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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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5,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,037
Reviews: 1,848
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 188
Gots: 486 | FT: 7
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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 Bfarr
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark mahogany with tan frothy head with good retention and uneven lacing. Citrus and caramel aromas with a touch of floral but no oak I could detect. Citrus and caramel with a bit of dark chocolate and hint of roasted barley sweetness with a subtle oak from start to finish. A dry, bitter finish. The oak starts to really come out as it warms up but it's usually not overwhelming. A very good combination mouthfeel of a little fuzzy mouthcoating and slightly sticky with a moderate high carbonation.

Hmmm, I really can't decide if I like this better than a regular AB. The oak certainly adds a new dimension to the taste but at times comes up a little too much. It definitely dries out the finish a bit more and it's nice to get the wood flavor subtly throughout rather than just in the aftertaste. I guess it just depends on if I'm in the mood for a little wood...

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!

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!

Photo of ToddT
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium brown color with a small cream colored head that fades quickly but hangs around enough to leave a little lace at the top of the glass.

S- Hops, citrus, vanilla, and a little hint of oak.

T- An immediate punch of hops, quickly followed by bitterness held in check by the oak flavor. An interesting balance. Very complex as the hops, oak, and malt fight for control of the palate. The oak flavor holds through to the finish which is dry and left me a little thirsty. A touch of the alcohol comes out a the end.

M- Smooth and creamy, well carbonated. Nice to sip slow and let the flavors play out their struggle for control. Hides the 7.2% ABV well until the finish.

D- Well balance and drinkable not a session beer but goes down easy.

Not a beer for everyone, you will either love it or hate it. It is aggressive, it is arrogant, and to some it could be a bastard. Feels like it could spin out of balance at anytime, but somehow the oak keeps it all held together.

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.

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I saw this in my local beer store after not seeing it anywhere for the longest time so I decided to pick it up and I am glad I did. It pours a dark orange, almost brown, with a solid head formation (better than Arrogant Bastard if I recall correctly). The lacing it leaves lingers for a few minutes before dissipating.

As for the taste, imagine a more mild, drinkable Arrogant Bastard. The oak definitely takes away a lot of Arrogant Bastard's harshness and makes it a less challenging beer. It retains the bitterness but adds a bit of complexity.

Overall, I love this beer! Another hit by Stone. I'm glad I have five more sitting in my beer fridge. Definitely pick this one up!

Photo of ZorroPlateado
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight from the Stone brewery into a growler poured into a mug. Lacing for days with a nice creamy head. The oaky nose remains the center stage with the scent from the hops shining through. Exceptionally smooth while still remaining a flavorful ale in a way that only Stone could do. The hops in the finish keeps the bastard ale arrogant for a good reason.

Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20th review - woohoo! Now I can post new brews on this site. Picked up a sixer in Madison on the way back from Darkness Day.

A - Attractive mahogany color with one fingers of tan foam that dissipates slowly into an attractive big-bubbled lace. A small amount of carbonation is visible.

S - Toffee and malt, oak, hops and citrus. I wish more ales were this rich in the olfactory arena. Unsurprisingly it smells like Arrogant Bastard but with a bit of oak...

T - Starts sweet, ends bitter. The oak is pretty understated - likely because it's just oak chips and not barrel-aging. Keeps all the positive elements of AB - malty caramel front palette morphing into a hoppy bitter IPA at the end. The wood really comes out at the beginning but is quickly overwhelmed by hops.

M - Resinous - smooth, but a little more watery than I like. The carbonation is pretty unobtrusive. Nothing too special here.

D - I can see why they come in sixers. The 7.2% doesn't really make an appearance, although I can't drank too many woody beers in an evening (as the recent FOBAB proved).

A nice variation on Arrogant Bastard - as much as I like roadtrippin' to Discount liquors...please Stone, come to Illinois!

Photo of aeminter
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep amber with about two fingers of cappuccino head and good lacing.

S - There is the unmistakable smell of hops, hints of citrus and a slight alcohol scent.

T/M - The flavor is complex and full-bodied; as one would expect from a Stone brew. There is a rich malt backbone with a distinct hop bitterness which helps to balance the beer. There is a little oak in the aftertaste, and there is a dryness in the mouthfeel that I've come to associate with oak aged beverages.

D - For being such a big beer this is very quaffable.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from New Beer on Chrystie St in NYC. Very hazy, if I remember much more hazy than the regular Bastard Ale, lots of tan head with huge lacing. Lots of malt in the smell, I somehow expected to smell the oak, but it's kind of hard to distinguish. The taste really blew me away. Some raisins, roasted malt sweetness, followed by the familiar Bastard Ale bitterness and the oak character coming through. I really like the regular Bastard Ale, but I think this is even better. The aging really mellowed it out, it's got a great smooth character, wonderful mouthfeel, wonderful finish that lasts and lasts. Really fantastic beer.

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone does it again!

This incredible brew pours like a beautiful amber ale, smacks like a floral IPA, warms like a world-class stout, and sits like an afternoon pale ale. To restrict this beer to the category of 'ale' does not do it justice. Stone deserves a categry of its own.

I love the traditional Stone, IPA hop taste--but well in balance with the backbone of the warming oak and syrupy flavor. This has the sophisitacted malt of a barleywine but its alcohol presence is nothing overbearing.

Instant classic.

Photo of xav33
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oaked Arrogant Bastard
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, argued over 02/07

Poured a hazy ruddy brown with a large mostly lacing beige yellowish frothy head with good lacing.

Smelt of strong fresh pineapple, mango, and other tropical fruit, some light oak and caramel.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet grapefruit and light fruit punch sweetness followed by a strong roasted grain and oak bitter taste with some light fruity sweetness on a long bitter hops finish. Palate was medium bodied, watery yet a bit oily, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, the aroma is divine. The flavor delivers, and, although surprisingly light on the palate, it balances out the strong flavors. By far my favorite of the arrogant bastard variations.

Photo of mbunje
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of bottles for....get this...$14. Yikes!

Pours with a good 1" head. Creamy white head and lacing. Dark amber color. Clear, no floating remnants. Medium carbonation. The color is very rich and enticing.

The smell is one of a kind. A Smokey Coffee scent. More like a porter. Earthy, like one would expect from a single malt scotch. Nothing else like it in the beer world.

Taste is also very unique. Similar to Arrogant Bastard (unoaked). Except a bit more balanced due to the woody/oak flavor. I'm not sure the taste is better than AB, just different. You can taste the alcohol and a bit of extra bitterness in the finish.

This feels thick and has a very dry finish. Coats your mouth, very smooth.

Drinkability is limited. This is a very rich offering and I could probably go for a couple pints.

Very unique twist on what is probably one of the best beers out there....Arrogant bastard. Must try for any Stone fan.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm with Hero....got to try it at Dark Lord Day. A big hearty TANKS (in a brogue) to whomever placed this on the tasting tables! I was SO tempted to have this with one of the donuts...

Nice dark copperish colour with a loose, uneven tan head. (The head reaaly was kind of unattractive...maybe just my pour...also seemed to have a greenish hue- but that could have been due to the translucent plastic Solo cup. Next year, I bring my own real glass.)

The smell was all abut fruity amltiness and floral hops. Very nice.

Flavour was, as you might expect, a bit woody, with a nice velvety sweet maltiness and a nice licorice hint. Very nice, but I really expected a tad moore oomph.

Thick and even on the tonuge, the carbonation seemed not very present- but that could have been due tot he bottle being turned up so many times by the time I go to it.

Drinkable? Does the pope shit int he woods? OK, maybe not. But yeah. OH yeah.

Be well

Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours out in this deep rich crimson red, almost like cranberry juice. The head is light tan pillowy head.

The aroma has lots of caramel malt along with juicy sweet orange and grapefruit. Then the hops shine through of pine, resin, and some oak.

On the flavor, it starts off with a bitter blood orange, red grapefruit, and peel. It then hits with a round vanilla flavor. The oak adds a dimension throughout.

The caramel sweetness then hits and balances the beer. There is a big lasting bitterness in the end. It's almost peppery, but lots of resin, pine, earth, tea, earthiness, and wood chips.

The oak adds a wonderful complexity to the Arrogant Bastard base. A great beer that is very much like an American barleywine, but very well made, unlike some other attempts.

Photo of hophead81
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of dubinsky
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pnwclimber
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Jimbo87
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A thick 2 finger tan head sits on top of a hazy burnt amber brown. Good retention and big patches of lacing.

S - Toasted malt, soft wood notes, and pine. Vanilla is pronounced along with brown sugar, cherry pie filling, maple, and toffee.

T - Vanilla coated grapefruit provides bitterness right away. Roasted almond, toffee, amaretto, with woody undertones that become more prevalent towards the finish. Finishes with a dry spicy bite. Aftertaste is of citrus, mint, and slightly woody.

M - Medium creamy body.

Very complex nose on this one. The oak seems to bring out the pine and hide the citrus in the nose. The oak is defiantly there but doesn't overpower the rest of the beer. It adds complexity without making it too dry.

Photo of mick303
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour is a dark brown with a bit of dark burnt caramel. Lacing is decent. Head is toffee tan in colour.
Nose has plenty of caramel, toffee, vanilla, some clean hop bitterness. Flavourful with a distinct oaky edge.
Taste has more of the same notes, nice toasted malt. Creamy and oaky, big body, with a hit of clean hop astringency. Finishes cleanily, creamy and flavourful.
Great stuff, oak aging suits it nicely.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chadspivey
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of cdizinno
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this little dousy at beer world in Largo FL. Pours a hazy light brown with a thick white heading. Lacing that stuck around for the rest of the show.

Smell is all woody,big rich roasted malts,touch of hops also a hint of vanilla thrown in.

Taste is all roasted very woody,and malty, a ridiculous bitter and dry aftertaste.

Mouth is creamy with a full bodied good carbonation maybe a little over-done.

Drink is good probably a little too heavy for a six-pack but definetly a must have.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,037 ratings.