Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Maroon to copper to mahogany and shades of purple this is an exceptionally striking color. The head built quickly in a rush of bubbles to a crescendo of thick foam and exceptional lacing.
So many things going on in aroma but slightly weak. Prune, sweet dates, raisin and dried fruit meld with a molasses or sorghum scent. Quite diverse, and very well presented.
Strong raisin flavors hit but are vanquished with an alcohol brashness. Some prune comes towards the end but it too loses out to a harsh tinny metallic taste and feel. I do get a hop flavor and some sweetness as I delve further in. Maybe some pine and a hint of malt. It's getting better, the more I drink but overall it seems Stone has lost me again. So many of their ales finish with tinny alcohol, for me, and it disappoints me every time.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2013 22:19:28 | More by KYGunner
3.63/5 rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: Pours a cloudy red/brown/orange with less than half a finger of beige head. The foam settles quickly leaving a tiny ring along the edges of the glass. Nice lacing as it drinks.
S: The nose is malt, citrus, mild pine, spice, and alcohol.
T: The beer starts off sweet and malty with a good bit of spicy bite. The hops come on in the middle and ease up the spice while adding some citrus. From middle to the finish this beer is boozy and spicy. The alcohol is completely evident and detracts a bit from the flavors of the beer itself.
M: Full bodied beer. It's malty and sticky to start. The spice and alcohol take hold in the middle making it bitter and drying. Lingering booze and spice.
O: Really not my favorite at all. It's way too boozy. I understand that it is supposed to be over the top at 11.2%, but the abv makes this difficult to drink. I'd much rather be drinking a BA barleywine at this alcohol level.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2013 18:19:14 | More by trxxpaxxs
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,448 ratings.