Bilwaukee (11) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Pours dark amber almost brick red in the light. Head is white to off white. nice woody flavors with light fruit and some spice. rolls over the tongue fully. I really like this beer though it is a little much for regular drinking. kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a tan head, actually looks really good in my opinion. Good lace. Malty oak nose with a slight hops aroma. Sweet earthy upfront flavor with a more than expected hop bitterness presence at the end. Medium mouthfeel. Another solid beer from Stone. Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Deep ruby red with just a little head. Aroma is unsurprisingly woody. Some grape, plenty of orange citrus hops. Smells great and unique, but I cant quite put my finger on what it is. More than a fair share of hops, as you would expect from a Stone offering. Quite bitter, very piney, but there is some sweetness that comes through towards the end of the sip. The oak adds a nice aroma but not much flavor. I havent had the original Arrogant Bastard so I cant yet comment on the difference. Above average overall, but just a little too bitter for my taste. Spab (4081) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
12 oz bottle from brewery (thanks MK). Pours a clear orange/brown with modest-sized off-white head. Aroma has a definite oakiness to it with caramel malt and resiny/citric hops. Flavour is oaky, with roast malt and resiny/citric hops giving a moderately bitter finish. Good. McGarnigle (654) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle. Like Arrogant Bastard...but with oak! I slightly prefer it without the oak. The citrus/pine hops still poke through next to the wood, but I think the malt sweetness has to step aside to make room. The finish is more oak than hops. I’m glad this alternative is available, but it isn’t a better beer.
UnholyBrewing (596) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
..bottle. Loads of oak and malt on the nose. The alcohol is hidden very well, basically masked, unless you let it get warm. Not too heavy, with abundant malt notes, with some slight hops in there for some balance. Finishes with a dark roasted flavor, and some earthen flavors as well, Pretty hardcore. mbgrayson (806) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Pours a slightly cloudy amber, with long lasting tan head. Aroma is slightly sweet and hoppy, with distant notes of oak. Taste is rich, with hops, malts, and oak flavor in the background. Smoother, richer, and more complex than regular Arrogant Bastard Ale. Thumbs up. smaynard6000 (1242) - Apopka, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2011
On tap at Uptown Sports. Pours a dark, lightly cloudy red color with a small, lasting off-white head. Light aromas of resin and citrus and somewhat stronger alcohol scent. Medium body with a noticeable boozy flavor and soft metallic finish. Slight hints of cask flavor as well. Very similar to regular Arrogant Bastard, nice variation. AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2015 I have to say I found this to be more consistent and palatable than the non-oaked Bastard. The aroma is equally pungent with piney hops, but it’s got subtle sweet oak notes on the background that balance it out a bit more. It looks just as good, a deep, dark mahogany with a tan head and decent lacing that looks gorgeous in a snifter. The taste is strongly bitter, with pine needle notes, fruity hops, and subdued sweet notes of caramel, vanilla and oak. The mouthfeel is of medium consistency and very soft carbonation. I find it a little hard to finish it, but it’s got a lot going on and the aftertaste (once the bitter assault is over) is very pleasant, which I always appreciate. williamstome (1989) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Deep ruddy pour. Aroma is quite hoppy aroma, but I can definitely detect the vinous fruitiness and malty aromas imparted by the aging. Flavor is grapefruit, toasty, caramelly malt, fruit, agressive hops.