Nuffield (3542) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A big sample (like, more than a pint full) from TChromeís 3L bottle. It pours beautifully, a rich, red-brown color with a spectacular lacing, cascading, billowing head. The palate is smooth like a thin oil. With warmth and an aggressive swirl there was a nice freshness to the aroma, with a subdued hop citrus, winter fragrances, fruit, and caramel. The flavor is very mellow--like some IPAs but really restrained. I thought this was too its credit. Great malt balance, it all comes off as a very drinkable session beer. Which is perhaps the irony, because when you put this much effort and hype into a beer you sort of expect that youíre going to see new dimensions from the realm of beer. Instead, the reactions around our table inverted the normal pattern of love for Stone: the big hop-heads were disappointed because it doesnít "slap you around" (to quote their words) while those who arenít so enamored by the "massive hop" fetish (myself included) were really pleasantly surprised.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Andy (Landseer) comes through again. Brought that magnificent three liter chained and padlocked bottled to beer club. Quite a treat. It pours deep mahogany with reddish glints under a foamy tan head. The aroma is sweetness, citrus, subtle oak, vanilla, malty. In the mouth, it felt creamy and smooth, with a touch of mild carbonation. Rich and full. The flavor was sweet and malty and fresh and just a subtle oak note. This was an excellent beer. Thanks, Andy!!
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 Sampled at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA Ratebeer Gathering 11/20/04. I think The Beer God lugged this over. Pours mohogany with a light brown head. Aroma of oak and vanilla -pretty mellow. Taste is that of a much softer AB. Still hoppy and malty with notes of roasted malt, chocolate and some grapefruit/pine. Medium bodied soft mouthfeel. Overall it was good but it was like a subdued Arrogant Bastard.
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared among great beer geeks supplied by TChrome,
sweeter than the regular. oak is there in the finish. has a koolaid sweetness. lighter bitterness than i expected also. mellow is not a word i expected to use with this one, but compared to the non oak bastard it is mellower. light fruit aroma with a citrus balance. an interesting oily feel on the roof of my mouth from this. sweetness was surprising on this. It was a hell of a way to start a hell of an evening.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reddish mahogany, light tan head. Nose quite woody, a few hops, but mostly smells like sawdust. Flavor is certainly woody, but itís more pine than oak to my tongue. The wood more or less buries the hops and limits the malts, so what you wind up with is something that tastes like Arrogant Bastard that was stored in retsina barrels for a few months. Can someone please inform the brewers of the world that not everything on the planet gets better when stuck inside an oak barrel.?
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 3L 2004 bottle @ the gathering. Light rusty orange, dark yellow, with some light red hues swirling about. Mostly clear, small disipating off-white head. Musty, cedary, oaky, like being in a dry sauna. Light orange rind and orange blossom notes. Flavor is quite different than regular arrogant bastard. Itís smoother, less acidic and not as over-hopped as I remember. Not nearly as sweet and caramel malty either. Medium body, and a much lighter, softer and easier bastard than i expected. Light cookie dough flavors, some fruit. Relaxed and good. They even went easy on the oak flavoring, as itís hardly apparent.
August 2005 Draught at Redbones Quite similar to the bottle, it still remains an easier bastard than the straight up hops monster that is arrogant bastard. Though I really think thatís only because you throw the oak chips in to the mix. The oak is done very nicely, not overdone, just a light woodiness, only lightly dry, with a touch of chocolate or smoke almost. Deep hickory wood colored beer, peachy orange tints with a firm white head. Body is very thick, with light carbonation and a perfumey, lightly citrusy hops finish. Good stuff, though tough to drink too many pints. 2 were MORE than enough for one night.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3 ltr bottle - DC/MD/VA gathering. Reds and coppers, small off white head. Loads of complex aromas circulating with notes of pine, grapefruit, candied lemon, wood, vanilla, with a backdrop of light chocolate. Hops and sweet malt hit you up front, but it has a nice soft mellowness rounding it out. Balanced all the way to the last sip. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, dry woodsy finish. Dangerously drinkable...
egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
3 ltr... Poured a copper color with an off white head and spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, cherry fruitiness, and a mild hoppiness. Taste was the typical Ab grapefruit bitterness, with intense malt. Finished with vanilla and more hops. I enjoyed this more mellow version of AB.
smoosh (533) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - very pleasant aroma - mostly AB, but a bunch of the oak. Deep mahagony with a tan head. Flavor had the most difference from the standard AB. It was there to be sure, but also slightly hidden. The oak was at the front and added a dryness and greatly shortened the finish. Nice soft palate. This is a terrific beer, but even so I, like many others here, prefer the original.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
3L bottle at Tchromeís soiree. Sweet hoppy cantaloupe nose. Taste seems milder than the normal AB. Slightly sour on the front end, and bitter on the back end. Very, very mild.