Beer Review: Stone Brewing Double Bastard Ale (2008)
After an evening of crappy beer, there are bunch of breweries, I know that will, at the very least, give me a satisfying beer. Stone brewing is one of them, but I also wanted a beer with some balls tonight. So, with double in the name and a 10.5% abv, the Stone Double Bastard Ale was my choice.
The beer seems to like a good hard pour, start with almost no head, but right at the end of the pour it built into a big billowy thick head.
Dark auburn color with ruby hues you could see as you held it to the light. Think cream colored head, fairly good lacing.
Wow, intense. Alcohol, toasted maltiness (is that a word???), plumb, and dark sugar. Complex and very appealing.
This arrogant beer starts of rich, thick, and molassesy sweet, then hits you with some heat so you know the alcohol is there, then finishes with a grapefruit – hop bitterness. Delicious.
An excellent beer. Glad I still have 2 more bottles! With the intense aroma, flavors, and high abv (10.5%) it is extremely well balanced so that you can drink it and experience the flavors, one doesn’t really dominant another they just blend together.
This is a tough one, excellent beer, would pair it up with something that goes with the sweet in the beer, like creme brulee.
Tasting method:22oz Bottle
My rating: 9.4