Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by talkinghatrack:
2.93/5 rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
A - Pours clear dark amber with a frothy, lasting head.
S - Loses some points here. Hops mixed with rubbing alcohol. Yes, it is 10.5% ABV but other brews with this power mask it a little better. Seemed fine on the surface whiffs but when tilted for a sip it releases a clear alcohol hit.
T - Big hops punch up front, finishes a little bitter/sour with a warming feel that still lets some notable alcohol taste sneak through.
M - On each sip it starts syrupy but swallows thin.
D - It would certainly pack a punch if downed quick and easy but the notable alcohol notes in the smell and finish will slow people down. Not something I could drink more than a glass or two of in one sitting. UPDATE: In fact, when I went back to finish the bottle an hour later I ended up with a half a glass that I just wasn't interested in finishing. Once it warms up it a little it stuck me as more of a mixed vodka cocktail in unmasked alcohol content. Wasn't feeling it. Adjusting D from 3.5 to 3.
Labeled "2008 Release" and suggested that it be aged at 55F or below. I picked it up a month ago but didn't see the note and it spent maybe two days in the fridge. I suppose with age at the right temp it would improve. Worth a try but I probably wouldn't buy again.
I enjoyed the regular AB more. Double AB seems to ride its admittedly entertaining "I'm a rebel that you REALLY won't like" claim to a higher rating than it may deserve.
Note: After reviewing I skimmed the other reviews. It seems strange how some people describe this beer as cloudy while others (like myself) see it as completely clear. Would aging or bottling dates really make that much of a difference?
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2009 05:04:04 | More by talkinghatrack
More User Reviews:
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.
95 out of 100 based on 5,372 ratings.