Southern Charred
Arrogant Consortia

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Strong Ale - American
4.28 | pDev: 10.28%
Arrogant Consortia
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Southern CharredSouthern Charred
Notes: Double Bastard Ale aged over a year in three types of barrels, including virgin charred American oak.
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage... poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed viscous caramel amber pour with thin head. Modest lacing.

S: Wood, oak, booze, and caramel.

T.F: Rich... some sweet malts, caramel, and sugars up front. Vanilla and bourbon mingled with pine and some residual hop bitterness. A bit of char, some dark fruit, and resin. Medium to thick bodied... low carbonation. Oily on the tongue with more caramel and pine at the finish. Boozy.. alcohol a bit too present.

O: A well done variant on 'Double Bastard', and the whiskey and oak came through nicely. More residual pine/hops than I was expecting given the age and it almost reminded me of their 'Old Guardian'. Similar booziness and flavor. A nice 'treat' brew.

Dec 17, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 500ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Poured a cold haze rusty orange brown colour but eventually settled to a clear copper colour with a very thin orangey beige head that disappeared quickly while leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, bourbon, caramel, toffee, oak, ginger, candied grapefruit, and some light piney notes.

Taste: Sweet malts, bourbon, caramel, toffee, oak, light bitterness, grapefruit peel, piney, resinous, citrus pith, and maybe hints of raisins.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.

Overall: I loved the aroma and there was a good balance in the flavours between sweet and bitter that make it such a good sipper.

Dec 04, 2019
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Nass from Florida

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Vintage

Color: Brown
Aroma: Bourbon alcohol, dark fruits
Taste: Caramel, light notes of dark fruits, some bourbon sweetness, a little tart, marshmallow, mouthfeel is medium
Conclusion: Cool label artwork. The abv is well hidden for 12.6% abv beer. This beer has been aged for 2 years so it's now a smooth drink, there is nothing offensive going on in the taste. This beer was better than I expected. I still think regular Arrogant Bastard Ale is a better drink than this, well at least it used to be because the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale does not taste as good as it used to be back when I first had it 5 years ago anyway cheers! A-

Nov 23, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer consumed for the first time at Stone Oakquinox 2014. Had it a few times since, almost always when a buddy tells me to take it bc he bought 2 bottles, one to drink, one to age, the one he drank he hated, so I score a bottle that they don't want to age. Seriously, this has happened at least twice to me for this beer. Bring it on pussies.

Pours a color slightly darker than the dark amber and auburn Arrogant Bastard (Double) that is not barreled. Smaller head, around the 1/5" mark. Aroma is much stronger than the other ABA barreled offerings. That virgin oak pops the hardest. Average strength notes of bourbon finally on this one. Good roasted barrel and malt notes.

Taste drops heavy on the caramel, which is nicely paired with the sweetness and breath of whiskey. Lots of noticeable wood on it. Some dark fruit notes that wasn't the best with this substantial amount of alcohol. I enjoyed it, but the high price tag per oz makes this a one and done tick.

Oct 25, 2018
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Gnilwod from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown, slightly hazy

Smell: slightly sweet. Smiliar to molasses.

Taste: strong and sweet combined. Molasses and caramel. Slight big of whiskey from barrel age.

Feel: smooth and oily.

Overall: excellent. Best example of American ale I've had in a while (since standard double bastard became hard to get). At this price point it's a special occasion beer but worth the money

Oct 13, 2018
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Boca-X from Missouri

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 bottle

Good stuff. Sweet caramel and molasses. Thick sweetness, marshmallow with a lingering sugarcane and bourbon on the tongue and throat. Some might think this is syrup after 3 years but it was a perfect pint pored from Stone's small 16.9 bottle that was very complimentary with a grilled steak and potato.

Sep 07, 2018
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siskiyoucellar from Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is 2016. It’s been in my cellar for fifteen months. I think that Double Bastard is one of the very best American Strong Ales out there, so expectations are are high for this two-year-old BBA version. It’s really beautiful in the glass, deepest garnet color that allow just a littke light to make its way through. The nose is rich with caramel and whiskey, a little dark fruit. The taste delivers on all these promises and more. Wonderful honey-toast malts cut by sharp clear notes of whiskey and char, sweet, dark preserved cherries and plums and, surprisingly, a little lupulin laced through it all. The feel is fantastic, a little chewy and very clean. A great version of a great ale.

Jun 24, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy dark amber, a little murky, beige head quickly recedes. Nice sweet aromas of molasses, caramel, slight bourbon barrel, dark fruits. Reminds me of a Barleywine. Sweet yet bitter, lots of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, a little radon, wallop of vanilla. The hops have mellowed significantly, but the bitterness prevailed. This is full bodied, thick, rich, and creamy. Reminds me of BCBS in the respect that I just want to swish it around in my mouth and not swallow it. Overall this is an outstanding beer. I drank one fresh and aged this bottle. Glad I did. I like the aged version better.

500 ml bottle, 2015 vintage
4.5 rating

Feb 27, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found it. This is the 2015 vintage and the bottle label is slightly different but the ABV is the same. There was really not any head but has a little lacing. Looks brownish red in color has the brewed tea look. Has the sweet smell of raisins and molasses. Excellent aroma. Tastes of raisins and molasses and a slight bitterness and alcohol. This is very good and the slight bitterness is the only knock on this beer. It swishes and chews well. Deliciousness. A prime example of outstanding character and drinkability for a Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer. Always ready to try a Stone beer.

Feb 23, 2018
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage 500ml corked and caged bottle into pint appears hazy brown with yellowish stained cap that fades leaving patchy lace.

Aroma of of caramel, molasses, oak, raison and prunes. As it breathes it gets a little herbal and more oaked but in a raw oaked way.

Taste has a lot of raw oak tannic character thats drying with booze, resinous bitterness and almost a medicinal aspect. Mild vanilla, caramel and molasses sweetbess with raisons.

Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Overall decent stuff.

Feb 13, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is muddy prune juice--brown-mauve with floaters--topped with a thin, creamy tan blanket receding to a thinner ring.

Smell is caramel, bourbon, toffee, wet coconut, vanilla and date.

Taste starts with a red wine-like tannin and charred wood that's got a spiced element. Then toffee and vanilla come in while the bourbon intensifies in the woodiest of ways, and dries it up a bit, finishing with a lightly bittering pineyness that grows, then recedes.

Body is moderate with a soft but light carbonation. The finish is semi-dry and spicy, with a touch of heat running down the throat.

Dec 22, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky amber with a one finger creamy tan head.

S - Aroma is brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon and oak.

T - The taste follows the aroma caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon and oak. The finish has a good piney hop bite.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A solid beer. The bourbon barrel adds a nice depth to original base beer. Definetly worth checking out.

Oct 21, 2017
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AustinWadkins from Iowa

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy rusty mahogany, aggressive pour created a small head that fizzled away to a opaque collar

Smell of oak, booze, brown sugar, sweet malty notes, molasses, rasin, smoke

Taste of booze, oak, brown sugar, molasses, smoke

Overall a fantastic beer! Love the depths of flavor

Jul 11, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2016 vintage, bottled in 10/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/copper/light brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, nuts, raisin, plum, cherry, and date; with lighter notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, molasses, coconut, smoke, char, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malts, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, nuts, raisin, plum, cherry, and date; with lighter notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, molasses, coconut, smoke, char, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, nuts, dark fruit, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, molasses, smoke, char, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with minimal lingering hop/oak astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, increasing through glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/tannic/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden; a small pleasant warmth, with mild barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged American strong ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on; despite the increasingly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Still quite a bit of hop presence lingering on the palate; but the balance of malt and barrel complexity is pretty damn perfect. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jul 01, 2017
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draheim from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes.

500mL into a tulip. Pours a deep mahogany/amber w/ a 1-finger tan head.

Aroma is caramelly sweet, toasty. Marshmallows?

Taste is powerfully sweet, dense, sticky. Dried figs, dates, bourbon/booze. A bit overwhelming. I expected more smoke, maybe from the name? Floral hops in there too. It is Stone after all. Barrel aged Double Bastard?

Mouthfeel is likewise stick and thick, heavy.

Overall a heavy, big, boozey beer. A bit too sweet and sticky for me.

Jun 09, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a nice small/quick/fizzy light tan head, which leaves a nice medium size island and some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some very nice hoppyness, some licorice. The taste is very nice malty, very nice hop note, licorice notes. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a very nice bitter/dry finish. Overall, a very nice brew.

Apr 02, 2017
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ccg from District of Columbia

3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It looks a bit odd, to be honest. It pours a dark caramel color, and it's translucent. Overall it has the look of a beer that is unfiltered or full of some sort of sediment. it has a nice layer of foam that slowly dissipates.

The smell is full of bourbon, caramel, and hops. In the background is some vanilla, bread, raisins, and brown sugar.

The flavor has similar components, but the hops are more dominant. The flavor is more bitter than the smell. The sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and oak flavors overpower the flavors of the hops, so I can't really say if they are citrusy or piney or floral -- the only thing that really comes through from the hops is a strong bitterness. It's an interesting balance, and it keeps the beer from being cloyingly sweet, but for me, it seems that the various flavors in the beer are at odds with each other.

It's a smooth beer, and the alcohol (12.6% ABV) is fairly well masked, with only a bit of lingering heat to let you know it was there.

It's an interesting and fairly well-balance beer, but, even with the bourbon-barrel-aging, I think you have to be a fan of Stone's aggressively hopped style to enjoy this one.

Feb 15, 2017
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark brown with a bit of cloudiness. It has a brown head.

Smell: It has aromas of dried cherries, plums, some caramel, herbal elements, floral, whiskey, and alcohol.

Taste: The flavors are highlighted by whiskey, wood, plums, cherries, spices, dried cherries, and alcohol.

Feel: There is a low amount of carbonation with a smooth, alcohol warming to is.

Overall, this is a very complex beer with a wonderful combination of ingredients and whiskey flavor without the harshness that normally comes with it.

Feb 11, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear, reddish brown brew. Great head formation.

Lots of bourbon on the nose and palate. Coconut, vanilla, dull oak; brown sugar and grains. Very bitter.

Jan 22, 2017
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BWood from California

3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks deep rust then fades to a orange near the top. Almost like the top is frozen.

Smell has nice bourbon hints with malt

Taste has nice malt and oak. Bourbon and some burnt wood in the back.

Feel lingers after the sip. Slight tongue burn but overall finish is smooth after I initial bite.

Overall a solid beer. A good variant of the base.

Jan 16, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reached beer 1,000, so I thought I'd crack this one tonight.

A - Hazy brown with some orange highlight. The head is minimal, fading quickly to a thin ring. A touch of lacing.

S - Wood, barrel, and lots of booze. Somewhere under it all is the hint of tea and zest that suggests the base beer.

T - Front is all wood and vanilla, followed quickly by a sharp hit of tea and tobacco, near the back is a strong zest hit, orange, and a bit of pith. Resin rests hard on the close, and that hop is still kicking around. Shockingly.

M - This is a heavy one, spiky, causing a tickle at the back of my throat.

O - This one powerful beer. I've concluded over the years that I'm not a huge fan of what the barrel imparts to most beers. Sure, BCBS works it, but most beers do not offer the rich underpinning to hold it together. Here, the beer is more than capable of handling the array. The result is rich, with lots of vanilla and oak, coupled with a powerful hit of tea hops and just a hint of the fruit once more forward when it was Double Bastard. The result is intriguing, deep, and offers a lot to puzzle. Glad I had this one to try.

Jan 16, 2017
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with almost no foam and zero lacing. Smells of smokey malt with a little brown sugar and wine. Taste is very good, earthy wood flavors, malt, wine, brown sugar, and bourbon. Finish is good, a mix of flavors leaving you wanting another sip to taste the mix again, very good beer but not one you can drink a ton of, very filling to me.

Jan 15, 2017
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Deep amber with a nice tan head that sticks around and leaves behind a large amount of lacing.
S - Rich malt, definitely bourbon and alcohol on the nose, caramel, maybe a little vanilla
T - I get all the great taste from double bastard - the rich malt, caramel, vanilla, molasses, and booze - this has all that amplified with the sweet and deep bourbon taste on the back end with an amped up alcohol level as well as a nice note of wood from the bourbon barrels - everything meshes really well together
F - full bodied with mild carbonation - very smooth
O - A very nice bourbon barrel aged strong ale with all the great characteristics from double bastard but kicked up a notch with the addition of bourbon barrel aging. That said, I think I prefer the regular double bastard as it's a tad more manageable to drink a few compared to this one.

Side Note - I truly struggled to get the cork out of this one!

Jan 12, 2017
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pkalix from California

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

definitely bisquit-y....sweet, caramel malts. oak and vanilla... not as boozy as a 12% would normally go, perhaps the years in the back of my frig mellowed it a bit....

Dec 23, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark red-orange with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass with little lacing. Aroma of lightly caramel malt, oak, bourbon, fresh and dried dark fruit, vanilla. Flavor is dry biscuit malt with light caramel, oaky vanilla, brown sugar, dates, raisins, bourbon. Finishes dry, slightly tannic with residual oak and bourbon and suggestions of hoppiness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice barreled strong ale. The double bastard base is present in the malt, although it has become more biscuity, like an old ale and the hops have died back with little herbal nature, but a light residual flavored bitterness that is reminiscent of DB. Three years have mellowed this out, leaving well balanced dark fruit flavors, good bourbon and barrel oak, but taming the aggressive hopping. Double bastard is a great ferocious ale fresh and has a fine malt body that stands up to barrelling. This is a fine strong ale that has aged well.

Dec 11, 2016
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