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. 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. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Tap at the Brickskeller. Pours a cloudy, orangish red appearance; light tan head with great retention and lacing. Piney hops, maple syrup and some wood in the aroma - dank and overripe. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: enormous amounts of citrus and piney hops (some grapefruit, lemon); wood character, certainly, although more dry cedar than a toasty oak (which only shows at the end). Lengthy finish: citrus hops and some warmth from the oak. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2007
12oz bottle from Marcus. Dark amber/brown body with a medium sized, creamy off-white head. The aroma is dry, dusty oak almost piney, light spicey rye and caramel with a hint of citrus hops. The flavor is a bit jumbled and disorganized. Very dry oak, rye and grapefruit fight for control with some toffee sweetness in the backgournd watching the brawl. Medium body with hefty pressence in the mouth and a slightly bitter, dry end. ABV well hidden by Stone standards. I like the regular version quite a bit more than this. BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Bottle, pours dark amber, off-white bubbles that dissapated for the most part, sweet malt fragrance, little chocolate, candy, carmel, taste of dark roasted malt, vanilla, hop bite, alcohol on the tongue as it warms up.
caesar (7393) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2007
Clear amber color, short off-white head. Aroma of hop, cascade, malt, some toffee. Soft taste, very bitter, sweet malts. Bit oak maybe. Bitter palate. Nice. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 On draft - remember thinking, "i probably won’t order this again" - . Def not my favorite offering from Stone. xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2007
There is a nice, dark malty aroma with significant grapefruit notes. The taste is of AB with a slightly harsh oak taste. I think that aged in a barrel without chips it would be a little more subdued and better. Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Duane shared a 12 oz. bottle with me. Dark amber pour with a bit of a white head. Very similar to AB, just toned down a bit from the aging I think. Some sweet malts and plenty of biting, piney hops, and just the slightest hint of some earthy notes from the oak aging. The oak aging wasn’t too strong in this brew though. Got better as it warmed. Thanks Dad! kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2007
12oz bottle. dark brown with a moderate sized tan head. Grapefruit hop aroma is prominent, with alcohol, vanilla and wood character playing second string. Smooth body. Flavor is bitter, as expected, but the oak character is not present to the degree that i would expect. Resinous hop finish, with perhaps a bit of wood and vanilla continuing to the long lasting aftertaste. Not bad, but not as good as i expected.