Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright red body, with a foamy quickly vanishing head. Some very different aromas, including vanilla and prune/raisin tones. Very vinefruit taste, almost barleywine. Alcohol is barely noticable, which is nice. Seems a bit dryer than regular Arrogant Bastard. The oak is a nice touch, rather than dominating the flavor. Very nice.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bigass bottle courtesy of Brentfeesh at noog. Iíve had this beer three times now, and each time, it got better. The first time, somehow the rubber gasket on the top had infused the beer with rubber aroma and flavors. The second time was ok, but it was missing all the oaked characteristics. This time at the noog, it was most excellent. Aroma was all the great maltiness and citrus/floral hops of Arrogant, with some lighter fruits and vanilla and oak notes. Flavor is same, with the assertive malt and hop flavor, balanced well with vanilla and oak. The wood was a nice compliment, and not the overpowering primary flavor.
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks a lot Brentfeesh! Dark orange and red body. The aroma has vanilla, cherries and flowers. The taste starts with oak, tobacco and rich caramel. There are also notes of peanuts, and some dirt. This is very well done, the oak acts as an accent, not the dominant characteristic. I woudl love to try this one again.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
HUGE thanks to Brentfeesh for sharing this monster! Pours a hazy amber, small off white vanilla head, lots of spotty lacing. Aroma is floral, and slightly citurus, vanilla and wood. Flavor starts hoppy like regular bastard, but moves into a smooth oak/vanilla/ thing, finishing up with a balanced hop/malt flavor.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Iíve been eyeing this bottle for months! Really glad I got to share it with so many excellent ratebeerians. Poured a brick red color. Very clear. Had a big but quickly dissipating head (lightly frothy and off white). The aroma had sweet caramel malt, but lighter and more subdued than the standard arrogance. Some other fruit and spice in there as well. Creamy medium body, very enjoyable. The flavor was better than I could have ever expected! Malty sweetness with molasses hints. Light oakyness which was managed very well by the body and malt structure. Not over done in any way. I also noted some toffeeish flavors before I stopped note taking (so many beers, so little time). I walked around with a glass of this for about 1-2 hours. I enjoyed it the entire time. A great brew! Wish I had more.
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish copper, thin tan head. Aroma had smoke, caramel, vanilla, whiskey, and prune. All of these elements were in the taste, as well. Familiar Arrogant Bastard hop profile, too - pine and earthy resin. Nicely understated Oak flavor that differentiates from the regular AB. Nicely done.
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brownish/red color and hopped nicely. Good head and lacing. Excellent aroma of hops and spiced fruit and a heavy whiskey presence. Alot of malt flava. A slightly thicker syrupy texture. I loved it.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark red-brown color with a thick head. The oak and hops are noticable and it has a slight bitter aftertaste. Put it in a 22oz bottle and Iíd get it again. 3 liters is just too much for me.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2005 Caramel, crystal malts aroma, mild piney hoppiness. Smooth palate, creamy vanilla, light caramel and candy sugar, mild coffeish finish, intense citrussy bitterness. Very similar to Arrogant Bastard overall but more creamy and a sort of hazelnut dryness that I donít remember. Will try to rerate side by side.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the brewery. Pours and looks like the regular AB, dark reddish brown with a thick beigey head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is the first place I notice the difference, this is rich and malty with caramel and raisins, but the oak nose is prominent and the normally aggressive hop aromas are minimal - very nice. Flavor is also significantly less hoppy and noticibly oaky, again, lots of dark, fruity malts complimented by an oaky -tannic character that I normally associate with Chardonnay. The hops have taken on more of a floral taste with a bit of grapefruit showing up in the aftertaste along with a young oak astringency. Smooth, medium body and gentle carbonation. Very nice. Good thing I like it because Iíve got a full growler to go through this weekend.