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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,795 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,795
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 151
Gots: 383 | 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 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
Photo of aaronh


2.68/5  rDev -36.2%

When I popped the top of this beer, an evil looking vapor slowly crept from the bottle. Pours into the glass with a moderate tan head that quickly fades. Aroma of vanilla, damp malt, and a hint of bourbon notes. Flavor is dominated by the oak notes. Dry smoky flavor has very little malt sweetness to counteract it. Hop bitterness comes in eventually, but still plays second fiddle to the wood. For this size of a beer, the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinakbility is OK, but I'd take regular AB, DB, or really ANYTHING else stone has to offer over this. I think I can get a couple more if anyone's intersted in trades. :) Pretty much a disappointment.

09-20-2007 01:43:46 | More by aaronh
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

Finally got my hands on this one.

A beautiful deep scarlet color, with a thick tan head. The head lasted a long time.

Lots of pine hop aroma, with a some caramel malt and a touch of oaky alcohol. The taste is thick with malt, big citrusy hops, and a little alcohol. I must say the oak aging really does it's part in mellowing the alcohol and hop bite of the traditional AB. there is a complexity to this beer that is definitely not evident in the original.

Not a heavy beer at all, it easily belies its 7+% ABV. I could drink a few of these.

09-16-2007 17:50:53 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of stereosforgeeks


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance - Hazy brown with red highlights. Creamy khaki colored head. Medium lacing.

Smell - Caramel, piney hops, grapefruit.

Taste - Intense piney hops with a nice carmel flavored backbone. Grapefruit and other citrus fruits help balance the hops.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and tart. Nice carbonation. The feel is medium bodied.

Drinkability - I could make this sessionable.The oak aging mellows this beer quite a bit and adds some nice flavor depth.

09-16-2007 00:13:12 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a dark yet translucent copper amber color with a big stiff light tan head that resists fading. Nice sheets of lacing left behind. The smell has a lot going on. You get a sweet floral citrus from the hops with a vanilla caramel behind it. Medium-full bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated with a tingle of hops yet mellow with almost creamy textures. Full flavored, the taste is just as complex. Citrus-pine hoppiness balanced with a sweet caramel malt and cherry vanilla notes. A notable hop bitterness lingers appropriately. A really nice drinker.

09-15-2007 21:44:39 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of livingregret


2.58/5  rDev -38.6%

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: A muddy brown w/ a 1 finger head that had a good amount of lacing. The head/lacing made up for the not so nice colour

Smell: Nice smell....Citrus, flower like, and woody.

Taste/Mouthfeel: When you first take a sip you get a very nice creamy feeling to it it's followed by a big citrus flavour(Grapefruit) and ends w/ the overpowering taste of Oak. Oak Chips...this drink taste like Oak. Like the beer says...Oak. You tase A LOT of oak. Very dry finish. Overall I enjoy the beginning flavours/feel but the Oak just overshadows the other flavours at the end...and it leaves a odd taste in your mouth

Drinkability: Well I didn't care for it. The Oak just overshadows the good smell and what starts out as a good taste

09-11-2007 23:02:19 | More by livingregret
Photo of joekfsu


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

12 oz bottle. Small off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Pours a clear amber. Mild citrus, hop, and woody aroma. The initial flavor is dominated by hops. The oak aged taste comes on the back end, kind of spicy. Medium body, creamy texture. Mild carbonation with spicy, hoppy finish. Complex beer yet drinkable. Other than the price tag, would have no problem drinking this every day of the week.

09-10-2007 01:33:02 | More by joekfsu
Photo of Lothore


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

A- Pours a deep, murky, blackish red. Has a modest 2 finger head that sticks around for a long time and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smell is hoppy and woody at the same time. When I close my eyes I feel like I am up in the mountains walking through a forest of pine. Has a subtle sweetness that really makes it appetizing.

T- Tastes a bit dark, muted coffee tones, oak, hop biterness almost all the way through and a small amount of floral sweetness at the end with an alcohol kick.

M- Semi thick and carbonated up a notch. Sort of stings the mouth, which I think totally fits with the arrogant bastard theme.

D- This is definitely a sipper and I would only have 1 glass in a night but certainly delicious and worth trying.

09-07-2007 04:10:35 | More by Lothore
Photo of Bobikel


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance - Pours a hazy deep amber/red with a 3/4 inch tightly packed off-white head, that has some good retention and nice lacing in its wake.

Smell - Sharp hops and mellow oak. A little dry maltiness slowly weaves through the whole thing. Smells good.

Taste - Very mellow, and extremly smooth with the strong bastard hops hovering around in the mouth. Oak is present, yet subdued, and refined. A little vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with a light carbonation. Like drinking silk.

Drinkability - Only five minutes in and the beer is half gone from the sampling, that's the best sign...

09-07-2007 04:03:18 | More by Bobikel
Photo of Floydster


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

12 ounce bottle from Naja's place

Spent 7 bucks on this because it used to be seasonal, but now it is not, but that is for the better

Smell was really good and wood chips were evident

Super smoky, I would say about triple the amount of normal Arrogant Bastard

Nice head on it and very dark brown color, they are going to have this on tap soon, so I will need to check that out

Another highly recommended beer from Stone

09-06-2007 21:34:44 | More by Floydster
Photo of Stoneman78


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

A- Pours a clear dark red hue with a large off-white creamy head and thick, sticky lacing throughout
S- Wow, nose is dominated by intriguing oak and vanilla aromas, some sweet caramel malts, subtle hops, and a fair alcohol presence
T- Taste begins with some tone-downed caramel malts and vanilla and citrus tones, followed by pine bitterness and alcohol, finishing with brief dry hoppiness
M- Medium-bodied, quite watery, smoother than the original AB, lively carbonation
D- Smooth and unique, I have been a big fan of Oaked AB for a while. From the bottle is not as great as draft/growler, but this is still a highly drinkable strong ale especially compared to AB and Double AB. The alcohol is well-masked and I could drink several in a session with no qualms. I am sure I will be drinking much more Oaked AB in the future.

09-06-2007 08:02:29 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of jwc215


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

12 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed brownish amber with a thin off-white head that stays around.

The smell is of brown sugar and caramel with citrus, pine and floral notes. Oaky/woody background lets you know that this was oak-aged.

The taste is a heaping of malt - brown sugar, caramel/toffee with plenty of citrus and pine backing it up. Oak and vinuous notes, with some acidity, dominate the long, very dry, finish.

Full-bodied and rich in texture.

I like this one...but, personally I would probably choose the non-oaked Arrogant Bastard over it. I had this at a tasting awhile back and wanted to have it on a fresh palate - I still feel that while the oak is interesting (and I've had barrel-conditioned brews that really enhanced the flavors) it almost interferes with its great natural taste (call me a "party-pooper" I suppose). Still in all, it's a great beer...the Double Bastard still takes it all of the three, though.

09-06-2007 00:12:03 | More by jwc215
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Stone- Oaked Arrogant Bastard

$14 for a 6 pack- Circle Liquors- Pennington, NJ.

Appearance- Deep reddish brown with a thick frothy head.
Smell- Strong Oak/ Ceder wood chips with a Spearmint hop aroma.
Taste- Big oak flavored malt and sweet tangy minty hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- Strong full bodied flavor up front followed by a sweet boozy center, finishing with a dry wood choked aftertaste.

Overall- A beer that you drink on a cool night in a bar. 1 or 2 is sufficient.

09-04-2007 21:25:43 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of gmcfarre


4.2/5  rDev 0%

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a dark slightly ruby brown with minimal 1/2 inch head at most. Head is light tan color and lacing is moderate. Nothing too pretty, but not at all off-putting.

S - Sweet oak with dark malt flavors such as nutty caramel. A bit of alcohol is present in the nose, but its not off-putting. A touch of fruity hops are detectable. Not incredibly pungent.

T - Starts with an earthy sweetness (oaked to be exact) and touch of alcoholic bite. Nutty flavors accompany the sweetness, and a bit of citrus flavor is hidden in there. Finish is bitter hops with some residual sugars coating your mouth. Complex, but not astonishing.

M - Moderate carbonation and slight alcoholic bite. Drying finish and some mouth coating affect.

D - I'm not blown away by this beer, but I still always look forward to sampling any Stone product. Certainly worth a try, as its a hard beer to categorize.

Just picked up a 6-pack, so I'll let the other 5 settle for a bit and see what happens. Still have one from last year as well, so I may open that soon to compare.

08-29-2007 22:04:22 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of Halcyondays


3.95/5  rDev -6%

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark murky brown, with a tan head, about 1-finger thick, leaves good lacing as the beer is drunk.

S: The weaker point of the beer for me, I wasn't getting much smell, though some good malts and woodiness came through in what I did smell.

T: Smooth, much smoother than the regular Arrogant Bastard for me, similar flavours though, a lot of malt, with some peat and smoke, presumably from the oak aging, with some woody, piney hops to balnce it out.

M: Smooth, as I stated before, robust, but mellow as compared to the original.

D: A very good beer, a change-up on the original Arrogant Bastard, but I like both styles very much.

08-26-2007 22:15:59 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of sinistrsam


4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

This poured a very dark red-brown, almost ruby, with a cloudy body and a medium tan head. The lacing was excellent.
Honey, vanilla, oak and brown sugar were what came out most in the nose, although if I had a more sensitive palate I might be able to pinpoint some more, because there were certainly tons of things going on.
Honey, sweet and sour fruits, mild smoke, brown sugar and roasted caramel malts are all balanced with the oakiness, which really pop on the palate and make for a wonderful tasting experience.
The mouthfeel was as complex as the taste, with the sweetness of honey and caramel malts fading into an almost bittersweet or even dry-ish finish which lingers for a very long time on the tongue.
Overall, this is an excellent beer and another great example of Stone taking a style to the next level with an invested interest in balance and complexity. It might be hard to drink more than a few of these because it truly is an assault on the senses, but in a good way.

08-26-2007 21:28:10 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of kernalklink


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%

Good clean flavors and an interesting departure from normal flavor- this brew poured a bubbly dark brown, very active and spewed out the earthy malts and signature stone hop profile. The taste was very different than i had expected. The oak took on a mineral quality as a flavor, almost metallic but not unpleasant. The aging process really melds the piney hops the aromatic wood together, like drinking the liquid flavors of an IPA combined with the almost cedar-like properties of the oak. Very nice, though the effect on my tastebuds was was irreversible for the night, making this one the finale for any future beer parties.

08-26-2007 21:13:25 | More by kernalklink
Photo of chimney


4.45/5  rDev +6%

A: nice dark red body with a light tan red head. deffinently looks "oaked"

S: richer version of the arrogant bastard blend of sharp hops. just a subtle hint of citrus.

T: the oaked adds a nice blended smoothness to the beer over the regular arrogant bastard with a slight "taste" of age. light malt with the nice sharp (but smoothed) sharp hop bite. when cold there is a slight "hollowness" that closes as it gradually warms.

M: surprisingly smooth and creamy and nicely refreshing for such an aggressive beer. leaves a nice tingle in the mouth.

08-25-2007 23:11:49 | More by chimney
Photo of franksnbeans


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours an almost pure ruby with amber. Almost looks like a brown ale. Nice sized head that dies rather quickly and laces nicely. Smells are less potent then I would like. Faint caramel and vanilla, some malt, orange rind. Tastes as it smells along with big spicy and dry hops with a little bite. The characteristics from the oak are apparent. Feels medium in the mouth with perfect carbonation. Drinkability is off the charts. I can see why those 3litre bottles are out there!

08-25-2007 05:37:16 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of bigdeuce


4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

Although Arrogant Bastard in an of itself, is a fine brew..it pales in comparison to this one. Very smooth and not rough around the edges. Nice citrusy flavor with possibly some cherry/plum going on and lots of head and hops. A beautiful looking beer and I'd have to say, behind Nosferatu, the best American Strong I've ever had.

08-24-2007 04:09:07 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of westweasel


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to BeerBeing for a chance at this arrogant brew!

Poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass. The first thing I noticed as I poured the beer was the smell of cherries. After it settled in the glass, the cherry faded some, and I was smelling caramel, cherry, oak, and a bit of citrus.

The beer poured out a very hazy amber/milk chocolate color with a small but long-lasting beige head. Belgian lace was left all along the glass as the beer went down.

The taste was easy to recognize that this was a smoother version of arrogant bastard. There was some wood flavor and also the familiar mix of biscuits and a strong citrus hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium to full. The drinkability was very good. The bitterness is somewhat tempered and a it is a little more interesting than the regular arrogant bastard.

08-15-2007 02:55:16 | More by westweasel
Photo of Budlum


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Pouring this beer produces a tall, tan head or large bubbles with a creamy texture. The body is a rich garnet and amber color with a mild haziness. Head retention is excellent with light lacing on the glass.

The nose presents strong hops carrying a strong pine aroma. Sweet sugars mix with vanilla and the hops for a very balanced smell. Lingering mint and black licorice add layered complexity to a strongly-hopped beer.

Strong hops start the flavors of this beer with authority. The hops flavors are held as a warm sweetness hits the palate. Mild fruits blend with a stout-like barley quality that really adds depth to this beer. The hop flavors grow stronger in the finish as a smoky character increases the strength of the flavors. Alcohol is detectable but it is not overpowering. Oak-aging has served this beer well.

The mouthfeel is smooth, relatively light and almost creamy. The body is on for what can be expected of an aged ale.

Drinkability is good. I would prefer a regular Arrogant Bastard for a session but this is a very enjoyable offering with great flavor depth.

08-12-2007 01:35:09 | More by Budlum
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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