xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Oaked Arrogant Bastard
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, argued over 02/07
Poured a hazy ruddy brown with a large mostly lacing beige yellowish frothy head with good lacing.
Smelt of strong fresh pineapple, mango, and other tropical fruit, some light oak and caramel.
Taste was upfront strong bittersweet grapefruit and light fruit punch sweetness followed by a strong roasted grain and oak bitter taste with some light fruity sweetness on a long bitter hops finish. Palate was medium bodied, watery yet a bit oily, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.
Overall, the aroma is divine. The flavor delivers, and, although surprisingly light on the palate, it balances out the strong flavors. By far my favorite of the arrogant bastard variations. TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Pours a nice redish color with a solid, lasting head. The smell is not what I expected. It was simple and didn’t have a strong roast/oak smell. The same with the taste. The oaked part of the brew was simple, and a perfect compliment to the brew. Nice combination of alcohol/hops/oak flavoring. dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Certainly has a wonderful woody aroma. Taste is not as hoppy as the regular. Very woody and different. Good in small doses. DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 12 oz. bottle. Big rocky tan head over a clear amber pour. Head slowly subsides to an island of foam about a half inch thick that persists for a good while and leaves a nice lace. Although there is oak in the aroma, it is not all encompassing, but rather more of a background to the caramel and fruit notes, as well as some citrus and spice from the hops. Rich medium/full mouthfeel demonstrates the astringent bitterness of Arrogant Bastard Ale nicely. Malty sweetness is nicely balanced by bitter citrus for a long dry finish. bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
12oz bottle. deep amber without much head. good carbonation. dry oak flavor with loads of bitter roasty malts, and of course, the hops. lots of them. the wood gives a very differnt flavor, but it is the same old bastard on the inside.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Shigadeyo thought I was worthy enough to get this beer. Thanks Craig. Pours a dark amber with a medium off white head. Decent carbonation and good lacing. Nice aroma of roasty malts and ripened fruits. Flavor is malty, light wood and bitter hops in the finish. BigBeer45 (1532) - Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Bottle, pours dark amber, off-white bubbles that dissapated for the most part, sweet malt fragrance, little chocolate, candy, carmel, taste of dark roasted malt, vanilla, hop bite, alcohol on the tongue as it warms up. MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Hazy copper with a medium head. Aroma of grass and pine hops, brown sugar and oak. Taste is vanilla perfume, oak, caramel and citrus. Complex, but conflicting tastes. Medium body. Bitter finish. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2007
12oz bottle from Marcus. Dark amber/brown body with a medium sized, creamy off-white head. The aroma is dry, dusty oak almost piney, light spicey rye and caramel with a hint of citrus hops. The flavor is a bit jumbled and disorganized. Very dry oak, rye and grapefruit fight for control with some toffee sweetness in the backgournd watching the brawl. Medium body with hefty pressence in the mouth and a slightly bitter, dry end. ABV well hidden by Stone standards. I like the regular version quite a bit more than this. asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark red/amber color with a nice off-white head on top that is lasting. Aroma is not quite as strong as the regular Arrogant Bastard. More of a vanilla, oak, and pine aroma. Flavor is similar to the aroma in that it is toned down from the regular version. More of a oak and vanilla flavor in the beer but not overbearing. The beer finishes with the same Arrogant Bastard taste profile with a nice malty sweetness. Hop bitterness is throughout also. While I prefer the other versions of the Arrogant Bastard to this one I still think this is a great beer.