Bastard's Midnight Brunch | Arrogant Consortia

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Bastard's Midnight BrunchBastard's Midnight Brunch

Brewed by:
Arrogant Consortia
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
DEPTH-CHARGED Double Bastard Ale aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels and Ohio maple syrup barrels.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-08-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RMW66
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this - 2016 dated beer tasted in October 2018. Smooth, bourbon flavor clearly evident but not overpowering. Smooth and quite well balanced - very enjoyable on a stormy evening.

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Photo of Ego
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottling
this has been a beacon in my cellar... calling my name...
so tonight, I christen the SS Bastard Bomber ready for sea (and drinking)

one finger of off white craggy sort of head, deep caramel (with a nod to ruby) tone (clear throughout), a beer spout of bubbles dancing around the bottom of the glass providing new soldiers to send to the bubble front, good lacing and retention, pretty nice

boozy, bourbon (vanilla booze) and the maple rounds out the bourbon bite, the hops are fighting to stay in the mix and butt in when you let this air out for a minute or two, I also sense some prune (dark fruit)

taste etc...
you definitely first get that base of double bastard... and then you are whisked away, big coffee notes especially in the bitterness, the alcohol warms immediately in the belly, super smooth - the carbonation is subtle here (gladly), the bourbon notes are very present but the maple really smooths things out, the ABV is so sneaky it just lulls you into it's den and then pounces on your head (in a good way my friends)

dare I say that this was smoother than some Stone offerings ? But yet, their big ole imprint was there (and the craft to back this big boy up). Delicious, fantastic, a really big beer that does not disappoint or make the mouth grow tired, every aspect really comes through, damn well crafted

so now I am tasked to go through my cellar and make sure I have another for some time later as this was stellar.

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Photo of Txex06
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork plopped out without any vigor like a geezer in need of erectile medication and had me worried about carbonation and if I aged this incorrectly too long. Thank goodness it poured with nice carbonation and small lasting vanilla latte head. Appearance is like straight sewage water. Aroma is straight up pine forest followed by vanilla and maple. Taste is first bitter piney hops still, followed by some smokey charred vanilla and light maple on the tongue at end. Almost like kissing a stripper who has cherry lipstick on and smells of Victoria Secret perfume, but has been taking drags all night long in the club. Great experience in my book! Mouth feel is spot on, again like a gentleman's dancer who knows how to use the perfect amount of tongue. Overall it was an experience to be remembered, like ones first visit to Spearment Rhino in Vegas.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

A - Pours a murky amber with a thin off white head. The head leaves a nice soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is maple syrup, caramel, vanilla, coffee and oak.

T - The taste is toffee, brown sugar, borubon, oak, maple syrup and coffee.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - A solid Strong Ale. The maple syrup and coffee add w nice depth to the base beer. Nice warming alcohol make this a slow sipper.

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Photo of dsshuck
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of QuentinDishaw
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wilymobastardo
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dansmcd
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of vfgccp
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sonofliberty2
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anon
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to pop this on a cool summer night. Pours a thick, deep murky brown/copper, tan coloured head with little retention and lace. Love the way these brews look.

Smell is all bourbon and wood, with a sweetness and light spice notes. Coffee is a bit faint. Strong toffee and malt. Really comes alive as it warms.

Taste starts off with more bourbon heat and deep woody notes. Subtle Maple, toffee, honey and dark fruits. The double bastard base really comes through in this one. Pine resin and hop bitterness, clove, cinnamon warmth and tobacco. Dark roasted coffee notes mix with some cacao bitterness, giving this brew some deep mocha attributes.

Finishes off, again, very woody and slightly chewy. Lip-licking sweetness and hop bitterness give way to an overall smooth finish from this full-bodied monster. This one really opened up as it warmed. Maybe this one was better fresh, or could do with more aging, but I just couldn't resist. Honestly I wish the maple syrup and coffee aspects were stronger, but overall this a great brew.

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Photo of JuiceMan818
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lemmy187
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2016.

Pours quite oily and slick out of the bottle, hitting with a very murky orange and light brown body color. Negligible head creation with just the faintest pencil thin collar, khaki light in color. Just a light touch of tangerine orange and transparency around the edges.

Interesting nose. Faded coffee and a good amount of sticky and spicy malt caramel like action. Spiced tones of sharp clove and honey coming out, with and almost American barleywine quality of hop. Not much expressive barrel character on the nose, but a solid strong ale aroma.

Very nice palate. Strong but controlled boozy warmth of soft honey and caramel, almost getting into mead like flavors. Spiced mid palate as well, nutmeg, cinnamon slightly hot, and an aftertaste and finish that comes with almost tropical and citrus hop sweetness. Clean and light pepper, with excellent sweetness. Coffee angle is pretty much not coming out, maybe a touch of acidity but seems to be reaching.

Coffee might have faded, but a decent delicious strong ale still remains.

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Photo of South2NW
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muddy maroon with a moderate tan foam that dies to a thin film and moderate collar leaving spotty lace.

Smell is grape, chocolate, coffee, charred oak, molasses, and, as it warms, sticky maple.

Wow tons of mocha coffee kicks off the flavor parade, and it's a really round and smooth flavor. Roasted nuts and maybe the maple bring a little sweetness that tempers that absolutely ridiculous scorching bitterness of the normal Arrogant Bastard base, and as such it makes this dangerously drinkable compared to the other versions. A little coconut develops as it warms.

Frothy and soft, wet and round, with a slight hot bitter burn going down that doesn't stick around.

This is not Arrogant Bastard. This is his super hot, charming sister.

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Photo of golf4collet
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kaseydad
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wife picked this up.....keeper.

I let this warm up to room temp and the experience intensified. Pours a light copper brown with a small foam head that doesn't stay. Whiffs of awesome maple syrup, bourbon, brown sugar and some caramel. Tastes like the aroma. Great bourbon integration and works extremely well with the Double Bastard base beer. Just a kiss of hop bitterness and a nice long lingering aftertaste. I love Double Bastard and this only enhanced a great beer. A bit on the expensive side ($19.99) but worth the adventure.

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