mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To me this tasted like the regular Arrogant Bastard (which is good) with just a touch of oak. I was hoping for more oak, however the hops seemed to overpower any oak that was present. It was a good beer, as are all Stone Brewing Company beers, however I wanted more oak. By the way...this sure beats Beechwood aging!
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I enjoyed this more than the original. The oak chips might make it more arrogant, definitely more pretentious. First time I ever saw this in 12 ozers. Before this, only in 3 Ls. Started out with the overly strong hoppiness of the one and only. But, as you drink it, it seems to mellow a little bit and tastes of vanilla. Creamy. This was delicious. Even though the bottle didnít think I could handle it.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours reddish brown with decent-sized ivory head and good lacing. I must say I donít care for the aroma-- candied pineapple, acorns, and an alcoholic spiciness; they just donít seem to meld very well to me. I get much the same sensations in the flavor, but it seems to work a little better. Pineapple and pine hit right off, then some malt and vanilla. A mild oakiness comes in in the finish. Not bad altogether.
BrewDad (5270) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap - Eastside Club Tavern - Olympia, WA
Aroma Ė Deep malt aroma with a light Oakiness to the aroma. Got more Vanilla than the oak.
Appearance Ė Amber in color with a great clear view thick white head
Flavor Ė Had a grea malty baground and the spices came through the oak was missing. Hmmm???
Palate Ė Not bad but the flavor of the oak would have added to the experience.
Overall ĖHad this on tap and also bottle. The bottle turned out to be a great beer. Had the oak and flavors I was looking for. The tap was missing something not sure they might have had a regular keg of Arrogant.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like this version much better than the regular version. I am glad they are bottling it now.
rob897 (62) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What can I say being a BIG fan of the standard Arrogant Bastard. This Oaked version is outstanding and I was glad I was able to get it from my local store.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a good sized long lasting off-white head. Aroma of raisins, old pine, and something akin to old fruit and vegetables left in the trashcan too long. A little woody too, but that vegetable aroma is not in the regular beer. Good flavor of caramel toffee, piny bitter hops, a slight toast flavor. Finishes with even more woody toast flavor and lingering hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied, plenty creamy texture, low-ish carbonation. I think the oak aging mainly mellowed this beer rather than added flavor. Funny how the process that makes oak aged Yeti so nice can do a disservice (for the most part) to this beer. Iíd prefer the regular AB, with itís lack of vegetable qualities.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle purchased from Claredon Wines in Boston for $3.25. Pours a ruby brown with ample head but little carbonation. Surprisingly little aroma. Flavour is of nice roasted malts. But Iím not getting much oak in the flavour. Sure, itís a nice beer - but at its price, I am hoping for something more special. I also wasnít enthralled with the regular Arrogant Bastard, so maybe Iím just not programmed right for this beer.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 smells rich and ruby. seems softer than the bastard and its hard to find the oak but thereís a depth. deep ruby in color with a dense off white head that hung around for a while. oh wow this is amazing. the oak adds a level of character where some oaked beers get gimmicky. really fantastic, worth the money, i want to drink it alongside the original monster.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured mahogony brown slight white head Aromas of citius pine and wood Nice clean mouthfeel flavors of hops hops hops pine melloed some by the wood