after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500, corked and baled. Thanks, J! Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head that lasts. Lots of spicy oak and some bourbon notes on the nose, along with caramel and dry leaves. Creamy thick body with moderate carb. Sweet spicy barrel character, mostly oak, on the mid palate, blended with toasty caramel and dark brown bread. Long malty, bread-crusty finish.
haddon90 (1575) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hollingshead in Orange, CA. Pours a foggy copper color with a very thin head. Strong, bourbon aroma with a nice hint of hops. Strong bourbon presence in the flavor. Smokey malt as well. Amazing balance and quite a strong ale. I hope Stone offers this more often.
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Mashed up Bourbon nose, with muted hops.   Double bastard is soft.   Barrel aging isn’t all that sweet, not as much caramel as I would have thought.   Moderately sweet, some coconut and caramel, slight bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow, but it seems unfinished.   Maybe too much time in the barrel?   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   A little astringent on the finish.   Hides the ABV well, but its not as rich, smooth, or clean as other barrel aged examples of similar nature.   Factor in cost... and yeah, mediocre example.
popway (118) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy Stone offerings, including the Double Bastrad, their Enjoy By IPAs, and their Imperial Russian Stout, but this was not one of my favorites. Unfortunately, I got tngled in the enjoyment of this hybrid. Does everything have to be barrel aged? I think the nose is the best sense here for me, sweet and upfront booziness, but the taste does not run concurrent to my expectations. It has a bit of bite in the tail, but is like a tug of war for me, and there is no clear winner.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewery. Cloudy reddish brown with no head. Huge bourbon, molasses, cereal grain, vanilla, caramel, and oak aroma. Thick bright and oily palate. Bitter grainy taste tending more toward rye whiskey flavors than bourbon with dominant molasses, caramel, and oak notes and an almost sharp citrus finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewvival 2011, on tap. Hazy redddish amber body with a small creamy tan head
Sweet bourbon vanilla oak floral hops and caramel aroma
Big bourbon flavor some caramel oak and floral hops
Med full body mod carb
alexsdad06 (7430) - Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle brought back to the group by brew3crew. Pours a hazy caramel brown color with a thin beige film. The aroma and flavor have caramel, oak, whiskey, earthy hops, faded citrus hops, the flavor has some additional herbal spiciness. Either the barrel or the combination of the barrel and the age has kind of chopped this up. I like Double Bastard aged, but the barrel may take away from this just a bit.
drowland (7112) - Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle thanks to deftim13 during RBWG 2013. Hazy mahogany pour with a small khaki head. Dark fruits, dates, caramel, a bit of BA, wood, and vanilla on the aroma. Light oxidation in the flavor, burnt caramel, dark fruits, and maltiness. Not bad.
Tmoney99 (12406) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured light brown color with an average to large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy malt, whiskey wood and earth hop aroma. Copious body with a smooth slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy whiskey bittersweet flavor to medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met with a complex solid beer.
DrSilverworm (9090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from a 500ml bottle, shared by brew3crew. 2009 Vintage. Mostly clear brown color. Some particles floating about in the body. Pours with a nice bigger khaki head. Few bits of lace. Woody, lightly spicy aroma. Hint of dark fruit. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter kind of soft carbonation. Dry finish. Some alcohol warmth. Moderate bitterness. Very interesting stuff, not bad despite the heat