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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

6,169 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,169
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,052 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky brown color with plum highlights. Frothy half finger cream colored head. Excellent retention.
S: Pine and grapefruit hops galore! Aromas are chalk full of spice and ready to burst from the juicyness. A bit of malt is noticeable also.
T/M: Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple hop notes right from the start. Nice bitterness accompanies the flavors, but it isn't lip smacking. Maltyness is very abundant. Flavors of caramel, burnt sugar, and spicy fruits all play supporting roles. Excellent mouthfeel on this brew despite the high abv, which actually goes unnoticed. A quite complex brew with many different flavors. Above average body with a juicy, resiny, and coating mouthfeel.
D: Excellent brew by stone, especially in the 22oz. bottle. An odd cross between a hopped up barleywine and a strong dipa. Gotta love what stone offers. Get it if you can but beware of the high abv as your drinking it...those bastards will getcha'.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer many times, but just realized I never reviewed it. Just got done taking the family for a walk around the neighborhood, so I decided to take a little daddy's time out.

22 oz bottle - 2009 vintage.

Pours a gorgeous red with brown undertones. Thick and heavy pour with an equally thick and heavy camel colored head with tightly packed bubbles - leaving an enormous film of thick lacing all around the edges of my traditional pint glass. Head retention is good (sticks around for a good while).

Smell is big and chocked full of a wonderfully bitter and citurs hop bouquet and shovel-full of roasted malts. Moderately complex and intoxicating on the nose. Very nice...

Smell is dictated in the taste. This is a heavy hitter with no thin spots or inconsistencies. Borderline a quality barleywine, in my opinion because the big malts play such a large role. Flavorful and robust. Big, chewy malts mixed with some oats, piney and citrus hops and a spike of warming alcohol at the end to remind you you're not worthy.

I think this is a flagship beer for it's style. It's relatively easy to get, fairly priced and has alot going on with it, consistently... Highly recommended if you want a solid, big beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear redish amber color with a yellow stained head. Lace clinging to spots all along the glassware. Head has pretty decent retension. Nose has a (almost lemon-like) citrus, grassy and pine hop aroma that pierces through the malt sweetness. Alcohol comes through in the nose to the point of almost being tingly, burning and uncomfortable if too deep of a whiff is taken. It reminds me of the daunting essays that appear on the back of these bombers. I have to laugh because it's comical that the characteristics of the beer are really fitting to the profile of the "bastard" they portray in writing. Taste is brutally bitter if you don't brace yourself for what you are in for with this beverage selection however it's bitterness is paired well with the malt sweetness that comes through in the body and the big alcohol taste. Lingering taste of resiny hops is left in the mouth that at times feels a bit oil-like but other sips give way to more of the alcohol and malt character. It is quite a warming beer, the 10.5 abv is not hidden, it plays well with the rest of the bold flavors and aromas.

My urge to consume hop heavy bitterness = cured.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,169 ratings.