MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gratitude for the lofty head and caramel malt aptitudes. Stark resinous hop buds mark the berry fruitiness.
An upbeat hopbeat pulses away its citrusy fervor and earthy flavors and bitterness. Caramel and roasted malts are subdued in their apport, battling with both massive hops and agressive carbonation. Maybe too hop verbose for most, bordering on overdose, but me likey when I feel uppity. ;)
Increased water pressure in the shower sure wakes you up.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy beautiful orange-copper pour that displays a huge dark beige head. Balanced and complex americanized hop-malt monster surprises with powdered cocoa notes amidst the bready and thick malts, fully letting the way to the heavily earthy, rooty, soily hops bearing a bite of citrus. Mango fruitiness, well contained oak and pepper peak through, but it fails to really impress due to a pronounced astringency and more acidity than Iíd like. Dry medium body, powdery texture, not too bitter, quite alcoholic.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Kennett Square Brew Fest (connoisseur session). Poured a darker amber color with an averaged off white head. Woody aroma with light vanilla. I found the woodiness to really come out in the flavor (a lot stronger vs. the aroma). Malts in hops in there as well. Lighlty sweet.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Brouwerís Cafe: Dark copper, moderate light beige head, foamy, fairly nice lacing, moderate carbonation.   Woody nose, however subtle, slightly plasticy.   Hearty hop bite on first sip, lingers long, oaken flavor is noticable but seems somewhat artificial.   Very slight vanilla on the exit.   I think this would have been much better had it been in a bourbon barrel.   Fairly nice body, mouthfeel is moderate.   Lingering warmth from this one, seems stronger than 7.2%.   I still prefer the regular moreso than this one.   I wonder if the bottle is any different.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Poured dark amber with a nice white hed. More cloudy then regular Arrogant Bastard, Then only difference was the vanilla flavor. Also this was a bit smoother. I give this a very slight edge.
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Jeroboam. Pours dark with a thick head. A little bit of hops in the aroma. Tastes hoppy, malty. Smooth drinking. A little agressive for my tastes.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Concordia Ale House Portland, OR: Deep red-brown color. Fruity pear aroma with some earthy notes. Toasty and a litte dry, alot of the regular arrogant bastard flavors. I ddinít detect much change from the oak agin, but its still a solid beer.
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is good. I donít like it quite as much as regular arrogant bastard, but itís good. I think the aging process made it a bit too malty, and the beer has lost itís agressive edge. Iím not a hop-head, but this was a little funky malty and cloying. Nevertheless, tis a good beer. All Stone beers are outstanding. This brew tastes a bit more like a belgian dubbel, with bit more hops. It is darker and less red that regular AB, but the carb./head are similar. This beer is smooth, and the oak is somewhat apparent in the flavour, and itís all quite well rounded and malty, with dark fruit, and still a bit of citrusy pine like reg. AB. Itís a nice beer, but not quite as remarkable as the reg. AB. One can find better, more complex, tastier belgians, which is what this beer kinda tastes like.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve had this on tap at liars club and outta the huge ass bottle at a farm drinkin party last february. I dug it more than arrogant bastard so in addition to my rating of the regular this one just has a deep maltier vibe to it, the oak really thickens it up and strengthens it.
beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on Tap at 2005 OBF. Dark brown color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is hops, malts and a touch of oak. AB with an Oak tudeÖ Big bold and bitter, than add some oak tannins. Serious bitterness in this one, lots of malts, lots of hops, touch of oak and smoke. Yet seems to be smoother in taste than the regular AB. All that malt hop and oak assault and its still a smooth beer. AmazingÖ Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, yet there is a touch of sweetness in the mix.