corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Pours a very hazy and dark golden copper/ruby red color with dark mahogany edges and a two finger frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap/ring. Surprisingly good retention for the style and high ABV. Takes a while to settle and the coats glass with large sheets of soapy lacing. Looks great.
Nice barrel presence in the aroma without overpowering the base beer. Sweet vinous fruit notes are prominent along with subtle charred oak/toothpick and vanilla bean. Just enough oak, red wine and vinous berries without taking away from the heavy malts and earthy, resinous hops of regular Double Bastard. Hints of grape, dark cherry, currant and blackberry along with piney hops and fresh cut grass. Subtle tropical fruit profile with grapefruit and citrus peel. Malts held up with lots of caramel, toffee, cocoa and subtle leather/tobacco. Really nice balance. Could use a bit more red wine character but it’s nicely integrated while adding another dimension to the aroma of this classic strong ale.
Full body with a slightly creamy texture and some sweet, boozy heat. Prominent barrel character but again doesn’t overpower the base beer. Dry with toast/charred oak and a touch of toothpick which is a little strong for my preference but isn’t harsh or offensive. Lots of juicy red wine and sweet vinous dark fruit flavor with grape, sour cherry, blackberry and other dark fruit notes. Still, there is plenty of compex hop flavor balanced by a prominent malt backbone. Dry, earthy and resinous with grass, pine sap and spruce tip bitterness that lingers over subtle tropical fruits and dark leathery malt notes. Strong grapefruit flavor along with some pineapple and citrus rind. Malts are there providing excellent balance giving off notes of caramel, toffee, toast and leathery tobacco. Very complex with excellent balance. Red wine/vinous fruit, barrel, earthy and sweet hops and leathery malt notes bounce off of each other nicely. Very nice beer with great barrel integration that doesn’t obliterate the base beer. Some boozy sweetness in the finish but the alcohol is well hidden making this flavorful and complex beer deceptively drinkable. I’m surprised that this beer isn’t well received. One of the better barrel aged beers I’ve had from Stone. alexsdad06 (10436) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2015
Draft at the Lackman from notes. Pours a hazy caramel brown color with a thin beige film. The aroma and flavor have caramel, oak, wine barrel, earthy hops, faded citrus hops, oak, tannins, red grapes, the flavor has some additional herbal spiciness. Barrel influences are noticeable, still pretty easy to drink, I’m glad I got a shot at this. onceblind (9708) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2014
Murky rusted copper with a thick foamy sticky beige head. Intoxicating aromas with caramel, whiskey, vanilla and coconut oak char, and sweet red wine notes. Uh-mazing nose. The flavor is unfortunately a little too boozy. There’s this sharp alcohol phenol followed by a lovely red wine barrel note with a little char, strong ale mealtimes, and a bit of whiskey. Kinda malty and nuanced caramely but loads of barrel. slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
My least favorite DB, but still pretty nice. Combines the agressive hoppiness in DB, and both mellows and compliments it with a fruity tartness. litgeekandrew (3) - - JUL 16, 2014 does not count
Had a really great, complex flavor and mouthfeel. Until I could identify the dominant taste, campari/insect repellent, which I then could not untaste.
Dr_MedievAle (214) - Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2014
On tap at Blackstone in Iowa City, IA. Aroma: pickles, sour grapes, warm oak. Appearance: murky reddish brown with foamy white head. Decent retention. Taste: sour sweet tarts, bitter oak and bitter geranium mingling with sweet caramel, brown sugar, and juicy grape. Oaky wine flavors. Palate: sticky but finishes dry--the red wine influence, no doubt. Burning alcohol in finish, too. Overall: complex as hell. Warms the heart and mind. Not sure why people have hated on this rarity daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2014
Brownish colored pour, tan head. Caramel, oak, booze, brown sugar, light wine notes. Pretty good. dnstone (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Deep ruby amber color, opaque with sudsy ring of head. Funky wood and red wine and sweet barley aroma. A bitter hop up front followed by sweet barley wine like body finished with light red wine woody funk.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Cory (372) - , California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Draft. Creamy, strong vanilla with a little citrus sour, a the wine and oak sneak up and then take over the whole experience, sweet taste, a lingering bitter for long finish. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Tap @ Les Caves... Poured hazy brownish with a thin head. Still some bitterness with a strong oak presence here. Hint of wine with warming alcohol booze and dark fruits. Malty and sweet with a hint of oxidation too.