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 (1429) - 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.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy copper with a medium head. Aroma of grass and pine hops, brown sugar and oak. Taste is vanilla perfume, oak, caramel and citrus. Complex, but conflicting tastes. Medium body. Bitter finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Marcus. Dark amber/brown body with a medium sized, creamy off-white head. The aroma is dry, dusty oak almost piney, light spicey rye and caramel with a hint of citrus hops. The flavor is a bit jumbled and disorganized. Very dry oak, rye and grapefruit fight for control with some toffee sweetness in the backgournd watching the brawl. Medium body with hefty pressence in the mouth and a slightly bitter, dry end. ABV well hidden by Stone standards. I like the regular version quite a bit more than this.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark red/amber color with a nice off-white head on top that is lasting. Aroma is not quite as strong as the regular Arrogant Bastard. More of a vanilla, oak, and pine aroma. Flavor is similar to the aroma in that it is toned down from the regular version. More of a oak and vanilla flavor in the beer but not overbearing. The beer finishes with the same Arrogant Bastard taste profile with a nice malty sweetness. Hop bitterness is throughout also. While I prefer the other versions of the Arrogant Bastard to this one I still think this is a great beer.
duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like the original, except not as in-your-face. Soft, almost vanilla like body brings forward the oak flavor. Not sure I like this better than the original bastard, though it is an interesting and tasty beer!
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 Oz bottle from Kevin- Pours deep mahogony/with ruby hues, and is topped off with scads of beige lacy froth. Massive wood/oak aroma, dank forest and pine, floral dripping herbacous honey, roasted malts. Taste is over the top wood juice, which suits me fine. Pine and citric hops, lucious wet leafy greens, tannic concentrated hop buds. Spiced malty finish. It’s mostly about the hops n’ wood here. Very good. Thanks a lot Kevin!
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle: Love the label, some good reading on there. It’s funny ’cause it’s true. Pours dark orange, big fat beige head that left terrific lacing on the bottle. Aroma is nice and sweet, chocolate, caramel, apple cores, and flowers. Interesting! The taste is of grapefruit, caramel, floral hops, macadamia nuts, oak, and grass. Yeah, it sounds odd, but it tastes great. But, as they say in the Goatmeal Crisp ads.. you won’t like it..