Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.58/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Double Bastard, when one Bastard isn't enough.
Poured beautifully into my Sam Adams Glass. Sorry Stone, love your beers, lack your glass wear.
Amber body, with ruby highlights. Just a small amount of thin semi sticky lace.
Being a big fan of both Arrogant Bastard and Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I have to say this is a whole other beast.
The first thing, is the amount of complexity. It's unreal, how the flavors meld in and out with each other creating something beautiful. For 11.20% there is absolutely no alcohol present in both the nose and the palate. Very remarkable.
Aroma is very malt forward. Just deep, earthy malts. Some sweet vinous notes in the background, along with tobacco, leather, and fresh pine needles.
Taste is something to behold, and changes with each sip. Becomes more and more complex as the beer warms. Upfront sweet and malty, a barrage of pure unadulterated American Strong Ale. This is some SUBSTANTIAL malt presence. That is why it's in it's own category. This makes Barleywines look tame. Huge malt backbone - earthy, rich, caramel, chocolate, toffee, coffee - with that viscosity of syrup. Very aggressive. Then you add in the next huge factor. The oh so delicious hop balance. Holy hell, I bet it took a lot of attempts to get the hopping right on this one. It had to be unreal. But somehow, it manages the perfect equilibrium between both worlds. The resinous pine needle assertive hops really bring this one to a whole nother level.
I should smack myself for waiting this long to try Double Bastard. After this it makes Arrogant Bastard seem like a BMC offering. Holy shit, this is one amazing beer...
I have to say this is by far one of the better beers I've had in quite a while and has to be near the top of Stones offerings. I may never buy another Arrogant Bastard again. This is on a whole other level.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2011 01:20:38 | More by HoustonTX
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