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Stone Brewing Double Bastard

 Hey everyone, I don't know about you, but I am super glad this weekend is finally here!  To celebrate the weekend, tonight I am drinking Stone's Double Bastard Ale.  Stone's Arrogant Bastard is great, and according to The Craft of Stone Brewing Co., the Double Bastard is an "amped up" version of Arrogant Bastard.  I am definitely expecting this to be intense!

11.2% ABV
Category:  American Strong Ale
Double Bastard pours deep amber in color, with a 1/2 finger width white head that sticks around while drinking.  Very nice lacing is left on the glass as I consume this monster of a beer.  The nose of Double Bastard is all hops, full of the typical citrus and pine aromas.  At this point, it could be just about any West Coast IPA.  Here's where it takes a huge turn.  Sipping this beer, I get a brief, sweet, nutty caramel flavor.  This is immediately followed by an onslaught of hop bitterness which just sticks to the sides of my mouth.  Tons of malt, tons of hops.  Carbonation is average, much like what you would encounter in Stone IPA, and the mouthfeel is medium to heavy. 

Overall:  It's hard to describe this beer in words, it's more of an experience.  I believe the bottle describes Double Bastard best, "This is one lacerative muther of an ale."  9/10

Have you tried Double Bastard?  What did you think?  Use the comments below!


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