Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Regular Bastard with some vanilla notes and a smoother mouthfeel. There is no mango. WHERE IS MY MANGO? I much prefer the usual stuff. aracauna (3610) - Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2005
This one is just like the Bastard, except maybe some of the hop bitterness has aged out of it and there’s an unusual woody complexity on a beer that’s usually pretty straightforward. kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Off tap at Rich-O’s. I would have to say it was as good as the stuff I had from the 3L earlier this year. The beer poured a nice rubey-hued brown with one finger of tan head that didn’t want to leave the beer. The nose was sweet rich caramel that gave me tones of strawberry when it intertwined with the citrus hop. Lots of grapefruit hop, but everything mellowed nicely by the oak. The flavor was blended so well. Sweet caramel malts that are so rich and full nd a very sweet grapefruit hop with tones of vanilla swimming underneath it all. Just fantastic. The feel was moderate to thick, smoot hand creamy. Fine Fine beer. Overall, it is as good as it gets. So close to perfect. I will have to have it again and again and again if I can get it to decide if it is perfection. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Bottle at Fall Beerfest In Toronto 2004. Ruby/copper in colour. Aroma was a little less hoppy then the regular Arrogant Bastard, slightly sweet with a bit of malt. The flavour was hoppy, some caramel, a little malty, oak? - not sure. Medium body, high carbonation. Finishes with a long bitterness. Very cool to try but I found that the oak did nothing to this beer. skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 3L of potency! The "oaking" recovers the weak link in its older brother - the aroma. Otherwise (stright from AB review) great heavy malt, heavy hop barleywine styled champion. The taste of sherry is up front, with a loooong dry finish.
SpringsLicker (3643) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Thanks to daHammer for bringing this to the SE gathering at KP’s.
The oak adds an interesting twist to the Bastard, by mellowing out the coarseness that I find in fresh AB. This will be a real nice one to cellar I believe.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2005
Well, I should just cut-and-paste my AB rating here and add oaky...but there is one discernable difference. The oak seems to have mellowed out the acidity a bit and I like that. Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Woody and malty sweet w/ slight flowers on the nose and dark fermented fruit, wood, and a slight soury malty sweetness on the mouth. The beer poured a deep brownish / red w/ thin head and decent lasting lacing. The mouthfeel was creamy and well-rounded, full body. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Wawood’s Winter Part-e. Slikwilly Who Unfortunatly Could Not Make it, Was Generous Enough to Send This in His Place...and it was Most Assuradly Intimidating to Look Upon. Dark Brown Coloring with Big Head. Oaky Notes Very Noticeable on The Nose and Tongue. Not Very Balanced and For Once, I Believe I Enjoyed the Original Over the Barrell Aged Version. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Mahogany with a foamy off white head. Strong and lasting head that it is. Great lacing. Hoppy and familiar, but I’m not really finding much oakiness in the nose. Wait a second, after it warms up a bit, it comes out. Now the flavors is where the oak makes itself known. Nice and smooth. Alcohol bite with a nice bitter tail. Great malty body with hints of oak throughout. Can’t beat it. Thanks Jordo!