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 (5169) - 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 (534) - 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 Tchrome’s 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.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(3L bottle) Clear copper body with creamy beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, pine, light sourness. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some oak, pine, caramel. Medium body. Pretty similar to the regular AB.
jaymobrown (1607) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
FOBAB 2004: Nice floral, perfume, citrus nose. More soft malt, cookie, yeast flavors with hops at the end. Surprisingly dry. No real oak, wood flavors or textures here.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4472) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 I had been looking forward to trying this one since I first heard of it. Sampled on draft the beer poured a dark mahogany color with a small tan head. The aroma was hoppy and had definite wood elements. The mouthfeel was rather flat. There was the strong grapefruity hop flavor that one expects to find with an Arrogant Bastard, but it was somehow muted and diminished by the noted wood flavor. The finish was very bitter. In all an interesting beer but I would rather have the regular Arrogant Bastard.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 Well, theres an investment, but if there is one brewery I trust it would be those crazies at stone. Fortunately, its quite a nice payoff. The aroma is a strong sweet leafy strong ale bitterness with a hint of wood hiding behind them making it more enjoyable. The flavor is just heavenly. At first it you get a hint of oak, charcoal and hops. The aftertaste is where the smoothed qualities of the oak really carry this through.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@AzRealAlefest. Pleasant woody aroma, citrus notes are hidden then emerge at the end. Swarming with flavor, the hop notes, sweet, woody, pepper, lightly bitter, then finishes dry. Each sip is delightful. Would be very enjoyable with a cigar. A bigger bastard this is.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught; 2004 Festival of Barrel Aged Beers (Chicago):great head retention: tan & creamy on top of a clear, bronzed body with ruby highlights. Sharp pine (chlorophyll) aroma with a strong hop cone presence, amazing it could be so fresh after being in an oak barrel…the palate has subtle gestures of sweet vanilla beans and toasted malts with a striking bitterness coming through in the finish. Overall this one didn’t have the creaminess I would have expected from an oak aged beer, but did have a little more malt balance than the standard Bastard.