xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Sensual pine grapefruit resin, oranges, and lemon rind in the nose. Cloudy amber beer with short/partial tan sponge head. wood-vanilla flavors with sharp pine-cheddar grapefruits. bitter but rounded palate with a lasting finish. Very nice, maybe not the hugest improvement over AB but, still excellent and a nice contrast.
jtw (1148) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. pours the same as its un-aged brother, a caramel-amber with a little ring of head that doesn’t really diminish much. hops first, with dark malt behind and only a little bit of oak in the aroma. not too different from the regular, save for a tiny bit of woodiness in the finish. no elements of bourbon or merlot or alcohol or port or anything, just slightly more tannic than its brother. very good - i think i like it a little more than its brother.
Sregnar35 (1031) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing stuff. Poured dirty red with a great lasting head. Aroma is musty and sweet. Flavor is sour, tart, bitter, then sweet and tangy.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 12oz bottle released 6weeks ago. pours mahogany with fluffy head. looks tasty. aroma of PNW hops with malty backbone, smells sweet with vanilla and maple syrup aroma. flavor is very malty with loads of PNW hop flavor without being overly bitter. very subtle oak characteristic but does add a good amount of vanilla. balanced to perfection. the drinkability is very high and i believe you could drink this at all occasions. with food, as desert, mowing the lawn, a winter warmer, a first, middle, and/or last beer of the night. too me that’s rare.3.9
11/14/07. 12oz 2006 vintage, cellar aged 13 months.nice creamy head that lasted. nose has some nice vanilly and oak with citrus hop notes that are toned down a bit. flavor are vanilly, light oak, and subtle aged malt-tobacco notes. this isn’t any better, but it actually held up pretty nicely. i’ll try it again at 16months but i’ll be pretty shocked if it is still tasty at 24...3.6
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In bottle at various gatherings and on tap multiple times at Papago: Pours to a dark, opaque brown colored body with a medium tan colored head. The aroma is a bit toned down from the original Arrogant Bastard, however it still shows a nice blend of pine-scented hops alongside caramel, malt cola, and some aromatic oak wood. The taste shows plenty of oak, which blends nicely with the pine-like hops and sweet caramel, sweet malt flavors. Medium-full bodied, moderately carbonated, finishes with some lasting oak and hop notes.
Arayaga2 (1946) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange brown with medium tan head. Aroma is piney with just a hint of caramel. Taste is somewhat more bitter than I expected (I guess that’s the oak), and overall I am not as happy with this as its unoaked variant. $3.50/12oz
marcus (8001) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This reddish brown ale poured with a modest off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma is flowery and pleasant. The beer is heavily hopped, resulting in a crisp pine-like taste which is altogether pleasant. The oak aging has improved upon the original recipe.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2007 This was awesome ,dark red, nice hops and very smooth in the finish ,gald i stocked up for holidays .This was very good and better than original.CHEERS
alexanderj (3441) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear, dark auburn. Aroma was like the regular version. Aroma of mainly hops and pine; light oak component. Not too pronounced. Oak presence throughout the taste. Made it more complex and smoother. Liked it better than the original
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Coles Buffalo, NY. One my favorites to date, The oak seems to mellow it a tad. The color, aroma & flavor are what you would expect on this improved version of AB. Looking forward to the bottle version