Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
NJ, Pocono, Philly YEHA ’05 out of that ridiculously huge bottle. Nice caramel and woody aroma. Pour was dark amber foamy head. Matching the original AB it definitely is smoother and richer with the oaken characteristics. Very tasty.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
NJ, Pocono, Philly YEHa!’05. Clear, deep amber body with a foamy, off-white head. Aroma of mild oak, subdued and mellow woodsy hops and some interesting and unexpected whiskey qualities. Flavor is more refined and elegant and the palate seems smoother than the regular Arrogant Bastard and the harsh edges and cloying qualities seem to be smoothed out. A nice variation on an established theme.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Original score 8/4/7/4/16=3.9 (Bottle courtesy ’kevin’ Indy tasting 12/10/05) - 2004 - Aroma is oak and dark malts with floral hops. Pours dark brown with a big head and great lacing. Flavor is hoppy with oak and carmel malt. Palate is smooth and crisp. Not sure if it is the fact that it was a year old or the oak aging, but I liked this a lot better than the regular Bastard. Much smoother and less ’hot’ from the alcohol which was almost non-existent.
RE-rate 12oz - 2006 - Aroma is medicinal hops, alcohol, caramel malt and hazelnut. Flavor is chewy caramel and hops with subtle oak. Palate is tart and sticky. This version is not as impressive as I remember the 3L. It is certainly not worth what they are charging for a 6 pack!
jsquire (3691) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This big bottle ended up parked in front of me at the Indy Offline Tasting, and I had more than my fair share of it. I had it a year ago at the festival of barrel aged beers in Chicago, and my memory was of much sharper wood tones. This sample poured a clear mohagany with a frothy beige head. Lots of wood and raw grain in the nose. Flavors of burnt caramel sweetness with dark overripe fruitiness and lots a hops. Subtle oak treatment. Very nice beer.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Kevin for sharing this gem. Pours a thin red color with a tan head. Aroma of sweet hops and caramel hints. Agrressive hop flavor with a huge mouthfeel. The oak is very subtle in this brew. Despite the lack of oakiness, does have quite a bit different character than the Arrogant Bastard. Great Beer. Thanks again for the samples.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Kennet - poured a dark caramel color with a foamy white head, lots of caramel in the nose along with some grass and wood, overall a nice sweet aroma. Smooth crisp flavor matching the aroma, with the grassy hops having a softer character than one would have anticipated from the aroma. no hint of the abv at all from this superb brew.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 This was a 2004 bottling. Poured with a very thick, foamy head. It actually had peaks on it as I was drinking it, very cool. The only word I can describe it with was excellent. The hops had lost their bitterness, but were still there in a mellower intensity. The aroma had a very strong oak flavor to it when first poured, but it dissapeared after a while. This was just really worth the purchase, expensive yes, but I loved it.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 Pours with a frothy, amber-tan colored head that is a bit on the thin side. The beer is a hazy orange-amber color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a straight up amber color. The aroma is herbal and citrusy with notes of tangerine, orange, perhaps a bit of mint, lemon basil. The oak is really not all that noticeable in the nose at this point. There is some woodiness up front and it seems to be interacting in interesting ways with the hops, creating aromatics that I can’t quite put my finger on, but they are definitely not in the regular Arrogant Bastard.
The taste has a nice full mouth-feel to it an the hops are still quite raw and aggressive. Underneath this though is the oak; most notable as a tannic and astringent note in the finish. The beer is perhaps a bit too cold right now, but the flavors I can taste are orange, grapefruit, a sort of raw grassy herbal note, sweet caramel malt (which accentuates the citrus notes), menthol in the finish, and even a bit of tobacco.
The beer is quite tasty, but the oak is fairly subtle at this point. In the end this is a good thing, because if the oak was heavy handed it would really clash with the fresh, vibrant hoppiness that is characteristic of this beer. When paired with some Mexican food the Oak character really starts to become noticeable; it becomes much more woody with a pronounced buttery-oak type note in both the aroma and taste. But it still does not dominate the overall hoppy quality of this beer. This is a solid beer all around, and one which I enjoyed trying.
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JPDIPSO (4958) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
3L bottle ala BrockLander, I think I still owe you John. Shared at during the Badger @ Rainbow Warrior game. Served in a somewhat non traditional 3L weissbier glass. Lightly hazed light chestnut color with a full light beige head (looked somewhat like moguls). Full rich aromas that looking back at the regular ABA are quite different. This may have been slightly older, as I didn’t drink it right away as the bottle directs, but I don’t think the age hurt the brew, though a bit of the hops ma have subsided. An oak chest filled with dark fruits of figs cherries, and dates. Mild vanilla and dough as well as some dark malts and caramel seem to cover the fruit. Full mellow brew graces the lips. Has some real doppelbock qualities along with mild port. Finish seems to have a slightly harsh wood flavor. Still a most relaxing and enjoyable brew. Always great fun sharing a BIG glass of beer.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 Magnum. Finally broke down and bought one, and it was worth it. Pours light mahongany with a ring of foam as the head. The aroma is full of caramel, malt and oak. The taste is phenomenal. The oak tamed the previous Arrogant Bastard, making it seem deeper and mellowed in taste. The malt is sweeter and the hops are more flavorful, but without the bite. Its almost like a scotch finished in a sherry cask. I really hope this one finds a permanent place place in Stone’s lineup.
***Update. This has now come out in a 12-oz 6 pack.