Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.48/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Comparison of 2011 and fresh 2012 bombers.
After a year, both hops and alcohol are muted. Still, there's a solid bitterness that hits almost immediately and lasts throughout. The rich, toffee-like malt body is much more prevalent in the flavor profile, making this very much like AB on steroids.
Fresh 2012 DB, now back up to 11.2% ABV, is a total ass-kicker. Bitterness is at DIPA levels. Huge malt and hop contributions in both aroma and flavor. Distinct pineapple note upfront. Some booziness present, seemingly appropriate.
Either fresh or after being laid down, DB is a hugely flavorful ale. Consume now if you want big IBUs and don't mind a bit of a fuel note, or let it sit so that the malt body shines through.
Bomber, 2011 release. No bottling date.
Pours a reddish-brown with a thin head that fades to a small ring of tiny bubbles that clings to the sides of the snifter. Some woody aroma notes; prodigious hopping imparting some pine; caramel sweetness and ripe fruit also, with a slight fuel note. Very complex, multidimensional aroma overall. Bitterness hits the tongue first, not surprising for a Stone brew. Malt sweetness follows, though much more subdued from my memory of last year's release; have to assume that one had aged more. Sweet raisin, fig notes more prominent as it warms. Hop bitterness picks up again toward the finish, lingers for a bit afterwards. This is an awesome brew when young, provided that you don't mind a blast of hops, and will only get better as it mellows out over time.
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2012 21:15:50 | More by gr0g
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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