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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,448 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,448
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 321
Gots: 682 | FT: 27
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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DAllspaw

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a tulip.

First notice the signature hop smells not unlike the better APAs, but the malts rule the day as soon as you take a sip. The strong malt and high ABV makes for great beer to nurse and savor. I waver between Pale Ales and Imperial Stouts and for some reason this just feels like it captures the best of both. Kick me out for saying that, but that's the best description I can offer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 21:29:24 | More by DAllspaw
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany shade that is almost brown with a finger of off white head that recedes to a small pool quickly
S: Smells of pine toffee and caramel. The bitterness hits the nose first but the sweetness is quite evident
T: Tobacco flavor starts things off slowly which fades to some sweetness from the malt with some light caramel flavors. A bit of pine makes an appearance as well as some toasted malt flavor. Very complex aftertaste after the swallow starts off bitter and herbal which fades to piny. It then slowly fades with some toasted malt flavor
M: Full bodied with adequate carbonation. A bit creamy and thick but not over the top.
O: A very tasty beer that in my opinion is a bit easier to drink than Arrogant Bastard. A lot of complexity and delicious flavors mingling together making this beer one to sip and enjoy

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 19:13:55 | More by SHODriver
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 release, cellared until now. Pours very dark, just a couple shades shy of coffee, with a reddish tint and a very white head that leaves lots of lacing. Smells like an aged American barleywine. I haven't had this beer when it's young, but I'm sure that its hop character was more brash than this during its youthful days. Instead, that aromas end up being more on the malty end of the spectrum: quite sweet, with hints of graham cracker, treacle, and syrupy french toast with predominantly piney and slightly metallic hops laid over it all.

On the palate, crackery, almost Maris Otter sweetness first off, then things go two ways: simultaneously, there's growing caramel sweetness and increasing metallic hoppiness at the mid-palate. The sweetness dissipates only a little bit at the end; the sweetness sticks around for the most part, along with the hops, which attain some fruity height here. Throughout, the mouthfeel is quite oily with hops in spite of the malty goodness on display. Carbonation is slight. Overall, this is a definite step up from the Arrogant Bastard... although it could just be the aging, which emphasizes the malts a bit more at the expense of the hops. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 03:21:50 | More by geexploitation
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone at it again: here comes the Double Bastard. The original Arrogant Bastard was one of my first go-to craft brews, and the Oaked version was even better; let’s see how this Bastard stands the double treatment.

“Winter 2011 Release” on the back of the bottle, so it’s about four months old or so.

A: Looks like a homemade apple cider, a thick, earthy body with a reddish-brown hue. For about a minute after I pour, a group of bubbles moves from the outside of the glass (completely encircling it) to the top of the body. It culminates in a thin, fizzy head, which is completely gone in just a quick second; seriously, with this body color and lack of any carbonation, it looks like fruit juice. Actually, there’s a little bit of light cream just around the edges of the glass.

S: Not a ton of hoppy aromas, but a big caramel maltiness front and center. Fig, cinnamon-raisin, wheat toast, and honey, just as malty and earthy as can be. Robust alcohol reaches out with resiny woodiness, herbal spice, and brandy-like sweetness. A little pineapple and mango hoppiness shows through as it’s wrapping up, leaving the nose light, yet still mostly dark and fruity.

T: Strong, bold! Really, everything is huge: the malts are rich, the alcohol is spicy, the hops are puckering. Full-flavored tastes of citrus wheat, caramel, brown sugar, roast, and dried cherries from these syrupy, earthy grains. In just a smooth second, though, it’s all about hops: piney, resiny, and thickly bitter (like hop syrup, pretty much). Essentially, I’m getting a loveable balance in a moment of pure, glorious power. And then there’s some peppery alcohol and warm apple cider flavors, like some kind of spiked juice; sweet, bold, and deep. Finishes with sweet hop oils, a big salty dryness, and pure lemon juice.

M: Like the palate, it’s oily. The carbonation is tiny, like the lack of head suggested, so the beer remains chewy for most of its drink. Still, it leaves a lasting impression with its heat and astringency.

O: The best Bastard yet – an excellent beer. I think the label “American Strong Ale” is the perfect description for Double Bastard: it’s definitely strong. I’d buy this again, especially to age…who knows what it would be like in a year and-a-half?

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 05:20:52 | More by BarryMFBurton
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cudmud

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep ruby color with one finger of magnificent head that produces good lace. In all, a gorgeous looking brew.

Smell: Slight malt and hop smell. I was expecting more aroma from this beer.

Taste: Nice malt sweetness followed by a blast of hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and full.

Drinkability: A delicious treat. Lots of hops and alcohol, but not overdone.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 00:26:42 | More by cudmud
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vkv822

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a slightly cloudy deep amber with orange highlights and a toffee colored head.

The aroma is of strong citric and grapefruit hop notes upfront. There are very light toffee and biscuit malt notes in the back.

The flavor is more in your face, juicy grapefruit and pine notes. The toffee and biscuit that were present in the nose really come forward in the finish of the taste. I really enjoy these notes coming through a bit more. Make no mistake though, while the malts are more present in the finish of the taste, they in no way take away from the strong hop notes. There is a very faint booziness, but I really wouldn't have guessed this to have such a high ABV.

The mouthfeel is a bit more thick and full bodied then I would like, though the active carbonation helps to make it a bit more enjoyable.

While this is quite enjoyable, the slightly thicker mouthfeel and high ABV make this one more of a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 06:17:50 | More by vkv822
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- looks like an angry monster. dense rich beige head hovers... menacingly... above above clear ruby-mahogany body. foam settles at about 1/4in thickness in my tulip and refuses to move, giving out plenty of drippy lace with wisps and curly cues. aw he's a generous bastard.

S- strong pungent aroma with sweet malt that travels across the room. loads of pine and grapefruit, and bold alcohol presence. hops have a distinct juniper berry aroma and in combination with strong alcohol, give this bastard notes of dry english gin. once i'm able to smell past the hops and booze, he's leathery and woodsy like an old rotten wine barrel, malty and sweet, with a soft non-hop fruitiness.

T- palate scratchingly bitter from start to finish, it seems to dissect this i'll have to pause between sips. idk maybe not. hops are insanely herbal, with dill and fennel and reefer underlying burnt almost cocoa grapefruit flavors. lots of pine flavor still and juniper in every burp. alcohol seems to be very well masked by the load of hops and a rye-like spiciness. toasty, woodsy, caramel, toffee malt sweetness hangs beneath but is always noticeable. dries out nicely at the end, woodsy, tobacco, leather, more juniper, more grapefruit peel, cognac, and a puckering bitterness.

MF- medicinal, astringent, resinous, sweet first, then way dried out. medium low carbonation. full bodied but not syrupy even at room temp. coating, with a slight burn, and alpha oils reaching down my esophagus.

D- sooo are we talkin imperial strong ale here? many characteristics make me think barleywine and it definitely drinks like one. but whatever's clever. dangerous on an empty stomach.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 23:48:22 | More by hustlesworth
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womencantsail

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bomber poured into a snifter and shared with the roommates.

A: The pour is a clear, dark copper color with a lot of red notes to it. The head is about a finger's worth of cream colored foam.

S: The nose has a nice sweet caramel, toffee, and fruit background. A lot of raisins and oranges, and a touch of floral hops.

T: The flavor is very interesting and while it has the trademark Stone hoppiness, there's a lot more going on. The flavor starts off very sweet with caramel, toffee and perhaps even butterscotch. The raisins and oranges again make an appearance in the middle and are followed by a bitter, piney finish. The biggest flaw is that the beer is a bit hot.

M: The body is fantastic. Very full with an almost chewy texture and a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is surprisingly dry.

D: As I mentioned before, the biggest flaw with this beer is the alcohol presence. And as the glass warms up, it comes out a bit more. This is a big, big beer, and one you can't drink too much of in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 07:02:49 | More by womencantsail
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 - 11.2% abv

A - Dark mahogany with garnet hues, 1 and 1/2 inch yellowing head (the color of old paper) Lacing is great, lasts the entire glass.

S - At first I only got faint hints of hops but after a few swirls the aroma intensified giving off scents of alcohol, apple, hops, and raisons.
(reminds me of Raison D'extra and Old school barley wine from DFH)

T - Bold, aggressive, bitter hops, grapefruit, boozy, apple skin. Nice maltiness in the background.

M - Super smooth, pretty thick.

D - one 22oz is plenty, a sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 17:09:14 | More by Rickythejeweler
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Boppar

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into an over-sized wine glass.

A: Nice dark brown color with off-white head. Decent lacing.

S: Big malty sweetness, definite notes of bittering hops.

T: Wow! This is what A.B. was supposed to be. I had feared that everything I didn't like about A.B. would be amplified in its "Doubled" version, but somehow, this was not the case. it tastes like they beefed up the malt backbone but didn't add many (if any) more hops. this was a rather judicious decision. The result is a big malty brew that masks the 10% ABV rather nicely.

M: Thick, chewy... no messing around.

D: Considering it's an American Strong Ale (whatever exactly that is) I'd say it's pretty good.

Definitely worth seeking out, even for those of us who are not the biggest fans of A.B. Classic.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 04:43:31 | More by Boppar
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 release poured into 25 oz Old Style glass.
Sweet, toffee candy aroma, like an old ale with hop wrapped around the fragrance. Presentation close to Am. style barleywine. Still malt dominated and complex.
Full bottle pour. Dense dark head covers a dark amber body with darker reds moving towards burgundy and garnet.
Boy, that's a nice drink. Complexity in both the hops and malt. And for a rather big beer the alcohol is neither hot or excessive in flavor. Bitterness in a very long finish that holds a hop flavor too (tart citrus grassiness). Flavor lacks the candy and toffee sweetness fo the aroma. In fact the sweetness is a little harder to find. The malt flavors are still rich, but the hops start to dominate in time.
Nice body. Full, big holding a nice steady soft carbonation. Smooth.
Drinks big, but also drinks easily. The alcohol will catch up if careless.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 03:52:09 | More by garymuchow
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have you had an arrogant bastard and thought..."this would be amazing if only a little more hoppy?" Well then, the double bastard is your answer. Holy crap, I could easily find myself into trouble over this beer. I have never been disappointed by the Stone brewing Co. and this beer was the best of 23 beers at my latest beer tasting. Poured a luscious golden colorl; so provocative that I barely stopped to smell. The smell showed its alcohol content more than the flavor. Actually, I honestly expected some sort of fruity overtones to cover the high ABV of this beer. But in Arrogant Bastard style, they make no excuses for their beer; you can taste hops, alcohol and thats about it. Surprisingly, this made for an enjoyable experience. I would rate this very very high on the repeat scale - if there were one. So, please imagine a 7th criterion of 1.0-5.0 labeled REPEAT BEER and mark it a strong 5!!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 05:29:52 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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Alkey

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured a reddish brown color with a nice creamy off white head that leaves some sticky lace around the glass.

Smell - a bit of a malt and yeast aroma.
Taste - equal balance of malt and floral like hops, mild bitterness and alcohol drying in the aftertaste.
Feel - medium bodied, slight dryness.
Drinkability - very smooth, easy to drink but a bit high in alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 17:43:24 | More by Alkey
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served as a very burnt orange body with a nice cloudiness to it...a big off white head stood about two fingers tall...a sheet of lace was left

S - A big, well balanced blend of bitterness and sweetness...the malts are caramel-ly sweet and the hops are bright and citrusy

T - The balance carries over into the taste...there was a big malt presence that caught me off guard...again they have a caramel flavor to them with a bit of toffee coming through...they pretty much dominate until the end where the hops come in strong and bitter...just as expected from a Stone beer...bright hops stand out with a grapefruit and orange flavor

M - Thick bodied...this one is very chewy and coats the palate nicely...lingers nicely as well

D - The 10.5% is well hidden but you better watch out...too many of these and you'll become a bastard...another great offering from Stone...I would take one of these any day unless I was offered an Arrogant Bastard!

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2010 22:21:37 | More by thain709
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at RIBCO in Rock Island, Illinois

Amber, clear, modest head and retention, minimal lacing.

Boozy with caramel and spiced by piny and citrusy hops.

Rich caramel malty sweetness, fairly aggressive bitterness, pine and citrus hops, and obvious alcohol. It is what it says it is.

Well carbonated, strong warming, full body, bitter finish. A little too much warming to score higher.

And aggressively hoppy and bitter DIPA with strong caramel malty body supporting and balancing (to some extent). I'm sure I've had it before, but it's been a while. I enjoyed it and would have it again. Stone hoppy beers sometimes seem great, and sometimes average. Living far from San Diego may have something to do with that. Maybe sometimes I have had fresh and other times not?

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 03:34:47 | More by sprucetip
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MikeRusso

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opening and pouring the beer I was very excited. Looks great, smells great. I really enjoyed the taste of the beer, but the higher alcohol content drives me away... too much alcohol taste at the end.
Still a great beer. In the end I think I'll stay with plain old arrogant bastard ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 22:14:14 | More by MikeRusso
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red-brown colour with enormous ochre head, also almost red in colour, very hazy look. Lacing is thick and delicious, but a bit slippery. Otherwise, well not otherwise, it just is excellent.

Nose is extremely sweet with a pongy tropical smell, hints of spice but a large amount of caramelised pineapple, banana and maybe currants as well. That sweet spice aroma is to die for, while the rest of it (some floral hoppiness as well) is pretty gosh damn nice as well.

Taste is very malty but with a long, slightly phenolic hop character. Has a barleywine-esque richness with spicy notes of cinnamon and cumin, raisiny hints as well, and a bit of alcohol warmth, as well as a boozy sourness, before the hops hit. Slight astringency at the back, hops are not as tropical as the nose suggested and are definitely medicinal in character.

Mouthfeel is deliciously velvety with an amazing creaminess that somehow overrides the prominent alcohol. There is a lot to like in this; sourness makes me a bit meh, but it is very well constructed with pleasant flavours and an amazing mouthfeel. Almost can't detect alcohol, but it certainly isn't harsh. Maybe just lowers drinkability, but I'd definitely want another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 04:23:11 | More by laituegonflable
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illidurit

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown color in my snifter. Head is tan and thick, with a full 2 fingers of height. The lacing is enormous.

Aroma is hugely hoppy with tons of west-coast citrus and pine, but there's also a big caramel sweetness.

Flavor follows the nose pretty closely, as malty sweetness fills your mouth, nearly inducing chewing. Hops then rip through the palate with a massive dose of oily grapefruit rind. Alcohol is quite apparent but not in a yucky way. It's more peppery and sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and well-carbonated. The booziness gets to be intrusive with some warmth and the drinkability takes a dip for this. Killer beer overall though.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 07:51:46 | More by illidurit
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ezperkins2

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Double Bastard – 2007
Poured from a bomber into a tulip (09/14/11)

A: A beautiful mahogany with traces of golden orange when held to a light. A standard pour garnished a decent ¼ inch off white almost light brown head that stuck around for a short while. Decent lacing

S: I believe the age on this bottle has hurt the nose a bit. Without the hop presence there are a lot of subtle smells but nothing over powering. Malts come first followed by sweet dark fruits. I even picked up a very subtle cola like aroma.

T: If the age hurt the nose it was more than made up for once it was tasted. It definitely still has that very distinct bastard malt character but the subtle nuances of the other flavors are fantastic. The first taste mirrors the nose with a very sweet raison/fig taste but there is still a bitter finish. The citrusy piney flavors are gone but the bitterness still shows up in the finish. There is still a bit of booze but is welcome to help cut the sweetness.

M: Thick and oily with a great lingering taste. This one stays with you for a while. Once the bomber was gone I tasted it for while. Carbonation was spot on and even gave a nice pop upon opening.

O: Fresh Double Bastard is good but I feel the years have been very kind to this brew. I have a few more 07’s and 08’s left in the cellar and will treasure them. Saying this is a big beer is an understatement. Most barley wines do not have the complex power this brew packs. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys aging beer to grab a handful of double bastards and stash them away for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 05:02:22 | More by ezperkins2
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birderbeerer

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like apple cider with a tall, apple-tinted head. Pretty great lacing.

Smells like a big, malty, barleywine. Smells deep and rich with sweetness. From the smell, I expect this to drink like a milkshake.

Tastes like a big and slightly sharp barleywine. Caramel, toast, and toffee. Then in the finish, there's a sharper bit of spicy, boozy, hotness. That's kind of nice. It's pretty tightly carbonated. Very thick, though. Like a carbonated milkshake. Leaves a very nice hop resin in the mouth too. The hops blend in with the taste, almost overwhelmed by the huge dose of malt sweetness. But they're there for sure, and that sticky mouth will remind you of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 01:18:08 | More by birderbeerer
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ptykozoon

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

'09
Pours dirty mahogany. Toffee head with a layer that sticks around.

Cherry, caramel, light hops (a few years have killed these off).

Chocolate/vanilla, orange, raisin, dry hops. Brilliant taste, this beer is delicious and complex.

Mouthfeel is spot on, dense and deep.

This beer is one of the absolute best for aging. Killing off some of the ABV/hop intensity without sacrificing complexity rounds this out perfectly. A 5+ year vintage would be exceptional. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:36:16 | More by ptykozoon
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SerieDNo3

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque, or very nearly so. Poured a dark ruby-red brown into a tulip glass. Decent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Hops; very piney and aggressive.

Taste: Wonderfully hoppy with notes of smoky wood and caramel. The alcohol has a nice warming effect, and the flavors become more complex as it warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: When cold, at first, the carbonation gives it a nice tingly feeling. It becomes more syrupy and chewy as it warms up.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for a 10% American Strong Ale. The flavors are more pronounced when it gets warmer, but it goes down a bit easier when colder. Nevertheless, the effort is worth it, as this is an exceptional brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2008 03:34:36 | More by SerieDNo3
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bastard now means good! It pours a deep orange/amber color with a full off-white head and loads of clinging lace. A potent piney hop aroma blasts forth during the pour. Smells of sweet malt, fresh floral hops and alcohol are also easily noticeable. The full sweet malt entraps tastes of toffee, candy sugar and buttered biscuits. Abundantly hopped with raw whole bud-like qualities, releases bitter flavors of grapefruit, lemon zest and piney esters. The big alcohol blast is in tune with the other assertive aromas and flavors. I enjoy having 3 or 4 beers per night, this one has to count for 2.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 01:36:54 | More by BeerResearcher
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davexisxrabid

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy amber color with a thin, wimpy head that fizzles out relatively quickly, maybe because of the high abv. There was good lacing on the glass thoughout the drinking period.

Hops come through on the smell almost immediately; there is a nice sweet malty smell with piney hops that make it smell like an excellent fruit forward chardonnay.

Taste is of hops, big time! There is a tiny bready taste at first but that is overwhelmed by the piney notes rushing at you. I'm not a hophead, yet this is a good bitterness that is not overpowering. Alcohol is in the aftertaste.

Relatively smooth mouthfeel for all that alcohol. There is a bit of a bitter twang and warmth from the alcohol that lingers but it's slight and not unpleasant.

Good drinkability due to the flavor but I wouldn't want to have more than maybe 2 bombers in a night, unless I want to end up on the floor.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 17:52:46 | More by davexisxrabid
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Lynux

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Whoa! This one's a monster! Nice dark red/copper color with a beige head that leaves some sticky lacing in the glass.

Smell is incredibly complex, sweet caramel, toffee, american hops, and some fruity esters from the yeast (strawberry?)

Taste is very big and sweet followed by a bitter sting from the hops. I'm thinking chinook for the bittering for sure. The malts are HUGE in this beer with a very caramel/toffee like flavor. Heavy mouthfeel due to all the residual sugars leaving a candy like flavor in the mouth.

I had a nice buzz going after one bomber and that'll be it for the night!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 22:07:47 | More by Lynux
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,448 ratings.