mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy off white head- a really beautiful looking brew. The nose is hoppy- earthy, piny-, dried fruit- grapefruit-, oaky/wood chippy, caramel. Medium body, that is smooth and creamy, soft in the mouth, perfect carbonation. Taste is full, super hoppy on through to a creamy finish. Finish is earthy, grassy hops, kind of dry. So good... so fucking good!
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I probably won’t like this, you are wrong! Pours a dark amber with lasting off whit head, strong hop aroma , bitter up front with a slight sweet finish. Awesome
DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden amber with a good frothy white head. Smells strongly of grapefruit and hops. Extremely smooth taste of hops, evident IPA style bitterness, light body, with a crisp clean finish. Slightly woody from being oaked. Absolutly amazing beer.
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.
treadyroc (150) - 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.
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.
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?