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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,848 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,848
Reviews: 1,835
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 156
Gots: 406 | 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 TheSixthRing
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance - Pours a beautiful dark ruby amber with a frothy, light tan 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - There's a lot going on in the nose. Hints of caramel, coffee, toffee, fruity esters, a bitter citrus hop, and a peppery oak.

Taste - Tastes like how one would expect - Arrogant Bastard with a hint of oak. Coffee, caramel and grapefruit bitterness. The oak has actually mellowed the typically aggressive Bastard flavors a bit, allowing for individual flavors to shine through a bit more cleanly.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy. A tad easier to get down than it's original counterpart.

Overall - I usually don't allow price to interfere with a beer rating, but this beer is so close to the original, while nearly double the price, that it's hard not to ding it a little here. Not a bad one to try, but stick with the original if price is a concern.

TheSixthRing, May 19, 2012
Photo of asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Looks like the bastard I think I know, with a ruddy body and some nice spidery lacing pushing itself around the glass. A lot of nice thin and spread out spots begin to form with some sips, which makes it better.

Smell: Apricot and fruity sweetness dominate, I think, from the oak chips. The aroma, however, is completely floral, vanilla, citrus hops, cream, strawberry, woodiness, smoke, and the end aroma of slightly toasted malt.

Taste: I love what the oak does to this as far as balance: apricot dominates, with some strawberry, vanilla, cream, woodiness, slight smoke, slight roasted chocolate, a bit of citrus and lemongrass, and the finish initially dominated by hops into a long finish where the creaminess lingers with the fruit slowly behind, lingering on the tongue with a tinge of bitter hops before the apricot dominates at the finish, along with some oakiness, breadiness, slight chocolate, and cream making it an ultimately, and surprisingly unsuspecting, dessert beer. For real? That's what I'm getting.

Mouthfeel: Maybe it's the complexity of the brew, but I feel like there's too much carbonation right now, albeit just a bit. It's not bad with everything else that's going on, and it doesn't take away from it that much, but who knows, maybe some years could do great things.

Drinkability: Even though this is chips instead of barrel, they're certainly doing a lot for the beer, and improving upon a beer that's already pretty fantastic. Don't let anyone tell you that it's the barrel way or the highway. Sorry, silly joke. At any rate, this is a fantastic beer that, even in its greenness, has improved a great deal, or has even discovered some unforseen beautiful things along the way. In my opinion, worth the high price tag, even if it is around $15 for a six pack. I was a skeptic, but right now I'm a believer.

asabreed, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of metalitool
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

I bought a single bottle of this from my favorite beer playground, knowing that I wouldn't be able to find this (or anything from Stone in my state).

While it is clearly not a Red (Irish) ale, it is the first red colored beer that I have liked. While it is an excellent beer its not quite as exciting as I had hoped for....but my expectations for a stronger taste of the wood aging may have been misplaced.

I havent tried Arrogant Bastard so I cant differentiate the oak from what it was otherwise. Not too much head from the beer, but a healthy dose of hops (while strong, hops are far toned down from Stone IPA....which is a great beer...with the less hops it is quite a lot more drinkable, which while making for pleasant drinking, quite painful at $16/six-pack where i saw it.

Overall, an excellent beer but i dont think that i would pony up the additional $10/sixpack if it was sitting next to Stone IPA on the shelf.

Beer is deceptively smooth (I'm really not noticing that its 7.2% abv, which while I am used to that, it seems to be disappearing quite quickly (so yes, i like it!....just not quite what i expected, which was a heck of a lot). And in all fairness, I may not be educated enough to distinguish wood aging unless it is quite pungent, which wouldnt necessarily be the best way of presenting said aroma/taste.

metalitool, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

consumed immediately after the standard Arrogant Bastard
A - slightly cloudy orange brown, frothy tan head retained well with sticky lacing
S - definite woody burbon-like sweet aroma, minty with piney hops, this ignites the nostrils
T - herbal hops with fresh mint up front, lighter grapefruit, piney & woody with some caramel sweetness, and just a little spicy
M - medium carbonation, smooth with a dry bitter finish
D - same same but different from the original bastard, the minty note is very refreshing and the woodiness ads more depth to this strong ale, this edges out the regular arrogant bastard for my money

joemcgrath27, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Proteus93
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

A: A deep brown pour, some red highlights. Beautiful head: foamy & creamy, great retention... latticing lace all the way down.

S: Oaky scene come through... a nice addition to the full hoppy aromas. A little bit of an earthy, somewhat musky smell in there. Some slightly sweet notes follow through at the very end.

T: Rich, bitter hops. The oak aging has done its part to add flavour and intensifies the flavour, and an incredibly full flavour it is. A bit of a kick in the ass, and not for the faint hearted.

M & D: Weighty, yet still wet... a combination few get right. The bitter body makes for a bit of a slow drink, but the have done well balancing something so intense. Not for any sort of crazy consumption, but that kinda seems to be intentional. This isn't to be treated like a bad macro on a summer day. Nonetheless, I find myself pouring every last drop I can get out of the bottle into the glass.

Proteus93, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of jordanblaskey
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A:
Pours as blood red as a beer could possibly be. The fluffy two finger off-white head seems like it could stick around for days. Beautiful lacing. This is an impeccable looking brew.

S:
A malty caramel backbone. Woody (oak) and slightly earthy (tobacco) tones. Maybe a mint or menthol type sweetness. Some vanilla.

T:
This is just fantastic and the depth is unreal. Oily hops, oak, caramelized sugar, and nice pine bite at the finish. This beer rivals a lot of heavy hitters in the "lingering" category.

M:
A heavy beer that leaves a dry finish. I'm okay with the carbonation. I think any more would take away from this beer.

O:
A fantastic looking beer with an awesome head that reminds of a hefeweizen. Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard is worthy of it's high rating on this site. This beer is angry, and I'm sure Stone would relish the hell out of that statement.

Serving type: bottle

jordanblaskey, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of shroompod
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

This has been in the cellar for about a year, and I figured something this low in ABV should be rotated out.

Poured into pint glass. Red, clear. Decent head. Not bottle conditioned.

Smell is is a nice mixture of of citrusy hops and sweet malt.

This beer has a malty rich, molasses flavor upfront. A drying hop aftertaste that seems to go along with the oaked chip infusion.

Mouthfeel is medium. I'd expect a younger version would feel thinner with a larger hop profile.

Overall drinkability of this beer is great. Almost a session beer. The 7.2% is almost unbelievable for a beer with this much flavor.

shroompod, May 12, 2007
Photo of stumac
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

I would love to get my hands on that 3 Liter ceramic bottle with the lock up top! That would be awesome!

it pours a red amber color with a nice big brown tinted head. good lacing too. the nose is dark cherries, roasty malts, slight sour oak. the taste is oaky, dark cherries, roasted malts, bitter as hell! medium body, low smoothe carbo, a very smoothe brew. This brew makes me wanna eat oak aged babies!

stumac, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (bbd 3/22/13 ?) into a pint glass, pours a light red orange brown with a light tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: oak, toffee, citrus hops, pine, caramel

T: bitter hops up front mixed with an earthyness from the oak tannins, middle sweetens slightly with oak still present, finish is pine resin and bitter, taste lingers, slight hints of spice maybe nutmeg

M: thinner than I expected, aftertaste is long, very slight alcohol presence

O: a nice adaptation on Arrogant Bastard, oak mixes well with hops, very drinkable

M_C_Hampton, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of clarkm04
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance- A real deep reddish/copper color. A slight head retention.

Smell- Aggressive. What would you expect? You can smell the malts and hops coming through in the smell.

Taste- You are immediately hit with the hops. Very upfront and bitter. Next the beer turns malty with an added oak note from the oaked process. Finishes a little dry with some leftover hop/malt residue in your mouth.

Mouthfeel- Definitely a unique mouthfeel. At times it feels lighter than the smell or taste while other times it feels heavier and more chewy. The only consistent item for me is the hops that hits me in the back of my mouth.

Drinkability- For a beer with this much hops, malts and relative ABV it's highly drinkable.

Overall- This is a unique beer and I always enjoy drinking it despite not being worthy. I love how aggressive yet drinkable it is. It's such a great beer and deserves to be Stone's flagship beer. I know they are different beers but I have the same feelings about this beer as I do about DFH 60 Minute. 60 minute is more malty and roasty while AB has a hoppier taste they both are unique beers loaded with malts and hops and highly drinkable.

clarkm04, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of redzone3120
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Pours a dark rich amber color with a hint of cloudiness. The head is small and brown in color. The carbonation looks a little light but looks nice against the slightly cloudy appearance.

S - Nice smoky oak smell. I can't wait to try this beer!

T - Great taste with a nice and smooth bitter hoppy flavor. The oak is well balanced with the nutty flavor. Great hops and malts and finishes very well.

M - Great feel, not too bitter but still strong. The carbonation is subtle and finishes very nice.

D - Very drinkable though the flavor is a little strong if your having more than one or two. Great beer!

redzone3120, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a bottle a cloudy dark tea color with a light beige head and very little lacing.

Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, citrusy hops, sweet malts, and a light oakiness.

The taste is lightly sweet a perfect balance of sharp hops and malts with plenty of caramel and citrus notes. The alcohol is present but well-hidden.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth and lightly carbonated.

What a terrific beer! Easy to drink but not easy to stop drinking.

Monkeyknife, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of leansean88
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

A fine example of a beer that is cut above the rest, and knows it. It has a whopping, bold taste that is surprisingly very nice. And it smells just as surprisingly good. This is a man's beer, sporting strong, vivid character with a clean finish. Tasted great with barbeque.

leansean88, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of GoalieRon33
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

A- Opaque brown with red undertones

S- Heavy oak smell. Sweet with burnt undertones

T- Unparalelled depth. Smokey to start, then finishes gloriously sweet. Some hidden chocolate malts at the finish, although very subtle

M- Heavy, bold, and creamy. Goes down smooth, with a beautifully sophisticated creaminess

D- For such a complex beer, its not a tough job to hammer this one down. The carbonation is perfect, the smoothness is to die for, and the overall alcohol burn with lingering effects is wonderful....This beer is outstanding

GoalieRon33, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Big thanks to jtrockchalk for this one.

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a snifter. Thick and creamy off white head, 2 fingers deep.
The color is a bit darker then the regular AB, with a bit of hazyness to it.
Some bubbly retention, thick sticky lace.

Smells of plums, brown sugar, mellow hop aroma, sweet malt and a touch of roastyness.

Upfront the sweet malt hits my tounge, then through the middle its some carbonation, oaky roasted flavors. Hops kick in at the swallow with a good kick of pine flavor.
Finish is smokey, with more bittering hops, yet still sweet.
Creamy mouthfeel, evenly carbonated.

Excellent!

Buebie, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of BenSelf
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Beer pours up nicely with a lingering soft, foamy head. The aroma is dark malt and warm brown sugar. The flavor has a lot well-rounded roasted malt character, with some faint chocolate. The bitterness from the malt and hops plays well with the sweet aroma. The mouthfeel, my favorite part, makes this beer truly extraordinary: thick, almost creamy. Alcohol comes in at a reasonable 7.2%, making this beer a good one to share with friends who might not be the biggest beer geeks. Thanks Stone, I'll definitely be picking up some more.

BenSelf, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Krakistophales
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Pours a really dark red with a finger's worth of tan head.

S: Sweet malts, vanilla, cinnamon and assorted spices

T: This beer packs a huge, bitter, hop wallop right from the great, with the middle giving you just a slight malt respite, until you're finished with a heavily bitter, oak, wooden finish, almost like an Irish whiskey taste at the very end. A very dry finish, the kind that leaves you thirsty for more.

M: Thick, well carbonated, sticky.

O: This is a fantastic brew. Stone never ceases to impress me with each of their brews.

Krakistophales, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of JEdmund
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz. bottle/drink by date of ? (can't see)

Appearance
Quite the handsome Arrogant Bastard! Deep leather brown sporting a creamy dollop of a tan head; translucent and can't see the level of carbonation

Smell
Everything is blending nicely here, but not coming off in a big way (age?); there's some nice tart fruit--maybe even strawberries, which would be a first for me; I'd like a little more oak in the nose

Taste & Mouthfeel
Immediately striking as a unique and tasty beer; it's full of hops and malts, with each balancing each other nicely; the oaking really pops at the end as vanilla suddenly appears after each sip--a nice touch; A.B. boasts a medium-to-thick body that feels smooth and creamy, with just enough carbonation and leaves a slight oily residue; a tad bit of alcohol heat in the finish, but it's not bad

Overall
I was very impressed with my first Oaked Arrogant Bastard. It's strong in all areas, and I especially appreciate its color. Now I'm really eager to try regular A.B. It was a great break from all the uber-hopped beers of late as the malt and oak aging characteristics really shined on this one.

JEdmund, May 19, 2008
Photo of Gushue3
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

A- sits dark very cloudy brown with a large foamy head. great retention and lots of lacing. quite the looker.. this bastard is

S- sweet citrusy hops and smokiness

T- nice and bitter with a slightly sweet undertone. smokey and burnt wood and nice bitter hops. citrus is laced under all of this goodness.

M- smooth as hell with medium carbonation. medium to heavy mouthfeel

O- excellent beer, very tough to beat. just wish it wasnt $18 a sixer

Gushue3, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of mnwags
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

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 dubinsky
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark amber red, almost brown color that shines red when held up to the light. It has a nice 2-finger tan head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving a great amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Smells strongly of sweet citrus hops, pine, rye and oak. I honestly cant give this beer enough praise in this category. This beer smells great.

T - The first thing i get is some serious piney hop bitterness that lasts the entire time. Slight caramel sweetness and roasted malts present themselves early in the sip and are immediately followed by oak. This is really a hopped up oaked strong ale. This beer tastes different than it smelled, yet still is wonderful.

M - Medium boded with good carbonation.

D - This is very smooth beer that drinks easily. I will definitely pick this one up again.

dubinsky, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of leokbelo
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured into a Pint glass, rich, dense cherry wood colour. Creamy inch head that dissipates after a while into a nice lacing which, in turn, lasts forever!
Hoppy on the nose, very hoppy, made me think it was Cascade, perhaps. Don't matter, very strong bouquet of citrus hops.
WOW, this is one HOPPY beer! They say the IBU is classified, I wonder if they even know, but either way , very intense, yet very drinkable.
Drinkability is very good. Strong, in your face, beer, that deserves one's respect.
Highly recommended!

leokbelo, May 23, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured into a NB Chalice, this beer is a nice reddish-tinted brown color. It doesn't seem to have quite the same head retention as the normal bastard, but it does leave good lacing. Lots of sensuous hops in the nose, a good underlying malt, and maybe a faint oakiness... it's hard to detect over the other quite strong scents. Oakiness comes through more in the flavor, but it's not a large flavor component. It's easily as good as the ordinary version, but it doesn't seem to add much complexity or interest, to me. It does seem a tad smoother, though.

Top-notch, just like the ordinary AB, but probably not worth the 50% premium price they put on top.

allengarvin, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of pnwclimber
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured into a glass at about 45 degrees.

A: Nice auburn color. Midsized bubbles in the head. Head itself doesn't last long, but lacing does. A little cloudy.

S: Really nice smell. I wasn't expecting to smell the woodiness of it, but you can. Also can pick up the alcohol smell with hints of caramel and a bit of vanilla.

T: Very good. It does taste like standard Arrogant Bastard, with a lot more complexity. You can taste the oak. High hop flavor with a bit a lot of bitterness. Good malt flavor, but it plays second fiddle to the other flavors. Aftertaste will stick with you! The bottle says that they used American oak. I wonder what it would be like with French oak?

D: I wouldn't drink this with any lightly favored meal, or switch to another beer, but on it's own it is very drinkable!

Highly recommend!

pnwclimber, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Jimbo87
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Had at the Green Leafe in New Town.

In a US pint glass.

Clear, dark reddish copper.

Smell: Sweet. Some kind of fruit-like smell. Maybe some herbal/spice-like quality I can't put my finger on. Very much a unique smell. Herbaceous spicy hop.

Taste: Orange, slight wood. Some delicious sweetness, and a nice bitter citrus at the end. Extremely smooth. Tastes like nothing I've had before.

MF: Rather silky, and more viscous than I expected.

Drinkability: I really really like this. Unfortunatley I can't comment on the difference between the Oaked AB vs. regular AB, because I've only had the oaked. But I'm looking forward to trying the regular.

Jimbo87, Apr 03, 2009
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,848 ratings.