Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Beck's tall mug. Any beer with a name and packaging like this, from this brewery, is worthy of a buy.
Appearance- Pours a deep brown, murky color thatwould impress the snobbiest of beer geeks with a nice fluffy, one finger head that dissipates after several minutes. Excellent lacing, leaves tons of residue all down the glass. Fabulous presentation from what should be a strong beer.
Smell - I could smell the beer as I poured it. A very powerful piney, grapefruity hops odor is the dominant smell, coupled with a bit of malt and a little sweet spice in there, but nothing to really get worked up over. The lowest rated portion of the beer, in my opinion. The hops seem like the may overpower everything.
Taste - A strong malt presence up front quickly retreats to the power of the hops. Although this isn't any kind of IPA, the amount of hoppiness kind of makes you think it could be, but there isn't that fruitiness to it. A little caramel sweetness in the middle of the drink too. Pretty balanced, well done.
Mouthfeel - A little sticky, clings to the palate for a bit, but nothing uncomfortable. Finishes bitter, medium carbonation.
Overall - Unlike Arrogant Bastard, which I thought was spectacular, this beer is a little more pedestrian than that. Granted, it has a much higher ABV and a more aggressive hop profile, but I think that sacrifices the quality to a degree of the original Arrogant Bastard, which was incredible. This is a good beer and I would recommend it, but if it comes down to this or Arrogant, pass me the lower ABV version that is more balanced.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2013 02:26:02 | More by TheCondor
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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