UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - OCT 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
ABA is one of my favorite ales ever. I actually enjoy the oaked version more. To me, the flavors of the original were not necessarily less in this version, but they were bridged nicely with the presence of the oak. Thank goodness I live close enough to get refills.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 06. Basically the same as the regular version, with a decent amount of oak character and a little bit less on the hops, probably from aging. I think I may have liked this version more than the original.
fordest (2073) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3L bottle. Huge head, and since I couldnt tilt my glass while holding this monster bottle with two hands, I was stuck with huge amounts of foam. But the beer grew nicely and was really great looking. Hops on the aroma, and wood in the flavor. Similar to AB, but still different.
ChazMania (659) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Stuffed Sandwich. Wow, this was a liquid meal in a glass! Fantasticaly balanced, full rich and chewy. Not overly hoped nor burnt. I wish I could have a keg of this at home! (then again, i’d be wasted too much). Keep loving the Stone Beers.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap poured deep reddish/brown in color with a nice sized tan head and good lacing. Aromas of oak right off the bat with some toasted caramel malts and a touch of hops. The taste was a shock compared to the regular bastard. Extremely smooth with little bitterness and a nice oak flavor that mellows the beer out. No big grapefruit flavors like in the regular version. Overall a great oaked beer that I would definitely have more of.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’brians, San Diego. Pours dark brown in colour with almost no head. Roasted and malty. Nice hoppy bitterness. Notes of oak and caramel.
hayduke (3778) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Stone for bring a big bottle to Hops in Humboldt Micro-Brew Festival and for a few of us lucky folks. I had to stand in line for the the 3 PM serving of this, and it was worth it. I have to admit I had been beer tasing for three hours, so I was lucky to even find the line at this point The pour was dark amber with small head, but then I think they were being careful not to spill any of this special brew. Arrogant Bastard it was but with the oak flavor. I cannot say for sure it was a whole lot better, only different. Maybe a little less sweet and a bit dryer. A really fun ale and a worth big brother to its sibliing, and I sure wish we could get it up here behind the Redwood Curtain.
Bartzilla (574) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this on tap recently and more distantly, out of the 3 liter bottle. Very good stuff. Light oak flavor that compliments the bastard well.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 Wow, had this a long time ago at El Gaucho’s party. I didn’y go back for more as I wasn’t all that impressed. Clear amber brew with some oaken,vanilla tones. I prefer the non BA version as the flavor was more complex I think. It was a treat. The rich malts semed to be overwhelmed now.
Re-rate.6 pack from Kahns. Better flavor and I am much more impressed.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’briens. Pours a burgundy tinged mahogany color with a finger of small bubbled, foamy beige head. Softer, more supple aroma than the regular Arrogant Bastard. Slightly musty, oaky aromas highlight the dark malt notes well. Interesting doughy gingerbread notes also waft from the glass, along with a floral clover hops dimension thats not as sharp or assertive in the regular version. Medium bodied, borderline creamy mouthfeel. The hops and oak start off at first, followed by a nice perfumy cinnimony Christmas spice, followed by another round of spicy citrus hops, and is finished by an even oaky dryness that rounds out the final smack. Unique and pleasing overall. The sharp in-your-face characters of the regular Arrogant bastard ale are more mellowed out and balanced by the nice oaky dryness in this version.