Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BeerPhan86:
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I've long been a fan of Arrogant Bastard ale, especially the oaked version. I first tried Double Bastard a couple years ago, and to be honest I don't really remember much about it. Found a bomber recently and decided to give it another whirl!
A - Very hazy orange and red, similar to fresh apple cider. A one finger tan head tops it off but dissipates quickly, yet leaves very sticky lacing.
S - Piney hops and fresh apples. Seems to be an apple theme here perhaps? Hints of oak and bready malt come to life after the initial hop blast.
T - The taste of this ale is very complex. Initially, a blast of sweet caramel and malt is present, giving way to a dry earthy hop blast. The finish again returns to caramel and malt flavors with a good amount of woody oak flavor. There is a lingering flavor of honey and citrus hops. Definitely more notes of apple in the aftertaste as well. Taking a fresh breath of air after each sip is wonderful, as there is a noticeable taste of crisp apples, piney hops, and caramel left in your mouth. The beer turns more hoppy as it warms. I'm very glad that the alcohol is so well hidden but that may also be due to the somewhat overly sweet aspect of the beer. Still, there are so many flavors here to ponder and enjoy that make it simply a delight to drink.
M - Chewy and somewhat heavy, but not overly carbonated. Slick and oily on the lips.
D - Much more sweet than I was expecting and definitely a strong strong ale. At 11.2%, I doubt anyone would consider this a session beer.
Overall I was pretty blown away by this. I was expecting something more along the lines of an Imperial IPA but this is definitely not that. Very complex, sweet brew with a hoppy undertone. I might as well move on to PBR after this next glass because my palate is destroyed! Another great beer from the folks at Stone.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2011 01:17:20 | More by BeerPhan86
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4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Dated 9/16/13
A - Dark amber with 1 finger eggshell head. Fair retention and no lacing.
S - Earthy hops, brown sugar, toffee, burnt caramel, and dark fruit. Scent is reminiscent of a barelywine.
T - Even at 6 months the hops are still very present. Earthy with citrus notes, they give off a bitterness. The malts come in with many different flavors of brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, and a little dark fruit. The finish has a nice bitterness to it.
M - Medium body with decent carbonation. Quite smooth with a barleywine like feel.
O - Big and bold this one can be drank fresh with huge hop notes or aged to make it more mellow and sweet.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 19:22:37 | More by Ri0
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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