1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

Bastard In The Rye - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Bastard In The RyeBastard In The Rye

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

103 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 103
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 16
Gots: 34 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 05-27-2014

Aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey barrels.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by travolta:
Photo of travolta
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark rhubarb in color. Two finger tan head with very nice retention. Lacing is nice.

Nose: Coconut, pineapple, guava, banana. Incredible! Some toffee and vanilla finish. Some beautiful and soft bourbon.

Taste: Creamy up front. Bourbon heat nasty sweet and hops with a syrupy finish. Balance is superb!

Notes: One of the best beers I have ever had. Ever.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jjski
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown from a bottle. One finger head

Smell, citrus and toasted oak

Taste, smooth without defining character other than a hint of rye at the end. Sorta a weak barleywine experience

Mouth, moderate smooth, mellow carbonation

overall, yawn. My wife liked it. Kudos for smooth, cohesive flavor but nothing stood out. I graded it based on other expensive, barrel beer standards. It is better than regular beer, but underwhelming in barrel standards. In the last week, I've been wowed by Wulver and Pilgrims Dole. I guess the absence of this beer's alcohol punch in the palate is not my style

The previous reviewer who likened to the FW anniversary beer may be spot on. It's refined profile. I liked Southern Charred quite a bit more.

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 series, 2013 arrogant bastard ale aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels. A small pop off the cork when opening.

A murky brown to reddish peach orange body color, with a nice creamy tan and thick two finger head. Manages to leave a good puck, with some good legs as well along the sides of the glass. Slightly clear from above with some clarity, but fairly murky.

Real nice nose. Caramel and coconut cream notes abound. Hints of spicy nutmeg and some fruit punch tropical hop angles. Maybe a bit of grapefruit rind sticking out as well. Thick, big and rich smelling. Wonderful.

Palate seems to wash with lots of classic grapefruit hop qualities. Good amounts of toasty oak here, washing with caramel and sharp hop richness. Tangy mix of caramel and bitter grapefruit. nice filling mouthfeel with a touch of wet and light body which is perfectly fine. Tingly mouthfeel and play on hop and spice which is real interesting.

A real fun take on a bastard variation, really dig this effect the barrels and process made, another nice one in the Stone Bastard arsenal, well done!

Photo of 1424IpA
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, pretty good for the style. Would buy again if I could find it..

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle. 2014 series containing 2013 Arrogant Bastard. Batch #5.

A: Pours a hazed dark amber under a 1/2-inch thick off-white head which fades to the rim leaving splotchy lace.

N: Spicy rye, dark fruits, faint citrus hops.

T: Rye whiskey comes through as does the slight charred oak, boozy, and deep grainy malts.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly bitter, oily, faint heat and rye spice.

O: Interesting. Not a huge fan of the non-barrel aged version, but this was a big step up.

Photo of More_betterness
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby/crimson with a off white bordering tan head. Always love the appearance of any of the bastards. That clear crimson body just gets me for some reason.

S: Macerated dark fruits, caramel, and spicy rye barrel notes. A hint of alcohol. Not hugely aromatic but well put together.

T: Sweet caramel malt, raisins, and toffee. As someone who drinks Templeton regularly, the influence of their barrels is very apparent. Not nearly as sweet as most barrel aged offerings, and it works in this case. The rye barrel adds a bit more spiciness than a bourbon barrel.

M: Medium bodied, with just a prickle of carbonation. Slightly dry finish accentuates the rye barrel character well.

O: Definitely a well made beer, but not my favorite QM offering. I love Templeton and their character is all over this beer, but despite this beers balance of flavors and aromas, no facet was overly potent/outstanding. Glad to have drank it but at the price point once is enough.

Photo of evanforbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Bottle date May 2014

Pours a murky mahogany with foamy beige head

Nose: lots of whiskey (rye in there) and toasted dark fruits, earthy rye spice, toffee. Really nice

Taste: starts off with some dried caramel and toffee, vanilla. A flash of cocoa in there with some oak, whiskey notes of leather and wood and some coconut, with some big peppery rye lingering at the end

Feel: medium bodied, spicy, rich, toasty, easy drinking

Really enjoy this. A great strong ale, especially for rye whiskey fans as the rye is really there. Big brash and complex, yet seems balanced to me and drinks nicely. Wish this would come back!

Photo of thomda11
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrogant Bastard is my favorite offering from Stone, so I was excited to try this--it did not disappoint. Pours an dark, copper-ish brown with an off-white head that slowly dissipated. The aroma right after the pour was strongly whiskey, but more caramel malt comes through as it warms. The taste is fantastic. The whiskey is definitely present, but more subduded than the aroma would suggest. The oak characteristic melds well with the caramel malt and has a nice prominent hop bitterness at the end. I also get a nice, subtle vanilla note. Again, just a fantastic brew.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus fruit, rye whiskey, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, citrus zest, and rye whiskey flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a rye whiskey barrel aging that actually stands up well to the hop profile of the base beer.

Photo of vitALEity
4/5  rDev -1.7%

'14 Batch #5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a nice tannish, creamy head and good lace retention

S: A lot of whiskey, vanilla, toffee, a hint of clove, dirt, leaves, wood

T: Similar to the aroma but some dry/bitter hop character is present. Def some alcohol heat and some toasted nuts, coconut, burnt toast and chocolate.

M: Medium-Full, creamy, smooth

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Muled back from the lovely burb of Carlsbad, CA where I spent the better part of a month slaving away for The Man. 500ML bottle split with my wife after consuming copious amount of Darkness. I might be slightly drunk.

The pour is a ribald darkest orange, carbonated like a beer. The barrel dominates the nose, whiskey, with a touch of vanilla & spices, faint bark of pine. Appealing.

Bastard in the Rye has a bite like a two year old girl (that’s a whole different story, though). Healthy dose of bastard, bready & piney & malty, then we transition gently into the rye whiskey. Warm alcohol & the spiciness of the rye blend into a strong bitterness & smoothing caramel. The finish is all barrel, wood & rye. As it warms, the whiskey takes over & dismisses the beer like an unwelcome cornerback. I am having no problem sucking this down through a crazy straw.

This is a barrel bomb, no doubt. It takes Jon Snow & turns it into something different but very interesting in the mouth. Very good beer that border on excellent.

Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Very boozy, with light oak and a spicy rye finish. This could use a few years to really open up. There's a substantial rye presence that should linger, even with age on it.

Photo of arizcards
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 500 ml bottle from Stone Liberty Station in early September for $14.00. Bottled in May 2014.

Beer poured a dark reddish brown with a nice off white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is vanilla and hints of whiskey.

Taste is a very interesting blend of citrus and pine finishing off with some sweet hints of rye.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is an experiment that went quite well. I was a bit skeptical when purchasing but the interplay with the hoppy bastard and the barrel is very good!

Photo of MtnSoup
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell, look and pour look incredible, but for me the taste didn't quite 'wow' me...still a really great beer, but was hoping for some more oomph.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 500ml (16.9 oz.) bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination pint glass
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $13.99
Purchased: July 10, 2014
Consumed: July 18, 2014
Misc.: 2014 series (but 2013 Arrogant Bastard); Batch No. 5; Brewed Dec. 10, 2013; Bottled May 2014; Cork top

Poured a brownish color with two fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled oaky wood right away, immediately followed by whiskey, rye and vanilla. Initial smell seems stronger than 10 percent ABV. Also got rum, sour cherry, coconut, caramel, slight cola and buttery toffee.

The taste might have been just as good as I did an audible “Mmmm” after the first taste. Not as balanced as the nose with the oaky wood dominating and the rye whiskey less pronounced. Also toffee, caramel, rum, bourbon, faint coconut and bitter crayon. Didn’t feel like 10 percent ABV to start, but got a little boozy as it went down.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Somewhat boozy, bitter finish.

Really liked this one, but it was pretty much what I expected. Went down well and I was sad to see it gone.

Photo of kflorence
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks to my buddy Justin for the bottle.

From notes: Pours a clear, chocolate brown with hints of amber. Average carbonation. Solid amount of off-white head that lasts. Predominant whiskey on the nose with notes of dark cherry and wood with an earthy, malty backbone. Sweet malts and molasses dominate the palate with predominant notes of whiskey, wood, rye and some bitter pine and grapefruit rinds. Fairly well balanced, finishes with bitter grapefruit and molasses. Medium bodied and smooth with lively carbonation, drinks surprisingly well for a 10% ABV brew. Overall very tasty and complex and drinkable, though a bit heavy on the stomach. Definitely a brew to be savored and sure to please the Arrogant Bastard or whiskey aficionado.

Photo of neurobot01
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a snifter at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: very opaque rusty reddish-brown, almost dark garnet, with a small tapioca-colored head.

Smell: pretty muted. Something like fruitcake, almost. I smell the barrel, but not being a drinker of rye whiskey, it smells more like tequila to me.

Taste: an absolute revelation. The sweetness of the base beer marries beautifully with residual hops bitterness and the sweet/bitter combo of the rye whiskey. Not at all boozy. I'm getting nutmeg, light-roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, candied fruits... a lot going on, but not at all overpowering. Delicious.

Feel: very very good. Remarkably smooth, perfect level of carb (low, but enough so you know it's there), and not too dry.

Overall: I'm impressed. I've grown to enjoy Stone's QM offerings (thanks to Southern Charred), but this is in another league. Honestly, this is just a notch below FW's XVII as far as I'm concerned. Not as complex or big as that, and probably won't develop as much in the cellar, but this is top notch stuff.

Photo of McStagger
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque copper/orange. Finger and ahalf of off/offwhite head. Moderate dissipation. Lacing is good. Carbonation is hard to discern amongst the haze.

S: Big vanilla notes from the barrel. Creme brulee and flambeed/synthetic banana. Coconut underneath, with some woody tones. Mild spike of pine hops underneath. Definitely barrel dominated.

T: Lean, harcore tannin up front. Mid palate is dried fruit, earthy astringency, a huge surge of bitterness and a hit of citric hoppiness.

M: Lighter in texture than one might expect from a barrel aged beer. Even at ten percent abv, this one holds surprising carbonation within its suds.

O: Misplaced Rye. I want Double Bastard brewed with Rye.

to view more.
Bastard In The Rye from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.