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Double Bastard Ale - Red Wine Barrel
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Draft at The Beer Junction in West Seattle. Dark woody light brown, but bright, lacy brown head. Sweet mead aroma, woody. Absolutely fresh oak barrel room. This smells like a nice brewery or especially a vineyard: terrific. Creamy alcohol. Huge wood funk. Very nice beer, highlight of the day.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wchesser (1245) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Tap at Fire on the Mountain, Denver. Deep slightly cloudy amber. Nose is like juniper burning, pine, some red fruit, touch of oak. Taste is highly bitter astringent chemically pine solvent, lots of malt but not much else. Interesting but bitterness just blows everything else out. Split a 12 oz pour and still didn’t finish my half. Maybe cause I tried this after a Supplication?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (3445) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2014
On tap at the pour house for their Stone event. Poured murky reddish brown with small head. Aromas is wet oak, red vino, yeast, and hops. Flavor is muted funk with a lot of wet wood and dust. A little bit of ash and leather too. I’ll never understand why Stone doesn’t put tier name in front of this series. Fcking annoying as far as looking shit up. Light or even thin bodied for a B.A version of the bastard. Alcohol was smooth. Average at best.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (11092) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Draft. Poured a hazy brown color with an average frothy tan head that lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted caramel malt, dark tannic fruit and alcohol aroma. Heavy sweet toasted malt, dark fruit flavor with a heavy tannic sweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This should be a top 50 standout beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6975) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
10oz snifter on tap at Lackman. $9. 2012 vintage. Hazy dark red kind of brownish color. Thin off white head, leaves great thicker lace. Nice webs and splotches. As good looking as this could be, probably. Very nice fruity, lightly tropical hop aroma, maybe more so than Fresh double Bastard. Wine barrel seems to bring out tons of good red grape and wood tannic aroma that really helps to smooth the whole thing out, very mellow and easy drinking. I’m always shocked how smooth Fresh double Bastard is, and yet this is even smoother. Bigger body. Super smooth lighter carbonation. Kind of a creamy, full body. Lightly dry texture in the finish, though slightly slick through the crest. Fantastically complex and easy to sip, so tasty. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet, light alcohol warmth. Amazing how good this is. One of the most impressive stone offerings I’ve had in a long time, probably since bourbon barrel IRS . Red wine barrel has worked wonders here. Still a very nice amount of hoppy bitterness still very much alive here, and an enhanced tropical fruity yet lightly vinous hop aroma is probably why I liked this so much, combined with a perfect texture and appearance. Fucking good stuff, so glad I dropped by Lackman on my way home just in case.... It ended up paying off handsomely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Pour on tap at Hops and Pie, hazy reddish brown pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruits, plum, hints of grape into some wine, oaky notes, nice sweet vanilla, hints of spice. Taste is a mix of earth, spice, some nice red wine, oak, slight grape hinto some dark fruits, lots of caramel, toffee, finishing slightly sweet, dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2876) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2013
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a cloudy copper topped with a tan head. aroma is fruit wine notes malt and some hop notes. Taste is more of the wine barrel lots of oak grgrapefruit bitterness and some rich malts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
On tap @ Barrelhouse 101. Copper pour with an off-white head. Fairly resinous, piney aroma. Some red fruits, wine, and oak. Sweet caramel, some grapefruit, and light alcohol. Flavor is fairly sweet with a light bitterness. Oak, wine, pine, and grapefruit. Some wine, red fruit, and caramel malts. A touch of brown sugar and a mild tartness of grape.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2597) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 25, 2013
On tap at BitterCreek Alehouse, Boise. In a flight along with the ’11, ’12, and ’13 standard DBs Hazy redish amber with a small but lasting light tan ring. Clumps if sticky lacing crawl down the glad after each sip. Big wine barrel aroma. Sour fruit and muted bitter hops. Lots of woody musty barrel flavor that really suppresses the in-your-face DB IBU onslaught. Long sweet bitter trailer. Soft full palate. Glad I got to try this along side the others for comparison.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream head. Malt and oak aroma with light caramel. Earth and pine flavor with light grapefruit and oak. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine linger with earth, oak, caramel, and light red fruitiness.


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