oakbluff (427) - 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 (2278) - 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
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours orange ruby carramel, off white head. Aroma is citrus, floral, candied caramel. Flavor is caramel, vanilla, malt, hops, slightly woody.
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a dark brown color ale with a nice medium brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrus hops with some nice caramel malt. Taste is sweeter then expected with lots of caramel malt and a medium bitter finish with some citrusy hops. Body is definitely above average with some medium carbonation. I thought the oak presence was quite subtle and overall this is more reminiscent to a barleywine then an American Strong Ale but enjoyable nonetheless.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 From a trade with Immy the Skull Popper. Poured an attractive amalgam of orange, red and brown. Doesn’t sound that attractive when I type it, but the colors swirled together underneath a two-finger tall slightly fluffy, off-white head and ended up looking quite pleasing. Citrus and pine in the nose with only a little bit of wood noted. The flavor rolled from citrus to pine to a bit of alcohol and finished fairly crisply. I’m curious to try the non-oaked variety.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy boboski. Reddish chestnut color with a very thin head. Serious oak flavors present, which meld with the strong hop presence and the two flavors are exquisitely balanced. Woody aroma with a hopa roma that sits underneath, with some sweetness as well. Medium palate, with carbonation low, but complimentary.
OldBoss (27) - Tuttle, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Again, many thanks to MrRomero for this fine brew. Pours dark amber with a thick, dense, creamy head. Some floral hops lingering, with mild spiciness. Initial caramel sweetness, that gives way to a dry, hopped bitterness, with hints of vanilla, orange, and mild spice, then dries out quickly with a tang of oakey, woody, mild alcohol near the back of the tongue. Oak adds complexity, but detracts slightly from the hoppiness this beer is known for. Let’s just say very interesting.
imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2007
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Oak aged gym sock. I enjoy bastard, but this was just foul. A waste of the money i paid for it.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep red with a two-finger off-white head. I was immediately struck by the lack of strong hops in the aroma. What is there asserts itself as spicy and lightly herbal instead of citrusy and piney. A charred toffee aroma dominates, and that hop spiciness combines with alcohol to burn the nose a bit. The flavor begins much like the original: a sweet, caramel malt taste with hints of the promised hop blast. This blast doesn’t come in the oaked version, or if it does it is tamed by the oak. The finish is still nicely bitter, and the wood adds dryness and complexity. Good stuff.