Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Preparation I popped an Arrogant Bastard for comparison purposes and thought it might be interesting to do the review in this manner. Not only is this my 400th review, but its also my 39th birthday. Cheers!
Appearance This came out a beautiful brown, lighter than the Arrogant Bastard but with a bigger head. I knew after a few minutes that it was not going down for a while, so I left it for five minutes or so.
Smell The sharp, complex hops come out slowly and very tight. I left it again to warm a bit and came back to a smack on the olfactory bulb. The toasted malt balance is there as well, but this is all about the awesome Stone hops.
Taste This has a little bit more malt balance than the Arrogant Bastard. Otherwise, it is surprisingly similar. It seems a bit more refined, though. The extraordinary complexity of the hops is astounding. Every type you can think of sends a delegate to this gathering of electives.
The malts have to be huge just to get noticed, and they are. Theres actually some sweetness to this one, mostly caramel and table sugar.
Mouthfeel Full-bodied and bitter, but with a touch of offsetting caramel on the cheeks. This ale is smooth, smooth, smooth. Not a hint of alcohol that I could pick up. Unbelievable!
Drinkability What makes the Arrogant Bastard a shade from perfect, IMHO, is the lack of refinement and harmony of flavors (which could probably be relegated with a little cellaring). The DB has it all, and IMO can not be improved.
Update The 2005s just came out (11/10/05) so I culled one out of the cellar box before tucking it away. Its tight and not opened up yet, but man the hops are raging and the malts are in full effect. I put my 04s away for two years but I think this vintage will be best after just 1 year in the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2003 02:33:06 | More by RoyalT
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