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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

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4,421 Ratings

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Ratings: 4421
Reviews: 1814
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%

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 pjb171


4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Dark amber color with a nice head. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Bubbles continued to rise from the bottom throughout the drinking.

Smelled citrusy with a little sweetness

Subtle grapefruit flavors with a very clean finish. Not much aftertaste. Less bite than the regular Arrogant Bastard, the oak seems to have done it some good.

Mouthfeel is very nice, very smooth

Drinkability is great. But for the alcohol content, I could drink these all night.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 23:11:34 | More by pjb171
Photo of mcleester


4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This beer has an amazing appearance and smell. Great taste and complex flavors. Malt is brought out by the oak, but still a nice hop bite on the finish. There is a rich, creamy mouthfeel -- not unlike the taste you get from a beer on nitro tap. A very enjoyable beer to drink. Despite what other tasters say, I could drink these all day long.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 23:18:47 | More by mcleester
Photo of bottleneckedblog


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep rust infused brown in color. One-finger thick head. Head is moderately creamy looking.

Caramel, vanilla, and citrus with hints of oak in the background.

Mildly sweet notes of caramel and toffee upfront. Develops into notes of raisins, orange rind, and faint hints of mint. Finish turns to bitter resinous hops/pine sap and juicy grapefruit that lasts for a long time.

Smooth with moderate carbonation. Dries out in the finish.

Amazing. Who would have thought oak chips would impact the flavor like they did. Definitely has softened some of the rougher edges on the base beer (Arrogant Bastard Ale). It's a definite improvement on an already damn good beer. Highly recommend.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2011 07:30:47 | More by bottleneckedblog
Photo of Sbkrogers

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark amber in colour. Two finger head, which stayed for a good amount of time.

Smell: Caramel, vanilla, and citrus with hints of oak in the background.

Taste: Malty. Hoppy aftertaste, not too strong. Sweet when first tasting, which quickly dissapates.

Mouthfeel: Very clean tasty. A bit oily, but in a good way.

Drinkability: Excellent. Could easily have a few of these, after drinking one went to the second I had.

Serving type: Bottle. Purchased at City Beer store and tasting room

This was a gamble of a few beer I purchased, and I've very glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 05:14:27 | More by Sbkrogers
Photo of explorer83


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very good beer that I can't wait to cellar and compare to new regular Arrogant Bastard. The oak aging is evident, but the differences between this beer and KBS bourbon barrel-aged are numerous.

The oak aging adds depth to this decent beer, without being overbearing as would be the case if you bourbon/whiskey barrel-aged the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 04:53:52 | More by explorer83
Photo of TheJackel


4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone did an excellent job adding a little extra on top of their already magnificent line of beers. The experience you get from drinking this brew is what makes it so good. Full of flavor, smell, and leaves you feeling good. Not quite as much of a hop gives it a smoothness you don't always find in Stone brews.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 22:07:18 | More by TheJackel
Photo of monkeynaut


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours nice, a good orange-gold sort of look about it. A dark-cream head is a bit thin, likely due to my bad pour into a pint glass.

S: Has a unique, almost-apple scent about it, certainly not an off-putting aroma. A good deal more enticing than many similar beers I've tried.

T: Hot Dog, we have a wiener. A brisk beer with enough complexity to lend an interesting taste without being overly hoppy (I'm not a huge hop head, for point of disclosure). Some slight vanilla aftertaste, possibly from the oak.

M: Feels great, not too harsh but it's got enough bite to remind your that you're drinking a real beer with a slightly elevated ABV. Will not overwhelm you, even after a couple of pints.

D: You can drink this all day long, period. A solid, balanced beer that will appeal to both beer enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike. Try using this to ween your friends onto more adventurous beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 04:13:45 | More by monkeynaut
Photo of pollard5


4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just found this beer at my local pick a pack (Omega Pizza at 22nd and South, Philly--well worth a visit for good selection, decent food, and friendly staff, by the way). Threw it in at the end instead of a Philly Pale and very glad I did. Amber color, not a lot of head, but a big hoppy/oaky nose and a full mouth. This is a big beer with mucho character. A touch dry, but this did not take away from its delivery. Because of its bigness and its 7.2%, not an ideal session beer. Definitely a new regular though. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 02:29:18 | More by pollard5
Photo of gazongas


5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall, one of my favorite beers. Stone Brewery is one of my favorites for pushing the envelope and challenging the accepted ideas of what beer should/could be. I won't go into great depth about this brew other than to say that from the moment i cracked my first to the moment i stumbled to bed, it was a glorious experience. This is a truly beautiful beer to look at. The transparent, red brick color and the fluffy white head made me salivate like a bell at dinnertime and the hoppy, woody smell completely lives up to the bravado on the back of the bottle. If anything, the taste only takes the appearance and smell to another level. I can't say enough good things about this beer. Everytime i drink it, I find something else to love about it. Maybe I'm an arrogant bastard, maybe this is a great beer. Either way, i will never hesitate to recommend it and will always enjoy it. Nasdrovia!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 06:41:55 | More by gazongas
Photo of Wehrmacht


4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - When held against the light, it has a dark, reddish amber colored body. Creamy head.

S - Citrus and Oak intertwined. Rich and strong.

T - Decent amount of oak. Not too much or too little. Hops make a strong presence. Roasted, malty, and sweet. Bitter, yet full of complex flavors. Very enjoyable.

M - Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation.

D - Greatly enjoyable when consumed in moderation. Strong yet smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 03:20:38 | More by Wehrmacht
Photo of Giggaman


4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

    Warm deep amber in color with a small head that doesn't last long but leaves a ring and very little lacing    
    Smells mAlty and sweet like caramel with a tiny hint of citrus.  
     Taste is not at all what I expected. Different than other oaked beers that I've had.   Malty with a nice blast of hops that isn't overpowering at all. Finishes out with a nice smoothe, round earthy flavor.
     Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a slight tingle from good carbonation.  
     Very drinkable. The round earthy finish makes me constany want a other sip.  I would keep it stocked I the fridge if It were more Economical as it is absolutly deliscious for those who like a BIG tasting beer.   

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 03:34:09 | More by Giggaman
Photo of bmcnamara


4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On first pour you'll notice the caramel head with the deep red amber colors in the body. All throughout the drink process you'll see that thin layer of head stay consistent. Especially against the side of the glass.

The nose is a sweet hoppy scent. After sipping, the hops sit on your tongue. It's not too bitter though - the maltiness balances the hops.

The feel in the mouth is silky and smooth which leaves it very drinkable - not too thin, but not too full.

I found this beer tastes the best after it's had a few minutes to sit and warm up. It's almost as if the flavors change as it warms.

Stone Brewery just made it to Chicago - today actually. They have some tough competition out here. It's great to finally taste the Bastard though.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 02:45:04 | More by bmcnamara
Photo of savagearms


2.58/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Might have gotten a bad batch, but Overall not impressed at all, long lasting aftertaste. Thick, heavy beer. Long lasting head about 2 fingers tall, cream or off white in color, deep red/brown in color. Had a burnt coffee/wood smell, with a burnt coffee kick in the face for taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:00:00 | More by savagearms
Photo of RickDPgh


3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little background on myself: I had a hot sauce drinking accident and burned my esophagus, mouth, tongue and skin after I vomited the mixture back up. This was 13 years ago. Since then, my beer likes have turned to the more hoppier IPAs and dry hopped brews and oaked brews because of my burnt taste buds. And now, my thoughts about this beer:

The color is a hazy orange ambery in normal light. The smell was a little skunky and oaky at first (may have been and older bottle or not temperatured correctly). By the name "Oaked" Arrogant Bastard, I was expecting oak. Might just be me, but could not taste any oak; perhaps the hops used covered up the oak??? At 7.2% ABV, it drinks more like a 5.5 or 6 ABV.

Bottom line, I would buy it again when in the mood for this style. I would also be very interested in trying a "Oaked" Double Bastard if there is such a thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 04:17:02 | More by RickDPgh
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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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