hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown pour, a bit of ruby on the edges. Thick tan head that diminishes into a thin film and lace. Sweetness, vanilla, oak and a bit of alcohol on the nose. A bit of hop bitterness with sweet malt in the flavor. Smooth finish that abrubtly turns to bitterness. The oak definately mellows the flavor.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky brown with reddish hues that has a lighter tan head. Nose is mild alcohol with some mild hops. Overall not the kick in the nose I would have expected. Flavor is a combination of wood and a tingling alcohol presence. Hops are definitely there in a deep way. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it and the liquid is pretty well bodied. I have to say that I distinctly remember my first time trying Arrogant Bastard and it left an impression. This seems to be a far cry from it and I want to say it is more subdued. Decent, but not as great as I would expect it to be. How can they oak so much beer anyways I wonder?
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, thanks to whoever sent this! Or is it whomever? Who’s on first? or is it Whom’s on first? No David Hume is in the outfield, at least he thinks he is to be or not to be is not the question, the question is..so Whom’s on first? it certainly is NOT a Mariners AAA player since McIdiot is married to sucky veterans...so Whom exactly is on first? Oh nevermind...Pours a dark copper with an average size tan head. Nose is piney, spicy, and of course woody. Taste starts with some sweet molasses syrup, the oak quickly comes through, then some pine & orange peel hoppiness, and then the oak retrurns in the finish. Body is medium, carbonation is medium. This is a world class beer. Great great stuff that i could drink all night if it was a bit lower in the abv department....
hapjydeuce (935) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, pours a dark reddish brown that instantly develops a lacy and rocky white head that coats the glass. The aroma is obviously similar to that of regular AB, however the sweet malt nose is somewhat subdued by the oak wood added. Slight notes of cinnamon and hops rise from the head behind the smoky burnt wood, with a touch of maple syrup, nicely done. Flavor is robust with caramel and bitter as the Bastard always is. The oak makes its presence known on the back of the tongue at the end of each sip. Finishes crisp and dry. A good beer.
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Poured from a bottle. Poured a garnett color with a fluffy off-white head that left great lacing. Aroma of hops, oak, and some fruit. Initial flavor of sweet malts that leads into a oak/smoke middle that finally ends with a hop bitterness. Super smooth with a dry finish. Oak isn’t as apparent as it is in other beers, but it adds a complexity to the beer and makes it even better.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Biter aroma. Aroma of hops, pine, alcohol, grapefruit, and resin. Poured medium brown/ruby in color with a large, rocky, foamy, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium bitter. Tastes of hops, resin, pine, a and hint of chocolate malt. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy, slightly dry finish. I do not taste any oak.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Date: March 18, 2005
an arrogant bastard without oak
Date: June 18, 2005
big hop flavor well balanced with a nice oaky character,
Date: December 10, 2005
Appearance: hazy amber
Aroma: light oaky vanilla aroma
Overall: nice woody oak character, lingering bitterness
Date: November 29, 2006
Score: ii to iii
Body: very creamy body
Flavor: nice sweet vanilla and oak flavor, nice bitter finish, the hop flavor is really tempered by the oak and sweet vanilla
Overall: excellent on draft, touch of butterscotch
Date: December 13, 2006
Aroma: nice sweet malt aroma with a touch of vanilla
Flavor: creamy hop flavor, nice touch of oak, long bitterness, lots of vanilla and oak come out as it warms
Name: Arrogant Bastard, American oak chips
Date: September 16, 2010
Source: The Pint House, Asheville
Appearance: cloudy dark brown, fine beige head, layers of lace
Aroma: huge oak aroma, touch of vanilla and caramel sweetness, lots of earthyness
Flavor: big malt flavor, lots of oak, sweet vanilla, balanced with lots of bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
Date: August 08, 2007
Source: cellar stock
the oak blends into the bitterness and the vanilla fades when it ages
Date: March 05, 2008
Source: cellar stock
vanilla is continuing to fade but still offers some sweetness, well balanced between the earthy oak and the caramel and vanilla,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark hazy amber. light with lots of lacing, which is very unique. Nice oak, caramel and nutta aroma. Woody malty flavor finish;s clean. Thanks to Hellbilly for the bottle!
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Dan Journal #103. Tasted 8/14/07. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a garnet hue. Moldy soapy head. Woody pruny caramel aromas. Nutty and malty. Mildly smokey. Milder initial flavor but smoother malts. Full bodied and sweet. Woody and earthy. Vanilla and milder burn.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with smallish off white head. Aroma comes in a little woody (go figure) but with other earthiness as well due to the hop profile....... something that is large in regular bastard as well. I’m not breaking it down any further than that, this beer smells awesome. Like an old baseball glove. Body is light to medium. Flavor is fairly bitter with that sprucy resinous biterness tempered by a heavy maltiness. Ever lingering within the normal hoppiness rides the flavor of the oak, which changes this beer considerably. I drink a lot of bastard, and now that Stone has decided to release the Oaked year round in six packs I will probably drink as much of this. Life is good when you can get beer like this at the nearest grocery store. Seriously, I’ll never complain again. The fact that this beer is available at all in this godforsaken desert is a miracle, but something this lovely within walking distance, seven days a week? Heavenly.