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Double Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Stone Brewing Co.

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88 Ratings

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 32
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: FosterJM on 06-17-2012)
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2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

stevec32, Aug 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

BigDaveLB, Dec 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

pmoney, Mar 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

baybum, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of jegross2
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Aged 2009 Double Bastard Ale from the Quingenti Millitre Series from Stone Brewing Company out of Escondido, California.

Score: 82

Bottle is from the June 2012 release. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 01/31/13.

Appearance: Chestnut brown in color with a finger of fizzy beige head that gradually settles to a thin layer atop the glass. Has a very traditional old ale look, but with a lot more head than expected off the pour. Good lacing and retention. Some serious floaties settle onto the bottom half of the glass. 3/5

Smell: Caramel, molasses, fig, sweet raisin, and sweet, faintly desserty, oaky vanilla. Lots of malt with a dark fruit twist. Bourbon complexities are very noticeable on the nose. Faint milk chocolate in the background. Some “leather belt” smell towards the end of a whiff too. Light alcohol esters present. There is a little brown sugar and a “fizziness” in the nose as the beer warms up. 4.25/5

Taste: Lots of caramel, then lesser quantums of brown sugar and fizzy vanilla. Finish is oddly bitter. There is some dark fruit too. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Too thin and over-carbonated. Dry, and slightly bitter on finish. 1.5/5

Overall: Although the nose was promising, the favors are too light, less complex and the mouthfeel kills the beer. Skip this one.

Cost: $20 for a 500 ml bottle.

jegross2, Feb 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

mmulebarn, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of rudzud
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

rudzud, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Big thanks for sharing.

A: Deep red with a big beige head.

S: Prominent caramel and bready notes blend with pine, earth, and some citrus. Strong bourbon with lots of booze and a little vanilla.

T: Big and boozy with big bourbon notes. Again, very boozy. Lots of oak and caramel with an insistent bitterness. It's piney with some grapefruit. Tastes like 15% ABV.

M: Upper medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid but the alcohol is stinging. At $25 I'd definitely pass on this.

HopHead84, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

DanGeo, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Gonzoillini, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

davet100, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

CelticAleMan, Aug 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

seeswo, Jun 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

imperialking, Mar 01, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Tim. Thanks!

Copper in color with a small off-white head. Huge booze/bourbon aroma on this. Lots of dark fruit, wood, vanilla, and sugar aromas as well. But mostly booze. Things are a touch more mellow on the palate, but still fairly heavy on the bourbon. Lots of vanilla, dark fruit, nuts, and brown sugar and caramel. Really an intense aroma and flavor to this, hopefully it mellows out a bit.

womencantsail, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of fearbeer0506
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at Mew's Tavern in Wakefield, RI for my birthday. It was a bit hoppy for my taste, however, it was a good beer. It started strong with hops, the middle was a mix of malts, and the finish was a bit spicy. All in all I would have it again.

fearbeer0506, Jan 11, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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).

jaasen64, Feb 05, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour courtesy of AndresR at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2009 vintage.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, wood, and vanilla. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a slight hop flavor on the finish. There is a fairly mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and seems to have benefitted from a barrel aging treatment.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 24, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruddy red and slightly cloudy. A small head quickly recedes. Lots of pineapple on the nose. Taste balances toasted malts, more pineapple, and strong hop bitterness. Really surprised how much pineapple there is in this, which I don't remember from standard Double Bastard. Finishes very dry and bitter with respectable carbonation.

kscaldef, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

Jason, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

largadeer, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

jpaulsen, Apr 07, 2013
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Double Bastard Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Stone Brewing Co.
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