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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,849 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,849
Reviews: 1,835
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 156
Gots: 406 | 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:
American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003)
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Photo of Thur123
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

into a snifter

This brew pours a murky hazy bog brown color with one finger of off white head that fades slowly. The smell is sweet and spicy malts with a hop palate that's modest but confident and a much lighter sweeter smell which may come from the oaking.

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This is tasty...big caramel and molasses flavors in the malt with the oaky wood flavor and the mellow sweetness coming at the end. The last part of the aftertaste to me is really like the smell of fresh lumber in a way. Perhaps a bit of orange and herbal hop flavor too. The mouth feel is thick and creamy. Overall this is a good good brew, very drinkable and tasty, but I could only afford one on my budget. 18.00 for a sixer is a little too steep.

Thur123, Apr 01, 2010
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

A: Deep, dark burgundy red with a medium tan head that leaves good lacing.

S: Burnt wood, smoke, caramel, pine.

T: I made the mistake of keeping this beer in the refrigerator instead of my wine cooler. When drunk cold, the complex character of this brew is masked.. Upon warming, the benefits of the oak aging come through. Initial hoppiness is followed by smoky burnt sugar and oak.

M: Medium-heavy. I save this one for the end of the night with a bowlful of pipe tobacco.

D: Difficult not to overdrink.

FACEMEAT, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of SpdKilz
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance - When you pour the beer, it pours a ruby red/mahogany hued color that looked great. It has a nice foamy white head that dissipates slowly.

Smell - The first smell that hits my nose is that of sweet oak. There is also a chocolate and toffee smell interlaced but not overpowering.

Taste - You can definitely taste the hops (grassy/pine) and the oak. I really enjoy the taste of this Stone product. I feel the hop and oak offset each other nicely and neither overpowers the other.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as I would have thought, though it does have a nice feel.

Drinkability - Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for it being a higher abv than normal beers. As stated, this is quickly becoming my favorite Stone that I have tried (though I am yet to try double bastard ale...).

Serving type: bottle

I picked up a six pack of these after hearing so much about this beer. I have never seen these before where I normally shop (they have other Stone products) and it was the only six pack left so I had to grab it.

SpdKilz, Jun 29, 2009
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Dark semi-opaque browned amber with red highlights. Good chunk of creamy tanned head. With sticky lacing.

Sweet toasty caramel with an earthy oak and woody aroma. The hops are earthy pine, herbal, and a touch of grapefruit. The alcohol is also apparent.

Roasty earthy woody oaky. Toasty toffee. Pine, spicy resins, hint of grapefruit. Bitterness is smooth and mellow with earthy pine and oak. Warming alcohol bite that goes so well with this oaky brew.

Smooth, mellowed beast, dry, nice full body.

Great character in this beer. Quite a monster that has been aged and mellowed.

CHILLINDYLAN, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of peabody
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours out like really dark ice tea with a small amount of the white stuff.
Smell is fruity and hoppy. Orange and plum and piney hops mixed with a slight sugary aroma.
Taste is very bitter with a caramely sweetness that lingers for a while ending in just the bitterness of the dark bitter hop. Almost like an apple drink with a bitter aftertaste. Really nice.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the hops/oak seem to make the tounge .go through all kinds of changes during the sip.
Drinkability is high here if you like the hop/oak. It is really nice.
I could drink a bunch of these if they didn't cost so much.

peabody, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of irishkyle21
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours with a tanned head that drops to a faint coating but leaves behind some nice lacing as it does. Has a deep ruby color.

Smells of caramel malt, piney grapefruity hops (lots of them) and the oak is there but hidden.

Tastes great. Lots of spicy grapefruity hops, chewy caramel malt and a shy woody oak taste. It might just be me but I found the oak to be laid back, not in a bad way. It adds just the right touch.

irishkyle21, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of twoheadedboy
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured a deep mahogany with great lacing into a snifter.

Smell is spicy citrus and fruit, with earthy and peppery hops. Sweet booze and resin are noticable.

Taste is spicy/sweet, with peppery notes and delightfully toasty caramel malts. Brown sugar, dark fruits (apples/pears/raisins) and a lingering candy sweetness are present. There's a minimal bready bitterness.

What an increible brew; quite filling towards the end but extremely drinkable and smooth. Stone really nailed it, a significant improvement over the original AB.

twoheadedboy, May 14, 2011
Photo of bignick
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

On tap @ TPH in Brookline for $5 on 4/13/06. Served in a pint glass.

This beer is really all over the map. It is very good, no doubt. It is very attractive in the glass, with a supple head. The mouthfeel is very full and creamy, which I appreciate. Many beers sacrifice a full-body for the sake of drinkablility, but this is not one. The taste is a wonderfully complex mess. The bourbony oak flavor is pretty distinct, but far from overwhelming. The hops are very mellow, and I keep having to pinch myself to remind myself that I'm drinking Arrogant Bastard. The kick just isn't there; rather, there is a wonderfully complex taste that is nutty, fruity, and just overall delicious. While I'm not sure I could drink it all night, I consider this beer a treat. I have been very critical of the one-sidedness of regular Arrogant Bastard, but I find the Oak-Aged to be very good.

bignick, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of MonkeymooTJ
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%


Dark caramel brown in color with slight red undertones. Thick, well retained head


Perfumy and spicy hops almost sting the nostrils. A lot of the sweet malts emanate as well


Good amount of bitterness is the dominance. A mix of citrus and spice hits the roof of the mouth, tongue, and finally the throat. A well balanced bitter aftertaste sticks around for a bit


Coats the mouth in a thick, almost chewy, fashion. Hits with authority upon each sip until the very end.


A brilliant ale, in my opinion. Full bodied and full flavored. It has a spicy hop kick that is unmatched... at least in the ale's that ive tasted

MonkeymooTJ, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of rrski198
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

A: Huge caramel billowy head. Almost like caramel colored whip cream. Sticks around for quite some time. Sticky lacing all over. Very nice deep brown with red hues around the sides.

S: Burnt earthy caramel with leafy piney hops. Hints of spice from the booze and hops

T: dark roasted sweet malt with a big time bitter bite. Earthy, woody, dirty flavors in the finish. This is a complex and balanced beer. I am left with the bitterness surrounding my mouth as the sweetness fades. Very, very nice.

M: Sweet up front, big time hop bite that really encompasses the whole mouth and leaves a real lingering bitterness and dryness. The carbonation and rye add to the hops spice and "punch."

O: Stone is as good as it gets and for them to throw some oak into arrogant bastard and enhance its already stellar flavor, is just another example of pure genious. I love the West Coast brewers and their use of hops in beer and this is one of the best.

rrski198, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of joshuadlight
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

This beer certainly has its strong suits, but overall is a very, very solid brew. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is murky dark red with only a quickly fleeting head. The lack of head adds to the lack of power in the nose. Only with deep strong sniffs can you pick up the nice aromas available. The oak is stronger in the nose then in the taste. There is plenty of wood, along with hints of alcohol and the primary warnings of the coming bitterness. The taste is outstanding in the fact that you can really pick out many different flavors. Sweet malts only last a second but they're there. Then alcoholic piney hops upon hops bombard your throat after you swallow. Get ready for some dryness. Big oak backs all the flavors but never takes over. It really compliments it all the way around. Smooth smooth smooth in moutfeel department. Too much dryness for it to be super drinkable, but you could have a couple.

joshuadlight, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of ZacHart
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Notes: poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter. Would probably pair beautifully with BBQ or smoked wings.

A: hazy, deep amber color with a medium tan head that left solid rings of lace.

S: sweet malty nose followed by hints of cherry, alcohol, wood, spice, and vanilla; a lot going on in there.

T: citrusy, grapefruit hops are perfectly balanced by solid but not overly sweet malt. The alcohol in the smell is almost nonexistent in the flavor. Once the hops dissipate, the smoky wood covers the palate and sticks around.

M: this lightly carbonated brew is slightly grainy and really lingers in the mouth, making it a real "stick to your ribs" kind of beer.

D: a perfectly balanced, flavorful brew that could easily be enjoyed in multiples without knocking you out.

ZacHart, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of dickieb
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a murky deep ruby in color with an off white head and excellent lacing. The smell is complex and rich with earth notes, a big hint of oak and some extremely bitter hops. The flavor is a bit hot when fresh but nothing like a straight up bastard. Bitter grapefruit and earth oak flavoring cover the pallet and a lingering almost barleywine after taste hangs around for a while. As for mouthfeel and drinkability, well its almost to good. I could drink this all day

dickieb, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of JMad
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

This is an awesome brew.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass. It was murky reddish-brown with an off white head that was pretty thin.
It smells of bourbon, caramel, and floral hops.
The first thing you taste is piney bitterness then sweet malt, a hint of wood, and more bitterness hits the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, a little warming, very drinkable due to delicious-ness.

JMad, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of bstave
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

12 oz bottle poured into New Belgium tulip.

A- 1/2 finger head dissipated into thin ring around glass. Amber in color.

S- OAK! Hops also present. But oak definitely rules this beer as is probably the intention with this one.

T- Hops up front with mellow caramel malt backbone finishing with oak.

M- Fantastic creamy mouth feel. Probably my favorite aspect of this beer. Perfect carbonation. Well done with this one.

O- Great beer! The oak rules with this beer, but the hops also shine through. Nice work Stone!

bstave, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of joekfsu
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

12 oz bottle. Small off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Pours a clear amber. Mild citrus, hop, and woody aroma. The initial flavor is dominated by hops. The oak aged taste comes on the back end, kind of spicy. Medium body, creamy texture. Mild carbonation with spicy, hoppy finish. Complex beer yet drinkable. Other than the price tag, would have no problem drinking this every day of the week.

joekfsu, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of crossovert
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Yes I am worthy. Typical novel printed on the bottle, best by 12/23/09.

Pours into my American pint glass a dark red, with a frothy off white head. The head recedes quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

The scent is very floral and herbal. Of course there is some wood and malt scent in there too. Smells very elegant, but not too pungent.

The mouthfeel if full and voluminous. The taste is a wonderful balance of bops, oak, and a more subtle malt backing. There is a bit of fruitiness too. It is full force with the bitterness but complex in flavor, an excellent and highly drinkable Oak aged brew.

This is a great brew, I havent had the original version but if it is near this good I know I will like it. This is one big and great beer.

crossovert, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of climax
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured into a snifter, this one was a mahogany with ruby highlights. The tan head was fair, and faded to a ring around the glass and a patch in the middle.

The aroma was obviously oaky. Strong hop bill of pine, grass, and some soapiness was ever changing. Mint, ripe cherries, brown sugar, and even some banana in there, the nose was very complex. The alcohol was hidden very well.

The flavor was an excellent balance of two hardy profiles. The hops were evident at first and picked up steam towards the end, especially in the resiny and grapefruit finish. The malt shared spotlight with sweeter caramel tones and a toasty finish.

The feel was smooth and coating, the carbonation had a fair bit of spike. The finish was dryish and had a nice pinching feeling that lingered. Great flavor, great beer.

climax, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of tjd25
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

As I poured the first glass, I had the impression that there would be no head, but it ended up forming a nice light and velevty head on an intense opaque amber brown color body. The smell is extraordinarily fresh and shows a great bouquet of red fruits with a very enjoyable sweetness. Also lighter hints of citrus, with a grapefruit character appearing slowly and getting deeper in the taste. Yeasty notes of vanilla appear after a while. The taste is way more aggressive than the smell. The very dry hoppiness invades and conquers the mouth with together with some oily notes. As for red fruits and citrus, their influence switched from the one they had in the smell: the once dominant red fruits notes are more subtles in the taste, as the grapefruity character took over. The aftertaste gets quite dry and grassy. The oaked aspect appears together with notes of cherry that create a slightly floury feeling on the tongue. Mouthfeel is enjoyably lighter than expected. Its complexity stimulates all the parts of the mouth and of the tongue. This surprizingly soft mouthfeel contributes to the great drinkability of theis character brew.

tjd25, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of portia99
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

12oz bottle from the first bottling of this (at least that made it to Massachusetts...by my rough calculations, this has been in the cellar from 2004) poured into an Old Guardian glass. Lets see how this has held up.

A - Bottle opens with a nice firm crack of carbonation. Pours a bit muddy and dirty and with a bit of a darker brown color. A finger cap of a tan foam lingers for a minute or so and leaves behind a thick and foamy collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Rich caramel up front, a touch of oak, molasses, hint of burnt sugar and faint vanilla. Not much left for any hops...after 8 years - not surprised. This give the impression of being a nice barleywine.

T - Somewhat mellow..and perhaps not quite as arrogant. This is very smooth. Woody oak is prominant on the first sip and lingers from start to finish. Layered heavily with various sweet and malty flavors - caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Surprisingly crisp hop bitterness as well. Vanilla and burnt sugar slightly reminiscient of creme brulee. Everything works very well together...there are no hard edges here...goes down super easy.

M - Very smooth, velvety, creamy. Body is medium. Carbonation is medium/low with a foaminess and creaminess about it. Gives a sweeter impression, but overall balance is excellent. Woody aspects and clean hop bitterness play off the sugary flavors quite well. Alcohol is not at all evident.

O - Having been an Arrogant Bastard fan from day 1, I recall being very excited when this oaked version hit store shelves. I also remember being shocked by the $18/6pk price but buying it anyway. Sadly, I recall not being at all impressed by this beer fresh, finding it quite harsh and not very enjoyable...hence a primary reason this has been sitting quietly in my cellar for 8 years. So, when I stumbled upon this bottle I figured it was as good a time as any to give it another try. What I find now is a truly excellent beer that has held up very well and improved greatly with age. The balance here is just about perfect and the flavors have mellowed a bit and blended together to create a beer that truly surprised me. Not sure I have the patience anymore to lay a beer down for 8 years (at least intentionally), but I am really hoping that I have another of these vintage bottles hiding in a dark corner of my cellar collection.

portia99, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Finally got my hands on one of these bad boys at Firewaters in A.C.

Poured a dark amber with even darker ruby highlights. Tan head faded fairly fast and left only light lacing behind.

Nice blend of scents in the aroma. Citrusy and lighter pine hops, caramel and biscuity malts, vanilla and last, but not least...oak. I thought the oak would have been right up front in my face but it wasn't and I liked that.

Wow...the taste is just...wow. A nice blend of all the different scents in liquid form. The oak is there from beginning to end, but isn't overbearing at all. You still get all of that Arrogant Bastard goodness.

Medium bodied with a crisp, dry bitterness. Very drinkable...I would love to find some more of this somewhere. Another excellent Stone product.

Imstillthegman, Dec 16, 2006
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a beautiful crimson/brown color with a fluffy two finger head - as I move the beer around the head remains as one and sticks together, unwilling to fade away. First sip leaves behind mountainous amount of lace. Smells of mellow malt and a rich woody punch that mingles with a bitter hop aroma and another bit that I can't quite pin down. This beer is delicious, it has a nice spice on the finish the original arrogant bastard was lacking (almost minty at the back of my palate) - bitter hops sweet oak bring it all together. The mouthfeel is borderline creamy - sipping this is very enjoyable as the complexity surrounds my tongue. Let me note the wall of lace that has unmistakably posted itself up around every bit of the glass with the exception of the "funnel" I've been drinking from. This is a good beer, a really good beer, the only disappointment for me here is that I don't have a non-oaked bastard to compare beside this. Oh well.


antlerwrestler19, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Bridge Wine Bar and Tap House in St. Louis, MO for $9.50. Tapped into a 20oz Pint Glass from the Wooden Oaked Arrogant Bastard tap handle and enjoyed only one.

Aroma- The malt is the most dominant smell as the oak is present as well. A woody aroma is combined with a fruit by the foot smell that is of course sweet.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger of off white head that has great retention! A dark copper but clear body is present with nice, thick lacing down the glass.

Flavor- An intense malt taste from the start and then the woody taste comes around to get your attention. Tons of hop are present and they make the bitterness everlasting.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full bodied, Medium Good carbonation, and Chewy attributes. There is a warming alcohol mouthfeel that seems appropriate and makes this oaked arrogant a top beer!

Overall Impression- Fantastic! Much better than the original Arrogant Bastard with the woody/oaked character throughout. Nice warming and would be a perfect beer for the winter. I won't be going to this much during the summer but awesome Strong Ale! I am looking forward to enjoying my Arrogant Bastard that I started aging in April of this year.

DCon, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Nachojon
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Stone is always solid in my opinion. I haven't tried too many of their more experimental beers but they have always been solid.

A- Solid redwood. Beautiful. 1 finger white head dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

S- Really woody. Smells like the barrel room of a winery. Smells damn good, obviously.

T- I want to say it smells like a brandy cherry with no brandy. Then oak sawdust. Super robust flavor but not overwhelming. It's not a chugger, but not a sipper, I like when a beer has that drinkable but you are forced to savor it drinkability.

M- This thing isn't crisp, it isn't syrupy. I like the balance of mouthfeel and drinkability. Stays on the tongue but dry enough to keep you going and not staring at it.

O- I love Arrogant Bastard, I think Oaked is an improvement, I think a great treatment to the taste of the original beer, fair to say underrated?

Nachojon, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of tyanow
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

This is mostly cut and pasted from my review of the non oaked variety. Some additions have been made.

A - Dark amber with small tan head.

S - sweet alcohol, a little earthy.

T - very malty, some hop bitterness, a touch of burnt caramel, and a very slight hint of fruitiness. Seems earthier than the non-oaked but not woodier - if that makes sense.

M - fills the palate and stimulates all parts of the mouth. Goes down smooth and warm (7.2%)

D - For a 7+% beer this is about as drinkable as it gets. This beer, despite its name, is quite approachable.

I give this a slight nod over its garden variety brother, but you can't miss with either one.

tyanow, Jul 22, 2009
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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