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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,644 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,644
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 358
Gots: 750 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Reviews by Pooba001:
Photo of Pooba001
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 release
Pours a deep mahogany color. Decent head that lasts about average duration. Nose is sweet and hoppy, fruity, piney, hints of aged rum. There's more here that's eluding me, lots of complexity.

Huge taste, there's almost too much here to describe. Very sweet with a lot of smooth dark malt flavors, but with a hoppy bite to posit a great counterpoint. Rich malt, carmelized sugars, and alcohol vie with earthy, fruity, and grassy hops for domination of the tastebuds. Definitely a standout, whether you put it in the strong ale category or consider it a barleywine.

Mouthfeel is big, creamy, smooth, with good carbonation. Drinkability is good for such a big complex ale.

Pooba001, May 18, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Preparation – I popped an Arrogant Bastard for comparison purposes and thought it might be interesting to do the review in this manner. Not only is this my 400th review, but it’s also my 39th birthday. Cheers!

Appearance – This came out a beautiful brown, lighter than the Arrogant Bastard but with a bigger head. I knew after a few minutes that it was not going down for a while, so I left it for five minutes or so.

Smell – The sharp, complex hops come out slowly and very tight. I left it again to warm a bit and came back to a smack on the olfactory bulb. The toasted malt balance is there as well, but this is all about the awesome Stone hops.

Taste – This has a little bit more malt balance than the Arrogant Bastard. Otherwise, it is surprisingly similar. It seems a bit more refined, though. The extraordinary complexity of the hops is astounding. Every type you can think of sends a delegate to this gathering of electives.

The malts have to be huge just to get noticed, and they are. There’s actually some sweetness to this one, mostly caramel and table sugar.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied and bitter, but with a touch of offsetting caramel on the cheeks. This ale is smooth, smooth, smooth. Not a hint of alcohol that I could pick up. Unbelievable!

Drinkability – What makes the Arrogant Bastard a shade from perfect, IMHO, is the lack of refinement and harmony of flavors (which could probably be relegated with a little cellaring). The DB has it all, and IMO can not be improved.

Update – The 2005s just came out (11/10/05) so I culled one out of the cellar box before tucking it away. It’s tight and not opened up yet, but man the hops are raging and the malts are in full effect. I put my ‘04s away for two years but I think this vintage will be best after just 1 year in the cellar.

RoyalT, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, I’ve found a bottle of this much sought after strong, hoppy monster. 22 oz, 06, bomber purchased from Chuck’s Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, OH. Bought and consumed on 06-12-07.

Appearance: Crimson lava body. Tan head.

Aroma: All the good stuff. Plantation pine and apricot plantation. Cedar chips smoldering under a grill covered in hardened caramel that slowly melts and drips onto those hot cedar chips creating a flare up of smoky-sweet caramel aroma. Yum. One knows that this packs a lot of hops and at least a little strength.

Taste: There is a heck of a lot going on here. I’m first hit by juicy citrus and tropical fruit, especially mango and then grapefruit. Next I notice pine. Then the caramel brings everything together but it quickly melts under the pressure of some hearty booze esters that resemble brown sugar. That make way for toffee which turns to smoke, then tree bark, which finally brings me back to even more pine. As it warms it becomes hoppy port for a few seconds and then hoppy fuel. Finally we’re left with flavorful booze that is sweet and bitter at the same time and extremely warming.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and full but not filling or burdensome. There is an airy quality, perhaps from a relatively strong carbonation that helps to balance all of this out. The hop presence certainly does well to match the sugariness from the booze and the bountiful caramel sweetness. All in all this is really well balanced, complex, and delicious.

Drinkability: Very good. I relished this bomber and wanted another right away. At 10% or so, this could become a real dangerous brew if I had a lot of it.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 8-6-10.

A: Pours a dirty, murky brown-amber into my snifter. A medium pour yields a tiny head that leaves behind a clumpy, long lasting beige film that cover the majority of the beer. The carbonation bubbles mosey at a medium march. A parabolic arch of lacing is left behind with each sip, which breaks into dots and snaky lines. This beer looks mysterious.

S: A thick, musty caramel malt scent is the biggest player in the smell play. This is very sweet smelling with some raisin, fig, and plum notes also prominent. A banana breadiness is also climbing into my nose, along with a slight citrus hop presence. DB smells huge and delicious and it makes me very excited to drink it.

T: Musty, sweet caramel malts are also the dominant taste, but there is an earthy hop bitterness accompanying the malts that I did not pick up in the smell. This hop presence certainly does not balance the sweetness, but it does add a wonderful cleansing of the palate at the finale of each pull. The raisin, plum, fig, and banana bread notes that I found in the smell add a nice complexity to the overall taste and round out a big and phenomenal beer.

M: DB is creamy and full bodied with an appropriate hop bite at the finish. The sweetness really coats the palate with a nice film and then the hop cleansing dries off the film nicely.

D: Well, it took me the better part of two hours to drink this behemoth, so I'm not sure how "drinkable" is really is, but do know this: it's damned good and I really enjoyed exploring its nuances.

TCHopCraver, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of kaimcm
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage, poured into a Duvel glass. Reviewed 2/05. Cheers to pizzaportorbust for the bottle!

A: brown, dark deep copper, off white creamy head. light stick, but not much, easy agitation brings back velvety head.

S: rum, dark candied fruits, raisons, brown sugar, butter, alcohol

T: first wave is luscious and creamy malt, sugar, maple, some hazelnut with a very vinous quality, reminiscent of Sherry. Raisons, rum soaked cake, butter creaminess that makes the body so rich. this beer tastes like 1000 calories, not that I care, but its rich! on the back of the tongue a slight hop bitterness, with a dry finish.

M: creamy, slighty chewy, excellent carbonation level even after a few years. held up very well, feels great in the mouth.

D: hard to say. at 10% this beer is kickin my ass more than I can explain. super tasty but pair well and with caution or set your night aside for this beast.

its amazing what age has done to this brew. a few months ago i had a fresh bottle that was chaotic and brash. with 2 plus years in the bottle this has mellowed into an incredible barley wine. fresh its a conundrum, with some age the balance pulls through, the hops mellow, and the complexity and drinkability rise dramatically. its a good drink occasionally fresh, but aged this awesome juice is a must have.

kaimcm, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was actually the second time I was able to try this awesome brew and man I want more!Pours a rich deep copper with some amber hue with a one finger head that is gone pretty quickly,intense fruity aromas washed with alcohol with some brown sugar in there as well big and bold to say the least.Flavors are just sublime again the intense fruit and caramel up front but the big hop presence is felt to meet the big chewey maltiness half way to make this just exceptional.Thanks to Garagekegger for sharing another awesome beer.

oberon, May 03, 2005
Photo of Bmm281
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Bmm281, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a big tan head, the beer is ruby brown in color. Smells sweet, citric, alcoholy. Almost no carbonation. From the first sip the alcohol makes its presence known. Bitter throughout with a nutty-bitter slightly astringent aftertaste, which really lingers. A faint mustiness can be tasted, which seems odd and out of place. A real hoppy kick in the crotch. I wanted to like this beer more, but it was a little too bitter/astringent without enough balancing maltiness for me.

ExtraStout, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jono0101, May 18, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 consumed 6-11-10

The pour seems syrupy and the color is murky and brown. Not much head, good retention for what it has.

The nose is showing oxidation similar to an aged Bigfoot or another iconic barleywine. Raisin, caramelized sugars left and right, sherry, dehydrated banana.

The flavors are a rare balance of brown sugar, dough, toffee, and just all out malt richness, with somehow a spicy, mineral hop finish. It's high-octane and more intense than the average Barleywine. The carbonation is low, making the already thick body seem even thicker.

Unusual and oddly addictive. I've enjoyed this fresh and aged alike. It just depends on what tickles your fancy. I do not feel so all alone.

brownbeer, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Mac19872
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Mac19872, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Tiernan, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard Ale... Bring it on. 10.5% alcohol and from Stone, this is bound to be good stuff.

A- Pours a firey burnt orange fluid almost red.
In the sunlight shows beautiful glowing orange with bright flame-like red edges in glass. Produces a almost tan off white head that sticks around for a while leaving sticky rings around glass.

S- Large carmel malt scent upfront with a secondary hint of plum, grass, citrus and mild alcohol fumes.

T-M- The taste is one of its own. First is the big hop bitterness of citrus and fresh cut grass. Second is the toasted malts and barley that shows a thick pressence on the tongue. Alcohol is hidden but definitly there in a fresh way. I like the complex hop flavor with a malty backbone and a alcohol finish to prove itself. For a beer of this magnitude i believe its mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth and warming with nothing to piss off your taste buds... beware.

D- As drinkable as a strong ale comes... 10.5 and nothing to let you know its coming to get you. I'll buy again soon.

wesbrownyeah, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

tbryan5, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Clonies720
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber @ 11.2% ABV poured into a snifter glass.

Aroma - Medium brown in color but turns dark ruby red when held to the light. The head is thick and frothy with excellent retention. Lacing is plentiful.

Smell - Pine resin, orange peel, pineapple, and some malty sweetness. Alcohol burn is slightly noticeable.

Taste - The taste is fairly well balanced with a lean towards hoppy bitterness . Loads of bitterness and loads of sweet malty backbone. Maple, pine, and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth as hell. Carbonation is medium-high and just right. Full bodied.

Overall - Extremely tasty. It's a sipping beer for sure. Laid 2 bottles of this down for aging.

Clonies720, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

woodchipper, Apr 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

SanFranJake, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

ricksrealm, Jan 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

BenTherHppedThat, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

delaced21, Jun 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Krafty34, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Anstuart5, Aug 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

blackwingedhorde, Jan 06, 2012
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,644 ratings.