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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,042 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 2,042
Hads: 6,358
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 462
Gots: 1,172 | FT: 40
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: 2,042 | Hads: 6,358
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 (544 characters)

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. (957 characters)

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

Pours a ruby red with a thick head that dissipates into a light coat of froth. As the carbonation struggles to the surface, I begin to wonder what I'm in for.

I inhale a whiff and am in another place. Sweet and strong, this smells like something to be reckoned with. But that's just the start.

The taste... Oh, the taste. The malty sweetness cuts the hop oils, and both linger on the palette, warming the body and bringing a smile to the soul.

You can't drink it all night, but for the time the bottle lasts, it's heaven (or hell) in a glass. Double bastard is everything arrogant bastard wishes it could be. (611 characters)

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

From a 22 oz bomber pours this beautiful ale. A nice bubbly head rests atop a dark red brew. It is slightly lighter at the bottom of the glass than near the head. A nice bold color, complimented by an estery caramel smell. It simply smells of a good blend of hops and grains, with a plenty of alcohol on hand. Bitter hops start and finish the taste in a glorious fashion. In between the hops there is a big full bodied malt taste, lots of sweet caramel and creamy malt. Also a roasted character and a slight hint of nuttiness. Definitely a complex taste. Very full, satisfying mouthfeel. Big and creamy, but broken up by clean citrous hops and warming alcohol. Surprisingly drinkable for the abv, a remarkable brew. (715 characters)

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

Having enjoyed Ruination so much this past week, I decided to grab a bottle of Double Bastard from the very good selection at Hiller's in Northville before heading home. I'm more than glad that I did. It's outstanding. This is very close to perfection, a beer whose whole is greater than the sum of the collective parts.

The presentation is glorious--a finger of dense tan froth that won't quit, nestled atop cloudy brown body with cider-orange highlights--incredible. The nose is a terrific amalgam of caramel, brown sugar, and hops, with hints of fruit, as is the taste. I'm completely impressed with how well integrated the hops, sweetness, and overtures of bitterness are. Phenomenal.

The mouthfeel is certainly smooth in texture, but nicely complex with occasional percolations of grittiness that are easy to tolerate in such a smooth, tasty beer. Only the Deacon Jones head slap that this beer delivers with its very high ABV (10%) lowers this a small notch below eminently drinkable. yet don't be misled--this is still highly and deceptively drinkable, a beer requiring one to gladly set aside the keys.

Yet again I've come across a glorious, great beer that will make frequent appearances in my refrigerator. Truly outstanding, Double Bastard ranks right there with Brown Shugga as my favorite strong ales. (1,317 characters)

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

to start this off well its the best beer ive ever had!!!! when you pour it into a glass its a dark and deep shade of red and has a thick tan head almost like a stout. the smell isnt very overwhelming more misleading than anything because its not near as strong as the taste. the taste is very sweet and hoppy you have some fruit mixed in there and again pretty damn hoppy. the alcohol is mixed very well with the taste it doesnt overwhelm but warms when you take a drink. its a very complex and full but its very drinkable i was actually suprised when i finished it because i was ready for another. shame it costs like 80 dollars a case... i recomend the hell out of this beer but like the bottle warns you must be worthy of it or it will kick your ass haha! (758 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a dark murky brown ales with plenty of carbonation running up to the top. The center of the beer nests some lovely red and copper hues while the out edges get just a smidgen lighter in saturation. The head is thin and light tan, and quickly become a thin ring with some good lacing.
The aroma is sweet, banana bread and figs are the first thing I pick up, mild brown sugar follows and then mild pine and earthy smells mixed in with some dark malts tail the scent.
It is really smooth and I cannot believe this is a high ABV ale, its mildly sweet overall and the hops are strong but not over powering, the malts and hops are perfectly balanced in this one.
It is medium bodied and it really warms up your mouth without getting too foul! (743 characters)

Photo of kernalklink
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow- pours a deep dark reddish brown with nice carbonation. solvent aromas with huge hop presence. Sticky sweet at first on the tongue- burnt caramel, some tropical malt breadiness. Great balance, but so many flavors. The tangy citrusy hops dominate after the sweetness fades- huge and oily slick while at the same time making this heavy brew light tasting and refreshing. Despite the solvent fumes, the alcohol presence seems like a muted finely aged liqueur. A slight burn but nothing to hint at the high ABV. For hop-heads this one is the perfect pairing of traditional beer character and the new generation's hop craziness. (627 characters)

Photo of Braseltonage
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Release
22oz. Bottle poured into imperial pint.

A- Deep ruby red. Some blood orange highlights against the light. A little haze. Thick off white head about 1-1/2" high. Slowly recedes to a dense, nicely clingy lacing.

S- American hops up front, very nice mix of medium range caramel malts behind.  Really smells great. Specific comparables are hard to nail down, some citrus, maybe pine.

T- The malts come forward! Really almost American barleywine at first sip. Subsequent drinks bring out some really nice floral hop flavor underlies the big malt profile and really helps dry it out a bit. Great caramel sweetness, balanced with a complex bitterness on the finish. Lots going on. Not a specific hop profile coming through but really nicely done. Alcohol stays subdued to a point.

M- Big, sticky mouthfeel up front, but the hop bitterness and flavor seem to help dry out the overall feel. Very tightly carbonated. Soft on the tongue. More drinkable than you might anticipate a 10.5% ABV to be.

Overall, I really enjoyed this.  Sort of in it's own category. Highly recommended for any lover of strong, assertively American style strong ales. (1,153 characters)

Photo of sessycuban
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage. Got a growler fill from the brewery some months ago. These are notes I took from the tasting.

Growler. Poured into Stone Double Bastard Ale glass.

A - The beer pours a rich, amber color. The beer is somewhat murky, but this is to be expected given the age. The tan head didn't retain to well, but again, well for a beer that has been aged and poured from a growler.

S - The smell is very complex. I get a slight toastiness, citrus, tropical fruit, and a slight tinge of hops. This has held up well for such a hoppy beer.

T - I'm getting grapefruit very early on followed by pine notes. The beer finishes with a hop backbone, which is a bit surprising. Given the color, I'd expect a maltier backbone. The balance is spectacular.

M: The taste is a bit chewy, but not too thick. I'd still say this is medium bodied. It has a very nice feel to it for such an aggressive beer.

D: The beer does have some heat to it. But as they say, if you can't handle the heat, stay out of the fire. With that said, supremely drinkable for a 10% abv beer that goes to great lengths to warn you how aggressive the beer is.

Highly recommended to all! (1,154 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Release.
I've been longing to try this much revered brew and I figured my 200th review would be a great time to do so. A deep caramel red pour that nears opaque with a big fluffy, creamy two finger khaki head sitting nicely atop the brew. A circular ring of lacing appears as the head falls. Pine bough resin and citric hops waft up into my nose alongside a rich, candy sweet caramel toffee nose. Big and inviting.

First sip brings an elegant mix of big, bracing fresh pine tree and citric hop flavors along with a lush, caramelly toffee sweet maltiness. Quite well balanced with a nearly mouth puckering bitterness on the way down. Hints of dark fruits and raisins lurk in the mix as well. A damn good barleywine...10% abv is nowhere to be found in the taste. Wow.

Big, creamy buttery smooth mouthfeel with spot on carbonation. Simply a treat to drink. Each sip leaves me longing for another. This will be one I will look forward to each year. Glad I have another bottle in the cellar. Highly recommended and yet another winner from Stone! (1,053 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The long-awaited 2003 version of Double Bastard poured a light mahogany hue with an off-white head that yielded little head retention and even less lacing ability. Nonetheless, an enticingly attractive brew that screams for one's attention. Resinous, sappy, piney hops dominate the nose, while the lion's share of sweet malt appears to keep the hop notes in check. Grapefruity, piney hops smack the palate around at first, though as the beer warms, a sizeable, lightly toasted malt profile introduces itself, expounding lavishly sweet caramel flavor to the near-dominant flavors that the members of the lupulin family emit. Fresh pineapple notes linger, as well. A touch of alcohol is evident on the finish, but hardly enough to be overly distinguishable. The full, round mouthfeel is viscous, oily and sappy all at once. Drinks quite well for a beer of ten percent ABV, but the effects certainly introduce themselves shortly after the emptying of the bomber. Highly drinkable for its size... hedonistic nectar. (1,011 characters)

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bomber into 500mL mug.

A: dark copper color with foamy light tan head. Not too much lacing, but amazing head retention.

S: maple syrup, alcohol, pine and citrus hops, brown sugar, toffee, figs, raisins.

T: strong pine hop flavor mixing with sweet dark fruit. Warming alcohol, some rye flavors, toffee. Citrusy dry finish.

M: syrupy medium-heavy mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation, dry hoppy finish. Warming alcohol present but still very drinkable.

O: great beer. Strong, hoppy, malty. Just awesome. (515 characters)

Photo of BillCheck
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a fantastic beer. Very Malty presence accompanied by a pleasant hop bitterness along the lines of grapefruit. Also smoother than I had thought at 11%. (155 characters)

Photo of kwakwhore
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thought I'd find something special for review number 100 and this definitely fits the bill. I'm sure I'm not worthy, but nevetheless here goes:
Dark coppery pour into a Duvel tulip glass.
Off white head wells up from the depths.
Intense fruity aroma, sweet fruits, alcohol dominate the nose.
Flavor is a beautifully balanced blend of malty sweetness and a deep grapefruit bitterness which lasts a very long time in the finish.The depth of the flavors is quite impressive. This beer would stand up to any of the great Belgian ales for complexity although the hops put it into a category of its own. The more it warms the more interesting it becomes and the hops become more intense. Alcohol becomes a bit more prominent as well.
Syrupy, prickly mouthfeel which becomes softer as the beer warms. Carbonation lasts forever on the tongue.
For such a strong beer, this is very easy to drink. THe alcohol is there and I'm sure I'll pay soon enough, but for now it's not really obvious that this is a 10% abv beer. I've pretty much sworn off of cheese for health reasons but I have to have a super sharp cheddar with this beer.
Worthy or not, I do plan to drink this beer again, whenever I can find it. One of the world's great beers. (1,229 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

APPEARANCE - Orange with no head.

AROMA/SCENT - Hoppy, piney. Not sweet.

TASTE - Hoppy, dry, bitter. ABV well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Pleasant, dry, little carbonation.

VALUE - Reasonable.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Great beer, almost chuggable. (259 characters)

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Burnt orange and cloudy. Didn't pour much head but who cares it was a great beer.

S: It has citrus and sweet aromas with a strong hoppy smell in there. There is also some great spices swirling in the mix.

T: Strong bitter and alcohol taste but the citrus and spices are top quality. The great part is that the taste keeps on coming and gently tapers off after several minutes.

M: Bitter in the mouth but still tingles and makes your mouth scream for more.

D: I definitely love this beer and could drink a keg of it if I could but considering the close to 10 abv I doubt I could. (585 characters)

Photo of Merkur
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the 2011 version on tap into a tulip glass.

Beer pours a nice orange color.

Beer smells extremely sweet and hoppy. Smell is almost like that of pineapple.

Tasts very hoppy and sweet initially and then flavors open up on the back end with a carmel flabor and boozy finish. For being over 10% alcohol, this beer is surprisingly smooth and even a bit easy to drink (relatively speaking).

Beer has a nice mouthfeel and laces well throughout.

Excellent strong ale. (472 characters)

Photo of Graebner
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby brown with not much head. Lacign remains on top. Moderate bubble action.

Smells yeasty, citrus and floral hops. Rosewater. Fruitiness, like pineapple.

Whoa!! Taste is a face-meltingly awesome blend of piney pitch, delicate yet formidable malty sweetness, caramel, smoke, spice, lots of fruit flavors, alcohol present yet enjoyable. Finishes with lasting oily bitterness.

Mouthfeel is spot-on with the right amount of alcohol, CO2, and consistency. Perfect.

Overall not a session due to abv, but holy crap, this is a magnificent and drinkable brew. Absolutely stunning in it's depth of flavor and perfect mouthfeel. Tremendous. Absolutely tremendous, even for Stone. (695 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a burnished ruby/copper color with a big foamy, chunky tan head. Left good lace. Big malty sweet aroma with some caramel, fruitiness and citrus hops.The alcohol was also present.
Huge rich malt taste with caramel/brown sugar sweetness, fruits and a nice citrus rind hop bitterness. Noticable alcohol, but not in a bad way. More a part of the package than its own entity. Complex and nicely balanced.
Full bodied mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy and syrupy. Very barleywine-like. Unbelivable drinkibility for a 10% brew. (521 characters)

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beauty pours a huge thick head with large lacing on the glass. The nose as big aroma of caramel and brandy like qualities. The high alcohol level warms the mouth,then the syrupy malt wave controls the heat, until the blast of piney hops counter attacks the big burnt sugar,congnac flavor. All this fades into a sweet citrus finish. Pretty amazing where I found this beer, in a small quicky mart like store next to Venice beach! Gotta Love California... (457 characters)

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting to try this for weeks. I had managed to buy a bottle and not touch it for two weeks. This Saturday night I broke down and I am glad that I did. Amber in color with almost no head even after an aggresive pour. The first thing that I noticed was how smooth this beer was. Hops, malt, blaaaaa, complex, overwelming, and delicious! Let this one warm up a bit in the glass, the flavors really come out then. A bit like a barley wine but even better. Very warming as it goes down. When my 22oz. bottle was gone I could have cried. I must get more! (561 characters)

Photo of beersensei305
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is am amber/copper color, with cream head. The smell has a strong alcohol and hop scent. Smooth beer, you can taste the grapefruit and pineapple, alt with the hops, sugar, caramel, and slight chocolate notes. This beer gets better and more comlex as it warms. Great beer, almost perfection. (299 characters)

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Plenty of good reviews have already been written on this beer in standard beer-review format so I decided to write a haiku about this one:

beautiful red brown
bitter creamy malty booze
I am satisfied (200 characters)

Photo of ski271
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stone on tap at Zeno’s! Awesome! About time we’re able to get it in central PA.
Pours a clear medium-dark copper with a small, off-white, creamy, slowly diminishing head. The smell surprisingly mild and sweet… well, it’s not really mild but I was expecting an Arrogant Bastard on steroids, but smells like they didn’t go for a ridiculously big beer, like many brewers tend to do. Wonderful aromas of fruity and piney hops and smooth roasted malts. The taste is…. Oh wow, it’s big and delicious! Huge flavors of piney hops and caramel malts, but what sets apart from the other and makes it superior is the excellent balance. It has a full body, oily, slightly syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel for the big-beer experience. This beer goes down wickedly easy for as strong as it is. It’s liquid crack. I really want to go back to Zeno’s soon to try the other Stone beers they have on tap while they last, but I’m not sure how I’ll be able to pick anything over the DB. I need a fix!!!! MUST…. HAVE…. MORE… DOUBLE BASTARD!!! (1,056 characters)

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,042 ratings.