Region: California and/ or Virginia
Brewery: Arrogant Brewing
Beer: Double Bastard in the Rye
Style: Bourbon barrel aged ale
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 13.5%
The Barrel Cellar Score: 5 Points
Review Date: February 2019
Availability: Special release
Brewer notes: This beer is a close relative of southern charred: Double Bastard Ale’s bourbon barrel bolstered incarnation. This one is just as mind blowing and intense, yet with elevated spice and vanilla character from the barrels. Rye whiskey melds mid-palate with Double Bastard Ale’s colossal hop and malt presence, adding dimension to the beer’s already deep, caramel like flavors.
Assessment: Arrogant Brewing took their Double Bastard Ale and aged it in Templeton Rye barrels. The color of this ale is caramel with a rusted orange tint. Its nose has caramel as well. This ale has a strong caramel flavor, hints of orange zest, and rye.
With caramel notes in its sight, smell, and taste, as well as a thick body consistent with many barrel aged beers, I was surprised at the lack of sweetness this ale holds. Everything about this beer points to having a sweet side, but in this case looks are deceiving. The lack of sweetness points how well balanced this beer is. It’s a pleasure to drink. There are still bottles of this floating around. Take advantage!
Arrogant Brewing’s Double Bastard in the Rye is a truly memorable beer (that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t age a few for purposes of reminiscing). 5 points
Special Thanks: My friend Kevin O’Neill left this for me to drink and review last weekend. Thanks Kevin. I might have to refer to you as my special friend from now on.