Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This brew pours a deep red orange, with a one and a half finger yellow tinged head which retains for a bit. It is hazy, with waves of fine particulates swirling about. Carbonation is low, from a visual standpoint, and minimal lacing appears. The aroma is quite bold, with salty malts, strawberries and raspberries, and caramely diacetyls. The hops used appear citric and piney. As we sip, hops overpower the caramel and malts off the bat. This extreme hop bitterness mellows out through the middle, where malts and sweetness take center stage. Here the sweetness is not of berry fruit, but rather of a sugary and apple type origin. This, however, does not last long, as citric hops come crashing down in the finish to rejuvenate the palate with hoppy bitterness, while the alcohol finally rumbles forth to the taste buds. The finish is also a bit salty, towards the backmost part of the mouth. The aftertaste is more of those fresh hops, with a bit of grapefruit. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is on the higher end, as it leaves a tingly feeling on the lips. The mouth is neither dry nor coated, but is left satiated. The abv is certainly getting up there and, while generally absent from the nose, warms the drinker more and more after each sip. This makes for medium drinkability.
Overall, what we found to be best about this brew was the fruitiness in the nose, as well as the boldness of the flavoring. The aroma was probably the most surprising thing about this experience, as we detected unexpected fruits and dark roasty caramel. The taste was also a bit of a nice surprise, as it was a bit of a departure from the aroma. The best description we could come up with was that this beer is the lovechild of a hefty doppelbock and a double IPA, giving us a tasty treat and quite a lot to think about.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2010 03:42:17 | More by TheBrewo
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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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