brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A vertical tasting of vintages 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2008.
The 2003 and 2008 were sampled together, and the 2004 and 2006 were sampled the following evenings.
Vintage 2008 bottled on on 9/12/08.
Pours dark amber with a ruby hue. Clear body with a half inch head of off white. Some light rings of lacework after the short head fell, and a partial skim coat remained on the surface for the duration.
Aromatics lead off with jammy malt, red and tropical fruits, and warming alcohol.
Peaches, apricots and melons lead the way for shadows of red grapes, cherries, and bourbon-spiked honey.
Sweetish and quite juicy.
On the thick side of medium bodied. Sticky and chewy mouthfeel. A bit light on the carbonation.
Sweet crystle malt, ripe fruit, fresh caramel, and a resinous bitterness start the palate. Warming alcohol steps forward as well as hints of caramel-candied apple, spruce dew, and candied figs.
Finishes with a lingering warmth, sustaining bitterness, and drawn-out sweet fruit.
A classic American strong ale that dances along the lines of a Barleywine.
Next up, a mini vertical with an aged example.
Pours cloudy, dark amber, with a half inch head of off white. A slow retreat revealed some spongy lacework and a few whisps on the placid surface.
Aromatics are heavy on the malt, with lots of wet leather, rotting cedar, wet paper, and Sherry. Very earthy and oxidized. Hops are not to be found, and the nose rounds out with hints of cocoa, cardboard, and dried earth.
Medium bodied, but very syrupy and chewy. A slick, tacky mouthfeel with subdued carbonation.
Stale malt, wet and dusty boards, worn leather, and earth-dusted chipped toffee start the palate. Oxidized Sherry steps forward as well as a warming boozy note and tannic caramel.
Finishes with a lingering dried earth note, dusty leather, stale malt, and old wood tinders.
Not a fan of the five year old DB.
Side by side with the 2008 freshie:
Wow, I wouldn’t believe that they were the same beer unless I poured it myself. The freshie is cleaner, infinately hoppier all around, and much brighter. The peaches and apricots really shine though when sided with the oldster DB.
Pours clear, dark amber with a two inch head of off white. Retention is moderate and theres some decent lacing after the fall.
Aromatics lead off with ripe, red fruits, sweet malt, and alcohol. Significantly more boozy than the 2003 or 2008.
Slightly vineous with hints of bourbon fusels, cherries, figs, and sherry.
On the thick side of medium bodied. Slightly syrupy and plenty slick.
Dark fruits, cherry-infused malt, and bourbon-spiked toffee start the palate. A mild throat burn quickly steps forward as well as a peppery warmth.
Finishes with lingering alcohol, sweet malt, and fading red fruits.
Hardly a trace of oxidation in the 2004, which makes it pretty amazing how quickly this beer goes off the deep end. Looks like four years in the cellar is the max for a Double Bastard.
Pours murky dark amber, with a one inch head of off white. A partial skim coat remained on the surface for the duration, along with some spotty lacework.
Aromatics lead off with dry, papery malt, caramel, toffee, earthy cedar, and a trace of cocoa. Warming alcohol follows through along with wet cardboard.
On the thick side of medium bodied and chewy. A creamy and somewhat syrupy mouthfeel.
Drying malt, caramel dust, and hints of cocoa, nougat, and wet boards start the palate.
Dark fruits, warming alcohol, and an approachable biterness follow through.
Finishes with lingering cardboard-infused malt, stale chocolate, and a drying bitterness.
The 2004 was remarkable and somehow far superior to the 2006. Zero oxidation and was clearer in the glass.
I’d like to think that the perfect amount of time for DB in the cellar is four years if you use the 2004 as a benchmark. The 2006 disproves this though.
Vintages in order of best to worst:
Note: All were stored in the cellar on thier sides for the duration, and the 2006 was very close to the 2003 in last place.
sic1314 (4413) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured bright reddish amber with a tan head. Aroma of dense, concentrated berries, floral hops and caramel malt. Full body, flavour is sweet berries, toffee, moderately bitter hops.
KKURO (5) - JAPAN - APR 12, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
When the aroma which makes pear and melon remember is accepted, the sweetness of the malt stands out at the beginning, but mellow sweetness and moist bitterness follow about a tongue after that. Indeed, for rate beer, the beer for which a high score is taken. It's wonderful!
tsd08460 (73) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: bread, alcohol, raisin,
Appearance: orange-red, clear, slight tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long bitter finish,
zimbo (652) - SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Freshness makes all the difference here and this is a huge improve from my last bottlem. Signature Stone rawness with much delectable twisted rubber hop bitterness throughout the length. Deep glowing hazy reddish brown. Limited head. A glorious blow to the head.
Lagerboy (1470) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, 2013 release. Clear deeper red copper, fine firmer lasting tan foam. Alcohol infused version of the prefered original, more like an intense barley wine. Average carbonation, full bodied, aggressively hopped. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)
codfishh (130) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy copper creamy white head, aroma is toasted bread and some caramel, low hop aroma. Taste has lots of rich breast malty some pumpernickel and some caramel, medium to low bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Reminds me a lot of a doppelbock. Medium body medium carbonation.
dlovell2 (1049) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My second venture into my Bastard Box. Pours dark copper with a thin off white head. Big sweet caramel malt aroma with pineapple and grapefruit. Starts with citrus hop forward flavor followed by big caramel malt and toffee that balances out the hops. Then the bastard comes out and you are hit in the tongue with huge hops. Big orange and bitter grapefruit finish. Leaves your tongue tingling.
bgold86 (35) - - APR 1, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorites. Lives up to the billing ten fold, wish I could find more of the bba aged version...
IPagan5 (101) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Massive malt and hop bomb. So much for the palate after this, huge citrus hop aroma and flavor. Big malty aroma as well. Big malty taste, well balanced hugeness. Some alcohol, enjoyable. Only need one 22 oz bomber
demannu (113) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
PRELUDE = I am not a hophead... I prefer this over the Arrogant Bastard. Still has a ton of aggressive hops that are up front and in your face. The balance however made this beer beer drinkable while staying true to being a Bastard. Maybe it was the higher abv, I don’t know. Again while not really what i prefer to drink, it was a good experience. Can really see why people who like this type of beer would love this.