Double Bastard Stone Brewing Company Escondido, California
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Double Bastard, made by one of my two favorite breweries in the country, packs a punch -- and feels no guilt about the violence. This beer, highly alcoholic (more than 10 percent), highly sought after, rich in flavor and texture, is one of the biggest, most complex brews you'll find anywhere.
A thick, sweet, malt forearm is balanced by a hop wallop. For those who can handle it, it tastes great. For those who can't, well, as the bottle itself says, "Your feeble palate is grossly inadequate and thus undeserving of this liquid glory...and those around you would have little desire to listen to your resultant whimpering. Instead, you slack jawed gaping gobermouche, slink away to that pedestrian product which lures agog the great unwashed with the shiny happy imagery of its silly broadcasts propaganda." - Jonathan Shikes
Craft breweries in Colorado and across the country make seasonal beers all year round, but the best of the best come out in the final three months. To see reviews of my other favorites, check out our Booze News blog archive.