fredjaz (112) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2007
A completely different beer than the regular version. pours deep crimson. More balanced, bigger malt presence, much sweeter and more complex. Hops more subdued. Oak flavor noticeable with smokey notes as well. oppear (112) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 4, 2013
Darker color, inbetween stout and IPA. Smells wood and sweet , more rough, tastes more oak, slightly too bitter-woody. Not as inviting as their IPA. chalicemaster (112) - Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Absolutely do not drink this cold, or even particularly cool. As it warms, the flavor from the oak chips really begins to come out, and it’s much better for it. Pours a very nice deep red color, with an off-white head to match. There’s a typical Stone bitterness on the tongue, with some citrus and creaminess that lingers for a while. The oak element is subtle, this isn’t your typical ’barrel aged version’ of a beer, it’s very light with some sips more pronounced than others. IMO, it compliments the famous ABA tactfully. EcnarM (112) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 24, 2014
You will get more hop aroma than oak at the start. Nice light oak notes when drinking, but definitely not as heavily oaked as the name implies.
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Killer brew...so much to love, oak malt big hops...Everything lasted for ever, the malts the oak the hops....just absolutly great.
rodneykm (111) - Westminster, South Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Extremely hoppy (per the norm with Stone). In this case I wasn’t impressed. Very bitter, too much of a fruit type taste. Not my favorite. livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2009
The oak chips seem to really smooth down the bite Arrogant Bastard carries - smooth malt undertone of toffee and caramel carries the Arrogant Bastard hop profile of aggressive resin and pine hops smoothly along with the oaked wood. Nice stuff.Rocketman2013 (108) - Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Sampled at Rozi’s Wine & Liquor, Stone Tasting Event, Lakewood, OH.
This is a strong coffee flavored beer with a dark brown color. The body and texture suit the heavy flavor and aroma of this strong ale.
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Everything in the Arrogant Bastard plus the oak. I liked this better, but I like oak. Not too big on oak so good! It seemed the oak helped balance out the caramel I complained about in my AB rating. Perfect brew in my opinion. EvilCat (106) - FRANCE - JUL 29, 2014
Bouteille. Saveur Biere. Robe ambrée intense aux reflets rubis, mousse beige. Nez de caramel et de vanille. Bouche gourmande de caramel avec des notes légères de chocolat et une saveur puissante de cachou. Finale sèche de vanille, d'herbe et de bois. Une belle réussite.
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