DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2007
12 oz bottle, quite cold, pours a dark orange color with very little head... just some fat bubbles sitting on top. Aroma of pinecones and a Christmas tree.... more pine and resin than I have ever smelled in a beer. Tastes... strong. Predominantly bitter hops, but then a sweet roasty oaky taste that makes the whole thing really come together. Much better than the regular Arrogant Bastard... maybe not quite so arrogant? Sathorael (159) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Poured on tap at Stone in Oceanside. Woodsy aromas of oak and pine. A little subtle. Taste is pine resin and citrus. Very earthy. Finish shows off the oak flavors best and leaves a lingering oaked layer in the mouth. elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 24, 2005
No, it’s also available on tap/keg.. had it at the Vegas freakin frog couple days ago. Much like the regular bastard, a complex and tasty brew but the oaking seems to have "mellowed" the extremeness of the regular bastard. Seems to make it easier to pick up the different tastes in the beer, and goes down even more smoothly than regular bastard. This is the way all beer ought to be... ;) v8powered (157) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2009
This beer is so much like the original AB but just a little more balanced. The piney hop flavor and alcohol tones are dialed down a bit with the oak chips. Very nice flavor. I enjoy anything from Stone. They do it right!! mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy off white head- a really beautiful looking brew. The nose is hoppy- earthy, piny-, dried fruit- grapefruit-, oaky/wood chippy, caramel. Medium body, that is smooth and creamy, soft in the mouth, perfect carbonation. Taste is full, super hoppy on through to a creamy finish. Finish is earthy, grassy hops, kind of dry. So good... so fucking good!
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2012
I probably won’t like this, you are wrong! Pours a dark amber with lasting off whit head, strong hop aroma , bitter up front with a slight sweet finish. Awesome DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Pours golden amber with a good frothy white head. Smells strongly of grapefruit and hops. Extremely smooth taste of hops, evident IPA style bitterness, light body, with a crisp clean finish. Slightly woody from being oaked. Absolutly amazing beer. dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2010
This one sat in the cellar for 9 months before tasting. Have enjoyed the un-oaked version for a number of years and believe the oak has done nothing but improve on an old favorite from this great brewery! Poured a dark copper with decent head into a tulip. Plenty of oak and honey in the nose...reminds me of a barleywine initially. Oak is pronounced in the flavor but not overbearing by any means. I really enjoyed this beer. Thanks to my brother for bringing this one over on New Years! aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2007
bottle, not as "dark" as I expected. flavor or color. Sort of a burnt nutty flavor, with a strong citrus hop flavor. Lots of hops. Also does have a nice mellowness to it, a recognizabley oaked ale. treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2007
It’s like a deep, dark, red ale that finishes uber-clean. The oak’ing process definitely takes the edge off of the traditional "arrogant" taste. If you’ve ever had the Oskar Blues "Gordon Beer," I’d say they’re very similar in taste, but I think this finishes cleaner.