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 (751) - 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! MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Brown body with a thick tan head. A bit of a coppery/orange translucence to this around the edges. Aromas are caramel, peat, and maybe some pineapple/citrus hops. Texture is thick and a bit creamy. Sweet malt notes give way to a brisk hops presence and then the oak flavoring finishes things out very smoothly. I really like the way the oak smooths out the finish here. Probably a touch better balanced than the original, but sacrifices a bit of the hops bite. JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Clear, deep mahogany/cherry color (darker than the non-oaked Bastard), off white lasting head; very inviting. Similar super strong floral/piney/citrus hop aroma to the regular Bastard, slight oak aroma which is a nice addition. Oak taste is pretty masked by the mother-loads of delicious hops, though. 12-oz bottle. Pasadena, CA, USA. chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2006
12 oz bottle shared w/ TChrome. Clear dark copper color. Tan head. Fair amount of hop nose, some vanilla and sweetness. Slightly thick and smooth mouthdfeel, mildly carbonated. Nice hop flavor and bitter finish, like regular Arrogant Bastard, but sweet with a small amount of woodiness.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Dark cherry red with medium off white head. Big hop aroma. Lots of citrus in the aroma and taste. Smooth and easy drinking. Not much oak presence. Good, but not quite up to my expectations. edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
12/8/06: 12 oz. bottle.marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Crimson brown body with a thick and creamy yellow-tan head. Lace covers and clings to glass. Fresh, XL hop aroma. Massive hop flavor – fir tree & citrus with a bitter finish. Sure, this is a great beer and quite tasty, but I feel ripped off… where is the wood?? This one reminds me more of Double Bastard. Other oak thoughts… A: The large hop flavor might be masking the oak chips B: Does size really matter?? Maybe the 12 oz. bottle is to concentrated to allow for the oak to appear. Perhaps I will cellar what is left of my 6 pack and re-rate in a year to see if the hops mellow out – allowing the oak to come through. I might also try the mama size bottle to see if size matters. Come on Stone… give a girl some wood ;) To be continued…
Phenomenal beer - oak is not overwhelming but definitely present. The bitterness of the regular arrogant bastard is somewhat masked in this version and the flavor is quite similar to the original. Superb balance. TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Nice oak aroma and flavor. It doesn’t overpower the other aromas and flavors. Nice bitter hops and sweetness. Lasting flavor. Great. ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Bottle. Pourse a rusty color with a decent amount of light tan head that settles. Aroma is oak, caramel, floral. Taste is subtle oak, malt, floral, grapefruit. Palate is medium, long lasting, oily and sticky. Great beer. This is, IMO, how things should be oaked. Should add complexity not overpower the beers natural qualities.