slowrunner77 (1945) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
"now that’s a big beer. double bastard has been growing on me already, and after a couple cask and barrel aged beers at Stone’s 2009 Winter Storm I’ve come to the conclusion that they do the barrel thing really well. DB is good, this version is great (2006). Great taste, balance and complexity!"
NOT retired at Stone as of 1/09!!!
dmac (4007) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 Bourbon barrel aged at NOTB 2009. Poured a reddish brown with minimal head. Aroma of vanilla, oak barrel, toffee, caramel, and some grapefruit citrus hops still holding on despite the age. Medium bodied with lively bubbly carbonation despite being 3 years old and barrel aged. Flavor of vanilla bourbon, wood, burnt caramel/toffee, slight hop bitterness and a good dose alcohol. Nice but this one drank very hot from the bourbon aging.
JohnnyJ (4359) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Broubon barrel aged Double Bastard 06, at the 08 double bastard release. Pours a deep reddish brown, with very thin head. The bourbon is reserved, and almost muted. Strong caramel malts, mollasses, oak, vanilla, earthiness, and some bitter hops still hanging in there. The mouthfeel is soft and syrupy. Very good, but the french oak barrel was better.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Bastard Ale on-tap at Double Bastard Ale Night at the Stone Brewery. Pours an almost clear, reddish brown color. No head, only a few large bubbles. Smells of bourbon and oak. Tastes of bourbon and oak as well. Also tastes of sweet malts. A little hop spiciness buried under all of that as well. Totally flat, which is a bummer because this brew really does taste good. Brew is thick but it feels thin with the lack of carbonation. Great barrel-aged beer. I just wish it had carbonation.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Name: Double Bastard Bourbon Barrel
Appearance: muddy burnt orange, scant frothy head,
Aroma: sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma enriched by the dark caramel,
Flavor: rich dark caramel malt flavor, lots of bourbon and vanilla sweetness, touch of alcohol, hops are diminished by the sweetness,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Stone’s 2007 Double Bastard Night. Listed as 2004 Bourbon Barrel. No head, except for huge bubbles from pour. Bourbon is present in araom, but not overpowering. Nice bitter/sweetness balance, but leans sweet. Very, very delicious. Double Bastard is one of my favorite beers. I have been collecting and aging these. I now have 04,05,06, and 07. Tasted with kp, eyedrinkale, oodeftone (on BA), and darkelf.
hapjydeuce (938) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, its been a while since anyone has rated this one. Not sure if its the same batch, but had it on tap at Stone brewery/bistro. 2004 Bourbon Barrel Double Bastard during Double Bastard night, Nov.29 2007. Hazy copper color with no head, quite flat but wreaking with bourbon whiskey notes, sticky malt, cinnamon and hops. 3 years of age have mellowed it out a lot, and the presence of oak is noticeable. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, like brandy, with the hops still putting on the bitterness at each sip. Highly enjoyable.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hell ya, i was at the strong ale fest 04, i sampled some of this fine beer during my journey of drunkeness. All i can say is big, this beer was huge, it had a body like a lineman and an attitude like... Just really huge, definite kick up from the double.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Strong Ale Fest 2004. Didnt enter the rating sooner due to the fact I didnt think it would be considererd a seperate beer. To much goign on here. A beer that was already pretty extreme is pushed over the edge by the whiskey barrel aging. Over the top hops bludgeoned by harsh bourbon notes with oakiness that would be overbearing in any beer but this. Put this under MAYBe try again.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong Ale 04. One of my top 3 beers at the fest. This stuff was lightly oaked, silky smooth and oh so tasty. Rich honey taste and lightly hopped. I’m hoping this will be the ’05 3L, hint.