Arrogant Double Bastard Ale - Red Wine Barrel

RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2014
On tap at The Pour House.
Appearance: Amber hued body with pink tinges. Short light tan head.
Aroma: Mildly sweet caramel with hints of tannins, strong grapefruit and a sort of musky aroma of an aged American barleywine.
Taste: Moderately bitter grapefruit with brown sugar and dry red wine hints.
Palate: Full bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: This drinks like an aged American Barleywine with no real barrel or wine presence. I guess there’s a reason this was on tap 3 days after the take-over.

ACHops (1693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
On tap @ Beer Junction during Barrel Junction. Pours cloudy reddish dark amber with thin lacy white head. Aroma is big cedar-y wood and much lighter sweet caramel malt. Taste is thick, heavy sweet caramel malt, big punchy hops to balance out all that sweetness, and dark vinous undertones. Dry, oaky flavor throughout, particularly on the finish. The sweet boozy flavor and dry barrel notes make this is a unique beer. Doesn’t have the pure heavy strong ale flavor of straight Double Bastard. It must have taken some significant barrel time for a beer this strong to pick up red wine flavors - most wine barrel-aged beers are super thin and mild. Well done here.

luttonm (6979) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Draft at The Beer Junction in West Seattle. Dark woody light brown, but bright, lacy brown head. Sweet mead aroma, woody. Absolutely fresh oak barrel room. This smells like a nice brewery or especially a vineyard: terrific. Creamy alcohol. Huge wood funk. Very nice beer, highlight of the day.

wchesser (2163) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Tap at Fire on the Mountain, Denver. Deep slightly cloudy amber. Nose is like juniper burning, pine, some red fruit, touch of oak. Taste is highly bitter astringent chemically pine solvent, lots of malt but not much else. Interesting but bitterness just blows everything else out. Split a 12 oz pour and still didn’t finish my half. Maybe cause I tried this after a Supplication?

PhillyCraft (8201) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2014
On tap at the pour house for their Stone event. Poured murky reddish brown with small head. Aromas is wet oak, red vino, yeast, and hops. Flavor is muted funk with a lot of wet wood and dust. A little bit of ash and leather too. I’ll never understand why Stone doesn’t put tier name in front of this series. Fcking annoying as far as looking shit up. Light or even thin bodied for a B.A version of the bastard. Alcohol was smooth. Average at best.

Tmoney99 (15130) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Draft. Poured a hazy brown color with an average frothy tan head that lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted caramel malt, dark tannic fruit and alcohol aroma. Heavy sweet toasted malt, dark fruit flavor with a heavy tannic sweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This should be a top 50 standout beer.

DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
10oz snifter on tap at Lackman. $9. 2012 vintage. Hazy dark red kind of brownish color. Thin off white head, leaves great thicker lace. Nice webs and splotches. As good looking as this could be, probably. Very nice fruity, lightly tropical hop aroma, maybe more so than Fresh double Bastard. Wine barrel seems to bring out tons of good red grape and wood tannic aroma that really helps to smooth the whole thing out, very mellow and easy drinking. I’m always shocked how smooth Fresh double Bastard is, and yet this is even smoother. Bigger body. Super smooth lighter carbonation. Kind of a creamy, full body. Lightly dry texture in the finish, though slightly slick through the crest. Fantastically complex and easy to sip, so tasty. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet, light alcohol warmth. Amazing how good this is. One of the most impressive stone offerings I’ve had in a long time, probably since bourbon barrel IRS . Red wine barrel has worked wonders here. Still a very nice amount of hoppy bitterness still very much alive here, and an enhanced tropical fruity yet lightly vinous hop aroma is probably why I liked this so much, combined with a perfect texture and appearance. Fucking good stuff, so glad I dropped by Lackman on my way home just in case.... It ended up paying off handsomely.

arminjewell (9729) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Pour on tap at Hops and Pie, hazy reddish brown pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruits, plum, hints of grape into some wine, oaky notes, nice sweet vanilla, hints of spice. Taste is a mix of earth, spice, some nice red wine, oak, slight grape hinto some dark fruits, lots of caramel, toffee, finishing slightly sweet, dry.

BuckeyeBoy (8861) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2013
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a cloudy copper topped with a tan head. aroma is fruit wine notes malt and some hop notes. Taste is more of the wine barrel lots of oak grgrapefruit bitterness and some rich malts.

brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
On tap @ Barrelhouse 101. Copper pour with an off-white head. Fairly resinous, piney aroma. Some red fruits, wine, and oak. Sweet caramel, some grapefruit, and light alcohol. Flavor is fairly sweet with a light bitterness. Oak, wine, pine, and grapefruit. Some wine, red fruit, and caramel malts. A touch of brown sugar and a mild tartness of grape.

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