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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,738 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,738
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 144
Gots: 355 | FT: 6
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 ClockworkOrange


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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my DFH pint glass the color of dark brewed iced tea with an inch of off white head that slowly fades and leaves a slight lacing. Smells of caramel malts, grapefruit, toasted grain. Tastes of rich, oakey wood, sweet malt, mildly bitter grapefruit and citrus. Hop bitterness comes through in the finish. Very smooth and mellow with medium carbonation. A nicely balanced beer. I could drink a few of these in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 04:31:59 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of bort11


4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With great thanks to SkinnyElvis for this one
12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Chunky tan head that leaves perfect rings of lace on the glass. Color is a dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights when held to the light.
Smell has a more pronounced grapefruit hops bitterness than I remember he regular AB having. Taste is so smooth. The malt sweetness blends with a slight resiny hops bitterness, Citrus and floral notes swirl around as I swallow.
This is one of the smoothest beers I've ever had. It just glides down my throat. So good!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 07:43:21 | More by bort11
Photo of Erdinger2003


4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful head that falls, but doesn't dissapate. It has a great lacing that follows the length of the glass. Brown color is dark and not too cloudy, looks great. It smells like a maltier beer with a slight hint of woodiness. The flavor is pretty bitter with hops and very malty and the woodiness really comes out in the finish. The mouthfeel was very good, no bite, nothing but pretty smooth stuff. The drinkability was very nice, I will enjoy my next few.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 05:26:58 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one looks like a dark and an ever so slightly cloudy iced tea with a slight bit of peach to it. The head is a simple off white irregular foam that leaves some nice lace behind.

The most prominent smell I get here is bananas; slightly real, slightly laughy-taffy. There’s also a slight airy grain here backed by a slight grassy hop. Weird…

Tastes of dark caramel and a sticky, sappy oak that is immediately followed by a grapefruit and pine hop that seems to float around my mouth while being wonderfully contained by the heavy caramel malt. Dries my tongue in the finish.

Feels light to medium bodied with a light and soft carbonation.

I expected more from this one. I’m really not sure where to place this on taste alone as it doesn’t remind me much of the original AB. It’s not bad by far, but maybe a little confusing.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 05:07:06 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of idResponse

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My my my...
that oak really shines through. it's like the regular AB only it has a sweeter woodsy aroma, like it was roasted on the campfire. pours with a decent head that retains for a while and has some nice laciness around the rim.

that's so much better tasting than the regular bombers i am used to. god i wish i could have this on tap. it tastes so smooth and feels so good! i don't know how to describe it accurately. this is more of an experience than something i can put into words.

this really makes me wish that i could find oak aged double bastard. if the oak aging does this to the regular arrogant bastard, i couldn't imagine how much more amazing the double bastard could taste.

stone is my lord and shepard!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 16:13:30 | More by idResponse
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass, it yields a slightly hazy brownish-amber body with mahogany highlights and a 1/2-finger tan head that quickly recedes to a thin sheet. Some clumps of lacing stick to the side of the glass with each sip and slowly crawl down the side of the glass back to the beer.

S: Malty scents up front -- grainy, toasted cereal and caramel -- and then wet oak. Some hints of vanilla as it warms, as well as pine. A real nice nose to it.

T: Dominated at first by oak -- young oak, it seems. Hops make themselves known in a metallic, minerally tang at the end of each sip, but the lingering taste is still oak. As it warms (and your palate gets a tad bit adjusted to that oak taste), it becomes fruitier and sweeter, with caramel and a hint of vanilla peaking through at the start of each sip. Alcohol spice also becomes evident as it warms, and I can begin to feel the alcohol warmth on the way down. Even as it warms, however, it's still real oaky at the finish, leaving a lingering taste of wood -- at times I felt it was pine, perhaps from the hops? -- but mainly just plain oak.

M: Medium-bodied and fairly low in carbonation. Pretty smooth all around in feel despite the dominant oaky flavors that really assault the mouth. Feels even smoother as it warms.

D: Good. Not "very good" (a 4.5 in my books) or "excellent" (a 5), but good. The oak feels young and is just too dominant, methinks, to make this an easy-drinking quaffing ale. In many ways it mellowed as it warmed and became easier to drink towards the bottom of the glass. I'll keep that in mind and let the bottle warm up a bit next time. . . .

Notes: I was mildly disappointed with this beer -- my 100th review on BA -- as it tastes right now. I paid $15.99 for a 6-pack, have enjoyed the regular AB in the past, love pretty much all the Stone offerings and have heard some pretty nice reviews (here and from friends); so maybe my expectations were a tad bit too high. I thought the oak imparted just too much of an astringent woodsy flavor -- I definitely get the sense that this somewhat harsh, acidic flavor came from oak chips rather than the more mellow experience that would come from barrels. Perhaps some aging will allow that caramel and vanilla flavor to come out more, and like I said, next time I'll try it a little bit warmer. Still a very good beer with the oak being an interesting addition, it's just not another awe-inspiring concoction from Stone. Either that or maybe I'm just not worthy.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 16:14:24 | More by Kendo
Photo of Padron4KM


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

12 oz bottle. Hazy amber orange with a thin head.

Grapefruit aromas dominate. Light caramel and vanilla appear as it warms.

Flavor is mostly grapefruity hops, with some light caramel. Oak is not very prevalent, except for a dry woodiness on the finish.

Not noticeably different than regular AB, maybe aging will bring out the oak more.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 05:41:33 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of MmmIPA


2.65/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Brown body with a off white head,leaves a ring around the glass.Nice lacing also

faint Arrogant Bastard smell

Very tasty. as the beer ages it becomes very good and less bitter but still retains its Oaked flavor,its malt flavor shows up also.Its becomes less hoppy which I love.The booze is still there its still a little hard to drink

Creamy and easy going and very malty,nice carbonation also.

I think the beer has lost its kick, I had it for ther first time on xmas eve 06 and it was very bitter and now its a mear shadow of it self.I will say drink fresh whenever possible and drink it all up cause when it gets soft,its not like the Bastard its meant to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 18:49:46 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of badbeer


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red color, off-white head that retains somewhat, but leaves no lacing. Lightly toasted smell, oak and pine make up the majority of the smell. Not overpowering, but still nice. Smooth malty flavors at the forefront, moving into oak flavors that are greeted with a bit of a piney/oak finish. Less than medium carbonation, medium bodied. This is very smooth, I think this is my favorite of the "Bastard" series. Definitely would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 04:58:41 | More by badbeer
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm amber red body with a creamy tan head that fades to a thick ring around the rim and leave a sip line after each drink.

S- This beer has a toasted malt note with a slight sweetness and some dark toasted notes in the background. There is a piney green hop finish. As it warms the soft note of wet wood comes through as does a caramel malt aroma.

T- This beer has a big oaky taste for the first few sips but the hoppy grapefruit note comes through. The big hoppy bitterness is the major player in this beer. The hop bitterness hangs on after each sip and lingers for a while. There are some sweet caramel malt notes that start to come through after the hops senses die off.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has a big bitterness punch from the hops which is nice but
it really makes me crave some hops flavors that are missing. The flavors are blended very nicely making this a smooth drinking beer with some nice big flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 04:08:33 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of TheBungyo


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is reminds me of a pale ale diluted with a triple. Very nice to look at with a boisterous head and tons of lacing. It collects along the sides of the glass as I drink and really is wonderful to look at.

Nose is of sharp pine, contrasted with sweet malt that reminds me of sugary cherries that have no trace of tartness whatsoever.

Taste begins bitter, then gives way to lots of malt sweetness and is covered up by the oak. It really tastes wonderful and I must say that this seems to me perhaps the perfet way to enjoy this beer. I like this beer without the oak but with it it somehow seems complete.

I'm so glad Stone finally gave us a way to buy this beer aside from in the massive magnums. It was definitely worth the wait.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 01:47:56 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of SkinnyElvis


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a few bottles from Union Jack's in Glenside and poured at cellar temperature. You can smell the Oak clearly in the pint glass. The Oak flavor complements the Arrogant Bastard without overwhelming it. Easy to drink for a big beer but I like my brews strong. I am not a huge "Oaked" fan but this is a beer that pulls it off.


Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 17:43:05 | More by SkinnyElvis
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a pleasant iced tea color, a rather large head forms up quickly, posting rings and rings of thick lace all over.

Aroma - aggressive citrus and pine out of the gate, as expected. Just a slight wet wood odor, nearly imperceptible with the intense resinous thing going on. Develops some biscuity character and more easily detected oak as it sets up.

Taste - the bastard is as good as ever. Solid, heavy malt flavor in front, quickly layered with piny, resinous hops. The oak provides a soft edge more than an in your face oak or whiskey effect. It's great.The swallow gives rise to the full hop profile, going bitter with grapefruit rind and drying the palate considerably. The finish is just vaguely warm of alcohol, but mostly just a subdued hop burn.

Mouthfeel - smooth as can be, the carbonation is ramped up to match the intensity of flavors here - good idea.

Drinkability - a fun six pack to enjoy and share. Don't know if I'd buy it again, but it's one well put together brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 06:20:47 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of bluejacket74


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

Served in a snifter, the beer pours a reddish/brown, with a small tan head. It smells like citrusy and piney hops, some wood (oak), and caramel. It tastes like bitter hops, wood/oak, and a bit of sweet malt. Not too bad. It starts bitter, then is sweet, then has a bitter lingering hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy, and also a bit oily. The drinkability is good, but not great. It's still a good beer, but I like the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale better.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 02:35:17 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of CH3CH2OH

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Akorsak for the trade.

Pours a deep, rich reddish gold with a tan, long lasting head. Aroma wasn't impressive by itself, but has a subtle depth that works well with the taste. Citrus and faint wood. Hops upfront with a strong malt backbone, a dry finish, then the wood comes out at the very end. Long lasting aftertaste, as if dry hopping is going on in my mouth. Very round and satisfying mouthfeel, more substantial than most IPAs, medium carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, even with the strong palate of flavors.

Very reminiscent of European beers. Strong but balanced with layers of depth.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 21:27:50 | More by CH3CH2OH
Photo of ElGordo


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a pretty color somewhere between orange and brown, with bright orange highlights. Head is rich and creamy, tan in color, and subsides to a fairly thin ring within oments of pouring. Nose is full of rich, roasted malt, more than a little oak, and faint notes of dark fruit.
Palate is very nice - sweet caramel and dark malts up front, with notes of brown sugar, plum, and raisin. A hint of light, grassy hops peeks through for just a moment, before yielding again to the superb maltiness. Finish is again sweet and malty, showcasing the oak quite nicely. Mouthfeel is superb - rich and creamy, like velvet. A slow-sipping treasure, much better from the bottle than on draft.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 07:54:07 | More by ElGordo
Photo of ChillMike


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red with a nice frothy light tan head that sticks around and leaves plenty of nice lacing all around the glass.

S: A sweet smell of malts, chocolate, and just enough citrusy hop to round out.

T: Definite taste of wood, lots of very bitter hops, dark chocolate flavors float around in the mouth almost dancing with the hops. A good beer with a nice twist.

M: A little thicker than I expected but compliments the taste and carbonation is spot on. Not much to complain about here.

D: A little strong on the flavor to drink too many of these, but I don't think that's the point. It's perfect for what it is, a "novelty" (and I use that term very loosely) beer that's released only once a year.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 05:36:21 | More by ChillMike
Photo of jeffjfindley


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

The gargoyle comes through yet again...

The appearance is the same deep cherry mahogany we've come to adore from big brother, but has a more substantial head, and crazy sticky lacing. The difference on the nose and tongue is subtle, but definitely noticeable. The taste and smell are slightly smoky, in addition to the profound hop conviction it posesses. The malt flavor is of caramel and dark fruits, and the finish slightly nutty.

My palate is very well soothed by this gem of a brew. I think that it is well served by the oak aging, as it seems to smooth the flavor profile out a bit. As much as I like the original, I feel that the malt and hop textures are better reconciled with the oak. Steve Wagner is the shit.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 07:10:18 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served into a pint glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with crimped-on cap,painted on logo on bottle.

Good moderate aroma,citrusy,piney,earthy, smokey,roasty,a smell of fresh cut wood,a pleasing,fresh,complex aroma.

Very citrusy taste,also piney,burnt carmell,with a taste of wood. A tart,acidy flavor a bit to my disliking.Finishes with a very sharp and bitter citrus rind note also a bit to my disliking. Too much of an acidity taste for me.

A creamy mouthfeel,medium body,prickley with tongue swelling bitterness.
The drinkability a bit down just because of all acidity,not all bad,I'd say this beer is a bit over-hyped to me. Just wasn't all that impressed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 04:45:19 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of Wildman


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark red amber color and formed a huge off white foamy head that subsided slowly leaving latticed lace. Very little carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, caramel, vanilla and a hit of the wood chips. Overall, aroma is much more subdued than the regular and doesn't smack you in the face like it does. Don't know if that is the aging, wood chips or something else. The flavor was of malt, hops and burnt coffee. It has a medium body and and a slightly burnt quality to the finish. A good beer, but I guess I expected more from the supposedly oak aging.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 02:19:59 | More by Wildman
Photo of Higravity


3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yawn. What oh right. This beer is pretty much like the regular bastard which is ok in its own right. Nice amber hue small weak head, low carbonation. The smell is strong alcohol mixed with some malty profile that could be anything, there is a nutty woody presence with of course plenty of hops in case. The hops seem more toned down but the oak flavor is a little to bite-y with the alcohol. It is a decent blend but I think it might need more time to mellow. I could drink a 6 pack in a week, but not something I would get regularly.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 14:26:29 | More by Higravity
Photo of KarlHungus


3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark mahogany color with a large, billowy, tannish-white head. Lacing is thorough, and sticks all over to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of grapefruit, grapes, and oak. The taste is of brash hops, and abrasive oak. It is like drinking a board. Nothing is in harmony. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. I guess it could be considered a good beer, if you are looking for something with a lot of flavor, but don't care whether or not those flavors work well together.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 00:00:06 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich brown amber color with a huge cream colored head that stayed for a while. Smell was very sweet of caramel with an almost a bourbon or whiskey smell to it. The taste was very intresting. Very crisp with a slight touch of alcohol. Sweet caramel malts and a bit of a wooden hop back. This is a very complex beer, I don't think I could begin to explain the taste and do it justice. Very very good, only wish I could get more of it around here!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 02:35:31 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looked frickin' amazing pouring out of the bottle, somewhere between motor oil and liquid velvet. A huge dirty-white head sits on top of a cloudy, rusty, burnt-orange. Catacombs of lace web the glass.

HUGE aroma! Candy sugar sweetness meets juicy hops madness meets monster malts, with a woodiness far back in the deeps.

Flavor is as expected, a woodier, earthier version of Arrogant Bastard. Juicy caramel maltiness, grapefruit-rind hops in abundance, a sweet edge not unlike a barleywine, and a toasty, warming woodiness thanks to those oak chips. Luckily the oak chips don't dominate the flavor, but bring a new spin to an old(ish) favorite.

Feels awesome in the mouth, as most Stone beers do. Hangs in there with a creamy, kind of chewy, never too-thick presence. Finishes especially woody.

I don't think this is better than the regular Arrogant Bastard, but it's close. I like the wild, untamed, exciting feel of the AB. The Oaked AB seems a mellower, more polite take on it. Would be fun to drink side by side to compare/contrast.

Mad metal props to msubulldog25 for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 21:53:30 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of oelergud


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear semitransparent bronze and ruby body with good carbonation. Tan creamy, with small bubbles regularly dispersed, pillowy head. Great retention and clumpy lace.
Scent is spiced hoppy caramel malty goodness with a hint of wooden vanilla.
Excellent taste of caramel, hops, spice and a little bit of molasses.
Oaked flavors come through faintly but certainly there in bittering somewhat sweet notes. Aftertaste is lingering nicely and is mouth wateringly hoppy with a pine kick.
Moderate body and slightly dry with little coating.
Highly drinkable and a brew I wish I could find here.
Thanks to Weeare138 for the bottle.


Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 21:36:27 | More by oelergud
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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