blankboy (5948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Pours a lovely deep ruby-brown with an average size lasting off-white head. Aroma’s milder then expected, it starts with sweet malt and oak followed by alcohol and hops. Dry flavour of roasted malt, hops, oak and alcohol and a very bitter finish. Medium bodied. Not as great as I expected, it’s much more subtle then I thought it would be and though I prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard, this is still a damn fine beer.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
beautiful beer. clear dark amber with a great off white head. great lacing. aroma pine and wood. bitter grapefruit caramel flavor with hints oak. bitter pine grapefruit finish. medium body. sticky. nice very bitter.
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Bottle from Paul (blankboy) Thanks. Looks identical to AB upon pouring. Smell is hints of wood and hops. Taste is brutal and hoppy - this is definatley a fresh sample - with some notes of vanilla and oak that arent in the regular version. Not a bad beer, but I believe it begs the question: why tamper with something as good as Arrogant bastard?
updated. this gave me a pretty bad headache after finishing the glass. not pleasing at all to me. i was expecting much better..
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
All the beauty of AB, but with some additional aromas and flavor zingies. Sweet wood, soft whiskey and chewy bark complete the beer. Compared to other oaked beers, this one is rather woody, which I liked. Sweet whiskey is also rather evident throughout. Tasty stuff.
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep copper/amber. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, brown sugar, and some fruit. Flavors are hops...grapefruit and pine. Also some vanilla and malt. Hop flavors overpower this a bit.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby brown pour with a small dense tan head. Mellow grapefruit and vanilla aroma with hints of dark fruit. Malty vanilla and oak flavor up front, slighty nutty flavor in the middle, little bit of honey, leading to a dry and bitter finish. Medium body.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a caramel amber color w/ a medium semi creamy froth that recedes to a dusty canopy with scattered lacing. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit citrus rind, and grahm crackers. Medium to full nectar w/ ample residual effers. Flavor profile mimics it’s unoaked version w/ just a few small differences. This version is less fruity and has a distinct grahm craker flavor on the finish. In one way it lacks the flavor depth and is a bit more astringent. It’s still big on grapefruit rind and malty. Flavors are strong.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appears a near transparent auburn toned amber with a fluffy, ivory head that slowly fades into a desne, soapy cap. Tons of hearty, scattered lace sticks around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, flowers, mild grapefruit, pineapple, light vanilla, earthy spiciness, and gentle oak tannins that may have been missed had I not known oak chips were added to the mix. Aromas were lighter than anticipated.
Taste is spicy, sweet caramel, overly bitter of grapefruit along with gentle woody tannin flavor.
Mouthfeel is astringent, bitter, medium bodied, sweet, with the balance being out of wack and very little evidence of the American Oak.
Drinkability...I’m not believing the hype with this one. This may be one of the most over-rated beers I’ve seen on this site IMHO. I’m just not feeling it..."I’m not worthy."
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Never much understood these "oaked" beers. I never thought I could taste it. This one actually has some nice vanilla undertones and a resiny lingering bitterness. It might be because this is a brand new bottle but this one is a hoppy arrogant bastard that has some supplementary flavors that mask the usual sugary maltiness of stone beers.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: Deep amber w/a lasting dark cream colored head. Smooth aroma all around. Oddly enough, some fresh, resiny herba/pineyl hop aroma, mild vanilla and oaky wood aromas. Caramel malt follows, but vanilla & piney hop aromas get stronger as it warms. Mild toasted & bready malts as it warms further. Flavor is balance well overall w/a hint of bitterness. Also very smooth. Lighty woody oak flavor throughout, hints of vanilla; Toasty malt, and herbal hop flavor into the semi dry hop flavored finish. Aftertaste is a bit muddled with a bit of hops and woody oak. Low level of CO2, smooth body, well hidden alc. fuller medium body. It’s AB that’s had the rough edges smoothed out by the wood, as long as you like oak character. The hops share center stage w/ the oak and the malts play second fiddle. Not an earth shattering beer, but worth a second look!