Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Left-over bottles from Christmas. Poured into a regular glass, and served at room temperature.
Appearance: Pours a deep red-orange with a creamy almond colored head. Held up to the light, the beer shines a brilliant red, and is somewhat translucent. The head dissipates a little, leaving behind strong lacing which does not go away. The color and appearance makes a strong impression, showing the drinker that this is not an average beer.
Smell: The smell is strong. There is a mixture of malts, alcohol, and a very faint hint of citrus. I would say that the alcohol aroma dominates. Since the ABV is high, this does not surprise me. There is also a smoky scent that is detected upon a subsequent sniff, followed by of all things a pineapple. As I would find out with the taste, the smell gets better after getting through what I call the "strong alcohol layer."
Taste: As the smell hints, the taste is strong, and the alcohol is detectable. This beer is far more aggressive than a regular arrogant bastard. I detect malty sweetness, which is creamy. There are some hints of fruit as well. The bitter character dominates initially. The beer gets smoother as I get farther down the glass, and as the temperature gets warmer. It's strange. This beer started really heavy when it came to the alcohol taste, but halfway through, it mellowed out a lot and was replaced with a quality flavor. Now that 'm down to the last third, it's smooth as smooth can be. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. I like that it affords a complexity, but that initial taste was off-putting, and nearly caused me to give this beer a mediocre taste rating.
Mouthfeel: Thick, but smooth. The mouthfeel itself is quite nice, and what I've come to expect from Stone Brewery. My tongue is caressed, and it flows over my palette. Quite enjoyable.
Drinkability: Once you get past the strong alcohol layer (first third of glass or so), these are deceptive when it comes to their potency. They are quite drinkable, despite their strong flavor and full body. I do recommend drinking them in warmer temperatures, as them being cold only obscures the complexity and enhances the alcohol.
Overall, I think I enjoy a standard arrogant bastard a little more, simply because I never had that strong alcohol layer to deal with. If Stone could find a way to get rid of that effect (it was present in just about every bottle within my case), then this would trump the standard bastard. I bet these are great when coming out of a draft handle. Recommended, although I'd have a regular arrogant bastard first for comparison.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2007 01:56:20 | More by Romulus141
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