MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2007
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. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 29, 2007
12 oz bottle purchased at Holiday Wine cellar. Excellent! I dont think I could drink more then 2 of these. So why the six pack? Nephilium (1806) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2007
A slight aroma of sweet malts and smoke start this beer off. It pours a clear ruby with an off-white cap of head. A nice woody taste starts this off, ending with the nice bitterness of the bastard. A wonderfully tasty beer, and one I’m overjoyed is available in sixers year round now. f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Pours a ruby brown color with a nice tan head. Malty, woody aroma with a hint of vanilla. Sweet, malty body, not overly complex. Slight whisky finish. ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 27, 2007
Enjoyed five of these while watching the UFC event with my boy Spencer. Wow, those were some sick ribs! Subtle nose of fruit, resin, flowers, and a hint of alcohol. The brew pours a ruby garnet. The huge fully lasting beige fluffy head leaves excellent lace. The spicy brew has a low acidity with excellent depth and a super bitter presence at the finish. The full body is soft, the finish is ultra dry.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2007
12 oz bottle, this is great stuff, i think AB really mellows quite nicely on the oak chips, mild hit of woodiness followed by the regular taste of a mellowed AB, this one is better than the original JoeinDahlem (1503) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 22, 2007
Big thanks to Matthew for the trade. 12 oz. bottle pours dark brown with cloudy amber highlights, and a pillowy, lasting tan head. Looks marvelous. Complicated aroma of malts, sour cherries, chocolate. Nose evolves and gradually gets sweeter. Flavor kicks off with initial sweetness, faint cherry notes, and folds gradually and fully into a dusty, smoky bitterness, with some malts popping up in the finish. Deeper into the glass, in the back of the bitterness there’s an unfortunate burnt plastic thing going on. Full-bodied, dry. All in all, the flavor couldn’t match the look or smell of this beer. But that would have been well-nigh impossible, and while flawed it’s pretty damn tasty and interesting anyway. Stine (1779) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Tap at the Brew Kettle. Rusty, bronzy orange pour. Nose of burnt brown sugar, oak, and black cherries. A bright wink of strawberry. The strength of the barrel lends a bit of creamy smoke to the flavor, but never weighs too heavily. This is unexpected and sends a lovely ripple of subtlety through the resinous, hoppy, hot honey and creme brulee pool. Somewhat simple, but classy. Softly aggressive in the mouth. Surprisingly textured and even delicate. BREWMUSKCLES (2671) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2007
stanky broomstraw introduces you to the bitter grapefruit rind who whirls you around so the woody malt bastard can take a slap at you. after smacking lips and tongue you stiffin’ you’re reserve and go back in for another hit. that sweetish butterscotch bitch you saw during the debacle is worth another lick. andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3L bottle. fucking magnificent! aside from sheer volume, this is above the arrogant bastard ale in taste and finish. the oak is more noticed the more i sipped. it wasn’t necessarily dry, it just added a creamy, woodsy-er finish that just topped the ever-so bitter hoppiness that the ab ale contains. the aromas were soaked in caramel and thick syrupy buttescotch. the taste was solid, offensively bitter, and chocolate-coated like no other. the finish was the same as the burp - dark, bitter, offensive, and thick like a true craft is.