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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

5,564 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,564
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 338
Gots: 721 | FT: 27
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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acknight

Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.1%

07-18-2013 01:08:11 | More by acknight
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iSrALE

Mexico

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-18-2011 04:20:59 | More by iSrALE
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inanity

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

05-15-2013 23:23:52 | More by inanity
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michaelak

Alaska

5/5  rDev +17.1%

An amazing beer, one that I return to happily when it is available. One beer is a party! The opening smell is an enormous lush bouquet of fruit, sharp hops and a swelling alcohol undercurrent. The first taste is overwhelming apricot, sharp hoppy and most of all an incredibly fine carbonation that swells into a mass of taste and the sense of liquid silk.

This beer has a huge mouth-presence, impeccably smooth and with the under current of alcohol sharpening the taste. The finish is the weakest point; there is a dry feeling (likely the high alcohol) and a slight taste of reediness.

The Great News is, that after a few heavenly sips, there is no care for endings, you are totally in love.

One of my favourite all-time beers!

05-30-2013 02:26:03 | More by michaelak
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Auraan

Arizona

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-07-2012 04:55:18 | More by Auraan
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cisteve

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.1%

04-07-2012 01:21:31 | More by cisteve
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cynical1027

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-21-2012 00:56:42 | More by cynical1027
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Jgrody

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

09-11-2013 21:23:06 | More by Jgrody
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InfernoBoss

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-04-2012 06:53:28 | More by InfernoBoss
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ReddMoneyBrown

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

08-04-2013 05:29:26 | More by ReddMoneyBrown
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alotofcoffee

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +17.1%

06-08-2014 18:05:23 | More by alotofcoffee
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IntriqKen

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

Oh my.
Quickly before I pass out from pure pleasure, let me try to get my thoughts down.
Pours a dark amber with reddish gold highlights and a small white head that almost disappears completely...but not quite, leaving a ring of lace.
Aroma is (surprise!)...citrus hops but with a touch of caramel an medicinal alcohol.
Taste is very hard to describe. I mean, I can say sugary dark malt, bitter, grapefruit hops, followed and almost buried with strong alcohol, but while those are the tastes I interpet, they are not all that is there...not by any means. Maybe it is just the combination that changes them to so much more than merely the individual sensations they are. I don't know. I only know, I really like it.
This indeed may be my very favorite Stone Brew of all time.
Oh yeah....and the ABV in this one kicks butt...at least it kicks mine...much more than other brews much higher in ABV.
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Enjoying another bottle of this, I decided to return to my review to see if I had missed anything in the past.
This is still my definite go to beer when the night has wound down and I'm looking for something strong to finish it off. More than that, it is my go to beer when the evening of drinking has left me wanting....an evening of drain pours...an evening of finding nothing that 'satisfies me', pleases me, finishes it for me. I can return to Double Bastard and have never, ever, been disappointed.
The perfect nightcap...the perfect finish...the perfect fill for what I've missed in the past.
Great beer>?
Maybe not.
But dependable satisfaction and extreme pleasure for me.
Yep.
I'm changing my rating from a 4.9 to a 5 simply because this may be the only beer that has never disappointed me.
... I'm also going to the store tomorrow to buy whatever they may have left of this liquid pleasure.

11-03-2006 04:33:37 | More by IntriqKen
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porterguy41

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-25-2011 00:15:01 | More by porterguy41
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dylancraver

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-25-2012 06:13:43 | More by dylancraver
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zachthelaxer93


5/5  rDev +17.1%

07-13-2014 20:30:38 | More by zachthelaxer93
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46333

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-27-2011 04:54:40 | More by 46333
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alamode

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-11-2011 16:34:52 | More by alamode
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cborder

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.1%

10-25-2012 16:44:07 | More by cborder
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dertyd

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-30-2013 08:33:13 | More by dertyd
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monkeylice

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-17-2011 01:58:43 | More by monkeylice
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Nickfellow007

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-15-2011 06:47:17 | More by Nickfellow007
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-18-2011 22:28:47 | More by Photekut
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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-24-2013 03:29:36 | More by troegaarden
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Stingray5

New York

5/5  rDev +17.1%

Finally the elusive Double Bastard is in hand. Pours a deep gold with red highlights, huge, foamy tan head. Exceptional aroma. Subdued sweetness in the aroma, with hints of hop bitterness. As it warms, pineapple. Creamy mouthful, this is much smoother than I remember the (single) Bastard being. While hoppy in taste, this bastard reckons itself a barleywine. Big sweet malt presence, dark fruit, grape, hints of red wine. The hops give a wake up call in the finish, with a nice touch of alcohol burn to liven things up. Not overbearing by any means.

I find this even more drinkable and enjoyable than standard Arrogant Bastard. Stone has done it again. Great success!

12-08-2004 03:24:47 | More by Stingray5
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freewill35

Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-17-2011 08:45:06 | More by freewill35
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,564 ratings.