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.
tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Dark brown with medium head, some red shows through when held up to the light. The aroma was not very strong but simple; taste the oak, not overpowering, balanced out with dark malty and finish with the spice of hops. Great mouthfeel. Great brew.
WhiteAlePower (91) - Long Island, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am not going to go into heavy detail here. It has all been said. Less hoppy than the original with a wood flavour instead. VERY nice. Another outstanding Stone brew! I happened to meet them at a beer convention on Long Island, NY just before the release of the 6.6.6 last year. Very nice guys! Keep up the great work!
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oaked Arrogant Bastard
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, argued over 02/07
Poured a hazy ruddy brown with a large mostly lacing beige yellowish frothy head with good lacing.
Smelt of strong fresh pineapple, mango, and other tropical fruit, some light oak and caramel.
Taste was upfront strong bittersweet grapefruit and light fruit punch sweetness followed by a strong roasted grain and oak bitter taste with some light fruity sweetness on a long bitter hops finish. Palate was medium bodied, watery yet a bit oily, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.
Overall, the aroma is divine. The flavor delivers, and, although surprisingly light on the palate, it balances out the strong flavors. By far my favorite of the arrogant bastard variations.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice redish color with a solid, lasting head. The smell is not what I expected. It was simple and didn’t have a strong roast/oak smell. The same with the taste. The oaked part of the brew was simple, and a perfect compliment to the brew. Nice combination of alcohol/hops/oak flavoring.
dwyerpg (4871) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Certainly has a wonderful woody aroma. Taste is not as hoppy as the regular. Very woody and different. Good in small doses.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 12 oz. bottle. Big rocky tan head over a clear amber pour. Head slowly subsides to an island of foam about a half inch thick that persists for a good while and leaves a nice lace. Although there is oak in the aroma, it is not all encompassing, but rather more of a background to the caramel and fruit notes, as well as some citrus and spice from the hops. Rich medium/full mouthfeel demonstrates the astringent bitterness of Arrogant Bastard Ale nicely. Malty sweetness is nicely balanced by bitter citrus for a long dry finish.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. deep amber without much head. good carbonation. dry oak flavor with loads of bitter roasty malts, and of course, the hops. lots of them. the wood gives a very differnt flavor, but it is the same old bastard on the inside.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shigadeyo thought I was worthy enough to get this beer. Thanks Craig. Pours a dark amber with a medium off white head. Decent carbonation and good lacing. Nice aroma of roasty malts and ripened fruits. Flavor is malty, light wood and bitter hops in the finish.
BigBeer45 (1326) - Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours dark amber, off-white bubbles that dissapated for the most part, sweet malt fragrance, little chocolate, candy, carmel, taste of dark roasted malt, vanilla, hop bite, alcohol on the tongue as it warms up.