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Oaked Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Oaked Double Bastard Ale
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 16
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Overlord on 11-10-2008)
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2.63/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

First off, I want to say that I love Stone Brewery. Whenever my pallet wants to be challenged or thrashed, I grab me a 22 oz.er and go to town like Chloe Sevigny in that one artsy road trip movie. You know the one.

So when I picked up a 20 dollar sixer (Alaska)of this brew, I was pretty pumped. After my first sip I regretted my purchase. Don't get me wrong, it's a great beer, but the Bastard is far better. The main reason for my disappointment is the oak flavor. Perhaps it is because I am jaded by my own over oaked homebrews, but this beer was way too oakiefor my meager pallet. It took me a few weeks to kill off the six pack. The flavor dominated every second of the experience and remained on the tongue for quite a while afterward.

A good beer, but it makes me long for the original. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served up a clouded, ruddy-looking, russet-toned body with a thin, creamyish, near-white head.

Smell: Bready, toasted malts encrusted with caramelized sugars, beer-soaked raisins, hints of vanilla sugar, citrusy hops, and zesty oak wood.

Taste: Caramel as well as bready, toasty malts followed by layers of sweetness with another helping of brown sugar joining in. Raisiny fruitiness, later a bit of cooked apricots. Very small amount of vanilla. The citrusy, earthy hops, lightly bitter throughout, mingle well with the woodsy tannins from the French oak chips. Soft oakiness on the warm finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth and sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A big beer, a bold beer, but it remains keenly, dangerously drinkable.

Photo of beagle75
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft pour into a tulip glass at Beachwood BBQ.
2006 vintage.

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.

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3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with garnet highlighting. Served with a decently tight head of tawny, sticky bubbles. Outstanding lacing for a beer of this size.

Oaky as hell, with vanillin, brown sugar, molasses, and bourbon notes mixing round on the nose. The taste is smooth as hell: big and creamy from the cask, with notes of roasted barley, caramel malt, pine resin, vanilla, and citrus fruit, backed up with a whale of a hit of alcohol.

Eminently drinkable, full-bodied and so flavorful that it's hard to put down. There's a lot of booze in this one, but if you're in the mood for a one-a-night, this is a choice pick.

Oaked Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.