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.
Jerm719 (153) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Woody improvement to a classic. Great balance. Oak chips give more complexity to this ale. Balanced hops. I prefer this to the original, yet nothing special.
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?
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.