Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I've had this bad boy fresh and love it as such (easily 4.50/5.00). However, I wanted to see how one would age and thus I am reviewing the 2011 edition.
Pours a dark, burnt amber color with a two finger off-white head. Soft ruby highlights. It's a very pretty color and extremely attractive in a snifter.
The nose opens up with a touch of sherry. At first, this concerned me that oxidization set in and ruined what was once a fine ale. However, my concern was quelled. While it does have a slight sherry presence, there is still hops pulling through, and the malt stands on its own.
Dark fruits and piney, citrus hops play lead. The hops are still capable of crushing your palate a bit, but in a svelte way. Smooth and lacks the hotness that is present when it is fresh. For this reason, I'd say the aged version is slightly easier to drink so long as you are willing to forgo the deep, fresh hop flavor. However, by doing so, its power is yielded a bit.
Depending on your poison, you can drink this young to get the full hop bomb effect or age it for a while and watch it transform into something akin to a barleywine. Excellent either way. Great with blue cheese, honey, and crackers. A great sipper.
Serving type: bottle
09-26-2013 22:20:06 | More by Zraly
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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