Depth-Charged Double Bastard
Arrogant Consortia

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Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 7.93%
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
313
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 Cottontown201:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of stompilator
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.

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

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

Photo of Cramshawbar
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.

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

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

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

Photo of SomethingClever
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of Buckeye982
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of hermit990
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamison85
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
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.

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

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

Photo of bhyndthebottle
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!

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Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scotorum
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.

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

Photo of Amedlin18
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Depth-Charged Double Bastard from Arrogant Consortia
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 313 ratings