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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,007
Reviews: 1,841
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 172
Gots: 460 | 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 Padron4KM
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Hazy amber orange with a thin head.

Grapefruit aromas dominate. Light caramel and vanilla appear as it warms.

Flavor is mostly grapefruity hops, with some light caramel. Oak is not very prevalent, except for a dry woodiness on the finish.

Not noticeably different than regular AB, maybe aging will bring out the oak more.

Photo of MmmIPA
2.65/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Brown body with a off white head,leaves a ring around the glass.Nice lacing also

faint Arrogant Bastard smell

Very tasty. as the beer ages it becomes very good and less bitter but still retains its Oaked flavor,its malt flavor shows up also.Its becomes less hoppy which I love.The booze is still there its still a little hard to drink

Creamy and easy going and very malty,nice carbonation also.

I think the beer has lost its kick, I had it for ther first time on xmas eve 06 and it was very bitter and now its a mear shadow of it self.I will say drink fresh whenever possible and drink it all up cause when it gets soft,its not like the Bastard its meant to be.

Photo of badbeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark red color, off-white head that retains somewhat, but leaves no lacing. Lightly toasted smell, oak and pine make up the majority of the smell. Not overpowering, but still nice. Smooth malty flavors at the forefront, moving into oak flavors that are greeted with a bit of a piney/oak finish. Less than medium carbonation, medium bodied. This is very smooth, I think this is my favorite of the "Bastard" series. Definitely would buy again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm amber red body with a creamy tan head that fades to a thick ring around the rim and leave a sip line after each drink.

S- This beer has a toasted malt note with a slight sweetness and some dark toasted notes in the background. There is a piney green hop finish. As it warms the soft note of wet wood comes through as does a caramel malt aroma.

T- This beer has a big oaky taste for the first few sips but the hoppy grapefruit note comes through. The big hoppy bitterness is the major player in this beer. The hop bitterness hangs on after each sip and lingers for a while. There are some sweet caramel malt notes that start to come through after the hops senses die off.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has a big bitterness punch from the hops which is nice but
it really makes me crave some hops flavors that are missing. The flavors are blended very nicely making this a smooth drinking beer with some nice big flavors.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is reminds me of a pale ale diluted with a triple. Very nice to look at with a boisterous head and tons of lacing. It collects along the sides of the glass as I drink and really is wonderful to look at.

Nose is of sharp pine, contrasted with sweet malt that reminds me of sugary cherries that have no trace of tartness whatsoever.

Taste begins bitter, then gives way to lots of malt sweetness and is covered up by the oak. It really tastes wonderful and I must say that this seems to me perhaps the perfet way to enjoy this beer. I like this beer without the oak but with it it somehow seems complete.

I'm so glad Stone finally gave us a way to buy this beer aside from in the massive magnums. It was definitely worth the wait.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a few bottles from Union Jack's in Glenside and poured at cellar temperature. You can smell the Oak clearly in the pint glass. The Oak flavor complements the Arrogant Bastard without overwhelming it. Easy to drink for a big beer but I like my brews strong. I am not a huge "Oaked" fan but this is a beer that pulls it off.


Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a pleasant iced tea color, a rather large head forms up quickly, posting rings and rings of thick lace all over.

Aroma - aggressive citrus and pine out of the gate, as expected. Just a slight wet wood odor, nearly imperceptible with the intense resinous thing going on. Develops some biscuity character and more easily detected oak as it sets up.

Taste - the bastard is as good as ever. Solid, heavy malt flavor in front, quickly layered with piny, resinous hops. The oak provides a soft edge more than an in your face oak or whiskey effect. It's great.The swallow gives rise to the full hop profile, going bitter with grapefruit rind and drying the palate considerably. The finish is just vaguely warm of alcohol, but mostly just a subdued hop burn.

Mouthfeel - smooth as can be, the carbonation is ramped up to match the intensity of flavors here - good idea.

Drinkability - a fun six pack to enjoy and share. Don't know if I'd buy it again, but it's one well put together brew.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, the beer pours a reddish/brown, with a small tan head. It smells like citrusy and piney hops, some wood (oak), and caramel. It tastes like bitter hops, wood/oak, and a bit of sweet malt. Not too bad. It starts bitter, then is sweet, then has a bitter lingering hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy, and also a bit oily. The drinkability is good, but not great. It's still a good beer, but I like the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale better.

Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Akorsak for the trade.

Pours a deep, rich reddish gold with a tan, long lasting head. Aroma wasn't impressive by itself, but has a subtle depth that works well with the taste. Citrus and faint wood. Hops upfront with a strong malt backbone, a dry finish, then the wood comes out at the very end. Long lasting aftertaste, as if dry hopping is going on in my mouth. Very round and satisfying mouthfeel, more substantial than most IPAs, medium carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, even with the strong palate of flavors.

Very reminiscent of European beers. Strong but balanced with layers of depth.

Photo of ElGordo
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Body is a pretty color somewhere between orange and brown, with bright orange highlights. Head is rich and creamy, tan in color, and subsides to a fairly thin ring within oments of pouring. Nose is full of rich, roasted malt, more than a little oak, and faint notes of dark fruit.
Palate is very nice - sweet caramel and dark malts up front, with notes of brown sugar, plum, and raisin. A hint of light, grassy hops peeks through for just a moment, before yielding again to the superb maltiness. Finish is again sweet and malty, showcasing the oak quite nicely. Mouthfeel is superb - rich and creamy, like velvet. A slow-sipping treasure, much better from the bottle than on draft.

Photo of ChillMike
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red with a nice frothy light tan head that sticks around and leaves plenty of nice lacing all around the glass.

S: A sweet smell of malts, chocolate, and just enough citrusy hop to round out.

T: Definite taste of wood, lots of very bitter hops, dark chocolate flavors float around in the mouth almost dancing with the hops. A good beer with a nice twist.

M: A little thicker than I expected but compliments the taste and carbonation is spot on. Not much to complain about here.

D: A little strong on the flavor to drink too many of these, but I don't think that's the point. It's perfect for what it is, a "novelty" (and I use that term very loosely) beer that's released only once a year.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The gargoyle comes through yet again...

The appearance is the same deep cherry mahogany we've come to adore from big brother, but has a more substantial head, and crazy sticky lacing. The difference on the nose and tongue is subtle, but definitely noticeable. The taste and smell are slightly smoky, in addition to the profound hop conviction it posesses. The malt flavor is of caramel and dark fruits, and the finish slightly nutty.

My palate is very well soothed by this gem of a brew. I think that it is well served by the oak aging, as it seems to smooth the flavor profile out a bit. As much as I like the original, I feel that the malt and hop textures are better reconciled with the oak. Steve Wagner is the shit.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served into a pint glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with crimped-on cap,painted on logo on bottle.

Good moderate aroma,citrusy,piney,earthy, smokey,roasty,a smell of fresh cut wood,a pleasing,fresh,complex aroma.

Very citrusy taste,also piney,burnt carmell,with a taste of wood. A tart,acidy flavor a bit to my disliking.Finishes with a very sharp and bitter citrus rind note also a bit to my disliking. Too much of an acidity taste for me.

A creamy mouthfeel,medium body,prickley with tongue swelling bitterness.
The drinkability a bit down just because of all acidity,not all bad,I'd say this beer is a bit over-hyped to me. Just wasn't all that impressed with this beer.

Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark red amber color and formed a huge off white foamy head that subsided slowly leaving latticed lace. Very little carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, caramel, vanilla and a hit of the wood chips. Overall, aroma is much more subdued than the regular and doesn't smack you in the face like it does. Don't know if that is the aging, wood chips or something else. The flavor was of malt, hops and burnt coffee. It has a medium body and and a slightly burnt quality to the finish. A good beer, but I guess I expected more from the supposedly oak aging.

Photo of Higravity
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yawn. What oh right. This beer is pretty much like the regular bastard which is ok in its own right. Nice amber hue small weak head, low carbonation. The smell is strong alcohol mixed with some malty profile that could be anything, there is a nutty woody presence with of course plenty of hops in case. The hops seem more toned down but the oak flavor is a little to bite-y with the alcohol. It is a decent blend but I think it might need more time to mellow. I could drink a 6 pack in a week, but not something I would get regularly.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark mahogany color with a large, billowy, tannish-white head. Lacing is thorough, and sticks all over to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of grapefruit, grapes, and oak. The taste is of brash hops, and abrasive oak. It is like drinking a board. Nothing is in harmony. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. I guess it could be considered a good beer, if you are looking for something with a lot of flavor, but don't care whether or not those flavors work well together.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich brown amber color with a huge cream colored head that stayed for a while. Smell was very sweet of caramel with an almost a bourbon or whiskey smell to it. The taste was very intresting. Very crisp with a slight touch of alcohol. Sweet caramel malts and a bit of a wooden hop back. This is a very complex beer, I don't think I could begin to explain the taste and do it justice. Very very good, only wish I could get more of it around here!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looked frickin' amazing pouring out of the bottle, somewhere between motor oil and liquid velvet. A huge dirty-white head sits on top of a cloudy, rusty, burnt-orange. Catacombs of lace web the glass.

HUGE aroma! Candy sugar sweetness meets juicy hops madness meets monster malts, with a woodiness far back in the deeps.

Flavor is as expected, a woodier, earthier version of Arrogant Bastard. Juicy caramel maltiness, grapefruit-rind hops in abundance, a sweet edge not unlike a barleywine, and a toasty, warming woodiness thanks to those oak chips. Luckily the oak chips don't dominate the flavor, but bring a new spin to an old(ish) favorite.

Feels awesome in the mouth, as most Stone beers do. Hangs in there with a creamy, kind of chewy, never too-thick presence. Finishes especially woody.

I don't think this is better than the regular Arrogant Bastard, but it's close. I like the wild, untamed, exciting feel of the AB. The Oaked AB seems a mellower, more polite take on it. Would be fun to drink side by side to compare/contrast.

Mad metal props to msubulldog25 for this bottle.

Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear semitransparent bronze and ruby body with good carbonation. Tan creamy, with small bubbles regularly dispersed, pillowy head. Great retention and clumpy lace.
Scent is spiced hoppy caramel malty goodness with a hint of wooden vanilla.
Excellent taste of caramel, hops, spice and a little bit of molasses.
Oaked flavors come through faintly but certainly there in bittering somewhat sweet notes. Aftertaste is lingering nicely and is mouth wateringly hoppy with a pine kick.
Moderate body and slightly dry with little coating.
Highly drinkable and a brew I wish I could find here.
Thanks to Weeare138 for the bottle.


Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bennetj17 , squidswilbsquids , zrbrrt - Many thanks for a bottle of this fine frosty.

One of the true hard to get great brews (for me).

Just looky at that pour, a hazy dark amber oak, topped by a tan pillow that just laces the entire glass.

Woody, spicey and dry in the quaff. Only 7.2%, but it actually has the body of a heavy hitter. The oak really dries out and puts a bite into the finish.

Solid brew – the regular is just as good and preferable, and the double is better than the oaked (IMO).

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

This is a mildly hazed reddish brown colored beer with a good tan head that is bordering on light brown.

Smell is very herbal and hoppy to the nose. The malt here comes through as mostly caramel and biscuit. I can smell a bit of oak here but this is still very much a highly hopped ale.

Taste begins neural and a bit bitter but it is toned down a bit from the regular arrogant bastard. I can easily taste the oak influence here and it does seem to have added some toffee, vanilla and dryness to the beer. Strangely the oak seems to have added or make detectable a slight metallic taste in this beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is fine but I really think I prefer the regular version better.

Photo of Abita45
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this beer had a better than average foamy tan head for a bottled beer, and it maintained it very well. Once it subsided, there was very good lacing throughout the beer. Not much of an aroma at all, which was disappointing. I had anticipated some oak tones based on the style, but all I really picked up was a musty hop smell.

A very interesting taste, and difficult to define. The presence of oak and wood notes is present along with a sharp, bitter hop flavor. There's also a smokey sweetness to it, not unlike a subtle chocolate or roasted citric flavor, but this is short lived as the beer finishes dry and astringent.

I am very impressed with this beer. It is strong and complex; definitely worth another sample. Next time, I'll have to get a traditional Arrogant Bastard and compare the two.

Photo of auntfloyd
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass. 12 oz bottle? For a Stone beer? Insanity.

Pours an opaque dark mahogany with a slight amount of tan head.

The nose is fairly sweet, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and malt.

The first thing you notice in the taste is the slightly sweet caramel flavor... all malt to begin with, with a nice oaky undertone, followed by a full on vanilla rush, then a hoppy bitter ending, with a sweetish aftertaste. The taste is extremely smooth, and it seems like the extremely bitter aspect of regular AB has been toned down by the oak without losing its extremely complex character; in fact it has definitely been added to.

The mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is high -- higher than the typically over-the-top-bitter Stone brew, and higher than the abv. might suggest. It is also a plus that this, unlike regular AB, comes in 12 oz bottles.

I am going to go ahead and make a controversial statement: that Oaked Arrogant Bastard is the Arrogant Bastard to try. Oaked smooths out much of the bitterness of AB while adding greatly to the flavor, and not diminishing the character, but rather augmenting it. Basically, this is the finest Stone ale there is, and OAB is probably the finest strong ale period. Highly recommended.

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.

Photo of gubbt
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish red that reveals a blood red glow when intense light passes through. Head is small and leaves a little lacing.

What a wonderful nose! I'm picking up dark cherries, chocolate, and a little ethanol.

Taste does not follow the smell. There is a pretty strong malt foreground that mostly comes through as roasted caramel and a little vanilla. The hop finish is strong with notes of pine and a faint woodsy taste. Aftertaste is pleasant and bitter inviting you to have more. Alcohol is present and very warming. Yummy.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and creamy, letting you enjoy the flavors to the fullest.

Man I wish I had some more of these. A little tamer a smoother than its non-oaked brother which is quite nice. At $2.50 a bottle and limited availability this is unfortunatley a brew that I will only be able to have a little of once a year. Bottoms up!

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,007 ratings.