Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by davidchollar:
4.63/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Picked up my first bottle of Double Bastard at Tanakaya in Tokyo. Poured out a nice chocolate brown with a medium tan head. The foam is thick and fat-bubbled, but doesn't have a whole lot of retention. It does however leave pretty, swirly remnants. This is a good-looking brew.
The smell is good right away, and seems to get better by the minute as it warms and opens up. Butterscotch, dark fruits and cake, with a healthy dose of caramel malt and a shot of brandy. With some deep sniffing I even catch some mango and licorice. At once, this reminds me of barleywines, BSDAs, even a stronger doppelbock! But that is obviously due to the high abv which is due to the high amounts of hops and malt...
The taste quickly set me straight. This is definitely an American strong ale. Yikes. The diatribe was right, my feeble palate is ... undeserving. IBUs rip through and leave my mouth almost aching yet gracious. This is easily the most flavorful beer I've had in a long time. Big smooth mouthfeel. At 10%, and considering the pretty bitter taste, I can't give this a 5 for drinkability. But I definitely liked it and will get it again.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2008 16:21:19 | More by davidchollar
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