DrSilverworm (9671) - 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 (13462) - 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.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very hazy and dark golden copper/ruby red color with dark mahogany edges and a two finger frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap/ring. Surprisingly good retention for the style and high ABV. Takes a while to settle and the coats glass with large sheets of soapy lacing. Looks great.
Nice barrel presence in the aroma without overpowering the base beer. Sweet vinous fruit notes are prominent along with subtle charred oak/toothpick and vanilla bean. Just enough oak, red wine and vinous berries without taking away from the heavy malts and earthy, resinous hops of regular Double Bastard. Hints of grape, dark cherry, currant and blackberry along with piney hops and fresh cut grass. Subtle tropical fruit profile with grapefruit and citrus peel. Malts held up with lots of caramel, toffee, cocoa and subtle leather/tobacco. Really nice balance. Could use a bit more red wine character but it’s nicely integrated while adding another dimension to the aroma of this classic strong ale.
Full body with a slightly creamy texture and some sweet, boozy heat. Prominent barrel character but again doesn’t overpower the base beer. Dry with toast/charred oak and a touch of toothpick which is a little strong for my preference but isn’t harsh or offensive. Lots of juicy red wine and sweet vinous dark fruit flavor with grape, sour cherry, blackberry and other dark fruit notes. Still, there is plenty of compex hop flavor balanced by a prominent malt backbone. Dry, earthy and resinous with grass, pine sap and spruce tip bitterness that lingers over subtle tropical fruits and dark leathery malt notes. Strong grapefruit flavor along with some pineapple and citrus rind. Malts are there providing excellent balance giving off notes of caramel, toffee, toast and leathery tobacco. Very complex with excellent balance. Red wine/vinous fruit, barrel, earthy and sweet hops and leathery malt notes bounce off of each other nicely. Very nice beer with great barrel integration that doesn’t obliterate the base beer. Some boozy sweetness in the finish but the alcohol is well hidden making this flavorful and complex beer deceptively drinkable. I’m surprised that this beer isn’t well received. One of the better barrel aged beers I’ve had from Stone.
Dr_MedievAle (205) - 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 (7307) - 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 (1359) - 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 (10088) - 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.
alexsdad06 (9004) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Lackman from notes. Pours a hazy caramel brown color with a thin beige film. The aroma and flavor have caramel, oak, wine barrel, earthy hops, faded citrus hops, oak, tannins, red grapes, the flavor has some additional herbal spiciness. Barrel influences are noticeable, still pretty easy to drink, I’m glad I got a shot at this.
IndianaRed (3791) - 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 (4612) - 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.