caesar (7156) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2007
Clear amber color, short off-white head. Aroma of hop, cascade, malt, some toffee. Soft taste, very bitter, sweet malts. Bit oak maybe. Bitter palate. Nice. zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2007
(bottle - 12 oz) Murky ruby red color with a very thin layer of tan foam. Aroma has the traditional Arrogant Bastard flavors in it; nice malts and a good, strong hop flavor. Flavor seems more intense at the beginning of it than the regular Bastard, but the oak adds a nice earthy sweetness near the end. Very lingering and bitter finish. Really nice. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Pours a deep murky red brown.
Modest white head with a pleasent rich nose. The aggressive hops are so well matched with the deep caramel malt sweetness. The oak flavor fills in brilliantly and is an oustanding addition to the the standard Arrogant Ale. The finish is crisp and smooth. This beer is oustanding and great mouthful is njoy. Would reccomend and prefer this over the Un-oaked variety. Cheers as usual to the boys at Stone!! JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Deep rusty red. Nice lingering dusty tan head. Earthy rindy hop aroma, slightly smoked malt. Odd green hop taste to start. Pine sap, wooded fruit. Dark roasted toffee. I didn’t write more down, but it has some hidden complexities that open up nicely and is a very drinkable beer. I was a bit surprised by this one. mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy deep mahogany-red color. Creates a tight, pillowy 1/2" beige head with strong retention. Patterns of thick lacing adhere to the sides of the snifter. Aromas in general were surprisingly restrained for such a complex beer. However, pleasant notes of pine and hops resin, oak, earth, toffee and some faint vanilla waft gently up from the glass. Mouthfeel starts very smooth and creamy with a soft carbonation level. Goes down with a slight oily texture. Flavor much bolder than the aroma. Very complex and nuanced. Initally notes of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, vanilla bean and buckwheat honey greet the tongue. This is very quickly replaced with a very agressive grapefruit rind and wood tannin-like bitterness which immediately deletes any sense of lingering sweetness. I like hops but felt more of a sugary malt contribution would have balanced the flavors out better. Finishes dry and crisp with a long, lingering bitterness. For only 7.2% this beer is a mouthfull.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Pours murky brownish red with a big tan head. Aromas of dark fruits with some notes of oak. Hops and Oak at first with a nice full mouth feel. There is also some roasted malts hidden in there somewhere. Finishes Dry. Great Brew. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 Rerate: Picked up a 6 pack in US. Oh baby this is good beer!!
12 oz bottle in a trade with kmweaver. Long lasting dark cream head and lacing. Beer is an orange so dark it’s almost brown. There may or not be something floating therein. Aroma seems a little shy. It’s there if you look; alcohol, sweet sugar, citrusy hops. Nice aroma, just a little timid for such a bold beer. Rich mouth feel. Delicious hops with an aggressive building presence. I was surprised that it was rated lower than the un-oaked version but I am not sure I get much of a difference. If anything the oak mellows the beer. Lasting hop-wood-fruit flavour blends well. Somehow reminds me more of a Hophead than my memory of my last Arrogant Bastard. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
What a great beer. Aroma is malty and full of hops. Appearance is a nice dark brown with cloudy appearnace with a thin lacey head. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth with nutty aftertaste. Flavor is tremendous with a very malty smoothness and "aggresive" hops. Love the oaky flavor. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Tap at Boston Sunset Grill. Very cloudy copper-brown body topped by a large beige head. Smells woody, dirty and sweet, like an abandoned candy factory. Creamy texture yet crispy taste. Wood, roasted sweet malts and hops abound and work together to create some kind of caramelized hops concoction with wood chips. Finish is medium in length and bitterness is medium in intensity. Seems like I liked it more than most other raters. Never had the bottle. I found the tap simply delicious. This aged version is more intense and meaner than the regular Arrogant Bastard. And that’s to be expected, being one myself I can tell you that arrogant bastards don’t get any softer with time. DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
if youve read my comments about arrogant bastard, you will know its one of my least favorite beers. that said, i thoroughly enjoyed the oaked version. something about the oak has added a mellowness that seems to balance out the overly bitter hops of the regular version. i find this to be much more balanced than the regular version and wish they would just do away with the original, and make this all the time instead.