OAKED Double Bastard Ale
Arrogant Consortia

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Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
10.6%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 12.59%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
107
From:
Arrogant Consortia
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  21
Gots
  16
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served up a clouded, ruddy-looking, russet-toned body with a thin, creamyish, near-white head.

Smell: Bready, toasted malts encrusted with caramelized sugars, beer-soaked raisins, hints of vanilla sugar, citrusy hops, and zesty oak wood.

Taste: Caramel as well as bready, toasty malts followed by layers of sweetness with another helping of brown sugar joining in. Raisiny fruitiness, later a bit of cooked apricots. Very small amount of vanilla. The citrusy, earthy hops, lightly bitter throughout, mingle well with the woodsy tannins from the French oak chips. Soft oakiness on the warm finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth and sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A big beer, a bold beer, but it remains keenly, dangerously drinkable.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle, enjoyed by myself. You have to like Stone's painted bottles.
Poured slightly cloudy, reddish mahogany brown, with a thin, cream colored head. Good retention, thin coating lace.
Smell had lots of bready malts, some sweetness but then lots of citrus hops. Nice wafting aroma of oak wood barrel.
Taste starts with some caramel sweetness, slightly fruity. Lots of bitter hops, earthy and leafy. Then comes the wood, touch of vanilla, nice oaky finish.
Medium to full body, medium carbonation, smooth, oak flavor hangs around giving a slightly oily mouthfeel.
Lots of flavor, but still easy to drink, no hint of the 10+ % alcohol.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with garnet highlighting. Served with a decently tight head of tawny, sticky bubbles. Outstanding lacing for a beer of this size.

Oaky as hell, with vanillin, brown sugar, molasses, and bourbon notes mixing round on the nose. The taste is smooth as hell: big and creamy from the cask, with notes of roasted barley, caramel malt, pine resin, vanilla, and citrus fruit, backed up with a whale of a hit of alcohol.

Eminently drinkable, full-bodied and so flavorful that it's hard to put down. There's a lot of booze in this one, but if you're in the mood for a one-a-night, this is a choice pick.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, cloudy caramel-coffee colored ale with an overly energetic pile of oatmeal colored fuzz on top and decent lacing. The nose brings somewhat boozy nutty caramel with a vague sherry touch. Woodsy malt is obvious, of course, and it's pretty enticing with a sort of fruit nougat sweetness and a grassy edge. The taste buds detect an elite Harvey's Bristol Cream sweet warmth with deep dark caramel malt and cashew and lots of woodsy tones. It's the top end of a medium bodied brew with a tempered but full carbonation and a pretty lush, smooth feel. There's a hint of deep evergreen/spruce mixed in with some licroice and dark fruits. It's focused on the caramel-malt-wood and sherry theme and it works pretty nicely, and is even reasonably drinkable despite the evidence of some of that hefty ABV. But still, no session brew obviously. A taste treat and just another Stone beauty, though it may be a challenge to some palates.

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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On cask at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a murky red brown with a full off-white almost tan head. Good looking beer.

S: Oak city. Smells of bark, terpenes, and ethanol. It certainly gets you ready to start the beer.

T: Big flavours. Oak and wood notes abound from the aging, a smattering of vanilla is evident. That is quickly blown away by the massive red malt presence that we all know from the regular Double Bastard. Hops are not as prevalent in this version, the oaked brew tends more toward the malt and the wood.

M: Smooth, silky, and creamy with a definite alcohol presence. Much easier on the tongue than the non-oaked version.

D: The low carbonation to the cask make this behemoth of a beer way too drinkable for it's own good. I probably downed the pint in 10-odd minutes and I wasn't even trying; I could certainly feel it after that. The bottled version with it's massive hop bite is certainly more of a sipper than this creation, the cask makes it much more drinkable. If you see it, try it out, I don't know if it's a one-off though, just be careful.

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

On tap at Beachwood BBQ. I've seen the oaked Arrogant Bastard before, was very excited to try the Double version. Even better: came from a cask!


Dark ruby reddish brown. Half an inch of foam head. Smells ... like a shit ton of oak and booziness. Taste is a bit more balanced, with that deep woodsy flavor coming through, but definitely some malt, a bit of piney hops, and (alas), definitely some alcohol.

Mouthfeel was extraordinarily light and creamy. I assume that's the "cask effect."

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2.71/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

First off, I want to say that I love Stone Brewery. Whenever my pallet wants to be challenged or thrashed, I grab me a 22 oz.er and go to town like Chloe Sevigny in that one artsy road trip movie. You know the one.

So when I picked up a 20 dollar sixer (Alaska)of this brew, I was pretty pumped. After my first sip I regretted my purchase. Don't get me wrong, it's a great beer, but the Bastard is far better. The main reason for my disappointment is the oak flavor. Perhaps it is because I am jaded by my own over oaked homebrews, but this beer was way too oakiefor my meager pallet. It took me a few weeks to kill off the six pack. The flavor dominated every second of the experience and remained on the tongue for quite a while afterward.

A good beer, but it makes me long for the original. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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OAKED Double Bastard Ale from Arrogant Consortia
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 107 ratings