Ron (3002) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz Bottle. Poured brownish with reddish hints and a pretty descent size brown head. Aroma was oaky grapefruit and some sweet caramel. Bite at the begining not end. It got more mellow and smooth as it warmed. Much different then reg. bastard. I celabrated Cowboys win over Tampa on Thanksgiving with this. Enjoyable.
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 One thing I canít ever get past is the unmitigated Arrogance! How dare they? How dare they invade our homes, surgically alter our taste buds, leave upper deckers in our toilets, take up the passing lane in their Lexus SUVs, be immensely more endowed than the average, bang Angelina Jolie, ask and receive seconds, thirds, fourths? How can they be so superior? How can they urinate with impunity upon and drive a monster truck over all that I hold dear? How can they be so lacking in finesse and grace? How can they overtake our collective beer-drinking consciousness, set the gold standard for all that is sought after in beerland, and profit obscenely from it all in the process -- all without a multizillion dollar ad campaign? Capitalist swine! ("This is Arrogant Bastard speaking...." "Who is Arrogant Bastard?") Have they no shame? Have they no mercy? Have they no respect? How can they tell us what constitutes good taste, and be so right? Thereís opinion, and then thereís the right opinion, and these grade-A pricks have the market cornered in the latter. They donít ask, they just take, and itís already theirs anyway. We shall relent!
Damn you, Bastard! Damn you to Hop Heaven!
LearninBeer (421) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is kinda pine\lemon citrus hoppy. The head is creamy, off white, excellant lacing and the head is mostly diminishing. The body is a hazy dark amber with a hint of red. The flavor is a moderate bitter and finishes that way. The body is medium, the texture is kinda creamy, the carbonation is soft and the finish is a slight astrigent. Overall a decent beer.
jb (2508) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, I didnít find much of a difference between this and the regular stuff. Great looking out of the bottle with a dark amber color, thick light tan head with great lacing and a nice tail coming out of the bottle. Pine and floral aroma. Mine had a bite right from the start that I didnít remember from regular. Some maltiness in the palate but I donít think it is as balanced. Odd.
TheEpeeist (3537) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Clear purple brown with a creamy tan head. Thin sheets of lace. Bananas, raspberry and sweet citrus are the lure. Wow! Where did all the malts go? Smoother than the un-oaked but loses the brash bite. Hint of orange buttercream to start then bready pith drying. Lingering bitterness leaving oak. Almost no carb, medium body.
Beaver (1456) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep murky red with a frothy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is caramel, fruits and raw hops with some woody vanilla.
The flavor is sweet caramel and melon with a strong harsh grassy (almost medicinal) bitter finish that lingers into the aftertaste. The bitterness mellows as it warms and becomes more vanilla oak. The mouthfeel is medium and kind of watery.
Overall, more one-sided and harsher bitterness than I remember the regular Arrogant Bastard.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a very unusual beer. Certainly the first hoppy oak aged Iíve had. Oak is not too strong because of just the oak chips, though. Aroma is earthy, musky grapefruit hops... not really too my liking. Couldíve done with more of the typical vanilla, a subtle flavor which I think is knocked out by the muskiness. Either that or the combination of oak and hops just doesnít go well together... kind of like toothpaste and orange juice. Flavor is lemony, slightly bitter, and sawdust. Kind of dry, odd, and rubbery, not offensive but not great. I was hoping for a lot more from this. Guess Iíll continue getting my oak fix elsewhere.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 12oz. bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with foamy tan head. Nose of grapefruit, pine, vanilla and hints of oak. Flavor follows with the vanilla and wood up front. Tastes like you poured AB down a piece of oak before. 3L in standby for another look.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a vinous, deep-reddish brown color with a great, cream colored head. Nose is really sweet smelling. Very hoppy, smells like it falls somewhere between an american barley wine and a west coast IPA, with some added spicyness. I couldnít smell the oak, but I can taste it. It fits in there really well... Hops, vanilla, oak, great bitterness at the end, but not hugely complex. A note of alcohol. A little flat on the palate (from the oak, I assume), and a little oily. I enjoyed this beer, and now that they sell it in six packs, itís availabilty is something I appreciate.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís been a while since Iíve had arrogant bastard. I was very pleased when I found they are packing sixers now. Las time I saw this beer it came in the magnum size and the price near 50 bones. On to the beer. All of the good ole characteristics of arrogant bastard plus a little extra complexity. The oak complements the beer nicely. Itís not too much oak, just a touch. You canít actually smell the oak in the aroma, but itís definitely there on the tongue. Beautiful.