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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,968 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,968
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 168
Gots: 444 | 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 Satchboogie
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewed today:
12oz bottle (best by 5/1/11) poured into a balloon tulip

A: Pours dark-rust brown, opaque with about a finger and dirty white brown head, lots of bubbly action, very frothy. Tons of lacing.

S: Floral and citrus hops, pine, caramel malt, slightly dark fruits: peach to plum, alcohol, charred oak. Caramel candied apples.

T: A lot of caramel sweetness up front with floral hops (slight citrus) and pine, but not that bitter. The middle creates a fruit flavors ranging from peach to dark plums and raisins with the mingling of caramel and hops. Wood comes through perfectly in the middle and finish: lightly charred oak integrated with the malt adding a very nice flavor and smoothness. With the oak comes just a hint of vanilla, mostly in the finish as the hops ease up. Finish is oaky, bitter, and grainy with a little alcohol coming through. Definite floral hop bite on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation that seems to have a bit of viscosity. A very smooth, almost velvety mouthfeel thanks to the oak aging. Just a touch of alcohol on the finish.

O: Candied caramel apple with peach/plum, piney, and oaky flavors. Awesome. More hop-forward than Arrogant Bastard with more complexity and a smoother feel. My favorite of the four Bastards and one of the better beers I've had.

Satchboogie, May 05, 2011
Photo of jaasen64
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark orangish brown, a little bit hazy. About a quarter of finger of head slightly orange colored, good retention. Nice lacing that clings to the glass the entire time drinking.

S- Sweet hops smell. Smells great. Hops are the most prevalent, with a sweet vanilla smell (not the syrupy vanilla smell type). A bit of an oak smell as well.

T- A very sweet hoppy taste, but not overly sweet. The classic sweet hoppy grapefruit taste comes out. Light sweet/piney oak finish.

M- Very smooth and drinkable. Medium bodied. Very well balanced throughout. Leaves a great aftertaste that lingers in your mouth for awhile after drinking.

O- This was a great beer. I enjoyed this beer more and more with every sip. Perfect balance between hops and sweetness (reminded me a little bit of the 90 minute) and the oak definitely added a little bit of character to it. My only complaints are that I wish it was more affordable (payed $20 for a 6-pack), but it was definitely worth the price.

jaasen64, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ineva
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Snifter Glass.

A:A Rufous dark cherry with a light toffee 2 1/2 finger head. A Legitimate viscous lacing, rigid cloud 9 fluff.

S:Licorish sweet wet oak. Citrus grapes.

T:Vanilla warmth. Sweet toothsome caramel ego. Pistachio buttery bark.

M:Soothing fluent stirred fluid, that flawlessly flushes stabled velvet swagger down, like succulent flutter.

O:The inception of its tale.

ineva, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got a 6er of this a while back in Chicago.

Dark brown with some ruby highlights. The head is decent size and the lacing is great throughout.

Smells like thick malts, there are roasted and sweet notes. I pick up a bit of honey. There are also some spicy hops present.

The taste is great! Oaked it is. The woody flavour melds well with the extra thick malty body. The hops exist as well, but they serve to bring a nice balance to the beer. The malts are where it is at.

Mostly smooth and a bit creamy feel to the beer. The carbonation is quite delicate but very pleasant. The beer is drinkable for the style. You might tip over after a few though. This is probably my favourite American Strong Ale to date.

EwaldEichstaett, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head on a cloudy garnet with golden hues with nice lacing. Aroma is subtle but good with mostly caramel, malts, pine hips and bubblegum. Flavor is an improvement on the regular arrogant bastard. The oak and breads are excellent with citrus as pine hops. The mouthfeel is a little creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall definitely an improvement to the standard arrogant bastard and a nice offering from stone.

kylehay2004, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of kaseydad
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my favorite Maudite snifter from a single buy. Didn't want to venture on the expensive six-pack until I tried a single. I will be buying more for sure!

The appearance is of a caramal amber color with a quickly dissolving head. A small head of white clings to the sides throughout the session. Lacing is nice.

Oak smelling with a complex structure of different scents.

I like this much better than the original Arrogrant Bastard though that is a high class brew.

Highly recommended and very drinkable. A repeat customer is born! Now off to find the 3Litre bad boy!

kaseydad, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of lamergod
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't really examine the beer. Was having dinner with it.

A: Nice dark brown with a slightly brownish- white, 1 finger thick head. With superb lacing, Probably even nicer than Duvel.

S: Didn't really examine the smell. But I could get a nice clean hop note.

T: Nice bitter, not too overpowering. Bitterness just about right. Nice hops note. Smooth on the palate.

M: Clean, no carbonation, smooth as a whistle. Very drinkable.

O: Fantastic go to beer for a night out. Not too heavy to down a few pints, but strong enough to taste great.

lamergod, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of daledeee
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aged arrogant bastard. Some people call me that too!!

I poured this into my Hennepin glass. Very dark brown with reddish tint. Nice off white head and great lacing.

Aroma is nice grapefruit with wood and a tinge of vanilla.

Taste is worth the extra few bucks. Very up front with the initial sip. Lots of hop bitterness. Not quite grapefruit but really citrus rind inclinations. Great malt balance and not overly sweet, but just enough. This is one powerfully flavored beer, but enjoyable.

Mouth feel is quite creamy with good carbonation. Finish has yet another dose of bitterness.

Hopheads should delight in this one. Yeah, I know it has malt, but boy does it have hops too. Although this is aged with oak, I didn't notice an overwhelming leaning toward wood. Just enough to make this a really great beer. Highly recommended.

daledeee, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of bottleneckedblog
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep rust infused brown in color. One-finger thick head. Head is moderately creamy looking.

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

Mildly sweet notes of caramel and toffee upfront. Develops into notes of raisins, orange rind, and faint hints of mint. Finish turns to bitter resinous hops/pine sap and juicy grapefruit that lasts for a long time.

Smooth with moderate carbonation. Dries out in the finish.

Amazing. Who would have thought oak chips would impact the flavor like they did. Definitely has softened some of the rougher edges on the base beer (Arrogant Bastard Ale). It's a definite improvement on an already damn good beer. Highly recommend.

bottleneckedblog, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of rousee
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark caramel color with a small wisp of light tan foam on top which holds very well as I consume this beer slowly and let it warm.

The nose is a strong malt and barleysugar upfront with some hints of vanilla sweetness also noticed. Slight woody aroma also present. Very nice.

The taste is very bold and assertive malt with I would guess a decent amount of hops as it does taste fairly balanced. I couldnt guess what kind of hops are used here as the oak is also quite apparent and kind of takes over after initially tasting.

Mouthfeel is a pleasant coating feel with some nice quenching aspects to it. Very drinkable especially considering the abv of 7.2%. A very nice beer. I have tried this at fests on draught before and I have to say that the bottled version holds up quite well to the draft.

rousee, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of Vengeance526
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish amber color with a 1-finger tan head that retains nicely and leaves a medium amount of fine lacing.

Initial aroma is quite floral as the hops make their presence known. A hint of caramel shows up in the back along with the oak addition. Very fresh and inviting.

Taste gives a great mix of hoppy and malty flavors. Starts out with some caramel and vanilla upfront and is soon followed by a mildly hoppy presence in the middle. The finish is still lightly hoppy with a little pepper but at this point, the wood tones are cleanly evident.

Medium body and medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish. Not sure if this is better or worse than the regular AB, all I know is both are great and quite tasty. I'd be interested to try both versions side by side later on to see how they vary.

Vengeance526, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of StaveHooks
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

StaveHooks, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of almychristopher
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice clear red color with an off white almost tan color that sticks to the glass as it recedes to an uneven patchy lace. the aroma gives away a bita of the oak, but not so much as to overpower the hop arrangement. the taste follows, once again well balanced hops and malt, the malt complimented by the vanilla woodiness of the oak. the medium mouthfeel with good co2 make this a pretty drinkable beer.

almychristopher, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of mick303
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

mick303, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of lordofstarside
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Enjoy by 1/15/13 date

Pours a rich mahogany with a finger and a half of head. Mild carbonation, good retention and lacing. So far so good. Aroma of hops, some citrus, oak, with some sweet caramel malts making a rigid backbone. Taste follows the nose well, strong up front hops with a tinge of citrus, smokey oak, caramel, some toffee, with sweet malts bringing them all together. Mouth is pretty good as well, strong bitterness, thick full body, with a sticky resin and dry finish. Very easy to drink. Overall a good idea that turned out to be a great one. I prefer this over the regular bastard any day

lordofstarside, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of KJK-1
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is another great beer in the bastard family from stone. A deep amber color is just tempting immediately. You can pick up on the oaken notes in the smell and taste immediately. Low carbonation. The oak notes are very much imparted in the taste. A good hop character still shines through as well. A must try to have at least tasted. I prefer the arrogant or double bastard over the oaked. Although, the oaken bastard is very good.

KJK-1, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of santomark
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled my Growler at Stone.

A - Poured a brown and red mixture body, nice off white head, thick 2 finger head, great retention and lacing.

S - Big hop notes accompanied by caramel. Bright fruit, figs, plums, molasses, charred, this smell of a burning oak fire. So much going on in this.

T - Tastes exactly how it smells. Piney hop up front, caramel in the middle, ends with the oak. You get something of everything in the arrogant bastard.

M - Big body, smooth and silky.

O - Nicely done. I love this beer and the variations of it. The only one I don't seem to like is the pepper variations. But stone is spot on with this brew. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

santomark, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of JWU
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a porter glass.

A- A clear dark ruby/brown. A very nice light khaki color head that laces fantastically. Beer doesn't look any better.

S- A light brown sugar and caramel malt blends with an oily, earthy hop. Light oak and vanilla is detectable.

T- The malt bill smacks with light caramel, brown sugar, and dark bread. Hops hit, but not crushingly so. They are earthy, minty, with some hemp and tobacco notes. Wood accents a very light oak and vanilla.

M- Heavy side of medium, and slick on the palette.

O- The shining star of the AB series. More please.

JWU, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.41/5  rDev +5%

KrisDLSmith, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of warriorsoul
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap today at Redbones...it was this or Smutty's Wheat Wine...I believe I chose wisely.
Arrives a bit too chilled in a standard shaker glass...dark copper color w/ a full finger of fluffy off-white head. It does not remain long, but the lacing produced is phenomenal.
Aroma is nothing over the top...a great malt presence w/ a hint of wood and floral hops.
Taste is great...all I could expect from this one. Just when you think AB coudn't get any better and then comes the oak flavor...subtlely added, but complements this brew so perfectly.
I believe it adds to the lingering bitterness, as the hops are dominantly featured, but the oak carries all the way through the finish and quenches so nicely.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation if divine. Drinkability is through the roof...hard to go to anything else after tasting this one from Stone.
Really psyched to finally get to try this one...and especially on tap.

warriorsoul, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of ehammond1
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A very dark ruby and near brown, dark orange edges, with a large light brown head that stays and stays. Sheets and rings of lacing line the glass. A gorgeous beer.
I expected this pour to be exactly similar to the Arrogant Bastard I had last night. The bottles were only a few weeks apart in bottling, poured the same way, in to the same clean glass. This one though has a monstrous and persistent head when the traditional AB hardly had one at all. Interesting.

The first thing I notice in the nose is the sweet caramel malt amidst an enveloping aroma of citrus hops. The sweetness is the star of the show and the caramel really comes through predominantly. The alcohol is a bit more present here than in the traditional AB.

Very similar to the original Bastard, and by that I mean: "Plenty of citrus hops, loads of bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, the faintest hint of alcohol." What I do find here that I don't in the original is a hint of vanilla that complements this strong ale very nicely.

Moderate to heavy in the mouth. Plenty of carbonation. This beer feels big, as it should!

A truly special beer and a delicious version of a classic.

ehammond1, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of williamjbauer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - Fairly transparent dark brown with 2 finger ecru head with good retention and fantastic lacing along the whole glass.

S - Diverse wood oak, bitter herbal and floral hops with a bit of bread. Just menacing.

T - Wow, bold and bitter at the very beginning. This is one mean brew. Hard hitting herbal hops at the mid palate to start with an even wider hop bouquet to follow with a little pine but a lot of grapefruit and lemon citrus hops. Just a touch of pepper and clove spice at the back palate and oak and a little smoke drive this bus the whole trip.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation.

O - Simple amazing. You aren't worthy. I love the standard Arrogant and the oak just adds even more complexity. One of the best Strong Ales hands down.

williamjbauer, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of jbphoto88
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great experience this beer was. Rich deep ruby in color with a nice tan head that pours rich and creamy. Clear and beautiful this beer is a visual joy.

Smell is caramel and malty mixed with a musky oak scent. Kind of like the smell of old weathered wood you might find in an old west mining town. Mix that rustic nose with some IPA-ish hops and grains and you have a superb scent.

Taste is just as much of an enjoyment. The malts are complimented by the woody oak flavor yielding a mild smooth flavor. Sweet vanilla bean is present throughout and is not the dominate flavor but a strong player. Not a big citrus hop flavor but a muted floral taste. They apologize with great bitterness though.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel but the oak flavors is also the thing that disappoints. The finish is kind of dry and chalky leaving that woody flavor all over the palate. Not one of my favorite aftertastes but the rest of this beer makes up for that. Awesome.

jbphoto88, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish/brown with a one finger head that dissipates to a ring of lace around the top. A little bit of lacing down the glass, but not much.

S: I definitely get a wood component, but for me there was an overwhelming scent of brown sugar and caramel.

T: There are some hops here, but it is relatively subdued for a Stone offering. On the backend you get the caramel and some vanilla and the wood on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied and coats your palate. I find this beer to be quite drinkable, almost dangerously so. Overall I quite enjoy it, and find the caramel/vanilla combination to be quite nice.

mdaschaf, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of jmz62565
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark ruby with a huge tan head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is very pungent with citrus hops and a creamy "bisquity" aroma. Lesser smells include vanilla and oak. The taste is a bitter blast of citrus hops followed by a creamy mixture of smoked wood,sweet malt and carmel, vanilla, and alcohol. An excellant tasting beer. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing perfectly making this a classic beer. A truely great beer making me feel not worthy. Cheers.

jmz62565, Dec 15, 2006
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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