Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.6/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Presentation: ~10oz. from draught in a tulip glass at The Blind Tiger’s Stone 12 event. 2001Vintage (1 of 6 kegs left). Served a bit cold. Cost: $5. (Also enjoyed: 2002 Vintage in a 22oz. bomber. $4.99 via mail order).
Appearance: A beer that shows very nicely in the glass, and probably even lovelier in a Shaker glass. A dark auburn color maybe a half-shade darker than the Arrogant Bastard, capped with a medium-thick ½” of foam, which resolved gradually to an opaque film.
Smell: Possesses a rich, lovely aroma composed of many elements: malt, fruit, hops, wood, and loam; buoyed by a firm hand of alcohol.
Taste: I was surprised that my first sensation was of sweetness, not bitter hops. However, this maltiness was quickly leavened by the complexity provided by components of citrus, wood, hops, and herbaceous spiciness. This is the rare beer that manages a great balance between a hoppiness and maltiness. Does finish “hot,” but not unpleasantly so. I would expect bottled DB to improve for some time.
Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy and viscous mouthfeel, without being syrupy or cloying. Really excels on draught, while the bottle is a bit thinner, coarser and more carbonated.
Drinkability: Eminently drinkable for such a strong, richly flavored beer. I had little trouble enjoying a full 22oz. bomber.
In British literature, a character may be described as “a man of parts.” No, this is not an obscene reference. It means someone who is good-looking, well-educated, and accomplished. In more cliched terms, a “Renaissance man.” Well, after all of that, Double Bastard is the beer equivalent. It looks like beer should look, it smells good, tastes good, and will knock you on your ass if you’re not respectful. For such a potent potable, this ale is well-balanced and delightful to drink (especially on draught). Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of making this beer’s acquaintance.
Bottom Line: The Jack Aubrey of beers; big, boisterous, but ultimately well-mannered, accomplished, and with a heart of gold.
NB: The aged, draught version rated here was 2 or 3 tenths better overall than the bottle.
Serving type: on-tap
05-08-2003 12:10:58 | More by Dantes
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