I apologize in advance if this opening thought means I have to sacrifice my man card, but here goes: I’m no fan of beer. If I’m going to drink, then I will gladly drink something that tastes delicious, no matter how pink it is or how many tiny plastic umbrellas come in the glass. Still, in my early attempts to understand why people like beer, I came across a few varieties that I could tolerate, and perhaps even like on some level. One such beer was Arrogant Bastard, a beverage which, ironically enough, is mockingly marketed towards hipsters and “brewshbags,” not schnapps drinkers like myself. Fast forward to this past weekend, when I found myself at World Market (the same store in which I bought the ale in question years ago). While perusing their sauce section, I stumbled upon an enticing bottle amusingly called “Double Bastard.” I knew immediately that it was my old friend, back and better than ever, this time in a form I could truly appreciate.
Water, Double Bastard Ale, Tomato Paste, Vinegar, Honey, Lemon Juice, Evaporated Cane Juice, Salt, Garlic Powder, Crushed Red Peppers, Capsicum, Habanero Pepper Powder, Soybean Oil, Xanthan Gum
The titular ale is the second ingredient in this bottle, and likely sits behind the water only for the sake of the sauce’s consistency. Otherwise, this is definitely a product that truly seeks to feature its namesake. The other part of the name, the habaneros, sit down towards the bottom of the list, but with that capsicum right above them, I’m still anticipating a good burn from this stuff.
Considering that water is the first ingredient, it should come as no surprise that this sauce is a little thin. Its dark hue, though, definitely reminds me of the ale from which this sauce is wrought, and I’m loving that the bottle does contain some pepper seeds (even if they are probably from the crushed reds, not the habaneros).
Smell and Taste:
What could have easily been a strange-smelling sauce actually comes off as surprisingly sweet. The honey plays a strong role, with the garlic and a slight hint of habaneros making up the background. For those of you who can’t stand the smell of beer, there’s really nothing to worry about here, as that odor is completely absent. I am happy to report as well that the taste lines up perfectly with the smell of the sauce; rather than the bitter, hoppy flavor of Arrogant Bastard and similar ales, Double Bastard Sauce is rather smooth and sweet.
Although this sauce won’t burn a hole in your throat, it is pretty hot. It’s at the low end of the Mean rating, but it definitely is not for the faint of heart. Seriously, though, check this one out. Beer-drinkers and sensible people alike should try this sauce, because it is amazing. The sweet honey flavor, combined with the ale and fruity habaneros (not to mention the delicious garlic) makes for one Notable sauce. Even though the company’s beer is one of the few I’ve actually enjoyed, I’m honestly floored by how much I’m liking this sauce.
This is definitely a sauce for your meat. It’s not thick or clingy enough to use as a proper glaze, although you foodies could probably do something about that. Honestly, I just want to pour this on as much as I can, as soon as possible. It’s that good.
Although the ale I tried was Arrogant Bastard, the actual drink in this sauce is Double Bastard, the successor of sorts to Arrogant Bastard, which just hit store shelves last year. I would be willing to try one. Hey, if I don’t like it, I could always just wash it down with this hot sauce.