heynik1885 (56) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome brew, smell is sweet malt some burnt wood, hops, taste is great lots of flavors ,malt,hops, nice oakness and some alcohol makes it a great beer, dark cider look, off white head lots of lacing on glass.
RevBFG (56) - - APR 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Mahogany amber color with tan head. Aroma is resin with some vanilla. Taste is pine followed by some maltiness. I expected more oak.
mikehanneman (55) - Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2010
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Horrible beer. If I wanted to drink bourbon, I would do that. This beer with its "oak" characteristics tastes like bourbon. It is a taste killer in my opinion. I spent $18.50 on a six pack so donít make the same mistake I did....buy a 22 oz for $8.00.
realbama (55) - Destin, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very hazy and dark amber in color. Faint hoppy aroma. Lots of hops in the taste. A little citrus and earthy to the palate. Very bitter aftertaste. At 7.2% alcohol, this isnít something to pound.
robbeebobby (55) - 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 wasnít 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 isnít as prevalent. The beer is a copper color and the taste is piney hops, traces of oak chips, malts, and some alcohol.
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.
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 Iíve 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 Iíve 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. Iím sure others with disagree and thatís fine, but this beer just doesnít 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 Iíd 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 wasnít 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 thereís 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.