badlizard (5533) - 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 (2318) - 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 (2284) - 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 (3188) - 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.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
There is a nice, dark malty aroma with significant grapefruit notes. The taste is of AB with a slightly harsh oak taste. I think that aged in a barrel without chips it would be a little more subdued and better.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours like the typical ab. aroma is mostly grapefruit with hints of raisin and oak. taste is grapefruit and sweet raisiny malt with lots of toasty oak throughout. finish is a little tanniny with typical grapefruit bitterness. pretty tasty treat but i enjoy regular bastard more.
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.