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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,597 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,597
Reviews: 1,975
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 346
Gots: 737 | 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:
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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
Photo of genog


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Picked up a fresh 2007 bottle.

Pours a Dark, dark reddish amber color with a beautiful light brown and foamy head that spills out of the glass and over the side as it builds and builds. A great lacing just splatters the side of the glass. Smell is of hops and some more hops! Grapefruit, and citrus and some earthy hops too. Malty flavor makes for an initial sweetness, followed by an intense bitterness. Crisp carbonation on this beer as well.

11-20-2007 04:53:15 | More by genog
Photo of gford217


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks to ArrogantB for this 2006 bottle! 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Deep mahogony pour with a small off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing and little head retention.

S: Quite a bit going on in the aroma. The first thing I noticed was a sweet, sugary malt smell with a heavy dose of dark fruit. Definitely a smell of alcohol in this one to burn the nostrils. I didn't get a whole lot of hops in this smell.

T: Definitely dominated by the initial malty sweetness with heavy caramel and brown sugar yumminess. I got a bit more of the hops in the taste and it was balanced very well given the ABV.

M: Syrupy but prickly, this definitely coats your mouth but has enough carbonation to tickle the tongue a bit.

D: This one is certainly an assault on the senses. I couldn't imagine having more than one of these in a sitting. Complex but also in-your-face, this is definitely a unique Stone brew.

04-14-2008 01:33:01 | More by gford217
Photo of WYVYRN527


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber...

A. Pours a dark mahogany with a nice cream head that coats the side of the glass as it thins. For it's strength, it is quite active as far as carbonation goes.

S. Biter hops overwhelm the nose at first, but soon aromas of graperuit and pine stand out. The malty backbone is only somewhat present.

T. Reminded me at first of Arrogant Bastard, but then it hit me with that hoppy character. Flavors of pine, citrus, and hemp were dominant. The finish was malty. Sweet and supple, yet aggressive on the palate.

M. Wow. This was a brew that soaked the tongue and stayed there. Full bodied and smooth ay the same time, the alcohol didn't even really poke through. It was there, and there to stay. That flavor didn't leave the palate for quite some time.

D. Double Bastard is no session beer by any means. A 22 oz. bottle at a time is all one needs. Very tasty though. If you can find it, buy a bottle. It's definitely worth the taste.

01-12-2009 05:19:26 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a clear dark orange amber. The head eventually settles to a thin wispy cap with a thicker collar. Some spotted lacing no doubt attributed to the hops left behind despite the minute head.

Very boozy and comes off as a barleywine's cousin. Lots of citrus hops. Interesting hints of caramel and possibly chocolate. A tad too much fusel going on for my nose.

Taste tart and bittering due to the hops, but the mouthfeel is creamy and top notch. Balanced in a jangled Stone sort of way. The caramel is surely present to fight a losing battle with the grapefruit and pine. Finishes with a bashing of alcohol and hops. Its difficult to tell where the bitterness from the hops start and end and the alcohol takes over.

A sipper and a bomber worthy of sharing. I think I may prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard because its less brash. Maybe I'm just not worthy? Comes off as an American Barleywine in my book, but who cares for style guidelines?

03-09-2008 02:10:26 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a translucent red color with a moderate head. Smell is terrific, with hints of candied fruits and a surprising amount of alcohol. The taste is huge as well, with the malts lingering the whole way down the throat. The hops are big and chewey, and provide a terrific balance to the dark malts. The texture is also enjoyable, with a creamy consistancy and a huge aftertaste. A really enjoyable beer.

11-16-2006 00:28:19 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of xnicknj


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

2010 release - 22oz bottle poured into snifter glass

Pours a clear cherry mahogany with a one finger high off white head. Fades slowly to some bubbly film, leaving spots of lacing around the glass.

Some bitter hops in the nose with a flair of booziness, pine, toasted caramel, and a bit of fruit sweetness with citrus.

A nice dose of bitterness up front, giving way to dark fruit sweetness including raisins, cherries, and dates. A burly malt backbone dominates the middle of the beer with some bready and caramel qualities. A light touch of grapefruit citrus is also apparent. Finishes long, crisp, and with a nice splash of alcohol warmth.

Fuller body, but very smooth and easy on the tongue. Carbonation is lighter, and even though this is still boozy, its not quite as hot as I expected. This beer is nice with some age on it, but this reminded me how tasty it is fresh as well.

12-02-2010 05:17:29 | More by xnicknj
Photo of scotorum


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Bought this almost a year ago (!) but the high ABV had so far kept me away from trying it. 22 oz. of 11.2% could make it difficult to crawl to bed.

Poured from the 22 oz, bomber into a Tree House tulip.

a: Clear copper with a finger-and-a-half thick offwhite head which receded to patchy and then thin even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Slight ripe fruit.

t: Caramel malt and dark ripe fruit leavened with a good hop bite. The very high ABV (11.2%) well covered, although there is throat burn on the way down.

m: Medium to heavy,. Very smooth.

o; Just about what I had expected and hoped for. A strong ale with a lot of flavor and hop retort.

06-14-2014 05:14:20 | More by scotorum
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,597 ratings.