DrSilverworm (6818) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Tmoney99 (10985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Dr_MedievAle (196) - Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Blackstone in Iowa City, IA. Aroma: pickles, sour grapes, warm oak. Appearance: murky reddish brown with foamy white head. Decent retention. Taste: sour sweet tarts, bitter oak and bitter geranium mingling with sweet caramel, brown sugar, and juicy grape. Oaky wine flavors. Palate: sticky but finishes dry--the red wine influence, no doubt. Burning alcohol in finish, too. Overall: complex as hell. Warms the heart and mind. Not sure why people have hated on this rarity
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky rusted copper with a thick foamy sticky beige head. Intoxicating aromas with caramel, whiskey, vanilla and coconut oak char, and sweet red wine notes. Uh-mazing nose. The flavor is unfortunately a little too boozy. There’s this sharp alcohol phenol followed by a lovely red wine barrel note with a little char, strong ale mealtimes, and a bit of whiskey. Kinda malty and nuanced caramely but loads of barrel.
ACHops (737) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Beer Junction during Barrel Junction. Pours cloudy reddish dark amber with thin lacy white head. Aroma is big cedar-y wood and much lighter sweet caramel malt. Taste is thick, heavy sweet caramel malt, big punchy hops to balance out all that sweetness, and dark vinous undertones. Dry, oaky flavor throughout, particularly on the finish. The sweet boozy flavor and dry barrel notes make this is a unique beer. Doesn’t have the pure heavy strong ale flavor of straight Double Bastard. It must have taken some significant barrel time for a beer this strong to pick up red wine flavors - most wine barrel-aged beers are super thin and mild. Well done here.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My least favorite DB, but still pretty nice. Combines the agressive hoppiness in DB, and both mellows and compliments it with a fruity tartness.
IndianaRed (2569) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
luttonm (2341) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
daknole (9417) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish colored pour, tan head. Caramel, oak, booze, brown sugar, light wine notes. Pretty good.
arminjewell (6323) - lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.