TylerGreenDC (1033) - - DEC 15, 2013
On draft. Not quite as distinct an oak flavor as I remember but still.. Woody and malty and wintry. BLADT (700) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2014
From bottle. Pours a dark, ruby brown. Thin head. Some lacing. The aroma is very malty, with some wood undertones and a paired maple-vanilla sweetness. Taste is indecisive, at least compared to the the straight version. Alcohol presence is greater here. And the wood notes never really take hold. Alternately cloying and boozey, played over the great base . Arrogant bastard is an amazing ASA, but this oaked version works better in theory than in execution. It’s sad to see a beer you enjoy tarted up like this. jsnicholas (665) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle (12oz $3.25): Pours a dark golden or redish brown. Little head, but nice lacing. Nice carbonation. Where it falls down with me is that over burn/toasted favors and the lingering bitterness. Savage_Night (434) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Pours dark amber red with a large khaki head. Head retention is great. Lacing is decent. AROMA: malty, caramel, lightly woody, brown sugar, herbs, floral, herbal hops, roasty, citrus, earthy funk, smoke, vanilla, light spice and slight molasses. TASTE: malty, caramel, lightly woody, hop spice, brown sugar, herbs, coriander, roasty, citrus, earthy funk, smoke, vanilla, light spice, boozy and slight molasses. AFTER TASTE: malty, hop spice, herbs and coriander with a light bitter mouth feel and lightly boozy finish. Panzuriel (2333) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Deep amber color with a good head. Nose is very similar to Arrogant Bastard Ale with sharp and tangy hop nose. Taste is a mild yet very tangy at the back of the mouth ale. Somewhat like Arrogant bastard lite. Mouthfeel is satin. Aftertaste is lingering malt tang.
3fourths (9356) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Bottle. Dark burgundy brown colored body. Weak nose of some cedar, oak and some tobacco/bourbon notes. Smells and tastes similar to a scotch ale, though on the back of the tongue there’s some habanero flavors, and it’s very dry. Interesting, and I would say unique since it’s difficult to find a beer that tastes exactly like this one. Not sure if I’m the only one who gets the habanero notes, or if it’s even in there at all, but I really like it. Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2006
Cheers to Joe McPhee for this beer! I love the name and the attitude of this beer. Does it live up to its arrogance? Here goes. Sweet, caramel with fruit aroma. Cloudy in appearance with a muddy frothy head. Medium carb. Fruity beer with a syrup, strong hops. Leaves a sweetness. Strong ale. Cobra (1100) - - DEC 31, 2006
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep amber color, with a thick foamy tan colored head. Aromas are of overpowering oak, standard malts, and some yeast in the background.
I won’t go into the oaked beer debate, suffice it to say that it is not a historically accurate style whatsoever.
Ok to try, but they need to cut back on the oak. At least toast it first. Jeez. NachlamSie (3536) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a long lasting, level white head. A good level of pineapple and grapefruit is present in the nose with a vanilla sweetness and a bit of smoked wood. I’m not that crazy about the flavor. The level of oak infusion is very tasteful, not overwhelming, but I think it clashes oddly with the pineapple suggestions which are present. I do like the biscuity flavor and mildly spiced finish quite well. I could drink one of these, but I wouldn’t seek it out again. IMHO, the regular Arrogant Bastard is tastier. ganache (6037) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Bottle. Woody hop aroma with citrus and a little funk. Pine more than grapefruit. Ruby body with a creamy, rich tanned head. Bit of dark malt and fruitiness in with medium-strong hoppy bitterness. Pineapple more than pine. Medium body is dry, has a light tingle from carbonation, and finishes much the same. A drop from regular AB: hops don’t quite agree with me here, and the main draw of the original (its punishing, extreme bitterness) is lacking.