cafgen (154) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2014 Deep redish color with a light tan head. Aroma is pine and hoppy. Taste is somewhat bitter and hoppy with a hint of oak or wood. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ajnepple (4082) - Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, purchased at Hy-Vee Muscatine ($3) and poured into a pint glass at home. 7 weeks past its enjoy by date. Brown and clear with a lasting tan head, thick lacing. Aroma of oak, earthy hops, bitter chocolate, caramel and toasted malts. Similar flavor, strongly bitter and woody with light alcohol and a lingering, dry finish. Medium body, soft and smooth. Not too fresh.
jerd16 (226) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is burned toast, dark berries and oak. Interesting despite muddled hop-notes. Taste is driven forward by cherry notes and then consumed by toasted malt and woody pangs. Bitterness is grainy and unrefined. Becomes a little torturous towards the bottom of the glass. Itís a very savoury-oriented beer and is inaccessible to anyone other than the most ardent drinker.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2005 Draught. Copper. Aroma consisted of the typical lemony and grapefruit like hops and toasted and caramel like malts that are usually present in the standard Bastard. Added notes of strawberry jam, vanilla and toasted oak became evident in the nose as well. In terms of flavor, the hops toned down a lot. Toasted oak and vanilla became evident as well. I had this on draught twice on two different days. It wasnít that good and this isnít what I consider to be an improvement. But you might.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5787) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 I had been looking forward to trying this one since I first heard of it. Sampled on draft the beer poured a dark mahogany color with a small tan head. The aroma was hoppy and had definite wood elements. The mouthfeel was rather flat. There was the strong grapefruity hop flavor that one expects to find with an Arrogant Bastard, but it was somehow muted and diminished by the noted wood flavor. The finish was very bitter. In all an interesting beer but I would rather have the regular Arrogant Bastard.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of The_Beer_God at the DC gathering. What a production job this is. 3 litre bottle, complete with padlock. I suppose it would have been preferable if Iíd tried the ordinary Arrogant Bastard first, but I havenít, so here goes. Now, I may be swimming against the tide here, but I found this an oddly disappointing beer. Perhaps my expectations, after all Iíd heard about it were just too high. Brownish ruby red colour. The aroma was wood, and the flavour was wood. Vanilla comes through. Thereís some hop and hint of malt trying to fight its way out of the forest, but its having an uphill struggle. Iím not saying itís a bad beer, but I think itís over-hyped and I just didnít think it meshed together convincingly. Oak plus beer is not always a combination made in heaven and needs to be handled carefully. Against Stoneís high standards, I didnít feel it was entirely successful.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper pour with a tan, foamy head. Lots of vanilla in the nose, with a little bit of maltiness underneath. Very smooth and soft compared to the regular Arrogant. Almost creamy texture. Hops emerge on the finish. Decent, but way overpriced/overpackaged.
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy beautiful orange-copper pour that displays a huge dark beige head. Balanced and complex americanized hop-malt monster surprises with powdered cocoa notes amidst the bready and thick malts, fully letting the way to the heavily earthy, rooty, soily hops bearing a bite of citrus. Mango fruitiness, well contained oak and pepper peak through, but it fails to really impress due to a pronounced astringency and more acidity than Iíd like. Dry medium body, powdery texture, not too bitter, quite alcoholic.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark por huge sticky tan head well laced
Mid aroma is very light w/ a light grass hop Pal is lightly oily even not as big as I expected. Flavor is odd lightly bitter very oaky a decent malt & tchs of vanilla nothing stood out to impress me
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a huge Stone fan. I think AB is wonderful at about six months. This 2006 offering in 12 oz bottles might be controversial to beer snobs, but I like it. I donít usually want to drink 22 oz of AB. And since I have no friends, I canít share. This beer is too bitter, needs a bit of time to mellow. Nice melanoidin body, pure crystal malts and lots of them? Chinook harsh bitterness and aroma. Pine, grapefruite peel squirted in your face. Tongue coating pine tar finish. Like others have said, much nicer at cellar temp.