FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 31, 2005
dark red-brown color with a thick head. The oak and hops are noticable and it has a slight bitter aftertaste. Put it in a 22oz bottle and I’d get it again. 3 liters is just too much for me. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2005 Caramel, crystal malts aroma, mild piney hoppiness. Smooth palate, creamy vanilla, light caramel and candy sugar, mild coffeish finish, intense citrussy bitterness. Very similar to Arrogant Bastard overall but more creamy and a sort of hazelnut dryness that I don’t remember. Will try to rerate side by side. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Growler from the brewery. Pours and looks like the regular AB, dark reddish brown with a thick beigey head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is the first place I notice the difference, this is rich and malty with caramel and raisins, but the oak nose is prominent and the normally aggressive hop aromas are minimal - very nice. Flavor is also significantly less hoppy and noticibly oaky, again, lots of dark, fruity malts complimented by an oaky -tannic character that I normally associate with Chardonnay. The hops have taken on more of a floral taste with a bit of grapefruit showing up in the aftertaste along with a young oak astringency. Smooth, medium body and gentle carbonation. Very nice. Good thing I like it because I’ve got a full growler to go through this weekend. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3L bought for 21$,someone priced that wrong! Usual AB appearance- deep cremson with a khaki head,that won’t go away. Leaves cobwebs on glass,as well. Aroma is dominated by oak,but yet still has the big maltiness in the regular Basard. The hops seemed to have aged out of the aroma,a bit. Thick,chewy mouthfeel. Stays with you a minute. The difference in taste is pretty much oak dominated where the regular AB is hop dominated. Finish does feature a noticeable hoppiness and is malty. Overall,I really enjoyed this I just wish I could have found somone to help me drink this that would have more than a glass. NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 25, 2005
Copper pour with a tan, foamy head. Lots of vanilla in the nose, with a little bit of maltiness underneath. Very smooth and soft compared to the regular Arrogant. Almost creamy texture. Hops emerge on the finish. Decent, but way overpriced/overpackaged.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
Pours a dark brown amber, with a foamy lingering head. Strong fruity and spicy hop aroma with a biscuity malt backing. Both of these are augmented by a subtle but rich woody scent. Full body, aggressive from nose to finish. Seemingly super chewy mouthfeel caves in before barelywine levels of chewiness are reached. Dryer than regular Arrogant Bastard with a woody characteristic to the mouthfeel. Spritely hop astringency matched with enough syrup malt character to keep everything assertive, but in check. Showcases the Stone yeast, which seem to posess a low enough attenuation to leave a certain unconverted fruity sweetness, despite the high gravity. Perhaps some byproduct esters of the yeast add to this effect, which is noticable in all of Stone’s beers. The oaky notes imparted to this beer are a refreshing addition to a tried and true. Maybe it is because I drink a lot of Arrogant Bastard, but the differences between AB and OAB really jump out at me, and are appreciated. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2005
This was amazing. Dark thick brown color with tan head. It was amazing. Chocolate flavor, hoppy, vanilla and slight taste of carmel. Alcohol taste on the very end but nice finish and nice smoked woody flavor in the background. mmmmm, a frind brought a 3 liter from cali for the weekend and it was fabulous. beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2005
Well this is a big bottle - what the hell were we thinking? Had at the 2004 Fall Beerfest in Toronto. Seems somehow milder on the nose than my faint recollection of the regualr version - there is still good resinous hop characteristics and then perhaps some vanilla too. Begins sharp on the tongue, with flavours of citrus hops and some caramel and then smooths out into a nice hoppy bitter finish. Overall I prefer the Regualr Bastard, but it’s still good. Big thanks to everyone who chipped in to let us all share the experience though! mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
bit of a tough one to rate. pours deep red. woody hop aroma with caramel, miixed fruit and a hint of toast and vanilla. flavour follows and it seems to be pretty much the same as arrogant bastard, other than just a hint. still a good beer, but I wouldn’t pay for it. aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
I much prefer the Normal Bastard. The big vanilla notes really kill the Hop bitterness and resin. Mice to try but I would not choose it.