Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 4,894 | Reviews: 1,957 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by JohnL9013:
4.75/5 rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I cannot believe this beer exists. The Arrogant Bastard ale was almost a little harsh for my tastes and I expected worse with this beer but was just completely dumbfounded when I discovered that it's not only stronger in flavor, but utterly, ridiculously smooth.
A: The beer pours a deep mahogany color that glows slightly if you hold it up to the light. The bubbles dance around and reveal more colors and nuances before reaching the surface...this beer is truly "alive" like a Guinness (but with flavor). Big 1" sticky head with tons of lacing. This is the only 5 I've ever given for appearance.
S: As I started to type an e-mail after pouring this beer, the smell started to drive me nuts. It smells like caramel with hops in the background.
T: This beer has some of the finest malt I've ever tasted in a beer, and balanced so perfectly with bittering hops that it's just insane. A barrage of flavors hit your palate... caramel, molasses, coffee, hops, and a whole lot of other stuff I can't even describe. It's very complex, very delicious, and gets better as the beer warms up. This brew is truly "exceptional", make no mistake.
M: A microfraction over on the carbonation is my only complaint, otherwise you can roll this beer around in your mouth and enjoy it as long as you want.
D: This is the most drinkable >10% beer I've ever had, bar none. I don't think anything could possibly be more drinkable than this and have this much flavor.
Stone has truly outdone themselves with this beer. This is an exception to the rule, but it OUGHT to be the rule!
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2009 04:07:31 | More by JohnL9013
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4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Dated 9/16/13
A - Dark amber with 1 finger eggshell head. Fair retention and no lacing.
S - Earthy hops, brown sugar, toffee, burnt caramel, and dark fruit. Scent is reminiscent of a barelywine.
T - Even at 6 months the hops are still very present. Earthy with citrus notes, they give off a bitterness. The malts come in with many different flavors of brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, and a little dark fruit. The finish has a nice bitterness to it.
M - Medium body with decent carbonation. Quite smooth with a barleywine like feel.
O - Big and bold this one can be drank fresh with huge hop notes or aged to make it more mellow and sweet.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 19:22:37 | More by Ri0
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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