Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.78/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: careful pour produces about a 1 inch tan head that dissipates slowly. Lacing is spotty and temporary. The beer is an opaque, dark auburn.
Smell: Strong scent of sweet candy malt and alcohol. Smell is reminiscent of many American barley wines I've had (it tastes like an amped up barley wine too). It's very inviting and adds to the taste.
Taste: Extreme malty sweetness. The taste is a hit of sugar that gets reined in by a nice hop bitterness and strong alcohol warmth, with interesting and numerous candy and fruit notes throughout. As you get deeper into the bottle, the flavor never dulls, but rather expands and diversifies. Finish is mildly bready and warm. Amazing balance. For most of the bottle, the dominant flavor is sweet malt and caramel, with chocolate notes emerging as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, with subtle carbonation and a lot of alcohol warmth. Beautiful. While the beer is somewhat syrupy and chewy, it's still alternately smooth and punchy. A lot going on, but none of it unpleasant.
Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for a noticeably 10.5% ABV brew. You'd have to be quite a tank to drink too much of this beer, but nothing about the experience of drinking it says "stop."
This beer flies close to the sun. It exemplifies the Stone ideal of extreme, idiosyncratic perfection. It's Arrogant Bastard on overdrive, with every aspect dangerously turned up, yet completely balanced. Some beers achieve a subtle harmony of malt, hops, and spice... this one matches the balance of such beers, while sloughing off any semblance of restraint. It may not be for everyone, but if you like these flavors and this style, Double Bastard is a perfect beer. Myself, I could drink this every day.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2009 05:55:10 | More by Pahn
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