Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
2011 bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours a hazy red-orange with a big bubbly center and tight small bubble edged off-white head.
Lots of sweet malt in the smell. Pine and fruity hop aromas are there but quite a malty overload. Can’t forget the alcohol. As it warms the alcohol melds nicely with the sweet and fruity aroma.
Again loads of sweet malt character. Caramel and toffee. The alcohol is there along with the hop bitterness. The hops give it a nice piney and fruity edge
Big and full bodied, smooth, creamy, dry, syrupy, and sticky.
This was surprisingly easy to drink. That might have to do with the toned down hoppiness due to the few months it has been sitting but damn this was a good beer.
04-21-2012 04:06:29 | More by MattSweatshirt
4.83/5 rDev +13.1%
From notes... This was an unreal selection graciously sent to me by my BA buddy joemcgrath27.
A - Pours a nice dark copper colour with a ruby hue, finger of head with solid retention and thick, chunky lacing.
S - Rich caramel, maple syrop, leafy green notes, abv sweetness and an overwhelming candied sugar smell.
T - Sweet citrus hop notes, bready caramel, hint of abv sweetness and a touch of heat, though incredibly well hidden. So incredibly flavourful and given the strength, dangerously drinkable.
M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy going down and finishes with a nice sticky layer.
O - This stuff is mind blowing. A complex and rich flavoured strong ale that is high octane, yet incredibly smooth. If there was one positive aspect of not being able to find this in Canada, it's that it might prohibit me from trying anything else... It's just that tasty.
04-21-2012 00:17:04 | More by andrenaline
4.93/5 rDev +15.5%
22 oz Bomber bottle, 2011 release. First time with the Double Bastard, i'm hearing it will def live up to its hype. So here we go!
A: Deep rich mahogany color with almost 2 fingers of light brown to tan colored head. Im spying nice tiny bubbles instead of the huge carbonated bubbles. These lead way to a wonderful lacing that didn't appear until the head disappeared over 5 minutes after the our. This was from a 22 oz bomber glass but the head remains like its from a nitro can or bottle. Everything I expected from an Arrogant Bastard.
S: Im still working with a developing palette but the aromas here are incredible. Initial fragrance reminded me of Christmas cookies for some reason. Sweetness of cinnamon, brown sugar, cherries and figs. Almost has a doughy yeast scent as well. Everything smells delicious.
T: Def did not disappoint. Sweetness from the start. Cherries and figs are coming thru, and then possibly leading to pineapple and then the bitter/sour grapefruit. Picking up on earthly tones, malts and pine and this is where the alcohol starts to hit the tongue as well. Alcohol is noticeable but doesn't take anything away from the taste. With each sip, as it hits my lips I keep getting flashbacks of Christmas cookies as a kid. Really really enjoying this, maybe even more then the regular Bastard.
M: Mild carbonation hits your tongue sharply at first and then smooths away to nothing. As I only filled a pint glass worth at a time, I found when I went to finish the bottle and the carbonation dissipated, it brought out more fo the flavors. After taste is slightly dry due to ABV, but im left with an almost creaminess feeling.
O: Can't say I expect much more from a brew. Stone really has done well with this complex little treat, even to a relatively new and developing palette. Great job, I hope they keep up the great work.
04-14-2012 04:23:58 | More by ChrisPratz
4.7/5 rDev +10.1%
22. oz bomber - Vintage 2011
Appearance: Pours a nice ruby red with 2 fingers of a white head.
Smell: Smells of sweet alcohol and fruits.
Taste - Tastes like an Arrogant Bastard x2…more like an American Barleywine. Almost reminds me of Bigfoot but sweeter and better. The 10.5% feels warming and good going down but the alcohol is hidden well in the taste. There's a nice fruity flavor with plenty of hops as well. As it warms, the alcohol begins to creep into the taste a little more but it never gets over powering.
Mouthfeel: Medium and perfect for the style.
Overall: Awesome beer and one of my favorites now.
04-08-2012 18:10:51 | More by GameFreac
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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