Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Ye shall know the Bastard, and the Bastard shall set you free."
22oz bottle poured into a Double Bastard glass.
A - Pours the color of a deep sunrise; dark orange with a burst of ruby interspersed. Only builds a slight head, about a finger's worth at most. Very nice lacing, thin but covers most of the glass.
S - Smell is actually a bit more balanced and maltier than I would've expected, but much more complex. It's still aggressively hopped, but I'm getting some fruits and sweet malts as well to counter-act that. Make no mistake, this thing still threatens to destroy your mouth. I'm getting some alcohol heat as well.
T - The taste has an intense hop bite at the hop, but it is quickly neutralized by sweetness. Not overwhelming, but enough to curb the hop bitterness. Slight grapes and sugar come through midway, before having the alcohol make a resurgence. Not sure I'd peg this at 11%+, but the alcohol is no stranger in this beer. Finishes bitter and long.
M - After drinking a bomber of this alone in a moderately short amount of time.... I'm doubting that I am worthy of this beer. About 3/4's through and my mouth is a mess; hops, alcohol, and sweetness have wrecked my palate and are settling in for good. It's moderately thick with good carbonation and lingers for minutes afterward.
D - Drinkability is high. While it's not the hop bomb I was expecting from a Stone beer, it borrows some balance excellence from Old Guardian and is incredibly easy to drink. The alcohol is only there to tempt you while the flavors pop long after the sip is done, but unfortunately as it warms the alcohol becomes MUCH more prominent.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2011 23:07:39 | More by nhindian
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4.73/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Served on tap in a 14oz glass at Heartbreakers in Chaska.
Great beer, who's 2013 edition is far better than some of the recent Enjoy bys. In a beer this strong, you sometimes worry that the alcohol content will take over the taste profile. That is definitely not the case here.
Serving type: on-tap
07-09-2014 16:05:13 | More by MartinHook
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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