beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on Tap at 2005 OBF. Dark brown color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is hops, malts and a touch of oak. AB with an Oak tude… Big bold and bitter, than add some oak tannins. Serious bitterness in this one, lots of malts, lots of hops, touch of oak and smoke. Yet seems to be smoother in taste than the regular AB. All that malt hop and oak assault and its still a smooth beer. Amazing… Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, yet there is a touch of sweetness in the mix.
jackamackson (127) - USA - AUG 6, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
had this at a fest. dark red pour, tan head. aroma is woody, lots of hops, nutty/caramel. flavor is a good caramel malt underside with oak note with a strong hop presence, especially in the finish. full mouthfeel. regular AB is one of my go-to beers, and this just adds to it a little. if only it was available in small bottles.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright red body, with a foamy quickly vanishing head. Some very different aromas, including vanilla and prune/raisin tones. Very vinefruit taste, almost barleywine. Alcohol is barely noticable, which is nice. Seems a bit dryer than regular Arrogant Bastard. The oak is a nice touch, rather than dominating the flavor. Very nice.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bigass bottle courtesy of Brentfeesh at noog. I’ve had this beer three times now, and each time, it got better. The first time, somehow the rubber gasket on the top had infused the beer with rubber aroma and flavors. The second time was ok, but it was missing all the oaked characteristics. This time at the noog, it was most excellent. Aroma was all the great maltiness and citrus/floral hops of Arrogant, with some lighter fruits and vanilla and oak notes. Flavor is same, with the assertive malt and hop flavor, balanced well with vanilla and oak. The wood was a nice compliment, and not the overpowering primary flavor.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks a lot Brentfeesh! Dark orange and red body. The aroma has vanilla, cherries and flowers. The taste starts with oak, tobacco and rich caramel. There are also notes of peanuts, and some dirt. This is very well done, the oak acts as an accent, not the dominant characteristic. I woudl love to try this one again.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
HUGE thanks to Brentfeesh for sharing this monster! Pours a hazy amber, small off white vanilla head, lots of spotty lacing. Aroma is floral, and slightly citurus, vanilla and wood. Flavor starts hoppy like regular bastard, but moves into a smooth oak/vanilla/ thing, finishing up with a balanced hop/malt flavor.
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 I’ve been eyeing this bottle for months! Really glad I got to share it with so many excellent ratebeerians. Poured a brick red color. Very clear. Had a big but quickly dissipating head (lightly frothy and off white). The aroma had sweet caramel malt, but lighter and more subdued than the standard arrogance. Some other fruit and spice in there as well. Creamy medium body, very enjoyable. The flavor was better than I could have ever expected! Malty sweetness with molasses hints. Light oakyness which was managed very well by the body and malt structure. Not over done in any way. I also noted some toffeeish flavors before I stopped note taking (so many beers, so little time). I walked around with a glass of this for about 1-2 hours. I enjoyed it the entire time. A great brew! Wish I had more.
Suttree (4733) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish copper, thin tan head. Aroma had smoke, caramel, vanilla, whiskey, and prune. All of these elements were in the taste, as well. Familiar Arrogant Bastard hop profile, too - pine and earthy resin. Nicely understated Oak flavor that differentiates from the regular AB. Nicely done.
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brownish/red color and hopped nicely. Good head and lacing. Excellent aroma of hops and spiced fruit and a heavy whiskey presence. Alot of malt flava. A slightly thicker syrupy texture. I loved it.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark red-brown color with a thick head. The oak and hops are noticable and it has a slight bitter aftertaste. Put it in a 22oz bottle and I’d get it again. 3 liters is just too much for me.