Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.63/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
First I pulled this out of the fridge and let it really warm. This I served it in my large snifter glass and just melted with delight when I discovered it *IS* as good as they say. It is intense... Too much well, it is a fine line but this one certainly pushes the bar.
Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with ruby hues running through and small tan head. The head is unique in that while pouring it seemed there was going to be little or no head but I slowed the pour and finished the beer seemed to gain the energy to force a creamy head in my snifter glass and then faded to just a halo. Every tilt of the glass left loads of lacing behind.
Smell: When I popped the cap the first thing that came to my mind was Belgian Strong Dark Ale as the wave of darks fruits and toasted caramel malts took me by surprise. After the pour the aroma seems dominated by a solid wood and rum aroma. Suggestions or leather and leafy dry tobacco, burnt plums, green raisins, cherries, brown sugar, caramel candy and boozy aromas of rum all fill the nose and nearly sent me into a tizzy. Finally as the beer warmed there even seemed to be a splash of citrus like some fresh squeezed orange juice in the nose. Absolutely brilliant!
Taste: As I started into this beer I thought "Oh this is going to be too much." The alcohol and the citrus hop oils seemed a bit intense. Quickly though my palate adjusted. Maybe a few taste buds died or maybe I just need to warm to it for a minute (the alcohol will do that) because before you know it I was going to town at it and realized I'd better slow it down if I was going to remain conscious enough to write about it.
It starts sweet and yet loaded with hops. The pine hop flavor is bold but it does not obliterate the rest of the complex flavors of the brew. It does take some discipline to look past the bold bitey hops & alcohol and notice the roasted caramelized malts, the wood and fruit flavors underneath. Back to the obvious... This beer smacks you with one hand loaded with pine and citrus hops and then while still stunned by the first slap it slaps you again with a alcohol sting in the finish. I swear though, DAB will make masochists out of us all because I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed the abuse.
Mouthfeel: I think the intensity of the beer completely numbed my mouth. It kept ending up in my stomach before I could figure out what it was like in the mouth. RICH! Rich in everything. Flavor and hop tingle and alcohol prickly and carbonation fizzyies and everything that makes a beer pleasant on the palate this beer had it double.
Drinkability; As much as I tried to sip it, the damn thing tastes too terrific. As much as I should slow down the damn thing kicked my ass. So... my only complaint is ... it's now time for bed =)
Hope this is helpful.
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2006 08:20:36 | More by Phatz
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