Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 2,045
Hads: 6,367
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 19.25%
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Gots: 1,189 | FT: 39
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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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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 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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Photo of irishmoss
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

New 2003 edition of this Double Bastard poured a deep ruby red garnet color in a large goblet. Very thick kaki tan head that was about two fingers thick. Lace clung well to the sides of the goblet.

The aroma was grapefruit and caramel off the start with a slight kick of alcohol. The taste was unbelievable. A roasted malt backbone holds together the citrus and spruce flavors from the hops. Caramel sweetness and some brown sugar tones combined with some kinda spiciness, maybe coriander; hide the high ABV in this Bastard. This has to be one of the most well balanced ales I've had.

Nice chewy thickness with the perfect amount of carbonation, this coats the mouth and slides down the throat. And that fact scares the shit out of me. This Arrogant Bastard's older brother was more like Old Guardian's uncle; I'm trying to say that it was very barleywine like. Not that this is a bad thing...

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Strong smells of citric hop goodness mixed with some bready sweet malts and a bit of spicy alcohol. Its spicy upfront with a bit of the alcohol coming through mixing in with the bready sweet malts. The malts give off tastes of chocolate covered raisins to smoothed out bready sweetness. The hops come in most at the end with a strong citric bite following with some pine and herbal hops.

The malts and hops are so big in this beer its amazing. The malts give off so many flavors like I explained above and the hops are a bit more citrus in this one than the regular Arrogant Bastard. I had that last night and that one seems a bit more piney. Even though this one has some piney hops as well.

The hops are pretty explosive in this beer and add a very nice dryness along with the spicy alcohol. The alcohol gives a bit of a warming and although it shows a bit as it still drinks very smooth and nice. I also get a hint of cherries from the hops and the alcohol. All in all this beer is a good definition of a real craft beer. Thanks Stone for another great offering.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I took on this Double Bastard in my snifter at cellar temperature.

Looks a lot like Arrogant Bastard, but with a slightly smaller head. It's got that same clear, blood ruby hue to go with the off-white foam.

The floral citrus and caramel sweetness of Arrogant Bastard are also in this beer's aroma, along with some cherries, raisins, and molasses. There's a more pronounced malty, doughy breadiness in this one.

Woah. The flavor packs some serious power. It has profoundly huge and hefty hop flavor throughout an entire swig, from first contact on my tongue to the substantial finish. There's a nice little citrus zing at the beginning, and then I get a mix of dark fruit flavors, spicy breadiness, and what I like to call "caramelized hops" in the middle. The finish delivers even more hops, now becoming astringent, woody, and pine-tinged. While there IS a bit of a boozy burn after I swallow this stuff, this is a case in which alcohol heat complements, and I daresay enhances, everything else that's happening. Complex, and incredibly delicious. Damn.

The feel is certainly excellent as well. It's thick, but also really smooth and velvety. Awesome.

This is one of the tastiest liquids I've ever imbibed.

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Photo of beerviews2013
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

pour: got a nice cloudy dark brown color with hints of red. The head on this beer was a light tan color with tight foam.

smell: on this brew was a sweetness some from the malts and some from the fruit used in this brew. Similar to a barley wine.

taste: stone went crazy on this one. Beer hits the pallet and you get a taste of everything, some hops some sweet malts some brown sugar and some berries with a little fruity feel to it.

Overalll: This is such a great brew even with the 11.20% abv still a smooth brew to drink. Yea it will mess you up but its good stuff all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Cheers!!!

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Photo of Foxman
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a coppery amber with dancing ruby highlights. A little less than a finger of off-white head dwindles rapidly to wisps of froth. Sticky swirls of lacing cling tenaciously to the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a muscular wave of toasted malt sweetness battling a king's ransom of floral citrus hops. A caramel note wraps itself around a definitive nasal invasion of alcohol, muting the overall potency slightly.

Simply....Wow! The first sip brings a tongue lashing of poignant malt sweetness smoothly carrying the expected note of caramel, and even some berry holds its ground briefly before being utterly innundated by a dry grapefruit and florally creamy tsunami of hops. The dense pockets of flavor also pack a solid wallop of alcohol, keeping you attentive. It doesn't so much finish as thunder to a close with a legacy of currants and a mouth-drying hops bitterness. Bold and brash, it impressively balances some pretty big ticket flavor elements.

Heavy bodied, it lubricates slickly and coats sweetly, filling the mouth with chewy texture and leaving the tongue glowing hoppily.

It's meaty, beaty, big, and bouncy! Delivering on a reputation that's obviously well-earned, it's all I hoped for and more. Because of the hugeness the balance seems precarious, but it never falters. Like the rest of the beer, the ABV is big too, and it will smack you down if you let it. Still, I'd drink as many more of these as I could until I fell down, but I'm sure I'd be sorry come morning. I just wish every bastard I knew was as fun to be around as this one!

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Photo of m_hall
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 bottling. Poured from a bomber into a nonic pint. This ale is a clear mahogany color and is capped by a lingering 1-finger tan head, supported steady carbonation. Lacing is heavy all the way down the glass

Aroma is malty with toffee-like notes, ripe fruits, alcohol, and woody, pine-y hops. Surprisingly, this doesn't seem as intense on the nose as the standard Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Flavors are intense, to say the least. Big malts up front... brown sugar, caramel, toasted nuts, and raisins. A good bit of hop presence follows, but I certainly wouldn't say this beer is in any way over-hopped, there's so much going on here that the bitterness serves as a perfect counterpoint to everything else. The finish is long and hop-y, but very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is rich, slightly oily like a good booze, but this is a surprisingly strongly carbonated ale, so it's not as thick as one might expect. It's far easier to drink (quickly) than a lot of strong-style ales. The alcohol warms both in the mouth and on the way down, very much like Barleywine.

The "Double Bastard" name might have one expecting an even more challenging version of the classic Arrogant Bastard Ale, but this was quite the opposite for me... This has many of the same qualities that make AB so great, but presented in a more 'refined' way. Mind you, this is still a HUGE ale, not for the faint of heart, but it's not as brashly aggressive as it's sibling. A remarkable example of craft brewing, and something every ale connoisseur should try.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracking open the first of my '07s

22 ounce bomber bottle, snifter glass.

A - A beautiful deep ruby red. Two full fingers of off white foam sits on top and stays and stays. Really a beautiful looking, deep red, strong ale.

S - I'm noticing a big aroma of pineapple on the nose. Some sweetness in there as well as a sugary malt smell butts in a little with the fruity aromas, finishing with some alcohol coming through to the nose.

T - Smooth and sweet. More fruit flavors kicking up, then leading the way to a bit of a roasty flavor and some hop bitterness. Finish is hop bitterness and a bit of a boozy kick. Very nice, layers upon layers of flavor.

M - This brew coats the mouth well. Really has some substance to it. Full body.

D - A beautiful strong ale sipper. Makes you want more and really feels great in the mouth.

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Photo of Myk
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 OZ. of 2002 double bastard.

simply bliss. wow.

the appearance is brilliant. bright, clear ruby red color. thick, full, off white head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

the aroma is heavy with malt, carmel, and alcohol, slight earthy and citrus scent.

taste... AHHHHH. so complex. from the first sip, i was in love. it was well balanced, full bodied and coated my mouth and trout with yummy goodness. for being such a large beer ( 10% ABV) it is hard to imagine that thie baby could be so smooth in mouthfeel. full of syrupy/chocolate malt. alcohol and perfect flavor hops. pretty earthy and little bit of a piney taste. i cant quite pick out the exact citrus, since i dont eat many citric foods, but it is kinda deep, and low.

the finish.. DRY, malt and alcohol. this beer is so warming its like a a hundred degree day with no air conditioning. it warms with every sip. watch out because this will creep up on you.
simply amazing.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,045 ratings.