Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,012
Reviews: 1,842
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
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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 cbutova
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First bottle I have found before the freshness date at five liquor stores, good one MA...

A- Very dark red, some can be seen around the edges, up to the light it is very clear and perfectly red. A foamy light tan cap builds nicely and retains fairly well. Lace covers a majority of the glass and a nice cloud and ring stick behind.

S- Heavy on oak, caramel. Some dark fruit and general hop notes. Much like a Barleywine but older and woodier. Nice and strong.

T- Great stuff. The oak makes this one what it is, it lends great wood notes and vanilla, which ends up tasting sort of like maple. The old caramel malt and dark fruit combine with the hops for a splendid overall flavor. Some alcohol comes into play with warmth.

MF- A bit light/watery. Somewhat creamy though with smooth moderate carbonation and a slight bitter pinch.

DB- The dreaded $17 six-pack, or at least thats what I thought a year ago. That price seems perfectly reasonable now, a well rounded, fulfilling flavor. The hops are the only flaw to me here, but a very small one. The wood and malt are so nice. After some thought, great Strong Ale/Old/Barleywine flavors captured in smooth, drinkable beer.

Photo of cleeze
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maybe my new favorite beer right now. Hopefully I'm "worthy" enough. Yellow fizzy beer is for wussies.

With that said I was quite pleased to try the oaked bastard. I'm a huge fan of the regular but the oaked flavor blows the original out of the water.

Started with the appearance, it pours a beautiful dark reddish, amber color. The appearance is maybe one of my favorite aspects of the beer. It had a nice creamy and frothy head on it with some bad ass lacing kicking around for a quick minute.

It smells very hoppy, almost like they're gonna jump right outta the glass and bitch smack you. Deffinaly can detect the oakiness on this bastard.

Taste started off sweet... Nice and malty with a great bitter hopp finish. I can't stress enough what the oak adds to this beer. Simply amazing. It had a pleasant mouthfeel as well. I can drink it all night long. Thanks for another kick ass brew, STONE!

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of auntfloyd
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass. 12 oz bottle? For a Stone beer? Insanity.

Pours an opaque dark mahogany with a slight amount of tan head.

The nose is fairly sweet, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and malt.

The first thing you notice in the taste is the slightly sweet caramel flavor... all malt to begin with, with a nice oaky undertone, followed by a full on vanilla rush, then a hoppy bitter ending, with a sweetish aftertaste. The taste is extremely smooth, and it seems like the extremely bitter aspect of regular AB has been toned down by the oak without losing its extremely complex character; in fact it has definitely been added to.

The mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is high -- higher than the typically over-the-top-bitter Stone brew, and higher than the abv. might suggest. It is also a plus that this, unlike regular AB, comes in 12 oz bottles.

I am going to go ahead and make a controversial statement: that Oaked Arrogant Bastard is the Arrogant Bastard to try. Oaked smooths out much of the bitterness of AB while adding greatly to the flavor, and not diminishing the character, but rather augmenting it. Basically, this is the finest Stone ale there is, and OAB is probably the finest strong ale period. Highly recommended.

Photo of JamesP123
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

POured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A. A Beautiful deep dark red with two fingers of off white almost beige head. Amazing lacing down the glass

S. Oh boy, this is one aromatic brew. Malty caramel sweetness, vanilla, slight oak undertones. Smells a bit like prunes or another dark ripe fruit. All with a little hop kick.

T. More fruitiness, some ripe fruit along with some citrus from the hops. Nice balance of the Ok flavor - very mild, but definately there. Not as sweet as I was expecting from the smell. A bit of spicyness. Really good Ale

M. Thick creamy mouthfeel -leaves a resiny coating in the mouth after each sip from the major doses of hops.

D. The beer has major flavors, but they all balance out pretty well. Basically everything is over the top ib a really good way. A must try

Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red in color with a thin layer of white foam and amazing lacing.

S: Tons of caramel, oak/vanilla, slight citrus.

T: Very distinct oak flavor, malty sweetness, smoke, and of course the signature Arrogant Bastard bitterness on the finish.

M: Great body, very little carbonation.

D: Much more drinkable than "regular" Bastard and much more complex and interesting (in my opinion).

Photo of toweringpoo
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, opaque delicious looking. Aggressive pour gave almost 3 fingers of thick tan head, which strangely reminded me of swiss cheese due to some large bubbles

S - Deep woody, vanilla notes along with the expected citrus and pine fragrance. It smells absolutely amazing

T - All of the above. Plus, a fantastic mouth coating bitterness to go along with all that sweetness. This beer is really well balanced.

M - Creamy, medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on.

D - While I really REALLY love this beer. I can't drink too many of these. I think it's best savored slowly and one at a time.

This is a supremely well crafted beer.
Can't Recommend this enough

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Amber orange burgundy body; for the depth of color this beer is still remarkably clear with bright highlights; thin, creamy off-white head; half-finger depth; retention lasts through 3-4 sips before it fades to a ring of lacing; quick swirl reforms a half-finger of foam

S: AB all the way with its overt complexities, upped a notch by the added kick of earthy oak, wood tannins and a leathery scent; also some vanilla and caramel notes adding a sweet side to the otherwise strong hop punch

T: Smoothed out from the original version; oak takes some bite out of the hoppiness; vanilla tames the blast of the resiny/piney citrus notes; caramel and malty flavors shine though mid sip, once the hoppy bitterness has peaked; aftertaste reintroduces astringent rind flavors

M: Slightly slick with a touch of creaminess that nicely complements the barrel-aging.

D: Pretty solid on the drinkability scale; preferred to AB; only downside is probably the price per bottle (17.49 for a 6er)

Photo of UA8
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep and dark burnt red with a tall and frothy tan head.

S- Scents of wood aging, vanilla , and caramelized malts.

T- Starts lean and burnt toffee sweet, mid palate expands with hints of vanilla and wood roundness. Finishes big with Herbal and piny hops. Delicious.

M- Big, soft, and round.

D- This stuff is so much of an improvement on the regular bastard, it's amazing that by just wood aging it that these flavors can pop out like they do. And at a "mere" 7.2% this stuff could make me happy man all night long.

Photo of SAtaMi
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The biggest head of all time. Nice thick cream colored head. Brownish red in color with an orange hue. The head is there to the bottom of the glass. Awesome lacing all through the glass.

Smell - Caramel, fruity, Anise and brown sugar. All my favorites.

Taste - Like the smell the fruity caramel and brown sugar are amazing. There is a back i cant place some sort of berry blueberry or boysenberry.

Mouthfeel - Creamy rich goodness. Medium in body with a nice tooth. I find myself chewing it like a toffee.

Photo of ggilman
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured down the middle of a tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle, produces a one finger foamy head, that settles quickly with minimal lacing. The hazy, sediment filled dark ruby tobacco burst strong ale gives off unidentified fruit and sweetness in the nose. I was beginning to have my doubts about this bastard of a beer until I tasted it. Wow! Rich and complex. Bitterness up front and all around, evens out with a caramel malt finish. The bitterness lingers, without any leafy hop presence. Smoky, roasty, oak notes with hints of vanilla. Alcohol and fruity esters start to appear as you work your way through the pint. The imparted oak characteristics coat your mouth, and become present in great depth. It's starting to taste like a campfire. As it warms, bitterness increases up front with currant, tobacco and chocolate. I can't get over how much is coming out of this beer. Roasted malts start to dominate at the end. The flavor of this beer is it's strong point, but the mouthfeel is a close second. Crisp carbonation pairs well with a medium-thick body. The 7.2% is like a smack in the face from the gargoyle who sits on the front of the bottle, daring you to drink. Thank you sir, may I have another! I'm not worthy!

Photo of Zimbo
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was absolutely famished when I came to have this beer. Always a good sign.

Some cloudy deep orangish brown to the eye with orange highlights.Thick dense billowing head.

Oh sweet lord that is good. This is a tasty beer.A firm dry dense bitterness which is very intense yet incredibly balanced. Those wood chips are so so well integratedI wouldn't have believed it had I not tasted it myself. Lots of good sticky lacing all over the inside of that glass.


Photo of chodinheaven
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great of course with its big 3-finger baige head that laces all the way down. Dark reddish-brown with hues of cherry. Big barley smell, and mostly malt on the nose with a slight hop end.

Oh malty goodness. With some very nice hop flavors to accentuate the barley malt. The hops, in fact are perfectly bitter and lingering, but you don't leave the first taste thinking of the hops. You think of the bread-like taste first, then the hops actually take over in the finish. Alcohol taste is definitely present, but in no way does it take away from the beer. It finishes dryly, but not exactly crisply, and almost refreshing but definitely not the best beer for a hot day. This is full-bodied without being overbearingly thick in the mouth. I honestly expected this to be more like regular Arrogant Bastard, but with the oaked variety it seems like the oak chips took an edge of that maltiness and a spiciness to it that was either lost in the muddled feel of the non-oaked variety or simply wasn't there. Either way, I prefer this one and the fact that it's way more drinkable than its brother. The mouthfeel was not as thick and hard to drink. The oak chips make all the difference in the world to the overall drinkability of this one, and for that this beer is fantastic.

Photo of jkdrummer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice thick ruddy head, almost amber in color. Head retention right down to the bottom. Bright hoppy taste and exceptional mouth-feel, down right to the bottom creamy. Color is a deep amber brown. Oak flavors are there but don't take over the hops and sweet alcohol taste. Which is surprising But still -- an excellent Bastard! Recommended!

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, well I've had the regular AB, so I thought I'd see how this differs.
Same amber, brownish color as the AB. Perhaps a bit darker. Good foaming head.
Smells of grapefruit, lemon, flowers and pine (or is it oak?) I thought it was more pine, but maybe that's from the hops.
Tastes very nice. Good citrus/grapfruit taste. Blends nice with the malt. There's the oak. A bit more of a 'tinge' of oak. Nice rich flavor. Combines well with more of the fruity flavors
A good feel. Light syrup. a bit thicker than AB.
Can drink very easily

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz in a pint glass

A- Clear but extremely dark amber orange. a nice lingering 1 finger bubbly head and some impressive lacing.

S- Big bitterness up front. Some pine and grapefruit come though. This beer is all about the malt though, a lot of caramel. A sugaryness and a dry woodiness as well.

T- Big bitterness followed by a nice chunk of caramel flavors. Some darker notes as well. A tiny hop flavor of grapefruit. The oakiness adds a woody earthy flavor and gives this beer a dry finish.

M- This is a pretty big beer, not as big as its elder but quite chewy. A strong and lingering bitterness. A heavy but smooth feel. Dry oaky finish.

O- This beer is the business. I prefer the Double bastard but only for special occasion. But compared to the Double, this is much more.... manageable. Delicious stuff here.

Photo of PJHOY
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of BBP
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Chestnut brown with creamy head and good carbonation.

S- Oak and lots of it. Slight amounts of hops work their way through. Caramel too.

T- A mix of hop bitterness, caramel, hints of citrus, pine notes, all balanced considerably well.

M- Considerably creamy. Carbonation is just right. The body is a tad too thin though.

D- Easy to down, but it's one that you want to savor. I found that the first I had was the best, as the oak flavor was so new and vibrant. Maybe it fades with time, or maybe it was just something that you can only be blown away by once. Still very enjoyable, and very well crafted. Lives up to the arrogance on the bottle.

Photo of srandycarter
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Stone tulip.

A - Small, nice head. Some lacing. Body red tinged murky brown.

S - Whole lot of stuff in there. AB plus wood, all evident in the nose.

T - Yum. First time I tried this, I have to admit I wasn't sure I cared for it. Second attempt yielded better results. Terrific BA flavor - deep aggressive malt with some hops to finish. New to the mix with the oaked is, of course, the wood, the vanilla and some cooked fruit, maybe cherry?

M - Good solid prescense, carbonation perfect, viscosity good, bitter end.

D - I love this stuff. I could get a few in before things deteriorated due to the ABV.

Photo of PolhillS
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Lerxst
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Stone pint glass

A-Pours a beautiful amber/ruby color with a nice three finger head and lacing that sticks around a looong time. Gorgeous.

S-Piney hops with citrus, malt, and a little vanilla? Smells great.

T-Holy cow. A wonderful assault on the palate. A nice maltiness up front with the piney hops following close behind with citrus/grapefruit notes, and a bit of vanilla all with an oakey twist. Outstanding.

M-A nice creamy body but it has a nice bite. Coats the palate with a slicky oily finish. Carbonation is perfect.

D-Yes, this is a big, complex beer, but I can easily see this as a session brew. I could drink these all night. But cost might be a factor there.

This beer lived up to the hype. An outstanding job by Stone.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich mahogany color into my glass with two fingers of off white head. Retention and lacing are fantastic.

S - Sweet caramel malts, sourdough bead, pine, oak, vanilla and mild citrus notes.

T - Delicious caramel malts and oak notes right up front. There is definitely a bit of spice and vanilla present. Some dark fruit notes are present, hop presence is very balanced with a nice bitterness that lingers on the palate with just a touch of alcohol.

M - Extremely well balanced, medium to heavy yet smooth and creamy.

D - This is simply a great beer and I can certainly enjoy more than one!

Photo of Hornet2003
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The oaked version of Arrogant Bastard seems quite similar to the original version. All the same elements that made the original a classic are well entrenched in this beer. The difference comes in the addition and not subtraction/supplementation of ingredients. The bitterness is still definitely there along with the strong caramel malty presence. The oak chips seem to add a bit of vanilla and a bit more sharpness to the taste. In my mind, this is perfect since this is Arrogant bastard, an in-your-face beer by all rights. There is also a creaminess in the mouthfeel that makes it easy enough to drink despite its aggressive nature. The head leaves a creamy lace as you drink.

Overall, pricey yet well-executed idea by Stone. Not a daily drinker, but a nice treat.

Photo of cooncat
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, decanted into a standard pint glass.

A vigorous pour produces a deep, dark copper (garnet) colored brew, with 2 fingers of tan head. This head, while not particularly long lasting, keeps a thin lid on the beer and splashes the side of the glass with nice lacing. The nose is huge with both a sweet malt backbone, and a pungent floral hop presence. No oak noticed in the nose. The taste is a very complex combination of huge piney/resiny hops, and a sweet caramel malt flavor that loses out against the hop onslaught on every sip. As the beer warms, a faint oak presence is noted on the back of the palate, where the malt is doing it's thing. Mouthfeel is full and firm and wonderful, but not to the extent of being 'chewy'. The 7.2% ABV isn't really noticeable, except for, perhaps, a bit of a warming effect at the end. Amazing drinkability for a huge complex beer. You'll be wanting to quaff more than one, but be responsible!

Yet another highly recommended brew from the great folks at Stone.

Na Zdravje!

Photo of bigchris1313
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A middle-brown, somewhere around Diet Coke, perhaps. It's a very dark amber in hue and absolutley beautiful.

Smell: I really don't know where to go. It's bitter, but at the same time sweet, sweeter than regular AB.

Taste: It's bitter, but at the same time sweet. This Oak-aged is even sweeter than regular AB, but not by much.

Mouthfeel: Not that thick, but thicker than most ales.

Drinkability: Well, I'm working on a 3L bottle as we speak. Because once it warms its flavor significantly betters, I would rate this brew as quite drinkable; however, in order to savor as much of the beer's flavor as possible, I would suggest getting some friends to help you out when dealing with a large quanitity of this ale, such as the 3L bottle. Regardless, it's damned tasty!

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,012 ratings.