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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,600 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,600
Reviews: 1,975
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 346
Gots: 737 | FT: 26
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 brewcrew76


4.1/5  rDev -4%

2007 Release

A - Hazy brown, caramel with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that dissipated to a thin ring along the outside of the glass.

S - Spicy pine, citrus and pineapple hops with a big dose of sweet malt, raisin, plum,caramel and a touch of alcohol as it warms.

T - Strong caramel malt with raisin, molasses and an orange candy like taste. Some bitter pine and citrus hops balance things out.

M - Thick with light carbonation and a warming alcohol feeling with a dry finish.

D - Barleywine like. A tasty beer slightly on the sweet side. I enjoyed this one more than arrogant bastard but not as much as the oak aged.

07-17-2008 01:47:35 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of Drew966


4.1/5  rDev -4%

Double Bastard Ale pours a brown color with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is intensely hoppy, pine and floral notes abound. The flavor is intensely hoppy, grapefruit and pine especially come to mind. The malt balances this a bit, but it's really all about the hops.

12-13-2009 20:27:42 | More by Drew966
Photo of argock


4.1/5  rDev -4%

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. No freshness date.

A: Velvety brown with ample golden head that disappates quickly and a couple of lines of lace.

S: Delicious caramel malt, dark fruit like purple grapes and dates, leafy, tobacco-like hops

T: All I can say is -- malt-assault with a serious hop snap. Dark fruit and toffee malt flavors blend with leafy and bitter hops and hefty alcohol warming finish.

M: Medium-to-full body although less body than I expected. Aftertaste is very bitter and the alcohol is substantial.

D: A huge beer with upped hops and malt from little brother Arrogant Bastard. I think I like the little brother more because the alcohol presence is a lot less but still retains most of the character of this fine brew.

11-24-2008 02:48:41 | More by argock
Photo of Onibubba


4.1/5  rDev -4%

My first taste of the 2006. Copper brown with a very small tight beige/white head that offers surprisingly good lacing. Smell is powerful with citrusy hops and a sweet toffe. That malty backbone is present in the taste, but the hop frofile is what is on stage here. This really reminds me VERY much of one of the sweeter DIPAs, like DFH 90 Minute for example. Wish I had one handy for a side by side... Mouthfeel is nice and full and the alcohol is very well hidden. Drinkability is good - Excellent if you are a Hop Head.

I'll keep my other bottle until the 07 is out.

01-23-2007 14:04:50 | More by Onibubba
Photo of jamescain


4.1/5  rDev -4%

Poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: Deep mahogany with an off white head about an inch thick that fades into a thin lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Alcohol, fruit and pine with a strong sweet malty back bone.

Taste: Sweet malty mouth with a lingering bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with a noticeable alcohol burn and medium carbonation.

Overall: Still boozy, it will be nice to see how it ages, once the alcohol mellows out a little bit.

07-06-2011 17:15:09 | More by jamescain
Photo of siradmiralnelson


4.1/5  rDev -4%

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours 2+ fingers of head. Thick lacing. Really good retention. Color is a dark amber brown.

S. Quite a bit of hop aroma, and a big blend of malty goodness. Caramel malt mixed with some piney hops. Brown sugar, molasess, raisins, and spice come out more as it warm. Gives the beer a sweet spicy aroma reminsescent of a cookie. Really like the smell on this.

T. Has hop bitterness up front, followed by caramelt malt sweetness. Surprised by the amount of bitterness in this one. Spices come out on the back of the tongue, hard to pin down individual flavors. I have difficulty getting passed all of the bitterness.

M. Full bodied. Medium carbonation.

O. Wish the taste followed the aroma more closely. I prefer Strong Ales or Barleywines with more sweetness than this. Not sure if some of that bitterness will fade over time or not. Right now it seems to be a beer contradicting itself.

11-24-2012 22:42:33 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of DannyS

New York

4.1/5  rDev -4%

So far, I've been wowed by Arrogant Bastard and disappointed by Ruination. Time to try the big bad Double Bastard.

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A - An almost opaque dark amber with a big, tan pillow of foam that sticks around forever and leaves lots of lacing.

S - Malty sweet, short but sharp alcohol bite on the nose. Toffee, pine, caramel, grapefruit, and so much more assault the sinuses. I take points off for lack of intensity. Gets very fruity on the nose when it warms up.

T - A substantial deal more bitter than regular Arrogant Bastard. Lots of big malt/sugary sweetness once again intermingling with strong hop/coffee-like bitterness. It's unrelenting, all over the place, and in your face, but I can totally respect that. Sweetness really comes through and the bitterness mellows when it warms up, rewarding my persistent palate with lots of sugary love.

M - Excellent level of carbonation gives some lightness of body to this thick, heavy brew.

D - Negligible alcohol burn and great flavor countered by a powerful ABV and lots of bitterness. Still very drinkable, but will tide you over for the whole day if you decide to have a whole bomber by yourself.

Overall - I can't really tell if I like this better than AB or not. Both are uncompromising powerhouses of flavor and dangerously drinkable. As the bottle clearly says, it's not for the faint of heart. It might not even be for the fairly stout of heart, as I'm learning right now. I'll defeat this one like I did the others, but this one put up one hell of a fight.

04-18-2009 20:50:21 | More by DannyS
Photo of misinformed


4.1/5  rDev -4%

2009 vintage into a pint glass.

A- Dark reddish/copper color that poured with about 1/4" khaki colored head. The head faded pretty quickly, but the beer left a bit of blobby lacing.

S- Enjoyable strong smell. Pine and a bit of floral hops first followed by sweet malt after it started to warm up. Some citrus and the alcohol came out later as well.

T- Nice big flavor going on here. Faint note of the floral/citrus hops at first followed by a big dose of sweet caramel and malt. I picked up some dark bread (maybe rye?) and faint chocolate notes a couple of times. Finishes piney and hoppy with some lingering sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar. Balance definitely leans towards the sweeter malt side, but the hops don't take a backseat. The bitterness has sort of a sharp bite to it.

M- Warm and dry. Medium bodied with a bit of oiliness to it. Medium carbonation.

D- The alcohol only showed itself now and then flavorwise, but left a warm finish constantly which was nice. This isn't my favorite, but a very well crafted beer nonetheless.

10-22-2010 07:15:25 | More by misinformed
Photo of Prufrock


4.1/5  rDev -4%

22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsner.

deep red amber, crystal clear with a touch of off-white head that leaves strings of lacing.

pineapple and metal in the aroma, like opening a can of Dole. some sugary malts and a touch of hops. much less hops than i expected in the aroma.

wow, is this one smooth and drinkable. sweet alcohol and bready, sugary malts, then a nice balance of oily, bitter hops in the finish. full mouthfeel with a medium-high carbonation.

as someone who is a not a huge fan of the Arrogant Bastard, this is one very nice surprise. getting the alcohol a little higher means a little more malt, and it balances out the hop profile very well. a bold but balanced brew.

02-06-2006 01:40:50 | More by Prufrock
Photo of SQNfan


4.1/5  rDev -4%

The beer was copper with some plum and had a head that dissipated quickly. The nose showed sweet caramal, plum, stewing raisins, spice and orange. In the mouth it was medium to full-bodied with good malt richness with balancing hops. The palate was not as dilineated as the nose and showed more chocolate and coffee than the nose. It was also sweeter as the malt showed stronger. This should age well but is great now if in the mood for a sweet malty beer.

04-24-2008 20:38:44 | More by SQNfan
Photo of jdense


4.1/5  rDev -4%

2009 vintage poured into St. Bernardus chalice 1/9/2010.

1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation and minimal lacing. Copper reddish clear amber body. Certainly has a barleywine type nose, sweet, not much smoke in initial whiff, nice hop presence, piney and citrus. As it warmed up the smoke became more pronounced in the nose. The taste is dominated by sweetish caramel malts, a bit of fruit, Rainier cherries, and pear, smoke and a bit of leather. Not the most carbonated of beers. Pretty drinkable for this high ABV, but one bomber is sufficient. I thought this was nicely balanced, certainly a step up complexity wise from 'regular' Bastard. Would like to see how this taste after a bit of aging. I knew there was a reason I'd stashed that 2006 bottle.

01-10-2010 20:39:14 | More by jdense
Photo of xav33


4.1/5  rDev -4%

Double Bastard Ale
3 Liter bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Brewed winter 06, consumed 01/07

Poured a clear ruddy brown and amber with a yellowish beige fizzy somewhat diminishing head with good lacing.

Smelt of canned pineapple, citrus grapefruit with moderate tutti frutti , sucre d'orge, and light spruce, pear and banana.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet pineapple and light gelatin and barley sugar followed by a strong/harsh bitter sweaty spruce and pine with light cinnamon and clove spiciness on a long finish. Palate was medium bodied, softly carbonated, oily, moderately alcoholic and strongly astringent.

Overall, opening a bottle of this size is an occasion itself, and the contents do not disappoint with great bold flavors and aromas.

02-05-2007 21:11:14 | More by xav33
Photo of katan


4.1/5  rDev -4%

22 oz into a pint - yikes

A - Pours a dark red, to pretty much ruby color. Strong head formation, eggshell, breaking down to about a 1mm head. Lots of bubbling.

S - Whoa a malty Stone beer. Huge amounts of sweet, caramel, toasted malt, toffee, maybe even a raisin or two. It just screams: Red ale. After more huffing, I can now get some floral hopping.

T - Starts off malty, very innocent. Boom, the comes in a super strong malt profile of caramel and a boat load of floral hopping. Bitterness takes over - for this malt bill is insane. stays somewhat balanced through the finish, sticky, more caramel and toffee. A huge huge beer.

M - Strong body, moderate carbonation. All results in a very full bodied beer. Somewhat stingy on the carbonation at times. Beer is overall very heavy. Huge oily finish on the tongue.

D - I don't know how to define drinkability on this beer. It is frightening. It will hurt you. The Bastard is already scary, this is doubly scary. A bit cloying at times, not very filling , a bit too over the top - probably how i would take it. Share this beer - please.

This is one lacerative mother of an ale - bottle quote. They are not kidding.

12-17-2010 04:27:39 | More by katan
Photo of wrycon


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A dark and murky orangish-brown. Looks sinister. Robust malt nose underpinned by some floral hop notes. Man, is this good. Sweet, sweet malts up front. Slightly caramel, slightly toasted. Just when the malt feels like it might be too much, a truckload of hops jump on that rocket and both shoot into space. The hops don't attempt to balance the malt, but rather speak louder to create a hugely flavorful brew.

Like It? Oh Yes

11-13-2011 02:12:30 | More by wrycon
Photo of racer2k


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured contents of bomber into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours a dark brown / mahogany color and has a bubbly carbonated characteristic which is present during the initial pour. A one fingered off white sticky head coats my glass leaving plenty of lacing to work with as it settles down.

S - Sweet caramel malt and moderate hops are present. Citrus fruit, molasses and a moderate dose of earthy hops are all present. Nicely balanced flavors.

T - Very nice malt bill that is extremely well balanced with the aggressive hop profile. The toasted nutty caramel malt and molasses compliment the strong earthy citrus hop flavors quite well. The alcohol is hardly recognizable except a bit at the end of the taste.

M - Light carbonation, flavorful hops and a slightly warming alcohol feel in the mouth. The malt and hops are one in this beer which is quite impressive given the aggressive 10.5% abv profile.

D - Very drinkable beer aside from the 10.5% abv which catches up to you quickly. I really enjoyed the balance of this beer and the lively flavorful hops. I will definitely have to hunt this one down again soon.

03-30-2010 18:11:41 | More by racer2k
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Bottle thanks to Jyppy, 2008 release. Into the Goose Island IPA tulip...

A - Nice tawny color with flufy mocha tan head, over two fingers worth. Some retention, some lacing.

S - Toffee and hazelnut sweetness and semi-sweet chocolate create the backbone for this surprisingly balanced aroma. Coffee like roasted bitterness balances it out, with a bite pineapple bite. Textbook for style.

T/M - Again picking up toffee and chocolate in the malt, which is rendered very mild after the huge hopping that followed. Quite fruity, with lots of pineapple and some strawberry. Finishes very bitter, with some lingering espresso. Mouthfeel is almost barleywine-esque.

D - Have to say, this is by far the best Stone product I've had so far. No real complaints, just a nice, big example of an American Strong Ale.

04-02-2009 06:25:00 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Pours a deep, dark red, with a massive tan head. Lacing that lasts the entire glass. Beautiful beer

S: Pineapple and tropical fruit. Some hoppy piney aromas and a big sugary malt background

T/M: Nice big sugary/syrupy malt that isn't cloying at all. Tropical flavors are there and, shockingly, the hops aren't overwhelmingly bitter on the finish. This is a smooth drinker. I can't believe its 10%. Nice full creamy body, great balance

D: Seriously wish this wasn't 10% and I could actually have more than a bottle.

Awesome beer. Just teeters on the edge of being over the top but somehow it all sings. I would have thought the hops would be overwhelming in this one. They're definitely present, but overall the beer is very well balanced. At first taste, I thought the sugar would be too much. No again. Pretty big testament that Stone was able to cram all of this in here and not have something throw it off.

11-08-2008 01:12:14 | More by abfraser
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

When I had it fresh 2010 Double Bastard seemed a different beer to my previous experiences with the beer - alcohol presence was much more noticeably, and hops character was not as outstanding as with previous years.

Now, in September it's more drinkable. I cellard in my cold cellar 45 degrees. It is now a luscious beer with a complex nose. Alcohol, still noticeable. Malty aroma is nice, and it is not overly oxidized (have had overly oxidized DB off the shelves. The flavor is a bitter and malty (good balance) with quite a bit of cherry and caramel. Mouth feel is velvety. Wow, I am glad I saved most of these.

09-16-2011 23:57:18 | More by WickedSluggy
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A: The beer is hazy coppery amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down but has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has aromas of caramel malts along with notes of brown sugar and citrus and pine resin hops and hints of alcohol.
T: There are definitely a lot of malts in a beer this strong and flavors of caramel malts are very prominent. A moderate amount of bitterness from the hops is present, as well as some hints of alcohol, brown sugar, malty sweetness and toffee. The taste seems to become more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
O: This beer almost tastes like a “lighter” version of an American barleywine but has rather intense flavors of malts and hops. It is definitely a beer that needs to be slowly sipped.

Note: 2011 release

03-05-2012 00:47:55 | More by metter98
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

2012 bottling. Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. It pours a slightly hazy, reddish-amber color with a nice head that has some good retention considering the high ABV and lacing that practically coats the entire inside of the glass. This beer has a fabulous nose. It smells like over-ripe peaches, oranges, and pineapples mixed with rum-soaked cherries. I also pick up notes of marmalade and toast. Yummy!

The beer has a full body and a slick, velvety feel. When they call this a ``strong ale'', they aren't kidding. Sticky, syrupy flavors of sweet malt and toast greet you up front. The sweetness is very well-balanced with a nice mix of bitter, resiny hops and an alcohol warmth that nibbles at you from mid-palate on down. I'm getting flavors of biscuity maltiness, fruity esters providing hints of orange marmalade and cherries, and a bit of diacetyl. Lots of obnoxious booziness on the finish, but I don't mind. In this beer, you just know it's intentional.

This is an excellent beer, but it's definitely not something I would want to drink more than once per year. It's super-strong, but for my palate it doesn't have the complexity of Lukcy Basartd or the drinkability of Oak-Aged Arrogant Bastard. Still, I'm awfully glad I tried it.

12-01-2012 22:48:48 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Jammies


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A-pours a pale reddish brown with a thin layer of foam that lingers

S- sweet and slightly caramelly

T-sweet and exceptionally well balanced for a double. A light caramel taste is detectable

M- slightly malty. light and a little thin

O-great double, one of my favorites

12-24-2011 19:31:05 | More by Jammies
Photo of neonbrown82


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

2004 bomber obtained from Vintage Cellar.

Wow! This is much different than I remembered it. Much darker with less of a citric taste, and more of a bitter, raisin/fig barleywine taste than I recall. The beer I remember was much more drinkable, but of course this was just after previously splitting a bottle of Stone Russian Imperial Stout with mentor and Woody (the owner of the local beer joint, The Sanctuary). Not to say I don't think it is just as mindblowing of a beer, but it really goes to show how the time & place affect the experience so much.

...Anyways, on to the review of the beer in front of me. This is a very deep maroon color with a bit of a red haze and a decent carbonation that forms a weak white head. Looks great, and just how I'd expect my barleywine to look.

The smell is very fruity and malty, and the hops are plentiful enough to sense the bitterness through the nostrils. Quite intense. I almost can't quit huffing it, but alas, I'm so parched that I need to take another drink.

The taste is of dark fruits and an assload of hoppy bitterness. A bit of a malty and/or yeasty earthy flavor in the initial taste. This bastard is killing my tongue! There's no way I'd be able to review another beer after this, but just for the hell of it, I'm going to see how an Alpha King will follow this up; of course, if I'm still able to drink after this beast..!

The mouthfeel is intensely bitter with a heavy, but not chewy, mouthfeel. The alcohol is definitely there, and leaves an intensely dry finish. This is definitely a sipper, but a damn good one.

09-10-2005 05:31:30 | More by neonbrown82
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Cloudy amber, nice highlights, with solid 1 1/2 off white head, great lace all the way down.

Smell has fresh hop nose, spicy, amarillo or similar hops. Nothing special just nice.

A hop bite up front, with a solid backbone of maltiness, and a slight alcohol burn at the finish, strong ale for sure, not quite a barleywine as some have said. I've had the Arrogant Bastard which I think I like just as much as this one. Both are nicely balanced. Maybe I was simply expecting more here. It has a good not great strong ale flavor, much easier drinkability than it should at 10%.

The mouthfeel is a bit light, and the finish is very nicely balanced between spicy dry and sweet. Intriguing. I'm going to say that this stands up to Bells Old Ale, but I'd take Bell's over this.

03-19-2009 21:01:58 | More by robbyc1
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

A- Pours a translucent ruby brown with a two finger off white head.

S- A kick to the face of fresh sliced pineapple opens the nose. This is back by citrus notes and a slight malt character and touch of released alcohol.

T- Opens with sweet pineapple and grapefruit peel mid palate hints of the high ABV and it finishes with big grassy hops. Very nice profile but I suspect that this beer could be layed down and would develop even further.

M- Medium full body with light carbonation.

D- This is a really solid brew however I feel like it has not reached its full potential the flavors are somewhat subdued and seem like there should be more going on. Still a recommended brew. But possibly better with aging.

12-29-2008 00:50:05 | More by UA8
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

2010 vintage.
Pours a strong red in color with a good lacy and foamy head.
Smells of intense alcohol and spices. Sweetness comes through as an almost overly ripe grapes doused in vodka smell.
Taste is explosive. The hops are present but not overly accentuated as a flavor and more as bitterness. Chocolate notes are up front with an almost a brandy filled taste.

Confusing and hard to write about but still enjoyable!

04-15-2011 02:38:57 | More by Spineypanda
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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