rollingwood (83) - Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a finger-width, tan head that persists over a hazy, red-amber liquor. The bouquet of medium intensity combines a floral hoppiness and sweet maltiness over a distinct oaky background.
The liquor is bitter-sweet and admittedly complex. Itís obviously a brew that revels in an aggressive citrus hoppiness but--as a quality beer should, in my opinion--balances that with a touch of sweet maltiness and, here, the flavor of oak.
I would like to cellar this for a year or so (bury it in the back yard more likely, as I canít keep my hands off of good beer) and see what happens, as I think the oak in my admittedly very fresh brew was a tad harsh and the malt a bit meek when I drank this. Cellaring might mellow things a bit and actually add to both the subtlety and complexity. That being said, and as my rating attests, these are minor quibbles. Worth a try if you arenít hop averse.
Shaftie (217) - , Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one is for the hop head only, itís got the wood, and that grapefruit thing going for it. My eloquence is for the average man, donít purchase if youíre not serious about big hops.
TBone (11281) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 330ml (Utobeer, £4.20)
Deep ruby-red color, decent creamy beige head. Strong hoppy nose with wood and rubber. Medium to full bodied. Front is a bit thin, then leads to fruity hops burst. Resin, citrus. Aftertaste is fruity-hoppy with extreme bitterness. As the basic Arrogant, this is quite simple hoploversí bomb. I couldnít trace oak in the flavor at all.
CLevar (375) - Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at stubs. Slightly hazy dark copper pour, with a lasting tan head and fantastic lacing. Aroma is odd. Sweet malt, fair hop presence, but some odd dirty feet smell as it warms...tap lines or the beer itself? A slight touch of vanilla, likely due to the wood. Taste is burnt sugar malt, moving to vanilla oak, a heavy hop bitterness, and back to drying oak tannins. Tastes more like an IPA to my pallate, but that may be to the drying that the oak imparts. Very oak forward in my opinion. Pretty nice, though that odd aroma gets me
joebudzjoe (661) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford, CT. This beer has all the flavor of Arrogant Bastard (tobacco, leather, grass) but with a distinct oak presence that blends well with the other friends.
michaelinwa (534) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Didnít find this one to be all that different from the regular AB. A good beer, but Iíll stick with the non-oaked version.
BoBoChamp (4687) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
36cl, exclusive American brew, thx to Wimenels!, complex bitter brew, malty/fruity and slightly woody/alcoholic, not balanced, clear, small head, nice brew, yet expensive
mcmisko (348) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber with a one finger tan head that quickly fades away. Aroma is very subtle, with notes of grapefruit, caramel, and earth funk. Taste very bitter to me. There is some caramel-like sweetness, and some booze, but it is quickly taken over by a very strong smokey wood bitterness that lingerer on the tongue for a quite a while. This is a strong beer, and it is hard to be neutral about it. I honestly do not find it attractive, but I can see how others might love this one.
Nisse666 (3543) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2012 Rerate: Bottel at ÷÷WF cons 2012-11-17 ÷rebro
New rate: 3,4 keep average 3,4!
Bottle at Rover cons 2012-04-27 GŲteborg
Ar: batley wine, nutty almondy
Ap: almondy brown, beige head
F: almondy,bitter grape fruit, apricots, vanilla
thepegjett (1261) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - oak and smoke
A - ruby gold with frothy head
T - sweet and sour with full bitter
P - full
O - decent, but not a huge fan of oak beers