Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,300 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,300
Reviews: 2,073
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 444
Gots: 1,139 | FT: 40
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2003 bottling.

Pours a deep cloudy amber with a small head that quickly retreats to little more than a coating.

Smell is rotting grapefruit rind (not a bad thing, mind you) and citric acid, with a slight black pepper spiciness.

Taste is quite pungent, and lacks the malt to back the hoppiness up (although this is quite malty). Don't be mistaken, there is quite a bit of alcohol in here (the alcohol is not phenolic, but clean, crisp, and entirely noticeable) but it is thin in nature, sort of like an immature Brooklyn Monster Ale.

Drinkablility is low, if only because one has a hard time rising from their chair after a bomber of this. No one needs to drink a bomber of barleywine, and that's coming from a barleywine lover. By the time you hit halfway through, you can't taste much anyway. I was, however, able to revive my palate with some roquefort cheese, and soon it was ready for more DB.

This is very young and green, and overly hopped -- and yes, I know that's the point. Also, I've heard others complain about the bottle size, and I do think it is a lot, but this would be the perfect size to break out at a dinner party, with snifters for all.

I'm glad microbrewing in the United States allows such experiments and boundary testing as this, and that such a product exists...I just need to get a few of these boys and save them -- wouldn't appriciate it as much if I could drink it every day.

Photo of gyllstromk
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2008 into a snifter. DB is a deep red, mostly clear, with mild head and lacing.

Smells a bit tart: cherries, cranberries, or raisins. Some hops and malts are there with a very apparent amount of alcohol. Taste follows with a bit more hops and noticeable alcoholic affect.

Overall I'm not blown away by this beer. For 10% ABV I'd like something a little more experimental, whether its a hop blast or a bourbon aged stout. Call me spoiled. Stone's Ruination and Russian Imperial Stout are much stronger offerings.

Photo of bs870621345
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2010 version

Pours a deep amber color with a half inch of white head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like citrus and pine hops, alcohol, and a small caramel backbone. There are some mixed fruits in there, can't tell exactly what they are.

Taste is slightly bitter, a little caramel, alcohol, and some dark fruits. Seems almost plummy and grapey.

Mouthfeel is good, just as expected.

Drinkability is lowered because of the alcohol taste. Its not overly inviting but nothing bad.

Glad I tried this, but I prefer OAB or AB.

Photo of Baileyuk
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy Brown color served from a tap from a keg. Dont know if it was cask conditioned but definately had those qualities. Head and lacing was minimal.

S - Surprisingly not as much going on as I would have expected. Definate piney hops and a pleasantly not overpowering alcohol aroma.

T - Again not as overpowering for 10% as I thought. The aromas were pleasant in the taste. The alcohol was more dominant, especially after eating it after fish.

M and D - Way higher than anticipated, mouthfeel was great with light carbonation and a surprisingly drinkable taste.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

After watching CAL's football season implode in an unfortunate 16-13 loss to U-Dub, this pur-tick-uh-ler ale seems right lucky to be around my fridge...

Pours a gorgeous red-amber, emphasis on the red. Lightly carbonated. Poured oily and thick so I suspect it's sweet and high in alcohol. Yup, 11% ABV per the bottle. About a finger of tan head crowns this brew, and it dwindles away into the night, slowly but surely, until only the lace accompanies the glass. Huge, sweet robust aromas: Pecan pie, brown sugar, pineapple, all backed by a heavy, crisp hop component. Pretty good thus far. As expected, flavor is enormous: Tons of hops carries from initial burst of flavor all the way through to the long, bitter end. This beer is like old school XXX movies: it's wasn't just thrown together by a couple guys with $10,000, a few jars of vaseline and some high school chicks. It has been crafted to be as good as it can, but it's still completely hardcore and not for everyone. If I had to put a name to it, it'd be like Randy West...look him up, young 'uns...The intro is big, but not nearly as big as some others...However, it's the middle that counts: it's devastating. Almost too much going on at once. It pounds you "with an almost seizure-like intensity" (thank you Scott & J.R.), and you think it's too much to handle. It's hops, malt, burned brown sugar, hops, more hops, then some more burned sugar, finished with some hops and malt. This shoots into the finish, which is at once both hoppy and REALLY hoppy. Not easy drinking, and not cheap at $6.49/bomber. You'd have to be as godlike as Mr. West himself to handle sessions of this evil brew.

What I like most: The massive flavor explosion in your mouth.

What I like least: The price and lack of nuance.

Verdict: It's in your face, XXX rated hops and malt that isn't cheap or easy drinking...therfore it's a MUST FIND!!!

Photo of EatsTacos
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmmm, pours a dark reddish copper with a thick and creamy head. You can almost see that this beer is fulled bodied from the pour.

Aroma of toasted nuts, caramel, burnt bread, sweet sugary malt, citrusy sour hops

The taste is initially sweet and sugary. Burnt brown sugar, caramel, toffee. The flavour moves quickly to a biting sour hop finish that is very bitter and quenching. A little too much alcohol for me, and too much sweetness in the finish. Not dry enough to be considered very drinkable.

Good full body with a creamy mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

I didn't have a lot of trouble finishing the bottle but I couldn't have had two.

Photo of strictly4DK
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2008 release poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep dark burgundy with almost ruby hues, 2" densely compacted light tan head, amazing thick retention and sticky lacing

S - Overpowering sweetbread malt, followed by underlying grapefruit and grassy/floral notes

T - As with the nose, an initial blast of sweetbread malts, but then here come the hops. Doses of sweet grapefruit, pine, and a bit of earthiness.

M - Good carbonation, residual hop flavors feels like a hop cone has been dragged over the tongue leaving a delicious earthiness like leftover buds and stems, hopefully that make sense to at least someone else.

D - While individually the malt and hop profile are above average, together the difference is too stark for my liking. A bit of a failed effort at our amazingly balanced east coast IPA's.

Photo of mabirch
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa! First taste blew me away, although I've always heard great things about this ale. Appearance is a reddish brown color, with a beautifully bubbly head that lasts the whole time. A nice amount of lacing also. The nose is very sweet and the taste is nicely hoppy, although not overly so, with a gorgeous malty aftertaste. It has a heavy feel, very satisfying. An excellent beer, will definately buy again and will most definately recommend to friends.

Photo of OldRickSputin
3.79/5  rDev -11%

Quick review-

I found Double Bastard to be less appealing than regular Arrogant.

The 11+% ABV is not noticed, which is neither here nor there. But the taste is simply too sweet for my liking.

(Lukcy Bastard > Double by a full rating point- IMO.)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma initial faint resinous hops fading to a fruity malt
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to a 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing fair – partial rings and small islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor begins with a slight hit of hops which instantly is overwhelmed by a fruity maltiness with a bit of alcohol entering the nose; the hops return as a short-lived bitter aftertaste. No diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

Photo of jmalex
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 release. I had last year's quite a bit both on tap and in the bottle. I'm glad to have a fresh one to review.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a becker glass a dark russet brown with some crimson notes. The head starts out just under one finger and shrinks slowly to a thick collar and full surface covering. Quite good.

SMELL: Big hops with a malty base to match. The beer smells sweet and bready with a sticky sweet resinous dose of the traditional Stone hop profile. Piny and citrusy, they certainly make their presence known, but don't overshadow the malt base which is an equally important component in this beer.

TASTE: It starts as a huge alcohol bomb; the 10% is quite evident. It's tremendously sweet with the alcohol almost serving to cut through and balance it. But the hops come soon enough and don't overpower the malt at all. In fact, they could be more intense.

MOUTHFEEL: It thick and slick and carbonated on the lower end of things. The beer lingers long after you swallow and coats your mouth entirely.

DRINKABILITY: It suffers considerably with a high ABV that really shows itself. Really, this drinks like an American barleywine. One bottle please, maybe even to split.

It definitely seems a bit harsh when fresh and I'm sure aging would help in that regard. But the already weak hops (comparatively) would surely dissipate more, so it's a bit of a catch-22. Still, it's a very nice beer, and I'll be buying at least 1 bomber each year.

Photo of bowersdm
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle partially poured into a pint glass.

A - ruby color with a 2cm buttermilk/cream colored head.

S - hops: grapefruit, pine. malt and a fruity aroma that reminds me of a barleywine.

T - malt and fruity, then hoppy. the hops eventually just disintegrate into bitterness. the change from sweet/malty to hoppy/bitter is gradual and makes this beer very interesting. also, i found this beer to be LESS bitter than Arrogant Bastard. I don't know whether that's normal, but that's the way it is. when the beer warms, the alcohol starts to burn

M - just like Arrogant Bastard.

D - it's more drinkable than Arrogant Bastard, and it does taste better, but I'm not big into hops, so...

Photo of GreenWBush
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 Vintage, aged one year in my makeshift closet cellar. I'm amazed how unphased it was, and for that matter how little it changed or quieted down. I'm sure with how wickedly potent this is in terms of hot booze and hops it could remain brash after a decade.

Comes out of the bottle a cherry-hued amber. An ivory sea-foam head politely rests atop the glowing DB, leaving the faintest lines of lace.

For how brash this beer is, the nose really doesn't reflect its intensity. Somewhat subtle; slight hints of licorice, dough, baker's yeast, cherries, paste, a metallic twinge.

This is astonishingly 'big' in flavor though. Many of the aromas hinted at were nowhere to be found on the palate, most of which I noticed had directly to do with ethyl alcohol. Hot shots of hop-vodka. Watermelon and cranberry hints are there too, but below the caustic hop and booze attack.

Like biting into a live wire...high-voltage shocks of alcohol and hop cones. Doesn't have the addictibility of Bigfoot et. al, but will sure put an end to your insomnia.

Photo of nasty15108
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip pint glass.

A - Brick red in color. The pour produced a tan foam head which subsided into a spotty film.

S - Malty. Strong aroma alcohol and very slight hints of butter.

T - Slight sweetness with malty notes. Lots and lots of alcohol.

MF&D - Smooth and creamy. The alcohol really warms you. Not a session ale.

Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a rusty reddish brown, with minimal bone colored head...

s: typical Stone citrus is evident up front, but where I expected more hops I find a more alcohol inflected sweetness instead...

t: sweet and spicy lime-citrus

M- thick and rich, acidic in its carbonation, leaves a peppery aftertatste (or is that the burrito i had for lunch?)...

D- the bump in alc. % over the original AB doesnt hurt this brew too much, though I do prefer the original over the double. there is not as much bitterness in here as i would prefer, and the combo of the heightened alc. content and the more sweetened citrus does bring cleanser to mind as is mentioned by a reviewer below. all in all though, Stone doesn´t seem capable of making a bad brew and this one is good as well...


Serving type: bottle

Photo of kajerm
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber at Monk's. Pours reddish-amber with a thick white head and decent lacing. The aroma is much maltier than I expected-- lots of caramel and toffee here. Aroma-hopping is a little lighter than I thought it would be, but Amarillo is clearly a presence here, with clear notes of pineapple and mango.

The flavor profile is fairly similar to Nugget Nectar, or even a fresh 90-minute, with an excellent balance between malts and hops. If anything, the maltiness might be a little overdone. Opens up with caramel and toffee, finishes with neat, lip-smacking bitterness. Tropical and citric hop flavors show up mid-palate, but the strong malt backbone blunts them a little too strongly for my taste. Impressively, alcohol is totally imperceptible here.

Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, especially for a hoppy beer, but it seems to fit. As for drinkability, it's a little too thick and malty to be refreshing, but it's pretty damned good for the ABV.

I guess I can call this the second Stone beer I liked.

Photo of aforbes10
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown to red beer with bits of dirt-like sediment. big head. Odor is piney and sprucey hops. also some alcohol on the nose as well. Taste is really a lot of bitter hops moving into a more mellow sour hop clavor. a fair amount of alcohol in the flavor as well. Fairly heavy and sticky. Overall just like a hopped up version of AB (no surprize really), and im not sure it works all that well for me.

Photo of thecheapies
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 Double Bastard, in a tall pint. Yikes... I mean, thanks.

Pours a cloudy auburn color with a thick, dimpling cap. Looks almost positively still. Mesmerizing lacing.

Toffee malts, pine hops, booze, pecan, and some citrus notes. Aromatically flexing. She's a big girl.

Brash hops go big and go bitter from the onset. A juggernaut of pine and pith and more pine. Aggressively bitter. Counter-punch of toffee malts and rigorous toasty and nutty flavors only begs to spell me some relief. This is an axe to the back of the tongue, in a fun way. Throat-gripping strength shows up with about as much tenderness as military-grade rocket fuel. Hints of floral notes and caramel brittle. This Bastard is doubly beastly.

Can't spare much love for the feel. Astringently bitter. Rough and gruff. Boozy, so it should be a sipper, but I'm slugging. Honestly, the body holds up to the carbonation. Kudos?

Photo of hopheadjuice
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, 2010 vintage.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a 1 finger beige head that sticks to the glass.

Aromas of grapefruit and pine like hops and a heavy dose of bready malts. Alcohol is also somewhat present in the aroma.

Taste is strong with bitter hops and a ridiculous amount of malts to back them up. Nice warming heat from the alcohol.

Thick creamy mouthfeel with thin carbonation and a uber dry finish.

Drinkability is a bit low in this with the alcohol being present and the ridiculous bitterness from the hops. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Photo of jeffaz02t
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A: Dark copper with nice copper head that stuck around for the duration of my beer drinking experience.

S: Pine, citrus, sweet malt character.

T: Wow, what a blend of malts and hops. This may be the perfect beer. It starts with a sweet malt and at the same time the hops kicks you hard too. It finishes dry with a hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is hidden wuite well, only noticible in the aftertaste, and it blends well with the hops and is not really all that noticable.

M: Medium body, not too heavy.

D: For a 10% beer, this was easy to drink.

Saving at least 2 bottles of 2008 to age, as this may be the perfect beer.

Photo of Yesac
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a translucent coppy/amber color. Medium off-white foamy head that settles to a smaller layer.

S - Big fresh 'chewy' hop aroma, I love it. Darkfruits and some spice.

T - Fruity up front.. like an apple. Dark fruits follow with an unpleasant pine and tang. A spicy/pepper type finish that lingers. The 10.5% is hidden very well.

M - Thick, sticky. low carbonation.

D - The bomber wasn't hard to get through. The 10.5% was hidden well making it an easy drinker. The roughest part was whatever this spice is that lingers.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just got home from an epic beer trip in SD and cracked this. Pours a muddy chestnut brown with a purple hue at the rim. Not much head to speak of but leaves decent lacing. Nose has some burnt sugar, molasses, cinnamon, baking spices and a touch of alcohol. Taste has candied plums, more cinnamon, dulce de leche and a nice dry kick of alcohol heat. Decently drinkable at this abv but you can tell it has some pop - nice beer.

Photo of Atron67
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to london1o1 for the trade. So sad that there is no stone in wisconsin, makes me miss new york

A- poured a reddish amber pretty dark almost brown with a heavy tan head of tight knit bubbles which laid on top for a little bit but didnt stay long at all. Clear body

S- amber scents, some hop bitterness underneath, smooth slightly piney hop character. Lots of malts throughout

T- heavy maltiness smooth, amber character, strong bitterness, more bitter than floral character, solid smooth, the bitterness grows as the beer leaves your tongue, giving a nice almost grassy piney character which is a really nice finish

M- full body, medium carbonation

D- pretty sweet ale another solid drinking choice

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone Double Bastard Ale review
Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Big layer of head, off-white in color, which appears frothy and bubbly but actually retains very well. The beer is a darkish orange caramel color, with strong amber tones as well. Some spotty lacing, with slippery rings that slowly dissolve down the sides.
S: A very pleasant mixture of citrus hops, sweet malts, and a big floral bouquet. Really not what I expected at all, but this is very nice. Pretty well-balanced and fruity/sweet/malty/hoppy all at once.
T: Citrus and floral hops, followed by some sugars that fade into a lingering bitterness rather than a sicky-sweetness. Overall, strong tastes of caramel malts, bitter citrus, and acidic/oily hops. Pretty good overall, but the aftertastes is a little odd, and there's not a strong malt backbone, which is what I expected.
M: Tingly and bitter at first, and this continues with a nice hop bite. Strong alcohol feel in the finish.
D: Not bad, I guess. Smell is great, but the taste and mouthfeel are a bit lacking. The alcohol is too noticeable, and the taste is not as complex or intriguing as I expected.

Photo of RuckusDu
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Double Bastard tumbler. 2011 vintage.

A - Almost no head on the pour. Mostly cloudy burnt orange body with no lacing.

S - Sweet hops very much like a barleywine. Some good lemon scents.

T - Hops are much more harsh here even though there is a slight sweetness to open it up. It definitely flows from a caramel, chocolate, and molasses to the bitter flavors of hops and sweet grapefruit.

M - Fairly pedestrian. Medium carbonation and medium body. No complaints but nothing stands out either.

O - This beer grows on you as you drink. Nice balance between the sweet malts which make it a strong ale and then lots of hops.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,300 ratings.