Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -6.3%
A: Pours a cloudy copper in color. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that quickly reduces to a small patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.
S: Strong aromas of caramel malts and brown sugar along with some lighter notes of citrus and pine/resin hops. Additionally there is some moderate amounts of alcohol present.
T: This beer is extremely malty with a ton of caramel malt & toffee malt sweetness and quite a bit of brown sugar/molasses as well. There is also a moderate amount of hop presence and bitterness from the citrus and pine/resin hops. Light alcohol presence and the flavors seem to get even more complex as it warms.
M: On the fuller side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with some dryness in the finish.
O: Seems to be right on the border of a American Strong Ale and an American Barleywine - the presence of the alcohol is not well hidden (I would have liked it to be more well hidden). There is a nice complexity to the smell and taste. Not the easiest beer to drink and needs to be sipped slowly over the course of a couple of hours.
06-26-2012 00:36:35 | More by dbrauneis
4.23/5 rDev -0.9%
On-tap at Yardhouse Fenway. 2011 vintage. Served in a goblet.
A- Dark mahogany brown, barely translucent, about three fingers of brownish off-white creamy head that slowly recedes, average to slightly above average carbonation. Tons of layered lacing.
S- Sweet smelling of bready malts, caramel, hops, and a little bit of pine + booze in the background. Definitely a little bit more aromatic then your average beer.
T- Sweet bready malts, caramel, followed by bitter hops that have a very slight piney taste. Lightly sweet boozey aftertaste.
M- A little bit creamy but fairly medium bodied, especially at the beginning before the head recedes. Average carbonation. Well-balanced. Smooth for 10.5% abv but not the smoothest 10.5% beer I've had- still a little bit of alcoholic burn going down, not bad though. Easily drinkable.
O- This was a very well done Ale that I wouldn't mind ordering again in the future. It had a nice sweetness that was balanced with a generous amount of hops. For 10.5% it was easily drinkable. In my opinion it was nothing spectacular, but definitely well done. I would recommend trying it. For $7/pint it wasn't too bad.
06-24-2012 21:54:11 | More by jaasen64
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,590 ratings.