madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3L bottle. Pours reddish brown with a thick, rocky light brown head. Aromas of raisins, caramel and of course some wood. Initial taste is interesting, almost a candy like sweetness, but quickly is overpowered by mostly malts and some hops. Lots of caramel, chocolate, cookie,vanilla, oak and pine. Bitter finish. Full mouthfeell. In this version the hops seem muted compared to the regular version. Still, not bad. I’ve got lots of drinking left.
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got in bottle from Bev Mo of of Tustin Ave in Orange. It was too cold as I pulled it from the fridge. So it was a cross between a double bastard and a regular arogant bastard. But as it came to room tempurature the oak came through nicely and the hopss went from big to huge. Cloudy as they say but does not affect anything except appearance rating. Great balance between caramel, hops and oak. Great beer
Oycpff (93) - USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 Got on tap at Richo’s. Amber body with tanish head. Great hoppy armoa and great carbonation. Finished smooth with light oak flavors
Ratman197 (11504) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask @ Falling Rock poured a cloudy copper with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of spice, malt, wood and yeast. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of wood, vanilla and malt with a drt, bitter finish.
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark amber with an off-white head. Nice hoppy aroma with some vanilla. Oak flavor with sweet malt and hops. Hops a bit more subdued than the regular arrogant bastard. Too much oak for my tastes.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at Papago, Scottsdale, Az
Every time I go to Papago I see that giant 3 liter sitting in the cooler. Well this time they had it on tap. Aroma of sweet malts, wood and mild alcohol. Amber color body with decent head that left a good amount of lacing. Flavor was malty sweet to begin with. It also had hints of wood like a beer from a barrel. On the finish an alcohol acidic citrus appeared out of nowhere. That was little harsh on palate but otherwise a smooth enjoyable brew.
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Southern Sun. The waiter said this one was acquired becasue management knew someone who knew someone...whatever. I was gald to come by at the right time. This was a whallop to the taste buds. At first I did not like it...tasted a little more sour than I thought it should have but after some more time on the palate it mellowed. I got the sense that this was aged in an oak barrel but the commercial deScription says it was aged with aok chips...big difference...it tasted like it may have been aged in a burbon oak barrel. There was some kind of additional taste that I could not pin down...I will have to try this one again.
hotstuff (4424) - Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Indy gathering. Large ivory head that was mostly lasting with fine, small and medium sized bubbles, fair lacing, transparent, no visible carbonation, and a red hue. Nose was malty, caramel, hoppy, and oak. Flavor was hoppy, sweet, slightly bitter, and somewhat acidic. Hoppy palate. Medium body.
Ernest (6834) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 12oz bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin), with a hint of wood. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Oak chips just can’t do much, and here they’re barely even noticeable (as was the case with a draft sample I had a few years ago). Very simple nose, somewhat abrasive in the mouth. Boring overall.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on-tap at BJ’s in Boulder. This was a beautiful-looking beer: clear, dark crimson-brown color with a large, creamy, mostly-lasting, tan-colored head. When the head faded back, it left a thick wall of lacing on the pint glass. A real knock-out! The aroma was subtle, but nice. There was a trace note of chocolate; moderate hoppy notes of grapefruit, hop flowers and resin/pine; light yeasty notes of cellar; and a moderately strong miscellaneous note of cherries that was even more pronounced in the retronastal aroma. I was surprised not to find a hint of oakiness or wood in the flavor at all. The flavor began with moderate bitterness and sweetness and faded into an extra-long, moderate-to-heavy bitter finish that held a moment of citrusy sourness/acidity that was kind of neat and unique. The palate fit the appearance completely. The body was medium-to-full with a velvety texture and soft carbonation. A nice beer, and I was glad to find a draught of it.