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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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5,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,046
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 190
Gots: 489 | 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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Ratings: 5,046 | Reviews: 1,848
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
4.41/5  rDev +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
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.18/5  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
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
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
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
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
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of OldYoda
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Troeg's pint glass. A lovely reddish brown with a nice head and good lacing.

Smell invites you to dive in.

This is a tasty beer, love the oak that lingers on the palate.

Smooth as silk - an extremely nice balance.

This is a beer that I could make an evening out of - several of these with good cheese with friends and good conversation - doesn't get much better.

Photo of maximum12
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to marcpal for six of these gems!

Pours out with a small head & a unique reddish, brownish, rustish color that's mostly opaque until you hold it up to the light. Smell is subtle but inviting.

Very, very good beer. The aftertaste of oak is strong on the back of the throat & reminds me strongly of oak-aged wine we tried out in Sonoma Valley last spring. Everything is nicely balanced. The only operative word here is smoooth. Stone should sue Bud the next time they use the word.

Feels nice in the nasal passages & goes down easily. Yum! I think I'm going to go back to check the box to make sure I didn't miss any of these little monsters.

Now I have to try the non-oaked version that's loitering in the fridge.

Great beer!

Photo of Big78CJ
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine looking beer with a dark reddish brown body and orangey-auburn highlights around the edge of the glass. Thick, pillowy, off-white form sits on top of the beer, lingering briefly with minimal lacing. Smell is of ruby red grapefruits and oranges, with just enough sweetness to cut the edge of the citrusy hop. Malt presence is also noted in the smell as it blends with a touch of vanilla from the oak aging.

The flavor is a complex array of citrusy fruits like red grapefruit and oranges. There also appears to be a lighter watermelon or grape taste as well. As the fresh fruit flavor subsides, more intense hop bite takes over. Slightly metallic alcoholic notes start to warm the chest after several sips. The malt backbone and lingering hop presence lend significant texture to the beer.

I am very glad I picked up another sixer in Colorado as this is a damn tasty beer. I intend to age some of the other bottles and see how they turn out as well. On that note, I had taste of a 4 year old magnum of Oaked AB and it was amazing.

Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single from Bocktown Beer and Grill

Appears dark red with a short white head and lacing. The aroma has a smooth mixture of the citrus hops and oak. It comes off like one note, making it unlike other hoppy beers. There's a dry, woody flavor, not like your normal oak, it seems like there's more spice to it. The hops are big with spicy citrus juice and a dry grapefruit finish that lasts long into the aftertaste. Yummy.

Now this is an American strong ale. Big, bold, and completely out there.

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

Oaked Arrogant Bastard
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. dark, cloudy mahogany color. light amount of head which is tan in color. faint lacing.

S: very yeasty aromas. strong hoppy citrus aroma. some earthy tones with some top soil. some sweet malts in the mix, almost biscuity.

T: such a difference in flavor than Arrogant Bastard. some vanilla and smokey oak tones are present, which masks some other flavors. sweet malts with a well balanced array of hops that tingle the palate.

M: a little dry, at least drier than regular Arrogant Bastard, but a good overall mouthfeel nonetheless. smooth and almost creamy.

D: so good, but a little too hyped. very smooth and drinkable.

Photo of JBogan
3.02/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After enjoying the "regular" Bastard and completely disliking the Double Bastard, I wasn't sure what to expect from this Oaked version.

It poured a dark ruby/brown color with a slightly off white small head. The head dropped off to a thin film which stayed throughout and left an average amount of lacing.

Smelled of malts and hops, with some pine and a small alcohol presence.

Tasted of hops, with nary a sign of the pine that I detected in the scent. I was a bit surprised how one dimensional this beer tasted. No complexity at all, at least to my taste buds.

Mouthfeel was slightly thick and flat. Really was quite disappointed in this department.

Overall this was to me, an average beer at best. My review for the Double Bastard was well below the "average", and I'm sure this one will be as well. I just didn't get much enjoyment out of this beer. Adding to that, it's about twice as expensive as their "regular" Bastard, so I'd have to say I found it to be one of the worst "bang for the buck' beers I've had in a long time. To each his own I suppose.

Photo of gpogo
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish brown. Off-white head

S- Hoppy and slight malty sweetness.

T- Hoppy, but not to intense. Sweet malty taste. Slight roasted malt aftertaste. The oaked arrogant bastard seems less harsh than a non-oaked.

M- Incredibly smooth, with a medium to full body. I can only taste this beer and nothing before or after. Light carbonation which seems fitting with the complex tastes.

D- At 7.2% I'm not sure I could have too many of these, but it definitely worth it. Complimented my meal quite well.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown with hints of ruby redness. The head is an off white that is about a finger in thickness and sticks around for quite some time before deciding to go away.

The smell is strong and hoppy, much like the "Original". However the hop smell is not as intense and is accompanied by a subtle malt sweetness that wasn't quite as apparent before. I also get some caramel and definitely some baking vanilla from the wood.

Tastes smoooth. Definitely smoother and silkier than the non-oaked version. The fresh, astringent hoppiness is replaced by a slightly bourbon-esque bitterness mixed with vanilla notes and alcohol dryness.

Its full of unique flavors and is a drinking experience unlike most others. If I had to choose, I would go for the original since I am more partial to fresh hops than I am to barrel aged whiskey/bourbon tastes. Have your own taste test sometime and find out if you're "worthy".

Photo of Avryle
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mahar's

A- Pours a clear, deep amber color. Thick tan head that settles slowly leaving a sticky spiderweb lacing

S- Wood, malts & raisins with a hoppy background

T- Sweet malts up front with a bitter hop kick at the end. The oak is very pronounced.

M- Pretty thin bodied on tap with little carbonation.

D- Very drinkable on tap. The relatively thin body goes down easy

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours dark amber with substantial head that has no trouble clinging to the glass.

Smell: Sweetness noted with some hop accents.

Taste: Very smooth draw reveals a hoppy and flavorful blast that possesses notes of citrus and pine hoppiness. Malts do swing toward the sweet side with the oak properties pulling through mostly towards the end of the tasting (and as the beer warms). Alcohol presence hidden initially, but tends to present long after the taste.

Mouthfeel: Ultra-smooth with an above average body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for those looking for complex, flavorful,and "in your face" taste.

Overall- A great brew for a beer fanatic. As Stone writes "You're not worthy" -fans of macros and milder brews will have a hard time adjusting here. For me? Complex, big, and delicious.

Photo of marcpal
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: Mahogany read with a large thick cloudy dark head. Lacing all over the place and had a stronghold the whole beer.

S: Hops, malt and plenty of sweet fruit. Vanilla was the most overtaking. Inviting almost with some cherry phenols.

T: Theres the wood with the hops. The sweet hops were paired so nicely with the oakey flavorings- the vanilla mostly. Outfreakingstanding. The malt is intense for such a low abv in terms of others that just dont have what this one does.

M: Coating of the hops. Carbonation there but not too much, great texture.

D: Complexity and intricacy is through the roof. This beer is flat out fantastic. Such a smooth taste, didnt think the AB could be improved on. Not too strong to not be able to enjoy several.

Photo of danielharper
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love the original Bastard, but have never had the Oaked variety. 12 oz bottle, gotten in trade at a FTH function a couple of months back.

Appearance: Deep, dark red, opaque, almost stout-like in its quality, but tinged a deep crimson. Thick off-white head that leaves significant lacing. Highly enticing.

Smell: Sweet, hints of cherries, but with a strong hoppiness. The oak is very present here, overpowering the more subtle aromas. Still, it helps the sweetness of the overall scent and makes this a different experience from the original.

Taste: It's like drinking an apple tree. No, seriously. Strong fruit overtones, mostly apples but with a touch of citrus, following closely by the oaky undertones (hence the branches) and finishing with that hop bite (the leaves). It has the kind of woodsy flavor that I associate with cider, but this tastes like no cider you can imagine. It's a big off-putting at first, but... what the hell? It's fucking Stone, right? It grows on my palate quickly, just like all the other Stone beers.

Mouthfeel: Magnificent, as always with Stone. Thick, amazingly so. Like liquid bread. The hops are more subdued than in the normal Bastard, making this go down clean and easy.

Drinkability: It takes a minute to get used to, but this might go down even more easily than Arrogant Bastard. The oak helps to balance the other flavors, and while I don't think this is quite as good as the original beer, I'd definitely like to keep a few of these on-hand for the occasional taste. Fans of the original brew should give it a shot.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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