BeerandBlues2 (8459) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-oz. bottle, 2006 release. Pours a flat tawny with an average light brown fizzy head, mostly diminishing with some spotty lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, caramel, grain), heavy hops (perfume, flowers, pine and grass), average yeast (sweat, leaves) with notes of apple, wood and light alcohol. Light sweetness, moderate acidity, heavy bitterness and an average flavor duration. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, fizzy carbonation and a bitter finish.
calivania (62) - USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost a starter Bastard. I certainly expected something less creamy, and dare I say it subtle. But it gets bolder as it warms. Bourbon and leather-- like the Harvard Club.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with a light tan head. Mild citrus hop and wood aroma and flavor. Very woody finish. Mello not Arrogant.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 2006 12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a deep amber color with a big size off white head. Nice lacing. I guess its the oak Iím smelling. Itís just a little off. Taste like a toned down AB. Medium to full body. A good beer, but Iím glad I didnít buy a full case.<P> Sampled again 5 months later. Oak aroma and flavor has mellowed. Vanilla is coming through nicely.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Twelve-ounce bottle. Dark brown with small, off-white head that dissipated quickly and didnít lace much. Had a sweet, citrus aroma. Almost overpowering citrus, pine and wood taste, which took a few sips to get used to. Oak came out more with warmth. Itís been about nine months since my lest regular Arrogant Bastard, so I really canít compare the two, but I definitely remeber enjoying the original more. Still a pretty good beer, but I donít think it was worth the nearly $16 I paid for the six-pack.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Naven. The oak definitely adds some depth and complexion to this already great beer. Very good.
Pailhead (4236) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Aroma is definitely more mild with the hops which brings out a moderate peach aroma with some wood and mild citrus hops. Pours a transparent amber with a moderate off-white head and very good lacing. Like the aroma, the flavor is much more mellow wtih a strong peach presence. Citrus hops in the finish are very subdued with some mild woodiness. The oak aging really does a lot to tame the beer. I prefer the regular AB.
Cliff (398) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This wasnít too good. Pours a hazy mahogoney with a ligh tan head. Aroma of being in the wood section of Home Depot. The pine aroma of the hops emphasizes the intense wood aroma. carries into the flavor, not so much oak, just wood. Cuts into the flavor of the hops. Good mouthfeel and a bitter aftertaste. Iíll take the original over this any day of the week.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Well, this one disappointed me. I would imagine that licking a 2x4 would get you the same results. Way too woody not even oaky. The hoppiness of the regular bastard is over shadowed by aromas and flavors of simple wood.
Yikes, bring on the double bastard.
asmithbeer (69) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 Medium amber pour with good fizzy head. Aroma is a little sweet and sour, very hoppy. Flavor is hoppy but very smooth, the oak is a nice mellow addition. Slighly watered down on the finish.