collins81 (2) - Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Double bastard lived up to its name. Hops upon awesome upon that feeling when a stiff right is delivered to a backstabbing persons jaw is what awaits you for the first taste. Very strong, great taste.
MRodgers1982 (101) - USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hot in the alcohol, hurt palate a little, and somewhat sweet. other wise great brew great use of hops, so big of a brew so big. I did like it.
Brentv (361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bomber. Pours a copper red with a big fluffy head and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is toffee and caramel and pine. Taste is the same, with a big malty sweetness and an even bigger hoppy pine bite. This is Stone, after all. This is like a big hoppy barleywine. Alcohol is present, but not as obvious as the ABV would lead you to believe. Bitter finish. A delightful BIG beer.
fluffy (1676) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
had the 2012 at a bottle share. even that many years removed, was still too hot for me.
Stuu666 (2324) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Sweet toffee and caramel, not as bitter as expected, juicy pine.
FestDecBeet (156) - - AUG 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Look: pours a dark copper color. Light tan/ off white head. Hazy with slightly large pieces floating in it.
Smell: sweetness. Caramel. Alcohol. Oak. Toffee.
Taste: slight bitterness on the back. Very sweet up front. Hot alcohol. Oak. Vanilla. Caramel and toffee.
Feel: leaves a thick film on the mouth like an IPA.
Overall: ok beer. Very hot alcohol. But still good.
First drank: home 8/23/14
jackafholmes (209) - - AUG 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from brewdog bar, Sheffield. Misty copper ale with no head. Figs and raisins, sweet treacle aroma. Taste is slightly sour tangy fruit with lingering bitterness. Quite prickly carbonation, lots of oil!
Palme (3385) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.65l bottle from 2d2dspuma. This is a deep red near cola brown looking one with a small beige fading head. On the nose this one has lots of sweet vanillaish wood, thick sticky caramel, lots of beefy smoky nuances - nor overpowering though just really nice. Lots and lots of flavor and it has this extremely smooth velvety feeling in the mouth. It’s not hard to identify the heating alcohol in this, but it’s never disturbing. Really okay and almost barreled. Subtle smoky tones from the start to the finish. Nutty snickers caramel, sweet vanilla and it’s just one of those that’s absolutely loaded with flavors and impressions. Highly enjoyable. 12.08.2014
Countbeer (4483) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks Hackobock: Served in a shaker:
Medium sized creamy head. Almost clear amber body.
Aroma is a delicious mix of hops, yeast, wood, toast, some fruits, some herbs deliciously balanced.
Flavour has tones of bread, toast, bitters, malts, herbs, some caramel, dried leaves, hay/grass tints and some spice/alcohol.
Aftertaste is strong bitter with malts, some caramel, herbal toast, dried leaves and hay/grass.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, full bodied and a creamy sticky texture.
Touch of alcohol, nonetheless great beer and quite an easy drinker for 11.2%ABV.
Chad9976 (1188) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was dated as a 2010 release and cost $6.99 ($0.32 per ounce).
Appearance: An ugly rusty brown/brick red hue over a completely opaque body. Pours to a three-finger, ivory, frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Extremely sweet aroma of confectionery flavors and some alcohol.
Taste: I’ve never been a big fan of Stone’s “Bastard” series, as I tend to find them too abrasive for their own good (except Oaked Arrogant Bastard, which is perfectly balanced). Double Bastard tends to be the beefiest of them all, not surprisingly. I set this bottle aside in the basement nearly four years ago and had forgotten about until recently. With some age on it, this beer has become quite different from the hop bomb I remember. It’s very sweet, but not cloying, and is now well-balanced since the hops have faded.
If I were drinking this blind I could confuse it for a strong English-style barleywine. Huge confectionery notes are present right off the rip: toffee, caramel, peanut brittle, and butterscotch. Additional complexity through the middle with notes of red and black cherries. The hops still maintain some bitterness, but are not nearly as dry and astringent as they are fresh. Slight earthy/smoky/piney flavors through the middle with just a touch of bitterness. It finishes as it starts, but with some warming (and complementary) alcohol flavor and sensation. Overall, it’s a delectable beer, though not quite a mind-blower.
Drinkability: One of the reasons I’m not a fan of fresh Double Bastard is because it’s difficult to drink it in anything bigger than a tiny sip. With four years of age under its belt, it’s a different world. The mouthfeel is thick, calm, soft and smooth. The alcohol is subtle and leaves a gentle warming sensation. There’s a residual aftertaste of malty sweetness and minor dry bitterness, but it’s easily tolerable. Even at 11.2% ABV, this is no longer a beastly brew and I can handle the entire 22oz bomber myself.
GRM (2999) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 Glass, 4-ounce, bottle, during the Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 11 2014; eye: mahogany, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: malt, resinous hops, caramel, fruity, orange; mouth: malt, resinous hops, caramel, astringency, fruity, orange, finale in malt with good presence of hops, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly sweet, lightly harsh texture; overall: fine
Verre, 4 onces, bouteille, lors du Mondial de la bière, savourée le 11 juin 2014; œil : acajou, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : malt, houblon résineux, caramel, fruitée, orange; bouche : malt, houblon résineux, caramel, astringence, fruitée, orange, finale en malt avec bonne présence de houblon, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement rugueuse; en résumé : bien