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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

5,367 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,367
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 315
Gots: 661 | FT: 24
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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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tozz8

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage(11.2% ABV) poured into a Stone pint glass

A-Dark, translucent, brown to ruby color. Finger width off-white head that dissapates after about three minutes. Nice lacing

S-Sweet carmel maltiness balances out the floral hop aroma that one would expect from Stone. Slight alcohol presence after warming a bit.

T-Sweet carmel malts do their best to balance out the piney, citrusy hops. Alcohol comes through strong, but not too boozy overall.

M-Medium to heavy body with enough carbonation lighten it up.

D-Definitely Arrogant. This beer demands to be consumed and appreciated slowly. Pour it cold and observe the change from hop-dominated to malt-dominated as it warms

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:41:13 | More by tozz8
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WiscoBrewsco

Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Rich amber red in color with a decent amount of carbonation and little to no head

Smell - A big malt bomb with a sugary sweet hint of brown sugar and a slight alcohol smell

Taste - The flavor followed suit with the aroma. A big punch of malt right off the bat with lots of sweet notes immediately following. Brown sugar with hints of caramel. This immediately gives way to a bready thick malt backbone and then tapers off into a slightly hoppy sweet alcohol burn at the very end

Mouthfeel - Decently thick for a strong ale with a nice amount of carbonation to move everything around. Good example for the style

Overall - This is one of the better strong ales I have ever had and a really big beer overall. Lots of nice malt complexities going on here with a good balance of sweetness. Very solid beer

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 17:18:23 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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barczar

Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with cranberry highlights and a frothy, fleeting beige head.

Deeply caramelized sugar, toffee, floral hops, dates, figs, toasted malt, and muted citrus form the aroma. Very rich.

Flavor reveals a backbone of rich, deep caramelized malt, fairly sweet, which is juxtaposed by moderate bitterness at the finish. Notes of dates and figs are subtle. Earthy hops, grapefruit pith, muted grapefruit, and floral notes add complexity.

Body is full, with low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Very complex beer. A balance of extremes, with a rich malt profile and enough hops to keep the sweetness in check. Nuances are plentiful. It's a touch hot.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:07:47 | More by barczar
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McStagger

California

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A: Pours an almost tawny orange. Finger of head with aggressive pour. Moderate lacing, fairly minimal retention. Carbonation appears moderate. Beer is just shy of being clear. Some haziness.

S: Big, bruising toffee malts. Lot of spice from the hops. Citrus, floral in combination with the large malt presence.

T: Again with the malts. Big toffee, rustic spiciness, citrus drops in mid palate and the hops take over momentarily. Floral notes ride the malt through the finish, but the malt ultimately wins out. Finishes borderline hot from the alcohol. Aftertaste is mildly spicy, with some soapiness.

M: Huge beer. However, it maintains the balance. Hops would be overwhelming in almost any other brew, but the large and well structured malts keep everything lock stepped here.

O: Delicious. They really nailed this one. It's twice the beer of Arrogant Bastard. Twice as malty, twice as hoppy, but still so devilishly balanced. Killer offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 08:26:04 | More by McStagger
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a big tan head, the beer is ruby brown in color. Smells sweet, citric, alcoholy. Almost no carbonation. From the first sip the alcohol makes its presence known. Bitter throughout with a nutty-bitter slightly astringent aftertaste, which really lingers. A faint mustiness can be tasted, which seems odd and out of place. A real hoppy kick in the crotch. I wanted to like this beer more, but it was a little too bitter/astringent without enough balancing maltiness for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 03:20:08 | More by ExtraStout
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bradford

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach on 11/16/07
After working a 24 hour shift, I needed a little pick me up with a delicious pulled pork sandwich and Double Bastard at Beachwood
Poured into a 16 oz pint glass for $6.00
Looked good, very dark ruby red with a minimal head that left early in the drinking experience
Smelled a bit strange to me. Perhaps it was served a bit too cold, but I could pick up very little in the nose besides over-powering hops and some sort of funky malt
Taste was great as ever. Very spicy hop bite, followed by a thick malt and then flowery, grassy hops.
Mouthfeel was very good too. Thick, coating and delightful. This seems in the mouthfeel to be a bit more barleywine-ish, but the beautiful use of hops quickly kick some sense nto me that this beer is held above all standards and in a class of it's own as an American Strong Ale.
Drinkability was good, because I wanted another with lunch, but the pricetag and 10% alcohol persueded me to call it quits.
Another very fine example of craft brewing from the masters at Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2007 21:56:09 | More by bradford
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is a dark amber brown with reddish hues, and very good carbonation. The head is big, 2 plus fingers of white and lots of lace.

The smell is huge hops, and a nice malt to boot.

The taste follows, this brew is really quite big, When you talk DIPA here is the poster child. Extreme hops, grapefruit and pine tar, spread of lightly toasted biscuits. It could be a bit to sweet in the quest for balance.

The mouthfeel is big this and puckering, big thick, very good.

The drinkability is only for the worthy, I'll have it fresh any time.

Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 08:41:53 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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jacobseyb

Alabama

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=Deep ruby red with one finger of tan head

S=Malty with some chocolates

T=Tastes of Chocolates, Malty sweetness very well balanced with hoppy bitterness

M=Nice tight carbonation, some thickness

D=Very drinkable despite alcohol, almost dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 01:53:42 | More by jacobseyb
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cheers2beers

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a burnt mahogony, almost brown liquid with a tan head. The head rose up to about an inch then disapated rather quickly leaveing behind a desent amount of laceing.

Smell: Aromatic candy-like malts, slight fruity esters suggesting apple, sweet caramel, a notion that the alcohol is on the high side. This has a barleywine character.

Taste: Very sweet malt bill, hops seem to play a lesser role in this beer. The alcohol is definitely potent that has a little burning sensation on its way down. Light cranberry without the tartness, slight hint of cherries and sour green apple blended with sweet red apple as well. This has a very strong late bitterness. Nice complexity!

Mouthfeel: Alcoholic vapors are running wild, thick and oily on my tongue, super full body, seems to high carbonated. Leaves a slick chewy film clinging to every side of my palate.

Drinkability: This is an exeptional beer for sure. If you have not had this yet, it is worth the try. My opinion: This beer could just about be classified as a barleywine.


Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 23:12:51 | More by cheers2beers
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DAllspaw

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a tulip.

First notice the signature hop smells not unlike the better APAs, but the malts rule the day as soon as you take a sip. The strong malt and high ABV makes for great beer to nurse and savor. I waver between Pale Ales and Imperial Stouts and for some reason this just feels like it captures the best of both. Kick me out for saying that, but that's the best description I can offer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 21:29:24 | More by DAllspaw
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany shade that is almost brown with a finger of off white head that recedes to a small pool quickly
S: Smells of pine toffee and caramel. The bitterness hits the nose first but the sweetness is quite evident
T: Tobacco flavor starts things off slowly which fades to some sweetness from the malt with some light caramel flavors. A bit of pine makes an appearance as well as some toasted malt flavor. Very complex aftertaste after the swallow starts off bitter and herbal which fades to piny. It then slowly fades with some toasted malt flavor
M: Full bodied with adequate carbonation. A bit creamy and thick but not over the top.
O: A very tasty beer that in my opinion is a bit easier to drink than Arrogant Bastard. A lot of complexity and delicious flavors mingling together making this beer one to sip and enjoy

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 19:13:55 | More by SHODriver
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 release, cellared until now. Pours very dark, just a couple shades shy of coffee, with a reddish tint and a very white head that leaves lots of lacing. Smells like an aged American barleywine. I haven't had this beer when it's young, but I'm sure that its hop character was more brash than this during its youthful days. Instead, that aromas end up being more on the malty end of the spectrum: quite sweet, with hints of graham cracker, treacle, and syrupy french toast with predominantly piney and slightly metallic hops laid over it all.

On the palate, crackery, almost Maris Otter sweetness first off, then things go two ways: simultaneously, there's growing caramel sweetness and increasing metallic hoppiness at the mid-palate. The sweetness dissipates only a little bit at the end; the sweetness sticks around for the most part, along with the hops, which attain some fruity height here. Throughout, the mouthfeel is quite oily with hops in spite of the malty goodness on display. Carbonation is slight. Overall, this is a definite step up from the Arrogant Bastard... although it could just be the aging, which emphasizes the malts a bit more at the expense of the hops. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 03:21:50 | More by geexploitation
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone at it again: here comes the Double Bastard. The original Arrogant Bastard was one of my first go-to craft brews, and the Oaked version was even better; let’s see how this Bastard stands the double treatment.

“Winter 2011 Release” on the back of the bottle, so it’s about four months old or so.

A: Looks like a homemade apple cider, a thick, earthy body with a reddish-brown hue. For about a minute after I pour, a group of bubbles moves from the outside of the glass (completely encircling it) to the top of the body. It culminates in a thin, fizzy head, which is completely gone in just a quick second; seriously, with this body color and lack of any carbonation, it looks like fruit juice. Actually, there’s a little bit of light cream just around the edges of the glass.

S: Not a ton of hoppy aromas, but a big caramel maltiness front and center. Fig, cinnamon-raisin, wheat toast, and honey, just as malty and earthy as can be. Robust alcohol reaches out with resiny woodiness, herbal spice, and brandy-like sweetness. A little pineapple and mango hoppiness shows through as it’s wrapping up, leaving the nose light, yet still mostly dark and fruity.

T: Strong, bold! Really, everything is huge: the malts are rich, the alcohol is spicy, the hops are puckering. Full-flavored tastes of citrus wheat, caramel, brown sugar, roast, and dried cherries from these syrupy, earthy grains. In just a smooth second, though, it’s all about hops: piney, resiny, and thickly bitter (like hop syrup, pretty much). Essentially, I’m getting a loveable balance in a moment of pure, glorious power. And then there’s some peppery alcohol and warm apple cider flavors, like some kind of spiked juice; sweet, bold, and deep. Finishes with sweet hop oils, a big salty dryness, and pure lemon juice.

M: Like the palate, it’s oily. The carbonation is tiny, like the lack of head suggested, so the beer remains chewy for most of its drink. Still, it leaves a lasting impression with its heat and astringency.

O: The best Bastard yet – an excellent beer. I think the label “American Strong Ale” is the perfect description for Double Bastard: it’s definitely strong. I’d buy this again, especially to age…who knows what it would be like in a year and-a-half?

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 05:20:52 | More by BarryMFBurton
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cudmud

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep ruby color with one finger of magnificent head that produces good lace. In all, a gorgeous looking brew.

Smell: Slight malt and hop smell. I was expecting more aroma from this beer.

Taste: Nice malt sweetness followed by a blast of hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and full.

Drinkability: A delicious treat. Lots of hops and alcohol, but not overdone.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 00:26:42 | More by cudmud
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vkv822

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a slightly cloudy deep amber with orange highlights and a toffee colored head.

The aroma is of strong citric and grapefruit hop notes upfront. There are very light toffee and biscuit malt notes in the back.

The flavor is more in your face, juicy grapefruit and pine notes. The toffee and biscuit that were present in the nose really come forward in the finish of the taste. I really enjoy these notes coming through a bit more. Make no mistake though, while the malts are more present in the finish of the taste, they in no way take away from the strong hop notes. There is a very faint booziness, but I really wouldn't have guessed this to have such a high ABV.

The mouthfeel is a bit more thick and full bodied then I would like, though the active carbonation helps to make it a bit more enjoyable.

While this is quite enjoyable, the slightly thicker mouthfeel and high ABV make this one more of a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 06:17:50 | More by vkv822
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- looks like an angry monster. dense rich beige head hovers... menacingly... above above clear ruby-mahogany body. foam settles at about 1/4in thickness in my tulip and refuses to move, giving out plenty of drippy lace with wisps and curly cues. aw he's a generous bastard.

S- strong pungent aroma with sweet malt that travels across the room. loads of pine and grapefruit, and bold alcohol presence. hops have a distinct juniper berry aroma and in combination with strong alcohol, give this bastard notes of dry english gin. once i'm able to smell past the hops and booze, he's leathery and woodsy like an old rotten wine barrel, malty and sweet, with a soft non-hop fruitiness.

T- palate scratchingly bitter from start to finish, it seems to dissect this i'll have to pause between sips. idk maybe not. hops are insanely herbal, with dill and fennel and reefer underlying burnt almost cocoa grapefruit flavors. lots of pine flavor still and juniper in every burp. alcohol seems to be very well masked by the load of hops and a rye-like spiciness. toasty, woodsy, caramel, toffee malt sweetness hangs beneath but is always noticeable. dries out nicely at the end, woodsy, tobacco, leather, more juniper, more grapefruit peel, cognac, and a puckering bitterness.

MF- medicinal, astringent, resinous, sweet first, then way dried out. medium low carbonation. full bodied but not syrupy even at room temp. coating, with a slight burn, and alpha oils reaching down my esophagus.

D- sooo are we talkin imperial strong ale here? many characteristics make me think barleywine and it definitely drinks like one. but whatever's clever. dangerous on an empty stomach.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 23:48:22 | More by hustlesworth
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womencantsail

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bomber poured into a snifter and shared with the roommates.

A: The pour is a clear, dark copper color with a lot of red notes to it. The head is about a finger's worth of cream colored foam.

S: The nose has a nice sweet caramel, toffee, and fruit background. A lot of raisins and oranges, and a touch of floral hops.

T: The flavor is very interesting and while it has the trademark Stone hoppiness, there's a lot more going on. The flavor starts off very sweet with caramel, toffee and perhaps even butterscotch. The raisins and oranges again make an appearance in the middle and are followed by a bitter, piney finish. The biggest flaw is that the beer is a bit hot.

M: The body is fantastic. Very full with an almost chewy texture and a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is surprisingly dry.

D: As I mentioned before, the biggest flaw with this beer is the alcohol presence. And as the glass warms up, it comes out a bit more. This is a big, big beer, and one you can't drink too much of in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 07:02:49 | More by womencantsail
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 - 11.2% abv

A - Dark mahogany with garnet hues, 1 and 1/2 inch yellowing head (the color of old paper) Lacing is great, lasts the entire glass.

S - At first I only got faint hints of hops but after a few swirls the aroma intensified giving off scents of alcohol, apple, hops, and raisons.
(reminds me of Raison D'extra and Old school barley wine from DFH)

T - Bold, aggressive, bitter hops, grapefruit, boozy, apple skin. Nice maltiness in the background.

M - Super smooth, pretty thick.

D - one 22oz is plenty, a sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 17:09:14 | More by Rickythejeweler
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Boppar

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into an over-sized wine glass.

A: Nice dark brown color with off-white head. Decent lacing.

S: Big malty sweetness, definite notes of bittering hops.

T: Wow! This is what A.B. was supposed to be. I had feared that everything I didn't like about A.B. would be amplified in its "Doubled" version, but somehow, this was not the case. it tastes like they beefed up the malt backbone but didn't add many (if any) more hops. this was a rather judicious decision. The result is a big malty brew that masks the 10% ABV rather nicely.

M: Thick, chewy... no messing around.

D: Considering it's an American Strong Ale (whatever exactly that is) I'd say it's pretty good.

Definitely worth seeking out, even for those of us who are not the biggest fans of A.B. Classic.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 04:43:31 | More by Boppar
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 release poured into 25 oz Old Style glass.
Sweet, toffee candy aroma, like an old ale with hop wrapped around the fragrance. Presentation close to Am. style barleywine. Still malt dominated and complex.
Full bottle pour. Dense dark head covers a dark amber body with darker reds moving towards burgundy and garnet.
Boy, that's a nice drink. Complexity in both the hops and malt. And for a rather big beer the alcohol is neither hot or excessive in flavor. Bitterness in a very long finish that holds a hop flavor too (tart citrus grassiness). Flavor lacks the candy and toffee sweetness fo the aroma. In fact the sweetness is a little harder to find. The malt flavors are still rich, but the hops start to dominate in time.
Nice body. Full, big holding a nice steady soft carbonation. Smooth.
Drinks big, but also drinks easily. The alcohol will catch up if careless.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 03:52:09 | More by garymuchow
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have you had an arrogant bastard and thought..."this would be amazing if only a little more hoppy?" Well then, the double bastard is your answer. Holy crap, I could easily find myself into trouble over this beer. I have never been disappointed by the Stone brewing Co. and this beer was the best of 23 beers at my latest beer tasting. Poured a luscious golden colorl; so provocative that I barely stopped to smell. The smell showed its alcohol content more than the flavor. Actually, I honestly expected some sort of fruity overtones to cover the high ABV of this beer. But in Arrogant Bastard style, they make no excuses for their beer; you can taste hops, alcohol and thats about it. Surprisingly, this made for an enjoyable experience. I would rate this very very high on the repeat scale - if there were one. So, please imagine a 7th criterion of 1.0-5.0 labeled REPEAT BEER and mark it a strong 5!!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 05:29:52 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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Alkey

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured a reddish brown color with a nice creamy off white head that leaves some sticky lace around the glass.

Smell - a bit of a malt and yeast aroma.
Taste - equal balance of malt and floral like hops, mild bitterness and alcohol drying in the aftertaste.
Feel - medium bodied, slight dryness.
Drinkability - very smooth, easy to drink but a bit high in alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 17:43:24 | More by Alkey
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served as a very burnt orange body with a nice cloudiness to it...a big off white head stood about two fingers tall...a sheet of lace was left

S - A big, well balanced blend of bitterness and sweetness...the malts are caramel-ly sweet and the hops are bright and citrusy

T - The balance carries over into the taste...there was a big malt presence that caught me off guard...again they have a caramel flavor to them with a bit of toffee coming through...they pretty much dominate until the end where the hops come in strong and bitter...just as expected from a Stone beer...bright hops stand out with a grapefruit and orange flavor

M - Thick bodied...this one is very chewy and coats the palate nicely...lingers nicely as well

D - The 10.5% is well hidden but you better watch out...too many of these and you'll become a bastard...another great offering from Stone...I would take one of these any day unless I was offered an Arrogant Bastard!

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2010 22:21:37 | More by thain709
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at RIBCO in Rock Island, Illinois

Amber, clear, modest head and retention, minimal lacing.

Boozy with caramel and spiced by piny and citrusy hops.

Rich caramel malty sweetness, fairly aggressive bitterness, pine and citrus hops, and obvious alcohol. It is what it says it is.

Well carbonated, strong warming, full body, bitter finish. A little too much warming to score higher.

And aggressively hoppy and bitter DIPA with strong caramel malty body supporting and balancing (to some extent). I'm sure I've had it before, but it's been a while. I enjoyed it and would have it again. Stone hoppy beers sometimes seem great, and sometimes average. Living far from San Diego may have something to do with that. Maybe sometimes I have had fresh and other times not?

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 03:34:47 | More by sprucetip
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MikeRusso

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opening and pouring the beer I was very excited. Looks great, smells great. I really enjoyed the taste of the beer, but the higher alcohol content drives me away... too much alcohol taste at the end.
Still a great beer. In the end I think I'll stay with plain old arrogant bastard ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 22:14:14 | More by MikeRusso
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,367 ratings.