v8powered (146) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is so much like the original AB but just a little more balanced. The piney hop flavor and alcohol tones are dialed down a bit with the oak chips. Very nice flavor. I enjoy anything from Stone. They do it right!!
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark bronze color from 750ml bottle. Could immediately smell the hints of oak in this one. Really like the mixture of oak and hops in this beer, although I don’t think large price tag for six packs ($17-$18) is warranted. I didn’t buy this one, but if I could find it in a bomber I would buy it.
kurtkosher (144) - USA - MAY 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours an amber color with a thin head that disappears fairly quickly. flavor is a bit lighter that regular arrogant bastard with a pleasant oak taste
tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber ale; sweet, grapefruit-oak aroma; heavy hop flavor, with caramel sweetness underneath; finish is bitter hop with very slight caramel (or molasses?); pleasant overall, but not as finished as I’d hoped.
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep reddish brown with a two-finger, creamy, beige head; nice lacing. Huge aromas of raisin, wine, and caramelization. Flavor is a delicate balance between malts and piney, resinous hops and a hint of alcohol; the hops become more assertive as the beer exits the palate. The oak presence is there, but extremely subtle at lower temps, serving primarily to round out the primary flavors and add a smoothness to the mouthfeel. As the beer warms into the 50s that familiar vanilla quality becomes apparent. Medium to full body and a long, hoppy finish. Excellent beer.
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got in bottle from Bev Mo of of Tustin Ave in Orange. It was too cold as I pulled it from the fridge. So it was a cross between a double bastard and a regular arogant bastard. But as it came to room tempurature the oak came through nicely and the hopss went from big to huge. Cloudy as they say but does not affect anything except appearance rating. Great balance between caramel, hops and oak. Great beer
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Brewery... it was a little darker than the standed ABA, and had a nice and subtle sweet taste on the tounge. The oak seemed to take away the slight alcohol burn that the regular ABA has... very good brew
rcweir (139) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nut brown, moderate carbonation, thin head, lingering lacing. Fruity, mango aroma, matched with a strong spicy hops backbone, and lingering bitter, even tannic aftertaste. Unusual, but very enjoyable.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby w/ dim tan head. Wood and cherry in nose. Fruit and oak flavor.
oddaroma (139) - Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Improve on the original bastard? They probably can’t. I most likely wouldn’t like it anyway. Throw some wood in it. Done.