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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,927 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,927
Reviews: 1,837
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 159
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 smcolw
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite cloudy, dark, nearly mocha brown. Tight headed head dies quickly. Small amount of lace.

A blend of smells with each whiff, the first one was earthy, like decaying leaves. The second smell was a stong fresh hop with light dry malt. One of the most interesting aromas I've experienced.

Strong bitter hop up front. Although its aged on oak, I cannot taste it. This is a smooth beer with full body which provides good counterpoint to the powerful hop. This bitterness lasts from sip to swallow to aftertaste, which lasts a very long time.

This is not a balanced beer, but it is a rich, full beer with wonderful bitterness.

smcolw, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of scooter231
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty beer- quite dark, with deep ruby and garnet colors when held to the light. It has a tan foamy head that stays for a few minutes, then retreats to a thin layer of foamy film that leaves lacing around the rim. Smells... green. Green and woodsy. Piney. Definitely green, foresty things, backed up with a booze punch and a little bit of sweetness.

Taste is also green, with more alcohol coming through. The sweetness makes itself better known, with vanilla and malty flavors, though it still keeps a backseat to the woodsyness, and hop bitterness. The hops have an earthy feel to them, melding well with the oaked woodsyness. There's a nice finishing biscuityness towards the end of the sip that finishes very nicely.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, full. This is a very very tasty brew, alcohol is deceivingly tasty and/or sneaky. This is definitely less harsh than the regular Bastard, which I also enjoy. I'm not sure whether or not I prefer one to the other... have to have a side by side comparison. However, this one really is more well-rounded and easier to drink. Less sweet than I recall, but then it has been a while. An excellent brew.

scooter231, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at about 38F into a Dead Guy Ale pint (stirring up West Coast rivalry) from 12 oz silkscreened bottle.
Aroma at the bottleneck was malty, a hint of hops.
Pour was peculiar, very hazy, looked like silty fluid. Excellent head developed, 1"+ tan and foamy, left a great lace.
Looks in the glass very hazy, silty, nearly opaque brown.
Aroma good, malty and rich.
Taste is full of caramel, lots of malt and pungent hops, very enjoyable. Finishes with a very delectable lingering smoky aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is thick and rich, with a subtle siltyness in the background. What is that stuff? Starch? Residue from the oak chips?
Drinkability is awesome. Complexity and carmel match the 7.2% alcohol well, making this a very balanced beer. Like other top beers, wish I'd bought two of these instead of just one so that I could have another!

BattleRoadBrewer, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oaked Arrogant Bastard in a 12 ounce bottle. Lovely indeed.
It's really hard for a beer to look more appealing than this one; a deep, dark chestnut color and a radiant almost ruby color when held to the light. A generous tan head that settles to a consistent foam and lacing that writes a story on the glass.
Smells... deep. This is not fizzy yellow fare in the least. Rich malt scents; smells quite a bit like a bourbon soaked fruit laden cake. Enticing and appealing.
The inital taste hits like the original Arrogant Bastard but quickly smoothes out to what I can only describe as maple syrup. This makes for a silky texture in the finish, along with persistent hop resins to let you know that this is still a Stone brewery brew.
As dense as this is I couldn't see drinking more than a 12 ounce serving or two at a time but I would definately break this out to warm up a cold night. Where most wood aged beers tend to come off as way too woody to the point where they lose their identities, the oak in this has to wrassle with the deep malts and pungent hops making for a terrific balance of strength, depth and rich texture. Even those that don't like Arrogant Bastard should give this a try. Noteworthy at the very very least.

ommegangpbr, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of BusyNinja
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keep in mind that I drank this beer with a medium head cold running its course. I was hoping to taste this beer, and I sure did, but it was not over powering. A delightful mix of hops and malt, with a strong, hop presence. A dark brown, almost ruby color. Not much head, but that might be deceiving, as it took the server a while to bring my brew. Not much evidence of lace in the beginning, but nice pattern as I enjoyed my pint. As far as aroma, I smelled hops, and again, not overpowering, but I can't penalize this brew because of my head cold. I hope this beer is still around when my head cold is gone.

BusyNinja, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of sloejams
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I procrastinate every year when the 3L bottles of Oaked Arrogant Bastard are released and eventually never get it. Since it was only available in this large bottle (or if very lucky, on-tap) I never got a chance to try it. So this year when I found out it was going to be available in 6 packs, I had no excuses. Maybe one excuse – the 6 packs are generally in the $13 range – kind of a lot to pay for 6 beers. I had to try it so I didn’t think twice about it.

The color is a deep amber with a hearty head lacing all over the glass. The aroma put me off at first. It has an almost helium birthday balloon smell. That mostly dissipates and becomes an oaky, caramel. The taste is the same but a heavy malt presence. Hops break through once in awhile. The texture is thick and chewy.

Admittedly, I’m not the hugest Arrogant Bastard fan in the world. I think it’s a fine beer, but certainly it’s not near the top or my favorites as it seems to be with others. The oak aging improves it, rounding out the flavors. Definitely glad I picked it up.

sloejams, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super clear magnifying fiery orange/red. A modest off white to tan head is bubbly from the the profile and creamy up top. Leaves some good sticky lacing.
Sweet citrus and pine notes. A definate woody aroma coming out of this one. Some alcohol. more nice fruitiness shows up later on.
Lots of oak in this one. The oak even seems a little green. Bitterness comes through and seems much stronger than AB. Sweetness is more evident in small sips. Alcohol shows through as the beer warms.
Lighter side of full bodied. Well carbonated. Flavor sticks to the palate. The bittering oaky finish is almost cloying.
Nice to finaly try this one. I have a few that I'm gonna lay down for a while. I did enjoy this one, but think that the oakiness needs to settle a bit. Again the oak just seemed to fresh.
Will definately revisit in a couple months...

BeerRun13, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly brown, with a hint of red. Nice two finger brown head.

Spicy vanilla oak dominates the nose with a supporting cast of American hop citrus and caramel maltiness.

Vanilla oak flavors meld with a fruit maltiness up front. Kind of like vanilla and peaches. This quickly turns into the intense citrus and lingering bitterness that I expect from regular Bastard.

Full oak induced mouthfeel, very smooth and fulfilling. This beer is great, it has alot of oak character and is surprisingly drinkable despite the cacophany of flavors pounded into the palate.

nortmand, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a rich brown with ruddy overtones and clear into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Two finger tan head is very creamy, displaying good retention and ample small-bubbled lacing.

The aroma consists of woody, toasty, hops and malt, along with pine, some faint citrus rind, and herb. The flavor offers all that, plus a nutty smokiness and just a spike of phenols.

The mouth is complex as hell, packed with myriad sensations and taste characteristics, yet good carbonation and a creamy notes just prior to the bitter finsh, balances out the hop onslaught.

I think it offers more complexity, and a kinder gentler overall palate than the un-oaked Bastard, making for a more drinkable cousin to the original. If warmed to a proper temp, I could drink a sixer in a night without suffering from palate trauma.

It's wicked awsome.

Osiris9588, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of rayjay
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$14 for a 6-pack at BevMo, after tax and CRV. I had to try it, simply because Stone gets so much hype. I've had some awesome Stone brews before (Arrogant Bastard wasn't one of them), but I've always felt that they had a following that was a bit too....loyal? You just have to try a beer you hear that much about!

First impression: 5-star head, stained brownish-white and clinging all over the glass. The nose is very subtle, and hints of dust.

This is the most gentle Arrogant Bastard I've ever had. The flavors all melt together in perfect harmony, something I've always thought the regular A.B. lacked.

This one's got a "brown bitterness" all over the palate. Dry bitter finish accompanied by some tannins. The fallout lasts a long time, and is exponentially bitter as time goes by.

The mouthfeel is soft, like many finely aged beers I've had. The body has the feel of hard water, with a slightly chalky aftertaste. The malts coat your tongue all the way down. Very subtle alcohol heat plays nice with the malts. Almost no percieved sweetness.

Cheers, Stone, this beer is great. It's almost everything I was looking to improve in the A.B. and more. Seek-find-drink this beer!

rayjay, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
3.23/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

[3.75 for a 12oz picked out of a sixer at Downtown Wine and Spirits, Somerville a couple of days ago]

Ruby beer with a killer head - not overly huge, but very pretty and long-lasting and massive lacing. Aroma is very light, actually. Pleasant, perfumy lavender and pink grapefruit. A bit of a zingy chemicalness all the way through. At first the nice caramel malts (and a little roast too) help to cover it up, but it continues past when the malt is gone. Also leaves tobacco leaves on the tongue. Medium-thick body is kind of creamy, but also becomes a bit thin and sketchy towards the end.

Eh, one is enough. This is too mellow and the finish tastes a bit like household cleanser. Overall it is a real disappointment, considering how much I like the regular bastard and most of Stone's other beers. To be honest, I would not have guessed that this was a Stone beer if I did not pour it myself, since it is not up to Stone's standard of excellence.

waughbrew, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown with a medium tan head. Much like the regular AB, the head subsides after a bit, leaving very thick, sticky, lacings.

Huge grapefruit and sweet citrus rind aroma with some hints of pineapple, pine needle and malt.

The flavor is smoother and a bit more balanced than the regular AB. Sadly, this does equate to a lesser hop bite but the flavor is also a bit more complex. The flavor is red grapefruit, orange rind and pineapple up front. This is balanced by a nice bouquet of piney hops. There are some roasted wood flavors mid sip that give this beer a distinct taste compared to the the regular AB.

The palate is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

I'm not sure that this brew could replace my love for draft AB. It is, however, a nice change from the norm and quite convenient in the six packs.

Estarrio, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought two bottles of this at City Wide in South Bend last week and im just now opening up the first.

A:Pours into my tulip glass dark brown with a hint of crimson. Khaki-colored head and some really sticky lacing. very pretty.

O: Smells hoppy and full of alcohol. Also some medicinal quality to the odor. Sweat and feet are both things i pick out too, im sorry to say. And, yeah, there's some oak smell.

T: Well, its certainly interesting. Quite complex. Very bitter up front and also quite piney/sprucey (funny, i don't get any oak in the flavor). Lots of nasty (good-nasty) hops and the alcohol is obvious and somewhat welcome. Some small amount of vanilla on the finish and the bitterness hangs on throughout. Tastes like A-B with a lot more alcohol and less refined.

M: Full mouthfeel, not as syrupy as I expected.

D: I don't know how i feel about his overall. Yeah, its an interesting thing to do with an already interesting beer, but it kind of just funks it up and makes it harder to drink and, well, less fun to drink. I'd rather have the Bastard straight, thanks. Next up is the Double Bastard that's in my fridge.

aforbes10, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of mjd83goblue
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, $14 for a 6er that I was very pleasantly surprised to find at Goodrich's in EL.

A: Pours a caramel-ly brown with reddish hints, small head that disappears to a ring a little quicker than I would expect.

S: Smells is more balanced than AB. Nice hop smell, but also contains some nice malt, a touch of vanilla and oak. Overall very inviting.

T: Interesting. The initial taste is similar to AB, huge blast of hop bitterness. This is cut by the smoothness created by the oak. Finishes with oak, a touch of smokey bourbon, and leaves a charcoal bitterness.

M: Full bodied with just a touch of stickyness

D: The oak smoothes it out a little, which makes it more sippable than AB, in my opinion. I feel the drinkiability for the two are similar, just in different ways.

Glad I got to try this. As stated above, I find this is just as good as AB. Both hoppy bitter beers, but whereas AB is pure hop bitterness, I find the oak finishes with kind of a 'charred' bitterness. Nice to have an oak aged beer that accentuates instead of dominates the original taste though.

mjd83goblue, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had to get some of this after all the hype, hope it lives up to it

A - OAB pours a nutty brown with sharp scarlet highlights, atop sits a two finger thick rocky eggnog colored head, tiny scant carbonation rise through the beer

S - very strong grapefruit hits my nose first, with bitter hoppy highlights alongside some floral notes as well, at teh back is a slightly woody aroma which, of course, must be from the oaking

T - like the aroma, the grapefruit is up front and strong in the taste as well, very nice flavor, the oaked woodsiness is stronger in the taste than in the nose, and it finished with a superbly high quality hoppy finish, so bitter and potent it lingers on your palate for hours, i can still taste it (had it 45 min ago)

M&D - the mouthfeel is smooth for its potency, but you have to like strong beers obviously, otherwise very nice and balanced and layered nicely, great job stone, though i prefer regular AB

sinstaineddemon, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of Callenak
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this twice now. Once about a year ago out of a 3L my neighbor bought and then again recently out of the new 12oz bottles.

Pours a very deep brown with a small white head that fades quickly. Haven't had it side by side with regular AB, but I'm sure they are about right on in color.

Smell is actually hop first. Was expecting the oak and alcohol, but Stone's lust for hops comes first I guess. A little roastiness comes through with the oak.

Taste is also hop forward (not a bad thing). The oak is very subdued compared to some of my recent offerings of oak aged beers. I'm a big fan of such, and was hoping for more in this. The normal arrogant bastard alcohol kick is also there

I was a fan of this beer the first time I had it. It was a while ago but I swear I remember there being more oak to it. Maybe a year of aging might take the hoppiness away and leave more of the oak. Wasn't sure how old that 3L I had was. I always though that oak is exactly what AB was missing (which is bold to say it's missing anything though). I guess I though it would compliment it very well. I'll hold on to some of these and re-visit next winter.

Callenak, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of treedoctor5002
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red color with a small head that sticks around a while then disappears as you drink it. Smell is mild with a slight woody odor. Taste is solid, but it doesn't jump out at you. Very hoppy with a nice bitterness to it. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall a good beer. If given the choice between the Oaked and the regular bastard I'd choose the more fruity Arrogant bastard.

treedoctor5002, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of shirfan
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick, sticky pillow of foam sits atop a dark copper brew, absolutely refusing to disperse.

Malty aroma, whole-grain toastbread, hints of orange and tangerine.

Taste is excellent. A strong, juicy citric hops presense is perfectly tempered by moderately sweet malt. Fresh-baked bread notes give way to some bittering, leaves just enough pucker without being excessive. Oak is present in the background, as is a slightly mineral flavor, imparting further character into an already excellent brew.

As good as this is, I'm glad I opted for a single 12 oz bottle rather than an $18 sixer. The oak is interesting, but it doesn't make an already awesome brew that much more exceptional.

shirfan, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a near transparent auburn toned amber with a fluffy, ivory head that slowly fades into a dense, soapy cap. Tons of hearty, scattered lace sticks around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, flowers, mild grapefruit, pineapple, light vanilla, earthy spiciness, and gentle oak tannins that may have been missed had I not known oak chips were added to the mix. Aromas were lighter than anticipated.
Taste is spicy, sweet caramel, overly bitter of grapefruit along with gentle woody tannin flavor.
Mouthfeel is astringent, bitter, medium bodied, sweet, with the balance being out of wack and very little evidence of the American Oak.
Drinkability...I'm not believing the hype with this one. This may be one of the most over-rated beers I've seen on this site IMHO. I'm just not feeling it..."I'm not worthy."

weeare138, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much anticipated bottle here, $17.00 a sixpack at the Liquor Barn stores in Louisville. I've passed up the 3 liter magnum bottle(with lock and key) several times the past three years because of price. So, the 12 oz bottle pours a hazed chestnut body with a small light beige head that quickly falls into a film. Some spiderweb lace dresses the snifter.

Aroma opens with citrusy grapefruit and pine cone notes, not unlike the unoaked version. Caramel malt whiffs are noted before the woody oak essence takes charge.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. The oak imparts some sawdust chalkiness.

Taste largely mirrors the aromas. Bitter citrus rind and spruce pine hops, a hint of caramel, and a touch of vanilla. The oak chips lend more of an astringent feel of sawdust than vanilla and soft wood, however. Even at room temperature, this finishes somewhat abrasive and overly woody.

I would rate the original Bastard higher than this. Stone has some attractive pricing on many of their excellent offerings, but I'll pass on this one next time.

merlin48, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of tjthresh
3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Same cough syrup red color with a decent tan head. I honestly do see my difference between this the the regular stuff. Lots of spicey and piney hop aroma. Huge bitterness. Long agressive finish. The oak here is subtle at best. For some reason, I am enjoying this more that the regular bottle I had a couple of weeks ago.

tjthresh, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/1/2006 $8.99 6 pack 7.20% No best by date, though this is 2006 release.


Pours a slightly hazy medium brown, speckled with plenty of orange. Topped by a ridiculous 3 inches of creamy tan foam that is very slow to settle. Looks like I'm going to have to wait to enjoy this.


Sweet muscat grape aroma coupled with a hint of oaked chardonnay. This was made with American oak wood chips, and it definitely imparts a wine-like nature to the nose.


Smooth syrupy viscous mouthfeel is accompanied by a touch of hot alcohol and some blisteringly bitter hop oils, with pine-like resin flavor characteristics. I've never loved Arrogant Bastard, but was hoping the oak imparted some quality that would raise this up, much like whatever Stone did to Double Bastard, that makes that such an exceptional beer. That quality is lacking in the Oaked, and though it is better than straight up Arrogant Bastard, it still isn't good enough for me to recommend.

cbl2, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
2.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazed dark mahogany/ruby red appearance. Thin and bubbly dirty white head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is all that goodness I remember from AB with just a hint of woodiness in the aroma. That pineapple tropical fruit melange brings back memories. I also get a little caramel/nougat thing going on. Taste is fairly bitter and actually a little harsh and abrasive. I'm not sure I like the effect of the oak chips here. Cuz I remember loving the hell out of the real thing. I think the chips bring a little astringency to the mix. I don't dig the aftertaste at all. All that tropical fruit goodness that I remember takes a backseat now unfortunately. To the over-riding oak chip quality. Too much for my liking.

I guess they're right about this one. I'm NOT worthy.

Thanks for the brew Darren.

Bighuge, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of delicious
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear dark ruby body beneath a frothy beige head is poured from a 12fl.oz. bottle.
It has a citrus, ruby-red grapefruit and concord grape nose.
It tastes juicy and bitter, like overestimating a bite out of a grapefruit and grabbing an immoderate amount of rind. There's an initial malt sensation, but it quickly subsides as the hop flavor grows and finishes bitter and dry at the end. I don't want to call it subtle or mellow because there isn't anything delicate about it, but the flavor progresses slowly enough that the drinker is not overwhelmed by the striking level of hops; it's like an Arrogant Bastard in slow motion.

delicious, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of peabody
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out like really dark ice tea with a small amount of the white stuff.
Smell is fruity and hoppy. Orange and plum and piney hops mixed with a slight sugary aroma.
Taste is very bitter with a caramely sweetness that lingers for a while ending in just the bitterness of the dark bitter hop. Almost like an apple drink with a bitter aftertaste. Really nice.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the hops/oak seem to make the tounge .go through all kinds of changes during the sip.
Drinkability is high here if you like the hop/oak. It is really nice.
I could drink a bunch of these if they didn't cost so much.

peabody, Nov 30, 2006
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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