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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,843
Hads: 5,081
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 198
Gots: 517 | FT: 5
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 froghop
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a cloudy copper with a medium size tan head, and excellent lacing.

smell is of nuts, caramel, malt, some spice, a little citrus, and a touch of pine.

taste is smooth, somewhat woody, caramel, malts, grapefruit hops in the back, and some nuts, ends on the dry side and nicely bitter. (292 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With all the hype with the Arrogant Bastard stuff, I was looking forward to trying the Oaked version. Picked up as a single in Colorado.

A: Thick tan head on top of a cloudy dull brown body, very interesting looking, it quickly mellowed to a thin film.

S: I can smell a lot of hops, very citrusy, a little pine.

T: The hops are really about all I can taste in this, with a hint of the oak aging, pretty unbalanced, but I do like the bitterness at the end. Pretty strong alcohol taste throughout. A little dissapointing in general though.

M: Was pretty thin and crisp in the mouth, with a good bite and a relatively dry finish, definitely interesting.

D: I had one, and it was enough, I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I thought I would. The beer seemed to be lacking in balance to me. (795 characters)

Photo of Meshuggah135
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer out of a bottle into a heavy glass mug

S: The smell is not overwhelming. You can definitely smell that distinct hop smell, as well as a caramel smell.

A: It is a dark, almost chestnut color. The head was billowing and thick

T: The taste is very complex. You get that hoppy taste, as well as a roasted taste. You also get a hint of caramel. It has a powerful aftertaste, bitter but very good.

M: The beer was mild on my palate, not too overwhelming, it was light and not too strong of a carbonation. It didn't much of a chewy feel, but left the bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very good beer. I would recommend this beer and I will defintely get it again (681 characters)

Photo of DigitalHype
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Slightly viscous and dark reddish-brown color. About 2cm creamy tan head, that mostly faded. Lots and lots of sticky lacing. Very attractive pour.

Lots of vibrant, floral hop aroma. A bit of cut grass and lime leaf.

Heavy hop bitterness. Grapefruit and slight goat cheese earthiness. "In your face", but not too boozy. The "oaked" isn't coming through for me though.

Moderate carbonation, and a slight chewy feel. I lacks some of the depth I had hoped for. I guess they don't call it "Arrogant Bastard" for nothing. (532 characters)

Photo of GitcheGumee
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a very deep amber color with plenty of thick white head. The head lasted throughout most of the life of the beer. Looks great.

Smell: There are prominent malty scents going on with this beer. I do sense the woody oak too. The hops are in the scent but nothing too prominent.

Taste: This beer hits you with sweet malt flavors right off the bat. The oak aged factor is definitely noticeable, and I think I really like it. Later on the hops bitterness really comes through. I feel like I'm tasting some alcohol, but it really doesn't have that high of a ABV rating.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and sticky. Nothing wrong with that but it does affect the drinkability.

Drinkability: Because of the strong malt and sweetness of this beer, it seems to be a little strong. I could drink a couple of these maximum. (832 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy brown; no head, no lacing.
Malty bready oak aroma, slight hop.
Not much flavor. Malty bready oak with bitter hop presence. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.
I honestly dont get the hype on this brew. It was good, but seemingly flat accross the board. (320 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: murky brown bodied beer with a small less than 1 finger tan head. Drops down to a small ring around the beer glass. Spotty lace.

Smell: its got a nice oak note to it that is easily picked out of the nose. dark fruits mostly prunes and plums. Touch of caramel from the malts. Little bit grassy and earthy with slightly herbal spiciness noted from the hops. Smells like it has a fairly nice balance to it.

Taste: starts out with mildly sweet being malt forward transitioning into a moderately bitter finish from the hops. Prodominently getting caramel and brown sugar from the malts with a decent dose of oak. Malts fade away to moderately bitter pine notes which tend to linger for a considerable time frame.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This one really drinks lighter that the ABV suggests that it should. Alcohol is well hidden in this brew.

Overall: This is a solid beer for the style. Not quite as big as most beers from this beer style, but its got a big enough flavor profile to be a legit American Strong Ale. I have drank Arrogant Bastard Ale a few times before and there is no question that the Oak version is a huge improvement over the base beer. Its just much more balanced and alot easier to enjoy. The price tag is a little steep for this brew and I think that there are a few better options available in this beer style for less money. (1,422 characters)

Photo of jar2574
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick two-finger tan head over reddish brown beer. Good lacing but could be better.

Smells very good. Fruity hops. Taste is hop-dominated by it's mellower and creamier than you'd expect. The bottle says it's aggressively hopped, but I wouldn't say that, exactly. Less hoppy than the Arrogant Bastard anyway.

I think there are some sweetening malts in this one and they balance things out. It's on the sweet side but again, like the hoppiness, it is less sweet than the Arrogant Bastard.

Overall, a good beer. More subdued than its cousin brewed without oak chips. I like the Arrogant Bastard more, but this is a darn good beer too. (634 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask pull at the Falling Rock Taphouse (Denver). Presented a half-finger light-brown head that clings and keeps hanging around. Super cloudy brown (reddish) liquid. Smells caramel with light bourbony oak. Dark oak, american. Touch of alcohol sting in my nostrils. After sitting a while, the piney hops became much more apparent.

Tastes super-creamy mouthfeel, but light body. Delicious oak character. Vanilla and a touch toasty. AB hop umph is absent or covered. Dry woody finish. Touch of bitter and grassy, perhaps that's the hops beginning to show themselves. After sitting a while, I get a hint of hazelnut and chocolate. A settled piney hop flavor, like this beer has been aged. Nearly absent carbonation.

Okay, this last 1/3 of the beer has sat at least a half hour. Oranges early in the taste. Esters are low, which was deceiving, as the mouthfeel sets up an expectation. Just a little bit of alcohol heat. Touch of cherry sour. Cascade hop smell and flavor. IMO, this beer was fairly disappointing. Needs more sweet and some esters to accompany the mouthfeel and fill out the beer. (1,095 characters)

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Koningshoeven sniffer. Pours a dark ruby-red, cloudy, with little to no head[edit: at second pour, a lot more head...creamy and frothy, with a TON of sticky lacing]. Aroma is pretty strong, fruits, for some reason...belgian yeast is coming to mind. Sweet smell.
Taste is close to an DIPA, which didn't quite match the aroma. Picking up carbonation, bitters, booze, and a dry finish. Good beer...would put it under a Rogue Dead Guy though. (472 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As an aside, the first time I reviewed Oaked ABA, 12/1/2006, I was a both inebriated and inexperienced with the review process

Overall: B 3.65; A-4.5 S-4.0 T-3.5 M-2.5 D-3.0

Hopefully, it will impress me a bit more this time around.

12 oz. bottle pours a hazy, brownish amber body with a khaki head that retreats to a large patch of bubbles and a foam ring. Good retention & lacing. The aroma is very good: a blend of a wildflowers, orange zest, cedar resin, and gobs of caramel malt.

Now, I immensely enjoy the taste of both Arrogant and Double Bastard Ale (I also enjoy alot of oak-aged beers). But the oaken notes in this brew just don't do that much for me. Sure, it's big and bold and complex as hell, but it doesn't hold a flame to the enjoyable Double/ArrogantB Ales. Nevertheless, the oak does add some bitter, vanilla, palate-busting enjoyment to the usual malty, caramel, hop-rich taste of the Arrogant family. However, the blend is just too disparate for my liking. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than ABA, but the hops and oak seem to compete to "out-bitter" each other on the finish.

So where does that leave me? About the same as my original assessment, surprisingly. Complexity and flavor-changes? You betcha. Drinkable brew? Not exactly...I'll be aging my last bottle for a while to see if it improves. (1,322 characters)

Photo of iadler
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap. Served in a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown with a two finger off white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves webs of lacing behind.

S- The oak is big on the aroma with caramel, toffee, bready malt, citrus peel, sweet booze, and pine.

T- Similar to the aroma with oak, sweet bready malts with caramel and toffee, grapefruit, orange zest, peppery spice and pine.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes very earthy with the oak and the pine lingering.

O- The oak is certainly noticeable, however, I think it's a little too prominent. I'm glad I finally got to try this, but not sure how often I would want this brew. (661 characters)

Photo of Smurf2055
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark copper with minimal head.

Smell is mild citrus and maybe a bit of cinnamon.

Taste is hoppy, bitter, and some really good woody citrus going on.

Decent drinkability.

Better than regular Arrogant Bastard, and maybe better than Double Bastard (258 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice tawny amber, almost brown.
head from the pour was immense, thick creamy off white.
Lace was also thick...clinging to the side of the glass through the whole drinking experience.
Taste was of strong malts and hoppiness...caramel and biscuit maybe came to mind.
Good mouthfeel with a bitterness from the hops that lingered long past the swallow. (357 characters)

Photo of benmiliron
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Murky deep brown with shards of garnet. Foamy tan head on top that is dissipating quickly. Smell is strong ale. Not as hop heavy as you might expect. Somewhat smoother than original bastard. Good malt in the nose. Alcohol noticeable as well. This has a bite to it in the taste. Good malt, definitely subdued hop presence, but the alphas are all there. Not much aroma hops. Toasted, burnt, biscuity malts falling all over the place. There is an astrigent/medicinal effect also that I find a lot in oak-aged beers.

Mouthfeel is nice. Good carbonation, not too fizzy. Easier to drink probably than it's brother.

A nice brew, but I'll take the original bastard over the oaked. (679 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to EGledhill for this extra.

Haven't had the original, so there's no comparison yet.

Pours a murky amber color with a small off-color head, for the amount of head there, it sure left enough lacing.

Strong piney hop aroma, slight citrus edge, caramel malt present but hidden way in the back.

Taste is mainly contributed by the hops, strong piney bite, woodiness comes through, no doubt contributed from the "oaked" aspects, good bitter aftertaste that makes you pucker. (479 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-review. Original posted below.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear garnet red with a touch of cherry wood. 2-3 fingers of off white head; great retention with a persistent cap. Mild to moderate lacing.

S - Some pineapple in the nose with big aromas of apples and apricots. Piney/fruit hops with a slight citric edge. Sweet malt in the background heavy on the vanilla with subtle notes of brown sugar. Just a hair of wood on the back end.

T - Mild fruity flavors leaning towards apricot with vague suggestions of pineapple, pine, and citrus from the nose. Piney flavor grows and prevails into mid palate. Fleeting semi-sweet malt kicks in before diving into a pith-like bitterness and notes of salted grapefruit juice. Moderate to high bitterness. Though I'm looking for the oak, I can't seem to find it.

M - Medium body leaning towards full with a moderate to low carbonation. What once seemed smooth comes of as slightly unsubstantial.

D - All in all Oaked AB is a pretty good beer. However, I really can't find any oak and in a lot of ways it feels like a less carbonated Arrogant Bastard with a very diminished hop presence. Stone tried to make a great beer better, but in this case something from the original is lost, and nothing amazing is added for the new.


Review from 09.26.08

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - 4.0 - Beautiful clear reddish brown. Two fingers of light brown head form with moderate retention. Nice, thin lacing.

S - 4.0 - Extremely fruity. Pineapple comes to mind immediately, with piney/herbal notes. The malt is somewhere in there but the huge pineapple aroma dominates.

T - 4.0 - More pineapple. Huge pineapple taste, which I think is coming from some hop combination. Mild citrus notes mingle along with some vague floral/herbal tastes. A little grassy. The brew dries out a little bit leading into some roasted malt. The wood is slight but noticable before a moderately bitter finish.

M - 4.5 - Moderate carbonation with a nice medium body. Smooth stuff.

D - 3.5 - I've knocked this down half a point since I started, because that fruity pineapple taste is becoming a bit much for me. A great beer, but I think one is enough. Quite different than anything I've tasted.

Overall: B+, 4 (2,282 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is a dark copper ruby.

Aroma: Oak, vanilla, caramel, some heat, sweet dried fruits. A nice complex aroma. Really nice lacing on this beer. Looks pretty good to me.

Taste: Wow, this is a hot beer. Big oak and vanilla taste fuel this beer. A ton of dark dried fruits mixed with caramel back it up. It is pretty good, but there is a lot of heat here. A ton of floral hops are also present.

Mouthfeel: Hot, creamy, smooth. Medium to full bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Ends with an oaky vanilla dry aftertaste.

Overall, I am not to impressed with this beer. It is just way to hot for me. I like the oak flavor, but the alcohol that it brings with it is too much. I should be able to finish this fine, however. (794 characters)

Photo of IceAce
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap as a guest beer at BJ's Brewhouse in Brea, CA.

Arrived in a beer-clean footed pilsner sporting a dark copper body and a full finger of creamy tan foam. The nose is sweet with malt with strong backup from the smoky oak. To say that the nose is complex would be akin to telling somebody in the path of a hurricane that they may soon experience moisture.

First impressions mean a lot, and the first taste of this this brew is dry. Really dry. The open is laced with cheek numbing alcohol and grain. Midtaste is virtually absent, a pause which sets the stage for the scene-stealing oak finish.

Mouthfeel is good with a nice supporting level of CO². This is a funky beer in that where I expected smoothness, I received harshness. While I am certain that much time and expense went into the oak aging, the effect is lost when it becomes overbearing. (870 characters)

Photo of zerofear13
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing particularly impressive about the apperance of the beer. The bottle itself outshines the rather dull brown that sits in the glass. Not much of a head or head retention although strong lacing exists. Smell is of very pale malts. Not much of an aroma here. Nothing stands out to me. It's actually quite a faint smell. (Or am I sick?) Taste is interesting. Quite the bitter hop kick. Not much in the way of anything else. Tinges of smokey flavors and sweet malts, but that underlying Arrogant Bastard is quite prevalent. I thought for such a high rating, there would be more complexity in its flavors, but not really the case.

I mean it's a Stone beer; you can't really go wrong. I wouldn't say this was among my favorites from the renowned brewery, but it's certainly worth a try. (787 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard

I'm sure this isn't the freshest bottle. 120z poured into a NB globe.

Pours a murky hazy brown with an off-white or light khaki head. Sediment was visible on the pour. Head retention wasn't great but a quick swirl always revived it, and lacing was superb.

I'm surprised by how well the hops are shining thru still. On the nose it's pungent and astringent, very aromatic in an earthy way. There is definitely some sweetness in the middle too, not sure if I would classify it as 'woody' or 'oaky' but it's definitely a touch sweet, with a hint of brown sugar or molasses, with a little raisin and date character as well. The caramel malts are there too.

My first impression when I taste it, is this thing has a good mouthfeel. The crisp carbonation hits the front of your tongue, moves it's way back through your mouth and preps your palette for the hop bitterness, which arrives promptly thereafter. Not a ton of bite, just enough to let you know it's there. It's a bit oily and coats your mouth in a nice way. There is a touch of dark fruit and nuttiness, that reminds me of something between a quad and a brown ale. I think the oak is there, the dryness on the tip of my tongue tastes wood-like. Spicy and earthy.

It would say overall it definitely has some woody flavors. The more I sipped, the more those 'earthy' qualities seemed like they could easily by oak and oak chip characteristics.

Somewhere on the medium side of drinkability. The slight bitterness does linger, and while not bad it isn't my favorite aftertaste.

Overall I wouldn't look for this beer again, but the fact that most reviewers said thatthis beer had massive hop presence, and the fact that my bottle is both older and hasn't been refrigerated, leads me to think I'll be buying a fresh bottle someday to re-review. (1,833 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pours clear ruby brown with a 1 finger off white head that left lacing all down the glass

smells like their ipa - lots of pine and grapefruit

taste - while i was disappointed it didnt have the oak aged flavors i was looking forward to it did still taste good - a very balanced dipa? hops punch you in the face to start then the nutty caramel malts come through on the finish

mouthfeel - medium body with good carbonation very smooth and creamy

overall this beer takes a huge hit based on its price $18 a sixer - - how in the world did they come up with this price (567 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is clear copper, a warm yellow head, little lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of fudge, raisins, vanilla and some alcohol.

Very sweet start, toffe, brown sugar, then oak and woody acid, apple seeds.

Medium low carbonation, soft and smooth, a huge body and light dry finish.

Good, but feels a bit young, and as often, do the cask really improve the beer? (367 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz bottle for $4 at a local liquor store. Let's see if it's worth the cash. Poured vigorously into a tulip glass, producing a small one finger head that has shrunk a little but seems to be sticking around.

Appearance: Light brown/nutty color. Cloudy, can see some sediment in it when held up to the light. Looks nice. (Left amazing lacing on the glass).

Aroma: Earthy. Can smell some almost candy sweetness, probably the hops. Very slight hint of the oak aging.

Taste: Maltier than the regular Bastard. The hops are also not as present. Some caramel and dried fruit notes. A little reminiscent of an imperial brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Almost something you'd want to slowly sip over an hour or so, but the drinkability is high enough that bigger gulps are rewarded with a smooth mouthfeel.

Final Thoughts: In the future, I'll probably opt for the regular Arrogant Bastard over this more mature version. However, it is a very nice and complex beer with a flavor that stays with you even minutes after you've swallowed. (1,037 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard pours a hazy mahogany color with a two fingered size creamy light tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly down to a thin sheet on the beer leaving behind thick clumps of netted lace on the glass. An mild aroma of oak, with hoppy notes of apricot and orange citrus hovers over the beer.

This medium to full bodied beer is soft on the palate and slightly chewy with a light fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor begins a bit fruity with some apricot notes. Hoppy flavors of orange citrus quickly take over and there's a presence of caramel malt balancing out the hops. Throughout each sip is a presence of oak that helps soften all the hops. The beer finishes dry leaving behind some citrus hop flavors.

I thought this beer was well balanced and not nearly has hoppy as the regular arrogant bastard. The aroma was a bit more mild than I thought it would be. Otherwise a very tasty brew. (920 characters)

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,843 ratings.