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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Stone - Double Bastard Ale (2010)

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Stone Double Bastard Ale (2010)
Stone Brewing Company
North San Diego County
Escondido, CA USA
Est. 1996

Brain Damage Quotient = 11.2 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 22.0

Postmortem Brew Review
Brilliant copper color.
Sweet malts, fruity citrus hop oil aromas.

Minimal off-white head with dots of lacing on the glass. Head disappears quickly.
Aggressively hopped flavors. Bready malts and a bit boozy on the back part of the sip.
Good amount of carbonation.

Complex flavored, full body. Oak flavors as it warms.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy

"Ye Shall Know the Bastard, and the Bastard Shall Set You Free" written at the bottom of the bottle, as it is on the Bastard series, serves to warn you of what lies ahead. If you've had any of the others, the original Arrogant Bastard, the Oaked Bastard or the Lukcy 13asartd, you had better take notice that this time the warning should really be telling you something.

This over the top hopped, over the top ABV brew will really ring your bell. So take it slowly and settle in. You'll be arm wrestling this Double Bastard with both hands. The ABV of 11.2% is pronounced subtly but firmly as you work your way through each sip. The unclassified nature of the hops and the fact there are somewhere well north of 100 IBU's should also give you a heads up as to its potency.

The back label diatribe warning leads off with, "Double Bastard Ale is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited and then only at your own risk." So easy mate. Share with a worthy friend, or slowly and steadily at your own pace. You have been warned. Muaaa haha haaaa haaaa!

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