Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jdklks:
4.85/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I was surprised to see that I had never reviewed double bastard when having it fresh (i reviewed the 2005 last year from the brewery, but not the 2008). anyways, here goes:
This is beautiful and unique looking beer. Different lighting produces anything from dark brown to bright orange, and at all ends of the spectrum it looks great. it's murky and difficult to see through, except when directly backlit. the head is an off-white-nearly-tan color that compliments the body and laces the glass nicely. This one smells much better when it has a little age on it, but nevertheless it smells great fresh. hops and alcohol dominate here, though the malty goodness that shines as the beer matures is already apparent. a nice combination of dark and citrus fruitiness.
The flavor is, of course, the best part of the beer. if i were to classify this beer i would call it an old ale or a barleywine. it is overly-hopped for either style (something which of course changes over time), but, unlike most other overly-hopped old ales and barleywines, it doesn't matter here. The hops are most pronounced in the finsh and grapefruit-like bitter aftertaste. up front there is a deluge of sweet dark fruitiness (figs, red grapes, prunes) that evolves into a roasty(?) and sweet (brown sugar) maltiness that makes the transition to overwhelming hops nearly seamless. this is a very complex beer that is just so fucking good all the way around.
The mouthfeel is thick, but perhaps over-carbonated in its youth. this progresses favorably as time goes on. drinkability is nothing other than constantly reaching for more.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2009 06:27:14 | More by jdklks
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