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Double Bastard In The Rye | Arrogant Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arrogant Brewing
California, United States
arrogantbastard.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
First release: October 2015
Double Bastard Ale 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, adding dimension to the beer’s already deep caramel-like flavors.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-03-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
268
pDev:
8.1%
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Reviews by BlurryVisi0n:
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: Orange tinted brown color with a hazy body. Head is an orange tinted white rising to a notch above a finger's length.

Smell: strong whiskey aroma. Sweet malts come off a bit woody if that makes sense.

Taste: Strong whiskey which almost overpowers the malts. Lightly sour which might leave some faces squirming, me on the other hand appreciates the palate crushing effects.

Mouth: Medoum carbonation with the stickies after-taste. Not the most pleasant but super sticky with a unique sweet finish.

Overall: great find, very similar to its cousin beer [Southern Charred] but might depend on which day of the week it is you will think which one is better. Salud!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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 dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an imperial nonic a hazed murky russet color with nice creamy half finger beige head atop,looks menacing.Mild toasted barrel and peppery rye to go along with caramel/vanilla notes in the nose.The feel is just on point with it's chewy fullness as well as it's smoothness.A rich palate with caramel notes but the spicy rye kicks in in the lingering finish,wow it really kicks in,the alcohol is prevalent but never overpowers.This is a fantastic beer,I could drink this all winter.

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Photo of don1481
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Marklaker
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a dark brown and red with minimal white head.
S- Booze, oak, vanilla, caramel.
T- More of the nose but with the addition of tobacco. This is a big beer.
M- Low carbonation, slick and a little thick. Coats the entire mouth.
D- A great sipping beer. Great barrel character. A nice base beer to barrel age.

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Photo of sabitu
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This wasn't a pretty beer. A turbid rust color, with no head.
Aroma and taste more than made up for its ugliness. Rye whiskey and caramel. Spicy, so that it tickled my nose. Some vanilla, and a little bit of oak.
A surprisingly smooth beer. Maybe the rye whiskey barrels tempered the hops. Whatever, it was quite good.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown with hints of amber and a murky complexion. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. I get plenty of sweet, malty, and earthy rye whisky in the nose. The taste starts off as an earthy and malty assault. It gains a momentum of malty, alcoholic sweetness. The mouth is thick, chewy, and warm with alcohol.

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Photo of kwkdmk
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RDW
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL poured into an oversized tulip. 2015 version that arrived to New Mexico within the last ten days.

Pours brown and amber but settles in the glass a murky brown with a frothy, foamy, oatmeal head. I leave the pour for about ten minutes to warm and the head remains as an inch of edible suds and sticky, walled lace. 4.5

Well, Bastard and Double Bastard have distinctive aromas for me and I recognize them on the smell here. It's a sticky caramel with a piney, grassy hop aroma. Oak and vanilla and some spicy rye round things out, as well as a fruit cake, candied, dated sort of citrus. Sticky fruit cake could apply here. I sound redundant I guess saying that, since the barleywine from earlier also gave off fruit cake. 4

Thick with caramel flavor spiked with some booze. Raisin and grape follow. Grassy and spicy hops close things out. Develops more of a toffee flavor as I get deeper in. Nice flavors, but I feel they are limited and not as varied as desirable. 4

Creamy and sweet before the booze interjects and cuts into the mellow drink. Spicy, abrasive hops also cut into the smoothness but just as quickly things return to a wet, creamy and sweet exit. A little too much booze lingers with each sip and it suggests I should age my second bottle for a good period. 3.75

This shows some great potential, but it's hot and rough around the edges.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(2015 Release, opened 8/19/2017)

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Photo of Roguer
4.24/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard rye
Poured into a snifter.
A – Pours a reddish brown with a small white head.
S – All I’m getting is the barrel.
T – This is one of the most alcohol forward beers I’ve had in awhile. And it’s exactly what I expected. There’s a sweet caramel flavor running in parallel with the alcohol that is easy to overlook.
M – Medium mouth feel, less than average carbonation.
O – I’ve been saving this one because I had a hunch it would be alcohol forward and it is. And rye always seems to give beer a sharpness or edge that you don’t get with anything else. This is a big boy beer and only for those who like this sort of thing. I would not drink this often but I do like it.

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Photo of RickS95
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really impressive looking beer. Pours a light golden brown. It's thick and rich looking and so full of malt it's very opaque. A slow-forming, cascading head forms with some dingy yellow bubbles, impressive that at 12.7% there's much of a head at all. Maybe a finger of head with good legs and spots of lace.

Lots of vanilla notes from the barrels. Obviously a malt bomb, the hops take a backseat In the nose as many other earthy flavors emerge and develop as it warms.

It tastes like it smells, though the hop flavor is a bit more prevalent. Lots of vanilla and alcohol, with some spicy notes from the barrels. Very malty and with the vanilla resembles a barleywine.

Starts off sweet before the aggressiveness of the ABV and hops begin the take over. Spicy notes are present throughout. Very full-bodied. Warming bitterness lingers.

Relatively drinkable strong ale here that Stone should be proud of. It's well balanced and the vanilla hits in just the right places.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle. Murky brown with an ample khaki head. Great retention and lacing. Smells of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, some whiskey. Lots of grapefruit hops. It's exactly the same flavors as the nose. All of them seem to be in equally strong proportions. Lots of everything. Lots of grapefruit hops. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Lots of barrel character. Lots of bitterness. Heavy and a little boozy. Creamy mouthfeel. First few sips of this are really good. Might get abrasive as I finish my glass. We'll see.

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Double Bastard In The Rye from Arrogant Brewing
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 268 ratings
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