duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Like the original, except not as in-your-face. Soft, almost vanilla like body brings forward the oak flavor. Not sure I like this better than the original bastard, though it is an interesting and tasty beer! ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
From a bottle. Pours dark copper with off white head. Oak aging added a little oak flavor to the brew but not anything remarkable. This is still a great brew but I dont think oak aging was needed to make this brew any better than it is regularly. udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
12oz draught at Chappy’s in Dayton, OH. Great amber appearance with a little cloudiness and light head. Aroma of wood, oak barrel, and burnt cinder. Tremendous oak, wood flavor going down. Really good beer. Tastes a heavier ABV then advertised. Recommended. kchampagne (173) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Color is a deep amber color with a good amount of carbonation that keeps the mouthfeel light. The taste is heavy with malty sweetness and a good amount of bitterness on the back end. This is a great beer, but it may be a bit much for someone new to the style. WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
12oz. Bottle- Pours a golden amber with fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is hops, orange/citrus, spices. Taste is the same, but heavy on a grapefruity aftertaste. Expensive, but delicious, and much smoother than regular AB.
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
On keg at Craft Beer Co., Clerkenwell, 20/03/13. Translucent, dark mahogany. Good, light brown head, diminishing. Good lacing. Light carb. Aroma - Candy sugar, spicy aromatic wood oil, dates and piney hop. Taste - Mid sweet. Candy sugar. Lovely, rounded woodiness & dark fruits. Mid hop bitterness, quite floral. Bit of spice. But the dry, sour, carbonic taste is a bit much. Tangy, dry, bitter finish, with faint fruity bitter aftertaste. Medium, sugary body. Nice, rich flavours at the front, but the finish is a bit too bitter. shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Last beer tasted at the Barleycorns beer tasting. Not surprisingly, it was the winner out of the ten beers tasted, with a huge audience applause. Now, hopefully, no one hates me for saying this, but I am not a big fan of the arrogant bastard myself. That said though, I was still very impressed with the oaked version. The wood makes a huge impact on the taste and aromas, and really balances out the beer. To me, this is a definite improvement over the original, and a rather enjoyable brew. yackery (168) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2012
12oz Cask. Head color of citrus zest dissolves in three minutes to a partial foamy covering with some big soapy bubbles and lastly to lovely pond scum all over an amber with haze body. Notes are hoppy and bitter citrus with lavvender soap. Taste is medium bitter. Carbonation and body are medium to light. Finish is long and bitter. Not much "oaked" about it but decent overall. Mr_TBone (168) - Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Big - this was a tad buttery, mellowed the hops. What a monster that can be easily transformed. Nice rich caramel and toffee flavors with the hops meld into an easy drinker. NDbeerdrinker (167) - West Islip, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Dark brown pour with thin caramel head. Hops, some dark fruit, a little bit of spice are all evident. Smokey finish from the oak chips. Nice beer.