Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 6,300
Reviews: 2,073
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 444
Gots: 1,139 | FT: 40
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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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Ratings: 6,300 | Reviews: 2,073
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.

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.

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!

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).

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

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....

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.

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.

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 !

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Appearance: This beer settled into a crisp red color. The head was minimal but laced nicely.

Smell: High Alcohol smell to this one. . A hint of chocolate. White fruits. Also a smidge of banana and candy. Complex and rewarding.

Taste: Wow! A hint of banana. mellow grapefruit. A creamy ale that goes down nicely. Syrupy mouth feel.

Notes: Man I have been privy to some great beers as of late and this one is one of the best. You simply must pick up a bottle of this and share it with some friends.

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

I bought myself a 65 cl long-necked brown bottle. The label is really cool-looking; red & white with two devils (bastards) - one white, one red.

A: It pours very cloude brown/red with a reddish head, quite small, but compact, oh how compact. The slow dissipation leaves very rich lacings.

S: American floral as well as bitter hops in great balance. Citric and piney. Sweet caramell malt. Very complex. Fruity and flowery. Faint chocolate and dark dried fruits.

T: Syrupy piney. Sweet caramell malt. FLoral and bitter hops. Citric - pineapple. Very complex.

M: The aftertaste lingers for quite some time and holds both syrupy sweetness and dry bitterness. The body is full and the carbonation is light.

D: You'll get what you pay for - I bought it in Sweden for ~$13 - worth every penny.
Macro-beers: eat your hearts out!!!

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

2012 Stone Double Bastard. 22oz into a pint glass. 6.99$ at Total Wine.

A. 4. Deep hazy golden red color. Perfect thick lingering head with lacing stuck all to the glass. Nice.

S. 4.5. Strong. So much alcohol coming through it covers up the hops I was expecting. Sort of smells like apple juice to me.

T. 5. Amazing. Pretty much the ideal for me. Strong and hoppy. Really like barley wine I keep thinking.

M. 5. Wonderful heavy body. I can feel the warming alcohol in my stomach too. Perfect.

O. 4.5. I'm saving my overall 5 for a game over type beer. That being said, if this was a year round release, I'm not sure I would buy anything else. It is one of Stone's best beers and they are my favorite brewery. I can't find anything I don't like. It is strong and hoppy and amazing especially for the price tag. If you can handle huge beers, buy 2! Drink responsibly!

Photo of twelvinlucifer
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorite beers!!! I really like bottle conditioned ales but actually prefer that this beer not be. Everything about this beer is perfect or near perfection!

I love the ruby color!

I think the carmel smell and perfectly balenced hop malt ratio is inpecable!

This is without a doubt one of the best batches of Double Bastard EVER! 2009 sets a new standard for this and all beers!

Photo of smerrell
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard 2011 is excellent - from the thick, white head and heavy lacing, to the deep mahogany, this beer does not fail. the bright, piney aroma accompanies the aggressive hop bitterness. It doesn't take long to feel the 10.5 % alcohol, although you do not taste it. I really like this one.

Photo of Chico1985
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'08 bomber into a snifter.

Opens with an awesome pop + smoke. Pours an excellent dark reddish brown with a big, off-white creamy head that retains very well. Smells of caramel and piney hops. The taste is great, very smooth, loads of caramel, pine, good balance of hops and malts, even a tiny bit of chocolate. A tiny alcohol bite but quite hidden for 10.5. Not quite the "kick" that I remember Arrogant Bastard having but this beer seems much more balanced. Absolutely excellent from the first sip to the last. Another winner from Stone.

**More notes - 2008 bottle consumed on 12/21/10...2 years of age.

What a great beer. Alcohol is frightening at first but you quickly get adjusted to it's bad-ass-ness after a few sips. It reminds me slightly of a nice aged barleywine, super malty, but hops are still kickin'. A bomber of this, fresh or aged, will always please me.

Photo of oelergud
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle.
Semitranslucent almost opaque brown, ruby dark orange body. Good carbonation. Lace hangs in clumps and the retention is great.
Undulating tan head of tiny to medium bubbles.
Smell is caramel and hops, crisp and fresh, some hay and just enough grass to be noticed.
Intense caramel malts and strong hops topped with an alcoholic kick. Aftertaste is an incredible hop flavor spiked and bitter. Lots of residual sugar.
Full body with good coating.
This is a very drinkable brew. Intense and a very well crafted beer.

-Oelergud

Photo of lynchtae
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone brewery seems tread a fine line between delicious and almost unpalatable. The key to this balance. Without balance the hops can be too bitter or the malts too sweet and cloying. Well done.

AP - Could use a bit more head, I like the color a nice nut brown.

SMLl - Expected more on the nose. You can tell there are lots of malts and hops, but I can't pick out any individual notes.

TST - Bit of a party in your mouth! Balanced. 11.5% alcohol and probably over 100 IBUS and it comes together nicely. Sweet caramel and a hint of molasses for the malts. Pine, citrus, a hint of Cinnamon and a nice bitter finish from a friendly dosage of hops.

MF - Feels great, give me more! Its nice when this much flavor can leave you wanting more. The drying affect of the hops leaves you wanting for more.

OA - I love it. I guess if you have flabby, underdeveloped taste buds it may be a bit much for you. Start with something a bit simpler and work up to this.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,300 ratings.