Surly (20) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2008
A unique and gorgeous dark red, thick and foamy head. Aroma is fruity, hoppy and inviting. Bitter and spicy up front, pleasant and malty. A nice beer. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a tall long-lasting beige head. Aroma of caramel, bread, citrus, vanilla, and pine. Flavor of hops (citrus, pine), caramel malt, and vanilla. This beer has heavenly goodness! Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2008
ACBF 2008. Wow, this was the first beer that I had at the fest, and I guess in my head I didn’t distinguish between the oaked AB and the oaked double, so didn’t think this was anything too special. It sure was tasty though.... BasharTeg (5) - USA - MAY 14, 2008 does not count
What is there to say about this? It’s a glorious taste that cannot be described in "wine" terms. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Tasted at the 5th Annual (2008) Triple Rock Firkin Fest. This American Strong Ale poured a medium amber color from the firkin. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel malt, earthy hops and a bunch of oak. A medium to full bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are grapefruity and floral. The oak flavors are mostly in the back end and the finish. Yeah it’s double bastard and all that implies, but the oak aging has mellowed the beer a little, the oak and malts go well together here. Another beer that does very well as a live firkin ale. Very smooth taste. Nice soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.
elcaballo (101) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 From the Firken fest, a sweet taste that hides the booze well. Nice reddish brown color to it. The oak flavor comes through a it strong for me, but its nice and tasty nonetheless. Much better than the oaked arrogant bastard. rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
Poured at Firken fest, listed as on American oak, a golden brown with medium sized white head. Aroma has a huge oak presence along with a floral hoppiness and some caramel sweetness. The flavor is a well blended compilation of toasted oak, vanilla, floral citrusy hops and a smooth caramel sweetness. The palate is sticky with a slight hop drying and an alcohol warmth. This is a great beer from cask. The low carbonation and higher temp help to bring out and blend the flavors. gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Dark golden brown. Everything seems to hit at once. The hops, oak, and alcohol could definately be considered over the top however it has some sort of earthy balance which keeps it drinkable. hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 On American oak cask, 2007 batch at Stone brewery on Double Bastard night. This time it was a totally different monster than the regular DB, huge sticky vanilla head that stuck with it the whole way, aroma is substantially changed, wreaking of fresh oak wood, hops and nutmeg. The oak was all over this beer’s flavor as well, with caramel and vanilla. Great stuff that finished smooth. Warming alcohol complements the sweet earthy flavors. Major step-up in my book from the bourbon barrel version sampled shortly before. Awesome!
goldtwins (4320) - 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.