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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,602 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,602
Reviews: 1,976
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 346
Gots: 738 | FT: 26
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.

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Photo of SaucyA


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

2007. Cellared properly for a year.

A - Pours a deep rusty brown with amber twinges, into the snifter. The head is a taught, off white cream that quickly disappears into itself. Bits of lacing.

S - I smell my mom's ambrosia salad, quite honestly. Pineapples and oranges under a sweet, malty base. Alcohol, caramel.

T - The major hoppiness faded into the malt background, creating a reasonably balanced alcohol-bomb. Tobacco, molasses, caramel. Sweet as opposed to bitter, it finishes rather dry, surprisingly. Good, not great.

M - Quite on point. Thick and rather viscous with a fine carbonation running through it. Could stand a little more attenuation, but I'm being nit-picky.

D - Not bad drinkability at all. In fact, quite easy-drinking given the abv and amount of ingredients.

Notes: I like it with a bit of time on it rather than fresh. It just comes across as a little too overwhelming (in terms of heat, sweetness, AND hops) when it's freshly bottled. Not as good as ABA, in my opinion.

How this isn't labeled a barleywine is beyond me...

12-01-2008 21:56:10 | More by SaucyA
Photo of seaoflament


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to Joey for the bottle, this is a 07 vintage.

Pours a strong caramel color but settles an amber and ruby color in the glass. A good half inch of foam amassed and remains for a few minutes. Gotta give this one a little higher on the appearance, after the beer comes to room temperature, a pour produces a mountain of a head that is soft and soapy, really nice looking.

The aroma is of sweet grapefruit. I am reminded, when I was younger, of cutting an orange in half and topping it with sugar. There's some soft notes of pine and citrus with a huge caramel, sweet dark fruits, malt profile. I'm also detecting a little bit of coffee in the background and raw brown sugar. Alcohol is not as strong as one would think, it is hidden behind the massive amount of malt and aroma hops. Love the aroma.

The taste is bitterer than the aroma would lead. The first sensation is a strong hop bite and as you swallow, the bitterness, scrapes your tongue all the way down but almost instantly the sweetness balances it all out. The alcohol appears mostly in the aftermath of everything, just warms the esophagus and stomach. Caramel and brown sugar are definitely there along with sweet raisins and dates. Aside from the aforementioned fruits I'm also getting subtle notes of ripe apples and pears. There's also a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste.

Definitely one to sip, some ageing would definitely help make this one smoother.

06-16-2008 23:40:27 | More by seaoflament
Photo of daledeee


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

I have been trying to get this one for years. Finally, Stone came to Iowa. A 22 oz bomber.

Pours a dark reddish brown. Off white head with good lacing.

Taste: This stuff is intense. Hops galore. A nice malt back ground but really in the back ground. It is hard for me to even identify other tastes but the malt adds a little sweetness and there might be some caramel.

It has a nice creamy finish but the hops are just there to stay. And they make Ruination? I think this is the one that ruins your pallet.

Overall, quite a good beer. I could have aged this to see if it blended flavors.

11-10-2012 21:58:43 | More by daledeee
Photo of bulletrain76


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

22oz bottle. I had the pleasure of trying this during the same session as Arrogant Bastard, and I think the comparison helped me understand there beers much more. DB has a very similar appearance, with maybe a little more honey in the body, and a slightly darker and fluffier head. The aroma is malty and pretty hoppy with lots of candied citrus; richer and more balanced than AB. The flavor is similarly balanced with massive malts, citrus hopps and a little alcohol. The way it all blends into one smooth experience really sets it above. All the flavors work well together, over a thick and slightly syrupy body. Lots of intense flavors, and you definitely can't drink a lot of it, but the balance and smoothness hold it all together beautifully.

05-11-2009 19:51:09 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/ruby red. Large creamy 3 inch head, nice lacing.

Smell - Hops, malts, spices, alcohol, some citrus fruity smells and some yeast

Taste - Strong. Real strong. Hops are heavy, malts are real heavy, beer is intense. The alcohol is present in each sip, has a rye feel much like regular bastard. I get a dark carmal flavor also.

Mouhfeel - Crushes palette with bitter hops and malts. Tounge warms up from the alcohol. The aftertaste would last longer if mouth wasnt numbed first.

Drinkabilty - Its so intense and strong, this 22oz is more then enough. i could enjoy this weekly though. You have to sip it, therefor, drinkabilty is dropped down some. All three bastards are great, and offer something differnt. This for sure, is the big brother.

11-23-2010 08:03:07 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev -3%

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color with a decent sized off white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Aromas of pine resin and grapefruit pith atop brown sugary caramel and hints of cheery and toffee. The flavor is heavy on the pine, resin and brown sugar. Slight warming alcohol warns of the abv. Caramel, toffee, light plum and prune round out the flavor. Assertive hop bitterness but never harsh. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick almost syrupy mouthfeel. Very nice strong ale, I enjoyed sipping on this for most of the night.

11-23-2013 00:27:45 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of dar482

New York

4.14/5  rDev -3%

The beer comes in a brown ruby color with a one finger head. It is relatively clear.

The aroma is of big roasted burnt malts and sweet caramel. There is a bit of hops and bread.

The flavor has some hops to pick it up, but the flavor is surely of really dark hard burnt malt. Almost a woody earthy flavor. There is sweet breadiness and then it turns into huge pine bitterness. It really does not have a huge alcohol flavor with it. The bitterness really stands out and keeps it wonderful. The hops are in your face with the bitterness, although the caramel and burnt notes are truly there to give it body and roundness.

There is both aggressive sweetness and bitterness in this, but the bitterness is a bit overpowering.

01-02-2014 07:22:55 | More by dar482
Photo of alaimoa


4.14/5  rDev -3%

2012 bottle poured deep amber red with a brownish head that produced 2 inches of lacing. The aroma is a boozy malt with caramel undertones. You can just sense that it going to be a boozy syrup. Taste is sweet, Carmel, brown sugar, syrup, charred grapefruit. Mouthfeel thick, creamy, syrupy, spicy aftertaste from the booze head.

Overall awesome complexity and balance. A bit hot on the booze and looking forward to more age on this one

09-11-2013 00:06:29 | More by alaimoa
Photo of tuckevalastin


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Dark amber with a medium tan head

S: Nice hoppy smell with a sweet caramel tone

T: Strong hoppy taste but not overpowering. A surprisingly heavy malt taste with a caramel flavor to it. A very nice balance between hops and malt.

M: Little heat and decent bitterness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D: The alcohol hides well but the bitterness holds back drinakbility

02-07-2010 23:37:04 | More by tuckevalastin
Photo of dancinwillie


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

2008 Release, served in a chalice.

Pours a very dark shade of mahogany, which doesn't let much light through. As I hold it up to the light, I can see a definite reddish hue, but out of light, more of a brown. A quickly receding beige head, made up of tight little bubbles. Lovely.

I smelled hops as soon as I opened the bottle. But now, as I lean in for a better aroma, I smell citrus and some sort of a cooked or burnt sugar. It smells warm and inviting.

Heavy and sweet malt richness initially, mingling instantaneously with the pine and grapefruit hops. The bitterness is substantial, but it requires attention to notice. If I was really quaffing this, I might miss it. It lingers on the sides of my tongue for about 10 seconds after each drink. If it weren't for the hops, this might be cloying, but there they are. I actually wouldn't mind a heavier hopping, however, this being my only negative observation. I don't notice any of the 10.5% alcohol, but as I had a small lunch, and it is now 8 pm, I definitely feel it after half a glass.

Mouthfeel is assuredly full and robust. This isn't your average drink a case and watch the game beer. This beer makes you sit up and take notice.

Entirely drinkable, extremely affordable, and surprisingly, quite balanced. I need to buy a few to cellar, and enjoy throughout the long Wisconsin winter. IIRC, I paid something like $5.49 for this bomber. This beer ranks 1 step above 2007 Utopias on the BA listing for the style. Do the math, and then pick this up if you have the chance. Although it's a well above average beer, the high ABV would prevent me from drinking more than 2 bombers at a sitting I believe. But that's the way it is, isn't it? They can't all be session beers, can they?

Be arrogant. No, be DOUBLE arrogant! Cheers!

11-13-2008 02:08:03 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a hazy mahogany with ruby highlights, and a thin tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is all grapefruit and piney hops upfront, along with some orange marmalade, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, cocoa, vanilla, oak and some alcohol...really fresh and inviting aroma. The flavor is similar with a big citrusy and piney hop punch initially, along with caramel, toffee, toasted bread, some vanilla and oak, dark fruits, orange marmalade and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and drinkability is very good considering the ABV. This is a particularly tasty iteration of Double Bastard, easily my favorite of the last few years with an amazing aroma and better drinkability.

11-21-2010 05:34:55 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of HalfFull


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a deep reddish brown into a large wine glass from a 22 oz. bomber. An inch of frothy light tan head sticks to the top of the pour and yields a fair amount of lacing, not at all unlike the regular bastard. Retention is a bit brief in comparison, a likely byproduct of the ABV.

Caramel and toffee on the nose with some muddled piney hops. Notably more depth on the nose and with a bit of a barleywine sense given the malt structure and alcohol volatiles.

Flavor is richer as well. Sweet and lightly viscous yet quite flavorful and never syrupy. More caramel and spice though not quite as coarse on the palate as the 'single' bastard given the additional malt. Some light chocolate and cherry liqueur after some air. This beer can warm up nicely without any negative effects, and develops a slightly warming nature to the finish as it does so, not unlike some brandy without the bite.

An interesting brew, richer and more robust than regular AB and without the occasional 'dead spot', yet in exchange the hop notes can be scuttled beneath the malts at times. Still robustly hoppy through the foam of a fresh pour nonetheless. A fair and equitable exchange per se. Equally enjoyable given the mood though likely better served in 12 oz. bottles given the potent. A style bender for sure.

11-24-2009 04:29:22 | More by HalfFull
Photo of cabsandking


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

An attractive dark red/brown color with garnet highlights and a descent sized sticky tan head. Nose characters are of caramel malts, roasted nutty grains, dark fruits, bing cherry, and a little alcoholic tingle. Taste consists of toasted barley, brown sugar, sour cherries, carmel and big nutty malt notes. A boozy alcoholic punch is prominent from the start and maybe a little metallic. Balanced well by some spicy bitter hop characters. The mouthfeel is really pleasant with a medium body leaving a oily slick coating and fizzy on the edges. Pale malt characters come on towards the end.

12-01-2006 15:51:52 | More by cabsandking
Photo of smakawhat


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Vintage 2010 release poured into a pint glass, giving off a massive head from the pour as big as your fist if not bigger. Somewhat brown/tan/honey to tight cream colored head that will not go away. Very dark red brown body but also kind of cloudy. Excellent retention with the head falling evenly throughout the glass.

Kind of a closed nose on this but an interesting one of chewy malt and burnt spices. Fruity mush bananas also. Unfortunately it's not very open and easy to enjoy.

Taste though is a big improvement and a surprise. A giant rush of cinnamon comes through first with sweetness and sugars, even some nutmeg. Hop bitters come next and some lime astringency feel. Silky in the mouth, and some banana comes through in the taste also.

This is quite good, but the nose leaves me a bit disappointed. I would easily have this again but I would have to be in the right mood for it, it isn't something I am going to be dreaming about or reminiscing about for much or if at all.

01-23-2011 04:08:16 | More by smakawhat
Photo of jmarsh123


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Had on draft at Max's.

Pours a deep garnet with a small tannish head. Loads of lacing down the glass.

Smells similar to a hop profile of an IPA with strong citrus and pine hops, but is backed by a ridiculous amount of toffee and bread malt aroma.

Very complex. A bit of citrus up front. Heavy toffee malt with a little bit of a sugary sweetness. Finishes very sharply bitter and dry.

Chewy Creamy and just about perfect.

Always glad when I get this beer every winter. Incredibly bitter, but enough malt to balance it out very nicely.

11-06-2011 01:13:52 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of mbudner


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

2009 Release. Poured from bomber into a snifter.

A- Pours a reddish brown. Almost like a hazy, caramel amber color. 1-finger off-white head that receded quite rapidly. I also get some woodiness, but there is no reason for this (maybe my mind is making the association with oaked AB, who knows.)

S- Citrus, but not a bitter hops assault, more of a sweet, lemony flavor (there is some bitter hop profile in the nose.) I also get some burnt sugars and roasted malts.

T- Nice hops bitterness with some definite citrus notes sweetening in the finish; only problem is it is somewhat reminiscent of lemon cleanser (but not too much so and it doesn't ruin the flavor for me.) Next, I get some vanilla and burnt sugar. Some heat, but it is masked extremely well as the flavors move from very bitter to smooth and sweeter on finish. The heat is easy to ignore if not looking too hard. Spicy earthiness also.

M- Nice and sticky. Great amount of thickness to this beer which really sets it apart in my mind.

D- This is pretty drinkable and the fact that it is over 10% and so drinkable is what bumps it up to a 4.5 for me. Very impressive masking of the booziness with nicely rounded flavors (not too much of any one thing.)

12-06-2009 03:11:32 | More by mbudner
Photo of rlee1390


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

A 2010 bottle poured into a snifter

A-A deep amber with about one finger head, that lingers and leaves behind some lacing.

S-Pine, Earthy, Maple notes

T-Earthy, woody, pine. Starts of sweet and ends with some bitterness. Could have been balanced a little more for my liking.

M-Light, smooth and dry

D-The dryness hurts the drinkability for me, but extremely flavorful the 11% abv is not really noticed. A good beer but I liked the Oaked Aged Arrogant Bastard better. Will definitely have this one again though.

01-26-2011 17:48:58 | More by rlee1390
Photo of barefootbrewer


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

This beer poured a cloudy brownish/orange with very little head. The aroma is deep with malty, caramel, and alcoholic characteristics quite apparent. The taste is bold and has a punch but at the same time it is has a nice balance of malt and bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick but not chewy. Alcohol is noticeable but seems appropriate. Overall, this is an impressive beer that should only be ventured into by the worthy!

01-18-2008 02:09:28 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of WaltTrombone

New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

This beer is not just the "Big Brother" to Arrogant Bastard; this is the "Big Brother who's an All-Star linebacker, 6'6"", 285 lbs., kind of a cross between Todd Alstrom and Arnold Schwarzenegger." If you think the li'l Bro is too hoppy, you won't like this... You are definitely NOT worthy.

It pours a dark amber, with a tan head. Aromas are Grapefruit, caramel, malt, pine. The first predominant taste is malt, surprisingly enough for such a hop monster, and it's balanced pretty well against the hops insanity. Also present are caramel, currant, grapefruit, cola, toffee. A smooth mouthfeel French-kisses you like Cathy Keane did in the car after the movies.Then, the linebacker comes out to finish you upside the head with grapefruit and pine.

01-04-2004 22:13:40 | More by WaltTrombone
Photo of RnRManifesto


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a brownish red with a half inch foamy tan head, some of which sticks around. Some lacing that doesn't stay stuck to the sides for very long.

Smells of caramel malts, grapefruit. Sweet and bready. Like a fruit pie! Something else I can't put my finger on, but it smells great.

Hints of caramel in the flavor, some roastiness, sweetness, malt backbone. Hop bitterness is balanced out by the malts very well, with only a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. This is extremely smooth for a 10.5% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel is sort of velvety smooth.

Stone is an incredible brewery. I haven't been disappointed by one of their beers yet, and this is no exception. Another great one in their lineup.

11-15-2011 23:48:24 | More by RnRManifesto
Photo of lightindarkness


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

My bomber poured a beautiful deep, deep red-orange with a high creamy head that leaves monster lace as it bubbles down to a thick froth.

The smell is woody with redwood and oak, and some strong caramelly malt and grainy bread. Noticeable alcohol smells warm the nose.

The taste follows the nose and is very strong, with an up front tannin dominance of wood and bitterness. It definitely becomes more complex as I drink it, a characteristic present in many 'big beers' that kind of numb the palate as you go, revealing more of the depth. It has a running smoothness in the malt with some grain and caramel tastes. The initial rounded sweetness is quickly replaced by a bitter warmth on the back end. Finishes with a sticky clinging bite that is almost chewy, with a robust aftertaste of grains, still hanging in the bitterness.

The longer I drink it, the more I like it, but given its character of overall strength in every category, it lacks some drinkable appeal.

01-20-2008 01:04:41 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of charlzm


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

bottled, consumed 11/13/07.

Pours a deep golden brown with a plentitude of swirling tiny bubbles. The head is modest off-white/tan and dissipates quickly to a thin off-white skin.

Big hoppy aroma of grapefruit with some molasses notes, too. Thick, slick mouthfeel with a cola-like carbonation/mild burn. Sweet and malty in the front and cleanly bitter and lingering in the back. Alcohol flavor is there, but not as noticeable as you'd expect a 10% beer to be.

Man, this is a good, well-balanced beer.

03-06-2008 04:34:47 | More by charlzm
Photo of HopHead84


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%


On tap at Stone. 2010 Double Bastard dry hopped with Simcoe.

A: Dark brownish red with a big off white head. Good retention. 

S: Big floral presence, with ample grapefruit and pine. Hops are expressive, and accompanied by a rich caramel profile and bready notes. Nice combination of caramel and hops.

T: Slightly sugary caramel with notes of grapefruit and pine. Booze is restrained for the ABV. Midpalate ephemeral sweetness. Firm bitterness with low astringency. Finish is dry.

M: Upper medium body with upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and smooth, with some astringency and warming.

Overall: Slightly mellowed Double Bastard with added dry hopping makes for an enjoyable beer in small quantities.

02-20-2011 07:24:24 | More by HopHead84
Photo of waltersrj


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

2011 Vintage

Pour: Dark cola brown with a slight red/orange hue. Small off white head at first...recedes into a floating, soap like head that lasts.

Nose: caramel, burnt sugars, piney, citrus hops, fig, dates, raisins, and alcohol.

Taste: Strong piney, citrus hops, large caramel malt backbone, burnt sugars, slight alcohol, bready finish with smooth caramel and slight heat.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, moderately heavy, moderately carbonated. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: This is pretty great now but will make a fantastic beer after a few years to cool down the heat. Really great either way though.

10-22-2011 03:26:37 | More by waltersrj
Photo of BeersAndBears


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

08-27-2014 01:39:45 | More by BeersAndBears
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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