MolsonMan (58) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Pours a dark muddy brown. Alcohol is not very well masked in this beer. I was very disappointed in the overall performance of this. Then again I found the case against the back wall, buried at my local beer distributor. Warm case too. Wonder how long it was sitting? Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2005
A great beer, but I found it was actually less enjoyable than arrogant bastard. The greater amount of malt and higher alcohol eclipsed the hoppiness that made arrogant bastard so enjoyable. I felt the alcohol was pretty poorly masked as well. The high IBUs are still very apparent in the aftertaste, when your mouth kind of feels ravaged. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Note: This rating is for the 2004 Double Bastard, 5 months after initial distribution. Malt and alcohol aroma predominant. Deep transparent brown with reddish amber accents. Heavy body, large malt character match with high bitterness. Definitely more melded and subtle in flavor characteristic than a younger bottle. High alchohol warmth, particularly noticable in the finish. Despite such massive character, the hallmark of Stone, that residual sweetness from lower attenuation and floral ester combination is present. Just not center stage. Loweeel (6) - USA - MAR 18, 2005 does not count
Oh my god. This is truly the motherload of aggressive beer. Like most of the stronger Stone offerings, its flavor varies widely with temperature. Do not try this at refrigerator temperature, unless you want a mouthfull of bitterness. However, the contrast between it’s starting bitterness and the malty sweetness as it warms into cellaring temperature in the 50’s makes drinking the entire bomber as it warms an experience not to be missed. It’s almost a vertical tasting in a single bottle. waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2005
bottle 3/17/05. Pours a very deep amber color with a large off white head. Very impressed with the nose that is filled with fruits. Very malty and extrmley hoppy. The hops are incredible and presnet in the smell and taste. The 10% alcohol cant be detected. Easily the best Stone beer that i’ve had but im sure they have even better for me to try.
Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Pour was a dark murky brown, nose filled with dark fruits, nuts, malts. Very heavy brew, taste similar to smell but more potent. Overall an enjoyable experience. Thanks to brewmaster for the hookup. Fiend (104) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
A cloudy amber color with thin head. Very malty and hoppy taste which almost (but not quite) offsets the strong alcohol flavor...due to the 10% alcohol! I wasn’t sure if I had cracked a bottle of wine gone bad or one of the better beers I’ve tasted:) As the label says...this is a lacerative muther of a beer! Jeppe (2634) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 4, 2005
A dark and hazy amber colored beer with a thin tan head. Very full and heavy aroma of malt, hop and nut. Sweet with a bitter tone, well-balanced. Touch of alcohol. Flavor has lots of malt and bitter hops and nutty notes. Sweet to begin with but turns bitter in the end. Extremely heavy and tastefull. Thick and sticky mouthful. Another very fine brew from the coolest brewery on earth!! scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Deep copper and crimson, thick off white head. Rich and complex nose of brown sugar, pine, citrus, caramel, light cherry, with a slight hint of apricot. Flavor is similar with a huge malty bitter sweetness up front, followed up with a big hop blast to ensure balance. Full bodied, light carbonation, fading away bitter-sweet drying finish. This is one intense brew that makes the standard AB look like a baby bastard..... aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Huge joy of a beer to behold. wonderful hop and fruit nose with a very warming and full mouthfeel. Figs and plums dance with the big hop presencemaking your tongue wonder which way to go next.