mrol (330) - - DEC 7, 2015
Ruby red in color. Large white head with nice lacing though out the glass. Big malt, and vanilla in the aroma. The flavor is the same with malt, oak, and vanilla reebtogi (6277) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2015
650ml bottle pours amber in color with a 2 finger cream colored head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine with caramel, herbal and woody notes. Taste is a pine and herbal hop bitterness with a caramel malty sweetness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nicely crafted brew, which is a definite improvement over the original. More mellow and smoother. Troupis (251) - - NOV 22, 2015
It's Arrogant Bastard with the edge taken off a bit. The oak is subtle but had an Arrogant Bastard before so could taste it but wonder if came first. I wish more oak on the aroma and palate though. I think I like it more than the original though.
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Bomber poured a clear deep brown hue w/ a huge creamy beige head and sticky lacing. Mild malty aroma. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are fresh oak, peppery rye, piney hops, and caramel malts. Medium bodied and creamy mouthfeel.
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Poured from the bomber into a shaker. Dark mahogany/copper color with a foamy tan head. Aroma is quite mild - there’s some sweet malty notes with a hint of vanilla and roast and just some general earthiness. Flavor has some bready malts but they are masked by the hop bitterness. Not really getting any of the typical vanilla notes from the oak. Somehow the softness that usually comes with oak aging doesn’t exist with this beer; instead the oak seems to accentuate the pineyness of the hops and give the beer a little more bite. Medium bodied with a long finish and mild astringency. If I were blind taste testing this I’d swear it was a different recipe with higher IBU’s but regardless it is superior to the traditional brew.
Lukasmh (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2015
Tap. Pours light cloudy amber with tobacco creamy beige head, lasting head, some sediment. Aroma is yeast, sugar, old hops, vanilla, dry oak, fudge, fruity berries, strawberries, candied sugar, toffee and tobacco. Taste is malty yammy caramel, sweet and really toasty, raisins, oak, vanilla, red berries and tobacco. Dry finish, light bitter hops to balance out the sweet malts. mghj (36) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2015
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass very cloudy mahogany in color with a nice head, leaving a solid lacing on the glass, slight smell of bourbon, tasted kind roasted nuts and caramel with a slight bourbon burn at the end of the sip Hopmaestro (1654) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2015
Backlog from old tastenotes: Aroma is malty and hoppy, and there are hints of wet wood. Taste is malty with a hoppy-ish and vanilla-wood sensation. Warming finish with some pine and dark fruit. rollerton (194) - SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2015
Bottle at Haket. A very muddy look, dark and with granules of oak(?). Aroma of strong, malty ale and whisky, at least a hint of oak. Taste is complex and rich. A surprisingly good ale! Hanoi (951) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2015
Bottle: BB is partially obscured but is last year. Nose is vanilla, oak, slight bourbon quality, sweet cherry, cream, very sweet cola, extremely appealing. Taste is malty, smoked, oak, bitter resinous hops, slight licorice hint of vanilla, leading to a woody, almost salty, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is slick.
A nice beer, but not as outstanding as the nose implied.