Double Bastard Ale - Toasted Oak - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by barczar:
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
Clear light brown/copper color with modest cream head that dissipates into spotty lacing.
Oak, vanilla, fresh cut grass, resin, and a bit of citrus form the initial aroma.
Vanilla, oak, resin, and bitter hops complement significantly sweet caramel malt backbone. The balance is bitter, but caramel sweetness alleviates the brutality.
Body is moderate to a tad light, with moderate carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.
Great variation of a great beer, though the vanilla is slightly overwhelming.
05-25-2013 19:28:01 | More by barczar
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4.29/5 rDev +6.2%
Where I've been a little short-stinted in my fan fare of Double Bastard Ale (even through the original Arrogant Bastard Ale is among my favorite ales), the employment of "toasted oak" gives the beer a lift that it unabashedly deserves.
But like the regular version, this toasted oak version pours with a deep honey amber hue that exudes density and heft to the eye. A deep gaze into the beer reveals a veil of haze that casts diffused glow. Firmly capped with a slim off-white head, the beer retains beautifully and laces the glass with a collar off foam. It's simply a beautiful ale.
Bold aromas of toffee, maple, soft oak, and a marshmallowy-vanilla blend that starts to remind me of butterscotch candies. As the oak would have it- the hop presence rounds out the citrus and pine into a rough herbal scent that recedes to a supportive role. That's because this ale is all about barley sweetness and sweet oak complements.
And all those savory aromas manifests even better in taste: The rich toffee upstart weaves in the taste of toast, then butter pecan, then butterscotch because of the backing of oak vanillans and caramels. Nutty with pecan and cashew- the ale is decadent on the palate heading into finish. A late charge of citrus and pine bitterness balance the immense sweetness with ease and charm, but without dominating the taste.
Full bodied, without question, the malt-heavy ale is decadent and unapologetic in its mouthfeel- preferring dessert-like stature, its weight is lightly syrupy and softly chewy, even with a malty-sweet finish that also borrows alcohol dryness and hop-charged resins.
There's an ultimate charm about this "toasted oak" variety that gives us those intangible tastes, textures, and aromas that are uncommon in simply good ales- this one is different- its buttery, savory, and mature with a most soothing of commanding presence. It just does that!
05-19-2013 07:16:22 | More by BEERchitect
Double Bastard Ale - Toasted Oak from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.