sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber colored with a big tan head that left soapy lacing. Aroma was mostly hops similar to other beer in Stones "Bastard" series with pine and citrus, but this one also had a nice bit of earthiness to the aroma. Taste is pine and citrus hops with caramel and dark fruit and hint of oak underneath. This is certainly a little mellower than the others in the series but still not something a mere mortal could handle.
Jerm719 (118) - 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.
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour with hints of orange. Small brownish head with minimal retention and decent lacing. The wood comes through big time on the smell. Roasted malts and a bit of booziness. I really am intrigued to try this one. I’m tasting the oak aged wood in the aftertaste. Starts off with caramel malts, syrupy. Giving way to some hop bitterness before the oak finish. Medium to dark bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Phenomenal beer - oak is not overwhelming but definitely present. The bitterness of the regular arrogant bastard is somewhat masked in this version and the flavor is quite similar to the original. Superb balance.
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - OCT 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. too much oaked taste, not heavy enough to carry that amount of oak. very malty and long lasting bitterness.
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I actually enjoy the original AB more than the oaked version. Just too many competing flavors that coalesce to a single point of pungency. A quality beer, but not the best showing for a great brewery like Stone.
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely dark reddish-brown pour with a moderate head.The oak really jumps out at you and creates an earthy hoppy bittersweet brew that far exceeded my expectations.
Aggy360 (115) - Anchorage/ Vista,CA, Alaska, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber with a red hue. Thin off white, biege head, light lace. Aroma of sweet malts and hops, not much oak. Taste is bitter up front with the sweet malt showing through. Oak is there but not strong, almost gives a coffee/toffee taste in the middle. Finished bitter.
RPillsbury (115) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the White Horse’s American Beer Festival 2009. Red fruit and pine aroma. The flavours of honey, pine, prunes and a touch of spice (nutmeg, perhaps?) mix well together. Quite decent.
niday2288 (115) - - MAY 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is dark amber brown with a thin off white head that disappears quickly. Nose is sweet malt with hints of caramel and toffee with subtle hop. First flavor is big vanilla from the oak bit is quickly followed by strong hop bitterness in the back of the tongue. Second taste is less vanilla and more well combined. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall pretty good
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