Double Bastard Ale | Arrogant Brewing

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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:
#702
Reviews:
2,126
Ratings:
6,729
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
4.57
 
 
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Photo of Gemini6
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zotzot
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurzman
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

2015 release, 650ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Hazy deep ruddy brown in color with lots of sediment floating around, the pour forms up thick creamy light tan head that withstands with good retention before slowly sinking to a lasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot.

Rich and intense malt in the aroma with the array of sweet candy, caramel, burnt sugar, dough, butter bread, toasted biscuit, and charred nut while hop provides its citrus, pine, tropical, and slight spicy in subtle fashion together with a hint of alcohol perfume and cherry.

Super malty and cherry boozy in the taste, it kicks off with the vast malty goodness of sweet candy, caramel, burnt sugar, dough, butter bread, toasted biscuit, and charred nut. Hop is being nicely complement with slight citrus and pine as well as a very extreme bitterness while alcohol wraps all the things up with its sweet, spicy, and warming touch.

Full of chewy malt and rather syrupy body with smooth mouthfeel and medium carbonation that is well enough to carry all the things well, finish is very dry.

Complex and more arrogant than its little brother, the aging helps to develop some more on malt while being a bit drop on crisp hop character. Still a truly great brew in anyway.

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Photo of brocktune
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timtac
3.47/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjrider
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Timc32
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaisell
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timsoder
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with moderate head. Strong, boozy nose. Strong ale taste, hints of fighting and cherry. Moderate hops. I didn't find it to be as malty as they claim. Overall, a nice ale.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the 2013 release, which I've been sitting on for a while. A 22oz bottle with a bottling date of Aug 2013. ABV is stated as 11.2%. Acquired from the Brewdog webshop ages ago and carefully stored.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep ruby-red hue with light carbonation and some floating sediment. Yields a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before collapsing to a patchy surface layer.

S: Aroma of sweet caramel malt and pungent hops, with notes of toffee, barley sugar, grain, pine resin, spicy hops, sherry, oxidation and booze. Complex, but definitely gives off an impression of being past its best.

T: Tastes of sweet malt and exceptionally bitter hops. Hints of caramel, sugar, grain, leafy bitterness, pine resin, spice, mild sherry and a warming touch of alcohol in the rear. Quite oxidised, and lacks much of the aromatic hop character that might be expected. A forceful flavourfest nonetheless.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, with hop oils and booze tingling the palate. Carbonation lightly tickles the tongue. A big, chewy texture followed by an aftertaste of sweet malt, stinging hop bitterness and oxidation.

O: An impressive brew, but I suspect I held on to this for a bit too long. Looks nice, while the aroma and flavour are huge blends of sweet malt, pine resin and leafy bitterness. Quite a bit of oxidation present, as well as the loss of aromatic hop notes that would have provided more balance to the malt. Good body. Interesting, but probably best sampled younger!

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had two bottles of this. Both are gone now. Review from notes. Purchased from the LCBO for $10.95 CDN per 22oz bottle.

Appearance - A bright red color, a finger of light tan head and some lacing. Also a not inconsequential amount of haze.

Smell - Big and boozy with plenty of molasses and inviting. Burnt sugar in there too. A malt bomb that doesn't shy away from hops either.

Taste - boozy and very bitter, some elements of smoke within, peat flavors and boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and thick, chewy with good carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall - A fine big beer that left me a little disappointed. Certainly drinks like an 11 percenter. Wouldn't turn it down, but won't go out of my way to purchase a third bottle.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMcCoy_96
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griphon
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikey440
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TerryMills
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer, not what I was expecting from all ive heard about this beer..

Almost smells like a light chocolate stout with just a hint of hops , the flavor matches the smell.

Super drinkable and mask all the alcohol .

Would buy again .

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Photo of mf86
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice: color is amber, a little hazy, tan head with an amber tint, bubbles are fine to small, presenting 1/2 inch thick and lingering with a solid top, head laces the glass sides.

Smell is sharp, might be the booziness, the smoothness and caramel flavors are hidden at first, then come through lighter than expected with moderate hoppiness.

Taste is huge malt, heavy caramel and lighter molasses, sharp alcohol, big bitterness. Definitely a doubly arrogant beer, but also one I think needs at least a few months aging to soften the bitter, boozy blow.

Mouthfeel is less sharp as it warms, moderate carbonation, smoothness starts to exude itself but the bitterness overtakes and bits the tongue.

I tend to like big, malty, hoppy, smooth brews but the double bastard seems a bit young yet for the 2016 release.

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Double Bastard Ale from Arrogant Brewing
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,729 ratings
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