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Double Bastard In The Rye | Arrogant Consortia

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Brewed by:
Arrogant Consortia
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 291 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Griffith
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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 TheBrewsky
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Riceskii
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of monkist
4.99/5  rDev +18.5%
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 -25.4%
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 JuiceMan818
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer21
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SteveTheDog
1.48/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I rarely pour out a beer. This beer was not good - the rye was overpowering and the mouthfeel was of turpentine. I can’t recommend this to anybody.

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

Photo of MaltNPeppa
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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 BarrelAgedG
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of twax
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skabiski
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheRougeBastard
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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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3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prager62
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Double Bastard In The Rye from Arrogant Consortia
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 291 ratings