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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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1,848 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,848
Hads: 5,113
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 207
Gots: 541 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Reviews: 1,848 | Hads: 5,113
Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what the big deal is here. It pretty much tastes the same as the regular Arrogant Bastard, the one advantage is that you can get it in 12 ounce bottles. worth getting if that' s importnat to you and if the per ounce price is not much higher than the standard.

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Photo of tayner
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a deep golden color with an off white head.

smelled of wood, hops, and lightly of malts.

Dominant flavor was oak and hops, not very well balanced out with malts.

Crisp mouthfeel, clean finish.

I am not a huge fan of oak in my beer unless it is a bourbon barrel so this one was a tad hard for me to drink as i tasted no bourbon at all, just wood and hops, but for what it is, it is okay. i wouldnt choose to drink it again over all the other choices though.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a tulip.

Appearance: A superior dark amber. Light orange head comes off the body maybe 1/4".

Smell: Smell, really this beer hints of flowery pine.

Taste: Comes off bitter and piney. Kinda like a piney and flowery ale like I said above but in all honesty looks and smells like your normal IPA but serves much much more smoother than that, Almost too smooth with a hint of wood.

Mouth: Medium/heavy carbonation, but compliments the sour taste bitter taste.

Overall: Pretty good beer comes off like a watered down IPA. The way this was sold to me was like it was the best ale made since sliced bread. Stone never fails in making a good beer but this by far isn't their greatest accomplishment.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Spike's tonight (as well as Tuesday night). I'm loving "Most Arrogant Bar in the Country" week!

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear orange-brown body with randomly-placed shades of red. Head is initially foamy and khaki-colored, but eventually settles as a creamy, sticky cap. Very nice head retention on the whole and lots of web-like lacing.

Smell: Big, buttery oak dominates the nose. A better description might be buttered popcorn with some sweet oak and hints of vanilla. Sweet and pleasant. Hardly comparable to regular Arrogant Bastard.

Taste: Buttery oak, caramel, and resinous piney hops. Not much bitterness unfortunately. Similar to regular Arrogant Bastard, but oakier/butterier and all around dulled.

Mouthfeel: This felt surprisingly watery. Carbonation was very low (borderline flat) and body was definitely thin. On top of that, bitterness and alcoholic kick were both weak.

Drinkability: While this was certainly smoother and easier than regular AB, I really missed that extra arrogance. Oaked Arrogant Bastard on-tap was just too flat and dull. Still tasty though.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Welp, I'm not sure how 'special' this is for review #200, but seeing as Arrogant Bastard was one of the first beers I REALLY liked, why not review the oaked version right now; not only to compare it to regular AB, but to see how far my tastes have changed since then? 12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish chestnut brown color with low translucence and extreme arrogance (at least it's supposed to be arrogant!) The head is a one finger light cream color with a fantastic texture that settles down into a thin, creamy looking film.

S: Light baker's chocolate, oak, vanilla, toffee, hazelnut, herbal hops, and caramel malt. Pleasantly aromatic, but a little weak.

T: I expected this to taste like Arrogant Bastard with slight oakiness...and indeed it does. Initial flavors are very nutty and caramel-y, before giving way to loads of oily pine resin. The oak profile only seems to plane away some of the harshness from the piny hops and help accentuate the nut flavors. Actually, this is kind of subdued in general flavor wise, even pleasant once you're accustomed to the bitterness.

M: Just like regular AB, it's medium bodied, with an oily, resinous aftertaste loaded with big hoppiness. Like I said before, its slightly tannic nature softens up the harshness slightly but gives a cleaner, drier finish...which is saying something considering how dry regular AB is. Adequate, pleasantly controlled carbonation round out the texture.

O: Arrogant Bastard is no longer one my favorite beers now, but after two misfires from Stone (Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Bean and Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale), it's good to have them get back into my good graces again with this solid - if not amazing - drink. Long live liquid arrogance!

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby brown pour with a small dense tan head. Mellow grapefruit and vanilla aroma with hints of dark fruit. Malty vanilla and oak flavor up front, slightly nutty flavor in the middle, little bit of honey, leading to a dry and bitter finish. Medium body.

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Photo of Crosling
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught. Copper. Aroma consisted of the typical lemony and grapefruit like hops and toasted and caramel like malts that are usually present in the standard Bastard. Added notes of strawberry jam, vanilla and toasted oak became evident in the nose as well. In terms of flavor, the hops toned down a lot. Toasted oak and vanilla became evident as well. I had this on draught twice on two different days. It wasn’t that good and this isn’t what I consider to be an improvement. But you might.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber/red with a nice thick tan head. A bit of oak comes through in the nose which is primarily of wax fruit and hops. Flavors are pleasant-full rich malt with nice balance of bitter hops. Flavors finish hop heavy and then is long lasting. Not a lot of oak in the mouth, if any, a bit of a disappointment that. A second bottle provided a bit more malt in the nose and a hint more wood in the flavor but it may just have been expectation with the second bottle. Bitter hop finish. Quality and well made; not as "significant" as one may want.

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Photo of bob3701
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Shaker pint. Pours a hazy red/amber with particals suspended in the brew. Small off white head the quickly goes into a film with OK lacing. Aroma of hoppy flowers, alcohol and citrus. Smoother than regular Arrogant Bastard with piny and grassy flavors and a bitter citrus finish. Not a fan of this style but got this as a Christmas present. Love reading the bottle however.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle aquired via trade with akorsak.

A: Slightly clouded amber color, with a tan head that recedes to a thin ring. Leaves some lacing behind.

S: Similar to regular Bastard, except for the slightly smokey oak. Some vanilla smell.

T: Same as smell. Slightly astringent. Not too bad, though. No vanilla taste, too bitter.

M: Dry yet creamy smooth. Don't know if the bitterness is all from the hops or some from carbonation.

D: about the sam eas regular Bastard. Gets batter as it warms.

This OAB is a nice change of pace from the regular. Decent beer.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark ruby brown color with a small but frothy off white head. Body is slightly hazy. Nice lacing is coating the glass in an even fashion.

Aroma is malty and has lots of sweetness. Brown sugar and caramel dominates. Hops take the backseat but are there. Not sure if I smell any oak.

Taste is super rich. Flavors in the vein of molasses, maple syrup, and caramel dominate. There is definitely some oak in there. Hop bitterness comes in way too late though. This is kinda one dimensional. And the dimension is sweetness.

Feel is slick and tingly.

This isn't awful, but i much prefer stones stouts, or IPAs.

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Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a fan of regular AB, but like Oaked a fair bit better. The color is a reddish mahogany with about 3/4 inch of medium tan head that had decent retention and lacing. The harsh aromas and flavors of standard AB are soften with the time on the oak.

The woody scent masks some of the hop sharpness, but those hops still show through on the tongue. The body is much smoother and thus more enjoyable.

While drinkability is better than the normal Gargoyle, I still can't see having more than one or two of these at a sitting.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a dismal head that quickly reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper crimson color with good clarity and only a small amount of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel and toasted Malts ,Citrus, and other fruity notes.

Taste: Citrus, oak, vanilla, bitterness, caramel, chocolate, and bready notes.

Mouthfeel: Subltely smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice offering by Stone. For some reason, this hop bomb is a bit much.

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Photo of currysage1
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey stained mahogany, creamy one finger head, sinks but stays, amazing lacing.

Smell is of wet grain, light toffee, some decent hop presence but not that impressive.

Taste is good, a nice IPA bitterness but it's the oak. Caramel sweet smoothness, stone fruit pits, vanilla that mixes with the alcohol. Good but I prefer the AB a little more.

Feel is standard ale/strong ale, medium body, light carb, refreshing but satisfying. Overall I enjoyed but for the money would buy others.

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Photo of RWLawman
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Maroon in color with little head to speak of.

S - Immediately detect the presence of piney hops, along with a sweet smell and malts.

T - I agree with another reviewer with his assessment of the flavor experience in order: Astringent taste followed by sweet and malty, lastly the tingling presence of pine hops.

M - Medium-bodied with a tingling carbonation.

O - Not my typical style or preference, but it was a refreshing change in pace. Solid offering by a solid brewery.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a tan head, actually looks really good in my opinion. Good lace. Malty oak nose with a slight hops aroma. Sweet earthy upfront flavor with a more than expected hop bitterness presence at the end. Medium mouthfeel. Another solid beer from Stone.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

a - pours ruby red with an inch or so of sudsy, cream colored head. after calming i get a thick ring of foam and thick rings of lacing in the glass.

s - bready with some grapefruit, tart sourness, faint grassiness.

t - toffee malt with a sourdough breadiness to it. strong pine resin bitterness. i'm not getting any oak flavors at all.

m - medium in body, slightly oily, adequate carbonation, finer co2 profile.

o - decent, but i don't see what this offers over regular arrogant bastard. certainly not worth the higher price tag. pass.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Strong hoppy aroma when first opened. First sips reveal a strong bitterness along with an earthy tone. The appearance has almost the same color as the bottle it came in, a dark brown. Has moderate thin lacing and a head that reduced real quick to almost nothing. Would of liked to see a bigger head for such a hyped beer.
Nicely carbonated with a full body. Leaves a very dry bitter finish. The hop flavor and bitterness hides any other tastes that might be present. Alcohol is well hidden making it easy to drink. I'm not really getting an aged ale with oak chip tastes.Maybe the earthy tone I tasted was the oak chips. It does taste different than regular Arrogant bastard which I prefer. It does have a slight sweet finish. I'm not really impressed with this. The price they were charging was outrageous at like $16.99 a six-pack. I only bought a single.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip (like a beer microscope)

A - A beautiful deep dark brown. Poured aggressively and achieved a nice two finger light tan head - looks healthy. Head eventually settles to a nice little layer with decent retention and re-formation, good lacing. Bottle artwork is pretty typical Stone machismo and tiny text. It's cool but I'm a little over it.

S - Not as strong as I'd expect - a pleasant but faint hop aroma. Some malt appeared as it warmed up.

T - Took a few sips while this was maybe a little too cold - I'll let it warm up a little. Even when cold, though, the flavor is complex and changes as it lingers. Pretty cool. Mostly hop flavor, for me. It's been too long since I've had the regular version, so it's hard for me to pinpoint the differences of this oak version. The oak isn't really pronounced. I honestly am not sure I'd even pick up on it without being told it's supposed to be there.

M - Smooth going down, surprisingly thin. A bitter aftertaste leaves a dry heat all over your mouth. This is where some of the flavor complexity reveals itself, though.

O - It's good, but I'm not going gaga over this beer. I actually wonder if it has to do with the glass. I'd like to try it again out of something closer to a pint glass. I have very fond memories of this from about a year ago, but this didn't live up. Maybe that's the problem? I don't know. Maybe I'm just not "worthy." Definitely worth trying. I'm sure I'll have it again.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Caramel, citrus, coconut, vanilla.

Looks: Dark reddish-brown. Average sized off-white head with poor head retention. Some lace was left behind, but not much.

Taste: A little bit of smokiness, pine, coconut, malty sweetness, citrus. Alcohol is tasted and felt (hot). It has a long bitter finish. Layers of flavours. It is complex & I am having a bit of trouble accurately describing it in further detail.

Mouthfeel: Fine carbonation, in lower than average volumes. Medium bodied.

Overall, it's a great Beer, but I have my suspicions that this is not just the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale that has been aged with oak chips, but that they tweaked the recipe a smidge first.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz from total wine.

A - Dark maroon with lots of capuccino colored head. Dissipates slow with light legs.

S - Red Cherries, oak chips, anise, and honey.

T - Oaky, malty, and cherries.

M - Chewy, slightly bitter and dry. Not liking the ending bitterness. Way too much earthy hops.

D - The mouthfeel really throws off this beer. I really like the regular one though.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was somewhat frightened of this one going in since I don't have much experience with oak aged beers yet but I really enjoyed this brew. Nice off white head with a dark brown pour. Smell was wood, maybe alcohol in there as well. Flavor was surprisingly very smooth and not overpowering. Great stuff; would buy again!

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Photo of JMBSH
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color and Appearence : Dark amber with what appears to be a couple bits of charred oak.

Aroma: A light carmel scent.

Bitterness: Also lighter then expected when first tasted. Then it strikes from the back of the mouth much more fuller. Nice surprise.

Taste: The bitterness is not so overpowering that you find yourself wanting no more then one serving. No real aftertaste. Finishes clean. Was personally hoping for a stronger oak taste underneath the beer.

Carbonation: Fairly light with a quickly gone head after a hard pour. Ring around side of glass lasts through out.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque mahagnony in color. Half finger of white head, fades to a ring that hangs around.

Aroma is primarily oaky wood, earth, grainy malt, nuts.

Flavor lprofile serves up a similar malt profile found in red ales, but with the addition of faint brown sugar, spicy hops and a note of vanilla. Long bitter finish but its not too mich to take. More of a pleasant bittnerness.

Average mouthfeel. On the fuller side.

Overall enjoyable. I think I may like the unoaked version better as its hop profile is a bitter brighter and less bitter. But the oaky wood notes in this is nice.

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Photo of SusurusIgnoramus
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, reddish and cloudy. Looks a slight bit thick coming out of the bottle. About a finger's worth of creamy off white head. Retention is lower than I expected, but plenty of lacing. I smell mostly caramel and alcohol. A little bit of oak but I'm not sure if that's placebo effect.

I wonder if maybe this has gone bad. It HAS been sitting in the back of my fridge for at least a few months. I bought a six pack a while back and kept one to review, but only got around to it now. Carbonation is a lot less than I remember, but that may be due to poor memory. I don't taste the oak at all. Alcohol warmth and a good bit of bitterness. I taste slight caramel, but I have to really concentrate to find it. Cloves come through as well.

On second thought, I don't think it has gone bad, I just think it has been a long time since I've had it or regular Bastard. Moderate thickness. Carbonation doesn't come through well unless I hold it in my mouth. I could have a couple, but it's not what I would choose to drink often. I'm a little disappointed. It's not as good as I remember, and for the price, I would buy this very sparingly.

I feel bad not giving this beer a higher rating. Stone has consistently been one of my favorites, but I think my tastes are leaning toward different styles now.

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,848 ratings.