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:
#748
Reviews:
2,132
Ratings:
6,757
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
4.57
 
 
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Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark amber coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells of caramel malt, toffee, red berries citrus and pine. Taste follows the nose, with a caramel, biscuity malt backbone and some toffee, chocolate and red berries, complemented by hoppy notes of citrus and pine. This really is an Imperial Arrogant Bastard, which really piles on the malt, without losing much of the hops. Depth of flavor seems more intense compared to normal AB, especially when it comes to the malt presence and fruitiness. Hop profile seems a little more mellow, although there still is considerate piney bitterness (this may be due to the 26 months old bottle). The higher ABV is noticeable as a slight, warming presence, but there really is no unpleasant boozyness to this at all. What really needs to be highlighted compared to normal AB is the thick, smooth mouthfeel, which is absolutely sublime.

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

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BenHoppy
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of craigbelly
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of glass_house
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shreead
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Double Bastard Ale from Arrogant Brewing
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,757 ratings