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Double Bastard Ale - Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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2,073 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,073
Hads: 6,526
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 485
Gots: 1,314 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale | 11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

First release: November 1998
Originally brewed to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale debuted in November 1998 as an amped-up version of that already aggressive beer. A huge malt bill and an unreasonable amount of hops make this ale one that will be appreciated by only a few, and that’s just fine with us. We didn’t brew this dark amber monster to please anyone other than ourselves.
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Photo of zshaft
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2015 version. poured into big 32oz mug. love the color. dark red letting very little light through. nose is of booze w slight candy sweetness. mouthfeel great with good body. medium carbonation. taste is wow. I love this beer. I get booze and sweetness up front w little more sweetness shortly following. mid to late palate hops which gives way to caramel candy malts and a sweet finish. I love this beer. one of my favorites. so complex. I get different flavor profiles each time I quaff one. superior to regular bastard by a long shot. freaking great

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky brown with a thick off white head.
Huge malt aroma, brown sugar, a hint of orange??

Huge malt taste as well, bit of alcohol tingle, also some dark fruits toward the end.

I prefer arrogant bastard. This has lost some balance with the amped up malt bill. The hops fall behind imo.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper color with off white head good lacing head dissipates completely

Smell grapefruit and citrus notes bready malts little pine

Taste bitter hoppiness up front grapefruit and citrus notes surprised that for an 11% you cannot taste any alcohol

Feel full bodied little burn from the hops none from the alcohol funky but not bad after tatse

Overall this is a pretty good beer defiantly one to sip on.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle into glencairn-esque glass. part of the bastard box. "bottled on 09/09/15". consumed 4 months out from bottling on jan 8 2016

a: vibrant deep orange with off-white head. i like it

s: orange flesh, orange peel, ripe grapefruit, brown sugar, a bit of pine

t: super malty up front, think rich sweet bread and brown sugar. citrus notes are an afterthought, probably due to the age. grapefruit, orange. alcohol is hidden well

m: very oily and chewy, with medium-minus carbonation. slightly ugly bitterness at the end

o: the LCBO put the bastard box on the shelves like 3 months after the beers were bottled, so i wasn't expecting much from the hops. i'd really like to try this one fresh

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in a tulip pint glass.

Nice looking deep reddish-brown color with a healthy 1-plus F head, beige. Nicely carbonated. Bold.

Dark malts, caramel, dark sugar, citrus and spice, some pine earthiness.

Caramelized malt flavor with some citrus hop and spice flavors. Pleasantly lacking the booze profile.

Amped up and malty like the brewer suggests. Big body with some hop tang. Some sugar without the booze.

These big brews don't always appeal to me but this one was drinkable, tasty, and masked the high abv nicely. Good job.

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Photo of BCborn
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 0z bottle aged 1 1/2 years
Great sipping beer, big mouth feel, rich and smooth
no alcohol booziness, all the flavors are nicely balanced,
sweetness, malty, grapefruit-citrus, finishes clean with slight grapefriut bitterness

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So DB is a great brew...

I would still take Oaked AB over this in a heartbeat.

Last Words: Its good for an American Strong Ale...a touch boozy...but super-tasty nonetheless.
Grade: A/A-

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red amber-orange with a creamy khaki colored head. Smells like orange citrus, pineapple, herbs, toffee, vanilla, and caramel. Tastes like herbs and fruity orange citrus, melded with a sweet malty burnt sugar/caramel taste, and a bitter piney hop balance. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation. Overall a strong and really well crafted ale!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, shared with a friend
A - caramel colored body with a creamy beige head
S - booze, caramel, toffee, grain, pine
T - big and boozy with bold flavors - definitely a sipper; toffee, caramel, toasted grain, earthy & piney hops, faint vanilla - definitely drinks like a barley wine
M - full body, ample carbonation, booze is warming but not hot
O - I've only had this a couple of times, and it's been good both times, but it still won't make it into any sort of perennial pick-up for me.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.83/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It's unreal that I like this better than regular Arrogant Bastard, considering it's just an amped up version of it.

It's a little more complex and rounded out than the original.

Still a pretty straightforward barleywine. Dark spiced fruit, less coppery, pouring a gorgeous red hue with a pretty chewy feel.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 brew.

there's currently 2,061 reviews of this beer. nothing i'm going to say about it is remarkable or unique at this point.

it's stone. it's arrogant bastard amped up. you know what you're getting here. it's well balanced for what it is, it's tasty, and it packs a punch.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favourite AB (although I only tried 4), however that is not much to say about a brewery that is not quite as impressive as its reputation.
Purchased as part of a four pack, this one still carries the unpleasant AB moldy taste, but the balance here is a shade better.

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Photo of combatbootz
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer! Great amber hue, the aroma lacked a little luster, but once I sipped it I was in heaven. Slight fruity note, good hoppy bitterness and round it off with nice malty touch.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous dark ruby clear body with pale burnt orange head, lots of caked-on lace. The aroma is intense with balanced grapefruit, orange, and pine hops flavors, balanced by raisin-like malt. There's a strong element of booze as well. Colder, flavor starts with strong bitter hops, ends with chalky Belgian dark fruit quad-like malt, and pure ethanol notes. As it warms the malt becomes more prominent, to the effect of rendering tastes of sweet fleshy fruit. Body is full, creamy yet sharply carbonated, sometimes astringent, sometimes mouthwatering. Quizzical.
I get trying to be in-your-face, but when you get past the macho attitude and fuck-you-ness, alcohol simply does not smell or taste good, period. That being said, it does have good balance between cozy malt and intense hops, especially at warmer temperatures. A beer to ponder while you're getting your ass kicked.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby color with a two finger fluffy beige head that persists. Aroma is dark fruit, molasses, alcohol, toffee, and a bit of floral earthiness. Taste follows with earth, some dark fruit, molasses, and toffee, and big bitterness with a touch of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with a bit of oilyness and a nice warming sensation down the throat. Overall, a very good bastard iteration, which I actually like more than depth charged and regular arrogant bastard, but less than my favorite oaked arrogant bastard.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2015 edition. Brownish red in color. Smell: a bit of the trademark arrogant bastard hops/malt combo that hits you hard (in a good way). Taste is rich, flavorful malt strains blended with bitter hops, and a bit of sugar sweetness that rounds it out. Feel is awesome, super smooth on the palate and incredibly smooth for high 11% abv, dangerous for sure. Overall: enjoyable.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky amber with a thin khaki head that recedes quickly.

S: Rich aromas of caramel, molasses, biscuit, brown sugar, and sweet cream are quickly balanced by assertive aromas of pine, lemon rind, white grapefruit, blood orange, spruce, grass, herbs, and kumquat. There is no alcohol to speak of on the nose which is pretty impressive considering this beer has an abv of 11%.

T: Incredibly balanced notes of brown sugar, biscuit, sweet cream, nougat, caramel, molasses, pine, spruce, grass, herbs, lemon rind, white grapefruit, blood orange, and kumquat swirl across the palate. The finish is bitter and resinous, offering a slow fade of blood orange, grass, caramel, pungent herbs, pine, lemon rind, and grapefruit before a sneaking alcohol warmth settles in and more or less smooths things out completely.

M: In the mouth, this ale is full-bodied and sticky. Carbonation is delicate, yet active. Alcohol warmth is very restrained. Though a sipping beer, this is one that I could definitely see myself being able to sip steadily and finish quickly. All in all, this is far more drinkable than it should be given the strength.

O: I tend to be pretty generous in my reviews, but I am not even remotely exaggerating when I say that this is the best beer I have had in some time. For a strong ale, it is approachable, yet complex and extremely well-balanced. I really cannot find much about this ale to fault. In the end, I just wish I had made it a point to try this one sooner. If there is anyone out there who has yet to try this beer, make a point to do so in the near future. If you are even remotely a fan of strong ales, you will not regret it.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle from the 2015 Bastard Box, poured into a nonic pint.
Look - Caramel, ripe stone fruit in color. Big fluffy head, light in color that settles into a smaller fluffy head. Plenty of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.
Smell - Hints of soft stone fruits, and malt.
Taste - Up front, I got a slight hint booziness, nothing overpowering. Overripe plums, malted grains. Bitterness that reminds me of the flesh of the fruit close to the stone. A little like an English barley wine style, perhaps.
Feel - Creamy.
Overall - Amazing sipper! Opened mine up after an evening shift at the job. Perfect beer to relax with. This is going to be a beer staple. I can't believe it took so long to get to this one.

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Photo of tsmith1nu
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 14-oct-15, consumed on 20-nov-15
I am pretty sure I consumed this when it was past its prime, and because of that I will keep this short. Deep caramel color, thin creamed color head that lingered. Not a great balance between the hops and malts.
Bottom line: wasn't impressed but I would be willing to try again if I could find a fresh bottle

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Photo of mabermud
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 Bottle

Look: This Double Bastard has a darker maroon body. The head is thin, light beige in color, and creamy looking. With a twirl of the glass, the lacing sticks nicely to the sides of my favorite 15.5 ounce brandy snifter, creating an artistic blanket of twisted, broke branches.

Smell: The aroma is clearly of sweet figs and sticky, overripe dark fruit.

Taste: The taste is clearly of sweet, overripe dark fruit, which includes mushy raisins, and medium roasted sweet grains. Distant Lemonheads taste. The taste is even keeled, leaning on the sweeter side. The addition of hops balances this out perfectly. The regular Bastard has a much bigger hop profile. This is sweet, but not too sweet for me. Some could say, this is heading toward being called cloying...but maybe not. The level of sweetness is nicely placed. Good balance of tastes. This really opens up as it warms.

Feel: Nothing to complain about. Smooth drinking. For me, the level of carbonation would be a 4 out 10. Lush.

Overall - I need this beer to be available in 12oz bottles. This beer has a place in my heart, as do many other Stone beers, since I am from Escondido. Get some!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Bottled 10/15/15. Sampled on November 14, 2015.

It pours a handsome looking medium to dark amber with a long lasting off-white head. Decent clarity.

The aroma is sweet barley malts, caramel, with a bit of booze but not too much. Low to no hop profile on the nose.

Medium to full body.

I get an undercurrent of sweetness in the taste but the alcohol is more forward here. Lingering bitterness. It's a good beer with some bite.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red, brown with a thick, foamy mocha head. The nose is quite delicious. Citrus hops. Bubble gum, tangerine, orange, mild grapefruit. There is also a heavy caramel malt. The flavor is really good. I actually find this very well balanced. The malt is very present, but there is plenty of bitterness. There is a mild alcohol presence as well, but that doesn't steel the show. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. All in all, I would call this a top notch brew.

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Photo of drawbackwards
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing. Super strong, yet goes down smooth. You can taste and see the similarities between double bastard and arrogant bastard, but it's much more than a stronger version. It has its own personality. Excellent brew...

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Photo of EEscobar
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: this is gorgeous colored beer. Clear dark amber with an orange red glow and nice thick brown head.
sroma: Very Nice nose! Musky malts, caramel, and light bitter citrus.
Taste: nice thick feel, smooth caramel on sweet on the front end with bitter citrus on the finish.
Overall: solid beer but not something I would drink more than one bottle a year.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber with modest khaki head. Has a sweet, malty aroma. Then there's the unmistakable Arrogant Bastard flavor that is double fisted in this version. Incredibly balanced, smooth and delicious. Slightly bitter aftertaste. This is a terrific beer.

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Double Bastard Ale from Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,073 ratings.