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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: 6,419
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 478
Gots: 1,241 | 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: 6,419
Photo of jmfc8237
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a dive pizzA place in ocean city Md. Served in a pepsi cup. The color from what I can tell is a medium brown copper and had a strong lingering head that is mildly toffee colored. The aromas are filled with sweet caramel and piney grapefruit hops and some burnt caramel. The taste is right on as the bomber bottle says. Love the packaging but this beer is not for the meek. Huge robust burnt caramel and dark fruit with sweet sugars and nice balanced hoppy bitterness. Alcohol warms as it goes down but is incredibly smooth. Nice toffee and semi sweet chocolate as it warms. Mega sipper. I took this one with me in my convenient go go cup and enjoyed it in the passenger seat all the way home.

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Photo of colts9016
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Traquairlover for this bottle.

Poured into a beer mug at 51 degrees

Appearance: A golden brownish color that is hazy. The head is one finger that is ivory, creamy, foamy, and has retention. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer, visible by the bubbles on the side of the mug. The clarity of the beer is clouded but a little bit of light is visible in the brew. There is lacing on the glass

Nose: A very strong malted nose with grapefruit, pine and floral esters.

Taste: A very strong malted taste with citrus, pine and floral esters. There is a touch of sweetness and some fruitiness.

Overall: The mouth feel is astringent and slightly carbonated. A medium finish that is bitter by hops. This beer is huge there is a lot going on with such a few ingredients. There is subtle sweetness but you really can't tell the alcohol is in the beer. Stone makes some damn fine brews. I like this beer better than the original arrogant bastard. I will be sipping this for while. There is not much to critique, all around a great brew.

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Photo of popery
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 release.

An excellent strong ale with a great kick.

Double Bastard is a smoky red-amber ale with a big foamy head. The head really foamed up nicely in my tulip on the initial pour. The nose is sweet with white grape juice and spices. The flavors are strong and bold. There's spot on bitterness from citric hops. The hop flavors are almost reminiscent of Stone's Ruination, a phenomenal beer in my opinion. The perfect taste rating is really down to a perfect alcohol kick. This beer uses a strong alcohol flavor better than anything else that I've tried. Sure, there are stronger beers, but most of them tend to mask the alcohol flavor with sweetness or complexity sometimes with fantastic results. However, Double Bastard comes out and hits you with a healthy alcohol bite on one side and a huge bitter hop note on the other. The beer ends up just right. Ok, it's a bit overpowering. I certainly don't feel like having a lighter beer after a glass of it. Anyway, the feel is great. The beer is smooth and well-carbonated and keeps a clean feel with a high abv. It's quite drinkable for its strong flavor profile, but it's definitely not easy on the tongue or mouth.

Useless design review is go: Alright, I'm a sucker not just for Stone's flavors but also for their design. Stone's art department does a great job once again with Double Bastard. I'm looking at one of the early run silver editions, which just replaces the white ink with silver. I very much like bottle printing. It gives the bottle texture, and using the beer as a background just feels right. Stone does a particularly good job with it, here. The Stone demon with a beer logo is simple, professional and just great. The reflection of the logo is aesthetically pleasing with the up/down text border. The text on the back is bitingly sarcastic and self-deprecating but still rings of truth. Most importantly, it fits the beer better than the vast majority of such attempts by microbrewers.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. Could I imagine it being slightly better? Sure, but that's quibbling over a very small margin of possible improvement. I will definitely be buying more soon.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Ye shall know the Bastard, and the Bastard shall set you Free." So warns the label.

This Bastard begins with fulminating foam that shimmers and shines atop a cloudied copper body. What little light gets through isreflected along the bottom ridge of the glass.

The nose is distracted with quick whiffs of cider, grass, honey and raisin - it's as if a farmers' market farted. The paltate is washed out in a thin veneer of oat, malt and tangy hay that is supported by an intense backing of alcohol. The finish is sharp enough to cut your tongue.

There is thick and chewy mouthfeel that numbs you with an oily, yet gummy, maltiness.

No sessional quaff is this: it is for adult palates with enough sophistication to endure the complexity. At the end, this is a damn good beer that is worth the workout. Think of it as taking your palate to the gym. Note: it took two hours to finish a bomber of this magnificant Bastard.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 release, so somewhat fresh. Gotta love a Stone Bomber.

Pours a copper/red color with nice white head. Decent retention but nice sticky lacing.

Very sweet aroma. Sweet malt and pineapple. Citric and piney hops. Slight alcohol in the nose.

The tremendously great balance between then hop bitterness and the malt sweetness in just awesome. Where your regular bastard will just strip your mouth of all taste. The Double Bastard "takes it easy on you" that is until you get to the end onf the bottle. Caramelized sugar maltiness blend with the tongue tingling hop bite perfectly. Sweet up front and bitter in the back. The hop bite sticks with you.

Thick and creamy like what you may expect from a barley wine, I am thinking Old Ruffian. Slight oily hoppy slickness.

Stone brews are truly a paradox. I mean does Stone brew anything drinkable, all hopped to high hell. Yet the torture is somewhat comforting and soothing. While this shouldn't be drinkable, oh is this wonderfully drinkable.

Great brew, recommended. Glad to have had the privilege.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is fairly hoppy and has a strong fruity overtone. It pours a deep coppery reddish brown with a fairly thick off-white head. Flavor - WOOO! One sip of this beer, and you will know what it is like to have an angry puma in your mouth. It is FIERCE - not for the faint of heart! Bitterness is strong, but not unpleasant. Taste is mainly hoppy with some malty and sweet tones and hints of Coca-Cola and caramel. Texture is satisfyingly smooth, and aftertaste is bitter yet with a sweet fruity undertone. Like no other beer I have ever tried.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliant crimson with a thick, creamy head that settles very slowly and leaves impressive lacing despite the high ABV.

S: Rich ripened dark fruit, spicy hop aromas, sweet brown sugar/molasses. Caramel aromas and a distinct hint of cherries. Alcohol is a bit excessive--that's my only complaint.

T&M: This beer is massive. Loads of intensity and complexity--I would expect nothing less from a Bastard like this. Initial flavors of sweet sugary malt and fruitiness give way to citrus, herbal, and piney hop bitterness midway through. At this point, I would consider the flavor great, but the finish adds yet another layer of depth and complexity that makes this beer extraordinary. Notes of (seriously!?) oak, caramel, and toffee malt melded nicely with herbal and earthy hops reprise in the finish. Body is silky/syrupy and smooth, with a restrained carbonation.

D: I'm giving this a 4.5 because its drinkability, relative to the alcohol level and overall "big-ness", was uncanny. I fucking love this beer and am now regretting that I didn't buy all three of the remaining bottles at Greens. Instead, I just bought two. I can only hope that beer karma will repay me soon for leaving a bottle of such a great beer behind.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bomber of the '12 batch to a snifter

Pours a deep ruby brown with a finger of white head. Receded quickly leaving a nice ring, great lacing. Great art bottle work along with the signature narrative putting macro brew beer drinkers in their place.

Smells of hops, caramel, toffee, tobacco, chocolate, and alcohol. Very rich, treat for the nose.

Taste of strong, bitter, and spiced hop. Caramel malts come through well, hints of toffee and butterscotch accompanying hints of alcohol. Not easy to explain, but a very nice blend of bitter front and sweet finish- magnificently executed.

Feel is also strong, very thick and creamy. Dances across the tongue, goes down incredibly smooth.

Overall an amazingly crafted beer, basically an amped up version of arrogant bastard. Everything is well represented, one of my favorite beers to look forward to each fall

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured entire bomber into 34oz mug. Clear dark orange with visible carbonation and a thick fluffy white head that sticks around for a long time, leaving lots of lacing. Smell is fruity and floral hops, with a strong malt/alcohol backbone underneath it. Taste is actually a bit smoother than I recall the regular Arrogant Bastard being; it's not as spiky from the hops as the regular. The high alcohol content must smooth it out; it's sweet and malty at the beginning, bittering only at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and full. Bit of alcohol heat, but not as much as you'd expect for 11.2%. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this many times but this is my first time reviewing.

Pours a cloudy amber color. A very nice light tan head formed at the top and a thin amount stayed the whole time. Some lacing down the glass.

Smell is not entirely string but hops dominate the aroma. Some sweet caramel malt comes through.

Taste us great. I love this beer. I is like a toffee, caramel IPA. First some bitterness hits the back of the tongue and then you taste the sweet caramel and toffee. It finishes with a lingerng bitterness and a slightly dry feeling. Very awesome.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Don't have much to say on this one.

Overall an awesome brew that can be drank all night and often. Everyone should try this brew.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cannot believe this beer exists. The Arrogant Bastard ale was almost a little harsh for my tastes and I expected worse with this beer but was just completely dumbfounded when I discovered that it's not only stronger in flavor, but utterly, ridiculously smooth.

A: The beer pours a deep mahogany color that glows slightly if you hold it up to the light. The bubbles dance around and reveal more colors and nuances before reaching the surface...this beer is truly "alive" like a Guinness (but with flavor). Big 1" sticky head with tons of lacing. This is the only 5 I've ever given for appearance.

S: As I started to type an e-mail after pouring this beer, the smell started to drive me nuts. It smells like caramel with hops in the background.

T: This beer has some of the finest malt I've ever tasted in a beer, and balanced so perfectly with bittering hops that it's just insane. A barrage of flavors hit your palate... caramel, molasses, coffee, hops, and a whole lot of other stuff I can't even describe. It's very complex, very delicious, and gets better as the beer warms up. This brew is truly "exceptional", make no mistake.

M: A microfraction over on the carbonation is my only complaint, otherwise you can roll this beer around in your mouth and enjoy it as long as you want.

D: This is the most drinkable >10% beer I've ever had, bar none. I don't think anything could possibly be more drinkable than this and have this much flavor.

Stone has truly outdone themselves with this beer. This is an exception to the rule, but it OUGHT to be the rule!

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 edition, two months cellared, from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Double Bastard DOF glass.

A: Rich reddish bronze, but almost no head, even with a rough pour. The lack of head is disappointing, like a hatless cowboy.

S: Malts smell almost like whiskey, bready sour mash goodness, with lots of hoppy, piney, big oily scents floating atop it. Like someone selling Christmas trees in the middle of the Jack Daniels factory.

T: Hops and alcohol cut your mouth like a delicious knife, while creamy, chewy, sweet malts apply salve almost immediately. Good, but too damn fresh--after observing how well the 2005 did with a little age, I think this one will be even better in a year. However, no chance that my stash will make it that long. (Note: it didn't even make it past February).

M: Oily, burning, like thick firewater. Perfect for this beer; the arrogance of whiskey and the flammability of brandy.

D: Six bottles. That's all I could find. Forget Hamlet, the lack of Stone Special Release availability in the DC/Metro area is the real tragedy (Note: it has since gotten better).

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Photo of rev3rb
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottom Line Up Front: This ale is one to take in slowly. At 11%abv it'll knock you on your ass if you end up having the whole bomber to yourself. I fully enjoy the full bodied taste and balance in hoppiness and maltiness. This is one I'll buy and enjoy when there is something to celebrate.

Decanted a 22oz bomber into a DFH goblet.

Appearance: Creates a nice off white head when poured vigorously. Head retention is moderate. Beautiful dark amber cloudy color.

Smell: Hop resins, bread, dark fruits

Taste: It is an amazing full bodied ale that balances out the hops and malts quite well. Plenty of hops and dark fruits. Doesn't leave a syrupy aftertaste as some of those winter warmers might.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and on the palate as well. Just a great ale.

Overall: Seriously this is an amazing ale. Don't give this to the "lite beer crowd" as it'll offend them and rightfully so. If you enjoy craft beer and want one that isn't a 3xIPA go for this one. You won't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Reggofcal
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very refreshing brew. Good beer for pre-game before heading out.i use to drink arrogant bastard but now if I get the chance I get double bastard.if you see this beer get it, it's like finding Bigfoot in the woods....rare.If you buy one might as well get two and send one my way.PEACE....

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Photo of Ranz
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my whiskey snifter, it pours a beautiful copper red with a nice head that dissipates maybe a bit too quickly. The aroma: malt buscuit with a thick yeasty undertone. The hops provide a nice contrast, too.

Flavor-wise, this thing shines. Wow: I've really enjoyed the Oaked Bastard, but this pushes the hoppiness a bit further. Nicely carbonated, the malt and hops linger on the tongue. The mouthfeel is nice and thick but not overwhelming.

Overall, this thing is slightly better than the Oaked, maybe on the same plane. I need to go grab another bottle and let it age.

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Photo of kjritt
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a bottle into a glass

a. more orange and murky than the arrogant bastard. good head and some lacing. pretty, but not quite as enchanting as typical bastard.

s. earthy, sharp, sweet and smokey like a bar b q with lots of sauce.

t. delicious. like the bastard, intense, smokey, rich, smooth and combatative at once. well deserving of the name double bastard. well done stone.

m. fizzy at the tongue and as it slides further into the mouth it sticks to every crevice like a delectable glass of wine. but better. thick and savory, would pair excellently with a fat, juicy, bloody as hell steak.

o. perhaps over taking samuel smith's oatmeal stout as my new favorite beer. too early to say as of now, but truly a magnificent beverage. thank you stone, once again, for making the happiest guy in the room.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi-hazy copper color with big off-white head. Head recedes moderately leaving enormous gobs of lace on the glass. Aroma is toffee, bubblegum, citrus fruits, caramel, wow, complex !
Flvaors picked up were toffe, chocolate, some earthy peat notes, toffee, chocolate, caramel and a touch of spice. Taste is incredibly complex and changes signifincatly as beer warms in the glass. Brew leaves a sweet aftertaste that is balanced some powerful, yet mellow hops.
I've been waiting for a Stone Beer to love. All their beers have good/very good but I didn't seem to have the reverance that other BA's had. I know have that reference, Double Bastard is a truly phenomenal beer. I am worthy !

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a medium sized toffee colored head. The lacing is pretty sticky and does not let go of the glass. Has a fire red color.

Smells of sweet caramel malt (and theres a lot more malt where that came from), spicy hops, fruits and licorice.

Tastes of bitter spicy hops, caramel, alcohol and pine, Very nice mouthfeel and rather drinkable for such a ferocious beer.

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Photo of TheRowan
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep copper/dark amber in color. Almost no head. Looks like very little carbonation. The small head there is, is ivy in color and is not very active.
S: Sweet deep smells of the earth! Like home made jelly or marmalade. Sweet summer air in the spring woods.
T: Sweet, rich and deep. After initial deep sweet flavors alcohol flavor is present throughout the whole moth and throat. Hints of rich chocolate at the end.
M: A full mouth experience. Coats the mouth like cough syrup but is comforting. There is more carbonation to this beer then looks would tell you, even at the end.
D: Very drinkable but certainly not a refreshing beer. Tasty, throughout and leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of emericanchaos
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this sample came from a 22oz bottle. for the first time around with this guy i chose to drink from the bottle as i was unsure how to present it.

stone has wonderful bottles on their 'bastard' products. this bottle differs slightly from the Arrogant Bastard bottle but is still entertaining. "Warning: Double Bastard Ale is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the Worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy this bottle. Instead, leave it for a Worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as 'Liquid Arrogance'." sounds about right.

smells heavy of deep citrus. grapefruit, pineapple, some slight fig or date and hops round out the nose. smells lovely! reminds me of those dark chocolate and orange candies you find around the holidays.

flavor profile is massive. lots of burning dry hops with a heavy helping of that lovely grapefruit we noticed earlier. sweet syrupy alchohol in the finish with a bittersweet maltiness inbetween. slight dryness in the end that lingers in the mouth tempting your next sip.

feels somewhat dense in the mouth. not excessively heavy but has a slight chewiness to it. kinda like a slightly thin new england clam chowder.

extremely drinkable with it bouquet of citrus and hops that matches perfectly with that bready malty body. finishes cleanly. you would NEVER in your life guess this beer was 10% from tasting it. extremely well done.

huge ovation for stone. they put together a masterpiece with this beer. every aspect of the flavor is well defined yet at the same time merges perfectly into the next flavor. this is a must have for anyone especially if you like regular ABA. with a few months to a year in the cellar i could see this beer being pretty much perfect. i'm a huge fan of ABA though so i might be a slight bit bias.

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Photo of orfeu
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review #40. Big ups to my brother in law for scoring two bombers of the 2005 release for me from Tucson when, as far as I know, this limited production vintage has yet to make it to upstate New York.

Brown-garnet with active carbonation and bubbly head that rapidly becomes a mere wisp of a cap (barely) and collar -- in fact, it kinda bubbles away as quickly as the head on a cola. Aroma is vanilla, cherry, figs, and dates. Peach and anise. No hops whatsoever (?!?). First sip is sweet cherry vanilla malts with the faintest hint of floral piney hops. Pretty boozy -- the 10% ABV numbs my tongue and warms my gullet damn near immediately. Surprisingly low bitterness for what I've come to expect from Stone. Sort of a let down as I was expecting a bitter hop blast on top of a massive malt assault, like an Arrogant Bastard whose nipples have just been tweaked. It's delicious nonetheless; just not what I expected -- my own obstacle to overcome, I guess. Halfway through the first glass (oversized wine goblet), the citrus and pine hops show themselves a bit more; also, the head is completely MIA. Thin to medium body. Slick and oily mouthfeel with a buzzing alcohol heat on the tongue. Mouthfeel is probably the weakest aspect. The taste is fan-freekin-tastic, though, and for 10% ABV, this is one dangerous mofo of a BARLEYWINE (not an "American Strong Ale"). Ridiculously so, in fact. A great choice for getting dumb with at an appropriate celebratory occasion.

At first this tasted too sweet to me, but I think it's actually quite artfully balanced. The malts are just more prominent in this gigantic beer. It's a superior drinking experience fresh, but I'm gonna lock my other bottle away for a year to see if this will meld, change, become creamier...something.

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Photo of jamesdergen
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ruby/amber with a minimal tan head that does not stick around.

Smell: Strong nutty, caramel aroma. Very nice.

Taste: Wow. Huge caramel malt presence with a ton of piney hops. Very well-balanced, well-hidden alcohol. Whether you love hops or malt, this beer will suit your tastes. Very complex, but easy to appreciate.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, and not heavy despite the high ABV. Goes down way too easy!

Drinkability: Again, for a 10% brew, this one goes down easy and smooth. I could easily have another one.

This has got to be one of my 3 favorite beers. Huge malts, big hops and a nice alcohol bite. If it's available in your area, I would highly recommend stockpiling as much as you can afford.

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Photo of jt31914
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'06 batch On-Tap at Hopcat

A: Dark amber/brown with a small amount of head; not very carbonated.

S: Faint hops and barley sweetness in the smell. Very nice.

T: Barley and slight bitterness in the taste; almost barleywine flavors.

Very good and shockingly drinkable for 10 percent alcohol. Very smooth and worth having.

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Photo of uhhhaaron
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

consumed 03-17-2010, 22oz bomber into snifter.

I was totally blown away by this brew. I was expecting this to be super hoppy and a beefed up version of AB, but i was wrong. But its a good thing! this thing is so drinkable it almost brings a tear to my eye. smell was the AB smell but more sweet and boozy. taste was magnificent. Hops, sweet malt, caramel, burnt resin, citrus, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, booze. but it goes down so smooth. you do get that burning sensation going down, but its bearable. delicious ass beer.

very similar traits to an American Barley Wine.

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Photo of beerinator
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Dark amber, with a cloudy light khaki head.

Aroma- Incredible aroma, caramel notes. Hop presence boldly noticed.

Taste- Balanced bitterness. Never harsh/ or always harsh... Lingering bitterness with competing sweetness. Barleywineish. One of the most balanced great tasting beers ever!

Notes- Drink this beer 'after' the others that you're trying. Very few can keep up.

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