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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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2,055 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,055
Hads: 6,419
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 478
Gots: 1,241 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,055 | Hads: 6,419
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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!

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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.

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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

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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!!!

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Photo of GonzoPizzaBurger
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Double Bastard = Liquid glory. Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz brown bomber with a red and white gargoyle mirrored image on the front.

A- Beautiful. My kind of beer.Thick frothy 2 finger creamy white head over a full bodied dark-reddish amber brew. Sticky lacing with great retention, microbubbles dance on the top.

S- Sweet malt and sugar, alcohol, burnt chocolate and a whiff or refreshing fruity hops. In that order.

T- Incredible, very complex. Smooth beginning that gives off a lot of sweetness to be immediately followed by a welcoming hop bitterness that does not allow the sweetness of this one to get carried away. The alcohol is masked by the balance of all of these wonderful flavors. They linger on the palate a while after drinking, and I can't complain!

M- Sticky, almost syrupy, taste definitely lingers on tongue. A bit tingly from the huge 10.5 abv.

D- Don't think I could drink anything else after this one, very strong, complex brew that I would pair with a giant slab of ribs with drenched in sbr's bbq sauce. Or as a night cap.

Another great brew from Stone!!

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

2003 edition obtained from ppoitras in a trade. Part 4 of the 4 part Stone tasting done with my bro. By this point, we we up to our ears in Stone.

Pours out amber brown and sits dark orange-brown in the glass with a nice foamy tan head, leaving a light skim.

Smells malty with brown sugar and a light hint of diactyl. Some light citrus and alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms.

RICH and malty up front. Hops come in the middle with grapefruit and lemon. Sweet, rich, but light, in comparison with the rest of the beer, dark fruits. Loads of barley. Alcohol brings more sweetness and fruity character. It's a ride.

Rediculously smooth and creamy with light carbonation.

A bottle of this a day would keep me happy, two bottles would make a perfect start and end to any day, and this bottle made the perfect end to our tasting.

4 beers averaging a 4.5 rating. Well done.

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

A: Opaque brownish red

S: Malty dark fruit, some citrus and booze,

T: Pretty brilliant balance of sweet fruit, fig-like beginning with a surprisingly citrusy backbone. Very complex flavors that are well balanced that hide and ABV well.

M: Thick but finished pretty clean

O: Love this beer. Balanced complexity is executed very well. My favorite strong ale yet. My wife and a non beer snob friend both did double takes when trying this with me. Let's just say that we were all a bit sad when this bottle was empty.

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

2008 release. 1 finger head with moderate to light lacing throughout. Dark murky red with a light frothy cap. Smell is boozey, malts, slight hops, baked goods, and caramel. Taste is less boozey, bit more hoppy, and huge caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with mild carbonation. I've had the 2008 release 4 times since it came out and it's worth cellaring.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours clear copper with a three finger slightly off white head. Left decent lacing.

S - Heavily roasted malt, grapefruit, slight pineapple, dark fruits, smoke, caramel malt.

T - Toasted caramel malt, grapefruit, smokey, a bit of mango, roasted malt, dry hops, wonderful for 11.2%. Much tastier and a bit lighter than it's sibling Arrogant Bastard. Flavor profile is seriously beautiful and extremely complex.

M - Wonderfully creamy medium body with lightly stinging carbonation.

O - Overall, a perfect high ABV beer. Wonderful flavors. I'd loveee to age one of these.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into a glass , deep red color with smal 1 finger head and minimal lacing.

Smell is wonderful, very malty with the hops and the alcohol coming through after the malt , the smell just makes your mouth water

Very full bodied beer , a real mouthy beer that is nice and warming all the way down

This is a great tasting beer , the first thing I taste is the sweetness of the malts then the hops and alchohol come at the end blended together giving it a nice bitter and warming flavor that you can feel all the way down

Overall this is a really good beer for a cold winter night. I am going to buy a couple bottles to age and a couple bottles to drink next weekend.

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Photo of bierguru
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A -
deep amber copper tan head pours thick laces of fairly thick

S -
piney sweet caramel huge bold grapefruit

T -
caramel hops and a huge bold grapefruit hop taste at the end

M -
smooth up front light on the tongue bitterness on the backend leaves a tingling in the mouth

D -
a bit of dryness in the mouth in the mouth but my only issue is that it tastes to much like the regular bastard maybe a little more hopy but nothing really jumps out to me that it is really really different but all in all its still really good

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Photo of weller1js
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a vibrant hazy orange-red, light carbonation and light foam, consistency is slightly thick.

smell: sweet and floral, tangy citrus notes of grapefruit, hops are bold and pronounced, but not overpowering.

taste: hops are at the forefront of the taste, consistent and bold throughout, the hops blend well with a light yet adequately noticeable taste of the alcohol and sweet-tanginess, finishing with a hoppy lingering that bitter-tangy-sweet.

mouthfeel: I typically do no review mouthfeel, but the hop sensation provides for a bold biting mouthfeel, yet the carbonation is a bit lacking.

drinkability: this has everything a well-hopped beer should have, dynamic hops, high abv yet not overpowering taste of alcohol, and fresh yet ageable taste, definitely one to be enjoyed.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage in a bomber. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

Deep amber that is clear and is topped by a half inch of tan foam that shows good retention and leaves spotty rings of lace.

The nose is very barley wine. Huge aromas of malt and west coast hops. A bit warm and peppery from the abv. Hints of grapefruit and licorice. Big and bold, yet it has complexity and balance.

Big malt flavor upfront followed by a blast of grapefruit like hops that build and linger yet never cross the line or even tweak it off balance. The alcohol is there yet is integrated as a peppery warmth that shows in the aftertaste yet doesn't upset the whole experience. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Not raw like a fresh bottle of Bigfoot. I love it!

Big in the mouth with an almost syrupy texture that is kept in check by the carbonation. Despite its size and arrogance, I could drink dangerous amounts of this beer. Well worth the $6.

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Photo of YankChef
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle poured into a UK pint glass

Appearance: Deep amber with a thing white head that quickly dissipated. Hints of crimson when held up to the light

Smell: Touches of raisin and fig and even a little maple syrup. the scent of HOPS is certainly there and they are strong, bright and very pungent

Taste: Upfront is very sweet almost with flavors of toasted malt and dried fruit, an almost pear like flavor and there was even a bit of peach thrown in there. Then it moves to the middle where you get the strong barley almost cereal like flavor but it is so much more than that. It finishes with a strong hop bite that makes you want to go back to that first sip that was so sweet and complex. Resiny and syrupy throughout. As you drink it the hop bite becomes less and less apparent, and the malt shines. A delight

Overall: A true beer masterpiece of american craft brewing. To all of you who say stone is overrated, i have for you evidence 2xABA.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an inviting reddish brown with a creamy head with an aroma that burst forth with hop citrus and pine. The beer is smooth and bubbly with the bitterness of the hops slowly coating the palate and lingers long on the finish. As the beer breathes a bit the hops becomes more subtle and the malt becomes more prevalent, albeit still subtle. Hop flavors are citrus and pine, a balanced and memorable beer.

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Photo of Starchild
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I used to think West Coast, I would imagine Sierra Nevada Pale ale, but I’m starting to picture big bold hoppy beers like this. Stone has displaced my notion of the west. Great pour into my chalice and perfect accompaniment from Metallica with “Welcome Home”. Great garnet color with just a ring of foam around the sides of the glass after the foam head dissipated. Big bold taste. It’s heavy on the hops and heavy on the alcohol. Some pine, pepper, citrus going on juxtaposed by spices. I always wonder if my reviews become biased at I drink a 22 oz 10 percent bomber. Anyway, I love how this beer in writing and taste embodies Stone….I’m not sure if one brew speaks realms about any another brewery. I bought three of these and I’m regretting not buying a case. This blows me away.

Real Horrorshow

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Photo of Trueant1
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown/red color. Clear, but some sediment at the bottom. Off white average head that leaves incredible coating of the side of the glass. This is usually an indication of a very malty beer.

SMells incredible. Where is the 10%abv?. Smells bisquity, sweet, spice, even some mild chocolate malts. Yiest smell. Very mellow smell for a "double". But the smells are memorable.

The taste is a surprise from the smell. I smelled no hops. I taste heavy heavy heavy hops. Pine hops with all the oily hop bitterness of a dipa. But, this brew has intense sugars to balance!!! Almost syrupy sweetness. But the bitterness balances any over malt sweetness. Brilliant! I have spices from this brew coming out my nose!!!! Clearing my nostrals!!!! WOW! Ohhhh...ok...there is the alcohol! Almost sips like a barly wine.

Is this brew an DIPA???? Is this brew a barly wine??? Is this brew a Brown ale??? Is this brew a belgem????

WHat is it??? Holy beer world....it is all of these things! ALl blended by the Stone brew makers!

I will call it a kick ass beer!!!

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Photo of Pahn
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: careful pour produces about a 1 inch tan head that dissipates slowly. Lacing is spotty and temporary. The beer is an opaque, dark auburn.

Smell: Strong scent of sweet candy malt and alcohol. Smell is reminiscent of many American barley wines I've had (it tastes like an amped up barley wine too). It's very inviting and adds to the taste.

Taste: Extreme malty sweetness. The taste is a hit of sugar that gets reined in by a nice hop bitterness and strong alcohol warmth, with interesting and numerous candy and fruit notes throughout. As you get deeper into the bottle, the flavor never dulls, but rather expands and diversifies. Finish is mildly bready and warm. Amazing balance. For most of the bottle, the dominant flavor is sweet malt and caramel, with chocolate notes emerging as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with subtle carbonation and a lot of alcohol warmth. Beautiful. While the beer is somewhat syrupy and chewy, it's still alternately smooth and punchy. A lot going on, but none of it unpleasant.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for a noticeably 10.5% ABV brew. You'd have to be quite a tank to drink too much of this beer, but nothing about the experience of drinking it says "stop."

This beer flies close to the sun. It exemplifies the Stone ideal of extreme, idiosyncratic perfection. It's Arrogant Bastard on overdrive, with every aspect dangerously turned up, yet completely balanced. Some beers achieve a subtle harmony of malt, hops, and spice... this one matches the balance of such beers, while sloughing off any semblance of restraint. It may not be for everyone, but if you like these flavors and this style, Double Bastard is a perfect beer. Myself, I could drink this every day.

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