Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.9/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
2002 release. Well, here I go! After so much anticipation and excitement, I finally have a glass of 200% pure bastard in front of me. Alright, enough talk, I'm eager to dig in. Invitingly evil (or is that evilly inviting?) deep crimson color. A two-finger tan head sits on top. Stays well at first, then disappears. Huge, and I mean MASSIVE aroma. And on top of that, very complex. Citrus jumps out at you first, then raisin and plum. Just a touch of alcohol. Malt is deep inside, but definitely present. On the palate... ever hear the term "flavor rush"? I think it's associated with some brand of potato chips. Well, that's not "flavor rush". Double Bastard is "flavor rush"! My taste buds didn't know what hit them! So many complex flavors hit the different parts of your tongue. I'll try to describe them. Malt and hop sections are both at maximum capacity here! Malt is caramel and a bit peat-like, extremely chewy, thick, and tongue-coating. Hops are aggressive pine and citrus, a bit leafy and floral on the edges as well. Raisin, plum, and berries have a big presence too. With the hops, this creates kind of a plum or berry skin bittersweetness, which is a very unique thing. It even stays on in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence, although noticeable, is minimal for a brew of this size. Grainy malt is noticeable as well, mostly in the aftertaste. You could almost call this a barleywine, but that wouldn't do its strength justice! I must say, this is beer heaven! I can't even put it into words. All I have to say is I'm getting as much more as I possibly can when I go back to the store tomorrow!
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2002 23:23:32 | More by hyuga
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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