MechanicalMind (22) - Crawley, West Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours ruby with a creamy mahogany tinged head. Aroma is burnt caramel, sweet malt and sticky hops. Big malt backbone from the off, toffee, burnt sugar, treacle, piney hop creeping in and finishing with a lingering bitter kick and a staying smoky quality resting on the back of your tongue that kind of just dominates out the other flavours in the end. A good beer but just a big malty hop bomb with no endearing qualities
Aluman (21) - Grants, New Mexico, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours much like it’s non-aged brother, slight woodsy smell. Tastes like a mellowed out bastard with a young rough Bourbon back end.
Passthebeer (21) - Manassas, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: from the start you can smell citrus fruit mellowed in sweet caramel malt.
A: deep amber color with off white head that slowly disappears.
T: great caramel malt to with a nice crisp finish due to the oak barrel aging.
kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Off tap at Rich-O’s. I would have to say it was as good as the stuff I had from the 3L earlier this year. The beer poured a nice rubey-hued brown with one finger of tan head that didn’t want to leave the beer. The nose was sweet rich caramel that gave me tones of strawberry when it intertwined with the citrus hop. Lots of grapefruit hop, but everything mellowed nicely by the oak. The flavor was blended so well. Sweet caramel malts that are so rich and full nd a very sweet grapefruit hop with tones of vanilla swimming underneath it all. Just fantastic. The feel was moderate to thick, smoot hand creamy. Fine Fine beer. Overall, it is as good as it gets. So close to perfect. I will have to have it again and again and again if I can get it to decide if it is perfection.
RoboHop (21) - Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Well, it is "oaked". One should definitely be able to distinguish this brew from the "normal" Bastard. The "oaking" adds slightly to the aroma and flavor, as compared to Arrogant Bastard. Therefore, I rate it slightly higher.
ownch411 (21) - USA - JUL 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great aroma on this beer! I think I detect some fruit on this one. Deep red and amber color but not much of a head. Oh well. Oak and hops dominate the flavor. Malt at first and smoke in the after. Some bitterness in the finish. Good stuff...better than the original in my view.
dickcheaney (20) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oak matches hops perfectly. Great body for a dry beer. Sweet but not cloyingly, balanced bitterness.
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tim9887 (20) - USA - APR 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Leave it up to Stone to keep finding ways to make an already delicious beer even more delicious. When you add oaky vanilla notes to a beer full of earthy, spicy hops and nice roasted malt character, you have a really great brew.
Beerly There (20) - Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where’s the Oak? The oak chips may have lent a little smoothness compared to the regular A.B. but not much in the way of taste. It did have a beautiful garnet color to it compared to the hazy brown of the regular one (again perhaps due to the oak chips) but the oak added as much to the flavor of this one as the "beechwood aging" does for Budweiser. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very nice beer, I was just expecting more.
jberti (19) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz. on tap at Mahar’s in Albany, NY. Dark brown to tan pour. Malty oak smell. Rich hoppy taste throughout, with roasted oak after-flavor. Very good beer for those who enjoy a hoppy beer, with hint of spice and roasted malt.