Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
Pours a dark amberish copper that looks murky at first but is actually clear because of the dark color. One finger of head forms and slowly settles to half its height. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.
Smells like an English Barleywine. Just a deep, sweet caramel malt aroma.
Taste takes a big step away from the aroma. Nice citrus, earthy, and pine hops takes hold of the palate. How were the hops completely missed in the aroma? Those hops balances the sweet caramel malt. There is a large dose of sweetness that comes in mid-palate. A little alcohol flavor in the finish. It is warming.
Full bodied with a gentle carbonation. I think the carbonation would hold up over time.
Pretty good beer fresh. Not sure why the aging is advised. I like the hops in this beer and the alcohol is not too hot.
11-24-2011 17:53:46 | More by morimech
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
2010 vintage on tap @ The House Pub
Pours a reddish brown color that is quite dark but still transparent. There is a fingers worth of off-white that dissipates quickly.
The nose is very sweet and malt with bread-like notes. Some tobacco and leather is also noticeable, as well as a touch of heat.
The taste is beastly and has notes of caramel, butterscotch, and some sweet malty goodness. The abv is brought down significantly from the year of age. There is a bread-like taste in the finish.
The mouthfeel is pretty thick and big bodied. There is a stickiness to it that leaves it's flavors across my palate.
Overall, very enjoyable, big-bodied ale that takes to age very nicely.
11-24-2011 01:10:13 | More by ChugginOil
3.5/5 rDev -18%
Picked up at Abe's today.
A- Pretty reddish/orange ale fills the glass with substantial bubbles and carbonation. Massive effervescent head, off-white in color. Settles down to a nice cap, bit of lacing left on the sides.
S- A mixture of bready and caramel malts initially in the nose. Sweet sugars and candy yeast. An underlying piney hop bitterness rounds out the nose. Aromas are subtle.
T- Caramel malts upfront, and leads into sweet candy sugar. Brew is balanced by some earthy bittering hops, which actually keeps this beer from being cloying. Flavor ends with some bready rye taste.
M- Medium to full bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth drinking, slight heat from booze but not in a bad way.
O- Though I enjoyed the brew I was expecting a little more. I'd like to see some more pronounced flavors, everything was fairly mild. This Bastard has left me with a buzz although no booze is detected in this.
11-22-2011 18:03:05 | More by haazer
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
Poured in to Duvel tulip.
A - Medium amber/ruby colour, slightly translucent with a small amount of cream coloured head.
S - Grapefruit and pine are noticeable up front along with a nice hop bitterness. A big sweet caramel/toffee malt aroma balances this out nicely.
T - The citrus and pine aroma from the nose is not very easily detected, but the big hop bitterness is definitely present. The malt backbone is a good balance for the bitterness, adding caramel and toffee notes to the flavour profile. The finish is bitter and somewhat dry and lingers for quite some time. A very big, bold and well balanced beer.
M -Medium to full body. Chewy. Light carbonation.
11-22-2011 14:30:58 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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