JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade. Pours a dark amber color with a medium off white head. Aroma of hops and more hops. Taste is very citrusy with a very noticeable alcohol bite. Flavors of the oak is barely noticeable with the spices and grapefruit winning out on the finish. I was expecting a little more than I got from this brew. Not bad, just nothing special.
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a caramel color with a fizzy head. Not enough oak flavors but it was a good beer none the less.
dmac (4217) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3L 2005 bottle shared with T and D. Originally served a little to cold but when you have three liters to get through there is plenty of time for the beer to warm up and it did just that. This one has definitely mellowed over time and most of the delicious hops that I’m used to in my AB had faded into a distant memory. Poured a thick murky brown with an okay head. I could detect some oak notes and malty molasses and even a little vanilla in this one. The flavor was smooth with slight oakiness and malt. Pretty good but I need to try this one again fresh.
crazyvin (1996) - New York, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
rather disappointing compared too the regular arrogant. some minor oak notes which smoothed out some sweetness, but the beer seemed over carbonated and real gassy.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy thick caramel colour, with a small fizzy tan head. Nose of oak, chocolate and citrusy hops. My mouth is lit up with bitter hops and sweet malts. Finishing dry with bitter hops leaving a tartness on your lips.
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oak and floral aroma. Initial sweet caramel malty taste followed quickly by the taste of oak and bitter hops, some alcohol taste shows through. Dry, bitter, some what fruity finish with a very pleasant lingering hoppy perfume taste.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cheers to Boboski, happy b-day! (3 liter bottle) Smokey, spicey aroma, oaky and tanins, with some chocolate. Dark amber with a huge white head. Citrus hops, smokey flavor, oaky with tanins, spicey and piney hops. Awesome beer, thanks bobo for sharing!
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very cloudy amber with moderate head formation. Aroma is strong yet nondescript citrus, caramel and moderate simplistic oakiness. A weird combination. A somewhat unctuous oakiness dominates on the sweetish beginning of the sip, followed by some perfumey hops and the expected strong bitterness. I like bits and pieces here, but it’s an odd combination. I’m a bastard fan as well, but I don’t see the point of this beer. It doesn’t work. At all. Hops in large quantity and oak simply do not mix.
piscator34 (1997) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky amber in colour with strong aromas of dark caramel, pine, white grapefruit, vanilla, almond, and a hint of raisin. Very woody in the mouth (both fresh cut wood and bark), red grape skins, a bit of port (probably the combination of the caramel and grape elements), with a cookie like malt character coming through near the finish. There’s a citrus fruit + woody astringency that balances out the malt in a very interesting way.
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish amber with a nice off white head. Aroma of fruit, citrusy hops, oak and some mild spices. Flavor of rich malts, bitter hops and sweet caramel malts. Very well balanced. Finishes crisp and dry. excellent american strong.