smjohnst (203) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
So phenomenal. It had hoppiness it was crisp, it was sweet I dont know what they did but it is an amazing beer. Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Bottle from Whole Foods.
Great oak hoppy aroma.
The taste is a little smoky. This has a very unique and complex flavor. It is all over the place. The oak flavor is balanced and does not overpower the other characteristics of the flavor. codfishh (202) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
Poured from a 330ml bottle its a little old, hops have faded a little. Lots of bready malt and oak on the nose. Taste firm bitterness, herbal hop flavor lots of oak, tannic finish. Nice beer. jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown pour with some amber light shining around the edges and a big foamy tan head. I love it when beers this dark have such a fresh hoppy aroma: citrus, grass, resin. Flavors are similar complemented with malty sweetness: woody and citrusy. Sticky mouthfeel; quite delicious. brstp (201) - - OCT 13, 2007
For some reason this isn’t as striking or memorable as the regular AB. Dark ruby brown color, couldn’t coax much head out of it. Aroma of caramel, oak (heh), taste of citrus, rotting caramel, chewy mouthfeel with a lingering sweetness but still surprisingly thin.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Large bottle at Toronto christmas party, dark amber color, very nice off-white head, nice lacing, smells fruity and hoppy, sweet malt taste mixed with oak, bitterness at end. Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Pours hazy dark brown with an average sized creamy light brown head. Aroma is heavily hoppy of grapefruis mainly. Flavor is lightly sweet and heavily bitter and finish the same with the added flavor of acid. Long finish. Light to medium bodied, oily and softly carbonated. Again as with most stone brews, gave me a headache after. Sour grapefruit is the dominate flavor and its hard to pick out any others, very one dimensional.. I did not notice any diffrence in the oaked vs the non oaked arrogant bastard. There is no hint of oak in this brew. reverendj (198) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Maybe it’s the cold, but this has not impressed as other Stone brews have. Woody citrus nose that gets better with warmth. First impression is of earthy, grassy and somewhat boozy hops. Long bitter finish preceded by cask like flavours of rich malt. I enjoyed this brew despite it’s steep price. surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2008
12 oz 2006 bottle. Pours an opaque, cloudy peachy amber with a frothy, fine yellowish-tan head that mostly dissipates and leave nice lace. Aroma is dominated by aged, oxidized notes of wet cardboard along with some nice dark fruits (prune, some citrus) and a touch of freshness well underneath - an interesting combo. Flavor is very bitter tempered by an earthy, woodsy character and some fresher, piney hops. Medium bodied and smooth, but a bit watery. Not my favorite but definitely a tasty and unique strong ale. dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2008
bottled, mod dark brown pour with small brown head, aroma of spices mixed with light oak, sweet and spiced flavor with nice oak finish, mildly hoppy palate, good stuff.