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style
RATINGS: 2224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Arrogant Bastard Aged with oak chips.

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9408) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2006
12 oz bottle. Deep brown with a ruby red tint and a thick tan head. Aroma is big and piny with heavy hop resins and a sweet oaky vanilla aroma. Warming brings out light grapefruit character as well. Flavour is quite hoppy with resinous bitterness, strong oaky/tannic characteristics over a sweet malty base. Medium crystal mal flavour is apparent. Oak intensifies as the temperature comes up and also softens the bitterness accentuating the hop flavour and sweet vanilla. Nice enough, but I prefer the regular.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Draught. At Coles in Buffalo. Poured deep clear mahogany with a large frothy-creamy beige rocky head. Wood resin aroma, almost burnt, fairly boozy with generic sharp hop bitterness. The taste is very malty - dry, almost burnt malt - lots of dry resiny wood notes and a hint of grape leaves in the finish - simple, and it took a while for me to warm to it, but its pretty classy. The body is only just so-so, but its nicely astringent, with solid carbonation, and a very well-balanced malt/alcohol/burnt oak finish. Sophisticated, if slightly burnt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2006
12oz. bottle. Piney, earthy, spicy and woody aroma, some citrus and darker toasty malt sweetness in the background here as well. Medium tea-like amber-brown color, lightly hazy, with a lasting, fine head. Some interesting flavor development here in comparison to the standard Bastard, with a spicy, citric start, becoming dry, lightly roasty, earthy, nutty and increasingly bitter towards the finish, which is also very lightly warming and, very late, shows some long lingering dusty, tannic oak. Fairly active on the palate, with ample effervescence and a rather pleasantly potent bite, paired with a medium body. I think Id consider the experiment a success. Cheers, Bob!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2006
[bottle] Dark ruby color, with a substantial tan colored head. Aroma is resiny sweet hops and a touch of alcohol. Flavors are that of the usual bastard- sharp hop bitterness, with some really dark malts. The oak character is pretty subtle, adding vanilla and an additional layer of complexity overall.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milewide (2129) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Nicely bitter from start to finish. Amber color. Oak flavor is very modest and not worth the upcharge from regular ABA which I think is better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 nice addition to the "bastard" series...dark amber body with medium tan head..aroma is largely grapefruit, pine, wood, and sweet malts..flavor is heavy in such hops, and finishes very woody...definite licorice and caramel present as well..nice palate

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Strawberry orange in color. Creamy dollop of ivory froth clings nicely with each sip. Spruce tips, lemon oil, nutty Crystal, and rhubarb esters comprise the aroma. Hints of aniseed and vanillin. Vigorous swirls reveal some puttylike yeast. Tight, fluffy carbonation. Delicate hop-derived acidity immediately buckles the cheeks, though a resinous hop sting and a juicy rush of esters quickly neutralize it. Nutty Crystal is deep rooted and contributes a firm caramelized sweetness. Wood sneakily arises and lends a vibrant spiciness and a smidgeon of vanillin, as well as a coarse dryness, which mirrors and complements the leafy-hop elements. Hop bitterness remains sharp and poignant, and steadily progresses before it ultimately culminates into a fresh integratioin of blood oranges and peach skin caressed with surprisingly clean and understated oak. Becomes a bit sweet toward the latter half of the bottle, as the abundance of fruitiness and slight yeastiness fatigues the palate. That said, this is a surprisingly good example from a seemingly declining brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevinthesipper (10) - Matawan, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2006
piney wood aroma, subtle. vibrant rust color, vaguely cloudy with cream head. sweet roasty malt with hoppy bitterness. smooth creamy bite, with lasting hangtime. earthy organic feel. begins in the nose and finishes in the back of the throat, and pleasurable through out.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2006
12 ounce bottle from my SS winter 06. Same cough syrup red color with a decent tan head. I honestly do see my difference between this the the regular stuff. Lots of spicey and piney hop aroma. Huge bitterness. Long agressive finish. The oak here is subtle at best. For some reason, I am enjoying this more that the regular bottle I had a couple of weeks ago.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnysuede (16) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Grapefruit, spicy, floral aroma, with a moderately bitter flavor. Pours dark golden brown with a small head. Has a medium body, with somewhat soft carbonation. Finish is long and smooth, and lightly alcoholic.


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