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…
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Phenomenal beer - oak is not overwhelming but definitely present. The bitterness of the regular arrogant bastard is somewhat masked in this version and the flavor is quite similar to the original. Superb balance.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice oak aroma and flavor. It doesn’t overpower the other aromas and flavors. Nice bitter hops and sweetness. Lasting flavor. Great.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pourse a rusty color with a decent amount of light tan head that settles. Aroma is oak, caramel, floral. Taste is subtle oak, malt, floral, grapefruit. Palate is medium, long lasting, oily and sticky. Great beer. This is, IMO, how things should be oaked. Should add complexity not overpower the beers natural qualities.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber, nice head, soapy lace. Caramel like aroma, hop resin thoughout. Medium-full boded, nice in mouth, fairly velvety, oak dryness makes its mark just enough to change the character from the regular AB. Drier, bitterness does not linger nearly as long as the original IMHO. A biit more overall integration of flavors.
shadey (2067) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 version, drank fresh. Deep dark red color with nice lacing of white cream. Aroma is rough rich hops and a wealth of malt. Very nice. Flavor of arrogant bastard with an oaky dry finish. Delicious if a bit raw.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours hazy dark brown with an average sized creamy light brown head. Aroma is heavily hoppy of grapefruis mainly. Flavor is lightly sweet and heavily bitter and finish the same with the added flavor of acid. Long finish. Light to medium bodied, oily and softly carbonated. Again as with most stone brews, gave me a headache after. Sour grapefruit is the dominate flavor and its hard to pick out any others, very one dimensional.. I did not notice any diffrence in the oaked vs the non oaked arrogant bastard. There is no hint of oak in this brew.
blankboy (7110) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Pours a lovely deep ruby-brown with an average size lasting off-white head. Aroma’s milder then expected, it starts with sweet malt and oak followed by alcohol and hops. Dry flavour of roasted malt, hops, oak and alcohol and a very bitter finish. Medium bodied. Not as great as I expected, it’s much more subtle then I thought it would be and though I prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard, this is still a damn fine beer.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
beautiful beer. clear dark amber with a great off white head. great lacing. aroma pine and wood. bitter grapefruit caramel flavor with hints oak. bitter pine grapefruit finish. medium body. sticky. nice very bitter.
ross (2134) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Bottle from Paul (blankboy) Thanks. Looks identical to AB upon pouring. Smell is hints of wood and hops. Taste is brutal and hoppy - this is definatley a fresh sample - with some notes of vanilla and oak that arent in the regular version. Not a bad beer, but I believe it begs the question: why tamper with something as good as Arrogant bastard?
updated. this gave me a pretty bad headache after finishing the glass. not pleasing at all to me. i was expecting much better..