Double Bastard Ale | Arrogant Brewing

Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale
BA SCORE
4.26/5
6,722 Ratings
Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arrogant Brewing
California, United States
arrogantbastard.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#683
Reviews:
2,125
Ratings:
6,722
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
4.57
 
 
Wants:
515
Gots:
1,417
Trade:
38
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Photo of VashonGuy
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle.

Appearance is amber red, with a fairly minimal head. There's a big nose, a combination of sweet caramel and hops. The taste is complex, but hops and bitterness dominate the taste. It's just slightly sweet in the taste, enough to make it interesting, but not enough to compete with the bitterness. The ABV is not particularly noticeable, but that might be because the hops are strong enough that who has time to notice the ABV?

This beer is about midway between a classic hoppy barleywine and a conventional strong ale. What I mean is that a strong ale is something you can drink, while a barleywine is usually just a sipper. This one is tempting to drink, not just to sip a bit, but then all that bitterness makes me hold back.

I wind up respecting this beer, but it's not really in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of Jhgbeth
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet malty begining with a slightly bitter hop finish. Complete ale taste

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Photo of Rammed96
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjw496u
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nrod
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jenrhart
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.57/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of moreandfaster1987
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorite strong ales. Darkish red almost brown in color with about a quarter inch head. Smells of sweet bready malts that are immediately followed by piney citric hops. The taste follows the nose well with a big hit of bitterness followed by a fairly big hit of malts. overall a very nice big bear that is very well crafted

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Photo of Dzu
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into pint.
L: dark brown with a no foam head.
S: plums, caramel.
T: bittersweet, dark fruits.
F: tight body and soft carbonation.
O: awesome ale. Must taste.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 2 years aged. Nice old Ale/barleywine. A touch harsh/bitter in finish but smoother that regular AB.

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Photo of Jack77
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy dark red amber with almost no head. Smells of citrus, tons of hops, tropical fruits, and malts. Tastes of bitter hops, citrus zest, topical fruits, a great malt backbone, spices, and alcohol. Medium-high body with medium carbonation. Overall this is a delicious and intense beer.

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Photo of Jtee
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a 650ml bottle served at 14 degrees Celsius into a snifter. Bottled on 15.10.2016 – aged for 9+ months in the bottle.

Look: The beer pours a clear light brown with red highlights topped by 4cm of dense, creamy, tan head which dissipates into a craggy cap in 3+ minutes. Such impressive head for the hefty 11% ABV. Fine-looking beer indeed.

Smell: Complex! Strong and well-balanced - very enticing. Citrusy, resiny, herbal, and floral hops (grapefruit, pine & jasmin). Malty caramel, brown bread, and milk chocolate. Faint dark fruit esters and alcohol. Goodness me!

Taste: Strong and bitter – a punch in your mouth, just the way I like it. Rich, complex and follows the aroma seamlessly. Notes of caramel, dark fruit (raisins), resinous pine, and citrus (grapefruit). The finish is long, strong, and bitter with a touch of minerality.

Feel: Full body with medium-low carbonation. Heavy, borderline chewy with considerable – yet not hot – alcohol warmth. Slightly astringent which likely stems from the extreme bitterness.

Overall: Big, bold, and aggressive – I absolutely love it. I had the whole bomber to myself and I feel like I could do another one just because it's that delicious. A wonderful brew displaying excellent craftsmanship. Beer doesn't get much better than this for me.

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Photo of JeffSK
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADG2995
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of -steve-
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Cloudy, hazy brown. Light tan head fading quickly.
Smell: Heavy malt sweetness, mown grass and faint citrus.
Taste: Plenty of malt sweetness. Not as hoppy as I would have thought. Grass and pine. Dry finish.
Overall: Pretty surprised at the subdued hops.

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Photo of sposter4
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbulling
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of handmuffin
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/14/15. Served from 22oz bottle into glass at home. Pours deep amber red in color, medium high clarity, with a tan colored head. The head quickly diminishes to a a thin ring of bubbles on the glass. Legs visible when agitated. Assertive aroma, sweet caramel malt and lots of alcohol, resulting in a preserved fruit character. Some fruitiness that may be alcoholic esters or hops. Flavor is more malt with lots of alcohol and high hoppy bitterness. The body is full, almost chewy, medium low carbonation with a decidedly dry finish. Even with all the alcohol aroma and flavor there is little "heat" detectable at the finish. Overall this beer lacks the hop character expected, but that is most likely due to the age of the bottle. It comes off as an aggressively bitter American barleywine and really is an amped-up version of the original.

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Photo of Alpha-Leader
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LoudRed
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,722 ratings
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