Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by danieelol:
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to the very generous joecast for this and the brilliant Double Bastard glass from which it was drunk from.
2012 Vintage. 11.2% Alcohol.
Pours a brilliant ruby-toffee with great head/lacing.
Smell is reticent at first. Get a lot of nutty notes which are kind of reminiscent of Samichlaus. Get some lightish hop notes behind that- pine. Yeast and faint tropical fruits.
Taste is a bit subdued also but highly resiny. Get lots and lots of hop and pine. Can be a little alcoholic at times but I feel the hop character hides most of it.
There's a lot of complexity here and this needs time to open up and be sipped on.
Hop resin really builds throughout until you appreciate just what a hoppy and bitter beast this beer is. Like Bigfoot with some intravenously-assisted muscle gains, it challenges even a hop-enthusiast like myself.
I think this one's lower on dry-hop character but really big on normal hop character. Its older but slighter brother had a similarly bitter outlook on life.
This is definitely a "sleeper" beer. Was a bit neutral towards it at first, but it really builds on you and is actually very subtle, which is especially impressive considering its hefty alcohol.
I haven't yet drunk my '12 Old Guardian but this is easily the most impressive Stone beer I've had to date. Thanks again to joecast.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2013 04:56:20 | More by danieelol
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