Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Beer Review: Bourbon Barrel Aged 2009 Double Bastard Ale
Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Aged 2009 Double Bastard Ale from the Quingenti Millitre Series from Stone Brewing Company out of Escondido, California.
Bottle is from the June 2012 release. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 01/31/13.
Appearance: Chestnut brown in color with a finger of fizzy beige head that gradually settles to a thin layer atop the glass. Has a very traditional old ale look, but with a lot more head than expected off the pour. Good lacing and retention. Some serious floaties settle onto the bottom half of the glass. 3/5
Smell: Caramel, molasses, fig, sweet raisin, and sweet, faintly desserty, oaky vanilla. Lots of malt with a dark fruit twist. Bourbon complexities are very noticeable on the nose. Faint milk chocolate in the background. Some “leather belt” smell towards the end of a whiff too. Light alcohol esters present. There is a little brown sugar and a “fizziness” in the nose as the beer warms up. 4.25/5
Taste: Lots of caramel, then lesser quantums of brown sugar and fizzy vanilla. Finish is oddly bitter. There is some dark fruit too. 3.5/5
Mouthfeel: Too thin and over-carbonated. Dry, and slightly bitter on finish. 1.5/5
Overall: Although the nose was promising, the favors are too light, less complex and the mouthfeel kills the beer. Skip this one.
Cost: $20 for a 500 ml bottle.