Jayb0 (1084) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Too cold will make this beer too harsh. You have to let it warm up significantly but then you get the the satisfying oak characteristics of vanilla, caramel, and perhaps a bit of smokiness. Maybe a bit too woody but the beer holds up well to the significant wood treatment.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been holding on to this big bottle for a few months now - itís sometimes hard to get friends together, especially since thereís kids and holidays involved. The "precious" as we had come to call it, sat in my garage until 1/15/05. We tried to hire trumpeters to announce itís arrival to the tasting session, but trumpeters are hard to find. As I opened the swingtop, I was shot right in the eye with a spray of the bastard. Looked fantastic - that deep red/brown/copper somewhat clear but deep looking body, topped with a generous brownish tan head - great sticky clumps of lacing. This seemed very similar to the regular bastard - thick smooth malty body , some smoke, all sorts of aggressive hops - piney, citurus, etc. The biggest difference I noticed was the super oaky wood in the finish - it starts paired up with the hops and then it just kind of takes over and provides a long lasting aftertaste. Very enjoyable, and especially when you share it with friends like Chris, Jeff, John and Mike.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
on draft freakn frog las vegas: caramel ruby color, slight haziness , little tan chunky head that laced. nose of herbal hops and vanilla. nice hop full flavor on the filiform...crisp. not much of a earth or wood flavor that i expected. very smooth and full bodied. a highly drinkable beer and delicious.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful clear ruby color with a large beige head. Strong grapefruit, malt and ash aroma. Strong malt, grapefruit hops, caramel and oak flavors. Much more mellow than the original. Nice creamy, mellow feel with a dry hhoppy finish. I really like this!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, dark reddish brown color with a large frothy tan head. The aroma was oaky for sure...some grapefruit , pine, and caramel. The flavor was not quite as tangy as the original Arrogant Bastard...caramel, grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of oak. The feel was quite smooth...not as crisp as the original...semi-weet finish.
Big-ass 3 liter bottle shared with flutetokill and Odeed.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 <font size = "3">Side-by-Side Tasting vs. Arrogant Bastard Ale!
Appearance: Color and clarity of both beers identical. Oaked leaves a thick parallel lacing, unlike Arrogant. Winner: Oaked
Aroma: Malt character of Arrogant enhanced by a grass or wood character in Oaked. Different, not necessarily better or worse. Winner: Tie
Taste: Hops are mellower in Oaked. There is some wood character to Oaked as well. Oaked perhaps somewhat smoother. Winner: Oaked
Palate: Oaked is less carbonated than Arrogant. Feels a little thinner. Winner: Arrogant
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<font size = "3"> Overall Winner: Oaked</font>
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 On tap@Pizza Port Solana: Dark amber with tints of red. Head is small (bar pour) and beige. Aroma is lightly citrus and hops. Flavor is much like the regular bastard, kinda hoppy, but subdued by the woodiness and
a hint of vanilla. May have been better if not served so cold. I think itís CUTE!
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful translucent deep ruby color with a nice light beige head. The nose is lightly hoppy and citrus fruity with just a little maltiness to let you know itís lurking. Like most raters have said, this isnít a whole lot different than the non-oaked version, but the subtle diffs can be found. It doesnít have that big hop bite, and exhibits just a hint of earthy, oaky, woodiness. I like that. Lotsa hoppy bitterness in the end. I really enjoyed sharing this on New Years Eve. The very cool bottle was a nice plus. If nothing else, thereís a lot of folks here in Panama City who now have a genuine appreciation for Stone ales.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of The_Beer_God at the DC gathering. What a production job this is. 3 litre bottle, complete with padlock. I suppose it would have been preferable if Iíd tried the ordinary Arrogant Bastard first, but I havenít, so here goes. Now, I may be swimming against the tide here, but I found this an oddly disappointing beer. Perhaps my expectations, after all Iíd heard about it were just too high. Brownish ruby red colour. The aroma was wood, and the flavour was wood. Vanilla comes through. Thereís some hop and hint of malt trying to fight its way out of the forest, but its having an uphill struggle. Iím not saying itís a bad beer, but I think itís over-hyped and I just didnít think it meshed together convincingly. Oak plus beer is not always a combination made in heaven and needs to be handled carefully. Against Stoneís high standards, I didnít feel it was entirely successful.
jazz88 (2600) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Toronado 12/31/04. A nice surprise to find on the wall of beer selections at the Toronado on NYE. I enjoyed two glasses ($3.75 each). A dark reddish brown color with a tan head. The oak aged element smoothed this sometimes harsh beer and left a mild wood flavor (less than expected). The finish was still strongly bitter with caramel and plenty of hops in the flavor. Some dark fruits and caramel were evident in the aroma.