Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Ruby colour with a big beige head. The aroma is of wood, almost fruity, citric hop aroma and the taste is very dusty and dry, malty, floral hop and wood. Medium body with a light vanilla and wood finish.
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, not as "dark" as I expected. flavor or color. Sort of a burnt nutty flavor, with a strong citrus hop flavor. Lots of hops. Also does have a nice mellowness to it, a recognizabley oaked ale.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. subtule, really subtule(sp?). I remember the bastard as a hit you upside the head beer, and this was more of a laid back beer with a really nice hop flavor. Could be the oak, or just my palate actually getting used to the amount of stuff Stone puts in the beer. Tasty, but would probably not have again.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle: a dark amber with an orange head. Nose of hops and citrus. Taste of wood, malt and again more hops. I too prefer the origibal or the double bastard, but still good
Ungstrup (30705) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A dark amber beer with a dark orange head. The aroma is extremely hoppy which gives it strong notes of grapefruit, but it also has strong notes of alchol. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of caramel and grapefruit, and only hints of vanilla, leading to a dry bitter end. Nice - but to me the oak notes are too subdued.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. I preferred un-oaked AB ale. I’m not complaining, mind you, I just think the un-oaked had a better flavor and a better feel in the mouth. I searched for the oak flavor and aroma and was able to pick up on traces but never really got what I was looking (payed) for. Hey, its still Arrogant Bastard!
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Red/brown pour with a foamy tan head. Nose of malt and oak. Oak and hop taste. More hop than oak but still a good beer.
Cobra (1100) - - 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 (1737) - 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.