Bastard's Midnight Brunch
Arrogant Consortia

Bastard's Midnight BrunchBastard's Midnight Brunch
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Strong Ale - American
4.18 | pDev: 6.94%
Arrogant Consortia
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bastard's Midnight BrunchBastard's Midnight Brunch
Notes: DEPTH-CHARGED Double Bastard Ale aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels and Ohio maple syrup barrels.
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 500ml corked and caged bottle, 2016 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Poured a cold haze rusty orange brown colour but eventually settled to a clear copper colour with a thin orangey beige head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Coffee roast, oak, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, light booze, with hints of maple syrup.

Taste: Sweet malts, caramel, toffee, maple, bourbon, vanilla, oak, with bitter coffee notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: It doesn’t seem like coffee was added, but the appearance of it in the aroma and flavours was great as it balanced the sweetness quite a bit. At times it felt overly sweet from the maple, but the complexity was there and it was still a good sipper.

Dec 03, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
550ml cork & cage bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep clear amber color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that has short retention and leaves nothing behind

S- burnt caramel and toasted almonds up front, followed by a mix of maple, fig & raisin. Undertones of chocolate, coffee, tobacco, leather, bourbon barrel & vanilla

T- sweet maple, caramel and toffee up front, followed by charred notes and vanilla cream. Mid-palate brings out some faded hop notes of citrus and pine, along with chocolate and cracked pepper. The finish gives more maple, along with toast crust, medicinal hops, bourbon barrel and pepper. More maple on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky, slightly warming finish

O- complexity runs throughout with the maple sweetness mixing well with the base beer. Hops have faded at this point, leaving a sweet, warming sipper

May 22, 2019
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RMW66 from Australia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Oct 14, 2018
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Ego from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Aug 12, 2018
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Txex06 from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Jul 16, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

May 20, 2018
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anon from California

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Aug 24, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Apr 11, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Mar 29, 2017
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kaseydad from California

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Mar 12, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown in color with amber highlights. The body is pretty cloudy from the bourbon barrels. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering about half of the top. The nose is packed with sweet malt, sweeter bourbon and a touch of maple syrup. The maple syrup is in the forefront with the sweet bourbon and hefty does of light malt following on its heels. The mouth is thick, chewy, and warm with alcohol.

Mar 04, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours deep clear amber color with off white head that sticks around for quite awhile. Spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma - This thing smells great, oak, maple, bourbon. Bitter hops, caramel, brown sugar and vanilla.

Taste - Wow tastes great too, the taste is very similar to the aroma but the bourbon is more pronounced on the back end as an after taste. Lots of smooth maple, brown sugar, malts and just a hint of coffee .

Feel - Very smooth, slight burn from the alcohol it adds some warmth that's for sure. Velvety and and touch bitter.

Overall - An amazing beer, I like that you can tell the alcohol is there in taste and warmth but it does not over power the other flavors.

Mar 02, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the pour, this is clearly a Bastard brew: clear dark caramel-ruby colored, with a strong cream-colored head, with decent retention and very nice lacing. Crystal clear.

On the nose, the beer is still inimitably a Bastard: huge, bitter hops; strong caramel and brown sugar backbone; and a strong, woody maple complement with lighter elements of flowers and mandarin orange.

The maple really does a ton to smooth out the typical Double Bastard profile. It's still super bitter and aggressive, but the bourbon, maple, and tons of oak just add a smoothness that is impressive. Double Bastard is already much smoother than its single counterpart, but this manages to up the aggressiveness while maintaining the smoothness for which double bastard is already known.

That said, this isn't a beer for folks who don't appreciate bitter brews. I don't mean bitter in a modern DIPA sense, all fruity and piney and juicy. I mean truly bitter for bitter's sake. It's unbalanced in a joyous celebration of the craft beers of yesterday.

As for the bourbon: it adds a boozy edge otherwise not present in this series, as well as pleasant and subdued notes of vanilla and coconut.

Mouthfeel is, in a word, perfect. Lively and active, with an extremely mild heat (really, 12.7%???). At the same time, there is a semi-effervescent quality to the finish, while maintaining an oily sheen on the palate, giving the impression of maple, oak, and brown sugar.

If anything, the Bastard series is wildly overlooked and underrated. Take a classic beer profile, add a ton of bitterness, and then smooth out the rough edges. Now: experiment in every way possible. Virtually every one is a damn gem.

Feb 26, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a ruddy brown topped by a finger of dense light tan head that fades to a small collar with minimal lacing
S: Smells of coffee, caramel, vanilla, some hops, and a little oak.
T: Taste is maple sweetness and coffee mixed with piney and earthy hops along with some caramel, vanilla and oak. Overall very balanced with the hops and coffee keeping the sweetness in check. Swallow is more piney and earthy hops with some more caramel, vanilla and oak with some lingering coffee and maple.
M: This beer is fairly full bodied with a velvety feel on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish.
O: Overall delicious. This is probably one of the best Stone beers I can remember having in a long while. Great flavors and complexity that add some nice dimensions to the base beer. Well done, definitely one I want more of.

Feb 09, 2017
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick rusty brown opaque color with a tan head with thick lacing and head. smell is leather and wood mix with whiskey and maple with strong hops. Taste is Bastard first large dose of hops and toffee and brown sugar with whiskey and maple taking a back seat. Mouth feel is pine hoppy and sweet subdued barrel. I liked this but at the price point would not buy again for a 500ml bottle, worth a try would have liked more maple and barrel.

Jan 15, 2017
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ccg from District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I love the look of this ale. It's a deep oaky brown color with thick legs, plenty of lacing, and a healthy layer of permanent foam.
The smell is interesting, but it doesn't really evoke maple or bourbon barrels for me. I'm getting a layer of rich sweetness on top of the typical-for-Stone, strongly hopped ale.
The flavor is fairly similar. Rich, somewhat caramel-like but ultimately generic sweetness surrounding a core of strongly hopped ale.
Mouthfeel is great. It's silky smooth, rich, and creamy. However, it does burn a bit after drinking a few sips.
I'm a little disappointed that I didn't get more maple and bourbon character from the barrel aging, but it's a typically good ale from Stone.

Jan 02, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a somewhat small amount of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Not great lacing.

S: A good aroma of bourbon, malt, maple, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a light bit of malt, a good shot of maple, some bourbon (not quite as much as I expected), light hops, vanilla, a tinge of toffee, and dark fruit in the finish. An amusingly interesting flavor that's quite sweet and potent. It's not a perfect flavor, but it's still complex and tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Stone usually puts out interesting beers and this one is no exception. Drinkable and powerful.

Dec 30, 2016
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Peterock27 from New York

4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage poured into a snifter. Appearance is deep mahogany / burnt red in color with 1.5 fingers head that slowly dissipates. Smell is bourbon, maple, vanilla, toffee. Taste is a wonderful combination of bourbon and maple with a double bastard backbone and a slight coffee aftertaste. The alcohol burn is noticeable after a few sips but this drinks really well. Mouthfeel is not as thick as would be expected by a maple barrel aged beer and, other than the taste, drinks just like a double bastard. At 12.7%, it's a sipper for sure...

Dec 23, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 version
~ 7 months from bottling, no bottle date so just going off release

Appearance- Pours a deep amber, brown color. Muddy and murky in the glass. Half finger thick, light tan colored head, creamy thick. Massive amounts of spotty head lacing, alcohol legs coat glass like a film.

Aroma- Toasted malt, rich caramel, maple syrup sweetness, brown sugar. Coffee beans, earthy spice, oak, vanilla, touch of pine. Subtle sweet bourbon notes.

Taste- Rich maltiness, caramel, vanilla, maple syrup, toffee, and molasses sweetness. Lots of oak and piney hop notes. Lightly roasted coffee, coffee beans, berry fruitiness, subtle sweet bourbon, creamy coconut.

Feel- Medium bodied, very sticky sweet and slightly creamy. Good amount of lingering bitterness from the hops. Lower carbonation, fluffy and creamy.

Overall- Maple syrup comes through very nicely, and pairs wonderfully with the vanilla from the barrel to give the beer a real amplified sweetness. Bourbon is more subtle, and coffee is also subtle as compared to the fresh version of the base beer. Piney hoppiness still very noticeable, but pairs well with the oakiness. Very enjoyable barrel aged version.

Nov 26, 2016
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SeanBond from Illinois

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

10/30/2016 -

The beer pours a dark butterscotch, very similar to a barleywine. On the nose you get a lot the sweet wood and vanilla from the barrel-aging. Taste is thinner than I'd like, and the coffee comes through very strongly. Finish is mostly vanilla and a hint of maple from the maple barrels.

Another beer that shows Stone can do quite a bit with even a thin barrel treatment. Not as thick a beer as I'd like, and I wish they'd do these special releases as stouts aged in barrels for a year (as opposed to ales aged in barrels from much less time). The beer is also a little steep from a pricing perspective, but it's a tasty experiment, and one I'm glad to have tried. Not to harp on this point, but if they put their RIS into bourbon and maple barrels for a year, I think they'd have a homerun here, ala CBS.

Nice job, Stone!

Nov 02, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a really interesting beer, understandably expensive based on what all it is, pretty ingredient and process intensive, but also definitely overpriced in terms of the flavor, it didnt quite live up to the hype i had built for it in my head. it is enormously complex, and one must not remember to pour and drink it too cold, it really does open up a lot as it warms from fridge temperature. cloudy amber beer, dense and foamy, raw looking, but also real light in color for all the flavors that are expected. aroma is hops first, which at first i find a little disappointing, they havent faded in my cellar, and they havent been covered up by the coffee, the barrels, or the maple, all of which i hoped would tame the hops some. stone will be stone i guess. i end up enjoying what the hops bring in the flavor, but i was it were scaled back just a bit. the coffee and maple come on super late in the nose and in the taste too, its odd, but all the cool parts of this appear real late, right before the swallow and shortly thereafter. its weird that it all happens so late, and it gives the drinker less time to enjoy it that way. the coffee is awesome, bittersweet with notes of butterscotch and chocolate to it, and the maple is great too, oak and char, and a honey sweet red malt base that we all know from the original. its a huge ramp up in flavor as it progresses, but because of that, there seems to be less of the coffee and maple and bourbon as there should be through most of the rest of the beer. i wish it all started a bit earlier. sweet and strong, major hop bitterness later on, a beer of enormous depth and complexity, not perfectly refined, but still a special beer to share with friends. i didnt love it on the whole, but i appreciate the effort here. perhaps the bastard base isnt as versatile as they think, it always seems to overpower whatever they do to it in these variations...

Oct 31, 2016
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CHickman from New York

4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage, pours blood red to chestnut brown color with a small beige colored foamy head that faded on the quick side, leaving minimal spotty lacing. Guess the looks should be expected but they just weren't that impressive for a Stone beer, even a barrel aged Stone brew.

Smells like rich caramel, roasted grains, bourbon, toffee, brown sugar, syrup, faint piney hops, charred wood, oak barrels, burnt coffee grinds, espresso, ash and a combo of smoky and sweet malts. Very dynamic, this takes the Depth-Charged Double Bastard Ale and brings in more earthy and bourbon barrel influences. The nose smells bitter, with the coffee, booze and earthy/barrel notes all colliding to make for a different variety of the base beer.

If you like the taste of the Depth-Charged Double Bastard Ale then you should love this as it has some more roasted coffee, more oaky notes, additional bourbon and maple syrup. It's sweet and bitter with a little boozy heat, but complex with nice roasted grains and burnt coffee that pull in oaky, barrel notes as well as bourbon and a sharp bitterness. Almost seems like yeast and piney hops come through along with charred wood and ash, which makes this even more complex and enjoyable, Each sip is a little different with a substantial amount of smoky and boozy flavors that brought out more of everything as it warmed up. A really great slow sipper, this Bastard was a pleasure to consume.

Oct 29, 2016
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Murky hazy red brown color a medium small fizzy head with a couple flecks of lacing on the glass.

S: Vanilla and dark stone fruit, with notes of caramel from the bourbon, sweet maple, and a good amount of earthy coffee. Very nice smelling beer.

T: Dark stone fruit, lots of maple, notes of vanilla, caramel, quite a bit of sweetness, a slightly odd bitterness at the end. The taste isn't quite as good as the smell. Lots of bitter coffee too near the end of the finish.

F: Pretty heavy body and pretty low carbonation.

O: Very good smelling beer, the taste doesn't quite follow, nice note of bourbon and coffee though.

Oct 22, 2016
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle

A: Super dark brown/red pour. Decent sized fizzy light brown head. Decent retention and spotty bits of lacing.

S: Coffee, bourbon and maple. Lots of it. Sweet, very sweet.

T: More of the same. Lots of big coffee notes up front intermingled with a heavy caramel and vanilla from the bourbon. Tons of maple syrup, it's not that sweet surprisingly (sugars fermented out?) but the flavor is strong. Charry sort of maple syrup almost (the barrels maybe?). More coffee on the back end, a little more acrid now. Strong maple and oaky char in between sips, with a long lingering coffee aftertaste too.

M: Heavy, heavy, heavy.

O: Quite a beer. Big with BIG flavors. Not super boozy but you can tell this is a bruiser. Flavors are pretty well balanced but that's because they are ALL strong. Extremely strong maple to boot, a flavor that rarely dominates. Good stuff, it'll put hair on your chest.

Oct 15, 2016
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 version, 500 ml, poured into a tulip glass. A murky dense brown with a half finger tan head that moves quickly to a thin lace. The aroma is thick with dark fruit, fig, whiskey, and molasses. The taste is in line, but much more woody and hoppy, with some muted heat. Mouthfeel is full, carbonation is low, and it will coat the back of the tongue. Smooth. A great strong ale sipper that has a dense flavor profile.

Oct 08, 2016
Bastard's Midnight Brunch from Arrogant Consortia
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 192 ratings