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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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4,906 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,906
Reviews: 1,838
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 160
Gots: 428 | 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 kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

kirok1999, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of snpub540
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 .

snpub540, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of dtivp
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

dtivp, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of erickehoe
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

erickehoe, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

gueuzeonhigh, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of whatthehull
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

whatthehull, May 03, 2011
Photo of bbeane
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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


bbeane, May 04, 2011
Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Roguer, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

bsp77, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of prdstmnky
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

prdstmnky, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Stigs
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Stigs, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of blaje
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

blaje, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Mavajo, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of AZYescas
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AZYescas, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of franksnbeans
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

franksnbeans, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

rlee1390, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of GeezLynn
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

GeezLynn, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of dsa7783
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried Stone’s IPA and liked it… had high hopes for this one with all the buzz surrounding the arrogant bastard, and to tell the truth, wasn’t disappointed… Copped a single 12oz from Gary’s in Madison for almost $3.00… The oak flavor really comes through… slightly bitter but very unique and different…. Appearance was exceptional… ruby-red to light brown with a frothy head… smell was somewhat bland – more so than I had expected for a beer of this quality and reputation, and the drinkability was limited by its hefty alcohol percentage… otherwise, an all-around outstanding brew that certainly warrants recognition… enjoyed this one… Recommended…

dsa7783, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

I do enjoy a good bastard and this is a wee one..12ozbottle? The first impression is that is resembles AB exactly or does it? Well, the first aromas to hit my nose are familiar. A closer inspection reveals some earthier notes a woody potting soil? I can detect booze and funky hop aromas. Minty, citric, floral, dry and woody. The oak still cant tame the Bastard but I do think its the culprit for the dryer taste. I am gonna have to go against the grain here and say I would rather have the original over the oaked... Im not worthy.

llllDrGONZOllll, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of hustlesworth
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- mostly clear deep blood red looks very nice in a delirium tremens tulip. foam is a yellow tinted beigeish dirty ivory and the lace is thick and crusty yet delicate and wispy in some places. excellent head retention, excellent texture to said head.

S- smells like the standard arrogant ass but oaky. very, very oaky. dried oak chips first and foremost, the feel of wood is in the vapor, and second to that are piney grapefruit resinous stinky reefer burnt orange hops. some toasty and caramel sweet malty aromas are back there along with floral alcohol and pineapple and passionfruit. a little too much oak for me but still pretty good.

T- crazy hops. it's been a while since i had an arrogant bastard, probably about 2 years, and i must have forgot how intense it is. dirty smoky resinous hop oil and tar with a deep woodsy oak character that is freskin unmistakable. caramel sweetness, wood tannins, bitter orange peel, grapefruit pith, burnt pine needles, burnt caramel, burnt sticky toasted everything and a total onslaught of palate overloading hops. there's a little sweetness there to balance things out but it's still crazy. not much alcohol flavor present behind all the craziness. this tastes like a barleywine without all the booze. glad it's not more than the 7.2% sticker. finishes hoppy of course with some toasty caramel sweetness. oak is still a little much i would prefer some wood, just less. yeah.

MF- sticky resinous and drying. full and soft while on the palate with perfect vigorous carbonation. puckering.

D- interesting, and i'm glad i picked this one up. i was blown away with the originL arrogant when i was a novice because i've never had such a beer. now, a little more evolved, i can find flaws, however small, namely so much oak. still an amazing brew, but i'm one and done. i know it takes alot of oak to stand out againt the hop gargoyle, but for me it's just too much.

hustlesworth, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally a bottle that is convenient in size! Thanks to Orfeu.

Appearance: Very dark maroon in color, fluffy tan head on the pour fills up the snifter.

Smell: Hoppy and very earthy. The oak is more subtle than I would've expected, but is still evident.

Taste: Much more mellow than I was expecting. It seems that the oak aging took the edge off the hops more than anything, making a much smoother offering than the original AB. The woodiness does add character, and it is still very flavorful, but not over the top. Also has a tart flavor on the backside that I am not a big fan of.

Drinkability: Tasty and unique, I am glad I finally obtained a bottle of this.

TastyTaste, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Andreji
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa. oaked indeed.

i was thrilled to finally get to this beer, something i've only heard of distantly through this website. pouring it with a bit of strength certainly pulled a decent beer with a deep brown tone only slightly translucid, but not fully opaque either. it's interesting, maybe even mystical somehow. definetly a aspect, with a thick head that resolved fairly quickly but kept a marked lacing all over the place.

smell is roastey, but very subtle and dominated by the hops for the most part.

taste and mouthfeel are quite nice. what is these, buttery? cheesey somehow, it is very marked as a mouthfeel and has a woody (oakey of course) bitter feel to it throughout, because it is not very sweet anyway.

this is a very nice beer, not usually my style but just adds much to this discovery of so many new flavours from america. i'll tick off the OAB, but if i come across it again i will buy it.

Andreji, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Frisco's the other day. Have had this beer on a number of occasions previously, but really enjoyed it last night.

The beer pours a dark, rootbeer amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly complex and attractive, consisting of some nice citrus from hops, intermingled with vanilla, honey and butter from the oak aging. The oak aging really seems to tame some of the hoppiness I normally get from regular arrogant bastard. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and the oak aging gives this beer a very long, smooth mouthfeel. The beer finishes well, with the Oak cutting down on the bitterness a bit. Abv. is pretty well disguised, though I can't imagine downing more then one or two of these at a sitting.

A nice beer from Stone...

John_M, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of inhoc00
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrogant bastard in Chicago! Oaked at that. Thanks for the trade eric.

A- Pours a dark amber with a nice thick head and great retention.

S- really different kind of smell. Like fresh mulch? Sweet grapfruit? Raw steak? Yeah mulchy grapefruty steak.

T- OH THIS IS STONE. had stone once at a bar and it was ruination. all i remember is the hops. Tons here. nicely balanced though. bitter up front with a nice mellow sweetness.

M- Fresh and crisp with good carbonation.

D- Certainly good. Alc is reasonable and well balanced. Great beer. Bring Stone to Chicago!

inhoc00, Nov 27, 2008
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,906 ratings.