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2006 Double Bastard Ale Aged In Brandy Barrels - Stone Brewing Co.

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2006 Double Bastard Ale Aged In Brandy Barrels
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Tdizzle on 08-03-2008)
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Reviews by DefenCorps:
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's last night.

The pour is a rather hazy and murky reddish brown with a thin head. Retention is rather non-existent, and given the less-than-ideal serving conditions, I'll go easy on my score here.

The nose is quite excellent, with a complex sweetness, caramel, raisins, brown sugar as well as a touch of sherry-like oxidation. The past few years have been easy on this beer, the hops have gracefully fallen out, leaving just a mild fruity character. Brandy is prominent but well-integrated. Mildly boozy with a great vinous brandy character, I'm really digging the nose. The nose is replicated on the palate for the most part,with the sweetness of the base beer coupled with the mild oxidation opening things off - brown sugar, caramel, sherry - along with a *faint* hop bitterness to make an effort towards balancing things. Brandy vinousness is strong and dominates the mid-palate with some vanilla and some booze. Sweet-yet-drying on the finish, this medium bodied beer with soft carbonation is excellent on the palate, and I was a little sad when it was all gone. I'd love to try this again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 18:15:50 | More by DefenCorps
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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App- A very murky dark caramel brown with a rich orange undertones of orange and mild yellows. A small 1/2 finger of head. Very cordial like in app.

Smell- Very malty and boozy sweet. The brandy is very upfront and a bit stinging. Smells a lot like a sweeter old guardian.

Taste- Very layered. Very unique treatment of a good base beer. Retains a lot of standard malt flavors but sweetens and thins it out a bit. More than 4-8oz of this I think would just be too much.

Mouth- A good medium body with a well paired low/medium carbonation. A bit pricky residual booze and citrus with some sweetness.

Drink- It was very unique for a six year old beer. It was smooth at points, prickly at others and pretty damn tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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2.15/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore

A-pours a clear copper color with a thin dark tan colored head

S-light notes of oak, big time caramel and brown sugar, wet cardboard and obvious oxidtion with hints of sweet brandi in the back.

T-lots of oxidation, light notes of oak, so much sugar in this with burnt caramel and brown sugar, wet paper, the brandi comes in at the back with a fair bit of boozy heat.

M-full bodied and very thick and grainy, rough to drink with strong carbonation and a messy finish.

D-this has been oxidized and has a ton of sugar in it. very messy malt bomb.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown body, moderately hazed, and capped with a thinnish, whitish head.

Smell: Soundly sweet-smelling nose, with luscious notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and stewed dark fruits. Some brandy and a lightly spicy, underlying earthiness are detected, but mainly the nose favors the sweet components.

Taste: Big taste of caramel candy with a big, deep-seated sweetness on the inaugural sip. Toasted brown bread and simmering brown sugar. A noted warmth and taste of brandy leisurely slides in. Raisin and date fruitiness soaked in brandy. Tiny hint of vanilla. The old punchy citrus character is fairly muted here, though some earthiness remains along with just a whisper of hop bitterness. There's still plenty of that dessert-like sweetness and a bit more of the earthiness for the heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Very nice. It's a wondrous, dark voyage into sweetness and brandy that only Stone can bring you.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2010 22:24:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at RnH during Tap Takeover event. review from notes.

Pours a mahogany brown with basically no head or lacing.

Bitter hops, dry malt, wood and alcohol in the nose.

Dry dark malt with caramel and bitterness in the beginning. The barrel aging smooths out some of the profile usually in Double Bastard as potent booze dashes thru. The brandy is very present with sweetness and warmth, as the beer ends hoppy and somewhat hot. Very long and lingering finish.

Plenty of lasting residual stickyness and warmth in the feel, overall a little hot, perhaps still too boozy as this took me forever to finish but I still enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 00:06:38 | More by xnicknj
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 10/1/10 at the Alewife's Stone total tap takeover. This was my second time sampling this brew (EBF before) but this was the first time I had the opportunity to sit down and really enjoy it and take some notes.

The brandy double bastard appears a hazed amber brown color with a tan head that doesnt hold very well. It receeds fairly fast leaving a spotty amount of lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramelized malt that has a touch of vanilla and a bit of spiciness about it minorly reminescent of cinnamon. Some herbal and citrus hops attempt to shine through the sweetness of the malty sugars. It clearly smells like the product of barrel aging but you could have lied to me and told me it was any form of barrel, not necessarily brandy. As the brew warms, the oakiness really brings out the best in the nose.

The taste is herbal bitterness from the hops with a very bold alcohol presence. For a brew that is 4 years old, it is really holding up well. The alcohol comes through in both taste and warmth down the back of the throat. Some toasty grain quality has a sweetness of caramelized sugar blended with the oaking which imparts a vanilla flavor. As it warms, some more woodsy notes are revealed. A lasting herbal bitterness resides in the mouth with somewhat clingy hops.

For a beer with moderate bitterness and bold alcohol character, I found it to be quite drinkable and enjoyable. The aroma is almost candy-like and it carries over a bit in the taste. This brew is holding up well, I wouldn't mind trying it again.

Serving type: on-tap

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3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had at the Stone Tap Takeover in Charlotte. Served from tap into a tumbler. Poured deep red-orange with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of slight hop, sweet malt, and a big hit of alcohol. The flavor followed the nose on this one with the same slight hop, sweet malt, and big hit of alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall the alcohol was just too big in this one for me. It definitely hits you hard upon taking your sips. I just wish it was muted a little bit to allow more of the brews character to shine through as with the regular version from this vintage I tried right before it.

Serving type: on-tap

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3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap into a tulip at Small Bar for the Stone 40 tap take over...A clear watery body, amber colored light tan head...The harsh aroma is burnt wood, oak, vanilla and some brandy...The taste is super sweet, not sure where that came from after the aroma. Mostly sweet brandy, too sweet to drink very much of. A thin feel, tough to drink a lot.

Ok beer that's worth a taste but that's it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 20:10:08 | More by jrallen34
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/04/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey for their Stone Total Tap Takeover event.

a - Pours a dark amber color with almost no head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light oak, dark fruit, brandy/alcohol, caramel malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of oak, brandy, caramel malts, dark fruit, and sugar. A lot sweeter than the smell and than I was expecting.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very solid strong ale. The brandy and oak is definitely prominent and gave the taste a little bit of a smokey flavor to it. Would try again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 20:22:58 | More by mdfb79
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3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not a bad brew. Never had a brandy barrel aged beer before, so it was an interesting twist. Pours a deep amber color with a one finger off white head that takes a minute or so to dissipate. Leaves some ok lacing. Smell is malt driven, with the barrel aging definitely muting the hops of the original brew. The brandy is noticeable, but not overpowering. Gives the brew a bit of sweetness that is easily identifiable and discernible from the caramel malts.

Taste follows the aroma but the brandy is much more noticeable. Gives the beer a pretty high level of smokiness, which imo slightly diminishes the flavor profile. Still tasty, but the aroma was a bit better than the flavor. The level of smoke also takes down the drinkability for me a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 14:31:53 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at the Stone Breweries event at ChurchKey in DC. The beer was served in a 9 oz snifter and had a dark amber colour. The head stuck around the whole time I was drinking it. The smell was lovely and sweet and the hops were noticeable. The taste was similar to the smell and is dominated by sweetness and hops, but the smokiness from the Brandy Barrels is really quite strong. The aftertaste becomes slightly maltier but the smokiness remains.

I had a glass of the regular 2003 Double Bastard Ale and it was better. I found the smokiness from the brandy Barrels didn't improve this beer, but it's still very good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 02:39:18 | More by vandemonian
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Rattle n Hum in NYC for the Total Tap Tower Takeover Tour. It was served in a wine glass.

Look: reddish brown and slightly amber. There was some haziness present in the standard bottled version of Double Bastard when I had it but that isn't present here. There's a very, very thin head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a little lacing but not much. There's not much in the way of carbonation either.

Smell: potent smell of malt and booze. There are hints of brandy, fruit, and some hoppiness.

Taste: it tastes very malty and the brandy flavor is more present in the taste than in the smell. The brandy taste isn't offensive like some bourbon barrel beers are. It still tastes like a Double Bastard but just with a twist. A little bitter but its hard to taste the hops for me.

Feel: full bodied. Despite being less alcoholic than normal Double Bastard, the booze is more apparent in this one.

Drink: relatively easy to drink when the style is considered.

Overall, it was a really good beer and a really interesting one. It was definitely worth getting and I would probably get again if I had the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 12:46:24 | More by SkunkWorks
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2006 Double Bastard Ale Aged In Brandy Barrels from Stone Brewing Co.
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