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:
#709
Reviews:
2,130
Ratings:
6,743
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
4.57
 
 
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4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 10 oz. draft in a snifter glass.

Appearance- A bright red-brown color with about half a finger of tan colored head. Spotted lacing down the glass with a hazy color lighter than the beer.

Smell- Definitely get the alcohol smell but there are sweet smells of candy or sugar in there. A malty smell seemed to dominate the aroma.

Taste- The sweetness really gets pushed out by the alcohol. There seems to be some caramel or molasses mixed that I didn't get from the smell. I neat bitter finish and some citrus thrown in.

Feel- A thick mix with enough carbonation to make it. A dry finish, maybe the high ABV.

Overall- Very drinkable for 11%. Stays true to the style and the light candy sweetness mixes well. A great beer for a cool day

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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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Double Bastard Ale from Arrogant Brewing
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6,743 ratings