of BucBasil
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a dark brown at first glance, but when held to light it is a deep ruby red color and clear. Head gre to three fingers thick and was light tan with good retention.

Smell: Unmistakeably hoppy, with more hop character shining through than the regular Bastard. Pine and somewhat citric notes come through at first, balanced by a semisweet and caramel malt smell.

Taste: Sweet at first, showing some bready and caramelly notes. After that the hops take over. Piney hops dominate here, and the finish is equally tree-like with evident woody oak flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation, but enough to show it's there. Smooth going down. Very nice.

Drinkability: Deceptively drinkable if you're a fan of hoppier beers. No cloying aspects to this brew. Just a spotlight/showcase of an already great beer in the Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of giblet
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

where do i start...poured a beautiful brownish red. nice three quarter inch head. steady carbonation. smells nice with hops and rich malts. the flava, oh the flava, wonderful mix of hop and malts with a hint of roasted - um wood? nice and smooth. the label says hated by many, well not hated by me. this beer kicks ass and takes names.

suckem up and movem out. cant wait to try on tap.


Photo of ckeegan04
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, nut brown in color. Thin bubbly brown head fades away quickly. Sheets of lacing as you drink.

S - A floral hop aroma and a hint of the oak. Also a light smoked aroma comes through.

T - A little sweet at first followed by a good kick of earthy and spicy hops. Almost a mint taste in there as well. The oaked taste comes through late but is not very strong.

M/D - A creamy and smooth feel and very drinkable. Alcohol is surprsingly well masked given the higher ABV.

Photo of johnnyirishman
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Apperance- Nice sandy colored frothy head, reddish-copper color with good head and retention.

Smell- Smokey malty nose

Taste,Mouthfeel- Malty smokey front and middle with a nice not overpowering bitter finish. Medium body and carb.

Drinkability- A very tasty spin on an old classic!! Highly recommended to all the Arrogant Bastard Lovers!

Photo of IPAcraig
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer looks perfect; transparent dark-brown ruby with a big mocha tinged head.

Smells only slightly less hoppy than regular AB, but still has the massive chocolate, malty body with a hint of vanilla.

A rounder taste that AB, much less sharp. Hugely malty with west coast floral hoppiness. Maybe a hint of vanilla; but oddly I definitely pick up bourbon.

Creamy, big, not syrupy.

I drink it everyday ... one a day. JUst what you would expect from Oaked AB. Fantastic.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of JohnGalt1-great trader.

A-Amber/copper with nice white head that laced while drinkning. Very nice looking
S-Mild smell, mild oak, some hop and caramel
T-Very balanced. On the first sip nothing jumped out at me, but as I drank more, sweet caramel balanced with mild earthy/piney hops and smokey oak flavor thought out. Really like the flavor on this beer.
M-Medium body, not overly full in the mouth but very nice for the style
D-The more I drank the more the oak came through and might discourage drinking more than 2. But I sure would enjoy those 2! Really like this beer.

Photo of tctruffin
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My memories of my first Original Arrogant Bastard are that its hoppiness slammed me upside the head and ground me under its heel. My experience of OAKED Arrogant Bastard was pleasantly and surprisingly different.

The ale poured a deep amber red into my English Pint Pub glass, forming a good sized, rocky head that quickly dissipated. What little aroma there was brought to mind warm caramel, very malty. Taste is where this brew surprised me. In contrast to its sibling's smack you in the head assertiveness, OAKED Arrogant Bastard presents a well-blended sum of its substantial parts. A strong, caramel, malty backbone blends subtly with the hops. There is a faint undertone of oak that ties together the disparate parts in a chewy, dare I say smokey, harmony. For as strong an ale as this is, you certainly don't feel it. It might be better to call this a sneaky bastard.

Photo of daythree16
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The beer is a ruby/brown with a very slick one-finger head that doesn't leave a lot of lace.

Aroma is very hoppy with grassy and piny notes. Also some caramel maltiness and a very subtle hint of vanilla. The taste is characterized by some sweetness up front, good hop bitterness, and then a super dry finish that leaves a bitterness in the back of my mouth for quite a while after I'm done. I haven't had the Arrogant Bastard, but I'm guessing the oak has something to do with the dryness.

The mouthfeel is very slick. I probably wouldn't have many due to the extreme dry bitterness, but that's just me.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Don't remember the price, but I believe it was around the $12 range. Poured into a snifter.

Small 1 finger off white head that dissipates very quickly. Very dark, deep, burgundy red color. Little carbonation, some thin lacing.

Sweet and somewhat smoky malts blend with hints of alcohol for a rather pleasant aroma. Reminds me a bit of a weaker smelling stout, but unlike most stouts, this one has some spiced resinous hops that come come through to the nose.

The oak flavor added to this one really comes through in the flavor and remains into the aftertaste. Not a huge fan of that flavor after a little while. Other that that, there is a pleasant balance between the sweet, smoky malts and the hops; the latter of which rides with the oak into the aftertaste. Alcohol which was more present in the nose is nicely masked by the other strong flavors in this brew.

Light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated.

I really want to try the unoaked version of this beer. I have a feeling I really will like it!

Photo of boralyl
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - From a bottle it pours a dark amber color with one fingers worth of tan head. Leaves excellent lacing.

S - The hops comes through the most, with some citrusy notes also noticeable. There is also a faint smell of oak.

M - A medium bodied-beer with light carbonation. It's very smooth and feels almost sticky.

T - A mixture of sweet malts and piney hoppiness. It ends with the oak flavoring that lingers. A very well balanced brew.

The oak aging did wonders for the taste. I love the original, but this version is much tastier. If you ever get a chance pick one up. As of August 2007 they are creating this brew year round, so hopefully you will be able to find one in your area.

Photo of clayrock81
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an auburn-tinged brown with a beige head that was two-finger high and sticy. The oak is a little noticeable in the smell, as is some sweetness, but the hops really come through.
A dark fruit taste mixed with some oakiness hit my tongue first. There is some sweetness in there, caramel I believe, and the hops do come through although not as powerful as some other Stone BC brews. A medium-bodied beer, full is stretching it, that goes down extremely smooth and hearty. I have to have this again.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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