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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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5,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,036
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 484 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Photo of cwachtel
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Arrogant Bastard...but they were out of it so I figured I would try Oaked. I didn't find it much different than the Bastard...but that's not a bad thing!

The head was of the off white two finger variety which lasted quite awhile and then laced very nicely. Nice balance of hops and malt in the aroma. Decent mouthfeel...a little thin but not bad by any means. Strong malt flavor with a nice balance of bitterness. Not a stong hop flavor or aroma but a nice finish. Everything an ale should be.

This is an enjoyable beer. Not much different from the regular Arrogant Bastard but I'll take what I can get here in Connecticut!

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

Many thanks to JohnGalt1 for this bottle

A - Completely opaque mahogany brown color. Rocky light brown head fades to thick patches. Lacing is good.

S - Sweet hops and caramely malt with a very musty woody smell, green-like bitter and slightly creamy.

T/M - Starts out creamy with a sharp bitterness, quickly the earthy woody flavors come in with hints of vanilla. Sugary sweetness and green bitterness lead a finish of sweet caramely oakiness.

D - Overall some very interesting flavors on this one. Worth a try but I don't know if I would ever choose this over a regular AB.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear brown with a 1” tan, rocky head. The aroma is initially of hops, but later gives way to malty sweetness. The taste follows the aroma. The hops are bold in the beginning and it is followed by a sweet malty oak flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied and seems suited. Overall, this is a delicious beer….quite drinkable and highly recommended.

Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with Best by of 02/19/07. Opened at 45F and enjoyed in a snifter.

-This brew pours beautifully. It has a perfect ¼" beige head and is a murky raspberry brown. It reminds me of a red lambic.

-Nose of roasted honey covered hops. A woody vanilla sent lingers in the background. As it warms, the hops become a more prevalent.

-What a delicious ale. Some light tartness is accompanied by a sweet compilation of oaked hops and barley. The body is light and almost refreshing. I am not usually a fan of oaking high IBU beers, but this is yet another perfectly balanced beverage from Stone.

-Overall I found this more mature than Arrogant Bastard, but lacking some of the complexity found in Double Bastard. Does our future hold an Oaked Double Bastard? Anyway, it pairs well with a cheese platter and most Italian cuisines.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle last week. Pours a dark brown with a head that fades quickly to a thin cap. Some slight lacing. Smells slightly sour and woody- not acetic, but some wood sourness. There are also earthy/spicy hops and some rough tannins. The taste is somewhat similar, the somewhat harsh and spicy taste of the regular arrogant bastard has been smoothed out by the oak, but the oak introduces its own version of roughness. Nevertheless, its still fairly tasty as it is a fairly harmonious union between oak and hops and malt. Mouthfeel is a little tannic and rough- could be smoother. I miss some of the vanilla notes that come from full barrel aging. Just okay, and probably not worth the money.

Photo of SargeC
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy chocolate-brown color, with a minimal tan head.

Smell: Caramel and butter, sweet malt with a touch of hops.

Taste: The oak flavor stands out and matures the taste of standard Arrogant Bastard. The smoky flavors clean up the sweetness and balance all flavors.

Mouthfeel: Great bite with a lingering finish. The carbonation level gives it a life of its own.

Drinkability: Excellent. More drinkable in quantity that regular Arrogant Bastard. Very satisfying complexity.

Photo of JamesS
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent! A nice dark, very deep, copper color with great head and nice lacing. It has a nice deep scent, nice hops in it, along with a bit of a smoky feel. Great taste, again a nice shot of hops along with the smoky feel. Goes down very smooth regardless of type, and even more so when you consider that it's a higher ABV beer. Excellent choice anytime! (Although you should never feel bad if you can't find the oaked and can only find the straight Arrogant Bastard.)

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

The look is clearer than expected, although there is some haze. Deep mahogany brownish red, with a large rocky head.

The oak is present in the smell but doesn't hijack the rest of the aroma. Heavy alcohol of the srong ale is there too. The oak worries me a bit, for I fear that it's going to dominate the rest of the beer's properties. Hops are bitter grapefruit.

The smoky oak flavor allays my fears as it is a compliment to the strong alcohol of the rest of the ale. The oak is the hook, the accent; it's not the end-all, be-all. The dark alcohol/strong flavor remains. Spicy when it warms up.

Feels smooth but with a little gritty chunkiness. Not too thick but not watery either. A tad prickly. This is actuall a very pleasant, strong drink. Not one you can guzzle all night long but a formidable strong oaked ale.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep mahogany body that pours with fairly thick and creamy off-white head. Head fades to 1/2 finger and has great retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. Dark red can be seen without light-but when held up to the light the red is much more noticeable.

S- Nice complex nose. A bouquet of different hop aromas hit the nose first followed by chocolate malt, caramel malt, and vanilla oak.

T- Some hop flavors along with a big oak flavor upfront. Caramel malt is subtle in the background-but still provides plenty of balance. Hop bitterness really comes out for the finish along with a big piny hop flavor. Left to linger is an abundance of oak and chocolate malt with hints of hop bitterness. Taste is bigger and more complex-but much milder than regular AB.

M- Low to medium carbonation and fairly thick body. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.

D- I like this on much better than regular AB. The flavor is much more complex yet not as aggressive which makes for a nice strong ale. I will certainly have this one again. The only edge regular AB has is its sharp spicy character.

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.

Photo of likestoswallow
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Photo of dankman38
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of SebastianBock
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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.

Photo of captainhops
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Redwood21
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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.

Photo of sstackho
3.36/5  rDev -20%
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.

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.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of nwshull
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of TheDragonTony
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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).

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Photo of MrThursday
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,036 ratings.