Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This 10% ABV monster came from a 22 oz. bomber released in 2006. I'll preface this by saying that I wasn't a big fan of the *regular* AB's bitterness, and it wasn't until they released the Oaked AB that I really began to appreciate it. Frankly, I expect this beer to be too intense for me, but the bottle is opened, so I'm going to give it my best shot and try to be objective.
I poured this one into my trusty Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip glass. The body was a clean amber with what started out as about 2 fingers of dense, off-white, creamy head. After a couple of minutes, the amber liquid became exposed in the center, while a thick halo encircled this and clung to the edge of the glass.
The odor was unexpectedly sweet, a mixture of brown sugar, tangerine, and, to a lesser extent, grapefruit. I have a feeling this beer is going to be a wolf in sheep's clothing, but up to this point, it's very inviting.
After the first sip, I'm still very impressed. The grapefruit really kicks in here, but I can still very much detect that sweeter, tangerine-like citrus presence as well as a bit of brown sugar. It's very bitter, but also very well-balanced. I'm pleasantly surprised so far.
Further sips suggest to me that either something's not quite right or there's just a vast difference between drinking a Double Bastard fresh and drinking one that's 4-6 months old. It's as sweet as it is bitter. There's no lingering caked-in pine or grapefruit aftertaste. Even the alcohol is subtle, especially for 10%.
I still have another bottle of this, and I was planning to let it age a bit, but it seems to be in its prime right now, if not a little beyond. I'm in utter shock. Maybe the oak aging of the AB just helped me acquire a taste for this style of brew. I guess I won't really know until I try a fresh batch of regular AB and compare it against a fresh batch of Double AB.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2007 08:21:47 | More by instrumentality
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