MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reddish mahogany, light tan head. Nose quite woody, a few hops, but mostly smells like sawdust. Flavor is certainly woody, but itís more pine than oak to my tongue. The wood more or less buries the hops and limits the malts, so what you wind up with is something that tastes like Arrogant Bastard that was stored in retsina barrels for a few months. Can someone please inform the brewers of the world that not everything on the planet gets better when stuck inside an oak barrel.?
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 2, 2007
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I could have sworn that I took my glass held it up to my ass and unloaded some foul diarrhea into it. Perhaps it just looked like muddy creek water at best. Aroma was trees and wood which I can only assume is the Oak from the barrels. I also noticed some sweet grapefruit hops in the aroma. Thank god it didnít smell like it looked. Flavor was initially bitter, then changed to a sweet citrus/oak mix, followed by a dry bitter herbal tea finish. Seemed a bit watery too.
lb4lb (2487) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 bottles thanks to franksnbeans and fordest
Almost thinner bodied seaming to its regular counterpart. Still reddish brown, with a somewhat muted dryly-sweet malt smell and light hops. Taste though was lighter, more muted, and much dryer and chalkier, especially in respect to the bitterness. The oak seems to have magnified the things I didnít like about the original. Not for me.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Aroma of some rich caramel malt goodness, some store-brand sandwich cookie malt. I really didnt get any oak, nor the slightest impression of increased complexity from it. Flavor again that weak, cheap cookie malt. All the aging seems to have done as far as I can see is make the body thinner, too thin. Seemingly over the hill before it even made it into the bottle. Big disappointment.
fluffy (1497) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2009
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
pours dark red with a nice large bubble head. aroma is somewhat smoky. flavor is heavily hoppy right from the get go, with some harsh afterbite. aftertaste is very bitter. i can see why people like this, but its not my thing.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap, Yardhouse San Diego. Donít know if it was a yardhouse thing, but this didnít impress. Served flat and listless, poor carbonation and no head. Flavour seemed muted and off, as compared to the regular AB. Flat out boring. Iíll keep and open mind and re-rate.
Guerde (1162) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
(bottle) Pours a clear dark amber with a large off-white head that retains very well. Aroma is well....itís interesting in that there is the expected caramel, brown sugar, and raisin flavors, but thereís also something off here and it smells a little like sauerkraut. Some vanilla and a splash of citrus with an addition of cracked black pepper. Some oxidation and strawberry jam. Not terrible, but it is odd. The flavor is an entirely different story. It begins by falling flat with an insipid sweetness followed up by an overly obnoxious bitterness, further followed by an overly obnoxious dry, oaky finish. Some booze crashes into this as well to make it that much worse. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is restrained. This is a mess of a beer, and Iím glad I only bought one.
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.
ChromAbbr (3) - Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012 does not count
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
nuts, floral, citrus, vanilla, grass, citrus, dough, leather, woody
amber, cloudy, minimal head
medium sweetness, very bitter
full body, slick feel, bitter
More hoppy than I like, but not too bad.
FestDecBeet (101) - - JUL 16, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Look: pours a cloudy light brown. Just a little darker than amber. Off light tan head that disappears quickly.
Smell: oak. Hops. Alcohol. Tobacco.
Taste: oak, alcohol. Tobacco, like an unlit cigar. Black pepper.
Feel: thick mouth feel. Leaves a film on the mouth. Fairly heavy carbonation.
Overall: don't like this near as much as am regular arrogant. Not sure if it is the oak or what but not quite as good.
First drank: home 7/15/14