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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

5,450 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,450
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 322
Gots: 682 | FT: 27
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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tommyd313

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-11-2012 02:20:49 | More by tommyd313
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Tayloraphilips

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-09-2013 00:26:56 | More by Tayloraphilips
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-10-2012 04:14:41 | More by Stinger80OH
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zacky_U

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-27-2013 17:14:26 | More by zacky_U
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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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Tonerelia

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-16-2014 05:32:38 | More by Tonerelia
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justwork

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-15-2013 07:55:54 | More by justwork
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-15-2011 04:49:09 | More by patm1986
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Jarod

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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Aschap

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-03-2012 15:08:15 | More by Aschap
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Hoganlaw

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-28-2013 05:45:16 | More by Hoganlaw
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aklude

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-16-2014 05:58:43 | More by aklude
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-06-2012 01:25:34 | More by RandyBoBandy
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep cherry wood / mahogany tone. Thin beige head leaves spotty lace. Aroma is quite malty. Sweet. And some NW hoppiness to it as well. More malt than hops on this nose though. The body of this beer is full and has a viscous feel to it. Mouthfeel is actually quite creamy. This, along with the nice taste, leads to a high drinkability even though it's 10%. The taste is quite exotic. A virtual cornucopia of fruit flavors. Passion fruits. Pineapple. Ripe melon. Grapefruit rind. All this is accompanied by a noticeable EtOH heat and a high alpha acid hop bitterness. The malt tones are what really make this beer great though. The toffee and caramel tones are quite delicious. What an accomplishment in brewing. This is a dandy.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 04:35:25 | More by Bighuge
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nasboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-26-2013 03:13:53 | More by nasboy
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Rogorama

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-09-2013 00:13:30 | More by Rogorama
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Kerfluffel

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-31-2013 05:14:40 | More by Kerfluffel
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-18-2014 02:53:28 | More by shigg85
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dspencer714


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-20-2012 15:21:10 | More by dspencer714
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to have this Double Bastard all day. It's a little intimidating.
A - Cloudy amber/orange haze w/ a fluffy off-white head. I expected it to be darker, but this color is great. The head doesn't recede at all.
S - A little spice, dark sweet malts, dark fruits.
T - Holy shit. Powerful, but not what I thought it would be, which is good, because any more powerful and I might have fallen out of my chair. A spicy, sweet malt explosion with very little alcohol presence. A great balance of bitterness and alcohol bite to create a smooth, interesting finish. I'm drinking it sort of cold, but not too cold, so I'm sure the alcohol will show more as it warms. The tart fruits stay around the whole time to aid in the great finish.
M - Medium-bodied but strong. The fruits are awesome. They cling to the palate and make this a great brew. I'm not saying it's a fruity beer at all, but the dark fruits really smooth it out and add so much flavor along with the sweet malt.
D - What can I say? Stone does it again. For the strength of this beer, I would pop open another bomber without hesitation. Every flavor comes together to create such a balanced and deceivingly strong beer. I hope to have this on tap when I visit the Brewery in May. Stone, I love you.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 07:01:53 | More by Gatch
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brentusaurus

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-08-2012 08:01:06 | More by brentusaurus
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specialiste

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-15-2012 07:07:08 | More by specialiste
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winstonator

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-01-2014 19:25:37 | More by winstonator
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ccozzi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-17-2012 00:01:30 | More by ccozzi
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California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-31-2012 06:11:00 | More by NFMSKRS
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,450 ratings.