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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

4,928 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,928
Reviews: 1,837
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 159
Gots: 429 | 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 Atlas1
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hello, Oak. Nice to meet ya'.

Poured from the bottle into a belgian snifter. This beer has an alluring appearance. Sort of an opaque, brown-apricot color, with a creamy one-finger head that dissipates a bit too soon. Leaves traces of lace along the side of the glass, but nothing terribly intricate. The aroma is pleasant. Oaky, for sure, but with some subtle hints of undetectable fruit. Maybe some vanilla, maybe some molasses? The taste is where the OAB shines, though. Malty and sweet up front, with definite oak notes. But the hops strike hard and fast, cutting through just about everything else and leaving a trail of grapefruit and pine down the back of the throat. Wow. What a lip-smacker this is. I really, really like the way this beer tastes. Sturdy, if not overwhelming mouthfeel. It's been a while since my last Arrogant Bastard, but I can't imagine why after having this one. This just made my top-20 list of American craft brews. I'm definitely not worthy....

Atlas1, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of JBogan
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After enjoying the "regular" Bastard and completely disliking the Double Bastard, I wasn't sure what to expect from this Oaked version.

It poured a dark ruby/brown color with a slightly off white small head. The head dropped off to a thin film which stayed throughout and left an average amount of lacing.

Smelled of malts and hops, with some pine and a small alcohol presence.

Tasted of hops, with nary a sign of the pine that I detected in the scent. I was a bit surprised how one dimensional this beer tasted. No complexity at all, at least to my taste buds.

Mouthfeel was slightly thick and flat. Really was quite disappointed in this department.

Overall this was to me, an average beer at best. My review for the Double Bastard was well below the "average", and I'm sure this one will be as well. I just didn't get much enjoyment out of this beer. Adding to that, it's about twice as expensive as their "regular" Bastard, so I'd have to say I found it to be one of the worst "bang for the buck' beers I've had in a long time. To each his own I suppose.

JBogan, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of badboy7113
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

badboy7113, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of straightlambic
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

straightlambic, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of JasonTaverner
4/5  rDev -4.8%

JasonTaverner, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark semi-opaque browned amber with red highlights. Good chunk of creamy tanned head. With sticky lacing.

Sweet toasty caramel with an earthy oak and woody aroma. The hops are earthy pine, herbal, and a touch of grapefruit. The alcohol is also apparent.

Roasty earthy woody oaky. Toasty toffee. Pine, spicy resins, hint of grapefruit. Bitterness is smooth and mellow with earthy pine and oak. Warming alcohol bite that goes so well with this oaky brew.

Smooth, mellowed beast, dry, nice full body.

Great character in this beer. Quite a monster that has been aged and mellowed.

CHILLINDYLAN, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of billhelm
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

billhelm, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of mtrog313
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

mtrog313, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of ssgunbond
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

ssgunbond, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Luk13
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brown opaque with small lasting head. Aroma of smoked oak, pepper, leafy hops and vegetables. Taste is very woody and plenty of hops. Damn, so much oak. Great palate, Stone-like. This one was a little too much for me but I can say it was interesting to taste.

Luk13, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev -4.8%

kiki3drt292, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of RandyKemka
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

RandyKemka, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of EStreet20
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's see what some oak chips do to my AB.
12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass

A - Nice deep red mahogany/chestnut wood colored brew with about a finger of tan head. Leaves nice lacing rings.

S - Smell does have some vanilla character, obviously imparted from the wood over that harsh AB smell. Smells nice, giving it a fruitier aroma than the original AB. The smell overall is more subdued. is that a plus or minus? Neither, but a different, aofter smell.

T - The oak has imparted a woody, roasted flavor to the brew. In addition, the flavor has mellowed somewhat, making the AB a little less aggressive. Definitely a pleasant/different experience.

M - Nice full, creamy body.

D - Interesting to say the least. A nice sipper to relax with.

Notes: Pretty damn good. Not better than AB, not worse than AB, simply a brew with some subtle changes. Shows what adding some wood can do for a beer.

EStreet20, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of WhitmansNiece
5/5  rDev +19%

WhitmansNiece, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of BreweryRun
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

BreweryRun, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev -4.8%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Soonami
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This oaked Arrogant Bastard bottle is one that I have aged for 2 years and decided now was the time to have it. This beer is in fine condition, but I don't think aging did it any favors. The smell is definitely melanoidin dominated with woody, earthy contribution from oak. The taste was pronounced caramel and toasted grain with a bracing bitter finish complementing the sweetness. The oak comes through in the aftertaste providing some tannins and herbal bite. I need to try this beer fresh, to better sample the hop quality.

Soonami, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of bird22
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

bird22, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of jagada
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

jagada, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

SonictheBeerhog, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of PhageLab
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap house in Hampton. I'd been waiting for this one a while, and I wasn't let down. But let's not get ahead of ourselves now, only a fool would do that.

A - In a pint glass it showed up with a nice fingertip's worth of head that stuck around for a bit. Excellent lacing was shown as this swirling chestnut mixture went down. Fades to a darker brown.

S - Toasted malts and woodchips. Not an overpowering smell as I was expecting, but not unpleasant.

T - Incredible complexity, big roasty profile with spices and malt-like tastes. What amazed me about this brew was that unlike it's standard counterpart, it was nearly impossible to taste the alcohol! Of course due to it's warming effects you could still detect it. As it warmed, it became a bit sweeter and the hop bite was more apparent.

M - Naturally full bodied, perfect carbonation levels, and a nice clean finish. No residue or other nonsense.

D - Excellent, I had a few, and am looking forward to having a few more. This is probably my favorite offering from Stone. Bravo!

PhageLab, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of cwd
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

cwd, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of cvfish
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I already reviewed the Arrogant Bastard, I would go into all the same stuff again, only to say that this was almost exactly like the original, with only a handful of vanilla scents and tastes. Overall still a good beer, but not as exceptional as I was expecting.

cvfish, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of gr8zehaman
4/5  rDev -4.8%

gr8zehaman, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of DerekQXQX
3/5  rDev -28.6%

DerekQXQX, Dec 25, 2013
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 4,928 ratings.