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. Darkover (1545) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Dark amber color with a light tan head. Mild citrus hop and wood aroma and flavor. Very woody finish. Mello not Arrogant. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 2006 12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a deep amber color with a big size off white head. Nice lacing. I guess its the oak I’m smelling. It’s just a little off. Taste like a toned down AB. Medium to full body. A good beer, but I’m glad I didn’t buy a full case.<P> Sampled again 5 months later. Oak aroma and flavor has mellowed. Vanilla is coming through nicely. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Twelve-ounce bottle. Dark brown with small, off-white head that dissipated quickly and didn’t lace much. Had a sweet, citrus aroma. Almost overpowering citrus, pine and wood taste, which took a few sips to get used to. Oak came out more with warmth. It’s been about nine months since my lest regular Arrogant Bastard, so I really can’t compare the two, but I definitely remeber enjoying the original more. Still a pretty good beer, but I don’t think it was worth the nearly $16 I paid for the six-pack. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Naven. The oak definitely adds some depth and complexion to this already great beer. Very good.
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Bottle: Aroma is definitely more mild with the hops which brings out a moderate peach aroma with some wood and mild citrus hops. Pours a transparent amber with a moderate off-white head and very good lacing. Like the aroma, the flavor is much more mellow wtih a strong peach presence. Citrus hops in the finish are very subdued with some mild woodiness. The oak aging really does a lot to tame the beer. I prefer the regular AB. Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2006
This wasn’t too good. Pours a hazy mahogoney with a ligh tan head. Aroma of being in the wood section of Home Depot. The pine aroma of the hops emphasizes the intense wood aroma. carries into the flavor, not so much oak, just wood. Cuts into the flavor of the hops. Good mouthfeel and a bitter aftertaste. I’ll take the original over this any day of the week. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle. Well, this one disappointed me. I would imagine that licking a 2x4 would get you the same results. Way too woody not even oaky. The hoppiness of the regular bastard is over shadowed by aromas and flavors of simple wood.
Yikes, bring on the double bastard. asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 Medium amber pour with good fizzy head. Aroma is a little sweet and sour, very hoppy. Flavor is hoppy but very smooth, the oak is a nice mellow addition. Slighly watered down on the finish. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Pours a translucent darker amber with an average creamy off white head. Aroma of vanilla, woody, citrus and grapefruit. Flavor was lots of vanilla and oak. Followed by a nice hop bitterness yet balanced with a malty sweatness. Would be nice to try this side by side with a standard AB.