Double Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev -4%
500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2009 Double Bastard aged in Bourbon Barrels. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Deep amber with an off-white head and nice surface bubbles.
Smell - Incredible bourbon and oak barrel notes. No booze, but also not much of the base beer on the nose.
Taste - Bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Caramel malt. Still has quite the hop presence of Double Bastard. Bitter and oaky finish.
Mouthfeel - Not boozy. Not very thick, either. Oak and hops make the finish a little harsh.
Overall - Loads of vanilla. Excellent barrel flavors. I never would have thought the base beer a good candidate for barreling, but this worked out nicely.
06-15-2014 01:18:23 | More by Alieniloquium
3.83/5 rDev -9.2%
500ml bottle poured into a Jack's Abby snifter. Brewed in '09 and bottled in '12, part of the QM series. Thanks Tom (airfoil) for the bottle!
A- Pours a dark brown that has some translucency but for the most part is fairly opaque. Just a very thin head forms that recedes to a flat top, fairly minimal carbonation.
S- Balanced bourbon, dark fruits, raisins, figs, caramel, oak. Nice subtle complexeties, could be more aromatic though.
T- Light bourbon, sticky caramel, slight sweet cherry with just a very faint tartness. Decent overall but I'd like the bourbon to come out more and the flavors to be intensified in general- it's a little bit duller then I'd like.
M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the thicker side, coats the palate with a nice stickiness, not much carbonation but I'm fine with that, very drinkable.
O- This was a decent beer however I had slightly higher expectations for it. The bourbon was very subtle however it did do a good job at balancing the other flavors out. Overall it wasn't as flavorful as I would have liked it to be although it was still very drinkable. This is definitely worth trying however I don't think it is worth the price tag they had on it (don't remember exact price but I think it may have been $20).
02-05-2014 23:19:43 | More by jaasen64
3.55/5 rDev -15.9%
Received in a trade a while back. This is the 2009 vintage, 2012 release.
A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a very nice clear super deep garnet/ruby hue with a big light mocha nearly three finger creamy head that fades slowly to leave light and sticky lacing along with a nearly 1 finger blanket. Best 500mL Stone appearance yet.
S - Aromas of rich oak, caramel, raisins, malts, light dark fruits, leather notes along with light alcohol as well. Nice bourbon notes as well, however, somewhere in the middle there is a weird slightly "off" aroma. Not infection off, but almost like a spoiled note.
T - Taste is older hops, lightly bitter, caramel, brown sugar, light bourbon, flashes of vanilla. Finish is awfully sweet with dark fruit notes as well. Not quite cloy but close. The oddity in the nose does not appear in the taste, though even with that oddity in the nose the nose is still better than this tastes.
M - Mouthfeel is pretty good, lighter carbonation but still pretty easy drinking.
O - Overall, let down again by a Stone 500mL. Really not worth the effort on these, quite unfortunate, especially considering how good the appearance was.
01-28-2014 00:07:06 | More by rudzud
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
2010 version on-tap at Stone in Escondido. Reviewed from notes taken last week.
A- Amber bodied pour into 8oz tasting mini-pint glass. Small white head forms but falls fairly quickly to a thin ring around the edges of the beer. Just a few spots of lace.
S- Aged Double Bastard comes through nicely, having had it many times, with dusty musty caramel and spiced raisins, it feels more like an Old Ale now, a good one however. The barrel contributes hints of faint vanilla bourbon and some oak wood.
T- Mimics the aroma closely but more of the barrel coming through here. Dusty aged caramel and raisin oxidation with some sweetness complimented by a medium-strength bourbon barrel. At this point a great vanilla flavor comes through with a fresh oak woody feel and some whiskey in the end.
MF- Moderately heavy body with a medium level of carbonation and a nice creamy texture. Some warmth from the alcohol but it works well here.
Aged Double Bastard and the right kind of Bourbon barrel usage come together here to create something special. The flavors from each are complimentary and this is one I could sip on for hours.
11-11-2013 01:26:27 | More by cbutova
Double Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
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