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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,996
Reviews: 2,009
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 386
Gots: 914 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with a fellow BA.

2010 Vintage.

A- Murky maroon color, one finger beige head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the glass, splotchy lacing.
S- The aroma is pleasant, big malt bready aroma, dark fruits (plums), brown sugar.
T- Big heat on the initial sip and as it goes down, big malt presence, bready nutty notes, dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar.
M- Big mouth feel, decent carbonation, big heat, dry finish.
O- I’ve had this bottle since I started trading, forgot it was in my cellar, solid overall, interesting with age on it, complex and enjoyable.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz 2006 bomber poured into a snifter. Nice red-brown with a small white head. The smell is hoppy and floral. The taste is also very hoppy, floral with a little caramel (from the malts?). The alcohol makes its presence known but is not offensive. As it warms it gets better and better. Another outstanding beer from Stone.

04/12/08 2005 vintage

Dark, brown-red, smells sticky, tastes bitter, somewhat piney, the hops are still definitely alive and kicking. The beer isn't as sweet as I expected it to be either.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Warning: Double Bastard Ale is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy this bottle. Instead, leave it for a Worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as "Liquid Arrogance."

"This is one lacerative muther of a beer. It is unequivocally certain that your feeble palate is grossly inadequate and thus undeserving of this liquid glory...and those around you would have little desire to listen to you resultant whimpering. Instead, you slackjawed gaping gobemouche, slink away to that pedestrian product which lures agog the great unwashed with the shiny happy imagery of its silly broadcast propaganda. You know, the one that offers no challenge, yet works very, very hard to imbue the foolhardy with the absurd notion that they are exercising "independent" thought, or attempts to convey the perception it is in some way "authentic" or "original". Its that one that makes you feel safe and delectates you into basking in the warm, fuzzy and befuddling flow of your own nescience. Why so many allow themselves to be led by the nose lacks plausible explanation. Perhaps you have been so lulled by the siren song of ignorance, that you dont even notice your white knuckle grip on it. You feel bold and unique, but alas are nothing but sheep, willingly being herded to and fro. If you think you are being piqued in this test, it is nothing when compared to the insults we are all asked to swallow spilling forth from our televisions. Truth be told, you are being coddled into believing you are special or unique by ethically challenged "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" marketing exec-types. Double Bastard Ale calls out the garrulous caitiffs who perpetrate the aforementioned attrocities--and those that buy into them-- and demands retribution for their outrageously conniving, intentionally misleading, blatantly masturbatory and fallacious ad campaigns. We demand the unmitigated, transparent truth. We demand forthright honesty. We want justice! Call 'em out and line 'em up against the wall....NOW."

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Rusty orange in color. Deep caramel malty aroma with some strong hints of hops. Alcohol and caramel and toffee in the taste. Pretty sweet tasting and sticky on the palate. Big mouthfeel with small drinkability due to high alcohol.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber (2010 release) poured into a snifter

A: Pours dark reddish-brown, somewhat opaque, coaxed a 1-inch frothy off-white head that lingered for a while.

S: Cherries, caramel malt, floral and slightly fruity (dark) hops, alcohol. Smells very sweet, reminds me of a barleywine.

T: Surprisingly mellow. Based on what I've heard about this 2010 release I was expecting this to kick me in the face but it seems the opposite. Alcohol isn't overly obtrusive (compared to BCBS it's invisible). I get cherry notes, dark sugary fruits (almost candy like), strong caramel malt, floral/earthy hop characteristics, and some alcohol. The initial hit seems very cherry and candied fruit hop punch and a little alcohol, it then smooth outs to caramel malt/floral hops and finishes dry and warm, slightly bitter and sugary. Almost tastes like someone dropped a cherry jolly-rancher in it. This reminds me of a Treble Hook Barleywine with more depth, complexity, and balance.

M: Medium carbonation, fully body, very chewy, viscous - coats everything, very smooth. Finish is dry.

D: As with most beer, this seems to get hotter the further in you get. It's fairly heavy malty body makes it pretty filling as well. Pretty much a sipper.

This is a hard one to rate for me. While the flavor is complex, sweet, and balanced, it's a little too "candy cherry" for my taste. I could see this growing on me though. I Still prefer the Oaked bastard.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber

A: Poured into a snifter. Rich, reddish mahogany, with a nice tan head. Low retention rate, with almost no lacing.

S: Nice mild hoppy aroma, more of a sweet citrus. Some sweet apple tones as well, with a hint of fig.

T: Strong flavors overall. Malts up front with a nice well-balanced hop flavor. Strong alcohol esters. Some smoky hints too.

M: way too smooth for 10%. very well-balanced. not too thick, but not light either...this one was just right. Mild carbonation.

D: not sure if I could handle more than one, but this was definitely a treat for my first time.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, 2007 Vintage,

A: Pours a dark brown/red into a snifter, fair head which left some lacing, but not the most impressive beer I've ever seen.

S: Big mix of hops and malts, raisins, pine, dark fruit, quite boozy as well, a bit abrasive, but complex.

T: The taste is very big and powerful. Huge pine bitterness races across the palate with some pineapple and citrus as well, while the malt and dark fruit add some balance, but still the flavours are a little out of control. Booze also comes across, a bit fusely, but mostly just a smooth solvent character. A little bit of dark/bittersweet chocolate comes out as reaches room temperature.

M: Robust, full of resin and oil, full-bodied, this is a beer that stays with you long after you drink it, it definitely makes an impression.

D: Definitely a sipper, this is one big, powerful, and complex beer. Very tasty, but at times the harshness and brashness got to me and I found it difficult to drink, and I love this extreme stuff. This is a very good, interesting beer, but I have to be in a particular mood to fully enjoy it. Another good production from Greg Koch and Stone, it is very raw at this stage, it will be interesting to see what a few years do to this one.

Photo of BeerStine
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008 release. 22oz poured into a pint glass

Pours a cherry brown with an off-white fluffy head. Smells of pineapple, citrusy hops with a biscuity maltly smell. The malts taste are the first thing to jump out. Biscuits and caramel. Hops are secondary as a dark fruit, shmuckers jam kick. Mouth feel is fairly light with light carbonation. It's very drinkable as a 10.5% beer. The intense malts might become a little overwhelming if I had too many of these.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this beer. Not the best beer in the world, but a solid beer nonetheless.

Photo of sdlhy
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dherling
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a really pretty clear dark caramel color with a big bubbly bone white head leaving behind big sticky lacing. The nose offers grapefruit, alcohol, yeast, malt, hops, melon, and candy. The taste gives rotten apple, apricot, bad melon, alcohol, big bitter green hops, spice, persimmon, and even some Mike Tyson sweat. Don't ask. The mouthfeel is spicy, the tight carbonation is nearly painful. How'd they do that? The alcohol wasn't terribly masked, it's a bit much to really drink more than one, but drinking one is a treat.

Photo of AHNUBIS
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This really surprized me. My main problem with Stone's regular Arrogant Bastard Ale is its alcohol aftertaste. Maybe im just trippin guys. I know the Double is like 11% but I'm not detecting an alcoholic flavor. Granted with the Double you inherently take smaller swigs. Anyways my ninjas, this Double really friggin delivers and 1 bottle will be enough for 1 person to get sufficiently buzzzin!

I enjoy Stone products because I live near San Diego. I however don't feel that they are an A+ company. I enjoy the freshness and feel that the Double is their best product, but it is not a go-to beer. It is something I'll bring a couple bottles to a party and fill 5 plastic cups up halfway and get a bunch of people's reactions. Its not a staple so for that it loses points. For what it is it is great. You must try it.

Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Lee's Las Vegas NV for 7.99+tax - 2012 Edition

Appearance - Slightly hazy dark copper with a large size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around over 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, anise, dark fruits, leather, booze

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel/butterscotch, malts, and hops. There is also some anise, earthy notes, and some dark fruits, I can pick up on the booze and the beer finishes with a malty sweet and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Been wanting to try this one for a while. It definitely packs a punch and has a lot of flavour. And even with all the flavour it seems to have a good balance. I imagine that this would be even more powerful fresh, I'd love to see what it's like on tap. I have a 2010 tucked away and it will be interesting to see how it's held up. A beer worthy of the hype for sure.

Photo of itsscience
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 version, aged 1.5 years.

Pours dark amber with two fingers of off-white head that leaves thick lacing. The nose is malt forward with sweet and bready malts, raisins, overripe orange, and booze. It tastes very smooth with more of the caramely, bready malts, some alcohol heat, cherries, raisins, and figs, with burnt toast and roasted malt on the finish that imparts no astringency. Hop flavors or hop bitterness are mostly missing from this aged version: if anything I get a faint citrus taste, but it pales in comparison to the malt presence. The beer has a creamy, thick mouthfeel and despite the initial taste of alcohol, it's dangerously quaffable at 11.2 percent because you get none of that alcohol at the back end.

Photo of SDbrewerJake
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I though AG was big... This beer is extreme. Big flavors and big nose. Big bite and BIG BUZZ. I got lit of this stuff. Super strong Special B malts to it, which is what stone brewery is popular for. Living in SD this stuff is all over the place and is still $8 a bomber... PRetty expensive but packs a punch thats for sure.

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of davod23
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, Double Bastard. My old friend. 2009 vintage, poured into an oversized wine glass.

Clear, ruddy brown/red pour with a nice cream colored head. Initially, it billows up nicely to about two fingers, but quickly retreats to a thin collar of foam around the edge of the glass.

I remember this smelling more powerful. Weird. I get a touch of piney hops, some caramel and bread notes, and some booze. But everything is pretty subdued, even after it warms up. This is weird.

Ahh, the taste. Much better. Massive bitterness from the hops, which are more subdued in the realm of taste. Caramel, toffee, and alcohol heat in equal parts. Long, lasting bitter finish that sticks with you - I don't think my palate would be up for another beer for a while.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium-bodied with a good, prickly carbonation to it. Slightly sticky.

Drinkability is also excellent. I can put down a lot of this stuff in short order, until the alcohol punches me in the face.

Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber brown color with an average off-white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is strong, kind of a pineapple, peach, pine, resin, alcohol drenched raisin scent to it. There is probably more to it but its hard to put a finger on. The taste is a bit more earthy. The brew has a roasted malt backbone, with a grapefruit hoppiness, some dark fruity esters, and an alcohol kick. It is a bit more carbonated that I would think, the ale is well bodied and finishes a bitter. The alcohol, bitterness, and overall complexity of this brew would limit me to one bomber in a night. A tad over the top but worth the experience.

Photo of turfy
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a SN tulip.

A - A mahogany red color with a 1.5 creamy tan head. Average lacing.

S - Medium intensity of brown sugar, molasses, candy and perhaps a touch of floral scent.

T - Not what I was expecting from a Stone brew, but not bad at all. Just surprising to take that first sip and experience a smooth, malty sweet taste with overtones of dried fruit. A touch of hop bite on the back end. Apparent alcohol kick and heat also, but not overly so. Is this not a barleywine?

M - Lower carbonation than most brews and a syrupy mouthfeel.

O - A high quality ale that I plan to cellar for next fall and winter for sipping during colder weather. Again, this tastes nothing like other Stone beers I have tried but it is deserving of a place in my fridge and my cellar.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a Tulip by the bartender. 2010. Pours a dark reddish hue with less than a finger of head that dissipates relatively fast leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Heavy hops, grapefruit, pine. Slight alcohol.

Taste - Similar to the nose, however, there is also vanilla, oak, cocoa, and slight dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, creamy, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - I will admit, I had a couple before this. However, it is not as alcoholic as I would have assumed. Relatively easy to drink. I have a 2008 of this and can only assume it will be damn amazing.

Photo of JDeming
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of fmccormi
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour to my Double Bastard snifter (yeah, I went there) from a 22oz pry-off bottle, “2011 RELEASE” printed on the side of the bottle (which was October 17 I believe, making this beer about three and a half months old).

Appearance (3.0): Half a finger of khaki head, a mixture of fine and fat bubbles but not particularly tight, but it dissipates relatively quickly. Body is a deep reddish amber, slightly hazy but not much. Basically no lacing, just a couple of spots. It’s not a huge surprise from something 10.5% alcohol, but at the same time the way they hop these Bastards I was expecting more.

Smell (3.5): There’s a very strong, caramel sweetness that comes out first, underlying some bright, fruity apple-like tones. Hop presence is minimal in the nose, just some light grassy and tropical fruit notes behind the malt body.

Taste (4.5): Fortunately, this is where DB really delivers. The big, strong caramel sweetness is there, underpinned by a toasted quality to the malt. Raisins and dark bread, like rye pumpernickel or something along those lines, pop out of the malty body. At the same time, there’s a bright, tropical hop character that floats atop, almost overlooked in the face of that huge malt body. Then the bittering hops lend a very strong presence, giving a grapefruit pithy, piney bitterness that lasts and lasts. Very nice. You can definitely taste the booze, but for something this big, I actually really appreciate it. It’s a reminder that this beer means business.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very good mouthfeel: it’s got a surprisingly dry finish—very dry, actually—for something so big and sweet. On the full side of medium-bodied, almost thick at times with a slightly syrupy quality to it. Still, the carbonation has two speeds: at once it is surprisingly prickly all over the tongue and velvety at the same time, as a smoothness expands and rolls over the tongue as well.

Overall (4.0): The appearance and smell are certainly lacking on this beer, in my opinion, but the taste is great and the mouthfeel was a surprising high point of the beer, too. It remains true to its name, taking Arrogant Bastard and kicking it in the gut. Granted, this bottle has aged a bit (three, four months tops), but I was still expecting a much bigger hop presence. Had this beer probably three years ago and it was much too much to handle back then, but I can appreciate it now. It’s not a masterpiece but it’s plenty enjoyable. Nice sipping beer, and definitely not everyone is worthy.

Photo of cdizinno
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish-copper color with off-white head. Sticky and retains well.

S: Malty sweetness and mild alcohol aromas. Complex scents that are thick.

T&M: Thick and smooth. Full-bodied, rich, robust, sugary/syrupy/sticky (carbonation seems suspended in the liquor) and extremely sweet. Complex flavors are all over but caramel is up front. Deep penetrating alcohol, like wine, but not overpowering. Finish goes slightly dry with semi-sweetened chocolate notes.

Nice sipper but too heavy and sweet for me on a regular, enjoyable basis.

Photo of medic25
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams glass (courtesy of BA). Rich copper color, with a thin white head. Strong hoppy aroma. The taste is intense; thick, hoppy flavor, a llittle oily and citrusy. Alcohol is fairly obvious without being obnoxious. This is a good slow-drinking beer for a cold night; powerful, but present.

Photo of define333
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of introvertedone
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/21/09

Double Bastard was dark caramel in color and I caught the aroma of it even before I put my nose up to it. Beautiful! It presented a malty mocha-ness taste with a thick tingly mouthfeel (due to overcarbonation?). This is a fine brew and would definitely drink again. Almost seems like a special occasion type of beer.

Photo of ruinationation
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ruby almost brown color. Not alot of head forms and then quickly disappears. Little lace traces but nothing campared to original AB.

Has a very sweet carmal and floral notes. The sweetness of this beer was surprising to me.

Has a very complex taste with pine, carmal, and maybe a little plums coming through. IBUs are a little misleading.

Thick consentency, spit like you've been drinking coffee. I prefer the original AB but this is a good double, but would like to age one and see if the sweetness eases up. I recomend one of these followed by a ruination.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,996 ratings.