jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2004
FOBAB 2004: Nice floral, perfume, citrus nose. More soft malt, cookie, yeast flavors with hops at the end. Surprisingly dry. No real oak, wood flavors or textures here. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Deep reddish amber color, orangish tan head, looks the same as the regular bastard. Fuller aroma, leafy hops, firm malt and some of the oak but not much. Flavor seemed to take a step back and lost some of the nice malt hop interplay of the regular bastard. The body also seemed to suffer a bit from the aging. On its own, a nice beer, but I’ll take the original Bastard any day over this. Jayb0 (1223) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Too cold will make this beer too harsh. You have to let it warm up significantly but then you get the the satisfying oak characteristics of vanilla, caramel, and perhaps a bit of smokiness. Maybe a bit too woody but the beer holds up well to the significant wood treatment. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Wawood’s Winter Part-e. Slikwilly Who Unfortunatly Could Not Make it, Was Generous Enough to Send This in His Place...and it was Most Assuradly Intimidating to Look Upon. Dark Brown Coloring with Big Head. Oaky Notes Very Noticeable on The Nose and Tongue. Not Very Balanced and For Once, I Believe I Enjoyed the Original Over the Barrell Aged Version. Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Regular Bastard with some vanilla notes and a smoother mouthfeel. There is no mango. WHERE IS MY MANGO? I much prefer the usual stuff.
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
Woody, leafy aroma is very hop forward with a strong supporting malt base. Hazy burnished copper coloured body with a decent, large bubbled, tan head that recedes to cover with nice lacing. Oak and vanilla tones to the strong, leafy hop flavour with light caramel malt undertones and assertive bitterness. Medium body is very dry with lively carbonation. Sampled at the Kennett Square Brewfest 2005. Terminus (3740) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2006
tap at BWW in indianapolis. Sitting at the bar here in downtown indy, seing oaked arrogant bastard on tap was a very nice suprise. I was very excited to have this beer. I must say that i was very let down. Pours mahogony amber with a small off-white head that dissapeared very fast. maybe because the beer was served very cold. Some vanilla, oak, huge caramel malts like regular bastard, but most of the hop caracter from the Chinook’s is gone from the aroma. Flavors are dominated by the big oak chip notes drowning out any hops and accentuating the malt sweetness. This would be a good thing for me in most senses. I dont like Chinook hops for the most part. This beer gaines and looses character. Its a cunumdrum that puzzles me. Sweet surupy body that is cloyingly sweet. I think the lack of carbonation really hinders this beer. I will definately try to find it again, but it may take a long time. jb (3454) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Well, I didn’t find much of a difference between this and the regular stuff. Great looking out of the bottle with a dark amber color, thick light tan head with great lacing and a nice tail coming out of the bottle. Pine and floral aroma. Mine had a bite right from the start that I didn’t remember from regular. Some maltiness in the palate but I don’t think it is as balanced. Odd. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
12 oz bottle: Deep amber w/a lasting dark cream colored head. Smooth aroma all around. Oddly enough, some fresh, resiny herba/pineyl hop aroma, mild vanilla and oaky wood aromas. Caramel malt follows, but vanilla & piney hop aromas get stronger as it warms. Mild toasted & bready malts as it warms further. Flavor is balance well overall w/a hint of bitterness. Also very smooth. Lighty woody oak flavor throughout, hints of vanilla; Toasty malt, and herbal hop flavor into the semi dry hop flavored finish. Aftertaste is a bit muddled with a bit of hops and woody oak. Low level of CO2, smooth body, well hidden alc. fuller medium body. It’s AB that’s had the rough edges smoothed out by the wood, as long as you like oak character. The hops share center stage w/ the oak and the malts play second fiddle. Not an earth shattering beer, but worth a second look! edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
12/8/06: 12 oz. bottle.
Crimson brown body with a thick and creamy yellow-tan head. Lace covers and clings to glass. Fresh, XL hop aroma. Massive hop flavor – fir tree & citrus with a bitter finish. Sure, this is a great beer and quite tasty, but I feel ripped off… where is the wood?? This one reminds me more of Double Bastard. Other oak thoughts… A: The large hop flavor might be masking the oak chips B: Does size really matter?? Maybe the 12 oz. bottle is to concentrated to allow for the oak to appear. Perhaps I will cellar what is left of my 6 pack and re-rate in a year to see if the hops mellow out – allowing the oak to come through. I might also try the mama size bottle to see if size matters. Come on Stone… give a girl some wood ;) To be continued…