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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

5,373 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,373
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 315
Gots: 661 | FT: 24
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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JC88


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-15-2012 15:37:39 | More by JC88
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SkunkWorks

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into pint glass. 2009 version (its now mid-September 2010).

Pours reddish brown, slightly amber with a little haze. The head is thin but reasonable and is a little orange in color. It left behind a lot of lacing on my glass. A little carbonation is visible but not much.

The smell is fairly potent. I mostly get the malt and booze. There are also some hints of fruit and hops in there as well.

The taste is dominated by the malt and the alcohol like the aroma is. Its not as hoppy as Arrogant Bastard is by any means and definitely was not as bitter, so its a very sweet beer. There are also hints of fruit. It strangely tastes more like a barley wine than Arrogant Bastard.

The mouthfeel is that its very full bodied. The 10.5% ABV definitely is noticeable and I think that's what Stone was going for with this one.

Drinkability wise, its very easy to drink despite the forwardness of the alcohol because of how sweet it is. I had to pace myself purposefully to take it slow and enjoy this beer.

Overall, I really liked this beer. I had been unable to find it when it came out but happened upon a bottle of it while buying other beer in a local store so I knew I had to pick it up. It is very good and I'll be stocking up on bottles to age if I find any new ones in the future. It was definitely worth the wait and proves why Stone Brewing remains my favorite brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 15:07:30 | More by SkunkWorks
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-14-2011 10:49:08 | More by Texasfan549
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Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Texas

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-14-2012 02:58:13 | More by KarlSpackler
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Texas

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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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malty

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 release 22 oz. bomber.

Pours a brilliantly clear crimson amber with a khaki colored 1/2" head. Large sized bubbles strangely clinging to most of the inside surface area of the glass - then steadily releasing to move upward - reminds me of what soda looks like. After this little phenomenon is complete, the head reduces to a steady 1/4". Some lacing, but it's thick and chunky.

The scents are very meaty and malty; caramel, juicy figs all mixed with an arousing bright scent of hops and a bit of alcohol. Fresh macerated dark fruits, almost like compote. Toasty dark malts that dance throughout this fruity mosh pit.

My tongue was hit with warm flavors of the aforementioned flavors - reminiscent of a heavy down pillow with a ton of momentum behind it being catapulted to my face. It kinda jumbles your noggin' but doesn't really hurt. A little sweet and syrupy malt presence with a regime of hops blowing up everything in its path. This son of a gun doesn't take any prisoners when it comes to showing up to the party. There's some spiciness in the background with a nice dryness and alcohol warmth lining the inside of my cheeks.

Mouthfeel is quite perfect. Creamy, perfect amount of fine and soft carbonation, prevent this monster from lying dormant. Long flavorful, spicy warm finish. Full body beauty at it's best.

Drinkability is quite dangerous. I'm halfway through this bomber and my mind's not drifting to another offering - it's got my full attention.

This is the very first time I've tried this ale and it definitely lives up to its infamous lore. Man, this baby's got some moxy and gumption - this is no lie. Very full tilt and in a strange way, very balanced and somewhat graceful. This ale sure dishes out some tuff love; sit down, mind your manners, look me in the eye when I'm talking to you and raise your hand when you have a question. Thank you sir, may I have another? <Ouch!>

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 23:10:58 | More by malty
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New Jersey

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release date of 2003

Bottle size: 22 oz


This beer poured a crystal clear mahogany color that had burnt orange red edges with hints throughout. Carbonation was very good still for being 4 years old. The head produced was a tan cream color, thick and creamy that had a good last time and slowly diminished in a chunky fashion to a fine skim on the edges, and while being consumed it formed slowly on the sides a dingy delicate/intricate lace. The aromas that formed from the glass were of molasses, deep spices, burnt sugars, sweet malts, piney hops, and a slight warmth of alcohol. All fairly consistent throughout the entire bottle, becoming more prominent as beer warmed. The tastes that danced across my tongue were consistent with the aromas. Flavors of pine tree and floral hops, several dark fruits (apples, berries, etc) all soaked in alcohol, warming alcohol notes, sweet malts, burnt sugars and molasses, wood tones all throughout and as the sip ended a combination of sweetness and hops trailed off and an aftertaste of hops only remained. The body was thick and chewy. This beer for aging 4 years held up very well, mellowed and blended nicely over time. An incredible beer fresh and an incredible beer aged. I suggest you try both.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 21:25:58 | More by Jarod
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,373 ratings.