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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,860 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,860
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 155
Gots: 411 | 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 Wronsky
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, red amber color. Creamy brown head that dissipates slowly.
Nose: Extremely strong hoppiness. Has a nice floral scent. Get some nice chewy fruit smells in there too - like cherry.
Taste: Wow that's hoppy. Very good bitterness. Kind of smoky, too; probably from the oak chips. The bitterness really sticks around after I'm done. However there's a scunge of sweetness partnered with the bitterness that makes for a really good flavor.
Mouthfeel: It feels pretty light; not too thick. Big carbonation that I would expect with this ale.
Drinkability: Pretty good; not great. It tastes great throughout - it doesn't get flat or swilly at the end. It tastes like the 7.2% it is and the strong hop bite makes me inclined to enjoy one - okay two - before moving onto another.
Overall: Powerful IPA that slaps you in the face. I love the flavor and smokiness of this one. It's major drawback: the price. I paid over $16 for a six-pack. Worth trying, but I'm not sure I would buy again.

Wronsky, May 24, 2009
Photo of JCAMPBELL
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a dark red body with a light tan head. Carbonation was perfect.

Smell was of woody, flowery hops with some toffee notes.

Taste was of strong malt with a nice bittering hop profile and a citrus finish.

Good body with nice mouth feel and a warming effect from the alcohol.

JCAMPBELL, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of cmoney311
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a very interesting appearance. it is mostly a cloudy dark reddish-brown, but the very top 1/8 inch of the beer fades into a cloudy faint orange. not much head, a nice thin cream colored layer.

S: i get hit with the scent of grapefruit and peaches up front while the caramel lingers a little longer in the background. it is also apparent this beer has been in a barrel... a slight smokiness to it.

T: The hops are immediate - a burst of grapefruit and slight peaches that lasts through the end. a nice aftertaste of caramel and hops w/ a bit of smoke. as it warms, i can also smell and taste the pineapple as another reviewer noted.

M: is a little thicker and leaves a tasty coat of caramel and hops in your mouth.

D: I wish i could drink 3 - 4 of these at a time, but these are scarce around here, so i must savor the lone 6er I was given as a gift. this beer is a treat and if it is regularly available for purchase in your area, you must take advantage of it. it hardly gets better than this beer. I first had this beer on tap last year while in downtown San Diego*. as much as i love the bottled version, on tap was near mind-blowing.

*this past November I was in the area and had the opportunity to visit / tour the Stone brewery. while having lunch at their bistro, i was lucky enough to have a glass of a 2006 Oaked Double Bastard. talk about heaven in a glass...

cmoney311, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Revvy
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes- Poured into a Belgian Goblet for tasting purposes.

Appearance - Poured a deep/dark reddish brown, with a beautiful 1/4" creamy head which dissapated within a few minutes, leaving a nice lacing on the curve of the goblet and a surface layer of both large and small bubbles that remained on the surface of the beer throughout the drinking session.

Aroma - Cold, the ale has an almost smoky/woody aroma mixed with both resinous and floral hops, along with hints of brown sugar and bourbon. The wood nose that comes through is definitely oak, and it predominates the aromas. There is also a hint of coffee.

As the ale warms, the coffee, oak, bourbon comes richly to the surface, yet the hops still clearly comes through the center of the aroma...very citrussy.

At the warmest there is even a surprising hint of roasted coconut coming through.

Overall, the aroma is very porter-like...

Mouthfeel - The best word to describe the mouthfeel is "tangy," there is definitely a hop "bite" to it that touches the tip of the tongue, roof of the mouth and the back of the throat upon swallowing. My favorite salty snack is wasabi coated peas, and the bite is very similar, though not as hot.The bite dissipates quickly and the ale coats the mouth smoothly, like a Belgian strong ale...or a chcolate milkshake, but with a bit more carbonation.

This definitely warms as it goes down..at about the half way mark in the glass one feels a warming of the belly.

Taste - There is a lot going on here...The flavors are nearly identical to the aromas...chocolate, toffee, coffee, oak, bourbon, smoke, and a definite hop bitterness...but the hops are mellowed, or smoothed over by the oak aging, which drops it out of the level of "hop bomb" like it's un-aged brother...It moves it into the realm of chocolate/coffee stout.

The flavors are there from cold to room temp, but grow more pronounced as it warms. A noticeable smokiness comes through as it warms, either from smoked grain or because of a toasting of the oak...it is not overpowering, like in a Rauchbier, it reminds me of a porter I once tried that had peat smoked malt as 1/32 of the grainbill...just a hint in aroma and flavor.

Overall - This is an amazing ale...at 7.2% ABV it is not a Barleywine, but in terms of drinking pleasure...taste, aroma, mouthfeel, it could very well be. Maybe drinking it in a different glass would have changed this impression, but in my Belgian maudite goblet it brings the barleywine tendencies out...

I found regular Arrogant Bastard to be very much a hop bomb (which I can only take in small doses) but this version is mellowed quite a lot. It is mellow, but it is not "sissified," this is still a very aggressive ale. Think Arnold Swarzenagger in a tuxedo in "True Lies" as opposed to Arnold Swarzenagger as Conan the Barbarian.

The hoppiness still is reminiscent of bashing your head against the wall, but this wall is padded, like in a mental ward...The complexity of the aromas and flavors, especially the smokey/oakiness, makes this very drinkable...

Despite the Arnold comment, this is a very sexy beer...It's a hot blonde in a velvet dress, with a stiletto in her garter belt. The kind of woman, where after a night of unforgettable passion, you wake up in an ice filled bathtub missing a kidney...and spend the rest of your life wanting another night with her.

This made my top 10 list of beers.

Revvy, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of SidVicious619
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an Deep amber coler from an 12oz bottle with an offwhite lacing. Intial nose is sweet woody hops and citrus aroma. Taste is amazing filled with burst of tangy hops, vanilla and spice. Mouthfeel is great with a long lasting oaky finish. Can't put this beer down!

SidVicious619, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of gflo221
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

gflo221, Feb 22, 2012
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.

mcleester, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of LBrito
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark cooper color wkth a good sized head and a good amount lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus hops and smokey oak tones dominate the smell

T: A complex dark malt taste with heavy hopping and flavors reminiscent of grapefruit. The oak tones are subtle and superbly incorporated, giving this beer a nice touch.

M: Nice an thick with adequate carbonation, a medium body that's just right for the style.

O: A skillfully crafted brew; the enhancement of the Arrogant Bastard series with Oak tones takes an excellent beer and succeeds in making a captivating variation. If you don't enjoy it, "You're not worthy."

LBrito, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of aldizy
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells great looks like a dark chocolate color. Smell is very sweet with fruit aroma but taste is very bitter with extreme beer taste quality head is medium to high. All in all it was to bitter for me but i would definatly try it agian. Plus i did not taste the oak? maybe my pallete is not as refined as i thoght it was?

aldizy, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of sogeking
4.25/5  rDev +1%

sogeking, May 15, 2012
Photo of Reson
4/5  rDev -5%

Reson, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of spelbob
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

spelbob, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of jhmlex
4/5  rDev -5%

jhmlex, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of LovelyLividLaur
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

LovelyLividLaur, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of mafmmx
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

mafmmx, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of ChrisParker
4.25/5  rDev +1%

ChrisParker, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of pleasantlygrim
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

pleasantlygrim, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of KJK-1
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is another great beer in the bastard family from stone. A deep amber color is just tempting immediately. You can pick up on the oaken notes in the smell and taste immediately. Low carbonation. The oak notes are very much imparted in the taste. A good hop character still shines through as well. A must try to have at least tasted. I prefer the arrogant or double bastard over the oaked. Although, the oaken bastard is very good.

KJK-1, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Javagila
4/5  rDev -5%

Javagila, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of nmsmith32
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

nmsmith32, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of fedt
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First, this is one of the best ales available.

A: Head pours copper-red color. The head disappears but leaves sticky residue. There's a nice lacing.

S: Smells definitely of oak, other woods, and lots of pine/citrus hops.

T: Outstanding taste. Dry oak, strong hops, bitter pine, arrogance, and hints of caramel.

M: Medium-heavy body, very filling. Dry finish..

O: A little mellower than regular AB, but a better taste. This is truly a favorite. Not as sweet as original.

fedt, Sunday at 02:22 AM
Photo of livedrinkbeer
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being an AB fan I was curious of the oak wood chips. This was my first experience with an oaked ale.
A- dark, amber, brown thick foamy tan head that rises quikly, very thick.
S- sweet, woody, hoppy smell
T- not as hoppy as the original arogant bastard as the oak chips mellow it out. Rich flavor, reminds me of a rich hoppy amber ale.
M- rich, thick, and good
D- the only thing wrong with the drinkability is the price at 13.99 a six pack ,even though you will not be disappointed a pleaser for sure.

livedrinkbeer, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of grubas
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hoppy, but not overpowering, as I do not like the bitter hops. The oak clearly made a difference and seemed to mellow out some of the bitter overtones. I got a hint of vanilla, which was surprising.

It was an aggressive beer, but not overpowering. I feel it went down easier than expected, which could be bad, but I haven't like most of Stone's Brew before, so this was a very splendid surprise. I'd highly recommend it.

grubas, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of alvarez1900
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

alvarez1900, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of AbyssJunkie13
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L: Poured into a tulip glass. Clear, with a beautiful deep red color and an off-white head that disappears for the most part kinda quickly, except for some lingering on the sides. Good lacing. Not really carbonated except for a stream of bubbles coming straight up from the bottom center of the glass.

S: Not sure if I'm smelling this right after looking at other reviews, but kind of fruity, maybe currants. Not really any hop aroma for me. A sniff halfway through the glass reveals some wood scent.

T: Great blend of hop bitterness and malts up front. The hop bitternes lingers on the edges of the tongue. A definite woodiness and vanilla comes through as well, which greatly smooths it out, especially compared to the un-oaked version.

F: Great mouthfeel. Exactly what I love to drink. Not syrupy, but it deifnitely has some weight on the tongue. Almost not carbonation tingliness.

D: I drank this pretty slowly because I was doing some work and 7.2% kinda requires you drink it slow, but even if I was free to get drunk, I'd probably need a serious break after 2 or 3 of this heavy brew. But just drinking one was fantastic.

AbyssJunkie13, Feb 10, 2011
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,860 ratings.