Double Bastard In The Rye
Arrogant Consortia

Double Bastard In The RyeDouble Bastard In The Rye
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Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
12.7%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 8.96%
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
298
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Arrogant Consortia
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Double Bastard In The RyeDouble Bastard In The Rye
Notes: First release: October 2015
Much like the lacerative muther of a beer that is Double Bastard Ale, rye whiskey is not for everyone. Most are not emotionally or otherwise equipped to appreciate its unbridled intensity. So to sequester Double Bastard Ale in rye whiskey barrels is to conceive an experience that no doubt will be treasured by only a select few. It takes a special breed of exceptional depth to thrive under such demanding conditions and emerge with such stunning vibrancy. Namely, Double Bastard Ale. Something this sublime should never be quandered, however. Those plagued by even a smidge of self-doubt should look elsewhere. This rare treasue is strictly for those possessing the capacity to appreciate that man y will shun. Just like l do.

Drawn off unfiltered.
Aged in Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels.

CELLAR NOTES
This beer is a close relative of Southern Charred, Double Bastard Ale's bourbon barrel-bolstered incarnation. This one is just as mind-blowing and intense, yet with elevated spice and vanilla character from the barrels. Rye whiskey melds midpalate with Double Bastard Ale's colossal hop and malt presence,Chorred, adding dimension to the beer's already deep, caramel-like flavors.
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Photo of daliandragon
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My brother gifted this to me at Christmas in 2016 and I have been hanging onto it for the past three yyears. I have grown to love the bottle art. Nose is big brown malt and whisky. There is no head after four years, just murky brown density.

Wow, this is thick and still a little aggressive after all this time, at least initially. I get dark fruit, spice, smoke, honey, vanilla, oak, black pepper, and pine sap. The texture is very impressive and coating despite the obvious thickness and high abv. Overall, this is complex and measured yet massive and boundless. It is really good stuff, barrelled and extra aged. A treat for only those rarest of ocasions, like a Jet three game win streak.

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Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 batch, pours dulled ruby red, with a solid two fingers of tannish head. Smell is malty, brown sugar, molasses and piney hops. Tastes of malt, oak, vanilla, fresh molasses, ripe dark fruits, and spicy rye notes. Mouthfeel is super sticky and coating, definitely stays on the tongue for a while. While I never had the opportunity to taste this fresh, I would certainly say it has benefited from four years of aging.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. 2016 vintage.
Slightly cloudy, amber brown colored body. One finger of ivory colored head, which dissipates to an interrupted cap and ring. Leaves behind a few spots of lacing but most slide back down into the body.
Aroma of caramel roasted malts, plus spices and vanilla. The whiskey barrel expresses an aroma also.
Taste is spicy, with thick caramel malts, honey and vanilla, and piney hops. The barrel notes interact well with all. Overall, more sweet than bitter.
Mouth feel is like honey, which coats the mouth. Good carbonation.
Ambrosia-like and nectar-like, reminds me of what would be served to the gods, for the beneficial purposes of cleansing and reinvigorating. Striking appearance, mouth feel that demands swirling and savoring of the liquid, and a complex taste that allows the different flavors to both express themselves and to blend together for a real drinking treat.

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Photo of RoyalT
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The head is surprisingly big for the style and ABV. It’s a beautiful brown sugar brown in color with layers upon layers of puffiness. The ale is a menacing dark brown in color and thick as pond water. It’s dingy and dark. The combination of this big, layered, puffy brown head and dark, dingy brown body is my ideal expectation of what an ABW should be.

Smell – The big, hoppy BW nose from the original DB is fully in effect here. This is downright barleywine nastiness, extremely powerful and sharp. There is no mistaking what you’ve opened here. Big wine, big barley, and a fresh herbal compliment of allspice and maybe a bit of cinnamon and parsley. The sweetness is pure raw sugar cane.

The nose is more open than in the original DB. I recall having to let that ale sit for nearly an hour to get the full aroma, whereas this nose is huge straight from the fridge. What’s amazing about the aroma that makes this a perfect 5.0 is the balance. Massive hops, massive malt, massive wood, massive herbs, but everything in unison. It’s nearly impossible to find balance with so many big players but Stone managed it perfectly with this effort.

Taste – The nose comes over exactly at the taste, fortunately. It tastes a little sweeter than it smells, but otherwise replicates the nose. This is the gold standard for American Barleywine. Huge, nasty, almost rank, with a dirty pond scum type of heaviness that you look for in the style.

And then comes the rye. I favor rye whiskey over single malt so they are preaching to the choir here. But without sounding too bias, the uniqueness of a rye compliment on an American BW, the first that I’ve sampled, is a massive success. They go together like PG & J. And though I am usually not a fan of oaking beer, this way the barrels smoothed out this flavor profile is remarkable. This is truly a masterpiece on all levels.

Mouthfeel – What Stone has accomplished in this area is nearly beyond measure. BWs aren’t known for being smooth, even among their most ardent supporters, but this slides down like silk. And although it is extremely hoppy with probably massive IBUs it is not harshly bitter. It even has a sweet finish, probably due to the expert aging.

Drinkability – Beers this big and this strong with so many big, intimidating flavors are not meant to be quaffed down but I’ll be John Brown if this isn’t the case. If I hadn’t been passing the glass around to friends demanding that they try it I could have downed the entire 500ml bottle myself inside of 10 minutes. The oak treatment, which again not normally a fan, was pulled off perfectly here. The combination of massive hopping, huge malts, giant sweetness, all smoothed over with the oak aging makes this one of the most dangerous ales on the planet.

Comments – I felt like royalty drinking this ale. I’ve only rated six beers a perfect 5 with over 2,000 reviews including the original DB but this is the best beer that I have ever drank. Beer literally does not get any better than this. I wrote this review in 2019 on a 2015 vintage which seemed to be just the right time to pop it.

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Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the 2015 vintage (the only one?) - it’s been in my cellar since 2/16 - so the review reflects that well-aged status. It is gorgeous. Deep amber with a golden honey shine and nearly perfectly clear, a considerable change since it was fresh. Nose is malt and whiskey, just a promise of what’s to come. Then we move on into the taste, which is genuinely sublime. I have always thought that Double Bastard is one of the very best American Strong Ales; put it into rye barrels for a while, then keep it in the dark for three years or so and it becomes a thing of almost frightening beauty. Caramel and honey, pine resin (How did the hop tones survive this long? Honey glazing?), umami and warm fresh bread, on and on, balanced and blended like a great symphony. The feel? One word: WOW! I’m really into aging beers and this is one of the greatest prizes ever to emerge from my cellar. I’m just sad that they aren’t still brewing this one. Bring it back!

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aged 4 years, 2015 bottle:
L - Looks like caramel: light, opaque caramel brown/amber with a medium caramel head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind a caramel rim and tons of lacing.
S - Sweet rich caramel , hops, rye, vanilla, and whiskey - the smells are good, but a little faint
T - Follows the nose with rich caramel, bitter hops, and bready malt up front followed by some bite from the rye along with notes of whiskey and vanilla
F - Full bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and silky, yet slightly crisp
O - An amazing brew - it takes all of double bastards qualities and refines them by enhancing the caramel flavor profile along with the notes of rye and whiskey. Incredibly smooth, but that might be from the 4 years of aging. Overall, amazing

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep, dark amber coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells of caramel malt, red berries and lightly resinous, citrus hops, as well as distinct vanilla and bourbon notes and just a hint of herbal spice. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by intense caramel, slightly bready malt and strong notes of red berries, vanilla and oak, with lighter notes of citrus, pine and a distinct herbal, peppery spiciness, with quite a bit of booze coming through as well. Finishes with a strong bitterness as well as a light sweetness and some resinous, spicy notes lingering in the aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel with a rich body and low/medium carbonation.

This is basically Double Bastard turned up to 11, with the spicy, herbal, vanilla notes complementing the base beer really well and not losing much of its resinous, bitter character either. A fantastic brew, but probably not worth 3x the price of regular DB.

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Photo of monkist
4.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1. I love Stone.
2. I love Arrogant Bastard.
3. I loved their Bourbon Barrel version.
This is the prelude.
Now here we are with so ething extraordinary. Something extra special. Something one of a kind.
Not because I say so, but because it is so. It is a treasure. It is like velvet, it is the best adjective to describe this ale, velvet. The aroma is super complex, from different kinds of wood (barrels?) to rum, bourbon, whiskey, something really deep and full of flavor, raisins, grapes, hops, malts and whatever else. It is like the magician's hat, something unbelievable comes out of it. And at 12+% ABV! The balance with the alcohol os perfect, it its great as it is, you need to feel the power of alcohol at this level, but not booziness, it is rather eloquence.
I had the pleasure to have this beer at a hard time of our lives, when we were moving out from our apartment and every day was hard with packing. This beer felt like icing on the cake, a kind of reward at the end of the day. Thanks Stone, thanks Arrogant Consortia, thank you for this amazing, unforgettable beer!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.14/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2015 vintage, drain-poured immediately. This is all rye all the time, overpowering and destroying the base beer (which has not, anyways, aged well). A total mess.

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Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a murky consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, off white head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing here.

S: A big aroma of malt, caramel, rye, whiskey, wood, and pine.

T: Tasted of a good shot of the advertised rye whiskey (more subtle than I imagined), lots of caramel (always welcome), a hint of vanilla, booze, some oak, light pine resin, malt, citrus fruit (grapefruit), and mild hops. An incredibly complex, aggressive flavor. A lot going on here, with the addition of rye whiskey a welcome one.

F: A below average amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: Stone / Arrogant likes to up the ante and this is a good example of that. Definitely worth your time.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma has toasted malt, rye bread, resiny hops and wood notes. Taste starts sweet and malty, some spicy whiskey on the middle, resiny hops with quite intense bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. A really intense ale, malts and hops alike, not too boozy for its really high ABV.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 edition...shared tonight as a Chirstmas party favor. Aged extremely well, the DB base shown through the slight barrel aging, MAN, this was good! Smooth as silk, aging did nothing but make this offering more amazing!!! So sad they're not releasing any for 2017. Double Bastard, in any form, is the epitome of arrogance...and I am worthy!!

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Photo of Prager62
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 2016 bottle stored in the fridge since purchase. Poured in a 8oz. Stone snifter.

Look- Pours a transparent ruby red producing a couple centimeters of light tan foam that quickly settles to a thin ring. No lacing is present.

Smell- Caramel, bourbon, vanilla, mild char and some pine.

Taste- Caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, char, pine, some grapefruit and oak in the finish.

Feel- Slick and oily with a slightly bitter and hot finish.

Overall- This has aged very nicely in my opinion. While it's still a bit hot from the 13.5% abv., the taste is full of wonderful and complex barrel notes. A nice beer albeit at a premium price.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle into a vacuum stainless shaker pint by a campfire in the Ancient Bristlecone Forest.

L: Via headlamp appears mahogany with thin layer of eggshell white head with moderate retention.

S: Very subtle nose, possibly due to age. Caramel then bourbon, subtle char and vanilla, quite nice, but mute.

T: Follows the nose well, but with some spiciness. Assume from the rye, but welcomed and enjoyed nonetheless. Finishes with some sticky sweetness, mild bitterness.

F: Medium bodied with lower carbonation, easy sipping after dinner nightcap.

O: Enjoyed thoroughly, rye whiskey barrel plus cellaring plus Double Bastard is a great combination!

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Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2016 vintage bottling, listed at 13.5%. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carnation. Aromas of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, raisin, cherry, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, cocoa, chocolate, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, rye whiskey barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, raisin, cherry, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, cocoa, chocolate, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, brown bread, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light cocoa/chocolate, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, rye whiskey barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from lingering bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, fairly sticky/tannic/resinous, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a very mild warmth with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an insane barrel aged American strong ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, rye whiskey barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Absolutely perfect balance of rye barrels. Amazing levels of added complexity to an already awesome base beer. A highly amazing offering.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2017-06-02
500ml corked/caged bottle served in a snifter. 2016 is the year on the bottle. No recollection where or when I got this bottle.

Pours a murky brown with very little head and vestigial carbonation. Smell is BOURBON and WOOD (I'm not sure that was loud enough). Not a lot else.

Taste is very oaky. Strong roast, maybe burnt flavors. Definitely booze.

Mouthfeel is thick and gritty. Overall, it's not bad.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 corked and caged 500 mL bottle, picked up at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Translucent dark coppery amber. Thin white ring of foam at the edges. Some islands of lacing that slowly slid back down the glass.

Smell: Rye whiskey, some orange and citrus aroma.

Taste: All sorts of flavors going on: Whiskey popping up and down throughout the sip. Oak, vanilla sweetness, strong piney hops, orange peel. A strong lingering hoppy bitter finish. I can pick out the aspects of the strong Double Bastard ale, but it's tempered by the rye whiskey. Very very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Notable hop oil sticking to the teeth. Prickly carbonation. A nice, but not overly strong, whiskey bite and warming sensation.

Overall / Drinkability: A very nice treat of a beer. Very potent and one 500 mL bottle per evening is all I dare. The alcohol hits early on with this beer - quite potent. Slow sipping and savoring for this beer given its potency and range of flavors. Well done.

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Photo of don1481
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a shifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark red with an off-white head. Some bubbles float lazily up to the surface.

Smell: the sweet barrel smells dominate the nose on this one. Vanilla notes are the strongest.

Taste: tastes exactly like it smells. Boozy, vanilla sweetness.

Mouthfeel: sticky, the sweetness lingers for a bit.

Overall: big, bold. This one's a sipper. But a delicious sipper!

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy caramel color withe a nice khaki head that's gone in a flash and leaves no lacing.
Almost smells like a candy store, caramel, toffee, molasses and some burnt sugars. The booze is noticeable.
Flavors are spot on to the aroma. There is a definite warming effect due to the ABV, but I guess that's to be expected with a listed ABV of 13.5%.
Goes down surprisingly easy. One of the really good beers.

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Photo of ccg
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great-looking ale. Deep caramel color, thick legs, moderate lacing, creamy head, good retention.

Delicious smell. Tons of sweet caramel, toffee, and vanilla with a subtle background of rye spice and lightly floral hops. Some boozy whisky sweetness on the nose as well. It smells more like a barrel-aged English barleywine than an American strong ale.

The taste also has plenty of caramel and vanilla, but the hops are more aggressive in the flavor, making it more bitter and a bit more floral tasting than I expected from the smell.

At first, it seem a bit too light on the tongue, but it becomes a bit chewier, and it leaves behind something of an oily feeling.

This beer was a pleasant surprise. If you're like me, you probably think that Stone's base beers are far too bitter and vegetal. This beer is definitely still bitter and aggressive, but the rye barrel aging adds a layer of sweetness and complexity that it makes it more palatable and much more interesting.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a 2 finger khaki head that soon fizzles away into a collar around the outside

Smells of whiskey, sweet, oak, toffee, coconut

Taste is sweet, whiskey is deffinetly there, toffee, syrupy, touch of vanilla

Overall a fantastic beer! Deffinetly worth the wait!

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Photo of Philsadvns
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic. Pours with a nice head but it doesn't stick around that long. Color is amazing and pretty unique. Kind of a deep reddish brown, totally opaque and almost looks like unfiltered apple cider. Smells like a whiskey barrel minus the alcohol, nice. Taste is really good too, some alcohol on the back of the throat but that's gotta be expected as this one clocks in around 13% alcohol. Feel is incredible. Thick, full, good amount of carbonation, coats every taste bud and nook and cranny. Overall an excellent beer. Stone rarely disappoints and this is no exception.

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Photo of Damian
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 500ml (1pt 0.9fl oz) corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The syrupy, dark crimson-amber body was topped by a thin fleeting film of khaki colored froth. Seconds after the pour, the head dissolved to just a few bubbles.

The aroma was interesting and rather enticing. Quite sweet with a big caramel and toffee presence. Loads of oak and vanilla. Bit of maple as well. A fruity, almost port-like character was also noticeable. Boozy but definitely not overly so. Impressive.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but definitely rougher around the edges initially. Malty and fairly sweet up front with the expected caramel and toffee notes. Some maple too. Hint of vanilla. The booziness hit hard mid palate. Big bourbon and spicy rye notes. Quite hot. More booze on the back end and in the finish. Loads of bitter, piney hops came through as well, along with a hint of toasted malts. As the beer warmed, the flavor smoothed out significantly. The big, boozy notes and the hops mellowed and the rich malty sweetness and fruity notes came forth.

The mouthfeel was quite bold. Fuller bodied for the style. The liquid contained a finely beaded, moderate effervescence. Super creamy, frothy and slick on the palate.

Stone's "Bastard" strong ales are known for being malty, hoppy and boozy monsters, and this beer was certainly no exception. Even with over a year of aging, this was still pretty intense. That said, it was far smoother than its supposedly closely related brethren, Southern Charred, which I thought was a disintegrated mess. With all the terrific, imperial-type strong ales available to consumers in today's market, this beer might seem a bit dated, but I still enjoyed it immensely.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich, deep amber with a creamy head. Body is terrific. Spots of lacing are thick and remain creamy.
Smells like sweet malts with barrel,cherry and rye notes.
Taste is big-time woody rye barrel, whisky-laden hops, with spice/ pepper, earth and some pine, and a tinge of vanilla in the malts.
Feel is fairly thick with low carbonation, nice and creamy, and I'm led to swish it around while discovering the whisky barrel notes. Sweet lingering burn at the end.
May be too boozy and sweet for some, but I recommend it as delicious strong ale to sip for those who want it all.

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Photo of TerryMills
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great barrel aged beer, not normally a fan of barrel aging beers but this one is on point..

Hard to describe but if you already know about double bastard this is a perfect marriage of that with just a hint of the rye whiskey which really pairs well with this beer..

Will get a couple more bottles before they are all gone .

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Double Bastard In The Rye from Arrogant Consortia
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 298 ratings