livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The oak chips seem to really smooth down the bite Arrogant Bastard carries - smooth malt undertone of toffee and caramel carries the Arrogant Bastard hop profile of aggressive resin and pine hops smoothly along with the oaked wood. Nice stuff.
Sampled at Roziís Wine & Liquor, Stone Tasting Event, Lakewood, OH.
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. This adds a much needed softness to what can be an overly bitter and cloying arrogant bastard ale. On tap, so not much on the nose. Palate has herbs, caramel, creamy vanilla, peach pits....very nice. Arrogant bastard as a sipping ale, almost.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2007
1.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2007 Yuck! Iím not even going to bother going through the rating on this beer. It tasted like tree bark. When are breweries going to get tired of this gimmicky crap? Iím looking at you too Dogfishhead.
MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown color and no head. Hop aroma with only a hint of wood. Medium bodied. Flavor is a hop start with a malty middle and a bitter finish with just a hint of alcohol. This is the first oaked beer that I’ve had that didn’t go overboard with the oak.
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
got a 6 pack of 12 oz bottles.
popped one and poured into an iced tea glass
poured a murky brown with bright copper highlights. a nice half finger head floated atop with bigger bubbles in it. the head retained nicely most of the way through the glass
I swirled this beauty in my glass to give it a bit of oxygen, stuck my face in the glass and booom. This guy has a lot of different aroma that pops out at you. Starting with malty oakiness smell with a bit of must. I pulled some caramel, molasses/brown sugar, hints of licorice and backdrop of pine and bitter citrus rind almost a green pepper hidden in there.
I was expecting to get all the wonderful tastes that i got in the smell but I felt that the hops covered up some of them a bit much. I only got slight hints of the brown sugar and molasses and a bit of nutty oakiness on the edges. I was pounded by bitter citrus rind and that green pepper taste with piney hop bitters all the way through the taste, front/middle/back. I will have to try another one of these down the road, but to me the taste was a bit dissapointing when comparing it to the majority.
starts out smooth on the intake but as the bitterness attacks the tongue there is a tingle and sharpness to the beer.
I wanted Smoked Gouda cheese while i was drinking this, it just seemed perfect. I think i would like to drink this beer with food. soutwestern food or tex mex. food with some spice and strong flavors. on its own I think this beer isntí that exciting unless your a hop head.
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, 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 doesnít taste as smooth or flavorful as AB. There is a slight hint of oak flavoring to it, but in my opinion, it doesnít really add to the beer, but hinder it slightly. This is a great idea, but it doesnít 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. Iím glad Stone is willing to do releases such as this, and I wish they would do more, but I feel that this isnít an improvement on the original AB.
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with zero head. Smells exactly like it tastes, great with a nice bite of hops almost like an ipa. Great after taste. Price was a bit much for a 6 pack but worth trying.
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice dark amber in color. Nice lace on the glass, aroma is of nice malt and behind that hops. Taste is Hoppy,malt y,with a slight vanilla caramel also. Overall well balanced and a must try!!!
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you Arrogant Bastard, then you need to give this take on it a try. The oak flavor comes through, but is not overbearing. A good variation of an already great beer.
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
all of the arrogant bastard flavors have slightly mellowed with aging, and are now married in a devlish union of hops, malts, and woody goodness