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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,977 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,977
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 169
Gots: 452 | 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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 0z. bottle> fat-ass snifter

Pours out looking solid and vibrant with crimson red hues on a brown-amber body, bold carbonation creates a massive 2" smooth and clumpy mocha-cream colored head with plenty of bubbles on top but dissipates moderately slow and leaves plenty of sticky lacing in it's wake. a constant thin, bubbly covering last for the duration.

There's a big, sweet and very herbal hop scent rolling out of the glass including some classic cascade scent's, like pineapple, and assorted acidic fruits, then becoming very green and herbal but certainly floral. Underneath the hops you have a sugar-house like smokiness and a smooth buttery malt.

"Agressive hops" is what stands out most, very complex with a very acidic fruit edge with pineapple standing out most and quickly becoming very herbal, not spicey but earthy. The malt balance is subtle and smooth that includes a semi-bitter oak smokiness and toffee-like sweetness, the malt never really becomes bold and them balance is dominated by hops. The alcohol heat adds further balance and is not too high or in-your-face. Very delightful.

This one feels full, slick and smooth but with a nice lively carbonated bite. Very nice feel.

high-grade american Strong ale. I would only ask for a slightly bigger, if not smoother malt presence.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of likestoswallow
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Bevmo. This is the summer 2007 batch. .Pours a rich dark red color with a generous off white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is strong with citrus and hops. Flavor is complex with biter hops in the forefront, rich malts, hazelnuts, and a bit of caramelized apple. Mouthfeel is full, silky smooth and satisfying. Finish is long with vanilla and slightly sweet. The oak aging really mellows out this concoction. This is a superb beer. Recommended

likestoswallow, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of dankman38
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Most of the times I’ve had this it has been very fresh, plenty of citrus and bitter in the finish that keeps you coming back for more. I like this beer. If you like Arrogant Bastard but can’t handle the bitterness try this. I feel that this really is the crowning achievement of Stone Brewing.

dankman38, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of SebastianBock
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have never been a particularly huge fan of the original Arrogant Bastard Ale, as I find its strike on the palate a bit overwhelming. I decided to try the Oaked AB with hopes that it would mellow some of the more overtly strong and up front characteristics of the brew and bring to the foreground some of the more subtle ones.

The beer pours a deep reddish-brown color. A rather substantial head diminishes to a remaining delicately thin white layer of bubbles. Smells similar to the original AB, with less of the hoppy notes associated with the original. I was pleasantly surprised upon tasting it. This beer is delicious! The oak takes out much of the overpowering strong ale flavor, and leaves a delicious smoky background. The beer is very smooth and drinkable, and the mouthfeel is just right for the style. Definite notes of BBQ, tobacco, cherries. Very drinkable for an American Strong Ale!

Recommended for: Walt Whitman, Bobby Flay, Ricky Bobby.

SebastianBock, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (marked "enjoy by 10/31/07") into a pint glass.

A: A nice thick light tan head on top of a dark ruby red and brown colored brew. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S: Some fruit in the form of grapefruit, some alcohol esters, some caramel from the malt as well.

T: A smoother and more refined version of the regular Arrogant Bastard. All of the same flavors that are found in the regular version are smoother and a little bit of the edge has been taken off some of the raw flavors. I'm not sure which one I like better, they're both excellent. They both have their place and I guess it depends of the mood I'm in as to which I would rather drink.

M: Silky smooth and creamy.

D: A very drinkable beer. The smoothness of it is very impressive since there are so many big and dominant flavors present in the beer. This is one category where it definitely holds the edge over the regular version.

willjschmidt, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (a trade with Lothore) into a pint glass. I really enjoyed Double Bastard Ale and I have wanted to try more Stone offerings.

A. Dark brick red color with a great tan head.

S. Pine and pineapple with a following of woody malty backbone.

T. Aggresive West coast hops with an oaky tobacco like finish.

M. Very hoppy and aggressive. May put off some.

D. A very aggressive brew with a slightly higher than average abv. This and the fact it is not readily available limits it's drinkability.

An enjoyable beer which makes me want to crack open the bomber of regular Arrogant Bastard ale.

MarkSCCOT, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of captainhops
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Reddish brown, off white head, decent lacing
Smell: Pine and citrus very bright.
Taste: Good balance of sweetness and hops, some citrus. Some oaky vanilla tones appeared as the beer warmed.
Mouthfeel: Started out nice but became syrupy towards the end.
Drinkability: Definitely an eye opener, a nice taste with some boldness, but it was too much to drink more than one or two in a session. A glass of this should be savored as a treat.

captainhops, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer as a great brown almost red color to it. the head is an offwhite to light brown color and lasts well with some nice lacing i wish the head was more frothy, but i can get over it.

S: the aroma is almost chocolate in nature, more mellow than its un-oaked brother with an almost bourbon aroma( probably from the oak).

T: wow...i like AB but this..i love this. i have become smitten with one glass. its an incredibly flavorful brew with out being so complex it loses its way. there is a mellow almost vanilla undercurrent with a little bitter after taste. there is also some sweetness. there is an amazing balance

what a great beer, this is why you never stop trying new things...if you have the opportunity this beer is worth every penny

Redwood21, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of JMBSH
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color and Appearence : Dark amber with what appears to be a couple bits of charred oak.

Aroma: A light carmel scent.

Bitterness: Also lighter then expected when first tasted. Then it strikes from the back of the mouth much more fuller. Nice surprise.

Taste: The bitterness is not so overpowering that you find yourself wanting no more then one serving. No real aftertaste. Finishes clean. Was personally hoping for a stronger oak taste underneath the beer.

Carbonation: Fairly light with a quickly gone head after a hard pour. Ring around side of glass lasts through out.

JMBSH, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased from Claredon Wines in Boston for $3.25. Pours a ruby brown with ample head but little carbonation. Surprisingly little aroma. Flavour is of nice roasted malts. But I'm not getting much oak in the flavour. Sure, it's a nice beer - but at its price, I am hoping for something more special. I also wasn't enthralled with the regular Arrogant Bastard, so maybe I'm just not programmed right for this beer.

sstackho, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark ruby with 2 fingers of tan head and a thin layer of froth left behind.

S - Very fruity with sweet caramel and piney hops. The hints of oak and citrus create a bit of an orange creamsicle aroma.

T - Similar to aroma. Fruity and piney hops with sweet caramel. The oak and citrus create the same orange creamsicle in the taste (which is actually a nice taste). Complex.

M - Medium body and creamy with a dry piney finish.

D - I like the oaked version much better than the regular arrogant bastard. I wish this was a year round release.

brewcrew76, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of HugoGrim
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark ruby brown body with a nice bubbly lacy head.

Aroma is of rich hops with a distinct note of pineapple juice. Oak is quite faint.

Flavor begins firing on all cylinders with big full malts, followed immediately by substantial rich hops mixed with the oak. piny, herbal hop flavors. Oak flavor is of freshly cut wood, not smoky.

HugoGrim, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of nwshull
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: a dark brown, that is hazy hard to see through with a moderate head.

Smell: Smells of oak chips and hops.

Taste: The taste takes some getting used to, there is an upfront oak flavor which grows in your mouth followed by the taste of caramelized sugars and hops for a finish. At the beginning of the glass I was iffy on the beer, the more I drank the more I liked it. (now I don't want it to end)

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is quite nice, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I could drink a couple of these in the night without getting tired of it, though its alcohol is over 7 so I wouldn't be driving home from the bar.

nwshull, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of TheDragonTony
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This poured a deep amber with a robust 3+ finger off white head and a nice amount of carbonation coming up. The foam is leaving a nice lacing all the way down my glass. The nose is big and wonderful, woody, citrusy and a bit of spice. Very hoppy beer with nice pine and grapefruit notes. The mouthfeel is robust and creamy. This is a delicious beer, and overall much more drinkable than regular Arrogant Bastard (though if it is better is arguable).

TheDragonTony, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a deep amber brown with a small but firm head of foam that shrinks fairly slowly to a fine broken layer and it has some lacing. About 2/3rds of the way through my glass and there's just some spotty foam left now but it's still a nice looking brew in my Sam Adams glass.

The smell is all hoppy and malty and woody...it's nice.

The taste has big malty notes up fron followed by a very tasty woody flavour. I'm impressed with how the oak makes it so diffferent from the regular AB. It seems to counter yet also balance the hop character and it makes it a really smooth but still very tasty beer. Now I'm getting a bit of chocolate and some vanilla, and a touch of dark fruit. The finish is slightly bitter, slightly malty, and mostly woody and it's delicious. The mouthfeel is medium full, the carbonation is light. Great taster. The alcohol is only noticeable some time after the swallow. Very drinkable.

Bottom line: This is a very good oaked brew that I'd certainly buy again. The flavours all work together in almost flawless harmony and I can only recommend it highly!

Bitterbill, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of MrThursday
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This score might be a bit lower than appropriate, as I drank the beer in an opaque vessel, and in a dark room--didn't get much of a look, so I just gave it a middle of the road score on appearance.

Oaked AB smells terrific--vaguely sweet, with floral hops, and a bit of oak. There's hardly any woody taste however--in the mouth, Oaked AB is basically a smoother version of the standard Arrogant Bastard. While I like the original, I prefer to avoid the punch to the mouth hops/malt, and the alcohol is better hidden here. A really good beer.

MrThursday, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of srandycarter
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Stone tulip.

A - Small, nice head. Some lacing. Body red tinged murky brown.

S - Whole lot of stuff in there. AB plus wood, all evident in the nose.

T - Yum. First time I tried this, I have to admit I wasn't sure I cared for it. Second attempt yielded better results. Terrific BA flavor - deep aggressive malt with some hops to finish. New to the mix with the oaked is, of course, the wood, the vanilla and some cooked fruit, maybe cherry?

M - Good solid prescense, carbonation perfect, viscosity good, bitter end.

D - I love this stuff. I could get a few in before things deteriorated due to the ABV.

srandycarter, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Darkish-amber color witha thin, brown head and some lacing. Aroma is nice and oak-ish, slightly fruity/malty as well. Taste is really strong with hops/malt upfront and a nice oak aftertaste that is somewhat dry towards the back of the throat. Second sip confirms a floral/grapefruit taste in the middle before hitting the back of the tongue. Very smooth and complex. Basically Arrogant Bastard with a nice oak feel to it. Lots of lacing left behind as well.

Definitely worth the $2.50/12oz bottle. Would buy this beer again for sure.

Brad007, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of cooncat
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, decanted into a standard pint glass.

A vigorous pour produces a deep, dark copper (garnet) colored brew, with 2 fingers of tan head. This head, while not particularly long lasting, keeps a thin lid on the beer and splashes the side of the glass with nice lacing. The nose is huge with both a sweet malt backbone, and a pungent floral hop presence. No oak noticed in the nose. The taste is a very complex combination of huge piney/resiny hops, and a sweet caramel malt flavor that loses out against the hop onslaught on every sip. As the beer warms, a faint oak presence is noted on the back of the palate, where the malt is doing it's thing. Mouthfeel is full and firm and wonderful, but not to the extent of being 'chewy'. The 7.2% ABV isn't really noticeable, except for, perhaps, a bit of a warming effect at the end. Amazing drinkability for a huge complex beer. You'll be wanting to quaff more than one, but be responsible!

Yet another highly recommended brew from the great folks at Stone.

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of iceball585
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown (few reddish hints at the edges), 1/2 finger thick tan head that faded down to a thin lacy cover, a little sediment throughout

S- Smokey, earthy/woody, toasted malts, slightly sweet smelling

T- Strong flavor of oak, smokey, malts, nuts, good hoppy finish

M- Medium body, little carbonation, very smooth, warming of alcohol at the end

D- Very drinkable for higher alcohol content

Overall very nice beer. Most people shy away from arrogant bastard because of the strong flavor (and name) but the oaked arrogant bastard ends up being a lot smoother and easier to drink than it's counter part.

iceball585, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in 12 oz. bottle form.

A: The word "volatile" comes to mind as I poured this into a standard size pint glass. Three fingers of head surge forth, slowly settling but retaining great density and leaving much lacing behind. The beer itself is somewhere between auburn and garnet, displaying highlights of both yet still being rather dark.

S: Notes of grapefruit, oak, and a foreboding musty funk dominate the nose. Definitely a spicy and hoppy backbone, with a malt character lurking underneath.

T: A heavier malt introduction (moreso than expected) provides a great base for a hoppy side that is quite citrusy and lingers for a good while on the palate in the finish and aftertaste. Composition is quite unique, yet balance still remains a large part of the charm this beer has.

M: Slick and oily hop feel, and a bit of creaminess with the carbonation at an optimal level.

D: Off the wall as merely Arrogant Bastard, the oaked version takes on a different character. Drinkability is solid, as Stone likes to play mind games with their labels. Sure, they'd like you to buy into the "intimidation factor," but it's really just a bold beer that oozes complexity, yet keeps balance somewhat in mind.

CharlieMopps, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Overlord
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, had this in the new six pack style.

Big ruby red color, large white-ish/creamish head. Smell is woodsy and grapefruity.

Big, big taste. Lots of wood in there, almost as much pine as oak. Grapefruit, some malt to balance it, and other citrus flavors. Can't think of a better beer to get a sixpack of. I found the flavor far less overwhelming than the normal A. Bastard.

Overlord, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of morayeel
4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW!! This is awesome. I purchased the new smaller bottles that are to small to hold all the flavors in that are just dieing to get out.

A- a very dark brown-red colour with an off white head that stays the entire way down, beautiful to look at.

Smell- Awsomet smell you can get hints of the sweetness in this ale.

Taste- this beer is so complex there's too much for me to comprehend.

mouthfeel- most Stone brews have that same healthy mouthfeel, not too thin and not thick to where it makes you gag like some beers can do.

drinkability- This is a 1 or 2 beers and im done. The oak bastard ale is a lot sweeter then the regular bastard ale so the sweetness get to you after the second beer. This is an ale I would save for a victory beverage when the redskins win!!!!

I don’t know what it is about stone brewing but I love everything they make. I even keep a half barrel of something they make on tap at all times.

morayeel, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that lasts. The aroma is great. It has a smooth and mellowing scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts along with a generous amount of hops and a mild oak aroma. The taste is good. It has an aggressive wood flavor up front as well as in the finish. It blends well with the bold malt and hop profile. The hop bitterness lends itself well to the oak flavor. The mouthfeel is good also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a wonderful version of an already great beer. I prefer the original, but this one is a good drinker as well.

WesWes, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of onthefarside
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy crap I just had this on tap at Mahar's in Albany. 20 ounces of amazing outstanding incredible beer, 20-25 minutes later I couldn't even think of what could possibly come next, my mind was blown at the complexity of this beer.

A- a very dark brown-red colour with an off white head that stays the entire way down, beautiful to look at.

Smell- Almost smells like a fine scotch thanks to the oak aging. I spent half my time smelling this beer, it's simply too much

Taste- I tried so hard to pick this beer apart, but it simply overwhelmed my taste buds, this beer is so complex there's too much for me to comprehend.

mouthfeel- most Stone brews have that same healthy mouthfeel, not too thin and not thick to where it makes you gag like some beers can do.

drinkability- as much as i really enjoyed this beer, I think it would be impossible for me to have more than one a night or even a week perhaps. After tonight and the other beers I tried, my mouth needs a while to recover. This beer is amazing and if you have the chance to get your hands on it, GO FOR IT, it takes an awesome thing and makes it completely different. GO STONE!

onthefarside, Sep 30, 2007
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,977 ratings.