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RATINGS: 2175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Arrogant Bastard Aged with oak chips.

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3.6
calivania (62) - USA - NOV 12, 2006
Almost a starter Bastard. I certainly expected something less creamy, and dare I say it subtle. But it gets bolder as it warms. Bourbon and leather-- like the Harvard Club.

3.6
Ron (4186) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2006
12 oz Bottle. Poured brownish with reddish hints and a pretty descent size brown head. Aroma was oaky grapefruit and some sweet caramel. Bite at the begining not end. It got more mellow and smooth as it warmed. Much different then reg. bastard. I celabrated Cowboys win over Tampa on Thanksgiving with this. Enjoyable.

3.6
PilsnerPeter (3050) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Deep brown/amber with tan head. Big aroma of grapefruity hops, caramel and an underlying cocoa maltyness. The flavor is predominantly bitter, with grapefruit hoppyness. This is less malt eccentuated than the original, but overall it’s similiar. The oakeyness along with the big hops creates a big dryness. The original has a better underlying thick malt sweetness and is a bit fuller in flavor (in terms of complexity) and fuller bodied, in my opinion.

3.6
TAR (2787) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Strawberry orange in color. Creamy dollop of ivory froth clings nicely with each sip. Spruce tips, lemon oil, nutty Crystal, and rhubarb esters comprise the aroma. Hints of aniseed and vanillin. Vigorous swirls reveal some puttylike yeast. Tight, fluffy carbonation. Delicate hop-derived acidity immediately buckles the cheeks, though a resinous hop sting and a juicy rush of esters quickly neutralize it. Nutty Crystal is deep rooted and contributes a firm caramelized sweetness. Wood sneakily arises and lends a vibrant spiciness and a smidgeon of vanillin, as well as a coarse dryness, which mirrors and complements the leafy-hop elements. Hop bitterness remains sharp and poignant, and steadily progresses before it ultimately culminates into a fresh integratioin of blood oranges and peach skin caressed with surprisingly clean and understated oak. Becomes a bit sweet toward the latter half of the bottle, as the abundance of fruitiness and slight yeastiness fatigues the palate. That said, this is a surprisingly good example from a seemingly declining brewery.

3.6
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 nice addition to the "bastard" series...dark amber body with medium tan head..aroma is largely grapefruit, pine, wood, and sweet malts..flavor is heavy in such hops, and finishes very woody...definite licorice and caramel present as well..nice palate

3.6
kevinthesipper (10) - Matawan, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2006
piney wood aroma, subtle. vibrant rust color, vaguely cloudy with cream head. sweet roasty malt with hoppy bitterness. smooth creamy bite, with lasting hangtime. earthy organic feel. begins in the nose and finishes in the back of the throat, and pleasurable through out.

3.6
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Somewhat of a letdown. Looks nice enough in a snifter, with a hazed chestnut body and small beige head that leaves spiderweb lacing. Aroma is citrusy grapefruit, spruce pine, with hints of caramel. Medium body is well carbonated. Taste is bitter citrus rind, pine, toasty caramel, and and an assertive oak woodiness that borders on astringent. I wish this had been oak aged instead of finsished on oak chips. Oak presence here gives it a chalkiness that I could do without. Definitely worth a try, but at $17 a sixpack in Louisville, I’ll take the original Arrogant Bastard.

3.6
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Dark ruby brown pour with a small dense tan head. Mellow grapefruit and vanilla aroma with hints of dark fruit. Malty vanilla and oak flavor up front, slighty nutty flavor in the middle, little bit of honey, leading to a dry and bitter finish. Medium body.

3.6
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2006
It looks and smells nicer than non-oaked arrogant bastard. The oak/ general wood flavors come out most in the finish, and adds a nice touch. Its hoppy, bitter. Some fruit and caramel in the aroma. Full bodied. I like it better than the original.

3.6
CamdenD (1204) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 26, 2006
A nice take on the arrogant bastard -- better? Not really. The obsession with oak-aging is a bit troubling for me; while a slight addition of wood aromas and taste can be nice, it often is used to mask something wrong underneath -- see barrique-aging in Californian wines; much like when I buy wine and wanting to taste WINE, when I buy beer, I want to taste BEER -- not wood.


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