Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.88/5 rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
From the 2001 batch ... 750ml bomber = loads of brain rot and trouble.
Deep copper in colour with a magnificent and healthy looking off-white creamy head -- sticky and retains well.
Aroma ... pineapple, intense alcohol, loads of robust maltiness and pine-y hops in the nose.
Taste is so incredibly smooth that I might cry. Full-bodied, rich, robust, sugary/syrupy/sticky (carbonation seems suspended in the liquor) and extremely sweet. Flavours run all over the place: caramel, burnt sugar, chocolate, mega-fruity, pineapple, deep penetrating alcohol, pine-y earth/wood bitterness with an oily hop feel on the palate. Finish goes a touch dry with bready flavours and unsweetened chocolate notes.
Holy christ on a crutch!! Can you form a religion around a beer? This beer is everyting the name suggests, and then some. Extremely drinakble for a 10% beer, even more so as it warms up, and very warming. Treat this beer with respect and enjoy. -- thanks to Greg Koch for the sample, and for making this.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2002 09:46:21 | More by Todd
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a white and red silk screened label, mirror image if the gargoyle is creepy. Short essay about the meaning of life and why you are probably no worthy to drink this beer yet is on the back. No freshness dates though I am sure with its strength it does not worry about petty freshness dates. I am a little worried about going further I must trek on.
Appearance: Deep and dark reddish mahogany brew with a thick light tan lace, this is a devils brew devious in colour and taunts you to drink it. Even the bright clarity coerces you to drink it yet tells you to be fearful.
Smell: Citric and piney, caramel and spicy alcohol. Very aromatic, chocolate covered cherries laced with brandy is quickly suggested, higher alcohols will intimidate the nostrils. Almost vodka like in the fusel alcohols.
Taste: Exquisitely smooth right off the bat, its a well place carbonation its placed out of the way but still hangs around to hold up the full body of malt and slightly syrupy mouth feel. Huge fruitiness with a bossy caramel maltiness, alcohol is sweet and fumy with a spicy overtone. Slight roasted malt and over caramelized flavour hits the tongue with chicory and faded burnt sugar. Hop bitterness pushes through the double doors of this beer and sets this beer even and balanced in a chaotic arrogant way. Piney and grapefruit rind hops flavours invade the taste buds. Warming alcohol increases with each sip, sweetness is large throughout but the hops and alcohol keep it in check right into the finish. Malt sweetness just cant let go but hops and burnt sugar flavours tag along so the sweetness does not get too flamboyant.
Notes: Yikes! Barley Wine in character but dont say that in front of the beer because it will set you straight, this is a American Nitro No Holds Barred Monster Truck Bitch Slappin Strong Ale. Youll feel the redness on your checks after this one slaps you around, youre probably better off not drinking this one alone just from the dominance and arrogance let alone the whopping 10% abv.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2001 00:51:12 | More by Jason
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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