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RATINGS: 2145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Arrogant Bastard Aged with oak chips.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2010 Pour is a deep, dark, opaque red-brown; head is full and creamy, canvas-colored with decent longevity and nice lacing. Nose is different from original but still nice; hops are more subdued with grapefruit still there as well as sweet caramel, oak, and vanilla, maybe some dark fruit and pine in the background. Flavor is not as balanced as AB, but nice; still rich caramel and citrus followed by vanilla, raisin, and oak with a nice bitterness coming from both the oak and the piney hops. Finishes with the medium high bitterness of pine and oak really taking over and really quite aggressively. Palate is still creamy and soft, silky even, but with a more than medium body. A nice offering from such a great base, AB, but it needs some maturity. Some aging gives some more density and allow the hops to mellow. Almost a year later I was much more impressed. The addition of oak is a great idea, adds more complexity and certainly a likable, but different approach to a unique beer. Much better with a year under its belt.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Not a huge Stone fan. I think AB is wonderful at about six months. This 2006 offering in 12 oz bottles might be controversial to beer snobs, but I like it. I don’t usually want to drink 22 oz of AB. And since I have no friends, I can’t share. This beer is too bitter, needs a bit of time to mellow. Nice melanoidin body, pure crystal malts and lots of them? Chinook harsh bitterness and aroma. Pine, grapefruite peel squirted in your face. Tongue coating pine tar finish. Like others have said, much nicer at cellar temp.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2006
12 oz bottle. Clear dark copper color with light brown head. Aroma and taste of hops and oak with a slight sweat taste. Bitter after taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2006
Lots of grapefruit to this one, oak less appearant than expected, but nice, subtle, actually more easy drinking than regular bastard, but I like both, I couldn’t replace bastard with this one, but on occasion it would be nice..good brew!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 Bottle. Deep browinish-red pour with a light yellowed tan head with a nice retention. Aroma of grapefruit, oak, caramel malt, a touch of vanilla...a reallyfresh, clean aroma for something that was aged...I was hoping for something a bit more pungent. The flavor comes through nicely though, with the grapefruit/pine and oak kinda of coupled together for a nice hoppy-woddiness with a small but present caramel malt backbone and a touch of vanilla. Farily creamy with that woody-bitter combo coming in midway and sticking through to the lingering finish. Overall it was neat to see what the oak did, which essentially ending up being a dry/bitter woodiness. Pretty good stuff, although I’m not a big fan of wood just adding the flavor of wood to a brew, it’s pretty good stuff and really improves as it warms. As far as this catch all style goes, this is my favorite of the bunch, I love the dry aspect it brings to this normally sweet brew. Hoppy, sweet, dry...gotta love it.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 25, 2007 Re-Rate. Pours dark brown/amber with a nice creamy tan head. Woody, vanilla, caramel, citrus, a hint of light coffee grounds, and dark fruit aromas. Flavor follows follows the aroma almost perfectly, but with a nice semi-sweet creamy undertone. Palate is creamy, woody, a little fruity, and has some nice easy bitterness. Complex, flavorful, and definitely worth trying.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
12oz bottle pours dark amber almost brown with a creamy tan head that stayed for a while and laced some. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, a touch of oak. Flavor is big caramel malts, grapefruit hops, some oak, a little pine, and a somewhat bitter finish. Interesting how the oak accents this fine brew. Medium body without much carbonation and a good smooth oily mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Brown [probably similar to the "regular arrogant bastard"] orangeish red highlights. Tan cream head, sticky lace down the sides. First sip too cold ... lots of flavors third sip some time later.. rich nuttyness some bittering around the tongue, but not usual hoppiness. A different flavor, somewhat like the different of regular AB but also the Oak perhaps? Rich, complex deep flavors. I got a bit of sticker shock, never paid that much for a six pack before, [12.46] but after reading the forums [and doing the math] It’s really not such a bad deal after all, and maybe it would be nice to have this and other richer stone offerings in 12 oz bottles.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
12 oz. bottle - Dark molasses color with a tint of red –head is tan , medium , small bubbles – nose of dark berries ( cherries ) , cinnamon , coffee grounds and orangey – taste of malts , gummy tar , spruce , hopps ( both bitter , and pine ) caramel , and some wood ( mostly cedar )- medium tart body – aftertaste is long earthy , malt and caramel

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2006
12oz Bottle. Brownish red with a nice creamy off white head. Excellent head retention. Malty caramel nose, along with some grapfruit. Flavor of toffee and caramel, complimented by a dry fruity bitterness. Hop profile is mellower than with the regular AB. Mouthfeel is nice, not sticky at all. The oak really shines in the bitter finish, which gives it some woody dryness. Very interesting twist to the regular bastard. Thank you Greg for putting this in 12 oz bottles. I can now afford to try this. Still like the regular Bastard better though.


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