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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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2,055 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,055
Hads: 6,418
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 478
Gots: 1,240 | FT: 38
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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Reviews: 2,055 | Hads: 6,418
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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - it poured a cloudy deep mber/ copper color. It didnt have much of a head but what it did have, it laced up nicely.

S - Strong everything. There was an abundance of floral, citrus hops in the nose, with the heavy sweetness of malt brining up the rear.

T - Its an all-around collision of flavors going on here. The thing is that they were all balanced very nicely.

M - Heavy and smoth, There was no slickness, or an overly strong carbination bite going on. it was nice.

D - For the style it is an excellent example. But one of these a night is enough for me.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this stuff today. Pours a nice dark copper, more of a hazy brown with a decent head and decent lacing that lasts the whole beer. Has a very complex aroma to it, plenty malt, spices and a little bit of fruit. As for the taste Wow. This beer with throw you off all four walls. Very intence taste with hints of spices, malts, citrus and fruits send you for a ride. At 10.5, this beer will also send you for a ride. The folks at Stone have sure done it again with another great beer. This is a must try for any beer connoisseur.

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Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (2008 release) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, murky amber brown with a finger of dense cream colored head. Pretty good staying power on the foam slowly fading to leave nice lacing on the glass and a thick collar with a few islands remaining on the surface.

S - Malty, caramel, toffee and molasses at the base. An overall fruitiness with some citrusy hops and some cut grass.

T - Strong, reminiscent of a barley wine. Strong malt underpinnings with tons of caramel and molasses in the flavor. Plenty of hops that tries to balance things out. Sharply bitter in the middle, but can't overpower the sugary, syrupy maltiness that is the base. Alcohol is noticeable in the flavor.

M - Pretty thick and full bodied. Carbonation is medium overall, but feels a bit high for the style. Sweet malt with heavy caramel and molasses notes coats the entire mouth.

D - Whoa, this one is hitting me hard. First "aged" DB I've had, typically drink these fresh, but found this on the shelf at a local store and had to give a try. Hops are there, but definitely faded over a fresh bottle. Alcohol is noticeable, and sweet, maltiness is a bit overpowering. This is a serious sipper for me.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours medium amber with a small head rising and falling quickly. On the nose there is a long note of acetone and booze riding roughshod over caramel malts and pine. I have no problem with big booze notes in big beers, but to me this seems less than well-integrated into the rest of the brew. In the mouth, the heat melds a bit better into the big caramel and sugary sweetness and the piney hops, which make a bigger statement in the mouth than on the nose. The body is medium full, sticky, well-carbonated, and there is a nice long finish of bitterness and heat as the caramel dies away first.

Overall, I didn't like this as much as I expected. Perhaps some time would allow the heat to integrate a bit better rather than riding over everything else.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge light brown head, that lasts a long time. Aroma - heavy malt, dark bread, light hops, resin, and dough. Also allspice and pepper.Initial flavor is sweet and moderately acidic. Can really taste the alcohol. This was good, but not great. I have a few others that I'll keep for a year or so to see what happens.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer on tap at a local craft beer store. Pours with nice tan colored head that lasts and has good lacing. beer is a brownish copper color. Has a nice aroma. Very strong taste of alcohol of coarse due to 11% content. Hops leave a bitter aftertaste lingering in your mouth. Overall a well brewed beer, but a little too bitter for my taste.

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Photo of gbarron
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 edition from a 22 oz. bomber.

A - perfectly clear ruby. A small head forms with some assistance from a loud pour into my pint glass. Head quickly dissipates, leaving no brussels lace. By the time I'm almost done with this beer there is no head present whatsoever.

S - I'm smelling mainly malt here. Sugary, bready smells. Toasted malt evident. Some citrusy, resiny hop aroma in there, but malt comes through the most. Some vanilla notes as well. Not a whole lot of aroma considering the size of the beer.

T - this is a big beer. Sweet malt, toasty flavors hit the tongue first, but then here come the hops. Bitterness overwhelms the initial sweetness. Lots of hops. Not sure what these hops are, but I'd guess they are of the American NW variety - Cascade, Centennial, Mt. Hood, etc. Lots of citrusy, grassy, resiny hop flavor here. Then there are the alcohol flavors - some estery phenolics. The alcohol is not overwhelming, but definitely present. Lots of esters.

M - a medium to thick bodied beer. Sticks to your tongue a bit, but it's not all due to the syrupy malt - it feels like some is from the resiny hops. Low to medium low carbonation.

D - well, certainly a beer I will never turn down and will be happy to drink, but I don't think I could drink more than a couple of these in one night. It's a very big beer that will stay with you, plus there is the alcohol factor.

Overall - this is a very good beer, but I'm a little surprised about the high ratings. Basically this seems like a very good big American strong ale/barleywine. I had heard a lot about this beer, but I was a little let down. The alcohol and malty sweetness, combined with the huge amount of IBU's is almost a little cloying. When a beer is this big, I start wondering about what flaws the super-malt and hops content is covering up.

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Photo of bret27
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle (1-2 yrs old)
Probably should have saved it longer, but when you need a beer you need a beer.

S: Caramel, toffee, crackers, grassy hops

A: Amber/brown w/light tan head. Decent lace but head dissipates quickly.

T: caramel, sweet malt mostly, mild booziness from mid to end of mouth. Some hops at the end, leaving a lasting bitter grassy finish.

M/D: Full good mouthfeel. Fairly sweet balanced by the hops. Pretty drinkable for abv.

Overall: This was ok. I remember it being better. With so much malt I almost wonder if the underlying style would be an imperial amber type. Come to think of it... it does resemble their Levitation amber somewhat.
I think I opened this bottle at the wrong time. Still a solid assertive yet drinkable beverage.

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Photo of dpcoz
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Originally Reviewed 03/18/2010)

'Church Brew Works' pint glass

Appearance - deep amber, dirty carrot color. Want to say iron ore but it's too dark for that. Little to no head in the pour. What's left is tannish, apparently. Actually, from swirling the glass, a foam head has appeared that kinda reminds me of an orange rind in color - if that makes sense.

Smell - malts and hops in the immediate aroma. Swirling the glass I am picking up some grains. Sensing some grapefruit.

Taste - hops straight down the middle, a warm syrup beween the tongue and walls of my mouth. The hoppiness is exactly what you expect of stone. Finish/aftertase is bitter and dry.

Drinkability - good hops, nice aroma, medium to full body. Was expecting a little more but I'm having trouble finding it. I wasn't really blown away with the Double Bastard as opposed to the standard Arrogant Bastard

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby red with a giant off-white head. The smell is fairly pungent from hops with a kick of centennial citrus, followed by sweet alcohol, maybe a bit estery. The taste is a bit bitter bu with a sweet, burnt alcohol taste. At times I get a bit of bready malts. It's fairly complex, but I keep tasting the burnt taste from alcohol, which might disguise some more pleasant flavors in the mouthfeel. This beer will more-or-less kick your ass but without leaving a black eye. A growler isn't a good idea without some help.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped open a 2006 vintage to celebrate the Sox winning the pennant. Poured it into a Belgian style snifter. Average sized head, and has a wonderful reddish brown color to it. It has a noticeable barleywine-like smell to it, with a maltiness that tingles the nose. The first sip was amazing, it was a lot smoother than I expected. I would compare this to a fine Old Ale. As it warmed up, it became even easier to drink, which was when I started to really notice the high alcohol content. This is a great beer to just sit back with, sip slowly, and enjoy. Another winner from Stone.

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Photo of devilben02
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The color out of the bottle is a glorious reddish-copper with a fizzy half-inch head. The aroma is bursting with hops, with notes of grapefruit and pine being most prominent. The flavor is likewise overflowing with hop bitterness, eliciting the feeling of eating a ripe grapefruit at a small table in the middle of a pine forest after a rainstorm. Not content to just be a hop bomb, though, this one also has a substantial malt backbone, with big flavors of caramel and toffee.

Nicely carbonated and having a texture that is oily but also somewhat creamy, it should go down smooth, but it is just overwhelming. Although the alcohol is certainly present and noticeable, especially as the beer warms, the booziness is not the biggest obstacle to drinkability. Rather, it is the combination of big hop bitterness, dense malt sweetness, and the high alcohol that just overloads the palate. I thought I liked big flavors as much as the next guy, but the abundance of everything packed into the Double Bastard is just too much.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep red/burgandy color with a nice head about 1/2" think sitting on top. The head settles down to a fine fluff that laces the glass well. I am drinking this out of my Duvel tulip glass by the way...
The flavor is great. Sweet like pineapple, rich with that same smell that really nice double IPA's have. The smell reminds me of Dogfish 120. The taste is bold to say the least. Big hops blast my mouth bitter from the start, bitter til the end. The alcohol is covered up well with the resin-ating hop flavor. (that was sort of a play on words people, yeah, I know, I rule)
The hops are also floral at the end. Tiny hints of sweetness poke through but very slight amongst the hoppy blast. Maybe a little too hoppy... The mouthfeel is that of a strong, dry hopped IPA. Dry, and crisp. This beer is very strong, but unlike several balanced hopped beers, the extreme flavor reminds you that its strong.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Decent looking beer. Nothing special. Crystal clear, nice deep red mahogony color. Small but relatively persistant head.

Nose is very nice. Very full. I get some deep caramel and alcohol notes and definately big brashy hops.

Wow. Very big tasting beer. Extremely bitter. Extremely. Like fresh Old Crusty bitter. Leaves my mouth all taught and upset. Some nice malt notes too, caramel most prominently, but really can't hold a candle to the bitterness...really really bitter. And its a harsh bitter too. These ain't no low cohumulone hops. I've heard Stone loves the Chinook and I imagine that's what this is. Maybe I'd celler this for a year or two in an attempt to tame the hops a tad. This is pretty much straight off the truck...arrived I think in Indiana November 1st or so.

With the fairly strong alcohol and ridiculously bitter harsh hops in the finish....its definately not smooth.

Mouthfeel is decent. Thick but not creamy. Definately thicker than thin however.

Not very drinkable. Last year I barely managed to finish a whole bomber. This bitterness is just unreal.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark murky brown with a nice light tan head, good lacing that stays

S-a little bit of brown sugar and nice citrusy hops. not very strong though.

T-come in with a very bitter and strong hit of molasses and ends with some really good citrusy hops. there's a strong bitterness that stays. there's a slight alcohol burn in there towards the end.

M-a good medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish

D-well its a heavy beer, the ABV is noticeable, but its a very enjoyable beer all the way through. if i wasn't leaving this bar right now, i would have another. i liked this a lot and was very lucky to find this on tap.

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Photo of humanawho
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A - nice ruby color and a nice off white, creamy head

S - strong aroma of alcohol, there is some honey smell and some candy smell

T - very malty, caramely, some leathery tastes, and the alcohol really comes through on the finish with some of the bitterness

M - very think and smooth good

D - the strong alcohol component on the finish hurts the drinkablity

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark chestnut like color with tons of red stains mixed in. There was yellow like head typical of some of the stronger barley-wines and Old Ales (Big Foot). Smell was huge with notes of juicy fruits, esters a plenty, big hops and a blackstrap mollassas sweetness. Taste started off with more sweetness and moved to a big alcohol kick with the hops there, but the malts doing a lot of the work for once in a Stone beer. I feel that the alcohol was too brash for now and luckily I have another bottle of this, which I will keep in the cellar for at least another 2 years.

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Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps I would have enjoyed this beer more if I hadn't had it right after the 10th Anniversary DIPA. For that matter, I wonder if Stone has tweaked the recipe over the years, as I've found this beer far more appealing in the past then I did at Frisco's last night.

The beer pours a darkish amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The beer looks quite impressive. On the nose I get sweet malt, cider and roasted nuts. Again, this beer smells very impressive, although the high abv. is noticeable even on the nose. On the palate the beer is sweet, rich and very alcholic, but with a drying hop burn in the finish. The beer is impressive, but frankly I don't feel as if the high abv. blends in all that well with the very sweet malt and hoppiness. I found the beer somewhat tiring on the palate, with this beer coming across as a sweet, but then ultimately very hoppy, barleywine.

The beer is very warming and, while impressive, is just not all that enjoyable. In the same style I much prefer the Bigfoot, where the sweet malt has been dialed down a tad. A good beer, but not what I would call terrific.

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Photo of merryjoulton
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pt. 6fl. Oz. bomber into my sparklingly clean Duvel tulip. Color is deep and rich and the head laces pretty well whilst fading away to a little bit o film that spits out nice hop character. Smell is piny, sticky, citrusy and boozy. Taste is about the same, but a tipped toward the booze which brings it down a notch. Same w/drinkability.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I usually like Stone, and this was no exception.
However, this beer is a league of its own, don't let the label fool you.

Poured into two tumblers, was a clear vivid orangish red with a mess of carbonation, not more than a finger head.

Smelled very spicy, very hoppy.

Taste was very much alcohol, a bit of pear and spice, a bit sweet and syrupy.

Mouthfeel was average, alot of carbonation made this feel a bit odd.

Drinkability is average. I'll have another sometime.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a goblet. 2008 edition. At this time last year, I couldn't find any of the 2007 in my neck of the woods. I guess times really are tough all around.

Side note: I don't see the point of classifying this as an American Strong Ale. I can see how it makes sense for Arrogant Bastard, which really doesn't fit into any other style classification. But as far as I'm concerned, this is indistinguishable from a barleywine. If there are any relevant differences, I am unable to detect them.

A: Dark brownish red. Hardly any head.

S: The malt and hops come together in a way that is almost reminiscent of chocolate.

T: In the past, the hoppiness has been a bit too harsh for me, so I decided to let it warm up more than I usually do in the hopes that it would calm down a bit. Doing so provided me with further ammunition for my "DB=barleywine" theory. It tasted pretty much the same as Bell's Third Coast Old Ale, but a bit worse. In fact, it became a bit of a chore to drink once I reached the second half of the bottle.

M: Acceptably thick without too much carbonation to get in the way.

D: I like Stone, but this just didn't work for me. In fact, it's kind of striking how OG manages to be both bigger and more drinkable. This is easily my least favorite of the Bastards. I haven't officially reviewed the other two yet, but I'd rank them as follows: Oaked, Arrogant, Double. Now, an Oaked Double Bastard...that's something I wouldn't mind checking out.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,055 ratings.