Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.58/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a mid dark red hinting on some orange and yellow touches. Bubbles hang to the double bastard glass with a tall nice half finger head (poured into a double bastard glass which doesn't hold much so this is GOOD amounts of head). Not any lacing other than the white fuzz hanging to the sides of the glass. There are some big alcohol legs here and well given the bastardliness of this one (10.5%) the lack of head retention is almost a given.
There is a nice citrus grapefruit opening where the hops really shine through. The back is the sweet caramel and sugary fruit malt back. Not a huge nose and alcohol comes through some, but I like what's here. This isn't "double" the bastard if you will.
First impression, the hops do not lead the flavor which is odd. The first taste is intense sweetness from caramel, toffee, and fruits. This wonderful sweetness is followed by a bite from the hops and then it goes back to sweetness before finishing with intense bitter and citrus hops. The alcohol has the final say here...this one is hot just accept it with the name! I've always felt like double bastard didn't feel "double" but I think my issue is really more with the malt here is stronger than the hops. This years beer is imo more balanced towards the malt than in the past, but fresh I normally just have it on tap. Anyway, the beer is malt forward with an insane amount of hops that still just barely are able to take over for a brief time. There's a good bit of spice and heat here to really clean up the sweetness.
A beer this big is hard to really qualify on mouth feel. It is HOT. It is BIG. It isn't well carbonated. It is what you'd expect for the "style" and the brewer though.
There are a lot of reasons to dislike this beer. It is too bitter, too hot, too sweet, and I say you're just not worthy! Yes, as a beer critic this beer has some very real flaws. It could be better, but damn it, I love the bastardly ways of Stone. This beer is for this beer lover a complete joy from start to finish. This isn't for the beer drinker who wants balance, subtly, drink ability, or anything like those. This was made for the guys who want a beer to beat them over the head, have more flavors than they can dream of, and that can do it for a VERY reasonable price!
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2011 02:20:05 | More by bobhits
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