Downtown Boise’s popular beer bar, BitterCreek Alehouse hosted another special beer night the other day. I posted last week about their Abyss release party, special but this was Stone’s Double Bastard night. For 15$ you get a decent sample of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of this in-your-face, obnoxiously offensive beer that you are probably not worthy of, according to popular Stone propaganda. Plus, they throw in the 2012 version that has been aged in red wine barrels. So a 4 beer line-up that, at over 10% ABV each, you had probably not plan anything for a while after. Including driving home from work. But we’re not talking about that right now.
Stone, refers to this popular american strong ale as “Lacerative”..which I had to look up…
“1 : to tear or rend roughly 2 : to cause sharp mental or emotional pain to” It is the evil big brother of their other very popular ASA Arrogant Bastard . The “Double” has half again the alcohol, and double the arrogant attitude. I don’t think Stone would mind if I said, this beer with rip your face off…and then you will order another one.
The samples I had were interesting in that the older ones faded a bit into more of a sweet fruit, almost melon kind of flavor as the hot IBUs definitely diminished over time, as they are want to do in general Particularly noticeable was the drop off in this area from the ’12 to the ’11. The wine barrel aged version had significant vinous slightly sour qualities that I thought were more than subtle. An interesting effect, though, and it calmed down the overall effect of this brash brew to the point were I genuinely felt somewhat less violated, drinking this particular variant.
And on top of all this, BitterCreek thew in a commemorative glass. For keeps !
Gotta love these beer, promotional, nerdfest….things.