Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Erish:
4.9/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I poured this 22 oz. bottle into a large wine glass. This is the 2010 release.
A: murky dark amber color, the tan head died down quickly, but the Belgian-esque cap and lacing stay put for the duration.
S: the malt aromas are complex, yielding ripe fruit, burnt sugar, and caramel, with a supporting cast of over-ripe bananas, baking spices, vanilla, nuts, alcohol, and a truly mysterious aroma that can best be described as the essence of the Earth. The more this beer warms, the more olfactory gifts it yields. I have never smelled a beer quite like this before, and was continuously surprised and delighted as I imbibed the heavenly aromas.
T: the malt is at once dry and sweet, revealing astounding depth and complexity: nuts, burnt sugar, toasted caramel, and grain husk, the middle showcases plum, raisin, vanilla, a definite alcoholic bite, and a woodsy/earthy character from the growing hop presence, the finish is amazingly long, with herbal, resinous, and grassy hops providing the coda to this amazing beer.
M: full-bodied, plush velvet texture, and moderate carbonation, the finish is bitingly herbal/bitter, but not harsh.
O: This is easily one of the most interesting and ultimately delicious beers I have ever had. It is not a classically trained DIPA or RIS: this is the proverbial iron-fisted beer in the velvet glove. It challenges you, and if you let it, it will change you for the better.
Serving type: bottle
10-25-2011 02:16:03 | More by Erish
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