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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,910 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,910
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 160
Gots: 429 | 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 Bobikel
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

Bobikel, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of Floydster
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Floydster, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Stoneman78
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Stoneman78, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

jwc215, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NJpadreFan, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

gmcfarre, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Halcyondays, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of sinistrsam
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

sinistrsam, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

kernalklink, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of chimney
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

chimney, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

franksnbeans, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bigdeuce, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of westweasel
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

westweasel, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of Budlum
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Budlum, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm...the color/appearance seems to be all over the place when passing through various reviews. This bottle poured out a strong caramel brown and pretty much stayed that way. Sitting with a murky tone of dark peachy brown mud. Very slender capping of softly lit brown foam. Carries with it lots of broken sheeting lace as its consumed.

Aroma is evidenlty warmed with a slight oak tinge over lots of caramel malt, piney, orange citrus hops, and some floral dryness.

Taste is about the same really. Malty large with lots of caramel, some toasty factions reside in the edgings as it finishes. Has lots of balanced but broading hops that are feverishly orangeified and piney. Slightly lemony and tainted tangerine burntness. Its a mouth full of stuff and has just an inkling of oakyness hinted in the heat within. Not bad, but somehow different from what I remember when experiencing it at tap a few summers ago while in San Diego.

Body is about medium to closing in on full, has a bit of break to it near the middle and really has an ever changing presence to it. This was a wild ride to say the least. Perhaps this was bottled from the bottom of the batch? This seemed somehow out of place. I remember this beer kicking my ass with much more depth, malt, and stickyness when having it tap.

Anyways, I have another bottle that I will try later on and see if there is a difference. But as this bottle went, it was a solid representation of a Stone brew, yet didn't happen to get anymore wowness then expected out of it from my first on-tap experience.

tavernjef, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a six pack of nicely aged Oaked AB at a local store. So I grabbed it.

Let's see what 7+ months has done to this one.

Pours a slightly cloudy deep dark amber / brown color. has a nice small head, that leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Aromas are of stewed fruits, some green apple hints, oak, and a touch of booze.

First sip... whoa! The hops have held up much better than I thought they would have. There is an underlying sweet and dark fruit maltiness, some dry oak like flavors, and a very bitter and biting hop finish. Still a pretty potent beer, even with quite a few months under it's belt.

Mouthfeel is nice. Very full, thick, and well balanced.

Drinkability is very good. I am pleasantly surprised with how well this has held up. I'll probably set a couple of these aside for a few more months to see how much more this changes. Very interesting, and enjoyable.

flexabull, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown ale with an expanding fizz of off white head, goes from about one finger at the end of the pour to two+ fingers that stay for several minutes. Spotty lacing.

Aromas are strong and woody, with an herbal backing. Lesser notes of florals and citrics from the hopping, while there is also some sweetness of thick, alcoholic malt.

Dark pine oil hopping anchors the flavor, herbals follow, featuring a bit of mint. The malt is thick and sweet, also noticeably oaky. Creamy and thick, a large beer, somewhat challenging. Dry finish with big wood notes.

Interesting twist on their Strong Ale, this is a very decent oaked brew, and a must for fans of the Bastard.

BretSikkink, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of sullysbeer
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Hints of Chocolate, Piney Hop aroma, Huge Oak, Alcohol is present.

Appearance: Brilliant Ruby Red and crystal clear. Huge rocky tan head that is thick and creamy.

Flavor: Slightly sweet up front, hints of cherries, potpourri. Huge floral hop flavor. Huge alcohol and oaky wood but the sharp hop bitterness quickly over powers, then plants itself on the back of the tongue and throughout the mouth. The bitterness doesn't stop until you take another sip and the description above starts over again.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied - Silky on the tongue and perfect carbonation.

Overall Impression: Talk about flavor, complexity in this one! I have never had an Arrogant Bastard Ale and wasn't expecting a huge lingering hop bitterness. Great beer and oaky! Hop heads enjoy!

sullysbeer, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one as part of a wonderful trade from Sudsdog, my BA bro.

A: Pours a nice hazel brown color with a 2 finger head that hangs around for a bit before fading to a perfect ring with a nice island in the middle.

S: Very malty, woody, earthy with subtle hints of citrus hops and sweet brown sugar.

T: I like this one a lot, and it tastes a great deal different than original AB. The oaking hides some of the hops upfront. There is a wonderful smokiness about it as it first crosses the tongue then the citrus of the hops come thru perfectly in the finish along with a hint of booze.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's creamy with a smooth mouthfeel and perfect zestyness as you swallow.

D: I got two of the 12 ouncers but could put down a bomber easily. It's a really nice brew. I will save my second bottle for a later date, don’t want to drink up all of this one at once.

Overall: This beer is Fantastic with a capital F. It has a nice balance of hops, malt, and woodiness from the oaking. It is an easy drinking beer for a hot Sunday afternoon, or a cool one for that matter. Stone makes some very aggressive beers but this is not one of them. This beer is very middle of the road. It's perfectly prepared and not over the top in any aspect whatsoever. They did a great job with this one, Cheers to the brewers at Stone; this one is different than your normal offering but just as Great!

It's a perfect beer for an Arrogant Bastard like myself!

tpd975, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles at Sportsman's back in early January for 2.49 each.

Beer poured a reddish brown color with a nice sturdy off white head that is sustaining well. Nose is somewhat fruity, malty, with a hint of citrus. The boquet gets better as it warms. Taste is interesting, the palate is greeted by heavy oak with the malts and slides into the AB's familiar hop slam finish with hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit smoother than the original AB. Overall drinkability is good. This was definitely fun to try, and a very good beer, but the oak is a tad bit too much for me personally compared to AB.

arizcards, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've previously reviewed this from the bottle - this is just an update for the growler (see previous review for more detail).

Looks great, with a perfect creamy off-white head. Smell is malty with a nice woodiness/earthiness.

Taste is great. Everything here comes together - I think moreso than the bottle - the mellow pine hops, the earthy oakiness, the slightly sweet malts - very nice. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy too. And drinkability is exceptional.

I like this even better from the tap than the bottle. A very well composed beer, and an example of good oak aging. Highly recommended.

rallison, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of NatureSon
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer twice in my life, however, I wanted to relate an incident about this beer. A friend of mine was recently given a bottle of 1997 oaked arrogant bastard. This friend of mine is no where near being a purveyor of fine beers, as his favorite beer is Coors Light. Sadly to say, after drinking one drink of this magnificent ale, he was disgusted by its flavor and then he proceeded to pour it all down the drain. In reality, he should have poured himself down the drain instead. Obviously, when he told me this, I nearly flipped out and then I chastised him for his recklessness. His response; "Dude, it's only beer." What an ignoramous.

NatureSon, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of mnwags
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep red hue comes glowing out of the glass as if it is a beer from on tap right at the gates of hell. Not much of head to build from on this particular bottle.

S: The smell is amazing and the oak chips are not the first thing noticed but a malty smell and then Bam…..for some reason I am seeing a warm spiced pear dessert…..weird. Anyway, a full whiff brings in the oak chips and burnt/toasty nut smell.

T: The taste is awesome!! So much going on it is hard to explain and the aftertaste last for a very long time. The bitterness is just right and the alcohol feels so good when it touches your lips. Mmmm.

M: The brew traveled fine and the mouthfeel is good enough for me.

D: So happy I decided to try this one today. Will be looking forward to more Stone brews in the future. Definitely have to find this in the Midwest. Thanks to msbulldog25 for this brew!!

mnwags, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a modest head that drops to a film and dots the chalice with lace

Smell: Rich caramel aroma mixed with grapefruit hops; a touch of pith and pine and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Right off the bat, the grapefruit hops assualt the tastebuds but are immediately joined by caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and oak; by mid-palate and after the swallow, the hoppy flavors become even more pronounced and blast into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit thinner than I would have expected

Drinkability: It is far easier to drink than one would expect for all of its arrogance

brentk56, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of bobhits
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I assume this is from the 06 release, but I can't find a date for the life of me.

I'm not really sure how to review this beer. I can't taste any real oak/vanilla flavor in it. At first there wasn't even any arrogant bastard here. As it's warmed (I served it fairly warm to start with) I picked up on the bitter after taste of the normal bastard.

What you do get here is a much better balanced beer than the normal bastard. You get a nice cherry flavor to start and a strong hoppy bitterness at the end. A very smooth beer and you could chug if you wanted to (not at these prices though!) or really enjoy sipping on.

It has a great head, the color looks great. It's got a very nice complex smell.

Maybe I went into this beer expecting too much as I love oaked beers and I really enjoyed the standard AB (though imo it's slightly overrated). This beer is well worth trying even at the high prices but I'm not sure if I'd buy it again.

I expected a lot more flavor and a bit more complexity. My score is high enough to tsay this is a really good beer but I expected more, especially when this costs nearly 3 dollar per 12 oz bottle.

bobhits, May 29, 2007
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,910 ratings.