Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Tap at Boston Sunset Grill. Very cloudy copper-brown body topped by a large beige head. Smells woody, dirty and sweet, like an abandoned candy factory. Creamy texture yet crispy taste. Wood, roasted sweet malts and hops abound and work together to create some kind of caramelized hops concoction with wood chips. Finish is medium in length and bitterness is medium in intensity. Seems like I liked it more than most other raters. Never had the bottle. I found the tap simply delicious. This aged version is more intense and meaner than the regular Arrogant Bastard. And that’s to be expected, being one myself I can tell you that arrogant bastards don’t get any softer with time.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
if youve read my comments about arrogant bastard, you will know its one of my least favorite beers. that said, i thoroughly enjoyed the oaked version. something about the oak has added a mellowness that seems to balance out the overly bitter hops of the regular version. i find this to be much more balanced than the regular version and wish they would just do away with the original, and make this all the time instead.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The oak is strong with this one. Imagine arrogant bastard on steroids then aged in oak. Very good!!!!
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 (5174) - 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 (835) - 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 (8676) - 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 (14001) - 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.