maddmatt639 (196) - Pacifica, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight retention with good lacing. Smells of molasses and brown sugar. Tastes of brown sugar, vanilla and hops. Medium bitter finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JOHNCONOR (23) - USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This vicious brew punched me in the mouth and offered no apologies. Appearance is amber in color, bordering on dark brown. Whatever head there was quickly dissipated and left off white lacing on the sides of the glass as it was carefully consumed. Itís significantly more aggressive than say itís more timid associate (Arrogant Bastard), thanks to the elevated alcohol content. Weighing in at a healthy 11.2 percent it could be used in a pinch to power lawn equipment or remove rust. Though the intense flavor and backdrop does an adequate job disguising the elevated ABV. In my opinion the Double Bastard seems to have ironed out all the perceived shortcomings of Arrogant Bastard Ale however insignificant and delusional as they may be. The taste is well balanced for something as visceral as it is. The taste lies somewhere between being to hoppy and being overly malty. Flavors are reminiscent of roast caramel, heavy malts and rich aged leather, all accompanied by a steady backbeat of bitter and aromatic hops. As far as Iím concerned Stone can do no wrong. This is a tasty beer meant to be enjoyed on a crisp winter evening accompanied by the warm harmony of a fireÖ or as a sleep aid. All joking aside, itís a very good beer.
Cunningham (4296) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Hazy amber color with a off white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Sweet malty, a bit hoppy and fruity.
Palate: Medium to full body. Ok bitterness and a bit sweet. Soft to average carbonation.
Taste: Malt and dried fruit syrup.
Overall impression: Powerful tasty evening sipper.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget in Uddevalla, Sweden.
GSH1976 (206) - Delaware, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep amber with a little off-white head and average lacing. Aroma is sweet with hints of dark fruits, toffee, vanilla, oak and a little brown sugar. Taste follows the nose with a mixture of everything from the aroma initially but then the hops try to shine through but it is a futile attempt. The malt is running the show here but that is to be expected with such a high abv. Medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Alcohol is noticeable but not in an off putting way. Having said that, be careful because this beer packs one hell of a punch. Next on the agenda is a growler of Stoneís Espresso Imperial Russian Stout so my liver is going to take a beating.
sudomorph (494) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear caramel with a slightly tan head. Aroma is a big sweet malty. Booze, dark fruits. Taste is on the sweet side. Raisins, syrup. Medium-full body and low carbonation. Syrupy texture. Overall a huge beer. Best shared. Cheers!
chucklemation (409) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A pretty dark amber beer with a foamy white head. Smells of caramel and hops. This is a very intense beer, with an overpowering caramel flavor, almost like burnt caramel, with a syrupy feel. The bitterness starts light, but then quickly grows stronger. Like Stoneís Ruination IPA, I found this a bit too much, but at the same time I really enjoyed sipping this over a two hour period. Not for the faint of heart, thatís for sure.
swanmann (584) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
rusty amber color with a few tan bubbles; smells like whiskey, raisins, toffee, leather.... Nice alcohol warmth blending with intense caramel, vanilla, dark fruit and toasty bitterness; lively carbonation, full flavored with just a bit of syrupy mouthfeel. Brash bastard.
Muggus69 (1132) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
640mL bottle bottled on 10/18/13
Deep copper body, holds a dense off-white head.
Serious aroma; substantially woody/piney hop presence, cooked citrus, dried fruits, rich grainy malts and caramels with a spicy alcohol note.
Big thick oily palate, medium carbonation, seriously long palate.
A brutal assault on the palate follows...
Lots of woody hop spice, lots of caramel malts, lots of bitterness, lots of alcohol.
Lacks subtlety, alcohol on finish is a bit too obvious and warm, probably the lesser of their big name beers...still good though!
spacemonster (76) - Igo, California, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer (2013) doesnít hide the alcohol but that isnít a big point. It looks great and tastes even better. The aroma is hard to pin down as the alcohol kinda masks the hops a did and you get thick bready malts. So far so good. The taste is earthy hops and beautiful candied caramelized toffee and a roasty nuttiness. along with a good doses of hops. Delicious beer. well done. (again)
Ericular (555) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle dated 9-26-2013, just over 4 months old, aged at cellar temp as instructed by the bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with lasting foamy head and great lacing. Aroma is ripe fruits, candy sweet malts, earthy, cherries, and cheesecake. Taste is very sweet and malt forward for a few seconds until the hops come around and balance it out. Hops and alcohol burn mildly in the end. Ends bitter and dry. I have been burned by over-aged beers that turn into malt bombs and this is leaning towards that side of the taste spectrum. I suspect fresh this would be much better. Alcohol is appropriately evident for the ABV, with a mild burn and taste.