jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Southern Sun. The waiter said this one was acquired becasue management knew someone who knew someone...whatever. I was gald to come by at the right time. This was a whallop to the taste buds. At first I did not like it...tasted a little more sour than I thought it should have but after some more time on the palate it mellowed. I got the sense that this was aged in an oak barrel but the commercial description says it was aged with aok chips...big difference...it tasted like it may have been aged in a burbon oak barrel. There was some kind of additional taste that I could not pin down...I will have to try this one again.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Indy gathering. Large ivory head that was mostly lasting with fine, small and medium sized bubbles, fair lacing, transparent, no visible carbonation, and a red hue. Nose was malty, caramel, hoppy, and oak. Flavor was hoppy, sweet, slightly bitter, and somewhat acidic. Hoppy palate. Medium body.
Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 12oz bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin), with a hint of wood. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Oak chips just canít do much, and here theyíre barely even noticeable (as was the case with a draft sample I had a few years ago). Very simple nose, somewhat abrasive in the mouth. Boring overall.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on-tap at BJís in Boulder. This was a beautiful-looking beer: clear, dark crimson-brown color with a large, creamy, mostly-lasting, tan-colored head. When the head faded back, it left a thick wall of lacing on the pint glass. A real knock-out! The aroma was subtle, but nice. There was a trace note of chocolate; moderate hoppy notes of grapefruit, hop flowers and resin/pine; light yeasty notes of cellar; and a moderately strong miscellaneous note of cherries that was even more pronounced in the retronastal aroma. I was surprised not to find a hint of oakiness or wood in the flavor at all. The flavor began with moderate bitterness and sweetness and faded into an extra-long, moderate-to-heavy bitter finish that held a moment of citrusy sourness/acidity that was kind of neat and unique. The palate fit the appearance completely. The body was medium-to-full with a velvety texture and soft carbonation. A nice beer, and I was glad to find a draught of it.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer entices the sense of smell with an explosion of scents including malt, hops, oak, and citrus fruit. The glass is filled with a dark mahogany solution that resides under a golden-copper colored head. This magnificent solution enters the mouth thick and heavy coating taste receptacles with the superbly mixed bitter-sweet concoction of hops, oak, barley, and citrus fruit. This beer ruined my taste buds for any of the other fine beers that were (and always are) brought to that Champaign-Urbana Club meeting that Wednesday night.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy shit! This was awesome! I had this on tap at the Horse Brass. This blew my mind. I love arrogant bastard, but then take everything great about it and then throw in intense smoky flavors of oak and vanilla, mellowing out the beer completely into an almost NW style barleywine, great stuff!
alobar (2508) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown ruby color with a tan head. Aroma of wood, caramel. Tastes of wood, caramel , malts, with somewhat of a hot edge. Thanks to Yeha í05.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
3 Qt. 5.4 Fl. oz. bottle: Oh yeah, after seeing this last year and still not finding a place that had this beer on tap within a 25 mile radius i decided to pick one up for Chistmas day to make sure i was merry all day long. Pous with a rigorous amount of khaki colored foam and a deep mahogany darker than i remember the original arrogant bastard being. Aroma is more tame and relaxed but still has its usual malt profile, although, i dont recognize any hops but instead some minor notes of spice and of course some wood.
The drink is sticky and smooth with a well balance of malt and hops found in the flavor. Malt flavor is still strong but now has wood attached to it. I find the wood changing the personality of this beer towards a much more mellow strong ale all around. As for the hops they become apparent but are so well hidden that i find it hard to say anything about them other than there a little tart and tangy in the fashion of grapefruit juice. Again an amazing texture that finishes clean but yet leaves behind a reminder of oak aftertaste.
thedm (4849) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Indy gathering 2005. I will forever have the image of Jeff Squire embracing that 3L bottle. We all but refused to give it up and almost singlehandedly drak the whole thing by himself! Way to go Jeff! This 2004 3L bottle poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized long lasting light tan bubbles that left behind an unnoted lacing. The body contained soft carbonation, was transparent and brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of hoppy caramel malts. Its mouth feel is initially tingly and crisp with a lingering tingly palate and a hoppy aftertaste. Its flavor contained hoppy notes and was very tasty. An excellent beer that I would buy again.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RLB YEHA 05. 3 liter bottle. For some reason I think I liked this better on tap at kennett than out of the bottle. But I only have notes on the bottle and not the tap so Ill go with what I have. Pours a bit cloudy nice amber with a good sticky beige head. Aroma is a bit oxidized, with a medium amount of oak and just slight hints of vanilla and a bit of smoke. Earthy flavor mixes with the caramel malts, but I think the hops have diminished significantly and left a bit more oxidized flavors. Body was a bit lifeless as I think some of the carbonation may have left as well. Overall this one just seemed more mellow than the tap version and significantly more mellow than a regular AB. Interesting overall though.