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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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5,008 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,008
Reviews: 1,841
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 173
Gots: 461 | 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 PeprSprYoFace
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a growler of this at the stone store.

Poured a dark red with a nice tan head.

Smells of alot of oak and hops. Spicy and citrus hops are the dominating scent.

Taste is very strong oak finish that lingers after each sip. A strong hoppyness and sweet malt character balance well.

Mouthfeel is ok but the oak lingers a little too long and creates a funny feeling in my throat.

Drinkabiliy is not high for me since it is pretty strong on the taste buds but the oak does make it smoother and more complex. A good one to try no doubt.

Photo of msgraves
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish brown with a lingering, lacing head. Nose is high on hops with an orangey citrus and spicy herbal aroma with some undertones of wood and sweetness. Aroma is mirrored in the taste with a bold grapefruit and piney hop presence. A good amount of hop bitterness is present as well. Sweet malt tones balance the beer followed by a nice amount of oak on the finish.

Oak aging adds complexity and balance outshining the original Bastard.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, mahogany red with a dark ivory head that was sticky, and clung to the sides of the glass leaving a web lacing.

S: a sweet fruitiness (cherries, fresh raisins), and a oaky woodiness.

T: The flavor was much the same as aroma, some tart cherries and raisins with some oakiness to start things off. There was some vanilla, alcohol and a light smokiness against a sweet dry caramel backing. The hoppiness was rather subdued with the sweet fruity (cherry) and oaky flavors taking center stage and finished dry.

M: sweet, with a medium fullness, slighty sticky from the rich caramelized sugars with some cherry alcohol.

D: A good drink by itself. A little to sweet to drink in multiples but was very wine like and should be sipped and savored like one.

Photo of scottg
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"You're not worthy"
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a redish brown color with a one finger tan creamy head with little bubbles that dissipates quickly with lots of lacing. Complex aromas of sweet malt, oak, caramel, cherry and orange citrus. Up front flavors of malt, oak and grapefruit hops leading to lemon/orange citrus and cherry with a dry bitter finish. Medium body, light carbonation, creamy and mouth coating, this is a drinkable beer, the alcohol taste is very subtle.

I don't like the marketing of this beer. The whole "you won't like this beer it's too complex for you" approach doesn't work for me. I wanted to not like this beer, but, it's really good and I like it.

Photo of ROMER79
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This version of the bastard is amazing. Hands down! I love the regular bastard, but this really blows the regular bastard away. The pour is a little darker than the chestnut brown it's more rich. Not quite a brown, but not a chestnut brown. It has a two finger tan head that wacks your nose with an oak and grain smell. You can also catch the hops and malts, but the oak is the dominant. The taste is amazing. Almost like the bastard, but with the oak flavor sealed in. The oak gives this beer more of an earthy feel. The mouthfeel is hoppy and smooth. Again if you love hops, the drinkability is great!

Photo of Tbn2
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into point glass.

A-Pours a very clear and clean looking deep amber/mahogany color. Off white head that laces all the way down to the last drop.

S-Very grainy and woody. Smells like biscuits and the oak aromas cut through. Good hop presence as well.

T/M-Wowers!!! What a beer!!! Tastes just like it smells. The oak flavoring hits in at the very end. Grains and hops are balanced well and the hops combine with the oak for a nice piney/earthly finish.

Overall this beer is one of a kind. Thanks to CrazyMacHarris99 for this perfect specimen.

Drink em' if ya got em'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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