Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours straight copper, clear, with some gold in the light. A huge khaki head leaves plenty of lace, and hangs on until the finish.
Smell is toasty, caramel, lightly sweet with piney undertones.
Taste is pungent toasted caramel malt. A light boozy astringency that finished off with a bitter piney aftertaste.
Feels incredibly smooth for such a big beer. The medium body is almost viscous and is dangerously drinkable.
A classic for sure, almost a barleywine. Huge, big, and bold, a signature Arrogant Bastard.
03-10-2012 07:05:25 | More by Drinkerofales
4.18/5 rDev -2.1%
Stone at it again: here comes the Double Bastard. The original Arrogant Bastard was one of my first go-to craft brews, and the Oaked version was even better; let’s see how this Bastard stands the double treatment.
“Winter 2011 Release” on the back of the bottle, so it’s about four months old or so.
A: Looks like a homemade apple cider, a thick, earthy body with a reddish-brown hue. For about a minute after I pour, a group of bubbles moves from the outside of the glass (completely encircling it) to the top of the body. It culminates in a thin, fizzy head, which is completely gone in just a quick second; seriously, with this body color and lack of any carbonation, it looks like fruit juice. Actually, there’s a little bit of light cream just around the edges of the glass.
S: Not a ton of hoppy aromas, but a big caramel maltiness front and center. Fig, cinnamon-raisin, wheat toast, and honey, just as malty and earthy as can be. Robust alcohol reaches out with resiny woodiness, herbal spice, and brandy-like sweetness. A little pineapple and mango hoppiness shows through as it’s wrapping up, leaving the nose light, yet still mostly dark and fruity.
T: Strong, bold! Really, everything is huge: the malts are rich, the alcohol is spicy, the hops are puckering. Full-flavored tastes of citrus wheat, caramel, brown sugar, roast, and dried cherries from these syrupy, earthy grains. In just a smooth second, though, it’s all about hops: piney, resiny, and thickly bitter (like hop syrup, pretty much). Essentially, I’m getting a loveable balance in a moment of pure, glorious power. And then there’s some peppery alcohol and warm apple cider flavors, like some kind of spiked juice; sweet, bold, and deep. Finishes with sweet hop oils, a big salty dryness, and pure lemon juice.
M: Like the palate, it’s oily. The carbonation is tiny, like the lack of head suggested, so the beer remains chewy for most of its drink. Still, it leaves a lasting impression with its heat and astringency.
O: The best Bastard yet – an excellent beer. I think the label “American Strong Ale” is the perfect description for Double Bastard: it’s definitely strong. I’d buy this again, especially to age…who knows what it would be like in a year and-a-half?
03-09-2012 05:20:52 | More by BarryMFBurton
4.63/5 rDev +8.4%
Poured from a 750ml into a 12oz glass.
This monster brew has a deep earthy, umber maroon color with a full 3 finger that settles down to nice carbonation and retention that laces the glass as if sticky.
I get lots of caramel malts, alcohol, pine, oily hops, some darker fruits underneath, a slight earthiness and a slight smoky wood.
This yells smoothness from the initial sip. It has a medium body, nice carbonation retention, even as the beer warms. I get caramel and pineapple citrus right off the bat, alcohol warmth, hops, oily slick chewy piney alcohol middle and a nice warm ending with more of a caramel and malty sweetness and more balanced alcohol warmth. superbly balanced for such a potent brew. Was expecting more hops to this, but definatly not disappointed for a great take on a strong olde ale.
Well done Stone!
03-07-2012 01:03:42 | More by ryantho00
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
A: The beer is hazy coppery amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down but has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has aromas of caramel malts along with notes of brown sugar and citrus and pine resin hops and hints of alcohol.
T: There are definitely a lot of malts in a beer this strong and flavors of caramel malts are very prominent. A moderate amount of bitterness from the hops is present, as well as some hints of alcohol, brown sugar, malty sweetness and toffee. The taste seems to become more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
O: This beer almost tastes like a “lighter” version of an American barleywine but has rather intense flavors of malts and hops. It is definitely a beer that needs to be slowly sipped.
Note: 2011 release
03-05-2012 00:47:55 | More by metter98
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
2009 properly cellared bottle tasted in late 2011. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark orange amber with a one finger very light fine tan head and lacing. Looks nice. Delicious aroma of dark fruit, intense caramel malt and a hint of citrus. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Taste is well integrated citrus, dark fruit, citrus (especially orange) and malt, changing to an astringent and long lasting bitter finish. The start is absolutely well integrated and delicious, but the finish is just too bitter without an herbal balance. This is a 2009 cellared bottle and I note that the astringency of the finish was an issue for me with the fresh bottle. I hope this mellows out in a year or so. This is a delicious beer with a somewhat flawed finish.
03-04-2012 01:12:20 | More by LiquidAmber
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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