SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to daHammer for bringing this to the SE gathering at KP’s.
The oak adds an interesting twist to the Bastard, by mellowing out the coarseness that I find in fresh AB. This will be a real nice one to cellar I believe.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, I should just cut-and-paste my AB rating here and add oaky...but there is one discernable difference. The oak seems to have mellowed out the acidity a bit and I like that.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Woody and malty sweet w/ slight flowers on the nose and dark fermented fruit, wood, and a slight soury malty sweetness on the mouth. The beer poured a deep brownish / red w/ thin head and decent lasting lacing. The mouthfeel was creamy and well-rounded, full body.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wawood’s Winter Part-e. Slikwilly Who Unfortunatly Could Not Make it, Was Generous Enough to Send This in His Place...and it was Most Assuradly Intimidating to Look Upon. Dark Brown Coloring with Big Head. Oaky Notes Very Noticeable on The Nose and Tongue. Not Very Balanced and For Once, I Believe I Enjoyed the Original Over the Barrell Aged Version.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany with a foamy off white head. Strong and lasting head that it is. Great lacing. Hoppy and familiar, but I’m not really finding much oakiness in the nose. Wait a second, after it warms up a bit, it comes out. Now the flavors is where the oak makes itself known. Nice and smooth. Alcohol bite with a nice bitter tail. Great malty body with hints of oak throughout. Can’t beat it. Thanks Jordo!
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color with great head and excellent lacing. Very hoppy aroma. Flavor is not nearly as aggressive as the regular Arrogant Bastard. Wood flavor kicks in as it warms. Not as good as the regular AB, IMO.
Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
End of our baby shower at CAH, the diehards and I saunter up to the bar and say, "yeah, I’ll take that one." Slightly shocked looks from the bartender. Everyone in the immediate vicinity staring at the crazy people. It was a good moment. Poured a beautiful orange red color, vibrant head that lasted nicely. Big hop aroma, grapefruit faint, but solid earth and pine over a sweet backbone. Flavor matched, with the added touch of vanilla, courtesy of the oak. I found this to be a marked improvement over the original. Fantastic stuff that I wish came in a format I could buy more readily.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3 Liter bottle shared by goldtwins: Pours a dark copper mahogany brown with a frothy light tan head and thin lacing. Mildly hoppy with some light, dry oak and earthy malt in the aroma. Starts lightly caramely and malty sweet with some green hops and a very dry oaky finish. Sugary gritty mouthfeel throughout. Nice beer, but way to pricey. I wish they would’ve put this in bombers, especially with the O-ring problems goldtwins mentions.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crimson red with lots of creamy espresso like head with vicious chaotic lacing. Subued chinook and fruit pectin with some licorice notes in the nose. Flavor is lightly salty with vanilla from the oak chips. Finishes smoother and creamier than the regular AB. Good though!
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is something that I had been waiting to try for a while, so when I got some I was rather pleased, but when I finally tried it I felt a little let down. It has the same aroma as AB except with a touch of vanilla, it looks the same as AB, but it doesn’t taste as smooth or flavorful as AB. There is a slight hint of oak flavoring to it, but in my opinion, it doesn’t really add to the beer, but hinder it slightly. This is a great idea, but it doesn’t really work out too well. Stone should release the whiskey barrel doulbe bastard which is a far superior beer to this and an improvement on the outstanding double bastard beer. Which, when your doing a special release such as this, should be the case. I’m glad Stone is willing to do releases such as this, and I wish they would do more, but I feel that this isn’t an improvement on the original AB.