Double Bastard In The Rye
Arrogant Consortia

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Strong Ale - American
4.24 | pDev: 8.96%
Arrogant Consortia
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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.

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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BenwayPHD from California

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, hazy, reddish brown with a foamy, frothy, yellow white head. It smells a bit more mild than i had anticipated. Oak, whiskey, vanilla, caramel. The flavor begins sweet and then a strong bitterness quickly builds up. This gives way to a strong whiskey flavor, and it finishes with a mild alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is to die for. Thick, creamy, fantastic. A great beer.

Oct 30, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

And just when we thought that the Bastard couldn't get any more bastarder, this. Double your bastard and double your pain and then let him frolic in the spicy booziness that is a rye barrel and we get a brazen and self-righteous taste that's uncomfortably alluring and eerily well balanced.

Beyond its ruddy and muddy burgundy and bronze austere, an incredibly dense tarnish meringue forms a rich lather that's both an catalyst for fragrance and a barrier from taste. Toffee-laden, cakey and pungent with sappy pine, the nose is heavily charged with hops and malt. But fighting that lathery barrier and the taste to slather onto the early palate is of over-cooked caramel, carot cake in toasted sweetness, of roasting pecan, and with a sultry meaty savoriness.

As the rich malts trample across the tastebuds, they offer a cake batter consistency and layers on the mouth with toasted spice cake. And as the palate begins to rest in fatigue, the hops charge in with their own citrusy, spicy bitterness. Toasted grapefruit and orange peel with hints of pinapple lead the way before developing into the deeply resinous and tightly woven bitterness to not only rival the malt, but to eventually overtake it completely.

All the while, the tethers of oak, whisky and the nearly unbearable grit of rye pangs away at the beer's peripheries, laying down its own spicy, bitter and husken tracks. Charred oak and barrel tannins assist in drying the taste while the full and lavish ale trends malty-dry and bitterly balanced in finish with a warm whisky afterglow.

Nov 04, 2015
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

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

Feb 02, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #2000!

A - Pours a hazy amber burgundy color with a thick, creamy white lacing ring and a soapy film across the top, no carbonation.

S - Toasted caramel toffee, some bourbon, and oak.

T - Toasted caramel toffee throughout, vanilla, with a generous amount of oak and bourbon. On the back end, a nice bitter sting of lingering piney citrus and some spice, and just a touch of caramel sweetness towards the end. The bitterness lingers for a LONG time!

M - Thick, heavy, silky smooth, semi-dry finish.

O - Very well blended, nicely done Stone!

Jan 26, 2016
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metter98 from New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy caramel amber in color. It poured with a thin layer of off white bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of toasted oak and vanilla are present in the nose along with notes of the rye whiskey.
T: The taste follows the smell, having lots of flavors of toasted oak and spicy rye whiskey. Some alcohol is noticeable (mostly from the whiskey), but it doesn't detract that much from the taste. Vanilla starts creeping in and becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a pleasant beer to sip and savor that does a good job at masking a lot of the alcohol from the taste. The beer starts to change dynamics as you get towards the end of the bottle and yeast clumps start coming out.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 12, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy medium to dark amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint mahogany highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of toasted oak, vanilla, and spicy rye whisky with moderate aromas of caramel + toffee malts and light amounts of piney + herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel + toffee malts with a moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors toasted oak, vanilla, and spicy rye whisky. Light to moderate flavors of piney + herbal hops which impart a light amount of lingering bitterness. The vanilla flavors intensifies as the beer warms up.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with a really nice amount of rye whiskey character. Enjoyable and a great sipping beer.

Dec 12, 2015
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damndirtyape from Ohio

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.

Mar 18, 2017
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 vintage.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, rye whiskey, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, toffee, vanilla, earth, rye whiskey, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of earth and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a really nice balance between the base beer and the rye whiskey barrel aging, but the bitterness level on this one is a bit abrasive to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Nov 24, 2015
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hermit990 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 25, 2016
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bcm75 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 02, 2015
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Jamison85 from Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 12, 2015
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Roguer from Georgia

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

Pours a relatively clear, deep ruby red, topped with a light beige head with pretty decent retention. Very nice lacing. Deep; inviting; bold.

Aroma is equally bold without being off-putting. Vanilla meets whiskey, followed by a touch of brown sugar sprinkled on toast. Caramel grains come through, and finally a hint of potent, earthy, vegetal hops. Just the tiniest whiff of citrus peel and pine.

Much like its non-barrel aged cousin, Double Bastard in the Rye is deceptively smooth and approachable. Right up front, it has a grainy caramel sweetness to it, with just a hint of whiskey and vanilla. That yields to a slowly building bitterness and a duller, woody whiskey note.

Hops aren't forefront, but rather provide an envelope for the rest of the flavors, fleshing out the edges of the brew with bracing bitterness and earthy and green tones. The rye whiskey provides a less coconut-tinged edge than the more common bourbon imparts.

Very drinkable; some back-end heat, and a slightly slick, sticky mouthfeel. Not at all chewy, but a big brew regardless.

This is a very good sipping brew, meant to be savored, but it's definitely not for all. If you appreciate the almost raw bitterness present in the Arrogant Bastard series, then you'll probably like this variant.

Dec 27, 2015
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber toned brown with mushroom colored foam. The rye whiskey brings out the caramel and toast more in the smell, the oak does the same for the vanilla, with the resinous hops bonding well with the booze. Taste has the same effect: starts sweet and malty but finishes more bitter with the rye and pine. Feel is really smooth all things considered before the finish. Bold, flavorful, and huge, a great variant! Let this one warm up!

Feb 27, 2016
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GarbageMan10 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 26, 2016
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CCutch from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 09, 2016
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RyanTheLion13 from Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 14, 2015
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a one finger off white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is rye whiskey, caramel malts and toffee.

T - The taste is spicey rye whiskey, vanilla, caramel malts, burnt sugar with piney hops in the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with medium/low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - This is an intense beer. Definetlh a sipper.

Dec 25, 2016
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brandonwnw from Washington

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 09, 2015
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Can_has_beer from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 05, 2017
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MtnSoup from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of toffee, molasses and bourbon barrel character on this one. Definitely buying more of these to put away - a wonderful beer for the cooler months.

Dec 10, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

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

Jul 24, 2017
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DemoniChris from Nebraska

4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nov 16, 2015
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SteveTheDog from California

1.48/5  rDev -65.1%
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.

Apr 03, 2018
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EJJ1848 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 25, 2016
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Lucnifter from California

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

The infamous Double Bastard has never been this good. The rye barrel just adds to the brutal awesomeness that is the base beer. Aromas and flavors of carmel malts, hop bitterness, oak, whiskey, vanilla and alcohol.

Nov 01, 2015
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 302 ratings