GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Right away you know you are drinking one seriously kick-ass beer. The aroma just blows you away. Much like regular AB, this beer has an intense, pungently hopped up aroma but the thing is there’s the oak that gives it some extra depth. If it’s possible to improve on AB, this did it. Pour is a deep brown/burnt orange, clear with a big off-white head and excellent lacing. The oaked character on the taste, like the aroma, give is a much deeper flavor but it just makes it taste better, not overpowering it any way. It sort of smoothes out everything, making everything taste better. Great beer. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2006
12 oz. bottle. I enjoyed this with a roast beef dinner last night. Mmmmmmm. Poured a very deep reddish brown with a moderate light tan head that lasted through the entire glass. Pleasant aroma of caramel, floral notes, bourbon, and some oak. The same components create a very nice flavor, with the hops not over-powering. Quite good! bhensonb (15498) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Aroma of flowery hop underlaid with pine hop. Or vice versa. I detect no yeast - probably because my nasal palate is hopped! Deep mahogany red color with a white head which collapses. Starts with an impression of sweetness, very smooth, and the hops are not at all overpowering. Very good mouthfeel, and very appropriate level of carbonation. The oak is almost spicy. The finish endures with oaky malt. It’s really quite interesting. Almost like a mild version of Anchor’s Our Christmas Ale. MattShizzle (616) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Very good. Nice strong flavor, definitely taste the oak. Dark and clear. Very rich. Enjoy slowly! jeffgary99 (1) - Murrieta, California, USA - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
I drink a fair amount of microbrew beer during my travels. I have yet to find one that I like more than this one. I’ve always been a fan of the regular bastard and this one is a step above. Very hoppy and the oak flavor is a nice addition. My only complaint is the $12.99 per six pack price tag.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Its been far too long since I’ve had a regular bastard, so this is like re-discovering this family of brews for the first time. Nice looking dark reddish-copper color with piney/floral hops dominating and some woody hints barely noticeable. Taste is sweet, but less so than the original Bastard. Woody taste mixes nicely with strong, chewy hop taste. Very nice! If I have to choose 1, I gotta go with the original due to that sweet malty taste that is absolutely amazing - but I’ll take this version any day. Well done! shigadeyo (3760) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2009 vyvvy (6572) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2006
12/14/2006: I’ve nearly finished my bomber of the regular Arrogant Bastard, so now it’s time to try the oaked version so that I can compare...
Not surprisingly, the Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale looks nearly identical to the regular version. I has the same deep reddish-copper color, fuffly large tan head, and nice lacing. The aroma is slightly different, better actually. The sweet maltiness is still there, but there’s also a really nice woody orange/fruit quality to it. The hops aren’t quite as detectable in the aroma (must get mellowed out with the oaking). The flavor is also much like the non-oaked Arrogant, but more mellow and even smoother. Some vanilla/cream flavor as well as a delicate oak woodiness are also detecable in the flavor. The finish is a bit more dry, but still has a nice grapefruit-like flavor to it. The mouthfeel is much the same as well; full and a bit on the thicker side, but not too much. Over all, Oaked Arrogant is a less aggressive, more mellowed down version of the regular Arrogant Bastard with just a hint of oak in the aroma and flavor. The oaking takes away some the great hop bitterness, but the added complexity that it imparts in the aroma and flavor makes up the difference. This was another great Stone brew and thank you Stone for putting this in 12 oz bottles so that I wouldn’t have to buy a 3 L monster bottle!
12 oz bottle from Jungle Jim’s (the last 6-pack from their first shipment).
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7/01/2009: Wow, still going strong at nearly three years out. It still has plenty of carbonation and has really good mouthfeel (full-bodied and oh so smooth!). More and more of the sugary caramel maltiness is coming through and there is just the right about of pine hoppiness layered on top. There are hints of vanilla and dry, woody finish as well. Top off the gread aroma and flavor with a sophisticated amber brown color, a thick beige head and detailed lacing, and shimmering carbonation. Damn, what a fine beer! It is so impressive how well this beer has held up despite the fact that it really isn’t made for aging...
Bottle sampled with Beerdrenched. Pours garnet wtih a beige head. The aroma has some cream, vanilla, hearty toasted malt, some sweentess and woody hops. Medium body with a good amount of soft carbonation. The taste starts with vanilla and woodiness along with a strong malt presence - very smooth and sweet. The finish is very woody from the oak and the hops used. Very nicely done variance on the original arrogant bastard. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2011 Wow, this is just gorgeous. 12 oz bottle received in trade with stoutlover72 (thanks!). Looks and pours like the regular - and superb - Bastard, but the subtle differences from the oak (and I mean subtle, not heavy and syrupy as one sometimes gets) really make this somewhat memorable. A touch less arrogant, but more complex. Funknmilla (746) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 12 oz bottle...floral aroma a little dishrag like...says J.S....like a towel that has been in the bathroom too long...i diddnt get all that but...it had a wonderful hop flavor ..and a brown color...oak is subtle little bit of vanilla on finish along with a sticky mouth...once again stone delivers!