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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,049 Ratings

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Ratings: 5049
Reviews: 1959
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%

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.

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Photo of Patrick999


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber and decent foam, poured into my DFH snifter.

S - Rummy alcohol in the nose, some vinous overtones. Not quite as big of a hop profile as I'd imagined.

T - I don't know what it is, but I get a good deal of banana rum on the palate. Not sweet at all, but still, essence of banana. Not the kind of banana sensation you get with a hefe, either. Maybe it's the alcohol? As for the hop character, I'm slightly disappointed. I was expecting to get my ass kicked with hops, but that didn't happen. A little boozy. It's not that hops are nonexistent, it's just that they aren't up to Stone standards. Still tasty though.

F - Thick and chewy. You know you're drinking big beer, but it's not overbearing.

D - Well, it's not what I thought it would be, but like the single Bastard, it's not lacking in drinkability. Treat it like a barleywine, and you'll be fine.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 21:40:18 | More by Patrick999
Photo of glazeman


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a glass and split with a friend.

A: Pours a dark amber/copper color with minimal head (perhaps half a finger). Nice lacing though.

S: Intense smell. Some grape, caramel, toast, and citrus.

T: Very strong flavors that are fairly well balanced, though the scale leans more toward the hops. As the name implies, this is an intensified version of a regular arrogant bastard. Almost as if they took a six pack of arrogant bastard and distilled it into a bomber. Specific flavors I got were lemons, caramel, some booziness, and a lot of bitter hops in the finish.

M: Smooth, but somewhat under carbonated in my opinion.

D: I enjoyed trying this beer, but to me, the overall sum was not as good as the pieces. Most likely a one and done.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 21:11:34 | More by glazeman
Photo of phishgator


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an open mouth chalice. Two finger loose head with good lacing. Color is deep amber/copper with a haze. The aroma is of strong bittering hops and alcohol. The taste is bitter upfront then the sweet malt works in; the alcohol is upfront as well. This is a great canidate for aging. The body is big and the hop oil, alcohol wear down your taste buds. IMO, I like Arrogant Bastard a lot more than it's steriod father.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 19:54:54 | More by phishgator
Photo of mdaschaf


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 2/6/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a hazy orange/ruby color. A one finger head forms, but dissipates quickly to nothing.

S: Very malty, not a lot of hop presence at all. Some dark fruit and alcohol is quite present.

T: Very sweet, there is a lot of dark fruit - some raisins dark cherries, as well as some caramel. Again, not a lot of hops. Can taste the alcohol.

M/D: Full bodied. Overall, the alcohol presence really hurt this one for me. I was also surprised at the lack of hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 01:53:34 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of jsulko


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pours a brownish carmel color with a large off white head.

Smell is malty, could not pick up much else

Taste with a stronger dark fruit flavor on the backend. Alcohol makes it presense known in the finish and lingers as well.

This is a well made beer but it doesn't really hit a home run for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:39:32 | More by jsulko
Photo of beerandcycling88


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a reddish brown color with an off white head.

S Lots of hops in the form of pine, with maybe a bit of tropical fruit. Hard to find but there is a bit of some caramel or toffee type malt.

T Again the hops dominated with lots of strong bitter grapefruit like notes followed by some sticky sweet malts. The alcohol is not all that noticeable.

M Very thick and syrupy which works quite well for this one.

Overall I think that this beer is quite good yet a tad overrated. To me it is a very hoppy mess of a beer that still somehow manages to be good. Would be interesting to try with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 02:46:04 | More by beerandcycling88
Photo of MountainBeagle


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 release from a 22 bottle, a few weeks old. 10.5 percent 100+ ibu

First Thoughts: Damn this beer is sweet, has it always been like this? However, it has some special b or peat malts that are really good.

The Good: Hop monster of a beer with slight smokiness and arrogance. The taste is of hoppy whiskey but in a good way.

The Bad: Malt monster of a beer, it's too sweet for my liking. 2010 was better.

The Bottom Line: Ye shall know the bastard and the bastard shall set you free! A good beer but you better be ready for it. I'd put in the strong ale/barley wine category.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 05:01:42 | More by MountainBeagle
Photo of Bendurgin


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear amber color with about an inch of bubbly white head.

A bit of caramel malts in the aroma with a ripe cantaloupe in the aroma. Very sweet. Sweet caramel/toffee on the pallet. Sweet melons with a bitter hoppy finish.

The feel is full with soft carbonation. This is a fresh bottle so I think it a bit hot. Overall not bad , but I'll take Arrogant Bastard over this most of the time.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:52:02 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of nrs207


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle 2011 batch.

Pours nice and dark, even darker than Arrogant Bastard and almost as dark as a porter. Has a reddish hue when looked at up to the light. Smell is great, but this is too boozy for me. Lots of hops, which I love. The taste is just dominated by alcohol for me. I have had this year's batch on tap before and didn't get it nearly as much. I could barely finish it because the back was pure alcohol. The only reason I gave it the score I did was because I had previously enjoyed it when I was paying less attention (but wouldn't have missed this level of alcohol). I was extremely disappointed, and I'm curious as to why it was so much more boozy than the glass I had on tap. I have one more bomber that I'm going to age for a year or so to see what happens. Arrogant Bastard is a favorite of mine, but the Double just was too much for me this time. Only beer that has reminded me of this is 120 Minute, and that is significantly stronger.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 07:03:52 | More by nrs207
Photo of UnionMade


3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Talk about over the top. I think this beer is the definition of the term.

The beer pours a deep mahogany color. Bloody red when put up to light. Menacing. A thick topping of frothy head appears from it's depths, reminding me of the foam that forms on the lips of a maddened attack dog hungry for flesh.
Aroma is heady and decadent. An onslaught upon the olfactory glands. Monstrous malt, pale with a healthy dose of crystal malt goodness. Estery fruit, with notes of black cherry, fig and apple. Some toffee. Plenty of hops, without question. What else would you expect from Stone? Alcohol is certainly present, and this beer is ready to punch your teeth out.
Flavor is incredibly malty, with tons of esters, black cherry, fig, currant, and apple. A slight peach flavor, in a brown around the edges way. Light toffee. Hops are massive of course, coming through the middle and finishing the sip. Plenty of citrus, as well as herbal qualities. A slight tang when coupled with the alcohol in the finish. Gigantic body, mild carbonation. Sort of chewy and way too sweet, particularly when the beer gets to room temperature.
It's a pretty good beer, but so completely over the top that I doubt I'll ever buy it again. The beer is just way too intense, especially at first. The flavors are well-wrought, but sort of ham-fisted, in the way that it's trying so hard to assault you with everything in it's arsenal. A kick you in the teeth, spit on your face, then get up and give me twenty kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 07:43:58 | More by UnionMade
Photo of n0315


3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice amber in color with little head that leaves a lacy coast over the brew. The first taste kicks your ass off, very strong beer with mault being the strongest. I read the back of the bottle and I thought it was a joke. Probably the strongest ale I have ever had. Overall not bad, but a little too strong for my taste I guess.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 20:43:50 | More by n0315
Photo of froghop


3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a cloudy dark copper with a red tint, a small tan head, and good lacing.

smell is caramel, hops, malts, some pear, and earthly.

taste is creamy, somewhat sour, light grapefruit, caramel, bitterness that grows as you drink, and dry leaves, end is nicely bitter and thick.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 03:46:13 | More by froghop
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 vintage

Poured into Carolous glass

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades down after a few minutes. Color is a murk copper orange.

Aroma: Lots of caramel malts. Reminds me of an old winter yulesmith. Some faded earthy hops with bready notes. I have a feeling the taste won't be good.

Taste: Lots of bready and caramel notes. The hop profile is earthy but faded big time. Some heat shows. This beer needs to be drank fresh. This one is not holding up well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, boozy, hot, and not very bitter. It tastes like a vodka mixed drink. Medium bodied with a medium to low amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky and malty.

Overall, this one is a big letdown. I thought it might have help up a little bit, but it is drinking terrible. I doubt I will even bother with the rest of my glass. This beer will probably get drainpoured.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 23:16:12 | More by mothman
Photo of NODAK


3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The aroma of piney hops is what comes to the nose first...further digging shows some biscuit and sweet malts in there as well.

Pours a deep red in the glass....head of about 1/2 inch or so. Dissipates fairly quickly but leaves good lacing.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, not surprisingly. Immediately, the taste of oily pine resin hoppiness shows up to greet the taste buds....there's a sweet malt undercurrent there as well that takes second place to the bitterness. The hops stay bitter long into the finish and aftertaste with a bit of an astringent quality. The alcohol also is somewhat noticeable on the finish as well, which isn't a huge surprise given the ABV.

This beer is a lot like the original AB, except it's just bigger in every way and it's more slanted towards the hops. The hops are sharper, the mouthfeel is thicker, the malts are bigger (albeit not as much of a difference as the hops), and the booze shows more. So between the two, I would probably find myself drinking the original AB more often than this.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 01:16:17 | More by NODAK
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer was poured into a pint glass, with an amber-brown color, very vibrant and deep. The beer has a thin, cream colored head. There is a strong, heavy caramel smell to the beer. The taste is also very heavy, with a strong, sweat quadrupel style flavor. There is a sharp, roasted malt finish, with a sweet and sour/bitter aftertaste. The finish was kind of rough, and the sweetness seemed to be a bit unbalanced. I guess I was expecting a little bit more after hearing so much about this beer. It was good, don't get me wrong, but it didn't seem to live up to the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 07:45:32 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of samie85


3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2009 Release.

A-Pours a deep mahogany color with two fingers of tan colored head.

S-Deep dark stonefruit similar to Doppelbock upfront with a hint of citrusy hops.

T-This tastes like a boozy, slightly citrusy, piny and bitter doppelbock on steroids.

M-Very rich and velvety feeling in the mouth with low carbonation and full bodied.

D-This one is definitely a sipper due to the very apparent strength and intensity of flavor. I need to try it fresh now.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 04:07:32 | More by samie85
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/9/12

Note: After this beer, I will have reviewed 100/100 of the Beers of Fame. 2012 goal complete. It's good to have such productive goals.

Appearance: Somewhere between moderate amber and deep copper - pours with a foamy, off-white head - fades to a little cap, leaves some nice streaks and spotty lacing

Smell: Cooked, lightly burnt caramel - roasted grains, with a load of herbal elements and some grass - earthy hops - some sweetness, with sweet caramel, toffee, and a touch of molasses - some dark fruits - overall, a bit too earthy and overcooked for my taste

Taste: Cooked, roasted grains - caramelized grains, cooked caramel, and some roasty notes - cooked, dried out dark fruits - hoppy, in a very earthy, herbal, and leafy way - some citrus as well - moderate, earthy bitterness - some concentrated citrus rind as well

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, adequate carbonation, lightly oily, with a lingering bitterness

Overall: An accurate name, but not necessarily ideal

Double (Arrogant) Bastard sounds like a good idea, right? Unfortunately, it's not ideal. This beer doubles the earthy, leafy, herbal dirtiness that I do not particularly care for in Arrogant Bastard. I had this about 4 years ago, and I wasn't a big fan. My current assessment is about the same. But maybe it improves with some aging.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 03:13:35 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of beveragesampler


3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 Vintage

appearance is good; a deep amber color. poured from 22oz bomber into a glass. lightly chilled about 55 degrees at pour. light carbination. thin carmel colored head that dissipated very quickly. body looks thick; lightly coated glass upon a swirl.

smell is very nice. sugary carmel, banana, fig, roasted malt, hint of bakers chocolate. 10.5% ABV but i dont get much of any alocohol nose.

taste. much of the smell comes thru in the taste. nice and complex. hops have mellowed after a year in bottle. just a light bitterness on the finish.

mouthfeel is fairly thick. bitter sweet finish that lingers just long enough to enjoy all the flavors. very well ballanced.

drinkability is average. mostly due to the ABV which is most noticeable 12oz into drinking. this beer will give you that warm, fuzzy, flushed red face, my ears are hot... feeling.

overall very enjoyable and well worth the money. i look foward to drinking the 2010 release and aging it too...


Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 02:28:50 | More by beveragesampler
Photo of haazer


3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Abe's today.

A- Pretty reddish/orange ale fills the glass with substantial bubbles and carbonation. Massive effervescent head, off-white in color. Settles down to a nice cap, bit of lacing left on the sides.

S- A mixture of bready and caramel malts initially in the nose. Sweet sugars and candy yeast. An underlying piney hop bitterness rounds out the nose. Aromas are subtle.

T- Caramel malts upfront, and leads into sweet candy sugar. Brew is balanced by some earthy bittering hops, which actually keeps this beer from being cloying. Flavor ends with some bready rye taste.

M- Medium to full bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth drinking, slight heat from booze but not in a bad way.

O- Though I enjoyed the brew I was expecting a little more. I'd like to see some more pronounced flavors, everything was fairly mild. This Bastard has left me with a buzz although no booze is detected in this.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 18:03:05 | More by haazer
Photo of far333


3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark honey colored with a haze that makes it look thick enough to spread like butter. An orangey beige head tops it off, but disappears quickly. Aroma is light, but smells fruity and sweet with alcohol vapors rushing upward (do not pour near open flame). Flavor is sweet and big and rich. Some sweet malt and honey, hints of pear, finished with an alcohol tingle and burning on the back of the tongue and throat. Very warming and chewy flavor. I like this beer, but it tries too hard.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 04:41:50 | More by far333
Photo of TripelJ


3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Now Quaffing: Stone Double Bastard ~ 650ml

Pours a deep, dark, hazy ruby with an agressive, sticky tan head. Nice webs of lacing as the beer recedes. Aroma is sweet, with noticeable hops and a light medicinal presence. Thick and smooth, with a nice malt presence in the beginning of each sip. Dark cherries with hints of alcohol followed by a citrusy hop presence, which dominates the finish, but balances out the beer on the whole. There is a slight medicinal aftertaste, which lingers a little longer than desired. Drinkability is not as good as some high abv beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 01:39:20 | More by TripelJ
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Malty, hop infused alcohol aroma. Big, foamy, cocoa colored head leaves some pretty serious lace. Mahoganny colored beer with a ruby hue, tiny bubbles lazily float to the surface. The beer is dark, but transparent which creates a really cool effect, kind of like a gem stone. Beer is slick and coats your tongue with flavor. Malt bomb up front that barely holds of the alchol. Stong bitterness kicks in half way through. There's a sweetness floating under the surface that pokes it's head out long after the last swallow. It's what I expected, a big strong american barleywine, but not my bag.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 02:54:41 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of Imstillthegman


3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Zorro sent me this bomber and I finally deemed myself worthy. Thanks, Zorro.

2004 release (holy crap...I never noticed that until now)

Gorgeous pour. Clear garnet color with close to three fingers of tan head.

Aroma is is maltier than expected...that's when I noticed the 2004 Release on the bottle, so now I know why. Bready with toffee and butterscotch notes with some citrus in the distance. I am getting an almost peanut brittle smell. Yummy.

Wow...I can really taste the alcohol in this one. The hops have faded from what a fresh brew is, I'm sure, but you can get a hint of citrus. Malty sweetness but the alcohol tries to mask everything. I have to try a fresh bottle later this fall and re-review. Funny, though, I don't smell the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth before the burn sets in. I will finish this, but like I said I have to try it fresh and review that bottle. At 10% ABV I expect to notice the alcohol but not this much.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 19:01:18 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 bottle that I am finishing as I review.

A-Great appearance on this brew. The body is a beautiful transparent deep mahogany color. Moderate pour produces an aggressive 3 finger light beige colored head. Head slowly fades to 1 finger with a smooth and creamy look (in a standard glass) and has great retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind.

S- Nose is promising with aggressive citrus and piny hop aromas fighting for dominance with a harsh spiciness. A big presence of alcohol looms in the background. No malt detected in the nose.

T-Initial taste is almost sweet. Caramel and chocolate malts are present with an accent of citrus hop flavor. A big spiciness bursts forth for the finish and the flavors present for the initial flavor vanish and are replaced with a big hop bitterness and a large kick of alcohol. A slight alcohol warmth lingers with nothing to accompany it with the exception of an aggressive (of medium strength...nothing too powerful or overwhelming) hop bitterness that lingers on and on and never goes away. The taste is wonderful at the beginning but ends slightly below average. Overall an average taste.

M- Medium to high stinging carbonation that temporarily vanishes but reappears for the swallow (very interesting). Body is thick and sticky-loaded with hops, caramel malt, and alcohol...but still has a pleasurable smoothness.

D- Drinkability gets an "above average" score from me. The taste is average but this brew screams "American Strong Ale" in almost every category. Its slightly more enjoyable than regular AB but is nowhere near oaked AB (which seems to take everything arrogant about the AB lineup and make it more smooth and mature). I enjoy reading the long-winded arrogant description on the back of these bottles but this honestly does not stand out to me as a superior ASA. I'm glad I was able to sample this bottle-but my choice from the AB lineup is still oaked AB.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 06:02:39 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of sholland119


3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Stone snifter.

A-a clear caramel with a small tan head. the head dissipates rather quickly with little to no lacing.

S-Very strong caramel sweetness and noticeable alcohol. Not much on the hop side.

T-Caramelly sweetness throughout with a noticeable alcohol warmth at the end. Again, less hop character than I am used to in a Stone beer.

M-Moderate carbonation, a little thick on the tongue.

D-Too much noticeable alcohol for me to enjoy more than one.

Probably the only disappointing beer I have ever had from Stone. Well maybe this and Vertical Epic '07.

And maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had been expecting a barleywine style. This beer may be technically characterized properly as an "American strong ale" but that's not what it drinks like. To me anyway.


Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 21:15:07 | More by sholland119
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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