mrw1zard (54) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 Nice amber colored brew, not much head at all, very smooth taste despite the alcohol content. "Oaked" can be misleading to taste - not really much of an oak taste to it - perhaps I should try the regular ABA as well though for comparison. Great brew.
robbeebobby (54) - newark, Arkansas, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank the first half cold and wasn’t impressed. After it warmed up to about 60 degrees it was really good. The oak stands out just right after its warm and the butterness isn’t as prevalent. The beer is a copper color and the taste is piney hops, traces of oak chips, malts, and some alcohol.
Jay_Dubbz (53) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from 12oz bottle. Good head with nice retention. Lacing was decent. Interesting flavor added by the oak barrel aging. Definitely one to try. Didn't like it as much as the standard Arrogant Bastard Ale.
--you've been Dubbed.
Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this on tap at Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge, VA. I usually try this one at least once a year, but this is the first time I’ve reviewed it:
Ap: Dark caramel color, a bit cloudy, moderately carbonated, and about an inch worth of head.
Ar: Bouquet of flowers, however, there is a bit of earthiness to it also. On second thought, is that earthiness or staleness?
T: Not the most refreshing thing I’ve tasted. There is a kind of unsettling, sour taste to this brew. I notice the same thing in the Sublimely Self-Righteous. The finish is nice and smooth though and this, in my opinion, is where the Oaked AB differs from the regular flagship version.
P: The hoppy sourness clings to the taste buds like crazy and just lingers! I noticed quite a bit of frothy lacing.
O: I always want to route for this beer (as I do many of Stones IPA and "Strong Ales"), but every time drink this brew, I notice the same unpleasantness time and time again. I’m sure others with disagree and that’s fine, but this beer just doesn’t do it for me.
dink (50) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a tulip from bottle.
Sweet citrus fruits, caramel, pine aromas, vanilla and some wood, a little booze upfront.
Taste is dark ripe fruit, toffee, sugar sweetness and alcohol - reminds of a barleywine. Body is thick, palate is, never thought I’d say this - chewy. Decent balance between oaky-sweet dryness and light hop bitterness. Only finishes with a medium bitterness. Good, but prefer hop bomb Ruination to this.
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from a packy in the North End. Decent off-white head. Really great fruit/grape aroma-- a bit like a barleywine. Color is a murky brown. Flavor was really unexpected. The aroma made me expect a smooth flavor like a barleywine, but this is right in your face just like the original Arrogant Bastard. Huge hop flavor and bitterness. Like sticking a hop flower in your mouth and chewing. The hop aroma wasn’t really discernable when I was sniffing, but on that first sip it just hit me like being sprayed in the face with a perfume bottle. Flavor is definitely a bit "rounder" than original AB, malt is a bit more present. Slightly buttery aftertaste. Hard to tell if there’s more complexity here, though, because like AB senior, the hops are really the focus of this beer at the expense of other flavors.
hoptimus (50) - Grand Island, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, hazy reddish brown with a small tan head. Nose is of citrus and pine. Very earthy with a bit of grapefruit. Nice bitter finish that lingers. The oak is very apparent and takes some of the bite out of the original, a bit more drinkable. Very nice.
Pecan (49) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours chestnut brown, slightly hazy. Minimal head. Smells earthy with a distinct citrus aroma. Initial taste is grassy and reminds me of citrus hops. This transitions to a maltier version of the first taste with a hint of oak. Finishes with more of the citrus hops, lingering a bit. Not bad.
fuckbudlight (49) - Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UUUUUNF. Tastes like a red and a barely had a one night stand and made this expensive, but amazing, ale.
apotekhin (49) - ISRAEL - AUG 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and sour oaked aroma with hints of caramel and rye a little. Deep mahogany color with a good head retention. Malt and oak flavor with fruit in the middle (cherries) and hops in the end. Dry finish. Rich and smooth body. A relatively drinkable and delicious strong. Well balanced without too much IBU.