hayduke (3317) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Stone for bring a big bottle to Hops in Humboldt Micro-Brew Festival and for a few of us lucky folks. I had to stand in line for the the 3 PM serving of this, and it was worth it. I have to admit I had been beer tasing for three hours, so I was lucky to even find the line at this point The pour was dark amber with small head, but then I think they were being careful not to spill any of this special brew. Arrogant Bastard it was but with the oak flavor. I cannot say for sure it was a whole lot better, only different. Maybe a little less sweet and a bit dryer. A really fun ale and a worth big brother to its sibliing, and I sure wish we could get it up here behind the Redwood Curtain.
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this on tap recently and more distantly, out of the 3 liter bottle. Very good stuff. Light oak flavor that compliments the bastard well.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 Wow, had this a long time ago at El Gauchoís party. I didníy go back for more as I wasnít all that impressed. Clear amber brew with some oaken,vanilla tones. I prefer the non BA version as the flavor was more complex I think. It was a treat. The rich malts semed to be overwhelmed now.
Re-rate.6 pack from Kahns. Better flavor and I am much more impressed.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Oíbriens. Pours a burgundy tinged mahogany color with a finger of small bubbled, foamy beige head. Softer, more supple aroma than the regular Arrogant Bastard. Slightly musty, oaky aromas highlight the dark malt notes well. Interesting doughy gingerbread notes also waft from the glass, along with a floral clover hops dimension thats not as sharp or assertive in the regular version. Medium bodied, borderline creamy mouthfeel. The hops and oak start off at first, followed by a nice perfumy cinnimony Christmas spice, followed by another round of spicy citrus hops, and is finished by an even oaky dryness that rounds out the final smack. Unique and pleasing overall. The sharp in-your-face characters of the regular Arrogant bastard ale are more mellowed out and balanced by the nice oaky dryness in this version.
kramer (4856) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
3 L bottle, 2005 release. I finally had enough people in one place at one time to crack this puppy open. Pours a deep orangish tinted amber under a creamy and foamy two finger bone white head that left beautiful lacing. Aroma was well balanced between sweet malt and fairly sharp citric hoppiness. The oak seemed to be in the background but it was certainly distinct. The flavor is actually quite an improvement over the regular AB. The sticky cloying sweetness seems to be somewhat lower in this version, combine that with the drying oak tannins on the finish and it becomes much easier drinking than AB. The hops seemed a little bit diminished after the few months in the bottle versus when I had it fresh on tap at the Kennett Brewfest 2005, but mostly in the nose. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with moderate soft carbonation, and quite a bit dryer than the regular version. Overall, this is a really good beer, and like everybody else Iíd like to see it more available.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This had a good head.Color was a dark amber.Aroma was a biting pleasant type.The taste was more mellow than the regular Aragant Bastard Ale.I liked this much better.Had it on tap in the showroom.the NEW showroom.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 Re-Re-Rate. From a 2005 3 liter growler Beer 1 of Bartzillaís Death Metal Beer Tasting 2007. Provided by Lee, the original brewer of Arrogant bastard. Though this brew did not age in the best conditions from what I head it tasted really great and started the night on the right note.
Re-Rate. 12oz Bottle 2006 Release. Smell is hoppy and the oak can be sensed in the nose. Pours a cloudy Amber with a nice white head. The taste is rich and slightly bitter nicely mellowed by the oak, making it very drinkable and yummy. The flavor lingers and remains quite nice throughout. Definetly still good.
2005 3L Store bought Growler, purchased at Beverages and More in Mission Valley in San Diego. This is probably my favorite Stone release. The oak chips really add a lot of character to Arrogant Bastard, as well as mellowing its sometimes intimidating bitterness. I drank this bottle with friends soon after the release, and it tasted fantastic. If you have a chance to try this, donít miss out.
johnnypub (10) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got my 3L bottle filled at the new brewery on 7/29/06. Poured an amber brown with a fluffy tan head. Head sticks around for a good while. Aroma is nice and hoppy. Flavors were grassy hops and some pine and of coarse the smokiness from the oak. Some caramel malts balance out the flavor. The taste is smoother than regular A B. Palate was smooth and the alcohol isnít harsh at all. Im loving this glass right now.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 3 L Vintage Bottle. Thanks Joe. Deep reddish amber in color with a nice white head. Hoppy malty aroma. Vanilla, oak notes. Malty and very hoppy flavor. Piney earthy hops. Sweet. Caramel notes. Finish is bitter. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
notalush (4763) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Joeec5 for schleping this huge bottle to the NYRBG - I donít quite know what it is about this beer that is different from regular ABA - what I can say is that it is far drier, and the wood has really mellowed the sweetness, but other than that, itís pretty much the same - not that thatís bad, because ABA is freakiní awesome - so, hence, this beer is freakiní awesome, too!