Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2009
A red beer with a small head. The aroma was fruity & a musty like hop scent. The taste was fruity, bitter, & berries with a dry bitter ending. My guess would be that the oak chips makes the ending dry. graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Pours a deep mahogany into the glass with a small off white head. Aroma is sticky caramel malt with some pine resin and a hint of oak. Flavor is like a slightly subdued or refined Arrogant Bastard. Rich malt gives way to bitterness and slight oak character. FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 21, 2010
355ml bottle (Utobeer, London)bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2010
Lovely rich reddy brown, large persistent tight head. While pouring it gives off a lovely peachy hoppy aroma. Closer up, in the glass, it’s also quite nutty, some vanilla too. Pleasant carbonation, and a lovely soft palate, if perhaps a bit sweet and sugary. Taste a pleasant mix of rich but not overly-roasted malt, and massive nutty bitterness. Real bitter hops, the likes of which are rare in US beers. However, despite the bitterness, it’s not soapy at all. Quite drying, and with a burn cake, or burnt dried-peel feel to it. Finish has burnt raisins, and unfortunately quite frequently a waft of booze. Of course, bitterness is in the finish, long and drying, and a touch cloying because of the sweetness. Very solid beer, and very well crafted. My first Stone, and I was fairly impressed.
Wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as a couple of personal reports stated that they didn’t like it, well I didn’t mind it. Clear reddy body with short but lasting head. Some caramel and grapefruit on the nose, didn’t really notice the caramel in the taste but picked up on the oak and also some raisins. Easily drinkable for me. j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy ruby hued brown amber with a medium large lightly tanned beige head. Big oak and malt, light hops, sweet caramel. Medium bodied, malt, earthy bitterness. Finishes dry with some grapefruit bitterness.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2010
12oz Bottle. Almost lika a ruby red in color with an initailly thick head that dissipates quickly. Oak is apparent immediately in aroma. Also getting some hops and doughiness. Oily texture, velvety smooth body and slightly woofy and dry finish. Flavor is bitter like the original with the added essence of oak. Overall I think the oak although a good experiment tarnishes the original. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to angrypirate06) Pours clear reddish brown with nice tan head. Nose of pineapple, wood. Taste of bitter citrus oils, wood and oranges. Very smooth/oily finish. Dfonorow (2318) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Pours dark red/brown with a thin white head, nice lacing and carbonation. Aroma is fairly hoppy with nice dark malt and oak undertones, the smell makes it seem very well balanced. Taste is nice and sharp at first and include hints of oak, dark fruits, and malts leading to a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste. Quite balanced, and only a little over the top considering Stone’s reputation for "extreme" beers. larsga (7680) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 25, 2010
Medium beige head. Dark red translucent body with small yeast particles. Fruity caramelly sherry aroma with roasty toffee notes. Dry-sweetish roasty caramelly sherry-like alcohol taste with chocolate and earth notes. Full body. Mild mouthfeel. Dry dusty chocolate and earth aftertaste. Excellent! (0.355l bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm.) Frank (4262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Deep red w/ a big head of medium bubbled carbonation which wanes to leave behind big spots of lace. Nose is hoppy, mostly pine, w/ a sort of sharp oaky vanilla note as well. Like the original version, Oaked Bastard is basically a mini-barleywine, too dark and sweet to be an IPA and too hoppy to be anything else. There is a very good balance between sweet and bitter and a nice, hoppy complexity to it. Smooth, thick mouthfeel w/ just enough gentle carbonation. The oak notes veer towards being harsh but are not quite there. Good beer. I’m not sure the oak aging was necessarily an improvement but whatever, I’ll drink it.