Friday, September 2, 2011

Double Bastard Ale 2009

Today I'm drinking Double Bastard Ale brewed by The Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California. I've reviewed this beer before, back in January, 2010. I've also shared it a few other times with friends. But it's been a while, and this bottle has been idling on the bottom door shelf of my refrigerator for I don't know how long. I guess what I was doing was aging at the recommended 55 degrees F or below and maybe for quite a while as this is their 2009 release, same as the previous review 21 months ago.

If you haven't heard, there is a long diatribe on the back. Stone actually calls it a diatribe. Typical marketing for them with their "not worthy" and "this is awesome" story. They use big words and pretend to intimidate. Whatever. They even suggest that if you have a comprehension issue that you should get a dictionary. I just use Best Buddy Google. Anyway, I took a picture for you of the diatribe, but you can read it more easily here. Don't be scared.

"Ye Shall Know the Bastard, and the Bastard Shall Set You Free."

No, that's not a verse from Romans. It's basically the headliner for the beer underneath the red and white gargoyle pattern. I'm not licking the bottle decorations or anything, mainly because this bottle has the CA PROP 65 Cadmium warning on it.

Caramel, pine, spicy and boozy aroma. Caramel and toffee flavors are what you will taste right in the beginning. However, a controlled hoppy and spicy kick doesn't mince any words in toning those sweeter flavors down. A bit like the Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan. Really! The 10.5% alcohol is boozy and warming, yet it is also pretty smooth and acts terrifically to accentuate the sweet and spicy aspects of this beer.

Other flavor nuances include brown sugar and light orange citrus. Carbonation is good. Body is thick and chewy. And though it's been quite a while since I've reviewed this vintage, I feel like a lot of the rough edges are gone and it's more of a stepchild than a bastard.

Well, there you have it. I'd for sure try this if you can. I haven't finished all of Big 22 yet. Perhaps it's more of a beer to share with a friend or two (assuming you guys have any friends). And don't let Stone's marketing team scare you. The end. Love, Rob

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Specialist Allen said...

I really want to try this beer. I heard though that this one should be drank fresh. I guess the only thing that would happen from not doing so is that it mellows out. Stone Greg said of a bottle of this aged will just taste like old beer lol

Beer Drinker Rob said...

The bottle of his beer suggests aging, so he probably should take that off of there if he believes that. Can you find me where he said that?

Specialist Allen said...

That was my mistake, on twitter someone asked about drinking a bottle of Lukcy and Greg said that one would taste like old beer... oops.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Oh well. That would have made for a better story. Yeah, aging took a little bit off the bastard, in my opinion. But I didn't find it to taste old.

marie said...

The link for the onesie...that was for me, right?

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yes, I thought of you, but I can think of a few others that could for sure purchase it in good faith.