JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep rusty red. Nice lingering dusty tan head. Earthy rindy hop aroma, slightly smoked malt. Odd green hop taste to start. Pine sap, wooded fruit. Dark roasted toffee. I didn’t write more down, but it has some hidden complexities that open up nicely and is a very drinkable beer. I was a bit surprised by this one.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy deep mahogany-red color. Creates a tight, pillowy 1/2" beige head with strong retention. Patterns of thick lacing adhere to the sides of the snifter. Aromas in general were surprisingly restrained for such a complex beer. However, pleasant notes of pine and hops resin, oak, earth, toffee and some faint vanilla waft gently up from the glass. Mouthfeel starts very smooth and creamy with a soft carbonation level. Goes down with a slight oily texture. Flavor much bolder than the aroma. Very complex and nuanced. Initally notes of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, vanilla bean and buckwheat honey greet the tongue. This is very quickly replaced with a very agressive grapefruit rind and wood tannin-like bitterness which immediately deletes any sense of lingering sweetness. I like hops but felt more of a sugary malt contribution would have balanced the flavors out better. Finishes dry and crisp with a long, lingering bitterness. For only 7.2% this beer is a mouthfull.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours murky brownish red with a big tan head. Aromas of dark fruits with some notes of oak. Hops and Oak at first with a nice full mouth feel. There is also some roasted malts hidden in there somewhere. Finishes Dry. Great Brew.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2007
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 Rerate: Picked up a 6 pack in US. Oh baby this is good beer!!
12 oz bottle in a trade with kmweaver. Long lasting dark cream head and lacing. Beer is an orange so dark it’s almost brown. There may or not be something floating therein. Aroma seems a little shy. It’s there if you look; alcohol, sweet sugar, citrusy hops. Nice aroma, just a little timid for such a bold beer. Rich mouth feel. Delicious hops with an aggressive building presence. I was surprised that it was rated lower than the un-oaked version but I am not sure I get much of a difference. If anything the oak mellows the beer. Lasting hop-wood-fruit flavour blends well. Somehow reminds me more of a Hophead than my memory of my last Arrogant Bastard.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer. Aroma is malty and full of hops. Appearance is a nice dark brown with cloudy appearnace with a thin lacey head. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth with nutty aftertaste. Flavor is tremendous with a very malty smoothness and "aggresive" hops. Love the oaky flavor.
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.