IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 <font size = "3">Side-by-Side Tasting vs. Arrogant Bastard Ale!
Appearance: Color and clarity of both beers identical. Oaked leaves a thick parallel lacing, unlike Arrogant. Winner: Oaked
Aroma: Malt character of Arrogant enhanced by a grass or wood character in Oaked. Different, not necessarily better or worse. Winner: Tie
Taste: Hops are mellower in Oaked. There is some wood character to Oaked as well. Oaked perhaps somewhat smoother. Winner: Oaked
Palate: Oaked is less carbonated than Arrogant. Feels a little thinner. Winner: Arrogant
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<font size = "3"> Overall Winner: Oaked</font>
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 On tap@Pizza Port Solana: Dark amber with tints of red. Head is small (bar pour) and beige. Aroma is lightly citrus and hops. Flavor is much like the regular bastard, kinda hoppy, but subdued by the woodiness and
a hint of vanilla. May have been better if not served so cold. I think itís CUTE!
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful translucent deep ruby color with a nice light beige head. The nose is lightly hoppy and citrus fruity with just a little maltiness to let you know itís lurking. Like most raters have said, this isnít a whole lot different than the non-oaked version, but the subtle diffs can be found. It doesnít have that big hop bite, and exhibits just a hint of earthy, oaky, woodiness. I like that. Lotsa hoppy bitterness in the end. I really enjoyed sharing this on New Years Eve. The very cool bottle was a nice plus. If nothing else, thereís a lot of folks here in Panama City who now have a genuine appreciation for Stone ales.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of The_Beer_God at the DC gathering. What a production job this is. 3 litre bottle, complete with padlock. I suppose it would have been preferable if Iíd tried the ordinary Arrogant Bastard first, but I havenít, so here goes. Now, I may be swimming against the tide here, but I found this an oddly disappointing beer. Perhaps my expectations, after all Iíd heard about it were just too high. Brownish ruby red colour. The aroma was wood, and the flavour was wood. Vanilla comes through. Thereís some hop and hint of malt trying to fight its way out of the forest, but its having an uphill struggle. Iím not saying itís a bad beer, but I think itís over-hyped and I just didnít think it meshed together convincingly. Oak plus beer is not always a combination made in heaven and needs to be handled carefully. Against Stoneís high standards, I didnít feel it was entirely successful.
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Toronado 12/31/04. A nice surprise to find on the wall of beer selections at the Toronado on NYE. I enjoyed two glasses ($3.75 each). A dark reddish brown color with a tan head. The oak aged element smoothed this sometimes harsh beer and left a mild wood flavor (less than expected). The finish was still strongly bitter with caramel and plenty of hops in the flavor. Some dark fruits and caramel were evident in the aroma.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3L Nov 2004 Release- Pretty damn good. Heavy vanilla and oak taste/aroma to it. Hop background is subdued by the vanilla. Pretty good.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap @ hollingshead(although it was mislabeled).the a.b.. had a ruby red appearance that looked beautiful in the california sunset.not much head to speak of,but what came up had a nice tan color.the flavor was really smooth and the barrel flavor came through tward the end.again i must say this was VERY SMOOTH and enjoyable.it was even better as it warmed up.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is quite hoppy, dark amber, pours a good sized off-white head. Flavour is of the west coast hops, didnít really notice much oak, full bodied, pleasant mouthfeel, bitter too. Avery good beer. The bottle it came in was hugely impressive, perhaps more so than the beer?
GregClow (2819) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
OK, I rated this out of the order that I actually tried stuff at the party so it could be my #600. Ruby-brown with a tan head. Big hop aroma, of course, but with a bit of wood and cocoa(?) lingering behind. Flavour is very similar to the regular variety, but seems to be a little mellower around the edges. [Toronto Christmas Party í04]
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours large crown, very ho-humm . Deep amber looking, light carbonation. Plenty of hopps around as well plenty of alcohol. Somewhere between you will get woody oak accent. Big, bold - sure. A bit to big and bold