Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
So far, I've been wowed by Arrogant Bastard and disappointed by Ruination. Time to try the big bad Double Bastard.
Served in a pint glass, poured from a 22 oz. bomber.
A - An almost opaque dark amber with a big, tan pillow of foam that sticks around forever and leaves lots of lacing.
S - Malty sweet, short but sharp alcohol bite on the nose. Toffee, pine, caramel, grapefruit, and so much more assault the sinuses. I take points off for lack of intensity. Gets very fruity on the nose when it warms up.
T - A substantial deal more bitter than regular Arrogant Bastard. Lots of big malt/sugary sweetness once again intermingling with strong hop/coffee-like bitterness. It's unrelenting, all over the place, and in your face, but I can totally respect that. Sweetness really comes through and the bitterness mellows when it warms up, rewarding my persistent palate with lots of sugary love.
M - Excellent level of carbonation gives some lightness of body to this thick, heavy brew.
D - Negligible alcohol burn and great flavor countered by a powerful ABV and lots of bitterness. Still very drinkable, but will tide you over for the whole day if you decide to have a whole bomber by yourself.
Overall - I can't really tell if I like this better than AB or not. Both are uncompromising powerhouses of flavor and dangerously drinkable. As the bottle clearly says, it's not for the faint of heart. It might not even be for the fairly stout of heart, as I'm learning right now. I'll defeat this one like I did the others, but this one put up one hell of a fight.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2009 20:50:21 | More by DannyS
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