Bastard In The Rye
Arrogant Consortia

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Arrogant Consortia
California, United States
American Strong Ale
4.05 | pDev: 10.62%
Jul 11, 2021
Nov 22, 2013
Bastard In The RyeBastard In The Rye
Notes: Aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey barrels.
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the Richmond, VA brewery, it pours dark brown amber color with a tan head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing. It smelled and tasted spicy and sweet with the rich malts blending nicely with the rye. There were herbal notes, tea leaf, caramel, booze, and floral accents complimenting the malt and rye combo. Much smoother than expected, this was a fine sipper with oaky and whiskey flavors trailing with each sip. Really tasty and enjoyable.
Jul 11, 2021
Rated: 3.86 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Mar 01, 2020
Rated: 4 by dsshuck from Delaware

Nov 20, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had this at the Stone Oakquinox 2014. Was my first foray into barrel aged ABA. This was slightly better than the bottled version they put out that was in bourbon barrels. Still pours a deep auburn color like the base beer, but with less off white head, this is down to about a 1/4" depth. The aroma was less hoppy than normal and had a very slight whiskey bent to it, but yet more than the aforementioned bottled bourbon barrel one. Whereas that was like 90 days in the barrel, this feels like it might have been 120-150 days.

Taste is almost into malt bomb territory, which is hilarious kind of given that this beer marketed itself as a big ass hoppy monster. So much caramel and toffee to it now. Really almost transforms it into lite barleywine territory, and I can dig on the nuance and variation here. Its not the ultimate in barrel aging or anything, but man if it doesn't temper the high ibu nature and bitterness of this beer.
Oct 25, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by sweemzander from Illinois

Feb 02, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Beerdudenumberone from Indiana

May 22, 2016
Rated: 3.76 by ScottyDont805 from California

Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 4 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Mar 01, 2016
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Reviewed by Boccu from New York

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours dark with a nice head. Snifter. Exceptional from start. Nice rye with a nice hops to a barrel finish. I would definitely have this again. Not a bad price point either.
Feb 27, 2016
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Rated by riotontheroad from California

4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2014 Bottle. So much rye!! Must get more.
Dec 23, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by Lucoli from New York

Dec 08, 2015
Rated: 4.68 by doppel

Nov 14, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by tdmccarthy from Illinois

Nov 08, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 28, 2015
Rated: 3.51 by misterworldwide from California

Mar 25, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by mrebeka from Michigan

Mar 01, 2015
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Rated by MtnSoup from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Smell, look and pour look incredible, but for me the taste didn't quite 'wow' me...still a really great beer, but was hoping for some more oomph.
Feb 26, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by drewone from California

Feb 16, 2015
Rated: 4.37 by jemarent from Michigan

Feb 07, 2015
Rated: 4.37 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

Feb 02, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by toothirsty from New Mexico

Feb 02, 2015
Rated: 3.92 by rawfish from California

Jan 12, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by vma from California

Jan 11, 2015
Rated: 4.53 by Mikestaf from South Carolina

Jan 05, 2015
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Rated by 1424IpA from California

3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
Not bad, pretty good for the style. Would buy again if I could find it..
Jan 01, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by Brolo75 from California

Dec 27, 2014
Rated: 3.72 by Jstonerock24 from Ohio

Dec 27, 2014
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a 500 ml bottle from Stone Liberty Station in early September for $14.00. Bottled in May 2014.

Beer poured a dark reddish brown with a nice off white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is vanilla and hints of whiskey.

Taste is a very interesting blend of citrus and pine finishing off with some sweet hints of rye.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is an experiment that went quite well. I was a bit skeptical when purchasing but the interplay with the hoppy bastard and the barrel is very good!
Dec 20, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by GPHarris from Alabama

Dec 16, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by RolandBlunts from California

Dec 13, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by jmkoller11 from Arizona

Dec 08, 2014
Rated: 4.92 by stjjoseph87 from New York

Dec 08, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Nov 17, 2014
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%
Muled back from the lovely burb of Carlsbad, CA where I spent the better part of a month slaving away for The Man. 500ML bottle split with my wife after consuming copious amount of Darkness. I might be slightly drunk.

The pour is a ribald darkest orange, carbonated like a beer. The barrel dominates the nose, whiskey, with a touch of vanilla & spices, faint bark of pine. Appealing.

Bastard in the Rye has a bite like a two year old girl (that’s a whole different story, though). Healthy dose of bastard, bready & piney & malty, then we transition gently into the rye whiskey. Warm alcohol & the spiciness of the rye blend into a strong bitterness & smoothing caramel. The finish is all barrel, wood & rye. As it warms, the whiskey takes over & dismisses the beer like an unwelcome cornerback. I am having no problem sucking this down through a crazy straw.

This is a barrel bomb, no doubt. It takes Jon Snow & turns it into something different but very interesting in the mouth. Very good beer that border on excellent.
Nov 16, 2014
Rated: 4 by brandoman63 from Illinois

Nov 15, 2014
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Reviewed by vitALEity from California

4/5  rDev -1.2%
'14 Batch #5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a nice tannish, creamy head and good lace retention

S: A lot of whiskey, vanilla, toffee, a hint of clove, dirt, leaves, wood

T: Similar to the aroma but some dry/bitter hop character is present. Def some alcohol heat and some toasted nuts, coconut, burnt toast and chocolate.

M: Medium-Full, creamy, smooth
Nov 12, 2014
Rated: 4 by DrewShalvoy from California

Nov 11, 2014
Rated: 4.3 by brotherloco from California

Nov 09, 2014
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Reviewed by evanforbeer from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
Bottle date May 2014

Pours a murky mahogany with foamy beige head

Nose: lots of whiskey (rye in there) and toasted dark fruits, earthy rye spice, toffee. Really nice

Taste: starts off with some dried caramel and toffee, vanilla. A flash of cocoa in there with some oak, whiskey notes of leather and wood and some coconut, with some big peppery rye lingering at the end

Feel: medium bodied, spicy, rich, toasty, easy drinking

Really enjoy this. A great strong ale, especially for rye whiskey fans as the rye is really there. Big brash and complex, yet seems balanced to me and drinks nicely. Wish this would come back!
Oct 25, 2014
Bastard In The Rye from Arrogant Consortia
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 135 ratings