Oaked Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by beagle75:
4.7/5 rDev +14.6%
Draft pour into a tulip glass at Beachwood BBQ.
A: Slightly hazy, dark reddish-amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.
S: Husky grain, some vinous fruit, and volatile oak are increasingly apparent in the smell of this beer as it warms. No alcohol is explicitly detected in the smell, but may be cleverly disguised alongside the oak.
T: Begins off-dry with caramel malt, brown sugar, and some golden raisins. Oak emerges aggressively in the middle, channeling the qualities of a fine scotch, but without the alcohol burn. The finish is bracingly bitter, accented by the lingering flavor of oak.
M: Medium to thick viscosity, syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation. The smoothness of this beer is remarkable considering the style, with no scorching effect on the palate.
D: This beer is great tasting, complex, and fantastically drinkable for the style. The qualities encountered here do not fatigue the palate, as might be expected. It provides a strong argument for the optional nature of the bourbon--or other spirit-infused--barrel in the making of good wood-aged beer. If Stone bottled this beer it would be legendary; I am thankful to get a taste of it every time it re-surfaces on draft at Beachwood.
10-24-2010 19:08:09 | More by beagle75
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3.86/5 rDev -5.9%
Enjoyed in a pint glass
A - Reddish-Brown, slightly cloudy with an 1/2 inch oatmeal colored head. Thin, but long lasting lacing.
S - Toasted Malts, Oak, dried fruits, and hints of citrus.
T - Toasted Malts, dried fruits with plenty of oak.
M - Medium-full mouth feel, with a bitter hops, alcohol, & oaky finish
O - This big beer has tons of flavor with plenty of alcohol and oak. Still quite enjoyable and easy to drink. Not exactly a session beer, but it will be finding its way back into my fridge soon.
04-01-2014 00:53:02 | More by jj139
3.23/5 rDev -21.2%
Had at the Stone Tap Takeover in Charlotte. 2006 Vintage on French Oak Chips. Served from tap into a tumbler. Poured a deep red-orange with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and smoked wood. The flavor was comprised of a big hop and alcohol up-front with a subtle woody earthiness on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall the hop and alcohol up front on this one were kind of overwhelming for me. The subtle woody note did help to bring my palate back down to Earth but just barely. Just too much of the upfront flavors to allow the true nature of the original brew to shine through.
10-12-2010 15:24:37 | More by thagr81us
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
Another bottle, enjoyed by myself. You have to like Stone's painted bottles.
Poured slightly cloudy, reddish mahogany brown, with a thin, cream colored head. Good retention, thin coating lace.
Smell had lots of bready malts, some sweetness but then lots of citrus hops. Nice wafting aroma of oak wood barrel.
Taste starts with some caramel sweetness, slightly fruity. Lots of bitter hops, earthy and leafy. Then comes the wood, touch of vanilla, nice oaky finish.
Medium to full body, medium carbonation, smooth, oak flavor hangs around giving a slightly oily mouthfeel.
Lots of flavor, but still easy to drink, no hint of the 10+ % alcohol.
01-06-2013 03:18:58 | More by BigBry
Oaked Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.