MRodgers1982 (111) - USA - SEP 25, 2014
Killer brew...so much to love, oak malt big hops...Everything lasted for ever, the malts the oak the hops....just absolutly great. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Piney spruce, sweet aroma. Reddish amber in color. Yellow-tan head. Almost perfect. Yummy. I don’t detect any oak, however. Thanks slikwily for sending this. What a bottle. I didn’t realize that this brew was only available in the 3 liter bottle. jackamackson (127) - USA - AUG 6, 2005
had this at a fest. dark red pour, tan head. aroma is woody, lots of hops, nutty/caramel. flavor is a good caramel malt underside with oak note with a strong hop presence, especially in the finish. full mouthfeel. regular AB is one of my go-to beers, and this just adds to it a little. if only it was available in small bottles. DocLock (10725) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Draft at the Drafting Room. Wow. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time. The pour was turbid brown with a 1-finger light tan, milkshakey head. The aroma was of oaky bourbon, some caramel malts, hops, and berry esters. The taste was caramel malty initially, with a mid-palate burst of slightly rauchy, fruity, oaky bourbon. Very creamy palate, and dense. I’d love to side-by-side this with Insanity. As it warmed, it gained the character of a fine bourbon, and I yearned for a cigar to accompany it. This one is outstanding! SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3 Qt. 5.4 Fl. oz. bottle: Oh yeah, after seeing this last year and still not finding a place that had this beer on tap within a 25 mile radius i decided to pick one up for Chistmas day to make sure i was merry all day long. Pous with a rigorous amount of khaki colored foam and a deep mahogany darker than i remember the original arrogant bastard being. Aroma is more tame and relaxed but still has its usual malt profile, although, i dont recognize any hops but instead some minor notes of spice and of course some wood.
The drink is sticky and smooth with a well balance of malt and hops found in the flavor. Malt flavor is still strong but now has wood attached to it. I find the wood changing the personality of this beer towards a much more mellow strong ale all around. As for the hops they become apparent but are so well hidden that i find it hard to say anything about them other than there a little tart and tangy in the fashion of grapefruit juice. Again an amazing texture that finishes clean but yet leaves behind a reminder of oak aftertaste.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2007
A strongly hopped, alcoholic ale with a fruity, hoppy aroma. The aftertaste is spectacular. This beer simply explodes with flavor on contact with the tongue. Excellent beer! WhiteAlePower (92) - Long Island, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2007
I am not going to go into heavy detail here. It has all been said. Less hoppy than the original with a wood flavour instead. VERY nice. Another outstanding Stone brew! I happened to meet them at a beer convention on Long Island, NY just before the release of the 6.6.6 last year. Very nice guys! Keep up the great work! rob897 (62) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2007
What can I say being a BIG fan of the standard Arrogant Bastard. This Oaked version is outstanding and I was glad I was able to get it from my local store. mystiksc (62) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Love this beer. Very tasty hoppy caramel flavor with notes of oak. Oak chips actually floating around in the brew. Amazingly well balanced. Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 3, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 The oak flavors add a lot to this fine bastard. Now available in 6-packs - which make it a great starter - although if you go from the Oaked to the Regular Bastard you find yourself missing the tannins. The tannins just add a pleasant new complexity to an already complex ale. Good stuff, Maynard!