Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Translucent maroon/mahogany hue with a soapy off-white one finger head.
Aroma: Lots of malt. Great caramel aroma with a candied pineapple smell from the hops.
Taste: Not recklessly bitter like I was expecting but still a tongue stinger. The malt bill sticks to the usual caramel and crystal strains you get in the regular Arrogant Bastard but is a little more syrupy here. The hop presence is not as flavorful as I expected. Piny just a hint of citrus and the rest is devoted to pure bitterness. Most of it seems to hit your palate on the back end and in the aftertaste. Lovely dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Just about full bodied with average drinkability. Not quite the robust palate engulfing experience I anticipated.
Final Thoughts: High expectations have led to a somewhat disheartened, yet satisfying experience. I think I actually like the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale more than this one but it is still a very good beer that I like to think I'm 'worthy of'. Would I drink it again? Yes, I will probably pick up next year's release.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2012 05:54:24 | More by JamesMN
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