ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best "barley wine" ever. Deep red color with creamy off white/tan head. The taste was very robust and very enjoyable. Awesome ABV. I wish I could promote this beer more, a new favorite. Wish it was more readily available.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I work at a store called Beverages and More, and have the opportunity of talking to the stone reps every week. He said this years Double Bastard is gonna be even more burly!
Capa (2628) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 release. Poures a deep mahogany with a nice sized light tan head with nice lacing and that sticks around for a while. The aroma was strong enough to hit me while I was pouring. It had notes of dark fruits, caramel, hops and malts. The mouth is thicker than I was expecting, not syrup-like but definitly creamy. The flavor at first is fruit and alcohol with some caramel as well. Finishes off with hops and alcohol with mild bitterness. This is a sipping brew, much more so than the Arrogant Bastard. Very tasty.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Courtesy of Degarth.
Pours deep ruby red. Malty, not too hoppy at all, grapefruit hops, slight chocolate, alcohol isn’t noticeable, and pretty sweet.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle thanks to Noah. 2005 vintage. Pours a great mahogany red color, one of the best from a strong ale I’ve seen in awhile. Notes of brown sugar and hops on the nose lead into caramel and toffee on the front of the palate. Finishes with a bracing hop note, which should fade in time, but I found a bit too over-the-top. Need to age a few to rerate down the road.
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the EBF...
Appearance:Amber,good tan head..
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2009 Pours a hazy dark amber with big white head. Packs in tons of caramel malt, some brown sugar, tobacco, and dark fruit. Carries a moderate sweetness and is a bit rough throughout. Finishes with a sneaky balancing bitterness. Alcohol presence is there, but not overwhelming. As advertised, this is one huge beer. It was tough for even Jeanne and I to split this one together. A year old bottle of this with less bitterness might be fantastic, and great for a meal.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Bottled in 2003. Poured a nice brown/orange color. Head lasted very well. Aroma was of citrus. Flavor was perfect Carmel malts and grapfruits, no pine. Great Great beer."
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
who can resist! taste and understand. smooth taste and incredibly strong but this soon dissipates and becomes quite an enjoyable sip.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Lots of malt. Lots of hops. Lots of alcohol. This is a great American Strong Ale, and what I like to call a hop coctail. Pours to a deep amber to red color with a white head that fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is excellent with lots of good piney and citrus hop aroma paired with some estery fruit. The palate is firm with good sweet and caramel malt flavor, and a nice back drop of estery fruit. Double Bastard finishes with good malt and fruit notes up front, the ends with some good piney hop bitterness, and a soothing alcohol bite. Really nice before or after dinner drink, and makes for a great sipping brew.