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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,972 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,972
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 169
Gots: 449 | 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 fitzy84
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was actually on tap at the Moan and Dove. It poured with a heavy head and had a very, very dark appearance. It did, however, have some amber seen when you looked through it in light. The Oaked Arrogant Bastard had a very strong malty aroma and was wicked sweet in caramel-like flavors. It had a medium body and was really, really thick. Very desert-like. That oak-aging worked wonders for a Stone classic. Highly recommended

fitzy84, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Raven3464
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It looks exactly the same as the standard Arrogant Bastard. In other words, it pours a dark amber body with an ivory colored head. There is plenty of carbonation and retention is good; a very nice looking beer.

Smell: Dark fruits and pine dominate early. A caramel aroma can be detected, which I never noticed in the normal Arrogant Bastard. The "oak" smell also becomes more noticeable as the beer warms and is quite pleasant.

Taste: Perhaps a bit more complicated than the normal AB. There's a sweet malt attack early which is followed by the "woody" taste noticeable in spicier bourbons. Bread, hop bitterness, and a slight alcohol burn dominate the aftertaste. The citrus, mostly grapefruit, taste associated with I.P.A.'s is more subdued than in the original AB.

Mouth feel. It's full bodied and creamy. The carbonation follows the dry bitterness nicely.

Overall: It is almost identical to the original Arrogant Bastard except the the citrus taste has been replaced with a woody flavor. It is impossible to decide which version of the AB I prefer. Nonetheless, this was an excellent experiment which yielded yet another delicious and unique beer from Stone.

Raven3464, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard has a thick, creamy, beige head and a clear, dark copper, or, even red appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is of sweet malts, and the taste is sweet forward- just syrupy, malty, rich, sweet flavor, which masks the alcohol (this, in combination with some others extra-strong beers, knocked me out for three hours, by the way). There is a nice hop bite, but it’s mild. Mouthfeel is medium, and Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard finishes surprisingly easy drinking and delicious. Overall, another Stone champion.


RonaldTheriot, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask @ Real Ale Fest
Oh my grannies bustle, this was my second most favorite at the Real Ale Fest, just a tad behind the Russian River OVL Stout, in fact I had several samplers of this to be sure I was able to judge its character lol.

A somewhat hazy brown, the head a tan crown that was creamy in texture, the lace a thick coating upon the glass, with the nose sweet with the aroma of malt and Oak, hints of alcohol and bubble gum, yummy is a good description. Start was ambrosial, thick with malt, the top moderate to full in its feel. Finish was moderate in it’s a acidity, the hops delightful, quite dry and a bit of a tummy warmer, one damn fine beer in this old dawg’s book.

Gusler, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of Chiefy770
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 fluid ounce bottle.
“Enjoy By” 7/17/2014

Dark brown body with an amber glow. A great tan head collapsed and left a very impressive amount of lacing.

Sweet hops. Really great whiff of sugary malts… burnt caramel.

Hops: Started off pretty mild but finished with a kick. Herbal and floral… almost sour.
Malts: Subtle sweet notes of caramel and molasses. Good notes up front but the hops take over in the finish.
Notes: The oak is subtle but it really brought the hops and malts together. The malts are nearly absent in the standard version of this brew but it is smoother and more balanced in this version. The oak also hides the alcohol very well.
Moderate-low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: The oak barrels did wonders for this brew. I would definitely reach for this version over the standard version.

Chiefy770, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of chadspivey
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle , thanks to witbier for the opportunity

A: pours a dark copper color with a two finger off' white head. Half-way through the glass, still a good 1/4 inch head.

S: smells just like regular Arrogant Bastard. Maybe small hints of oak, but that could be my sub-conscious. .

T: Very smooth and delicious. starts malty kind of piney in the middle. Bitterness at the end, complimented by hints of vannilla

M: very smooth. kinda creamy, pretty thick, alomost like a cask conditioned. really in my opinion, it's a perfect mouthfeel.

D: unbelievable. I'm almost finished with my glass, and I feel like I could drink this all night. Only have the one though... :(

Wow. This is truly a craft beer. The best beer i've had in a while. gotta get some more...

Some advice, don't just get a 12 oz., get something bigger. 12 oz. is just a tease.

chadspivey, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of cdizinno
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy, deep reddish-amber colored, with a fluffy tan head, moderate lacing.

S: Slighty citrus, earthy, smoky and fruity.

T&M: Medium bodied and extremely smooth. Very complex. Smoky charred oak, caramel, chocolate and coffee. Hops are lightly citrus.

As good as the on-tap version, maybe even better.

cdizinno, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasted on 25 October 2010, bottle says "Enjoy by 12 20 10" 12oz bottle, poured into Sam Adams Summer Ale glass, two-finger beige head that looked spongy as it faded, lacing covers 40% of the glass. The color is a glorious clear brown-red with a touch of orange when held up to the light, much like a red ale, but way more legendary. The aroma is light in hops, light in oak, but the headturner here was the tropical fruits I smelled: guava and starfruit. They were surprising to me, and took me about 3 straight minutes of smelling to narrow down specific fruit smells. I'm not experienced enough to know if this tropical smell comes from fruits or hops, but it is definitely what I'm smelling. I don't taste the fruits, but I taste bitter hops with a little oak, and a small sting on the tongue from the carbonation. This beer sticks slightly on the mouth. This does not taste like a 7.2% beer, and I would definitely consider this a session beer for myself, so excuse me while I crack open bottle #2.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Jedimaster1
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a duvel-type tulip.

A: Dark burgundy with a tan head.

S: Citrus hops and a bit of malt -- malt though barely noticeable.

T: Sweet, slightly caramel, smooth malt can be enjoyed with intense the hops showing up at the end. The taste of oak can be detected at the end. This brew for me appears more malty than the standard AB (if memory serves me well).

M: Smooth with a bit of carbonation. No real alcohol taste unlike the standard AB.

D: Too easy to drink. Smooth as heck and gets smoother as it warms.

I prefer this one over the regular AB. It is a great a brew and the oak only makes it more drinkable. Man, Stone keeps impressing me with its many brews.

Jedimaster1, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a three-finger, fluffy, tan head of foam. The head was long lasting and left tons of patchy intricate lace.

S - Good aroma. Citrusy hops with floral notes. Sweet caramel with a touch of boozy alcohol.

T - Orange and other citrus flavors come through with a mild bitterness. Lots of sweet caramel and light roasted malt flavors provide a good backbone. Then to top it all off there are oak, bourbon and vanilla flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a slight alcohol heat.

D - This was a really great tasting beer. It is so good in so many ways. It is nice to try a 'hyped" beer that really delivers.

zeff80, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of mcallister
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good pour with nice creamy tan head. Dark amber in color.

Smells of toasty oak and vanilla. Hints of caramel, roasted chocolate malt.

Much smoother than it's unoaked sibling. Cinnamon, vanilla, toasty oak. Very well integrated and somewhat complex. A much higher RS than the unoaked version. Still good hop component and big roasty malt flavors. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Would love to drink a whole 3 liter.

mcallister, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of sprucetip
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very active, dense fluffy off-white head with excellent retention, reddish-copper color, good clarity and leaves thick lacing.

Rich caramel malty sweetness and bright, pungent floral and fruity hops join together and produce a superdeluxe aroma. I can faintly feel, but don't really smell, the booze when I take a deep inhale.

Caramel malty first, then woody, with medium hop bitterness through the middle. Hop flavors are not as pronounced as in the nose, or as much as the malty base and the bitterness. But I do detect piny, floral, and grapefruit rind influences coming on strong for the home stretch. The bitterness lingers and grows.

Well carbonated, rich full body, medium viscosity, bitter finish that lingers.

I'm sure I've had this before, but it's been a while, I think. I've never been all that impressed by any of the Bastards. But I used to drink my beers too cold, and maybe they were old or something? Whatever, I'm impressed now. This beer has an interesting malt forward start and a strong San Diego finish. Very good beer. Looking forward to my next one.

sprucetip, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Finn
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby/auburn color with a nice tan head that sticks around.

S: Earthy, rich, piney, and, yes, oaky. Nicely blended aroma. Biscuits, caramel too.

T: Starts with a bite of piney hops, which pervade throughout the flavor arena, but the mild oak flavor opens up in the middle, and blends nicely with dak caramel malts. A touch of roast flavor too. finishes with a bit of alcohol blending with the oak flavors, then simmers out with some more hop bitterness.

M: Full, smooth, almost creamy.

D: One of the great beers of this style. Will definitely open up a beer lover's world if they haven't tried this one yet. But be ready for some hops.

Finn, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of Sbkrogers
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark amber in colour. Two finger head, which stayed for a good amount of time.

Smell: Caramel, vanilla, and citrus with hints of oak in the background.

Taste: Malty. Hoppy aftertaste, not too strong. Sweet when first tasting, which quickly dissapates.

Mouthfeel: Very clean tasty. A bit oily, but in a good way.

Drinkability: Excellent. Could easily have a few of these, after drinking one went to the second I had.

Serving type: Bottle. Purchased at City Beer store and tasting room

This was a gamble of a few beer I purchased, and I've very glad I did.

Sbkrogers, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky rusty copper color. Nice one and a half finger creamy tan head. Gummy, chewy lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S- Vanilla, licorice, caramel, sweet citrus like mango, and pineapple. A touch of piney bitterness, pink grapefruit and wood.

T- Butter rum, toasted vanilla, caramel, licorice and sweet and pungent hops. Bursts of mango, tangerine, and pineapple

M- Nice and creamy mouthfeel. Nice resiny hops bark, but the sweetness makes everything a touch sticky.

O- This is really nice. Not sure if it's worth $18.99/6-pack tho. Maybe I should have another and ponder that! :-)

Thickfreakness, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of diamondc
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz bottle for $2.99. Best before 03/17/10.

I've passed on Oaked AB for a while now since the only bottles I've been finding are less than a month before 'expiring'. This bottle is the freshed I've encountered so far.

This beer looks like the regular AB ... mahogany, scarlet color, fluffy head with some nice lacing. Looks inviting.

The smell that immediately comes to mind is the pit inside a nectarine. I'm impressed. Aroma is a tropical fruit tour de force. The oak so far is subtle, but lurking.

The oak is right there on the roof of my mouth after the few initial gulps. Pineapple & mango battle with the grapefruit. The malts almost get lost, but they are there with a caramel/toast/charcoal aftertaste.

Surprisingly, the alcohol never shows up and the complexity of flavors invites more sips. The oily, resiny oak may dull the palate though. I enjoy this more than regular AB.

diamondc, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Winter
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle pours a dark ruby brown with creamy khaki colored head. Nice malty aroma consisting of oak, vanilla, brown sugar and chocolate malt. The mouthfeel is medium to full with decent carbonation. Malt dominates the flavor. Oak, raisin and vanilla all come to the forefront. Piney, bitter hoppiness midway. Oak resumes along with some alcohol and lingering hop bitterness.

Arrogant Bastard itself is a great beer. Oaked Arrogant Bastard is that much better.

Winter, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Big78CJ
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine looking beer with a dark reddish brown body and orangey-auburn highlights around the edge of the glass. Thick, pillowy, off-white form sits on top of the beer, lingering briefly with minimal lacing. Smell is of ruby red grapefruits and oranges, with just enough sweetness to cut the edge of the citrusy hop. Malt presence is also noted in the smell as it blends with a touch of vanilla from the oak aging.

The flavor is a complex array of citrusy fruits like red grapefruit and oranges. There also appears to be a lighter watermelon or grape taste as well. As the fresh fruit flavor subsides, more intense hop bite takes over. Slightly metallic alcoholic notes start to warm the chest after several sips. The malt backbone and lingering hop presence lend significant texture to the beer.

I am very glad I picked up another sixer in Colorado as this is a damn tasty beer. I intend to age some of the other bottles and see how they turn out as well. On that note, I had taste of a 4 year old magnum of Oaked AB and it was amazing.

Big78CJ, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of positiverpr
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ounce bottle
a: dark red amber color.brilliant clarity. medium carbonation. thin off-white head that is short in life and without much lacing(poured in an inappropriate glass so take with a grain of salt).

a: crystal malt and "c" hops with subtle wood. maybe a hint of vanilla for me.

t: hop flavor hits me first. minimally oxidized malt apparent next or maybe just graininess mixed with the wood that i mistake for cardboard. next i get some bitterness, wood, bourbon, roasted grain andolight fruit?
lingering flavor of perfume and wood.

m:smooth, full mouthfeel
o: excellent beer. ive not had too many oaked beers of this style and i suspect i may be mistaking the oak flavor with oxidation. fairly complex but "c" hops are dominant.

positiverpr, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of bnes09
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany, cherry colored ale with lively bubbles. Brilliant head with exceptional retention and unyielding, frothy lacing.

Fresh, pine needle hop aroma and oak wood. Spicy and inviting with alcohol intricacies. Cherry sweetness.

Flavor is super complex just like unoaked arrogant bastard. Spicy piney and herbal hop bitterness. Solid biscuit malt backbone with cherry and grape sweetness. Smoked woods come through in middle to end. Alcohol hits in the finish with a bourbon character and signature warmth.

Medium bodied with a dry finish from the hops. Well carbonated.

Just an awesome brew. Every bit as good as the unoaked version with an added kick. I like the concept of taking a great beer and seeing what some oak chips and a little aging does to it. Genius!

bnes09, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Deep amber. Nice off-white head.

S - Woodsy hops.

T - Delicious, soft, fresh oak. I've never seen the an oak profile executed like this before. Malt, touch of pine, and some cinnamon spice.

M - Smooth with a semi-sweet finish. Touch of milk chocolate on the backend.

vfgccp, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of dwilson01
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass, the bottle cap reads "hated by many, loved by few." Appears daaarrrk red to brown in the glass with a nice tan head that dissipates quickly but clings to the sides well. Glows red when held up to the light.

The smell is surprisingly mellow for a stone offering but it's not lacking in goodness, a bit of wood and alcohol esters are there but they definitely threw some extra finishing aromatic hops in there too because I get a little floral balance to the woody alcohol.

The taste is great, definitely more flavor here than the regular arrogant bastard. There is a prominent citrus flavor that is quite spiced up, followed by the bitter hopping coupled with the wood from the oak chips which give it an almost sour bite. Finishes pretty smooth, spicey and herbal in the end which is a great ending to an awesome beer, it seriously leaves my mouth with the feeling I get after having a mint!

Mouthfeel is great, not amazingly exceptional or anything but it makes its presence known. The spiciness and citrus with that minty finish make the feel for sure.

Very drinkable, it's a sipper for sure and puts a smile on my face ever time I take a drink. Overall, great brew, not as good as the double bastard in my opinion but it does go down a slightly different road with the oak chip aging it goes through. Pretty cool flavors come out of that additional wood that aren't present in regular arrogant bastard which make this bad boy all worth it!

dwilson01, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of templar316
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duval tulip/\Really suprised at how much the mouthfeel has softened on this one! Not much of a fan of the Stone palate wrecker hop blast style although I can recognize it as good beer... This is really nice. 2008 bottle that's been chillin' in my cellar makes me wish I'd saved a couple more. Deep Amber, great head after 4 years in the bottle. Piney citrus hops are still readily apparent on the nose but the flavor really shines! A smooth operator flavor; quick piney blast, smooth creamy bitterness and soft tea. With an oak finish and smooth, smooth hoperator finish I could drink this all night!

templar316, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of bigkahunas4
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Poured a velvety cola color, with a nice tan head. Gorgeous lacing and retention around the rim. Nose is certainly oaky, with a big upfront kick of a sour mash. Also have hints of cherry and plum, with a nice floral hop finish.

Taste overall is just excellent from start to finish. It begins with some nice bready malts and finishes with a mild floral hop. However, your left with an unexpected, yet satisfying bitter hop after taste. My one critique is that I would've liked to pick up the oaky/fruit aroma in the taste. May attempt to drink out of a snifter next time.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy - a great consistency. Slight carbonation. I truly enjoy this - but probably after a few may be overwhelmed by the hop after taste. Overall, a great, big, arrogant beast.

bigkahunas4, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of curasowa
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been eagerly anticipating this one...Poured a cloudy copper color with just a small amount of head that faded quickly without any lacing. Smell is slightly medicinal, slightly sour and kind of earthy, no doubt due to the oaking. I also get a little brown sugar. Wow, the taste is super complex. First hit has some sweetness to it, then a ton of malty body and then bitterness. Not much carbonation, with a lingering finish that is a bit drying. This beer is super smooth and creamy. This is an awesome beer, definitely lives up to the hype.

curasowa, Mar 12, 2009
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,972 ratings.