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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Reviews by drahodo:
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drahodo from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 19, 2016
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neurobot01 from California

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

c&c 500ml into a Duvel tulip at cellar temp.

Look: ruddy reddish brown (SRM 27), opaque, with a small yellow-tan head that largely dissipates after a few minutes.

Smell: sweet bourbon, dark citrus, oak, hint of maple syrup. Very very nice.

Taste: the base beer comes through very strong. Bourbon dances in the background, and the maple syrup is indistinguishable from the mélange.

Feel: thick and syrupy, but with a good amount of prickly carbonation. Some mild alcohol heat.

Overall: Depth Charred DB was one of my top beers of 2015 (I bought 8 bottles or so), and it was immediately obvious to me that it could make for an interesting BA brew. This is at least as good as DCDB, but also about 4x as expensive. I still think it would have been interesting to try it in rum, brandy, or peaty Scotch barrels, rather than the bourbon/maple combo here, but this was quite good nonetheless. Hoping letting my second bottle sit allows the barrel influence to come to the fore a bit more.

Apr 24, 2016
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer, contained in a 500ML C&C bottle, makes me think of the scene in the Two Towers of the Uruk-hai coming out of the muck (being born?) in Isengard. I have no idea why.

Pours a hot mess or reddish brown. Nose brings a lot of Louisville Slugger, booze, whiskey, & a strong slug of molasses. Beer? I smelt it not.

Bastard’s Midnight Brunch starts caressing me & just won’t stop. That first sip – wow. Big maple presence is slashed into immediately by a blast of bitter, piney hops. Toasted oak comes up the middle hard. Toffee, alcohol, green wood, citrus are all strong. The amount & intensity of flavors is insane; quite near the border of too much. Despite the fact that each sip lowers my IQ at least two points, I sip happily & readily. Hodor. Hodor, hodor.

So many maple beers leave me pondering the good fortune that maple trees don’t have a lawyer – slander, misrepresentation, bait & switch, that law firm would make a trundle. But not here; not here, my good sharks. Good maple & an excellent beer.

Aug 18, 2016
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shoegueuze from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 04, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 24, 2017
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 21, 2016
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CaptDavyJones from New York

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 23, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a muddled, opaque, brownish coloring, almost like dark apple cider, with a filmy, sparse, off-white surface coat of head. Aromas of rich vanilla, heavy bourbon, rich caramel, subtle sugary maple syrup, woody overtones, and old world fruit notes of dates, figs, and apple. Very rich. Flavors are very rich forward, heavy on the old world fruit right up front, and followed immediately by bourbon spice and heat. Rich vanilla and wood char come in next, providing an immediate complexity and balance to the palate. The bourbon heat sticks around a while, and it builds while you drink. The apple, fig, and date continue throughout, and are accented by very subtle maple syrup highlights. Interesting dynamic of sweet characteristics. The body is big, bold, and smooth, with a bourbon warmed, richly sweet, vanilla, caramel, and apple aftertaste. Still a solid char linger in the aftertaste, too. The finish is slick, slow, and chewy, with a solid linger to the rich and boozy blend, and that heat continues to build. This is a beast of a beer, and it's a damn tasty beast to boot!

Jul 10, 2016
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Giggy from Michigan

4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 07, 2016
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rawfish from California

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jul 11, 2016
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cjohns73 from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 02, 2016
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dansmcd from Australia

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nov 15, 2017
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hilgart1 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 02, 2016
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

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

Nov 19, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 500mL bottle from Bullock's (Woodstock, GA). 16.99. 2016 release. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a turbid, muted brown with orange-ish highlights. The two and a half finger cap of dirty ecrue head slowly shrinks to a thin surface haze and full collar, leaving a few scattered, small spots of lace.

Smells of sweet maple, bourbon, coffee, caramel, raisin bread and a little vanilla. Really outstanding and my nose returns to it often.

There is alot going on but coffee quickly moves to the front of the flavor bus. It is joined by gentle bourbon, maple syrup, cooked caramel, bready malt, a piney hop bitterness, subtle oaky vanilla, an earthy floral note and a hearty dose of alcohol. Despite the occasional heat the layers of flavor keep this easy to drink.

Medium full body with moderately soft carbonation. Some bitter pine and coffee linger in the aftertaste along with bourbon tinged maple and oak.

Bastard's Midnight Brunch is an excellent variation of a variation. I enjoyed how Depth Charged upped the ante of Double Bastard but the one-two punch of bourbon and maple syrup takes it to a whole new level. Easily one of my favorite of Stone/ Arrogant Bastard's barrel aged series. This is well worth a try if you get the opportunity.

Jul 06, 2016
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bigred89 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 14, 2018
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Balvenie from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 02, 2016
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Avatar113 from California

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 15, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass. Bottleneck says 2016.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Typical Double Bastard smell of heavy malt and heavy hops with Stone's house yeast strain with some sweet coffee underlying.

T- Big maple up front and then the heavy hops come in mid-palate and actually works with the maple quite well before ending in a nice roasty coffee finish. Quite fantastic as each element doesn't stick out too much and rather all work in harmony.

M- Definitely has a syrupy feel but not overly so and there's plenty of silky smoothness from the barrel. There's also some hop bite but, again, this surprisingly works in the beer's favor unlike some of the other Bastard variants I've had. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Awesome. Was a bit worried after Double Bastard in the Rye was sort of a letdown but this delivered and then some. The barrels are the main players here and the coffee provides a nice roasty balance to the whole profile. Recommended.

Aug 30, 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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stortore from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a snifter. 2016 edition, in case they make it again.

Pours a cloudy medium amber color, not much of a head, some loose lacing. Smell brings bourbon, malt, figs, dates, toffee, light cherries, resiny hops, light coffee. No maple initially, pretty strong when fully warmed. The taste follows the nose with the bourbon, malt, figs, and dates. Also light maple, raisins, caramel, some vanilla, coffee, some pine hoppiness. A light hop bitterness throughout. Smooth, good body- but not as full as expected, appropriate level of carbonation.

This seems pretty much like an American Barleywine to me. Great flavor and aroma, enjoyable to drink, but I didn't pick up a strong coffee presence, But as much as I liked it, the price point is really high for what you get.

Aug 28, 2016
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Zaphog from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 30, 2016
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DCgolfpro from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Mar 12, 2017
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tmm313 from Georgia

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

Jul 07, 2016
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BlakeAM from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dec 21, 2016
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