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Double Bastard Ale | Arrogant Brewing

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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:
#697
Reviews:
2,125
Ratings:
6,726
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
4.57
 
 
Wants:
515
Gots:
1,419
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely bitter taste, ameloriated by malt. Crimson with hops suds best appearing in a trappist glass. Floral and pine strong hoppy aroma. Grapefruit mid-sip, cheese aftertaste. Alcohol warming, feels like vodka.. Good with strong meat and caution not to have competing patatoes.

perhaps overrated.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 release.

Pours a murky caramel color with a small 1 inch bone head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Smells of caramel, toffee, sweet malt, and some dark fruits. Very inviting smells. This beer smells very much like a barleywine to me. Taste is very much like the smell and is of caramel, toffee, and sweet/brown sugary malt. Medium bitterness on the palate with each sip. There is a very good balance between the sweetness and the bitterness in this beer. A good level of carbonation leads to a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a most excellent beer from Stone that I like much better than Arrogant Bastard. I am frustrated that I only got one bottle of this when it came out. I think that this will age very well and I will be on the lookout for more bottles for my cellar.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i would borderline call this a barleywine. pours a murky auburn color with a foaming tan head and just a little suspended sediment. smells quite hoppy, piney in that regard, with plenty of sweet malts backing it up. flavor is sort of like avery's hog heaven, but perhaps switch the intensity of the hops with the sweetness of the malts in these two beers, thats double bastard. lost somewhere between imperial ipa and a barleywine. lots of spicy sweetness in the finish. feel is very thick, almost milkshake-like. pretty solid carbonation and a decently disguised alcohol content. this would be a brutal bomber to drink alone, good thing i had eager mates! i think i still prefer the regular bastard though.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a murky looking brownish amber color. The head was a yellowish white and pretty thick. The lacing was sticky and left a good trail running down the glass. The smell of the beer is loaded with spicy hop aromas and some malts. The taste of the beer is also spicy and very hopped up. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and retains a good carbonation. Overall it's a powerhouse of a beer and it will surely knock your socks off if you let it.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to try this one, bought a bomber for $6.99. Pours a cloudy orange red, great hop aroma to it. Taste is medium to full bodied, an absolute hop bomb with some definite alcohol taste on the back end, but man is it tasty and delightful. Complex with a great mouthfeel, it goes down surprisingly well. Packs quite a punch and you'll be slurring your words a bit as you finish the last drop, but it's a damn good beer and a great night capper.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy coppery amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down but has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has aromas of caramel malts along with notes of brown sugar and citrus and pine resin hops and hints of alcohol.
T: There are definitely a lot of malts in a beer this strong and flavors of caramel malts are very prominent. A moderate amount of bitterness from the hops is present, as well as some hints of alcohol, brown sugar, malty sweetness and toffee. The taste seems to become more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
O: This beer almost tastes like a “lighter” version of an American barleywine but has rather intense flavors of malts and hops. It is definitely a beer that needs to be slowly sipped.

Note: 2011 release

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No doubt a seriously big beer. Not for the timid. Even for American Barleywine lovers, this beer packs a punch.

Has the look of thickness, viscocity, and ultimate maltiness. Pours an array of colors: brown, copper red, burgundy, maroons.... it goes on. Has a thick dense tan head that lingers as long as you want.

Aromas are intense mariage of complex malt, complex hops, and complex alcohol. Deep maltiness, grassy-hoppy, and a grainy twang also present deep into the nose An organic scent that adds complexity to the grain, hop and yeast content.

Malts portray flavors of caramel, brown sugar and molassas. Malts also bring out fruits of figs, dates, and a little in the way of prunes and raisons. Hop complex is highly pronounced from nose to finish. Earhty and grassy like IPA's but more complex and flavor infused. Alcoholic flavors also present throughout.

Mouthfeel is creamy, heavy, and rich; yet disected cleanly by hop bittering. Rather a crisp finish to a high gravity beer.

Aftertaste lingers indefinately with complex malt sweetness and hop bittering. Dark fruits continue to abound.

Impression: A great beer for that mood that hits you every couple months. Not an everyday beer for me. When you need this beer, none other will suffice. It's what Arogant Bastard wants to be when it grows up.

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4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2007 version, enjoyed for the mere price of 25 Canadian ducats at the one-time only Stone event at Cafe Volo in Toronto.

This beer pours a mostly clear, shiny dark ruby amber hue, with a relatively thin cap of weakly foamy and bubbly beige head, which leaves some wispy, calving iceberg lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of warm caramel, toffee pudding, fig, date, and raisin fruitiness, rather active leafy, piney hops, a soft citrus rind bitterness, and a menthol-friendly booziness. The taste is sweet caramel malt, sugary toffee, stewed raisins, muddled black orchard fruit, a growing earthy mustiness, and some isolated, but welcome all the same citrus and pine hop astringencies coming on a bit later in the game.

The carbonation is quite mild, but at least showing up to be counted for its supportive frothiness, the body medium-heavy in weight, thick, viscous, and fairly smooth, with a touch of airy creaminess as it warms. It finishes with a thankfully growing hoppiness to quell the steadily overbearing and dense malt, while the resident lofty alcohol remains scarily well-hidden.

It's been a few years since I've had the regular Arrogant Bastard (those words don't seem to mesh all that well together, do they), but this sure is reminiscent of that beer, as a beefed up, but consistent, and challenging older brother. I can see that this otherwise bucolic Sunday afternoon is going to get a bit larry, as I eventually try to suss out a suitable Supa Bowl viewing spot.

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2.63/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into N'Ice Chouffe stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a dark caramel brown. Semitransparent. Appealing.

Sm: Grapefruit is dominant, with some candied sugar, yeast, and other vague citrus esters. Aroma is mild in strength. It's alright, but it doesn't really jump out and grab me.

T: Pleasant grapefruit is the first thing I notice. The caramel and HEAVY candy sugar, however, are not so pleasant. They do help cover the alcohol - which I don't notice, but it's too sweet overall. I feel like my teeth are rotting with every sip. It's anything but balanced; it needs to tame the candy sugar considerably. It's built alright, but it's far from a good beer.

Mf: Tingly and overly soft from the candy sugar abundance. It's abnormally, artificially soft and it really bothers me. Also, it's too thick.

Dr: They seemed to build the beer around hiding the ABV, and in that respect it succeeds. But the insane amount of candied sugar hides the best aspects of the beer: the citrusy notes and yeast. It may be worth a try for hardcore fans of Belgian beers that rely on candied sugar, but I think most middle of the road beer drinkers will be as turned off as I was.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 release

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel color with a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Rich aroma, filled with caramel, butterscotch, candied apples, pears and chocolate covered cherries

Taste: Opens with a huge caramel flavor, that has plenty of fruity elements in there, too; while the bitter citrus has clearly been matured out of the mix, the caramel apple and pear flavors are very interesting; after the swallow, there is a hint of its bitter past, but the flavors are mellow, like a fine barleywine

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Merry Christmas to me, having cellared this for four years; I didn't much care for the young Arrogant Bastard (puts flak jacket on), but this, with age, is sublime

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Double Bastard Ale from Arrogant Brewing
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