RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark opaque brown with a frothy two finger head that fades slowly to a soapy cap and ring. The lacing is thick, and very sticky.
Smell; citric hops are present just as they are in the regular Bastard, and the oaky vanillin aromas come out nicely. There’s also a nice caramel malt backround in there as well.
Taste; citric hops and caramel malts almost compete a bit for dominance in there, with the hops coming out slightly ahead. The oak and vanilla flavors are definitely present, and really tone down the "Arrogance" of the regular beer. While this is a really good beer, personnally I prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard to this version.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel on this one is medium to full bodied with a bit of a drying effect that I assume is from the oak. The drinkability is really good.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep reddish colour with a frothy beige head. Complex aroma of some alcohol and fruity sweetness balanced with a nice hoopy note and hints of the oak. Sweet malty flavor with a light vanilla note. Light dry and sweet finish.
undsioux7 (807) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at new stone restaurant. From memory so I can’t give details, but this was a notch above there regular arrogant bastard. The oak just gave it a bit of vanilla and smoke. Great stuff
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(sampled at the Düsseldorf RB gathering) Clear, amber colour with an off-white foamy head. Slightly toasty nose with pleasant citrousy, floral hops. Citrousy hoppy bitter flavour, soft and slightly caramel-malty background, light barrique-notes. Dry, slightly roasted, woody and aromatic hoppy finish with a lingering aftertaste.
MiP (13725) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 7.2%. Nice, bonbony sweet hop aroma. Almost clear red/brown colour. Very bitter flavour with good aroma hops. Ends on a weak, but nice, vanilla, cigarbox aftertaste.
BeerBellyOSU (47) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy red in color, standard head. Nice hoppy smell, very fruity. Nice and fruity flavor, and the oak aging is not overpowering, just enough to give a hint of bourbon.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
300. Onward and upward. The Oaked Arrogant Bastard pours a medium amber color with a frothy, light-brown head. Mostly lasting, sticky head with good lacing. Aroma is much less pronounced than the original AB, with notes of pine needles and a musty scent. Initial taste is balanced at the front with a light bitter/faint sweet, remaining a light bitter through the finish with a taste of grapefruit. Light to medium in the mouth, it has active carbonation and a creamy texture. The oak chips don’t expose themselves in the aroma or taste, and with no predominant scent, we were grasping to describe the aroma.
Reviewed on February 3, 2007.
oakbluff (414) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of HogTown Harry via trade- much thanks Harry! I poured the twelve ounce bottle into a tumber- looks similar to normal AB- a little cloudy, deep caramel with an off white. Also smells typical AB, sweet, but the wood is noticable. Taste is just fantastic- in your face hoppy, but with a great malt backbone and the oakey flavour. The oak is defintely there- but not overpowering. It reminded me of the oak in Old Yeti. I think it really matches well with the style of AB. Mouthfeel is of a great body, medium carbonation and bitter/woody finish. I could drink many of these- but alas this is my only bottle. A great treat, that even the wife thought was delicious (who would have thunk it?). A great beer from Stone
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not significantly different from Arrogant Bastard — the oak just a whisper in the background. So, this is every bit as good as Arrogant Bastard with an added bonus. Cloudy copper pour with dense-bubbled, beige head that pools like a Belgian strong ale. Strong malty nose — bread and caramel and floral. Flavor is sweet with oak in the background before turning very bitter. Medium body and comfortable carbonation. Long, bitter and dry finish. Nice.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What i had here doesnt seem to be at all what everyone else was tasting, the aroma was big time prune raisin malt with just a touch of the oak, wow ,flavor jolts you, a woody smokey malt taste is quickly washed over by a massive hop taste and bitterness,finishing with a dry bitterness that contorts the tongue,one of the bitterest I’ve ever tasted and an absolute joy to experience. Thanks again Awaisanen