Depth-Charged Double Bastard | Arrogant Consortia

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arrogant Consortia
California, United States
arrogantconsortia.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double bastard brewed with espresso-roasted coffee beans.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-09-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
310
pDev:
7.95%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
76
Trade:
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Photo of Pegasus
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of scotorum
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

STONE DEPTH CHARGED DOUBLE BASTARD (2015) 3/14/18

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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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Velivolus
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mike22ne
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of billshmeinke
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
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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Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aronamerican
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
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 -15.7%
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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DucksFan16
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap, 12/06/2016.

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Photo of Briken
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RandyV
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Matt141
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobv
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DamienI
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zshaft
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of byronic
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the lcbo for about $9.

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Photo of buzzy
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Depth-Charged Double Bastard from Arrogant Consortia
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 310 ratings