Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A- A murky amber/caramel colored body with a bubbly tan head that leaves a thin layer.
S- Tons of sweet caramel malt, slight burnt hop aroma, lots of booze.
T- Really similar to the aroma. Just a huge amount of sweet caramel malt. Lots of grainy, bready aromas with some boozy flavors in the back.
M- Moderately smooth, still a little bite, but not as harsh as when it is fresh. Full bodied, medium-low carbonation.
O- The nearly two years of aging changed this one. When fresh, this beer is incredibly hot and the hops, malt and booze all fight each other. The hops are not as prevalent, the malt is in the fore front and the booze has diminished slightly. This almost drinks like a barleywine.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2013 01:48:37 | More by stephenjmoore
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a 650 ml bottle into a globe glass.
A-The pour is thick-looking. The brew is reddish with a deep amber, iron-wood color. The head is on the thin side and light tan in color. A few bubbles are visible. Some lacing on the glass.
S-This smells like a lumber mill...in a good way, with lots of fresh pine and herbal forest scents. I detect mint, and fruity booze, along with some burnt caramel, spice, and chocolate as it warms up. Nice and earthy.
T-The taste is also earthy, herbal, and heavy on the pine-forward hops, but there is less mint and more chocolate. The booze is very apparent, but not in a hot, stout like manner. Instead, you get an almost medicinal, brandy-like flavor of sweet, fruity booze.
M-Feel is medium to full body with a pine-heavy dankness to it. Carb is mild, alcohol is noticeable.
O-This is a unique and delicious beer. I have had regular Bastard on numerous occasions, but nothing prepared me for the pine-bomb that this beer let off. Sweet, fruity, and full of herbal, medicinal alcohol, this is definitely a big beer. I suggest pairing with spicy foods or drinking alone as a digestif-like after dinner drink.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2013 02:04:09 | More by spoony
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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