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 I’ve 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 I’ll take this version any day. Well done!
shigadeyo (3296) - 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: I’ve nearly finished my bomber of the regular Arrogant Bastard, so now it’s 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 there’s also a really nice woody orange/fruit quality to it. The hops aren’t 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 wouldn’t have to buy a 3 L monster bottle!
12 oz bottle from Jungle Jim’s (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 isn’t made for aging...
vyvvy (4737) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled with Beerdrenched. Pours garnet wtih a beige head. The aroma has some cream, vanilla, hearty toasted malt, some sweentess and woody hops. Medium body with a good amount of soft carbonation. The taste starts with vanilla and woodiness along with a strong malt presence - very smooth and sweet. The finish is very woody from the oak and the hops used. Very nicely done variance on the original arrogant bastard.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2011 Wow, this is just gorgeous. 12 oz bottle received in trade with stoutlover72 (thanks!). Looks and pours like the regular - and superb - Bastard, but the subtle differences from the oak (and I mean subtle, not heavy and syrupy as one sometimes gets) really make this somewhat memorable. A touch less arrogant, but more complex.
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 12 oz bottle...floral aroma a little dishrag like...says J.S....like a towel that has been in the bathroom too long...i diddnt get all that but...it had a wonderful hop flavor ..and a brown color...oak is subtle little bit of vanilla on finish along with a sticky mouth...once again stone delivers!
MrBunn (2588) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Brown body with a thick tan head. A bit of a coppery/orange translucence to this around the edges. Aromas are caramel, peat, and maybe some pineapple/citrus hops. Texture is thick and a bit creamy. Sweet malt notes give way to a brisk hops presence and then the oak flavoring finishes things out very smoothly. I really like the way the oak smooths out the finish here. Probably a touch better balanced than the original, but sacrifices a bit of the hops bite.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, deep mahogany/cherry color (darker than the non-oaked Bastard), off white lasting head; very inviting. Similar super strong floral/piney/citrus hop aroma to the regular Bastard, slight oak aroma which is a nice addition. Oak taste is pretty masked by the mother-loads of delicious hops, though. 12-oz bottle. Pasadena, CA, USA.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared w/ TChrome. Clear dark copper color. Tan head. Fair amount of hop nose, some vanilla and sweetness. Slightly thick and smooth mouthdfeel, mildly carbonated. Nice hop flavor and bitter finish, like regular Arrogant Bastard, but sweet with a small amount of woodiness.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cherry red with medium off white head. Big hop aroma. Lots of citrus in the aroma and taste. Smooth and easy drinking. Not much oak presence. Good, but not quite up to my expectations.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/8/06: 12 oz. bottle.
Crimson brown body with a thick and creamy yellow-tan head. Lace covers and clings to glass. Fresh, XL hop aroma. Massive hop flavor – fir tree & citrus with a bitter finish. Sure, this is a great beer and quite tasty, but I feel ripped off… where is the wood?? This one reminds me more of Double Bastard. Other oak thoughts… A: The large hop flavor might be masking the oak chips B: Does size really matter?? Maybe the 12 oz. bottle is to concentrated to allow for the oak to appear. Perhaps I will cellar what is left of my 6 pack and re-rate in a year to see if the hops mellow out – allowing the oak to come through. I might also try the mama size bottle to see if size matters. Come on Stone… give a girl some wood ;) To be continued…