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.
IndianaRed (2957) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a redish light brown with a light tan head. Aroma is of medium dark malts and plenty of bittering hops. Some alcohol as well. The flavor was as expected per its unoaked brother. I was actually surprised how subtle the "oaking" was. Not overdone, for sure as some can be. Long and strong bitter finish, but plenty of robust malts to make this big all around.
IrishBoy (3960) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle; Nose of citrus hops and oak; dark rusty color with a thick, long-lasting, glass-lacing beige head; flavor is citrusy hopiness with small oak accents in itís medium body, that fade into a bitter hop finish.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy copperish color with a decent tan head. The aroma is grapefrui, oak, and pine. The flavor has an intense hoppishness with grapefruit and a bit of caramel malt. The oak is almost lost in the bitterness and the finish is intense and lingers upon the palate.
3fourths (8638) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Bottle. Dark burgundy brown colored body. Weak nose of some cedar, oak and some tobacco/bourbon notes. Smells and tastes similar to a scotch ale, though on the back of the tongue thereís some habanero flavors, and itís very dry. Interesting, and I would say unique since itís difficult to find a beer that tastes exactly like this one. Not sure if Iím the only one who gets the habanero notes, or if itís even in there at all, but I really like it.
OldMrCrow (2177) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 Draft.
This was one of the fortuitous beer hunting events that make the whole thing worthwhile. 10:30 PM in some suburb East of LA. Iíve just arrived, I havenít had dinner, and everything, hotel restaurant included, seems to be is closed. The taps are broken at the hotel bar, and I can have my choice of Bud or MGD in a bottle. I decide to take a walk instead; everything really is closed. After walking a mile or so, I come the one place open in town -- a little hole-in-the-wall bar with a rather collegiate crowd. But I go in, and theyíre serving food (heck, Iíd take a plate of nachos at this point) and I see that not only do they have fish tacos, theyíve got arrogant bastard on tap. So I order a glass, and the bartender apologizes:
"Sorry, all weíve got is Oaked Bastard. Would that be ok?"
"Are you f*$%ing kidding me? Thatís great!"
So, the beer. It pours a dark orange-brown with a lovely head, modest in size but high density and robust. Wonderful. I canít wait to try it. The aroma is gently citric hops, very slight woody tones, some spice. The flavor is lovely. Itís not nearly as bitterly hoppy as the regular bastard, but instead has this lovely spicy woodiness that brings out both the hops and the oak chips in good but not overstated measure. Itís ironic that the bastard -- self proclaimed over-the-top brew -- is so relatively refined in this form. Itís not a subtle beer, but nor is it a hop bomb, or an oak bomb. Instead, itís complex and well balanced, bringing in chewy, substantial malts to round out the other flavors. The mouthfeel is superb, creamy and full but not the least bit sticky or cloying.
Iím very impressed here, and all the more so for having found this beer after resigning myself to a bud or similar.
A month later and the 12oz bottles have hit Washington state. I bought a couple of sixpacks, but was prepared to be disappointed. Not likely that it would be half as good from the bottle on a regular night in my house as on tap after the search described above.
Wrong. The beer is excellent. Great stuff.
Fall 2006 bottle tasted Jan 2008
Just for an experiment, I though Iíd age a couple of these and see what happens. The result? More or less what a pessimist would expect. The lovely hop bite is gone; in its place, oxidation. A watery, kind of thin beer, buoyed by the oak but not really anything special enough to pull beyond about a 3.5. Better fresh; good to know it.
Fall 2006 tasted 2013 OK, this was just silly but the bottle has been sitting around in my closet so I gave it to my wife to use for a soup. Lots of spray-on oak, more residual hop power than I would have guessed, not completely horrible.
jake65 (2901) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Dark amber/orange color - almost reddish with a thick tan head and great lacing. Aroma is primarily hops, citrus and some sweet malt backer. The taste is packed with hops, hops, and more hops. Nice citrus and floral hops dominate with some sweet malt and a bit of raison flavor. An excellent beer!!
AlabastorJones (812) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz ottle and rating #500 (no big deal), thin yellow lightly laced head, copper/ruby body, sweet spicey brown sugar nose, woody (duh), raisins, wine, hops don;t stand out at all like they do in the standard bastard, a complicated ale indeed, wow #500 eh? Itís been an adventure.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer.Aroma was very woody.The oak really stands out.Pours a dark amber with a medium tan head.Flavor was very strong oak with a malty backbone.Medium bodied with a definate wood finish.This will only get better with age.