2006 Double Bastard Ale Aged In Brandy Barrels | Arrogant Brewing

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Arrogant Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Tdizzle on 08-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1091st Review on BA
Draft to 4oz taster

WinterStorm 2012

App- A very murky dark caramel brown with a rich orange undertones of orange and mild yellows. A small 1/2 finger of head. Very cordial like in app.

Smell- Very malty and boozy sweet. The brandy is very upfront and a bit stinging. Smells a lot like a sweeter old guardian.

Taste- Very layered. Very unique treatment of a good base beer. Retains a lot of standard malt flavors but sweetens and thins it out a bit. More than 4-8oz of this I think would just be too much.

Mouth- A good medium body with a well paired low/medium carbonation. A bit pricky residual booze and citrus with some sweetness.

Drink- It was very unique for a six year old beer. It was smooth at points, prickly at others and pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.18/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore

A-pours a clear copper color with a thin dark tan colored head

S-light notes of oak, big time caramel and brown sugar, wet cardboard and obvious oxidtion with hints of sweet brandi in the back.

T-lots of oxidation, light notes of oak, so much sugar in this with burnt caramel and brown sugar, wet paper, the brandi comes in at the back with a fair bit of boozy heat.

M-full bodied and very thick and grainy, rough to drink with strong carbonation and a messy finish.

D-this has been oxidized and has a ton of sugar in it. very messy malt bomb.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown body, moderately hazed, and capped with a thinnish, whitish head.

Smell: Soundly sweet-smelling nose, with luscious notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and stewed dark fruits. Some brandy and a lightly spicy, underlying earthiness are detected, but mainly the nose favors the sweet components.

Taste: Big taste of caramel candy with a big, deep-seated sweetness on the inaugural sip. Toasted brown bread and simmering brown sugar. A noted warmth and taste of brandy leisurely slides in. Raisin and date fruitiness soaked in brandy. Tiny hint of vanilla. The old punchy citrus character is fairly muted here, though some earthiness remains along with just a whisper of hop bitterness. There's still plenty of that dessert-like sweetness and a bit more of the earthiness for the heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Very nice. It's a wondrous, dark voyage into sweetness and brandy that only Stone can bring you.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at RnH during Tap Takeover event. review from notes.

Pours a mahogany brown with basically no head or lacing.

Bitter hops, dry malt, wood and alcohol in the nose.

Dry dark malt with caramel and bitterness in the beginning. The barrel aging smooths out some of the profile usually in Double Bastard as potent booze dashes thru. The brandy is very present with sweetness and warmth, as the beer ends hoppy and somewhat hot. Very long and lingering finish.

Plenty of lasting residual stickyness and warmth in the feel, overall a little hot, perhaps still too boozy as this took me forever to finish but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 10/1/10 at the Alewife's Stone total tap takeover. This was my second time sampling this brew (EBF before) but this was the first time I had the opportunity to sit down and really enjoy it and take some notes.

The brandy double bastard appears a hazed amber brown color with a tan head that doesnt hold very well. It receeds fairly fast leaving a spotty amount of lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramelized malt that has a touch of vanilla and a bit of spiciness about it minorly reminescent of cinnamon. Some herbal and citrus hops attempt to shine through the sweetness of the malty sugars. It clearly smells like the product of barrel aging but you could have lied to me and told me it was any form of barrel, not necessarily brandy. As the brew warms, the oakiness really brings out the best in the nose.

The taste is herbal bitterness from the hops with a very bold alcohol presence. For a brew that is 4 years old, it is really holding up well. The alcohol comes through in both taste and warmth down the back of the throat. Some toasty grain quality has a sweetness of caramelized sugar blended with the oaking which imparts a vanilla flavor. As it warms, some more woodsy notes are revealed. A lasting herbal bitterness resides in the mouth with somewhat clingy hops.

For a beer with moderate bitterness and bold alcohol character, I found it to be quite drinkable and enjoyable. The aroma is almost candy-like and it carries over a bit in the taste. This brew is holding up well, I wouldn't mind trying it again.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had at the Stone Tap Takeover in Charlotte. Served from tap into a tumbler. Poured deep red-orange with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of slight hop, sweet malt, and a big hit of alcohol. The flavor followed the nose on this one with the same slight hop, sweet malt, and big hit of alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall the alcohol was just too big in this one for me. It definitely hits you hard upon taking your sips. I just wish it was muted a little bit to allow more of the brews character to shine through as with the regular version from this vintage I tried right before it.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap into a tulip at Small Bar for the Stone 40 tap take over...A clear watery body, amber colored light tan head...The harsh aroma is burnt wood, oak, vanilla and some brandy...The taste is super sweet, not sure where that came from after the aroma. Mostly sweet brandy, too sweet to drink very much of. A thin feel, tough to drink a lot.

Ok beer that's worth a taste but that's it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/04/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey for their Stone Total Tap Takeover event.

a - Pours a dark amber color with almost no head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light oak, dark fruit, brandy/alcohol, caramel malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of oak, brandy, caramel malts, dark fruit, and sugar. A lot sweeter than the smell and than I was expecting.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very solid strong ale. The brandy and oak is definitely prominent and gave the taste a little bit of a smokey flavor to it. Would try again.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a bad brew. Never had a brandy barrel aged beer before, so it was an interesting twist. Pours a deep amber color with a one finger off white head that takes a minute or so to dissipate. Leaves some ok lacing. Smell is malt driven, with the barrel aging definitely muting the hops of the original brew. The brandy is noticeable, but not overpowering. Gives the brew a bit of sweetness that is easily identifiable and discernible from the caramel malts.

Taste follows the aroma but the brandy is much more noticeable. Gives the beer a pretty high level of smokiness, which imo slightly diminishes the flavor profile. Still tasty, but the aroma was a bit better than the flavor. The level of smoke also takes down the drinkability for me a bit.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at the Stone Breweries event at ChurchKey in DC. The beer was served in a 9 oz snifter and had a dark amber colour. The head stuck around the whole time I was drinking it. The smell was lovely and sweet and the hops were noticeable. The taste was similar to the smell and is dominated by sweetness and hops, but the smokiness from the Brandy Barrels is really quite strong. The aftertaste becomes slightly maltier but the smokiness remains.

I had a glass of the regular 2003 Double Bastard Ale and it was better. I found the smokiness from the brandy Barrels didn't improve this beer, but it's still very good.

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

Had at the Rattle n Hum in NYC for the Total Tap Tower Takeover Tour. It was served in a wine glass.

Look: reddish brown and slightly amber. There was some haziness present in the standard bottled version of Double Bastard when I had it but that isn't present here. There's a very, very thin head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a little lacing but not much. There's not much in the way of carbonation either.

Smell: potent smell of malt and booze. There are hints of brandy, fruit, and some hoppiness.

Taste: it tastes very malty and the brandy flavor is more present in the taste than in the smell. The brandy taste isn't offensive like some bourbon barrel beers are. It still tastes like a Double Bastard but just with a twist. A little bitter but its hard to taste the hops for me.

Feel: full bodied. Despite being less alcoholic than normal Double Bastard, the booze is more apparent in this one.

Drink: relatively easy to drink when the style is considered.

Overall, it was a really good beer and a really interesting one. It was definitely worth getting and I would probably get again if I had the chance.

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Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It's your typical Double Bastard scent; warm and hoppy with a nice malt bill that provide a complex drinking experience. The brandy barrel aging adds nice bit of depth to the aroma. It does seem to mute the hops some. The taste is excellent ! What a smooth beer. The brandy really seems to mellow the overall taste. It's less hoppy and more malt-centric with a mild barrel character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. The original is good, but this one provides an interesting new look.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting my notes into BA. On tap at DLD 2009.

Poured a darkish brown with some nice red highlights. Nice, thick head. The brandy is definitely the main component of the nose along with miscellaneous fruity esters. There are some hops still kicking. A bit of woodiness and vanilla. Sweet brandy comes through along with some bitterness. Medium body. Very delicious and quite drinkable, although a bit of alcohol taste is present, and it's a bit rich for too much of.

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Photo of younger35
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew as an extra from the man, the myth, the Gibby! I know he probably had to jump through hoops to get this from such a small keg. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a super dark amber with a nice fluffy one finger light tan head from a very aggressive pour. The cap pretty much dissipates immediately but a nice collar is left along with almost zero lacing.
Smell- Loads of rich caramel right from the get-go with a rather sweet smell. Cotton candy and red licorice are a part of that sweetness. I suppose some brandy is noticeable as well as it mixes with the soft wafts of alcohol in the background. The hops have obviously faded over the years but there is still plenty going on. Some muted grapefruit and orange peel hang in there.
Taste- Holy fucking intense! Apparently the angels share of those barrels really tightened this brew up as its hella concentrated. Starts with an intense blast of a slightly citric bitterness and a bit of spicy alcohol. Like the nose I get a bit of grapefruit pith and orange in the taste but the sheer bitterness of the beer sort of limits them. A touch of butterscotch and a whole lot of caramelized sugars make up the rest of the taste. I don't get anything that particularly screams brandy in the taste but the barrel has laid its influence for sure. A bit of vanilla in the finish along with plenty of that 10% ABV.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy body especially considering the barrel ageing and high alcohol. The carbonation is light but there is an oily numbness from the hops.
Drinkability- I was taken aback to how intense the flavor of this brew was. It's still VERY hoppy for being over 3 years old and pretty damned delicious. Definitely Double Bastard on steroids. Thanks much Jeff!!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's last night.

The pour is a rather hazy and murky reddish brown with a thin head. Retention is rather non-existent, and given the less-than-ideal serving conditions, I'll go easy on my score here.

The nose is quite excellent, with a complex sweetness, caramel, raisins, brown sugar as well as a touch of sherry-like oxidation. The past few years have been easy on this beer, the hops have gracefully fallen out, leaving just a mild fruity character. Brandy is prominent but well-integrated. Mildly boozy with a great vinous brandy character, I'm really digging the nose. The nose is replicated on the palate for the most part,with the sweetness of the base beer coupled with the mild oxidation opening things off - brown sugar, caramel, sherry - along with a *faint* hop bitterness to make an effort towards balancing things. Brandy vinousness is strong and dominates the mid-palate with some vanilla and some booze. Sweet-yet-drying on the finish, this medium bodied beer with soft carbonation is excellent on the palate, and I was a little sad when it was all gone. I'd love to try this again.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I was fortunate to catch this on-tap after a Stone tasting at a local bar. Had on-tap, from a "half keg"...aged 2006 limited release.
Color closely resembled caramel. A little spiciness with a smokey, malty aroma.
Very complex taste. Strong, smooth...again caramel flavors...slightly hoppy. Very pleasant but full chewy taste.
After half a glass...gets to be quite much, filling. Great in smaller samples. Hard to come by- but a must try if you come across it!

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap into a small tulip at Capone's. Surprised to see this one show up in the area. 2006!!!

Double Brandy Bastard looks great with a ruby red glaze and some burnt orange highlights. The snifter came to me with a thin dying cap that bounced quickly. It's a barrel aged beer what do you expect. Some rising bubbles with a nice sheet of burnt white lace surprisingly. This beer is a looker.

The smell is a big blast of brandy from the bottle, not sure what type as Im not a str8 brandy drinker, but I love it in my beer. Some minimal butterscotch and some fruity cherry. Some malt sweetness as well with caramel. The huge stone hop bill has faded in three years time, so this bastard is sweet and boozy in smell.

As expected the malts are really large and make for a a underlining butterscotch and caramel mix in taste, but the brandy beats this out being the main taste. The brandy gives off just a bit of heat and alcohol. Some cherry and other sweet fruits. Getting some apple on the tail end. On some sips this reminded me of mad elf without the brandy for some strange reason. Hops are not an issue at this stage in it's life.

This one is smooth and slightly boozy from the barrel. Just a bit of heat is detected. A big sweetness comes with it and no bitterness from the faded hops. A bold medium bodied beer with low carb. A slow sipper for sure with all the booze so this is a one snifter type of beer for me, Im glad I tried it. Sip, Savor, Repeat.

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Photo of corby112
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark mahogany/chestnut brown color with very dark ruby edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Not much lacing.

Sweet vinous aroma with lots of alcohol and oaky vanilla brandy notes. Dark fruit, caramel, fig, currant, red cherries, grape and toasty malt.

Sweet vinous medium body with lots of oaky vanilla brandy flavor. Slight vanilla smoothness balances out the sweet alcohol and prominent brandy. Lots of dark fruit notes, especially grape, dark cherries and currant. Slight heat but mostly from the brandy aging and a bit of roasted chocolate malt underneath but most of the the flavor is overpowered by a prominent brandy flavor.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap for the stone celebration at sunset grill and tap, in allston, ma, on april 22, 2009, during the week of the craft brewers conference. served in large snifter.

dark brown w red tint. surprisingly almost opaque. thin creamy head fades to wisps and ring. some thin lacing, though most of it doesn't stick around for long.

caramel and apple aroma, with a blast of fruity brandy, very vinous. raisiny fruitiness. citrusy and piney hops still show up, but have now subsided more to the background. focus is on lots of dark fruit and brandy, with faint wood tones.

still a bit boozy on the palate, but blends with the fruitiness of the brandy. caramel and fruit moves into the moderately piney and citrusy hop, while the bitterness remains bold and resinous. nice wood hint in the brandy soaked finish.

smooth, almost viscous, with sharp resins for quite some astringent texture in the finish. mild to moderate carbonation with tingle, also gives additional body.

again, i'm more of a fan of the regular bastard. DB is usually just too in-your-face and boozy for me. the brandy-barrel aging however, tones this down and brings the arrogance back down to earth.

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Photo of Nickls
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes - sampled at RnH)

A - Copper-brown hue; light tan head

S - Touch of booze; sweet cherry like aroma; malty; vanilla

T - Smooth comes to mind; touch of hoppiness but sweeter brandy-like flavors come through the most; a little tart and vanilla shows up as well. Lots of layers to this brew

M - Viscous; smooth; coating

D - Way too good for the abv! Dangerous here, lots of great tastes, and equally interesting.

Overall, too bad this is a retired brew. Really fantastic, and if it ever shows up, definitely grab a pint!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Rattle 'N' Hum Stone event, 8-9 oz. pour.

Pours dark copper, hazy, persistent creamy off-white head and nice stickage. Really nice looking beer that seems to glow a bit.

Brandy really comes through nicely in the nose, lots of caramel and golden fruit (apple? sweet grape?) notes, rich but with a lightness that belies that almost buttery richness. Very light toastiness.

Taste is just phenomenal. Caramel and maple, some brandy up front, but the brandy positively explodes towards finish. This is a great melding between beer and barrel. Just a bit boozy. Beautifully rich, exquisite, (insert superlative here).

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, almost syrupy, crisp carbonation that works well with the overall package.

Despite the big abv and the booziness, and the fact that this one feels like it hits even harder than another equivalent 10% beer, the taste is too much to give up.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this one at DLD.

A- Pours dark ruby reddish color with only some bubbles popping up here and there for the head.

S- Smells touch of hops, malts and a awesome brandy smell.

T- A nice hop bite to it but everything is balanced out very well. The brandy makes this thing just about perfect. A huge beer and a absolute pleasure to drink.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

D- A pleasure to drink and very awesome.

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

Pours a dark ruby brown color with a short off white head.

Scent of strong hops, strong malts, tobacco, and fruit. Not getting a whole lot out of it after the barrel aging.

Taste is the same, strong hops, malts, tobacco, sweet fruit, and a hint of brandy. I don't think the aging really helped this one. I can't say the same for the bourbon barrel aged version, but regular Double Bastard is better than this.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with strong carbonation.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dark Lord Day. Glad to see this offering.
Pours dark ruby brown in color with only some effervescent bubbles racing to the top of the glass, but little to no head to be found. Smell is some subtle hops, but mostly huge malts and a perfect amount of brandy. Taste is absolutely incredible. This beer and this barrel are a match made in beer heaven. The hop bitterness has died down some and the brandy barrel has really smoothed things out and is a perfect compliment to the underlying beer. This is still a huge beer. There's still a hint of hop bite in the mouthfeel that really pulls this one all together. A truly outstanding beer.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at DLD. A nice musky amber/copper with a bit of head. Served in plastic, damnit.
Smells of nice earthy hops, tons of sweet malt with a hint of brandy and wood.
Tastes much like the smell. Sweet with lots of caramel and some grassy pine. Much like Double Bastard but with the hops faded and replaced with grape/brandy sweetness.
Wish I could have had more than 2 but there was too much beer to drink. Smooth and creamy and delicious.

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