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Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,857 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,857
Reviews: 1,836
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 154
Gots: 410 | 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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is pine and orange hops along with some oaked notes. I also detect some alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is a great mix of caramel malt and orange citrus. The oak then comes in, with the addition of some vanilla notes. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very good beer. The oak aging has really toned down the bitterness from the regular, non-oaked version.

Mora2000, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a medium brown color with 2 fingers of tan head with nice retention and lacing. Little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of malts, some citrus hops, and oak.

t - The first tastes that jumped out at me were smooth vanilla and oak. After that there was some bitter hops, as well as pine and citrus. A nice contrast.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty nice.

d - Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Thought there was a nice contrast of smooth oak and vanilla with bitter hops in the taste. Would def try again.

mdfb79, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed brownish amber with a thin off-white head that stays around.

The smell is of brown sugar and caramel with citrus, pine and floral notes. Oaky/woody background lets you know that this was oak-aged.

The taste is a heaping of malt - brown sugar, caramel/toffee with plenty of citrus and pine backing it up. Oak and vinuous notes, with some acidity, dominate the long, very dry, finish.

Full-bodied and rich in texture.

I like this one...but, personally I would probably choose the non-oaked Arrogant Bastard over it. I had this at a tasting awhile back and wanted to have it on a fresh palate - I still feel that while the oak is interesting (and I've had barrel-conditioned brews that really enhanced the flavors) it almost interferes with its great natural taste (call me a "party-pooper" I suppose). Still in all, it's a great beer...the Double Bastard still takes it all of the three, though.

jwc215, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite cloudy, dark, nearly mocha brown. Tight headed head dies quickly. Small amount of lace.

A blend of smells with each whiff, the first one was earthy, like decaying leaves. The second smell was a stong fresh hop with light dry malt. One of the most interesting aromas I've experienced.

Strong bitter hop up front. Although its aged on oak, I cannot taste it. This is a smooth beer with full body which provides good counterpoint to the powerful hop. This bitterness lasts from sip to swallow to aftertaste, which lasts a very long time.

This is not a balanced beer, but it is a rich, full beer with wonderful bitterness.

smcolw, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, amber-tan colored head that is a bit on the thin side. The beer is a hazy orange-amber color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a straight up amber color. The aroma is herbal and citrusy with notes of tangerine, orange, perhaps a bit of mint, lemon basil. The oak is really not all that noticeable in the nose at this point. There is some woodiness up front and it seems to be interacting in interesting ways with the hops, creating aromatics that I can't quite put my finger on, but they are definitely not in the regular Arrogant Bastard.

The taste has a nice full mouth-feel to it an the hops are still quite raw and aggressive. Underneath this though is the oak; most notable as a tannic and astringent note in the finish. The beer is perhaps a bit too cold right now, but the flavors I can taste are orange, grapefruit, a sort of raw grassy herbal note, sweet caramel malt (which accentuates the citrus notes), menthol in the finish, and even a bit of tobacco.

The beer is quite tasty, but the oak is fairly subtle at this point. In the end this is a good thing, because if the oak was heavy handed it would really clash with the fresh, vibrant hoppiness that is characteristic of this beer. When paired with some Mexican food the Oak character really starts to become noticeable; it becomes much more woody with a pronounced buttery-oak type note in both the aroma and taste. But it still does not dominate the overall hoppy quality of this beer. This is a solid beer all around, and one which I enjoyed trying.

Gueuzedude, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +1%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark murky brown, with a tan head, about 1-finger thick, leaves good lacing as the beer is drunk.

S: The weaker point of the beer for me, I wasn't getting much smell, though some good malts and woodiness came through in what I did smell.

T: Smooth, much smoother than the regular Arrogant Bastard for me, similar flavours though, a lot of malt, with some peat and smoke, presumably from the oak aging, with some woody, piney hops to balnce it out.

M: Smooth, as I stated before, robust, but mellow as compared to the original.

D: A very good beer, a change-up on the original Arrogant Bastard, but I like both styles very much.

Halcyondays, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12 Oz bottle, poured into a Westmalle chalice. Reviewed on 4th July!

Looked good, a rich creamy tanned head sat on top of a clear body, the body being a redwood browny red colour.

I liked this a lot more than the normal Arrogant Bastard, seemed have more of everything.

The aroma reminded me of Belgian beers, maybe the yeast esters, or the heady mix of hop and malts that produced the smells that excite me.

The taste was heavy and rich, no hints of the oak wood chips though in the flavour or smell.

The hops gave a true bitterness, while the malt content tried to balance the brew somewhat.

Enjoyable, but not a beer I could drink all night, or on a regular basis, just a little to 'in your face' for me.

BlackHaddock, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

beernads, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe stemgoblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately high, but Stone has disappointed me a bit in the past.

A: Pours a three finger head of decent cream, fair thickness, and pretty good retention for the above-average ABV. Colour is a nontransparent dark copper. It leaves a bit to be desired.

Sm: A musty mixture of hops, oak, and yeast. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant hops balance with the surprisingly restrained oak tone and the welcome yeasty notes for a pretty good balance of flavour. No alcohol is detectable. That said, it's pretty simple - an unexpected characteristic considering Stone's preoccupation with appearing to be the big bad bastards in the room. It's good but boring, and the oak aging doesn't seem to significantly alter the beer in comparison to the regular version.

Mf: Smooth and wet, capitulating to consumer interest yet suiting the flavours. All in all, it's well made.

Dr: While it won't satisfy fans of complex, intense beers (contrary to Stone's marketing), it remains a good beer I'd have again on draught. Don't expect anything incredible; you won't find it here. It hides its ABV well. The price isn't bad here in California, but I imagine this is far from the truth in other states.

kojevergas, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper in color with a thick fluffy 2" head that lasts forever. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: caramel and woody overtones are predominant. Some fruity tones linger in the background.

Taste: roasted malts, woody, vanilla, plums, raisins, a touch of grapefruit citrus and alcohol. A decent bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Long aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: the old reliable bastard with a twist. Nice change of pace from the standard and it peaks your interest. Nice beer.

Gavage, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

01/07/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Served in a tulip glass (damn! was hoping for a pint)

Appearance- Great orange-brown color with a nice big creamy head and nice lacing.

Smell- Possibly the best smelling beer I have ever put my nose to. So much malt, hops, fruity, flowers and oak put together.

Taste- The first thing that I noticed were the hops. Not to bitter, but just enough to entice me to drink more. Then the malt hit me. Rather dark and caramel flavored malt which mixed in perfect with the hops. To top it all off, it had an extra oak flavor that put it over the edge.

Mouthfeel- Medium to highly carbonated, but still goes down ultra easy.

Drinkability- One of the best beers I have ever had. Everything comes together so well in this beer. How I wish they had this beer in the bomber size bottles.

GClarkage, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +1%

oriolesfan4, May 23, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -5%

InspectorBob, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -5%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -5%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a near transparent auburn toned amber with a fluffy, ivory head that slowly fades into a dense, soapy cap. Tons of hearty, scattered lace sticks around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, flowers, mild grapefruit, pineapple, light vanilla, earthy spiciness, and gentle oak tannins that may have been missed had I not known oak chips were added to the mix. Aromas were lighter than anticipated.
Taste is spicy, sweet caramel, overly bitter of grapefruit along with gentle woody tannin flavor.
Mouthfeel is astringent, bitter, medium bodied, sweet, with the balance being out of wack and very little evidence of the American Oak.
Drinkability...I'm not believing the hype with this one. This may be one of the most over-rated beers I've seen on this site IMHO. I'm just not feeling it..."I'm not worthy."

weeare138, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep and delicious red-brown colour, with a massive head of yellow-beige foaming bubbles that leave extraordinary lacing. Extremely thick and viscous coming out of the bottle, and it even looks heavy and languid sitting in the glass. A really, really good looking beer.

Big hop fragrance on the nose, which mingles charismatically with the even bigger oak character to give a freshly pungent melange which is not unlike woodsmoke and gunpowder. Oak is huge on this thing, giving wood and resin characters, and depth like crazy. Yeah, when Stone do something, they do it to the logical extreme.

Taste has robust depth - lots of hop bitterness and a dark, almost roasty character come through, with a woody oak hint floating around the corners. The oak is certainly more prominent on the nose, but it's here as well, just mingled with, and subdued by, the other, stronger and more dominant characteristics, leaving a slight woody sweetness that reminds me of pecan pie. Mouthfeel is initially smooth, but tingled with carbonation through the back.

An excellent beer, and one which is surprisingly drinkable for its strength, depth and aggression. It has actually been some time since I sampled the plain Arrogant Bastard (if you can ever really use that description of it), so it's hard to compare it to the original, but this has such depth, such fullness of character, and such robust arrogance, that it stands by itself as a stellar and wonderful example of the American brewer's craft.

lacqueredmouse, May 21, 2010
Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle poured into a few taster glasses.

A - Pours murky brown with a small half finger tall off-white head leaving very little lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of rich caramel malt, toffee, citric hops, and some earthy wood tannins from the wood chips. This has a lot going on but they all complement each other leaving a complex yet enjoyable nose.

T - Starts off with a big hit of sweet caramel and toffee from all that malt slowly giving way to a mix of dulled citric hops, vanilla, and pallet drying wood tannins. The dryness carries over to the finish, mixing with a bit of the sweetness from the malt, and lingers for some time. Overall I enjoyed this one, it was complex yet enjoyable. I am not sure I could have more than one at a time but once in a while is fine by me.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. It has an overall slick feel with a mix of malted sweetness and tannin dryness in the finish, lingering for some time.

O - I think I enjoy oaked bastard more than the regular version. This one is more complex and keeps you on your toes, while the regular version is a bit one dimensional. Pretty good stuff.

orangesol, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single from Bocktown Beer and Grill

Appears dark red with a short white head and lacing. The aroma has a smooth mixture of the citrus hops and oak. It comes off like one note, making it unlike other hoppy beers. There's a dry, woody flavor, not like your normal oak, it seems like there's more spice to it. The hops are big with spicy citrus juice and a dry grapefruit finish that lasts long into the aftertaste. Yummy.

Now this is an American strong ale. Big, bold, and completely out there.

tempest, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color with more carbonation than I expected. Nose was oaky, malty and some vanilla probably from the oak. Lots of oak, big hops on taste, did I mention dry oak, good and malty, that deep ruby color almost brown with a good nose. Big booze for a 7.2% beer, big malts,big hops and big flavor. Very good!

barleywinefiend, Feb 10, 2010
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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