ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 16, 2006
Pours a hazy copperish color with a decent tan head. The aroma is grapefrui, oak, and pine. The flavor has an intense hoppishness with grapefruit and a bit of caramel malt. The oak is almost lost in the bitterness and the finish is intense and lingers upon the palate. 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Bottle. Dark burgundy brown colored body. Weak nose of some cedar, oak and some tobacco/bourbon notes. Smells and tastes similar to a scotch ale, though on the back of the tongue there’s some habanero flavors, and it’s very dry. Interesting, and I would say unique since it’s difficult to find a beer that tastes exactly like this one. Not sure if I’m the only one who gets the habanero notes, or if it’s even in there at all, but I really like it. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 Draft.
jake65 (3986) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2006
This was one of the fortuitous beer hunting events that make the whole thing worthwhile. 10:30 PM in some suburb East of LA. I’ve just arrived, I haven’t had dinner, and everything, hotel restaurant included, seems to be is closed. The taps are broken at the hotel bar, and I can have my choice of Bud or MGD in a bottle. I decide to take a walk instead; everything really is closed. After walking a mile or so, I come the one place open in town -- a little hole-in-the-wall bar with a rather collegiate crowd. But I go in, and they’re serving food (heck, I’d take a plate of nachos at this point) and I see that not only do they have fish tacos, they’ve got arrogant bastard on tap. So I order a glass, and the bartender apologizes:
"Sorry, all we’ve got is Oaked Bastard. Would that be ok?"
"Are you f*$%ing kidding me? That’s great!"
So, the beer. It pours a dark orange-brown with a lovely head, modest in size but high density and robust. Wonderful. I can’t wait to try it. The aroma is gently citric hops, very slight woody tones, some spice. The flavor is lovely. It’s not nearly as bitterly hoppy as the regular bastard, but instead has this lovely spicy woodiness that brings out both the hops and the oak chips in good but not overstated measure. It’s ironic that the bastard -- self proclaimed over-the-top brew -- is so relatively refined in this form. It’s not a subtle beer, but nor is it a hop bomb, or an oak bomb. Instead, it’s complex and well balanced, bringing in chewy, substantial malts to round out the other flavors. The mouthfeel is superb, creamy and full but not the least bit sticky or cloying.
I’m very impressed here, and all the more so for having found this beer after resigning myself to a bud or similar.
A month later and the 12oz bottles have hit Washington state. I bought a couple of sixpacks, but was prepared to be disappointed. Not likely that it would be half as good from the bottle on a regular night in my house as on tap after the search described above.
Wrong. The beer is excellent. Great stuff.
Fall 2006 bottle tasted Jan 2008
Just for an experiment, I though I’d age a couple of these and see what happens. The result? More or less what a pessimist would expect. The lovely hop bite is gone; in its place, oxidation. A watery, kind of thin beer, buoyed by the oak but not really anything special enough to pull beyond about a 3.5. Better fresh; good to know it.
Fall 2006 tasted 2013 OK, this was just silly but the bottle has been sitting around in my closet so I gave it to my wife to use for a soup. Lots of spray-on oak, more residual hop power than I would have guessed, not completely horrible.
Bottle: Dark amber/orange color - almost reddish with a thick tan head and great lacing. Aroma is primarily hops, citrus and some sweet malt backer. The taste is packed with hops, hops, and more hops. Nice citrus and floral hops dominate with some sweet malt and a bit of raison flavor. An excellent beer!! AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
12oz ottle and rating #500 (no big deal), thin yellow lightly laced head, copper/ruby body, sweet spicey brown sugar nose, woody (duh), raisins, wine, hops don;t stand out at all like they do in the standard bastard, a complicated ale indeed, wow #500 eh? It’s been an adventure.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Great beer.Aroma was very woody.The oak really stands out.Pours a dark amber with a medium tan head.Flavor was very strong oak with a malty backbone.Medium bodied with a definate wood finish.This will only get better with age. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 12, 2006
12 oz bottle. Copper with a beige head. Big citrus nose. Citrus rind flavors, oak shows up huge in the flavor, mild vanilla. This is pretty rough - might be too fresh. The flavors have almost no integration. Still a good beer, but should get much better with age. adrian910ss (2591) - Doylestown, PA, USA - NOV 12, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a brownish bronze color with a medium sized cream head. Aroma is floral with hoppy pine overtones,almost like an IPA. A slight hint of vanilla and wood chips can be detected,ever so slight. Flavor is west coast hoppy with a twinge of vanilla in it. Nice try, but I prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard over this one. BeerandBlues2 (13719) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
12-oz. bottle, 2006 release. Pours a flat tawny with an average light brown fizzy head, mostly diminishing with some spotty lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, caramel, grain), heavy hops (perfume, flowers, pine and grass), average yeast (sweat, leaves) with notes of apple, wood and light alcohol. Light sweetness, moderate acidity, heavy bitterness and an average flavor duration. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, fizzy carbonation and a bitter finish. calivania (62) - USA - NOV 12, 2006
Almost a starter Bastard. I certainly expected something less creamy, and dare I say it subtle. But it gets bolder as it warms. Bourbon and leather-- like the Harvard Club.