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 (5844) - 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 (2765) - 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.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3L bought for 21$,someone priced that wrong! Usual AB appearance- deep cremson with a khaki head,that wonít go away. Leaves cobwebs on glass,as well. Aroma is dominated by oak,but yet still has the big maltiness in the regular Basard. The hops seemed to have aged out of the aroma,a bit. Thick,chewy mouthfeel. Stays with you a minute. The difference in taste is pretty much oak dominated where the regular AB is hop dominated. Finish does feature a noticeable hoppiness and is malty. Overall,I really enjoyed this I just wish I could have found somone to help me drink this that would have more than a glass.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper pour with a tan, foamy head. Lots of vanilla in the nose, with a little bit of maltiness underneath. Very smooth and soft compared to the regular Arrogant. Almost creamy texture. Hops emerge on the finish. Decent, but way overpriced/overpackaged.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown amber, with a foamy lingering head. Strong fruity and spicy hop aroma with a biscuity malt backing. Both of these are augmented by a subtle but rich woody scent. Full body, aggressive from nose to finish. Seemingly super chewy mouthfeel caves in before barelywine levels of chewiness are reached. Dryer than regular Arrogant Bastard with a woody characteristic to the mouthfeel. Spritely hop astringency matched with enough syrup malt character to keep everything assertive, but in check. Showcases the Stone yeast, which seem to posess a low enough attenuation to leave a certain unconverted fruity sweetness, despite the high gravity. Perhaps some byproduct esters of the yeast add to this effect, which is noticable in all of Stoneís beers. The oaky notes imparted to this beer are a refreshing addition to a tried and true. Maybe it is because I drink a lot of Arrogant Bastard, but the differences between AB and OAB really jump out at me, and are appreciated.