Brentv (619) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bomber, pours red with a one-finger yellow head. Aroma and taste of caramel. Taste is in-your-face bitter caramel, some citrus with a gentle sweetness. I would expect to find some vanilla notes here from the oak, but they don’t really come through - perhaps because everything else is so big. Medium mouthfeel. Bitter finish.
ametras (1208) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Clear reddish copper with a foamy tan head. Flavors are toasted cereals, caramel, berries, resinous/piney hops, oak and vanilla with spicy and earthy notes. Harsh bitterness. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, sticky texture.
UXO (1341) - CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: clear medium amber with one finger of dense light tan head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel/toffee, pine, woody, citrus, tobacco, mild vanilla, hint of spicy rye. (9/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, strong bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish. (4/5)
Big oaky bastard with huge maltiness that is nevertheless just barely sufficient to balance the massive bitterness. Subtle, it ain’t, but man, it’s good. (17/20)
Savage_Night (403) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark amber red with a large khaki head. Head retention is great. Lacing is decent. AROMA: malty, caramel, lightly woody, brown sugar, herbs, floral, herbal hops, roasty, citrus, earthy funk, smoke, vanilla, light spice and slight molasses. TASTE: malty, caramel, lightly woody, hop spice, brown sugar, herbs, coriander, roasty, citrus, earthy funk, smoke, vanilla, light spice, boozy and slight molasses. AFTER TASTE: malty, hop spice, herbs and coriander with a light bitter mouth feel and lightly boozy finish.
DrNosha (1476) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz Flasche. Braun-rotes Bier mit schönem Schaum. Hopfebittere, Vanille und Eiche in der Nase. Sehr rundes schweres Bier. Lecker!
mrol (230) - - DEC 7, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ruby red in color. Large white head with nice lacing though out the glass. Big malt, and vanilla in the aroma. The flavor is the same with malt, oak, and vanilla
reebtogi (5460) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle pours amber in color with a 2 finger cream colored head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine with caramel, herbal and woody notes. Taste is a pine and herbal hop bitterness with a caramel malty sweetness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nicely crafted brew, which is a definite improvement over the original. More mellow and smoother.
Troupis (201) - - NOV 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
It's Arrogant Bastard with the edge taken off a bit. The oak is subtle but had an Arrogant Bastard before so could taste it but wonder if came first. I wish more oak on the aroma and palate though. I think I like it more than the original though.
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UncleKorm (1181) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear deep brown hue w/ a huge creamy beige head and sticky lacing. Mild malty aroma. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are fresh oak, peppery rye, piney hops, and caramel malts. Medium bodied and creamy mouthfeel.
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bnoel09 (571) - Elk Grove, California, USA - NOV 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the bomber into a shaker. Dark mahogany/copper color with a foamy tan head. Aroma is quite mild - there’s some sweet malty notes with a hint of vanilla and roast and just some general earthiness. Flavor has some bready malts but they are masked by the hop bitterness. Not really getting any of the typical vanilla notes from the oak. Somehow the softness that usually comes with oak aging doesn’t exist with this beer; instead the oak seems to accentuate the pineyness of the hops and give the beer a little more bite. Medium bodied with a long finish and mild astringency. If I were blind taste testing this I’d swear it was a different recipe with higher IBU’s but regardless it is superior to the traditional brew.