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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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5,028 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,028
Reviews: 1,847
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 185
Gots: 471 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-15-2003

American-style Strong Ale aged on oak.
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Photo of onthefarside
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy crap I just had this on tap at Mahar's in Albany. 20 ounces of amazing outstanding incredible beer, 20-25 minutes later I couldn't even think of what could possibly come next, my mind was blown at the complexity of this beer.

A- a very dark brown-red colour with an off white head that stays the entire way down, beautiful to look at.

Smell- Almost smells like a fine scotch thanks to the oak aging. I spent half my time smelling this beer, it's simply too much

Taste- I tried so hard to pick this beer apart, but it simply overwhelmed my taste buds, this beer is so complex there's too much for me to comprehend.

mouthfeel- most Stone brews have that same healthy mouthfeel, not too thin and not thick to where it makes you gag like some beers can do.

drinkability- as much as i really enjoyed this beer, I think it would be impossible for me to have more than one a night or even a week perhaps. After tonight and the other beers I tried, my mouth needs a while to recover. This beer is amazing and if you have the chance to get your hands on it, GO FOR IT, it takes an awesome thing and makes it completely different. GO STONE!

Photo of EliteDigger
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with JeffKrenner as an extra... Thanks Jeff!

A=Pours a dark opaque amber-brown, similar to a really dark unfiltered apple cider. Head dissipates quickly leaving a thin cream colored ring around the glass.

S=Speaking of apples.... I'm smelling wood, apples, carmel and piney-citrusy hops with a trace of booziness. Yum.

T= Similar to the aroma.... wood, apples, carmel, both floral and citrus hops, sweet malt and bitter citrus rind finish.

M=Near perfect thickness, coats the tongue and mouth with sweet then bitter, maybe just a hair too much carbonation.

D=Highly drinkable until the abv decides you've had enough. Can't wait until Stone finally decides to show their pretty face in Wisconsin....

Photo of funkengruven
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.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice ruby bronze color with the expected sticky off white head. Smell of citrus and pine and yes there is some woody oakyness in the background. Taste is bitter up front, slightly grapefuit but most noticable is the pine. This is followed by the oak that serves to smooth things out. Lots to chew on in this one. The first one I had I didn't really think the oak was doing much but smooting things out. Now on the second one a few weeks later I'm really getting a full oaky wood taste. What can you say, another excellent beer from Stone. I haven't had the original AB in a long time so I can't really compare this to that one. Either I'm getting tougher in my reviews or I liked that one a little better.

Photo of sfoley333
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into duvel snifter. Poured a brown red color with off whit head with good retention( just like all of Stones beer). Smell pineapple grapefruit herbal light alcohol. Taste a combination of grapefruit , pine, carmel, Toasted oak. Mouth feel chewy but not heavy. A great tasting beer, but I like the double bastard more than the oaked but the oak is a lot smoother than the regular bastard.

Photo of BeerSox
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

Dark ruby red hue with a slim tan head that lasts for a decent bit of time.

Very rich fruit aroma, like grape with a bit of sharp spices. Like grapefruit, but a little sweeter. A little bit of piney hop aroma is there, but it's blended in well with the sweeter fruit.

Smooth surgary fruit leads its way up to an almost puckering bitterness from the hops. A little bit of spice makes its way in as well. For an oaked beer, the vanilla seems to be pretty low. The alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied, with a good amount of carbonation to keep the beer lively. Toward the end the hops tend to make their presence known, giving a tart and bitter piney residue that sticks to your tongue. As the beer warms an almost smokey characteristic starts to emerge.

A very very complex beer, giving sweet highs, bitter lows, and everything inbetween. I didn't find much difference between the oaked and the original, although it has been a while since I have tried the latter. Regardless, it's a beer that's worth your while.

Photo of Murchmac
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why do I like everything they do? First of all you can smell the oak flavor instantly opening the bottle. Fresh from the vine hop smell, with a fresh fruity malt??

I forget what the original tasted like it's been years since i've had it. But this one is big, tasty, and oakey (if that's a word) It has a sweet carmalized fruity taste to it, almost out of this beer world. It should be a barleywine, but it's not, man it's tasty. The more you drink it the more it's like drinking a jackson pollack painting.

I love it and so will you.

Photo of Da1nonlyBD
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. I've been waiting a long time to drink this and I finally am able to get a bottle.
Appearance is like a regular AB, which is not a bad thing at all.
Smell is very malty with a kind a piney hoppiness to it along with a hint of oak.
Taste is very good. Like an AB, but the little bit of oak adds a bit of complexity.
Mouthfeel wasnt what I expected. Its not too carbonated, but it also seems kinda creamy.
This is one of the best beers I've ever had.

Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

georgeous looking beer. dark reddish brown with a big big off white/tan head that leaves an enormous ammount of lace. light smell of piney, grapefruity hops, some nice malt and it's all mixed in and blends pretty well with the smoky/oaky. tastes the same. pretty well blended. fairly silky smooth mouthfeel and pleasure drinking. glad i finally got to try this one. don't see it as a regular in my rotation, but delightful none the less.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean deep amber color, with a tan head. Aromas of a malty hop presence. In the taste, a sweet malt, a small dry hop, and smoother than regular Arrogant Bastard. A small bitter mouthfeel, with a alcoholic and sweet malt aftertaste. Feels bigger that it is, and the hops are not as big. NIce and smooth.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a single 12 oz bottle at $2.19 from Town and Country in Fullerton. To stick with the Stone family, I'm going to pour this beer into my Old Guardian glass. On to the beer:

Wow, what a beauty this is. Perfect size creamy head, dark red in color. The nose brings tropical piney fruits and charred wood. You can definitely find the oak chips in the taste. It carries out a flame-smoked flavor as it is balanced by the sweetness of the beer, which by the way isn't so dominate in this offering. Woody in the aftertaste. If you're into Arrogant Bastard Ale, this is a great change-up from the regular.

So what's the next version of the Arrogant Bastard series, Oaked Double Bastard Ale?

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear hickory brown with a ruby tint and a creamy tan head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is largely citrusy hops on a nice caramel malt background. Very nice hint of oak in the smell.

A nice blend of citrusy hops and a slightly sweet caramel malt taste upfront that gets leveled by an aggressive bitter bite. A mild oakiness appears and maintains as it hits the finish with a bitter and citrusy taste. Bitterness lingers.

Full body, medium carbonation.

Well, I very much enjoy the original, and I must say that the oak is a nice compliment. It's nicely drinkable, and is no problem to enjoy more than one in a sitting. It's certainly a nice variation of the original, although I don't think it is superior (nor inferior). It is certainly more expensive...

Photo of aaronh
2.78/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When I popped the top of this beer, an evil looking vapor slowly crept from the bottle. Pours into the glass with a moderate tan head that quickly fades. Aroma of vanilla, damp malt, and a hint of bourbon notes. Flavor is dominated by the oak notes. Dry smoky flavor has very little malt sweetness to counteract it. Hop bitterness comes in eventually, but still plays second fiddle to the wood. For this size of a beer, the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinakbility is OK, but I'd take regular AB, DB, or really ANYTHING else stone has to offer over this. I think I can get a couple more if anyone's intersted in trades. :) Pretty much a disappointment.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on this one.

A beautiful deep scarlet color, with a thick tan head. The head lasted a long time.

Lots of pine hop aroma, with a some caramel malt and a touch of oaky alcohol. The taste is thick with malt, big citrusy hops, and a little alcohol. I must say the oak aging really does it's part in mellowing the alcohol and hop bite of the traditional AB. there is a complexity to this beer that is definitely not evident in the original.

Not a heavy beer at all, it easily belies its 7+% ABV. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy brown with red highlights. Creamy khaki colored head. Medium lacing.

Smell - Caramel, piney hops, grapefruit.

Taste - Intense piney hops with a nice carmel flavored backbone. Grapefruit and other citrus fruits help balance the hops.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and tart. Nice carbonation. The feel is medium bodied.

Drinkability - I could make this sessionable.The oak aging mellows this beer quite a bit and adds some nice flavor depth.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark yet translucent copper amber color with a big stiff light tan head that resists fading. Nice sheets of lacing left behind. The smell has a lot going on. You get a sweet floral citrus from the hops with a vanilla caramel behind it. Medium-full bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated with a tingle of hops yet mellow with almost creamy textures. Full flavored, the taste is just as complex. Citrus-pine hoppiness balanced with a sweet caramel malt and cherry vanilla notes. A notable hop bitterness lingers appropriately. A really nice drinker.

Photo of livingregret
2.62/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: A muddy brown w/ a 1 finger head that had a good amount of lacing. The head/lacing made up for the not so nice colour

Smell: Nice smell....Citrus, flower like, and woody.

Taste/Mouthfeel: When you first take a sip you get a very nice creamy feeling to it it's followed by a big citrus flavour(Grapefruit) and ends w/ the overpowering taste of Oak. Oak Chips...this drink taste like Oak. Like the beer says...Oak. You tase A LOT of oak. Very dry finish. Overall I enjoy the beginning flavours/feel but the Oak just overshadows the other flavours at the end...and it leaves a odd taste in your mouth

Drinkability: Well I didn't care for it. The Oak just overshadows the good smell and what starts out as a good taste

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

12 oz bottle. Small off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Pours a clear amber. Mild citrus, hop, and woody aroma. The initial flavor is dominated by hops. The oak aged taste comes on the back end, kind of spicy. Medium body, creamy texture. Mild carbonation with spicy, hoppy finish. Complex beer yet drinkable. Other than the price tag, would have no problem drinking this every day of the week.

Photo of Lothore
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep, murky, blackish red. Has a modest 2 finger head that sticks around for a long time and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smell is hoppy and woody at the same time. When I close my eyes I feel like I am up in the mountains walking through a forest of pine. Has a subtle sweetness that really makes it appetizing.

T- Tastes a bit dark, muted coffee tones, oak, hop biterness almost all the way through and a small amount of floral sweetness at the end with an alcohol kick.

M- Semi thick and carbonated up a notch. Sort of stings the mouth, which I think totally fits with the arrogant bastard theme.

D- This is definitely a sipper and I would only have 1 glass in a night but certainly delicious and worth trying.

Photo of Bobikel
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a hazy deep amber/red with a 3/4 inch tightly packed off-white head, that has some good retention and nice lacing in its wake.

Smell - Sharp hops and mellow oak. A little dry maltiness slowly weaves through the whole thing. Smells good.

Taste - Very mellow, and extremly smooth with the strong bastard hops hovering around in the mouth. Oak is present, yet subdued, and refined. A little vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with a light carbonation. Like drinking silk.

Drinkability - Only five minutes in and the beer is half gone from the sampling, that's the best sign...

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

12 ounce bottle from Naja's place

Spent 7 bucks on this because it used to be seasonal, but now it is not, but that is for the better

Smell was really good and wood chips were evident

Super smoky, I would say about triple the amount of normal Arrogant Bastard

Nice head on it and very dark brown color, they are going to have this on tap soon, so I will need to check that out

Another highly recommended beer from Stone

Photo of Stoneman78
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear dark red hue with a large off-white creamy head and thick, sticky lacing throughout
S- Wow, nose is dominated by intriguing oak and vanilla aromas, some sweet caramel malts, subtle hops, and a fair alcohol presence
T- Taste begins with some tone-downed caramel malts and vanilla and citrus tones, followed by pine bitterness and alcohol, finishing with brief dry hoppiness
M- Medium-bodied, quite watery, smoother than the original AB, lively carbonation
D- Smooth and unique, I have been a big fan of Oaked AB for a while. From the bottle is not as great as draft/growler, but this is still a highly drinkable strong ale especially compared to AB and Double AB. The alcohol is well-masked and I could drink several in a session with no qualms. I am sure I will be drinking much more Oaked AB in the future.

Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed brownish amber with a thin off-white head that stays around.

The smell is of brown sugar and caramel with citrus, pine and floral notes. Oaky/woody background lets you know that this was oak-aged.

The taste is a heaping of malt - brown sugar, caramel/toffee with plenty of citrus and pine backing it up. Oak and vinuous notes, with some acidity, dominate the long, very dry, finish.

Full-bodied and rich in texture.

I like this one...but, personally I would probably choose the non-oaked Arrogant Bastard over it. I had this at a tasting awhile back and wanted to have it on a fresh palate - I still feel that while the oak is interesting (and I've had barrel-conditioned brews that really enhanced the flavors) it almost interferes with its great natural taste (call me a "party-pooper" I suppose). Still in all, it's a great beer...the Double Bastard still takes it all of the three, though.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone- Oaked Arrogant Bastard

$14 for a 6 pack- Circle Liquors- Pennington, NJ.

Appearance- Deep reddish brown with a thick frothy head.
Smell- Strong Oak/ Ceder wood chips with a Spearmint hop aroma.
Taste- Big oak flavored malt and sweet tangy minty hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- Strong full bodied flavor up front followed by a sweet boozy center, finishing with a dry wood choked aftertaste.

Overall- A beer that you drink on a cool night in a bar. 1 or 2 is sufficient.

Photo of gmcfarre
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a dark slightly ruby brown with minimal 1/2 inch head at most. Head is light tan color and lacing is moderate. Nothing too pretty, but not at all off-putting.

S - Sweet oak with dark malt flavors such as nutty caramel. A bit of alcohol is present in the nose, but its not off-putting. A touch of fruity hops are detectable. Not incredibly pungent.

T - Starts with an earthy sweetness (oaked to be exact) and touch of alcoholic bite. Nutty flavors accompany the sweetness, and a bit of citrus flavor is hidden in there. Finish is bitter hops with some residual sugars coating your mouth. Complex, but not astonishing.

M - Moderate carbonation and slight alcoholic bite. Drying finish and some mouth coating affect.

D - I'm not blown away by this beer, but I still always look forward to sampling any Stone product. Certainly worth a try, as its a hard beer to categorize.

Just picked up a 6-pack, so I'll let the other 5 settle for a bit and see what happens. Still have one from last year as well, so I may open that soon to compare.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,028 ratings.