duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Like the original, except not as in-your-face. Soft, almost vanilla like body brings forward the oak flavor. Not sure I like this better than the original bastard, though it is an interesting and tasty beer! MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
12 Oz bottle from Kevin- Pours deep mahogony/with ruby hues, and is topped off with scads of beige lacy froth. Massive wood/oak aroma, dank forest and pine, floral dripping herbacous honey, roasted malts. Taste is over the top wood juice, which suits me fine. Pine and citric hops, lucious wet leafy greens, tannic concentrated hop buds. Spiced malty finish. It’s mostly about the hops n’ wood here. Very good. Thanks a lot Kevin! Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
12oz Bottle: Love the label, some good reading on there. It’s funny ’cause it’s true. Pours dark orange, big fat beige head that left terrific lacing on the bottle. Aroma is nice and sweet, chocolate, caramel, apple cores, and flowers. Interesting! The taste is of grapefruit, caramel, floral hops, macadamia nuts, oak, and grass. Yeah, it sounds odd, but it tastes great. But, as they say in the Goatmeal Crisp ads.. you won’t like it.. LinusStick (3458) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2007
I am not a big fan of the whole "Oak" thing and this beer reminded me why. I liked the original so why did they have to do this? The pour was beautiful. Dark brown with a 2 finger lingering head (the 2 finger linger as I pathetically say). The taste was earthy and almost like cough syrup. The bitter finish helped but not enough to pull it out. Bad gargoyle! iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2007 12oz, still no date. Pours a slightly hazy fuby orange with a two and a half finger light beige head. Aroma of piney grapefruity malts, a hint of vanilla, buttery burnt toffee, brown sugar sweetness and toasted malts. Flavor has some wood and piney hops, brown sugar--though not necessarily the sweet part, as this isn’t very sweet at all--, and some toasty malts, and alcohol is somewhat noticeable. Semi dry finish. Medium body, low carbonation. Still don’t see the awesomeness to this brew. Old rating follows. 12oz, no date. Pours a slightly hazy ruby with a two finger slightly yellow beige head. Aroma seems to have more caramel and less hops than the original. There is some brown sugar, toasted malts, toffee, and there may be a bit of vanilla. Ah, the alcohol, some earthy wood--I wouldn’t go so far as to call it oak, though--with some moderate bitterness and a biscuity toffee finish. Mouthfeel is smooth but for a little bit of sharpish carbonation--if that makes sense. Moderately carbonated with a medium body. 7-4-7-4-13
Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2007
12 oz bottle. Hazy amber orange with a thin head. GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Grapefruit aromas dominate. Light caramel and vanilla appear as it warms.
Flavor is mostly grapefruity hops, with some light caramel. Oak is not very prevalent, except for a dry woodiness on the finish.
Not noticeably different than regular AB, maybe aging will bring out the oak more.
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2007 Yuck! I’m not even going to bother going through the rating on this beer. It tasted like tree bark. When are breweries going to get tired of this gimmicky crap? I’m looking at you too Dogfishhead. johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
My first Stone beer, and very happy to try it. This beer was a lot darker than I expected with a dark red/amber color. Tastes is very good, almost like an IPA with the hops very present. I did not taste much of a "wood" flavor, but there was a heavy vanilla flavor present to me. It was really nice. The only thing I felt held it back a little was that it was overly bitter for my taste (not a surprise at all) but still put me off a bit. Nice beer. Doctormirk (100) - USA - JAN 16, 2007
Pours smooth with a thick creamy head. Reddish orange when held up to a light- slightly hazy. Smells of caramel, maybe toffee and there is a tang of hops in the scent... or maybe that’s just my anticipation kicking in. Definitely related to the regular AB with somewhat subtle oak flavors. Could have had more prevalent oak, but glad to see it wasn’t overdone. I suppose it’s a bit like The Price is Right... Can still taste the citrus-tree-sappy hops on the sides on my tongue about an hour later, delicious. SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottled on 1.10.07. Poured brown. Nice looking bubbly brownish head. Nice lacing on the glass, and a nice pattern left in the beer. Aroma of pine and malts. Huge hop hit of pine and grapefruit flavors with the first sip. Grassy notes in the end. As it warmed up I got sweet caramel notes in the back. Not as much oak as I would have expected was it was nice what I got, not overdone. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. Dry finish, medium to full bodied. Mouth feel was creamy and smooth. Nice tingle on my tounge from the carbonation.