redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - SEP 18, 2004
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Havenít had this for several years or so, back then i wasnít quite so enamored with it. Not that i didnít like it, i guess i felt if it was double then i was expecting to be blown away with over powering intensive flavors, and if i remember right, i was surprised that it seem mellow in comparison to single bastard.
Fast forward to today...
2006 release. [after several years of double IPA, and other massive ales, Iíve learned that double doesnít mean approaching painful, in fact many double IPAís are in some ways more mellow that regular IPAís, the extra malt seems to smooth out some of the edges... same for this]
Pours a similar color to single bastard. dark brown amber, more dense, if not exactly cloudy, nice thick creamy head. sticky lace all the way down.
Aroma nice but not intense, some sweet maltiness, with some spices.
Taste, a full flavored beer, when you let the flavors swirl around in your mouth the complexity of many flavors is what attracts me to these bigger ales. an earthy like flavor [a totally good way]
hops complex malts good stuff!
[ serving type: bottle ]
smahtnicole (15) - boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This ale made my stomach hurt and my nose run. I had to literally choke back every gulp, the promise of CheeseNips the only thing that got me through. Yet I have never, never never never, been so insulted by a beer in my life as I was by the Double Bastard. I could not live with myself if I did not finish this atrociously horrendous beer: Iím no goddamned pussy.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2004 enjoyed with the lovely SmahtNicole. my stomach hurts. i am in pain. and yet i feel triumphant. why the low flavor rating and yet the high impression rating? because for better or WORSE no beer has so deeply made an impression. i was taunted and ridiculed by the label for cringing at my first sip. i felt it was necessay, nay, a matter of PRIDE that i finish this pint of satanic brew. and damn, am i buzzed. so touche Double Bastard... i see your bet... and i raise you two brave Bitches.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A huge thanks to belgianhomebrew for this one. First of all, the label writeup on this one is hilarious. Classic ripping on the Pete Coors and Augie Busch supporters of the world. Pours turbid diarrhea color (the color was almost as brown as the bottle) with medium off-white head which rapidly dissipates (which is to be expected with a beer of this ABV). Aroma of huge dark fruit, malt, hops, port, and cognac. Tastes hugely malty and dark fruity, with port, cognac, and scotch hints. Palate is dense, firm, and assertive. Finishes dark fruity and slightly dry, with well hidden alcohol, but the alcohol does appear as it warms. This is to beers as Mike Tyson is to boxers, although this beer is far more intelligent.....
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: beautiful bright crimson coloring, with a big, solid, creamy head standing on top.
Aroma: rich, fruity, and burnt. Feels like a turbo-charged Youngís Old Nick , it does! Fruit+liquorX 100! Spicy, sweet, and strong!
But, to drink! Mellow, on the tongue and tastebuds, at first, but soon sizzling with hops, flavor & booze, sweet boooze!
Boom! Bam! Biff, bang, Pow!!! There is no relief, nor should one seek any, from this hoppy, malty onslaught!!!
DAMN! I canít think of a tastier ale with this much strength, anywhere! The Double Bastard has seriously laid me to waste! Rich and delicious, and full and fruity and strong and BOOM!, SCHMANG! SCHWOOP!!! (As you see, Iíve had to invent new sound effects for the occasion)
Iíve been wallopped but good!, and I like it!
Damn, I like every little wicked thing this beer does to me!
Itís a MONSTER!!! Thereís no relief, no respite, no nothing, just the full-on fruity, hoppy explosion that is this BastardX2!!!
How does it compare to my favorite, Bellís Third Coast Old Ale?
No, Iím not in the mood, or inclination. Weíll just judge it on itís own and say that was one hell of a trombone solo!
Strong, sweet, burnt, but still, somehow delicious, thatís the thing!
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2005 come on the name says it all.(just like its younger brother)
the bastard2 will kick your ass!!!!!
very strong almost port taste.careful with this one people.
2004 bottle:looks just like a barleywine.has a creamy head that leaves nice lacing.the taste is very smooth.even smoother than a regualr a.b.the hops are not as in your face with the double.its more balanced in a very good way.a bit of spice thrown in as well.much better this time around.
re-rate 2005.this is becoming a routine brew.excellent stuff.
AlphaOmega (8) - USA - SEP 3, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 RateBeer? I donít get it. Shouldnít it be called RateAle? Does Stone Brew make beer now? That would be an absolute travisty. Anyhow... I was looking at how some of the "wussies" describe Double Bastard... like itís some kind of cheap wine. Check it out. Iíve been drinking Double Bastard since 2000. There is nothing "fruity" or "sweet" about it. It taste like it was filtered through a really old sock and I wouldnít have it any other way. Double Bastard F#@king ROCKS! There is no way to really describe it. You must try it or you wonít have a clue. I must say... if you donít like it itís only because your wussy tastebuds canít handle it. Go grab a bottle of "light" beer and cleanse your pallet you wuss! Youíre not worthy!
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby red in colour topped by a medium thick head with intricate lacing
left on the glass. Aroma is malty and fruity with good strong hoppy accents.
Flavor is full and complex. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, grapefruit,
pine, pepper and tons of in your face biiterness. Not for the weak or faint
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body with purple highlights. Not a whole lot of carbonation, short-lived wispy white head. The aroma has orange dream ice cream along with wheat bread. Big flavor, starts with brown sugar, apple skin, grapefruit rind mixed with the aforementioned brown sugar. The big flavor and alcohol serve to overwhelm the palate, preventing appreciation of whatever complexity might be in there. Or maybe itís just not that complex in the first place, just "big".
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle. Creamy off-white head that lasts a while... clear deep ruby / mahogany body. Initial whiff of the aroma brought a sweet hoppy and BMW leather aroma. Also seems a bit fruity... like fruity liquor; blueberry schnapps and cherry. Taste is sweet, strong, and bitter. Orange, wood, brown sugar, alcohol. I like the way the alcohol isnít too unpleasant... the hops and sweetness seem to block that nicely, without having it be too sweet.