Tasting: January 11, 2014
Beer #: 511
There was a radio station in New York that had a feature called “Desert Island Discs”. As you might guess, the idea was for listeners to suggest three compact discs that would be a must have if stranded on an island . I guess if I had to choose three right this minute they would be:
XTC: Non-Such This CD came out in 1992. It was the soundtrack of my newlywed years. My favorite band – catchy tunes and witty lyrics.
Live: Throwing Copper. This disc has been everywhere – in the car, in my CD player on my disc man (yes, remember those) and into iTunes. I never get tired of it.
Modest Mouse: Good News for People Who Love Bad News. This disc always seems to be in my car carousel. Brilliant lyrics and sudden musical shifts. Listen to “Missed the Boat”, you’ll see why I’m hooked.
Let’s switch it up and ask the question, what three beers would you like to have on hand if stranded on a desert island? Rules are that since you’d be there for a while, you would have to be able to buy it by the case (sorry that eliminates the likes of KBS) and it has to be available where you live. Me? I’d aim for a variety so, I’d aim for an IPA, a stout and a strong ale or barley wine. I’m sure I’d have an “aha” moment in a day or two but for now my choices would be…
Ballast Point Sculpin (95 points)
Stone Double Bastard (95 points)
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (96 points)
Of course, I didn’t take refrigeration into consideration – but hey it’s just a game. Feel free to leave your choices in a comment.
Double Bastard is just a totally interesting ale with the triumvirate of appeal – woodsy, bitter and sweet. I think I’ve had at least one bottle in my fridge at any given time for about three years now. I stock up every November and we enjoyed a surprise mid-year influx this past year. So, when I learned that Stone was releasing three variants of Double Bastard – Crime, Punishment and Southern Charred – it obviously piqued my interest and the search was on. I zeroed in on Southern Charred because the other two offerings – Crime and its partner Punishment were infused with hot peppers. Southern Charred however, is Double Bastard aged in a mixture of barrels 51% Kentucky bourbon barrels, 41% repurposed Kentucky bourbon barrels and 8% charred American oak barrels.
Kentucky Breakfast Stout was easier to find – but I ultimately found a single 500 ML bottle of Southern Charred. Pours the color of sludge from a rusty pipe. Getting right into it – smokey rich molasses, a bit of raisin and vanilla. Picking up some surprising dark chocolate as well. Really big time barrel influence on this one. Warming booziness is absolutely just right. Creeping bitterness rises to a perfect level. I love, love, love it — Southern Charred does add to the already classic Double Bastard and I’ll put it at 96 points.
One question…is there (or was there) a Triple Bastard?