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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
litgeekandrew (3) - - JUL 16, 2014
Had a really great, complex flavor and mouthfeel. Until I could identify the dominant taste, campari/insect repellent, which I then could not untaste.


4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2014
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
My least favorite DB, but still pretty nice. Combines the agressive hoppiness in DB, and both mellows and compliments it with a fruity tartness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dr_MedievAle (197) - Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2014
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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2014
Brownish colored pour, tan head. Caramel, oak, booze, brown sugar, light wine notes. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2165) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Deep ruby amber color, opaque with sudsy ring of head. Funky wood and red wine and sweet barley aroma. A bitter hop up front followed by sweet barley wine like body finished with light red wine woody funk. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cory (350) - , California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Draft. Creamy, strong vanilla with a little citrus sour, a the wine and oak sneak up and then take over the whole experience, sweet taste, a lingering bitter for long finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Tap @ Les Caves... Poured hazy brownish with a thin head. Still some bitterness with a strong oak presence here. Hint of wine with warming alcohol booze and dark fruits. Malty and sweet with a hint of oxidation too.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2014
On tap at The Pour House.
Appearance: Amber hued body with pink tinges. Short light tan head.
Aroma: Mildly sweet caramel with hints of tannins, strong grapefruit and a sort of musky aroma of an aged American barleywine.
Taste: Moderately bitter grapefruit with brown sugar and dry red wine hints.
Palate: Full bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: This drinks like an aged American Barleywine with no real barrel or wine presence. I guess there’s a reason this was on tap 3 days after the take-over.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (754) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
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.


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