NDbeerdrinker (166) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with thin caramel head. Hops, some dark fruit, a little bit of spice are all evident. Smokey finish from the oak chips. Nice beer.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown [probably similar to the "regular arrogant bastard"] orangeish red highlights.
Tan cream head, sticky lace down the sides.
First sip too cold ... lots of flavors
third sip some time later.. rich nuttyness some bittering around the tongue, but not usual hoppiness. A different flavor, somewhat like the different of regular AB but also the Oak perhaps?
Rich, complex deep flavors.
I got a bit of sticker shock, never paid that much for a six pack before, [12.46] but after reading the forums [and doing the math] Itís really not such a bad deal after all, and maybe it would be nice to have this and other richer stone offerings in 12 oz bottles.
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted like Arrogant Bastard, but the oak gives a more complex flavor. This one is definitely better cold.
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
another good version of the ABA. i dont think this company can do any wrong. buy it. lah lah lah lah lah.
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This just does not have the pop of the original Arrogant Bastard. I was disappointed, as I thought that the idea of oaking this brew might give it a little extra flavor. I was wrong. It seems to me that all they did by oaking it was mellow out what is supposed to be a punch-you-in-the-face american strong ale. Itís still good, but if I see oaked, and original sitting on the shelf next to each other, I would pick the original AB 10 out of 10 times.
Crash_the_dog (163) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark burgundy body with a rich creamy head - on tap in a pint glass. Amazing layers of flavor, as the subtle oak tones blend perfectly with the dominant hops and hints of pumpernickel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JuliusCaesar (162) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the better APAs Iíve had. Nice floral hop pressens and a very solid malt back bone. I really enjoyed this one.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Kevin for sharing this gem. Pours a thin red color with a tan head. Aroma of sweet hops and caramel hints. Agrressive hop flavor with a huge mouthfeel. The oak is very subtle in this brew. Despite the lack of oakiness, does have quite a bit different character than the Arrogant Bastard. Great Beer. Thanks again for the samples.
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Southern Sun. The waiter said this one was acquired becasue management knew someone who knew someone...whatever. I was gald to come by at the right time. This was a whallop to the taste buds. At first I did not like it...tasted a little more sour than I thought it should have but after some more time on the palate it mellowed. I got the sense that this was aged in an oak barrel but the commercial description says it was aged with aok chips...big difference...it tasted like it may have been aged in a burbon oak barrel. There was some kind of additional taste that I could not pin down...I will have to try this one again.
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
have had a bunch of bastards but just now got around to rating it. probably one of the best drinkable beers on the planet. pours a thin off-white head. dark red in color. oak flavoring is light. smells are grapefruits, spice, and wood.