Double Bastard Ale - Chipotle Peppers
Arrogant Consortia

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American Strong Ale
Ranked #107
Ranked #15,081
3.97 | pDev: 11.84%
Arrogant Consortia
California, United States
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Photo of 77black_ships
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mid. 2011 Review: 25 cl. draft @ Stone vs. Moeder event: dark amber-red with a small head, smells like spicy hop, slight yeast & spices, taste is hot chilli’s mixed bitter grapefruit hops, bitter hop first with a very hot aftertaste, light yeast with a light but clearly present caramel malt backbone, some pepper & spices first as well, the Chipotle hasn’t burned away all of the underlying beer’s taste yet, not as mouth-numbingly spicy as Crime - too bad :)

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

2010 vintage.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, yeast, and pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild pepper heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'10 Double Bastard with Chipotles could only have happened at Bittercreek's Stone Tap Takeover!! Dave and Erin were very cool .. Nicely done.

The brew is deep amber with a decent head... nose is smokey and lightly firey.. good maltiness helps carry the chilies... surprising how much hoppiness and base beer is left to make good on the aromas.

Flavor is fantastic... caramel and pungent/graperfruit hops are stopped in the tracks by a dry smokey chili essence... the heat is very bearable and adds huge complexity.. loving this one.. the ABV is hidden nicely.. the malt and chipotle flavor are great together.

This is a great beer... I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.. Very well done.


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Photo of beer272
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - appearance was good. Nice carbonation that lasted with some lacing.

S - Hops pretty good. Could not smell peppers or Cinnamon, which the Stone rep. said was in the beer. No one drinking it pick up the Cinnamon.

T - taste was nice. No alcohol taste, well blended hop and malt balance. The pepper was laid back, no real bite. You could taste the pepper effects similar to other strong tastes on the back of the tongue.

M - Good mouth feel.

O - I'll admit I am not a hop fan. This specialty beer is not for me, but nice for the style.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


2010 vintage. On tap at Churchill's.

A: Reddish brown with a beige head.

S: Caramel melds with chipotle and pine. Grapefruit wafts from the glass.

T: There's a light heat from the pepper, but it's mostly chipotle flavor, lots of it. Caramel is pronounced, and there is much pine. The pepper goes nicely with the booze and bitterness.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid variation on Double Bastard.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Churchill's during sdbw for the stone event

A normal arrogant bastard with white whispy head that sticks around.

S- regular hoppy arrogant gastard. Not much else there.

T- the chipotle peppers rally come through here. Very spicy and stick around for awhile

M- medium body and oh so smooth

O- very nice variation with q slow burn I enjoy

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Photo of DTJPPR
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Tasting notes on 08-08-2011

A - Deep Brown Color with very small head and almost no lacing whatsoever.

S - Lots of Maltiness with a hint of peppers and heat. A little bit of spice, but overall quite overwhelmed with the Malts on this one.

T - Very big malt flavor on this one, and then an interesting pepper heat on the back end. This isn't like the previous peppered offerings they had before, as this on is a bit more muted, but still present. As drinking continues, the heat mounts making for an interesting sensation. This is a complex flavor with all the maltiness, spices, and peppers. I can see that a lot of people will be turned off by this one, but Stone doesn't make a secret of it.

M - Thick like the Double Bastard normally is, and with the heat of the peppers it gets harder to drink with every sip. This isn't a beer for the weak.

O - This is certainly meant for lovers of big malty beer AND peppers(which I am, even though it still got to be a bit much by the time I finished off the 2L growler fill I got).

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Brownish orange in color with a 1/4 head and ok retention

Smell: Very malty upfront with traces of spice and vanilla

Taste: Mild spice from the chipotle a deep caramel malt flavor and kind of a funk to it

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation with a ever so slight bit of heat and a dry finish

Overall: Not a bad little chile beer but not a great one either. The flavor is a bit off to make it a great beer.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at DLD. Two pours altogether!!!

A- Pours a brown color with a amberish highlight. Half finger tan head shows light retention. No real lacing on the sides of the glass but then again I didn't expect much in a plastic cup.

S- Caramel malts in the front with a light toffee undertone. Hints of bitter hops in the middle with a earthy pepper tone. Hints of smoke in the ending. This beer smells like Double Bastard with a hint of smoke and pepper.

T- Starts off with some biscuity malts and light caramel tones. Pepper notes in the front to middle of the beer gives off a little bit of heat but not much else. Little bit of spicey hops mixed up with some hints of biscuity malts. This gets paired up with a nice smokey and peppery finish on the backend. Alcohol doesn't really show up at all in this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Bicuity malts, caramel malts, and light pepper notes are left on the palate. Aftertaste is smoke, heat from pepper, and spicey hops. Flavors were balanced for a beer brewed with peppers. No off flavors although it would be hard to tell with the heat on the backend of this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer is interesting to say the least. The pepper is very strong in the middle to the ending which gives the most flavor overall. The ABV was not at all in the flavor which was a nice surprise. Although, this beer was flavorful I could only have so much of it before I had to call it quits.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer with great red highlights. Big off-white head that left nice sheets, spots, and thick lace on the sides.

S - Big malts, with some bitter notes. Lots of caramel, this really smells almost identical to the regular Double Bastard. Don't really smell any peppers.

T - Wow, can definitely taste the peppers. Regular double bastard taste with a ton of hot pepper taste cutting through the sweetness. Heat really gets you in the back of the throat. Typical bitter Bastard finish on the end makes for nice taste.

M - Big, creamy, moderate carbonation.

O - This beer was a pleasant surprise for something I thought was a horrible idea. Hard to drink tons of due to the big flavors, but I enjoyed my glass.

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Photo of edmonan
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It might have been that I tried this one at Dark Lord Day, but it fell short for me. It is a solid beer, but as far as I could tell the peppers were basically absent. It has a rich, amber translucence, but the head is a bit weak. The aromas are malty and sweet, no pepper that I can make out. The flavor is a good solid "strong ale" but it doesn't do much with the chipotle.

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Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple 10 oz servings at Dark Lord Day, because apparently I thought it was a good idea to pour 20 more ounces of high ABV beer down my gullet while waiting in line to buy imperial stout. But, hell, my notes are legible, and it'd be counterintuitive to disregard a beer review just because it was written while I was under the influence of beer.

Pours purty. Like if they made Fruit Roll-Ups out of figs, only instead of a being a gel-like solid it is thick liquid.

Smells like regular Double Bastard only not as hoppy (this is an American Strong, remember--not a double IPA). Thick malt, thick caramel. Sweet, mostly, offset well by a node of smoky peat and some good hops, but where are the peppers?

Tastes like some good goddamn peppers. Malt is sharp and biscuity, which is followed up by some astringent, medium-heat peppers, moving into spicy hop complexities and ending on bitter, burny smoke. No alcohol zing, just pleasant, mild heat.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a bit hazy amberish brown color with a very thin tan colored head. Head turns into a few bubbles and leaves no lacing.

S- Smell is caramel, toffee, a bit of smoke and a very light pepper at the very end. A bit of tropical hops here as well.

T- Double Bastard is here with a nice little twist of smoke and a bit of heat from the peppers. I didn't really noticed the peppers spice until about the third sip and then I was like nice.

M- Medium in body and light carbonation.

O- A very nice interesting twist on a great beer.

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Photo of Auracom
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5-6 oz. tasting sample at Kelleher's in Peoria in a mini-pint glass. One of the on-tap offerings from the Stone release party on April 5th, 2011.

Pours a medium golden coloring that is a bit transparent. Offwhite, thinner head with virtually no retention but plenty of alc. feet around the ring of the glass.

The aroma isn't very large... primarily malts with a little smokey character. Not really sensing the peppers in any other way here.

Aha, the drink pulls out the the chipotle pepper flavoring much more obviously. The frontend is more smokeyness and chipotle, with the peppery heat and spice coming at the back of the tongue. I'm also getting malts at the front and more bitterness from slight hop addition at the back. It all makes for a very interesting contrast. Longer finish because of the pepper character.

The brew has a medium body with an alright amount of carbonation. It's not particularly smooth but considering the flavor profile I'm not sure exactly what I would deem appropriate from the feel.

I have to commend Stone for not overdoing the peppers. Considering my hesitancy to try this one beforehand, I think it says something when I really didn't mind this unique addition. Drinkability still doesn't seem too high because no matter how well integrated, I just don't think spicyness like this is something I'll ever prefer in my beer.

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Photo of d4114
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at stone winter storm:
Dark amber to brown with off white head. Smells smokey and like chard wood. Tasted less sweet than normal and you really get the smokiness and chard in the flavor. The peppers burn at the back of the drink and I started feeling it in my lips after a few sips. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Stone

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with very little head, but what is there is off-white in color.

S: Smells very smokey. I'm not surprised given that's sort of what makes a chipotle a chipotle. The peppers provide some definite heat, but it's well done and there is still some of the toffee and caramel of the Double Bastard coming through.

T: The flavor is similarly heavy on the smoke with a less pronounced sweetness. There's more of a bready taste with a fairly substantial amount of pepper heat on the back end of the sip.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

D: Compared to Crime and Punishment, this was a pleasure to drink. It added a little something different, that's for certain.

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Double Bastard Ale - Chipotle Peppers from Arrogant Consortia
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 36 ratings