couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliant burnt umber, big straw head falling quickly but leaving rings.
Subtle malty nose, some oak, a world of herbs and spices as well.
Big and malty, with caramel, toast, and light sweetness. Strong hoppy bitterness. Some oak, ginger, and a light nutiness.
Initially almost too thick, fading to a livelier, more drinkable palate. Remains somewhat cloying.
I keep going back and forth on whether I could drink this whole six pack.
edit: I could but I wonít.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[A] Great mix of aromas. Maltiness releases sweet caramel, cookie, toffee, bready, brown sugary smells. Whilst the hops are very pungent, piney citrus. A wet oaky waft is a great touch over a spot of alcohol. [A] A ruby-amber hued brew. With a respectable tan cap. Thin foam never quite disappears. Beer sits calmly in glass. [F] The rosy oak character seems to hit me up front. Along with a blast of very harsh bittering hops. Malt seems far out of focus to the tastebuds this evening. Caramel sweetness very subdued, even on end. [P] The oak seems to add a pleasant dry character. And the hops are phenomenally bitter. But this is seemingly a one-and-done brew. Touch too much for an extended session. Although, Iím always up for a challenge. [O] I love hoppy brews, and Iíve enjoyed regular AB before, but this didnít quite hit the spot tonight. Single bottle. Will sometime revisit.
horto008 (180) - Alabama, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Angry (bottle). I thought it was smoother and more refined than the regular Bastard, but the hopiness still kicked me in the teeth. Finish lasted quite a while and was more pleasant than the first bitterness you get. Overall impression was helped by the cool bottle.
Gpnterojd (179) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of cherries, alcohol, marzipan and yeast. Deep rusty red. Flavour is hop heavy. Malts are more apparent in the aroma, hops are more apparent in the flavour. Laces well. As my mouth adjusts to the bitterness, the oak and yeast begin to shine.
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Arrogant Bastard has never been one of my favorite stone offerings. The oak tastes much the same to me. It still has this slightly syrupy feel on the palate I donít like. The flavors are pretty good. The oaking seems to make only subtle differences.
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a hazy brown with a full tan head, nice lacing. Aromas of peach and grapefruit. Taste is oaky, brown sugar, chocolate malts, and citrusy hops. Bitter but full and balanced. Aftertaste is rich coffee. An interesting palate of flavors.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, deep mahogany/cherry color (darker than the non-oaked Bastard), off white lasting head; very inviting. Similar super strong floral/piney/citrus hop aroma to the regular Bastard, slight oak aroma which is a nice addition. Oak taste is pretty masked by the mother-loads of delicious hops, though. 12-oz bottle. Pasadena, CA, USA.
ThaBobfather (178) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This Arrogant Bastard is amazing. The Oaked smell invites me into itís smooth taste and flavor. Itís color is a beautiful dark amber. Itís is a smooth and subtle as a bastard ale will get. There is no overwhelming flavor, just liquid goodness. Stays on my tounge well, itís a great drink.I am highly impressed with this special beer. Great for all times of year!
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a darker amber color with a beige head. Nose is hops, sweetness and slight vanilla notes as well. Flavor is big hops, caramel, vanilla, slight wood flavors as well but not overwhelming. Nice bitter finish to it. Donít get too much of the oak on this but can tell its there. Good twist from the original.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
it pours out ruby gold with an off white thick head. it has a dark maroon colored body with slight bubbles rising from the bottom. there is some good lacing in the glass and it takes a little while for the head to fall. the aromas i am getting is obiviously oak wood which complements the hoppy smell. a sweet malty scent is pushing through also. the taste is a sweet malty flavour with cloves, vanilla, wood, and a piny hop kick. the aftertaste starts mellow, but finishes with a great hop kick wich lingers for a good little while. great beer.