ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2005
GINORMOUS bottle (therefore the 5 for appearance), with lock and key. I feel the key should be sold separately. Nice amber brown color, slightly resinous without being too piney, warm palate. I was so overwhelmed by the scope of this beer that I forgot to take detailed notes, but I know that I liked it.
Much thanks to Slikwily for providing this for Wawood’s winter tasting. RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Pours reddish-brown with a creamy yellow head. Very slight aroma of oak; expected more. Dry and spicy in the flavor with mild hop bitterness. Unfortunately, I think the rubber gasket on top left some aroma and flavor (put a cork in it!). Not quite as smooth as the regular Arrogant Bastard. Not bad, but expected more. StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3L bottle, courtesy of JPDIPSO - thanks John! Haz,y muddy caramel in color with a milky overlay and sudsy crème rungs on the outskirts. Aroma heightens the anticipation, with bourbon, cherry mash, peat, fig extract, rhubarb and raspberry cream cheese danishes. So much going on! Bourbon and rye exploit the flavor. The non-oaked flavor whomph is mellowed supremely. Soda bread and pumpernickle half-loaves further the mission. Cherry vibes coalescing with a portly, mulled cranberry like concoction. Richly smooth with a bittersweet finish. MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2005
from a magnum courtesy of JimMack at Richlikebeer’s YEHA ’05. glossy cloudy amber color, creamy tan head. aroma is hoppy and a little whiskey barrel. flavor is strong hop, a little alcohol heat. I actually like the other bastards better. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 FOBAB 2004: Listed as "Oaken Bastard," this was a sweet (not in taste) drink. It poured a mahogany red with a slim off-white head. One could smell a solid earthy hopping above the woodiness. Medium-bodied, it has a grainy taste, a hint of caramel, and some nuttiness for a malt base. The hopping was somewhat subdued by the oak, but nicely bitter and tasty. Odlly, I had a bit of a maple finish.
Kevin (2217) - Montana, USA - NOV 22, 2004
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Bottle shared among great beer geeks supplied by TChrome,
sweeter than the regular. oak is there in the finish. has a koolaid sweetness. lighter bitterness than i expected also. mellow is not a word i expected to use with this one, but compared to the non oak bastard it is mellower. light fruit aroma with a citrus balance. an interesting oily feel on the roof of my mouth from this. sweetness was surprising on this. It was a hell of a way to start a hell of an evening. JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2005 On draft at the Dilly Deli. I didn’t notice much of the oak aging in this one. I guess by oak aging it with chips, some of the texture or mouthfeel stuff never happens either. It tasted alot like normal AB with a little of vanilla and very little wood(twigs) flavor. I like AB so I like this, but I think the aging part was’t that notable/ rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Thanks to everyone who chipped in for this at the Toronto Xmas ’04 party.
Looks an awful lot like A-B. Nose is hoppy - floral and slightly painty (?) Sweet cotton candy malt. Tastes like a mellowed out AB. Sweetness and hoppiness in normal AB is there but held back by this oakey smoothness. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 21, 2004
Pours large crown, very ho-humm . Deep amber looking, light carbonation. Plenty of hopps around as well plenty of alcohol. Somewhere between you will get woody oak accent. Big, bold - sure. A bit to big and bold Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3L Nov 2004 Release- Pretty damn good. Heavy vanilla and oak taste/aroma to it. Hop background is subdued by the vanilla. Pretty good.