Doctormirk (100) - USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours smooth with a thick creamy head. Reddish orange when held up to a light- slightly hazy. Smells of caramel, maybe toffee and there is a tang of hops in the scent... or maybe that’s just my anticipation kicking in. Definitely related to the regular AB with somewhat subtle oak flavors. Could have had more prevalent oak, but glad to see it wasn’t overdone. I suppose it’s a bit like The Price is Right... Can still taste the citrus-tree-sappy hops on the sides on my tongue about an hour later, delicious.
iNBe (100) - USA - SEP 2, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I didn’t leave a favorable review for the regular Arrogant Bastard. So I thought I would try this to see if there was a difference. There wasn’t.
headheldhigh (100) - Walnut, California, USA - SEP 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
California I P A s have made a name for themselves for their aggressive but balance of hop bitterness and smooth drinkability. This oaked Arrogant Bastard pours a slightly red golden color producing a medium head that fades away quickly. Pine resins, hops and slightly sweet spices assault your senses even before the first sip. This brew has a medium to full mouth feel and as to be expected leaves a pleasant bitter after taste. One of my favorite I P A s! Be forewarned this beer has an ibu of over 70.
rgfellow (100) - - MAR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours mahogany with minimal lacing and head. Aroma is malty; not a ton of oak. Taste is smooth malt with pleasant hop bite. Finish is really smooth. Nice effort.
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red muddled mess of translucence pour into my class with a reasonably off white head. The oak notes are immediately detectable. The flavor is overpowering and a bit more malty than the typical bastard. Well balanced, crisp finish...great beer.
cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown, crystal clear. Small, slightly tan head leaves decent lacing as it recedes. Sweet nose of burnt sugar, caramel, and maybe grape? Flavors of candy sugar, caramel, and slight wood., Expected a lot more oak in the flavor. Slightly more bitter then regular Bastard. Medium mouth feel. Coats well if you roll it around. Spot on carbonation level. Great beer, but not worth the extra money over regular Bastard.
t4h2c0 (95) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love ABA and the Oaked is great too, I wish they put ABA in a oaked bourbon barrell. Oaked ABA kicks ass though. Seems a little more oakey in bottle than on tap, but I have only had it out f the bottle twice
ChrisFields (95) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark bronze with a thin light head. Aromas of caramel, toasty grains, and apricot. Tastes of roasted nuts, smokey wood chips and sweet malt. Medium body with mild carbonation. Overall very good.
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours cloudy and deep amber, almost the color of the bottle. A very thin off white head lingers around the glass. The first sip has a huge oak presence, which becomes milder and sweeter in subsequent sips. All around a good beer, great for someone who enjoys a nice whisky or scotch, but the oak may be a little too much for some.
Oycpff (93) - USA - JAN 31, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 Got on tap at Richo’s. Amber body with tanish head. Great hoppy armoa and great carbonation. Finished smooth with light oak flavors