xmarcnolanx (940) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2007
There is a nice, dark malty aroma with significant grapefruit notes. The taste is of AB with a slightly harsh oak taste. I think that aged in a barrel without chips it would be a little more subdued and better. smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - APR 16, 2007
pours like the typical ab. aroma is mostly grapefruit with hints of raisin and oak. taste is grapefruit and sweet raisiny malt with lots of toasty oak throughout. finish is a little tanniny with typical grapefruit bitterness. pretty tasty treat but i enjoy regular bastard more. Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours a tarnished copper color with an off-white head. Nose is hoppy with dried apricots. Flavors are initially wonderful, full bodied and nicely balanced between the hops and malt. The fruit remains in the background but I could not discern any wood. As the beer warmed, the hop profile intensified becoming more bitter and overall more prominent. The oak never surfaced and this was a boldly flavored brew. Thanks to ogglethorp for the bottle. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 On draft - remember thinking, "i probably won’t order this again" - . Def not my favorite offering from Stone. RoboHop (21) - Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 Well, it is "oaked". One should definitely be able to distinguish this brew from the "normal" Bastard. The "oaking" adds slightly to the aroma and flavor, as compared to Arrogant Bastard. Therefore, I rate it slightly higher.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 2, 2007
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 didn’t 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. DYCSoccer17 (3706) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
12 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis, CA Food Co-Op. Aroma is very faintly sweet and slight vanilla-like. Don’t get me wrong, there is some definite booziness present in the aroma, too. Piney, grapefruity PNW hops also shine through. Mildly hazy muddy orange-copper color with a light yellowish head and small lacing. Start is very bitter and harsh, with some light oaky, woody barrel notes located in the middle. Somewhat puckering and astringent. FInishes with a ton of grapefruity and piney hop tannins that are crazy dry and bitter. I just don’t get how people can like this one-dimensional beer. Definitely lacks body and could use a lot more in the way of malts to balance the stupid amount of hops that are used. jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2007
found this in a 12 ounce bottle, great flavor, just a slight variation on the arrogant bastard, hard to detect the oak influence. jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Bottle, Malty, hoppy nice, but just a touch of oak, What more reallly needs to be said, I have to believe that stone is one of the best breweries in the USA. This brew is aggressive, with its malts, head , and hop, also its quite delicious. This beer is very well done, makes for a great sipper. The oak just adds great dryness to the palate. Thanks MrRomero. bigcat03 (334) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Bottle from Wilburs poured into Watou Trappist glass - Pours cranberry red with a creamy 1 finger tan head; Very sweet caramel, powdered sugar, bready yeast, apples, and a hint of the alcohol to the nose; Overpowering oak on the initial taste; A very bitter aftertaste with wood, floral hops, and burnt toast; A smooth full body; Good carbonation; Not a beer to be sipped! The wood flavor is way too overpowering. Some citrus tries to show through in the taste, but it just isn’t powerful enough. I’d like to try the original.