virtuosovii (103) - California, USA - APR 3, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was very good. Compared to the regular Arrogant Bastard I would say this is much smoother with some sweeter more complex flavors and aromas that really compliment this beer. It was bitter, sweet, very smooth, and a little bit dry. Very nice
spittle8 (102) - - MAY 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle, San Diego.
A dark, old aroma like a crypt, with a rich fruitiness like plum coming through a wall of piercing hops and blanketing malt oppression. Pours a primordial brown haze with an insolent, creamy head. Beware of staring into the abyss of this beer, for the beer looks back. In its spectral, ancient sea of darkness is a character that stares back into your mortal soul, threatening your sanity and the survival of your immortal soul with the oppression of an eternity of spiritual slavery and madness. The flavor is biting, hostile really, with a depth of character (wood and something hearty and sweet in the front, with hops & bitterness in the back) that challenges your strength and courage. The bitterness, outstanding in its perfect construction, taunts you ceaselessly. The otherworldly hops work their way into your mind like an aggressive parasitic infection, controlling its host like toxoplasmosis in the hapless rodent, leading it to its end. While your soul is in jeopardy under the shadow of this ancient and bestial assault, the afternotes gently caress you and numb you like morphine for the spirit, comforting you like a warm blanket, inuring you to the death pangs as your soul faces damnation, your spirit enslaved alone in the face of cruel, uncaring, dark eons, madness swirling in your being, taking hold of your consciousness in an oppressive vice grip, slowly drowning you in a whirlpool of madness, STOP! DO NOT DRINK, I TELL YOU! THE BEER IS DAMNATION!
One of the most delicious íextremeí beers I have tasted, and really quite drinkable. This beer has a lot of character, more than any other Stone Iíve drank, and is FAR more than an IBU/hops experiment!
Rocketman2013 (102) - Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a strong coffee flavored beer with a dark brown color. The body and texture suit the heavy flavor and aroma of this strong ale.
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nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Much like the version that hasnít been oak aged. The oak seems to round out the beer creating some wood, fruit flavors. Maybe itís just me, but I like it better with the stronger flavors. Arrogant Bastard is like a wonderful kick in the face. With the oak aging itís like that kick in the face comes from a foot that is wrapped with a pillow. Itís still good, but itís just not the same. Does any of the make sense?
elcaballo (101) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The oak aging does not help this beer in my opinion. Its a solid brew that as layers and layers of flavor but the oak drowns out some of the great balance that makes the regular arrogant bastard special
johnnysmoke (101) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Small off-white head with a tame nose. Aromas of citrus and pine hops, toasty caramel malt and oak. The oak aged taste comes on the back end, with a medium body, creamy texture and mild carbonation. I didn’t notice a large enough difference between this and the non-Oaked AB to justify the price difference. I think I’ll stick with my regular AB.
P.S. I am glad to see Stone is bringing more brews to Texas. I am one of their best customers in Conroe.
thefrutigers (101) - , Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark red and slighty hazy. Smells typical Stone with hoppy piney smell with hint of woodiness. Taste is mellow with wood and heavy with bitter, but smooth, with a fine citrusy grapefruit hops flavor. Overall.. I donít like oak, but it adds a nice character to this beer, without overwhelming it.
Doctormirk (100) - USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours smooth with a thick creamy head. Reddish orange when held up to a light- slightly hazy. Smells of caramel, maybe toffee and there is a tang of hops in the scent... or maybe thatís just my anticipation kicking in. Definitely related to the regular AB with somewhat subtle oak flavors. Could have had more prevalent oak, but glad to see it wasnít overdone. I suppose itís a bit like The Price is Right... Can still taste the citrus-tree-sappy hops on the sides on my tongue about an hour later, delicious.
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz pour to small white head and deep brownish color. Nose of candy + oak, too much oak. This would be better if it was oak from bourbon barrels or the like. Dogfish Headís version of 90 minute soaked in bourbon barrels is awesome, this is mediocre at best. Glad I bought only one. My least favorite offering from Stone.
ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Pours in a hazy amber with a respectable off white head. Aroma is fruity, sweet with notes of strong citrus and resin hops, and alcohol. The flavor is hoppy (resin & oak), caramel, nutmeg, and of course oak which is moderate and less than I expected. Bitter hoppy finish. Nice but I prefer the oaked 90 minute from Dogfish Head .