Depth-Charged Double Bastard
Arrogant Consortia

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Style:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 7.93%
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
314
From:
Arrogant Consortia
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  11
Gots
  72
SCORE
92
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Notes: Double bastard brewed with espresso-roasted coffee beans.
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Reviews by BenwayPHD:
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BenwayPHD from California

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, brown with a very thin, frothy head. The nose is a little simple, I was hoping for more. Espresso with a mild background of sweetness and faint hops. The flavor, on the other hand, is out of sight. It has a heavy malt profile, with plenty of bitterness and a delicate layer of espresso that dances on the top. This is right up there with victory at sea.

Nov 03, 2015
More User Reviews:
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stompilator from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint. Bottled 10/2/15

A - Pours a deep, evil red, with a respectable white head.

S - Why do Bastard beers always smell like a mess to me? to ward off wary souls? I get a bit of espresso and the impending hop punch, but a lot of it's blurry.

T - The classic dank/earthy/aggressive Bastard hop character hits hard right off the bat. Very soon after comes in another aggressive punch of some gritty, black espresso (the bottle didn't lie, this is some real straight-shot java). The aggressive hops relent slightly in favor of some deliciously smooth, caramelly, dark malt-y goodness. With the amount of bitterness, the hugs malts are subdued from being too sweet or dominant. The malts fade off after a bit, leaving a light espresso aftertaste and a serious residual bitterness.

M - Big, full body, reined in by carbonation and residual bitterness.

O - It's hard to improve upon a beer with the unique character of Double Bastard, but the use of espresso was a genius addition.

Nov 09, 2015
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blackcompg from Illinois

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.

Apr 09, 2016
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Eziel from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 01, 2016
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Fargrow from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 16, 2015
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Cramshawbar from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really didn't like this first but then it kinda grew on me. Well, at least enough not to dislike it completely.
It had a sort of moldy taste initially and the chocolate only came out, once I ate something sweet. All in all, it's worth a try though.

Dec 20, 2015
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yancot from Canada

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 13, 2015
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MJSFS from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 07, 2019
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buzzy from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 20, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass bottled on 10/1

A: very dark caramel and dark red color great soapy bubbly head fantastic clarity

S: a ton of coffee but it has a peppery nose to it as well you can just get past the coffee to some hops but maybe they are floral it is hard to catch

T: wow a huge dose of roasted coffee and then bam hops and malts with a great deal of bitterness

M: medium to fuller the coffee affect makes the beers seem very creamy

O: This beer clicks the coffee is huge but when it dies down you get a searing blast of hops and bitterness with a just as big blast of malts. It is the double bastard you love with a huge shot of coffee its a great beer if you like Double bastard if not the coffee will not save it for you.

Nov 15, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark brown color, clear, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like piney, leafy, slightly stale hops, caramel, booze, roasty coffee, and ashy malt.

This is a predictably intense beer, lots of leafy and piney intense hops, with some supercharged malt as well, some chocolate, burnt pumpernickel, caramel, and toffee, with a big coffee presence, ashy and roasty, earthy and nutty. All the flavors work pretty well here, luckily- this definitely could have clashed badly.

This is medium bodied, with a rich and slightly creamy mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

A really cool variant on an already great beer.

Nov 08, 2015
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Buckeye982 from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nov 14, 2015
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KShophead from Kansas

4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 12, 2015
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hermit990 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 10, 2016
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Jamison85 from Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 21, 2016
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Roguer from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Big, aggressive dark cream head with excellent retention. Classic Bastard body: transparent reddish-brown.

Creamy aroma, with prominent coffee notes. Bright leafy hop notes, along with brown sugar and bread. I'd prefer more presence from the malt and hops from a Bastard; the coffee is front and center.

Flavor follows: a massive wave immediately overcomes the brown sugar, caramel, and pumpernickel from the malt, which keeps poking its head up for air, really only gaining a foothold on the finish. Hops are similarly presented: earth, leaf, pine, and mint, bright up forward but quickly overwhelmed by coffee. Typical Bastard bitterness, balancing out a massive ABV.

You'd never guess this even approaches 11.2%, despite the significant and almost syrupy malt body. Drinks much closer to 9%. Full-flavored; approaches full-bodied, as well. Not quite lively, but not too syrupy, either.

Nov 11, 2015
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rossracing from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 21, 2016
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aronamerican from Ohio

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?

Jan 28, 2017
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Lucoli from New York

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 29, 2016
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bhyndthebottle from Oregon

4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lovely double bastard, and the addition of espresso beans add up to a nice bitterness that really makes great beer. Very smooth finish and barely any hint of the 11%. Great beer!

Dec 06, 2015
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Kmat10 from Canada

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 09, 2016
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Mar 15, 2018
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DemoniChris from Nebraska

4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 16, 2015
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Amedlin18 from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 20, 2015
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cyclone from Florida

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 16, 2016
Depth-Charged Double Bastard from Arrogant Consortia
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 314 ratings