Arrogant Double Bastard Ale - Oak

RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Stone’s Double Bastard Aged with/in Oak

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goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Tap @ 2007 Strong Ale Fest. Poured a slightly hazed dark amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was piny and malty with dry woody notes. The flavor was a mix of pine and sweet malt. Some vanilla notes with wood. Medium-full body.

505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - DEC 17, 2007
I like this beer a lot, on tap at 2007 SD SAF. Like the normal double bastard, but somewhat dulled down hoppiness, and nice vanilla oakiness.

Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2007
On tap at Stone Bistro. Brownish orange with hardly a head. Flavor has a lot of vanilla but even that can’t hide some of the boozy flavor. The best DB of the night. Caramel and vanilla o’plenty.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Name: Double Bastard 2006, French Oak
Date: November 28, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: hazy dark amber, creamy beige head, solid sheets of lace
Aroma: strong earthy hop aroma on rich dark caramel malt with a hint of oak
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, lots of hops are followed by a strong oaky character, lots of vanilla sweetness, touch of alcohol in the finish
Overall: best. beer. ever.

Name: Double Bastard 2006, French Oak
Date: October 07, 2010
Mode: draft
Words: duckworths
Appearance: muddy dark amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: big sweet caramel and oak aroma
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, lots of balancing oak, vanilla sweetness reballances the heavy oak, long bitter finish

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

Name: Double Bastard American Oak
Date: November 28, 2007
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: muddy burnt orange, creamy beige head, lots of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma with light oak mixed with earthy hops
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of oak flavor mixed with the earthy hops and backed by the rich dark caramel malt, sweet vanilla balances the heavy oak and earthy hops, touch of alcohol, long bitter finish

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2007
On tap at the PP SA Fest. Pours a murky, ruddy amber color with a thick layer of fizzy off-white head. Oaky nose thats dripping with vanilla and caramel. A bit of green raisin fruit esters and some pungent white pine hops lurk in the background. The oak character is intensely prominent and dominating, although it’s presence is welcome in the aroma. Full bodied creamy mouthfeel. Some rich caramel malt sweetness up front, but this gives way to a massive tsunami of oak that crushes the palate. Before getting overly tannic, some pleasing vanilla notes come through. The edges are well rounded and integrated up front, but they get out of control in the second half of the palate, climaxing in an offensive display of alcohol heat, tannic oak, and pungently resinous hops that have retained their bitterness qualities but lost their flavor complexities. Interesting concept, and actually an improvement in some ways over the normal DB, but the finish just didn’t work for me. Smelled great, though.

BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2007
2007 PP SAF: Deep amber with reddish highlights, small head and some lace, oily legs. The aroma has notes of tannic wood, spicy and resiny hops, caramel and toffee, earthy and a tad phenolic. The taste has sharp bitterness over lush layer of sweet malt. The finish is equal parts spice and wood. The mouth feel is aggressive and biting, warming and sticky. A good brew but I think I like the regular version better. (With this rating I am among the top 5 raters of Stone, I surprised myself)

jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2007
PP SAF ’07. Delicious concoction! Aroma was slightly lacking - but the palate and flavor made up for it. Oak influence added another dimension to an already great beer. Only other knock was it seemed to be a bit too boozy...I put it just above the original.

nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Tasted at the Strong ale fest in Carlsbad. Listed as 2006 DB Oak Chipped.Beautiful deep reddish brown with a small whitehead. Rich aromas of toffee caramel malt. Silky on the palate. Flavors are deep and complex with sweet malt and hops. Not overpowering bitterness. Excellent longevity in your mouth. The oak is subtle in the background and adds just another complex accent. My favorite beer of the night.Prefered this over the 2000 and 2002 tasted at the Stone DB night last week.Excellent.

JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
On tap at the 2007 Pizza Port strong ale fest Malty, tasty, but I didn’t really taste/smell the oak influence

wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
On tap at Stone’s 2007 Double Bastard Night. Listed as 2007 Double Bastard with Oak Chips on CASK. Another tap was labeled 2006 French Oak Barrel Aged. I didn’t want to enter too many variations so this category will lump some together. Great fluffy cask head. Great mouthfeel. Small bubbles all over the place. Cloudy dark amber color. Very, very drinkable. Not bitter. Mild aroma. Least bitter of the double bastards, and my favorite of them all (by 0.1-0.2 points). Sweet. Excellent. Double Bastard is one of my favorite beers. I have been collecting and aging these. I now have 04,05,06, and 07. Tasted with kp, eyedrinkale, oodeftone (on BA), and darkelf.

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