1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleOaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,817 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,817
Reviews: 1,829
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 151
Gots: 394 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,817 | Reviews: 1,829 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of wl0307
wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Purchased through online order from the Beers of Europe, a Britain-based beer shop; coming in a 12Fl. Oz. slim, brown bottle, served cool in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours an ultra-elegant dark ruby hue with fairly good clarity and restrained, fine carbonation, while the dark beige frothy head retains the body well and lasts throughout the drink.
S: richly aromatic as the Arrogant Bastard (AB) Ale that I tried four days ago, bursting with perfumy, caramely, longan-fruity, ripe raisiny and creamy malts as well as juicy American hops, quite like a well-hopped barley wine, this. Oakiness... is mild, but a swirl seems to wake up a mildly sweet edge of sweet woodiness as of coconut-ish and vanilla scent of new American white oak barrels, but not assertive. The theme is still dominated by the complex AB beer base, and pleasantly so.
T: the flavour is bitter-sweet from the beginning, with lots of tea-ish tannins, grapefruity flavour, toasted apples, and longan-fruits, along with a deep-running hop bitterness lingering in the aftertaste and causing a little bit of chewy palate. The oak influence, again, is in its most subtle in addition to the main AB theme, giving a lovely vanilla-ish edge properly expressed at the back of the palate. Interestingly, the overall performance is not as lively as AB, but still highly enjoyable and complex.
M&D: very smooth on the carbonation, the body is full but not OTT, the flavour is complex and not overly oaked, and the alc., just like AB, is very well hidden. A balanced act overall, as complex as it is highly quaffable. Highly recommended!

07-24-2009 18:25:43 | More by wl0307
Photo of Georgiabeer
Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle last week. Pours a dark brown with a head that fades quickly to a thin cap. Some slight lacing. Smells slightly sour and woody- not acetic, but some wood sourness. There are also earthy/spicy hops and some rough tannins. The taste is somewhat similar, the somewhat harsh and spicy taste of the regular arrogant bastard has been smoothed out by the oak, but the oak introduces its own version of roughness. Nevertheless, its still fairly tasty as it is a fairly harmonious union between oak and hops and malt. Mouthfeel is a little tannic and rough- could be smoother. I miss some of the vanilla notes that come from full barrel aging. Just okay, and probably not worth the money.

10-28-2007 20:15:22 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Happy to get the chance to try this one on tap at Redbones in Somerville, didn't know it was available on tap, as I had only seen the super sized bottles. Anyway, poured the expected dark dark murky amber, with a tan, thick head, and leaving tons of sheeting and sticky lacing. Nose of heavy malts and some coca-cola. Strong, heady brew, lots of malty/hoppy goodness, more cola, vanilla, dark honey and Stone ballysness, oak/wood present but certaintly not overpowering, would love to have the chance to do a side by side tasting of the oaked and non oaked versions. Fine brew from the Stone crew.

04-17-2006 20:13:33 | More by Billolick
Photo of stakem
stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Review from notes taken on 4/9/10 during the Stone takes over the Warwick event.

Served in a Stone pint glass, it appears a ruby red amber color, very clear with a finger of yellowish foam for a head. Very good retension and a solid amount of lace all around the glassware. Aroma is bright citrus hops with a backing of wood/oak earthiness. Taste is inline with what the aroma led on. When compared to the bottled version this on tap almost seemingly is an exaggerated oak flavor that boarders being unnatural. Bitter oily hops upfront with alcohol warmth gives way to malt and oakiness flavors through the medium body to again oily bitter hop finish. Moderately carbonated with hops and oak left lingering in the mouth. Dare I say this bastard on draft is even more arrogant than the bottled version...excellent.

05-17-2010 18:27:42 | More by stakem
Photo of dbrauneis
dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

Served in a bottle at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with a very thin light beige head. The head reduces to a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Still get the signature hop profile I associate with Stone but added to that I get lots of hints of oak and vanilla. A really inviting aroma for a beer.

T: Pine hops with a slight hint of citrus hops upfront, followed by some caramel malt sweetness, then some oak and vanilla giving the beer an almost bourbon like sweetness. Nice bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky with a dry finish.

O: Wonderful sipping beer, great bold flavor and smell. Definitely an improvement on Arrogant Bastard. I like this one a lot and really enjoyed it.

03-08-2012 14:22:47 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of akorsak
akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -10%

Received in a trade with Boolshot. I am drinking this from a Stone 10 glass also received from Boolshot.

A: The ale is a deep copper red-brown color. The beer poured a thick two finger head that has laced nicely throughout the glass.

S: The ale has three discernible aromas: alcohol, oak and hops. The oak is present from the get-go, giving the ale a buttery aroma. The hops have a bit of a grapefruit bite and the alcohol, while warming, is big.

T: The flavors that appear here are clearly influenced by the oak chips. The tastes are buttery and almost chardonnay-like. I say almost because the intense hop character still emerges through oak. The hops are bitter, concentrated grapefruit and citrus flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is a delicious combination of hoppy bitterness and smooth oak butter flavors.

D: The beer has a moderate abv, but the hop and oak characters are so intense that you may not make it beyond a bottle or two. The beer is a treasure.

11-20-2006 00:20:16 | More by akorsak
Photo of drewone
drewone

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-02-2013 05:51:23 | More by drewone
Photo of rhoadsrage
rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm amber red body with a creamy tan head that fades to a thick ring around the rim and leave a sip line after each drink.

S- This beer has a toasted malt note with a slight sweetness and some dark toasted notes in the background. There is a piney green hop finish. As it warms the soft note of wet wood comes through as does a caramel malt aroma.

T- This beer has a big oaky taste for the first few sips but the hoppy grapefruit note comes through. The big hoppy bitterness is the major player in this beer. The hop bitterness hangs on after each sip and lingers for a while. There are some sweet caramel malt notes that start to come through after the hops senses die off.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has a big bitterness punch from the hops which is nice but
it really makes me crave some hops flavors that are missing. The flavors are blended very nicely making this a smooth drinking beer with some nice big flavors.

01-15-2007 04:08:33 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Zorro
Zorro

California

4.03/5  rDev -4%

This is a mildly hazed reddish brown colored beer with a good tan head that is bordering on light brown.

Smell is very herbal and hoppy to the nose. The malt here comes through as mostly caramel and biscuit. I can smell a bit of oak here but this is still very much a highly hopped ale.

Taste begins neural and a bit bitter but it is toned down a bit from the regular arrogant bastard. I can easily taste the oak influence here and it does seem to have added some toffee, vanilla and dryness to the beer. Strangely the oak seems to have added or make detectable a slight metallic taste in this beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is fine but I really think I prefer the regular version better.

01-07-2007 09:17:55 | More by Zorro
Photo of duceswild
duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-30-2013 06:06:53 | More by duceswild
Photo of DoubleJ
DoubleJ

California

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

Found a single 12 oz bottle at $2.19 from Town and Country in Fullerton. To stick with the Stone family, I'm going to pour this beer into my Old Guardian glass. On to the beer:

Wow, what a beauty this is. Perfect size creamy head, dark red in color. The nose brings tropical piney fruits and charred wood. You can definitely find the oak chips in the taste. It carries out a flame-smoked flavor as it is balanced by the sweetness of the beer, which by the way isn't so dominate in this offering. Woody in the aftertaste. If you're into Arrogant Bastard Ale, this is a great change-up from the regular.

So what's the next version of the Arrogant Bastard series, Oaked Double Bastard Ale?

09-20-2007 04:21:44 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of mothman
mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is a dark copper ruby.

Aroma: Oak, vanilla, caramel, some heat, sweet dried fruits. A nice complex aroma. Really nice lacing on this beer. Looks pretty good to me.

Taste: Wow, this is a hot beer. Big oak and vanilla taste fuel this beer. A ton of dark dried fruits mixed with caramel back it up. It is pretty good, but there is a lot of heat here. A ton of floral hops are also present.

Mouthfeel: Hot, creamy, smooth. Medium to full bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Ends with an oaky vanilla dry aftertaste.

Overall, I am not to impressed with this beer. It is just way to hot for me. I like the oak flavor, but the alcohol that it brings with it is too much. I should be able to finish this fine, however.

09-12-2009 01:02:37 | More by mothman
Photo of BARFLYB
BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

On Tap at Hulmeville inn with my buddy erik on a Saturday night. I have not had this in years and last time was in a bottle and it was oaky as all hell.

Oaked Bastard is a dark shaded brown with some redness if you look towards the light. A nice cream/tannish foam up above with tightness and stickiness on the glass. Smells fairly oaky, I remember it being extreme in the past. Infact with more sniffs it comes out a bunch. Under that a strong ale presence with a bunch of caramel and some alcohol with dark fruit and nuts. Tasting this from a fresh keg keeps up stone's rep for me. I don't buy their beer often but when I do, I know I will at least like it. Oak, wood, caramel, toasted malt out the ying yang, almonds, vanilla, and some nice citrusy hops to top it off. Feel is above medium with a solid structure, some alcohol as well but not much, carbed up nice. A nice Oaked beer that is readily available, i'll need to revisit a bottle to see how that goes, but this tap version is nice.

10-05-2010 06:34:29 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Wasatch
Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

2008 Vintage

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, some carbonation, not much of a head, some islands and sticky lacing around the glass. The nose is of sweet malts, a slight woodsy tone, hops, and caramel. The taste is malty and slightly bitter in the tongue, the finish is quite dry, nice undertone of caramel. Alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, still an awesome brew, would still recommed if you can find it.

2007 Vintage

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, some carbonation, not much of a head, some islands and sticky lacing around the glass. The nose is of sweet malts, a slight woodsy tone, hops, and caramel. The taste is malty and slightly bitter in the tongue, the finish is quite dry, nice undertone of caramel. Alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, still an awesome brew, would still recommed if you can find it.

2006 Vintage

12oz. Bottle from Foxman and BuckEyeNation.
Been sitting on this one for about a year.

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, some carbonation, not much of a head, some islands and sticky lacing around the glass. The nose is of sweet malts, a slight woodsy tone, hops, and caramel. The taste is malty and slightly bitter in the tongue, the finish is quite dry, nice undertone of caramel. Alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, still an awesome brew, would still recommed if you can find it.

11-22-2007 21:15:48 | More by Wasatch
Photo of superspak
superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/12/2013. Pours crystal clear ruby red color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, nuttiness, raisin, oak, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and oak notes with moderate hop presence. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, pine resin, orange zest, floral, oak, clove, and floral earthiness. Large resinous pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, pine, oak, clove, nuttiness, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of malt flavors; with the big pine and oak bitterness overshadowing the malts; and a fair amount of cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent strong ale. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; and quite smooth to sip on, even with the huge bitterness. A very enjoyable offering.

07-03-2013 03:59:57 | More by superspak
Photo of ppoitras
ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle bought as part of a 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" orangey tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey brown brew. Head lasts nicely, with plentiful delicate lacing. Aroma is lightly woody, strong citrus and pine hops, and alcohol wafts in at the end. Taste is dominated by citrus hoppiness, with pleasing warmth upon the swallow. Maybe even a little numbness in the mouth. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is very easy. Not quite the same beer I remember having on tap, but that was a composite of a fresh and aged sample, and it was a long Stone Night at the M&D last January.

01-27-2007 22:51:00 | More by ppoitras
Photo of afsdan
afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-22-2014 21:29:04 | More by afsdan
Photo of Stinkypuss
Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

A. Poured on-tap into a snifter. Dark mahogony brown with a small off white head that returns upon agitating and leaves lace.

S. Stone yeast aroma, big fruit/hop notes.

T. Layers of complexities. Definately some grapefruit/earthy/piney hops met by a caramel malt body. You can really taste the nutty dryness the oak provides to this beer. Slight roasted undertones. Light fruits come to the palate like very ripe cherry. Bourbon notes.

m. Full bodied and chewey but not too heavy.

D. This is a big beer. Its a kick ass beer. Good to sip and I would have to reccommend you let this one get to 50 degrees to really get all the flavors.

01-03-2009 02:22:16 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

A: The beer appears a radiant shade of ruby / orange. The dense, tan head is nearly an inch thick and generates an abundance of lacing around the perimeter of the pint glass.

S: The oak character is immediately evident in the nose, followed by a balance of malt and hops. Alcohol presence is very subtle.

T: The initial taste brings a dose of hops, followed by a potent oak barrel flavor. The beer also has a healthy malt profile. Everything is well balanced and tastefully done. The flavors, most especially the oak, really emerge as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with prominent oak notes lingering in the finish.

D: A tasty beer, and quite possibly the best offering I have had from Stone. Well worth trying. I'd have it again.

02-23-2011 01:24:00 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of BillRoth
BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-08-2013 05:08:05 | More by BillRoth
Photo of Mebuzzard
Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Ok, well I've had the regular AB, so I thought I'd see how this differs.
Same amber, brownish color as the AB. Perhaps a bit darker. Good foaming head.
Smells of grapefruit, lemon, flowers and pine (or is it oak?) I thought it was more pine, but maybe that's from the hops.
Tastes very nice. Good citrus/grapfruit taste. Blends nice with the malt. There's the oak. A bit more of a 'tinge' of oak. Nice rich flavor. Combines well with more of the fruity flavors
A good feel. Light syrup. a bit thicker than AB.
Can drink very easily

10-02-2006 17:36:29 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of brandoman63
brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-20-2011 03:32:49 | More by brandoman63
Photo of biegaman
biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

From 12oz bottle. Painfully descriptive as always.
Pours with a tapioca coloured head, a thick outside rim would stay, also leaves thick sheets of lacing. A very sullied, fairly dark, ruby coloured body. Plenty of different shades are showcased in the light. A vineous, resiny, hop addled aroma. A good blend of hops, the oak very present. Drinkability exceptional, even with the higher alchohol percentage I could see drinking this all night. The oak very ripe in the mouthfeel. Nice sticky aftertaste that lingers. Offers great complexity in the taste. Slightly sweet notes, really smooth malts. Grew even smoother as it warms - certainly let this one warm, allow the flavours to really come out.
Thanks for another incredible beer Dr.Jay!

02-11-2007 01:20:55 | More by biegaman
Photo of John_M
John_M

California

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

On tap at Frisco's the other day. Have had this beer on a number of occasions previously, but really enjoyed it last night.

The beer pours a dark, rootbeer amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly complex and attractive, consisting of some nice citrus from hops, intermingled with vanilla, honey and butter from the oak aging. The oak aging really seems to tame some of the hoppiness I normally get from regular arrogant bastard. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and the oak aging gives this beer a very long, smooth mouthfeel. The beer finishes well, with the Oak cutting down on the bitterness a bit. Abv. is pretty well disguised, though I can't imagine downing more then one or two of these at a sitting.

A nice beer from Stone...

08-28-2008 13:31:06 | More by John_M
Photo of smakawhat
smakawhat

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Extra thanks to colts9016, bottle dated consume by Apr 14-2011. Well better do this and re-review it, lets see if this makes a difference, instead of drink one that was 2 months past. Poured both into a nonic and a snifter.

This head is much bigger and darker than I remember and has more retention on the nonic, lots of cap action. Great looking beer even in a nonic or snifter

Smell is grapefruity and less malty than before, a little hint of wood, and slightly less brown sugar. Where did that grapefruit go last time?

Taste is super chocolaty, with hints of tannic wood and super big hop presence on the finish! Wow this is a HUGE difference it's like a chocolate hop slight tannic wood blast!

Overall much improved! Hops do make a difference and must have mellowed the hops out sitting around a bit last time. This is much better and very different when fresh.

---

old review Feb 20-2011

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. Thanks to TKEAnmial for the bottle. It is a little old at enjoy by Dec 2nd 2010... hmmm... it is a strong ale so this should be okay, but we are a little late to the party. At least the late Nosferatu I had was flat out fantastic so let's see how this compares.

Pours an amber color out of the bottle and a nice light tan head. Sits on a dark red body with some nice hues against the light. Head has lots of staying power and some big boozy thick legs with spotty lacing.

Smell is kind of buttery diacetyl, with faint sweet caramel and dark brown sugars in the back. Very much into movie theatre popcorn territory. Not a very distinct or varied nose on this.

Faint tannin like in mid palate, a fairly good wood "like" character surprisingly in the swallow but with some hop bitter sharpness. Missing a bit of pronounced flavor and starting to mellow but still a bit sharp in alcohol.

For a strong ale this is passable even at this age, but I think a fresher one would have been a little more dynamic.

old rating
4
4
3.5
4
3.5

04-08-2011 14:49:29 | More by smakawhat
Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,817 ratings.