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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,648 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,648
Reviews: 1,822
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 135
Gots: 325 | FT: 6
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 AgentZero


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one thrown in as an extra in a trade from bds1313. Thanks a ton!

A - Deep brown color with a one finger head that left a small amount of lacing around the top of the glass.

S - Roasted, almost chocolaty, malts mostly. Can tell the oak influence in this as it's a bit more subtle of a smell than I was expecting.

T - Nice malts, subtle flavor. Some cocoa and coffee, but it's really mild. Oaked influence comes in and some nice citrus light hops finish.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, carbonation is just the right touch.

D - Very drinkable for something that is this heavy and has this much alcohol. Great beer, wish I could buy it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 04:15:25 | More by AgentZero
Photo of BMoney575


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-24-08

Pours a super cloudy orange/red color, with a filmy head and thin lacing.

Smell is very AB, with maybe a hint of oaky earthiness.

Taste is the standard combination of super malty and super hoppy, with a woody kick to mix it all up. The oak, vanilla, and wood-chip flavors are almost overwhelming, in a good way.

Mouthfeel is spot-on, thick and creamy.

Drinkability is good, but the oak flavor gets a little old after awhile.

Overall, a very, very good brew. The oak brings the AB craziness down a notch, and makes one of the most well-balanced extreme beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 00:16:05 | More by BMoney575
Photo of DavidST


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass, I've had the Arrogant Bastard before, but this is my first time with the oaked version.

This pours a dark copper color, with a light brown head, it leaves behind foam lags as it goes away. It smells of hops and sweet malts, maybe a little caramel and slightly woody. Medium mouth feel plenty of carbonation and hop stickiness. The taste is a little different form the regular AB, there are some woody hints which is quite nice, there are tons of hops and a little malty sweetness in the middle (which is quickly overpowered by the lingering hops bitter after flavor). This is one heck of a brew, the subtle change is very welcomed and i like the hints of a woody taste, once again Stone has developed a fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 20:21:29 | More by DavidST
Photo of craftaholic

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Extremely carbonated, with a decent soapy foam that leaves behind a nice lacing. Has a beautiful deep amber/ruby appearance which is a little browner than the original AB.

Smell: Has a strong earthy hop and caramelized toffee scent that combines nice with the oak.

Taste: A well rounded malt which tastes much like the original but goes down so much smoother. The oak subdues the hop that's present in the original and allows more of a malty chocolate taste to come through.

Mouthfeel: Has a creamy fizzy quality but also leaves behind a citrus zest almost acidic aftertaste.

Drinkability: Definitely falls in line with the rest of the stone line and this one aims to please for those looking for a smoother brew with the same flavor.

Overall: I appreciate what they did here with the added oak character, although I almost feel like the marketing mock is humorous considering they dare you to drink it and then you are rewarded with a smooth ale even if it is still a strong one.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 18:48:25 | More by craftaholic
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured very nicely, a very dark amber with a nice tan head. Smell is extremely hoppy, with a slight aroma of something different (I'm thinking it's the oak). The flavor is almost pure hops, but the finish contains this almost smoky aroma, definitely unique. It's aggressively bitter which isn't totally a bad thing but can be a bit much, put simply you have to be in the mood for something like this. But if you are, there's very little else out there that rivals this.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 05:17:06 | More by funkengruven
Photo of engagechad


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle was purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - poured into a DFH snifter. Drink before 3-15 (not sure of year.. but probably 11

Poured great with good head. Dark ruby in color.. I looked at it for a while.. which says a lot about a beers appearance.. Head was kind of meh at first but after it warmed and I aggitated it poofed up good and the lacing was nice. Smelled good, but not quite as fragrant as the non oaked AB. Tasted incredible.. I LOVE arrogant bastard but with the oak it feels so interesting on the tongue.. It feels as though I was placing chips of wood on either side of the back of my tongue. Thats a good thing! Very interestingly dry on the finish. I love a dry finish on an IPA but this was a different thing altogether. Don't ask me why but at 7.2 abv this beer (just like the original AB) are REALLY easy to drink for me, I just want it in my belly NOW.

Try them both - the Arrogant Bastard and the Oaked. They live up to the hype they get IMHO

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 14:28:58 | More by engagechad
Photo of BevMoAndrew


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Bruery Tulip glass at about 45 degrees.

Shows a ruby/brown color in the glass with a thick froth. Louds of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark berries, cirtus hops, oak, and vanilla dominate the nose & palate. This is an outstanding brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:38:34 | More by BevMoAndrew
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber color with a nice creamy head. Lacing looks great and occurs all the way to the bottom of the glass. Slightly cloudy instead of clear like the un-oaked version.

S - Hoppy aroma with some fruity sweetness deep in the background. It has some earthiness, but I can't say I detect a specific oak fragrance. Some alcohol, but it blends nicely.

T - Starts sweet with a bit of smokiness, but citrusy hops hit you quickly. The bitter hops flavor seems to cling to the inside of your mouth until the next drink. It's fairly dry with a nice, green aftertaste.

M - Full and substantial, but still goes down smooth.

D - This is an easy drinking beer with good balance. Honestly, I don't think this is any better than the regular Arrogant Bastard, but it's a nice change of pace. Another winner for Stone.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 04:22:50 | More by gabe23
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent mahogany with a one finger beige head that recedes quickly, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

Smells of floral hops and sweet malts. Pine and citrus from the hops also lurk in the background.

This tastes great, and it's wonderfully balanced. Pine hops cut the malty sweetness, and the combination of oak and hops provide an alluringly sweet yet astringent finish.

A terrific beer, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 20:25:49 | More by IMincedTheKing
Photo of Pamola


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't seen these in the upper valley for a while. Despite the prohibitive 16.50 price tag for a 6pack, I folded like an origami crane.

A: Poured silky smooth with a tiny little head. The color was like a beautifully finished cherry wood.

S: I'm a little stuffy today. Some caramel and lovely oak in there.

T: Buttery. Wonderful. The oakey malt stays light due to the generous amount of hops. Biting, crisp finish.

M: Smooth and sharp at once. The mellowed oak feel coats the mouth.

D: All day long. Assuming my wallet would hold up.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 23:17:31 | More by Pamola
Photo of honestdave


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my new Westvleteren souvenir chalice purchased at the Abbey by Brother Bob

A: Beautiful mahogany brown color. Tan, creamy head that leaves nice lacing on the chalice. Higher alcohol content is evident as I swirl the glass and the ale clings to the glass.

S: Complex aroma of ripe bananas and floral notes as well.

T: Hop bitterness tempered somewhat by the oak aging.

M: Medium bodied with little carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, smooth ale. The 7% ABV would not deter me from drinking a couple more.

Summary: Really excellent ale from Stone. I've had the arrogant bastard before, but the oak aging takes it to a new level.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 23:33:14 | More by honestdave
Photo of ToasterChef


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Novare Res, poured into my Uprising Chalice. The color of the beer is a combination of dark copper and ruby. It has a thin tan head. The beer smells woods; there is oak and hops in the aroma. You can certainly taste the oak in the flavor, as well as some alcohol. There is also some grassiness/floral flavors, but that could just be an aspect of the oakiness. There is a hint of caramel sweetness in the finish. There is a normal amount of carbonation and a medium body with some mouth coating. Overall, a strong and tasty beer that is worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2009 16:40:01 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of JakeSuperior


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: appears dark brown until held to the light, which shows off its great ruby red color. Head is a tan color and leaves lots of lacing

s: caramel malt with hops, citrus, slight hint of oak and fruitiness (confirmed by other reviewers as grapefruit)

t: complex, caramel malt hits first, fades into a hoppie bite with taste of grapefruit, followed by the oak.

m: nice level of carbonation, medium thickness

d: the more I drink of it, the more I want another. The taste grows on you.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 22:30:40 | More by JakeSuperior
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark cherry red, very robust and quite clear. A good thick tan colored head lingers for quite some time. A good bit of lacing is left. Great looking beer

S-the nose is a little faint, it brings a hint of toasted biscuit with some caramel sweetness up front. Hops actually dominate and take over after this faint malt beginning. A good bit of pine and a touch of grapefruit come about

T-4.5 this is very good! Big time hop presence sets the tone with lots of resignous pine with a good bit of grapefruit. The caramel and toasted malts give this flavor a malt presence up front; but the hops seem to dominate. The finish brings a hint of the oak a good bit of bitterness that hits but does not linger. Very nice.

M-this beer is thick and syrupy, good medium to full body, incredibly smooth with a light coating effect on the mouth. Just enough carbonation to give it the body it needs; but none of that throat burn that an overly carbonated beer can give.

D-this beer is easy drinking. Nothing over powers the senses but the flavors are still bold. This is a hop beast and would be interesting with age on it to see how it developes.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 00:32:39 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear and carbonated deep amber around a central column of ruby. Two fingers of sculpted light tan head de-meringue casually. Tapestries of lacing carpet the inside of the glass.

The aroma has a backbone of toasted malt, with caramel and baked bread, padded by a dinstinctly pine aura. A very reedy earthen oak note is matched with an equally airy vapor of alcohol.

Upon tasting, there arrives a crusty caramel malt presence with a considerably damped sweetness. Pine and grapefruit hops also seem slightly subdued and rounded, though they do remain quite poignant. And it's the oak that mitigates both, leaving a very mildly woody remembrance. There's a glimpse of alcohol just before the malt turns biscuity and the hops lay a blast of nuclear bitterness, leading to a crisp, dry, long finish. The oak softens the profile, and it's differently excellent because of it.

Medium bodied, it's clingy, chewy, flowing, and glowing.

It's the great taste of Arrogant Bastard feathered by a well-integrated earthy oak addition. It's still extreme, but in a less extreme way. The solid ABV is warming, and in no way an obstacle. The original is edgy and a breeze to drink. This one is every so slightly softer, and maybe even a bit breezier. It's better than good, it's wood.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 17:50:05 | More by Foxman
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep copper color with huge, frothy, pillowy off-white head. Leaves a large amoun of lacing on the glass as it dissipates.

S: Smell of citrus and charred oak and a light floral aroma

T/M: Amazing brew is the first thing I think of after this sip. Wonderful taste of bitter grapefruit and a light amount of oak. Closes with a litle vanilla and oak and perfect hop bitterness. Perfectly medium body and with medium amount of carbonation. Light amount of oily hops left on the palette.

D: Great beer that is dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 02:54:01 | More by dsigmon
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby hued brown with a tan, fluffy one finger head. I can already see some awesome lacing. Fairly clear

S: Really intense hoppiness up front. I think it overwhelms the oak a bit. As it's warming I'm getting a lot more caramel.

T: I think the flavor lets the wood shine more than in the nose. Rich caramel flavors supply the backbone to a nice bitter finish from those hops. The finish is so, so long.

M: Solid medium body. Good carbonation.

O: A great beer. I had it a little too cool at first and it felt terribly underwhelming. That was my bad though. Once I let it warm up it showed a lot more depth.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 05:47:33 | More by tony223366
Photo of shirfan

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick, sticky pillow of foam sits atop a dark copper brew, absolutely refusing to disperse.

Malty aroma, whole-grain toastbread, hints of orange and tangerine.

Taste is excellent. A strong, juicy citric hops presense is perfectly tempered by moderately sweet malt. Fresh-baked bread notes give way to some bittering, leaves just enough pucker without being excessive. Oak is present in the background, as is a slightly mineral flavor, imparting further character into an already excellent brew.

As good as this is, I'm glad I opted for a single 12 oz bottle rather than an $18 sixer. The oak is interesting, but it doesn't make an already awesome brew that much more exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 18:42:53 | More by shirfan
Photo of BigB415


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours red with just enough light penetrating it that allows you to see through the glass. I took a sniff before swirling and got faint hop aroma and took another sniff after swirling and got a pineapple aroma which is kind of weird but I'm not complaining since I love pineapple. I'm not sure if this arrogant bastard was aged in oak because I'm not tasting any signs of it. Very smooth with no alcohol burn which is not surprising since the ABV is only 7.2% Very little hop presence with a sweet kick. I like this version of arrogant bastard better then the regular arrogant bastard since that just leaves me really thirsty.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 05:13:14 | More by BigB415
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a clear dark-brown-amber with a light-brown head.
Smell: Malts, oak, caramel citrus and pine hops
Taste: Malts, caramel citrus, some wood and pine hops. Aftertaste is dry bitter full of pine and grapefruit
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation
Overall: Nice beer. Very well balanced

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 11:18:22 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of SkitzIrish3


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep woody brown with two fingers of creamy foam.

This is a good smelling beer! Smell is oaky and woody with good toasty malt notes. A floral hoppiness comes through and thoroughly balances the aroma.

Taste: Hop punch alcohol bite beat up the palate before a faint toasty malt sweetness in the back, followed by an oily, bitter finish. I think I'm getting some mint flavors out of it...Smooth, lightly carbonated, and as another reviewer pointed out, cool.

This is the perfect example of a 10 on my hop bitterness tolerance. Damn good, but I think I prefer the original.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 20:27:11 | More by SkitzIrish3
Photo of zoolzoo


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Gingerman. Norwalk, CT

A: Red. Im talking dark, ruby red. A tinge of mahogany around the edges of the glass.

S: Dark malts, earthiness, hops. Subtle vanilla, wood.

T: Resembles the regular arrogant bastard except this one isnt so arrogant. Much smoother on the palate. Hops take a slight step back and some sweet caramel malt becomes present. Bitterness lingers but is accompanied by subtle oak, tobacco, and vanilla notes.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is a little high.

D: This drinks much easier than its non oaked brother.

Funny thing about this beer... I have never had it without a cheese pairing. I had it once in San Francisco with some smoked gouda, and every time I go to the Gingerman in CT I get the cheese & bread sampler plate and a Stone OAB. This beer is excellent with mild and sharp cheeses alike.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 14:50:14 | More by zoolzoo
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber-brownish color, hazy. Lots of fine bubbles. Head looks thick and chunky.

Fruity, resiny, sweet malts, maybe some hint of oak character.

Sweet malts up front along with bitter hops at the backend, very resiny. Fruity character, ripe black cherries. I notice there's a little oak character in the taste, but I barely taste it. Body is medium, carbonation is nice.

Smooth finish, slight bitter aftertaste, a little dry.

Overall Impressions:
It's a very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 08:36:29 | More by mjurney
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Stone Pint glass.

A- reddish tan, one finger head, fades after a couple minutes to about 1/16" leaving lacing in its tracks.
S- hops, oak, pine, slight maltiness
T- hops! Citrus (mostly grapefruit, but hints of orange and maybe some lemon), caramel, pine, earthiness, oak and alcohol finish it off
M-  medium body with an almost chewy texture after the medium carbonation settles.
O- I like the original, but the oak adds a depth that the original does not have. The smell was a little weak, but the taste more than made up for it. This is a wonderful brew. However, the price is a little steep for a beer that is not off the charts. I will definitely enjoy more of these in the future, but not as often as others that are a little lighter on my wallet.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 23:55:33 | More by Ungertaker
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes May 2013 though I've had this many times before.

12 oz brown bottle with the usual Arrogant bastard artwork that is uber BA if you ask me. This bottle like all stone bottlings screams quality. Poured 2 of these into a nonic pint glass.

A - dark amberish color with hints of burnt orange highlights when held to the light. Some real haze going on. Head was a bit smaller than its brother Arrogant Bastard but still held a pretty good ring of creamy lace with some stick.

S - not as hop forward as the standard bottling of ABA but still a fine aroma. Some pine resin and a good bit of spice from the hops. The faintest of citrus and I mean its faint. Big waft of caramel malt and a slight vanilla from the oakiness. A good fresh cut wood character to the aroma.

T - well done. It has its portion of hops getting their point across but the malt does its part as well. The original ABA is a beer that displays both worlds in a balanced act of class and this is no different. All the same flavors I love plus the additional benefit of being Oaked. Hops are big and resinous with pine and soft citrus while the malt plays an equal part with somewhat sweet caramel malt that's only amplified by the oakiness. An awesome vanilla note that hits and then hits again with a wood character all over. Spicy, earthy finish. This is one great tasting brew.

M - thick mouthfeel with a good solid coating of texture. Really flavorful throughout and a real beer drinkers kind of ale. Thick and almost creamy smooth going down. One of the most enjoyable that'll ever grace your taste buds.

O - ABA is a work of art and this is just another piece in that gallery of fine Bastard ales. My wife says I'm an arrogant bastard and maybe that's why I like these so much though I think it's more to its in your face flavor that does that. One things for sure I can't get enough Liquid arrogance and Oaked Bastard instantly became an all time favorite for me. Whether its beside the camp fire in mid summer or the fire place on a cold winter night Oaked Bastard seems to find my glass at some point. If you like AB then this is a no brainer. If you don't, well like the bottle says: It's probably not for you anyway.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 02:30:56 | More by BradtheGreat7
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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