Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.83/5 rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2011 vintage poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass aggressively.
Been waiting to try this one for a while. It's certainly intimidating after examining the bottle, with the dualing big ugly satanic demon signature Stone logos and insanely well crafted and humorous (but true) text on the back.
A: This one was a lot darker than expected. Very dark amber, bordering on crimson. Hold it up to the light and it almost seems to get darker, defying all logic. Very tiny carbonation bubbles, almost none visible. Three fingers of head with large bubbles, disappears almost completely after a minute, but leaves a nice sticky lace on the glass. This one likes to taunt you. Looks wickedly amazing, little head retention is the only fault I can find in the appearance. This is a gorgeous beer.
S: Smells fruity and hoppy. Very curious nose. Pineapple and/or banana and pine stand out the most. Has a sweet smell. In the words of Jack Black: "Sweet sassy molassy". The nose will surprise you on this one. It's not too light, not too pungent. It's perfect. The nose will leave you curious and anxious for a taste. 5/5 perfect.
T: Umm... hard to put this one into words. Every sip takes you on a journey of wild twists and turns. Starts mild with a slight bitter hopiness, then transforms into sweet pineapple, pear, banana, dark fruits, molasses and caramel, with just a perfect hint of smoky roasted malts, that will kick in from nowhere so hard you'll feel it rise through your nasal passages. It finishes on the dry side with the light bitter hops coming back through, but the tropical fruit flavors linger. I don't know how they pulled this off, but it's amazing. I really can't detect the alcohol in this, despite it being 10.5%. Huge kudos. 5/5
M: Chewy, bready, full bodied. I don't pick up on the syrupy feel that others have mentioned, but it is a bit on the thicker side, I wouldn't say syrupy though. Very little carbonation, but just enough to be nearly perfect for its style. I think a TOUCH more carbonation could have benefited it though, but just a touch. Despite what another reviewer said about it being overly carbonated, my bottle had very little, almost too little.
O: This beer lives up to the hype. If you've ever wanted to try it, go for it. If you've been reluctant, don't be. This beer will take your senses on a wild and wonderful ride. Drink the whole 22oz. bottle - it's easy to do because it's so damn smooth and interesting, but it'll give you a nice slap on the ass with it's 10.5% ABV :D
I'm still looking for that perfect 5/5 beer, but this one almost got it. It was so close. Probably the best beer I've ever had, although I was still unfortunately able to find some very very small flaws. This is dangerously close to overall perfect. This almost made me give up that perfect 5/5 review on my 8th beer review.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2012 01:03:41 | More by Clowerweb
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