ian2000gsxr (69) - USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2005 dark brown wtht hints of red... strong hoppy aroma with a sweetness..taste is initially very sweet and then transitions into strong hop bitterness.. lingering aftertastes. warming of the chest from the alcohol. a stronger AB. very good and as expected my friend who usually drinks coors light didn’t like it at all. his loss!
MolsonMan (58) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2005
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours a dark muddy brown. Alcohol is not very well masked in this beer. I was very disappointed in the overall performance of this. Then again I found the case against the back wall, buried at my local beer distributor. Warm case too. Wonder how long it was sitting?
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great beer, but I found it was actually less enjoyable than arrogant bastard. The greater amount of malt and higher alcohol eclipsed the hoppiness that made arrogant bastard so enjoyable. I felt the alcohol was pretty poorly masked as well. The high IBUs are still very apparent in the aftertaste, when your mouth kind of feels ravaged.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Note: This rating is for the 2004 Double Bastard, 5 months after initial distribution. Malt and alcohol aroma predominant. Deep transparent brown with reddish amber accents. Heavy body, large malt character match with high bitterness. Definitely more melded and subtle in flavor characteristic than a younger bottle. High alchohol warmth, particularly noticable in the finish. Despite such massive character, the hallmark of Stone, that residual sweetness from lower attenuation and floral ester combination is present. Just not center stage.
Loweeel (6) - USA - MAR 18, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh my god. This is truly the motherload of aggressive beer. Like most of the stronger Stone offerings, its flavor varies widely with temperature. Do not try this at refrigerator temperature, unless you want a mouthfull of bitterness. However, the contrast between it’s starting bitterness and the malty sweetness as it warms into cellaring temperature in the 50’s makes drinking the entire bomber as it warms an experience not to be missed. It’s almost a vertical tasting in a single bottle.
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle 3/17/05. Pours a very deep amber color with a large off white head. Very impressed with the nose that is filled with fruits. Very malty and extrmley hoppy. The hops are incredible and presnet in the smell and taste. The 10% alcohol cant be detected. Easily the best Stone beer that i’ve had but im sure they have even better for me to try.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour was a dark murky brown, nose filled with dark fruits, nuts, malts. Very heavy brew, taste similar to smell but more potent. Overall an enjoyable experience. Thanks to brewmaster for the hookup.
Fiend (104) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A cloudy amber color with thin head. Very malty and hoppy taste which almost (but not quite) offsets the strong alcohol flavor...due to the 10% alcohol! I wasn’t sure if I had cracked a bottle of wine gone bad or one of the better beers I’ve tasted:) As the label says...this is a lacerative muther of a beer!
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark and hazy amber colored beer with a thin tan head. Very full and heavy aroma of malt, hop and nut. Sweet with a bitter tone, well-balanced. Touch of alcohol. Flavor has lots of malt and bitter hops and nutty notes. Sweet to begin with but turns bitter in the end. Extremely heavy and tastefull. Thick and sticky mouthful. Another very fine brew from the coolest brewery on earth!!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper and crimson, thick off white head. Rich and complex nose of brown sugar, pine, citrus, caramel, light cherry, with a slight hint of apricot. Flavor is similar with a huge malty bitter sweetness up front, followed up with a big hop blast to ensure balance. Full bodied, light carbonation, fading away bitter-sweet drying finish. This is one intense brew that makes the standard AB look like a baby bastard.....