Double Bastard Ale

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Updated Review, ’06 Vintage 11/24/07
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That cloudy, dark orange, chill hazed appearance remains. Lots of malts up front that continue to balance the high hops. Drinkaility remains very high considering the ABV.
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Original Review, ’05 Vintage 03/08/05
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A much better experience that I was anticipating. I was expecting a lot of hops, but was pleasantly suprised by the balance of this brew and the prominence of the malt character.
Beautiful, deep mahogany pour, just a classic looking BW. The head on these high ABV BW’s can make all the difference to the appearance, and this was a lovely one. Tall, rocky and ivory and gave some good lacing. Full, oily and viscous in the mouth exactly as it should be.
Lots of ripe fruits all the way through, and a significant alcohol threat! Just when you think this is going to be an easy drinker, it reminds you that it is more of a sipper, and that it needs to be handled with care.
Lovely balance, great drinkability and a malt monster nose to invigorate the senses. Hop bitterness in the finish, but all in great harmony. Serious metallic bitterness in the aftertaste and a lingering hop bite.
An unusual Bastard indeed – beer that lives all the way up to the hype.

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03/08/2005
Format:
bottle
ABV: 11.2 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.48
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