alexanderj (3407) - 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 (6908) - 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
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a dark red with a big white head.
Big hops and citrus aroma and flavor.
Strong but not overpowering.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Right away you know you are drinking one seriously kick-ass beer. The aroma just blows you away. Much like regular AB, this beer has an intense, pungently hopped up aroma but the thing is thereís the oak that gives it some extra depth. If itís possible to improve on AB, this did it. Pour is a deep brown/burnt orange, clear with a big off-white head and excellent lacing. The oaked character on the taste, like the aroma, give is a much deeper flavor but it just makes it taste better, not overpowering it any way. It sort of smoothes out everything, making everything taste better. Great beer.
beerbill (3567) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. I enjoyed this with a roast beef dinner last night. Mmmmmmm. Poured a very deep reddish brown with a moderate light tan head that lasted through the entire glass. Pleasant aroma of caramel, floral notes, bourbon, and some oak. The same components create a very nice flavor, with the hops not over-powering. Quite good!
bhensonb (12440) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of flowery hop underlaid with pine hop. Or vice versa. I detect no yeast - probably because my nasal palate is hopped! Deep mahogany red color with a white head which collapses. Starts with an impression of sweetness, very smooth, and the hops are not at all overpowering. Very good mouthfeel, and very appropriate level of carbonation. The oak is almost spicy. The finish endures with oaky malt. Itís really quite interesting. Almost like a mild version of Anchorís Our Christmas Ale.
MattShizzle (562) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good. Nice strong flavor, definitely taste the oak. Dark and clear. Very rich. Enjoy slowly!
jeffgary99 (1) - Murrieta, California, USA - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I drink a fair amount of microbrew beer during my travels. I have yet to find one that I like more than this one. Iíve always been a fan of the regular bastard and this one is a step above. Very hoppy and the oak flavor is a nice addition. My only complaint is the $12.99 per six pack price tag.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its been far too long since Iíve had a regular bastard, so this is like re-discovering this family of brews for the first time. Nice looking dark reddish-copper color with piney/floral hops dominating and some woody hints barely noticeable. Taste is sweet, but less so than the original Bastard. Woody taste mixes nicely with strong, chewy hop taste. Very nice! If I have to choose 1, I gotta go with the original due to that sweet malty taste that is absolutely amazing - but Iíll take this version any day. Well done!
shigadeyo (3287) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2009
12/14/2006: Iíve nearly finished my bomber of the regular Arrogant Bastard, so now itís time to try the oaked version so that I can compare...
Not surprisingly, the Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale looks nearly identical to the regular version. I has the same deep reddish-copper color, fuffly large tan head, and nice lacing. The aroma is slightly different, better actually. The sweet maltiness is still there, but thereís also a really nice woody orange/fruit quality to it. The hops arenít quite as detectable in the aroma (must get mellowed out with the oaking). The flavor is also much like the non-oaked Arrogant, but more mellow and even smoother. Some vanilla/cream flavor as well as a delicate oak woodiness are also detecable in the flavor. The finish is a bit more dry, but still has a nice grapefruit-like flavor to it. The mouthfeel is much the same as well; full and a bit on the thicker side, but not too much. Over all, Oaked Arrogant is a less aggressive, more mellowed down version of the regular Arrogant Bastard with just a hint of oak in the aroma and flavor. The oaking takes away some the great hop bitterness, but the added complexity that it imparts in the aroma and flavor makes up the difference. This was another great Stone brew and thank you Stone for putting this in 12 oz bottles so that I wouldnít have to buy a 3 L monster bottle!
12 oz bottle from Jungle Jimís (the last 6-pack from their first shipment).
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7/01/2009: Wow, still going strong at nearly three years out. It still has plenty of carbonation and has really good mouthfeel (full-bodied and oh so smooth!). More and more of the sugary caramel maltiness is coming through and there is just the right about of pine hoppiness layered on top. There are hints of vanilla and dry, woody finish as well. Top off the gread aroma and flavor with a sophisticated amber brown color, a thick beige head and detailed lacing, and shimmering carbonation. Damn, what a fine beer! It is so impressive how well this beer has held up despite the fact that it really isnít made for aging...