Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
this is a review of the "decade of double bastard" from SDBW '10 at stone. i graded the most recent vintage and added some notes for each year
-dark caramel color with a very light caramel colored head. loooks thick
-caramel with some semi-strong hop backing. vanilla too
-strong hops up front...of the lemon and grass variety. the caramel shows up for sure. what up vanilla
-really bitter aftertaste mouth which makes sense as far as the "bastard" is concerned. strong body and is pretty smooth
-tasty...can tell it needs to sit for at least a year
-pretty big hop drop in both smell and taste right off the bat
-wow, fruit flavor really shows up that really wasnt apparent before. some apricot, maybe some peach even. still with that strong caramel background though
-1st noticeable heat showing up. more of the bitterness back, but most of the hop flavor is gone. a bit bitey
-still hot, but some creaminess to this one. big fruit smell
-makes me think i am eating bbq'd peaches topped with vanilla ice cream and a caramel drizzle
-color finally changes noticeably. this is the 1st one that is a lot darker brown and crimson. all the fruit notes are gone. some oak taste in there
-smells like jungle juice with poor ingredients. some wood flavor notes and a hint of smoke
-dark fruit in now. a little old ale/special B malt tasting
-looks like a cognac. can still pull a swirled glass head out though
alike characteristics throughout - head color, caramel backbone
best vintage - '05
least favorite - '09
Serving type: on-tap
12-30-2010 05:12:11 | More by juhl31
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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