Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.83/5 rDev +13.1%
2011 vintage poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass aggressively.
Been waiting to try this one for a while. It's certainly intimidating after examining the bottle, with the dualing big ugly satanic demon signature Stone logos and insanely well crafted and humorous (but true) text on the back.
A: This one was a lot darker than expected. Very dark amber, bordering on crimson. Hold it up to the light and it almost seems to get darker, defying all logic. Very tiny carbonation bubbles, almost none visible. Three fingers of head with large bubbles, disappears almost completely after a minute, but leaves a nice sticky lace on the glass. This one likes to taunt you. Looks wickedly amazing, little head retention is the only fault I can find in the appearance. This is a gorgeous beer.
S: Smells fruity and hoppy. Very curious nose. Pineapple and/or banana and pine stand out the most. Has a sweet smell. In the words of Jack Black: "Sweet sassy molassy". The nose will surprise you on this one. It's not too light, not too pungent. It's perfect. The nose will leave you curious and anxious for a taste. 5/5 perfect.
T: Umm... hard to put this one into words. Every sip takes you on a journey of wild twists and turns. Starts mild with a slight bitter hopiness, then transforms into sweet pineapple, pear, banana, dark fruits, molasses and caramel, with just a perfect hint of smoky roasted malts, that will kick in from nowhere so hard you'll feel it rise through your nasal passages. It finishes on the dry side with the light bitter hops coming back through, but the tropical fruit flavors linger. I don't know how they pulled this off, but it's amazing. I really can't detect the alcohol in this, despite it being 10.5%. Huge kudos. 5/5
M: Chewy, bready, full bodied. I don't pick up on the syrupy feel that others have mentioned, but it is a bit on the thicker side, I wouldn't say syrupy though. Very little carbonation, but just enough to be nearly perfect for its style. I think a TOUCH more carbonation could have benefited it though, but just a touch. Despite what another reviewer said about it being overly carbonated, my bottle had very little, almost too little.
O: This beer lives up to the hype. If you've ever wanted to try it, go for it. If you've been reluctant, don't be. This beer will take your senses on a wild and wonderful ride. Drink the whole 22oz. bottle - it's easy to do because it's so damn smooth and interesting, but it'll give you a nice slap on the ass with it's 10.5% ABV :D
I'm still looking for that perfect 5/5 beer, but this one almost got it. It was so close. Probably the best beer I've ever had, although I was still unfortunately able to find some very very small flaws. This is dangerously close to overall perfect. This almost made me give up that perfect 5/5 review on my 8th beer review.
01-17-2012 01:03:41 | More by Clowerweb
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
2009 release served in a St. Bernardus chalice.
A: Deep orange with slightly reddish hues. Surprisingly clear for such a dark brew. A thin light-brown head takes about a minute to settle but leaves behind excellent lacing.
S: Lots of toasted and caramel malts here, with slight undertones of fruit (pineapple?) and oily hops.
T/M: Bold, but very well-balanced, this beer exhibits very little overt trace of alcohol. A nice malty smoothness also stems from a very mild carbonation, making it a good sipper. It's also surprisingly fruity and floral despite being roughly two years old. The body isn't heavy as I would expect and the warmth of the alcohol feels subdued. Tastes a touch syrupy, but otherwise remains relatively drinkable. Ends with bitter smack, then a long sweet finish.
O: Good but not fantastic. I might pick it up again.
01-16-2012 22:23:59 | More by BMoldy
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
Thanks to Steve Shapiro for this awesome xmas present!
A - I don't know if I'm deemed worthy...a deep amber color with about a half inch of off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving minor lace on the snifter. Insane amount of thought was put into the essay on the back of the bottle...I'm not worthy.
S - Malts flood the aroma with some alcohol burn and fruit character such as apple. Some slight hop presence is here as well.
T - Based on the aroma, I expected this to be a pro-malt beer, but it is exceptionally well balanced with a strong hop profile to keep the malt bill in check. Slight citrusy flavors combine with the bitterness to create a piney and tangy product. Some apple is present here too. After only a few sips I can feel the alcohol...not worthy.
M - This beer is insanely balanced and the malt/hop clash does a great job in hiding the 10.5% (although not completely). Raisin and brown sugar reside in the aftertaste.
O - This is one of the strongest, and most balanced, beers that I've had. I highly recommend it although it will kick your ass! You must be worthy and deserving of its attention.
01-16-2012 01:34:45 | More by BeerMaverick
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
I picked up a bomber of Stone's Double Bastard Ale a couple weeks ago for $7.49 at The Lager Mill. I have been meaning to try Arrogant and Double Bastard for a while but on the time that I remembered to pick one up the store only had Double Bastard, so it looks like I will be trying these ass backwards, oh well lets see how it goes. 2011 vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.
A- The label on this beer looks good and evil, I like it, and the short story on the back is full of typical Stone shenanigans. It poured a nice dark and hazy amber color with a fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin wispy ring that stayed till the end. This was a proper looking American Strong Ale.
S- The aroma is pretty much a nice mixture of sweet caramel malts and citrus hops. The malts impart a sweet caramel and toffee aroma along with some molasses, apple cider, and dark fruit aromas. There are a lot of hops to balance out all those malts and they are pretty citrusy with pineapple and grapefruit sticking out the most, it also has a real slight booze aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that I enjoyed, the citrus hops complemented the malts nicely.
T- The taste is similar to the aroma but it isn't as intense. It starts off with a large amount of malts that have a pretty high amount of sweetness and impart some nice caramel and toffee flavors with a little bit of vanilla at the end. Next comes the hops which have a high amount of bitterness in the middle and impart medium a amount of hop flavors with some grapefruit and pineapple sticking out the most with a little bit of floral notes. The finish was pretty damn bitter with a nice sweet dark fruit finish and a noticeable amount of booze with a nice malty and hoppy aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer and when when combined with the high amount a bitterness it made for a pretty in your face kind of beer.
M- Slightly smooth, creamy, a little sticky, on the medium side of being full bodied and it had a good amount of medium carbonation but it was a little fizzy. Good mouthfeel but a little fizzy.
Overall I thought that this was a pretty damn good beer and one potent American Strong Ale. It had a big malty base with more then enough very bitter hops to balance out all those malts, the high amount of bitterness balances out the high amount of sweetness. This isn't the most drinkable beer because of how big and intense it is, but if I wasn't splitting this beer with my brother I think I could take out the whole bottle and it wasn't that boozy for being 10.50%. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was intense and aromatic while still being well balanced, the flavor was also pretty good. What I liked least about this beer was the fizzy carbonation. it wasn't that bad, but it was the only flaw I found in this beer, I also wish it had a little better head and retention. I would buy this beer again when looking to mix things up with a big and intense beer, it was also pretty affordable. I would recommend giving this beer a try, if you love being hit over the head with tons of malts and hops then this is the beer for you. I was pretty impressed with this beer and like all the other beers I have tried from Stone this one was also pretty solid and not tame at all, I like Stone's intensity. Now I really need to try Arrogant Bastard, I am sure that a toned down version of this beer will still be pretty intense and good. This is one solid beer and a great choice when I feel like ripping my tastes buds a new one.
01-15-2012 04:59:55 | More by StoutHunter
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
Nice amber color with lots of thick head.
Smell is very floral and citrusy.
Taste has lots of citrus character. It is like a glass of grapefruit juice. Also a nice sweetness to it. Good bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation.
Overall this is excellent. I am looking forward to trying my second bottle after cellaring for a while to see how it compares. Everyone raves about how well this one ages.
01-13-2012 01:22:57 | More by TrappistJohnMD
5/5 rDev +17.1%
Over the top awesome beer. Little dark caramel color with a nice beige head. Smells sweet with a slight malty note. The taste is perfect, sweet caramel with the not to over powering hop taste. Great beer.
You can taste and feel the high abv but it's a great part of it. Will buy again and again.
01-13-2012 00:50:26 | More by derekmorris7
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,600 ratings.