Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.72/5 rDev +10.5%
Thanks to Drew for the sample.
Syrupy, chewy with hops and malt. Arrogant Bastard with some more citric and brown sugar tones. Double Bastard displays wonderful fruit but doesn't let it overpower like 120 or Avery 10. It's concentrated and rich, but still beer, still . . . how do I say it? It isn't 120, it isn't Avery 10. It's everything those beers are without any of the faults. That's right, that's it, this beer has no faults, nothing I would ask more of it. So I can give it a perfect rating, right? No, not just yet; maybe after I get a couple more bottles of it -- it might happen some day.
Go ahead, make something better.
01-18-2004 23:51:35 | More by ngandhi
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
Aquired via trade with Hogtown Harry. I've been wanting to get my hands on this for a long time, so I am very excited! Pours out quite dark and cloudier than the regular ABA. Nose is hops, hops and more hops. First sip- wow. Its like getting hit in the head with a shovel. You scrape yourself off the floor and ask for more. One of the most bitter beers I've had. Booze tast is fairly evident and it has quite a dry finish. Its tough to describe the malt due to the massive hop bill. I would love to get my hands on more of these- however this is the poster child of 'enjoy in moderation'!
02-04-2007 02:42:51 | More by oakbluff
4.6/5 rDev +7.7%
Stone's Double Bastard Ale reads "Only the Worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk." Well, I'll risk it. The beer pours from the bomber into my snifter dark rusty red with a cream tan head that holds a thin film and a thick ring around the edge of the glass leaving a nice bit of lace. Sticking your nose into glass, and the aroma bursts forth with citrusy and piney hops and sweet caramel maltiness giving it a bit of a cherry smell. Once the beer hits the tongue and slides to the back of my throat, the smacks you with bitter yet nicely citrusy hops. The beer is also complimented by a fruity flavor from the caramel malts that is somewhat like cherries. The beer has a nearly full body and nice carbonation as well as a bit of dryness from the hops. Overall, a great, fantastic, amazing beer. I could drink this one all the time, and I can't wait to age it.
11-20-2008 04:53:32 | More by MSchae1017
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
22oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, 2009 vintage.
This long awaited drink is a slightly hazed woody and deep amber. When poured it looked nearly still and then was able to develop swirls of the very standard off-white.
The nose is loaded with butter, there must be some diacetyl in play. In fact butter pretty much makes up the olfactory side of things. Sweet malt, alcohol, citrus zest are also present in trace amounts. Maybe a bit of pine.
Hops are more evident in the flavor; orange, grapefruit pith and zest, lemon pith. There's the butter again, this time coming off more butterscotch or toffee-like (diacetyl). As promised there is copious alcohol; it caresses rather than burns and emphasizes the sizable rough hop bitterness. I can see potential here and may wish I had another 2009 bottle.
There isn't much carbonation, probably to the Double Bastard's benefit, and the weight in the mouth is truly syrupy.
I've worked this first glass down quite quickly and I'm surprised I'm not really feeling it. Alcohol content wise this will never be drinkable, but its role in the flavor is extremely well integrated already.
06-16-2010 04:32:22 | More by brewerburgundy
3.83/5 rDev -10.3%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams signature pint. Reviewed from notes from a New Years Day get together.
Appearance: Pours a mixed amber/brown color with a solid tan head that lasted a short while and left a decent lacing.
Smell: Lots of malts and lots of spices. Maybe some cherry. A lot stronger from the bottle than the glass though.
Taste: Much the same. Very strong malt flavor with spice and a strong sweetness that picks up like cherry and honey. Seemed comparable to some extent to cherry bourbon I've had in the past. Still maintains a little bit much booze, but it's not bad.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel going down.
This is something I enjoyed, but I don't think I'd have a problem never having it again. There is a lot going on here, but not enough to cover up the strength of alcohol flavor here.
01-04-2013 22:53:16 | More by ColdWaffles
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
2005 vintage. Tap sample from The Freakin Frog. Brown in colour with hints of amber. Low carbonation. Powerful sweet malt aroma with a nice light hoppy citrus fruit (although not Cascade or Centennial, from what I could tell) overlay. More of the same in the mouth with a bit of an alcohol presence, but what surprised me was the lighter than expected body of this beer. The solid bitterness that kept everything in check too. A very drinkable beer for its size. Well done Stone!
06-26-2006 21:21:12 | More by fisherman34
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
This is a dark brown ale with reddish hues showing through. It has a nice tall cream colored head which laces well.
The aroma is quite sweet with citrus and a bit of hops is in there as well.
Its flavor starts out with caramel malt and follows with citrusy hops and has a dark fruit presence. There is a slight alcohol warmth, but it is hidden quite well for 10% ABV.
The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and is nicely carbonated.
Another fine brew by Stone.
12-26-2005 05:40:04 | More by Naes
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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