dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one sat in the cellar for 9 months before tasting. Have enjoyed the un-oaked version for a number of years and believe the oak has done nothing but improve on an old favorite from this great brewery! Poured a dark copper with decent head into a tulip. Plenty of oak and honey in the nose...reminds me of a barleywine initially. Oak is pronounced in the flavor but not overbearing by any means. I really enjoyed this beer. Thanks to my brother for bringing this one over on New Years!
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, not as "dark" as I expected. flavor or color. Sort of a burnt nutty flavor, with a strong citrus hop flavor. Lots of hops. Also does have a nice mellowness to it, a recognizabley oaked ale.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
* 12 oz. bottle* Look: Dark murky brown almost red body, 1/2 finger off white head. Smell: Mild citrus fused with intense toasted grains, caramel sweetness, subtle earth notes. Taste: Spicy, mild citrus rind, wood, toasted grains, and a hint of pineapple?, sweet oak finishes with a smoky camp fire flavor. Bitter as an old man with no beer money. Feel: Medium-light body, active, almost harsh carbonation. Overall: I hate to say this but this ale is aggressive. This is not for everyone like the brewer said. Both hops and malts come full force and with the aggressive bitterness and also detectable alcohol bite. This beer will take your palate to a bar so it can purposely beat it with a stool. I don’t have a problem slapping two bottles of this at anytime. But after two it might get a bit, tiresome. It is a liquid journey, just not down the alley I would prefer. This brew is worthy.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
medium brown ale with sweet and woody nose. medium body with taste of sweet wood and bitter hops. the oak aging of this ale leaves a dry taste in your mouth. Good, but not great, like other stones.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark red color with a small tan head. The aroma was not as strong as I would have thought. There are notes of hops of course. There is an obvious difference between the taste of this and regular AB. The strong hops finish is there but it starts with a nice smoky wood flavor. This is a nice beer. I think I prefer regular AB especially for the price difference.
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s like a deep, dark, red ale that finishes uber-clean. The oak’ing process definitely takes the edge off of the traditional "arrogant" taste. If you’ve ever had the Oskar Blues "Gordon Beer," I’d say they’re very similar in taste, but I think this finishes cleaner.
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a brown amber. Sweet oak scent. scent. Citrus backbone with a wood finish. Not what I was expecting. I remember Arrogant Bastard Ale being more tasty?
Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(draft) This is really a top notch brew. Fruity aroma with cherry and apricot. Medium redish amber color. Good strong lacing and fairly decent head. Flavor starts sweet and alcohol with woody notes and changes to some hop and cherry. Well balanced finish. Very good.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. It pours a very dark hazy burgundy with a beige head that creates some nice, lasting lacing. The aroma is quite intense of ripe plums with some oak and pine qualities. Malts seem to be a bit more dominant in the aroma with some hops lingering in the background. As the brew comes in contact with the taste buds, there is a variety of flavours that abound. The initial flavour is very malty. The citrusy sweet plum in the aroma is pretty dominant in the initial flavour before the hops starts to make its appearance. Pine is also very evident as well. As the brew passes the tongue, the hops flavours and bitterness increases rapidly, overcoming the citrusy qualities. In the final finish, the smoky oaked flavours mixes in delicately with the hops. A dry, strong, but not intensely strong, bitterness persists through the finish. A few people I know preferred the original over the Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale. However, I actually really enjoy this slightly over the original. The oaked qualities aren’t overpowering and mixes nicely with the other flavours.
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a growler filled at the Stone brewery. This beer is all the wonderfulness of Arrogant Bastard, all dressed up. Deep red, hoppy, bitter, malty but smoothed out and with a slight vanilla character from the oak. An awesome beer.