Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Perfect for my Peanuts era Welch's mini-jar.
Nice and creamy ecru head, murky orange caramel body. Head could be thicker but for the style it's not bad. Swirls up readily. Label and artwork on the bottle get this an A++.
Smells and feels like a Stone heavy-hitter. Stone hops amidst boozy caramel with notes of roasted malts. The hints of chocolate and coffee add a nice depth to what is a mostly toffee/caramelized-orange-peel concoction. Can't help but wish there was a bit more chocolate. Bit of anise in there too. A lot to ponder over.
Tastes like all of the above. I can't help treating this like a barleywine, though it's supposed to be an Arrogant Bastard hybrid. Either way, this ale would be just fan-fuckin-tastic if it were oaked or -baled to any extent. That Bastardly bitterness comes on late and careful with its spartan hops and bourbony-sweet thickness.
This doesn't quite blow me away as for the style (or "Strong Ale"), but it certainly fills out the Stone lineup nicely. For a single drink I would probably look elsewhere. With a bit of mellowing, again, this could be an exceptionally out-of-this world beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-09-2010 19:39:13 | More by bohemiandonut
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