Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 4,907 | Reviews: 1,957 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Tupperwolf:
4.03/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours out a viscous dark reddish brown that reveals a clearish ruby cast when held up to the light; Thick tan head two fingers thick in my tulip fades to a tightly bubbled ring and an island of tan bubbles surrounded by the thinnest scum of a head. Thin but persistent curls of lacing are left behind.
I've been waiting to sample this one for a long time, but really haven't been sure what to expect other than 'one lacerative mother of a beer'...
The nose surprises me at once, very sweet and fruity and light; I expected evil hop resin scents to reach out and beat me up a bit. Lots of honeyish notes, biscuit, and if you really get your nose in there, rising swirls of rummy alcohol.
Wow, very smooth on the palate! Lots of alcohol, but it's presented well - it's made into a centerpoint of the beer, and the warmth and flavor of it burn a trail all the way down. Surrounding that tight, rummy love are surprisingly smooth flavors - a little honey, some more wheat and oat notes, and a lot of tart fruity esters. Lots of esters. (I love sounding like I know what I'm talking about) Mostly, lots of alcohol. This is like drinking tasty spirits.
Pretty slick, light carbonation, which is proper; Medium-full body, clean finish except for the lingering caramel burn of alcohol.
For what this beer is, it's nice and drinkable... At least in the sense that drinking one is great fun. (And the one I drank was about 8oz). More than that would put you on your ass. Enjoy!
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2006 02:50:08 | More by Tupperwolf
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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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