JoeinDahlem (1437) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Matthew for the trade. 12 oz. bottle pours dark brown with cloudy amber highlights, and a pillowy, lasting tan head. Looks marvelous. Complicated aroma of malts, sour cherries, chocolate. Nose evolves and gradually gets sweeter. Flavor kicks off with initial sweetness, faint cherry notes, and folds gradually and fully into a dusty, smoky bitterness, with some malts popping up in the finish. Deeper into the glass, in the back of the bitterness there’s an unfortunate burnt plastic thing going on. Full-bodied, dry. All in all, the flavor couldn’t match the look or smell of this beer. But that would have been well-nigh impossible, and while flawed it’s pretty damn tasty and interesting anyway.
Stine (1744) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Brew Kettle. Rusty, bronzy orange pour. Nose of burnt brown sugar, oak, and black cherries. A bright wink of strawberry. The strength of the barrel lends a bit of creamy smoke to the flavor, but never weighs too heavily. This is unexpected and sends a lovely ripple of subtlety through the resinous, hoppy, hot honey and creme brulee pool. Somewhat simple, but classy. Softly aggressive in the mouth. Surprisingly textured and even delicate.
BREWMUSKCLES (2506) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
stanky broomstraw introduces you to the bitter grapefruit rind who whirls you around so the woody malt bastard can take a slap at you. after smacking lips and tongue you stiffin’ you’re reserve and go back in for another hit. that sweetish butterscotch bitch you saw during the debacle is worth another lick.
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
3L bottle. fucking magnificent! aside from sheer volume, this is above the arrogant bastard ale in taste and finish. the oak is more noticed the more i sipped. it wasn’t necessarily dry, it just added a creamy, woodsy-er finish that just topped the ever-so bitter hoppiness that the ab ale contains. the aromas were soaked in caramel and thick syrupy buttescotch. the taste was solid, offensively bitter, and chocolate-coated like no other. the finish was the same as the burp - dark, bitter, offensive, and thick like a true craft is.
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottles from sliffy and drewbeerme. Also had some out of one of those huge 3 liter bottles at BCTC this year. Thanks guys. Pour a dark reddish brown with a good sized off-white head. Nose is sweet and heavy with malts and oak chips, also some vanilla. Flavor is sweet and smooth with oaky undetones and a nice sweet malt and vanilla flavor. Nic, typical-Stone hoppy finish that doesnt detract from the other flavors. Although I can’t drink the bastard all the time, I sure do enjoy one once in a while.
BuckeyeBoy (4973) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle pours out a hazy amber/brown topped with a great off white head. A very nice and sweet aroma. Tast of candy and I could pick up a little wood. Very nice.
wetherel (1856) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from a craptastic local liquor store. Searching for gems in gutter, I found a 6-pack of oaked arrogant bastard, which I read about, but have never seen before in San Diego. I remember first moving to San Diego staring at the oaked arrogant bastard, which was only available in 3 liter bottles for $55. I was eager to try this when I saw it at Stone’s anniversary party. It was good, but didn’t live up to my expectations. I wasn’t rating at that time. Much time has passed and I get to try it again. Pours with a 1/2 finger head in my tulip glass that dies quickly to never reappear. The oak is really apparent in the aroma, and is very nice. I’m not sure how old this bottle is, but I don’t get much more than oak. the color is a cloudy brown amber. Thick body, and bit a dry. Hops overwhelms everything else, in the true style of the arrogant bastard, but I think a different choice of hops would be better, a bit medicinal.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy brown body with foamy light brown head. Cereal grains, toffee, and subtle oak in the nose. Perhaps my nose is deceiving me, but there might be the faintest hint of hops in there as well. Wow, toffee on the initial palate which bursts into a super hoppy mid palate and a vanilla oak finish.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Much thanks to Brewfiend for sparing me the dissapointment of having to open my lone bottle of this. Pours a very thick murkybrownish amber, with a tiny tan head. Nice toffee, oaky buttery sweetness with a nice vanilla edge. An assault of flavor, and the floral hops appear out of nowhere on the mid-palate. Nice toffe sweet malt, as well as a deep buttery oaky silkyness. I can’t get over the hops though, they just appear out of nowhere. This is fantastic!
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red muddled mess of translucence pour into my class with a reasonably off white head. The oak notes are immediately detectable. The flavor is overpowering and a bit more malty than the typical bastard. Well balanced, crisp finish...great beer.