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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,047 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 5047
Reviews: 1959
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a 2006 bottle.

Poured a darker copper color with about an inch of off-white head on it. Decent lacing as well.

Smell is very malty with some alcohol coming through as well.

Taste is much like the smell. Malty throughout with alcohol taste coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and it's reasonably carbonated.

Overall I liked this beer. It's something different than I normally drink but I enjoyed sipping on this one. I'd try it again if I came across it.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 19:51:42 | More by richkrull
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Clowerweb

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass aggressively.

Been waiting to try this one for a while. It's certainly intimidating after examining the bottle, with the dualing big ugly satanic demon signature Stone logos and insanely well crafted and humorous (but true) text on the back.

A: This one was a lot darker than expected. Very dark amber, bordering on crimson. Hold it up to the light and it almost seems to get darker, defying all logic. Very tiny carbonation bubbles, almost none visible. Three fingers of head with large bubbles, disappears almost completely after a minute, but leaves a nice sticky lace on the glass. This one likes to taunt you. Looks wickedly amazing, little head retention is the only fault I can find in the appearance. This is a gorgeous beer.

S: Smells fruity and hoppy. Very curious nose. Pineapple and/or banana and pine stand out the most. Has a sweet smell. In the words of Jack Black: "Sweet sassy molassy". The nose will surprise you on this one. It's not too light, not too pungent. It's perfect. The nose will leave you curious and anxious for a taste. 5/5 perfect.

T: Umm... hard to put this one into words. Every sip takes you on a journey of wild twists and turns. Starts mild with a slight bitter hopiness, then transforms into sweet pineapple, pear, banana, dark fruits, molasses and caramel, with just a perfect hint of smoky roasted malts, that will kick in from nowhere so hard you'll feel it rise through your nasal passages. It finishes on the dry side with the light bitter hops coming back through, but the tropical fruit flavors linger. I don't know how they pulled this off, but it's amazing. I really can't detect the alcohol in this, despite it being 10.5%. Huge kudos. 5/5

M: Chewy, bready, full bodied. I don't pick up on the syrupy feel that others have mentioned, but it is a bit on the thicker side, I wouldn't say syrupy though. Very little carbonation, but just enough to be nearly perfect for its style. I think a TOUCH more carbonation could have benefited it though, but just a touch. Despite what another reviewer said about it being overly carbonated, my bottle had very little, almost too little.

O: This beer lives up to the hype. If you've ever wanted to try it, go for it. If you've been reluctant, don't be. This beer will take your senses on a wild and wonderful ride. Drink the whole 22oz. bottle - it's easy to do because it's so damn smooth and interesting, but it'll give you a nice slap on the ass with it's 10.5% ABV :D

I'm still looking for that perfect 5/5 beer, but this one almost got it. It was so close. Probably the best beer I've ever had, although I was still unfortunately able to find some very very small flaws. This is dangerously close to overall perfect. This almost made me give up that perfect 5/5 review on my 8th beer review.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 01:03:41 | More by Clowerweb
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I visiting California from Ontario, so getting these American beers is a bit of a treat! Ontario needs the Santa Barbara Whole Foods, asap.

A: It poured nice a nice orange-copper color with a thick head which stayed for quite awhile.

S: Honey, maybe slightly toasty.

T: It's really a lot sweater than I expected! Somewhat honey, toffee, caramel malt with a big pine hop back that really quickly elevates into bitterness. It's (obviously) got a warm alcohol finish at the end.

M: Fairly thick with a nice sharp carbonation.

O: None of my individual categories, taken separately, add up to a beer this good. There is something about the whole beer that makes it something special. It's the sweet smell matched with the bitter finish, it's the carbonation with the colour, it's just the extremes this beer goes to that make it interesting, exciting, and, most of all, fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle -> pint glass

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 02:36:55 | More by Groulxsome
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes... This was an unreal selection graciously sent to me by my BA buddy joemcgrath27.

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour with a ruby hue, finger of head with solid retention and thick, chunky lacing.

S - Rich caramel, maple syrop, leafy green notes, abv sweetness and an overwhelming candied sugar smell.

T - Sweet citrus hop notes, bready caramel, hint of abv sweetness and a touch of heat, though incredibly well hidden. So incredibly flavourful and given the strength, dangerously drinkable.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy going down and finishes with a nice sticky layer.

O - This stuff is mind blowing. A complex and rich flavoured strong ale that is high octane, yet incredibly smooth. If there was one positive aspect of not being able to find this in Canada, it's that it might prohibit me from trying anything else... It's just that tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 00:17:04 | More by andrenaline
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brurevu

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From my tasting notes on a 2012 bottle: The Double Bastard poured a deep amber ruby color with a tan head that produce significant lacing. The aroma is a boozy malt with citrus and floral hops coming from everywhere. The taste was incredible. Thick and syrupy malt at the front with plenty of bitter hops to balance it out in the end. It is a unique brew with a heaviness and maltiness to be a barley wine but loads of hops to keep it directly on the Stone Brewing map. The Double Bastard was bracingly bitter but boozy and smooth all in one bastardly package. What a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 16:25:46 | More by brurevu
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mzwolinski

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this on the draught list at Papago's. I'd already had a hefty porter earlier in the evening, but couldn't leave without snapping this up.

Best idea I ever had.

An incredible brew, but like the company says, not for the faint of heart. The color alone should be enough to warn you off. It's a devilish deep amber, mahogany. Colors like that are put in Nature to tell other living creatures to back the hell off.

Head is thin, leaves a nice sticky lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma is.... well, wow man. Caramely sweet, very pine-like hoppiness, and maybe just a slight hint of alcohol.

Ok, well, not so slight. It's big. So are the hops, for the matter. And the sweetness.

And then there's the flavor. Did I say wow already? Butterscotch sweet, with a warming alcohol feel and flavor that starts around mid-palate and keeps on growing. Fruity notes are present, and a magnanimous dosage of hop bitterness. Stone manages to pack an immense amount of flavor in this beer. Very complex.

Don't plan on drinking anything else after this beer. First, it'll taste like tapwater, and second, you simply don't need any more alcohol after this. Go take a nap and have pleasant dreams of the next great offering from Stone instead.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2002 11:25:31 | More by mzwolinski
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avylover

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

ruby golden color with a syrupy look to it. This beer looks like it means business, even before you pop the top. Tried arrogant bastard so this could only be better right? RIGHT!! .Smell is malty caramel with a hint of alcohol...nice. Once this beer hits the tongue thats when the hops hit you. This is a great blend of HUGE sweet maltiness and HUGE bitter/citrous hops. I could find something new in the taste every sip and the high ABV is a great bonus.Great mouthfeel, with a nice taste lingering after every sip, coating the mouth with malt and sizzling my tongue with hops!!, and if I had a steel liver drinkability would be a 5, so a 4.5 is fair. One of the best of any style. top notch beer hands down. Whenever you see this beer....BUY IT.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 14:22:37 | More by avylover
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oggg

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2003 Double Bastard Bomber

What the heck type of beer is this? I figured it'd be a double IPA or something, who knows. Certainly not a barleywine, IMHO.

Appearance wise, you can't tell what you're in for. Dark orange brown, nice head.

Then you get the aroma, and you expect, oh hey, a nasty bitter IPA is coming up. Anything that smells this wonderful is going to wring my tongue with bitterness.

You do indeed get hit with a marvelous hop bite... a hop gnash... king kong size, mac truck bitterness. I've never had anything this bitter. Marin Brewing White Knuckle, maybe... But the malt backbone, the caramel, the malt, the malt is the key. It starts strong and ends stronger and really keeps the bitterness in perspective. The bitterness does not linger and you're left with sweet malty caramelly chewiness.

I just saw that this beer is in the Strong/Old Ale category. I guess that would be appropriate. No winey taste of a barleywine here. At 10%ABV, you don't notice it AT ALL. After one 16oz glass, I was flying high. I let my roommate taste it, and he didn't notice the alcohol at all either, so it wasn't just because I was in heaven. Why on earth is it in a freakin bomber? Because after you wake up, you can finish the rest of it and start you're trip back to heaven all over again.

Stock up on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 00:40:52 | More by oggg
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Four bombers of this elusive beast landed in my possession thanks to my cousin Scott in Las Vegas and thanks to DESTRO for all of the information needed to track it down.

Double Bastard seems fitting enough for my 600th review on BA.

Dark crimson-brown in hue with coppery highlight, it is fairly dense in the middle with great color depth, a finger and a half of light beige head was impressively fluffy with great retention. As I quaffed unorganized sticky lace was produced. As a whole this is a lovely beer in appearance. The bouquet has more balance than I was expecting, the maltiness is has great depth, there is a touch of sweetness upfront, toasty behind the sweetness and caramely in the finish, the hoppiness is noticeable but more restrained than I was expecting, in no way is that a negative assessment. The hops in part an aroma of pine and grapefruit. The nose is very inviting. One sip of this nectar and I swear I got misty-eyed! Oh momma is this tasty! Upfront the palate has a quick burst of alcoholic heat that is swiftly encompassed by a rush of thick, hearty hop bitterness with a forest of tasty pine trees and groves of grapefruit. The hoppiness is long-lasting and powerful, as conceived by Stone the massive malty qualities close the beer with a big, sweet, caramely thud. It is huge in sweetness but far from cloying. The threesome between the alcohol heat, hops bitterness, and malt sweetness is beautiful in its grace, threatening in its power, and orgasmic in its taste. The huge flavors all work in harmony, each taking center stage on different sips. The aftertaste is so great you have to sit back in your chair and ponder the beauty that resides in your glass. I might be gushing but it is absolutely worth the praise. Full bodied, period, there is nothing “medium” about it, the strong malt backbone and firm carbonation creates a mouthfeel that is sturdy enough to support the big taste. Arrogant Bastard was great but swill in compassion to its older, angrier brother. Even with the whopping alcohol potency it is highly drinkable. It is quite the belly warmer. What a great beverage, it is as simple as that. If you have not tried this demon yet I highly advise you do. Wow!

2003 Release.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 16:50:34 | More by bditty187
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 Release in a 22 oz. bomber.

Dark, cloudy, chestnut-amber in color with a thin layer of foam floating on top. Aroma full of hops, caramel, and many, many other dark, wonderful flavors.

The taste is surprisingly smooth, with a wonderful back-and-forth volley of hops, caramel, brandy characters, and again, millions of other faintly detectable elements, with alcohol warming around the edges.

This is an unbelievable offering, truly exceptional to its core. A fine sipper after Turkey Day leftovers, too...

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 18:35:12 | More by RockyTopHeel
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redteg02

New York

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: is almost like a fine scotch with a darker red highlight. poured it the traditonal way (tilted for half the glass, in the center for half the glass), and it produced no head at all, a little disapointing and what kept this beer at a 4

Smell:Wow, a lot better than the regular bastard. strong fruit with just a mild hint of the alcohol. my comments do not do it justice, truly an impressive smell. best ive had.

Taste: again wow, first impressions are fruity, but counter acted by a nice bitterness (nothing too powerful though). very complex in the taste, almost a woody taste in there but nothing too strong. goes down smooth and tastes wonderful.

Mouthfeel: full and just shy of chewy. very nice

Drinkability: i could drink this all night long. however since it is 10% ABV i would not remember drinking it the next day. with that said 3-4 and i'd be set.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 07:52:37 | More by redteg02
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. The back of the bottle has words on it I don't know, and I'm a crossword puzzle junkie.

Pours a clear ruby red with a tan colored head of foam. Head falls to islands and a ring, with decent enough lacing. Carbonation looks steady. A pretty beer!

Aroma is HUGE fruit and caramel, with giant amounts of floral/spicy hops. Notes of dark cherries, dates, figs, prunes. Some sweet solvent, but pleasant. There is a ton of stuff happening in there.

First flavor is (WOW!) huge dark caramel/Munich malts, followed instantly by a big dose of hop bitterness. Warm heat is next, indicating a big alcohol presence. Fruits are here, like cherries, dates, and plums/prunes. (All prunes are plums, but not all plums are prunes!). For as huge as this beer is, it definitely works. Aftertaste is sweet, bitter, warm, and caramelly.

Mouthfeel is a huge body, smooth and creamy for its size, with an oily feel on the tongue. The back of my throat is under attack from hops and alcohol. Finish is very long, sticky sweet, and warm.

Well, this is certainly an incredible beer. Stone isn't afraid of offending you with their stuff. Thank goodness I'm not easily offended! Huge malt, hops, alcohol, fruit, everything. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 17:17:48 | More by jakester
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 bottling. This is the third year in a row Ive been lucky enough to have this beer cross my tongue.

Deep blackest red body is sinfully beautiful. Thick golden tan head sits at almost 2 inches thick and stays well. Leaves a slight lace.

Zesty sweet malt on the nosewith sweet dark fruit and a nice mix of spiceyness.

Thick rich darkness enters the mouth on first sip. Long burnt malt is even and well spread out. Palate is blessed with spicey dark fruit, so well mingled with the malt. Amazing balance. Mouthfell is a begging for the next drink, taste buds electric from slight hop notes, mouth watering for more. You hope you never see the bottom of the glass. Another unique, arogant, Double huge success from Stone. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 00:24:39 | More by SPLITGRIN
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PhiloPsych

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a big, bubbly head that leaves lacing around the whole glass. When cold, the taste is much sweeter than the regular Arrogant Bastard. As it warms the other flavors come through. Not as harsh as the regular Arrogant Bastard, but there is just as much complexity. Maybe a bit smoother and more drinkable than the regular Arrogant Bastard, which is surprising since the alcohol is heavier here. As far as I am concerned this is a really great beer. Very good. Very nice. Very Stone Brewery. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 00:51:33 | More by PhiloPsych
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 release.

Beautiful dep mahogany with a substantial creamy head that dissipates slowly leaving rings of lace behind.

Dominant hops over a barleywine nose.

Great taste, so smooth and creamy. Complex, with a sweet start leading to a bitter hoppy finish. Some alcohol presence, but very well hidden.

Thick and full mouthfeel.

Sublimely drinkable. I thank Robert at State Line for this 22oz. bomber; just so I didn't have to open my 3 l. yet.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 20:33:56 | More by techdiver
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Pencible

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this right after the Oaked Bastard, and it poured pretty much the same. It smelled quite different, though, more like a barleywine with prunes and roasted malt scents mixing with citrus hops and some alcohol smells. It tasted very strong like orange hops, cherries, and brown sugar, with some alcohol warming. It was oily with almost no carbonation, and had an ultra smooth and long lasting aftertaste that was both very bitter and nicely sweet. Overall this was a very complex, very strong, and very delicious beer. More please!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 20:11:25 | More by Pencible
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KBoudreau66

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a darker brown/copper color that had a small tan head that lasted throughout and left lacing after each sip.

S- Has the smell of many fruits that I will be able to discern better as my beer knowledge increases. It has a strong malt smell, and of course hops.

T- Has the sweet fruit flavor that you would expect from the smell. It also has the smokey malt taste and washes down with hops and alcohol.

M- Full-bodied

D- An excellent beer, that is great to pour in to a glass and sip on and enjoy. The package store that I work at just sold the last few about a week ago which upsets me because I didn't get to grab one more before they come back.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 15:47:06 | More by KBoudreau66
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Nice thick white foamy head, with dark brown beer with slight carbonation and bubbles that can be seen on the edge of the glass, relatively clear in body and can be seen through

Smell- Beautiful sweet strong malty nose, lots of caramel and molasses just rip out of this beer, very sweet sugary nose, slight hops, and maybe slight hints of a milk chocolate,

Taste- thick creamy flavor at the jump off, lots of sweet sugar and malts lead off the early taste, similar to nose to lots of sugar, malts, caramel, and even hits of chocolates smash you up front deliciously, on the finish though you get that ever so slight bitter hops that slowly and slightly build up, an amazing beer with very complex flavors that would be interpeted different by people on each taste, good slight bitterness on finish matches sweet start

Mouthfeel- Very very very soft, creamy smooth and definitely heavy bodied, though so soft it has illusion of light, a nice beauty of a mouth feel

Drinkability- Scarily drinkable considering the 10.5 percent alcohol, its so soft smooth and delicious you want more and more with each sip, a classic beer to me, one to savor each sip, I could find a flaw what so ever in this beer to be honest, so well rounded and yet so complex, hard to put into words just how good this beer is, infact i feel me trying to describe it now isnt doing it justice, if you like the regular bastard try the double its like the ultra reserve of whats already a reserve, enjoy! you wont regret it!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 05:15:56 | More by Stunner97
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jdklks

Nevada

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was surprised to see that I had never reviewed double bastard when having it fresh (i reviewed the 2005 last year from the brewery, but not the 2008). anyways, here goes:

This is beautiful and unique looking beer. Different lighting produces anything from dark brown to bright orange, and at all ends of the spectrum it looks great. it's murky and difficult to see through, except when directly backlit. the head is an off-white-nearly-tan color that compliments the body and laces the glass nicely. This one smells much better when it has a little age on it, but nevertheless it smells great fresh. hops and alcohol dominate here, though the malty goodness that shines as the beer matures is already apparent. a nice combination of dark and citrus fruitiness.

The flavor is, of course, the best part of the beer. if i were to classify this beer i would call it an old ale or a barleywine. it is overly-hopped for either style (something which of course changes over time), but, unlike most other overly-hopped old ales and barleywines, it doesn't matter here. The hops are most pronounced in the finsh and grapefruit-like bitter aftertaste. up front there is a deluge of sweet dark fruitiness (figs, red grapes, prunes) that evolves into a roasty(?) and sweet (brown sugar) maltiness that makes the transition to overwhelming hops nearly seamless. this is a very complex beer that is just so fucking good all the way around.

The mouthfeel is thick, but perhaps over-carbonated in its youth. this progresses favorably as time goes on. drinkability is nothing other than constantly reaching for more.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 06:27:14 | More by jdklks
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wangbruins

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Extremely hazy and murky caramel brown with a thick tan head. It actually looks like apple cider with the same thick and fuzzy appearance

S- Very hoppy with lots of caramel and some orange and spices, cinnamon I think

T- Lots of caramel and oranges as well as a spicy aftertaste...it's tremendous...even better than Arrogant Bastard

M- Thick and smooth as most Stone beers and the aftertaste is no less than perfect

D- If you don't know it yet, Stone is my favorite brewery and this may be their best output yet!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 02:49:19 | More by wangbruins
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Metallix6403

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the trusty 3 liter Double Bastard growler! Tapped in December 2009. Poured into a pint glass (multiple times).

Appearance - Screams bitchin' beer! Dark and rich amber / copper body with three fingers of a strong tan head. Retains very well.

Smell - A double punch of thick and intense malts and hops. I usually smell some tropical fruits whenever I break open the growler or the bombers.

Taste - Fantastic fruity and sweet flavors. Sugars, caramel, and a hint of butterscotch pairs well with citrus and other fruits. Finishes with a great touch of hops. Beefy yet so delicious! Yeah I said delicious, so what? You wanna fight about it????

Feel - A thick, smooth, full bodied monster. The alcohol is warming even on a cold on a cold pour. Carbonation is delicate and feels like it is cleaning the palate for the next drink.

Drinkability - Amazingly easy to finish multiple pours. A 3L growler goes quick with two or three people. Alcohol is noticeable yet with the taste and experience, it just doesn't matter.

Final Thoughts - This IS my brew of choice when it is in season. On tap, growlers, or bottles, I haven't had a bad experience with DB. As my brother said, "This beer is rocking my fucking world!"

Serving type: growler

04-23-2010 01:07:51 | More by Metallix6403
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fox227

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Didn't get much head, pouring into a snifter, but its traces are off white, and the beer is a deep dark amber.

S: Dark fruits, caramel, maple syrup, fig newtons.

T: Taste follows the nose, and happily! But the big payoff is the fresh hop burst on the palate - resinous, piney, and maybe some very subdued grapefruit.

M: Very full bodied and bitter, with a long lingering (good) aftertaste. If you don't like aggressive hops, then I would recommend cellaring this beer for a couple of years.

O: A year ago, Stone's Double Bastard Ale was my first real "big" beer, that being above 10% abv, and my fond memory of that first bottle now has to stand up to my far more experienced beer palate, and I'm happy to report that it's still awesome.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 21:20:01 | More by fox227
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vic21234

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy, dark red, borderline brown color. Not much head on this one, maybe a half fingers worth which quickly fades to a thin film along the top. Some lacing can be seen along the sides of the glass.

S- Lots going on here with the smell. First off and most notably is the alcohol sting. I then get hoppy aromas consistent with what one would get from an IPA. The hoppy aromas seem to be mostly of piney resin, with some citrus. I also get slight hints of dark fruits.

T- I'm biased here since this is one of my favorite beers. A nice hop hit up front, with great piney characters. I also get some hints of an oakiness in this beer. There is also a good alcohol bite, with each sip finishing with a nice warming sensation from the alcohol.

M- Medium bodied, good alcohol bite. A great sipper.

As stated above, Double Bastard is one of my favorites and has been since I got into craft beers. I enjoy all of Stone's "Bastard" variants, and this is by far my favorite of them.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 16:32:43 | More by vic21234
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Trooper

California

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again an amazing Double Bastard from Stone Brewing. Hits right away with big molasses flavors and bitter bite. We paired it first with grain crackers, this brought out the dry biscuit flavors, then we paired it with sharp cheddar. This eliminated all bitter flavors and smoothed out the florals, then we had unshelled salted nuts, after this the brew was sweet, bold and flavorful.
All the things I love in a brew, big hops, big malt body, great head, amazing.
Just saying I will have four or five of these stashed for trading.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 07:52:30 | More by Trooper
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Andy

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Along with Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, the Double Bastard is one of my beers of the year for 2001 (and I'm not particularly given to IPA's versus other styles). Beautiful maerzen color. What an aroma! There's something about
a powerful hop aroma that is part sweet and part hoppy. Deep, rich, and full aroma. This beer would be perfect if only sniffed. But the taste. Slightly smoky side of hop flavor, slightly earthy. Big body. Balances great as it warms. Deep alcohol aroma. It's a rare day when a beer makes me consider brand fidelity and a long-term committment. This one has my full attention and appreciation.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2002 12:56:38 | More by Andy
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,047 ratings.