CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 26, 2006
A nice take on the arrogant bastard -- better? Not really. The obsession with oak-aging is a bit troubling for me; while a slight addition of wood aromas and taste can be nice, it often is used to mask something wrong underneath -- see barrique-aging in Californian wines; much like when I buy wine and wanting to taste WINE, when I buy beer, I want to taste BEER -- not wood. bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Appearance is murky brown with an off-white head. Aroma is wheat, caramel, hops, pine, wet wood. Flavor is very much the same with the "oaked" tones making itself known. Palate is a thick mouthfeel, with just a little bit of a bitter finish. The alcohol content is slightly noticeable but, hey, it only makes it better and balances out the whole scheme. Stone is once again impressing me. MERRY CHRISTMAS! jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
From a 12 oz. bottle with a humorous blurb on the back, sampled at a cooler cellar temperature in a Stone Chalice.
Poured a cloudy orangey, reddish brown with a fluffy, creamy head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing, minimal amount of sticking.
Aromas of pine, pineapple and a oily herbal, woody, lightly grainy and caramelized malty.
Good steady carbonation and a crisp, hop slick, creamy smooth light bodied mouthfeel.
Delicious taste of hops and wood, piney, a big grapefruity and herbal, oak woody with only bare traces of vanilla, a little tobacco leafy towards the end, the alcohol has a woody flavor and provides a subtle warm in the palate, and a dry woody, hoppy, sweet malty finish.
Easy, smooth drinkability, another good brew from Stone, one of my favorite breweries.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle. Dark hazy amber color with no head. Smells of oak and slightly of cherries. The taste was just like the regular Bastard but with a harsh oak flavor. Also some port flavors. Good beer but I like the regular and double better. muzzlehatch (4950) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2006
12 ounce bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, Michigan (December 2006) enjoyed at cellar temperature from a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass in front of an incredibly ancient computer at 26kps at my parentsí house in Clinton, WI. Light burgundy pour, translucent/muddy, with a bounteous light taupe head, fine-bubbled and leaving copious lacing....vinous, oaky-vanilla notes are certainly present in the nose but never overpower the spicy, powerful hop profile, though it is muted a bit and caramelized malts seem stronger here than in the "regular" version; a subtle bitter orange character grows with warmth.....the body is quite bitter, not surprisingly, but I donít really find any woody character here, at least not the soft textures Iíd associate with oak aging; rather, this is even more harsh and oily-bitter than standard Bastard, potent and juicy but for me at least, too dry and astringent towards the finish to be really enjoyable....eventually the sugars do come out more and it becomes more drinkable, but the feeling is of brown sugar dumped in at the finish, rather than anything really well-balanced and integrated....full body, fairly low carbonation, a bit sticky. Mixed feelings here; I rather wish I hadnít had to buy a 6-pack though perhaps a few months in my cupboard will help a bit. Certainly not a patch on standard Bastard on tap, which is near-divine.
DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Pours golden amber with a good frothy white head. Smells strongly of grapefruit and hops. Extremely smooth taste of hops, evident IPA style bitterness, light body, with a crisp clean finish. Slightly woody from being oaked. Absolutly amazing beer. ABUSEDGOAT (2729) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 Clear copper with a fairly large head and good lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, wood, vanilla, caramel. Fairly straightforward, enjoyable. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2006
It turns out I didnít have to beg, borrow and steal (or at least trade) to get this beer, all I had to do was ask the cashier if they had any in stock. A case hidden in the office! Anyhow, this is as pretty as AB. A deep, crystal clear mahogany with a sizeable relatively dense offwhite to cream colored head. The nose is particularly delicate. Donít get me wrong, the hop assault is there in full force, though measurably subdued with a lovely woody oaky to earth character creating something a bit fruity. Sweet rounded malts with tannic (almost red wine like) cherry sorts of notes. A hint of alcohol, very fragrant. I wouldnít mind spilling some of this in the car to cover up the mildew smell. The palate is of course top notch. Good foamy density, but nice viscosity even absent any carbonation. The flavors are a beatiful piece of work on this beer. I really feel like that while this is a big beer, it is so mellow and delicate so as to allow the drinker to detect, gasp, complexity! Iím not just having my tastebuds numbed. Instead, this is like one of those whirly-ma-gigs that parents put over their toddlers cribs. The range of flavors and their combinations really stimulates and makes more keen my senses. Anyway, a well rounded malt, going from light and sweet to toasty with caramel and all manner in between. The balance is immediately obvious with those tannic cherry like aspects once again balancing nicely. Subdued grapefruit seed bitterness is balanced with the malt, along side the oak. I really feel like the oaking and the aging make this beer what it is. The oak fills in where the hops have started to trail off. The finish is a floral to fruity sort of hop with hints of everything from grapefruit to pineapple to cherry. The finish is all tannic oak, and works well to balance out lingering sweetness. This is so clean for a beer with so much going on. I really enjoy this, and Iíd love to find me some more in the future! What a joy! Better still, the warmer it got, the more I seemed to enjoy it. tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2006
It looks and smells nicer than non-oaked arrogant bastard. The oak/ general wood flavors come out most in the finish, and adds a nice touch. Its hoppy, bitter. Some fruit and caramel in the aroma. Full bodied. I like it better than the original. xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
12oz bottle. Sensual pine grapefruit resin, oranges, and lemon rind in the nose. Cloudy amber beer with short/partial tan sponge head. wood-vanilla flavors with sharp pine-cheddar grapefruits. bitter but rounded palate with a lasting finish. Very nice, maybe not the hugest improvement over AB but, still excellent and a nice contrast.