Arrogant Double Bastard Ale - Whiskey Barrel

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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 378   ABV: 12.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Older versions 11.5%.
Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (6862) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 1, 2017
Bottle at One Pint Pub, Helsinki (as Southern Charred). Vintage 2015. Colour is clear dark ruby with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Some whiskey, dry fruits, some sweetness and malts. Pretty simple but drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (4597) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle, as Southern Charred. Combining 2014/2016 ratings. Somewhat hazy amber in color with minimal head. Aroma is a bit of a muddled mess, caramel, toffee, roast, bourbon, nuts. Very sweet, syrupy flavor. Caramel, bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Full bodied and syrupy. Not as good as expected.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9999) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2017
50 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Konttori.
Pours clear copper color with a small head. Aroma is nice bourbon vanilla with sweet caramel and ripe fruits. Flavor is ripe apricot and caramel, wood, subtle bourbon, toffee and strong bitterness. A bit harsh raw overall, alcohol comes through too much, could improve with a few cellaring years. Somewhat disappointing.
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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (11435) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2017
500 ml bottle as Southern Charred. At the Konttori, Tampere, Finland. Clear amber color with a small light tan head. Bourbon, sweetness, alcohol and some hops in the aroma. The flavor is Bourbon, sweetness, sugar, some hops and alcohol. Boozy and one-dimensional. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobaink2 (640) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2017
2015 bottle. Notes of heavy caramel and nutty flavor . Ever so slight vanilla and barrel flavors. This version has quite a bit more whisky flavors that other arrogant bastard incarnations. Quite nice as it warms.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
oobawa (1192) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2017
Too big a bastard for me, I guess. Double Bastards a hoss to begin with, and Charred is like DB on steroids. So much massive malt heaviness...oof. Thick as syrup, gooey, chunky, chewy, bad on the eyes but better on the nose, boozy and foreboding. Starts sweet, stays sweet: brown sugar, toffee bars, molasses, pancake syrup, maybe a little white chocolate and pepper, then blasts you with oak and hops, only to have the hops drop off and the oak go fucking nuts. Finish is bittersweet and clingy, whiskey heat waving a flare through the malty sea. (Bad metaphor, I know. Im tired.) Fades with more oak than a furniture store. Too rich for my wimpy blood.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hman43 (1483) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2017
It pours dark brown with a bit of cloudiness. It has a brown head.It has aromas of dried cherries, plums, some caramel, herbal elements, floral, whiskey, and alcohol. The flavors are highlighted by whiskey, wood, plums, cherries, spices, dried cherries, and alcohol. There is a low amount of carbonation with a smooth, alcohol warming to is. Overall, this is a very complex beer with a wonderful combination of ingredients and whiskey flavor without the harshness that normally comes with it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarinEvelyn (854) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2017
Very complex aroma. Hard to start describing. Sweet and a little sour. Taste is also complex - rich, creamy, bourbon, vanilla, etc.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Booga (114) - Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Really solid take on the great double Bastard. Poured to snifter. Amber color with thin head. Aroma of bourbon. Bourbon flavor makes this noticeably more boozy. Intense bitter finish. This ones a sipper.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darwenus (1095) - Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2017
My bottle was billed as 2016 Southern Charred, Double Bastard Aged in Whiskey Barrels. The label says it is 12.6% ABV. I didnt think the Templeton Rye Barrel Aged version of Double Bastard was particularly better than regulation Double Bastard. But this... this is really something noteworthy. This beer looks like Double Bastard on the pour, its dark caramel brown with little head. The aroma is just gorgeous. It smells like Double Bastard, but has huge, warm, buttery bourbon character. Vanilla, spice, rich and woody and strong. The flavor is bigger and bolder still. Its complex and rich and absolutely delicious. Nutty, toasted, sweet and strong, with burnt sugar and earthy, ochre notes. The finish is spacious and warm, and the big blast of the ABV hits the nose like a ghost train. This is a beer to save for special occasions, or to make any occasion special.


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