wetherel (1880) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUL 24, 2007
12 oz bottle from a craptastic local liquor store. Searching for gems in gutter, I found a 6-pack of oaked arrogant bastard, which I read about, but have never seen before in San Diego. I remember first moving to San Diego staring at the oaked arrogant bastard, which was only available in 3 liter bottles for $55. I was eager to try this when I saw it at Stoneís anniversary party. It was good, but didnít live up to my expectations. I wasnít rating at that time. Much time has passed and I get to try it again. Pours with a 1/2 finger head in my tulip glass that dies quickly to never reappear. The oak is really apparent in the aroma, and is very nice. Iím not sure how old this bottle is, but I donít get much more than oak. the color is a cloudy brown amber. Thick body, and bit a dry. Hops overwhelms everything else, in the true style of the arrogant bastard, but I think a different choice of hops would be better, a bit medicinal. BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Poured from a bottle. Poured a garnett color with a fluffy off-white head that left great lacing. Aroma of hops, oak, and some fruit. Initial flavor of sweet malts that leads into a oak/smoke middle that finally ends with a hop bitterness. Super smooth with a dry finish. Oak isnít as apparent as it is in other beers, but it adds a complexity to the beer and makes it even better. nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - OCT 5, 2007
12oz bottle. too much oaked taste, not heavy enough to carry that amount of oak. very malty and long lasting bitterness. WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Being a lover of Arrogant Bastard, I had fairly high expectations for this beer. Unfortunately, they werenít met in many ways. The appearance was an early difference, and the only one that was not really negative. The color was similar to AB, but cloudier, and perhaps a shade or two darker. Flavor, however, was weaker and didnít really linger on the palate the way AB does. I may be a tad harsh on this beer, because of my expectations, but this really doesnít measure up to the original. sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2007
12oz bottle purchased from Claredon Wines in Boston for $3.25. Pours a ruby brown with ample head but little carbonation. Surprisingly little aroma. Flavour is of nice roasted malts. But Iím not getting much oak in the flavour. Sure, itís a nice beer - but at its price, I am hoping for something more special. I also wasnít enthralled with the regular Arrogant Bastard, so maybe Iím just not programmed right for this beer.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Pours dark reddish brown with a good sized long lasting off-white head. Aroma of raisins, old pine, and something akin to old fruit and vegetables left in the trashcan too long. A little woody too, but that vegetable aroma is not in the regular beer. Good flavor of caramel toffee, piny bitter hops, a slight toast flavor. Finishes with even more woody toast flavor and lingering hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied, plenty creamy texture, low-ish carbonation. I think the oak aging mainly mellowed this beer rather than added flavor. Funny how the process that makes oak aged Yeti so nice can do a disservice (for the most part) to this beer. Iíd prefer the regular AB, with itís lack of vegetable qualities. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours reddish brown with decent-sized ivory head and good lacing. I must say I donít care for the aroma-- candied pineapple, acorns, and an alcoholic spiciness; they just donít seem to meld very well to me. I get much the same sensations in the flavor, but it seems to work a little better. Pineapple and pine hit right off, then some malt and vanilla. A mild oakiness comes in in the finish. Not bad altogether. CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Poured somewhat ruby red, very hazy forming off white foamy head. Aroma of malts, hops, vanillas, wet forrest. Flavor was smooth, full bodied ale. Notes of oak flavour, slightly alcoholic tones come through. Compared to the original AB brew, this falls short. However it is still a very good beer. MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2007
The aroma has an interesting French soft cheese component with subtle oak hints. Moslty, the oak adds a stringent component that is not really pleasant. I prefer regualar arogant bastard. If you are going to oak age use oak barrels not oak chips! breals (7) - USA - FEB 9, 2008 does not count
I get this @ Stone when Iím up there and usually take home a growler of it.
The oak comes out in the aroma but the taste on the palate is smooth and well balanced.
Yet another good stone brew (YAGSB)