Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - DEC 31, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep amber color, with a thick foamy tan colored head. Aromas are of overpowering oak, standard malts, and some yeast in the background.
I won’t go into the oaked beer debate, suffice it to say that it is not a historically accurate style whatsoever.
Ok to try, but they need to cut back on the oak. At least toast it first. Jeez.
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep red body with a very thin head leaving a light ring around the glass. Aroma is of vanilla and passion fruit. Very sweet. Taste is not as oakey strong as I thought. Well balanced. Finishes smooth.
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from a packy in the North End. Decent off-white head. Really great fruit/grape aroma-- a bit like a barleywine. Color is a murky brown. Flavor was really unexpected. The aroma made me expect a smooth flavor like a barleywine, but this is right in your face just like the original Arrogant Bastard. Huge hop flavor and bitterness. Like sticking a hop flower in your mouth and chewing. The hop aroma wasn’t really discernable when I was sniffing, but on that first sip it just hit me like being sprayed in the face with a perfume bottle. Flavor is definitely a bit "rounder" than original AB, malt is a bit more present. Slightly buttery aftertaste. Hard to tell if there’s more complexity here, though, because like AB senior, the hops are really the focus of this beer at the expense of other flavors.
mds (2208) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a thick, dark mahogany body with a persistent medium off-white head and sticky lace. I like how the aroma presents itself with caramel sweetness and spicy hops. The oak is actually gentle and done quite tastefully, as far at the aroma is concerned. Certainly tastes different than the original version, it’s more spicy and not as aggressively bitter. Toasty/burnt caramel malts and oak are evident to smooth out the body. I don’t think this is better than the original but I believe that it has it’s place in the lineup. Solid.
Purchased at Merchants Fine Wines in Dearborn, MI on December 28, 2006.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy, dark reddish-brown body with a very short-lived head. The aroma is mild - some malts and hops, but nothing complex, and hints of the woodiiness. The flavor is surprisingly dry, the oak comes out strongly, also complimented by some grassiness and a pleasant bitterness.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle a dark copper with a beige head. Aroma on this one was sweet caramel, malt, a bit of fruitness, and an alcohol aroma. Flavor was caramel malts a bit of floral hops and a alcohol warming all the way down.
Gethinbeer (2154) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cheers to Joe McPhee for this beer! I love the name and the attitude of this beer. Does it live up to its arrogance? Here goes. Sweet, caramel with fruit aroma. Cloudy in appearance with a muddy frothy head. Medium carb. Fruity beer with a syrup, strong hops. Leaves a sweetness. Strong ale.
demitriustown (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma is nicely hopped with a grapefruit aroma throughout. Pine needles yet I can’t really detect an overpowering oak aroma in this brew. Color is a copper/ amber color with a small tan head that leave quickly. This is where I detect more the the oak is in the flavor. Which also includes the well hopped brew and some light fruity notes. The oaked taste lingers on through the aftertaste and kind of sticks to the back of your throat. Overall, It’s a great brew, rich and complex. A wonderful sipper.
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice take on the arrogant bastard -- better? Not really. The obsession with oak-aging is a bit troubling for me; while a slight addition of wood aromas and taste can be nice, it often is used to mask something wrong underneath -- see barrique-aging in Californian wines; much like when I buy wine and wanting to taste WINE, when I buy beer, I want to taste BEER -- not wood.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance is murky brown with an off-white head. Aroma is wheat, caramel, hops, pine, wet wood. Flavor is very much the same with the "oaked" tones making itself known. Palate is a thick mouthfeel, with just a little bit of a bitter finish. The alcohol content is slightly noticeable but, hey, it only makes it better and balances out the whole scheme. Stone is once again impressing me. MERRY CHRISTMAS!