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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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1,844 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,844
Hads: 5,090
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 205
Gots: 525 | FT: 4
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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Reviews: 1,844 | Hads: 5,090
Photo of DeutscheJeff
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to enjoy a 12 ounce bottle of this recently, unfortunately the best by date had passed, but I found this to be a very enjoyable beer. The taste wasn't as significantly different than I was lead to believe, but just like most other Stone brews I found this overall satisfying. The price is pretty high in Denver, but it certainly isn't unreasonable.

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Photo of lamergod
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't really examine the beer. Was having dinner with it.

A: Nice dark brown with a slightly brownish- white, 1 finger thick head. With superb lacing, Probably even nicer than Duvel.

S: Didn't really examine the smell. But I could get a nice clean hop note.

T: Nice bitter, not too overpowering. Bitterness just about right. Nice hops note. Smooth on the palate.

M: Clean, no carbonation, smooth as a whistle. Very drinkable.

O: Fantastic go to beer for a night out. Not too heavy to down a few pints, but strong enough to taste great.

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Photo of EA728
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brownish red color, with a small tan head.

S: smells like bastard, but a bit sweeter, the hops are still present, but you can definitely tell they're more toned down due to the oak.

T: bastard toned down, woodyness is very mild, a sweet flavor I didn't notice in the original, and the hops are less obvious. definitely prefer the normal AB.

M: fantastic, easy to drink, medium carbonation

O: I enjoyed this greatly, as I do with every single Stone creation I've ever tried, but I still prefer the original better. Wish they had that available in 12oz six packs.

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Photo of SteelKettle
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: red brown color with an off white thick head with good retention and lacing on the glass
Smell: pine hobs and oak
Taste: bitterness with a pine oak and hop flavor
mouthfeel: full bodied with solid feel and crisp aftertaste
Drinkability: good not my favorite Stone but i will give it another try.

22oz bomber

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Photo of surfnebr
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was stoked to get a hold of one of these "arrogant" concoctions. A friend of mine brought it back from a visit to Austin, TX.

It has a rich, opaque, dark amber tone with a creamy, off white head, which didn't stick around for long.

The nose was kind of surprising. I was expecting the wood to come through stronger than it did. As it was, it was hardly noticeable in this instance. It hints citrus, brown sugar, and a touch of oak to accompany the hops. I gathered all the above in the taste with more of the oak coming through. Not as boozy a flavor as many strong ales; this being more akin to an IPA.

The mouthfeel was lighter than the appearance advertised, initially. With each drink the texture increased. By the fifth drink or so it was more robust, but still lighter than I would have thought prior.

All in all this was a solid beer. What else should one expect from Stone?

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Photo of RRoeb1123
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Really nice large foamy head, that hangs for a while and slowly breaks down. The beer is a very interesting coppery-amber. Very pretty to look at.

Smell: As a lover of Arrogant Bastard, I immediately upon smelling this knew it was something significantly different. The pineyness from the hops is still there, but it isn't in your face like the regular Bastard. The oak chips change it significantly, and I noticed hints of toffee, caramel, and almost a ripened fruit quality to the nose. It's quite pleasant.

Taste: This is what sets it apart from the regular Arrogant Bastard. The hops are still there, and the rush up to the palate, but they aren't harsh, nor biting. They come at you very smoothly, and stay with you on the palate. Other flavors that may be lost in the un-oaked come through, with hints of vanilla, caramel, toffee, raisins, and fruits. The malts come in slightly to take away the bitterness, but only slightly, and then the hops come back again, for a wonderful dry hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant, thick but not too thick, just a perfect balance and not too watery. Carbonation is just spot on, and gives a nice prickliness to the beer, as it dances across the palate.

Drinkability: I find this to be quite drinkable, and would certainly be a pleasant beer to have on hand to enjoy with a dinner. It would be a decent session beer, but the 7.2% may hit you a bit harder than some other beers.

Verdict: This Bastard's Grown Up!

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Photo of dunit697
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't even like arrogant bastard on first drink, It flew over my head, adding oak was engenius, and radically increases the beers drink-ability. The serving from a cask makes that flavor even more inviting and knocks it out of the park. The consistancy was a little runnier from cask but nothing that should deter you from trying this amazing beer.

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Photo of Moonraker7
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark with hints of red, about a finger of light brown

S: Dark, roasted malts, coffee, the oak is very present.

T: Smokey roasted malts, sweet, hoppy, finishes very bitter and lingers for quite a bit. The oak taste is noticeable, but very subtle.

M: Medium carbonation, fairly smooth.

D: Very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden and the beer has many complex tastes which make it very enjoyable. I really like the subtle oak taste, which is much less overpowering than most oak aged beers i've had. Overall, this is really an excellent beer.

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Photo of positiverpr
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ounce bottle
a: dark red amber color.brilliant clarity. medium carbonation. thin off-white head that is short in life and without much lacing(poured in an inappropriate glass so take with a grain of salt).

a: crystal malt and "c" hops with subtle wood. maybe a hint of vanilla for me.

t: hop flavor hits me first. minimally oxidized malt apparent next or maybe just graininess mixed with the wood that i mistake for cardboard. next i get some bitterness, wood, bourbon, roasted grain andolight fruit?
lingering flavor of perfume and wood.

m:smooth, full mouthfeel
o: excellent beer. ive not had too many oaked beers of this style and i suspect i may be mistaking the oak flavor with oxidation. fairly complex but "c" hops are dominant.

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Photo of johlendorf
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Worth the price if you can get it, especially in a single.

A = Thick two finger head, sticky lacing. Dark reddish brown.

S = Caramel, hops, slightly smoky wood.

T = This is by far my favorite Bastard! The oak aging really mellows the hops and lets rich malts make an appearance. Mature, complex taste (Grandpa Bastard?)

M = Medium body. The carbonation keeps things light.

D = I rarely have more than two or three beers in a sitting, but could easily put down a six rack.

Sublime balance.

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Photo of twoheadedboy
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep mahogany with great lacing into a snifter.

Smell is spicy citrus and fruit, with earthy and peppery hops. Sweet booze and resin are noticable.

Taste is spicy/sweet, with peppery notes and delightfully toasty caramel malts. Brown sugar, dark fruits (apples/pears/raisins) and a lingering candy sweetness are present. There's a minimal bready bitterness.

What an increible brew; quite filling towards the end but extremely drinkable and smooth. Stone really nailed it, a significant improvement over the original AB.

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Photo of FoundersFanatic
1.46/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Not even going to waste my time listing everything. This is by far the WORST beer I have ever had that is rated as a great beer. I have NO idea how anyone could think this has taste or is a great beer. I have a very good grasp on what good beer is and can even appreciate great beer styles I don't prefer, but this is just a horrible beer. I was recommended this beer by a beer steward and told that it is a very good beer, very much worth the $18/6. It is in fact one of the worst tasting beers I've ever had including Bud light!!! It is bitter, tastes like burnt wood or charcoal, is thin, no complexities to speak of, just an overall horrible beer IMHO. This is the LAST time a try a Stone beer. I have had 4 Stone beers and ALL of them have either been a huge let down or out right horrible beers. I can't believe how bad this beer tasted. I've only had a few beers that taste this bad in my life and they are usually the ones that go for $9 for a 24 pack of cans!

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Photo of SDbrewerJake
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like AB not too too much though... Oaked is another step up. Destinctive Special B flavor that stone throws in all their brews seamingly. Strong flavor... not for the faint hearted... pretty, dark, reddish brown. Oak finish for obvious reason.... Get plowed... Drink local beers. SD!!!

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Photo of MotoGuitard
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this deep dark red beauty and achieved a nice, reasonable head. The smell is much calmer than I expected. Definitely diggin it.

The taste is a lot different from the Bastard taste that I am used to. I usually find them to be in your face (not in a bad way) but it looks like the oak and aging has really chilled this beast out. I still get the same ideas that I get from the regular Arrogant Bastard, but the oak aging has really changed it for the better in my opinion.

Instead of being an Arrogant Bastard with oak added, this guy really transformed into a mellow, but still very strong beer. Will be buying again.

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Photo of jfrank85
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off wow i didnt think stone could make something as good as the arrogant bastard any better but i was plesently suprised. Pours out a dark amber color with great head and lacing, very sticky! Smells smoky with alcohol notes and estery tones. After one sip i was in love, the oak chips really bring out a whole new perspective to this beer which should be welcomed with gusto. If you like stone brew co and love your tounge to be bitch slapped this is a beer for you! Only gripe is it is quite expensive 17.99 per six pack but i guess you are paying for quality here.

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Photo of tgdigital
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an overall good beer. I think it's a bit pricey for what you get, but that's my opinion. The beer is a nice deep amber color and has a lot of complexity in the smell with definitive notes of oak. The taste is rather good with a great balance of hops and malt with a lot of oak flavor. Finishes surprisingly dry considering how big this beer tastes. Decent alcohol flavor in the finish is brought out more with the oak accompaniment.

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Photo of ploobs
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber, relatively opaque with a nice light and minimal head which clings just the right amount to the side of the glass.

S: What a beautiful aroma! Smells of citrus and floral greet you immediately and add a wonderful part to the drinking experience.

T: A fruity ale flavor hits you at the outset, with a slight pungency immediately following. Then you get the bitterness -- intense at first, but fades quickly and leaves a wonderful aftertaste.

M: Refreshing in the mouth, full-bodied, enjoyable.

Definitely liked drinking this one, and will get again.

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Photo of sensorglitch
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this poured from a bottle. The color was nice, had a good odor to it, it didn't have the same smell as the arrogant bastard regular, iI could detect a difference in the two beers for sure. The taste had a little bit more of a depth, and a bite to it than the non oaked arrogant bastard and you could taste the wood working with the beer to change the flavor and depth. However, the flavour difference wasn't really enough to justify the price difference in my opinion. I personally prefer to regular arrogant bastard.

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Photo of Hopstamon
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks great, nearly clear dark amber with reddish hue, a small head that settles to a wispy band on top; creamy, slippery lace.

S- Oak, caramel, bready malt, spices, booze. Piney hops.

T- Very well balanced between the oak, sweet maltiness, piney hop bitterness, and booze. Everything is there but it’s all very distinct. Nothing overwhelms the mix. Flavors definitely intensify as it sits and opens up, becoming more vivid and rich.

M- Very nice, on the full side with medium carbonation and a distinct creaminess.

O- Enjoyed the oaked version... try and have a few in my stable for when I'm craving some oaked maltiness.

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Photo of morayeel
4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW!! This is awesome. I purchased the new smaller bottles that are to small to hold all the flavors in that are just dieing to get out.

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

Smell- Awsomet smell you can get hints of the sweetness in this ale.

Taste- 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- This is a 1 or 2 beers and im done. The oak bastard ale is a lot sweeter then the regular bastard ale so the sweetness get to you after the second beer. This is an ale I would save for a victory beverage when the redskins win!!!!

I don’t know what it is about stone brewing but I love everything they make. I even keep a half barrel of something they make on tap at all times.

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Photo of Kingdom4aPint
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard Pint Glass applied...

Hazy dark burnt orange with one finger creamy head, nice lacing all the way down. I think this is an amazing looking beer! Smell has that oak, bourbon scent. Taste is interesting, the bourbon barrel start with grapefruity, dry finish. Very luscious mouthfeel. Drinkability is fair, I like grapefruit but since I can't eat more than three I probably wouldn't care to drink more than three of these. Good stuff, though.

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Photo of kreeper
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This will be a fairly straightforward and simple, hedonistic review as I've already reviewed the straight Arrogant Bastard and so much has already been said about this beer.

Basically, I feel that the Bastard is already a full-throttle beer and the oak-aging is wasted on it. Sure, the oak is present (and it's drying, woody character does help to tone down and smooth the beast a bit), but does it really help to improve the character of the beer? I'd say not. It's different, but it's not better. And there's just too much going on to really enjoy the character of the wood (although it is oak-chips, right?). Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of nicholasdes
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark copper color with a light cream 1 finger head, a little lacing. The first thing that hits you is the sweet caramelized sugar smell with earthy hints of the oak. The beer tastes almost exactly as it smells, caramel and oak with the addition of some bitterness. Even though it is bitter there is not a lot of hop flavor. The sweet alcohol flavor is strong, something I really never love in a beer. It goes down smooth and seems to be only lightly carbonated. The oak flavor is great and will keep me coming back but the strong alcohol flavor will keep me from having a session with this beer.

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Photo of alexhammond
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear amber with a small fluffy head. the first smell I notice before anything is a hint of vanilla, along with the oak and hops - all blends together into one tempting aroma.
strong and delicious hop taste, but the oak and sweeter flavors cut through the bitterness. it's as if the hops are trying to fight through the additional flavors, but not quite able to break free, and it is a beautiful tasting struggle.
the oak makes this beer, in my opinion, much more drinkable than the regular Arrogant Bastard by mellowing out some of the bite. with the original already a favorite of mine, this brew is something I'll certainly buy again and again.

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Photo of JAStheAce
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep crimson ruby red with flecks of dark auburn brown. Half an inch of beautiful caramel tan head. Beautiful lace grips the sides of my glass with every grip and does not want to let go.

S - Smoky, oaky, sweet bourbon? Very complex.

T - Very smooth. Very bold. The sweet, creamy, malty deliciousness is balanced by a kick of some zesty hops that taste like citrus fruit to me

M - Some vanilla and spice in a medium mouthfeel that masks the carbonation splendidly. Very warming beer. A nice balanced bitter aftertaste remains for quite some time.

D - A tremendous beer. Need to get me a sixer of this asap!

Overall, this in one tremendous beer that only gets better and more complex as it warms up. Really top-notch!

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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,844 ratings.