Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
'07 vintage poured at 45F into a snifter
Beautifull rich amber color. Thick tan head that settles to a nice cover.
Mixture of sweet malts and bitter floral hops. Aromas of caramel, vanilla and ripe fruits as well.
More of the same, but better. Caramel malts perfectly blended with powerfull hops. Sweet fruits and warming alcohols.
Well carbonated full body. Thick and creamy feel.
Very complex yet well balanced. Delicate yet delicious. Another fine brew from stone and possible the best vintage yet.
01-07-2008 06:01:26 | More by rye726
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
22 oz bottle into pint glass. 2009 version (its now mid-September 2010).
Pours reddish brown, slightly amber with a little haze. The head is thin but reasonable and is a little orange in color. It left behind a lot of lacing on my glass. A little carbonation is visible but not much.
The smell is fairly potent. I mostly get the malt and booze. There are also some hints of fruit and hops in there as well.
The taste is dominated by the malt and the alcohol like the aroma is. Its not as hoppy as Arrogant Bastard is by any means and definitely was not as bitter, so its a very sweet beer. There are also hints of fruit. It strangely tastes more like a barley wine than Arrogant Bastard.
The mouthfeel is that its very full bodied. The 10.5% ABV definitely is noticeable and I think that's what Stone was going for with this one.
Drinkability wise, its very easy to drink despite the forwardness of the alcohol because of how sweet it is. I had to pace myself purposefully to take it slow and enjoy this beer.
Overall, I really liked this beer. I had been unable to find it when it came out but happened upon a bottle of it while buying other beer in a local store so I knew I had to pick it up. It is very good and I'll be stocking up on bottles to age if I find any new ones in the future. It was definitely worth the wait and proves why Stone Brewing remains my favorite brewery.
09-14-2010 15:07:30 | More by SkunkWorks
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,578 ratings.