Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a tarnished copper color with an off-white head. Nose is hoppy with dried apricots. Flavors are initially wonderful, full bodied and nicely balanced between the hops and malt. The fruit remains in the background but I could not discern any wood. As the beer warmed, the hop profile intensified becoming more bitter and overall more prominent. The oak never surfaced and this was a boldly flavored brew. Thanks to ogglethorp for the bottle.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 On draft - remember thinking, "i probably won’t order this again" - . Def not my favorite offering from Stone.
RoboHop (21) - Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Well, it is "oaked". One should definitely be able to distinguish this brew from the "normal" Bastard. The "oaking" adds slightly to the aroma and flavor, as compared to Arrogant Bastard. Therefore, I rate it slightly higher.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 2, 2007
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I could have sworn that I took my glass held it up to my ass and unloaded some foul diarrhea into it. Perhaps it just looked like muddy creek water at best. Aroma was trees and wood which I can only assume is the Oak from the barrels. I also noticed some sweet grapefruit hops in the aroma. Thank god it didn’t smell like it looked. Flavor was initially bitter, then changed to a sweet citrus/oak mix, followed by a dry bitter herbal tea finish. Seemed a bit watery too.
DYCSoccer17 (3442) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis, CA Food Co-Op. Aroma is very faintly sweet and slight vanilla-like. Don’t get me wrong, there is some definite booziness present in the aroma, too. Piney, grapefruity PNW hops also shine through. Mildly hazy muddy orange-copper color with a light yellowish head and small lacing. Start is very bitter and harsh, with some light oaky, woody barrel notes located in the middle. Somewhat puckering and astringent. FInishes with a ton of grapefruity and piney hop tannins that are crazy dry and bitter. I just don’t get how people can like this one-dimensional beer. Definitely lacks body and could use a lot more in the way of malts to balance the stupid amount of hops that are used.
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
found this in a 12 ounce bottle, great flavor, just a slight variation on the arrogant bastard, hard to detect the oak influence.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Malty, hoppy nice, but just a touch of oak, What more reallly needs to be said, I have to believe that stone is one of the best breweries in the USA. This brew is aggressive, with its malts, head , and hop, also its quite delicious. This beer is very well done, makes for a great sipper. The oak just adds great dryness to the palate. Thanks MrRomero.
bigcat03 (210) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Wilburs poured into Watou Trappist glass - Pours cranberry red with a creamy 1 finger tan head; Very sweet caramel, powdered sugar, bready yeast, apples, and a hint of the alcohol to the nose; Overpowering oak on the initial taste; A very bitter aftertaste with wood, floral hops, and burnt toast; A smooth full body; Good carbonation; Not a beer to be sipped! The wood flavor is way too overpowering. Some citrus tries to show through in the taste, but it just isn’t powerful enough. I’d like to try the original.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was citrusy hops of grapefruit and orange with a strong malty presence which lasted for days. A light tannin of oak was notable, but was not strong or pronounced. The sweet dark caramel malt was notable and strong enough to keep the hop charge in check. The beer poured into the glass deep amber with an off-white and moussy head which was small bubbled and lasted for days. The flavor was malty with a strong citrusy hop flavor and substantial bittering. The oak shined in the flavor and was strong with a light presence of vanilla. The dark caramel malt was again present, but could not keep the oak and bittering in check so the balance goes to bitter. The finish was dry with lasting citrusy (grapefruit) hop flavor and oak character lasting long and strong into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was almost full and even a smidge viscous and with the decent level of carbonation the beer was creamy in the mouthfeel. A nice Oaked beer, perhaps a bit harsh in the final aftertaste with oak, but still a pleasurable pint. 12 ounce bottle.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy reddish orange with a very light white head. Smells of hops with a little of that oaky smell to it as expected. The taste is still pretty hoppy, but definitely a woodsy, oaky taste to it. You get the oak chips pretty much up front. Fairly easy drinking, pretty smooth. Somewhat bitter finish. The grapefruit really comes out towards the end.