explosivedog (1506) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2017 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.
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2017 On tap at Galbraith's. Pours red brown. Caramel, strawberry, brandy cherry, toffee, pepper, apple. Big body. Delicious. pawos (274) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - AUG 9, 2017
Kolor ciemnobrunatny, opalizujący. W aromacie dużo karmelu, ciastek, toffi, suszonych śliwek. Piwo bardzo pełne. Słodkie, oblepiające, karmelowe. Goryczka wyraźna i nieco przeszkadzająca. Wyczuwalny alkohol Frothmeister (826) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2017
650ml bottle. Pours a clear copper hue with a one finger with a beige head. On the nose, lots of barley wine like notes, resinous hops up front, heavy caramel malts, tropical fruit underneath, and a note that is almost like vanilla cake. Lighter bodied than expected, but sweet with some alcohol burn, resinous notes, sweet caramel malt, with mineral hopping that heads into bitterness over burnt sugar, a faint floral note, lots of eucalyptus, and the faintest hit of coffee. It definitely seems more barley wine than anything, but I have few complaints. BOOM to the taste buds! LouisP (574) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2017
Un biere bruneâtre, aux reflets roux, avec peu de carbonatation et peu d’effervescence. Ca sent le sucre d’orge, le caramel, bref, c’est sucré et malté. En bouche, ca ressemble beaucoup à un vin d’orge à l’américaine, avec une certaine amertume poignante, ainsi qu’un goût assez malté, assez alcoolisé. L’alcool enlève peut-être un peu de complexité à la bière. Je l’aime pas autant que l’arrogant standard. Manque de profondeur. dorain (514) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 8, 2017
Version 2015 vom Fass im Stone Brewing Berlin 2016-11 getrunken. Ok bei dem schlagen die Bitternoten im Mund nicht gleich die Zähne aus wie ich es von dem einfachen Bastard kenne. Gut gemacht, aber mehr als paar kleine Schlückchen werden es hier lieber nicht.
stantheman (1098) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2017
On tap at St Augustine’s in Vancouver. A medium amber beer with a bit of white head. Not much nose on this paddle sample. A bit of fruit and plenty of grainy malt. 3.4 handmuffin (40) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2017
Bottled on 10/14/15. Served from 22oz bottle into glass at home. Pours deep amber red in color, medium high clarity, with a tan colored head. The head quickly diminishes to a a thin ring of bubbles on the glass. Legs visible when agitated. Assertive aroma, sweet caramel malt and lots of alcohol, resulting in a preserved fruit character. Some fruitiness that may be alcoholic esters or hops. Flavor is more malt with lots of alcohol and high hoppy bitterness. The body is full, almost chewy, medium low carbonation with a decidedly dry finish. Even with all the alcohol aroma and flavor there is little heat detectable at the finish. Overall this beer lacks the hop character expected, but that is most likely due to the age of the bottle. It comes off as an aggressively bitter American barleywine and really is an amped-up version of the original. mieszal92 (362) - Gliwice, POLAND - JUN 2, 2017
Bottle. Pours with perfect head, some sedimentary particles floating in, I forgive. Quintessence of delicate, affordable caramel. Honey, delicate note of baltic porter, vanila, coconut, little alcohol. Mouth and palate: dense, oily, average carbonation, vulgar alcohol. Good, but not worthy these 50-sth zł. in Poland. Cybuch (519) - Muszyna, POLAND - JUN 2, 2017
W aromacie karmel ale tak jak w zwyklym bastardzie jest on baza calego piwa, jest fajny. Do tego sok z cytryny. Barwa ciemnobursztynowa, plywaja w nim nieapetyczne paprochy. Piana ladna, drobna, utrzymujaca sie. W smaku geste, jest tez karmelowe. Alkohol lekko wyczuwalny, lekko szczypie w przelyk. Goryczka konkretna, fajnie cytrusowa. Wysycenie srednie. Bardzo fajne piwo, nazwa bastard bardzo do niego pasuje. brnandersen (4066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2017 Draught at Bootleggers Craft Beer Bar. Clear, amber colour with a thin off-white head. Sweet aroma with caramel, fruits, grasses, rich greasy malts, citrus, roasted notes, ripe fruits, faint liquorice. Taste is bitter. Full body with an oily texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes lasting bitter with an aggressive hops bite. Big, fat vulgar - American. Maybe even outdated?