exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured indistinguishable from the non-oaked AB. I found this one interesting, but not as delicious as the original, which I prefer hands down. Regardless, this is pretty damn good.
WhiteAlePower (91) - Long Island, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am not going to go into heavy detail here. It has all been said. Less hoppy than the original with a wood flavour instead. VERY nice. Another outstanding Stone brew! I happened to meet them at a beer convention on Long Island, NY just before the release of the 6.6.6 last year. Very nice guys! Keep up the great work!
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 Sampled earlier this year on tap at OíBrienís in San Diego. Appears a dark garnet hue and makes a thick creamy offwhite head. The in-your-face chinook hops that are present in regular arrogant bastard ale are nearly gone here and replaced with a very smooth oaky/vanilla. Flavor is very round about the most well balanced I have ever seen from a Stone product. The elements of the chinook hops are again subdued by a velvety layering of vanilla. This is very rich. Medium to full body on the palate with a very creamy finish. I really wish this were a regular offering, it is incredible. I have also had this cask-conditioned, but I prefer the draft version.
jimmythechippy (90) - , AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
amazing aroma hits you when poured into a glass, bark borwn in apoperance. hugely complex and a deffinate slow sipper. flavour really develloped as the glass warmed up. certainly nice, but only one required.
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a caramel color with a fizzy head. Not enough oak flavors but it was a good beer none the less.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Newport Pizza And Ale in OB. Iíve never had a really strong opinion of AB or 2x AB in the past. Sure, Iíve liked both enough, but didnít feel strongly enough about either to want to rate them. Iíve been revisiting some of the Stone brews lately and have found Iím enjoying them more than before. Maybe my tastes have changed. This version of AB is my favorite. The oak is not at all overwhelming, but serves to mellow both the sweetness and bitterness somehow, generally adding a well balanced product. Nose is pretty weak and lacks any wood tones, but the flavor is lacking the syrupy malt quality of the other ABs, which is good. Still roasty, but not sugary/caramel. Cheek-clucking bitterness remains, but in a more subdued manner. The oak chips seem to add a lot to the end product, but one thing they do not contribute is a whole lot of woody/bark flavor. Thatís good for me.
elgavilancillo (88) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
had a couple of these in the middle of the night up in big bear very oaky and high ABV loved it nice beer to relax in the winter snow
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beer not quite as good as the original in my opinion. I believe they went mellow on the hops and malt in order to better showcase the oak. All in all a good beer but I would prefer to drink the Original.
frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Canít go against Stone! Lots of bitterness in the taste, but well balanced nonetheless. Beautiful dark maroon color. Smells roasty.
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a 12oz/355ml bottle into a small snifter. Reddish-brown hazy body with a nice light golden creamy head. Not much carbonation visible. The aroma is marvellous, with so much going on (citrus hops, caramel maltiness, some cherry and raisin notes, some vanilla oakiness)! The taste is very intense and complex. You get a strong hop bite (with a very juicy grapefruit profile), followed by some nice sweet caramel and vanilla maltiness. There is also some pepercorn-like spiciness. The finish is a bit dry, bitter and oaky at the same time.