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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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4,808 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,808
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 151
Gots: 388 | 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 DackAchan


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

A- Pours nicely, dark deep opaque red. Finishes with a good two finger rich brown head that laces and sticks to the glass.

S- Kinda dissappointed on the smell. Not a whole lot to it. Strong hops flavor that dominates all others.

T- Good taste, rich, with some complex hops taste. A light flavor of oak adds very well to the taste.

M- Good mouthfeel, thick for an ale, but enjoyable. Starts off with a heavy feel, smooth on the tongue and finishes leaving a slight bite at the end.

D- Good drinkablitiy. The bite on the back end and the weight of the beer makes it a little more difficult to make into a session beer but I'd drink it again.

12-04-2007 23:41:25 | More by DackAchan
Photo of illidurit


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured into a nonic. Nice dark brown color with a tan head of 3 fingers. Lacing is incredible and the retention is stellar.

Aroma is mostly hoppy with just a faint hint that oak was involved in this beer.

Taste is a downgrade from the fresh growler I had of this. The flavors are still good but a bit out of whack. Lots of malt sweetness with a big wood note. Hops are more subdued and I don't get much bourbon at all.

Nice and smooth, very quaffable.

01-29-2008 22:11:02 | More by illidurit
Photo of Evocatus


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a dark brown-copper hue with a thin dark beige head. Aroma is a mix of sweet toffee, smoked oak, and a hint of citrus. The oak barrel taste is definitely there as well as some alcohol, like a weak alcohol scotch/whiskey. A good amount of thickness, and little carbonation, which I like in a thick beer. for 7.2% ABV, not too strong on the alcohol taste which makes it very drinkable. A decent anytime beer based on pure taste. However, a bit pricey at $3 a bottle at a supermarket.

03-05-2010 01:29:03 | More by Evocatus
Photo of jwinship83


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

12oz bottle drank from a standard american pint glass. there was a best by date on the bottle and it wasnt up yet, but i cant remember what it was.

A- this one pours out a reddish brown colored body with a finger and a half of off white colored head. the head lasts a while, leaving behind small spots of lacing.

S- sweet caramel and toffee malts. a little bit of vanilla from the oak. a little bit of booze. tons of piny and citric hops. lots of grapefruit.

T- the taste follows suit. starts off with sweet caramel and toffee like malts that eventually get over powered by the grapefruit and pine flavored hops. slight astringency from the oak.

M- medium to full bodied and well carbonated. there is a nice dryness form the oak chips.

D- easy to drink and a nice change of pace from the original bastard, but i think the original one edges this one out. even more so when the price point comes into play.

05-10-2010 04:10:34 | More by jwinship83
Photo of ckeegan04


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

A - Dark, nut brown in color. Thin bubbly brown head fades away quickly. Sheets of lacing as you drink.

S - A floral hop aroma and a hint of the oak. Also a light smoked aroma comes through.

T - A little sweet at first followed by a good kick of earthy and spicy hops. Almost a mint taste in there as well. The oaked taste comes through late but is not very strong.

M/D - A creamy and smooth feel and very drinkable. Alcohol is surprsingly well masked given the higher ABV.

07-04-2008 14:33:11 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my DFH pint glass the color of dark brewed iced tea with an inch of off white head that slowly fades and leaves a slight lacing. Smells of caramel malts, grapefruit, toasted grain. Tastes of rich, oakey wood, sweet malt, mildly bitter grapefruit and citrus. Hop bitterness comes through in the finish. Very smooth and mellow with medium carbonation. A nicely balanced beer. I could drink a few of these in an evening.

01-23-2007 04:31:59 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of sinstaineddemon


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

had to get some of this after all the hype, hope it lives up to it

A - OAB pours a nutty brown with sharp scarlet highlights, atop sits a two finger thick rocky eggnog colored head, tiny scant carbonation rise through the beer

S - very strong grapefruit hits my nose first, with bitter hoppy highlights alongside some floral notes as well, at teh back is a slightly woody aroma which, of course, must be from the oaking

T - like the aroma, the grapefruit is up front and strong in the taste as well, very nice flavor, the oaked woodsiness is stronger in the taste than in the nose, and it finished with a superbly high quality hoppy finish, so bitter and potent it lingers on your palate for hours, i can still taste it (had it 45 min ago)

M&D - the mouthfeel is smooth for its potency, but you have to like strong beers obviously, otherwise very nice and balanced and layered nicely, great job stone, though i prefer regular AB

12-05-2006 04:58:26 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of kirok1999


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a clear dark amber with a nice white head and minimal lacing. Surprising considering the amount of hops here. Smell is immediately of oak, dry bittering hops, and slight malt sweetness. Taste is a blast in the face of bittering hops, dry in the back of the throat aftertaste. Oak melds pretty well with the hops and kind of eases the hop assault. Nice thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, I can see it paired with a nice sharp cheddar.

11-04-2006 02:00:03 | More by kirok1999
Photo of snpub540


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours an opaque brown color but shows maroon hues when it is held up to light. Had a 3/4" off white head that turned into some very clingy lace on the glass.

Smell is very wood and a little bit earthy. There is also some vinous smells in there.

Taste is a hop bitterness attack up front folowed by an oaky finish, with a slightly sweet maybe molasses like finish. Very dry finish.

Medium bodied feel on the palate and it is surprisingly easy to drink. It is smoother than regular AB but has a little bit more taste. One of my favorites .

02-25-2009 04:40:19 | More by snpub540
Photo of dtivp


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a ruby brown with a one finger tan head that fades sloly into a thin cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma of bready malts, pine, citrus and hints of oak.

Taste starts out with a little bitterness of pine hops, grapefruit, balanced with malt, caramel and vanilla oak.

Mouth Feel is medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp smooth with a slight bitter after taste.

Overall is this a very nice strong ale with a nice oak touch.

11-05-2011 23:24:29 | More by dtivp
Photo of erickehoe


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: Deep amber color with ¼ inch cream head. Head appears to have viscosity of whipped cream. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell: Caramelly, molasses-like. Bananas and rum. Oaky.

Taste: Surprisingly balanced, based on the smell and oak-aging. Not too sweet. Starts with gentle, bubbly carbonation followed by a creamy, rich mouthfeel. Hop bitterness comes through fairly strong for the style. Definitely tasting the oak and maltiness as it finishes, and a warm heat exudes from the alcohol.

Overall: Pleasing aromas and a very well-balanced beer. A little thinner than I imagined, but other than that it is high-quality.

12-20-2012 19:23:10 | More by erickehoe
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured a nice red-amber producing a tightly knit sculptured head and some lacing along the glass.

I could not detect much of a nose maybe a slight hint of hops.

The flavor proved this beer to be unquestionably an ale. The notes of hops were the predominant flavor. I could not detect the contribution the oak wood chips added to the flavor.

Beer ended with a clean finish.

Overall, this is a very fine ale, but for some reason in my opinion not what I have experienced with this brewers other products.

Still, not to be ignored.

11-22-2009 00:25:59 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of whatthehull


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Tasted April 26th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - a cloudy blood orange, one finger almost light brown head. A bit of lacing

S - sweet yeast, sweet malt, red oaked wine, citrus and floral hops and toasted oak and/or grains and malt. Maybe some caramel or molasses

T - sweet red wine, sherry barrels, toasted oak, malt and grains. Citrus and a bit of floral hops, sweet yeast and nice bitterness

M - a bit chewy, medium acidity, long finish and nicely carbonated

D - smoother than the original, but just as hoppy, toasty and sweet

Final thought - good beer not worth the money unless you have never had it

05-03-2011 03:40:12 | More by whatthehull
Photo of bbeane


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with an off white head maybe a finger thick that disappears somewhat quickly leaving some lines of lacing. Beer is a murky copper color, with light activity

S- Notes of vanilla mixed with the smell of earthy wood... caramel, resiny hops

T- Citrus hop forward with notes from the oak, eventually joined my some caramel malty sweetness for the finish

M- Medium bodied with light/medium carbonation. Has a nice lingering hop flavor that gets trapped in your mouth

O- A well crafted beer in my opinion, though not my favorite oak aged ipa out there


05-04-2011 02:10:55 | More by bbeane
Photo of Roguer


4.06/5  rDev -3.3%

Solid one finger of creamy head, decent retention, slowly fading to a thin bubbly remnant. Awesome sticky lacing. Beer is a dark brown, translucent, and shot through with purple or red.

Vanilla notes immediately hit, with a massive dose of caramel malts and molasses, and finally some spicy dry hops.

Dry, earthy, spicy hops hit first, imparting bitterness but little flavor. This is followed by some flat caramel malts, with vanilla, oak, and brown sugar rounding out the back-end. Fairly complex profile; each sip is a little different.

Lively sting and bite give this an excellent balance to what is otherwise a relatively thin mouthfeel. Slight foaming.

This is a tasty beer, reminding me of a drier, spicier version of Brown Shugga or Burton Baton. Those beers are very hoppy, but with more hop flavor, whereas the hops here seem to be mostly about the bitterness. The flavor is a bit of a letdown after a really intriguing aroma. Letting it warm helps bring out the molasses and vanilla better.

Has an "Enjoy By" date a week from now. I would think an oaked strong ale would hold up to age well, other than the hops, so I find that curious.

Update: had it on tap, and it was even better. Very smooth, with nice vanilla and oak notes to complement the earthy hops. Malt profile was far less dominant. Very bitter brew, and very good.

01-21-2014 19:29:11 | More by Roguer
Photo of bsp77


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Mostly clear burnt red with small head but some lacing. Maybe a little clearer than the regular Bastard, but less head.

Smell: Semi-sweet malt backbone with some pine. Maybe a touch of oak. Less hop smell than the regular Bastard.

Taste: Pretty malt driven with some pine and citrus hop counterbalance. Somewhat bitter at the end with a light oak touch.

Feel: Very smooth and slightly warming. Pretty low carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe a little easier to drink than the regular Bastard, but mostly because it seems toned down and smoothed out.

I prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard.

06-28-2009 04:57:59 | More by bsp77
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

12 0z. bottle> fat-ass snifter

Pours out looking solid and vibrant with crimson red hues on a brown-amber body, bold carbonation creates a massive 2" smooth and clumpy mocha-cream colored head with plenty of bubbles on top but dissipates moderately slow and leaves plenty of sticky lacing in it's wake. a constant thin, bubbly covering last for the duration.

There's a big, sweet and very herbal hop scent rolling out of the glass including some classic cascade scent's, like pineapple, and assorted acidic fruits, then becoming very green and herbal but certainly floral. Underneath the hops you have a sugar-house like smokiness and a smooth buttery malt.

"Agressive hops" is what stands out most, very complex with a very acidic fruit edge with pineapple standing out most and quickly becoming very herbal, not spicey but earthy. The malt balance is subtle and smooth that includes a semi-bitter oak smokiness and toffee-like sweetness, the malt never really becomes bold and them balance is dominated by hops. The alcohol heat adds further balance and is not too high or in-your-face. Very delightful.

This one feels full, slick and smooth but with a nice lively carbonated bite. Very nice feel.

high-grade american Strong ale. I would only ask for a slightly bigger, if not smoother malt presence.

10-25-2007 22:41:38 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of prdstmnky


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz bottled 9/28/11

Poured into a tulip, 3 fingers of creamy tan head sits on top of an amber body. Nice head retention as well as some lacing, great looking beer.

The oak is the first thing that hits my nose, woody with hints of vanilla followed by some sweeter malts and both floral and fruity hops. The smell isn't overpowering, but somewhat complex. The taste falls right in line, although a bit drier than I expected. The hops are there, with a bit of bitterness...and the oak is upfront as well. Id say the malt profile doesn't come thru quite as much on the tongue as the nose, but still alot going on. Slightly above average carbonation, and as I said before, a bit drier than expected.

Another nice offering from Stone, I prefer this to the regular AB. Im not usually a fan of anything hoppy on oak (or in a barrel) but this is actually quite tasty. All the components work really well together.

12-17-2011 01:12:40 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of Stigs


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip

A - poured a finger of massively dense and creamy foam. just sitting there in the glass mocking me. the beer is an incredibly clear, burnt amber color.

S - hops, both bitter and floral..also a bit sweet. more whiffs of grapefruit, bread, vanilla sweetness,

T - huge bitterness followed by the oaky sweetness. hops are earthy and grassy. sharp malts drive through all of the other flavors. alcohol bit is also slightly noticeable.

M - nicely carbonated to push the smell and flavor profiles forward. sounds weird, but this beer is kind of crunchy...and not shy at all.

D - yummy, but wearing after a bit. one easy to put down, but also enough.

11-22-2009 06:21:53 | More by Stigs
Photo of blaje

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Poors as a rich reddish beer reminding me of "Falnder's red" type of beer. Nice head, off-white in color, that stands out for a good five minutes.

Very complex nose. Caramel, malt (tons of it). The hops is not standing out, still citrussy though.

Mouthfeel is great, I'd say even better then the original ricipe.
Still an "aggressive" beer, but the oak tends to melloew the rough edges of the original arrogant bastard ale. It is surprisingly "smooth" even a bit creamy to me, and definetly feels more balanced then her sister.

It is worth trying for sure, but if you'd like a real thing, you should still go for the original ABA.

03-28-2009 00:54:40 | More by blaje
Photo of Mavajo


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich brown/amber color with a fluffy tan head with great retention. Good amount of lacing.

Nose is primarily of pine with a bit of floral. Taste presented even more: there's a strong maltiness to this brew, sweetness, with the hoppy bitterness and pine coming through. The malts make for a tremendously silky-smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is mild.

It's really a quite interesting brew. Definitely stands out as something special. It's drinkable, but not really an everyday beer, in my opinion.

11-05-2009 15:44:04 | More by Mavajo
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Well after being harassed by my buddies about why I haven't drank this beer I decided to give a try. Although I bought the Oaked ABA. It pours out in a nice dark brown reddish color. I think the smell is a lot stronger than the actual taste. once I smelled it with that dark smoky smell I figured it would be a little hard to drink since smell is half the taste. I have to admit I enjoyed it. I will be having this beer again soon.

11-23-2013 01:58:02 | More by AZYescas
Photo of franksnbeans


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours an almost pure ruby with amber. Almost looks like a brown ale. Nice sized head that dies rather quickly and laces nicely. Smells are less potent then I would like. Faint caramel and vanilla, some malt, orange rind. Tastes as it smells along with big spicy and dry hops with a little bite. The characteristics from the oak are apparent. Feels medium in the mouth with perfect carbonation. Drinkability is off the charts. I can see why those 3litre bottles are out there!

08-25-2007 05:37:16 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of rlee1390


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

A-Clear deep ruby, one finger off white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Wood, malt, caramel, toffee and grass.

T-Oak, dirt, caramel, grass, very malty, balance isn't quite there mild bitterness and some pine.

M-Lighter, slightly carbonated and maybe a tad watery.

O-A nice beer, the oak imparts nice flavors, if the balance was a tad better the beer would be phenomenal.

06-01-2013 16:01:18 | More by rlee1390
Photo of GeezLynn


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Deep shade of red/amber with a thin white head

S: Caramel malt, butter, burnt brown sugar, and a little oak. While not a primary feature, the hops are also easily discerned.

T: Initial flavor is sweet caramel and vanilla, followed by a very herbal hop flavor. Finish is long with a healthy amount of hop bitterness and burnt toffee.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly syrupy with medium carbonation that is well-contained. Pretty close to how I would draw it up.

Oaked Bastard is my favorite of the three. It has a little more complexity than the regular AB, but is not quite as rough around the edges as the Double Bastard. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.

06-03-2010 02:32:55 | More by GeezLynn
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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