Depth-Charged Double Bastard
Arrogant Consortia

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American Strong Ale
4.16 | pDev: 7.93%
Arrogant Consortia
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Depth-Charged Double BastardDepth-Charged Double Bastard
Notes: Double bastard brewed with espresso-roasted coffee beans.
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark orange, with a robust and persistent off-white head. Thick, glass-coating lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is profuse and slow-rising.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffee beans dipped in burnt caramel, with an intense wave of barrel-aged alcohol. Moderate floral and herbal hops present as well.

Taste: Opens with strong notes of burnt caramel and cold coffee, underlying this is a strong, vinous alcohol. As the taste progresses, prominent floral and herbal hops present, against an undercurrent of burnt sugar. Finishes with a lingering note of dark caramel and coffee.

Mouth feel: Full, soft and rich, quite gracious upon the palate.

Drinkability/notes: Simply excellent, very appropriate to a meal of roasted meats and robust cheeses, though better served on a day far colder than this Texas summer offers. Simply excellent, its a pity that this is a one-shot, presumably never to be offered, again.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce enameled brown glass bomber bottle, with a pry-off crown served in a South American-style Pilsener glass.

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Pegasus from Texas, Jul 29, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Cellared for three years.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a; Clear copper with a huge four inch offwhite head which receded slowly to thick rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Cold coffee.

t; Follows the nose with accompanying smokiness and moderate bitterness at the back of the throat. Dry somewhat bitter finish.

m; Very smooth medium, good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: A powerful brew which aging may have turned silky smooth. Other than the throat burn the alcohol level (11%) is well covered. Does remind of espresso because the dark coffee roastiness remains in the mouth all the way through.

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scotorum from Massachusetts, Mar 15, 2018
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3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a wine glass. Murky and hazy rudy copper/brown/amber color. Big fluffy off white head. Lacing is decent, but I expected it to be a bit more intense. Ring of foam lingers almost indefinitely.

The nose is aggressive. Musty cellar and oxidation (cardboard) notes of an aged beer hit the nose immediately along with some pretty harsh alcohol notes. Candied plumbs and raisins, brown sugar, a hint of caramelized grapefruit. Woodsy pine notes are quite prevalent as well.

Taste is much more refined, thankfully. Up front it is caramelized candies/raisins/plumbs that are almost immediately swept away by well done toast, pine, and caramelized grapefruit with much less sweetness. The musty cellar and cardboard notes of an aged beer are less prevalent, but still quite noticeable, in the taste. The finish is dark chocolate and bitter tobacco with only the slightest suggestion of coffee.

Slightly syrupy, and surprisingly smooth on the palate. Carbonation is mild, and while the flavor is intense, there is some semblance of balance.

Let this one breathe for a bit. The alcohol and cellar notes tend to die down as it warms and breathes. The intensity of oxidation notes reinforces my theory that two years is often too long to age a beer. One year would likely have been more than sufficient to let the beer calm some without imparting so much cellar mustiness.

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billshmeinke from California, Dec 10, 2017
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4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

These bastards have done it once again. The conflation of Double Bastard with espresso-roasted coffee beans make for a remarkable amalgam of a drink. Concurrently sweet, bitter and powerful. What else would you expect?

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Photo of Sabtos
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark ruby with a large, off-white, uniform and dense foam head leaving coral lace, retaining for a good while.

Smell is similar to the coffee I get from Stone's Mocha IPA, with some piney hops and maybe even chocolate, and that signature coppery caramel.

Taste seems pretty harsh up front, piney and woody, but goes down smooth and frothy, rather drinkable for an intentionally hardcore barleywine. I know I've hated on these beers in the past, but this works and warms nicely in the winter.

There is a fruit element that is hard to put my finger on, sort of like reduced grapefruit syrup, with extremely toasted biscuit and toffee. The heat of this beer comes out through the nose, with a deep flavor of raisin far in the background. A little breadiness comes in as it warms.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Jan 27, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Full disclosure, the flagship, Arrogant Bastard, is my favorite all time beer. Got this bomber bottle (bottled 10/2015) in the bomber variety pack, which I really hope to see again from Stone. This is a really nice addition to the family, with the coffee adding a nice earthy, espresso flavor to the mix. It's definitely a little maltier than AB, but that nicely complements the coffee and that signature Bastard hop bite. I actually like this more than the original Double Bastard. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden, with this beer being really drinkable at 11%. I hope they bring this back at some point. Are you listening Stone?

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RandyV from Arizona, Nov 05, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into monster mug. dated jan 2015 so not fresh but says you can cellar this so should be good. pours nice dark brownish red. nice pillowy head with great retention. nose is some dark fruit and plum with subtle coffee and some bready mats. taste is malty bread with some leather and espresso up front. this gives way to
some nice sweet malt and fruity hops mid
palate and then giving way to espresso flavors
and more sweetness finishing with more coffee
like notes. overall this beer is a nice welcome addition to the bastard family. I love coffee and this delivers in spades. however to me the original double had more complexity as in the depth charged version the espresso takes center stage and mutes out some of the intricacies of the original. as im writing this the head on this is still present and legs are great on this beer. a great beer and love the espresso. a must if you like coffee stuff.

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zshaft from Connecticut, Aug 27, 2016
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3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Grunt fill from Albertsons. I'll claim that I'm not a coffee beer guy right up front, so this may actually be a much better beer than I'm tasting. Medium weight body, slightly viscous. Malts and coffee on the nose. Coffee comes on much stronger in the taste , bitterness double from the hops and espresso beans. Pretty strong coffee presence throughout, although the 11% ABV is not readily apparent.

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stevoj from Idaho, Jun 30, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/1/15.

Pours a beautiful mild amber hue with a thin white head into my glass.

Thick and malty with nary a hint of coffee.

Coffee flavor becomes more apparent in the taste. Lightly roasted coffee set against a bitter, malty background.

Mash-up in the mouthfeel between piney hops and coffee.

It's interesting but not quite mind-blowing.

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Brad007 from Vermont, Jun 18, 2016
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4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It has a hazy orange brown body with a nice tan head. Aroma of mild hops & sweet grains & eventually the scent of coffee come out, very nice. It definitely taste sweet, not bitter, much like standard Double Bastard. It takes a while for the coffee flavor to show, it's the last one to the party. Lots of carbonation. I like it. Excellent.

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Viaduck from California, May 28, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful Ruby-brown with a lightly tanned head that dissipated surprisingly fast. Aromas and flavors are of straight-up espresso shots, mixed with that classic earthy and herbal bastard character, and hints of toffee and fruitcake. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness costs the mouth despite this bottle being over 7 months old. Overall, very good, though the original has more complexity.

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crob3888 from California, May 14, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper red with a chunky off white head that leaves an array of lace trails on the glass. The aroma is roasty coffee flavors mixed with cookie dough toffee malts and citrusy hops. The taste hop forward with a grapefruit and pine resin hoppiness mixing with earthy coffee and a slight booziness. The mouthfeel is full bodied and veering on thick and oily. The finish is bitter with espresso, caramel and some rum alcohol heat.

This is a nice take on DB. The coffee takes over the show but doesn't overpower, and the hops fight a noble fight. Complex and intense. A must try.

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CAMRAhardliner from Ontario (Canada), Apr 30, 2016
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 10/08/15

Appearance - Pours hazy and ruby brown in color with a sandstone, near two-finger width head that displays good retention, then dissipates to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the top. Lacing is strong, with a near solid sheet sticking to the one side of the glass not being sipped on, and broken lines and spotting on the side that is.

Smell - Espresso aroma sticks out like a sore thumb with coffee roast and deep chocolatey character. Lesser caramel. Faint citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Prominent notes of sweetened coffee, roast and chocolate upfront. Distant caramel notes. Light citrus pith comes through in the end and adds a faint, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Mostly creamy texture that helps with a smooth delivery for this big 11% brew before a drying finish.

Overall - Wow. Double Bastard is no light beer, and so its surprising that the espresso beans added to the brew almost completely overrun this. Granted we're six and a half months from bottling date, so this isn't exactly fresh, but the hops still have some bite, especially in the finish. Overall, solid brew and I wish I'd have tried it sooner. Perhaps next year.

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TheSixthRing from California, Apr 28, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours a quick finger of rich khaki foam, body is a glowing garnet amber, lots of carb rising within the body, nice laced rings left after each sip

Smell - dark toffee, sweet espresso, vanilla Carmel, faint ripe fig, smells delicious

Taste - lots going on here, very espresso forward, the espresso is sweet, and is quickly joined by dark molasses, lightly toasted pumpernickel, fig newtons, and then a wonderful hop balance of candied grapefruit pith and herbal sweet basil, finishes with slightly bitter espresso and dried citrus rinds

Mouthfeel - definitely medium mouthfeel, flavors are bold and fill the mouth, carb is on the lower side and silky smooth, allowing flavors to assert and linger in a good way

Overall - a very interesting and delicious espresso infused strong ale, and one that I'd highly recommend. But you've gotta like espresso, it is dominant in this brew.

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blackcompg from Illinois, Apr 09, 2016
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3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: mahogany color with a tan lacing head
S: coffee, malt
T: malt sweetness with coffee
F: boozy finish, great mouthfeel
O: great addition to the bastard box

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TonyLema1 from South Carolina, Apr 08, 2016
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3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from 7-11 Kittery
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a good sized bubbly off white head that persists. Coffee caramel and toffee with plenty of earthy spicy hops. Lingering hop bitterness with a touch of alcohol. Wow that is pretty damn good, an interesting mash up of flavors.

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johnnnniee from New Hampshire, Apr 07, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter, it pours a clear copper, dark, with some red glare. Almost no head formed at all, but the little foam was ecru, and dissipated quickly.

The bouquet is quite interesting. Massive coffee beans set the huge base. Around the coffee beans you also get slight chocolate, caramel, a hint of malty roastiness, vanilla, raisins and some earthy/spicy hoppiness after each swirl. Quite complex.

The flavor follows the nose, along with all its complexity.
Citric and piney flavors, unexpected from the bouquet, add up to the bevy of notes present in this beer.
The bitter and the sweet flavors are perfectly intertwined, making this a superlative example of balance right from the start of your first sip.
The coffee does stand up from the other flavors all throughout, you can even sense some of the bitterness oozing from the beans, and the aftertaste is long and with a dominant coffee flavor.
Slightly boozy beer.
Nice and mild carbonation, medium to light body, very smooth.

Bittersweet and scrumptious complexity.

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Photo of Cottontown201
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10-1-15. Bastard box $20.00 at Trader Joes, thank you TJ.

Appearance is a hazy amber with minimal head, then a persistent ring that will not quit.
Lovely figgy aroma.

Espresso coffee is right up front, great weekend starter. Then plum, vanilla, a little hop kick.
Lovely full mouthfeel.

The 11 % ABV is hardly noticeable. I don't drink every morning, but when I do.....

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Cottontown201 from South Carolina, Mar 27, 2016
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2.46/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

This beer is gross. I dont understand the high scores. Its a beautiful beer made perfectly but the coffee and bourbon barrel made a great beer just ....gross. Gross as in funky, odd and unharmonious. This is all coming from a huge fan or Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard.

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sergeantstogie from Washington, Mar 26, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear garnet with thin cream colored head, ring remains, trails small blobs down the glass but they can't stick. Smell: this has been in the back of the fridge for 4 months so I expected the coffee to be faded... but it's quite assertive. Tons of earthy and caramel espresso, creme brulee, a bit of candied citrus, currants, black plum, a little resin. Taste: resin, candied grapefruit peel, a bit minty, currants, toast, caramel, mildly earthy in the finish. Here the espresso is either not doing much or is almost too well integrated. Still the base beer is quite tasty, so it's not much of a complaint. Full bodied, sugary into velvety smooth with a nice citric bite towards the finish. I did not expect the espresso to work so well with this beer, a pleasant surprise.

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babaracas from Florida, Mar 15, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a really cool beer from stout, bourbon barrel aged with coffee. i never would have though that coffee would work this well in such a hoppy beer, it seems at least intuitively that this would make for one heck of a bitter beer, but they were smart to give it some time in a bourbon barrel, it really balances the bitter with that mellowing oak and vanilla flavor and aroma, fully complimentary to the coffee. still brick red in color and holding its head really well for a barrel aged brew. the alcohol comes through in the nose a little, and surprisingly the hops have not been lost during the ageing at all. they are still fragrant and flavorful. the sweeter red malt serves as a nice base for all the other flavors, and i love how full bodied it is, it helps integrate the coffee i think. the java has a little vanilla latte sweetness to it in its own right, a little caramel that pairs with the malt, and a little textural grit. its an awesome addition to an already killer beer. stone does a little less with coffee than some of their peers it seems, but every coffee beer i have had from them has been fantastic. this is the best of them all though. really worth seeking out, i loved it.

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Photo of Dope
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10/01/15 bottling date

A: Dark muddy brown pour. Good sized frothy light brown head. Quite decent head retention. Very nice lacing.

S: Definite coffee but on the lighter side. Mixes with very sweet grainy and caramel aromas. Hints of chocolate too...reminiscent of chocolate-covered espresso beans now that I think of it.

T: Excellent espresso bean flavor. I was expecting it to be a bit diminished since this bottle is nearly 5 months old. But if it's diminished, then it must have been a coffee bomb originally. Sharp, acrid flavor up front. Get some bittersweet chocolate in the middle and lots of sweeter maltiness afterwards. Like brittle almost - very toasted/burnt sugar-ness. Aftertaste is more coffee, again similar to the chocolate-covered espresso bean aroma I mentioned earlier. In the aftertaste there are some resinous, spicy herbal hops hiding but mostly obscured by the coffee and maltiness.

M: Heavy and sweet but cut by the coffee. Mostly.

O: Nice take on Double Bastard. Rare to get a coffee beer that isn't a stout or a porter. It works pretty well with this base brew. Nothing earth-shattering but I thought it was a nice departure without veering into "meh" territory.

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Dope from Massachusetts, Feb 28, 2016
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Depth-Charged Double Bastard looks super charged: bubbles gather on mass and erupt as if in protest of my (patient, cautious) pouring technique. They remain closely huddled, their territory extended to the glass, creating a dome over top of this shiny, clear but concealed dark amber liquid.

You can cast an Oscar-award winning actor... but in the wrong role they'll be unconvincing and ineffective. And there's probably no ingredient that's made more stars out of beer than coffee, but in this case the chemistry just isn't there. Truthfully, this is an odd smell - and very astringent.

For all its rich, malty complexities, Double Bastard does not have the roasty, chocolate base that pairs so innately with coffee, much less the more intense espresso. This has that familiar barrage of dark fruit (plum, currant, raisin) and rich desserts (truffles, treacle, bread pudding) but the ashy, borderline-acrid overtone is ill-suited to the profile and distracts from the gooey caramel and resiny pine.

Coffee drinkers (a group which, in full disclosure, I do not count myself among) may overlook the inherent contrast between sticky, serum-y, almost spicy strong ale and the cold-brewed infusion of heavy, dark roasted espresso beans. For them it may work. For me it does not; it's stripes on spots.

With most bands people go to the concert to hear the classics and for Stone, despite still being extremely relevant and innovative, Arrogant Bastard continues to be one of their greatest hits. This espresso-infused variation on the Double Bastard, while interesting, does not live up the original and shows that popular demand is not always worth giving into; they'd be better off going a different direction.

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biegaman from Ontario (Canada), Feb 25, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle from the LCBO (courtesy of the Bastard Box). Bottled Oct 1 2015 and served at cellar temperature.

Pours a clear ruby red-amber colour with visible flecks of stuff hovering throughout the liquid. One finger of dense, creamy, smoker's tooth yellow-coloured foam is situated atop, and lasts for a few minutes before fizzling off; a thin collar remains behind. Big notes of caramelized sugar and toffee on the nose; raisin and plum maybe, along with some earthy hops and a disappointingly weak note of coffee. Very malt-forward, and kind of barleywine-esque.

Whew! It's tasty, but it's definitely a sipper. Beautiful complexity with lots of rich malt flavours, including caramel, toffee, dark bread and some nuttiness. Slight hints of raisin, prune and pineapple juice. The hops really start to dominate on the back end, imparting notes of earth, pine resin and just a touch of citrus. There's some herbal, spicy bitterness and alcohol warmth as you swallow; the most significant contribution from the espresso beans is in the aftertaste - each sip leaves a residual espresso coffee grounds sensation lingering on the palate, which wraps it all up nicely. Basically full-bodied, with light carbonation levels and a smooth, relatively creamy mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 4.19, an A-. Depth-Charged Double Bastard is one hell of a strong ale. While I feel that the malts steal the show here, the bold and diverse hop flavours that are the trademark of the Arrogant Bastard brand are as unflinchingly commanding as always. I would have preferred more coffee, to be honest, but as a hopeless caffeine addict my opinion is a little biased in this regard. Fantastic stuff, which is what I've come to expect from this outfit.

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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), Feb 15, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10/01/15 bottling date.

Moderate coffee bean aroma, accented softly by caramel malt. Touch of resin, but the coffee is the star.

Flavor is initially caramel and fruity malt dominant, but bitter hops and coffee hit mid palate and carry through. Very resiny aftertaste surfaces, and the harsh finish lingers. I really like everything about this beer, except it's way too bitter for my liking. I can't put it down, though. Would love to see this with some age on it.

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barczar from Kentucky, Feb 12, 2016
Depth-Charged Double Bastard from Arrogant Consortia
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 314 ratings