Depth-Charged Double Bastard | Arrogant Consortia

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Depth-Charged Double BastardDepth-Charged Double Bastard

Brewed by:
Arrogant Consortia
California, United States

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.

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Reviews by travolta:
Photo of travolta
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of blackcompg
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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 stompilator
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
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 tbryan5
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this. Definitely my favorite one out of the variety pack. The coffee went really well with the robust malt backbone of Double Bastard.

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

Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

22oz brown bomber, sample from the brewery.

Love the idea, love the base beer and the addition of espresso really does work here. Big kiss of it in the nose and on the palate the beer is still "Double Bastard" but it slightly transforms it to something fun ... a little departure from the usual "Bastard" way.

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Photo of Billolick
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stone bomber, with bottled on dating
Pours a nice warm shade of mahogany, moderate khaki cap, leaving some fine a scattered bits of lacing

Malty nose with caramel and coffee beans

Full flavor, malty, smoky, big and bold with a definite coffee been note in the mix

Great stuff....I love all the AB and DB incarnations and this one does not disappoint

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a Charmay Goblet.Pours a brown color.Smell is Coffee with hops.Taste is a Coffee taste that is very hoppy.Coffee up front with grapefruit.I have to say I liked it very much.I would buy this again.This was part of the Bastard box which is a great deal.Found it in Costco for 17.99 for four Bastards.Give it a try.

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Photo of Blair09
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, part of an Arrogant Bastard mixed 4-pack recently arriving way the fuck up here, and sold for the dear price of ~54 Canuck bucks - so quit yer forum whining, Yanks!

This beer pours a clear, medium bright red-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some Klingon-friendly webbed lace around the glass as things evenly bleed away.

It smells of acrid coffee beans, gritty roasted caramel malt, further cafe-au-lait java shop astringencies, and a weirdly bitter herbal, leafy, and floral hoppiness. The taste is lightly bready caramel malt, neutered toffee, still kind of tacky acerbic coffee grounds, some indistinct earthy nuttiness, an equally muddled domestic citrus fruitiness, and more leafy, herbal, and crazily under-perfumed floral hop bitters.

The carbonation is adequate in its plainly-rendered and supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight (verging on heavy), with an attendant coffee-flecked smoothness and creaminess, so take that for what it's worth. It finishes trending dry, in the manner of those coffee beans that are still left over upon closing time.

Yup, the guest ingredient here really takes the reins and runs with it, so much so that even a base ale as heady as Double Bastard has some trouble keeping up. Big, all around, with a stupidly integrated 22-proof booziness (I blame the fucking coffee), and yet drinkable, in the sense that you've already been numbed to the bone by the titular metaphor.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of SomethingClever
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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 rossracing
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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 dannydetox
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

my first experience with this coffee bursted behemoth. looks lighter than what i remember of the classic double bastard. lacing all over the glass with a lingering off white head. nose is pure coffee, though the aggressive abv and some stone fruit comes through behind. more espresso, toffee, and chocolate covered coconut across the tongue. bitter dark chocolate on the finish. big, filling mouthfeel not surprising. good drinkin, but this bastard is almost too heavy on the coffee to be completely balanced.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet color with a one finger khaki head that disappates quickly. Aroma is earth, roast, coffee, and slight booziness. Taste is earth, coffee, roast, hops, bitterness, and some booze. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, with just a bit of oilyness to it that works for a strong ale and sipper. Overall a very interesting incarnation of the bastard family, and the coffee works well to support and blend with the regular double bastard base.

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Photo of glass_house
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warpig372
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sisterofba
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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