couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Brilliant burnt umber, big straw head falling quickly but leaving rings.
Subtle malty nose, some oak, a world of herbs and spices as well.
Big and malty, with caramel, toast, and light sweetness. Strong hoppy bitterness. Some oak, ginger, and a light nutiness.
Initially almost too thick, fading to a livelier, more drinkable palate. Remains somewhat cloying.
I keep going back and forth on whether I could drink this whole six pack.
edit: I could but I won’t. 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2010
[A] Great mix of aromas. Maltiness releases sweet caramel, cookie, toffee, bready, brown sugary smells. Whilst the hops are very pungent, piney citrus. A wet oaky waft is a great touch over a spot of alcohol. [A] A ruby-amber hued brew. With a respectable tan cap. Thin foam never quite disappears. Beer sits calmly in glass. [F] The rosy oak character seems to hit me up front. Along with a blast of very harsh bittering hops. Malt seems far out of focus to the tastebuds this evening. Caramel sweetness very subdued, even on end. [P] The oak seems to add a pleasant dry character. And the hops are phenomenally bitter. But this is seemingly a one-and-done brew. Touch too much for an extended session. Although, I’m always up for a challenge. [O] I love hoppy brews, and I’ve enjoyed regular AB before, but this didn’t quite hit the spot tonight. Single bottle. Will sometime revisit. Crash_the_dog (181) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Dark burgundy body with a rich creamy head - on tap in a pint glass. Amazing layers of flavor, as the subtle oak tones blend perfectly with the dominant hops and hints of pumpernickel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle pours a hazy brown with a full tan head, nice lacing. Aromas of peach and grapefruit. Taste is oaky, brown sugar, chocolate malts, and citrusy hops. Bitter but full and balanced. Aftertaste is rich coffee. An interesting palate of flavors. eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Arrogant Bastard has never been one of my favorite stone offerings. The oak tastes much the same to me. It still has this slightly syrupy feel on the palate I don’t like. The flavors are pretty good. The oaking seems to make only subtle differences.
ThaBobfather (178) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2008
This Arrogant Bastard is amazing. The Oaked smell invites me into it’s smooth taste and flavor. It’s color is a beautiful dark amber. It’s is a smooth and subtle as a bastard ale will get. There is no overwhelming flavor, just liquid goodness. Stays on my tounge well, it’s a great drink.I am highly impressed with this special beer. Great for all times of year! kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2009
it pours out ruby gold with an off white thick head. it has a dark maroon colored body with slight bubbles rising from the bottom. there is some good lacing in the glass and it takes a little while for the head to fall. the aromas i am getting is obiviously oak wood which complements the hoppy smell. a sweet malty scent is pushing through also. the taste is a sweet malty flavour with cloves, vanilla, wood, and a piny hop kick. the aftertaste starts mellow, but finishes with a great hop kick wich lingers for a good little while. great beer. JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Clear, deep mahogany/cherry color (darker than the non-oaked Bastard), off white lasting head; very inviting. Similar super strong floral/piney/citrus hop aroma to the regular Bastard, slight oak aroma which is a nice addition. Oak taste is pretty masked by the mother-loads of delicious hops, though. 12-oz bottle. Pasadena, CA, USA. Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a darker amber color with a beige head. Nose is hops, sweetness and slight vanilla notes as well. Flavor is big hops, caramel, vanilla, slight wood flavors as well but not overwhelming. Nice bitter finish to it. Don’t get too much of the oak on this but can tell its there. Good twist from the original. Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Out of the bottle from Whole Foods. Pours a deep amber color with a tan head. Smell is deep oak as is the taste. The taste isn’t my favorite, but it definitely has an oak flavor.